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iPhone Informer — Touching the iPhone This Week

Time for our Wednesday feature that highlights some of the latest iPhone news. The most recent iPhone buzz actually revolves around Microsoft (s msft). Business Week today reports that Apple (s aapl) might replace Google’s search with Bing for default searches on the mobile handset. While this alleged alliance sounds odd given the competitive history between Apple and Microsoft, it does make strategic sense. That is, if you believe that the real mobile maelstrom is left with just two players — namely, Google (s goog) and Apple. And while Google is constantly improving its mobile offerings, my use of Bing for iPhone shows it to be quite a competent search application.

To use Bing for native search wouldn’t be a bad thing in my experience, and it hedges Apple bets against Google. Plus, it opens up the iPhone potentially more Microsoft services. I’m curious what folks think of this move — will you use Bing on the iPhone for search?

Whichever search engine you use on the iPhone, I know what the top result will be for “White House.” Apparently that’s not good enough — Washington, D.C. wants you to live the full White House experience, so they’ve debuted an app for that on the iPhone and iPod Touch. It’s free so there’s no sales tax or need to sign up for selective service. The software features news, photos, and video  — even live video streaming of certain White House events. That’s good to know because every time I see President Obama playing basketball, it’s nothing but net. Something tells me I’m only seeing the good shots. ;)

3 Responses to “iPhone Informer — Touching the iPhone This Week”

  1. Mauricio

    If Apple comes with an agreement with MS and decides to drop Google in favor of Bing, no problem with me, I will be upset though but I can always create a link and put it on the Home screen if I want to continue searching using Google, it would just take 1 or 2 more steps.