A new app by Miranda July (previously
) allows you to send somebody a message… sort of. When you send your friend a message through Somebody, it goes — not to your friend — but to the Somebody user nearest your friend. This person (likely a stranger) delivers the message verbally, acting as your stand-in. Watch the Somebody movie
) "is a competition that empowers the sharpest minds in tech, design, and business to solve NYC's toughest challenges." One of the finalists is the recently-launched SketchFactor
, which aims to help users avoid "sketchy" neighborhoods by posting notes about crime, racial profiling, harassment, and desolation. Not surprisingly, the creators have faced racism accusations
. The developers have responded to the charges on their website.
(Digitized Medieval Manuscripts App) is a website that links to more than 300 libraries in the world. Each one of these contains medieval manuscripts that can be browsed for free. The DMMapp is a product of Sexy Codicology
, an independent project focused on medieval illuminated manuscripts and social media. It maintains a great blog about medieval manuscripts
, especially those that are available online.
Are you playing Kim Kardashian: Hollywood
yet? Pretty much everyone is, including the EPA Office of Water
. Your mission is simple: become an A-list celebrity through networking, flirting, modeling, promoting vodka, avoiding landlords and poking birds for money
, and dating assholes
. Oh, and plenty of in-app purchases
. Or you could just cheat
A friendship that lasts 24 hours unless you opt to extend.
An app where you can find interesting people who will disappear in 24 hours unless you'd like to keep the connection going.
Last month, an oNote was sent
across the Atlantic
via the oPhone
, and the recipients were treated to
the scent of champagne and macarons. [more inside]
is an app
that allows users to "anonymously share your thoughts and emotions with the world, and form lasting and meaningful relationships in a community built around trust and honesty." Secret
is an app " to openly share what you're thinking and feeling with your friends. Speak freely, share anything." The Genius of Whisper, the Massively Popular App You Haven't Heard Of
. With New Anonymous Social App Secret, the Merit Is in the Message
. Two Apps, One Hot Trend [more inside]
"In Silicon Valley, where The Work of creating The Future is sacrosanct, the suggestion that there might be something not entirely normal about this—that it might be a little weird that investors are sinking millions of dollars into a laundry company
they had been introduced to over email that doesn't even do laundry
; that maybe you don’t really need engineers to do what is essentially a minor household chore—would be taken as blasphemy."
: Connect. Share. Communicate. But Only At Applebee's. [more inside]
Having taken pictures of more than 6 million miles’ worth of road, Google is more than doubling the amount of global Street View imagery by adding all of its archive photography. The company’s Google Maps Web application will now include a time machine feature where users can move a slider to see all historical images of a place.
As much as possible, pictures of the same place have been aligned so they have the same perspective as one another.
might be the most fun you can have mashing a keyboard.
Conversely, it can be assumed the app might be useful as a sexual enhancement tool.
Max Levchin, of PayPal fame, has the new app, Glow. There are, of course, with experience and a little thinking out of the box, alternate possibilities for the thing.
Competition in Germany is already working on a competitive app, Clue, for women to likewise track their fertility cycle.
Send Me To Heaven
, a new app by Norwegian developer Carot Pop, will probably be the last game you play
on your (Android) phone.
a free iOS app
that could solve a lot of arguments, and probably end a lot of marriages.
It continuously records audio into a 12-second buffer (extend it to 5 minutes for $1.99), letting you save what you just, um, heard. Part Orwellian
, part Chappellian (NSFW)
lets you make anaglyphs and stereo animated gifs, like these
. (You can control the point of focus with your mouse in the flash versions.) Instructions for making it work on a Mac.
"Peter Molyneux has had a long and storied career. As the creator of Populous, Black & White, Fable, and the recent iPhone experiment Curiosity, he's been no stranger to ambitious concepts throughout his 30-year history in the industry. I had a chance to sit down with Peter at E3 this year, and picked his brain about three of the top fart apps on the app store
HappyPlayTime seeks to rebrand the entire concept of female masturbation through education and light-hearted games (...) At the heart of all this is HPT’s mascot: the pink, fleshy, and gleeful personification of a vagina.
The Story of Christoph Niemann's Petting Zoo App
, an illustrated article from The New Yorker
. "I had this idea of making a simple line drawing that one could naturally manipulate by touching and swiping. How hard could that be?"
This is the story
of an artist who was able to take numerous photos of a sculpture of a horse's head, "Head of a horse of Selene" now found in the British Museum - but originally from near the Acropolis in ancient Greece (circa 438-432 BC) - and who then fed the said photographs (taken from many different perspectives) to a revolutionary (free) software/app called 123D Catch
(by AutoDesk, makers of AutoCAD), which then created the wireframes needed to print out exact replicas (in pieces that must then be assembled) on a 3D printer
. The artist makes it available on Thingiverse
, if you'd like to make one on your own on your
3D printer. If the demo video for 123D Catch
doesn't blow your mind, your mind has probably already been blown. With apologies to Dr. Hook
A new app
has been invented
that allows women ('girls only!') to rate and hashtag
the men they've met, befriended or dated. The reviews are not positive
. [more inside]
The new Google way is weird, but it's working
Something strange and remarkable started happening at Google immediately after Larry Page took full control as CEO in 2011: it started designing good-looking apps
Google Maps App
by Google for Apple's iOS is now available. It features turn-by-turn voice navigation and streetview. It's a welcome end to "Map-gate"
. [more inside]
An iOS application developer has come up with an extreme way of fighting software piracy—by auto-posting "confessions" to its users' Twitter accounts.
