The World with Apps

When we were still amazed by how PC could make our lives such simple fifteen years ago,  we could never imagine using software on our phones anytime and anywhere. The technology is developing so fast, before we knew it, smartphones, tablets have become many people’s first choice for surfing the internet, shopping online, paying their bills, watching videos and more. And all these are rely on various apps.

We all knew app is short for application, in fact, we have started using them on PC years ago, such as a calculator, a voice recorder, etc. But they seem to were not used by people too frequently, because people need to use them with quicker access and easier operation.  And that’s why people need apps on their phones with touch screens, not only saving their time, but way more mobility and efficiency.

I am personally a big lover to technology, and I have to admit that using apps has become a big part of my life. I think apps can do things common like recording sound or calculation but also new things like analyzing the music info or navigation. A desire of making my own app is growing  along with using more apps. Since I always want to make a simple game with a unique concept like Doodle Jump.

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I have gained some professional skills in game design in my Bachelor degree, what I really don’t know is how to compress them in formats that can be ran on system like Android or iOS, So I searched through the internet and I found couple results for making a game app.

  • How to Create a Gaming App is a introduction of how to start making a game app from early stage preparation to the publishing and marketing.
  • How to Build An App: 36 Great Tutorials is thorough tutorials about making an app in professional methods, so professional skills like program coding and graphic design might be required.
  • Mag+ provides a platform for us to make a magazine app without coding skills, you can download tools from its website and additional software like Adobe Indesign might be required.

At the end, here is a video that released from Apple, which explained how

Each iOS app offers remarkable, and often delightful possibilities. But the most powerful iOS apps ever are ones that change people’s lives in ways they never imagined.




RSS Feed: twXplorer

Whilst searching RSS feeds I found a post by Steve Buttry about twXplorer, a new Twitter research tool launched by the Knight Lab.

What twXplorer does is analyze the results of a Twitter search and give you not just the tweets from a search but also patterns in those tweets: the terms, hashtags and links that show up most often in your search. And each of those terms, hashtags and links is hyperlinked, so you can click on it to filter just those tweets from your original search. You can also use it to search within a Twitter list.


So I personally tried twXplorer and I’m very pleased and amazed, it is simple to use by just signing in my Twitter account on twXplorer’s page, because it is a web built-in tool so I don’t have to download and install anything. The interface design is also simple and clean, I entered several terms in the search box, and picked English in the language section. It immediately shows results in four different ways.

  • Up to 500 recent tweets containing the terms I entered.
  • In tweets that include my search terms, a bar graph showing the most popular other words that appear.
  • The most popular hashtags included in tweets containing my search terms
  • The most popular links in tweets containing my search terms.

It’s a great tool for refining searches and drilling down to find the most useful results.

TwXplorer helps users understand what people are talking about on Twitter, most importantly, it refines users’ search through a “drill-down” approach to avoid scrolling through a very long and undifferentiated list of tweets.