With those huge data caps in the US, it’s often easy to forget that users in other countries are often stuck with a measly allowance of 200 MB per month. And that for roughly $30 – not too shabby for the carriers eh? With such a plan, it’s vitally important not to go over the limit, as the surcharges can cost you an arm and/or leg. But there is no longer a need to fret with DataMan – Real Time Data Usage Manager with Geotag, an app that allows you not only to keep the data at bay, but to see where you’ve used it as well!
I know many of you were left with a VLC shaped hole in your iOS souls when the original developers of the open source media player filed a complaint to Apple and had it removed. And all that for a technical inconsistency with the GPL license! Still, life moves on and other developers have moved in to grab at the now empty spot. Some time ago I reviewed AVPlayer (TMA Review) – quite a strong contender for the crown of universal multimedia players on the iPhone. Most recently I had the opportunity to take a nab at DOTORI PLAYER, a similar all-in-one media player app from a Korean developer.
For those of us in the business world, few things will raise eyebrows in wonder and envy more than plugging an iPad into an overhead projector during a meeting to show a PowerPoint presentation or render other media displayed on the screen. “Oh, anyone can do that on a laptop,” some will say. But it’s just not as cool, trust me.
Several presentation apps are available on the App Store but 2Screens – Presentation Expert stands out in that it displays a broad range of file types concurrently and has a companion iPhone app called 2Screens Remote than can be used to control presentation slideshows.
With communication devices getting more powerful by the day, it’s not uncommon now to see a system administrator huddled over his smartphone somewhere in the subway, fixing an urgent issue on one of the company’s servers remotely. Keeping the herd of PC’s in check is often a challenge in this day and age, and sometimes the IT guys have to work day and night to ensure everything is running smoothly for us end users. That said, I bet our IT guys would love something like PC Monitor to ease their mind…
With Price Check by Amazon, you can use your iPhone to instantly compare prices with Amazon.com and its merchants while on-the-go. Price Check enables you to search Amazon products quickly using barcode, picture, voice, and text search. All prices are in US Dollars and search the Amazon US catalog. Compatible with iPhone 3Gs and iPhone 4 devices with auto-focus cameras and iOS 4 or greater.
Much like the popular barcode scanning app RedLaser, Price Check lets you “scan” a product’s UPC, which will then display the item in question, along with prices from other online retailers. Another neat feature that is not found on similar apps is the voice search. Simply say the name into the mic and Price Check will do all the heavy lifting. Amazon’s app is free to download, though you’ll need to have an iPhone 3GS/4 to take advantage of the barcode scanning.
Amazon, Price Check by Amazon – Free
With over 250,000+ strong on the App Store, it’s always fun trying to find neat and potentially useful apps from the pile of never ending new releases. Two recent ones I’ve discovered that fit the bill are: AppSwitch (TMA Review) and GestureMatic: Sketch and go! by handform. With GestureMatic, you can easily create custom shapes on the screen, which can then be used to assign an action to perform various functions. With one (or more) strokes, the app can open websites, send emails (with optional fields all pre-filled) and SMSes, make calls, look up predefined addresses on Google Maps and much more.
One of the more confusing aspects for both the geeks and casual users of iOS 4.0 is definitely the multitasking part. A friend of mine, after having recently bought an iPhone 4 complained to me about a bug which caused the whole screen to shift. Only when it happened again and I was around to witness it did I reveal to her the secret — that it was in fact the multitasking tray. And I’m not even going to start about the bizarre idea of mixing in there all recently opened apps regardless of whether they support multitasking or not. But thankfully for this last part, a clever team of devs - XCool Apps – have come up with a completely legitimate solution – AppSwitch.
Developer Root Metrics believes your cell phone provider may not be entirely honest with the coverage areas they claim to provide their customers. With the help of their recently released app, Cell Phone Coverage Map, they’re hoping to put the tool in the palm of your hands to give you and your fellow uninformed cellphone carrying friends the ability to see which provider gives the best coverage in the areas your phone is most used.
If you’re lucky like me (and the many other App Store lurkers) you were able to get your hands on Skyfire during its initial launch day. Claiming to be able to play just about any flash video, it was anticipated by just about everyone with an iDevice. Unfortunately, due to a massive surge of users, SkyFire’s servers crashed and the app was pulled from the App Store within 5 hours of release. The good news is that the app is now back (currently US only), and will continue to be re-released in batches in other countries. Let’s take a look and see if flash video is ready for prime time on the iPhone.
I’ve been doing a lot of buying and selling online lately and one of things that’s alway been a pain is keeping track of the shipments. I’ve even tried some apps before to help with the tracking, but they either didn’t provide enough details or didn’t quite have all the shipping services I needed. Then I found Delivery Status Touch from JuneCloud, a package tracker that’s beautifully designed with support for a host of delivery services.