iPhone Applications

iPhone ApplicationsFor me, the biggest new feature in the 2.0 iPhone update has definitely been the addition of the App Store.

I love the concept of applications on my mobile device and the ability to expand the functionality to meet my needs. Nobody has really done that successfully since the Palm phones and it’s great to see a modern take on that.

Although there’s a lot of crap in the store, the quality of the applications has been steadily increasing in the past weeks. My current favorites are Twinkle, Things (once it gets sync), Remote, Pennies, and WordPress.


Secrets

Secrets is a System Preferences pane that provides a “collection of Mac OS X user defaults.”

Very useful for all those hard to remember user defaults. And good for discovering new ones too!


WordPress iPhone Admin Plugin

Jared Bangs and Dan Cameron have recently released version 2.0 of their iPhone admin interface plugin for WordPress.

I just installed it and it seems to work quite nicely. Thanks guys.

The only limitation for me is that it’s hard to write long posts or add links on the iPhone. That has nothing to do with their plugin however. Just lack of copy/paste and fast typing on the device.

Note: This was all typed on the iPhone interface but the links were added on the laptop afterwards. Lesson is to only use the phone for quick entries with limited or no links.


Amazon MP3 Downloads

Amazon just launched an iTunes competitor. They’re offering DRM-free MP3 files for about 10% cheaper than iTunes. I gave it a quick spin and the service works pretty well.

Definitely good to see some competition in this market. Hopefully, this will improve iTunes and add another nail in DRM’s coffin.


Unlocked iPhone on Fido

iPhone on Fido

They arrived late today – yesterday technically. Me and a coworker picked them up from the states. 40$ in taxes. It wasn’t until later that the public open source hack was posted.

My coworker tried it first. I was going to wait. He’s braver than me! But ultimately who can resist?