Just updated to version 1.1, Twittelator Neue tries hard to bring cool new stuff to what is a very crowded marketplace. Amongst the cool features in this app are simultaneous tweeting to multiple accounts, push notifications and a timeline gallery. It’s a beautifully designed app and if you’re looking to move up from the default Twitter app, this is a great place to start.
If your Nintendo DS is collecting dust on the shelf and your PSP is currently serving as a paperweight, then perhaps you need to try something a bit different. What about a handheld device powered by a specially tweaked version of Linux that has been designed for gaming, web browsing, coding, emulating or productivity purposes?
The Pandora is a kind of open source hybrid gaming/PC handheld gaming book. It comes equipped with D-Pads, analogue pads and buttons specifically for gaming, but also has a QWERTY keyboard. It sports a touchscreen enabled screen with a 800*480 display that’s perfect for showing off emulated games. In fact you can easily play old C64, MSX, Atari ST, Amiga or even Spectrum games using readily available emulators.
In terms of hardware, Pandora comes equipped with a TI OMAP3530 CPU running at 600Mhz, 512Mb DDR3 SDRAM, 512Mb NAND Flash memory, an IVA2+ video/audio processor, 802.11b/g wi-fi, Bluetooth, dual SDHC memory card slots, headphone and TV outputs, an internal microphone, two USB ports and a battery that can offer 10 hours of usage time from a single charge.
If Pandora sounds like the answer to your prayers then you can pre-order your own German-built unit from the website now for 375euros or about $500USD.
Like many people, I’m no maths whizz. Sure I can do standard multiplication and addition and I’ll even attempt a basic equation if you give me enough time, but I often struggle with things like percentages. And it was with just that in mind that the developers of Soulver decided to bring aid to mathematical knuckle-heads like me.
Soulver is what the developers call a ‘back of the envelope’ calculator. You know the sort of sums – like when you’re sitting in a car dealership desperately trying to work out what the real cost of that new car is. It enables you to phrase your calculations as you’d speak them.
So for instance you can type ‘$175-10%’ to find the markdown on an item, or ’35 as a % of 200′. The app works somewhat like a ready reckoner, keeping a running total of all your calculations at the bottom of the screen, so you can just use it to type in a long list of numbers and get a round total at the end.
Amongst Soulver’s neater features is a built-in realtime currency converter, a realtime calculator for stocks (such as 500AAPL), the use of variables and a full set of mathemetical functions (such as pi or COS). When you’ve finished your calculations you can output them in PDF or HTML format if required.
The natural language design of Soulver is a great way of doing sums without too much head-scratching. You can jot down your calculations as you think of them, labeling items with any text you want to use. If you struggle with real-world arithmetic, then Soulver’s the answer to your prayers. It’s available now in the App Store for $25USD.
VLC – the open source media player of choice is close to a 2.0 release. The new version dubbed ‘Twoflower’ will be made available for every platform known to mankind up to and including the Texas TI/94 calculator. It’s a fairly major update to the player with a number of substantial changes including a major video core and outputs rewrite. We had a play with the Mac version and loved the new interface and honed app preferences.
Well, look at it. It’s got its own ceramic grinder, for Thor’s sake! And you know what – $600USD seems like a pretty sweet deal to me since you can spend more than that on a cheapo espresso machine, grinder and frother. Anyway, I want two – one for the kitchen and one for my man cave. When I build it.
This 13gram utlility knife sports a razor sharp blade and yet is just 2.2mm thick, so yes – it would fit happily in your wallet. The Cardsharp 2 is waterproof, made from rust-free stainless steel and ideal for camping, sailing, fishing, hunting, survival or opening packets of bacon at that impromptu barbeque on the common.
The problem with most of the add-on lenses for the iPhone is that they’re simply gimmicks. Sure you can take a vaguely different style of photo, but the quality’s not going to be up to much because the lens is probably cheap plastic. For $199USD, the iPro Lens System is infinitely superior technology and gets you a wide angle lens iwth a 35% wider field of view than the standard iPhone camera and the 165° fisheye lens for this funky bowl shaped shots. It all comes with a cute holder than doubles as a tripod and is available now from the company’s website.
MegaUpload might have been closed down by ‘the man’, but there are a thousand other ways to share files. Dropbox remains a popular choice and, thanks to the public folder facility, it’s easy enough to share a file from your Dropbox account. Well now a chap called Alexey Skhodnensky has made Dropbox sharing even easier for Mac users with a neat little AppleScript.
