Knows how to handle most regular used archives on the web. Download this freeware and you are covered for Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, 7-Zip, Rar, LhA, StuffIt and other file formats.
This app is all about beautiful design. It’s a digital homage to the old music box. iOrgel comes with a small selection of tunes and you can download more from other users over the net. Creating your own songs with this app isn’t easy though which is a bit of a downside. But hey, it’s free!
Wer herausfinden möchte welchen Vogel er gerade gesehen oder ghört hat, sollte sich Zwitschern zulegen. Die App beschreibt die häufigsten heimischen Vögel und zwitschert dem User ihren Gesang vor. €2,39
This App downloads single pages of a website to the iPhone. You can read them later or when no Internet access is available. Unfortunately links are not supported. Price: $2.99 or €2,39
App Store Expense Monitor. It’s all in the name. Licence: Freeware
Perfect adaption for the iPhone of this classic game of skill. $2.99 or €2,39
Owners of an iPhone 4, iPad or iPod touch (4th generation) are now eligible for Apple’s free “Find My iPhone” service. So in case you loose your iPhone you will be able to locate its position, send a text message or wipe out all your data. What you need is the latest iOS 4.2 on your favourite portable device and an Apple ID. You can use any browser or the free Find my iPhone app to access the service. Check out Apple’s step by step guide over here.
Isn’t this a beauty? The Dark Walnut Dock Vers 2X. It comes in Cherry, Walnut, Bamboo, Piano Black and Piano White too, so it should fit into your living room nicely. Here’s the rundown of the specs: 2 x 15 watt speakers, 3.5 mm AUX-in/AUX-out, remote control and dock adapters. Prices start at $179.99.
If you are the musical type this app could be a lot of fun. And even if you’re not, you might get something out of it. Hexaphone offers quality samples, several loops and sounds. One set-back though: You can’t import or export popular music formats. The price is $2.99
Chow’s cooking app by CBS Interactive helps you to prepare the prefect Thanksgiving meal. The app tells you what to buy and how to prepare it. From the roasted turkey and stuffing to the gravy and cranberry sauce. It’s all there described in simple steps easy to follow. Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Coach is free.
Another new and very useful feature of iOS 4.2 is quick search for web pages. If you are looking for a specific word on a web site you are viewing in Safari, simply type it into the standard search field (top right corner). You will get a list of results for the Internet as well as your current page. Scroll down to the end of the list “On This Page” and tap on “Find (whatever your search term is)”. Safari highlights the word in yellow and lets you jump to the next one. Apple gives you all the details in the official iOS 4.2 user guide (PDF download).
This little tool will let you set the backup interval of Time Machine. You can chose to do hourly, daily, weekly and monthly backups. And it costs you nothing.
Finally Apple has released its big update for the iPad (and iPhone for that matter). It implements many long wished for features, such as music streaming (AirPlay) and printing. Thanks to AirPrint you can now access any printer shared by a Mac via WiFi to print e-mails, pictures, PDFs or web pages right on your iPad and iPhone. Just remember to activate printer sharing under “System Preferences” –> “Print & Fax” of your Mac. Your iOS device and Mac have to be connected to the same WLAN of course.
Even though the popular internet radio service Pandora is required to restrict access outside the US, it has many fans in other parts of the world. And here is how you can listen to your personalised music stream anyway. Grab yourself the little VPN tool called Hotspot Shield for free and connect to their servers. Afterwards the music will flow like a charm.
$2.99 will buy you probably the best media player for the iPhone. The AVPlayer handles most video formats (DivX, XviD, MKV, AVI, WMV, H264, FLV and ASF). It supports subtitles (SMI, SRT) too and you can transfer video files via WiFi or USB connection. The app works very well on the iPhone 3GS, though depending on video resolution and codec you may need the faster processing power of the iPhone 4. The iPhone 3G is not supported.
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Rips DVDs to your Mac. Afterwards you can convert these files into formats like MP4 and MKV (MPEG-4, H.264, Theora). HandBrake is open source and offers plenty of video settings.
