Since last week, Apple's been under fire over iPhone apps that secretly upload a user's contact list without notifying them first. What started out as a hackathon brainstorm on how to port a Path app to OS X turned into a full-on PR disaster, not just for app creators, but Apple, too. So what the hell is going on?
There's not much that could get me to move faster than a leisurely walk. Except zombies. When threatened by an undead invasion I'd manage to find a bit more spring in my step. It's that kind of motivation the new app/game Zombies Run! counts on.
One look at the millions of apps out there we're pretty sure that we've covered just about everything there is on this planet, so why not have an app bringing you something from another one…namely Mars.
You may have heard of Siri, that sultry vixen with the smooth voice who doesn't know where abortion clinics are but likes to curse out twelve-year-olds. Well, like most sultry vixens (trust me, I know like two that I saw on TV once), she's not a fan of imitators, and even rival Google will ban a Siri knockoff and its developer from the Android Market.
Want some motivation to work out? Forget losing weight or getting healthy since there's now a pill for that. No, the best motivation for doing things that you don't want to do is cold hard cash, and that's what GymPact promises to give you in exchange for your suffering.
The world needs more tech-savvy leaders like President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Leaders who understand how to use the latest gadgets like iPads. Cameron's moving ahead of the pack with app that'll provide him with real time data on England.
Think Yelp, but Haiku No long reviews, which means no tl;dr Haiku Review initially comes off as a gimmick, and a risky one at that. If a new music site promises you nothing but bagpipe covers and you hate bagpipes, you're not going to get a lot of mileage out of it. Yet here, the haiku format is supposed to be a welcoming feature, not a barrier to entry. The proposed app, which is currently little more than the start of an idea on Kickstarter as dreamed up by a trio of Texans, wants to cut down on lengthy reviews without entirely cutting out opinion. We went back-and-forth with Stu Hill, one of the aforementioned Texans, about why forcing people to essentially bang out Yelp poetry isn't the worst idea ever. (And yeah, we're mentioning Yelp a bunch, but that's because Stu and his crew are positioning Haiku Review directly in the social reviewing behemoth's path.)
No one needs to tell us anything that makes exercise more interesting is a good thing. Time to banish the vacant stares and wandering minds at the gym with a new app that turns your iPad or iPhone into a virtual tour of scenic locations.
Now she's gone and done it. For $3.99, Gwyneth Paltrow is offering virtual tours of her favorite cities, starting with New York. It sounds okay, but wait…this isn't an app for regular folks, oh no. Paltrow's 'Goop City Guide!' is only for really, really rich people.
Everyone knows that to lead a good protest you need a megaphone to fire up the group. To date however, the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has been confounded in this practice by strict New York City laws requiring permits to amplify sound. Fortunately, crafty hackers seem to love OWS — and so the Inhuman Microphone app was born.