In the past half a decade, there has been a tremendous shift in the way news is delivered to us. Twitter, as an Internet model, revolutionized the way we access information from all our favourite news sources. But there is still one huge problem with an Internet-based news model: There are too many news sources out there.
Enter the newest news delivery method: curation. Unlike an aggregator (like the Huffington Post or RSS feed, for example), news curators aren’t simply fetching articles from their favourite websites and posting them in one place. They hand-pick articles and deliver what they deem to be the most important news of the day into hand-picked packages of content.
One of the primary functions of my iPhone (besides work related stuff, as it’s technically a work phone), are the general smartphone functions — check social media, take photos, check email. While the iPhone obviously has really fantastic apps, email apps has always been something that I feel leave more to be desired. The default mail app is a bit bland and at times unintuitive. Sparrow, which is beautiful, always seemed a bit slow to me, plus it really bothers me that the app doesn’t automatically get new messages.
The concept of a paid social network may seem laughable to some, but thousands of App.net supporters have turned this concept into reality. While the initial topic of conversation on App.net was App.net itself, chatter has shifted to everything from technology to Felix Baumgartner’s epic free fall from the edge of Space. The longterm success of the network is questionable, but it’s clear that the increasing quality of conversations housed within the confines of the network will greatly increase its chances.
Adian, by Phrygian Labs, Inc. was the first paid App.net iOS application to breach the walls of the App Store, and it performed extremely well for such a short development cycle. Several months have passed since Adian’s initial release, and App.net’s once barren app landscape has transformed into a lush playground for App.net geekery. There’s now a client for almost every type of user.
How does Adian stand up to the current competition? Is it still a contender for App.net marketshare or has it grown stagnant? (more…)
When I take a look at website creation and how far we have come, I get excited for what is still on the horizon. One, they are getting much easier to create, and two, companies are starting to add more features for us to use. A big part of what I love about making a website or a blog is to be able to start from scratch and go through the process of mapping out what the site should be like, what features we want, and adding cool things that will help it stand out. But, there are other times, when I just want to throw up a simple site that maybe has pictures I took of an event or a trip that we went on. I just love how I can do both and how easy this process has become.
As we progress in our technology, one thing I am starting to see is website creation on the iPhone. This only make sense, as with more mobile technology getting introduced it is only natural to want to tap into this space. For example, there’s Webr; their whole premise is that you can create a fairly complete website using your iPhone. The thought of being able to do this from a small mobile device is intriguing, but will it satisfy the masses? Well let’s find out after the break. (more…)
This won’t be the first time I geek out over Wikipedia or a related app. I’m a huge advocate for the repository of all human knowledge (I will go toe-to-toe with any high school teacher over the veracity of Wikipedia as a source), as both an academic utility and a great way for those of us who learn for fun to expand our knowledge. Wikipedia is a vast and powerful outlet of information, and lately it has been really exciting to see how app developers come up with new ways to navigate and grasp that information.
Today we’re going to take a look at Wikiweb, an iOS application from Friends of The Web whose unique approach to Wikipedia aims to help you visualize the relationships between various topics and pages. Grab some coffee, sit back with your iPad and get ready to learn something new after the jump. (more…)
The App Store celebrated its one billionth app download in 2009, a time when Retina displays were a mere dream and multitasking required two iPhones. Reeder made its debut after the 2009 milestone and was one of the first apps to bring style to iOS RSS readers. In the three years since this milestone, downloads exceeded the 25 billion mark, and Apple finally pushed past the mark of platform parity. Just like the savvy developers at Apple, Rizzi continued to push innovative designs, and the app grew along with the operating system that held it.
Reeder 2 featured major design and performance improvements, and it quickly became a gold standard as well as a dock companion. Rizzi dropped several hints about Reeder 3 over the last few months, but none of these juicy bits prepared users for the dramatically different experience provided by the newest update. Reeder’s new 3D animations and improved picture handling brought quick praise, but critics were just as quick to critique the app on its extensive push of the Readability service.
Does Reeder 3 improve upon its predecessor, or has the update tarnished this app’s excellent reputation?
Every social network provides some way to like, favorite or share content. We have favorite YouTube videos, tweets and Instapaper articles, but each carefully curated list is confined to the website of its creation. If only there was a way to pull favorites together into one central hub.
Favs attempts to pull all of your favorites, likes, shares and bookmarks from the cracks and crevices of social networking and bookmarking sites into one unified app. It wants to do more than simply aggregate favorite items, it wants to bring favorite people along for the ride as well.