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iPhone Gems: Launch day App Store software worth seeing

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Thursday, July 10, 2008
News Categories: Apps + Games

A number of notable applications for the iPhone and iPod touch, some free, and some commercial, have debuted with this morning’s launch of the App Store. Listed below are a small selection of these titles.

Free Applications

Facebook has released its free Facebook application. It allows users to talk to friends using Facebook Chat, browse profiles and pictures, update their profiles, and allows for uploading of photos to Facebook from the phone.

Connected Flow has released Exposure, a new application for mobile browsing and use of popular photo sharing service Flickr. It allows users to browse photos, create favorites and comment on photos, and provides automatic searching of photos taken nearby through the use of location services. It is available in a free, ad-supported version, as well as in an ad-free, $9.99 commercial version called Exposure Premium.

MySpace.com has released MySpace Mobile, a free mobile client for the popular social networking site. It allows users to send and receive messages, browse their friends’ profiles and photos, post comments, update and share photos, and more.

AOL has released its previously announced AIM client and AOL Radio applications as free downloads. Using the AIM application, one can send and receive messages over Wi-Fi, EDGE, or 3G networks to anyone on the AIM network, including AOL, AIM, ICQ, .mac, and MobileMe users, manage his/her Buddy List, take pictures with the iPhone’s camera to use as a buddy icon, and more. AOL Radio offers users access to over 200 stations covering more than 25 genres of music, as well as 150+ CBS Radio stations from across the U.S.

eBay has released its free eBay Mobile application, which allows users to search, bid, and check their auction activity directly from the iPhone or iPod touch. In addition, the company’s PayPal subsidiary released its free PayPal client application, which allows users to send money and check their account balance on-the-go.

Six Apart has released its TypePad application, which allows for mobile posting of writing and photos, as well as the ability to automatically update Twitter with alerts about new blog postings. It is a free download.

The Iconfactory has released its previously revealed Twitterriffic application, which allows users to read and publish messages, photos, and location updates to the social network Twitter. The application is available as in a free version, which includes periodic advertisements, or as a $9.99 paid app (Twitterriffic Premium) that contains no ads.

Google has released its free Google Mobile App, which lets users find web pages, business listings, phone contacts, and more, and also offers single-click access to mapped results.

NewsGator Technologies has released its NetNewsWire RSS reader application as a free download. It features the ability to sync with all of NewsGator’s free RSS reader applications on the web, Mac, and PC, and also allows users to save items for later reading using the Clippings feature.

Shazam Entertainment has released Shazam, a free application that identifies music playing around the user using audio from the iPhone’s built-in microphone. In addition to identifying music, the app allows for saving tagged songs, provides links to the iTunes Store for purchasing tagged songs and links to YouTube to watch related videos, and features the ability to add photos to tagged songs, and send tagged songs to friends via email.

Jott Networks has released Jott for iPhone, a free mobile notepad application. Jott allows the user to record and save audio as notes, which can be used organized into to-do lists.

Evernote has released its free Evernote client application. It allows the user to take notes, snap photos, create to-do lists, and record audio, all of which can be synced to an Evernote client online, and to client applications on both the Mac and PC.

Wanderspot has released its free Urbanspoon food-finding application. Using the iPhone’s Location Services, its finds nearby restaurants by neighborhood, price, or cuisine, including ratings and reviews, and allows the user to shake the iPhone to find a random eatery.

Yellowpages.com has released its free YPMobile, which offers users the ability to search for nearby businesses and events, save multiple locations, businesses, and events into “Plans” which can be saved and shared with friends, and more.

Commercial Applications

Previously highlighted during Apple’s WWDC keynote address in June, MLB.com’s MLB.com At Bat application delivers real-time scores and in-game video highlights directly to the iPhone or iPod touch. The $4.99 price is promised to provide this service through the end of the 2008 season and through the playoffs; it is unclear if users will need to pay more to use the application during the 2009 season.

Modality has released its previously revealed Netter’s Anatomy Flash Cards application, which allows users to carry the bestselling reference for human anatomy on their iPhone or iPod touch. Features include a comprehensive index, the ability to toggle pins on and off to explore detailed illustrations both with and without annotation, and the ability to instantly look up structures on Google. It is priced at $39.99

MooCowMusic has released Band, a $9.99 application that provides a collection of virtual instruments designed to take advantage of the iPhone and iPod touch’s unique multi-touch interface.

The Omni Group has released OmniFocus, a mobile version of its task management application. It can keep track of tasks by project, place, person, or date, can create a custom list of tasks to complete nearby using Location Services, and allows the user to enter text, take a picture, or make a quick voice recording for inclusion in task lists. It can also syrchonize with the company’s OmniFocus application for Mac. OmniFocus sells for $19.99.

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Comments

1

I have to say the free “Remote” app for the iPhone that controls AppleTV and iTunes has got to be the best thing so far.

I dug a little deeper.  Not only can you control iTunes, but you can remotely choose AirTunes locations/speakers from wherever you are (in the house - not sure if this works away from your network).

This is great when I’m on the treadmill or working out.  I used to have to set up the speakers to send what I wanted to listen to and set a playlist of what to listen to during my workout with no ability to pause/change/or rewind/forward.  I guess I’m excited easily.  But this, by far, is my favorite to this point.

Posted by Brad on July 10, 2008 at 11:27 AM (PDT)

2

The app store is actually kinda boring.

The remote is good but Matt at alloysoft.com had a very similar web based remote running already.

All the social networking and photo-sharing and to-do lists applications just seem so lame and repetitive.

I am in the medicial field so I liked epocrates a lot but honestly,besides that and the remote,I dont feel like downloading anything else(free or with money) at this time.

Posted by nofixedadderess on July 10, 2008 at 11:40 AM (PDT)

3

Oh noes! There isn’t much there on the first day!

How many songs did iTunes have on day 1? Nothing compared to where they eventually got to.

Posted by James on July 10, 2008 at 12:09 PM (PDT)

4

Several of these - eBay, Google - are not available in the UK store at time of writing…...............hmm

Posted by robinh on July 10, 2008 at 12:11 PM (PDT)

5

Remote controls AppleTV too! Very good. Battle of Waterloo is a change of pace from Super Monkey.

Posted by FiveOneFour on July 10, 2008 at 2:33 PM (PDT)

6

The best $9.99 I ever spent was on Monkeyball, and I *love* the new yellowpages.com YPmobile app with events and plans.  And now I wonder how I ever lived without the Remote app.

Posted by LAGuy on July 11, 2008 at 10:28 AM (PDT)

7

So far I’ve paid for a half-dozen applications, and downloaded another dozen freebies. Of the paid apps, I’ve used and really like Bejeweled 2, Muddled, Solebon Solitaire, and Texas Hold’em (yes, all games, they’re the easiest to test quickly).

Of the freebies, Mobile News Network stands out as being a dynamite iPhone application, taking great advantage of the features and limitations of the iPhone to present interesting news articles. Twitterific and Urbanspoon have also been pretty nice, and seem like useful keepers.

Posted by Alderete in San Francisco on July 11, 2008 at 8:19 PM (PDT)

8

Check out the Pandora application for the iPhone: 21st-century smart (and free!) radio for the iPhone. Works great over WiFi and Edge.

Posted by PeteJ on July 12, 2008 at 11:36 AM (PDT)

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