So imagine, for a moment, a game that corresponded perfectly with an app. Perhaps the app would work as a second set of eyes in the game. Or maybe the app would be an elaborate mini-map that showed you things you couldn’t find in that game world without it. While it could be said some games have already implemented such ideas, it could also be said they have yet to be done seamlessly. The newFallout pip boy app might be just the kind of thing we are talking about. But we spent some time speculating about some other games that would be made far better if they had their own app to use while playing. Here are six we think would rock.
Being a true geek means living the lifestyle 24/7. But how do you do that when a significant amount of the day is devoted to relatively boring sleep? Enter ‘Hypersleep,’ the only app that allows you to geek out while sleeping. It uses ambient sounds and white noise to help you sleep better. Choose between the TARDIS, The Enterprise, and more. Check out these key features:
• Range of unique, continuous sleep soundtracks to choose from.
• Soundtracks specifically engineered to perform on small speakers as well as headphones.
• Optimised for low energy consumption.
• Each vessel includes a unique alarm.
It’s currently available for free on iOS devices from the App Store now.
“Do you know about the kids behind the Iron Curtain who put together their own gaming consoles not to be cool, but because they could not afford them otherwise? Or that the Yugoslavian scientist Nikola Tesla, the biggest “geek” in history, got celebrated by having factories named after him? Would you like to know why video games were pirated freely, with zero concern for private property?”
I don’t know about you, but those questions got my attention immediately. Forget liking “geeky” stuff just so others think you’re cool. This is the real deal!
I am talking about an app called Geeks Behind the Iron Curtain, which tells the story of real life geeks from socialist countries. This story has never been told, and what better time to do so than now?
Many of us probably know about the Iron Curtain – we learned about it in school, after all! – but we never will know just how it was like growing up or living in those circumstances. These geeks behind the Iron Curtain made the most of their situations and thrived in spite of the stifling atmosphere. In the confines of their bedrooms, or wherever they had space to do their explorations, the geeks behind the Iron Curtain were able to rise above their situation and make an impact on the world.
If anything, this app will be a very interesting read. To get your hands on it, go to the App Store. It only costs $3.99. If you’re a Kindle user, you can also get a copy of Geeks Behind the Iron Curtain.
Today, smartphone applications are available in so many iterations that it’s almost impossible to know which ones are worth the memory they’ll consume on your smart phone. When you’re searching for the best and most useful applications, you’re actually looking for those that will simplify your busy life. And when you’re on the road, apps can help you do everything from organizing your travel itinerary to finding the cleanest bathrooms.
It’s an app. No, it’s an ebook. Actually, it’s a combination of both, and it’s called The Numinous Place.
The Numinous Place is an app slash ebook project in the works, which promises to bring an adventure reading experience like nothing you’ve ever had. It’s a work of fiction by Mark Staufer, but thanks to the artful blend of storytelling, imagery, and technology, you will become so immersed in the story and might even feel as if things were real.
Oh, in case you’re wondering what “numinous” actually means, one of my best friends can help you with that. Merriam says that “numinous” is a synonym of “supernatural” or “mysterious”. ((M-w.com))
The Numinous Place is indeed a mix of supernatural and ordinary elements, but it takes the reader – you – on a ride where you get to be part of the story. For example, you get to view and/or read pieces of evidence like news reports.
You can examine blueprints as the main character does, and create plans/theories as you do so.
You can even learn about lucid dreaming! (Now that’s something that really caught my attention.)
One more thing: one of the featured characters is Russell Crowe himself. Okay, I understand that there are some people who may not like Russell Crowe, but I think he’s one fine guy. And of course, having a name like his associated with a project can always attract more attention.
Here’s a short video sharing more about The Numinous Place.
Now, let’s get down to business. The Numinous Place is on Kickstarter. We all know how Kickstarter works by now, although the funding and perk details differ from project to project. All you need to know about The Numinous Place, you can find on its project page. Do pay it a visit now as the deadline is August 9!
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Okay, so “Swackett” isn’t made specifically for us geeks, per se. But I guarantee you’re going to love it.
Swackett is an app that takes weather data from AccuWeather and presents it in a simplified way. Want to know what the weather is like right now, or the forecast for tomorrow? Instead of the temperature and little pictures of clouds and whatnot, Swackett shows you “peeps” — picture icons of people who are always dressed appropriately for the weather. If it’s warm out, you’ll see peeps dressed in t-shirts and shorts. If it’s cold, the peeps will be bundled up in winter attire.
The great thing about it is that once you look at it, you instantly know what to expect from today’s weather. You don’t have to think about the temperature, the precipitation forecast, and so on. It interprets this data for you without the need for words, even.
One of Swackett’s coolest features — and this is the ultra-geeky part — are its easter eggs. Now and then, AG-Logic, the company behind Swackett, substitutes the standard peeps with pop culture references. Recent easter eggs have included characters from The Simpsons, The A-Team, and The Princess Bride. There have been dozens of these easter eggs already in the brief time the app has been available.
(Plus, “swackett” is fun to say. I think it’d make a good faux swear word. “Swackett! I stubbed my toe!”)
Anyone who has had to write a paper that required bibliographical notes knows how much of a pain it could be. You have to know which style your audience requires. You have to know it by heart – either that or always check the style guide. Freelance writers with clients who require a specific style will be able to relate. So can students in college or uni.
As a matter of fact, there is an app for that! A bunch of undergrads from the University of Waterloo have put their heads together for the benefit of all students – and writers – out there and have created an app that will scan the barcode of a book and then e-mail you the citation. I know what you’re thinking – it sucks to have gotten your degree many years ago and to have laboriously put together all those citations!
The app goes one step further by covering all bases. You can choose which style to follow – APA, Chicago, IEEE, or MLA. This actually reminds me of that Big Bang Theory episode where the guys got together to create an app that would read handwritten differential equations and solve them. This app is for real, though, and is called Quick Cite. ((Get it at the App Store for 99 cents)) For those of you who will save hours and hours of work, thank the guys at 7Cubed. ((7Cubed Site))
Here’s a video that will give you a little more insight into the app.
Now that smartphones are the standard instead of the exception the app market is booming. Especially Apple’s Apps store is very successful. And not just because Apple sold so many iPhone’s, according to the infographic Blackberry sold more phones than Apple. I have a theory that one of the factors that Apple App store is so successful is because of how easy it is to buy and install an app.
Most users aren’t very tech, just yesterday I was telling a friend that people should take a test before being allowed to use a smartphone. They don’t know more then a third of what the phone can do and are the ones you hear complaining about a huge phone bill because they didn’t know to turn off data roaming when they went abroad.
The app store is so easy that if you left your 5-year old unsupervised with your iPhone and iTunes password she or he would rack up a credit card bill in no time.