If you're an avid reader of Vanity Fair who's constantly on the move, you'll be pleasantly surprised to learn that the popular publication has launched an iPhone version tailored specifically for you. The app is reported to contain the full content of the print magazine, all while categorizing articles according to how long it takes to read them.
With a 24/7 news cycle constantly spitting headlines every which way, staying informed can be a daunting task. A bunch of apps have tried to solve this problem in unique ways, but the better they are, the quicker they seem to get acquired, shut down, and folded into other services. Wibbitz just might be the next candidate for a headline-grabbing mega-sale. With a delightful interface and spot-on article summaries, Wibbitz creates beautiful mini-videos of the day's news, combining photos, graphics, and fonts into a stunning package.
When it comes to Google Reader replacements, can there be only one? The folks behind Feedly seem to believe there’s room for everyone, and have engineered a cloud sync solution that extends its reach across rival apps and onto competing platforms. Feedly’s own free, universal app is a spectacularly polished effort capable of turning websites into beautiful, swipe-ready cards. If that’s not your cup of tea, content can also be viewed in title-only, list, or even Flipboard-style magazine views, making it one of the most customizable news readers we’ve ever used.
To die-hard news junkies, word that Google Reader would be put down like a sick animal came as quite a shock. Developers instead saw this as an opportunity to fill that gaping hole with something fresh – a challenge the new owners of Digg quickly attacked with their own shovels. The result is Digg Reader. It's not a separate product, but rather a feature bolted onto the existing web service and now added to the free, universal iOS app. For existing Digg users, the app offers the best of both worlds: All the Top Stories they know and love, plus favorite RSS feeds rescued from Google Reader. Sadly, it's rather short on features and functionality for RSS power users.
Understanding classic poetry is hard enough, but memorizing it can be downright cruel. With archaic language, tricky rhymes, and unexpected rhythm variations, trying to remember the exact way William Shakespeare felt about the woman he loved can pretty much suck the beauty right out of it. Penguin Classics' Poems by Heart makes it easy (well, easier) to commit the classics to memory by turning the whole tedious process into a game, with level-ups and progress achievements that unlock as you learn.
While RSS lovers continue to mourn the loss of Google Reader, competing services are already moving on with new ideas to replace it -- such as Flipboard, whose latest update allows users to create custom magazines to share with others.
Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
Know of a great command line command, but don’t know all of its features or how to use it? If only you had a way to display a manual for the command. Well, as it turns out, there’s a command for just that. Enter “man” (short for manual). Using this command, you can see the command and all of its parameters that can be used with it. Continue reading, and we’ll show you how to take advantage of this built-in guide.
It hasn't been long since the ball dropped on January 1, one of the many traditions that commemorates the beginning of a new year. Another common practice is committing to a New Year's resolution: a goal aimed towards bettering oneself over the next 365-or-so days. If your dedication is already wavering and your objective has been lost in the haze of these post-holiday days, you may need a little extra help to remain on task as the year progresses. We've collected eight apps geared toward some of the more common New Year's resolutions that will help you make good on your promise to yourself.
With 24-hour news cycles bombarding our eyes with headlines every second, it can be overwhelming to try and keep up with the main news of the day, let alone digesting it beyond a scrolling headline or RSS link. Wouldn't it be nice if someone would just summarize it all for us in small bites that still left us satisfied? The aptly-named Summly tries its best to do just that. With a Neuro-Linguistics Programming and Artificial Intelligence-powered algorithm (seriously), Summly peruses a plethora of sources to curate 400-character summaries of the day's hottest stories that fit neatly on the iPhone screen, without needing to scroll.
Since its introduction, there are many users who have never downloaded a Newsstand-enabled app to their iOS device. The icon just sits, taking up space on your home screen, without any way to turn it off, or remove the icon--until now. Thanks to a small Mac and Windows app called StifleStand, you can hide the Newsstand app in a folder without jailbreaking your device.