Phill Ryu, one of my favorite Mac bloggers--and also a developer of fine Mac software--recently came up with five applications he'd like to see on the iPhone. There are already a ton of applications available for iPhone, many of which you can find at our iPhone Approll (a lot of the applications were reviewed by yours truly!). But if you're an iPhone owner, I would bet at least one of Phill's ideas has probably crossed your mind. I think my favorite of the fantasy applications is a fully functional iTunes Store for iPhone.… Read more
Last week we published a tutorial that explained a method for moving third-party iPhone application binaries from your Mac to your iPhone -- a 5-step process that involves a number of Terminal commands and requires several pieces of software. Thanks to the efforts of some hard working hackers, there is now an iPhone application that will download and install other applications directly from/on the device itself.
We put the application -- appropriately enough, dubbed Installer.app -- on an in-house phone using our previously published method (if your iPhone is already set up using our tutorial, all you need … Read more
Facebook and Meebo introduced new applications for iPhone users this week. I had been awaiting these two apps as, sadly, these are two of my addictions - social networking and chatting.
Facebook's typical page would load in my iPhone's Safari browser decently well. Loading the page and surfing around was pretty fast regardless of being on the EDGE or on a Wi-Fi network. However, on Safari, I soon came to realize that I couldn't change or update my "status" and was forever stuck doing whatever it was I was doing in the morning I … Read more
My company recently added a client for whom Like.com is a direct competitor.
The Web site was much-hyped and reviewed 10 months ago, when it fired up, including being dubbed the "First True Visual Image Search," but little has been made of it since.
If you believe the traffic trend data from Alexa, traffic to Like.com has mirrored interest by the media and blogosphere, having a spike at launch, followed by a marked decline.
A company called SHAPE Services has debuted a Web-based version Skype designed specifically for the iPhone. The service is available free "for a limited time." While the developers say the application doesn't require WiFi, other VOIP solutions we've tried on the iPhone have exhibited dismal performance when attempting to operate over AT&T's EDGE network. It uses SkypeOut credits for voice.
The Web app, dubbed "IM for Skype" is already available for BlackBerry RIM, Windows Mobile Pocket PC, Palm OS, Symbian and J2ME devices.
I'm used to visiting the official Mozilla add-ons site to grab my Firefox extensions, but there's a new option in town for Facebook app-aholics. It's called Rock Your Firefox, and it accomplishes nearly the same thing as does the Mozilla add-ons site, but in a simple Facebook application. Its "killer app" is that it keeps track of what themes and extensions your friends have downloaded and recommend--a process that usually requires nosing around their browsers.
Each add-on has its own landing page, along with a list of people who recommend the application. You can sort … Read more
Las Vegas, or "Sin City"--24/7 gambling, drinking, food buffets and general round-the-clock fun. It's a great place to take tightly wired co-workers and get them unwired.
But that's not quite what Rob Veitch has in mind, when he attends Sybase's annual TechWave user conference in Las Vegas beginning Tuesday.
Veitch, senior director of business development for Sybase, touted his company's plans to unveil its unwired enterprise partnership with Taiwanese smart phone maker High Tech Computer (HTC) at the conference.
The HTC alliance is designed to bolster Sybase's mobility efforts, in getting … Read more
So far we've covered a number of Web-based IM clients built for the iPhone. There's the lightweight Heysan, TinyBuddy (which uses the iUi guidelines to mimic the iPhone's sliding style interface and adds an extra layer of security by requiring users to login via AOL's own Web-based authentication), and JiveTalk, which mimics the Mac OS X iChat interface to some extent.
After the Always On conference program closed on Wednesday, I headed over to the Lunch 2.0 event (it started at 5 p.m., but who's counting?) at Facebook HQ. When I got there, the room was packed with Facebook employees and builders. (See the video for a peek at the crowd; yes, that's Scoble.) I thought it would be a good opportunity to get the skinny on good Facebook applications. Beyond the statistically popular applications, and the applications you see that your friends are using, I wanted to know what applications Facebook insiders use and like.
Here'… Read more
Splice Music, a Flash-based online sequencing tool, opened to the broad Internet public about a year ago. It's free, although registration is required, and filled with thousands of sound samples and remixable songs, all licensed under various Creative Commons licenses, meaning that they're available for you to recombine. It's a fun place to start for old-school analog musicians who've never played with a sequencing program before. (And who don't have a Mac with Garage Band preinstalled.)