I must be getting old. I can't seem to remember which nifty iPhone App has which function. So many seem to have overlapping functions, it's hard to keep up. So...my solution has been to actually print out (on real paper) the descriptions that are found in the App store. It actually saves time in the long run. I can find the App I need to do what I want with my iPhone photos. It's not the most high tech solution, but it does work...well. Yes, paper still has its place. :)
Apple has done it again with the iPhone 4. The new retina display is pretty amazing, with 326 pixels per inch and an 800:1 contrast ratio. You can read more about it in this article on Macworld. They also have hands-on article giving their first impressions of this new phone.
Tonya Engst of the legendary TidBITs website has written a 109-page pdf ebook titled Take Control of iPad Basics. It's free, and if you're thinking about getting an iPad or if you have one, you'll want to get this book. Some of the content is, well, very basic, such as how to use the touch screen, but other information was quite useful to me. For example, I had no idea that you could combine gestures to get diacritical markings when typing. And to be honest, I didn't know that you could shake it to Undo.
Once again, Apple has designed a winner and I will buy my iPhone 4 on Day 1, but as the resident skeptic, I feel compelled to discuss at least one shortcoming.
We knew many of the details in advance, thanks to a forgetful (or drunk or victimized) engineer who lost his iPhone 4 prototype in a bar. For example, a front facing camera was not only expected, it was overdue. Many smartphones have one, as does every Macbook and iMac with iSight. The bigger news would have been if a front mounted camera was absent!
Long before the likes of 28 Days Later and Zombieland, zombies were actually creepy. Why? Because they were slow and lumbering, and yet they still managed to overwhelm their victims time after time. People didn’t go to the zombies – the zombies went to the people. And there was always a sense of fear and dread wondering what forgotten crevice the undead would pop out of in the small area that the protagonists had managed to get themselves trapped in. Welcome to Undead: In The Last Refuge, a game that remembers what the good old days were like. Throw on your headphones, turn off the lights, and try and tell me you don’t get just a bit of the heebie-jeebies as you’re wandering about the house trying to figure out where the next batch of zombies are coming from.
Information is still coming in from the Worldwide Developers conference going on right now in San Francisco, however the new iPhone 4 has just been officially announced.
The changes are significant and this iPhone, being called 'iPhone 4', makes previous models look downright toy like.
Some of the more significant changes noted are:
In about 5 minutes the keynote by Steve Jobs will begin at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Expect big news from Steve Jobs's keynote. Everyone is assuming it'll be a new phone. You can follow it live on the Macworld website. The keynote begins at 1 pm Eastern, 10 am Pacific.
Back from a 3-1/2-day intercontinental trip that included a 17-hour trip to and a 22-hour trip back from Stockholm, Sweden. I checked what I'd usually consider a carry-on (the airlines don't charge for a checked bag on international routes, yet) and simply took along a shoulder bag just large enough for my MacBook Pro, camera, the usual assortment of cables and chargers, and my iPad.
I usually take the MacBook as my main machine, but this time it came along as backup to the iPad. And how did that work out for me?
I took the iPad out today for the first time for a real test in town. My son was getting his haircut so I figured that I could pick up a wifi signal at the salon. Unfortunately I could not pick up any open signals where I was. I can definitely see how the 3G version can be beneficial. So instead of going online, I took the time to play around some more with pages, as I am sitting here typing this up. This is probably one of the most borings posts you ever read, but hey I got some pad practice out of it.
A friend has created a useful app if you're serious about photography. iWatermark ($2.99) puts a digital signature on your photos. This can be useful not only for protecting your intellectual property, but also for promoting your brand by having your logo in all your images.