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.
Inside CRM has a great article for business users: 46 Tips for the Business iPhone User. It covers areas of special interest to business users such as productivity applications and resources that are especially useful when you're on the road. In addition to pointing you to useful applications and web sites, there are a few simple tips from a business person's perspective, such as the suggestion that you can use your camera to capture the contents of a white board at the end of a meeting.
As much as I like the App Store, it's not always easy to find what you're looking for. So now Apple has introduced a new web site, iPhone Your Life, that helps you identify useful applications to get the most out of your iPhone — whether you're looking for local information, traveling, playing games, trying to organize your life more efficiently, or needing help on the home front.
One of my main uses of my iPhone is accessing information on the Internet. When I'm out with friends they've sort of gotten in the habit of expecting me to look up information whenever a question comes up in conversation. Anything from wanting to know the lowest-paid team in baseball (the Marlins) to knowing whether pomegranate is a citrus fruit (it's a fruit-bearing shrub).
Of the few applications I've tried for reading the latest news, my favorite is AP Mobile News Network. And, with over 700 user reviews on iTunes, it must be among the most popular. Best of all, it's FREE. The latest version has added advertising, but it's not intrusive.
The new voice feature of Google Mobile is pretty cool, but so far it seems like it's recognizing my queries only about 10 percent of the time. I found that if I make the query very simple -- like one word -- it seems to work better. Yet I got a result when I said "Weather in Fairfield, Iowa." When I saw the blog item by Matt Cutts on tips for using Google Mobile, I got excited, thinking he'd have tips for improving accuracy. But mostly he deals with other things.
This week Google took a big step toward meeting the needs of iPhone users by optimizing search results for your iPhone screen — no more scrolling from side to side. Simply go to Google's site via Safari and do a search. Not only are the results optimized, but local search results have more convenient Get Directions and click-to-call links. You'll need version 2.x of the firmware to access the optimized site.
Well, we knew it was hot. And now the official sales results show that the iPhone 3G topped the charts in the third quarter, surpassing the Motorola Razr, which had help the top position for 12 consecutive quarters. You can read more about this in a report on CNet.
The report says that Apple sold nearly 7 million iPhones in its fourth quarter, and is on track to easily surpass its goal of selling 10 million iPhones in 2008.