We’ve all heard or seen the ads making claims like, “Download our scientific app and play our brain games! They’ll improve your memory and actually improve your brain power over time.” I’d often thought about downloading one of those apps and trying it out. Wouldn’t hurt right? Wrong. It would hurt your pocketbook, but wouldn’t help your brain at all, according to Johns Hopkins Professor of Neuroscience David Linden. What would help is exercise, he tells Terry Gross, of NPR’s “Fresh Air”.
I love word games. I’ve played Scrabble on my iPhone more than 1200 times. Then, a couple of weeks ago they changed their user interface. Now I’m afraid I’ll never play it again. In this post I’ll tell you what I don’t like about the changes, and how I plan to avoid similarly alienating users of my own apps.
When I recently switched from the iPhone to HTC Evo running Android, I found the Evo’s Alarm Clock app surprisingly primitive. When I had multiple alarms set, it wouldn’t sort them by the time of day. Predictably, I started looking for alarm clock apps online, but the others were even more primitive. One was so bad that once the alarm went off, there was no way to turn it off other than rebooting the phone.