This week the United States Postal Service finally delivered something, better late than never as usual. This happens to be the arrival of the m.usps.com mobile Web site, that features many of the tools found on the main USPS.com Web site, including the ability to track and confirm shipments, find post office locations and even look up ZIP codes. But the big news is that the USPS also announced that it is working on some new apps for Research in Motion’s BlackBerry line of handsets as well as the Apple iPhone.
We don’t know much more about this, other than the fact that the Postal Service has “smartphone” apps coming soon, and that these could include GPS functionality. And while I am poking fun at the USPS, the truth is that the Web site is actually (at least in my opinion as someone who ships a lot of packages) a step up from FedEx.com or UPS.com. Now if the USPS can hustle up that app for the BlackBerry I’d stop making fun of them completely!
And speaking of the BlackBerry, every week this column tends to be a tad heavy on the iPhone apps. So in a matter of fairness (and as a BlackBerry user), I thought I’d mention a few free apps for those BlackBerry users out there. These are available now from the BlackBerry App World.
Evernote – This app for the Curve, Storm and Bold is a good substitute for Google Docs, which still doesn’t let users on BlackBerry devices edit or create new docs. So if you need to take notes on your handset this is the way to do it (at least for now). Best of all you can jot down on Evernote, or even record audio notes and then send it to the Web where you can retrieve it from Evernote.com.
UbertTwitter – Think of this app as being the ultimate Twitter protocol, hence the “uber” (because anything uber must be the best, which in this case it is). It runs faster than other Twitter programs, but more importantly this app lets you “tweet” from multiple accounts, and find tweets as well. You can even e-mail your posts and upload photos as well as videos. To tweet or not to tweet remains the question, but if you must tweet, do it in uber style.
Dictionary and Thesaurus – Typos, misuse of words and punctuation errors are considered, unfortunately, to be acceptable in digital communication. But now Dictionary.com holds to take back at least correct spelling and usage offering 500,000 definitions and synonyms, as well as phonetic and audio pronunciations, spelling suggestions and even a word of the day.
Nice Office – Even if you can’t manage your real world office, this app can help you transform your handset into a virtual mobile office, managing e-mail, calendar, contacts and tasks. It can store forms and documents, and keep track of sales activity, and track lead activity by workflow and status. Updates are also synced wirelessly between your handheld and the Nice Office Web site. So if you misplace your BlackBerry, all isn’t lost because everything will be backed up. If only this app could help keep clutter off your real desk.