Classic Note doesn't exactly bring anything new to the world of iPhone text editors, but as a magazine with "Mac" in our name, we couldn't ignore it. Basically, it's an homage to the early days of the Mac System Software, with monochrome accents, bitmapped corners, and crude springy animations. There's a delightful simplicity to its interface that harkens back to a time when docks were still control bars and dogcows roamed our screens, and anyone who fondly remembers extensions and longs for the original Chicago typeface will adore it.
One of the first mediums to take advantage of the new distribution possibilities of the internet was the cartoon strip. After decades of being held down by content limitations or simply keeping the number of professional cartoonists to a minimum, artists were able to bypass syndicated networks. In this newly artist driven industry, and thanks to intelligent link-sharing, webcomics were able to form networks entirely their own, as well as creating their own merchandise to help drive in revenue. For such a forward-thinking industry, it was a shame that they seemed incapable of putting together a worthwhile dedicated app, until now.
With only a month to go before WWDC 2013, it's still awfully quiet from Cupertino, which appears to be saving all of its ammunition for the big event. Meanwhile, developers are busy working on the next OS X Mountain Lion update and we'll have to be content with a tiny Thunderbolt firmware update to close out the week. Hoping for more? Keep reading to find out what else made news on Thursday...
Even though the major holidays of May are Mother's Day and Memorial Day, the month is really all about bikers. It's National Bike Month, May 13-18 is National Bike Week, and May 17 is Bike to Work Day. With summer just around the corner, there's no better excuse to get your bicycle out and take it for a spin. Whether you've been riding all along or you're just taking your cycle down from storage, you'll want to grab these eight apps to enhance your trip, track your ride, help you with repairs, and plenty more.
Geocaching is not for the casual urban adventurer. The concept is simple enough – seek out a hidden treasure by following a specific set of GPS coordinates – but there's a reason why it never caught on in the mainstream. Not only does it command a giant commitment of time and energy, but there's also a pretty steep learning curve for new users. Wonderground is geocaching for the rest of us. Created by General Electric (yes, that one), the scavenger-hunting app challenges users to explore their favorite cities with the promise of the ultimate reward: Knowledge.
After splitting off its Nook division last fall, Barnes & Noble appears to be entertaining getting out of the digital business altogether in a possible sale to partner Microsoft valued at as much as $1 billion.
Whew! It's only Thursday, but it feels like we've already experienced a full week after hitting the ground running in Los Angeles on Monday and Tuesday at Adobe MAX 2013. There's been a number of notable product introductions over the last few days you might have missed, so here's a quick recap of a handful of those while we catch our breath.
Disney's long been known as the go-to maker of family films, but with Disney Interactive's new Story app for the iPhone and iPod Touch, they're hoping families will make some short films of their own. Story, which is free, takes various media on your iPhone or iPod Touch and automatically organizes them into customizable "stories" that you can share with friends and family through Facebook, e-mail, and other venues.
Nervous about the internet sales tax bill that just flew through the Senate on Monday? A new report claims that it's not quite out of the woods yet, while Amazon beats Google to paid Android apps in China and Facebook Messenger finally adds the stickers recently enabled in the full official Facebook app. Ready to read more? Click on and find out what else is making news!