SKY­LINE

TechLife Australia - - DISCOVER - [ SHAUN PRESCOTT ]

A LIVE WALL­PA­PER APP THAT DRAWS FROM WORLD MAPS. $2.49 | tinyurl.com/tla75-sky­line While most are happy for their smart­phone back­ground to fea­ture their kids, part­ner or some other ut­terly bor­ing thing, oth­ers pre­fer some­thing more dy­namic, more in­ter­est­ing. And what is more in­ter­est­ing than the earth it­self? Sky­line is a live wall­pa­per app which draws from Map­box, which is “an open source map­ping plat­form for cus­tom de­signed maps”. Ba­si­cally, you can ei­ther search for your favourite lo­ca­tion, let Sky­line se­lect one at ran­dom, or base your desk­top back­ground on where you’re lo­cated at any given time (the rate at which it re­freshes can be cus­tomised). We pre­ferred the ran­dom lo­ca­tion, be­cause nat­u­rally, it’s more var­ied than the prob­a­bly less-than-30km ra­dius you travel ev­ery day for work. But the abil­ity to seek your favourite lo­ca­tion is handy as well. It’s a priced app, but that price isn’t too steep, and once you’ve paid it, Sky­line doesn’t ask you to fork out again. It shirks any func­tional as­pects of a map app, and we’d like to one day see this func­tion­al­ity per­haps in­te­grated with Google Maps or the like, but in the mean­time, this is nice if you love, uh, maps.

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