From alarm clocks to flashlights, utilities are some of the most useful apps in the App Store. For a list of our favorites, check out AppCraver’s Editor Picks of the Best Utilities for iPhone and iPad, or read on for breaking news and reviews of utility applications from the App Store.
Search and Browse the Web without Leaving a Trail of Crumbs
Personal iPhone/iPhod touch privacy is top of mind for everyone these days, which probably explains the sudden influx of apps — such as PrivateWeb, Privateer and Anonymous Web Browser — into the App Store that promise to wipe the trail of crumbs you leave behind when you're on a surfing safari.
These apps are useful if you share your iPhone/iPod touch with a nosy relative or neighbor. They might also come in handy if you happen to leave your handheld on your desk at the office and the guy in the cube next to you decides to mess with it when you're in your manager's office explaining why you spend all your time surfing instead of working.
Phonescream is Loud and Startling
If iPhone theft worries you, then PhoneSCREAM may be the app to calm your fears. PhoneSCREAM lets out a series of eardrum-destroying noises in the event the phone is lifted off of a surface. If the standard sounds are not quite annoying enough for you, there is an option to record a voice message of your choice.
QuickPic: Instantly Transfer Your Photos by Uploading Them Online
QuickPic by Zach Waugh is a very nifty little app that lets you instantly upload photos to the Internet, making them available at a specific URL within seconds. QuickPic is simple, straightforward, and by far the fastest way to get photos from your iPhone or iPod touch onto the Web.
CompareMe is a Good Calculator for Hard Economic Times
I'm a born and bred haggler. I'm already planning to haggle my way into Heaven (I've led a wicked life). When I go, I might take codedifferent's CompareMe with me just to be safe.
CompareMe compares the price of products that come in different weights, volumes, lengths, surface area — British/American or metric — and contrasts them so you can determine what the best deal is.
Free Memory 1.3 Could Stop iPhone Apps from Crashing
What would it be worth to you to squeeze out every bit of runtime memory (not drive storage) out of your iPhone or iPod touch? That's what Recession Apps' Free Memory 1.3 is designed to do.
Dynolicious Measures Auto Performance Astoundingly Well
Many of the apps available on the App Store today are aimed at replacing expensive hardware or software on the cheap. With Dynolicious, Bunsen Tech achieves that goal. Simply stated, Dynolicious is just as good as it sounds.
Remind Me Again Why I Need this App
RemindMe, from Smudge Apps, is a one-trick pony and you'll probably think the trick is either pretty neat or just goofy.
RemindMe enables you to create a Post-it-Note with a reminder such as "Pick up the milk," or perhaps an inspiring message such "Every day I get better in every way." Whatever you want.
Vinnie Jones Wake Up Call Works out Well
iPhone users can rest a little easier tonight. You no longer have to wake up the blaring sounds of random digital noise from your alarm clock. The very English ex professional footballer Vinnie Jones has released the Vinnie Jones Wake up Call. If you’ve incorporated lines from popular Hollywood movies like Snatch, or Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels into your vocabulary you’re in for a real treat.
Delivery Status touch Helps You Track Your Packages In the Cloud
If you shop online frequently and are nutty about keeping a close eye on the whereabouts of your packages, Junecloud's Delivery Status touch could be useful. The rest of us will probably find it a bit of a yawn.
Quip is Not Clever Enough for MMS on the iPhone
Quip - Some iPhone owners might be starting to think multimedia messaging service is like the alien of Roswell — everyone knows that it's out there, somewhere. It's the same thing with MMS — the ability to send images, audio and other media — over cell phone networks, also is out there, somewhere.
i-Ski: Find The Best Times To Ski
It's always important to find out what the conditions are like at the mountain where you plan on skiing or snowboarding. There is no easier way to do that than on your iPhone. At anytime and in any place iSki makes that happen for you.
Gesture Dial: Speedy Dialing, Emailing and Texting with a Flick of the Finger
It's hard to imagine that something as simple as an app that speeds your dialing, emailing and texting could be fun, but that's what Smallrock Software's Gesture Dial is.
Here's how it works: Assign a unique gesture — by swiping your iPhone's screen — to each person in your contacts list.
Smart Dial Streamlines Calling Contacts
Gary Fung's Smart Dial is yet another take on the many different ways you can dial telephone numbers stored on your iPhone.
Smart Dial is as streamlined as they come. Instead of scrolling through your contacts list to find the name of the person you wish to call, launch Smart Dial and start spelling out his or her name using the number keypad.
Boingo Wi-Fi Takes You Wherever You Want to Go
Boingo Wi-Fi makes it easy for you to set up a wireless account for your iPhone and then log into any hot spot on the ubiquitous Boingo Wi-Fi network.
The monthly fee is $7.95 for unlimited access and when you sign up using Boingo, the first month is free.
Compass Free is Probably Lost on Most People
There's not much you can say about Masayuki Akamatsu's Compass Free because it just doesn't do much. Actually, it doesn't do anything. Launch the app and you get an image of a compass with a shaded area that runs from the edge of the screen to the center of the compass.