Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Top 20 Best iPhone Applications

I have been loving my newly hacked iPhone. I have written a lot about it recently, but I never really told you guys what I have been doing with it. I have mostly just been trying tons of apps out to see which ones I like the most. I found about 20 that I really love. I will start from the best, and go down to the worst (of the best).

1) Apollo IM

Everyone knows and loves Apollo IM. It is the best Instant Messenger on the iPhone. It’s simply, user-friendly and has a great UI. You can have multiple accounts of different services (Aim, ICQ, MSN, .Mac), just like Adium. It is really a must have for all jailbroken iPhone users.

Video Demo


2) SummerBoard

SummerBoard is the easiest solution to theming your iPhone. I hated the fact that there was this dull black screen behind all of my icons. SummerBoard fixes this issue by allowing you to put any image behind your icons. It also will allow you to mod your dock and icon images. Some people have made some sick themes that make your iPhone experience a lot more fun.

Video Demo


3) WebSearch

WebSearch allows your to search from a choice of many different websites all from one place. This elimiantes the burden of going to the website first in safari. You can add as many websites into WebSearch as you want. It saves a lot of time when you are trying to find something fast.

Video Demo


4) SmartRSS

There are 2 choices for RSS on your iPhone. SmartRSS and Mobile RSS. I never really liked MobileRSS because it crashed a lot and worked very slowly. SmartRSS just came out and it’s amazing. It works great and has a sweet UI. Just add your feeds and your have a full featured RSS reader on your iPhone.


5) Spring Dial

Spring Dial is the simple solution to speed dialing on the iPhone. It will create an icon with the picture assosiated to the number. When you click this image, it starts dialing.

Video Demo


6) Navizon or LocateMe

I am putting both of these apps in the same number because they essentially do the exact same thing. They will pinpoint your position based on cell towers. They are both a much better replacement to the fake GPS built into maps. I have tried them both and they work the same. It is usually perfect or 1-4 blocks off. Navizon also has a feature called “moving.” This would be handy if your in a car or something.

Navizon: Video Demo Locate Me: Video Demo (Interface only)


7) WeDict

WeDict is your dictionary solution on the iPhone. Instead of going on safari to look up a word, you can install dictionaries locally and use them with WeDict. This is very useful when reading Shakespeare (I am in school).

Video Demo


8) iSolitaire

I never realized how much I loved solitaire until I played this game. I would say that this iPhone game is better than the original one on Windows. It has some amazing animations of the cards flipping over and moving. If you win, the Ace’s jump out and fall using the accelerometer. This is great game.

Video Demo (turned animations off)


9) Sketches

Sketches is a very fun app. It allows your to draw with your finger. You can either draw on blank “paper” or on images of your friends. Once you are done drawings, shake your iPhone to erase.

Video Demo


10) Tap Tap Revolution

Tap Tap Revolution is a pretty awesome game. Think iPhone guitar hero. As the music plays, lights fall down on three different stands. These lights are the main beats of the song and your job is to tap these lights. You can really get into it when it gets hard.

Video Demo


11) Super Pong

Super Pong is a very nice arkanoid style game. You can control Vaus (thing at the bottom) with either your finger or the accelerometer. Playing with your finger is obviously a lot easier than playing with the accelerometer, but playing with the accelerometer is a lot more fun (in my opinion).

Video Demo


12) Mines

Mines is… minesweeper. Just like iSolitaire, this is a better looking windows game. It’s fun when you are bored.

Video Demo


13) Coverter

The title speaks for itself. Converter will convert anything to anything for you. From currency, length, weight, pressure, mass, etc.

Video Demo


14) Make it Mine

Make it Mine simply allows you to change that AT&T symbol to what ever you want. I changed it to “Gabe” on my iPhone


15) Capture

Capture is the best app for taking screenshots on your iPhone. When you activate capture, it puts a movable tab on your screen that says “snap” or “exit.” If your press “snap,” it will take a screenshot and put it into your camera roll. It is what I used to take all of these screenshots that I used in this post.

16) iPhysics

iPhysics is a stunning game. The only way to explain it, is to show it:

17) Pianist

Pianist is an amazing piano simulator.

18) PocketGuitar

Pocket Guitar is an amazing guitar simulator.

