If you’re looking for a simple task/project management system and you’re not inclined to use one of the 4.2billion to-do apps in the Apple and Google app stores, then Tasskr should suit you. It’s a simple web app that enables you to enter projects and tasks and sub-tasks within those projects. It has a full range of keyboard shortcuts for swift navigation and is free.
Unicode is the standard used for encoding and handling of text expressed in writing systems and it currently supports over 110,000 character types. However getting to the more esoteric Unicode symbols has never been easy – you can either use a built-in character map application or you can enter the keyboard character sequence to get it. Codepoints symplifies the whole process by enabling you to simply specify by name (arrow, car etc) a character and then copy it to clipboard to be pasted into your app. It’s available in the App Store now for $1.99.
The cameras built into iPhones and Android phones are great but they do take very ‘samey’ photos because outside an app there’s no way to change focal length or zoom. However if you add one of these Gizmon lenses to your camera you can shoot specialised shots such as fisheye or three-shot mirage. They’re $35 a throw and, for my money, the essential one is the circular polarizer that enables you to make your images really pop out of the frame.
Mooklet’s are animated photography books that you create using an iPhone app and subsequently share using a unique URL. Since the iPhone is now the most popular camera on services like Flickr, it’s pretty obvious that sharing services should reflect this. I really like the idea of a birthday mooklet or a holiday mooklet. Although I think the name’s a bit lame, the concept’s great. It’s due out soon.
How cool are these watches? The Ninja Time wristwatches were designed by Andy Kurovets and look awesome. The left eye shows the hours and the right eye shows the minutes, so at 3:45 you get a full cross-eyed cataclysm.
As you may have heard, the iPad 3 has a much higher resolution screen than previous versions which means that all the existing wallpapers out there look a bit pixelated on that amazing screen. 2048px is a site devoted to high resolution Retina wallpapers for iPad 3s. It sports a cool Pinterest style interface and has some great walls in the archives.
Another week, another to-do app, seems like this particular corner of the app market is one of the most crowded, but that doesn’t mean there’s not room for innovation. Dooo is a smart to-do app that combines a cool interface with a sensible column based format for today’s tasks and other on-going tasks. The best feature though is the ability to record voice to-dos. perfect for those hurried ‘must remember’ moments. It’s out now and costs $0.99.
As good as OSX is, there are still some jobs that are more involved than they might be, such as dragging and dropping. It’s to combat the tiresome routine of multiple finder windows and temporary transfer areas that the developers at ShinyPlasticBag created DragonDrop. It’s available in the App Store for $4.99.
Wooderoo have produced an awesome wooden case for iPad designed to meet the diverse needs of tablet users. Hand made in Walnut or Cherry, it’s a surprisingly flexible case, able to protect your iPad or double up as a work station (even allowing for Apple keyboards) or movie viewing platform. It retails for €149 or $190USD.
We’ve all been there. An enjoyable meal comes to an end, the last dregs of coffee are knocked back and the waiter brings over the bill. Then begins the haggling – someone didn’t have a starter, someone else drank twice as much as everyone else – and so on and so on. It’s for precisely these moments that Billr has been devised. It’s an iOS app that enables you to enter your group’s details, list the cost of the meals, set any tax levels and then either show everyone what they owe on the phone or send them a text or email. Groovy.
Great story over at BBC news about the latest efforts to understand the ancient Greek Antikythera Mechanism, an amazing geared computer probably used for astrological calculations. A British X-Ray company created an advanced prototype profiling XRay machine which created a layered model of the interior of the mechanism. Full story, here.
There are some downright awesome GPS based apps out there for cyclists that not only provide you with accurate navigation but in-depth tracking of your progress. The big problem has always been where to put your phone though, because it’s not like you can keep an eye on your speed if your phone’s in your pocket. These bike mounts are available in both iPhone and Android flavours and include full protection for your phone along with a touchscreen membrane that means you can still use your apps.
Hipstamatic might have kickstarted the retro camera craze with their ground-breaking app, but it was Instagram that famously popularised it. Over 50million Instagram users worldwide use the app to turn otherwise dull looking snapshots into moody creations thanks to the apps simple built-in filter schemes. But what if you’d like to emulate the look of those apps on your Mac or PC? Here’s how.
If you’re the sort of person that’s into electronic music, who enjoys listening to DJ mixes and bleeding edge releases or if you’re an original recording artist, then you may have been using SoundCloud for a while. For most other people it’s probably only recently that it crept into the sphere of awareness and even then it’s not exactly a mainstream service.
SoundCloud started out life in 2007 as a service pitched squarely at the music industry, at recording artists, producers and record labels. It enabled the transfer of music into the cloud long before the likes of Dropbox or Google Drive. It enables users to share (publicly or privately) their songs, riffs, beats, vocals or mixes in an environment specifically tooled for the transfer and storage of audio. It’s also a great place to discover brand new music as evidenced when its popularity exploded last year, going from 3million to 10million users within 12 months.
The service used to be entirely browser based, but last year they released iOS apps and a couple of months later an Android version. I’ve been using SoundCloud since 2009 and greatly anticipated an app of some sort so that I could use to listen to new mixes streamed over the Internet. Unfortunately I have found both apps to be very lacking, they seem counterintuitive and while they’re not obstructive to the listening process, they don’t exactly help.
The app’s split into sections by tabs – a dashboard, a stream, activity and search. The dashboard gives access to the friend search, your uploads and suggested people (for you to follow). The stream shows uploads on the site from people you follow in order of age. The activity tab shows anything that’s been going on with your account such as people faving your music or following you. The search screen enables you to find sounds or people. So far so good.
The central problem with this app, and the main reason I think it fails, is that you can’t see what everyone else is listening to. On the SoundCloud website there is a page called Explore Tracks. Within that section you can view the hottest tracks on the site, the latest tracks and even browse by tag cloud. It’s an awesome way to discover cool new music and it’s nowhere to be found in the iOS app. There’s absolutely no way to find out what others are listening to, what’s hot, what’s not, what’s new – you can only do very specific searches.
It’s hard to believe that nobody at SoundCloud considered just how dull their app is – it’s fine if you know the exact name of an artist you want to follow, but useless if you want to discover a new one. I can’t help feeling that they’re missing a big opportunity to turn their service into the Spotify of new music, because if they had any sense they’d leverage the crowd-sourced opinions of people who like discovering that new music and charge a subscription to listen to it.
16-bit’s passe, 8-bit’s old news, if you really want to add a retro look to your photos then 1-bit is the only way to go. Those of us who were around in the 80s will be all too familiar with this particular look, since it was state-of-the-art at the time. It brings to mind an era of dot matrix printers (MX-80, anyone?) and dial-up message boards. So if you want an authentic looking highly pixelated monochrome look for your imagery, OneBit Photo is a safe bet. It’s free, ad-supported.
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
Camalien LED concept watch changes its colors depending on your surroundings - Designers Peter and Sam have come up with a concept watch they’ve dubbed the Camalien. It’s an LED watch with a sleek design that also comes with a camera built into it that will record your surroundings and will change the watch’s color accordingly. | #Design #Watches |