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I love the simplistic, beautiful onboarding experiences that betaworks creates for its apps. The screenshots above are from the first time you open the new Dots game betaworks released. The intro experience for Tapestry was really enjoyable too.
This game is simple and addictive, and even better FREE.
Users can view Internet service providers (ISPs), Internet exchange points, universities and other organizations through two view options – Globe and Network. The app also allows users to generate a trace route between where they are located to a destination node, search for where popular companies and domains are, as well as identify their current location on the map…
…[T]he app’s timeline is rooted in real data that uses timeline visualization to display 22,961 autonomous system nodes joined by 50,519 connections based on Internet topology from our partner in this project, CAIDA. We were also able to project what the Internet will look like in 2020 by using an algorithm based on current data, as well as predictions for the growth of the hosting industry by various independent research agencies.
The iPhone app is here (iTunes). The Android app is here (Google Play).
Images: Selected screens from Peer 1’s Internet Map. Select to embiggen.
I don’t know if you’ve heard about this app, Snapchat? Perceived no consequences, and gamification of texting; “the market provides what the market demands.” (Thanks Mr Loucks)
Snapchat is an iOS and Android app that allows you to snap a picture or a video snippet, send an SMS message (text), and set a timeframe (in seconds up to 10) for how long it can be viewed after being sent. Then, it magically disappears and the receiver can’t see the text/image, and Snapchat promises they don’t store your data. Yes, it can be a fun way to keep in touch with your friends, but it’s also the perfect solution to the nosy parent checking your texts, cheating that you can get away with (no evidence, score!), or sending embarrassing photos of yourself, right?
While not everyone is going to use it for sexting, I think parents and teachers should be aware of the potential risks of the app. This is another great time to discuss/communicate privacy and safety (early and often).
The new iOS 6 has a very simple and powerful tool called Guided Access that lets you keep students focused on a single app of your choosing. It lets you disable the home button, restrict parts of the screen so they can’t be touched, and even stop responding to being turned over and upside down. It’s easy to implement and a great tool in the teacher’s toolkit. Here’s how to do it:
How To Use Guided Access
Go to SETTINGS then tap GENERAL
Toward the bottom, tap ACCESSIBILITY and then go to the LEARNING section
Now tap on GUIDED ACCESS and switch it to the ON position
Want to set up a passcode? You can do that now
Now go to the app you want to use. Tap the home button 3 times to launch the Guided Access options
Set the options as desired and then tap the home button 3 times again.
iBrainstorm is a free brainstorming application for the iPad and the iPhone. The app allows you to record brainstorming sessions using a combination of free hand drawings and sticky notes. You can share and collaborate with other users of iBrainstorm. Sharing notes and drawings between users in a local setting is a simple matter of “flicking” an item to another user.
By the by, did you notice the changes (iPad) to the mobile tumblr site? It’s much smoother than the app so I’m wondering if a tumblr iOS update is in the pipeline?
update: Ramny and GWALP noted editors can’t promote posts. FIX?!!
You’ve been warned: You’ll soon see images like the ones in this post — part moving, part still — everywhere. Animated GIFs are making a comeback, and Echograph, a new iPad app, is taking them to the next level. Remember how the newspaper photos in the Harry Potter movies came alive? That’s what this app brings to the Muggle world, for $2.99.
Here’s how it works: You shoot a video, select a five-second clip, and choose one still as the main frame. Next, use your finger to erase part of the image. That portion of the frozen image is replaced by video playing on an endless loop. The result? Hybrid images that keep your eye guessing.
“If there’s something you don’t understand, just raise your hand and ask a question.” Almost every teacher says that line to her class on the first day of school. But when that professor’s in the middle of explaining a concept and everyone else looks like they understand, following that advice isn’t as easy as it sounds. Now a new web-based app called Understoodit wants to take the fear out of learning by allowing students to anonymously communicate confusion.