July 9, 2007
The IPhone’s Best Web Apps
Scott Gilbertson mines the iPhone hype with a review of some of the new “killer Web apps” for Apple’s new toy, from chess and chat to cheap gas.
“While the handheld device lacks support for native applications — the kind users can download and install — developers have been busy building programs for the iPhone’s version of the Safari web browser. It may not be the most ideal platform for adding functionality to the iPhone, but it works. By squishing down and optimizing their browser-based apps, developers have managed to add a great deal of value to the sleek black device..”
Stefanie Olson examines how the Internet can teach your children to read.
“Proponents say sites like Starfall can help kids learn the ABCs while also mastering computer skills necessary to their future. But evidence to support the effect of educational sites is next to none, leaving some experts to wonder how they might shape a generation.”
“Although Vista’s first service pack was known to be coming this year, the news is that the SP1 beta comes in the week of July 16, with the final due in November – but unless you’re really having problems with Vista, don’t install it!.”