Make Writing Good Better

Posted in Apps

The Hemingway app has one job: strike out all the various superfluous, unnecessarily complicated, and verbose prose from a piece of writing. The appeal of using an algorithm-as-an-editor certainly caught the attention of blogs and …

The Free-to-Play Gaming Evolution

Posted in Apps, Games

Games have come a long way since when they cost $80 and came in cardboard boxes with terrible cover art. The mechanism of funding (Kickstarter), the development process (ranging from tiny one-person indie shops to …

10 Front-End Development Tools

Posted in Apps, Front-End

I saw this list of ten supposedly tools “you can’t live without” and found it lacking; it’s more of a list of IDEs/text editors and frameworks which a front-end could choose from. I wanted a …

Google Reader, the Silent Geek Service

Posted in Apps, Services

I’m still a bit taken aback by the fervent response to Google’s announcement that they’re finally going to shut down Google Reader later this year. It has been my rock-solid replacement for Netvibes for a …

The Horrible Designs of an Apple TV Clone

Posted in Apps, Hardware

This holiday season, my parents were quite nostalgic for the old country (for us, that would be Hong Kong), having just returned from a month-long trip there. They were missing the food, the useless crap …

App Permanence is Vastly Overstated

Posted in Apps, Rant

Mobile apps are far from perfect. In fact, it’s remarkable how popular and ubiquitous they are on mobile devices, despite being difficult to discover, closed off (both from each other but also across mobile platforms), …

Apple Maps and an Issue of Trust

Posted in Apps, Mobile, Places

Okay, it’s been about two months since iOS6 was released with the infamous downgrade from Google Apps to Apple’s own mapping app. Formal apologies and internet-wide bashing aside, I never understood the vitriol coming from …

Paying for Design

Posted in Apps, Web Design

App stores are pretty old news now. They’re easy repositories for developers to build small, usable – and in many cases, experimental – applications and make a few bucks selling them. It’s an awesome platform …

Good UI Begets Great UI

Posted in Apps, Front-End

With the recent updates to apps like Flipboard and Path[1] (not to mention the existing base of well-designed apps on iOS), it’s about time iOS developers are breaking away from the standard mobile app UI. …

In Memory of Reasonably Priced Software

Posted in Apps, Thoughts

This post has been sitting in my Dropbox drafts folder for a few weeks now. I was thinking about how the current software boom is one of the few bright sectors in our current economy, …