One of America’s largest podcaster and multimedia news organization, NPR has jumped into the iPhone age with the release of its News App for the device. The app is going to be the first of its kind for the iPhone and the iPod Touch, giving users a chance to read, browse or listen to news stories. The app uses zip code or the location based technology to help users locate the closest NPR station, search by station or programs and connect to more than 1 thousand live or on demand streams. The app also lets users customize playlists to help them organize their favorite programs and stories.
BberryApp, a group of IT professionals have brought forth a new app for the BlackBerry phones which lets you forward, reply and edit emails. The app is given the same name; Forward, Reply and Edit. Users can fix common errors like spelling mistakes, add/delete content and add comments to any emails you receive on your device. The app has already been downloaded close to 7,000 times in less than ten days, which is pretty good to start with.
The Facebook app for the iPhone is almost ready and all that is stopping it from coming to the device is translation of it into a bundle of languages. Meaning that the app will be as powerful or nearly as powerful as what it is on the Web. And with the iPhone 3GS having the video support, the Facebook experience will prove to be better. However this should be kept in mind the app might not necessarily be available anytime soon, though we hope it happens at the earliest, but making it perfect for the iPhone generation and then getting a go at the App Store might just take a bit longer. Whenever it’s coming out, we will be waiting for it.
If you were concerned about knowing if there are any sex offenders living in your neighborhood than Offender Locator app for the iPhone might just be of help. The app uses iPhone’s location based services to show you a list of offenders around you. Users can also see the list for offenders in a particular address you enter or that of contact in your list and app searches through the database to provide you with a list. You can then see related details like height, etc and a photograph. I am not sure how this app fares as it has legal implications associated to it, the most important being selling information of ex-criminals to earn profits. Now I know there may very well be a good purpose behind it; to warn people what offenders are living close by. But to pay for this app, when this information is easily accessible via the Web. Interesting nonetheless that it’s in the list of top ten apps and the developer is plucking bags of money with that.