If Etsy’s artisan approach to retail appeals to you but you’re a dedicated local shopper, then the update that rolled out for its iOS and Android apps should make you very happy indeed.
Now, just like on the desktop, you can access ‘Etsy Local’, which shows you a map of your area and all the local Etsy sellers nearby. It also shows stores that have previously stocked Etsy-sourced merchandise as well as ones currently offering items.
The listings show hours of operation, photos of the items for sale – plus on iOS, you get the choice of using either Apple Maps or Google Maps.
If you’re a dedicated amateur photographer, you probably already know that the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset offers a slightly softer natural light for photos, which is the sole reason Rizon for iOS exists.
In a world of declining print publications and less reliance on paper than ever, launching an app that delivers a monthly printed product through people’s doors might sound like madness, but that’s exactly what Recently is doing.
For $8.99 each month, Recently will send you a photo book filled with 100 of your most recent photos from your Camera Roll – you can choose to either let Recently decide which to use or design your own layout via the app. There are also in-app reminders to ensure you don’t forget about each issue, which ships at the start of a new month and should arrive within a week.
If you shot less than 100 in the last month, it’ll select the most recent 50 photos – and if you took less than that, you probably shouldn’t even be considering the service at all.
For now, it’s a US-only service though, due to the shipping of physical photo magazines.
Will it defy the trend and keep photobooks alive? Time will tell.
Swarm 3.0, Foursquare’s location check-in app that split from the main app nearly a year ago, brings about a total U-turn in the company’s thinking and re-introduces gamification features that it previously described as “arbitrary”.
Most importantly, it brings back mayorships and extends the notion with a new virtual currency that you ‘win’ by becoming ‘mayor’ of venues. For now, the coins just serve as a handy way to keep score but the company says they’ll have other uses in future too.
Is it too little, too late? Perhaps, but the company has to try something to keep it alive.
Created by the US nonprofit ASLized, the emoji-based keyboard has right and left-handed shapes and sings representing American Sign Language in the style of a Qwerty. There are a few GIFs thrown in for good measure too.
You can also customize the skin color of the hands used on the keyboard.
It costs $0.99 to download, but that all goes to charity, which should make you feel a bit better about having to pay for this one. It’s only available on iOS right now, but ASLized is working on an Android version too.
This one is aimed at college-age users, but no one’s going to judge you if you’re older than that (they might).
In a nutshell, it’s an easy way of exchanging contacts with users around you. All you need to do is ‘knock knock’ your screen and you’ll connect to other app users around you. Then you just choose the contact details you want to exchange.
Why bother, you ask? Because it works even if the screen is off and the app is closed. And college kids are lazy.
Geronimo is a new email app for iOS devices that certainly doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘minimalist’.
If you’re the sort of person who loves email, you should check it out. If you’d rather be in and out of your inbox as quickly as possible, then you’ll probably feel a bit overwhelmed at the wealth of options.
While there really are too many to go into here, in short, the app splits email by day in a vertical view by default and then allows you to ‘flick’ it to one of the four corners to delete it, snooze it, etc.
Not everyone is going to love it, but those who do will really love it.
Instead of the shelf layout, there’s an interface that’s more reminiscent of the Web app. Your last watched show appears in the top-right of the screen and other recently added content appears alongside.
Each section gives recommendations for what to watch too – so movies will suggest ‘top comedy’ for example, as well as calling out which of your titles have never been watched.
Plex Sync has also been updated too and the media player let’s you jump between specific scenes with a new selection tool.
If you’re bored by the drab appearance of your keyboard (and no one can blame you, if that is the case) then perhaps consider checking out Photokeys for iPhone, which lets you create custom keyboard themes based on your own photos.
You can set the palette ‘mood’ via the smiley face icon, and as well as letting you customize the look of your keyboard, Photokeys brings quick access to the 100 most-used emoji from the keyboard too.
If this sort of personalization sounds appealing, you’ll need to shell out 99 cents for the app.
Rather than linking together pictures in a photo stream via a Facebook login, Slide uses Bluetooth iBeacon technology to let you zap pictures to people around you.
To use it, you just take a photo and then ‘slide’ up on the image to send it. By default, you can see other app users around you appear on the screen. You can, of course, choose to share the image privately with one or more people, instead of sharing it publicly with everyone.