Apps

  • How to make the most of the World Cup: Apps, Web sites, podcasts and more!

    How to make the most of the World Cup: Apps, Web sites, podcasts and more!

    Let's get down to business. The World Cup begins tomorrow, June 11, 2010. The tournament kicks off with hosts South Africa against Mexico at 9:30am ET/6:30am PT on ESPN in the U.S. (International readers: you'll have to consult your local listings.) Consider this post a general how-to on making the most of the tournament. Mobile Apps, helpful Web sites, podcasts, etc. Woo~! Read More

  • Like human anatomy? There's a really awesome iPad app for that

    Like human anatomy? There's a really awesome iPad app for that

    We’d be buried in posts if we wrote about every single cool app out there, but I just saw this and wanted to highlight it. The Human Atlas HD app (newly for iPad) looks like a truly fantastic way of exploring anatomy — like the Periodic Table app, it makes the science tangible and immediate. That’s one of the benefits of a full-size touch interface, and one of the major reasons I… Read More

  • iBroadway: Broadway goes mobile

    iBroadway: Broadway goes mobile

    Described as "Fandango for Broadway", the new iBroadway app for iPhone launched today. Core features include details on performance venues, schedules, ticketing information and even discounts on some of the most popular shows. Reviews, synopses and cast information are available, as are links to purchase soundtracks and cast recordings in the iTunes store. The launch sponsor for the app is the new… Read More

  • fidipidi: a Facebook app for sending real greeting cards

    fidipidi: a Facebook app for sending real greeting cards

    fidipidi, aside from being a portmanteau of serendipity and Pheidippides, is a Facebook application that allows you to create real-world greeting cards that get sent through the U.S. Postal Service for delivery to real human beings. Think of it like all those e-card services that were so popular about a decade ago, except that the card gets delivered to the recipients actual mailbox instead of… Read More

  • AppMakr adds features, now free for a limited time

    AppMakr adds features, now free for a limited time

    We covered AppMakr a few months ago and found that they were a fairly cool way to make simple iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch apps with a minimum of fuss. They've just announced that they hit 1 million downloads onall of their custom apps and have also announced a number of improvements to the service. The service, to recap, allows you create simple apps consisting of RSS feeds and other pieces of data. Read More

  • Comcast's new iPad remote app looks pretty solid

    I may not always have the nicest things to say about Comcast, but I try to take it case by case. Today, they're doing a good thing: this iPad app looks nice. Not particularly creative, but creative isn't what Joe Six-Pack wants when he's just trying to find Top Chef. Read More

  • Evernote surpasses 3 million users

    Evernote surpasses 3 million users

    The title says most of this story, but there are a couple of interesting details that are worth sharing. First, while it took 447 days to reach their first million users, it took 222 days to hit the two million mark, and only 134 days to reach three million. That's pretty impressive. That 134 days is even more impressive when you learn that 85% of Evernote users get there by word of mouth. And 44%… Read More

  • Ride the City bike routing service hits the iPhone

    Ride the City bike routing service hits the iPhone

    Friends of CG Jordan Anderson and Vaidila Kungys, creators of Ride the City New York just released their first Ride the City iPhone app [download] for NYC. The app, like the service, offers safe bike routes through New York and is based on the OpenStreetMap project. It costs $1.99. To use it, you simply enter your start and end points and then follow the route. The map takes into consideration… Read More

  • BugMe now available for iPad

    BugMe now available for iPad

    Like every other tech blogger, I've been flooded with press releases about apps that are now available for the iPad. I've been underwhelmed, on the whole, with "news" of app updates for iPad compatibility but word came to me recently that BugMe had been approved for the iPad. That got me thinking about my review of BugMe for the iPhone. Read More

  • SketchNation: DIY iPad gaming plus a giveaway

    SketchNation: DIY iPad gaming plus a giveaway

    If you've dreamt all your life of blowing up your third-grade teacher with spitball guns, your prayers have been answered. SketchNation is a surprisingly odd game that allows you to select all of the sprites in gameplay. You can set your own character sprite (a spitball gun, for example), the sprites for the bullets or spitballs, and even set up a boss image (your third-grade teacher). You then… Read More

 
  • Evernote: an iPad app update that makes sense

    Evernote: an iPad app update that makes sense

    I was able to avoid most of the iPad hype this weekend by first sitting through the Henry Rollins Frequent Flyer tour, and then going to my in-laws for the Christian celebration of Easter. Along the way, I got a number of emails about apps that were updated for, or simply compatible with, the iPad. Most of these app updates were underwhelming. The only one that really caught my attention, though… Read More

  • Dragon Dictation. On the iPad. For free!

