With Washington waging an unholy war against science -- Trump still keeps insisting that global warming is a hoax, for example -- the new Netflix (download for iOS and Android) TV series "Brainchild," does its part to combat the spread of misinformation.
Created by Atomic Entertainment, producers of STEM-forward "edutainment," such as NatGeo Channel's Emmy-nominated "Brain Games," Discovery Science's "Dark Web: Fighting Cyber Crime" and SYFY Channel's "The Internet Ruined My Life," the widely acclaimed 13-episode kids' science series covers everything from the science of social media to the "five second rule" to the mysteries of the oceans, using fun and engaging graphics, interactive games, illusions and skits.
Download.com spoke to Atomic Entertainment co-founder and veteran TV producer Jerry Kolber ("Queer Eye," "Inked") about his favorite writing app, where he gets his "real news" from and the app that would surely make us all more eco-conscious.
What's the one app that you use the most?
What's the last app you downloaded?
The last app I downloaded was Scrivener (download for Mac and Windows). I just switched to PC from Mac for my laptop and needed something to replace Ulysses (download for Mac), a terrific writing tool for Mac. Scrivener is that replacement.
When you wake up in the morning, what are the first apps you look at?
The first apps I look at in the morning are Outlook (download for iOS and Android) to see what's on my calendar. Then I open up Chrome (download for iOS and Android) and check the news and usually check Medium (download for iOS and Android) to see if there are any interesting new articles.
If you could invent your own app, what would it do?
I'm a bit of a productivity nerd, so I'm going in the weeds here; My own app would be a combination of Mitch Kapor's long deceased idea manager Lotus Agenda and Catherine White's Llamagraphics software Life Balance: an outboard brain that didn't make lists, but rather suggested what the next best thing to do is. Or maybe I just need a smart personal assistant.
If there was an app that could save civilization, what would it be?
The app that would save civilization would monitor the amount of plastic you throw out each day. It would be connected to a plastic extruder in your living room that would ooze out exactly that much plastic into your home, as a visceral and physical reminder of what you're actually doing to someone else's home every time you toss a plastic water bottle or plastic wrapper. Plastic is going to kill us all.
Are you an Android or Apple user? Why?
Apple, with an asterisk. I like the simplicity of the iPhone. And probably Apple because I used Final Cut Pro (download for Mac) for so many years, before they made it unusable for pro video editing -- so maybe it's habit. But I recently switched to PC for my laptop, because with my growing responsibilities as CEO of Atomic and more time away from my Apple desktop, I wanted a larger screen, numeric keypad and touch screen in a light form factor that has common real-world inputs, which does not exist in the Apple laptop lineup.
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