Daynah from PHP-Princess.net just couldn't abide the meager 11 pages and paltry 180 apps provided by iPhone 3.0, so she went about forcing Apple's SpringBoard home screen manager to give her more. How did she do it?
PushMail [$4.99 - iTunes link] takes a different approach to working around the lack of push notifications for Gmail, Hotmail, and other email services on the iPhone. When you set up PushMail, you're prompted to create an account on their servers ([username]@dopushmail.com). You then forward email from Gmail, Hotmail, etc. to that PushMail account (using whatever filters or rules you like), and when PushMail gets the forward, it sends a push notification to your iPhone, alerting you that your Gmail, Hotmail, etc. account has email.
The much-discussed SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone application is once again back in the news again. The Boy Genius is reporting Sling Media has submitted a fairly significant SlingPlayer update to Apple. Version 1.1 will Include the following:
Either one of the most awesome iPhone developed concepts yet, or MIT professor and Navy F/A-18 Hornet fighter pilot Missy Cummings has just given the iPhone's Skynet/Matrix/Cylon decedents the origins of the flying hunter/seekers they'll be using to wipe us out.
Our sibling site, TreoCentral.com, reminds us about the NY Times report that even hands-free cell phone (including iPhone) use while driving radically increases the risk of accidents:
Studies say that drivers using phones are four times as likely to cause a crash as other drivers, and the likelihood that they will crash is equal to that of someone with a .08 percent blood alcohol level, the point at which drivers are generally considered intoxicated. Research also shows that hands-free devices do not eliminate the risks, and may worsen them by suggesting that the behavior is safe.
Check out the video over at WMExperts (via PocketNow). Never mind that it's Windows Mobile 6.5 rather than the still-in-the-desert Windows Mobile 7 -- that words like "finger-friendlier" are being used in 2009 sends us into sympathetic collective apoplexy. Yet our ever brave sibling site holds to hope and we wish them well, 'cause we might see iPhone 4.0 sneak-previewed by the time this ships...
What do you think, enough to stem the bleeding, or too little too late?
BargainBin [Free - iTunes link] keeps an eye on App Store apps and lets you know about sales and price drops. So, if there's an app out there you're waiting to try, but are watching your budget, this might be a way to keep track of any discounts coming your way. With push notification, you'll also know quickly when to pounce on the right deal.
If you give it a try, let us know how it works for you!