Presenting a list of 150 Twitter feeds of people and organizations associated
with media that appeals to geeks you should be following on Twitter.
Whether you’ve been using Twitter since 2006, are determined never to use it unless dragged kicking and screaming, or are somewhere in between, you probably know that it’s wildly popular with all sorts of people. In addition to the celebrities who make a big deal about Twitter (e.g., Ashton Kutcher), there are tons of people, both famous and not, who tweet about lots of interesting things.
Last week, developers released an application that promises to remotely unlock, start and warm your car from almost anywhere in the world. Called Viper SmartStart, the app was launched earlier this week by Directed Electronics, a vehicle security and remote start systems designer, and can be downloaded for free from Apple’s App store.
I know there are tons of iPhone App lists on the web but I have put this one together to meet the needs of busy teachers who want to save time and effort and maybe make themselves seem a little smarter next time a curly question comes their way in class. (Or help students come up with the great questions for the teacher)!
Hope you enjoy it and I would love to hear about your favorite apps and what you use them for.
Mobile Air Mouse: Do you use an Interactive whiteboard and have wireless keyboards and mice floating around the place that either don’t work or you have to actually sit in front of a computer to type something on your IWB. Download and install Mobile Air Mouse and you can use your iPhone to do everything on your IWB. Now I sit with my students and run a lesson. Media controls, Keyboard and Mouse. My all time most used app at school. Works through a wireless network and is pretty painless to set up. Check out the video below.
DropBox: I own a laptop, 2 desktop PC’s at home, have files on the network at school and now have some stuff on my iPhone. I was going crazy trying to keep track of it all. Drop box allows you to sync everything without any hassle at all to every PC you use both locally and in the cloud and now best of all you can access all of your files through your iPhone. Also you can create public folders for your students to access files from the web too. It’s free – Absolute Gold
Pi83 Graphing Calculator A simple calculator isn’t enough for most math students once they hit high school, so having a graphing calculator handy is always welcome. And since Pi83 Graphing Calculator, which mimics Texas Instruments’ Ti-83 graphing calculator, costs just 99 cents. Never be outsmarted by your students again.
Evernote – This iPhone app will help you capture video and audio with your phone and sync it to other devices. View web site clips take class notes and memos, photographs of class activities. File anything and pull it up on your PC or share it with your kids. The ultimate Forget me not tool. And believe me teachers have a lot to remember.
Quick Voice iP – I’ll throw this one in with Evernote.This award-winning voice recorder can be used to record lectures, reminders and other voice messages. Recorded material can then be emailed directly from your iPhone.
WorldBook – This Day in History. This interactive calendar is powered by World Book Encyclopedia and features historical information for each day of the year. Struggling for a lesson idea today or just need to fill in 10 minutes with some great facts from history.
Cram Cram is designed specifically to help students study for a big test. The app allows them to create multiple-choice quizzes and study guides with a flash-card-like system. The app even randomizes the answers to ensure students aren’t memorizing a particular option. Best of all for teachers it has a massive bank of online tests you can access and administer. Don’t sit up all night planning or correcting a test again.
History: Maps of the World One of the most important tools any student can use is a historical map of the world to help them in both geography and history classes. That’s where History: Maps of the World comes in.
After downloading the free app, users can view maps of all the continents at different points throughout history. The app features up-to-date maps showing current boundaries. But where it provides the most value is in its historical maps, which display boundaries and important places from periods throughout history. It’s a great way to help students increase their effectiveness in geography and history class and a great discussion point in geography lessons.
Flash-Me – This educational iPhone App lets you use Cramberry (the amazing online flashcard maker) on your iPhone. With Flash-Me, you can create, edit and study your flash cards on your iPhone. These can be later shared with students in class.
Mathematical Formulas Mathematical Formulas is a must-see app for any math student. It not only helps users gain access to hard-to-remember formulas quickly, but it might also prove to be a handy studying tool.
Like me if you are not Rainman and your students hit you with something from left field in maths this is a great tool to get you out of what can be an embarrassing spot.
Spell Check. I am great spaller but this is a great tool to let your students use next time they hit a word that confuses them. Type in a word to see if you spelled it correctly and get suggestions for correct spellings. This app also doubles as a dictionary. Two for the price of none.
Twitterific: Works just like the desktop version of Twitterific (it gives you access to Twitter), and also uses the iPhone’s location-aware features to geotag your tweets. What it doesn’t do, like Twinkle, is give you a feed of Twitter users from around you. It does, however, let you attach photos to pics and let you know if your friends Tweet from a nearby location. Overall, pretty good. Ad-supported version is Free; Ad-free version is $10.
PhoneSaber: Lightsaber application similar to the one on Installer.app. Five choices of iPhone colors and slightly better accelerometer detection for better lightsaber sounds. Free.
Midomi: Song Recognition App that actually works well enough to know when it’s being Rickrolled. Free
iTunes Remote: Remote control your iTunes and iTV. It’s very, very good, and can even rate songs directly from the phone. Pretty much the perfect iTunes remote. Free.
