In honor of their recent 2009 Best App Ever Awards, the website 148Apps has just launched "the world's largest iPhone app promo code contest to give away over 1,000 iPhone apps and games." They're giving away 1,000 promo codes for over 110 different applications and games that were either winners or nominees in the competition. The giveaway will run through February, with winners being announced every few days.
What do you do when it's cold out, you're wearing gloves, and you want to use your iPhone? According to this short article in Popular Science, iPhone users in South Korea are getting around the problem by using a sausage as a stylus. The article says that a sausage has the same conductivity as your finger and that the iPhone responds to the touch. Is this for real?
We've been covering apps that let you record video on older-model iPhones that didn't come with video capability. The most recent entry is Video Genius, which is currently free in the App Store. It records at a rate of 10 frames per second, but is limited to 40-60 seconds. If you want to shoot longer, then it has a lower res mode of 4 frames per second that lets you take onger videos.
I'm not a gamer, but if I were I think this app would be quite useful. The Game Trail (free) is simply a handy new app that provides game trailers and video reviews. You can view featured games, top 250,or new games, as well as search.
The new Awards Hero: Oscars Edition app ($0.99) lets you pick the winners and share your picks on Twitter. The app also offers trailers and information about the 2010 nominees, as well as a database of information about all the nominees and winners dating back to the beginning in 1927.
A few days ago I posted about the free Winter 2010 app for following the Olympics. Another option available is Games 2010, a $0.99 app that gives you up-to-the-minute news from over 30 news sources, ranging from the New York Times and ESPN to the BBC and the Associated Press. In addition, the app includes a range of other content, including pictures, videos, medal standings, latest results, TV schedules, event schedules, and interviews.
I don't know why I hadn't heard about AppShopper before. A friend sent me a link, and my initial impression is that it's one of the best websites for searching for apps. It has a number of useful features that the App Store lacks. The site seems to be a compendium of the content in the App Store. But unlike the App Store (and please correct me if I'm wrong), when you do a search, you can sort the results.
Okay, we won't get into an emotionally charged discussion of whether genetically modified food is bad for you. But if you're inclined to think that it might be, then you might be interested in ShopNoGMO, a free app that gives you a database of hundreds of brand names in 22 food categories that are free of genetically modified content. And if you're not sure how you feel about genetically modified food, the app also has an About GMOs section that gives you more information. Also in the app is a section that offers four simple tips for avoiding GMO.
Check out this neat Bing Visual Search for top iPhone apps. You can sort the results in a variety of ways, such as by category or price or popularity. And in every case, the results are presented in an appealing visual fashion. If you mouse-over an app, a popup window appears with basic info such as developer and price.
One thing that the iPhone doesn't have that many other smartphones do is a removable storage card. The advantage of such a card, of course, is that you can store much more data on your phone than if you're limited to internal memory. However, you can now look forward to the imminent arrival of an SD card reader for the iPhone that plugs in via Apple's dock connector. The device is available for preorder from ZoomIt at the currently discounted price of $50. You can read more on Wired.