I'm always amazed by all the novel uses of the camera on iOS devices — from taking your pulse to helping those who are colorblind determine colors — and wrote an article about that in a recent issue of the magazine. And I just received a press release for another. CaMeasure lets you use your camera to measure size or distance. It does this in one of two ways. For smaller objects such as furniture, the app asks you to put an object of known size, such as a sheet of paper or a credit card, by the object.
One of my main uses of my iPad is reading the news, and I love The Daily, the newspaper from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp that's just $0.99 per week. I'd actually prefer to read all of my magazines via the iPad.
There are some 6,500 camera apps, and a recent column by David Pogue points you to the best. These apps, most of which are free or low cost, can transform the iPhone's mediocre camera into a useful tool. He covers apps that you simply use in place of the iPhone's Camera app and give you much better quality. For example, the many features of Camera+ ($1.99) include image stabilization.
You have a number of choices when it comes to on-demand streaming movies, including apps from Netflix and Hulu. mSpot, however, distinguishes itself by offering movies that are more current than other services via their free Movies by mSpot app. Their titles become available on the same day as the DVD is released, which is four weeks before the movies are available on Netflix and a year before they're available on Hulu. If you want to try out the service, they offer a free movie that changes every two weeks. Their pay movies cost $3.99 or less.
It's been a long wait, but the white iPhone is finally available for purchase either via Apple's website or at a store near you. I guess I'll be sticking with my black iPhone 4, but I went for white when I got my new iPad and much prefer it.
As I noted in two previous posts, it was recently revealed that there's a log file on your iPhone that records everyplace you go. It created a bit of a stir, even though it was evident that that information wasn't being transmitted to Apple or to any other entity. Members of Congress even questioned Apple about it. Apple today posted a Q&A that explains what this log file is, and says that in fact it's not tracking your location. Rather, it's maintaining a record of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell phone towers, some of which can be as distant as 100 miles, in order to be able to quickly and accurately respond when an app requests location data.
Not much need for this here in rural Iowa. But if I lived in one of the hundreds of U.S., Canadian, and European cities covered by this app, I'd definitely give it a try. PIM (free) lets you find, reserve, and pay for a parking space via your iPhone. It has information on over 16,000 parking facilities, including rates, hours of operation, entry points, and facility type. It even helps you navigate to the facility.
I can't live without tabs. When I browse my personalized Yahoo news page, I click on links to items of interest and have them load in a background tab. That way I don't have to wait for pages to load when I'm ready to read specific news stories or blog posts. Terra is a free web browser for the iPad that offers tabs. It has an unusually high rating in the App Store and was recently ranked as the top free iPad app in the U.S. App Store. The new version 1.2 now adds importing of bookmarks from Safari, Firefox, and Chrome.
As I posted earlier, on Thursday it was revealed that the iPhone and iPad 3G store your location data and keep a record of everywhere you've been. According to PocketNow, the cache file with the information appears to be a bug or an oversight that will likely be fixed in an upgrade soon.