NetNewsWire: Similar to the RSS Reader on the desktop, which we use daily, NNW on the iPhone lets you read RSS feeds. It doesn’t scale images like the web-based Mac RSS reader, so you’re going to have to do a bit of panning and scrolling. Other than that, no real complaints. It even syncs with your NNW online account so you can keep your desktop feeds and iPhone feeds the same (in terms of knowing what you already read). Free.
Google Mobile: Location aware searching with auto-suggest, contacts searching as well as local business search (typing in pizza gives you an option to search for pizza near you). Unfortunately, as Lifehacker pointed out, it only searches your contacts, not your calendar or email. One step at a time. Free.
Yelp: Pretty much exactly the same features as the online yelp.com portal, but in a readable format for your iPhone. Search for pizza places, coffee shops, bars or gas stations and you’ll be able to check out its hours, the location, the phone number and read reviews. You can drill down from the home screen to Restaurants, Bars, Coffee & Tea, Banks, Gas & Service Stations or Drugstores, or just type in whatever you want. Everyone should download it just to have. Free.
Facebook: Just like the iPhone-customized Facebook webpage, except crashier (crashed when I tried to view the friends list the first time). You can search your friends, do Facebook chat (nice), view your messages and do everything else you could do on the web-based portal. It just crashed when I tried to view my profile too. Free.
Pandora: Your standard internet radio—you pick an artist you like, it recommends similar songs which you then rate to hone its selections. Like always it’s better for well-known artists, but its explanation for why certain tracks were picked (“intricate melodic phrasing, a clear focus on recoding studio production, heartbreaking lyrics”) are priceless. Pandora claims CD-quality but several tracks sounded compressed. A plus is that streaming works well with very little lag even over EDGE. Album art comes in with that nice page effect; good thing, because that’s all you’ll be seeing since the app can’t play in the background. Free. – John Mahoney
IGN Reviews: Easily get IGN game reviews on the go, either by searching for the game title or browsing a list of recent reviews. If you don’t trust IGN for reviews, it’s not a huge help, but it does give you a decent idea of what’s good and what’s not if you’re at the game section of Best Buy looking for something to take home. Free.
Save Benjis: Think Pricegrabber or Google Products for the iPhone. Search for a particular product you want and it will throw up a list of prices from various retailers. Useful for going shopping and not knowing whether the TV you’re buying will be cheaper online (it usually will be).
Mixmeister: Allows users to perform scratches over the music in their playlist using one of ten available vinyl scratch sounds. I’m not a DJ, but it was easy to pick up and get a decent scratch going right away. Bottom line: it’s fun. Free. – Sean Fallon
MotionX-Poker: An addictive dice and poker game that shakes virtual dice by actually sampling your shake of the iPhone and simulating the roll. It’s the best original game for the iPhone yet. $5 – Brian Lam
Weight Track A weight log of how much you weigh every day that syncs w/ the website, but also gives you a history of your weight loss. Pretty much just a fancy alternative for a pen and pencil, but not bad if you’re trying to lose some weight. Comes with sluggish graphics and animations. Free.
AIM: It’s as solid as you’d expect, supporting away statuses, marking contacts as favorites so you can easily find them, groups, away messages and saved messages while you’re away from the app. Because background IM notifications won’t be here until September, you’ll have to go into the app to check whether or not you have new messages. Still, it’s good that you don’t lose any. Oh, and that really annoying traditional AIM sound is still here and is still super freaking annoying. Don’t see a way to turn that off. But there is a system option to sign off when you exit. Free.
MySpace Mobile: I have never used MySpace Mobile on another platform, but I can say that the version for the iPhone is very solid. It ran smooth and provided easy access to every option you could find on the regular site. It sure as hell won’t make me want to use MySpace again, but addicts who have an iPhone will undoubtedly be thrilled. Free. – Sean Fallon
Whrrl: Think Yelp, but more-map based and social networking-like. Go to your current location and you can see markers signifying places of restaurants or stores. Click on them to see reviews, write reviews, or place markers saying that you’ve been there, wanted to go there or that you’re there now. This could be cool if you have enough friends using it, but otherwise you’re playing around with strangers. Free.
