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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Radio Days

The New York classical-music station WQXR, on the air since 1939, has become an indispensable part of the city’s soundtrack. Now the station increases its reach with an app—download it for free for your iPhone or iPad—that features live streams of WQXR and its more contemporary sister, Q2, as well as information on past and […]

Dear Diary

Is reading another person’s diary an invasion of privacy? Not when you pay for the privilege. Frequent New Yorker contributor David Sedaris recently made his innermost thoughts available in the form of an app. The project, called “David’s Diary,” is a collaboration with the cartoonist Laurie Rosenwald and features six short animated installments. March 4, […]

Bard Drive

Shakespeare was intended to be watched, not read—and yet millions of students still slog through paperback copies of “Hamlet.” Enter the Irish educational company Shakespeare in Bits, and its iPad and iPhone apps for “Romeo and Juliet,” “Macbeth,” and, just released September 7th, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (available for iPad only). Each app features animations […]

Thought for Food

Personal trainers like to incentivize. The promise of a glass of wine, the mention of a bikini—all work to keep you moving when you’d rather drop. Foodzy, a new health Web site and app, claims to motivate in similarly rewarding ways. Users enter the foods they eat, and Foodzy turns that data into weight and […]

See the Sea

The National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative is working with the University of Washington, Oregon State University, Rutgers University, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, among others, to measure physical, chemical, geological, and biological elements in the oceans and on the seafloors. The initiative aims to collect data on our watery world for the next thirty […]