Posts tagged “iPad

iPad A Tad Too Rad

Posted on July 16, 2012

In Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, there’s an iconic scene in which a group of apes become alarmed at the sudden appearance of a black monolith in their presence.  Most of the apes anxiously shriek and circle the monolith, but one among them makes furtive attempts to touch it.  Soon, several apes are huddled around the base of the ominous object, curiously exploring its sharp contours with their hands. Oddly enough, this scene approximately parallels the public’s reception of the iPad in 2010.  When it appeared in stores (after first being paraded about on a stage by the turtlenecked prophet) most people thought that it was simply a big iPhone.  Sure, there were the early adopters who saw its potential from the…

Frankenstein . . . The App?

Posted on July 13, 2012

Another app review!  I apologize if  you’re reading this blog for the parts where I talk about reading.  Perhaps I should rename my blog “Cursorily Glancing at Books but Majorly Focusing on Apps!”  Not quite as catchy.

 

This app is, however, about a book–at least ostensibly.  If you’ve ever read, taught, or been taught the novel Frankenstein, you know it feels a bit cobbled together.  Parts of it seem to crackle along at an exciting pace while other portions seem downright dull.  During the duller moments, it might not be a bad idea to crack this app open (if you can “crack open” an app).  View on to get an idea of what the New York Public Library’s Frankenstein app has to offer:

 

*Sorry for the “dramatic reading” portion of the review. Because of technical difficulties, it’s more of a “dramatic pause.”

 

Wordflex App Review

Posted on July 8, 2012

This is an app. This is not a book. It is, however, an app that I am certain any technologically competent book lover/writer will enjoy. View on to get an idea of how Wordflex looks and operates. Pardon my less than stellar narration. In an ideal world, we’d all have Morgan Freeman voices (that man could do a voiceover for a documentary about stamp collecting and I’d still be enthralled by his every word).