Anyone still use a Filofax?

Filofax and iPhoneThe first Filofax was sold in 1921. A Filofax was once the must-have accessory for the young and upwardly mobile in the Eighties but today, some might even wonder what a Filofax is…

I used to love my Filofax. I moved to PDAs some time ago with the Palm Pilot III, to Palm Tungsten-T, to Windows Mobile based HP iPAQ and now to Apple iPhone.

I’m never on the move without my 3000+ contacts, my wireless Internet access, my 7+ days of music and so much more.

I still have my twenty-year old Filofax but have to admit it’s been ages I did not buy any refill. My Filofax now looks so useless, does anyone still use a Filofax?

Wired Reviews as an iPhone application

Wired launched its first free iPhone application “Reviews” available from the iPhone App Store. All their reviews on your iPhone; automobiles, camcorders, desktops, digital cameras, gaming gear, home audio & video, household, mobile phones, notebooks, portable media players, sports & outdoors and televisions… Just to make sure you will always be busy with your iPhone.

Features:

  • Authoritative reviews from trusted Wired editors
  • Latest, most innovative products
  • Concise rating system cuts through the hype
  • Search or browse 12 product categories
  • Sort by product name, date, price and rating
  • E-mail reviews to a friend

Unfortunately, there is some advertisement when you enter a category.

Download the application for free on the iPhone App Store.

Enjoy!

Google Earth on the iPhone

As the first Google Android phones hit the market, a new Google application finds its way to the iPhone: Google Earth.

Google Earth for the iPhone obviously packs the power of its parent application. But it also makes good us of all of the iPhone resources, the multipoint touch screen, the GPS positioning system, the motion capture, making it a very slick application. The navigation in a 3D environment is really impressive.

Make sure high bandwidth is available as Google Earth is as data savvy as it is in its desktop version.

Gmail, Google Maps, now Google Earth, the boundary between the iPhone and Android based phones gets thinner everyday. In the end, who is the winner if not Google?

Needless to mention that Google Earth is available free of charge from the AppStore.

Fring for the iPhone 3G

About one year ago, I already mentionned why I loved Fring. now Fring has recently released an official version (V1.0.1.4) for the iPhone 3G or the iPod Touch.

It installs in a snapshot and off you go… Once signed in, I recovered all my previous settings and contacts. When used for a call, you will be prompted which service to use for each call – Skype, SIP or Cellular in my case – could not be easier.

Pros:

  • Straightforward install for the Apple AppStore
  • Support of numerous services
  • Access to the iPhone contact list

Cons:

  • No resident software, software needs to run to receive incoming calls
  • WiFi only, no calls when connected on 3G or EDGE networks

WordPress for iPhone

Mad about your iPhone? Here is a good way to spend a lot of time playing with its virtual keyboard: write posts on your WordPress blog. Install WordPress for iPhone now and off you go!

WordPress for iPhone

WordPress for iPhone is a free application available from the AppStore and installs very easily.

WordPress for iPhone supports the minimum requirements to efficiently post on your blog. Text, title, tags and categories are supported. WordPress for iPhone allows for posting on multiple blogs (wordpress.com hosted or not), supports local and remote drafts, allows preview of posts and, last but not the least, publishing of the posts.

You want to post what you see? Easy, take a picture, WordPress for iPhone allows for including photos available on your iPhone into your posts.

While WordPress for iPhone does not feature all the plug-ins available for WordPress, it provides a rather complete featureset for an efficient blogging on the go.

The only limitation may reside in your ability to write long posts using iPhone’s virtual keyboard, you will have to be patient.

Why I love Fring

While I have not tested Fring yet, I have no suitable WiFi phone but it should not last, I already love Fring !!!

Having a one-stop solution to my mobile phone, my landline-over-ADSL-with-low-rates-phone, my Skype phone nightmare is more than a dream.

In a couple of words, Fring is a piece of software designed to run on your mobile phone and that routes the transmission to the media available: standard mobile, mobile data (3G), WiFi and so on with regards to the dialed number in order to optimize the cost of the communication. Fring also support various IP based solutions such as Skype, MSN Messenger, ICQ, Google Talk and SIP. For sure mobile phone operators won’t like that. Running on one single device means that all my contacts’ information does not need to be replicated on various devices, what a relief!

It seems to like Symbian OS as numerous Nokia phones appear to be supported by now. Windows Mobile based devices is also an option but it crashed on my HP IPAQ nx2495… No doubt an iPhone version of Fring will come with time.

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