Apple's iTunes App store offers not only fun apps for the iPhone, its also offers tools aimed at IT professionals. So if you want to use your iPhone or iPod touch to monitor and control other systems or to satisfy other geek needs, check out our round-up of the 10 best techie iPhone apps.

Cydia PwnageTool

Cydia, the package manager for jailbreak apps, is the very model of a major modern manager. It's slick and quick, and it installs apps and updates faster than Apple's App store. You do need to jailbreak your iPhone to use Cydia or any of the unofficial iPhone apps, but this is where it all starts. Download Cydia and jailbreak instructions free here.

MobileTerminal

MobileTerminal is the OS X terminal app for the iPhone. It's a native shell running right on the device, complete with gesture controls, macros, and more. I use this app constantly to SSH into servers, run ping tests from the iPhone, and anything else I might need to do from a standard shell. It's the reason why I'm still using my iPhone and its free through Cydia.

ToggleSSH/OpenSSH

This is actually two packages, both available free via Cydia on jailbroken iPhones. OpenSSH provides the SSH client and server, and ToggleSSH provides a quick method of enabling/disabling the SSH server. Copying content to and from my iPhone with a simple scp command is terribly handy.

NES

Yet another jailbreak app, NES is a Nintendo emulator. When paired with a collection of NES ROMs, this app allows you to play Super Mario Brothers, Paperboy, and any other original game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The controls can be a little hard to get used to, but as far as the geek factor goes, this has it in spades. Its also available free through Cydia.

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Apple's iTunes App store offers not only fun apps for the iPhone, its also offers tools aimed at IT professionals. So if you want to use your iPhone or iPod touch to monitor and control other systems or to satisfy other geek needs, check out our round-up of the 10 best techie iPhone apps.

Pandora Radio

The marriage of Pandora and the iPhone should be on the cover of Hello magazine. Assuming that the government doesn't kowtow to the corrupt recording industry and inexplicably shut down streaming radio, this app will provide you with all the music you could ever want for a very low price, and its free through the App Store, although available only in the US - for now at least.

Mobile AIM

This one's a bit obvious, but the capability to IM from wherever and not incur SMS charges can really come in handy. Imagine essentially the same functionality as SMS, yet it's free when most carriers are charging as much as 10p per text message. Despite using more bandwidth than SMS, it allows messaging to anyone logged into AIM and is free through the App Store.

Twitterific

If you Twitter and carry an iPhone, you need Twitterific. Sporting a sleek look and feel, Twitterific beats using Twitter's web interface, and it enables location tweets using the iPhone's GPS or triangulation features. Free through the App Store, with a £5.99 premium option.

NetNewsWire

If you subscribe to RSS feeds, NetNewsWire is an absolute must-have for gathering all your RSS feeds in one place, easily accessible, readable, and searchable. The links to NewsGator keep everything together whether you're on your desktop or your phone. What's not to love? Free through the App Store.

Evernote

Evernote's iPhone app provides a very simple interface to record voice, text, or picture notes, linked with Evernote.com. Record something on your phone, sync it with your Evernote account, and access it from anywhere. It's perfect for remembering to grab milk on the way home or save and share photos, or you can set a reminder to reboot the mail server on Friday night. Free through the App Store.

Drinks

No techie list would be complete without a bit of booze. Drinks is a slick little app that contains everything you ever wanted to know about making drinks, complete with 4,500 drinks already in the database. It searches for drinks by ingredient, lets you save and note specific drinks, add your own recipes, and even select a random drink. Of course it might be overkill for those of us who prefer our Scotch neat, but it's invaluable for entertaining. £2.39 through the App Store.

  1. Satisfy you geek-needs with these techie iPhone apps
  2. Pandora Radio AND Mobile AIM

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