Transferring photos from an iPhone to your computer may not always be the most simplified process in the world. If you don’t happen to have your cable with you, the only way to sync your photos for non-jailbroken iPhone users would be to email them to your inbox. Certainly not very user friendly as you would have to send each photo individually, open your email and finally save them to your desktop or notebook. A new iPhone app called QuickPic actually simplifies this process by allowing you to download your photos to any computer using a web brower via WIFI.
vlingo, a multipurpose Voice Recognition app for the iPhone, didn’t receive nearly the same amount of fanfare compared to Google’s own Mobile Voice app as both were released around the same time. While this maybe the case, vlingo is certainly no push over in the field of speech recognition. Already a very popular and useful app for the Blackberry, vlingo is like a Swiss Army knife for the iPhone. Not only does it search through your contact list to call via voice command, it also searches Google or Yahoo for queries, look up and map local listings and even updates your status on Facebook and Twitter.
Conversion tools are great little apps to have on your iPhone or iPod Touch simply because of how useful they can be at the right time. With a few taps, you can convert such categories as temperature, speed, length and area. Some apps convert the basic, most used categories while others can convert just about anything you want to throw its way. HiConverter – A Comprehensive Unit Converter and Tip Calculator, developed by Chillingo, is just such an app. With over 3000 units and 108 categories to convert, the majority of users’ needs are more than likely to be covered.
Developer Air-O-Matic’s first app release, Pull My Finger (an app that made farting sounds as the phone vibrated), was rejected by Apple on grounds that it was of “limited utility”. With their follow up attempt in Stickies, Air-O-Matic has finally released one where Apple can’t accuse it of being useless. Stickies is a very simple app that allows users to create their own little stick-it notes and have them displayed in the phone unlock screen. Instead of seeing the battery indicator or some other picture background every time you ‘wake’ the iPhone, why not see some notes that could serve as a reminder?
This past weekend, I had written a post about the delay of the new Google Mobile App. Well after a 4 day delay, this voice recognition tool has finally made it to the App Store. So was it worth the wait? Most definitely. Along with a voice search function, this updated app also includes a rearrangable apps tab for all your google apps, making it easier to find your favorites. Location awareness is also now built in, which will automatically include your current location into searches.
Voice Dialing is one of the more useful features missing from the iPhone. Users therefore have been turning to the App Store for a voice dialing app that is both reasonably priced and accurate at the same time. Perhaps one of the most popular ones at the moment is Say Who, a free app that works reasonably well. The simple interface works well especially when you are trying to make a call while driving. Once the app starts, you can press down anywhere on the screen and say your contact’s name. Say Who will accept first and/or last names, nicknames as well as digits of the contact. When a contact is found, the default setting of AutoDial will automatically connect you to the first of the results found in about 3 seconds. Turning AutoDial off will allow you to choose which of the returned contacts you want to dial.
There are many reasons for jailbreaking your iPhone, be it video recording, run apps in the background, or customize the theme of the springboard (the list goes on and on). Personally, if I had to choose just ONE reason to jailbreak, it would be the ability to tether my laptop. Tethering will allow my laptop to go online wirelessly through the high speed network of the iPhone. Just imagine the possibilities. Surf the web on your netbook/laptop even when there are no wireless networks nearby or if the networks are password protected.
This brings me to PdaNet,a free and simple app that will make your iPhone act like a wireless router. The beauty of it all lies in the fact that it uses an ad-hoc wi-fi network that allows the iPhone to connect to a PC or MAC. No need to enter any IP numbers or deal with any SOCKS proxy connections.