All the blogs yesterday were buzzing with the news that the App Store had launched the App Store Essentials Hall of Fame — 50 apps that Apple considers the "best of the best." You can sort by featured, release date, or name. I wish one could search by genre. And also for iPad-specific titles.
In a recent post I mentioned how barcode reader apps are the perfect assistant this holiday season, helping you find the lowest prices on things you want to buy. And another such assistant are the coupon apps, most recently GeoQpons (free), which offers you location-based coupons. You just show the image on your phone to the clerk.
I subscribe to MobileMe at a cost of $100 per year. It gives me a secure feeling knowing that all of my contacts are backed up online, should something happen to my phone and computer. But now you also have a free option. Wirefly is offering a free mobile backup service that lets you back up 2GB of data — contacts, music, photos, calendar, and video — for free.
These can hardly be considered rumors, since they've been confirmed by a number of different sources — and because it's unimaginable that Apple wouldn't take these next steps. You can read InvestorPlace for more details. The word is that the Verizon iPhone will be out in early 2011 — and that it'll be a modified version of the iPhone 4. The iPad is reportedly going to get front-facing VGA camera and a 5-megapixel camera on back.
Now that we're closing in on the holiday season, you absolutely must have a bar code scanner. These apps are tremendously popular, and for good reason. You're in a store, you find something you like, you scan the bar code with your iPhone's camera, and then you find out where you can buy it for the lowest price. Typically these apps are location aware, in case you want to buy it at a nearby store. And typically, they also have maps and directions that show you how to get to the store with the lowest price. And — they're free! Why would anyone go without one of these?
The integration between devices and cars is only going to grow, and the new app myChevrolet gives you a taste of amazing things to come. The app is free, but you have to spend a thousands of dollars on a new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac. myChevrolet has location-based services, such as one for parking. It allows you to save your parking location to a GPS-enabled map and set a timer to track how much time you have on the parking meter. Or if you have a mechanical problem, the roadside assistance feature locates the nearest dealership.
You've got to hand it to Steve Jobs: when he introduced the iPhone in January of 2007, he predicted that Apple would sell 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008. Most commentators were scornful and said it was impossible. Even Macworld criticized Jobs, saying that the goal was unreachable. In October of 2008 Macworld reported that Apple had reached their goal.
appbzr (pronounced "app bazaar") is quite a popular and highly rated free app for helping you to organize, discover, and share apps. You can browse for price drops, hot apps, or the worldwide top 100. It also offers push notifications when there are price drops for apps that you're interested in.
I love these gadgets. The latest is a docking station from Chinon that includes a 7-inch LCD. The Chinon AVi lists for $199 on their website, but Overstock and a couple other places have it for $179.