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iOS Tip #3: The writing is on the wallpaper

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Wallpaper, or custom backgrounds, can be a nice way to personalize your phone and it is surprising it took so long for this ability to reach the iPhone.  Perhaps it is even more surprising that custom wallpapers are not available on the iPhone 3G, even with iOS 4.0, but I guess Apple has to draw the line somewhere.  In a reply to a customer email, Steve Jobs himself said it was a performance issue.



Making pictures out of text...

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Asciigraphy lets you take a picture, sort of. When you start it up and go to take a picture the image you see in your iPhone is a myriad of Asci text that forms your image. Right now all you can do is take a picture using the effect. Later versions promise to be able to import photos you've already got. The first (and so far only) picture I've had a chance to take is one of my computer's desktop. Unfortunately, it's difficult to even make out what it shows. The text is too clear. Hopefully, when I get outside to take some pictures it will look better. Can't complain since it's for free. Try it. Here's my desktop...sort of.



Which App was that?

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. :)



Start camera app quickly

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If you take a lot of photos with your iPhone and want to be able to launch the Camera app quickly, attach it to the Home button by going to Settings >General >Home and selecting Camera. This configures the iPhone so that pressing the Home button twice in quick succession launches the Camera app.


Practical, everyday uses for Camera

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You can use the Camera app on your iPhone to take photos of your family and friends, but there are other very practical uses for this function:


  • If you're in an accident, document the location and damage to your car with photos; take a photo of the other car's license plate. You can e-mail them to your insurance company or if necessary, the police.
  • If you leave your car in a large mall or airport parking lot, take a photo of it and make sure you have one of the parking lot ID signs in the photo (e.g., "Lot E4"). It will help you find the car when you are leaving.

  • If you see something you want to buy at a store, but need input from your partner before you make the purchase, take a photo of it and e-mail it to him or her.

AirStash

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I've had my AirStash ($99) for several days now after the delay of nearly a month due to some streaming difficulty in the first model, I've got to say I'm happy but hmmmm.  Let me explain.



Shaun White and iPhone Life!

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Everyone knows Shaun White, thanks to the recent Winter Olympics and his trademark red hair!  But would you believe that his favorite iPhone magazine is iPhone Life?  It helps that iPhone Life is the ONLY magazine dedicated to the iPhone, but nonetheless, Shaun was gracious enough to pose for a picture and sign an issue of the magazine!

Shaun was on hand at the Marvell Semiconductor booth, at CTIA in Las Vegas, this past week, to help promote Marvell's commitment to making the Always-On lifestyle possible.  Mr. White knows his stuff, having a number of games that bear his name.  Shaun White Origins is available in both FREE and paid versions on the iTunes app store.

For more details on Marvell, check out http://www.Marvell.com.



PhotoTropedelic Contest Winners!!

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 Thanks to all who participated in the recent PhotoTropedelic contest. Sorry I couldn't award everyone codes, but we will have more great giveaways in the future, so stay tuned. The winners for this contest have been notified through the blog (names after the break), so if you didn't get the message, please leave a comment up here. Read on for full rules...

Winners:

hherbzilla

millca

dianaandmitch



Yikes, my feet are glowing!

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While recovering from my recent heart surgery (quadruple bypass...I'm doing fine), I was laying on the couch and looking at my ... feet. I have to wear socks with rubber thingies on them so I can grip the floor. While admiring my socks, the sun started moving across my free. For a second, it looked like my socks were glowing. Since my iPhone was next to me (where it's been for several days), I took the picture. All I did after was to crop and put a border around it using Best Camera. So...here's what I do when I'm laying on the couch. :)



Contest: Comment to Win a Free Download of PhotoTropedelic!!

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Our very own day-tripper, Mr. John Painter, recently reviewed this psychedelic app called PhotoTropedelic, and we now have some giveaway codes for 3 lucky readers. Tell me how you trip out your photos in the comments section of this post and become a candidate to win an iTunes redeem code for this far out app! Contest ends on March 13, 2010, 11PM EST...Read on for full contest rules...



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