Everyone looking for great, exotic places to stay should give Airbnb a try. “From a private apartment to a private island,” you have 1942 cities in 168 countries to choose from – right on your iPhone. And there’s a section on special deals as well. Search by city, price range, number of guests or location. You can even rent out your own place on this community marketplace. The app is free.
Awesome notification plug-in for Apple Mail on your Mac. Herald pops up a small transparent window each time a new e-mail arrives. The tool is free and fairly customisable.
Some developers over at Apple have hidden more than 400 emoticons and other symbols in iOS3 and iOS4. To activate them, just download the App “Emoticons” or “Emoji Enabler” from the App Store (they are free) and follow the instructions. You might have to reboot your iPhone. Afterwards the smileys will show up as an additional keyboard in your normal text writing window. The secret emoticons can only be used between iPhone users.
Being the master of this harbor is a simple yet fun and addictive job: Just direct the ships with a swipe to the corresponding dock to unload them and send them back to sea. Great time killer on the iPad for two people playing together. It’ll cost you $1.99 or €1,59
This turns your iPhone into a digital retro clock (makes typical beeps too). Touch LCD supports two time zones and features an alarm clock, a stop watch and a timer. You can adjust a plethora of things to your liking. The alarm also works when the iPhone is locked. $1.99 or €1,59
Open Source component for QuickTime and Apple’s Quick Look feature. Perian adds support for many video formats, among them Windows Media Video (WMV), FLV and Flash Video.
Get ready to search for natural resources with I Dig it. The app features sweet graphics, lots of upgrade options to your drill and you have to keep an eye on things like operating temperature and fuel level. If you run out of fuel you’re doomed deep down there. And the deeper you get, the more valuable treasure you will find! (99 cents)
With QuickTime X you can record your screen actions on your Mac. Just go to “File” and select “New Screen Recording”. It sits in your application folder and is free!
HD-retro graphics and other designs turn your iPhone into a nice alarm clock for your bed side table. Night Stand comes with high resolution skins for iPhone 4 and iPad. A simple weather forecast and multitasking included. Should have more that 8 skins though with its 1.99 price tag.
Our favourite Danish design company has just come up with an elegant stereo dock for the iPhone, iPod and iPad. The BeoSound 8 offers simple beautiful design and a material mix of aluminium and six fabric speaker covers in lavender blue, purple, green, yellow, black and white. There’s a USB Line-in and it comes with a remote control, table stand and wall bracket. No word on the price yet, but it will hurt!
Ah, another fun way to play with augmented reality! See a plane flying by? Just launch Plane Finder AR and point your iPhone camera towards the plane. The app will tell you speed, altitude and distance of that plane among other things. $2.99 for this.
Worried about malicious viruses, worms and Trojans coming to your Mac? There hasn’t been a serious fast spreading threat ever, but if you prefer to be prepared Sophos now offers a free Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac users. It supports Intel Macs and PowerPCs running Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard. Another option to protect your favorite computer platform is the popular open source project ClamXav.
Apple just opened the doors to their shiny new App Store Hall of Fame. It presents the 50 “very best of the best” iPhone and iPad apps. No word on how Apple selects the “App Store Essentials” but the current 50 iOS apps are well known and popular. Among them: Angry Birds, Facebook, Flight Control, Pulse and Jamie Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals. Want to see Apple’s finest for yourself? Well, step inside, Sir!
With iOS 4.2 coming to iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad anytime soon, there are several great features to look forward to. One of them is AirPlay. AirPlay means you can now stream almost any audio source from your iPhone or iPad to an AirportExpress, Apple TV or a stereo supporting Apple’s new streaming standard. The relevant apps will let you set your iPhone or WLAN as output and start streaming. It works with links in Safari, YouTube, Radio apps… you name it. Video played with VLC on the iPhone is out of sync though at the moment.
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Tagged AirPlay, Airport Express, AirTunes, Apple TV, iPad Music Streaming, iPhone Music Streaming, iTunes, Music Streaming, VLC, VLC Streaming
Beautiful! Poolga is a free app which puts art on your iPhone or iPad. You can use the work of selected designers and illustrators as background wallpapers or just enjoy the many different styles and ideas like that.