I recently posted about Google's new mobile search app that recognizes voice queries. However, I had mixed success, and am going to try Vlingo — voice-powered software that Cnet says is better than Google's. CNet's review includes an impressive demo video of Vlingo in action. A version for iPhone was released (free!) last month.
Fortune is reporting that there are now over 10,000 applications in the iTunes App Store. 148Apps.com (which gets its name from the total number of apps that can be installed) has created a mosaic of all 10,000 app icons — with each icon clickable.
An article in the excellent weekly newsletter TidBITS tells about the free VPN application AnchorFree. VPN, as you probably know, stands for Virtual Private Network, and it's a very important consideration if you're using public Wi-Fi hotspots. It's very easy for someone to steal your personal information such as passwords, so protection is in order. The article explains the need for VPN and how to use AnchorFree.
Posting this a bit late. Pangea Software, which offers some great games, typically priced around $8, is making them available for 99 cents as a Black Friday offering. The sale ends December 2. Just search for "Pangea Software" in iTunes to see the titles available.
The AppStoreApps web site, in honor of Black Friday, has a list of 50 free apps that that had previously been for sale.
Proporta, a leading vendor of quality cases for the iPhone and iPod Touch, is offering an exclusive 20% discount to all customers who place orders on Black Friday. Simply enter the promotion code BLACKFRIDAY at the cart page to receive your discount. Please note that this promotion applies to orders placed to the US and Canada only, and is only valid on Proporta branded hardware products ordered on the 11/28/2008.
I'm surprised I hadn't heard about this site before. Wi-Fi TV offers free streaming content for the iPhone. It includes a few movies and 24/7 live streaming TV channels, such as Cartoon TV, Comedy TV, Sci-Fi TV, Humor TV, and Indy Movies. According to the FAQ, you'll need to register (free) in order to watch for more than five minutes and to take advantage of a wide range of offerings on the social media area of their site.
Inside CRM has a great article for business users: 46 Tips for the Business iPhone User. It covers areas of special interest to business users such as productivity applications and resources that are especially useful when you're on the road. In addition to pointing you to useful applications and web sites, there are a few simple tips from a business person's perspective, such as the suggestion that you can use your camera to capture the contents of a white board at the end of a meeting.
As much as I like the App Store, it's not always easy to find what you're looking for. So now Apple has introduced a new web site, iPhone Your Life, that helps you identify useful applications to get the most out of your iPhone — whether you're looking for local information, traveling, playing games, trying to organize your life more efficiently, or needing help on the home front.
One of my main uses of my iPhone is accessing information on the Internet. When I'm out with friends they've sort of gotten in the habit of expecting me to look up information whenever a question comes up in conversation. Anything from wanting to know the lowest-paid team in baseball (the Marlins) to knowing whether pomegranate is a citrus fruit (it's a fruit-bearing shrub).