iToner is a great piece of software that I, and many others, have been waiting for. I personally don’t think that there are any applications that I would ever want to add to my iPhone, ringtones on the other hand would be greatly appreciated. Don’t get me wrong I love Marimba but I would like something a little different sometimes.
iToner for only $15 will let you drag and drop ringtones to your iPhone and you don’t even have to do any jailbreaking. They have a neat video on the product page showing you just how easy it is. I don’t think I would encourage anyone to purchase it this close to the Apple event on September 5th but they do have a free trial.
As many of you Mac users know Firefox 2 is one of the buggiest applications for OS X. I personally was having 5-10 crashes per day and that doesn’t mean that it would beach ball for a few seconds and then it would work again, no, Firefox would just completely crash!
So after dealing with a horribly buggy browser for months I’ve finally become absolutely fed up with it! I could have switched to Opera, Safari, or Camino but I decided to switch back to Firefox 1.5. After using it all day yesterday it is so much more stable then 2.0 and even though 2.0 added many cool features I don’t miss them at all.
It wasn’t exactly an easy downgrade though, I had to deal with all of my bookmarks disappearing on me. I’m not sure how this happened because Firefox makes it very easy to switch versions because all of the bookmarks and settings are stored within the Library folder.
I think the problem came in when I downloaded Firefox 22.214.171.124 instead of the latest release which is 126.96.36.199. After installing 188.8.131.52 I realized I downloaded the wrong version then installed 184.108.40.206. That is when my Bookmarks disappeared. Luckily I didn’t have too many bookmarks and was able to rebuild them from memory but it was definitely an inconvenience.
Recently there was a buzz around the blogosphere about Google adding StarOffice being added to the Google Pack.
My question is: Who Cares?
I don’t know anyone who downloads the Google pack and I don’t know why anyone would. Out of the 12 programs in the Google pack I would only suggest people use 4 of them, Google Earth, Firefox, Skype, and Picasa. Why wouldn’t you just download them separately? Alright maybe if you have a family member who isn’t so tech savvy you can just tell them to download the Google pack but who actively goes out and downloads it?
Ok so let’s get to StarOffice, StarOffice is basically OpenOffice.org with some proprietary stuff in it. So why wouldn’t you get OpenOffice? OpenOffice is actually my favorite office suite out there, I like Microsoft Office 2007 but I hate the price.
So I guess my major issue with this news is, who downloads the Google pack?
At WWDC earlier this summer, Apple told developers that there wouldn’t be any SDK for the iPhone and no support for 3rd party apps. Since the iPhone was released hackers have been banging their heads on it trying to get 3rd party apps installed on it, they didn’t want to code Web apps for the phone they want true third party apps. So they have had a bit of a breakthrough a few days ago.
The first 3rd party native iPhone app has been released and is available now over at Google Code. The application is a terminal emulator for the iPhone.
“MobileTerminal.app is NOT an SSH client, nor Telnet for that matter. It can however be used to execute a console ssh-client application.”
“This is the alpha release of MobileTerminal for the iPhone. It is a fully functional app which wraps your shell on your iPhone(requires the arm binaries for the phone to be installed). It can ssh to your computer back home and all kinds of other cool stuff you can do with Unix, and launches right from your desktop.”
Links to a couple other 3rd party apps after the jump
One of the things that I have hated the most about the occasional move back to Windows is that I don’t have Quicksilver. That is just one of those things that drives you crazy when you need an application real quick and you hit alt-enter and nothing happens, grrr.
Now you can save the anger and check out Skylight.
“Skylight is a newly developed launcher and automation tool. Sleek yet functional, simple yet powerful, transparent yet universal. Boasting advanced habit learning and matching algorithms, infinite plug-in extensibility and the general smarts equivalent of a rat, it is purpose built to make your computing life easier.”
I haven’t had a chance to download and install it yet but as soon as I do I’ll give a quick review of it. I have to admit it looks beautiful, possibly better then Quicksilver when it comes to looks. Although Skylight says that it has “infinite plug-in extensibility” it doesn’t quite have as many plugins as Quicksilver does. But, if you are stuck using a Windows computer and you rely heavily on Quicksilver, this may be the way to go.
These are not going to be in any specific order but if you have an iPhone I suggest you try all of these out. I use them regularly and love them all.
AppMarks – It is a bookmarking website that lets you add any websites you want and can be used as a clean homepage for your iPhone. It looks very similar to the home screen of the iPhone except it is for your browser.
BeeJive – The best Instant messaging app I’ve seen for the iPhone yet. It looks just like the text messaging app on the iPhone except you can talk through a bunch of different IM services. AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, and Yahoo.
Gas.app – Allows you to check gas prices in your area and then get a map to those gas stations.
gOffice – The first word processor made specifically for the iPhone. It isn’t very complicated and not very feature rich, it is more like a text editor then anything else. But still pretty useful, after typing up your document you can either have them email it to you or they will mail you a printed copy for a small fee.
Google Reader – My favorite RSS reader out there and works just as well on your iPhone, it shows you a list of the most recent updates and then at the bottom of that page you can choose to mark them all as read, you can tag and star items just like you would on the full browser version. Try it out it’s great.
Listingly – A very simple list application that lets you make complex customizable lists and share them with your friends.
Movies.app – You can find movie showtimes for your local theaters and buy tickets for those movies.
Pocket Tweets – This is the best mobile twitter app I’ve ever seen. It is a beautiful app and has a very clean interface.
Telekinesis – A fun remote desktop like application for the iPhone. Install the application on your Mac and then visit the address that the application gives you on your iPhone. It lets you access files on your Mac, see pictures taken with the iSight camera, Turn your iPhone into an Apple remote, view your screen and control your Mac, and execute scripts that are installed on your Mac.
TeleMoose – A simple slimmed down interface for shopping on Amazon.com, you can do almost anything that you could do on the full website except it is easier to browse on your iPhone.
Apple has made an RSS reader for the iPhone. It’s Apples first Web app designed specifically for the iPhone. I guess that answers the question as to whether or not Safari on the iPhone has an RSS reader or not, it doesn’t but at reader.mac.com if you are using an iPhone you can use it.
If you visit the page on any other browser other than the iPhone’s Safari browser you get a great little error message, but if you pick up an iPhone on Friday I suggest you check that page out.
Pownce is a new way to share files with friends. It has been created by Leah Culver, Kevin Rose, Daniel Burka, and Shawn Allen. The team has created a new company called Megatechtronium.
The new app that is invitation only but available for Windows and Mac (Linux coming soon) will be a very interesting app once the reviews start to come in. The application will let you leave messages to your friends and colleagues. It also has an instant message feature allowing you to chat live with those friends and colleagues.
Pownce’s website also talks about being able to easily send files and event invitations to your friends on Pownce. You can send events to groups or to individuals.
The application is free but will have some ads on the website and in your notes list. They do offer a pro account for a price allowing you to send bigger files choose from more themes and you don’t have to see any ads.
The application runs under Adobe’s Air allowing you to install it on your own computer or you could use it within your browser.