    Dragon Dictation. On the iPad. For free!

    We’ve been yelling at our gadgets for years to get them to work. And with Dragon NaturallySpeaking software from Nuance, they might actually listen. The mobile version, Dragon Dictation, has been available in the Apple apps store for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It got upgraded to version 1.3 today, meaning iPad support. Oh yeah, it’s also free. Read More

  • Meteo360: Augmented weather reality

    While I'm not sure I really need weather in an augmented reality shell, I'm sure, after waking up in a strange, sunny city after a long bender, it could be useful to point your iPhone to the sky and get your current location and weather report. Barring that, it's a nice proof of concept. The app, called Meteo360, has three modes. When you hold the iPhone flat it shows a weather map. When you hold… Read More

  • LookTel, an app for the blind

    LookTel, an app for the blind

    Now here's a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. LookTel is an object identifier - you point it at something and it tells you what it is. You can teach it to recognize new objects and by aiming it at a product, the program can tell what it is using real speech and when you need to ID something on the fly, you can stick on an image sticker and read that sticker. It's more or less a barcode and QR… Read More

  • AppGate: App review sites ask for money in exhange for reviews

    AppGate: App review sites ask for money in exhange for reviews

    In the fine tradition of lazily naming any sort of controversy after Watergate, I hereby present AppGate. It seems that certain iPhone App developers are paying low-rent "review" sites for favorable reviews, thereby creating the false impression that their App is cool and everything. Read More

  • TwitCasting lets you stream live video and tweet simultaneously from your iPhone

    TwitCasting lets you stream live video and tweet simultaneously from your iPhone

    Late last year, Ustream and qik launched iPhone applications that let you stream videos from the iPhone to the web and allow others to watch them as they're being recorded. And now there is an iPhone app called TwitCasting Live (iTunes link), which offers the same basic functionality, but is - as the name suggests - much deeper integrated into Twitter. The free app is essentially a live streaming… Read More

  • Over 5000 apps stricken from the Apple app store, new rules in place

    Over 5000 apps stricken from the Apple app store, new rules in place

    Things just got a lot more wholesome in Apple's app store as a boat load of apps were just banned, and new rules for future apps have been put into place. Bring on the lynch mob! Read More

  • Mobile companies band together and rise against Apple

    Mobile companies band together and rise against Apple

    When one thinks of mobile apps, it’s tough to think of anything other than the ones for the iPhone. There’s an app for that rings through our heads as TV commercials and websites reveal to us that the iPhone is the platform of choice when businesses want to develop mobile apps. Apple now has a little over 175,000 apps in its store and over 3 billion have been downloaded to date. Read More

  • Symbian goes open source, releases code to developers

    Symbian goes open source, releases code to developers

    After so many years of hoping and wishing, developers can start getting excited about coding for the Symbian platform. Sure, it’s taken a while and some might be looking forward to Maemo 6 later this year far more than a newer version of Symbian, but opening up the source code to the world’s largest operating system is nothing to sneeze at. The Symbian operating system is aging and… Read More

  • Mobile web may beat out mobile apps in the long run

    Mobile web may beat out mobile apps in the long run

    Taptu, the mobile search solution, has been keeping an eye on the mobile web -- specifically what they're calling the mobile touch web, which I guess is slightly different from the non-touch mobile web -- and has produced a fairly comprehensive report of their findings. Of particular interest is the fact that "there are a higher proportion of shopping and services sites on the mobile touch Web… Read More