Computer Corner #28
By Bob Habas
Formally of computer Connections
Must-Have Free iPhone Apps.
Get the inside track on iPhone apps that
can improve your productivity, and provide a little fun.
This is a great app for shoppers. It turns
the iPhone camera into a barcode scanner and it’s pretty accurate. You
simply scan a product’s UPC code and let the app go to work to find it in
Google Product Search and TheFind. For food it will even look up allergen
information and for books it will scan to see if you can get it in a local
library. This app is great when you’re shopping at a retail store and want
to check the prices of products online before buying.
Pandora is a streaming “radio station”
for the Internet age. You simply search by an artist or song and it will
create a running playlist based on that one piece of information. It
intersperses an occasional ad between songs but the ads tend to be fairly
localized and occasionally even useful. On iOS 4, Pandora can even run in the
background, just like the iPhone’s native music app.
Photoshop is, of course, the best known
photo editor in the world and its mobile app doesn’t do anything to hurt
that reputation. But while the desktop version is known for having a zillion
features, the mobile app is distinguished by its simplicity. It’s the best
iPhone photo editing app for simple crops, brightness adjustments, and
sharpens, for example.
MapQuest 4 Mobile
MapQuest 4 Mobile iPhone V 2.0 speaks
street names aloud, re-routes automatically, and runs in the background with
iOS 4 making FREE navigation easier. AOL's MapQuest now offers turn-by-turn
voice navigation, allowing drivers to watch the road, and not the display.
Wi-Fi Finder, By JiWire Inc
Never worry again about not finding a
Wi-Fi internet connection. With close to 300,000 free and paid Wi-Fi hotspots
in over 140 countries, Wi-Fi Finder is simply the best app for finding free or
paid public Wi-Fi hotspots.
•Find Wi-Fi hotspots near you
•Search for public Wi-Fi anywhere in the world
•Works both online and offline
The largest directory available of paid
and free Wi-Fi Internet access - over 280,000 locations in 140 countries
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