Tiny Violin: A virtual “world’s smallest violin” to play to whiners. It plays two tunes which get old fast. Much like the idea itself. $1. – Brian Lam
Bejeweled 2:If you’re a fan of the Bejeweled game, you will love this iPhone version. There are two different game modes, Classic and Action. The only difference in between the two is Action mode has a time limit. Game play works as it should, you touch a jewel you want to move then touch the surrounding spot you want it to move to. There’s a Hint feature that will advise you to the best jewel to move. The game uses full use of the iPhone’s accelerometer, allowing play at any angle. The graphics and sound FX are great, and overall gameplay is smooth without any problems. $10. –Chris Mascari
Box Office: Very simple, incredibly useful—gives you a full list of movie showtimes sorted by name, your location (manual zipcode entry or GPS/celltower reading) or Rotten Tomato rating and kicks you to Fandango to buy tickets. So much better than hitting Google for showtimes in Safari. Free. –John Mahoney
Dial 0: A directory of service 800 numbers with instructions on how to reach a real person for each one, all of them I tried being some variation on “press 0 over and over again.” Kind of handy to have all the numbers you might need in one place, but not fantastic. Free. –John Mahoney
Band: Holy Crap this app is fun. There are five different instruments that all play in landscape mode: Rock Kit, Funky Drummer, Bassist, Grand Piano, and 12 Bar Blues. It’s able to record every instrument one track at a time, and each time a new instrument is recorded it replays what’s already been recorded. Basically you can make a complete musical masterpiece one instrument at a time. There’s even audience sounds for added ambiance. While it has the ability to save all your recordings, sadly there is no way to get those recordings off the iPhone. $10. –Chris Mascari
World 9: Start the app and put it in your pocket. As you run and jump it makes Super Mario brothers noises. Free and awesome. –Brian Lam
Shazam: Will also identify songs through the iPhone’s mic—doesn’t handle humming and singing as well as Midomi, but is tops at picking up ambient background music. –John Mahoney
AOL Radio: Features over 200 stations spanning more than 25 genres of music and over 150 local radio stations from across the US. You can bookmark favorite stations, artists and even link up to iTunes or AOL music when you find a song you like. All-in-all it works well. The sound quality is good, its easy to navigate and you can control the volume right in the app. It also stops playing when you remove your headphones. You can’t run it in the background, however. Free. –Sean Fallon
Sketches: The best drawing and photo mockery tool for the iPhone. You can choose different photo or solid or map backgrounds and drop various icons or draw on images and export them out. No text tool. A little slow but worth $8.-Brian Lam>
Comic Touch: Overlay text bubbles on images, and warp faces. Unlike the Sketches app, it has a text tool, but that’s it. $5.-Brian Lam>
Crazy Eye: Yeah, this is a program with 10 animations of different eyeballs (dragon, pirate, etc) that switch and move around. You’re supposed to hold it up to your face and it’s supposed to make you look like a monster or something. It gets old in about 1 minute and costs a buck. –Brian Lam
AP Mobile News Network: A great way to browse the wires for news, photos and videos (really reminds me in a way of the presentation on the Wii, sans the spinning globe sadly). Videos kick you to YouTube. But am I the only one that still remembers AP promising some kind of game-changing user-submitted news submission process at WWDC? That seems to be missing in this version, at least. Free. –John Mahoney
Mosquito: This is an audio/motion game, where you listen to a mosquito buzzing and when it gets close, you swat it by swinging your iPhone. Clever, but for $2, there isn’t enough pay off. –Brian Lam
Urbanspoon: If you’re hungry but don’t know where you want to eat, Urbanspoon makes finding a restaurant pretty fun. It’s like a slot machine, listing neighborhoods, cuisines and price ranges in the three columns. When you shake the iPhone, it spins the wheels, delivering a random restaurant to you. You can lock on any or all three of the columns to get something more specific if you want, and clicking the restaurant name brings you to more info about it. Could be fun if you aren’t the pre-planning type. Free. -Adam Frucci
Etch-a-Sketch: The Etch-a-Sketch game is essentially a doodling app, allowing you to draw free-form with your fingers on the touchscreen, changing the colors and other such things using the controls at the bottom. If you’re a purist, you can use the knobs, but that’s just as annoying as it is when you’re using the real thing. As you can see by my masterpiece above, doing it freehand lets you use separate lines and you can really make great stuff that you can then send to your friends/boss. Just like with a real Etch-a-Sketch, you erase simply by shaking. $4.99. -Adam Frucci
NY Times Viewer: Basically the same as the AP viewer—but seems a little more clunkily implemented (it’s slow, images don’t always load, crashed a few times during test). Not as much video. But still a nice way to grab news for reading offline. Free. -John Mahoney
Telegram: This is the only app I didn’t buy before writing a review. The $10 app promises to send voice messages between people on your friend list or email. I call it expensive visual email. -Brian Lam
iZen Garden: Ok, I lied, I didn’t review this either. Here’s a Zen rock garden game for $8. Last time I checked rocks and dirt were free, so fake rocks and dirt should also be free. -Brian Lam
Graffitio: This is supposedly a location aware app that allows you to leave virtual message boards according to your location. You can go to a restaurant and say, “the eggs are great!” and the next user. It’s free but I wasn’t impressed yet. -Brian Lam
South Park Imaginationland: Help Butters through Imaginationland by making him jump on mushrooms, collect rainbows, and fly. It’s even worse than it sounds; the controls suck and by the time I figured out how to play, I was already bored. Still, the sound effects are great and I love South Park, so let me know when there’s a Fingerbang game. $10. -Benny Goldman
