iPhone VIP Security App

I’ve started using the free Verisign VIP security token application on my iPhone and I’m impressed. Once set up, your online retail accounts (including eBay and Paypal) will send a token number to your iPhone or iPod touch. This becomes an additional gate to the transaction and changes within minutes. It adds an extra step, but if someone gets your Paypal ID and password they are out of luck.

Apple’s MobileMe Gallery App


I think I am among the minority of MobileMe customers that takes advantage of the MobileMe gallary integration with iPhoto and Aperture. I find it a very convenient place to share pictures with family and friends, as opposed to my SmugMug gallary for more public photos.
Today Apple released an iPod Touch/iPhone MobileMe gallery app to share your MobileMe photos. It allows you to view your friends’ gallaries as well as your own and also gives you the ability to cache photos in your mobile device memory. The App is simple but contains lots of polish. The MobileMe Gallery is free and available in iTunes.

iPhone Gem – AutoStitch 2.0


One of my very favorite iPhone applications is AutoStitch. This $2 app allows you to take numerous pictures with your iPhone and combine them into one big one. The Small World photo below was created on my iPhone stitching together 4 pictures. AutoStitch just released version 2.0 and they have made some nice improvements in both image rendering speed and detail. If you have any interest in taking pictures with your iPhone, pick this one up.

Dragon Voice Dictation on iPhone

I am a big fan of the voice recognition software. I use Nuance’s Dragon Dictate on the PC and MacSpeech Dictate on my Mac. I was very pleased to see that Nuance, the developer of the Dragon engine, has released a Dragon Dictate iPhone app. For now, at least, it is free. I immediately downloaded and tried it out. Indeed, this post was written using it.

With no training whatsoever, the application immediately began recognizing my speech. This application does not perform the speech recognition on your iPhone but instead sends the voice file to the Dragon servers which do the heavy lifting and then send it back. It is all rather seamless. However, in order to work, you must be on a wi-fi or internet connection.

The only frustration is that it only works in short bursts. After two or three sentences, it will stop, send the voice file to the Nuance servers, processes your blurb, then be available for you to resume dictation. It also doesn’t like swear words, as discovered by Andy Ihnatko.

If you’ve ever been curious about dictation software, go download it now.