As our colleagues at CNET News reported in September, Apple rejected the app because it was "of limited utility to the broad iPhone and iPod Touch user community." However, it's back to stay in the Entertainment category of the iTunes App Store.
Apple on Thursday night rolled out a new look to its App Store directory, putting more of an emphasis on both the top paid and free applications within each category's listing pages. These lists now appear on the left and right sides of the results, giving users a chance to see what's currently the cream of the crop.
While this information has been available on the iPhone version of the App Store since the 2.2 firmware update, users searching for new applications in iTunes have had a less exploratory experience.
Big Keyboard Email is one of the many applications for the iPhone that allows users to send email messages with a keyboard displayed in landscape mode--a feature Apple inexplicably left out. The program has gained a new function, however, that sets it apart: the ability to send emails with emoticons.
Like other landscape email applications, Big Keyboard Email works by intercepting input then sending it back to the iPhone's native mail client. See how it works in the screenshots below:
Big Keyboard Email is priced at $0.99 and available through the iTunes App Store.
A new Web service called Pastebud will soon let iPhone users copy and paste text from Safari into e-mail messages and between Web pages.
Since the iPhone was launched 18 months ago, many users have complained about its lack of cut and paste capabilities. Users were once again disappointed when the iPhone 3G debuted in July with that same omission.
Third parties have tried to create applications to add cutting and pasting to the iPhone, but most have failed. One such application called OpenClip, seemed promising earlier this year. But Apple's iPhone 2.1 software, released in late summer, … Read more
Amazon has announced Amazon app for the iPhone and iPod Touch which was released this week and it is free (iTunes link). The app allows iPhone users to shop for merchandise on Amazon's popular website. Users can access wish lists, shopping carts, one-click shopping, plus all the customer reviews and ratings that might help buyers make decisions on what to buy, etc.
It also introduces a very nice new feature called "Amazon Remembers" which according to their press release:
"Amazon Remembers helps customers keep track of items they see in their daily lives and even tries … Read more
For those without a fireplace and/or an ability to carry a tune, TV stations have for decades offered the Yule Log, an on-screen fireplace crackling as Christmas Carols play in the background.
According to "The Holiday Yule Log" book, the first televised fireplace was in 1966 on New York's WPIX-TV. With carols on in the background and no commercials, it was an instant hit and was adopted by other stations around the country.
But what if the holiday season takes you even further afield, so that you don't even have a plasma TV to keep … Read more
Updated at 2:45 p.m. PST with Fring details.
Apple may have a new mobile phone to compete with--one that runs on its iPod Touch.
The MP3 player can be transformed into a mobile phone with the help of a free application from Internet telephone company Truphone.
The Truphone application allows users with a Wi-Fi connection to make and receive phone calls via voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, with other iPod Touch owners, users of the Google Talk's messaging service, and customers of Truphone's Internet telephone service. The company said it expects to add the ability … Read more
We previously reported on the popular Trapster application, which, at the time, was the only app that uses the iPhone to alert you of approaching police speed traps, red light cameras, and other kinds of law-enforcement related traps. The app now has some competition from NMobile (iTunes link), which is available from the iTunes store for an initial price of $9.99.
Njection LLC, the maker of NMobile, has simultaneously released VirtualEarthKit, a software development kit. Available under the BSD license, VirtualEarthKit is a Cocoa framework that will allow developers to access Virtual Earth's services, such as geocoding, reverse … Read more
Stanza (Download.com link | iTunes Link) from Lexcycle is one of the most downloaded iPhone apps, but it previously could not handle any content that was purchased from the eReader store. In order for you to view these formats you had to use eReader for the iPhone (iTunes Link), but that is not true any more.
Lexcycle has signed a license agreement with Fictionwise, the company behind the eReader format, to bring that eReader-compatible books to Stanza. Lexcycle will be launching a Stanza eReader store, giving Stanza users total access to 40,000 or more eReader titles. Stanza was recently … Read more
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 to see the passcodes allowed and implemented, they are not free trials. Developers angling to hook new customers will still … Read more