Battle of Waterloo: This is a choose your own adventure text game. About the battle of Waterloo. “Join the Infantry!” or “Lie Down and Take Cover!” Either way, “Save Your $4 Bucks!” $4 -John Mahoney
Routsey San Francisco: Basically a Next Muni app for your iPhone. You select the SF Muni line you are interested in, and based off your location it will show you the closest stop with arrival times. For some reason the app displays the schedule for the closest stop only. So there is no way to check info for a stop you are not near. $3. -Chris Mascari
LifeGame: Based on Conway’s Game of Life, this must be the easiest game ever; simply press play, and it runs itself. Watch and be mesmerized as patterns of black dots form into… something. We’re still not quite sure what we’re watching, but it looks sweet, like a binary iTunes visualizer. Make and play your own patterns for extra fun. Free. -Benny Goldman
MPG: MPG lets you keep track of how often you fill up your tank and how much you’re spending on gas, just in case you somehow forgot. It’s slow as hell on the phone we’re testing it on, even though it’s a pretty simple, but that might just be because we’ve overloaded this poor iPhone with apps. When it does work, it lets you keep track of your MPG from tank to tank. If you’re working on hypermiling, you can find out just how efficient you’ve been since the last fillup and see how much you’ve cut back on your driving. $0.99 -Adam Frucci
Zen Pinball: Rollercoaster is a pretty straightforward pinball game. The graphics are nice, and it’s pretty smooth. Essentially, you tap the right side of the screen for the right bumper, the left side for the left bumper, and flick on the ball release to fire another ball. You can nudge the table by shaking the phone as well. It’s fun enough, but you’d be hard pressed to find this exciting for more than a few minutes. $4.99 -Adam Frucci
Bomberman Touch: The Legend of Mystic Bomb: The developers who totally nail traditional d-pad-plus-two-buttons controls for iPhone games will do everyone a favor—sadly, Bomberman hasn’t. Your thumb blocks your Bomberman more than it should. Plus after the first level anyway, gameplay is too slow—not nearly frantic enough to rival the classics. $8. -John Mahoney
Aqua Forest: This water moving game uses both the touchscreen and accelerometer of the iPhone for controls. With five different categories, Tilting, Touch, Drawing, Warm/Cold, and All Functions there are 50 different puzzles that require either tilting, touching or both. There is even a Free mode, where you can create your own little atmosphere of stuff like water, fire and ice, and then by tilting/shaking the iPhone you can mix it all up. -Chris Mascari
Mobile Flickr: Full-featured Flickr app, you can browse your photos by sets, tags, and more. Photo browsing is comparable to the iPhone’s built in browser, and you can even assign a picture to a contact. It was slow to take pics and save them, but uploading to Flickr over Wi-Fi was fast. The only problem? The picture was upside down on Flickr! $3. -Benny Goldman
Exposure: This app is just designed for looking at Flickr pics, and has no upload feature. It shows recent pictures taken by others near your location which is cool, but browsing was slow and it only shows one picture per line. Skip this app, it’s worth shelling out the $3 for Mobile Flickr, especially when Exposure Premium costs $10 and only removes an ad banner. Free. -Benny Goldman
CityTransit: The undisputed king of the NYC subway map apps. It’s the only one with the officially licensed maps, it’ll plot your nearest subway stations on a Google Map for easier navigation, includes service advisories, includes LIRR and Metro North as well as an antique map, looks beautiful—does it all. And at $2.99 it’s the cheapest—don’t touch the other two, especially the $15 one. $3. -John Mahoney
Alarm Free: Alarm Free is a pretty simple, and pretty stupid, app. Basically, it’s a picture of an alarm. If you shake your phone, the alarm goes off and makes an annoying noise. Touch the screen to make it stop. Apparently,
it’s designed as a self-defense program, and you’re supposed to hold it up to an attacker to scare them off. If you hold this up to an attacker, they will steal your iPhone, then probably give you an extra hard beating for assuming they were dumb enough to be scared by flashing lights on your phone. Free. -Adam Frucci
GuitarToolKit: A companion app for your guitar that has many different tuning pre-sets (it detects sound via your iPhone’s mic), standard tone generation, a metronome and chords. Tuning my bass guitar that I’ve been too lazy to tune for a year and a half was fast and easy, and the tone generation was useful to remember which note each string was supposed to be. Chords and metronome will be great when I get around to playing it again. $9.99 is about the price of a cheap tuner, but this is even better since you have your iPhone with you always.
Sudoku (The EA Version): There are an infinite amount of ways to make a Sudoku game, some of which are fast and easy, some of which are good and well thought out. This is definitely the latter. EA shows off its decades of game experience with slick menus, smooth animations, good touch sensitivity and even an opening intro. There’s even Japanesey background music to help you concentrate. The game itself has intuitive controls as well—intuitive for entering numbers that is. $7.99. Not too steep.
Scrabble: EA’s version of Scrabble supports playing against the computer or multiplayer, but only in the sense that you take your turn and pass the phone around. No wireless gaming, which is something we would have liked. Otherwise, there’s quite a bit of polish, including a slightly over-long intro movie and the ability to drag letters from your tray into the correct slot. You can play with a grand total of four friends, which is great since each one will be able to chip in $2.50 for this somewhat steep price. $9.99.
Bank of America Mobile Banking: Lets you access your account information to see recent statements, transfer money or find BoA locations. This sounds like it has great potential if it were developed al in the iPhone’s UI, but only the login procedure is. The bulk of the application is just their mobile banking web page, which looks really ugly, and doesn’t fit in with the iPhone’s UI style at all. It’s free, but we wouldn’t use this unless you really needed to see if some transfer came through while you’re outdoors. BoA needs to go back and re-do everything correctly.
