Tuesday, April 20, 2010

24Xero's iPod Touch apps Guide #01

In less than two years, 200 000 applications have been released for the iPhone and iPod Touch. I'm going to give you tips on the best right now. It's a bit hard to take in sometimes, how fast it actually has gone. Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in January 2007 and people queued in New York on June 30th of that year to buy their first iPhone the day it was released. At the Moscone Center in June 2008 Steve Jobs talked about his plans for a software store for iPhone applications, which would start in July of that year, called "Appstore".

The Appstore opened July 11th, 2008 with 500 apps to choose from. A year later it was 55 000 and in November last year it
past 100 000. Two weeks ago, they broke through the 200 000 barrier. Overall, more than four billion downloads of apps to the iPhone made in about 22 months.

It can be in many ways impressive that there are so many apps to choose from, it's difficult to find the right one in a
jungle of similar applications. Many of the apps are free. Overall, this is more than 40 percent of the programs.

Those apps that costs usually lays in the price range of 1-10 dollars. There are many cool applications. One of the best looking right now is the American CNN's new iPhone app, which present the news in both text, picture and video. Below you will find the list of my favorite applications at this point. It is divided in applications for news, navigation, weather, games, photos and video, fun, useful, music, social networking, travel, sports, radio and television.

Listed below are the 65 best applications right now.

News Apps:

Aftonbladets Supernytt

The latest news around the clock from Aftonbladet.

BBC World News Live

News from around the world from the british BBC. You can also watch streaming video in the iPhone.

AP Mobile

The world's largest news agency has made a neat and efficient iPhone app that is updated around the clock.


It's the biggest IT news site in Sweden. Idg.se is a great site for those who want to stay informed about the latest developments in the IT world.

NY Times

Is one of America's largest newspapers with a circulation of around one million copies. It has a good iPhone app with news from the USA and the rest of the world.

Navigation Apps:


Perfect for large parking spaces. Activate Beacon and the cellphone will find its way back to the car when it's time to go home.


GPS in cellphones has a new meaning when both Navigon and TomTom have released special applications for the iPhone. It makes your cellphone into a navigator.


TomTom has seen them self overtaken by Navigon when it comes to navigation for the iPhone. However, the distance has shrunk.

Google Earth

See satellite images from virtually anywhere on earth. This makes the maps you have in school redundant.

Path Tracker

It's using the GPS in the cellphone and keeps track of exactly how long the forest walk was and where you went. It also helps you to find your way back home.

Weather Apps:


A new Swedish service that uses a Finnish Institute of weather forecasts. Perhaps the best service for the iPhone in Sweden.


The Norwegian counterpart to SMHI has been giving themselves into the mobile industry unlike SMHI. Yr.no is good but does not cover as many places as Klart.se.


Weather Service which covers the whole world, including Sweden. Long-term forecasts, precipitation, and wind warnings, and more.


See the same information that the planes' pilots get direct to the iPhone. It shows prognosis two hours ahead and GPS showing where you are.

Aero Weather

Displays weather conditions at airports around the world.

Game Apps:

Catcha Mouse

Prevent the rat from diving into the rat hole. Easy in the beginning but the difficulty is increasing rapidly.

Cro-Mag Rally

A bit more expensive game where cavemen races with bows and cars with stone wheels a la Fred Flintstone.

Waterslide Extreme

A water slider that's using the sensitivity in the iPhone to control how you slide so you won't fall of the water slide.

Labyrinth Lite

This is a variation of BRIO's classic labyrinth game that most of us played in kindergarten. It's difficult at first by you will get the hang of it.


The helicopter is out and rescue people in distress, although it faces obstacles in all shapes.

Photo and video Apps:


The world's leading software for image processing in a simplified version for the iPhone.


A free Swedish video service where you can upload your videos, for instance, to Facebook direct from your mobile.

Camera Bag

It adds cool filters on the images taken with the phone's camera. Everything from Fisheye to SEPIA.

Camera Zoom

For some reason, the iPhone camera lacks the ability to zoom. Almost no cell phone has an optical zoom but the iPhone does not even have digital zoom. You will, however, have it with this app.

Lego Photo

Fun effects. Take a picture of a friend and make the image to a large plate of Lego pieces.

