Byte The App: Our Must See Apps Of The Week 2/2

<p>Longform curates tablet-friendly longform journalism from around the web, Scott Snibbe has a new animation app out, Pocketstock lets you monetize newsworthy pics, Orphion is a gestural-based string/percussion instrument and Namco want to take you...

The app stores are teeming with new releases, but who has time to go through them all? We do. Bringing you a selection of the most interesting, creative, and innovative apps each week. Submit your suggestions for next week in the comments below.

Longform [iPad]
If the short blog posts and status updates found on Flipboard aren’t quite quenching your intellectual thirst, you can dive into some read more in-depth writing with this curated app, appropriately called Longform. It pulls long form journalism from around the web then put into a clean and simple interface that your tablet will like. Now all you have to do is find the time to read them.

MotionPhone [iPad]
Scott Snibbe worked on Bjork’s celebrated Biophilia album app and this is his latest release—an app version of a piece of interactive networked art he created back in the 90s. By running your finger across the iPad you start to animate abstract shapes on the screen, creating what he calls “visual music” as the shapes interact with your fingers. You can also connect with other people and communicate with them using the animations.

Pocketstock [iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, Android]
With smartphone citizen journalism being the new rock and roll, this app plays to that trend by allowing people to monetize their pics of regimes in freefall, natural disasters and other newsworthy events. It’s a stock photography agency app that lets you take photos, then upload the images directly from your mobile phone so they’re ready for sale in seconds. You’ll need a Pocketstock account before you can start.

Orphion [iPad]
This gesture-based music instrument features virtual pads that you hit—if you hit it softly it produces a sound like a string being plucked, if you hit it harder the sound turns into a drum beat. You can also choose from different pad layouts going from very simple, almost like a child’s toy, to the more complex depending on how competent you feel.

Namco Arcade[iPhone, iPod touch and iPad]
Remeber Xevious or The Tower of Druaga, Motos and Phozon? No? Well Namco is hoping you will and hoping it will set off a tide of nostalgia that will sweep you back to the days when playing video games meant heading to the arcade to pump change into noisy machines. This compilation app features the aforementioned games and allows one free play a day. After that, you’ll have to hit up mom for some pocket change and buy coins to play more.