Wall Street has been on a roller coaster the last few months, and while pundits are saying we’ve hit bottom, you never know. This of course means it is still a good idea to keep up on the news on the street, and thus give The Wall Street Journal a read. The newspaper has actually been one of the holdouts that requires a subscription for the online version – clearly the editors there see that it is a buyer’s market online but realize that people will pay for the online version.
So this is why it comes as a bit of an odd turn that the WSJ is now offering an iPhone and iPod Touch Apps that offers the paper’s content for nothing! Now downloadable from the Apple Apps Store, the WSJ app provides a way to see the print, audio and even video content provided on the site.
And yes, a BlackBerry version of the app was released last August. So the question remains why the WSJ thinks it should be free to read the paper on a mobile handset rather than on the desktop version of the Web? I can’t answer that one, but something tells me that the readership for the WSJ might just go up. Now if only the stock market can follow suit.
Here is a look at some of the latest apps worth checking out this week:
Callpod Keeper – A new version of the password Apps is now available for the iPhone. As with the versions for other devices, this Apps allows you to back up your secret sensitive information on your PC/Mac, and further provides 128-bit “military grade” AES encryption to keep prying eyes from seeing this data should your handset be lost or stolen. Keeper is a simple way to store and retrieve your passwords, notes, lists and other personal information. Think of this as a skeleton key to all that important stuff on your handset. The iPhone version is now available from the Apple Apps Store.
StaySafe – While much is being made of “sexting”- the act where an individual sends risqu? photos of themselves to others – the mobile phone can now be used to alert users to potentially dangerous sex offenders. This week Family Watchdog LLC, a company that tracks the sex offender information, and mobile Application developer Handstrom, Inc., announced the release of StaySafe, the first mobile Apps to provide sex offender registry information to mobile devices in real-time. It provides Family Watchdog’s extensive database of registered sex offenders in the user’s area and across the United States. It is available for the iPhone from the Apple Apps Store for $14.99, and is also available for the T-Mobile G1 and other Android devices from the Android Marketplace.
TripIt – The online travel service has now launched a free app for the iPhone, available from the Apple Apps Store. Designed for travel control freaks, it even works in airplane mode of course, and the idea here is that it can eliminate the need for maps and paper printouts. In addition to being the app that lists your schedules and travel info, it also provides links to various sites such as rental car companies, airlines and even restaurants.
Smule Leaf Trombone World Stage – And once the workday is done, you can unwind with this multi-player musical game for the iPhone and iPod touch. Available from the Apple Apps Store for $0.99, this is the follow-up to the Ocarina, and lets you “play” the handset as a musical instrument. Performances can be submitted to a world stage and judged by your fellow digital musicians from around the world. Jam on!
Check back next Friday for news on the latest mobile Apps