It’s is no secret that there is no shortage of apps for the iPhone. As the latest ad campaign says, “there is an app for that.” And this week at the Web 2.0 Expo keynote by Stephen Elop, president of Microsoft Business Division, we even got a hint that Microsoft Office would make its way to the iPhone in the not too distant future.
So while you wait for Office, there are still plenty of other apps for your iPhone. And to help you decide which apps might suit your needs there is the Living Social “iPhones Apps” site, where users can share their favorite apps with other iPhone users and even purchase new ones directly from the Apple App store. This week, LivingSocial also revealed the most popular iPhone apps among its 19 million users. These include:
- Pandora Radio
- Tap Tap Revenge 2
- The Weather Channel
Blackboard Learn – A free application for the iPhone, which will let students check their grades and even get updates about their college courses (provided the school uses the course-management software). But don’t expect it to let you sleep through class, as it won’t replace the classroom experience, nor will you be able to take tests, but it should allow for better communication between students and instructors. Maybe you can use this to train your employees.
Yahoo Mobile Portal – This week it became official, the Yahoo Mobile Portal has been released for the Web and as an iPhone app. This includes mobile search, access to Web-based e-mail, social networks and even Yahoo’s own IM, plus address book and calendar. It will also provide mobile iPhone users with access to RSS feeds, weather, stocks and basically all the other “good” stuff you’d get from a MyYahoo Web page.
LiNK System – Securtiy device developer Schlage has released its LiNK System app for the iPhone, which is now available from the Apple App Store. This application lets homeowners monitor and even control their home’s Schlage security system, including the first keypad door-lock system that can wireless notify a user when someone enters the home. Best of all, you could even let in guests and visitors remotely by locking or unlocking your Schlage LiNK equipped doors. Furthermore, this could allow you to remotely turn on, or turn off lights and soon even manage home thermostats and security cameras. Good app for road warriors or those working from a home office.
Harprer Island App – And for a little fun when the workday comes to an end, next week CBS will debut the new show Harper Island, which is an interactive mystery show. And now viewers can take part of this iPhone app to look for clues, try to figure out who the next murder victim might be, and even get clips for upcoming episodes. The CBS Harper’s Island application is now available for free from Apple’s App Store for the iPhone and iPod touch.
Check back next Friday for news on the latest mobile apps