Philip Lippard

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The iPhone Apps That Have Changed My World

The iPhone has definitely changed my world, since getting my first in Aug-2008.iPhone   I have gone from using a Motorola RAZR (and having a Windows Mobile PDA in my closet which I never used) to having the iPhone constantly by my side.  I enjoy reading the morning paper on the iPhone rather than the black ink edition of the local newspaper.  It is nice to be able to email news articles to friends over breakfast.  I have also purchased a Mac Pro laptop for iPhone software development purposes.   I have not yet gotten past use of the iPhone simulator, however I am hoping to have more time for iPhone development soon.

So what are my favorite life-style changing iPhone apps ?...not including the built-in apps from Apple ?

  1. Dice - My very 1st 3rd party iPhone app.  Good for a roll of the dice.  Perhaps the Obama Administration should use it when projecting next year's budget deficit.
  2. Linkedin - The iPhone edition of the business oriented Linkedin.com networking web site.
  3. MissingCalc - A scientific and programmers calculator (Octal, Hexadecimal, etc)
  4. Urbanspoon - Restaurant directions based on local GPS coordinates.
  5. Google Earth - Zoom in on your favorite spot on planet Earth.
  6. Google - A number of miscellaneous Google apps, many of which simply redirect you to the iPhone Safari browser.
  7. iTalk - Griffin's voice memo app.
  8. Say Who Lite - A Voice Dialer, which I will dispose of when I get my iPhone 3GS next April.
  9. MiniPiano - Just what it says, yet somewhat amusing.
  10. WikiTap - Not sure where this came from.  Not real sure what it does.
  11. OpenTable - Another Restaurant locator GPS service.
  12. VR+ - Another voice memo facility.  Also popular on the Blackberry.
  13. Light - Lights up the room so one can see.  Some people will think of everything.
  14. Skype - The famous Skype client.  Has been out now since Apr-2009.   Definitely one of my favorites.  Voice over WI-FI works rather well.
  15. LOCiMe - Start this app and you can record your current GPS location at the LOCiMe web service, and then monitor all of your movements via web queries.
  16. Twitterrific - Follows Tweets for nearby Twitter members, based on GPS location.
  17. Stanza - Electronic book reading subscription service.
  18. Currency - Converts International currencies.
  19. Yellow Pages - Do you need to ask ?
  20. Facebook - The iPhone edition of the favorite social networking site.
  21. Zillow - The iPhone edition of the real estate research Zillow web site.
  22. WSJ - Wall Street Journal.
  23. NYTimes - New York Times.
  24. Dictionary - The iPhone edition of the Dictionary.com web site.
  25. AP Mobile - Associated Press News Service.

Have you ever noticed how some people (Palm and Blackberry users) simply will not admit that perhaps... just perhaps... Apple has the best product with the iPhone.  After all, Apple now has over 50,000 applications on the iPhone App Store.  Now this is what I call mobilizing the software development community.

And just think.  In 1980 I was using a used IBM Selectric typewriter as a business productivity tool.

Please let me know of your favorite iPhone apps.

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