IPhone Apps

Friday 5: Amazon Chime, Facebook, Flipboard, Musical.ly's Ping Pong, and Signal

In this week's Friday 5, Amazon unleashes a Skype competitor, Facebook integrates real-time weather info, Flipboard gets an overhaul, Musical.ly introduces a video messenger called Ping Pong, and encrypted messenger Signal gets support (in beta) for video calls.

Amazon Chime

Amazon surprised us this week with Chime (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac), an online meeting platform like Skype that uses the Amazon Web Services cloud to connect users. Like Skype, Chime has videoconferencing, teleconferencing, direct... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Friday 5 , video , Facebook , iPhone apps , Android apps , Amazon

Apps for keeping your New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions are typically firm on January 1 but tend to weaken by the middle of the month. However, if you can tough it out for 21 days -- the amount of time researchers have concluded that it takes to form a new habit -- then you'll be in good stead for the rest of the year. Download these apps to set goals, get fit, eat smarter, keep calm, sleep better, and learn new skills.

... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Apps And Software , apps , iPhone apps , Android apps

The truth about iPhone optimizers

If your iPhone runs slowly, is short on space, or regularly runs down its battery, you might search the App Store for "iPhone cleaner" or "iPhone booster" or something similar and find myriad apps that claim to eliminate junk files, retrieve memory, and improve battery life. But do they work as promised? I tested an assortment of iPhone optimization apps rated highly by users and was surprised to find them largely useless. Read on to learn what these apps do... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iPhone apps

Access your media files anywhere with Libox

As evidenced by the introduction of Unifi at CES 2011, there's a move to provide cloud storage services that focus specifically on media files. Of course, the problem one runs into with these types of files is that they tend to be a lot larger than things like documents, spreadsheets, and presentations--downright huge, in the case of video. A new software and service called Libox is aiming to tackle that problem.

Like Unifi, Libox serves to aggregate your media... Read More »

Tags: video , music , Windows software , photos , iPhone apps

Bandwidth meter and a handheld arcade classic: iPhone apps of the week

The big news in the world of iPhone was Apple's sneak preview for the iPhone 3.0 software on Tuesday. Available this summer, iPhone 3.0 will bring many features people have asked for and some that will make things easier for developers of iPhone apps. The two major ones on my list were finally added: MMS (sending photos and other media) and the ability to cut, copy, and paste text. There are a ton of changes coming, so check out our coverage... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , 3G , Windows software , iPhone apps

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: Mac Software

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

Race Jet Skis and play a unique word game: iPhone apps of the week

Every week, I try to pick a game and some other useful utility for my iPhone apps post, but this week I can't help but write about two games. What can I say? They keep coming out with great games! The two games are from completely different genres so if you like games at all, I'm guessing at least one of them will find their way onto your iPhone.

This week's apps include a well-designed Jet Ski racing game and a... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch , 3G , iPhone apps

iPhone apps of the week

I've now crossed into my eighth page of apps on the iPhone. Frankly, the time is quickly approaching when I'm going to have to delete good apps from my iPhone just so I can download more. To make matters worse, the apps keep on coming at the iTunes Store, as more developers figure out ways to utilize this unique platform--and they keep getting better! I haven't deleted an app that I've paid for yet, but I believe that the time... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPhoneappsweek , 3G , Windows software , iPhone apps , radio

iPhone apps of the week

By now most people have heard the rags to riches stories of the iPhone app developers who learned a valuable secret: Make a "lite" version. It seems reasonable that while there are a lot of people willing to pay for apps, many want to know what they're getting before spending their hard-earned cash. One of our iPhone apps this week has benefited immensely from creating a lite version and I have to admit, I probably wouldn't have tried it myself... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPhoneappsweek , iPhone apps , racing

iPhone app promo codes trickle out

On Tuesday, the first promotional codes that will make iPhone apps free to some users began trickling out of the App Store.

Apple is finally bequeathing apps developers with a way to let some media testers review an app at no expense and reward or attract a few lucky users. (The first invite has already floated into my in-box.)

This is Apple, so there are limits. Fifty promotional codes per product, to be exact.

Also, as wonderful as it is... Read More »

Tags: App Store , iPhone apps