Non-Game iPhone Apps Catch-All

Man why does Palringo have to stop your iPod from playing? I'd actually like to keep it running in the background, but I can't keep it running while I play my iPod because it stops whatever music I'm listening to and resets my playlist. Grr.

They would if they could, but Apple refuses to allow apps to run in the background.

Malor wrote:

They would if they could, but Apple refuses to allow apps to run in the background.

I thought the exception was the iPod app, since it runs in the background of all the default apps.

So now there are various SSH clients and even an RDP client available for the iPhone, which would be super-awesome when I'm on call. I'd be able to work a lot of problems from anywhere instead of having to go home or to the office.

...except my network admins won't let me connect to the company's VPN through my phone.

*cry*

The VNC connection client works great, that's for sure. Super speedy.

I've been using Instapaper Pro for a few days now and I LUFF IT! Great way to save pages for later viewing. Totally worth the money.

Not really an app, per say, but I'd hate for my talents to be squandered on just myself.

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One question/gripe about Palringo I have is that my ICQ contacts are listed as their raw numbers, which is useless for identification purposes. Otherwise, seems ok.

Ubran Spoon anyone? It came in handy for our Friday departmental lunch this past week.

Using :

My Budget - Title says it all
Facebook - likewise
TwitterFon - From the maker of Twitterfox. Best twitter app in my opinion (and free)
Google Earth - yeah!
Remote - You guessed it!
Wikiamo - Wikipedia for your iPhone
MultiConvert - convert anything!
Greenspeak - Awesome app! My shortcut to Jeff Green's blog

Speed Test - does the same thing as speedtest.net, that is, it will test your current internet connection's speed.
SnapTell - Take a photo of a DVD, Video game, or Book and it will recognize it, find wiki links, links to ratings and reviews, and tell you the best local and online prices. Also works with just typing in the name of what you want.
Drinks Free - 5000+ drink/cocktail recipies. Searchable by name and ingredient.
Craigsphone - Craigslist app that can find stuff close to you, in some areas.
Translator - translation app, uses a web connection or you can buy offline dictionaries

All of the above are free

In on craigslist and snaptell. Thanks.

Kurrelgyre wrote:

Ubran Spoon anyone? It came in handy for our Friday departmental lunch this past week.

Yup. I flip between Urbanspoon and Yelp.

How about iMapMyRide vs. Trailguru? I've been using Trailguru as an odometer for shorter walks and iMapMyRide for the longer trips I actually want a map of, but I've found that iMapMyRide eats battery life like the Tasmanian Devil. Not sure if there's a better one out there.

I use Flycast on occasion, but mostly for classical music to calm the baby. Is it me, or do all the other stations on Flycast totally suck?

Miscellaneous others: GroceryIQ, MissingCalc, Stanza, NewsTapLite.

Here are a few apps I am still using.

Official apps:
Allrecipies.com Dinner Spinner
Amazon Mobile
Apartments
AroundMe
Bank Of America
CheckPlease
CraigSearch
Dual Level
Easy Wi-Fi for AT&T
Easy Writer
eBay Mobile
Eevernote
Facebook
FullBrowser
Google Mobile App
GPS Tracker
Here I Am
If Found, Please...
iHandy Coin Flip
iTarot
JobCompass - Find Job
Joost
Last.fm
Lux Touch
Mint.com
Mocha VNC Lite
MotionX Poker
MotionX Poker Quest
Nearby
Night Camera
OpenTable
Palringo
Pandora Radio
Remote
Showtimes
Trailguru
TwitterFon
Urbanspoon
Weightbot
WiFiFoFum
WiFinder
Wikiamo
Yelp

Jailbroken apps:
Qik
Fast Notes
Instinctiv Shuffle
Installer
Cydia
SMS Counter
AdBlock
Backgrounder (allows apps to run in the background)
BossPrefs

It's pretty amazing when you think about it. The App Store has grown huge in such a short period of time. At this rate they will need another section of iTunes for them all. Apple really needs to enforce stronger delays or waiting periods on developers. And god knows that we don't need ten billion sudoku games.

