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.
iNetwork Speed Test for Network Nutters
Are you a network nut? You know, a person who constantly wonders how fast his or her network connections are? Do you have bookmarked two or three sites where you regularly go to check your bandwidth?
Connect from Crowded Road Hits and Misses
Connect - Having to make a telephone call to some couldn't-care-less corporate entity makes me think of poor old Bill Murray in Ground Hog Day, forced to relive each day over and over. Hell is not other people; hell is having to find a real live person to talk to at a ginormous company.
WiFinder Gives You the 411 On Wireless Networks
(Editor's Note: Unfortunately, due to Apple's policy on WiFi finders this item is no longer available in the App Store.)
Lars Bergstrom's WiFinder is one of those things you don't know you need until you start using it.
vlingo Takes Voice-Recognition Mobility to the Next Level
vlingo, the company, has just released vlingo, the iPhone app, which is similar in concept to the fast-rising Google Mobile app. Like Google's app, vlingo makes it possible for iPhone owners to vocally enter search terms into Google.
Quickoffice's MobileFiles Provides Fast Access to MobileMe's iDisk
Editor's Note: MobileFiles has been replaced by Quickoffice Lite.
Quickoffice, which built its reputation on developing office suite apps for the Nokia S60, Symbian and Palm OS platforms, has now put itself on the iPhone.
iTimeZone Keeps Your Head Straight
iTimeZone - You are scheduling a teleconference for 10:00am with your colleagues in New York, London and Tokyo. But what time will it be at their offices? Will anyone be in?
To solve this dilemma usually takes figuring out the time difference for each of these cities separately.
Master Your iPhone Keyboard With iType
Whether you are a typo-prone fumbler like most of us or a shining iPhone prodigy like some precious few, iType has just what you need to respectively hone or prove your skills. New from iggyGames, the makers of Chess Puzzles, iType is two games in one free application: Word Speed and Word Attack.
Use Searchme: to Flip Through Web Pages Like iPod CD Covers
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.
AlibiSMS Sends a Text When You Really Need One
German developer Jens Beuckenhauer adds to the category of fake call/SMS apps by releasing AlibiSMS in the app store. The company that started 4 months ago when the app store was opened and which focuses solely on the development of iPhone apps, gets into competitive terrain here, but AlibiSMS does what it promises and will work for anyone who wants to use text messaging as a way of escape.
GottaDash Lets You Customize Fake Calls
GottaDash is a premium fake caller app that offers simple and easy-to-use functions. Unlike some other fake-call apps like Wingman or Exit Strategy, GottaDash lets you customize your calls with several selections.
Yay or Nay - Wingman has Your Back
Another addition to the fake phone call apps, Wingman offers more than just an excuse to bail. Released by first-time iPhone app developer Mind, Matter, and Meaning, Wingman provides the option to receive a fake phone call at the touch of a button but it also provides help should you decide to stick it out on a date or at a meeting.
"Say Who" You Talk it Dials
Say Who - Dialer is the voice recognition dialing app by developer Excuse Me Services, Inc. Available in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Say Who lets you speak a contact name into the iPhone's microphone and then automatically dials the correlating number in your contacts.
Tranquil Alarm Deserves a Resounding Yes!
For those of us not cursed with the morning-people-gene, waking up is an "alarming" ritual. It's a rough transition from snoring to swearing to snoozing to finally getting out of bed.
Holidays+ Displays Countdown to Special Holidays
Gone are the days when you have to highlight the holidays on a desk calendar in your office or a wall calendar in your kitchen just to remember them. Holidays+ is a utility application that comes to the App Store courtesy of Schroeder Development.
iPhone Pwns BlackBerry in Business Customer Satisfaction Bake-Off
Apple’s iPhone sits on the top perch in overall customer satisfaction among business wireless smartphone users, according to a new study from J.D. Power and Associates. The 2008 Business Wireless Smartphone Customer Satisfaction Study, released Friday, measures business customer satisfaction with smartphones — defined as mobiles with advanced features and personal computer-like functionality.