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Being the Apple "addict" I am, I had always thought I’d be getting the new iPhone as soon as it came out.
However the 3G iPhone is unlike any phone release I’ve ever seen before, because all of the software changes will be available to the older model.
This makes the upgrade only worthwhile for the hardware changes, which I will review below in my own order of increasing importance…
There is something to be said about the people who help lay the foundation for others to follow. I’m referring to the ones who create the new technology others later copy. You know the type, they are the first to go against the grain because they know there is a better way. They are the ones who risk everything to help create and define a new market where one does not currently exist.
This was the case with the first pioneers who helped create the Internet and turn it into what it is today, and its about to happen again. A small army of people have spent the last few months of their lives setting the stage for a new era in portable computing.
Alex Kac of WebIS is one of those people and I am pleased to have had the opportunity to speak with a fellow developer about his upcoming plans to bring his application, Pocket Informant, to the iPhone.
I have to admit it- I’m a bit obsessed with the iPhone. I love using it and truly believe it’s just the genesis of a revolution in mobile computing. So as you might imagine, having the opportunity to speak with someone who is not only even more excited about the device and its future, but who is also one of the key people helping to CREATE that future, is a real treat for me.
That was certainly the case yesterday when I had the pleasure to speak with Michael Sanford of FlipSide5. More than anyone with whom I’ve spoken, Michael appreciates the impact of what is about to take place this Friday as iPhone 2.0 (and native versions of his incredibly popular games) is released.
Fueled by a desire to support our local farmers (frequenting all of my local co-op markets, of course), I decide that the fabulous, crimson (you can take the student out of art school, but not art school out of the student) point-of-purchase display (brimming with NJ heirloom tomatoes) on the veggie table is too much to resist. So I hastily (although, not without taking time to savor a fragrant whiff as I put each one in the biodegradable plastic bag) load 2 lbs. of these juicy delights into my basket and head to the “register” (I use this term loosely since it’s really just an overall-clad teenager with a scale and cigar box.) Great, but now what? I wasn’t planning to make the usual “basil, fresh mozzarella, and (you know)” or puttanesca sauce tonight. So, what to make, what to make, what . . .
Over the past few years I have been moving toward being as paperless as possible.
When the New York Times released their TimesReader last year I jumped on it. Reading the Times on my tablet pc was a pleasure. Fortunately just months after I made the move to Mac so did the TimesReader. Most of the time, though, I read the paper on my iPhone using the NYTimes mobile site.
My paper magazines have all but been replaced by Zinio’s electronic versions.
I’ve cycled through a number of dedicated eReaders. I had the original Sony Reader. I used a Kindle for a week before returning it. And I currently have a SonyReader PRS-505.
I love the convenience of having a huge variety of reading material with me all the times and reading on a screen has become completely natural for me.
The holy grail of electronic reading?? Ebooks on the iPhone…
Did you just place a shunt and need to confirm its placement?
Do you need to see that gall bladder ultrasound, that complex fracture x-ray or the CT scan showing a subdural hematoma but you are not at your office, a hospital or at your home computer to view it?
Worry no more my medical friends!! There is a new iPhone application that will allow us to do just that.
"Life Record" allows remote viewing of a wide range of scans via the iPhone, and it’s just one of the dozens of features included in this EMR (electronic medical record) application.
Their promo piece says it all…
Medical applications were front and center at WWDC and for good reason. With its constant connectivity and wide screen, the iPhone has the potential to be a terrific medical digital assistant. Problem is… I faint at the sight of blood and don’t know much of anything about medical stuff other than "the hip bone’s connected to the…"
That’s why we are please to welcome Rob (aka BrainMan) to WOiP.
Rob is a licensed and certified Physician Assistant with privileges at five hospitals in central New Jersey. New to the iPhone and iPod Touch, Rob has a depth of general medical knowledge and a specialty in neurosurgery. Rob will be reviewing medical apps here and giving us insight into some of the many ways new apps make the iPhone a "must-have" medical device.
SplashData is one of the leading providers of productivity software for the handheld device market. Founded in 2000, their applications can be found on a vast array of devices ranging from Palm/Treo and Windows Mobile to BlackBerry and Symbian – as well as desktop versions for both the Windows and Mac platforms.
The announcement that three of their best known applications (SplashID, SplashShopper and SplashWallet) would be available for the iPhone was well received by many who have become accustomed to using them on other smartphone platforms.
Each of these apps are already top sellers in their respective categories. Their ability to wirelessly sync with their desktop companion apps, via the company’s proprietary SplashSync tool, makes them exponentially more powerful.
Having used them on other platforms we, at What’s on iPhone, already know how well they perform and can’t wait for their release!
Earlier today, we had the opportunit to interview SplashID’s CEO, Morgan Slain, via email. We were especially pleased to learn that these three initial releases are just a sampling of what’s to come.
Read on for our interview…
The iPhone’s hardware and software are only one part of the revolution in handheld computing that is currently underway. A key element of the radical change we are about to see is the distribution model represented by the App Store. Never before has there been such a centralized method for developers to release their software and customers to gain access to it.
The question that looms large in the face of this change is this–
Is this model good for developers?
Is it good for consumers?…
Michael Sanford of FlipSide5 has an excellent post over on his blog about Web Apps vs. Native Apps. He asks the question as to what, if anything, the difference is between the web apps we have been using for the past year and the native apps that are coming at the end of this week.
He answers with this–