Maybe David Letterman should retire his "Stupid Pet Tricks" segment in favor of a new one called "Stupid iPhone Apps." Is it just me or are these apps pointless time (and money) wasters? And a couple of them seem highly likely to cause actual damage to your iPhone. Apparently Apple sells 350 apps per minute from the iTunes app store -- over 3 billion since it launched -- but surely, soon, we'll all be suffering from "cute" novelty burnout when the useful ideas have been used up ... or maybe not. Never underestimate the American consumer, eh?
Exhibit the first: Happy Dangy Diggy. This whimsical app allows you to blow virtual kisses to the object of your affection cyber-stalking. Although this might've come in handy were we in the midst of a full-blown H1N1 pandemic (you know, like the one that was supposed to happen), in the absence of a public health crisis, it's just plain goofy. If you need an iPhone app to flirt, well, dude, you're pathetic!
Next up: the iSteam app, which will fog up your iPhone with realistic digital fog. Someone showed me this at a party recently and I just shook my head in bored disbelief. You can simply breathe on your iPhone for free to fog it up, but at least that's all that the app costs anyway. It's gratis for now from the developer --which is about what it's worth, if you ask me. Cute? Sure, but who cares?