Kim Komando, who has perhaps the most popular radio program, newspaper column, and web site for computer and Internet tips, recently wrote a column about her favorite free apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch. She covers apps in a wide range of categories, including note-taking, music, cooking, backgrounds, finance, GPS, and fitness.
AppCraver had a short article late last week noting that Google had just launched a new image search results page for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It lets you view up to 20 images on a results page. The new offering also includes search-by-style filters, which let you limit the results to faces, clip art, line drawings, and photos.
It's a sign of the times: yet another venerable reference work making its way to your palm. In this case, it's Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. It's not cheap, at $59.95, but if you're going to spend the money on this 2,662-page, 12.5-lb reference work, why not opt for a 36MB iPhone app?
Today apple gave developers a preview of iPhone OS 3.0, which will be available this summer and which will work on the iPhone 3G as well as the original iPhone. The new features include the long-awaited copy and paste function, multimedia messaging (MMS) for including photos and voice recordings in text messages, system-wide search via Spotlight, and push e-mail, which means that e-mail automatically downloads to your iPhone as it arrives on the server. CNet has a useful overview these features and more. And MacWorld also has a short article.
I love Boxee. It aggregates streaming movies, TV, and other videos from around the Internet into one simple interface on your desktop computer that you navigate with your remote. It's been my replacement for cable TV. It was initially available only on the Mac, but I believe a Windows version is now available. So today's news is that now, via the free Boxee Remote app, you can use your iPhone as a remote with Boxee rather than the bare-bones remote that comes with the Mac.
A new edition of the Macworld iPhone Superguide is now available. You can read more about it on the Macworld site, and see the range of formats available on this page. In short, the printed book is $19.95, and the cost is $12.95 for the book as a downloadable PDF or on CD-ROM. The prices listed include shipping and handling for the printed and CD-ROM versions. You can also download a free 19-page sample PDF from the book.
CBS Sports March Madness On Demand is a $5 app that will let you watch the NCAA tournament basketball games on your iPhone -- but only via Wi-Fi. If you're limited to 3G and Edge, then you can get audio. For those addicted to March Madness, this is just the ticket. An article on Yahoo talks about this app and another one appearing this week: NCAA Highlights, which offers archival footage of past NCAA tournaments. It works over both Wi-Fi and 3G connections.
Metaphor Solutions has released three free apps that let you interact with your phone by speaking rather than tapping. SayNCall VoiceDialer lets you call someone just by speaking his or her name, company name, or phone number.
Natural Cures is a free app launched by Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., and nutritionist Laurie Teitelbaum. It presents over 100 health conditions and offers the best treatments from both conventional and complementary medicine, backed by thousands of research studies. Other features include a weekly update and health news and research related to comprehensive medicine, a Nutrition Primer, advice on how to find board-certified integration physicians in your area, and more.
Access2Go is a free app from NBC Universal that brings its entertainment news show, Access Hollywood, to your iPhone. You can navigate through images to select items of interest, or you can filter the content by specific celebrities, films, topics, etc. Interactive features include voting in daily entertainment polls.