If you like killer guitar tone and great songwriting – and rock and roll. You need to own this album. You can watch this nice video too :)
I’ve been waiting a long time for this app. I have 12,000+ songs on my google music account. Now they are all on my iPhone too :)
This app works very well with the chromecast. I used it quite a bit to start albums and instant-mixes.
This is the coolest format for an online review. It’s using tons of cool JS and html to offer a sweet stream of consumable review-ness.
50GB of persistent cloud storage on a windows 7 machine for $35 a month. The end-user connects to a manageable corporate connected instance that can be secured as an “on-premise” PC would be. This is cool!
Plugging your phone or iPad into a Mac and synching with iPhoto or Aperture is not always an option. I am not comfortable plugging my phone into other computers anyways … it feels dirty.
iCloud Shared Stream
Select the video on your iOS device that you would like to share. Click the sharing icon and select iCloud. Make a new iCloud Shared Stream. You can view the stream yourself (in iPhoto, for instance) or send someone else a link via email.
This is SO fun to show off synergistic technologies.
Nirvana has happened this week for iOS musicians. The transcendent state – not the band.
GarageBand for iOS has been updated and it’s now free. The desktop app has been updated as well – and it’s free. You are now in songwriting bliss.
So how do you take your wonderfully crafted song from GarageBand for iOS and finish editing it on GarageBand for your Mac?
The answer wasn’t readily apparent to me or to google. I didn’t catch the menu item in the fist 30 seconds either. So here you go.
Open a GarageBand for iOS Song
The Apple Support Article says it all. But I’ll show with pictures.
On your Mac, open GarageBand and dismiss the file chooser dialog box. You need to get to the menubar.
File >> iCloud >> Import GarageBand for iOS Song
Select your song from those listed
You may need a compatibility update
I used some guitar tones and a loop that may not exist on the Mac version. GB went ahead and downloaded that for me.
You will need to be an admin for this step
Finish that hit!
There is a brand-new node.js based blogging platform that is out now named Ghost. Ghost is just a blogging platform. Ghost is mobile optimized. Ghost is interesting.
Like me, you want to play with this fancy new tool. You can use Vagrant to try it out with no fuss!
If you aren’t setup already, get vagrant installed and follow these directions. When you are up and running, create a “ghost” folder in your “src” folder and “cd” to it.
You have to edit your vagrant init file to include networking (and possible your host firewall too).
config.vm.network :forwarded_port, guest: 80, host: 8080
Next you need to download the linux bitnami ghost installer. Copy this to your /src/ghost folder so it will be available in your VM.
You will need to make the bitnami installer executable before you run it.
sudo chmod +x /vagrant/bitnami-ghost-*
Then run the installer and follow the directions. You will put your username and password in so you will be able to login.
When all that goodness is ready, open your local browser to the VM address: http://127.0.0.1:8080/ghost
Login at the prompt with the credentials you provided during the bitnami installer.
When you are done playing around with your new fancy blog. You can halt the vagrant VM and come back to it anytime.
This shuts down the VM and saves all your data.
This deletes all your data so you can start all over again.
This is a little meta, but here are pictures of this post edited and published in the vagrant ghost install
The post, as published on the local VM.
The post in the split-screen editing box.
The single post view of the published post.
Unless you are a google shareholder, you probably don’t want the new Shared Endorsements feature that google is enabling with their new terms of service.
Google makes it easy for you to get great recommendations from your friends. For example, when you visit the Google Play music store, you may see that a friend has +1′d a new album by your favorite artist. When you search for a restaurant, you may see an ad including a 5-star review by another friend.
Go to google’s shared endorsement page here and uncheck the box that says “Based upon my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads”
I understand that we need advertising in order to get great free services. I don’t use gmail as my primary mail because I don’t want the ads. I pay for my own hosting. I also search with google logged out sometimes and I switch to duck duck go at other times.
This looks very cool!
Null Divide+ is a top down shooter presented with a retro look and authentic NES music. Your ship is out of fuel, and your only hope for getting home is to salvage a nearby abandoned space station…
The soundtrack is available on bandcamp. How do they make that 8-bit sound now? Is it all MIDI and old synths?
Cloudpaint is a touch-friendly homage to ye-old MacPaint. This was cutting edge computing in its day. It’s cutting edge mobile now!
This is GREAT
I might explode. This is too cool
I Bought the 5S
I wasn’t going to at first. My 4S is a great phone. iOS 7 is fun. I have enjoyed the 4S since I bought one back in October of 2011. My contract was up and I got the full upgrade discount. In addition, the 4S seems to have a high resale or trade value.
But the 5S was in stock at the store and I was able to drop in, pick one up, and walk out in 15 minutes.
Upgrading was a very low cost exercise. I didn’t change my plan and only spent money on tax and a new case. Cool.
Was it worth it? Yes.
I can’t understate how fast this phone is. I honestly felt that my 4S was snappy and thoroughly enjoyed using it the past two years. The 5S responds so close to instantaneously that it is almost strange.
The browser seems to render pages as fast as my iPad 4. It’s so fast and usable that I don’t even hesitate to use it. With prior iPhones I would save opening “big” sites for the iPad or desktop. Not anymore.
Navigating the UI, app switching, pressing the home button, locking and unlocking the device, pressing any app icon and launching the app .. it’s all incredibly fast and smooth.
120 FPS Video is Rad
The video I am taking of my kids is almost hyper-realistic. The slo-mo effect gets a lot of laughs too.
We see some TV shows as “fake” looking on the 120hz TV but the slo-mo videos are PERFECT!
The Camera is Fast
This camera is fast. From pocket to kids action is just a second or two. If you hold down the shutter button you can rapid fire a burst shot of up to 100 photos and then pick the best one.
There are camera’s on the market with bigger numbers but the sheer speed of this camera combined with the excellent image quality will probably make the 5S the most dominant camera on the internet by the end of the year.
Combined with iCloud, the iPhone camera has always been the most useful for me. I snap a few pics on the phone, then open Aperture on my desktop, and away we go editing and posting.
The Fingerprint Sensor
This was the one feature I expected to try and turn off. I’m leaving it on. The reader unlocks your phone very fast. I have programmed a few fingers so I can grab the phone with either hand and unlock it. Typing in the PIN on my iPad seems … wrong now.
The fingerprint reader contributes to the overall speed bump felt in using the phone.
Apple has innovated in a way that the pundits and public have not yet grokked. The 5S offers capabilities to developers that don’t exist in any other phone. The means that we, the consumers, will see apps and services over the next year or two that could not exist prior to the 64bit A7 and the new M7 coprocessor.
Staying in the Ecosystem
The migration was fairly smooth. I had to type in my apple ID and password several times but after an hour or so my new phone was nearly identical to my old 4S (it was on iOS 7 already). Of course, whenever you migrate phones you have to re-authorize apps and type in dropbox passwords, omnisync passwords, in-app purchase re-authorization, etc. I’m handling those as they come up.
The Future is Bright
I’m excited by the new features and blazing speed of the new phone. It’s the future of what this platform will bring to mobile computing that is really exciting. The possibilities of what we will see “in our pockets” over the next year or two is mind blowing.