iPhone Apps Feb 4th

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Google Shopper: Here's Rosa explaining why you need Google Shopper, which is finally available on iPhone:

There's no excuse for any iPhone user to go shopping without consulting the Google Shopper app first. It's free, it's fast, it'll tell you if you're getting a good deal, and it'll pull up product reviews for better decision making.

The app allows you to search for products using ordinary queries, voice searches, or by taking a photo of a barcode or book cover. The results will include price comparisons, reviews, and inventory information for some retailers.

You should listen to Rosa. Free.

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Thermo: Ooh..pretty weather. Makes it feel less cold! Kyle says:

Plenty of apps will give you hourly weather forecasts and maps of storm patterns and your horoscope and all that, but what if you just want a huge, gorgeous thermometer? Say Hello to Thermo. It's free! Mercury free, too.

OK, the ads are annoying. But $1 gets rid of 'em. Still a very cheap huge, gorgeous thermometer by any standard!

Free with ads, or a buck.

Video Stream: Video Stream, like AirVideo or StreamToMe, is an app that streams video from PCs and Macs to iOS devices with the help of a companion program installed on the main machine. It'll re-encode on the fly to make virtually any format play nice with Apple's fussy gadgets, and you can choose to download those re-encoded copies to your device for local playback. Nice.


But the new update allows you to control Video Stream from another iOS device, too, meaning you can plug one of your iWhatevers into the TV, pump video to your big screen, and control it on the couch from your other iWhatever. Free, or $3 for new update.

HeyTell: Turn your iPhone into a super smart...walkie talkie? Kyle says:

Talking will always be faster than typing, but unless you're my Aunt Bettie, I'm probably not going to actually ring you up to have a conversation. That's just the way it is. HeyTell, a free app for iOS and Android, lets you instantly send brief voice messages to other HeyTell app-havers at the touch of a button. Those soundbites are saved in sequence for later review, and a slew of in-app purchases lets you do things like add effects to your voice, broadcast a message to multiple friends, etc


Use your voice again! Free

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Portal: A Giz App of the Day. It's a super sexy, great looking fullscreen web browser with an expanding radial menu. Why is it so coooool? Sam explains:

Aesthetes. You want pretty? Portal is very pretty. Smooth menus, tasteful transitions. But it's not just a gorgeous face-the minimalist menu system puts all of your commands (reload, forward, back, search, etc.) into a compact dot. Just hold it down, and it expands only so much as is necessary. Anyone wishing they had more iPhone browsing space will be pleased with the unobscured view.


2 bucks.

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Country Living Treemail: V-Day is coming up, and if you didn't plan anything, you're screwed. Alleviate the blow by sending a digitally carved tree to your loved one with this app. Choose your tree, knife width and carve and send your love-note digitally. Cute! $1.

Voice Activator: This only applies for jailbreakers: If you are rolling with a jailbroken iPhone, you can tweak Apple's decent-ish Voice Control to let it invoke system-wide commands. Sorta to the extent of what Android phones can do. Young Davey says:

Made by iPhone developer chpwn, this workaround expands Voice Control and lets you create custom voice commands for your iOS device. VoiceActivator sits in Settings, where you access a list of assigned keywords that you speak aloud to your phone, and their corresponding actions. Say "hello," and your phone can speak back with a custom message. Tell your phone "Google," and it can zip to your browser and load Google's homepage. You can assign words to trigger certain iOS actions too, like taking a screenshot of your current screen.


Learn how here.

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Fire Department: Using iPhones for good is, well, good! This app connects people who are trained in CPR to those who need it. Kat explains:

Using the iPhone's GPS, it alerts trained users of nearby casualties. Once you elect to be tracked by the app, you basically sign over your permission to be notified when a reported emergency is near you. The app knows of said emergency because it intercepts data from 911 calls, figuring that a passerby trained in CPR is more likely to be of assistance than an ambulance miles away.

Users are alerted by a push notification, which will also inform you if there are any defibrillators nearby.


Really smart. Free

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My friends and I have been using HeyTell since sometime this Summer and love it.

I love hearing people trying to describe it. The best I can come up with is voice text messages.... which is still terrible.

In the end, I like being able to leave what's essentially a voicemail while making sure that I'm not getting on the phone and having to do the whole we're-having-a-conversation rigmarole.

I really like being able to pull up my 4 closest friends, send them all the same voice message easily, get messages back easily, and getting it all for free. I guess the mass message thing isn't free now though. Apparently I got it on some sort of promo.

I hate to rant but it's really great for use with people in different countries, too. My sister was in Europe for 3 months and it was great to be able to send a voice message that she could listen to whenever she was able to get Wifi and we didn't have to worry about long distance fees or international data plans. It was surprisingly fast too.

OK, I'm done gushing. Get the app (on iOS or Android) so we can push a little harder to get cell calls abolished and all communication converted to VOIP of some sort.