The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #59418   Message #2541860
Posted By: Amos
17-Jan-09 - 10:41 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
I am but beginning my journey. So far I like the sense of connection, the fact that I can get both my home and office email anywhere, can surf the net, dowload songs, play songs and write notes and letters anywhere I happen to be (within the bounds of connection either through a wireless node or a cell node).

Google by voice means you tap a button, hold the phone up to your face and tell it what you want it to google, and it sends the search string to google and displays the result.

I love the stretch-and-shrink technique with your fingertips and the sliding down a long page or list with the stroke of one finger. I love being able to watch a youtube video while walking down the street, if I wish. Or finding and downloading a PodCast from a university and listening to some arcane lecture on history or science or some such while strolling.

There's another application that enables you to point the iPhone at any book's cover, and research the book on the 'Net, finding reviews, ISBN, Amazon listings, etc. I don't have it. There's another that will look up a song for you if you point the iPhone at the radio or hum into it enough notes to make it recognizable. It will look up the song and find a recording of it for you if it can, and tell you the name of the tune and who it was by.

There are over 900 other applications available for free, or for from 1 to 5 dollars.

It's a new plateau of portable information power in the hand. Which does a lot more good than in the Bush.