We inhabit a digital world that is instant, on-demand, and unlimited. It seems strange, then, that a broadcaster-controlled form of media, once the only form of broadcasting available, should still be popular. I’m talking about radio, a method of transmission no longer restricted to airwaves, thanks to broadband and the ease of streaming it provides.
Whatever the reasoning, a large number of us still listen to radio, and we have a massive selection of stations to choose from, including many from across the globe. This is great, but there is one respect in which traditional radio still trumps its modern-day counterpart — convenience. The reality is that it’s easier to switch on a radio and flick through the auto-tuned channels than it is to navigate many internet radio apps.
Maybe RadiON can provide an exception to this rule. Though it packs just as many stations as other apps in this genre — “over 50,000” is the claim — RadiON has a vintage-inspired style, as well as various alarm clocks and music collection features, all delivered for the modest price of $0.99. Is this enough to provide internet radio with analogue radio’s advantages, though?
Strategy games, particularly when set in space, tend to be complicated, stressful, and packed with huge learning curves. Not so with Rymdkapsel. It’s a beautiful minimalistic game of base building mixed with Tetris, skipping all that intimidating micro-management in favor of something more pure. It’s both brilliantly straightforward and just plain brilliant.
I’m a huge fan of TED Talks. I don’t know too many people who aren’t fans of the service, and I’m jealous of my friends who managed to find time to make it out when there was a TEDx event at my alma mater.
That being said, there might be some of you who don’t watch TED videos or listen to TED podcasts. Heaven forbid, but maybe you’ve never actually heard of it. The TED app on Android might be the perfect way to get into it. Read on for our full review.
I remember my first video game console. It was 1989, I was 4 years old and my parents got me a NES with Super Mario Bros. Since then, I’ve been a fairly avid video game player — though admittedly not as often lately as I’d like to. I’ve had Nintendos, PlayStations, Xboxes, PC Games, mobile games, and more. Right now, we are on the cusp of a new popular platform for gaming: the browser. They are getting more powerful, they are everywhere, and thanks to Brass Monkey, they feel like consoles….
Productivity is relative. There are a ton of definitions and as many opinions about what productivity is and how you measure it. Irrespective of what your version is though, one of the best ways to measure how well you are utilizing your time is to track it in the first place.
In spite of the ubiquity of the task of tracking and analyzing time, there aren’t too many tools to do so effectively, more so on the mobile platforms. Jiffy tries to solve that problem on Android with a beautiful and minimalistic interface that caught my eye the moment I saw the screenshots. Whether it did enough to adequately solve the problem for me, I had to find out for myself. (more…)
The management and movement of files is one of the key elements of any digitally-attuned worker’s day. Whether it’s a fundamental image to a website, or a contract-winning Keynote, it is a regular occurrence that we need to make a file accessible to co-workers and to a range of different (usually mobile) devices. This need drives a lucrative industry, which is, unsurprisingly, filled with both giants and smaller, niche services. Box and DropBox fall into the former category, whereas CloudApp, with its strong emphasis on file sharing, clearly falls into the latter, but that doesn’t stop it being a favourite of an impressively large number of users.
It is this popularity that has driven the development of client apps, and one such example on Android is AndroCloud. Blessed with a slick interface and some nifty features it may be, but can AndroCloud, in combination with CloudApp, really provide a better mobile route to file access than Dropbox? Test commencing…
I’ve got a real soft spot for Lego. The interlocking plastic bricks and personality-laden mini-figurines (known more commonly as minifigs) reveal a wonderful world of play and construction that’s limited only by your imagination and your supply of parts.
It’s for this reason that I’m always on the lookout for new Lego video games. Travellers Tales’s narrative-driven movie license tie-ins are always a delight to play, but they only show one side of Lego’s appeal. The recently-released Lego City Rapid Rescue provides a more traditional, more grounded kind of roleplay that’s as fun as it is simple.
Google Maps has never been totally pointless on a tablet, but it was always a little sad that the app wasn’t optimized for tablets before. After all — and there’s no need to debate this or go into great detail — Google has had the strongest mapping data available for quite some time now. I’ve tried other mapping systems and just don’t get the same ease of use with them.
But the app itself needed to change. Until this week, Google Maps on a tablet was more or less the same experience you’d have with your Android phone. With the recent update, Google has finally made Maps look great on tablets and added some much-needed new functionality — as well as giving some old features the boot. Read on for a detailed analysis of this emperor’s new clothes.