Rockmelt began life as a Mac browser a few years back, but newly released on the iPad, it aims to deliver an all-in-one web browsing, news reading, and social discovery service for well-connected tablet users. Embarking on a jack-of-all-trades approach is expectedly a challenge, seeing as even nailing one of those pursuits can be difficult, but Rockmelt shows some promise in this early iteration.
It would seem that for every need, there's an app offering a solution. This week, two different developers are offering new solutions -- one aimed at creating mobile websites on the go, and another making it easier than ever for women to shop on the iPad.
If you're still a disbeliever who thinks the iPad won't someday displace the Mac for many uses, look no further than today's recap for proof that it's already happening. Heck, we've got Vimeo now connecting with Dropbox to get videos on their service, a personal weather station and even screenwriting tool Final Draft now on the iPad to allow work from most anywhere. So let's dig right into the news for Wednesday, August 29, 2012!
The JibJab brand may be synonymous with pasting your face onto a dancing elf at Christimas time, but the company also makes a line of children's e-books under the same name as well -- but that will be changing next month.
Getting organized may be a chore for most of us, but it's a boon for app developers, who keep coming up with creative ways to help. One of the latest is Projectbook, billed as the first "active" notebook for iPad users.
I love the App Store, but I'm getting a little perturbed at all the apps asking me to sign up for a service before I can get any use from it. That is why this week's free app is totally barebones. Kind of.
Inkflow is your basic notepad app. It lets you draw on the screen with your finger or a stylus, and has unlimited pages for your unlimited ideas. In addition to offering the feel of writing with a fountain pen, Inkflow also allows you to pan and zoom in, so you can write out notes without worrying that it won't fit within the dimensions of your iPhone or iPad's screen. There's also a selection tool that allows you to resize or rearrange a portion of your note.
Happy Windows 8 Release Preview day, folks! Microsoft has officially pulled the trigger on its latest version, which appears to be the last step prior to the actual release coming this fall. If that’s not enough to excite you on this fine Thursday, how does a cheap unlocked iPhone 3GS sound? Or maybe some juicy rumors about another release from the folks in Redmond which might come in November? Go ahead, dive in and read the latest for this Thursday, May 31, 2012 -- after all, it’s the last day of the month!
It's a bit of a lost art, the collage. We have Facebook walls and Pinterest boards, but in the digital age, there aren't too many platforms that replicate the timeless practice of snipping words and photos and sticking them to a poster. With Collage, Adobe attempts to digitize the process for the iPad, but doesn't quite conjure the nostalgia I was hoping for.
Cooking is a science that I don't seem to be catching on to, which is a bit of a bummer. I can make your basic dish of pasta and vegetables and things of that nature, but when it comes to the more complicated stuff -- like making pie crust from scratch or a Vegan dish that isn't bland -- I really need help. Recipe apps like Epicurious are fantastic when you know what you want to make for dinner, but they don't work if you're feeling uninspired.
I don't know anything about building houses, or furnishing them. I've been living in apartments for the past five years and as I'm looking toward the future, to a place that's big enough for a dog and without a chronic mold problem, I'm consulting design magazines and perusing blogs for ideas on how to decorate and get the best use of space. Houzz Interior Design Ideas has over 200,000 beautiful photos of interior design, and links to where you can purchase everything that is featured. The app also offers ideabooks from guest posters with pictures of their own dwellings, as well as a "yellow pages" section where you can seek our general contractors, designers, and other professionals in your area to hire for your project. And, if you sign up, you can join in the community of other designers to share ideas.