iPhone Informer — Touching the iPhone This Week

Time for our new Wednesday feature that highlights some of the latest iPhone news! Outside of San Francisco, the place I most see iPhones is in the local Starbucks. The coffee company must see the same because today they outed two new iPhone apps. myStarbucks helps you find local stores, build drinks and search for eats on your handset. The other title allows you to manage your Starbucks Card on the fly — that’s helpful if you need to check the balance or top it off with another shot of cash. In select stores, you can even pay for your drinks with the Starbucks Card Mobile app.

Speaking of paying for drinks — I’ve been a long time user of Mint for my finances and the iPhone app is a must for folks like me. Mint for iPhone just got even better with an updated release. Version 1.2 hit last week and it adds two key elements — push notifications for alerts and transaction category editing on your handheld. Mint does a great job at figuring out categories automatically, but now you can adjust them without a full desktop or laptop. Oh and there’s a password PIN in there too, which keeps prying eyes away from your financials. That’s a load off my mind.

That re-minds me about a new mind mapping app for the iPhone and iPod Touch: MindNode arrived this month for $7.99. It looks great for basic mind maps on the go, although there are plenty of advanced features tucked in there for power mappers — multiple main nodes, exports to OMPL, text and other formats, auto expansion of the workspace (a mind should never be limited!), and search capabilities.


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