App of the week

Tracking the latest in mobile applications

The Good

iPhone security
MobileIron has introduced an app that gives organisations some control over iPhones connected to their networks.

The MobileIron app enables IT managers to authorise iPhones to securely access enterprise resources based on user identity, proper iPhone security policy configuration, iPhone OS versions and iPhone models. it also supports secure over-the-air configuration of both iPhone OS 3.0 and 3.1 devices, and control of security and configuration policies. The app also enables administrators to configure and secure iPhones through password protection, and control content and app downloads on a user-by-user basis.

“One of our great needs is managing apps and configurations for iPhone,” said Fred Archibald, network manager for Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. “A secure, centralised approach will let us scale our iPhone deployment efficiently as we add more users.”

Arabic translation
Sakhr Software is offering an iPhone app which it claims can translate spoken English into written and spoken Arabic. The company says its app combines speech recognition, machine translation, and text-to-speech, and that the device will accept free-form dictation of US English without user training.

The app uses a more complex pricing model than most. It's $9.99 to download for the first month, and then requites a $49.99 per month subscription for academic users and $149.99 per month for others, with discounts for longer sign-ups.

Text to speech for drivers is a free app for iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile and Blackberry handsets that reads SMS and email messages aloud to avoid drivers texting while driving.
It uses a software as a service (SaaS) approach from to convert text into speech and read it aloud through a mobile phone’s speaker or Bluetooth. The app can also send an automatic response to let senders know that the recipient is driving and will respond upon later.

The free version reads up to 25-words per message, reads text message and email shorthand and features a text auto-responder. A paid version ($13.95) features a choice of voice and a text and email auto-responder, as well as reading messages of up to 500 words and eliminating adverts.


The bad

Dan Brown - the Lost Symbol
£14.99 for more symbology as an e-book on iPhone. Enough said.


The frankly bizarre

Bravo Gustavo
Photos of conductor Gustavo Dudamel of the LA Phil conducting two pieces of Berlioz. Swing your iPhone like a conductor's baton and the music plays in time with your movements. App not as responsive as the orchestra.


App of the week? - Dan Brown, on likely volume of sales alone

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