How to Dig Through the Avalanche in App Marts
(New York Times) — App stores are fine if you trust the store’s recommendations on big categories like music or games. But one of the best things about owning a smartphone is the apps for your personal hobbies. Are you an amateur beer brewer? A quilter? A runner? Great apps exist for all of these avocations, but good luck separating the bad from the good. The iTunes store returns 34 listings for “quilting,” 45 for “beer brewing” and hundreds for “running.” Beyond the first few apps in the initial results, the deeper list is presented in seemingly random order.