App Wrap: 'Siine,' 'StormStruck'
Updated: 05/07/2012 08:26 AM
By: Adam Balkin, NY1
Smartphones are designed to make our lives easier, allowing us to do things quicker. And a few times a year an app developer comes out with a keyboard that tries to do the same for you when typing a message on your smartphone. The latest one is called Siine. You can use it like a traditional keyboard but where it differs, first, is you can program in color coded, one-touch phrases that you would typically say, like "Hey Man", "You going out tonight", whatever you want. Also, if there is a time related question in there, there's a clock that lets you just touch the time and it gets input that way. The third feature that makes this different from your standard keyboard is if you want to erase everything and start over you can "magic erase" by hitting delete and then swirling your finger around the keyboard. Siine is a free app right now for Android phones. Incidentally, as happens with all keyboard apps, your phone will issue a warning when installing that it has the potential to capture keystrokes and information you're typing but developers say the Siine keyboard, "is not set up to do unethical things and so cannot do them."
If you're looking for a new way to tackle home improvement there's StormStruck. Developed by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes you hold the power of mother nature, spring your finger around here and create an extremely powerful storm. Then see how that storm absolutely destroys this house. After the chaos ends though, you then have a list of upgrades you can make one by one from clearing out your yard to installing weather resistant roofing to tougher windows and garage doors. Then have at it again to see how the improvements help protect the home. Developers say the app is designed to educate families, both parents and kids, about how to protect their homes. StormStruck is a free app right now just for iOS devices.
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