Today apple gave developers a preview of iPhone OS 3.0, which will be available this summer and which will work on the iPhone 3G as well as the original iPhone. The new features include the long-awaited copy and paste function, multimedia messaging (MMS) for including photos and voice recordings in text messages, system-wide search via Spotlight, and push e-mail, which means that e-mail automatically downloads to your iPhone as it arrives on the server. CNet has a useful overview these features and more. And MacWorld also has a short article.
I love Boxee. It aggregates streaming movies, TV, and other videos from around the Internet into one simple interface on your desktop computer that you navigate with your remote. It's been my replacement for cable TV. It was initially available only on the Mac, but I believe a Windows version is now available. So today's news is that now, via the free Boxee Remote app, you can use your iPhone as a remote with Boxee rather than the bare-bones remote that comes with the Mac.
A new edition of the Macworld iPhone Superguide is now available. You can read more about it on the Macworld site, and see the range of formats available on this page. In short, the printed book is $19.95, and the cost is $12.95 for the book as a downloadable PDF or on CD-ROM. The prices listed include shipping and handling for the printed and CD-ROM versions. You can also download a free 19-page sample PDF from the book.
CBS Sports March Madness On Demand is a $5 app that will let you watch the NCAA tournament basketball games on your iPhone -- but only via Wi-Fi. If you're limited to 3G and Edge, then you can get audio. For those addicted to March Madness, this is just the ticket. An article on Yahoo talks about this app and another one appearing this week: NCAA Highlights, which offers archival footage of past NCAA tournaments. It works over both Wi-Fi and 3G connections.
Metaphor Solutions has released three free apps that let you interact with your phone by speaking rather than tapping. SayNCall VoiceDialer lets you call someone just by speaking his or her name, company name, or phone number.
Natural Cures is a free app launched by Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., and nutritionist Laurie Teitelbaum. It presents over 100 health conditions and offers the best treatments from both conventional and complementary medicine, backed by thousands of research studies. Other features include a weekly update and health news and research related to comprehensive medicine, a Nutrition Primer, advice on how to find board-certified integration physicians in your area, and more.
Access2Go is a free app from NBC Universal that brings its entertainment news show, Access Hollywood, to your iPhone. You can navigate through images to select items of interest, or you can filter the content by specific celebrities, films, topics, etc. Interactive features include voting in daily entertainment polls.
Twitter just keeps getting more and more popular. And now the reaction has begun. Doonesbury has been trashing it all week (beginning with the March 2 strip), and in the current issue of Time, Lev Grossman writes about how he gave up Twitter. If you're addicted to Twitter, iLounge has posted a guide to all 33 Twitter apps.
Fortune is reporting that the App Store has now reached 25,000 apps — which is astounding, given that the store opened last July. By comparison, there are an estimated 20,000 apps for the Windows Mobile platform, which has been around for 10 years. And the Windows Mobile apps are scattered among a variety of stores. Interestingly, the App Store may have some competition.
Yet one more novel iPhone app that doesn't serve much purpose — but will likely be a success because of its novelty and creativity. When you use MouthOff, a large mouth appears on the screen. As you speak, the mouth moves. Of course, you have your choice of a variety of mouths. The idea is to hold it in front of your face, and then speak or sing or laugh or shout or scream.