I’ve been thinking recently, which is a pastime many of us (myself included) neglect, and have had to let go of some assumptions that have been lurking in my subconscious since the first time I slid my fingers across the words ‘slide to unlock’. Pictures under glass, the primary mode of interaction with the iPad, might not actually be the future.
It might appear to be the future, for the next decade at least, and things could very well move further in that direction, but is it a particularly coherent or sensible vision in the long run?
The article that got my mind turning was a fascinating piece by Bret Victor on the future of interaction design, in which he argues fervently for designers to consider the incredible complexity of our hands when looking forwards. He asks the question:
With an entire body at your command, do you seriously think the Future Of Interaction should be a single finger?
His discussion was open-ended, intended to make you think, but I want to dive a little deeper and look at the myriad possible directions of interaction. Let’s start with another question to get you thinking:
Why, when we have developed language as the most effective form of human communication, would you completely disregard it in the design of future interfaces?
Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at Coffee Pot Labs! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:
Steven Van Hissenhoven
Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!
Old Competition Post
Another massive competition for the loyal readers of AppStorm this week! We have 25 promo codes available for the iPad game Pod Odyssey, a game that encourages you to use your galactic pilot skills to guide a lost space POD through a series of jagged cosmic mazes, evil missile-shooting robots, and homing space spiders.
Reading documents on the iPad is a pleasure: the intuitivity and portability of it make it a classy and entertaining task. But sometimes it can get messy when you don’t have support for certain file formats, or when you’re not sure where your documents are being stored.
Today we are going to review an app called ReaddleDocs that could very well be your default go-to application to store and organize all of your files; whether they are PDF books, photos, videos or any other type of office application document. Let’s take a look!
For many of our parents, being able to carry around a dozen or so songs in a front pocket was amazing. When the iPod arrived, that number was increased to a thousand songs. Now, you can have more memory devoted to music than anything else on your computer. Still, sometimes it feels like it isn’t enough.
Let’s face it: we want every song. Not only do we want every song, but we want them now, delivered straight into our eardrums. Rdio is as close as we can get to that dream, and we’ve got a review of their iPad app.
The ubiquity of the internet and availability of a high speed connection wherever you are has undoubtedly been an awesome boost for tourism! A huge number of apps have surfaced that try to bring all relevant local information to your fingertips.
One smart way of doing this is to basically tie up Google Maps – a standard compendium of geographical data – and Wikipedia – a standard compendium of knowledge about places. This is exactly what Wikihood has done, let’s see if it’s any good.
If you are like me, you thrive on music to get you through the day. However, when you need new tunes most of us turn to word of mouth, and get our friends involved! But what if there was a better solution? What if your iPad could help you out! With these awesome apps we can discover, listen, and share these new tunes! In this roundup we have apps to help you discover and listen to new music!
So, if you are ready to rock out with new music, read this roundup and get inspired!
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The key feature of Stitcher is the ability to “Stitch” together your favorite shows to create your own customized stations in My Stations. Although Stitcher can also automatically create a station for you based on a show you like. It’s a great way to discover new shows that are right up your street, listen on demand, stream live radio, and stay up-to-date with the breaking news. Stitcher also makes it effortlessly easy to share what you’re listening to with friends via Facebook, Twitter or email.
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There are plenty of ways to discover new music nowadays: pretty much any music-related app will try to recommend you new artists based on your taste, and that isn’t even counting the media and most importantly, your friend’s recommendations. There are also plenty of ways to find information and videos from your favorite artists on your iPad.
However, is there any way to do all of those with one simple app? If you’d like to have an all-round music app that can help you find information, videos, and much more stuff from your favorite artists while navigating a simple and pretty iPad app, then you might be interested in Groovebug. Let’s take a look!
We’ve had a few wallpaper things going on in the last week or so, and it got me to thinking; how often do people change their iPad wallpapers?
For the sake of ease, lets include both Lock Screen and Home Screen in the equation – although I imagine people change their Lock Screen wallpaper much more frequently. Once you’ve found the perfect Home Screen that suits your taste – why change it?
I, personally, rarely change the wallpaper on my iPad – I have a photograph that I love, and leave it there. But everyone’s different, what is your preference?
So there it is. Are you a frequent changer who can’t settle down, or have you still got the wallpaper that the iPad loaded up with? Feel free to leave a comment, or even links to your exact wallpaper so others can share in the delight!
There is no shortage of writing apps for the iPad.
Some focus on being as minimal as possible, others focus on new and innovative features to take advantage of the possibilities afforded by a 9-inch touchscreen. Many of these are focused on publishing, but what of that most intimate form of writing, journaling?
The iPad is the same size as many of the journals that used to reside under beds or in secret cupboards hidden in a nightstand; what better way to marry the old and the new than with a journal? Day One aims to do just that.