I guess there's an app for just about everything — including a new one called Bed Bug Alert ($1.99) that alerts you to infestations, and allows you to report sightings. You can view by your current location, view top 10 cities with infestations, and look up specific locations. The app also has facts about bed bugs, and you can use the app to report sightings.
Earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, tsunamis, and family tragedies are all stressful events, but you can keep the stress at a minimum with the help of your iPhone and iPad. Here we'll look at some apps and features you can take advantage of when life gets very difficult.
Notifying your loved ones
When a tragedy occurs, the first thing most people want to do is contact loved ones. In addition to using your device as a phone, there are several other options available:
UPDATE (07/23 night): I've re-run the iTunes File Sharing test with the just-released iOS5.0b4 (beta 4 of the forthcoming iOS 5) running on both iPad 1 and 2 (without jailbreaking, enabling iCloud or even installing more than one app on the devices).
Just out today, Thrutu (free) seems an amazingly useful app. You can actually share data and media with someone while you're talking to that person on your iPhone. It works with other iPhone users — and also with Android users. You can share your location such that you see each other's position updating live on a map. You can snap and share a photo, or send one from your gallery. And you can send contact information such that contact details appear instantly in the other caller's address book. One feature is perhaps more playful than functional: you can vibrate the other person’s phone.
Flash support has always (according to some people, painfully) been missing from the iOS platform. In the article below, I explain how you can watch any kind of Flash videos (via SkyFire) and how you can use full(!) Flash (and even Silverlight!) applications on your iPad (via AlwaysOnPC). All this without having to jailbreak!
I just received a press release saying that Onavo (free for a limited time) has just won another award. This app helps you get the most out of your data plan. It works in the background to compress your data usage so that you are effectively doubling or even tripling the amount of data usage available to you. The app is optimized for travelers, when data usage can be most expensive. Note, though, that although they're intending to add this capability, the app doesn't currently compress streaming video or VoIP usage such as Skype.
Control Cold Spring Harbor NY - Leptonic Systems Inc. has announced the release of its AIRMOTE II REMOTE CONTROL app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
Airmote II is an app you use on your iOS device to control another computer. “Airmote II is remote control your way,” says Michael O’Connor, the developer. "It's great for use as a media center controller, presentation remote, or remote help desk utility. You can fully customize all the button layouts and actions.”
B-AppDev releases event-tracking app for iPhone/IPod touch
Quick Track now available in Apple’s App Store
GRAPEVINE, TX – July 13th, 2011 – B-AppDev today announced that their event-tracking app, Quick Track, is now available exclusively for iPhone and iPod Touch. Quick Track quickly lets you capture events with notes, date and time. It provides views to see how many times an event have happened on a daily, weekly, monthly, or a detail view of all events. It also allows easy editing or removal of events.
UPDATE (20:15 CET, the same day): a reader at MacRumors, Night Spring, has mentioned I've forgotten to point out the other and, in this case, Phone Disk-less and even Windows-friendly way of quickly transferring a complete directory structure to GoodReader running on the iDevice: zip all the files up into one big ZIP file and drop it into the File Sharing frame of GoodReader in iTunes. I've even prepared a video showing this: