About a week ago Apple cracked down on "cookie-cuttter apps" from people who've used services to create an app in as little as three hours. Fortunately, Apple's concern was mainly focused on apps that were essentially business cards or simple RSS feeds, whereas there's no problem with apps that are more original. My friend John Kremer has posted a useful article about app-creation services. The article is oriented toward publishers, but the info is relevant to anyone who might have an idea for an app.
One of the great things about the iPad is that coming out of the gate it'll already have over 100,000 apps that you can run on it. Or at least that's what Apple has said. But the devil is in the details, and an interesting article on CNET discusses the challenges that some developers are facing in adapting their apps for the iPad.
I've long been interested in how the ancient medical practice of Ayurveda can help a person be healthy, and have on occasion have consulted medical doctors who also have training in Ayurveda. This is called, as you may know, integrative medicine — doctors who combine a western approach to medicine (training as an M.D.) along with natural, holistic, and alternative therapies. If you'd like to find a practitioner of integrative medicine, this free app, called American College for Advancement in Medicine, helps you do so. You simply put in your Zip Code, and it gives you a list of doctors in your area.
I don't use Twitter that much, but I like the idea of Tweetsii. This newly released free app lets you see what people around you are tweeting. It also lets you "geo-tag" your tweets so that they're associated with a particular place, and you can add photos to the tweets. A wide range of other features include the ability to see what's trending nearby, see tweets from particular locations worldwide, and much more. Pretty amazing.
Macworld has a useful short article based on an interview with Glyn Evans of iPhonography.com. It's a top website if you're into using your iPhone's camera to take photos. And during the interview, Evans identified his six favorite photography apps. They include Perfectly Clear ($2.99) which automatically sharpens and brightens your photos.
There's a great short article in The Week that goes through a list of Apple's innovative products and how critics panned them when they were announced — and how they turned out to be game-changers. It covers the Macintosh, the Newton (the only one that didn't really succeed), the iMac, the iPod, and the iPhone. My guess is that the iPad will follow in the tradition of making a difference. I think they've done it again.
GameFinder (free) is a new app that helps you find games in a variety of ways. According to the press release, you can check out games that were recently reviewed on Slide To Play, a website that focuses on reviewing games and that has developed the app. You can also explore games by genre, or browse through lists such as STP Games of the Month, zombie-themed games, Match-3 puzzles, first-person shooters, games under a dollar, and more.
I like the idea of App Genie — a single app filled with over 30 functions. It's like having many apps in one. It includes an amazing of useful tools: converters, translator, barcode scanner, country facts, nutritional information, speedometer, and many more. The newly released free version, App Genie Lite, lets you select three of the tools to use for free.
A recent survey done at Stanford University found that many iPhone users are addicted to their iPhones. How bad is it? Perhaps the most telling finding is that 75% of respondents admitted to falling asleep with their iPhone in bed with them. Read more on Yahoo. Interestingly, the author of the study said that it's not necessarily unhealthy to be addicted to one's iPhone and characterized it as an extension of the mind. Still, the survey did reveal that it can interfere with relationships. And me?