Fun Apps:


Have a barbeque on the cellphone. You can do everything from fire up the grille to serve the barbeque as MMS, email or to Facebook.


Is that Mars or Venus? Calm down. You can see the stars in the sky with Skygazer based on where you are with the help of the iPhone's GPS.

Voice Changer Plus

Do you want to sound like a or as a ghost. With this app you can modify your voice and record it.


Makes your iPhone into a decibel meter.

Flashlight for free

It's possible to use your iPhone as a flashlight, even without this free app. But with this the light becomes even stronger.

Useful Apps:

Google Mobile

Search for anything you want. It goes faster than searching through the browser and then to go to Google. It remembers previous searches.


Buy and sell directly in your hand. The same service as Blocket on Internet but in an iPhone version.


How fast is mobile broadband really. Bredbandskollen measures the speed and compares with the one you actually get paid for.


A good app that can print from the iPhone as long as there is a wireless network nearby.

Free Translator

Hard English words? How do you say that in English? It turns out quite well with this app even if the vocabulary is a bit limited.


Free calls to other Skype users via wireless LAN or call cheaper than your mobile phone - especially abroad - with Skype Out.

SF Bio

A bit boring perhaps that there is a near monopoly on the Swedish cinema market. However, with this app, it's still easy to get tickets to the evening and future movies.


A good app even for those who have been driving for some time. A bunch of road signs including several new ones.


With Evernote on your computer and cell phone you can sync all of your notes (including voice and video notes) and read them in your mobile phone or computer. It's Free.


The best way to check that the extra price in the store you're in is really the best. It keeps track of prices on all sorts of stuff and services.

Music Apps:

Guitar Tuner

An application that's containing a tuner, chord wizard, metronome, and some other things for guitarists.

Gibson Learn and master guitar

The guitar builders at Gibson have made an app that contains useful tools for guitarists and free demo courses on video with new guitar tricks.


Make music and make your own songs with just your own voice as a tool. The app takes care of the rest.

Finger Piano Lite

The app that turns your iPhone into a little piano. And the fact is that if you connect the sound into decent speakers, it is difficult to distinguish from real electric pianos.


You may not always need to use your iPhone as a recorder. But with this app you can.

Social Networking Apps:


App that links several social networking services like Facebook and Skype to one location.


Gives you access to Facebook and your account.


Linkedin is a bit of a Facebook for officials and business people. The app works in much the same way as the web service.


It's linking social networks and news from RSS feeds into a stream of communications that go along a river. Pretty cool.


Direct Link to your twitter account from the iPhone.

Travel Apps:


Find a hotel at sensible prices worldwide. And book directly on your mobile.

Lonely Planet

Travel Guides from most corners of the earth.


Exchange rates are updated regularly. Good to have on the go.

Check My Trip

Connects directly to the Amadeus's travel database where you can find their travel and flight times, changes, and more.


Flygresor.se is a Swedish comparison site where you can find cheap flights to all over the world.

Sport Apps:

Golf Tracker

Keep track of your round on your mobile. In addition to using the iPhone as a scorecard you can also deal with old rounds and compare.

Sportbladet Fotboll

Follow your favorite team, facts in real-time, news, see Laul Calling and look at gamer facts and more.

Svenska Spel Målservice

Live updates from all major sports and leagues. You can also keep track of your own games.

NHL Ice Time 2010

Follows all NHL games, player facts, Live scores, statistics and more. Also available in the pay version with even more services.

South Africa 2010 Tracker

A free application which keeps track of all the teams in this year's World Cup in South Africa.

Radio and TV Apps:

SVT Play

Almost everything from SVT's own production, plus some foreign materials purchased as well. Directly into the mobile. An awesome application.

SR Podradio

Most of SR's shows is also available as podcasts. With this app you can listen directly without first downloading the podprogram to the mobile from your computer.

TV4 Play

TV4's play app is an alternative to the SVT's. But the content is much thinner.

Viasat Sport

The coolest sports clips from Viasat many channels from the latest weeks free on your iPhone.


Streaming music directly on your mobile. The computer has a free version which includes commercial breaks. You can't get it on your mobile, unless you pay a monthly fee to listen.

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