Posts tagged #mobile applications

Instagram World: This Is Where I Live

If you're into digital photography, you own and iphone and enjoying social networking you MUST create and account on instagram. This free application allows user to photo, filter, title, tag and upload photos. Additionally, it allows users to comment and discuss the photos. Since its enception it's been a very open community, so it's not suprise when it creators established an open API for developers to create add-ons and functionality for instagram users...

Mobile Design Thoughts

We're always battling at work with the issues of form vs. function and mobile vs. applicational when we have a need within the space. See the following presentation that walks you through a fair share of the planning portion prior to prototyping and development.

Posted on October 21, 2010 and filed under Design, Mobile, Process.

What's In My iPhone -- Part Four: Tools, Search & News

Here's a new (to me) must-have news reader:

App: Pulse News
Rating: ✩✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This is an awesome visual feed aggregator for all your favorite RSS subscriptions.
Cost: $1.99
Comments: Well worth price. Watch this be the model for future data push. Great interface.

In my "Search" folder:

App: Google
Rating: ✩✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: A Google search tool.
Cost: Free
Comments: The best part of the application hands down is the speech-to-search ability. Look for the tiny microphone on the top right, click it, speak it and wah-lah.

App: Wolfram
Rating: ✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: They call it a "computational knowledge engine." I call it wild as hell.
Cost: $1.99
Comments: It's like search on steriods and if your educationally, or research driven this is MUST HAVE tool. Here try it for free online first and you'll see what I mean.

App: Bing
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: Is the Microsoft version of the Google search tool.
Cost: Free
Comments: BING is making a lot of strategic alliances and they're mapping system is really maturing well.

In my "Tools" folder:

System Default Apps:
• Calculator
• Notes

App: Carpenter
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: It's a carpenters level and several other helpful tools.
Cost: $1.99
Comments: This is a great app but there's something catawampus with my phone so the apps don't work properly. I would assume it's been the few times my daughter as been told she can no longer watch Caillou on YouTube.

App: Wikipanion
Rating: ✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: A search results against wikipedia's site data.
Cost: Free
Comments: Just what you'd think it is, with that said a nice tool to have.

App: Flashlight
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: It makes your screen fill with one of many colors that you can choose.
Cost: Free
Comments: It's what you would expect but it does indeed work. I also like using the red setting so I can feel as though I'm on a secret black op's mission when I'm trying to make my way across the bedroom without having a plastic toy gouge my foot face.

App: Big Words
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This fun lil' app just make what you type on it REALLY BIG on your screen.
Cost: Free
Comments: I used this app to get Mardi Gras parade floats to see me over people – it worked like a champ.

App: Battery Doctor
Rating: ✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This app is supposed to work by optimizing settings on your phone to reduce battery drain.
Cost: $.99
Comments: I've seen no measurable results other than the $1.00 I paid for it.

App: Trapster
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This goofy little app' gives potential location of police speed traps based on user notification.
Cost: Free
Comments: Fun, app but gets annoying after a while as it will notify you of a lot of speed traps.

In my "News" folder:

System Default Apps:
• Stocks

App: CNN
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: Nice, visually robust feed aggregator with links to more detailed articles.
Cost: $1.99
Comments: I like the integration of 'LIVE' and 'iReport' content to this application. "My CNN" is an internal favorites filter and the addition of 'following' thread ability makes this application worth purchase.

App: NY Times
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: News feed aggregator with links to more detailed articles.
Cost: Free
Comments: A solid mobile extension of the printed edition. Admittedly they're not exploiting the ad potential that they could within the application. I know, I'm a whore.

App: Huffington Post
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: News feed aggregator with links to more detailed articles.
Cost: Free
Comments: You would figure that an online newspaper would have an great mobile site, and they do.

App: AP Mobile
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: News feed aggregator with links to more detailed articles.
Cost: Free
Comments: I was really surprised upon startup it sought my location for more geographically topical articles – well done. Great app, well worth your time, in fact I'd even pay for it.

Posted on July 29, 2010 and filed under Interactive, Mobile, Technology.

What's In My iPhone -- Part Two: Social

Without a doubt the most used reside in my "Social" folder:

App: Linkedin
Rating: ✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This is an iPhone truncated representation of your Linkedin account.
Cost: Free
Comments: I great reference tool and messaging tool. Be careful with the connections option cause it can "Download All" and if you have a lot of contacts it can kill your address book.

App: AIM Free
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: AOL's instant messaging service on your iPhone.
Cost: Free
Comments: Good app, but don't forget to log-out when your done otherwise your drunk buddies will AIM you stupid shit in the middle of the night.

App: Mashable
Rating: ✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This feeds aggregator allows for a great mobile representation of the full website.
Cost: Free
Comments: Must have if you have the insatiable needs to be in the know.

App: Facebook
Rating: ✩✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: The Facebook website to your iPhone.
Cost: Free
Comments: If you're addicted to Facebook then it's already on your phone.

App: TweetDeck
Rating: ✩✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This iPhone version of the twitter/social application is a great tool to organize, sort and search tweets and social posts.
Cost: Free
Comments: A must have if you use or enjoy twitter and find it a useful tool in your day-to-day efforts.

App: iCoolhunt
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: A social 'trend hunting' social application. Allow you to photo perceived trends and submit to the overall community for review.
Cost: Free
Comments: Fun app, though admittedly I need to spend more time with it. What can I say, not many trends in "happy-town."

App: Bump
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: One of the default must have apps for the iphone allowing you to "Bump" iphones together and securely pass user contact information.
Cost: Free
Comments: Pretty good app, doesn't always work the first time though. Additional note that you look like a fucking tool when you use it.

App: Loopt
Rating: ✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: This iPhone application will tell you where your other friends are that are within your profile on a visual map. Big Brother, you have arrived.
Cost: Free
Comments: I've watched this app from a far. It's starting to mature. We'll see what moves it makes in the next six months as I assume Facebook will move into the proximatiy based, "check-in" spectrum.

App: Foursquare
Rating: ✩✩✩✩ (out of 5)
What is it?: Lastly, the premiere location based iPhone application. Allowing you to create an account and find offers, review and fraternize locations with a game-like rewards structure. What's unique about location (or proximity based) applications is it knows your locations based up on your GPS within your phone and serve content applicable to your geographic location.
Cost: Free
Comments: Crack on a stick.