Siri, Instagram, Words with Friends, Four Square, Angry Birds. There are all kinds of ways to stay connected or waste time on your new iPhone4S (or your old iPhone or Blackberry or Android) but new players are constantly popping up. At BRINKmedia we know a thing or two about making and using apps so I thought I’d share a few applications that have shown up and stood out in the last few days.
(image from Facebook)
Find My Friend: The new ios5 operating system will make it easier for you to “get stalked like never before” according to Gizmodo BUT follow the etiquette they outline in this post and you’ll be fine. Don’t add acquaintances (who wants a hi-bye friend to know where they are at all times?) and if things get too creepy you can turn it off. I wonder how many fights between couples are going to start with this. That’s just a sign of the times though, remember the dude that assaulted his wife when she didn’t “like” his Facebook post?
(image from Social Gift’s video promo)
Social Gift: This is a plug-in for Facebook, not an outright app, but it is still worth mentioning. Social Gift allows you to ask friends to chip in on a higher dollar item for your special day. Think the money-raising power of Kickstarter paired with the social network of Facebook. Not a bad idea when you’re trying to turn those “Happy Birthday Bud!”s into dollars towards a big screen T.V. It’ll be easy for your friends to know what to do for your birthday and they won’t waste their money on the trinket you don’t need.
LHSee: On the more sophisticated side of things, this app allows you to check out data being collected at CERN in real time. You’ll have to have an Android (for now) to see what is happening at the largest particle collider in the world real-time. 3-D visuals were called “eye-popping” in the Design Envy article (you can see one image above) and how cool would it be to see the data that proves the “God particle” exists as it is being discovered?
Hipster: An Instagram-esque application but with a few unique features. Instead of using different effects and frames to modify your photos, Hipster creates a postcard out of an image and marks the location where it was taken. You can tag friends, track their photos or look at what other photos originated at the location you are visiting. As slick looking as Instagram but it pulls in Facebook’s tagging features and FourSquares checking-in.
(image from 110 Stories)
110 Stories: This app started with Kickstarter funding and allows anyone with a shot of Manhattan and GPS coordinates from their iPhone to superimpose a sketched out drawing of the Twin Towers. For 10 years there has been a blank spot in the NYC skyline but this app allows users to recall the buildings as they go about their business. Until the city can finish rebuilding, this is the next closest thing you can get to a replacement.