“Always focus on good human interface, user interface. Computer apps are not to be judged by what they do or how well they do it. Rather, it is more important that they feel natural to normal humans and they are led to the right actions.”
- Steve Wozniak
I’m curious as to how this slipped past Apple’s app approval process, as it directly violates the stated privacy rules.. “Upon inspecting closer, I noticed that my entire address book (including full names, emails and phone numbers) was being sent as a plist to Path. Now I don’t remember having given permission to Path to access my address book and send its contents to its servers…”
//EDIT// Apparently Hipster does this as well, in the form of “an email param that includes a comma-separated list of email addresses”…
This is an incredibly useful site for application designers + developers – the best I’ve seen – does an excellent job of explaining (and showing) designers the differences between what android users expect, vs iOS/iphone users…
finally, the internet has caught up with my need to find new music.. easily. here are my personal top three for it:
blip is freakin awesome and is my new #1 source for new music. simply create an account and click “play” to start listening to songs as they show up (every 5 seconds) in your browser.. to customize it (and get music you’re most likely to like) start searching for songs and play/favorite them and/or start following (i.e. “favorite” on blip) djs that play music you like.. best bet is to do this and then allow their app that suggests djs you’ll like.. amazingly effective way to find new music you love
you can also give/recieve props.. and (if you keep playing music) will start to get a bunch of “listeners” – which..well who cares – the primary use is to find new music
we are hunted [website]
We Are Hunted is an Online Music Chart – they “.. aggregate social networks, forums, music blogs, Torrents, P2P Networks and Twitter to develop a daily chart of the 99 most popular songs online.”… brilliant! why no one thought of this earlier is a mystery.. but thank god someone finally did. just click on the song to play.. like it? click to buy it n itunes or whatever.. or dig it on blip to save for later
shazam [iphone/blackberry app]
oh this is my number one most favorite app that was ever created on earth.. simply click the app & point in the general direction of any music source in the vicinity and it will tell you 1) artists/song title and 2) a link to buy it.. i can’t even begin to tell you how strongly i feel about this app..
now it occasionally cannot find the music you’re hearing – usually this is because 1) the song isn’t on the internet (ie it’s something your friend created with garageband), 2) the clip isn’t long enough (the app needs like 30 sec of a song to process) or 3) there is too much interference (people talking over it or whatnot).. but honestly i don’t get that much – about 90% of the time i get a successful result. try it with CSI NY for great new music
Pandora Radio is your own FREE personalized radio that streams music on your Phone. start with the name of one of a favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora creates a “station” that plays their music and more music like it. .
With Shazam your phone “listens” to the music playing wherever you are and identifies the track/artist + gives you a link to buy it..
true voice recognition – not only can you speak your twitter/facebook updates (rather than type) you can also : initiate calls to anyone in your address book, Search for anything through Yahoo! or Google or Look up and map local listings.. all by just “asking” your phone to do so..
i have waited my whole life for this… while i’m creeped out by some of the gps apps, this one is dear to my heart – i park my car and tap “Park Me” – on the way back, i hit “Where Did I Park” for turn-by-turn directions back
unlike most recording apps, speakeasy records clearly and has no time limit – i’m a terrible note-taker, so this is my answer for any client meeting. import the recordings directly into itunes (and make ringtones if you like)
When you see a book, CD, DVD, or game at a friend’s house you want to look up, use snapTell Explorer to take a photo of it – it looks up your item and gives you links to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Wikipedia, and straight-up search engines so you can compare prices and find out more about it
The most sold camera app in Japan. This application changes your iphone to the fun lomo camera and allows for allowing 4-8 serial (rapid fire, continuous shooting) shots – then use quad-animator to make animated gifs
go green – view product “green” ratings and see what’s behind the label of your favorite brands. Quickly check products or browse the top rated products in a category while you’re in the store , Create personalized shopping lists, get product recommendations based on the companies “green rating” and customer reviews
things to look forward to:
Xumii’s free social networking address book
bring Facebook, Google Talk, Flickr and other contacts all in one place – this app sounds unbelievable (so i guess i’ll believe it when i see it)
Flexible Computer Screens
okay this isn’t an iphone app – but i am soooo looking forward to it that i had to mention it
this app promises “Access all of your Simplify Media music from your iPhone & iPod Touch” ie stream your entire collection (sans itune purchases – there goes half of mine) from your machine without taking up a ton of (non-existent) space on your phone.. in reality, it takes forever to snag the songs and the plaback is dodgy (lots of pauses) so – useless. but this apps assures us that they’re working on it and we want to believe
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