At some point in the ‘90s, every college dorm had a Magnetic Poetry set stuck to the front of someone's mini-fridge. Verses might have been limited to the few dozen tiles that hadn't fallen behind the vent cover, but the fun wasn't in creating Walt Whitman-worthy masterpieces—it was in seeing how your creation was twisted by other people. Magnetic Poetry eventually went out of fashion, but FridgePoems looks to bring it back. However, while there may be a certain sense of nostalgia evoked here, the digital representation loses quite a bit of the fun without the kitsch and collaboration of the original.
If there's one thing that we’d change about iOS, it’s the keyboard. Back in 2007, we may have marveled at its flexible design, but today it feels antiquated—especially when compared to some of the alternative models we’ve tried. Unlike Fleksy or SwitfKey, Jot doesn't offer a new way to type; rather, it focuses more on text selection, sidestepping Apple's somewhat stale tap-and-hold method for a clever cursor-based concept, which dramatically improves upon the way we cut, copy, and paste.
Every notes app worth its salt needs to strike a balance between form and function, combining speed, effortless navigation, and easy organization into a simple tool that gets out of our way as we work. UpWord Notes doesn't just hit all of these marks — it does so in such an elegant way, we can't help but wonder if we've finally found the perfect app for quick note taking.
Is that all there is? Samsung's "Unpacked 5" event came and went at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona on Monday, and the rumored Galaxy S5 hit the red carpet to what can only be described as a collective yawn from the tech media in attendance. Hey, don't feel bad, Sammy... you're just copying yet another phenomenon from Apple, whose last few iPhones have received a similarly chilly reception at launch. If history is any indication, buyers will likely be more kind...
The number of differentiators between iOS and Android has gradually evaporated over time, but one cavernous gap remains: Apple won’t allow third-party developers to create alternate keyboards — a hurdle that hasn’t stopped a longtime favorite on Google’s mobile platform from trying anyway. SwiftKey Note might sound a lot like Fleksy, an alternative keyboard for iOS that actually attempts to build a better mousetrap than Apple’s own. But this is something else entirely: A note-taking app that instead improves upon Apple’s standard touch keyboard.
Handwriting apps are hardly novel anymore. There was certainly a time when we would download the latest digital whiteboard or notebook just to marvel at the realism of its pen strokes, but these days we're more interested in usefulness than newness. But despite its cringe-worthy name, INKredible grabbed our attention. With a clear focus on work rather than art, developer Viet Tran distills the fantastic ink effects of his popular Notes Plus release into a simple, elegant app that just might make you forget you're not using a pen.
"Second brain" service Evernote has taken heat in recent weeks, with users accusing the company of working overtime to add new features at the expense of usability and speed -- and at least one of those problems has now been resolved.
We use our iPhones to take dozens of pictures each day, but they don't all end up on our Facebook timelines. Many of the snapshots we take are little more than reminders; visual notes that end up lost in the sea of memories in our camera rolls. Notograph isn't just a place to store these random images – it's a new kind of note-taking app that ditches the keyboard entirely. Unlike most word-based note apps, launching Notograph doesn't pull up the last file you were working on. Instead, it automatically opens to the camera, making image capture quick and easy.