19) Drummer

Drummer is an amazing guitar simulator.

20) Colloquy

Colloquy is the best IRC client for the iPhone.

So there you have it. I will probably do only one more post in the future about iPhone hacking because I’m sure you guys must be getting a little bored of it. Anyways, thanks for reading and go enjoy those apps!

Note: sorry, got lazy wit the last 5

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Google lets users measure the power of words

Number-crunchers can rejoice as Google Inc offers deeper access to the underlying figures for users' Web searches, giving some insight into trends based on the relative popularity of various words.

The Internet search leader is expanding its existing Google Trends service to allow users to see underlying numerical data on the popularity of any particular search in Google's vast database of search terms, relative to others.

Google Trends was begun two years ago as an entertaining but limited way to indicate what the world is thinking about over time, at least in terms of Web searches.

Now Google is giving users the ability to search across terms in its database, instantly chart how they compare to other search terms, then export the underlying numerical data into a common spreadsheet format to compare with other data.

Google Trends ( lets users compare demand for various search terms and see how popularity differs across geographic regions, cities or languages.

A year ago, the company introduced Hot Trends, which gave users insight into fast-rising Web search trends with data refreshed several times daily. The tool's power only grows as people conduct more and more of their everyday activities online, with Web search often their primary starting point.

The data in Google Trends stretches back to 2004. While the service is based on the many billions of individual searches performed each year, Google Trends only reveals data on the aggregate numbers of searches, not the searches themselves.

National differences in the endless human search for sex or love can vary widely, according to a Google Trends chart.

Google Trends users can also chart the explosion of interest in the term "backdating" since 2006, reflecting the scandal over how hundreds of companies backdated options for executives.

Searches for the word "Microsoft" had a more than two-to-one-lead in searches over "Apple" three years ago, but Apple had virtually closed the gap by the end of 2007.

Then news reports of its takeover bid for Yahoo appears to have stoked a recovery in Microsoft this year. Searches for Microsoft have outnumbered those for Apple by about 7 to 5 in recent weeks, according to Google Trends data.

Users must be registered and signed into a Google account to use the service. One can then see the evolution of new terms or concepts through Google searches, including the rise of "Google Trends" itself.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Apple's 3G IPhone Could Bow at Developer Event

With anticipation at a fever pitch, Apple may release its new 3G iPhone and officially announce a new software platform for the phone when CEO Steve Jobs takes the stage at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference Monday.

The new iPhone will feature GPS (Global Positioning System) services and a thinner form factor, wrote Shaw Wu, an analyst at American Technology Research, in a research report this week. The new iPhone will also have thinner casing and an "improved virtual keyboard with haptics," like multitouch technology, Wu wrote.

Pricing for the 3G iPhone may be US$50 to $100 cheaper than the iPhone, which sell at $399 for a 8G-byte version and $499 for a 16G-byte version, Wu wrote.

Apple's iPhone is in short supply, with both current versions listed as being unavailable on Apple's Web site. Apple officials previously acknowledged that iPhone stocks were low in the U.S. and Europe, fueling speculation that Apple was winding down supplies to ready the market for the new iPhone.

However, the old iPhone won't disappear, Wu wrote. It makes sense to keep the old iPhone supplies running as the usage of older wireless networks is widespread, especially in the U.S., Wu said.

AT&T is readying its 3G (third-generation) network to handle potential traffic from the iPhone. AT&T this week announced that it had upgraded its 3G wireless network to reach downlink speeds of up to 1.7M bps (bits per second), a 20 percent increase over previous speeds. The broadband network is available in many U.S. metropolitan areas, and the carrier intends to expand it. The network uses HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology.

Apple hopes to ship 10 million iPhones in calendar 2008. A number of network providers worldwide recently signed deals with Apple to offer iPhones, including Softbank in Japan, Telefonica in Spain, and Telecom Italia.

The company hopes to boost iPhone adoption through iPhone 2.0, the phone's software platform that Apple might announce at WWDC. During an earnings call in April, Apple officials said the company plans to deliver iPhone 2.0 software as a free download in late June.

The iPhone 2.0 includes an SDK (software developer kit) that allows developers to write applications for the iPhone, including push e-mail support through the Microsoft Exchange mail server.

