Applications

Skype for iPhone gets multitasking, ditches hated 3G-calling fee

Individuals aren't always right, and neither are companies, which is why we heartily appreciate when corporations gracefully address their errors--preferably while capitulating to user demands.

A minor update to Skype for iPhone (now version 2.0.1) reverses Skype's decision to charge for calls over 3G, Skype wrote in a Wednesday blog post.

Late last May, a major update to Skype 2.0 for iPhone finally introduced the oft-requested feature of placing Skype calls over 3G in addition to over Wi-Fi, a capability that Apple had unlocked months before.

Skype, however, presented the 3G calling feature as … Read more

Artist draws cartoon portraits over FaceTime

Greensboro, N.C., artist David Lanham broke his foot and had some free time to spare. If that was me, I would eat chips and play video games all day. Not Lanham. He had a video chat (using FaceTime on the Apple iPhone 4) with a friend and painted the friend's portrait. This led him to offer his services to those who want a similar portrait done, for a fee of $50.

From what we can see on Lanham's Flickr page, the quality of the drawings is excellent. It's no surprise as the man works at Icon Factory, … Read more

Flipboard for iPad gives Facebook, Twitter a magazine-style makeover

iPad app Flipboard calls itself a "social magazine," a way to browse Facebook and Twitter content with the same breezy effortlessness you'd browse the pages of a favorite periodical.

I call it cool.

Flipboard reminds me of Blogshelf, the awesome iPad app that gives blogs and RSS feeds an iBooks-style makeover.

Here, however, the app pulls from your Facebook and Twitter accounts, turning friends' updates into nicely formatted, perusal-friendly pages. (Shades of Sobees, which works a similar kind of magic--though only for Facebook.)

Flipboard also delivers your choice of a couple dozen aggregated content sections (news, finance, … Read more

Rafe Needleman's 10 favorite iPhone apps (CNET 100)

Editors' note: Each day for 10 business days, CNET personalities you know and love will publish slideshows of their 10 personal favorite iPhone apps. With each post, you get a chance to vote for your own favorite app. At the end of July, we'll collect the full list of 100 apps and announce the 10 that you, our readers, love the most.

Editor-at-Large Rafe Needleman's collection of his favorite 10 iPhone apps should serve as a template for any professional journalist. Note taker? Check. Travel apps? Check. Twitter app? Yep!

Of course, even Rafe is human. When he'… Read more

Prizmo's OCR scanner coming to the iPhone

Creaceed's Prizmo software impressed us a few months ago with an update that added camera tethering support and perspective correction to captured images. But the cherry on top was its optical character recognition (OCR) processing, which would pull out text from whatever had been scanned.

That same technology is on its way to a pocket-size version of the software, which should be available for the iPhone in just a few weeks (pending Apple's approval).

The app's crowning feature is that it can fix bad perspective, just like its desktop sibling, as well as let users snap photos … Read more

MOG subscription service comes to iPhone

I've been testing the iPhone version of MOG, a subscription on-demand music service that I blogged about in December, for the last few days. While it performs adequately, I haven't seen anything that really makes it stand out from the other competitors I've looked at recently, like Rhapsody, Thumbplay, and the still-in-beta Rdio.

First, the positives. Sound quality was excellent when streaming over a 3G connection and you can download any song to store in a local cache, so you can play it even when you're offline (like Rhapsody and the BlackBerry version of Thumbplay). You … Read more

Jessica Dolcourt's 10 favorite iPhone apps (CNET 100)

Editors' note: Each day for 10 business days, CNET personalities you know and love will publish slideshows of their 10 personal favorite iPhone apps. With each post, you get a chance to vote for your own favorite app. Two weeks from now, we'll collect the full list of 100 apps and announce the 10 that you, our readers, love the most.

Senior Associate Editor Jessica Dolcourt's collection of her favorite 10 iPhone apps marks a first for the CNET 100: it contains not a single iPhone game.

Jessica is not fooling around, here. She wants to get stuff … Read more

Hands-on look at Firefox Home for iPhone

Apple isn't likely to allow Firefox or any other competing HTML Web browser on its iOS platform anytime soon, but Mozilla's Firefox Home for iPhone, released to the App Store late last week, does at least bring the heart of the Firefox browser to your iPhone: your URLs. 

Before getting into what Firefox Home is, you should know that a browser is the one important thing it's not.

Firefox Home is not a WebKit browser, though it does incorporate a WebKit viewer, and unlike Opera Mini for iPhone, it's not  a proxy-based Web browser … Read more

Apple releases iTunes 9.2.1

An update to iTunes is available, which is basically a security update to address an issue where a maliciously crafted website could lead to the application quitting or arbitrary code being executed. According to Apple's knowlegebase article on the security content of the update, the bug at hand occurs when a buffer overflow in the handling of iTunes URLs (itpc) is exploited.

Other than this bug fix, the iTunes update includes the following bug fixes over the prior version:

Disables older versions of some incompatible third-party plug-ins

Addresses minor issues with dragging and dropping items

Addresses a performance issue … Read more

Star Wars: Battle for Hoth invades iPhones

Five words that may make your day: Star Wars meets Tower Defense.

That's Star Wars: Battle for Hoth in a nutshell. The game combines obvious elements of Tower Defense with one of the franchise's all-time greatest action sequences.

In other words, it's up to you to defend Echo Base against endless hordes of droids, snow troopers, Imperial AT-ATs, and the like.

To do that, you'll deploy infantry, towers, snow speeders, and even X-Wings.

The game spans 15 levels and offers two modes of play: Classic and Fortress. It also treats you to clips, music, and sound … Read more