I'm researching an article about the amazing range of ways apps use your iOS camera, from barcode readers and business card scanners to augmented reality and color detection for those who are color blind. This new app released today is yet another great freebie. Shoeboxed Business Card Reader lets you use your camera to take a photo of the card.
Apple sure stirred things up yesterday, promising an exciting announcement and a day you'll never forget. Speculation was rampant, and many truly exciting things were envisioned. But by the end of the day, the word was that it was the arrival of the Beatles music — after years of rumors. Read more on the NY Times and CNET. And see the Apple home page. Albums are $13 and double albums $20.
Wow, TheFind (free) seems to have it all. If you want to find the lowest price when you're shopping, you'll want to try TheFind. It uses Red Laser's barcode scanner technology, combines that with TheFind, which they say is the web's largest price-comparison search engine, and throws in a coupon finder, driving directions, and click to call.
It's hard to imagine what Apple is in mind, but the ad on Apple's iTunes page says that tomorrow's announcement will be a day you'll never forget. I wonder if it's a play on words. CNET is suggesting that it might be an announcement of a "cloud" service, which would make sense. Your computer or iOS device will never forget your iTunes content because it will reside in the cloud.
It's not quite what I was expecting, and a little pricier than the early buzz said, but it's an interesting option for iPod touch users. Tomorrow Sprint will begin offering the $80 ZTE Peel, a case for the iPod touch that lets it access Sprint's 3G data network. However, if you want to make voice calls, you'll need to use Skype. The case is actually a Wi-Fi hotspot that lets you connect your iPod touch and one other device. Service will run $29.99 per month for 1GB of data, no contract required.
Here's a funny video review by David Pogue of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab -- a 7-inch tablet computer that runs Android. It's the first iPad competitor out the gate, and went on sale Wednesday from T-Mobile. It's also expected from Verizon and Sprint in the coming days.
I'm looking forward to iOS 4.2 on my iPad -- folders, multitasking, and more. A very helpful article on CNET tells you what this new version offers for both iPhone and iPad users. AirPlay will let you stream content from your computer to your iOS devices. The article also describes AirPrint, but our blogger Jek Suen Lee has reported that this feature has been canceled.
Board Games — All in One ($1.99) now has an English version. You get 10 classic games for your iPad: checkers, chess, Chinese checkers, backgammon, tic tac toe, peg solitaire, Ludo, and more. I like the idea of having all of these games in one app for the iPad. They're attractively designed, and can accommodate up to 6 players. These are pretty basic. You won't be able to play against your iPad, though, as in other chess apps, for example. And to have access to the instructions, you'll need an Internet connection, since it simply accesses the info on Wikipedia.
The free app can be used to send and receive faxes via your iPhone. To send faxes, though, you need to sign up for an eFax Plus account. You can receive faxes for free, plus they offer a 30-day free trial. The app uses your camera to capture an image to fax. If you're someone still needing to fax in this age of email, this might be a good solution.
The biggest shopping day of the year — Black Friday — is coming up November 26. There are deals to be had, and there are great apps to help you find those deals. Head over to App.Comsumer to see their list of Top 5 Best Shopping Apps for Black Friday. Among the apps is TGI Black Friday (free), which helps you plan your Black Friday shopping by letting you know weeks in advance what deals will be available.