It is always great to hear from other bloggers. I recently received an email from Kelly Sonora at webdesignschoolsguide.com, who thought that our readers might benefit from knowing some of the latest iPhone applications available. She’s compiled a list of 20 applications that seem capable of saving time and effort for anyone who is proficient with their iPhones. We are happy to share a few of these electronic conveniences, with the caveat that sometimes technology and learning how to use it may take more time than it eventually saves you; be sure what you have now isn’t working for you as well as you’d like before you replace it with something new.
- SplashID: secure password manager that also stores user names, banking information–accounts, credit cards, etc.–software licenses and registrations, insurance, medical information, etc.
- Nameo: Enables anyone with an iPhone and this application to quickly download virtual business cards from someone else, standing nearby with the same software.
- Financer: Allows you to track your spending and manage your bank accounts on an electronic check register so you can stay on top of your monthly expenses.
- TypingWeb: A free iPhone typing tutor that helps you speed up your touch screen typing; it even tracks your progress or you.
- Whitepages: This free app helps locate someone’s phone number by searching a database of 180 million US adults; or get a name from the reverse directory.
- Mobileyes: iPhone users in several cities can access live traffic camera feeds to see how the traffic is moving and potentially shorten their commute time. Houston is one of nine major cities nationwide that offers this connection.
- Owed: Helps you track disk rentals, IOUs, and things you’ve lend out on your iPhone or iPod touch.
If you would like to learn more about these apps and more, visit Kelly’s web site. IPhone is definitely ahead of the pack right now with more than 10,000 programs in its App Store. However Blackberry and Palm are working hard to catch up. Some of these programs will be helpful in your quest for increased productivity, but be aware than many applications can also be time-wasters. Be selective in what you choose to download.
2008 was a pretty incredible year; at least now we all know what we’re up against and more of what to expect. Americans tend to excel at inventing thingsand at staying resourceful when a challenge looms. Here’s hoping you do both of these in 2009!