Tag Archive for ‘Apps’

AlternativeTo, Crowdsourced Software Recommendations ➝

I’ve been using this service a lot lately to explore alternative software options and think it’s worthy of a shout-out. It offers filters for platform, features, and license. Interested in open source alternatives to Apple Notes?They have you covered. Or self-hosted alternatives to LastPass? They have that too.

And if you find something you enjoy, you can like/heart the app or service so others will find better results in the future.

➝ Source: alternativeto.net

The Latte Rationalization ➝

Eddie Smith:

Pricing apps as non-digital goods is hopeless in the long run. If you’ve read the Internet at all, you’ve seen what I call “the latte rationalization,” which goes something like this:

If you spend $5 a day on coffee, why can’t you spend $5 one time on an app that benefits you every day?

The problem with “the latte rationalization” is that there isn’t another shop down the street that’s giving away cups of coffee for free. But, in the software market, you can find dozens of competing apps that will work well enough. And many of them are available at no cost.

#Homescreen ➝

A neat new app by Betaworks that lets you easily share screenshots of your homescreen. The coolest part of the app is that the #Homescreen website has a Top Apps page which displays the most popular applications on the homescreens of its users.

I hope that Betaworks has aspirations of publishing pages that display the top apps in specific categories — top weather apps, top email apps, etc. That would be quite the valuable resource for iPhone owners who want to cut through the noise and just find a great app for their needs.

Here’e my homescreen that I shared a couple of days ago. I find it odd that they can’t identify iOS’s default Clock app — it seems like something they’d work on since it’s built into the OS.

How are Apps Made? ➝

Craig Mod:

The more you question the more you can refine. The more you can refine, the more potential for delight. And if not to delight — through knowledge or navigation or entertainment or communication — then why make? Why toil?

Devir Kahan on Glossy iPhone Icons ➝

Devir Kahan regarding the glossy shine that Apple applies to app icons by default:

In my opinion, this Apple shine on all apps looks nothing short of terrible. It makes icons appear bubble-like and juvenile. By far and away the best icons are the ones without this annoying shine. Any half decent icon design skips the shine, and any icon with the shine is almost by default ugly.

I couldn’t agree more. Of all the app icons on my iPhone, not a single one of my favorite designs includes the shine.

(Via Ben Brooks.)