Apr 27 2009
iPhone OS 2.1 has landed with all the promised fixes and no bugs! Okay, wishful thinking aside, backups and app installs are tons faster. Meanwhile, new apps have been rolling out of the store for months now. And the quality seems to be improving.
Transferring files too and from your iPhone has been one of the most envied features of the jailbreak crowd. For a limited time, you can get an app that allows you to stash files on your iPhone/touch and view them offline.
Air Sharing does just that, and is free for its first two weeks. Since it was released September 9th, that gives us another 10 days to grab it. Sure, this is a clever ploy to get Air Sharing atop the most downloaded lists, but who cares? Its free.
Air Sharing makes your device show up as a WebDAV share drive. If you’d rather go the other way – and access your Mac or other FTP server from your iPhone, look into Caravan.
It is not free, but it is cheap: $3. I haven’t got it to work with my Tiger machine’s built-in ftp, but it has been easy to set up with Leopard and my web host’s server (1and1 Linux). It also allows you to download files from the web and edit, create and transfer text files.
While we’re talking networks, it is worth mentioning Network Ping Lite, a simple utility that allows you to ping, scan your subnet and telnet to networked machines. Free, of course.
Yahoo just let out oneConnect for iPhone. This app lets you browse your Yahoo contacts alongside your built-in ones. You can also Yahoo IM from the app and post to a ton of Twitter-like sites, including Twitter and Facebook.
If you’re into syncing Google’s suite, you’ll be interested in GooSync, which will sync your contacts with your Google account. You have to have a GooSync account as well. Calendar sync is waiting on Apple to open access to the calendar API.
If you are a Chandler user, you’ll be interested to know there is a Chandler Quick Entry app in the store. It requires you log in to your Chandler Hub account to use.
To round up our list, check out PicShare for wifi photo sharing, iPhone to iPhone. Also, if you happen to use Microsoft Office Communication Server, you can now log on with a native iPhone client: WebMessenger.