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February 2010

Sonic Newsdriver (23 February 2010)

The Sonic Newsdriver 20100223
Selected Doctor Who related news delivered sonically.
For Earth-date: Tuesday, the 23rd of Feb. 2010

New publicity image and new promo trailer for Doctor Who series 31 released, Torchwood the Digital Comic, James Corden to Guest Star?, Neil Gaiman Confirms, Going Once - Going Twice, Gallifrey 21, and more.

Aperture 3. Is it Right for Me?

aperture3box.jpgLast week, Apple finally release the long awaited update to the their image post-processing workflow application, Aperture from Apple®.

As I expected and hoped for, the latest upgrade to Aperture incorporates many of the great features introduced in iPhoto '09 (which is part of Apple's iLife suite of software). Chiefly, it now brings "Faces" and "Places" from iPhoto '09 to Aperture. I had been waiting for this upgrade before making the switch from iPhoto to Aperture for my photo post processing workflow. I would had moved over to Aperture long ago, but after iPhoto '09 came out, I became addicted to its (then) new aforementioned features, especially the geo-tagging of photographs. With "Places" in iPhoto '09, it allowed for geo-tagging of photographs, so location data stored in the metadata of image files will be used to place that photo on a worldwide map within iPhoto (via Google Maps). Photos taken with the iPhone will automatically contain the location information (via GPS and/or Skyhook technology). For photographs taken without a camera that will embeds location data in the metadata, you can assign them yourself. I had done just this with the several decades of photos already managed by iPhoto. In addition, iPhoto '09 introduced "Faces" which used face recognition technology to identify faces in your photo library and it would learn faces and make suggestions. I was already tagging certain people in all my photos using keywords, so this made the process easier and also allow me tag more people than I had been doing perviously with earlier versions of iPhoto.

Our Annual Show Previewing Gallifrey 21 in this Doctor Who: Podshock 183

Doctor Who: Podshock 183

"I'm not suprised. They gave up teaching that some two thousand years ago, even on Gallifrey."

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 183
Running Time: 1:44:12

Our annual Gallifrey One preview show previewing Gallifrey 21, plus Who Party Toronto update, the Germany Report with Graeme Sheridan, and more.

Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead Blu-ray Disc Going to a Podshock Supporting Subscriber

Planet of the Dead Blu-rayA new unopened copy of Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead on Blu-Ray disc (US) starring David Tennant and Michelle Ryan will be given to a randomly chosen Podshock Supporting Subscriber.

We will announce who the disc will be going to at our upcoming Gallifreyan Embassy / Doctor Who: Podshock Meet Up on Second Life on the 20th of February (you need not be present to receive the disc).

This 10th Doctor special, originally transmitted in April 2009 is the first Doctor Who television episode offered in high definition (1080i). It also contains the 60 minute behind-the-scenes Doctor Who: Confidential episode. Note: This is a US version of the Blu-ray disc.

Compare Regenerations as We Review The Parting of the Ways in Doctor Who: Podshock 182

Doctor Who: Podshock 182

"Before I go, I just want to tell you: You were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And do you know what?… So was I!"

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 182
Running Time: 1:59:23

The Parting of the Ways reviewed (again), Gallifrey 21 Update, news, and more.

My Take on the Apple iPad or is it iPADD?


Earlier this week, on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, Apple announced the long rumored tablet device. Like many Apple announcements, it has generated a flurry of talk in the media and tech circles. Not since the Apple iPhone announcement three years ago have I seen such a reaction to this new device, the Apple iPad.

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