Saturday, January 3, 2009

iPhone Devs Are NOT English Majors

Okay, I know I'm being a little bit snobby here, but I just wanted to point out something I found a bit humorous.

There's a new iPhone app called iAstrology [iTunes link]. Interestingly enough, there's a NASA logo that goes along with the app.  I'm thinking, "Did the developer mix up astrology with astronomy?"

This is what the app description says:

Astronomy Picture of the Day is a feed created by NASA that let's you see what amazing depths of space that they are exploring. NASA does not even just give you a high resolution photo that you can navigate around using the iPhone. They also give you a detailed explanation as what you are seeing.

Help support the USA and NASA by buying this application today.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA, pronounced /ˈnæsə/) is an agency of the United States government, responsible for the nation's public space program. NASA was established on July 29, 1958, by the National Aeronautics and Space Act.[3]

Absolutely nothing about horoscopes or astrological signs.  In fact, the word "astrology" is never used.  The description even makes it sound like NASA is somehow involved with this, which makes it even more embarrassing.

Now I know my grammar, spelling, etc. is never perfect but I guess this is why iPhone developers are usually not English majors.

And here's a few iPhone apps I found this week that might be worth downloading:

  • SHOUTcast Radio - AOL has come out with its own full-featured SHOUTcast Radio app.  I primarily use it to listen to the 24-hour Art Bell Coast To Coast stations.  There are more than 25,000 stations from around the world to choose from.  FREE
  • Simple Notes - This is actually NOT a good app to use if you want to write notes since you can't save them.  This is a good app to write e-mail in landscape mode.  FREE
  • iMassageMe - If you find the vibration on the iPhone to be useful for massaging then iMassageMe is for you.  It allows you to manually turn on and off the iPhone vibration. FREE


billso said...

Your post made me giggle. The guy's using the NASA icon, which is only asking for trouble. iAstronomy would have been a much better name for his app, but Khalid probably saw the word "astrology" first.

Clay said...

I'm glad someone found it funny. :) I really hope though that this is renamed as iAstronomy.