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.
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Where, by Boston based "uLocate" is an example of a company trying to do too much in an iPhone application, and failing miserably. Clearly, "uLocate" is the kind of ambitious big company that felt that it had to "own" the mobile space, and by doing so had to create the ultimate app combining every type of local information available from locations of StarBucks outlets, to comparison shopping for unleaded gas, concerts and even star charts (of the astronomical kind).
Cro Mag Rally from Austin based Pangea Software (makers of Enigmo) was long distributed as bundled software on macs. Now, thanks to the iPhone, this old game gets a new lease on life.
Like Moto Racer, the controls here are the accelerometer (tilting the iPhone steers the car), and a virtual gas pedal / reverse.The game is a pleasure to play, with lots of levels, great music and a funny touches.
Chris Pirillo, a veteran internet commentator and organizer of the "Gnomdex" conference has launched a version of digg specifically for iPhone apps at iphone.lockergnome.com. The site does not appear to have much traction yet, but Pirillo has a huge following among hard core techies -- so Appcraver will keep an eye on it, and reach out to him to see what apps he personally "diggs".
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.
WingNuts from FreeVerse is a 3D, realistic moto-cross simulation. Using the acceleromoter, you race through the desert, woods etc, avoiding obstacles, and trying to reach the finish line before your time expires.