There are many great apps around that are a lot of fun to use but there are also some very useful ones as well. These utility apps are able to control some of the devices around your house, meaning you can easily access everything from your iPhone: from your sound system, lights and even digital TV.
You could grab an iPhone 4 for a good dent in your month’s rent, then give out for the 3 year Apple Guarantee and BAM! the nervous sweat from a first date destroys your iPhone and Apple won’t touch it because it simply covers their glass, not yours. Well, for the price of Apple’s iPhone Protection Plan, you could have two years of coverage for all normal out of warrantee failures such as drops, spills, leaks, cracks, etc. Protect iPhone 4less is a FREE download and covers ALL iPhone models. Should you do something bad to your baby, SquareTrade will cover the cost of shipping to and from their repair depot.
There is a catch though: you have to have an American iPhone. You can’t be some Australian bloke with an iPhone and want to sneak into this clever deal. No, your phone will have to be bought in America either at an Apple Store or say… from Ebay. For Canadians who got an iPhone from the USA, this SquareTrade’s offer takes especial advantage of the longest unprotected border in the world.
Summary: Protect iPhone 4less costs 99$, covers all iPhone models and covers all normal out of warrantee failures. It is also currently rated at 4 1/2 stars at the American iTunes store.
Update: Use the code APPRV when purchasing the warranty to receive $5 off, making it $94 for the 2 year coverage.
SquareTrade, Inc., Protect iPhone 4less, 1.43MB – Free
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Tapbots, the developers behind the ultra handy and well designed Pastebot — Command Copy & Paste and Convertbot apps, have just released another useful utility – this time in the form of Calcbot. Aimed at replacing the stock calculator app, Calcbot is universal app that works on all iDevices and features:
- Beautiful, yet simple user interface that comes to life with finely machined animation and sound
- Advanced functions accessible via the innovative SwipePad
- Live as-you-type expression history so you never forget what you entered last
- Calculation history tape that also shows the expression used
- Email your history as text or send values and expressions back the calculator
- Retina display support
- Fast app switching
Having played around with Calcbot for the past 15 minutes, I’m definitely digging the clean interface and how the history tape can accessed simply by swiping upwards (iPhone). On the iPad, it’s always visible to the right thanks to the extra screen space. To view the advanced functions, a left swipe of the screen will slide over a new set of keys. As long as you’re not looking to solve advanced formulas and simple math calculations will suffice, Taptobs’ latest offering will serve its purpose very well. If you’re looking for a calculator app that looks great and is “fun” to use, I highly recommend you take a good look at Calcbot. It’s currently on sale for $0.99. Demo video after the gap…
Tapbots , Calcbot — Calculate Intelligently – $0.99
With all the apps that I’ve used and/or reviewed, it’s given me a bit of an itch to try my hands at designing one myself. One major thing that has been holding me back is just figuring out where and how to start. Luckily for me (and those in the same boat) developers Froggie have put together Dapp. Described as a “rapid application development tool”, Dapp will help you design your vision as well as generate actual iPhone code from your mock ups.
One of the recent announcements that shocked the US iPhone community was the abolishment of unlimited data plans for all new iPhone subscribers. And while non-US users have been stuck with data capped with various severity (i.e. only 250 MB for about $20 monthly in Russia) this notion is new to the denizens of the New World. In these trying times Vladislav Kharchev is offering Download Meter to help you track your data usage without having to rely on the cellphone carrier data (we DON’T actually know if they’re telling the truth, right?).
Berlin, Germany – Announcing that apfelbaumGROUP UG, the developers of TIOnixie – Alarm Clock – Stop Watch – Timer, has released their latest update. The already feature rich three-in-one application has added even more functions to its retro Nixie tube timekeeping program. Now, in addition to the alarm, stop watch and timer, developers have included a flashlight, icon dimming and connection to a user’s iPod library.
(Facetious Editor Alert): Phone OS 3.2 is on the horizon and idiots all over are clamouring for multitasking, better home screen, and icon organisation among other useless features. Apple may make waves by catching up to certain other smartphones which have enabled these features since day one, but their best efforts amount to the smallest of ripples in my personal puddle.
I want to lay down with my mail, my web, my Facebook without the damn accelerometer forcing me to sit straight up or holding onto my iDevice like a chin up bar. iBed, a simple utility allows the lazy (or way too busy) to get a good grip on the erstwhile unwieldy platform. Honestly, Apple, this 0.99$ app has outdone one of the the most easy ‘features’ you could have added to your list of innovations. Internal support is somewhat limited of course as it cannot make changes to universal toggles, but the included clients cover the majority of bases for the majority of North Americans at least. Thank you Tal Shrestha.
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There’s no denying that Tiger Woods has inspired a whole new generation of people to watch and play the game of golf. Well, it seems Tiger is continuing to inspire as iPhone developers are gearing up for what will surely be a heated battle between apps that’ll have your mail/text messages vanish without a trace after it’s been read.
As you may already know, Tiger Woods was reportedly busted for his “extra curricular activities” after his wife found incriminating text messages on his cellphone. So if you were a man (or woman) in Tiger’s shoes (and I hope you’re not), what do you do? Wish you had an iPhone and the TigerText app is what! Released last week, TigerText will allow the sender to set the lifespan of a message once it’s been opened. You can set the countdown at 60 seconds or even days if you wish before the text is permanently deleted from their servers (and hence vanishing from your phone). Of course, the downfall to this is that the sender and recipient will both need a copy of the app. And set to be released in less than a week is TigerMail, a similar app aimed at keeping your naughty mail (and you) safe from life altering consequences down the road. And rather than having your messages stored on a server for even the briefest of moments, TigerMail’s website claims that nothing will be stored as your mail will only be forwarded. Regardless, if you have something to hide or you’re simply the paranoid type, these Tiger Woods inspired email apps will indeed be very tempting.
X Sigma Partners LLC, Tiger Text – Free (First 15 days/100 text)
Back when the iDevice got hot’n bothered with the opening of the App Store, there was no shortage of flashlight apps. The new genre of utility illuminated keyholes, brightened up bedroom ceilings, and drained iDevice batteries. a Hands Heater is worse. If it does work, it must keep the iDevice CPU busy – very busy. Typical 3D-heavy games barely rise the iDevice’s temp, but they cannot defrost fingers. In order for a Hands Heater to really do its job, it has to do a LOT more than a graphics-heavy game. And, in order for it to take effect, it needs two things: time and battery, both of which it will drain faster than any other ‘utility’.
A trip to its iTunes page reveals that most if not ALL of its 5-star ratings are shill accounts. Partisan reviews at the App Store are still a cancer on the market and a sad indication of how Apple don’t get it. Sure, shut down sexually titled apps like iWobble, but let shilling run rampant in market. That’s the App Store I’m proud of!
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Apple.com is a great resource for all of Apple’s products, especially the iPod touch and iPhone. You can find helpful information on all of the following: battery, syncing, wifi, iTunes accounts, and much, much more. But, if you don’t want to spend a few minutes browsing the great, free online resource, you can spend a dollar for Battery Boost Pro. The app features the following: a few tips which can be had for free. It doesn’t boost the iDevice’s battery. It doesn’t touch the firmware to make necessary changes. It is a quick read which costs as much as many of the App Store’s most popular games and apps, has all the functionality of a minute’s read. It is false advertising hidden behind the review process and sadly, is an often-caught bug at the App Store.
If you want to try it out for yourself, go ahead, but don’t say I didn’t warn ya! Fortunately, there is a free version as well. Be warned, the app will go up to 1.99$ after its introduction time is over.
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