Best Free Apps Apps
Bloomberg is a Must Have App for Business Professionals
For financial market news, Bloomberg is second to none. The iPhone app is an excellent resource for stock quotes and business news on the go, and provides a template on how a good news service should be ported to the iPhone.1
Talking Phrasebooks make for Great Travel Companions
The Talking Phrasebooks apps from UK application developer Coolgorilla offer basic phrases and dictionaries in six languages (Spanish, French, German, Italian, Greek and Portuguese) with over 350,000 downloads so far and Spanish being the most popular language.
Aurora Feint Becomes the Best Free Game on iPhone, Eventually
I've documented my problems with Aurora Feint previously. I wasn't able to get past the opening screen without having the application crash. Several reinstallations later, I was finally able to play the game, only to get stuck in the first section of the game without any way to progress or quit.
BlackBook is the Definitive Hip Urban Guide
There are several good restaurant review apps in the AppStore (my personal favorite is UrbanSpoon), but they all suffer from clutter - the hip, trendy sushi spot that you really want to go to is listed right next to the neighborhood Jack in the Box.
LastFM App Rocks for Station Surfing from Your iPhone
Most people are familiar with Pandora, the music discovery service based on the Music Genome Project. Fewer people (including myself) have followed the evolution of CBS-owned LastFM.
NetNewsWire is NewsGator for iPhone
NetNewsWire has an unfortunate name. It doesn't sound like an RSS reader, and there is no connection between its name and its parent, the well known (and liked) NewsGator RSS service.
Wikipanion is the Top App on iTunes
The top app on the iPhone is a search app, and it's not Google. Wikipanion is a simple, clean version of Wikipedia for the iPhone; and its also very popular - more so than any free game, and more so than the king of search, Google.
Movies is a Category-Killer, Must-Have App
The new Movies app was written by Jeffrey Grossman, a college sophomore, and was sold to the online movie website Flixster for an undisclosed sum last week. It is one slick app. What separates Movies from some of the other apps in this category is the attention to detail.
iPhunny Jokes is Pretty Funny
iPhunny Jokes is a very simple app that showcases some of the latest material from Conan O Brian, Letterman and Leno.
LinkedIn Releases App for iPhone
LinkedIn, the leader in business social networking (at least in the US), has launched an iPhone version of its popular web service.
UrbanSpoon - a must for iPhone foodies
Urban Spoon is a small Seattle startup (three employees as of last year: see this coverage), focused on the restaurant review space. Unlike Yelp, which relies on social/user reviews, UrbanSpoon took the approach of incorporating existing review data from trusted sources like CitiSearch.
PocketPedia is a cool little app for saving collections of books
PocketPedia is an app that allows you to search for books (or cds) on Amazon, and then store the results in folders. So, for example, you can create list of "cook books" and then include all your favorite cookbooks.
Ebay Mobile is a Good App for Auction Addicts
I am not a massive eBay user; but I can recognize a good app version of a website when I see one, and the eBay app fits the bill. Free, slim and efficient; the app allows you to quickly monitor and bid in all your auctions.
myLite Flashlight and Colored Strobe
Of all the lighting apps out there, myLite has the best combination of luminescent choices. Start with a plain old flashlight, choose "normal" under effects and customize any color and brightness using the simple sliders.
Exposure: A good free flickr viewer
A lot of us use flickr to store our photos online. Bought by yahoo in 2004, this service is the "gold standard" in online photo management, and is in some ways the poster child of web 2.0.