The Red Carpet ($2.99) is the app you need if you're interested in the upcoming Academy Awards. It offers up-to-the-minute awards news, film synopses, Netflix link, and film previews. PLUS, it offers you the opportunity to select your Oscar favorites, and if you correctly pick all 24 televised Oscar winners, you can win $1 million. According to the developer, this is the first ever contest of this type to be approved for Apple's App Store.
Winter 2010 is a free app with a number of great features that give you about everything you need to follow the Winter Olympics. It gives you access to all the news and information, event schedule, and a medal tracker, which lists the countries with the most medals. A neat feature is push notifications, so you can get instant notice for winners by nation or by sport. The news feeds offer general news as well as news by sport.
EZ iPhone Ringtones offers a free service for making ringtones in a very simple way. Here's how it works: Step 1 - first make a recording of music or your voice or whatever (30 seconds ore less) using your Voice Memos app or the free QuickVoice iPhone app. Step 2 - From within the recording app, simply email the recording to Tones@EZIPhoneRIngtones.com. Step 3 - AFter a few minutes you will receive an e-mail with your new ringtone file attached. Step 4 - Launch iTunes on your computer and drag the tone to your iTunes “Ringtones Folder.” Step 5 - Sync your phone to iTunes.
The iPad comes with an interesting data option: prepay only, and no contract. You can choose between $14.95/month for 250MB, or $29.95 for unlimited data. Which will meet your needs? TidBITS has a great article titled "Can You Get By with 250 MB of Data Per Month?" It's an excellent discussion of how much data you might typically use, and which option might suit your needs. Plus, it helps explain the prepay option and discusses the question of what happens if you exceed your 250MB.
I can't remember if we've blogged about this, so I thought I'd go ahead and point you to a short, very helpful article about how to convert your DVDs to watch on your iPhone or iPod touch. The article is oriented toward Mac users, and entails using the commercial RipIt software ($19.95) and the free Handbrake utility.
I get some pretty interesting press releases from Retrevo, with the latest touting the fact that before the January 20 announcement 26% of those surveyed said they had heard of the forthcoming Apple tablet but weren't interested in buying one. And after the January 20 announcement? That number jumped to 52%. Also, before the announcement, 49% said they didn’t think they needed an Apple tablet, which rose to 61% after the announcement. Still, I think it will be popular.
The free Photoshop.com Mobile app has been downloaded 6.5 million times since last October. You can use it to edit and share photos via an easy-to-use interface. The latest version, released a few days ago, offers a new sharpen tool, support for a variety of photo borders, and playback of video hosted on Photoshop.com.
Tribute Movies is a new app (free) that pinpoints your location to find the nearest movie theaters. You can search for movies by title, read summaries, view movie posters and photos, browse show times, and view the trailers. Other let you search for movies by popularity and user rating, and search for theaters by name, postal code, or GPS location. You can also rate movies and post your comments and reviews.
I like the idea of App Genie ($0.99), which is sort of a Swiss Army Knife of apps. It includes many of the most common tools you might need on your iPhone: tip calculator, currency converter, unit converter, weather, translator, battery level, barcode scanner, GPS locator, and many more. One app replaces many — a handy tool that you'll call upon often.
When I first saw images of the iPad, something didn't look right. Eventually I realized that I was expecting it to be taller and narrower — more like the aspect ratio of the iPhone (15:10) and the 16:9 aspect ratio of HD and my iMac. Instead, it's 4:3, like the 15-inch monitors of old. The question is why. And the answer is, according to an article posted today on MacWorld, it's better for reading reading ebooks, magazines, and newspapers, better for surfing the web, and better for using productivity applications. And 4:3 feels more natural when you hold it in your hands.