Fortune is reporting that the App Store has now reached 25,000 apps — which is astounding, given that the store opened last July. By comparison, there are an estimated 20,000 apps for the Windows Mobile platform, which has been around for 10 years. And the Windows Mobile apps are scattered among a variety of stores. Interestingly, the App Store may have some competition.
Yet one more novel iPhone app that doesn't serve much purpose — but will likely be a success because of its novelty and creativity. When you use MouthOff, a large mouth appears on the screen. As you speak, the mouth moves. Of course, you have your choice of a variety of mouths. The idea is to hold it in front of your face, and then speak or sing or laugh or shout or scream.
The big news today is that Amazon has released a free app for reading the 240,00 ebooks sold in its Kindle ebook store. Kindle for iPhone already had hundreds of reviews by mid-day, with most of them giving four or five stars. One of the nicest features is that when you buy a book, it remembers where you left off reading.
CBS Interactive is a free app that AppleInsider says is the first iPhone app in the U.S. to provide free streaming TV content directly from a studio.
The IPhone Blog has a how-to telling the steps you need to go through if your iPhone becomes completely non-responsive. It entails powering off your iPhone and then pressing and holding the home button while you connect via USB. They also have a post telling how to force quite applications.
We're iPhone lovers here on this blog, and the iPhone is undeniably popular worldwide. But not in Japan. There the phone companies have to give the iPhone away, and even then people avoid it. Wired is reporting that the distaste comes from a calling plan that's much more expensive, and also missing functionality that's important to the Japanese, who are big on taking videos and fairly high quality photos on their phones.
Digg, as you likely know, is the most popular of the social media sites -- that is, sites where users identify the most interesting and newsworthy tidbits, and then vote on which they like best. I check "Top in 24 hours" area of Digg many times a day to see what interesting, funny, pointed, or poignant news items, images, and videos are connecting with the popular mind.
Yesterday FranklinCovey Products released the first in a series of iPhone apps that incorporate its planning and productivity methodology allowing users to collaborate with an entire smartphone network and web-based browsers in real-time. The first of the FCMobileLife series is FCMobileife Tasks, which is a feature-rich task management tool.
This is another what-will-they-think-of-next app. I continue to be astonished by the range of iPhone apps. Safety Button offers a big red button that will make you or your children safer when out and about. When you start the program, your iPhone starts tracing your steps on a server.
MakeUseOf.com has posted a list of the 7 best sites for reviews of iPhone apps. Of course you can always read the user comments in the iTunes Store, but sometimes you might like a more detailed review. I've already covered some of these, but others are new. FreshApps is like Digg for iPhone Apps. (And if you're not already into Digg, that won't make much sense to you.)