Yet here we are facing yet another disturbing development. Less than forty years after AT&T’s communications monopoly was smashed to bits by the government, the corporate giant is now acquiring Time Warner for $85.4 billion.
In August, an appeals court threw out the Federal Trade Commission’s lawsuit against AT&T over the way it marketed its “unlimited” data plans (which were anything but unlimited).
As the Nashville Metro Council prepares for a final vote to give Google Fiber faster access to utility poles, one council member is sponsoring an alternative plan that comes from AT&T and Comcast.
Lets face it. There are a lot of incredibly worthless and crappy Apps in the Apple AppStore. Sorting through all the garbage to find the truly useful Apps can be a huge pain in the ass, not to mention expensive. I’ve decided to put together my list of the best iPhone Apps. At the time of this writing I have a Jailbroken iPhone 3G. I will be getting the iPhone 4 next week when it is released. These Apps will still remain my top picks for some time to come. If you currently have a Jailbroken iPhone 3G or 3GS on the 3.x firmware, many of these Apps will be available to you. This is a mix of official Apps and Apps that require a Jailbroken iPhone. Please feel free to add your favorite Apps to the comments section so that others can try some great Apps on their iPhones.
The LogMeIn Ignition App gives you access to your Mac and Windows computers via a remote desktop-like interface. Even though this App is a bit pricey, it’s well worth it. I’ve been using LogMeIn for years and it’s never failed to save my ass in an emergency.
Pocket Informant for iPhone is an advanced business-class calendaring App. It has the ability to sync with multiple Google Calendars and display free/busy time in an easy to view way. Hands down the best mobile calendaring App. I’ve been using Pocket Informant since the Windows Mobile days.
MyWi -$9.99 (for Jailbroken iPhone)
MyWi allows you to tether your iPhone to your laptop computer to use the 3G connection from your phone to access the internet. Another awesome feature is that MyWi will also allow you to create your own mobile hotspot on your phone and share the 3G connection wirelessly to several computers. If you were unfortunate enough to get on one of AT&T’s new limited 2GB/mo data plans, I suggest you stay away… far away.
Shozu allows you to upload photos and post status updates to dozens of social networks, blogs, and FTP sites. You can post photos with geotags to Flickr, update your status and post photos to Facebook, read your Twitter stream and post updates to multiple accounts and much more. I can simultaneously upload a photo to Flickr, Picasa, Facebook and my private FTP in one upload.
Meebo is the best IM web client around. If you’ve never tried Meebo on the web, I highly suggest you do. Meebo for the iPhone adds push IM notifications, so you can stay signed into all of your IM networks while on the move. It functions much better than any of the other paid iPhone IM Apps. It’s smart enough to push IMs to your phone when not logged in via the web, and then will switch to web delivery when you log into the web site. Meebo supports multi-protocol IM’ing including all of the major players with the exception of Skype.
Orb is truly a Slingbox killer and worth every penny of the $9.99 App price. With Orb installed on your PC or Mac at home you can stream all of your videos, mp3s and photos to your iPhone. If you have a TV Tuner in that PC you can stream live TV broadcasts to your iPhone as well. It’s an amazing App, and even if you don’t want to use it on your iPhone the main Orb server is free and all of your media is accessible via your web browser.
Using Qik you can record and stream live video from your iPhone to Qik.com. Once you’ve shot the video you can share it with other social networks including one click uploading to Youtube.
Air Mouse allows acts as a wireless keyboard and mouse for your computer. I use Air Mouse Pro to control my Media Center PC / Home Theater PC.
I know there are a million flashlight Apps for the iPhone. I happen to like this one, and for how much I use it, I find that it’s worth the $.99.
LockInfo is a lockscreen heads-up-display. It shows you all if your important information right on the lock screen including Emails, Calendar, Weather, Missed Calls, SMS, Notifications, Twitter stream and more. I am really dreading the iPhone 4 not being jailbroken and not having this functionality.
Universal Search is a plugin for the iPhone Spotlight search feature. Instead of just being able to search the local data on your phone, with Universal Search you can search over 20 different websites from your home screen.
Every IT guru with an iPhone needs this App. This App give you the ability to perform a network discovery scan, ping hosts on your network, browse Bonjour hosts, portscan, get detailed device info, wake on lan, sleep on lan (macs only), the ability to email scan results and much more.
Other notable Apps:
I’ll list a few other Apps that I use on a regular basis. Some of these will be more common favorites that everybody already may know about, others may not.
Like many people I was excited this week when I found out about all the new features of the upcoming iPhone 4 to be released by Apple on June 24th. And I wondered of course if I was eligible for “new every 2” pricing from AT&T. See, like the sucker I am I purchased the iPhone 3G about 2.5 months before the iPhone 3GS was released. (Just like I got my first MacBook Pro less than 7 days before the new ones were released a couple weeks back…) I digress, I’m sure many folks are also wondering if you can get the new iPhone 4 at cheaper than full price through AT&T. As I was trying to find the answer to that question, I stumbled upon a trick to find the answer via your phone.
*639# on your iPhone handset. You will receive a message from AT&T about your ability to upgrade or not. This is the only place I got the answer I wanted… logging into my account at attwireless.com did not tell me if I could indeed upgrade or not. Hopefully once the iPhone 4 pre-release ordering begins on June 14th, I’ll still be able to order the 16GB iPhone 4 at $199. Damn, I hope so.