YPMobile: Free Yellow Pages access app that can use your current location to find whatever it is you’re usually looking for in the Yellow Pages. Each entry has a star rating and its distance from you. You can also look up events, make a custom list of your own “plans”, or add a business to your favorites. It’s free and should be quite useful.
Enigmo: It’s the same physics-based game where you used various objects to deflect water and lasers from a starting point to an ending point that people have been playing on the Mac for years. The graphics aren’t great for the Mac, but they’re perfect for the iPhone. Everything runs smoothly and dragging objects around feels natural. You’ll have to do a bit of scrolling around because the screen isn’t quite as big as you’d like, but it’s definitely a fun game. $9.99.
Jared: A stupid yellow face that sings at you. Good thing this is free, because it gets old fast.
WeatherBug: It’s like the default Weather app, but trades slick brevity for ugliness. However, with that ugliness comes a whole lot more information, like the heat index, humidity, dew point, rain amount, wind speeds and wind direction. There’s also radar, which didn’t actually work for us for some reason, and cameras, which you can use to spy on the high schools and elementary schools that have weather cameras installed. Wait, this sounds kinda pervy. Do you really need all that information? Probably not. It’s free though, so if you’re some kind of curious monkey, here you go.
Currency: A quick currency converter that shows how much one amount (default s dollars) is in 9 other currencies of your choice. Easy to use and useful when either traveling or when you have to convert money for some reason. Free!
RotaryDialer: The idea is good—an old school rotary dialer that you use via touch—but the execution sucks. Where’s the noise that a rotary dialer makes??! Seriously? You’re going to make this app without that noise? Go back and do this again. Free, but disappointing.
Trism: A sliding puzzle game that’s slightly similar to Bejweled, but actually uses the iPhone’s acclerometer to detect which direction is down. This affects gameplay by changing which direction triangles fall when you’ve made a match. For $4.99, it’s a pretty sweet game.
Jott: It records voice memos and converts them into text notes. Swipe a task after you complete it, and it strikes through the words. I’m more likely to keep track of tasks now that I can speak them instead of tapping them in on the keyboard, but for Jott to be consistently useful they must improve speech recognition and recording length, add more of the features offered in their phone-based service, and send crossed out notes to the trash. Free. – Benny Goldman
GoLearn Fitness Plus: This fitness app combines trainer videos that gives you tips about exercising at the gym, running, hiking or cycling. Each workout comes with a demonstration so you know you’re doing it right, plus has a log tracker so you can enter in your reps or your miles/time for running and hiking. At $19.99, the “Plus” version incorporates all the other workouts of the four individual versions at half the total price. An hour with an actual fitness trainer like our Sean Fallon costs more than $19.99, and they won’t even show you what to do all the time or remember every set you’ve ever done. There’s also a home workout if you’re not really the gym-going type. Seriously, $19.99 is cheap for getting in shape and not dying early.
eBay: A basic looking but extremely well rounded eBay app for the iPhone. By signing in you have the usually My eBay options of displaying what is being watched, sold, etc. What makes this app amazing is its iPhone specific eBay item / page browser. Scrolling through listings is easy and loads fast. Once at an item age, the iPhone displays the most important information with links to bidding, buying, watching, description, and pictures. The pictures page has a gallery style display, which is very nice. Free. – Chris Mascari
PayPal: This app is pretty limited and doesn’t feel like a finished product. With only two real features, ability to check your PayPal balance or send money, this app is kinda useless. Free. – Chris Mascari
Expenses: Expenses by Nexonia is a free download, but it actually isn’t free. Super lame. You have to pay $10 a month to their subscription service, which isn’t worth it unless you’re really heavy into expenses for your company and they don’t already have a system in place, you can easily keep track of your expenses with the default notes application. $10 a month = no thanks.
Cro-Mag Rally: This game is pretty fun but definitely takes some time to get used to. It’s basically Mario Kart for the iPhone with a caveman theme. Steering uses the iPhone accelerometer and actually works well once you get the hang of it. There are 9 different race tracks and 11 different vehicles to drive, which combined with the superb graphics, makes this game a good time. $10.
