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.
WeatherCyclopedia Is a Nearly Perfect Storm of Information
If you're a weather dweeb like I am, WeatherCyclopedia will send you sky high. Telemet, the developer, bills this app as "The Most Comprehensive Weather Encyclopedia Under the Sun," and I believe it.
Get Your Emoji Working While You Can
If you want to enable emoji or emoticons system wide on your iPhone or iPod touch, you need to act fast. Apple has informed developers that as of today, the company will remove from the App Store all apps capable of enabling the emoji everywhere preference feature hidden in devices updated to 2.2 firmware.
Currency Converter: Find Your Money's Worth in 200 currencies
Currency Converter, from dev Paolo Grifantini, is one of several similar apps in the App Store designed to convert dollars into dinars, drachmae, dirhams or some other denomination. It's the kind of thing you need in your pocket when you're trying to figure out whether you're better off buying that bottle of perfume in the duty-free shop or on the local economy.
Keeper: Encrypt the Data on Your iPhone
Common sense should tell you that it's risky storing highly sensitive data such as login IDs and credit card numbers on your iPhone or iPod touch, but if you insist, the best option I've found thus far is Callpod's Keeper.
iGuardDog: Get Your Paws Off My iPhone!
iGuardDog - Cell phones have always been a pretty personal thing, and the more features and abilities those phones have, the more personal they become. It's no longer just a matter of the numbers in a phone book, but of family photos, clandestine text messages — some people have almost their whole lives on their iPhones!
iStat is Like an X-Ray Machine for Your Mac's Inner Workings
Need to know what your Mac (Macs) is up to while you're away from your desk? Bjango's iStat — System Monitoring will keep you posted and it will do that very well.
This powerful little utility enables iPhoners to remotely monitor their Macs as well as their iPhone's inner workings.
It's a Multimedia Mess, not Multimedia Messaging
Despite its claims, Multimedia Messages, from Hook Mobile, is not a multimedia messaging service for the iPhone.
Here's what Hook says Multimedia Messages does: Sends picture messages from your iPhone to the telephone numbers of your friends and delivers messages as MMS, "which means no links to click" (their words).
Site Check: Browse the Web Safely on iPhone
"Stay alert," my father always told me; a reminder to his little girl that it pays to be careful, that safety is not just a matter of luck, but something to actively seek. Site Check, developed by Kevin O'Regan, aims to be a protective parent for the iPhone, allowing users to check websites and web pages for malware and potential phishing attacks.
iHandy is Half Bob Vila and Half Pancho Villa
iHandySoft's iHandy Carpenter is like a Swiss Army knife: It has doo-dads you'll probably never use but it nice to know you have them if you ever have to kill a grizzly bear or yank a fish hook out of your finger.
iCatchall: 16+ Apps in One Could be Useful, Clever or Neither
To be honest, I’m sitting on the fence where iCatchall: 16+ Apps in One is concerned. Brought to you by Headlight Software Inc., the makers of wifi disk and other utility/productivity tools, iCatchall: 16+ Apps in One is exactly as the name implies — 16 different apps in one with the + presumably indicating more to come. Basically, it’s a compilation of some of the more popular free utility and miscellaneous apps as well as a few others randomly thrown in for fun.
Pinpoint Colors With iSpectrum Color Blind Assistant
iSpectrum Color Blind Assistant by Wishbone Apps offers up some very useful features for the color blind as well as those who are not.
The app is straight forward and a breeze to use. Upon running iSpectrum Color Blind Assistant the user is given the option to choose an existing photo from their library or to take a new one with the iPhone or iPod touch camera.
Links In a Blink: Easily Import Firefox and Google Bookmarks
Links In a Blink, from Sync In a Blink, solves one of the problems that frustrates me most about the iPhone. Sure, this app has a few quirks, but it does what I want it to do, which is to easily import my bookmarks from Mozilla Firefox on my Windows PC and Ubuntu desktops.
AtHome Camera Keeps an Eye on Your Castle Over Wi-Fi, 3G, or Edge
Ever worry barbarians will storm the gates when you're away from your castle? Me too, which is why I downloaded Sunray Networks's AtHome Camera app.
Before you can use AtHome Camera the first thing you need to do is download and install AvsServer from the company's Web Site.
Memory and System Info Comes in Handy When iPhone Apps are Crashing
It's not hard to figure out what Memory and System Info does, from the name alone. IntelligentMobiles' app gives you a peek at your iPhone or iPod touch's inner workings. Having this info handy may enable you to figure out why an app is misbehaving or crashing.
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.