Articles and Reviews by Michael Alexander
Apple's 2.2 update for iPhone has been out for a little more than a week and the hunt for undocumented features is in top gear. Here's what we've discovered--with a lot of help from our readers--so far:
Update apps is back.
ABContacts - We all know the old saying, "It's not what you know, but who you know." In this social-networking, job-connecting and deal-making world we live in now, that adage is more true than ever.
EasyWriter Pro - I was surprised that Apple did not add a landscape keyboard mode in its latest OS update. It's such an obvious omission I wonder just what they were thinking. I waited for the recent OS, hoping beyond hope for landscape typing, even though I had already heard rumors of the features the update would include.
Joost.com jumped out of the gate so fast, not even the mighty Secretariat would have been able to keep up. But about the time Joost looked like a sure bet, it faltered.
Joost, which offers a wide range of free movies, TV shows and music channels, never really got going.
Siddur is a Jewish weekday prayer book but Siddur, the iPhone app from RustyBrick, is something more than that.
Two heads being better than one, I consulted with my wife Lorri before writing this review.
iTalk Recorder, according to Griffin Technology, the developer, is "WAY more than a voice recorder." That's partly true. Unfortunately, the "way more" part is still not enough to put it on par with many of the other voice recording apps in the App Store.
If you're passionate about photography and have the gear to match, then you'll find Bitwerkz's f/8 to your liking. If you don't, you won't.
f/8 is a simple app with a sophisticated purpose: It helps you calculate depth of field (DOF).
The only thing I can think of that would be worse than being murdered in my sleep is paying retail, which explains why I like apps that make it easy to find discounts as much as a crow likes shiny trinkets.
The best things in life are not free. Nope, the best things in life save you money. Therein lies the appeal of Mobile Simplicity's BlackFriday Steals discount shopping app.
It's a straightforward app: No fussing needed.
I'm not much of a musician. Back in grade school, I was always the kid who got the triangle while all the other kids got flutes, slide whistles, thumb pianos and other neat instruments. So when I first saw Smule's Ocarina, currently the best-selling, paid app in the App Store, I knew I would finally be able to express my inner vibe.
Searchme:, developed by Searchme: is one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" kinds of apps. It's an innovative approach to Web searching that is optimized for the iPhone. And it's cool beans.
There are so many ways to get your daily news fix on the iPhone, it's getting increasingly harder to decide how to get the facts. If you want AP news, and only AP news, the AP's Mobile News Network is hard to beat.
Dexy, from Zonk, is a nicely executed, free-form notes taker and notes organizer that is far more capable and useful than the iPhone native app.
It's similar conceptually to a stack of 3 X 5 index cards.
When a much-respected organization like Consumer Reports introduces a free app for the iPhone, you can't help but want to check it out in a hurry. The ConsumerReports.org app is a reference guide to cars, electronics, finances and several other products and services.
Where did all the time go? If you're like most people, you're bound to ask yourself that question more than a few times in a week. With Brainsoft Labs' WhereIsMyTime, you can keep a record of how you spend your time your day, week or month's activities.
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