Longform’s New, Free App Lets You Read Great Journalism from Your Favorite Publishers

≡ Category: iPad, iPhone, Magazines, Media |1 Comment

If you have managed to keep your attention span intact during this distracting information age, then you’re almost certainly familiar with Longform.org, a web site that makes it easy to find something great to read online, especially if you like reading informative, well-crafted works of non-fiction.


Miranda July’s Quirky Film Presents Somebody, the New App That Connects Strangers in the Real World

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Having owned an iPhone for all of one month, I’m still a bit leery of all it can purportedly do for me. Convenience is great, but I’m not sure I’m ready to cede control of all the little tasks, challenges, and puzzles my own imperfect brain has been handling more or less well for nearly half a century.
I don’t hate blundering.


Free Stanley Kubrick App Features Great Photos, Script Notes, Interviews & More

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In 2012, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) unveiled a sprawling, exhaustive exhibit on Stanley Kubrick. And it had just about everything you might want on the great director. Early photographs he took for Look magazine in the 1940s? Check.


Free App Lets You Play Chess With 23-Year-Old Norwegian World Champion Magnus Carlsen

≡ Category: iPad, iPhone, Video Games |1 Comment

Chess has been experiencing a surprising revival as of late, with the World Championships making headlines for the first time in  years. As it was during the days of Bobby Fischer and later Garry Kasparov, the resurgence is largely the doing of one man: Norway’s 23-year-old chess phenom, Magnus Carlsen.


Leonard Bernstein Conducts Beethoven’s 9th in a Classic 1979 Performance

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Even if you don’t know classical music, you know Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Finished in 1824, Beethoven’s final complete symphony, and the first from any major composer to use voices, has risen to and remained at the top of the Western orchestral canon as one of the most frequently performed symphonies in existence.


Learn to Build iPhone & iPad Apps with Stanford’s Free Course, Coding Together

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Just a quick fyi. In the past week, Stanford has launched the latest version of Coding Together, the popular course that teaches Stanford students — and now students worldwide — how to build apps for the iPhone and iPad.


Watch Philip Glass Remix His Own Music—Then Try it Yourself With a New App

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We told you in the fall about the album released by Beck and a troupe of other musicians to celebrate composer Philip Glass’s 75th birthday. Rework—Philip Glass Remixed is a collection of Glass works by artists including Beck, Tyondai Braxton, and Cornelius. Turns out that Glass himself was pretty turned on by the results.


Khan Academy Releases New App for iPhone & iPod Touch, Giving You Mobile Access to 3600 Videos

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Non-profit Khan Academy, an organization dedicated to “providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere,” does so primarily through online video courses and lectures.


Brian Eno Once Composed Music for Windows 95; Now He Lets You Create Music with an iPad App

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Now running through my speakers, even as I write this: Brian Eno’s latest album, Lux. The disc offers four pieces of ambient music, a style that, even if Eno didn’t technically invent it, he certainly took it to a new level of fascination and popularity.


Calibre’s Open Source Software Makes It Easy to Read Free eBooks (and Much More)

≡ Category: Amazon Kindle, e-books, iPad, iPhone, Software |4 Comments

We at Open Culture have discovered a handy piece of software that will make it easier to use our collection, 600 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices. Calibre is a free e-book library management software that lets users convert e-books from one format to another.


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