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The 5 Most Used Apps on My iPhone

-Marissa Tomko

I live on my iPhone. I’m not proud of it, but I do. Okay, I’m a little proud of it. Things could be worse . . . I could live on my Android. Who wants to do that? (Sorry, Android users! Nothing but love for you—I’m just one of those people.)

One of my favorite things in the world is discovering new apps. It’s crazy to think that ten years ago, apps weren’t a thing. Now, they run our lives. I even took a class on how to build them—who knew our world would come to this! Those cute little squares on our screens hold so much potential, and the possibilities are endless. Like you all, I have my favorites. They are all so different from each other, and they all serve a specific purpose throughout my day. So without further ado, here are the top five most used apps on my iPhone.

#1 InstaGranny

Sure, we’ve all seen the apps where you can insert cats into pictures of you and your friends. But what if instead of cats, you could sneak a random and funny grandma into your pictures? Or a grandpa? Or all three? InstaGranny is a hilarious app that lets you do just that. It is essential to have if you need to help out a friend who is having an off day. With new grandparents being added with each update, I would call it money well spent!

Cost: $.99

#2 RunPee

Okay, the name is a little iffy, and whoever came up with this idea is probably a little insane, but you know what I always say: insanity breeds genius! This app is really cool because it tells you which times during a movie you can run to the restroom, and how long you have before you start missing pivotal plot points. The movie database is constantly being updated with new releases, and you can even set a timer to vibrate when it happens!

Cost: $.99

#3 Action Potato

I put this app on my phone for the sole purpose of having something entertaining to do when I pretend to be paying attention to something boring. All this game entails is catching potatoes in buckets. Personally, I find the concept hilarious. It’s just fun enough to keep you awake, and just mindless enough to not steal all of your focus.

Cost: free

#4 Flipboard

Don’t worry everyone, I don’t just spend my iPhone time throwing potatoes around—I like to keep life practical sometimes! Flipboard is a  social news magazine and is designed to put all of the news and social media you care about in one place. You handpick the topics you want to read about and they are displayed before you in a visually-pleasing grid arrangement. It also lets you connect to social media accounts like Twitter and Instagram so you can flip through everything in one location. The design is awesome and innovative, and it’s an extremely convenient way to keep yourself up-to-date.

Cost: free

#5 Allwomenstalk

This app was recommended to me by iTunes account because I installed Wanelo. It’s like Pintrest, but better (I think) because it’s more user friendly for the iPhone. It let’s you flip through lists about fashion, diet, exercise, travel—you name it! I like to have something interesting to look at in the morning to keep my eyes open when I first wake up, and this app is perfect for that.

Architect of Apple Maps Takes Hit

-Aubrey Wieber

On October 29th, Apple announced that the Senior Vice President of the iOS mobile operating system, Scott Forstall, would be relinquishing his current duties and becoming an interim adviser to CEO Tim Cook for the next year. Cook and other executives will take over the job previously held by Forstall.

“We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple’s history,” said Cook in the Apple press release. “The amazing products that we’ve introduced in September and October—iPhone 5, iOS 6, iPad mini, iPad, iMac, MacBook Pro, iPod touch, iPod nano and many of our applications—could only have been created at Apple and are the direct result of our relentless focus on tightly integrating world-class hardware, software and services.”

John Browett, head of retail, will also be “stepping down.” The departure of Browett is much less of a surprise as it has been rumored that he was unpopular around the company. His unpopularity most certainly grew in August when Apple released an apology for cutting staff in the Apple stores, a plan that was devised by Browett.

Although the news came as a surprise, many attribute Forstall’s removal to his oversight of the Siri and Apple Maps applications. After iOS 6 was released and Apple had replaced the popular Google Maps with software of its own, complaints about glitches in the new app were abundant.

The app has become notorious for getting location wrong, having directions suddenly stop, consistent lagging, and the “innovative” 3D fly-over feature has been known to badly distort images. The public backlash to the product has gotten so strong that there is even a popular Tumblr that displays images of the glitches.

After the outcry over the new app, Forstall refused to issue a statement of apology for his hand in the shoddy work, instead forcing Cook to issue a statement.