Bloodrop is a simple scriptlet that enables you to drag files onto it, upload them to your Dropbox public folder and get the URL placed automatically on the clipboard. It does multiple files, can put files in the Public or a sub-folder of Public and includes Growl notifications on successful upload. You can get it, here.
I wouldn’t say I had that esoteric a taste in music, but by Apple’s standards I clearly do. Like many people I signed up for iTunes Match when it was released because I fancied having my music in the cloud for ready access. However what I didn’t fully appreciate is that the iTunes store is a very vanilla, very mainstream affair and unless your music collection is equally mainstream, you’re going to be doing a lot of uploading.
The majority of my collection is electronic music of one kind or another. I was a DJ for a good portion of my adult life and therefore have a lot of tracks that probably won’t appear on some top 40 compilation. That said I’m not into nosebleed ragga accordian rave music – there’s only a few totally left-field tracks in my collection. And yet of the 19509 items in my iTunes library a full 7564 of them need to be uploaded to Apple before I can access them in my iCloud library. Assuming a relatively frugal size of 8Mb per track that means Apple want me to upload over 60Gb of music to their servers. Since my ISP counts uploads as well as downloads against my bandwidth, that leaves me in a bit of a bind – I really don’t want to be squandering so much of my monthly allowance on this and yet, if I want the music there, I have no other option.
Would really like to know if it’s just me. How many tracks are Apple asking you to upload to your iCloud? Do you plan on letting Cupertino hoover up all those esoteric songs of yours? Also – if the songs I’m uploading are being transferred because Apple doesn’t have them in its 18million strong collection – how are they going to magically transform them into high quality 256Kb versions since I’m the source and I don’t have them in 256Kb? Hmmm?
Ever since Apple released the awesome Siri with the iPhone4S others have been scrambling to catch up. Microsoft had a go, Android developers tried their luck and various other existing iPhone devs pimped their talk-and-respond apps. But they were all, for the most part, shite – pale imitations that didn’t even come close to Siri’s accuracy, flexiblity and fact-finding capabilities.
The latest app to step in the ring with Siri and try its luck is Evi. I’d read good reviews of this app elsewhere and despite the huge number of one star reviews in the app store, I paid my dollar and downloaded it. First impressions were good, it sports a similarly simple interface to Siri and has a great layout with cool off-whites and dark grey dialog boxes.
So first I asked Evi what the current temperature was. I’d already given the app permission to access my phone’s location and thought it might check the weather and report back with a figure. Instead Evi suggested, “The web page might be useful for that Intellicast – Current Temperatures in United States“. Ermm great, firstly I’m in Australia, secondly I’d have liked an actual figure, not a link to a website.
Then I try one of the examples that the developers actually list when you first start the app. I asked, “Pubs near here”. Despite the fact that there are two pubs in my town, it couldn’t find them and suggested I check Yelp for results in a town 20km from here. Awesome. Since it had at least identified a town near here, I figured I’d find out what films were on there and the best Evi can do is a link to a film previews website. Rapidly losing the will to live, I asked Evi, “What films did Robert De Niro star in?” Evi did at least recognise the name Robert De Niro, but instead of serving up some useful information, gives me a link to De Niro’s entry in Wikipedia. Not very helpful.
Finally Evi gave up completely. Any search requests you try now are greeted with an apology from the developers that suggests that they massively underestimated the demand that would be placed on their question-and-response servers. Which isn’t really good enough. I hope they work the bugs out, but at the moment Evi’s about as much use as a chocolate teapot.
If you’re the sort of person that enjoys the occasional boxed frozen pizza from your nearby convenience store, then this particular kitchen gizmo might well appeal. The Pizzazz pizza oven uses a rotating heating tray that crisps the pizza underneath while cooking it evenly from above using a heating element. Reviews of the product on Amazon are overwhelmingly positive – it’s for sale at $42USD.
HydraCoach; calculates your need for hydration (don't know if I need this but it's a nifty gadget).
This is a hybrid bike with not only exceptional performance but stunning aesthetics as well. The motor power and battery capacity is well over the industry standard and a truly futuristic look will sure attract some eyeballs around you. The Terminus is the ultimate trail-machine for the ones who appreciate the best availa
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