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iPhone Free App Of The Day – Shazam

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Shazam

Shazam is probably the coolest App that I’ve posted on FreeMacBlog so far. The app acts like a virtual music library, and for the most part works very well. What Shazam does is help you identify songs simply by having the program listen to it. If you happen to hear a song on the TV, then open up Shazam and put your iPhone up to the speaker. Most of the time the song is in the database for Shazam. I tried it on 15 songs, and 13 of them were identifiable, some which were pretty underground selections.

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Apple & AT&T Working On A Tethering Plan?

Going into the Labor Day weekend I got some juicy rumors to report on. According to a Gizmodo reader, he has proof that Apple is looking to find a way to bring a tethering feature to the iPhone. The Gizmodo reader claims to have received an email from Steve Jobs himself and provided them with said email.

This news comes off the banning of Netshare from the App Store. This handy little app (when it was in existence), allowed iPhone users to use their handset as a portable modem for their laptops. The Netshare app had a short lived stay on the App store. Due to its convienent function, the question was “Why Take It Off?”

In the email the reader complains about how Apple should be finding a way to allow tethering, and he wouldn’t mind paying for it. Much to the reader’s surprise, Steve Jobs actually returned his email with this simple statement:

“We agree, and are discussing it with ATT.”

At this point, this could be totally false and nothing but a prank from some idiot. Of course with the banning of Netshare, and the fact AT&T allows tethering on some of their other phones, it’s definitely not too big of a stretch.

iPhone Free App Of The Day – Wikipanion

Wikipanion

Wikipedia is one of the greatest sources of information on the internet. Sure it can’t be fully trusted all the time, but you can find out just about anything within a few seconds. You now have the option of bringing that knowledge to your iPhone. The Wikipanion was specifically created to bring the greatness of Wikipedia to your iPhone. The only problem is that the app is a bit clunky if you’re wanting to edit a wiki page.

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iPhone Free App Of The Day – Pocket Express

Pocket Express

Pocket Express is a free news app for the iPhone. What really sets this app apart from other countless news apps is the quality of content provided. Nearly every story is from the Associated Press (AP). Most of the sites where the information is coming is your more popular sites, CNN, BBC etc…
For a iPhone app that’s free, you can’t beat Pocket Express

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Psystar Files Counter Suit Against Apple

When you’re a smaller company and a bigger fish sues you, what’s the best course of action? Well to sue them right back of course. That’s the path that Psystar is taking, for better or worse, as they will be counter suing Apple.

Rudy Pedraza, the owner of Miami based Psystar will be filing a lawsuit based on the Sherman Antitrust Act, and Clayton Antitrust Act. If you’re getting a sense of deja vu, these are the same kind of charges that Microsoft went through during the mid 90’s. When they were accused of being a monopoly. Pedraza’s claim is that Apple is violating these antitrust acts by tying the Mac OS together with Apple hardware.

Pedraza has also defended against the lawsuit Apple has out on Psystar. Here is a quote from a recent press conference, “My goal is to provide an alternative, not to free the Mac OS….What we want to do is to provide an alternative, an option…It’s not that people don’t want to use Mac OS, many people are open to the idea, but they’re not used to spending an exorbitant amount of money on something that is essentially generic hardware.”

According to many legal experts, Psystar is going to have a tough time proving Apple violated any antitrust laws.

I’m not a lawyer, but I really don’t see how Psystar is going to win this case.

[via: Cnet]

iPhone App Of The Day – Voice Broadcast

Voice Broadcast

This handy app is a cool way to send a message out to a different number of people. Basically, the Voice Broadcast app will record a message that you provide. Then you can send that message to any number of recipients that you want. You can set it up to be sent out at a future time, or even send reminders to yourself.

You’ll have to sign up for a Ifbyphone account. They have a 100 minute package that is free, but you’ll have to pay for more minutes. The app itself is free, so you can download it whenever you want

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