The mobile cloud is essential. In the past when we each had a single computer, it wasn't necessary. But now we all have a menagerie of gadgets and computers: home computer, work computer, laptop computer, iPhone, netbook. I was just out of town for a few days, and it would have made my life so much easier if I'd had all of my gizmos in sync. That's what Soonr does for you.
MyWisdom is a real gem. It's a well organized collection of bits of wisdom — thousands of quotations from over 500 different individuals — currently on sale for .99. You can view a list of authors — from Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, and Abraham Lincoln, to Marie Osmond, Ben Harper, Nicholas Cage, and Paul McCartney. The range is remarkable. You can also view by category, from Altruism & Cynicism to Work & Recreation.
Imagine that you're out and about and want to print a photo. With iPrintApp ($1.99), you can stop by any local copy or print store with a Wi-Fi network and print the photo on the spot.
Amazing what's free in the App Store. Naturespace recreates the sound and space of natural surroundings using the latest HD recording technologies.
You can now get price comparisons for any product you're interested in just by doing a Google search and then scrolling down in the search results until you see the "Shopping results for . . . " link. Click on that link and Google returns a list of companies that offer that product and pricing information — in a format that's optimized for your iPhone. Some products, such as books and electronics, also include info such as online ratings and reviews.
Here's a novel idea: Geoff Smith, a musician and creator of jingles who got his start doing theme songs for hundreds of top podcasts and eventually also online advertising and marketing firms, has created a ringtone service. You subscribe to his podcast, and each week you receive a new ringtone, plus get access to previous ringtones.
The two big problems with the App Store are sifting through the over 30,000 apps to find the ones that suit you, and for the developers, getting your app noticed. AppReview helps.
Congratulations to Connor Mulcahey for downloading the one-billionth app. Enjoy your booty. And congratulations to the company, Bump Technologies, which created the free app, called Bump. The app lets you share your contact info with other users of the app via any Internet connection. And how do you initiate the transfer? By bumping phones with the other iPhone or iPod Touch user, of course.
The App Store had its billionth download today — nine months after its launch. This is remarkable by any measure. And as Apple and AT&T posted their earnings in recent days, it was the iPhone that saved the bottom line for both of them, even giving Apple a record profit at a time when Mac sales are down. So who won? And what was the billionth app to be downloaded? The contest page hasn't yet posted the results as I write this.
This short review of iPhone 3.0 in Barron's gives a bit of detail about some of the new features such as copy/paste and the ability to search all data. However, we won't really have a sense for the potential of this new version until seeing some of the new apps that take advantage of its features.