I wrote and programmed a group role-playing app! The gist is everyone playing needs to be in the same room and have the app on their smartphone, and then they perform together a series of challenges. It's for 3-10 players, takes 20-45 min, ages 10+. The app is free, doesn't have ads, and doesn't track your info beyond what is strictly needed to run the game. [more inside]
Domains can be more than just letters and numbers. Most people have no idea they can just type a bunch of hearts in their address bar and go to a domain... and yet, it works!
I've spent the past 18 months or so slogging away at apprecs.com, an app search engine that can detect review manipulation. You can see the worst offenders here. I posted this back when this was iOS-only, and I'd like to share some major new features I've added. [more inside]
I recently became interested in coding and wanted to provide my students with a way to study on the go, so I made this Android app. It is four hundred grammar questions in sixteen different categories and five exams of forty questions each. All the questions are modeled after the TOEFL PBT or ITP exams, which almost no one takes anymore so the study materials are limited and this will hopefully help them. [more inside]
Pong meets Simon Says. A retro-arcade-style mobile game available on Google Play. [more inside]
Unlike google maps, Waze has no way of creating shortcuts to destinations. So a while back I created a simple app to create shortcuts and released it into the wild. It got moderately popular, but people kept asking for features. [more inside]
While developing mobile apps, I realized how rife the App Store is with rating/review manipulation. So, I created apprecs.com, a facade for the store that allows you to filter out many of the fake, coerced, or otherwise manipulated reviews. You can also filter by other criteria such as how recently the app was last updated and age/gender of the typical user. What do you think? I'm getting started on adding Android (Google Play) support today. [more inside]
A new take at "Getting Started with Android". Rather than yet-another-boring-screencast, we've interspersed it with a narrative story (involving zombies). [more inside]
We just released a plugin for Intellij IDEA and Android Studio that takes pseudocode and turns it into valid Java. You can watch a demo here. [more inside]
For some unfathomable reason Waze does not provide a built in way to add shortcuts to places (at least not that I could find, except maybe the home/work widget that doesn't work on my system). So I wrote this app to provide them. [more inside]
Name That Student is a free Android app to help teachers (post-secondary or K12) learn the names of their students. The app uses pictures of each student to create study flashcards and then to create quizzes: flashcard, multiple choice (one picture: 3-5 names), and reverse multiple choice (one name: four pictures). [more inside]
A fast-action scrolling maze game for Android, intended for tablets. Guide an octopus through a huge maze, collecting eggs and avoiding sharks. Consume "mega eggs" to attack the sharks back. Intended as a riff on classic Namco arcade maze games of the 1980s, including Pac-Man and Rally-X. [more inside]
I started a new website which focuses on news for the Intelligent Gamer. It's a multi platform gaming news and reviews site that I describe as the Anti-Kotaku. [more inside]
I've been teaching myself programming, and this is the first app I've ever completed. (Android-only for now -- it's available through the Google Play Store - and I'm open to any suggestions/feedback/encouragement anyone wants to give.) It's free - with no advertising - so it's not meant to make any money. Just wanted to prove to myself that I really could do it, so the whole project stayed simple and positive. [more inside]
My husband and I wrote this Android app for serious Scrabble players to train their anagramming ability. Unlike similar apps it allows the player to choose between various scrabble competition dictionaries (SOWPODS, TWL, etc), to choose to get a rack that includes J, Z, Q or Z, to require that at least one 7-letter word is available and to specify whether or not blanks should be allowed. Word definitions are available, although in my experience most Scrabble players don't really care about those! There's also a free version people can try out that doesn't have some of these "professional" features. [more inside]
You are an Android user? In the Google Play Store reside numerous games for users to pass the time. The new app "Color&Move" broadens this variety with a little game of color recognition. Have fun! [more inside]
You are an Android user? In the Google Play Store reside numerous games for users to pass the time. The new app "Color&Speak" broadens this variety with a little game of color recognition. Have fun! [more inside]
The Our Oregon Mobile Voter Guide is an app for iPhone and Android that presents progressive ballot measure recommendations for your location (Oregon only). Where do progressive groups that promote conservation, equal rights, reproductive health, senior care, and economic fairness stand on the ballot measures that matter most to Oregonians? Always up-to-date and relevant, the Our Oregon Mobile Voter Guide gives you the information and news you need.
I joined a language learning company recently and just released this Spanish app for Android devices called Bueno... entonces (which means great, so... and is a common "filler" phrase in Spanish). If you're a non-ios owner and a non-spanish speaker, and you don't mind mildly ribald humor, you will genuinely like this app. It had already been written for iOS but I partnered w/the original owner to release for Android so it's a bit of personal labor of love for me.
The thing started with a simple question: I have a savings plan without a fixed interest rate I regularly put money in. I even put extra money in it if there is something left at the end of the month or if my bank advisor tells me so. But when it came to examining the result I was left alone. All I could see was the actual balance. No one would tell me if my savings run well or not. So how do I find out the performance of my savings? What is the "real" interest rate I have got? [more inside]
I made this app for Android to get sleep while the baby is making noises. Here's the App Description: Tune in to the Sleep Tube to sleep soundly! The Sleep Tube is an advanced white noise generator for your pleasure. Enjoy sound as well as animation. Choose from 12 channels to relax and fall asleep. Flip through channels, or select your favorite from the channel selector. Set a timer to turn off automatically. This is the free version, a complete set of channels including all the images and sounds is available for .99 cents USD. Full Version Channels Include: Beach, Brown Noise, Forest, Night, Pink Noise, Rain, River, Sunset, Waterfall, Waves, White Noise, Wind
Strategy games are really starting to come into their own on smartphones and tablets, and there wasn't really a site to serve that niche. Hence: Pocket Tactics. [more inside]
I made an Android app for the popular Meow Reader website. Swipe your way through our gallery of reading cats. Be amazed by their beauty and their solid grasp of the written word. These cats are the antithesis of LOLcats, educated, refined bookworms with a curiosity that could kill. [more inside]
A friend and I decided we wanted to get some Android development under our belt. What better way than to make a retro-themed videogame that harkened back to one of the favorites from my youth? Droidius: 1945 is a short, vertical shooter with old-school graphics and a kickin' rad soundtrack to match. Only a daring ace with skills to match can defeat Hitler and the Nazi Menace. Will you deliver victory? Or defeat? It's at your skillful fingertips!
This is a project I started a few months ago via Kickstarter, and the fruits of my labors are now available. It's an abstract puzzle game where you slide blocks around by tilting your device (touch-controlled sliding is also available if you're tilt-wary). [more inside]