1. Carousel: Your entire life at your fingertips →

    So, DROPBOX (one of the more popular cloud storage services out there) have released a new app called Carousel. Designed to store & manage your photos in a more intuitive & beautiful way than, say, IOS photos or Google Drive, it sets itself up as a repository for ALL your photos as opposed to just those you currently have on your device.

    The interface is certainly pretty, I positively love the timeline scroller at the foot of the screen, and the concept of each event showing only a few photos so that I don’t have to scroll through the hundreds my wife invariably takes each time she gets her cameraphone out, is a great (if not new) one.

    There’s also a couple of interesting back-end tricks that Dropbox have employed to make this app stand out from the already very crowded crowd. Apparently the app saves multiple thumbnails for each photo at varying resolutions and uses them depending on how fast you’re scrolling through your collection. If you flick through fast, the app displays the lower res versions so the experience is smoother. That in itself is a great perceptive trick.

    There is also a quirky ‘Smile Score’ a simple feature that lifts the app from a basic photo viewer to something more meaningful. The app scans every photograph in your collection for human faces and assigns each picture a smile score. The one with the highest ranking for a given event is displayed with a double-size thumbnail, serving as a sort of hero shot for that subset of pics.

    It’s an exciting concept at least. Technology often works best when it can evoke an emotion within us. What Carousel is setting out to do is to evoke a positive response within us. Make the experience feel more… real.

    So, does it? Time will tell I guess.

  2. If you ignore the highly irritating music, the dubious style of the video and the sometimes terrible designs touted in this video (check out the stopwatch concept), the interactions and UI used here in this IOS 7 concept video are pretty interesting and would make the iPhone all the more joyful to use.

  3. Those of us who have chosen to ride the risky, wobbly-wheeled bicycle that is an iPhone jailbreak, will be all too familiar with the Cydia app AUXO. The ever popular app appears in just about every 'Cydia apps you must own damn you!' list you can find on the net. Nice though it is, it’s still a little lacking.

    This concept video by Jesse Head takes these shortcomings and kicks ‘em up the bum. I’m pretty certain that Apple won’t adopt this, they seem to be dragging their heels a little with their UI development. But, maybe the guys who created AUXO might.

  4. Imagine if the iPhone had been invented before the days of ios These lovely mockups by Anton Repponen bypass your need to imagine and show you what an ios86 iPhone interface would have looked like. I for one, would love this as an interface option.

  5. This amazing concept for an iCam comes from Antonio DeRosa of ADR Studio and I for one would be first in line should it actually ever go into production (along with this Digital Holga).

    Designed to fit the mythical iPhone 5 the device would use changable lenses, use SIRI to assist you in shooting and even packs a mini-projector. I want one.

  6. When people think of Steve Jobs they naturally think of the high-profile man and his high-profile creations. The iPad, iPhone, iMac etc but what of the technically brilliant power adaptors? What of the glass staircases in the Apple stores? What of the wonderfully simplistic packaging that accompanies any Apple product and the clasp on the iPods headphones? The man had a hand in no less than 313 patents some of which are genius some less so and some far from.Whatever you think of the man there is no denying that his touch is obvious in pretty much everything that Apple have produced under his rule.
Why not take a look at a pretty comprehensive interactive list here on the New York Times.

    When people think of Steve Jobs they naturally think of the high-profile man and his high-profile creations. The iPad, iPhone, iMac etc but what of the technically brilliant power adaptors? What of the glass staircases in the Apple stores? What of the wonderfully simplistic packaging that accompanies any Apple product and the clasp on the iPods headphones? The man had a hand in no less than 313 patents some of which are genius some less so and some far from.Whatever you think of the man there is no denying that his touch is obvious in pretty much everything that Apple have produced under his rule.

    Why not take a look at a pretty comprehensive interactive list here on the New York Times.

  7. Since the birth of the first mobile phone that featured a camera, there has been an on-going argument about its validity as a 'proper' tool of photography. The professional photographers seem by and large to be against it. But now there is insult to add to the injury as the rise of the iPhone and, more importantly, the photography app has added a whole new level to the argument.

    Hipstamatic is arguably the most popular iPhone photography app and is now the poster-boy for the kind of ‘off-the-cuff’ street level iPhonography so it is quite something when photojournalists start to use apps to document events that they would usually use a ‘better’ camera for.

    The above are a series of images by Balazs Gardi for the NEW YORK TIMES article THE WAR IN HIPSTAMATIC which have exacerbated the argument that has raged since Damon Winter winning third prize with a Hipstamatic shot in the NY Times PICTURE OF THE YEAR INTERNATIONAL contest.

    To read more on this subject I suggest you read thisthis and this.

  8. Biophilia app. From the opening monologue by David Attenborough through the wonderfully realised navigation and the erie musical track to the magnificently well designed sub-apps, this is one of the most beautiful and carefully crafted apps available. No surprise really that it should come from the mind of Bjork. Download it now. It’s amazing.