CowToss: The self-proclaimed worst iPhone app ever, CowToss lets you bounce a static animation of a cow up and down on your screen. That’s it. Shamefully overpriced at $0.99, unless electronic irony is your thing. – Dan Nosowitz
iMilk: This little app uses the iPhone’s motion sensor to tell when the phone is being tipped, like a glass. So if you tip the phone forward, the “milk” inside will drain out pretty realistically. If you shake the phone, it’ll foam up like milk. A fun show off app but pricey at $2.99. – Dan Nosowitz
iPint: Just like iMilk, only with a more “mature” substance, a 3.5-inch tall glass of beer. Definitely worth the free download, though you must be 17 to order. – Dan Nosowitz
Crazy Mouth: Similar to Crazy Eye, but with animations of mouths like a robot and a cheerful whistler. The animations are a little more elaborate than Crazy Eye and a little more entertaining. Worth the $1 if you’ve got it to toss around. – Dan Nosowitz
Banner Free: Turns your phone into a scrolling LED-style banner. I can see this becoming annoying pretty quickly, when someone downloads it and only communicates with the outside world via scrolling banner. Still, it’s fun for now, and free. -Benny Goldman
Shakespeare: The complete works of Shakespeare condensed into a ~3MB app. Adjustable font size and easy to navigate menus are good, but I’d like to see search and highlighting capabilities. It’s free, which is a refreshing change from so many other public domain books that are going for $1 in the app store. -Benny Goldman
G-Park: G-Park uses the A-GPS to mark where your car is parked. When you want to return to the spot, press a button for turn-by-turn directions. If you constantly get lost in the parking lot, it’s worth the $1. -Benny Goldman
Mindwarp: “Duuude! Stare at this trippy swirly picture for 30 seconds and then, like, check out your hand! It’s insane!” Sorry, I ran out of whatever drug I needed for this a long time ago. $1 -Benny Goldman
Scribble: A simple drawing application with four colors and one brush size. Pictures can be saved to your photo library, but can’t be edited once you leave the app. Not the best sketching app we’ve seen, but it’s the most free. -Benny Goldman
Frisbee Golf: This game takes the only good part of playing disc golf—going outside, maybe drinking a beer—and ditches it. Too hard to aim, too much unnecessary 3D and not very fun. To the hippies that would buy this: You’re better off saving your money for what you normally spend it on. $3. -Benny Goldman
Loopt: A location based social network app that will display what your friends are doing and where they’re at. There are a slew of features like uploading pictures to show what you are doing and even integrated Yelp! reviews on the map. Overall the app works great and is pretty fun but will drain your battery like a motherfucker. Free. -Chris Mascari
Cube Runner: Cube runner follows the Monkey Ball style of using the accelerometer for tilt-based controls to navigate your…um…arrow through a drab-looking mess of cubes. It’s intuitive and fun, but once you get tired of chasing the high score, there’s little reason to go back to it. Free. -Adrian Covert
Tetris:Let’s be honest – Tetris isn’t exactly the most ambitious project for a company like EA Games. That’s probably why the company’s iPhone port is a little overdone. The basic gameplay functions are well thought out and the touch-focused controls are completely intuitive, though we’d be pretty disappointed to find any kind of learning curve for a Tetris game. EA obviously wanted to use a bit of the iPhone’s rendering capability, but the graphics are gaudy to the point of distraction. Anyone looking for a simple, clean port like Tris (from the jailbreak days. See you soon, Tris…) should probably pass, but if you need a fix now I guess you don’t have much of a choice. At $9.99 you can expect a decent competitor to pop up at a lower price point, if not for free. -John Herrman
Twitterific: Great implementation of the service – smooth menus, fast updates, can embed photos and locations in your tweets natively. And it looks great. Free with ads, $10 without. -John Mahoney
Twittelator: Gets the job done, but it’s buggy. Occasionally can’t connect to the server, and the interface is not nearly as polished as Twitterific. Free. -John Mahoney
Twittervision: Cool visualization of tweets from around the world in real time that matches the website of the same name. Also lets you track location-tagged tweets that are in your area and provides very basic updating. Fun, but use it with Twitterific, not instead of. Free. -John Mahoney
Mocha VNC Lite: Mocha is a VNC client that supports full QWERTY and safari-like zooming as well as landscape mode. Double click works, but right click doesn’t, but there is no official App store equivalent so this is your desktop remote client of choice. -Brian Lam
Twinkle: This Twitter app oneups Twitteriffic by not only showing who’s twittering, but where they’re doing it. Paired with a great UI, Twinkle is a winner. Free. -Matt Buchanan
Aurora Feint: Aurora Feint is a bastard mix of Bejewled, tilt controls and an RPG (laying the groundwork for an MMO). Sounds weird, but it’s pretty damn fun. -Benny Goldman
MealSplitter: MealSplitter is a tip and check splitting app to help you figure out who owes what at the end of a meal. Unfortunately, it evidently does a lousy job, unable to calculate separate meal prices correctly: one person’s expensive item will be split evenly among everybody. – submitted by Kenny Crochet
iRetrophone: Rotary phone UI for the iPhone. You enter numbers and hit call. Funny, great sound effects, but not worth $3.
NetSketch: Cool Bonjour-like collaborative drawing app for passing notes and crude anatomical sketches over Wi-Fi. $8
Where: Yet another geo device, this one linked to yelp, starbucks, zipcar, skymap and gasbuddy locations, each on different maps. It even has buddy beaconing, but I’d rather just use yelp and loopt for buddies. Bad news: Doesn’t always work. Good news: It’s free.
Crash Bandicoot: Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D is a Mario Kart-like 3D racer with Crash Bandicoot at the wheel instead of the chubby Brooklyn plumber. For $9.99, we expect better.
