If you don't know, Where is a location-based application full of widgets that deliver essential information about what's close by you such as restaurants, gas stations, or even your friends. Basically, whatever you're after, the day-to-day stuff that is, Where is designed to deliver. The application gathers information from other social Web sites including Eventful, Yelp, GasBuddy, Zipcar, ShopLocal, Starbucks, and Buddy Beacon, and makes it available to your mobile device.
My favorite thing about open platforms that allow third-party developers to run wild is when those independent programmers actually do. Jeffrey Grossman wrote a free native application called Movies.app that revolves around movie listings and offers everything from from a straightforward, yet sophisticated lookup by movie or theater to a crisp, clear preview on the phone.
Grossman wisely included the other essential information that every moviegoer may want or need, including supporting information on IMDB, a lists of popular movies currently in theaters, and another list of shows coming to theaters soon (first up is Dark Knight). There's … Read more
If there's one thing that Google Earth taught us, it's that the stars never outgrow their mystery. For fans of the sky layer on Google Earth, there's Starmap, an educational iPhone app that, unlike your laptop or desktop, you can easily take with you on a cloudless night to a nearby hilltop.
Pocket astronomers will find a screen that shows a sky full of planets, visible stars, named stars, galaxies, and nebulae, and coordinates that you can access and search for from an unobtrusive ribbon of icons. Sensitivity to the accelerometer tips the view vertically and horizontally, … Read more
Several new iPhone apps are bringing Vegas-style poker to the mobile world. With them, users can deal and draw without toting around a deck of cards.
One new poker app is Griffin Technology's "5 Card Touch" video poker. Released along with the iTunes 7.7 App Store Thursday, the application works like any other video poker game, except it's available on the go and on a touch screen.
Players bet between one and five credits, tapping the screen to deal, discard cards, or draw for new ones. A royal flush earns the most points, and jacks … Read more
Singing into an iPhone may garner some strange looks, but an application by Midomi encourages users to croon, hum, speak into their device. In return they will get the song title, name, and a link to buy the mp3 from iTunes. The service also works with SMS.
With the new Midomi Mobile application (download), iPhone users can find an artist or song with voice or text search. The app also has the ability to "grab" a recording of a song to use for search. Users just have to hold their iPhone up to a speaker and submit the … Read more
Shazam has been around for a few years now--CNET U.K. took note of the service back in 2006--but with today's launch of Apple's App Store, it could become a whole lot more popular. It has the potential to change how people discover and buy music.
The concept behind Shazam is simple: whenever you hear a song playing and can't identify it--on the car radio, at a friend's house, at a bar--you activate the Shazam application on your mobile phone. It "listens" to the song for about 30 seconds, then sends a text message … Read more
On Thursday morning, in coordination with the iPhone 3G's first worldwide release in New Zealand, Apple launched its latest version of iTunes. Now available on the 7.7 version are more than 500 different third-party applications for your new iPhone 3G.
Ranging in price from free to a couple bucks a pop, some sound pretty great, some sound downright pointless. Who's going to pay a buck to turn your iPhone screen into a flashlight? On Thursday's edition of the Daily Debrief, I chat with Webware.com's Josh Lowensohn about these initial offerings.
It was bound to happen; the folks over at iFixit have gone ahead and taken apart the iPhone 3G that they waited so long in line for in the cold wintry air of New Zealand.
They took apart the iPhone 3G piece by piece, layer by layer, right down to the logic board, and you can take a look at all the gory details over on their site. One of the more interesting things they discovered is that unlike that of the original iPhone, the battery in the iPhone 3G is not soldered on to the logic board, which means … Read more
Dark and lustrous, Twitterrific for iPhone is one of the best-looking apps from the iTunes App Store I've seen all day. The application, originally built for Mac by software publisher Iconfactory, is a premium Twitter updater a free trial that sells for about $15. This iPhone app, however, comes as a free ad-serving version or as a premium version.
Twitterrific is also one of the more complex applications, and it takes its role as a Twitter service seriously, serving up a an environment, tweeting experience, and navigation--complete with hints!--all its own. Twitterrific has also maximized on the iPhone … Read more
Correction, 6:39 PM PDT: This story cited the wrong city as New Zealand's capital. The capital city is Wellington.
The world's first iPhone 3G buyer is a student in New Zealand.
That's the word from our colleagues at CNET Australia, which is reporting that Jonny Gladwell's mission to acquire Apple's updated iPhone was not to be deterred by frigid temperatures or a somewhat more temperate drizzle. Gladwell held his place in line in the city of Auckland for 55 hours, motivated by the urgings of friends who said they would cover the cost of … Read more