Free, straightforward, and attractive, Dictionary.com for iPhone and iPod Touch has one or two highlights that give it some interest beyond searching for a quick dictionary definition. It isn't the only dictionary application for iPhone by a long shot, but it is a solid effort that has brand name appeal for Internet vocabulary geeks--plus, it's got those helpful tidbits we mentioned. For instance, after typing a search term, you can switch between the dictionary definition and thesaurus without losing your word. Also, the definitions and synonyms are preloaded into the app, which means your world of words … Read more
What's this gizmo? Another ridiculous lens thing for bolting on the front of your phone to beef up that pitiful 2-megapixel camera? Actually, no: it's the CellScope, which turns a normal mobile phone--in this case, a rather venerable Nokia N73--into a microscope. Limited access to microscopy in the developing world makes this a handy tool for diagnosing diseases like tuberculosis and malaria.
The CellScope works with handhelds and even Netbooks. The really clever bit is that it wirelessly transmits patient data to clinical centers, allowing the patient to be evaluated remotely and treatment suggested. Developed by … Read more
By default, every e-mail you send from your iPhone includes the same signature: "Sent from my iPhone."
Nice as it is to crow about your hip, trendy choice of communicator, you might want to consider something different. For example, maybe you don't want the boss to know you're out and about instead of slaving away at your desk. Or maybe you feel the sig needs a dose of your sparkling wit.
Whatever the case, it's easy to change your e-mail signature. Tap the Settings icon, then tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Scroll down until you find … Read more
Better late than never? Well, we'll leave that up to you to decide, but any Verizon Wireless customers who have been lusting over the HTC Touch Diamond can finally get one of their own.
The carrier announced that the Touch Diamond will be available for purchase starting on Friday, through business channels and online. The unfortunate part? It's going to cost you $299.99 with a two-year contract. A little high, don't you think?
The results are in for the spring installment of Piper Jaffray's biannual Teen Survey, and not surprisingly, things look very good for Apple--particularly when it comes to the iPod.
According to the survey, now in its eighth year, 92 percent of students own some sort media player--up from 87 percent a year ago--and of those who do own a media player, 86 percent own an iPod. Only 4 percent of the 600 students interviewed for the survey owned a Zune. (The average age of the students surveyed was 16.3 years old; 54 percent were male, and 46 percent … Read more
Read It Later (download), the bookmarking meets productivity tool has a new iPhone app out (review it). It lets you sync up with your desktop reading list and pick up stories while away from your computer. But the real reason to get it, is that like the desktop version it lets you save stories for offline reading, giving you a way to catch up on content even when you're away from a sturdy data connection.
There's both a free and pro version. The pro version, which costs $2.99, adds in things like a bookmarklet for saving links … Read more
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Mediamote is a free app that turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a remote control for Windows Media Center.
That's awesome news for anyone who runs WMC on, say, a laptop or den PC, and wants a way to control it from the couch. Mediamote sets up a simple ad-hoc Wi-Fi network between Windows and the iPhone.
I'm not sure I've ever seen an App Store listing with less information than the one for Mediamote, which is something of a problem: there's no indication that you need to visit the developer's Web site and … Read more
You know what I hate? When you bring out your iPhone to make a phone call or text somebody and the person you're with goes, "Ohhhhh look at THIS guy; Jimmy Fallon over here think he's cutting edge with his iPhone." I feel your pain, brothers and sisters, but our friends at ZweiPhone have a simple solution that'll fix our problem: a collection of stickers bearing an image of an obsolete phone designed to mask your embarrassingly commonplace iPhone.
ZweiPhone's motto is "Downgrade Today"--each sticker they sell is a convincing reproduction … Read more
Cable operator Cox Communications is getting closer to launching its new cell phone service. And The Wall Street Journal has picked up a few more tidbits of detail about what the company has in store for the new service.
Cox has been dreaming of wireless for a long time. It had been involved in a joint venture with Comcast, Time Warner, and other cable companies to build a new wireless company. The plan was to use Sprint Nextel's network to provide the service. But in fewer than three years, the companies squabbled over marketing and technical issues, and they … Read more