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The latest multimedia news related to Sherlock Holmes to cross our inbox is that of a new iPhone application called The Sherlock Holmes Guide to London.

For those unaware of the technology, Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch both allow downloads of applications (which users call "apps") to add to the functionality of the devices. Apps can range from the sublime to the ridiculous, but many have practical uses. There are a variety of Sherlock Holmes iPhone apps, but most are simply electronic versions of the stories. In this case, the Sherlock Holmes Guide to London app provides tours of landmarks that would be of interest to Sherlockians, including Canonical locations.

There are plenty of photographs of the locations and attractions. For example, the first 40 locations from Leicester Square to Baker Street cover four miles and include walking directions as well as Tube stops and other transportation.

I highly recommend this app for anyone who has a passing interest in Holmes, whether or not you plan to be in London. The $2.99 download price is a little higher than the entry-level free or $0.99 app, but in my opinion, it's worth the extra money for the practicality, if not the novelty of the program.

A tip of the old deerstalker to Charles Prepolec and the Societe Sherlock Holmes de France.