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  1. Tumblr has a new app! And it’s really purty.

    joey:

    Download our new app. :D

    (Source: staff)

     


  2. Wattpad App Updates

    wattpadhq:

    We’ve made some changes to Wattpad recently. Download our iOS app 2.2.0 or Android app 2.4.0 to get the latest features.

    Here are a couple of highlights:

    • App Library Syncing - Now you can have the same Wattpad reading list across all iOS and Android devices. You can even sync your Android phone app with your iPad app!
    • From Facebook to Wattpad - If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, you can access the Wattpad app from within the Facebook iOS app.

    Want early access to new features before anyone else?

    If you use our Android app, you could become one of our Beta Testers! Send us an email at pam (at) wattpad (dot) com if you’re interested in helping us make Wattpad even better.

     


  3. Mixel gets down and dirty

    Mixel is a collage-making app on the iPad. It allows you to upload photos (or choose them from a gallery of most popular photos), crop, cut and resize them with the touch of your finger, rotate them and flip them and get a pretty little collage out of it!

    It’s an app that makes the most out of the real estate that the iPad’s screen provides. You can look at other people’s collages for inspiration or make your very own and then share them through whichever avenue you prefer. The instructions are simple and straight forward and the image gallery is easily accessible.

    Unfortunately, this app would be almost useless on the iPhone given the screen size, but it’s refreshing to see something that does a lot more than one-click flipping of beautifully laid out pages. Interaction design should utilize our bodies more effectively. And yes, Mixel only goes so far as to allow you to use your hand, or rather, multiple fingers (to resize and rotate), but it’s a start. And it’s fun!

    Check it out and let me know what you think/share your mixel collages :)

    This is a great article on the future of interaction design:

    http://worrydream.com/ABriefRantOnTheFutureOfInteractionDesign/

     

  4. Gone are the days when companies used separate phones for office numbers. Now, everything can be connected to one device. Your device! Recently, Wattpad HQ got a company phone line complete with employee extensions and everything. But instead of having to set up bulky handsets on our individual desks, we got a nifty little email that instructed us on how to set up our extensions to forward to our cell phones.

    Neat!

    I use an iPhone 4. Luckily, there are plenty of “softphone” apps on iTunes. I was recommended “Zioper” by Securax Ltd. 

    Basically, all I have to do is input my credentials onto the simple account settings page and I’m done! The interface looks very similar to the native phone on the iPhone for familiarity purposes, but still different enough for you to be able to differentiate it.

    And get this: you can call yourself! It doesn’t offer a lot of use unless you want to get out of a painful conversation/encounter, but it’s fun!

    It’s worked fine for me so far. Any other VoIP apps I should check out?

     

  5. Video screenshots
    Checklist

    The Eatery" is a food-related, experimental app from Massive Health. Judging by how many people post pictures of food (*ahem* Matt Mullenweg) this app is set to be a major hit.

    It’s pretty simple. You take a photo of your food and rate it on a fit-fat scale. Everybody else does the same thing, so you gotta be somewhat honest. i.e., you can rate Chicken wings too close to the “Fit” end of the scale.

    You then allow your friends to see what you’re posting (‘cause y’know all apps have to be social now) and they can comment on it.

    In the intro video, the title of which uses reverse psychology to get you to watch it, Massive Health talks about the benefits of keeping track of what we’re eating instead of just counting calories. They really stress on everything being “ABOUT YOU”. We get the message. Loud and clear. It would help to use a better voice-over in the video though. Just sayin’.

    There’s a check list you get when you first start up the app which asks you how you eat. You can look at the picture above. Note that they look like check boxes, which is fine, ‘cause you can identify as two things (Vegetarian and Allergen-free for example). But the app doesn’t allow for this. So there’s a clear mismatch between expectation and reality.

    1) They should just let me select more than one category unless they conflict (Veg and Meat)

    OR

    2) Convert the check boxes to radio buttons. Simple as that

    I’m pretty excited to get started with it. I refuse to connect it to Facebook though. This Facebook connection thing everywhere is getting really annoying/creepy/overbearing. It’s like Facebook’s my mother. No, thank you.

     

  6. The new facebook app for the iPhone is out! And it looks great!

    LIKEY:

    1. It doesn’t crash every 5 minutes. YES! That means I can be connected to my friends and their facebook-centric lives ALL the time.

    2. I can do a lot more and I can do it without consulting documentation. For example, going into groups and looking up posts was very cumbersome before. Not any more!

    3. The focus is on the news feed. Where previously, Facebook used to give you a menu of items as your home page, you now get to always look at your current news feed or the group or page you were browsing. Menus have been pushed aside as a more voluntary thing. Nice move.

    4. Attention to User Experience and icon design. Facebook almost NEVER pays attention to UX. They go ahead and make their font size smaller without reason, don’t really transition people into new designs and pay little attention to the consequences of their design changes on their users. HOWEVER, this time - they get cool points for redesigning that little icon on the top left corner. Notice how it looked different before. Why? Because the menu looked different. And the icon was merely depicting it. Now that the menu is a list of things - so is the icon. Good good work, Facebook. 

    5. It mimics the web. Which is awesome considering you want people to be able to do the same things, just on a smaller screen.

    NO LIKEY:

    I’m really happy with the new app, but if I had to pick one thing that didn’t sit well with me, it would probably be how everything is smaller, adding more room for error. Where before, the icons were all spaced out, now it seems they’re all crowded together. It hasn’t given me any trouble so far, but it may be cumbersome for people who have little patience when navigating with accuracy on a touch screen.

     

  7. Card Flick is a smartphone app that lets you share your business card with people with just a flick. It’s a great idea. To date, the app has almost 50k downloads!

    I’ve attached screenshots of the Settings page above. the screen on the left is the first one the user comes across. I tried entering my number a bunch of times before I realized the page wasn’t editable and that I had to click the “Edit” button in order to go to the screen on the right. The problem here? The display and Edit screens shouldn’t look identical. 

    I’m referring to the iPhone version of this app. If we look at the native iPhone interface, we can see the difference between displaying information and allowing users to edit information. If you go into contacts and click to open one, it first displays it to you (screen on left) and on the top right allows you to edit it. But it makes sure you know what you can and can’t do.

    the native iPhone interface

    Don’t get me wrong, the Card Flick app is actually really great! I just think this is an obvious UI design error they overlooked.

    Two things:

    1. Make use of familiarity with interface (in this case, design for users who are used to their iPhones)

    2. Reduce information access cost. Why can’t the setting screen take me to the Edit menu right away? The worst I can do it go back or click cancel if I don’t wish to make changes.

    So yes, it’s free and very easy. But one tap? Maybe not.

    **I’ve been notified by the crew at Card Flick that it is in fact “one tap” if you use Facebook to sign up ‘cause it fills out all the fields for you!

    **Minutes after posting this review, I got a response from the Card Flick crew (see below). Good news! New changes coming in the update :)