MLB’s At Bat: If you like baseball, buy MLB’s At Bat. It’s worth $5. Every game today, yesterday and tomorrow with a full inning-by-inning rundown and video highlights in a slick interface. On Wi-Fi, they load fast, and you can make out the back of a player’s jersey while it chugs at a solid framerate. On 3G, you’ll wish a pop fly knocked your eyes out. – Matt Buchanan
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Imagine going to a wedding and snapping hundreds of photos with your camera phone. Upload the entire camera roll to your Snapfish account, create an album, and share the photos with the bride and groom, and anyone else at the wedding before the reception is over.
Then create a photo book online and have an amazing wedding photo gift waiting for the happy couple when they get home from their honeymoon.
It really is that easy, fast and fun!
Snapfish by HP HPQ has announced a simple new way for people to quickly create custom photo books, along with a host of convenient tools designed to make accessing and sharing photos easier for customers wherever and whenever they want.
New from Snapfish, Magic Layouts allows people to create the photo books they imagine by providing more control over photo book designs. Snapfish worked with HP Labs, the company’s central research arm, to develop the tool, which enables customers to achieve professional-looking results without the frustration.
Other new tools and enhancements from Snapfish include:
A Facebook app that allows Facebook users to print photos directly from their Facebook photo albums at Snapfish.com; Snapfish Express Upload, for faster web-based, high-resolution uploading; A Snapfish app available through the Apple App Store for easy uploading and sharing from iPhones or iPods; An Apple iPhoto plug-in for Mac users to upload photos directly from their desktops; and One-touch access to Snapfish via the new HP Photosmart Premium All-in-One. “We know our customers are savvy and juggle busy, on-the-go lives while wanting the ultimate in convenience when considering ways to make the most of their photos,” said Ben Nelson, general manager, Snapfish by HP. “By adding speed and introducing new platforms, we are simplifying the way they upload, create and share their memories.”
Using a sophisticated algorithm developed by HP Labs, Magic Layouts enables smart creativity by providing automated custom layouts that always look great and fit users’ photos.
With each click of the Shuffle button, customers can cycle through alternate layouts optimized for their books’ artwork. Users can drag and drop up to 15 photos onto a page and watch as they magically adjust to fit. At any time in the creation process, it’s easy to undo and redo edits, even many steps back.
Print Facebook photos and albums when ordering prints
A new Snapfish Facebook app allows users to not only print photos from their Snapfish albums, but from Facebook albums, too. Now when users click on “order prints” at Snapfish.com, they can select photos to print from their own Facebook albums, or from those that have been shared with them by Facebook friends.
The process is fast, easy and secure, temporarily copying the photos to Snapfish to order for home delivery or to pick up at retail. As photos are copied to Snapfish, they are automatically adjusted for red eye removal and color enhancement, resulting in optimal quality prints.
Upload photos quickly from anywhere, anytime
Snapfish Express Upload, a new tool available to all Snapfish users with no download required, helps users take the first step in getting JPEGs off their digital cameras and hard drives and onto the site, where they can be transformed into works of art.
Users can upload multiple photos at once and take advantage of new options to print and share them while they wait for the upload to complete or they can view their photos in a carousel slideshow. Additionally, they can save time by enabling automatic photo correction to remove red eye, rotate and color correct the photos that need it instantly upon upload.
The new Snapfish iPhone App allows Snapfish users to quickly and easily upload iPhone or iPod photos to their Snapfish account, at no additional charge. With an exclusive multiple photo upload option, users can enjoy faster uploads and less toggling back and forth between the Snapfish site and the application. The app also allows users to create an album and share their photos with friends and family via a mobile phone number or email address – all from the device.
Also available at no additional charge is the new Snapfish iPhoto Exporter, a fast and simple solution for Mac users who work in the Apple iPhoto program for photo organization. iPhoto users can download the plug-in to upload photos directly to their Snapfish accounts and quickly get to work sharing, printing and creating prints and gifts.
HP and Snapfish make photos come alive with the touch of a finger
HP also introduced a new photo printer that provides one-touch access to Snapfish.com – the HP Photosmart Premium All-in-One. The printer offers easy-to-use print, scan and copy capabilities and wireless connectivity(1) as well as the convenience of a direct web connection to Snapfish – all for just $199.(2)
With a sleek HP TouchSmart control panel and large 3.45-inch color touchscreen, the HP Photosmart Premium All-in-One allows users to view, edit and print lab-quality photos from online albums at Snapfish.(3) Customers can archive, share and create projects or print photos from the site all from the printer, without having to log on to a PC.
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(1) Wireless performance depends on physical environment and distance from access point.
(2) Estimated U.S. street price. Actual price may vary.
(3) Requires a Snapfish.com account and an Internet connection to the printer.
With more than 140,000 apps in the iPhone App Store, finding task-specific apps or utilities for your iPhone or iPod touch (and soon iPad) isn’t the hard part. The hard part is finding the best app for the job. That’s why we’re searching the App Store to find the best apps for a specific purpose. First on our list: Remote Control apps!
The long-promised convergence of television and the Internet is finally coming. More and more consumer electronics devices come with features like WiFi and built-in support for Internet services. Tools like Boxee (even with the Apple TV) and Windows 7 Media Center make it easier than ever to connect your computer to your TV to enjoy online content.
