he speed with which technology progresses never ceases to amaze me – even more so the convergence of that technology, where one kind of tech crosses over into another. And that’s precisely what TriggerTrap
is about – it leverages the power of your iPhone to bring innovative new forms of photography to the table. Even better it’s very modestly priced at about $20 for the cable/dongle for the iPhone and $10 for the accompanying iOS app.
Amongst the features that TriggerTrap makes possible are timelapses (including both eased and HDR timelapses), sound activated exposures, shock and vibration exposure, metal and magnetism proximity sensors, facial recognition and motion detection. It also includes a cable release mode for standard long exposure shots and a star trail mode to make those trendy night-sky photos that are all the rage now.
We’ll be reviewing TriggerTrap Mobile soon.
Damn if these Windows Mobile apps aren’t starting to look very tasty. MetroTalk is a fully featured Google Voice app designed to make the most of Metro. It has full Mango support and includes push notifications to let you know when you’ve received an SMS or voicemail.
SimpleNote is a cool cloud-based service that enables you to store plain text notes online and access them anywhere with slim apps on mobile, laptop or desktop devices. MetaNota is a Mac OSX application for writing and keeping notes that can sync with SimpleNote. It’s a great looking app, with full tag management and intelligent auto-formatting. It’s currently available in a free ad-supported format, but there’s a pro ad-free version coming soon if you like it.
If you find Evernote to be a bit too ‘kitchen sink’ for your web clipping needs, then might I suggest you have a gander at Kippt. This cool free service enables you to bookmark cool stuff, read articles later, share your finds and perform fast tag based searches on it all.
It’s been a wee while since we did a nice round-up of minimalist wallpapers and so, in order to save you all from the pain of clicking endlessly through the main online wallpaper archives, I’ve done it for you. The signal to noise ratio in ‘minimalist’ walls is higher than ever, some people clearly believe the word is Greek for ‘Acid and Neon Nightmare’. Anywhere, here we go.
Hearty – by Tito – Download
Grungy 2 – by Alexander GG – Download
Blur – by murasaki55 – Download
Vintage – by ApproxArt – Download
The Final Frontier – by PhilippIllgen – Download
Christmas – by JK99 – Download
Orange in Aqua – by Tiberium - Download
Crossing the Gap – by GJvdH – Download
Amazing Mily Way – by Jonathan Besler – Download
Stillness in the Storm – by Ben Gustafson – Download
We took a brief look at Camerabag 2 back in February when the software was first announced. It’s now our go-to instant effects app, with considerably more flexibilty than Analog or Snapseed. It enables you to apply a variety of Hipstamatic or Instagram style effects to your photos using a cool layered interface that can fine-tune the effects to your pleasure.
To celebrate the on-going success of Camerabag 2, developers NeverCenter are giving away a Canon 5D Mark III and some free licences to their product. In order to be entered into the competition you merely have to post an image that has been altered in some way with their Camerabag 2 software and tweet the following phrase: ”Here’s my entry to win a free Canon 5D Mk III in the @Camerabag 2 #giveaway (http://bit.ly/cb2_5d)”. There are 30 day trial versions of the software available at the website so just download a PC or Mac copy and have a play with some of your images.
We also have five licences to the software to give away. In order to win one of these, simply tweet this story with the tag @geekosity and we’ll draw five names out of the hat in a couple of weeks time.
Good luck to everyone.
Well, I can’t see this one lasting very long at all, so enjoy it while it lasts. TV Premium is an app that broadcasts pretty much every single UK (and many US) TV channels live and in the clear to your iPhone or iPad. It costs one dollar and there is no subscription fee or further ‘in app’ purchase required. Even more amazingly, it actually works. So if you’re a UK expat missing your TV shows from the old country or just someone who fancies watching the quality output the BBC produces, then get all over it while you can. Let the countdown until removal for copyright infringement or until over-subscription causes the video feeds to become unwatchable, begin …
… and it’s gone and the feeds have stopped functioning in the app. Ah well, you know how it goes, if it sounds too good to be true …
The built-in screen brightness features that come with Android devices leaves something to be desired – it’s a very blunt tool. Screen Filter brings a bit of science to the subject by dimming the screen in such as way as to reduce brightness but preserve screen legibility. It’s a great app to have on hand for reading ebooks at night while not disturbing your partner or for in-car use so the screen doesn’t hurt your eyes at night.
When will the media companies get the message? Their insane crusade against ‘copyright theft’ is getting them nowhere, it simply alienates the self same public that they’re trying to market to. In the latest setback for the American film and TV studios and the American government who feel that they can set the legislation of any country, not just their own, the Australian High Court has tossed a case brought against large independent ISP, iiNet. Full story over at Delimiter.
his looks pretty cool – it’s a way of harnessing the power of software like Ableton to create music simply and creatively via a touchscreen interface on a tablet device.
I‘m a big fan of Harry Potter and the wizarding world that JK Rowling created. I read all the books to my son and now he’s older he’s reading them all to himself. So I was very interested in checking out Pottermore – the virtual extension to the Harry Potter universe that Rowling has created for fans of the books and films. I’ve had a bit of an explore and while it’s definitely aimed at children and not grown-up muggles and squibs, it still makes for interesting reading. There’s loads of background details, new information and great tidbits of information from Rowling herself, including things like the fact that she deliberately kept the books measurements imperial and not metric because it better suited the olde worlde atmosphere.
Oh the beautiful joy of hindsight. This article has recently resurfaced thanks to a bump from Reddit and it makes for extremely amusing reading. Matthew Lynn of Bloomberg (the poe-faced business media group) didn’t have much good to say about the original iPhone on its launch four years ago. Amongst the gems in this spectacularly incorrect article are, “The iPhone is nothing more than a luxury bauble that will appeal to a few gadget freaks,” “Apple has never been good at working with other companies. If it knew how to do that, it would be Microsoft Corp,” and “Apple will sell a few to its fans, but the iPhone won’t make a long-term mark on the industry.”
I did check and Matthew Lynn is still working for Bloomberg – but you have to ask yourself how anyone could take his prognostications seriously after this massively poor assessment of Apple and a product that changed the world. His opinions seem to have been flavoured by his clear hatred of Apple and its customers – so much for unbiased reporting.
We ran a little competition in conjunction with UnoTelly, the company behind the region-unblocking service UnoDNS. The five prizes on offer were 25% discount vouchers off subscriptions to the service. We are happy to announce the five winners as Suzie from Sydney/Australia, Charlie in Brisbane/Australia, Katrina in Rose Bay/Australia, Courtney in Canada and Tony in Canada.
Congratulations to our five contest winners – you’ll all be receiving an email shortly advising you of the result and your voucher code.
Minimalist it is not, but you couldn’t accuse this iPad dock of being unoriginal. The Venus of Cupertino is by Scott Eaton and will enable you to both sync and charge your iPad.
Jennifer Lopez, Tiger Woods, Bruce Springsteen, and Denzel Washington are all proud owners of one of these fine vehicles – the height of luxury hidden behind a discrete blackened exterior. Inside this luxury conveyance you can find sumptuous fittings along with a 7.1-surround sound digital processors from Creston, with 1,300-Watt Audio System, 40-inch HD Runco flat-screen TV, and a 500-GB on board computer with a 4G wireless LAN system. Full story over at Born Rich.