I doubt there’s a single news organisation in the world that doesn’t receive criticism. It’s part and parcel of the industry; especially today, when everyone can voice opinions online. The butt of many jokes, including their own, is FOX for apparently being biased and sensationalist.

Al Jazeera is flamed quite often as well; some of it just, some of it not. The criticism of Al Jazeera often descends beyond the reasonable and into a ‘dey took ar jobs’ uproar simply because ‘real’ reporting can touch nerves. It’s this realistic reporting that keeps them in my daily news feeds.

As an Android user, their app was one of my most used, but least favoured. It was essentially a skin for their mobile site – and a very old, decrepit skin that should never have seen the light of day in the first place. Their new app however – well, they’ve turned the game around altogether. (more…)

Perhaps you haven’t noticed (in which case I must assume that you are not on Twitter), but iOS 5 was released within the last 24 hours. Okay, so the new features not looking all that new to us Android users, but it is still a new OS, and that’s got me yearning for a new version of Android.

(Well, beyond CyanogenMod 7.1, which was also released this week.)

It seems that James Cull is thinking along the same lines, as evidenced in his recent post, 8 Things I Want in My Ice Cream Sandwich. He makes some great points (though I do disagree that Android is significantly worse looking than iOS) – check out the article if you haven’t read it already.

Personally, from his list, I’d most like to see:

  • Improved OTA updates – I remember having to wait a very long time to get Froyo, before I rooted my phone.
  • Better look – even though I quite like the way I’ve themed my phone, it’d do Android wonders to improve their default skin.
  • Easy screenshot ability – I use Screenshot ER 2 for this (just long-press the Search button to snap), but this requires rooting. If this functionality was built in, it’d make things much easier for the non-rooted writers on my team!

What about you? Vote in the poll (you can pick more than one item), and post your own ideas in the comments.

Flick Golf is an entertaining bonanza of golf that places more emphasis on fun and playability than it does on being an authentic simulation. This is certainly no comprehensively accurate Tiger Woods title, and you won’t be staring at your device trying to determine whether the rugged St Andrews par three requires a 4-iron or a sand wedge.

No, Flick Golf is all about hitting a hole-in-one, first time. In the Caribbean. From a yacht. If that sounds like your cup of tea… read on. (more…)

Have you ever had somewhere to be but knew that no matter how fast you drove, walked, or ran, you were going to arrive late? A decision presents itself. Do you text the person you are seeing to tell them that you are going to be late? At what point do you need to do that? When expecting a five minute delay, or ten, or twenty?

ETA is a neat little application that uses your location and a pre-set message to make your apologies for you as and when they are needed. Having to text someone to say you will be late only adds time to your already prolonged journey. No matter how good you may think you are at it, texting whilst walking does slow you down. ETA allows you to focus on the walking, and forget about having to need to send an apology message.

With Google teasing us about the next major release, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, of its popular mobile operating system fan sites and online forums are already brimming with speculation about what new features the latest incarnation of Android could contain. (more…)

We’ve all seen something related to dominoes at some point in our lives. Either we’ve played a game of dominoes or watched an epic show of colored dominoes falling, toppling each other in a chain reaction.

Developers at Shiny Eggs Studio have tried to reproduce the latter experience rather than the former; they have created a puzzle game that, for me at least, has walked me back down memory lane to being a seven-year-old kid, trying to create a swirly pattern out of some dominoes I had lying around the house. Read on to find out more about the game.

We’re immensely pleased to announce that, after months of waiting, a new member of the AppStorm network has landed: Windows.AppStorm!

Complimenting Mac.AppStorm, Web.AppStorm, iPhone.AppStorm, iPad.AppStorm, and Android.AppStorm, our new Windows site will be offering reviews and roundups covering the entire Windows ecosystem, including Windows Phone 7, and games, along with tips and tricks to get the most from Windows.

We’re incredibly excited to bring you excellent Windows content of the high quality you’ve come to expect from AppStorm – daily reviews, how-to’s, roundups, news, and opinion. Read on to find out the best way to get involved!

Go to Windows.AppStorm…

There are some interesting statistics in the world. The average Facebook user has 130 friends; the best selling movie of all time (adjusted for inflation) is Gone with the Wind; most Android users will pay between $3 and $5 for a game.

There are also numbers that change a lot more often, such as the statistic that a baby is born in the USA every eight seconds (Google’s results bring up different answers. This seems to be the most common). As we often use our devices to find information, one that can give us real time stats makes sense and can be a nice tool during conversations. That’s where World Counter comes in. (more…)

Hello readers of AppStorm! As you may know, from time to time we cross promote other Envato sites and services here on the AppStorm network. Well, today we launched a short-run Graphic Designer Bundle on our marketplaces, and it’s fantastic value – $500 of photos, images and Photoshop/Illustrator add-ons for just $20!

In the bundle are files from our long-running and highly popular GraphicRiver marketplace, and the newly launched PhotoDune marketplace for royalty free stock photos. It’s a fantastic deal with some great stuff in it. I should know, as I picked the files myself!! (more…)

Live365 is an interesting app that aims to bring you music and talk radio shared by “real people, powered by passion.” It sounds like one of these new social music services, but it’s a bit more professional than that. In order to broadcast a station on Live365, you have to pay. This takes the service a step above random people playing whatever they want, and brings a more professional selection of stations to listen to.

From the app description:

“Serious satellites and blah-FMs won’t play this music. Robot DJ’s pandering to the money can’t play this music. At Live365, thousands of DJs with something to say or something to play bring it 365 a year.”

Let’s take a look at how it holds up as an app… (more…)

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