Apps Meg is using

Okay, I said I wasn’t going to do lists. I am failing in my “blogging resolutions” and lapsing into some kind John Cusack mode of communication.

Since I fixed the wireless in my apartment, my interest in iPhone apps as skyrocketed. Not just for games, but also neat little utilities. Since my fascination with multi-purpose consumer electronics knows no bounds, I’ve been trying to think of everything and anything I could use my ipod touch for. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.

1. Metro – That’s right, it’s the newspaper, now in app form. It can be updated daily, and has offline viewing, so I sometimes boot up just before I leave the house and then browse the latest news stories when I’m on the bus. I could say “this saves a tree”, but really my bus is packed in the morning, and I can’t always get a seat, so it’s easier than fumbling with a newspaper. And for the record, my bus stop doesn’t even HAVE a Metro box- it only has 24. Jerks.

2. GoodReader – This app is great as a pdf viewer or even as a ebook reader. It handles large files with ease and I use it to store my TTC map and other odds and ends. The free version has all of the same options, but with a limited number of files.

3. MobileRSS – What can I say? It imports from Google Reader and has offline viewing. That’s all I really need/want. Now that I think about it, I could probably add the Metro to this thing and save myself an app…

4. Starbucks – Yes, I’m a coffee snob. And Toronto has a LOT of Starbucks stores, but for some reason I have trouble finding them when I want one.

5. CBC – I am a CBC junkie. The shows, the news, the music…dare I say it, Sheyla Rogers. The Radio 3 podcast was my first experience with podcasts when I found it back in ’05. It’s a lovely, organized little app.

6. TuneIn Radio – A massive list of live feeds of real radio stations across the globe.

7. FreeBooks – An app that accesses a database of thousands of free books/books in the public domain.

Apps I want:
A reliable, official TTC app- It would be incredibly useful to many people. There are a few TTC apps already, but none of them seem to be created by the TTC and judging by the reviews, have quickly become outdated.

An official driver’s handbook app/quiz- Again, there have been some independently created ones that have been criticized in the reviews for having incorrect answers. At the very least, the official book should be offered in .pdf or ebook format- are they going to get paranoid about people pirating a driver’s handbook?

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