Cost: Free | Developer:HowStuffWorks.com | Platform:iOS | Version 1.2| 20.2MB | 4.0+
HowStuffWorks, based on the website of the same name, is a library of facts and compositions designed to educate readers on how things operate, what they are, and so on.
The app’s home page is divided into articles, videos, shows, quizzes, and facts/quotes, with a search function to top it off.
Once within any of these information categories, the app offers a range of subjects for users to explore, ranging from adventure, to money, and science.
While playing with the app, I found that a lot of the articles were fairly basic, assumingly designed for an audience that is not familiar with the subject area. This meant that I did not find much useful information on things that I’m interested in, although it allowed me to understand foreign topics.
Perhaps the most entertaining aspect of the app is the facts tab, which offers a randomly generated sentence. I found myself spamming the ‘next fact’ button for quite some time.
Operation of the app is generally fine, although on the occasion, articles would not load. This meant that the app required a re-launch, which could get frustrating if it occurs regularly for another user.
Pros: Free, insightful
Cons: Ads in free version, occasion load failures
Verdict: A good app for killing time in a productive way.
Get it here: Apple App Store
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