Wi-Fi Finder, which was released last month, is an app that lets you easily find wireless hotspots — both free and paid. It taps into a registry of 200,000 verified hotspot locations in 135 countries. You simply click "Near Me," and Wi-Fi Finder uses the built-in GPS on the iPhone or the iPod Touch's triangulation capability to find hotspots near you.
Sling Media has a really cool product that's long been available for other devices. It allows you to watch all of the content on your TV on your device — live. You connect their Slingbox (which costs anywhere from $180-300) to your TV inputs (such as cable or satellite) and to your Internet connection. Then with Sling Media software on your device, you're able to access your TV channels on your iPhone wherever you are.
Video reviews are pretty handy, especially game reviews, because you get a chance to see the software in action. Apple iPhone School has posted over 50 video reviews in iTunes. Most recently they've covered the games SimCity, Burnball, Space Deadbeef, Field Runners, and Topple.
I think that mobile payment is going to become increasingly common. I recently heard from Obopay, a mobile-to-mobile money transfer service, which has recently launched an iPhone-optimized website. It allows iPhone users to easily send money to any cell phone that can receive an SMS.
This is a cool idea: print photos from your iPhone or iPod Touch directly to a printer without having to first transfer the photos to a computer. HP has developed this app and is making it available for free in the iTunes store. Search for HP iPrint Photo.
AccuWeather.com has just announced a new application (free!) that automatically determines your location and offers an array of weather forecast information, as well as weather alarms and health indices.
David Pogue's popular help book — iPhone: The Missing Manual — is now available as an iPhone application. The book costs $24.99, but the app is available at a special introductory price of just 4.99. (Regular price is 9.99.) This second edition has new material related to the iPhone 3G and MobileMe. Plus, there are new chapters on the app store and Microsoft Exchange.
The coolest invention of 2008? Pocket projectors, according to a review by David Pogue in the New York Times. I'm hoping Santa will bring me one of these. Here's how he describes the Optoma Pico Projector: "a video projector so small, you can carry it in your pocket.
When I first heard of Ocarina, I thought it was novel — using the iPhone as a wind instrument — but I didn't imagine it would catch on. It is, after all, a time-consuming affair to learn to play a new musical instrument. But it's become a top-selling application.
MagicPad is a commercial app that is being given away for free for the holidays. It offers rich-text editing — and copy/paste. But note that the copy//paste function only works within a note or from one note to another. You can't copy/paste between applications. The rich-text editing lets you adjust font style, size, color, and effects. You can e-mail notes to others.