The New Mailbox App is Here

The New Mailbox App is Here

I have been reading many articles about this new email app for the iPhone that is supposed to “put my email in it’s place.” I dug a little deeper and have been anticipating the release of the Mailbox app for quite some time, and it’s finally here. It’s very true that the email can be … Read more

I have been reading many articles about this new email app for the iPhone that is supposed to “put my email in it’s place.” I dug a little deeper and have been anticipating the release of the Mailbox app for quite some time, and it’s finally here. It’s very true that the email can be a doozy, and everyone can attest to always trying to clear notifications until all messages have been marked as read.

“For the most part, apps that exist have tried to cram an existing desktop experience into a mobile phone. That’s not a very effective way of building a good tool,” said Gentry Underwood, CEO of Orchestra. ”I think most people have a poor email experience on the phone and are hungry for something better.”

The app’s unique interface allows users to turn a Gmail inbox into a type of “to-do” list, where each message can be “snoozed” for later perusal. For example, if an email isn’t urgent, but will require action the next day, a user can select the “tomorrow” snooze, which will move the message out of the active inbox and return it the next day. Snooze time settings are fully customizable.

The iPhone-only app features swipe gestures reminiscent of to-do app Clear, with users being able to swipe left or right to activate snooze timers and send message strings to the archive folder or a customizable lists folder. Emails can also be deleted with a longer swipe.

Anyone can download the app for free from the App Store, and those users who pre-registered can enter their reservation numbers for first-come, first-served account activation. Those who have yet to sign up can do so in-app, while all users can watch the reservation line in real-time. I am currently the 343,429 person in line for the waiting list, as you can see. Patiently waiting…

Special thanks to Apple Insider and Mashable for the details.

Mount Mobile App Preview

Mount Mobile App Preview

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mount app 

Note: This is an unofficial application I am developing as an honors computer science project. The University is planning on releasing its own app this coming summer.

How would you like to carry around Mount Union in your pocket?

I wanted to give you all a little glimpse of my current project. For my computer science CS485 class, I’m developing an iPhone application for Mount Union! That’s right, iPhone lovers, come this April you will be able download the lovely “Mount Mobile” app from the Appstore. I’m not releasing any details right now, but I have quite a few features I know you’ll love at launch.

While not the “official” application for Mount Union, it does give me the chance to experiment with many different technologies in the computer science field. I’ll be spending the next couple months working on this to prepare for (hopefully) a SCHOLAR Day presentation. I’ll keep you updated as I go, but I thought you could use a little teaser. Have a great weekend, everyone.

Whale Trail for iOS Giveaway!

Whale Trail for iOS Giveaway!

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I’m a sucker for apps. However, since I started my app buying hiatus, I haven’t bought any for quite a while. This experiment has actually proved very successful in saving me money and not loading up my iPhone with unnecessary junk. However, as I watched the App Store scene from afar, I noticed one new game gaining traction – Whale Trail. I’m a sucker for games that look simple and can quickly kill 15 minutes while waiting for a meeting, and Whale Trail seemed to fit the bill. I put it in my hypothetical “month bucket” (Month bucket. n. a hypothetical list of items you want to buy. Items must remain on the list for one month before you can buy them, thus eliminating impulse purchasing) and forgot about it.

Long story short, when I came to reevaluate my list, Whale Trail still seemed like something fun I would indulge myself with. So, I spent the .99 and picked it up. Verdict: it’s fantastic.

You take the role of Willow the whale in a journey through the clouds as you try to escape the evil Baron Von Barry (think the Cracken from Pirates of the Caribbean). Your goal is to help Willow fly through the sky collecting bubbles, which refill his Whale Trail meter gauge. If the gauge goes empty, you fall into the ocean and have to start from the beginning. As you fly along, you will have to dodge dark storm clouds which, if hit, can quickly deplete your WT gauge. The combination of a catchy soundtrack (you’re going have the theme song “Whale Trail” stuck in your head for a couple days) and engaging graphics make for a really fun pick-up-and-play experience.

willow the whale

Now for the fun part. I’m going to be giving away one copy of Whale Trail for iOS to one lucky commenter! All you have to do to be entered is the following:

  1. Leave a comment below telling me what your current favorite iPhone / iPod touch / iPad game is.
  2. Go to the entry form: (click here to enter) and fill out your contact information

This coming Wednesday (November 16) I will randomly select one of the commenters and contact him or her via email. Good luck to everyone and even if you don’t win, still check the game out!