You may have noticed a trend in my iPhone apps of the week posts: I mostly download games. To offer a little balance to my posts, this week I have a couple of useful iPhone apps that aren't just for when you want to waste some time. Both are free so you can take advantage of these useful tools right away.
Free Translator is a language translator that lets you send e-mails in different languages. The concept is fairly simple: choose a source language, choose a target language, and then hit translate. When you're finished, you can send … Read more
Google has joined the OpenID crowd, but just like Microsoft and Yahoo, you can't use the OpenID on Google, but you can use Google credentials other places. Unlike Microsoft and Yahoo though, Google has decided to tweak the OpenID implementation a little to make it better. That means that it's nonstandard and won't work for all standards-compliant OpenID servers. Bullies. We also admire the new DRM-free music store from clothing retailer, Hot Topic. Really.Listen now: Download today's podcast Episode 842
When you're wedged next to someone at a conference, you can't help noticing their business from the corner of your eye. That's how I saw that my seat mate at last week's BlackBerry Developer Conference was using FreeMind (for Windows and Mac) to take notes on the talk.
I've looked at the freeware application FreeMind before, but had never seen it in the wild. I have to admit, compared with my two pages of linear notes organized primarily by bold text and a lot of paragraph spaces, my neighbor's mind map looked elegant and … Read more
Techdirt has a great response to those that believe that "free" isn't everything in building a next-generation music business:
Of course it isn't, you dolts.
Well, Techdirt tried to be more diplomatic than that, but it does a good job of ripping into those that criticize free distribution of music as a viable business model. The problem with such critiques, as Techdirt notes, is that no one is arguing that "free" is THE business model. As in music and open-source software, the argument is simply that free makes a great component of a killer … Read more
Gordon Lee Weaver proves that even a home-recording artist can reach the same epic heights as some of rock's most adventurous artists. With a flare for theatrical '70s hard rock, his song "Point of View" builds into a flurry of guitar wails but not before dancing through some challenging, lofty prog that would make Queen proud.