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I haven't posted many blog entries or reviews here lately because I had been embedded in the mobile space. What does that mean? While not replacing desktop computing any time soon, the mobile platform (and for me that means iOS) has matured to the point now where I can be productive on it and create and process content on it and post it directly to the net. For example, shooting photography and video right on the iPhone, editing the media on it, and posting it on the net all without ever touching my desktop workstation computer.
Many iOS app developers are offering free or discounted apps this weekend in celebration of Halloween. One of which is IncrediBooth. As the name implies, it is a photo-booth type of app. It takes a series of photos using the front facing camera of the iPhone 4/4S, iPad 2, or iPod touch 4th generation using different filters.
The app is free this weekend (normally 99¢ USD - App Store link: IncrediBooth - Hipstamatic, LLC) and it includes the "Cowboy Booth" set of filters (4 variations). You can purchase other booths (filters) including a special one just in time for Halloween called Haus O' Haunt Booth (for iOS 5). This filter pack and other ones are available as in-app purchases for 99¢ each. They are completely optional of course.
Recently over the last month, I have written about smartphone app, Mobli. Last week, I had the honor of being featured among others on the popular people section of the app and website. I posted about it and the new features that had been added with the latest update to the iOS version of the app. In that posting, I mentioned I was among others featured including Lukas Haas and Leonardo DiCaprio.
I have pointed it out before in postings here, on Twitter, and on our various shows, we are living with Star Trek technology already today… well, in many areas at least. In some ways, we surpassed what was predicted 45 years ago when the series premiered. For example, fax machines are really a relic of the past (even though some insist on still using them). We saw similar technology in Trek originally. Today we have iPhones, iPads, flat screen HDTVs… it is almost the bridge of the Enterprise right there.
Every month there seems to be a new post somewhere comparing today's technology with that of Star Trek's technology, so I won't repeat that here. Though with that said, I thought I would share the following infographic on it. It is not complete (in addition to fax machines which are now passé today, we saw Uhura wearing what can be compared to today's bluetooth ear pieces. Neither are represented on this graphic, but there's probably too many to include in one graphic anyway).
First I want to say thanks to Mobli for featuring me among other fantastic people in their popular section both in the app and the website. It was an unexpected surprise.
Thank you, Steve Jobs. Here's to the crazy ones… Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. Think Different.
I had come home from a wake of a long time friend of mine. His death was sudden and unexpected. I was in disbelief that we lost him so quickly. It wasn't long after I checked Google+ to see what was going on while I was away and to distract my attention from the loss of a friend. To my surprise, there it was... people posting story after story about Steve Jobs. Just returning from my good friend's wake and knowing Steve Jobs' health had been declining for some years now, I feared the worst.
Wednesday saw the passing of a visionary. However you might feel about Steve Jobs, there's no denying that he has changed our world.
My original plans for tonight (Wednesday night) was indeed to write about Apple, it was going to be my take from Tuesday's Apple announcements. So many people have been asking me about the announcements that Apple made at the event, I wanted to put down my thoughts here to share.
Mobli mobilizes your life... What does that mean? The mobile phone app, Mobli enables you to mobilize your life by allowing you to be almost anywhere in the world and it allows your life and experiences to be shared to almost anywhere in the world.
Mobli allows this via our smart phones (it is available for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry). It empowers us to engage with others that may be sharing similar experiences or have similar interests. It allows us to share our experiences with others by sharing photos and video taken right on our smart phones shared out to other Mobli users, the Mobli website, and if you choose, Twitter and Facebook as well.
I had posted an article to this site that was meant to be posted here as a blog entry in my blog section. It was about the King Camera app for iOS being upgraded to 2.0. Once I realized I had posted it as a regular article, it was too late to move it here as a blog entry (because external links to it would be broken). Therefore this will serve as a placeholder for it with a link pointing to the article here: King Camera Upgraded to 2.0, Includes Zoom and a Sale.
My apologies for any confusion this may be causing.
We are reviewing the latest episode of Doctor Who, Closing Time on Doctor Who: Podshock today (Sunday, 25 September) at 4pm EDT. No live show this week of Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi though. We have completed our reviews of Torchwood: Miracle Day, though HHGTBSF will mostly likely be back reviewing (sadly) the final series of The Sarah Jane Adventures (these may or may not be live shows).
This is quick post to let you know that you can download the photo editing app, Snapseed for iOS (iPhone and iPad) for FREE until September 23, 2011 (previously $4.99). I haven't used it yet, so no review of it as of now. It is highly rated in the App Store though.
Today we will be reviewing the latest Doctor Who episode, The God Complex live on the net on Doctor Who: Podshock. What did you think of the episode? Once again we will be taking your live feedback on the show. I hope you can join us today 4pm EDT. Also be sure to join our live review of Torchwood: Miracle Day, episode 10 (the final episode of Miracle Day) on Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi also today at 7pm EDT.
This is just a quick note to all that I know many people have circled me on Google+ recently, many more than normal as of late (not that I am complaining). I haven't had a chance to keep on top of all the new additions, though I normally do try.
This past weekend I have seen the number of people circling me increase by five times I would say. I'm not sure why there has been such an influx lately. Especially since I haven't been on as much as I normally am in the last week or two.
Today we will be reviewing the latest Doctor Who episode, The Girl Who Waited live on the net on Doctor Who: Podshock. What did you think of the episode? Once again we will be taking your live feedback on the show. I hope you can join us today 4pm EDT. Also be sure to join our live review of Torchwood: Miracle Day, episode 9 on Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi also today at 7pm EDT.
Today marks 45 years since the very first episode of Star Trek aired. It was September 8, 1966 when NBC aired 'The Man Trap' to an unsuspecting audience. It is not the "birthday" of Star Trek... die-hard fans ('Trekkers') know that the series had two pilot episodes commissioned. The first pilot, 'The Cage' dates back to 1964, and the follow-up pilot, 'Where No Man Has Gone Before,' to 1965. The first episode to air was not meant to go out first, but the suits at NBC wanted an episode with a "monster" in it (they felt it had to compete with Lost in Space at the time), 'The Man Trap' had a monster and therefore it was selected to air first.
This anniversary is bittersweet for me. It comes just a couple weeks after loosing a long time friend who had been a great Star Trek fan. It was an unexpected loss and therefore I have to say even now, I am still in shock and disbelief about it.