In the news today is Microsoft's release of its first application for the iPhone: Seadragon Mobile, an image-browsing app. And it has raised eyebrows because the same app hasn't been released for Microsoft's own Windows Mobile platform.
One of the common complaints about the iPhone has been the lack of copy & paste. A hot news item on blogs the past couple days is the imminent arrival of Pastebud. According to Gizmodo, it's pretty limited: you can copy and paste from Safari to Mail, and from one web page to another. It's a jury-rigged solution that uses functionality already available on the iPhone -- no need to install an app.
Mac Life has posted an article titled 101 Most Essential iPhone Apps of 2008. The authors identify these apps as being high quality -- and indispensable. The selected apps include not a few games and some really handy utilities, like Remote, which lets you control your music from any room in the house.
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.