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That appy feeling


BUILDING TITANIC (iPad) It's amazing to see the kind of apps that are available for free. The Building Titanic app from National Geographic is a massive infographic detailing how the ship was built. All you need to do is click on a timeline and the ship starts taking shape on the screen in front of you, with interesting portions and trivia (details of materials used, the condition of workers' lives, etc) highlighted. Stop the timeline at a particular point and you will be shown what stage of construction the ship had reached and what was notable about it. There are old photographs, video clips and even details of the design charts used to build the magnificent ship. It is all free. The first app all iPad-toting Titanic fans need to download. AVAILABLE FROM: iTunes App Store PRICE: Free


This is more of an ebook than an app. That said, we do need to stress that this app reproduces Logan Marshall's The Sinking Of The Titanic, which was written in 1912 - the very year the disaster took place - and thus captures the reaction to the sinking like no other book perhaps does. There are 29 chapters of crisp, well-written prose, covering events from the launch of the ship to its collision with the iceberg, the rescue operation and the enquiry that followed. There are no pictures and videos here (even though there are references to them), but the text is good enough to give you an idea of what happened that night and in the days that followed. The ads are intrusive and the interface could have been smoother, but Sinking Of The Titanic proves that simple words can be just as effective as jazzy multimedia and special effects.



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