Articles and Reviews by Fred Krueger



The iPhone As a Universal Controller

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Last week, AT&T announced that they are working on ways to use the iPhone as a remote control for their Uverse high speed internet / cable system. This strikes us as a great potential area for iPhone integration.


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Another App Rejected for "Duplicating Apple Functionality"

Developer Angelo DiNardi reports in his blog that his mail-consolidation app "MailWrangler" was rejected from the App Store with the following explanation:
… Your application duplicates the functionality of the built-in iPhone application Mail without providing sufficient differentiation or added functionality, which will lead to user confusion.


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A Closer Look At Android

We now know that the Android Marketplace will launch on Tuesday of next week. Google has spent $10 Million in prizes in order to seed the marketplace. The complete list of the 50 finalist apps includes: cab4me, a way to locate cabs near you, gocart, an app for scanning barcodes and looking up prices online, Share Your Board, an application for whiteboard sharing. It's expected that companies like MySpace, Facebook, Pandora, Shazam, and Electronic Arts will all support the Android platform.


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How Much Are App Developers Making? Try $250K in 2 Months

At the Mobilize conference in SF, Trism Developer Steve Demeter just revealed that the revenue for Trism had reached a quarter of a million dollars over the last 2 months. If this is true, the monetization potential of the iPhone is huge - even larger than the earlier revelations by Tap Tap Tap.


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Math Geeks will Love The Graphing Calculator App

Buy Graphing Calculator on the App Store

There are a number of tools to graph equations in the App Store, but the "Graphing Calculator" by Gabor Nagy has the dual advantage of being both excellent and free. As a math major myself, and a former user of programs such as "Mathematica", I was genuinely impressed with the interface and functionality of this tool.


Fred Krueger rated this app 4.0/5 | Category: ,


EarthScape - A Second Look at "Google Earth for the iPhone" - Now FREE

Note: This post is an update of an earlier post where we were a little too harsh on the app. Also, in the interim, Earthscape has reduced its price to Free (with the "for a limited time only" caveat).


Fred Krueger rated this app 3.5/5 | Category:


Meet developer Phil "The Complete Package" Hassey

Meet Phil "The Complete Package" Hassey -- the developer of one of the best (and soon to reviewed) games for the iPhone -- Galcon. Phil has "over 100 years of experience during his 28 year life-span. 18 years experience software development, 14 years experience classical viola, 6 years experience fiddle, 4 years experience story teller, 13 years experience game development, 10 years experience web development, 8 years experience being married, 5 years goat ownership, and over 28 years experience being alive."


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Recorder 4 - Now with Email Support

There are a lot of apps that allow you to do simple voice recordings in the App Store, ranging in price from free (EverNote -- includes this capability)on up. However, perhaps because of its generic name, "Recorder" from Retronyms, is the leader in the space, with a ranking of 15 of all paid apps on the App Store (iLounge has a good roundup of other apps in the recorder space).


Fred Krueger rated this app 3.5/5 | Category:


Apple Remote 1.1 - Now, with Genius

Buy Remote on the App Store

The Apple Remote app has always been one of our favorite all around apps. As of last week, it has been upgraded to version 1.1, and now fully supports the new "Genius Mode" of iTunes 8. We can now give it the perfect 10/10 rating.


Fred Krueger rated this app 4.5/5 | Category: , ,


Android "Dream" Phone Expected Tuesday: Expectations are Low

Lots of news on the Android Front. Apparently next Tuesday, September 23 will be the unveiling date for the first Android phone, the "Dream" from TMobile, manufactured by HTC. The phone will actually go on sale in early October.


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How to Create Ringtones on the iPhone

A number of people have written to AppCraver asking how to create a custom ringtone on the iPhone. It's easy, but not very well documented. Here are the steps:
1. Go to iTunes and open your Music library.


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iPhone Ad Networks - A First Look

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The iPhone is only 70 days old, but with 12 million devices out there and 100 million apps downloaded, its clear that there is a real emerging market in ads specifically tailored for the iPhone.


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Blackjack Run Lite is a Free App Worth Checking Out

BlackJack Run from SeaHorse Software is a variant on the classical game of BlackJack where you play 5 hands simultaneously against the clock. That doesn't sound like much of a game, but in practice, the format is highly addictive.


Fred Krueger rated this app 3.5/5 | Category:


10 Things Apple Needs To Do To Fix The iPhone

The iPhone 2.0 is only 70 days old, and over 12 million units have been sold. The AppStore is a huge success. iPhone firmware 2.1 fixes many of the bugs. But there a lot more things that need fixing.


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In Review - The Week Ending Friday Sept 12

The last week was one of the busiest ever for the iPhone and iPhone Apps. Of course the centerpiece was the "Lets Rock" Apple Special Keynote on tuesday — and the release (finally) of iTunes 8 — with the new "genius mode" — and iPhone Firmware 2.1, which solves many of the bug and speed issues that have plagued the phone since its launch on July 7.


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