Wikipedia is one of those services that’s incredibly valuable to me. I’ve been using it for so long that it feels seminal to my experiences on the Internet — although I know I’ve been online longer than Wikipedia has, I don’t remember a time when Wikipedia wasn’t around. (Maybe that just means I’m too young.)
I’m always on the hunt for new Wikipedia apps. The service has an interface that, while it works on mobile displays, it could certainly benefit from the native UI and experience that an app could bring. This is why I was so interested in checking out Wikipanion Plus. It’s the first Wikipedia app to get an iOS 7 design, and I wanted to see what I was missing out on. Read on to find out what I think about the popular Wikipedia app.
I’m a typography geek. I’ve written about it before, I’ve agonized over it before, and I’ve dreamt about if before. I’ve spent money on it (more than I’d maybe like to admit), and I’ve attended tours of old library vaults just to take a look at some print type from the Gutenberg days. Tonight, I was out at a family dinner at a restaurant and spent an inordinate amount of time staring at the menu because I thought it was written with Memphis Std Medium. (I think I ended up being wrong, but it was a close call.)
As a game, then, Type:Rider really excites me. The game is focused on a visual history of typography that’s reminiscent of some of my favourite iOS games to date — games like Rayman: Jungle Run and BADLAND. Its unique visual style and accessible gameplay makes it a winner for typography geeks and their normal friends. Read on to find out what makes Type:Rider an unforgettable experience.
Reading is a topic that a lot of us get fired up about, mainly because we all do so much of it. It’s a field many of us are very experienced in. When people make decisions about buying a hardcore or a softcover book, they’re using their experience to make that choice. That’s why talking about the perfect reading experience is so tough — no two people have the same tastes.
That’s my word of warning as I enter into this: the following article, even more so than usual, is nothing more than my opinion. But let me be the one to tell you, and I hope you’ll agree, my opinion is certainly the most correct one. I’ll start by saying that the new iBooks for iOS 7 is terrible. Whereas before, choosing between iBooks and Kindle was tough, the decision just got a whole lot easier. Quite simply, I’m about to tell you why I prefer the Kindle experience over iBooks.
I was a huge fan of Rayman: Jungle Run last year when it came out. In fact, I loved it so much that I gave it a near-perfect review, praising its gameplay, visually-arresting art design, and unique twist on the platforming genre. With Rayman: Fiesta Run, Ubisoft is trying to raise the bar again.
The sequel brings a ton of new elements to the game, including swimming and, perhaps regrettably, in-app purchases. This review is a unique opportunity for me to reflect on what worked with the original, what still works, and what the formula is like a year later. Is a sequel necessary? Did the first game need little refinements? Read on to find out.
Once in a while, an app comes along that’s so good at what it does that it’s hard to believe its low price. These apps become essentials, favourites, apps we use nearly every day to document the things that matter. For me, Day One is one of those apps. It’s an iPhone app that’s as important to me as the built-in camera, one that changes the way I live and gives me some much-needed time for reflection every day. It’s an app that has changed the way I live my life.
I was so excited to give the iOS 7 update to Day One a shot and see what the team has brought to the app. I wasn’t disappointed. Read on to find out what makes Day One such a winner, and how it changes the way we look at making journals.
I’ve written a couple times about how much I rely on my RSS feed. After the demise of Google Reader, I switched to Feed Wrangler and didn’t look back. The service is fast and consistently reliable, and I love that its open API integrates with a ton of other apps for iOS.
I’m always on the look for new RSS experiences. Turbine Reader offers exactly that: it’s designed from the ground up for iOS 7, tries to put a focus on content, and integrates with Feed Wrangler and NewsBlur (with the developer promising to work with more services soon). But is it worth displacing your favourite RSS app from your home screen? Read on to find out.
I’ve made no qualms about the fact that one of my most-used iPad apps is Instapaper. It’s been on my iPad since the first day I got one, making a meaningful difference in my day-to-day life that helps me be more efficient. Thanks to Instapaper, I’m saving anything and everything I find on the Web that I want to “read later.”
That being said, before today’s update for Instapaper to reflect some of the changes made to the iPhone design, the app has been lacking next to some of its colleagues. Today’s update changes a lot of that. Does it make the app better for longtime users on iOS 7? Read on to find out.
I don’t have a cable subscription. I keep up with my television exclusively with Netflix, and since Netflix doesn’t offer as much TV in Canada as it could (or maybe should), I also use my Apple TV to watch shows I love as new episodes arrive (here’s looking at you, Mad Men). I don’t have time to watch a lot of Youtube. I know, I’m missing out on a lot of memes and I must lead a very boring life. But I love TED.
For those of you who haven’t heard of it, TED is an incredible free service that filled to the brim with informative videos from special TED conferences — sometimes motivational, sometimes de-motivational, and often about science or psychology. The TED conferences are all over the place, and if you aren’t able to attend, TED makes them available for free on the Web and in a great free universal app for iPhone and iPad. When I have fifteen minutes and I want to watch something, I often watch TED videos, and very usually fill my rare days off with them. The app is a great way to experience these videos, but is it perfect? Read on to find out how TED’s service could get even better after its recent update to iOS 7.
There’s been a lot of hullaballoo over the changes made to Pages for Mac, specifically in regard to making the app simpler and less powerful. But I haven’t heard much about the Pages update for iOS, which is exactly why we decided to jump into it here at AppStorm. Apple has promised not just to change the design of the iOS versions of Pages to bring it more in line with Pages for Mac, but they’ve also promised to get rid of some of the problems Pages used to suffer previously.
These changes amount from little things, like under-the-hood improvements that positively affect mobile devices (but negatively affect Mac users), to big things like a complete design overhaul. Not only that, but the app is now free if you’re buying a new iPhone or iPad. Let’s take a look and see whether or not the new Pages is truly a welcome improvement. (more…)
Over the past couple months, I’ve had the absolute pleasure of discussing the iPad and Professionals here on AppStorm. I’ve chatted about photographers/artists, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, medical professionals, stock analysts, and business owners. Today, I want to say I feel like we covered the gamut. This is the final post in AppStorm’s feature series on the iPad and Professionals. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for going on this journey with me and the rest of the AppStorm team.
Today’s post is going to go in a different direction than you might expect. We’re not talking about another professional category. Instead, we’re going to talk about the best ways to unwind after a long day. But because I care about yours and my well-being, I’m not recommending Angry Birds. I want your mind to be stimulated, even while you’re enjoying some time away from work. Here’s some of what I’m looking forward to after clocking out tonight.