Some Useful Paid Apps for the iPhone and iPod touch
I am currently in San Francisco and Apple's World Wide Developers' Conference has just ended. There were expected to be several changes to the iPhone and its operating system.
It is the creativity of the many apps that are available that makes the real difference for me with this and my iPod touch, over and above what the devices can already do with data integration and the computer. I try to keep costs down by installing free apps. If these are all users want, they can register at the App Store online using a no credit card option. However, there are some paid apps that I have been unable to resist.
A couple of free apps from True had caused me slight concern: True Music and the True Wifi Locator. The Music App annoyed me when I first tried it and not just because it is not available for the Generation 1 iPod touch. Almost every time I tried, it would crash. A recent update has improved that and I now find I can accesses certain music videos easily.
It is not known how this application will change with the 3.0 iPhone update, but the developer reports that other languages are to be available. One would expect this will be for European languages. Quick Voice is a free download. Quick Voice Pro costs 99 cents.
As a measure of its effectiveness, the two paragraphs above were prepared using Quick Voice Pro. However it did have to be split into smaller sections to cope with the 30-second limit. When the emails arrived, I was able to copy the text and made a few minor corrections. Currently a sound file is included with the text.
As I also teach Chemical Engineering students, for academic interest I downloaded HazMat which has a complete database of the chemicals and actions to take in a spill situation. The main section, Lookup, contains a numerical list of chemicals from 1001, Acetylene to 9191, a type of Chlorine Dioxide, with a search window at the top for the UN number or the chemical's name.
When a substance is identified the bottom part of the panel reveals five icons: Information, Toxic, Fire, Spill and Health. The app has a limited target group, but those who need to know will find this a handy reference for $3.99 (137 baht). It works on both iPhone and iPod touch.
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