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Favourite Free iPhone Apps

If you don’t own your own iPhone, I’m sure you’ve at least played around with one, right?

Well the greatest thing about the iPhone 3G (and iPhone 2.0 update) is the App store. Which allows developers to create applications–either paid or free–for use on the new or updated iPhones as well as iPod Touches.  I’ve had my phone for just about a month and have had lots of time to try out a lot of the free apps (too scared to pay for any yet, even though I do have an iTunes gift card kicking around!)

So, here are my faves, but in my quest for having all the best apps, I want to hear your recommendations too!

1. Shazaam

My dad has this thing he does when a song he likes comes on the radio. Basically it’s a hand signal that means “Name this song.” He used to give us kids money for getting the right answer, but not so much anymore now that we’re all grown up…

However, at the time, I wish I had my iPhone and Shazaam because this app allows you  to hold your iPhone up to music and it will name the tune. Furthermore it allows you to buy the song directly from iTunes if you wanted to. Even though I probably won’t get paid for it, it’s still a very handy tool to have around, especially when your with someone who says “Oh man, I love this song! Wish I knew who sings it!” Total and absolute awesome.

2. Twinkle

Funny that my last post was all about being unsure about Twinkle, but now I LOVE it. It’s a Twitter client that takes it to another level by using the iPhone’s GPS and recording users’ locations with their posts. A great way to meet other tech savvy people in yoru area and building your local Twitter following. Love it!

3. SudokuFree

Ok, so secretly I’ve always hated sudoku because I suck at it. So I’m not even sure why I chose to download this app. However, glad I did, because now I’m a sudoku master. The trick is when you’re playing and you put the wrong number in the wrong box, it turns red. So whereas if I were playing in the newspaper my page would be a big scribbly mess, on the iPhone it’s always slick clean and I *know* I’m right! Now the challenge is to not get any wrong throughout the puzzle and I’m doing well with it.

4. iPint

My absolute favourite! If you’ve met me in person and we’ve chatted about my iPhone then I’ve probably showed you this. It’s the ultimate ‘party favour’ app because who doesn’t love beer? Basically it displays a pint of beer and when you tip the phone it slowly pours out. It’s realistic and simple, and while it may be a little pointless, it’s still awesome.

Ok, those are my top four. I’ve still many, many too play around with so let me know what you like! Also have you paid for any apps? Was it worth it? I’m considering buying Texas Hold’em but I haven’t yet…

Location-based microblogging… Cool or creepy?!

When Twitter first started gaining momentum, it was called “permission-based stalking” by some. (I’d credit whoever came up with the term, but I have *no* idea who it was). However that term sort of died down as Twitter popularity went up, especially as people found other uses for it, rather than just stalking.

However, many of us who’ve been obsessing over our iPhone 3G’s have discovered Twinkle. A twitter app that also records your location, so you can find “Tweeple” near you. I thought it was a little creepy at first, but it seems really cool! Not sure I have a solid understanding of why it’s great… but I see some potential…

So have you used Twinkle? What are your thoughts on location-based twittering?