Four years ago I had the idea to build a blog network dedicated to reviewing and rounding up apps. We started with Mac apps and then quickly expanded to additional channels covering iOS, Android, Windows and Web apps. While the network has been successful in traffic and audience, reaching some 100m+ visitors over the four years, it’s ultimately not fit within our broader company mission. So I’m here today to announce that unfortunately after four years of app guidance, we’re closing AppStorm down.
News aggregators and discovery tools are among the most popular apps in the App Store. The most popular, such as Flipboard, attract a major following and are staples to the smartphone experience. Others tend to be more niche: some offer specific sources, or integration with other services. Interesting promises to be more of the latter, but with a playful design and emphasis on subjects that the technically savvy are most likely to enjoy.
Interesting launches in to a saturated market. The news aggregator has been tried in almost every possible form: from digital magazine to traditional list, there’s not much differentiation to be found in the presentation of content. (more…)
As an fan of Apple, I’m sometimes bestowed the label of “fanboy” by some individuals. I often find these incidents to be humorous, as most of the individuals bestowing me the title could in fact be labeled fanboys as well — but for another tech company. I have zero qualms being called an Apple fanboy, as I’m proud to support a company that creates stellar software and hardware. Likewise, I’ve often touted my love for Pocket Casts over all other podcast apps, and could very well be branded a Pockets Casts fanboy.
Since my initial review of Pocket Casts way back in August 2011, I’ve continued to utilize it for all my podcasting needs. When Pocket Casts 4 was initially released for Android over iOS, I was disappointed. When the new app was delayed after the announcement of iOS 7 at WWDC, I was disappointed even more so. With the arrival of iOS 7, Pocket Casts 4 has finally found its way to my iPhone. The question is, was it worth the wait? (more…)
So what happened at today’s big iPhone event? Let’s find out.
- In its 7th year
- 20 million people applied
- New store in Stanford that’s 1,100 sq ft.
- The Stanford store has glass on 3 sides. Looks amazing
- Two rooms: One up front for demos, back room for Genius Bar, etc.
- This month Apple will ship the 700 millionth iOS Device
- More convenient search in iOS 7, right in Notification Center
- Lots of edge-to-edge apps
- New sound effects for calls and texts
- Can search for tweets with Siri
- New square aspect ratio camera
- Built-in filters and more in the camera app as well
- AirDrop showcased for iOS 7. Easier way to move photos and so on between devices. It works on P2P Wi-Fi.
- iTunes Radio. All about discovering new music.
- Over 200 new features
- Comes out on Sept 18 for iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th Gen)
- All for iOS 7.
- All Free for any new iOS device.
- Comes in lime green, white, blue, red/pink, yellow
- Entire back and sides are made from just one part. No seams.
- Custom cases with soft feel silicone rubber. Circular cutouts to show the color underneath.
- Hard coated polycarbonate shell
- 4-inch Retina display and integrated touch layer on iPhone 5C.
- A6 processor.
- Slightly larger battery than iPhone 5.
- 8MP iSight camera, backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, 5-element lens. FaceTime HD camera on front size with more pixels.
- FaceTime Audio
- Dual band Wi-Fi,
- Bluetooth 4.0More LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world
- Up to 100Mbps download speed
- iOS 7 wallpapers complement the iPhone 5C colors
- $99 for 16GB, $199 for 32GB
- Cases are $29 each
- Pre-order Sept 13
- Buy in store Sept 20
Three colors: gold, white and black (or slate and silver, depending on your perspective)
- 64-bits, works with iOS 7
- Backwards compatible
- Almost twice as fast as A6
- Amazing with games, such as the new Infinity Blade III.
M7 Motion Co-Processor
- Accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, all in one piece.
- Enables a new generation of health and fitness apps.
- Can tell if walking, driving, etc.
- 3G talk time: 10 hours
- 10 hours LTE browsing
- 10 hours Wi-Fi browsing
- 40 hours music
- 250 hours standby
- 5-element lens
- F2.2 aperture
- 1.5 micron pixels. Bigger pixels = better pixels.
- iOS 7 takes advantage of new sensor
- iOS 7 adjusts exposure and settings automatically to take a better pic
- DSLR-level autofocus.
- Auto image stabilization
- Burst mode for multiple photos and it combines to get the sharper ones. 10 frames per second.
- A7 determines best pic out of burst
- 120 FPS slow-mo video.
- 5S camera shoots 720P video at 120 FPS
- Normal video is 1080P at 30FPS
- 28 MP panoramic shots
True tone flash
- Lights according to color temperature in the room
- One is white, one is amber
- 1,000 unique variations
- Fingerprint sensor — Touch ID
- It has a touch capacitive sensor
- 500 pip resolution
- 170 microns thin, scans sub-epidermal skin layers. Can read in any orientation, embedded in the home button
- Covered by sapphire crystal
- Just touch the home button and it unlocks
- You can use it for iTunes purchases as well
- Can handle multiple fingerprints
- Encrypted fingerprints
- Never available to other software.
Availability and Pricing
- 16GB $199
- 32 GB $299
- 64 GB $399
- All with 2- year contract
- Purchase on Sept 20
It’s official: Apple has announced an event for September 10 at 10 am. So what will we find out?
Well the rumors currently are on a new iPhone, available in gold and a low-cost version, plus maybe we’ll see Mavericks come out and play. Oh, and of course there’s iOS 7, which should come out just before the rumored new device. Also, there’s talk of a new iPad of some kind, and there’s the usual “Apple TV and iWatch” stuff, but nothing concrete.
Are you excited about the event next week? Stay tuned, because we’ll be covering it here!
I don’t have time to read the news anymore; I barely have time to listen to my favorite news podcasts. It’s hard to stay informed, but I want to know what’s going on in the world. It’s just that trying to stay on top of all of the latest happenings is a lot of work.
I’m sure most of you have heard the saying, “everyone loves a comeback story.” They often take place in the realm of athletics, but are also common in the world of tech. Many individuals believe that Yahoo! is trending upwards after a long and painful downward spiral. AOL can also be considered a comeback story. After losing the majority of its subscribers once DSL and broadband Internet became more readily available, AOL changed gears by running many well to-do news properties, including Engadget, The Huffington Post, Joystiq and TechCrunch.
Digg is attempting to become another successful comeback story, after losing many of its users in 2010 after the release of Digg version 4. Just over a year ago Digg was bought by Betaworks, and the site went through a new redesign, bringing with it a much cleaner and friendlier interface. With the announcement of Google Reader’s eventual demise earlier this year, Digg jumped at the opportunity to add their own reader functionality — dubbed Digg Reader. After toying around with Digg Reader in the Digg app, I’m ready to share my experience. (more…)
Information overload is a major headache. With a huge surge in the amount of user generated and professionally created content, it’s getting tougher to find the right type of content that aligns with our interests. Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter try to bring some sanity by providing content from the people you know (or want to know).
Relying on a circle of friends and peers isn’t going to solve the problem of content discovery altogether, though. There got to be a better way to curtail the inflow of news from sources that are irrelevant, but at the same time helping us identify new and hidden gems in the rough. App.news tries valiantly to solve the content discovery problem over at the Twitter competitor App.net. (more…)
It was a big morning for Apple, what with the launch of WWDC and all its goodies. So what’s new in the world of Apple and what do you need to know? Let’s find out. (more…)