Butterflies in the sky, you can go twice as high. Just take a look, it's on one of those apps on your iPad, it's Reading Rainbow. Yeah, the song doesn't work so well with those lyrics, does it? Well, Executive Editor Susie started singing it the other day and we sort of derived a little inspiration from it and decided to scope out a few apps you can read. And don't worry, this isn't a column where I regurgitate the three e-book readers available in either of the App Stores. We actually found some pretty cool apps, including one that has every piece of information you could ever want to know about Apple's computer history, an iOS app for sad, emotional poetry buffs, and the link to an amazing website full of all the creative inspiration you could ever hope for.
Since the official Google Voice app landed in the iOS App Store, there hasn’t been a lot of chatter from developers of third-party apps, which had long been the only way to use the service on your iPhone. One of the original Google Voice apps has returned after a lengthy hiatus with GV Mobile+ 2.0.
According to a recent study, over one quarter of all applications downloaded to smartphones are used once and then never touched again. This speaks volumes to the advice that moms have been giving their children for generations: You only get one chance at a first impression.
If you're a Tivo Premier owner, you've got a new reason for you to pick up an iPad. Conversely, if you already own an iPad, you may want to consider the purchase of a Tivo Premier. What we're driving at here is that Tivo has announced a companion app for the iPad designed to work with the Tivo Premier!
A lot of scuttlebutt has been spread across the interwebz this past month concerning The Daily--an iPad-only daily news application from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp that print journalism types everywhere are hoping will breathe fresh life into their dying industry. For a long time now, rumor has had it that The Daily would launch on January 17th. Forbes magazine has been good enough to update that rumor, bumping The Daily's release date back to January 19th.
There are three things in life that you can count on: Death, taxes and lawsuits leveled against Apple. For now, let's focus on the latter: According to a number of sources, it appears that Apple and a number of iOS application developers may have stepped in something awkward, and of course, are being swiftly taken to task for it.
It seems like no matter where WikiLeaks goes, controversy ensues. The latest stop for the infamous website is the App Store, where an unofficial app that lets you read WikiLeaks site content and Twitter feeds has now been removed by Apple.
2010 has been a great year for iOS apps and the devices that use them. With the introduction of the Retina Display on the iPhone 4 and the generous amount of screen real estate offered by the iPad, Apple mobile product users have become accustomed to beautiful user interfaces that not only look good, but provide them, in most cases, with immediate application gratification. As the year comes to a close, however, one developer has seen fit to bend those gorgeous screens to his will, providing us with an application that doesn't offer instant satisfaction. Instead, Strange Rain--really more a work of art than a game--rewards long-term use while looking good doing it.