updated 04:00 pm EDT, Fri July 11, 2008
App Store:iPhone utilities
Among the dozens of new product announcements today are a wide variety of tiny utiity programs to enhance the new iPhone 3G. Whether it's copying a file from a Mac, writing a shopping list, searching for restaurants, sharing and organizing photos or securing the iPhone's Wi-Fi connection, there are utilities available at the iTunes AppStore.
GoTrusted has released a webapp that uses the firm's encryption service to secure iPhone Wi-FI and Edge-based internet connections. Users pay a $6 monthly subscription fee. The free webapp is available online from GoTrusted will soon be added to the iTunes AppStore.
Social media site SnapMyLife says its new iPhone application will allow users to take pictures and upload them to the site with a single click. Users can also add titles, descriptions and set privacy levels. Photos can be automatically tagged with their location which is then marked on a resizeable map. SnapMyLife is a free download at the AppStore.
Taptaptap says its aiming at the "impulse buyer" with applications selling for $5 or less. "Where to?" adds what the company calls "commercial GPS points of Interest" features to the iphone, enabling users to find restaurants, shopping and entertainment destinations. Where to? is available at an "introductory price" of $3. "Tipulator" is a $1 app that calculates tips. TapTapTap says it will soon release "Groceries," a shopping list and meal planner for $5.00. Also on the way: "I'm Here," a $1 app that uses the iPhone GPS to let users share their location.
Magnetism Studios has unveiled four new iPhone applications. FileMagnet is a $10 utility that that enables users to transfer files from their Macs for viewing on an iPhone. FIleMagnet supports Microsoft Office and PDF documents, movies, pictures, music and other files. Also released today, CityTransit, a $5 mapping application for the New York Subway and other mass transit systems, the $5 puzzle game Tile Sodoku, and "Mr. Shuffle," a $3 "interactive face making toy."
Wayfinder systems had a bit of a head start over other companies with its location search utility. The Power Search webapp was launched July 1, and the company says its servers had 100-thousand search requests in the first 24 hours. Wayfinder Power Search provides detailed information on over 100 million points of interest, including hotels, restaurants and museums. Users can post a link to the site on their iPhone Home Screens.