You might not know it, but Tom Hanks (yes, that Tom Hanks) is somewhat of a manual typewriter enthusiast. In fact, he's more than that — with a knowledge of models and their intricacies that borders on encyclopedic, he's passionate about them. And now he's aiming to bring the joy of the typewriter to the iPad with Hanx Writer. This free app recreates the experience of typing on a manual typewriter, complete with on-screen "paper", documents with their own personality that can still be emailed/shared, and a bevy of available models, each of which has its own look and sound.
When the iPhone first launched, it gave us a whole new way to make phone calls and connect with people. But in the years since its launch, the Phone and Contact apps haven't changed a whole lot. Humin is out to fix this. By acting as a replacement for both apps, it gives you the ability to search your contacts on more natural terms — say, when/where you met them, where they live/work, or what they do, all by leaning on information from Facebook, LinkedIn, and even Gmail. It also gives you reminders on who you're scheduled to meet with, connects you with friends when you're traveling, and lets you know when friends are visiting nearby. Put simply, it's a smarter phone.
Instant gratification — that's what a big part of the mobile experience is all about. Instant access to the Internet. Instant access to your friends. Etc. Which is what makes 1-Hour Photo so novel. This free app lets you shoot photos as soon as you open it, but with one big caveat — you can't see the results for an hour, as the app forces you to stay in the moment and applies a smooth black and white film emulation. It might not make sense, but it's also free, so you have little excuse to not give it a try.
Your iPhone can already do a little stabilization of its own, but if you've ever tried to film while walking, running, riding a bike, or otherwise moving in a jumpy way, you know it can only do so much. On its own, anyway. Download Steady Camera, and you'll have a way better chance of coming out with great looking footage. This new app uses the gyroscope sensors in your phone to know where the camera is pointing, automatically compensating for abrupt movements to give you footage that looks smooth as a Steadicam. And slo-mo junkies are taken care of as well - with the ability to set start and end points, sharing is as easy as render and tap.
Getting yourself outside is the easy part of enjoying the outdoors — it's finding somewhere worth going that's the problem. RootsRated hopes to solve it by offering up curated lists of outdoor experiences, vetted and recommended by local experts to ensure that they're the cream of the crop in whatever area you're searching. Find an ideal spot but don't have time to visit right now? Just add it to your Bucket List for safe keeping.