"...Enfour, the maker of a variety of dictionary apps, is auto-posting tweets to users' accounts to shame them for being pirates. But the auto-tweeting seems to be affecting a huge portion of its paid user base, not just those who actually stole the apps." Follow-up
. A personal account: Can’t spell “pirate” without “-irate”: on DRM and punishing the customer [more inside]
We last discussed music discovery site TheSixtyOne
back in 2009, but it's changed pretty radically since then. Out with pages of spare, Facebook-like charts
, in with gorgeous full-screen imagery peppered with photos and information about each track and the artists behind them. Anybody can submit music to the site, where community listens and ratings elevate the best to the top, and users can directly tip their favorite musicians with purchasable credits. Explore by mood
, by Creative Commons
tracks, indulge in some gamification with quests
(in the top bar), or follow development on the official blog areasixtyone
. Returning soon: user-created listening rooms for dedicated playlists or topics. And if you own an iPad, don't miss the free companion app Aweditorium
, which sprawls the site's entire collection into an endless grid of playable audiovisual fun
Broken on Purpose: Why Getting It Wrong Pays More Than Getting It Right
- 'It doesn’t end with Facebook, either. Being broken pays off, so social media is often deliberately broken. In fact, nearly every major social network, site or app has greedily pursued this logic.' [more inside]
"Looking back a year ago when conceiving this idea
, we thought it would be far too impossible to even attempt. We tried anyway. So, after months and months of recording/writing its finally finished: “Persongalize
”, a one of a kind personal song generator
, featuring thousands of different girl names available in the rock, pop and country genres. Yes, someone, (Karlton Tillman
), had to sing 1,816 names into these tracks, TWICE, since each name is sung
twice in each song."
Google makes great maps
. But Apple and Google aren't getting along well. So in its new iOS 6, Apple dropped all Google mapping tech in favor of its own Maps app that it promised would "blow your head off"
. Some people
like it. Others
don't. But the numbers
are that 63 countries with a combined population of 4.5 billion people will lose at least one of the traffic, transit, or street views they had before. And even arch-supporter John Gruber acknowledges " the maps experience in iOS 6 is a downgrade"
. Google may produce an official Google Maps app for iOS. Then again, they may not
We decided to have a little fun with the app and see how many fake followers vocal celebrities on Twitter have.
"Earlier this week we discovered Status Group's new app that allows users to find out how many fake Twitter followers you and your friends have.
We decided to have a little fun with the app and see how many fake followers vocal celebrities on Twitter have."
Reading Rainbow is back (includes video interview with LeVar Burton, ~4.5 min.)
- "rebooted as an app for tablet computers" (Android? yes, soon)
; reviews from Gizmodo
. Here's a recent convention Q&A with Burton
where he announces the app (video, relevant part starts at 3:30)
. But if this announcement is simply making you nostalgic for the television show, all 155 episodes of Reading Rainbow
are available here on YouTube
(neatly sorted into playlists by season, or you can just start here for every single episode in order
). (previously: LeVar Burton goes behind the scenes of Star Trek: The Next Generation in a Reading Rainbow episode - Reading Rainbow ends its 26-year run)
The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority has released MBTA See Say [iTunes link]
, a free iPhone/Android app that allows riders to "send the MBTA Transit Police pictures, text messages, and locations of unattended packages or suspicious activity
" [link to MBTA apps page]. The camera's flash is disabled when a photograph is taken within the app. According to ELERTS
, who built the app for the MBTA, "the opportunity to crowdsource information from riders who witness suspicious or criminal activities has not been realized by transit systems
." The MBTA, which is the fifth largest transit system in the United States, is the first system to adopt this technology.
is a smartphone app
designed to provide a quick and easy way to report complaints of air travel harassment, profiling, and discrimination. Within the first ten hours of its launch, FlyRights had fielded two complaints of harassment and profiling.
By contrast, the DHS's report to Congress on civil rights and civil liberties listed only 11 complaints in the first six months of 2011. FlyRights was designed by the Sikh Coalition,
the nation's largest Sikh civil rights organization.
A column by John Brownlee over at Cult of Mac
yesterday highlighted his privacy concerns about the app Girls Around Me
-- which used a mashup of FourSquare check-ins, Google Maps and Facebook public profile information to show the user women who were nearby. In response to the story, Foursquare cut off the app's API access to their data
, effectively knocking it out of commission. CNET: How to prevent friends checking you into locations at Facebook Places
. [more inside]
Amazon has recently declared that tomorrow is Price Check day
. If you go into a brick and mortar retail store with Amazon’s new Price Check App
on your smart phone, and scan a barcode with the location settings active, and then report back to Amazon on the price of that product, Amazon will deduct $5 from your online purchase of that product. Amazon claims it’s trying to keep prices low for consumers, but others attribute the move to a less innocuous agenda
. [more inside]
Rethink Breast Cancer
has released Your Man Reminder
, a smartphone app that reminds the user to give her breasts some TLC
. And that reminder is brought by hot, shirtless man-candy
Google has released a new version of Translate
, for Android. It now features Conversation Mode
is a site that enables the user to enter transactions and track their bank balance via SMS. People sharing a bank account can also get updates when money is spent from the account by the other person. [more inside]