Best iPhone apps

A couple of weeks out and some iPhone apps are really standing out. I’ll list them here:

  • WordPress: allows you to blog easily with pictures from the iPhone
  • Facebook: allows you to check on Facebook status updates
  • Google: Google’s app allows easy access to all Google things. Sadly, you can’t edit docs.
  • Scribble: allows you to draw and email pictures
  • Midomi: hum a tune and work out what song it is.
  • Galcon: a great strategy game.
  • Enigmo: a great puzzle game with physics
  • Pine Tree: a book for your kids to read
  • Level: this is just amazing. It is a level to tell you whether that picture or table is straight

4 thoughts on “Best iPhone apps”

  1. It is amazing what can happen when we open up systems to sharing and cooperation. I wonder where we would be if we had not been stifled by 20 years of Microsofts defacto monopoly.

    There is a lesson here for policy makers to open up policy systems to innovation. Imagine what might happen if we allow different models to evolve within a common framework. Say – for example – we can have a set of different economic systems to address a particular issue such as climate change:) or we allow citizens to choose and even suggest different taxation regimes.

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  2. Kevin, it could be argued that innovation was actualy dependant on the universal adoption of computers – Microsoft’s real legacy – and therefore dependant on them, not stifled by them?

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  3. Microsoft had little to do with the universal adoption of computers. Microsoft DOS was one of several operating systems available on the original IBM PC. Gates marketing strategy was to sell the operating system for a much lower price than any other operating system. Because it was so cheap IBM simply supplied it as part of the machine whereas other companies who supplied operating systems wanted too much money and even though they were superior technically they had to be purchased and were not supplied with the machine. Once the operating system was supplied with the machines it became the operating system for which developers wrote applications and hence became a standard. The industry was looking for a standard and they supplied it. Unfortunately they abused their privilege by making it difficult for anyone else to supply operating systems. When it became obvious that the browser could “replace” the operating system as the platform then Microsoft set about trying to destroy the opposition by giving away Explorer. Microsoft wanted to not only own the operating system but also as many of the applications that ran on it that they could get away with. Once you own the standard then you can do many things like make it difficult for competitors to your products to get any sales. Microsoft is in court a lot because they keep trying to abuse their ownership of the standard which stifles innovation.

    The new paradigm of Google and the Open Source movement and now the IPod is to share and cooperate with as many others as you can. If Microsoft had used this approach it is likely that development of the software industry would have advanced more rapidly.

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