Universal translators embedded in our brains may still be a long way off, but in the meantime instantaneous translation via your iPhone is now as simple as point and shoot.
By seamlessly translating spoken audio into another language in near real-time, Google's Translate app for the iPhone comes close to giving you a pocket-sized universal translation device. And it's free.
Most of us aren't willing to go through eating tons of ramen and enduring the hazing of 400-pound stablemates just to become a sumo wrestler, but one app offers a virtual experience that may be the next best thing.
So you're a Trekkie who's always dreamed of owning a communicator. Well, they still don't exist. Sorry! But you can turn your iPhone into one, sort of, using an app.
If you like sorting your iPhone apps so that they're all neat and color coordinated, you can probably relate to this creation from Spanish artist Oriol Fernandez Tur. He sorted the 540 apps on his iPhone so that each page would look like a letter of the alphabet.
Are you one of the brave fools planning to stand outside in the freezing cold for hours and hours in Times Square on New Year's Eve? Well, power to you. Now, there's an official iPhone/Android app to supplement your craziness.
It's official, the Mac App Store is coming on January 6. On that day, Apple will try to replicate the success it has had with its iOS App Store, but on its Macs. With over 300,000 apps in the iOS App Store, Apple would be a fool to ignore the ecosystem that a Mac App Store equivalent would bring.
I never realized that the Sesame Street gang were a bunch of closet Apple fanboys, but apparently they got their mitts on a new prototype for an Apple pogo stick called the iPogo, and were so impressed that they wrote this cute little ditty about it.
Say "app" and "store," and most people will probably only think of Apple's aptly named App Store. There are a bunch of them coming, though — boat loads. On the one hand it seems awful and inconvenient to have to muck around with more than one, but one man has a pretty reasonable defense as to why a multitude of app stores could be a good thing.
Although some companies have been slow to pick up on the public's love affair with the Apple iPhone and iPad, Muji (Japan's version of Ikea) is taking advantage of the hype by rolling out an entire suite of apps for the devices.