Last summer, a new project was creating the ultimate Mac mini HTPC, and in the end, it turned out great. However, as it turned out one of the most frustrating (and potentially costly) factors of the whole project was finding a viable keyboard, mouse and remote setup. Controlling a computer from the couch is different than controlling it from a desk, and even though I found a lot of great software-based remote options (and a few hardware options too), it turned out that the best (and by far, most cost-effective) method for controlling my entire setup was right in my pocket.
There are literally dozens and dozens of iPhone and iPod touch apps that can control your PC (be it Mac, Windows or Linux), but after using and testing the big players in this field (and even the small ones), I’ve found five of my favorites. Check them out and be sure to leave your own suggestions in the comments.
*A Note: With one exception, all of these apps are multi-purpose, meaning they are designed to control more than one program. For that reason, some of the XBMC or Boxee-specific apps were left off my list.
Even before HippoRemote Pro 2.0 was released, this app had a permanent spot on my iPhone’s home screen. The Pro version of the app is $4.99 and a less-feature rich basic version is available for $0.99 and a new Lite edition is available for free.
What makes this app so great is that it works with Mac, Windows and Linux, and acts not only as a viable trackpad/keyboard combo, but offers all kinds of app profiles (plus you can create your own) to control applications like Boxee, Windows Media Center 7, Hulu Desktop, your web browser, iTunes, and more. Plus, you can create macros, easily switch apps, wake up your device over LAN, and use international keyboards.
The new version of HippoRemote Pro also features an awesome Boxee plugin that adds the same kind of gesture control as the official Boxee iPhone app, as well as a built-in web browser (for checking the web, IMDB or Facebook) and Twitter client that lets you check your timeline, mentions and send tweets all from the remote application.
Check out this video the team made showing off the new HippoRemote 2.0:
At our house we use this on our Macs and Windows PCs and really, really love it.
Keymote from Iced Cocoa is a Mac-only remote control that works by creating little application-specific keysets to control specific actions. Think of it like those macro-based IR remote controls (like the ones Sony used to sell before the Logitech Harmony series took over the market).
What sets Keymote apart is its built-in Keymote “store” where you can download keysets from other users to use with your favorite apps. The interface is really nice and for users who really like to have key commands and shortcuts at their fingertips, Keymote is great.
Remote Jr. comes in two flavors, the full version for $7.99 or the lite version for $1.99. Remote Jr. Lite doesn’t support Wake-on-LAN and doesn’t have a keyboard or trackpad/airmouse, but will give you a taste of the app itself.
More than other remote control apps, Remote Jr. really is more of a fully-functional VNC (Virtual Network Computing) app. By this I mean you can view your computer’s desktop, access specific elements or apps, and interact with them even when you aren’t in front of your computer.
Most of the remote control apps just use WiFi to connect to your components or PC, which is great — but Remote Jr. can connect over GPRS/Edge or 3G, meaning you can access and control your Mac or PC even if you aren’t at home. That’s pretty powerful. There are other VNC apps out there (namely iTeleport: Jaadu VNC) that have more features, but they also cost a lot more ($24.99) and don’t have the remote control and application switching interface built into them like Remote Jr.
A new version of Remote Jr. was just submitted to the App Store, and amongst other additions and improvements, it will bring audio streaming and Apple TV support. Apple TV support is a really great addition that I look forward to putting to use!
Check out this video to see Remote Jr. in action:
Remote Jr. is a great app for people that want a cross between a VNC app and a remote control, without having to buy both.
Elgato’s EyeTV system is an absolutely fantastic way to turn your Mac into a DVR to record, edit and playback HDTV programming from over the air or cable.
The EyeTV iPhone app is a $4.99 companion that not only lets you control your EyeTV system, but lets you set up recording, view your schedule and programming guide, and play back recording from your computer on your iPhone. You can even stream live TV over a 3G connection, a la the SlingPlayer (SlingPlayer for Windows, SlingPlayer for Mac), if you use the free EyeTV Live 3G web app (the EyeTV app will let you watch live TV and record over WiFi without a problem).
When you consider the price of a SlingPlayer and the corresponding mobile app, it makes the EyeTV that much more of a bargain.
Snatch is a $3.99 remote control app that is extremely similar to both HippoRemote and Keymote. You can control your Mac or PC (and Snatch supports all the way back to Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger).
It has a multi-touch trackpad, a keyboard and a remote control editor. You can edit and design the layout of your remote control, adding buttons to specific functions. You can also create a “dock” of sorts for the applications that you like to frequently access.
One feature I like about Snatch is that you can see what apps are running and easily switch between them.
Snatch has a ton of fans, and while I still defer to HippoRemote or Remote Jr., it is a worthy player in the remote control space. Before buying Snatch, you can download the free Snatch Trackpad Test app to make sure it will work with your configuration.
Did I leave out one of your favorite remotes? How do you control your Mac or Windows PC with your iPhone or iPod touch? What features are you looking for in a remote control app? Let us know!
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