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Some apps available for smartphones these days try and do too much at once. They present you with an endless list of features, but they’re all executed badly and the resulting experience is frustrating. Other apps, whilst having less features, focus on one specific task but pull it off brilliantly — and the resulting experience is fantastic. Countdown Me is a great example of the latter. Let’s take a look at how it takes such a simple concept, and turns it into a very well-rounded app that’s a joy to use. (more…)

One of the most difficult parts about learning a new foreign language is, I find, getting to grips with the tonne of new vocabulary you have to learn, especially if the language bears little or no resemblance to your mother tongue. This is certainly the case with Russian, where most words are completely different to those in English. Were I living on my own, I would attach stickers onto everything to help me remember, but seeing as my flatmate would probably take a dim view on this, I was on the hunt for another solution.

It was then that Language Coach on the App Store caught my eye. Made by the German software developer and publisher Jourist Verlag GmbH, it is an app for both the iPhone and iPad which features 29 different foreign languages and helps make those boring vocabulary drills a tad more interesting. The most convenient thing about it is that you can do it almost everywhere no matter where you are — on the bus, in bed or just sat back on the sofa, and the app supports multiple languages, so you can learn as many (or as few) as you want.

Let’s take a look at Language Coach in a bit more detail. (more…)

There’s no doubt that the iPhone serves as a general-purpose tool, allowing you to customize it to the way that you like it by adding different apps for different purposes. There are two different kinds of apps: those that do one thing well, and those that try to do many different things within one application.

Is one way better than the other? That’s what I would like to explore with you today.