Okay, I agree — it's clearly a matter of opinion and taste what constitutes the best games out of the 6,000 in the App Store. Still, reviewer Mike B at Koku Games is pretty confident that the seven he's identified are among the best. His three-minute video review gives you a nice glimpse of the range of iPhone games — and a sense for which ones you might like to try.
Out of the over 50,000 apps in the App Store, MacWorld magazine picked Concert Vault as the best app of 2009. This free app lets you enter in your favorite band or artist, and then you can listen via streaming audio to an actual concert that was recorded sometime in the past — U2, early Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin. The collection spans the 1960s through today. Obviously not every band or artist will be represented, and the current ones less so. But hopefully you'll find something you'll like from among the thousands of concerts.
You know by now the huge challenge developers face getting their new app noticed. If you're not among the top 100, forget it. And even being in the top hundred can still mean earning just a few dollars a day. And as you might guess, there's now a market for services and how-to's that teach developers how to market their apps. One of the newest offerings is a 29-page eBook, "Secrets Of iPhone App Marketing: How To Get Your App Noticed & Increase Your Sales," which takes developers step-by-step through the process of successfully marketing their apps. It's not cheap, at $49.
Appmodo claims to have spoken to a "reputable" AT&T employee, who told them that both MMS and tethering are coming in September. MMS will be no extra charge, but Appmodo says that tethering is going to be $55/month on top of your current data plan. Ouch. Let's hope Appmodo is right about the timing — but wrong about the price.
Happy birthday to the App Store, which celebrated its first birthday last week. And in honor of the occasion, Apple has selected 30 of their favorite apps and 30 of their favorite games. You can find their listing in iTunes. A number of my personal favorites are there, and I think I just might try some of the others listed. Click here to see the page in the App Store.
CNNMoney was launched recently and appears to be one of the top apps for up-to-the-minute news in the area of business and finance. It includes news, analysis, financial data, and streaming video. Features include the ability to personalize the content and how it's presented, breaking news alerts, stock ticker, customized stock quotes and tracking, and the ability to easily share articles and videos via e-mail or Twitter.
Real-world tests are being done on the claims of speed in the new iPhone — and it's passing these tests with flying colors. In addition, as this article on Medialets shows, even the previous 3G iPhone shows dramatic improvement with the new iPhone 3.0 software.
In addition to our own Used Handhelds and Gazelle, another place you can sell your used phone is NextWorth. According to a company representative, they're currently offering as much as $255 for used 3G iPhones. After the trade-in value is determined, you can opt to have a check sent via mail or paid via PayPal, or receive a Target or Amazon gift card in the amount of the trade-in value.
TidBITS has a great how-to article on the new feature in iPhone 3.0, called Find My iPhone, that lets you locate your iPhone. This feature requires a MobileMe account, which costs $99 per year (and which I recommend), but there's no other cost. (MobileMe constantly syncs your computer and your iPhone in the background automatically.