Cool apps

Thanks to the iPhone and Android, it seems like the application market has reawakened, but PC Magazine et al don’t seem that good at doing reviews. Lifehacker actually has a pretty good list of top utility applications.
Mac
Here is my list culled from them and what I use:

  • VLC. The best all around video player.
  • Handbrake. To encode your DVDs to MP4s
  • Skype. Does work decently well now
  • Burn. To burn DVDs if you still do that stuff.
  • uTorrent. Although I actually use Vuze.

iPhone
The main thing here is avoiding buying voice minutes and text messaging from carriers, use Skype and Google Voice respectively

  • Camera+. The best replacement for the core Camera application mainly because it image stablizes
  • Goodplayer. Plays AVIs and so forth as the builtin player only likes MP4s
  • Skype. This works amazingly well and over 3G as well for those of you with big data plans and wanting to use small minutes
  • Google Voice. Don’t be confused the main thing is free SMS. So try that
  • Orchestra. I used to use ToDo, but stopped got tired of it.
  • QuickOffice Pro. I use a bunch of these
  • Waze. Actually fantastic and free turn-by-turn navigation
  • Oregon Settler. Completely addicting
  • Harbor Master. Actually better on the iPad
  • DVR Remote. Use your iPhone for Tivo
  • Airplay. This is built in, but so useful to play to any Airport Express
  • iCloud Music. Wow this works pretty wel
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