No matter how much blame is on Forstall’s hands, ultimately it is the fault of the company. Over the years, Steve Jobs worked hard to make Apple synonymous with quality software and refused to release products before they were ready. With Siri and Apple Maps, it is obvious that they rushed, and inevitably botched, the job. Hopefully this type of chaos is not a sign of things to come.

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Mr. Daisey's Lie

-Tamara Feingold

If there’s one thing I love it’s the weekly radio program “This American Life,” which is why when I listened to one of the show’s new podcasts a few months ago with guest Mike Daisey, I was completely engulfed. As a monologist, he performs a theater show called “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” in which he talks about Apple’s factory chain in China and the exploitation of some of its workers.

As I trudged home from school through the pouring rain of Eugene I listened to the episode on my headphones and was completely disturbed by the story of a factory worker whose manufacturing of the iPad left him with a deformed hand and stories of twelve and thirteen-year-old employees. I recommended the episode to my friends, but pushed it to the back of my mind until I listened to a newer hour-long podcast on “This American Life” – Retraction.

As it turns out, Daisey has an honesty problem. He fabricated a significant portion of the details included in the episode, entitled “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory” therefore infuriating host Ira Glass. I was heartbroken and I took my frustration to Twitter (probably not the best place to take one’s frustration), by comparing Daisey to the infamous pseudo-journalist and sociopath liar Stephen Glass.

What I was expecting was a lonely “favorite” by some random college student (which did happen). What I wasn’t expecting: a reply from Mike Daisey himself.

After a snarky reply to my Tweet, he graced me with a link to his personal blog (thanks, but no thanks) and since April 4th Daisey has continued to post pages and pages of equally snarky replies to other people angered by his dishonesty.

Maybe the reason I can’t get Daisey’s dupe out of my mind is that he robbed a tiny piece of my journalistic trust. Daisey was believed by thousands of listeners as to be a presenter of news. Although he claims his stories were compositions of things that he has seen to be common, it is not the job of journalists to make people care.

I wasn’t the only one bothered by the incident; articles popped up on most main news websites. “I’m more concerned about the suggestion that you have to cheat to come up with remarkable journalism that tilts the rink,” wrote David Carr in a New York Times article about the scandal.

Unfortunately, Daisey’s original apologies sounded more like excuses. “Well, I don’t know that I would say in a theatrical context that it isn’t true. I believe that when I perform it in a theatrical context in the theater that when people hear the story in those terms that we have different languages for what the truth means,” he said in the Retraction. Since then, he’s apologized in more responsible terms on his blog.

I don’t know how many different languages of truth Daisey has in mind, but hopefully in the future journalism will be left to journalists and I can resume listening to “This American Life” without having to accept guests as actors.

Photo taken by Sara Krulwich  from the New York Times

The End of an Era



-Mike Munoz

In the world of technology, Steve Jobs wasn’t just the face of Apple In., but he was also one of the most innovative thinkers in the industry. For the past few years, Jobs had struggled with his health and was forced to step down from his title as CEO of Apple. Earlier today, Jobs passed away and the technological word lost one if its leading visionaries.

During his time at the helm of Apple, Jobs made sure that his products were the standard of all technology. Over the last several years, iPods have practically held a monopoly over the mp3 player market and Mac Books have become one of the most popular laptops for students and businessmen alike. Jobs was also one of the main reasons the iPad has been able to stay ahead of the game and continue to be the leading tablet available.

Aside from the impact he had on the technological world as the Co-founder of Apple, Jobs also had a significant impact on the entertainment industry. In 1986, Jobs purchased Pixar Animation Studios, which was then known as The Graphics Group. The first film released by Pixar was “Toy Story,” for which Jobs was named an executive producer. “Toy Story” went on to be a major success and Pixar is now one of the most respected animation studios in the business.

Apple has responded to Jobs’ unfortunate death by adding a tribute to the homepage of their website of apple.com. Current Apple CEO, Tim Cook release a statement saying, “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor.” Disney CEO, Bob Iger, also released a statement saying, “Steve was such an ‘original,’ with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era.”

Whether you’re a Mac or a PC, there’s no doubt that the technological world lost an icon on Wednesday. Steve Jobs worked tirelessly to ensure that Apple’s products became the standard of computers and mobile devices, and kept them at the top for many years. There no way to measure the impact that Jobs has had on the technology we use today, and his innovative ways of thinking will truly be missed.