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My desert island iPhone apps

Posted on | September 9, 2009 | 3 Comments

TweetDeck for the iPhone.

TweetDeck for the iPhone.

Rick Broida over at CNET recently posted his top 5 desert island iPhone apps.  What follows is my choice of five apps were I stranded on a desert island.

1. Facebook: What better way to keep up with your friends around the rest of the world?    This is a fairly functional facebook client.  My only gripe is that there is not more ability to filter my news feed. Regardless of how much time I have to spare or how boring the island is I will NOT play Mafia Wars.

2. TweetDeck: From what I’ve tried, this is the best free twitter client out there.   It also integrates with Facebook.

3. FlyCast: Being a classical music nut, I got hooked on WMFT Chicago during the time I lived there.  WFMT is now streamed by FlyCast. In a day when good local classical music stations are hard to come by, I can now listen to the world’s BEST classical music station even from a desert island!

4. Bible: As a person of faith, I derive much instruction and comfort from reading the scriptures.  This version gives me online access to many English translations, and downloadable offline copies of versions no longer subject to copyright constraints such as the KJV.  I can even practice my Dutch by reading the Statenvertaling.

5. Stanza: A free ebook reader program, with enough free classics available to last you a lifetime (Project Gutenberg) as well as the ability to buy more recent books as well.

Those are my five choices.  What are yours?


3 Responses to “My desert island iPhone apps”

  1. Jeff
    September 18th, 2009 @ 8:25 am

    The thing that really bugs me about the tweetdeck iPhone app is that it doesn’t support landscape mode in the web view. Grrrr. Otherwise its a sweet app.

  2. Eugene Gregorio
    January 17th, 2010 @ 10:26 pm

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and article. I rarely post comment…

    If I want to get a hold of you, what would be the best way to get in touch? I’d love to run some ideas by you one of these days…related to the acn sales & marketing video phone project I am working on. Thanks a lot and I look forward to chatting with you.

    Eugene Gregorio

  3. Shai Levit
    March 16th, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

    Okay the game is on. Here is another excellent top 5 must have…. (all free)

    1. Planet – an Astronomers delight at knowing whjat the heck you are looking at when you look up into the nioght sky, with lots of other interesting info.

    2.Bloomberg – do you know where your money is going. Nice to see what is happening on the broad spectrum of things.

    3.Pandora – just a must have

    4.Dictionary – Lost without it

    5.Whole Foods – excellent recipeit for maintaining healthy.

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