Star Walk is an elegant and beautiful astronomy app. After seeing the video I thought $5 was a steal.

MightySprite wrote:

It's pretty amazing when you think about it. The App Store has grown huge in such a short period of time. At this rate they will need another section of iTunes for them all. Apple really needs to enforce stronger delays or waiting periods on developers. And god knows that we don't need ten billion sudoku games.

Yup. As far as I'm concerned, the App Store is the iPhone's real killer app.

How does everyone organize their apps? I've got 7 pages and they seem to get shuffled around regularly. It makes it tough to find things.

The other day I finally buckled down and organized my pages.

Page 1 - core iPhone apps only (phone, text, safari, app store, etc)
Page 2 - very useful apps, no games. (snap tell, notes, igoogle, sportacular, Wikiamo)
Page 3 - My most played games
Page 4 - Tools. (Speed Test, calculator, midomi)
Page 5 - semi random collection of 'other' apps and weblinks (Warcraft characters, amazon, GWJ, urbanspoon)
Page 6 - games I don't play very regularly

Each page has at least 4 slots open so its pretty simple to organize things now. New apps go in the empty spaces on the first page and can be moved to wherever they need to go.

So, Palringo is great. I didn't notice at first, but it even runs in the background after you exit back to the home screen so you can still receive messages, etc. Very cool.

I've been using Files Lite to transfer small files to my iPod for veiwing on the go. Theres a stupid file size limit unless you drop $5 on the Pro version, but it works rather well. Is there any other/better programs to transfer/view files on your iPod?

Asz wrote:

Is there any other/better programs to transfer/view files on your iPod?

I've been using Discover and it works pretty well for me.

I used Discover for a while, but it went wrong after a couple of weeks and I could not get anything other than a white screen. Removing and reinstalling just gave me the same result. Eventually, I uninstalled it and waited for an update before reinstalling, and it seems to be OK now.

So, Palringo is great. I didn't notice at first, but it even runs in the background after you exit back to the home screen so you can still receive messages, etc. Very cool.

This is actually impossible, what Palringo does is show the number of unread messages you have on exit on the application icon on the main screen. So if you got an unread message as you were exiting it'll show up as an unread on the home screen. But it's not actually running in the background, as Apple specifically disabled this unless you jailbreak your phone.

PyromanFO wrote:
So, Palringo is great. I didn't notice at first, but it even runs in the background after you exit back to the home screen so you can still receive messages, etc. Very cool.

This is actually impossible, what Palringo does is show the number of unread messages you have on exit on the application icon on the main screen. So if you got an unread message as you were exiting it'll show up as an unread on the home screen. But it's not actually running in the background, as Apple specifically disabled this unless you jailbreak your phone.

Thats what I figured. However, I have separate IM names for use on my mobile devices, and I noticed that my account stays logged on even after I put my iPod to sleep or go back to the home screen. This isn't a short term thing either, as if the server was waiting for my connection to time out, i've had my account stay logged on for over 24 hours. I've also received messages on my mobile account while playing other games or apps on my iPod (the messages show up when I launch Palringo again.)

Perhaps theres some kind of server-side voodoo Palringo does to maintain a fake connection for you?

Correct. They leave you connected on their servers and will deliver when you reopen palringo.

Agree with Rabbit, Guitar Toolkit is a great application.

Others I use are:

Traffic Info (only Uk based)
iFooty
BBCReader

Thats the most british list of apps I've ever seen

Can anyone recommend a good expenses/receipt tracker? I'm jumping ship from the palm-based PDAs I've had for years, and I need something to replace PocketQuicken. I'll be back to manually keying spending into Quicken -- what I want is an easy way to track things while I'm on-the-go.

I don't know anything about expense apps, sorry. But I wanted to chime in with:

They apparently just released a "Kindle" app for the iPhone, so you can use it to read the same Kindle books that the 'real' reader can.

Evernote does receipt scanning. Note sure what else for your purposes. Check it out.