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.
Molecules -- Mildly interesting molecule viewer
For non-scientists, Molecules is interesting for about a minute or two. The app comes loaded with 3-d models of four molecules, including insulin and DNA, which you can then move around and rotate with your fingers.
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.
Crazy Lighter Revel in the Sound
This is our favorite lighter app for iPhone.
Unlike most other lighter apps, Crazy Lighter doesn't show the source of the fire. It's just a simple flame set to high. What really distinguishes it from the crowd -- and makes it worth your buck -- is what we call the zippo feature.
iBlackout is on Fire!
iBlackout is one of the slickest lighting apps and has a good range of options. There's the standard plain or colored flashlight, but no ability to customize the color. Or, choose "effect" for to get your light from a fancy screensaver pic of a light bulb, lightening or other light-related source.
Surf's Up: tides for iPhone gives you real-time tide info, but its buggy
The new tides app from mobile geographics has the potential to be a very useful app, if, like me, you live close to the ocean.
Using the GPS to get your location, the application sometimes pulls up the tide chart for the tide station nearest you.
iPhone Firmware 2.0.1 released
iPhone Firmware has been released - hopefully this will fix some of the bugs with applications crashing.
One of the improvements in this version of the software is the addition of certain core location features that not only track where you are, but also the direction you are heading.