Apple may also preview the new version of Mac OS X, an upgrade to Leopard, its current OS, according to The Unofficial Apple Weblog Web site. Code-named "Snow Leopard," Mac OS X 10.6 may ultimately be released at the Macworld show next January.

TUAW also said that Apple may retool its.Mac online service, renaming it MobileMe service and adding support for new applications on the service. The new service will add new versions of its online mail and address book services and support for Apple's iChat and iPhoto desktop applications, the site said.

WWDC will be held in San Francisco from Monday through Friday.

FTC opens formal probe of Intel

Escalating the world's largest computer chip maker's legal woes, the Federal Trade Commission has opened a formal probe into Intel Corp.'s sales tactics, a victory for its much smaller rival, Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

Intel disclosed Friday that it has received a subpoena from the FTC for records about Intel's microprocessor sales, which dominate the world market with a roughly 80 percent share.

The FTC's two-year investigation had been considered "informal" until that point, and Intel, which is already fighting antitrust charges in the European Union and was fined this week by antitrust regulators in South Korea, said it had been cooperating.

By opening a formal investigation, Intel said, the FTC will be able to get access to documents revealing Intel's communications with certain customers — documents Intel couldn't voluntarily provide because of a protective order that is part of a sweeping antitrust lawsuit AMD filed in 2005 that isn't expected to go to trial until 2010.

"From our perspective, it's not a surprising event nor is there any really substantive change in the relationship we've had with the FTC," Bruce Sewell, Intel's general counsel, said in an interview.

The FTC's intensifying look at Intel's business practices is a result of AMD's long-running campaign to convince antitrust regulators around the world that its business has been hurt by Intel's aggressive tactics. AMD also said Friday that it received a subpoena this week from the FTC — though the company said it is not a target of the investigation.

The two companies have been fighting for years over what AMD claims is Intel's intimidation of computer makers into striking exclusive deals for the chips they use in their new machines.

AMD claims the rebates and financial incentives Intel offers to those companies for buying more Intel chips are designed to prevent AMD from gaining market share — and that Intel threatens those manufacturers that it will retaliate if they introduce models based on AMD's chips.

AMD argues that Intel's volume discounts are sometimes so steep that AMD can't cut its own prices enough to compete without losing money on the sales.

Intel has repeatedly denied breaking any laws. It said Friday that the sharp drop in microprocessor prices over the past seven years shows that the "evidence that this industry is fiercely competitive and working is compelling."

In an interview last week with The Associated Press, before the company received the subpoena, Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini noted that Intel has been investigated by the FTC and the Department of Justice before, and he said he stands by the company's actions.

"I think there's nothing we've done that warrants further investigation by the U.S. government," Otellini said.

Should the FTC find Intel violated federal law, Intel could face severe fines, and the way the world's computer chips are bought and sold could change.

AMD said the probe helps it hold Intel accountable for sales strategies that it argues have hurt AMD's business and technology consumers.

"Intel must now answer to the Federal Trade Commission, which is the appropriate way to determine the impact of Intel practices on U.S. consumers and technology businesses," Tom McCoy, AMD's executive vice president and chief administrative officer, said in a statement. "In every country around the world where Intel's business practices have been investigated, including the decision by South Korea this week, antitrust regulators have taken action."

Another major legal headache for Intel is the lawsuit AMD filed against it in U.S. District Court in Delaware in 2005 — a case that could mean billions of dollars in damages if AMD wins. The parties are now exchanging documents in the "discovery" phase of that case.

AMD's complaints have also triggered antitrust investigations in several countries outside their home U.S. market as well.

The European Union has accused Intel of paying manufacturers to delay or cancel product lines using AMD chips and selling the manufacturers its own chips below the average cost of producing them.

And on Thursday, Intel was slapped with a $25.4 million fine by the Korea Fair Trade Commission, which accused the semiconductor giant of using hefty rebates to convince Samsung Electronics Co. and other South Korean computer makers to not use central processing units, or CPUs, manufactured by AMD.

Intel shares fell 97 cents, or 4.06 percent, to close at $22.90 on Friday. AMD shares fell 35 cents, or 4.5 percent, to close at $7.43.