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Tom Hanks Conquers the App Store With Old-timey Typewriter App

Damn you Tom Hanks and your relentless talent and charisma! First you conquer the box office, then you head over to TV and create a bunch of groundbreaking series, and now you have to dominate the App Store?


Seriously, this is kind of cool; Hanks’ ipad typewriting app, Hanx Writer just climbed to the top of the App Store charts in its first week of release. The free app converts your iPad into a manual typewriter, complete with a lack of DELETE key (that’s right – think it out before you type it), it’s essentially word processor with the sites and sounds of an antique typewriter. Handily, the app can pair with your Bluetooth keyboard so that you can retain all of that lovely screen real estate, and if you don’t like the look of the current virtual typewriter model included in the free app, Hanx Writer offers in-app purchases of additional skins including the Hanx 707 and the Hanx Golden Touch.

Of course, we could have told you Hanks was a fan of old-school typing devices. There was that time our own Chris Hardwick once, uh, convinced the Oscar-winning actor to appear on the Nerdist podcast with the gentle nudging of a personally-typed message on a 1934 Smith Corona portable on Nerdist letterhead. Mr. Hanks was able to overcome his shock at the attempted bribery, and joined Chris on the October podcast in advance of the release of the modern pirate drama Captain Phillips.

Interested in Hanx Writer? You can nab it for yourself in the App Store.

[Source: Techcrunch]

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  1. Vic says:

    The Tom Hanks podcast was the first one I ever listened to. I have no clue how I got on the mailing list, but the mere mention of his name was enough to get me to click on the email.

  2. Orionsangel says:

    No Love Android, Hanks?

  3. Jim Luciano says:

    What’s this?? This would be neat for Android too you know! 

  4. Mary Dunham says:

    I love the idea of this! I also find it fitting that it seems not one person spell-checked or copy edited this article. The typos and misuse of words is perfect for an article on old-time typewriters.