9 best one-trick applications for Windows

Sometimes computing feels like a dog and pony show, a long parade of glitzy apps with glossy coats, that do it all. However, the time and place for that level of pedigree is balanced by moments that call for the sometimes scruffy, often free, one-trick ponies of the app world that perform a single function very well. We rounded up nine no-frills applications that consistently perform. If your favorite single-minded apps aren't on this list, feel free to shout... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Pageonce: Bring your bank, Netflix accounts to you

If you wanted to check your bank balance, Netflix queue, and eBay purchases from your BlackBerry or iPhone, which would you start with first? If you answered "all three," take a look at Pageonce, which we've spotlighted in this First Look video.

After logging in on your phone, you'll be able to view what is essentially a stylized RSS feed of your financial, social-networking, travel, and shopping accounts, the details of which are secured from prying eyes in a number... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , BlackBerry , productivity

iTriage targets iPhone-toting hypochondriacs

If you regularly find yourself on WebMD or Wikipedia in an attempt to diagnose an itchy spot, chronic cough, or other mystery ailment, a new medical reference app for the iPhone and iPod Touch could save you some steps.

iTriage ($0.99) lets you search and browse hundreds of symptoms, diseases, and procedures in a logically, possibly overly designed app, that's intuitive to navigate. In addition to useful descriptions of the condition, treatments, and medical tests, the app also offers a... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch

Copernic Mobile: View PC files from your phone

Applications that let you access the files on your desktop from anywhere else are wonderful things, but the traditional remote-desktop app has one annoying flaw--you must browser for an e-mail, photo, or document in often tall, brambly file trees. Copernic Mobile (see slide show), in a sturdy prerelease build for Windows XP and Vista, offers the thorough indexing of a remote-access tool, but with a search component that makes finding those individuals files as simple as using... Read More »

Topics: Desktop Enhancements , Mobile Software

Tags: remote access

New music player for YouTube

Correction: Muziic creator David Nelson's age was mistakely listed as 14. David is 15 years old. Apologies, David.

Most of us are likely very familiar with YouTube, the online video hosting and sharing service that lets anyone upload videos for a global audience. The site hosts a wide range of video content--from major motion-picture trailers to that guy down the street who films his own puppet shows.

Among YouTube's massive catalog lies a myriad of music videos, live musical performances, and other... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Audiomp3

Tags: YouTube

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