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By: Andrea Vettori
So, I’m back from my iPhone-enhanced roadtrip. Along the way (600ish miles since last night) there were a number of applications that were incredibly helpful. Before I post on that, though I want to talk a little bit more about entertainment.
Yes, I listen to music on the way back but I also had the opportunity to catch up on some podcasts. About an hour into my trip home I realized I had missed my favorite Sunday morning news programs. Of course I could watch at home tonight since my iMac recorded them using eyeTV, but I realized… why wait if I didn’t have to.
So I turned on my iPhone, started the “Podcaster”, typed "Meet the" into the search window and within 3 seconds the app asked if I wanted to subscribe to "Meet The Press". I subscribed and within 35 seconds was listening to this morning’s broadcast. (Depressing stuff talking about the financial meltdown, the current government bail and the future of the country… but that’s besides the point.)
I can’t recommend Podcaster strongly enough. It is one app EVERYONE should have on their iPhone…
Oh, wait… that’s not possible is it?
By: Antoine Raux
I ended up having to take a bit of a road trip this weekend. 4 1/2 hours last night, another hour to my destination this morning and then 5-6 hours home later today. Not terribly much in the scheme of things but certainly more than I am used to driving. What I discovered came as no surprise… the iPhone makes for a great traveling companion.
Yesterday’s drive was actually rather nice. It was a beautiful fall day in the Northeast, the roads were pretty much clear and my iPhone kept me entertained throughout most of the 4 1/2.
On July 11th, the iPhone (finally) gained access to native instant messaging. There were a number of services immediately available. The one I chose– AIM.
It’s a simple app that works well enough. In fact, the biggest issue with AIM is the inability to run in the background- but that is Apple’s fault not AIMs.
This morning, however, Palringo, another IM client, was updated.
Palringo is a “rich” messaging service which means
not only can you send text-based messages to your contacts, but also pictures and vocal instant messages.
Since it works with tons of services, including iChat, AOL’s AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, Gadu Gadu, ICQ, Jabber and Windows Live Messenger, Palringo sounds like a one-stop IM shop.
Best of all, Palringo’s iPhone client apparently remains connected for a short period even if you navigate from the app. This means, for example, you can check email or take a call and return to Palringo without losing your connection.
?The update makes it even more powerful and includes some of the following additions–
“When you were talking about apps for your iPhone I didn’t realize the kind of garbage to which you were referring.“ said my father-in-law with more than a bit of a perplexed look yesterday.
What a great conversation starter!
Turns out he had just read an article in the current edition of Fortune Magazine entitled ”Is Your iPhone Cool Enough?“ The article lists some of the sillier apps and discusses the challenge of transforming such Apps into real-life dinero.
As one Bay Area technology tester is quoted to say, ”We’re all amazed that people are trying to monetize stupidity,“
And stupid the article highlights.
A box toward the bottom of the article lists the ”Top 10 Must-Have iPhone Apps“. Included on the list are such apps as iLightr, RimShot and Wooo Button.
It is no wonder my father-in-law was suddenly perplexed as to how and why I am spending what little free time I have on an iPhone app site.
And THAT is the problem…
The iPhone app worked well from the start but with each update it gets incrementally better.
I’m actually a bit surprised by how often I turn to Pandora when I want to listen to music these days. It works especially well in the car. I plug in the stereo’s aux in plug, fire up Pandora and I am good to go. 3G streaming of my both favorites and new discoveries fill the air.
Well, Pandora just got updated to Version 1.2 and this new version makes great even great.
The update includes…
By far my favorite writing app for the iPhone and iPod Touch is WriteRoom. I love the clean simplicity of it. I love the fact it shifts from portrait to landscape by simply tilting the device. (This is key to actually using the iPhone/Touch to compose text since because I find that I am far faster and more accurate in landscape than portrait.)
No, WriteRoom isn’t as full featured as my other favorite writing app TextGuru, and it doesn’t have cool input system like WritingPad but here’s the thing- It isn’t supposed to be.
Like WriteRoom for the Mac, WriteRoom for iPhone is meant to be quick, simple and distraction-free. And it does it beautifully. Add to that the cool approach it takes to file sharing and you have a real winner.
Over on the HogBaySoftware site (yes, that IS the name), WriteRoom guru Jesse Grosjean posted news that WriteRoom.iPhone 1.1 is awaiting approval for admission into the App Store. The update promises to make my favorite writing app even better.
The update includes
(This is off focus but important.)
You know the usb adapter that shipped with the iPhone 3G?
The one where you looked at it, and then the one you got with your IPhone "Classic", and thought,
"Man did Apple go cheap here to save a few cents!"
Well, that small, cheap-looking adapter was apparently smaller and cheaper than anyone knew. But it won’t be saving Apple any money now.
It seems that
"under certain conditions the new ultracompact Apple USB power adapter’s metal prongs can break off and remain in a power outlet, creating a risk of electric shock."
That’s right… it’s recall time folks.