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Microsoft has just made Bing [Free - iTunes app] their second iPhone and iPod touch app (no, Office wasn't first -- that's still MIA -- the amazing image-zooming Seadragon was), and it's fairly impressive. It takes a lot of the services Google powers throughout the iPhone and the Google Mobile app and collects them all in one place -- internet text string search, image, movies, a business directory, news, and maps and directions. You can also do Voice Search though without the accelerometer and proximity sensor tricks that make's Google's version so Star Trek.
The Bing app is great looking as well, with large photo backgrounds a la Bing website (and yes, you can tap the rounded square overlays to get factoids). Text string searches are pretty much on par with Google, sometimes returning more sensible results in more logical orders, sometimes not. A simple image search for "theiphoneblog bing", however, returned no results from the Bing app, and exactly what I was looking for in Google. (see below). Likewise, Voice Search tended to crash the app when it went into "thinking" mode. The business and other directory-style information is great, as usual with Bing.
If you're interested in comparing Microsoft's own Windows Mobile version, our buddy Phil from WMExperts has you covered. If you're wondering why Microsoft made Bing for the iPhone, despite Steve Ballmer cracking wise about the iPhone and the internet, Apple's platform enjoys a huge share of the mobile browsing space and Bing wants those eyeballs as much as the just-as-competitive-now Google.
Fake Steve Jobs has had enough of AT&T and their "bastardly behavior over bandwidth usage" and so is launching a crowd-sourced, flash-mobbed, Rickson Gracie-style assault on their network called "Operation Chokehold":
Pastebot [$1.99 - iTunes link], the delicious-looking new clipboard manager from Tapbots brings their flare for fantastic, and fantastically original user interface to iPhone and iPod touch cut, copy, and paste. (And, yes, insert -- it took Apple 2 years and a 3.0 to give iPhone users the much-requested clipboard function to begin with -- sarcasm here).
The usage case is simple and elegant -- anything you've copied or cut to the iPhone clipboard is automatically added to Pastebot when you launch the app. Up to 99 such clippings can be stored at any one time, and inside Pastebot you can title them, organize them into folders (for example, keep email boilerplate handy), copy them back to the clipboard, share them (including via embedded email, which makes that boilerplate incredibly functional), search them (on Google), and even run some automated actions on them like changing case, decoding and encoding HTML, find and replace, quote, etc. Images can also be brightened, converted to B&W, inverted, etc. And Mac users can get the free desktop companion for sync'y goodness as well.
TiPb was able to try it out for a few days already, and I liked it enough to run out and buy it on launch (disclosure -- I'm an easy mark for great design and functionality).
Like Weightbot and Convertbot before it, Pastebot is a powerhouse in a delightful robot candy shell. By the same token, some may argue Tapbots trades speed-of-use for joy-to-use and that's certainly valid. If you didn't appreciate the robotic gimmick of their previous fare, you likely won't enjoy it here either. However, if you're serious about your clipboard and love you some innovative interface, check out Pastebot and let us know what you think.
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Cellar [$2.99 - iTunes link] is a gorgeous app that lets you manage your wine collection on your iPhone or iPod touch, and with version 2.0 just now hitting the App Store, it's pairing some interesting new features:
Search (based on any data) and sort (type, region, vintage, price, or rating)
Wishlist and trash (hey, you can't have your wine and drink it too).
Backups, restores, and merges for added data safety.
Share bottles via Email (and others ways, not fully supported yet, but tweet-tastic none-the-less).
A bunch of new bottle styles, labels, and fields like "drink by", and "pairing", and support for blends, name and wine type.
Truth be told, I'm more UI and function geek than wine aficionado, but the team behind Cellar continues to nail both niche and presentation to a degree I want to go buy more vino just to store it on my iPhone. TiPb was able to taste-test Cellar 2.0 for a few days already and it works as good as it looks. Bottles sent to us by email arrived in our cellar perfectly; whole backups were restored flawlessly, and yes we felt sad for those empties we kicked over to the trashy curb.
Cellar comes by way of the same finer-things-in-life folks If you're an iPhone user, wine is your passion, and you just love apps-as-art, check out Cellar 2.0. Then hoist a few bottles and let us know what you think.
It was bound to happen, but with Toshiba announcing that it's managed to cram 64GB of NAND flash memory onto a single chip, we can now officially start the rumors of a 64GB iPhone and 128GB iPod touch... perhaps as soon as next year's 4th generation models if prices get low enough fast enough.
The iPod touch doesn't have to worry about all the phone-related radios, and so has double the slots for memory, so it will likely always get twice as much storage as the iPhone, and at 128GB might Apple finally retire the veteran (and last) hard drive-based iPod classic?