Another stage for American Idols--the iPhone

If you can't get enough of "American Idol," the producers behind the hit celebrity-making reality show are giving fans from the rabid to shyly closeted an official app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The release of the $1.99 app, called (verbosely) American Idol Season 8 Exclusive Videos, is opportune, just in time for the season's final 13 contestants to really battle it out as more Idols get axed.

Each week, the app will stream exclusive videos, many of them confessional,... Read More »

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch

Cloud computing and shoot-'em-up bliss: iPhone apps of the week

Last month there was a fair amount of buzz about how iPhone apps don't have much of a shelf life. According to a recent article at TechCrunch, the average free iPhone app is used for less than 30 days before it sits inactive on the desktop or is deleted by the user.

I guess I fit in with the average iPhone user to a certain extent. I have deleted apps that I thought were pretty cool in the beginning,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Utilities And Drivers , Mac Software , File Sharing , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPhoneappsweek , iPhone apps , Cloud , file sharing

Watching the 'Watchmen' iPhone apps

If you can't get enough of Watchmen: Justice is Coming, you'll find in this massive multiplayer online game an ambitious attempt to play against anyone else connected to the Net from your iPhone or iPod Touch. You get to create a character with gender, skin color, and even personality based on what you see in the character Rorschach ink blot.

Meanwhile, whether you're just trying to get your feet wet in a world where Nixon remained president well into 1985... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , comics

vPost: Send multimedia bundles from BlackBerry

vPost, which launched this week for BlackBerrys running version 4.5 and 4.6*, is a free-to-try application that aggregates your multimedia into one interface and makes it easier to share and post online. (*A version for the Storm is due later this month.) You'll be able to attach up to five separate media files--up to 1.5 MB--including audio and video clips, photos, text notes, and files stored on your internal memory or SD card.

At a lifetime purchase of about $10,... Read More »

Topics: Digital Photography , Mobile Software

Tags: video , photos , multimedia

MySpace for BlackBerry updates

This week, MySpace released an update to MySpace for BlackBerry that pads the original downloadable app with more speed, convenience, and a bit of European flair.

Version 1.5 adds a new navigation icon for viewing friends' updates from within the app. In addition, when you click the thumbnail photo next to a friend's status message, the app moves you to a full-screen version for more leisurely reading. This has been a top-requested feature since version 1.0 was released, and all... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: BlackBerry

Spotlight on screen capture apps (and why you need one)

Updated section on Jing on 3/6/09 at 8:30 a.m. PT.

Even if you don't use a screen capture application regularly, there are good reasons to have one on standby. Instead of copying the ID number of an error message into a customer service e-mail by hand, you can quickly take and send a screen shot. Screen shots also make excellent archivers. In a click you can save an image of a flight itinerary or other receipt that you don't want to... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Digital Photography

Tags: screen capture

Multiwinia released for Mac

Last week I wrote a post about a great deal from Ambrosia Software, which has now sadly lapsed. But the the silver lining to that cloud is that with the end of the sale comes the release of an all-new Mac game: Multiwinia!!

Multiwinia is a ferociously fun real-time strategy game with cool stylistic graphics and challenging gameplay. Those of you who have played Darwinia, also from Ambrosia, will recognize the scenery at once, but that's where the similarity... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Mac , 3D , strategy

First Look video: Kindle for iPhone

If you don't feel like spending more than $300 on the Kindle 2, Amazon's free Kindle ebook application for the iPhone and iPod Touch may be a much more affordable, if imperfect, solution.

We compared the Kindle 2 and the Kindle application for the iPhone/iPod Touch, and came to the conclusion that the Kindle iPhone application is great for reading short passages, but the Kindle 2 is better for longer reading.

Also, you can't get subscriptions on the... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPod Touch , Amazon

Convert PDFs, other files for your Kindle

Kindle users know they can e-mail documents as attachments to their Kindle account and Amazon will convert and upload them to the e-book reader for a 10-cent fee. Windows users aren't tied to the e-mail option, though, thanks to the Auto Kindle eBook Converter.

Compatible with PDF, HTML, LIT, PDB, and CHM files, the program opens to a Windows file browser. Choose the file you want to convert, hit Open, and then choose your destination folder. The converter goes to... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Utilities And Drivers

Tags: freeware , conversion

Skype announces voice-to-text messaging

VoIP provider Skype plans to announce Tuesday that it will be working with SpinVox to provide its users with voice-to-SMS messaging in four languages.

This adds another option to Skype's messaging notifications for both Windows and Mac, and it includes a free e-mail notification or a simple SMS notification when a contact leaves a message.

Converting the messages from voice to text won't be cheap, however. Users will pay 25 cents per message, not including the standard... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Windows Software , Office Software , Mac Software , Mobile Software

Tags: Skype