Monthly Archives: October 2011
Isn’t this a beauty? What a fine leather case for the MacBook Air (11-inch & 13-inch). Joli Originals ships this sleeve in different leather and lining colours for 55 Euros or approximately USD $75 (plus tax and shipping).
millions thousands of iPhone photo apps out there and finding the right one is a tough call. Photo Effect Studio however manages to pack most of the (iPhone) photographer’s needs into a pleasant interface.
Editing: brightness, contrast, saturation, detail, colour temperature and tint.
Tools: Rotation, crop (different ratios) and borders (mostly ugly ones).
Filters: 81 effects (mostly good ones) such as Classic, Vintage, Art and B&W.
Export to: Album, Facebook, Flickr or E-Mail.
For only 99 US cents you might as well give it a shot. Now if they could only redesign the icon, please!
This app brings you the latest and greatest movie trailers right to your iPhone or iPad. Browse them by genre or look for a specific film. The app gives you an overview of current and upcoming movies, sorts them by date, Top 25 or a theatre near you (well, in the United States at least). You can mark your favourite films and theatres. iTunes Movie Trailers is free and provided by Apple. At the moment you find this app in the US App Store only.
Nice comparison of the video capabilities of the iPhone 4S versus the Canon 5D Mark II. The cameras shoot both at the same time side by side. Settings are matched as closely as possible. The footage is not bad for a mobile phone. But see for yourself.
Neat tool to improve your cultural and historical knowledge of famous people. Wikihood People is from the makers of Wikihood and instead of telling you about buildings and other POIs in a city, it tells you about the celebrities who lived or worked here. We’re talking about writers, poets, engineers, everyone! You can sort the findings by relevance, distance, living and deceased persons. There’s a free version of this app and Wikihood People Plus, which relates people to global locations, cultural activity and related companies.
Endurance isn’t exactly one of the iPhone’s specialties. So if you find yourself far away from a power socket or USB car cigarette lighter adapter you may be in trouble. That’s when you realise you should have bought the New Trent iCruiser IMP1000. It’s a real power pack with 1100mAh to charge the iPhone 4 up to six times! To keep your stylish gadget going you have to fork over $76.95 (sale!) Of course the thing charges other equipment too and lasts 500 recharge cycles.
This collage of Post-it notes resembling Steve Jobs appeared a few days ago at the Apple Store in Munich, Germany. It is a nice tribute to Jobs. The sticky notes are doing a pretty good job too since they are sitting on the outside, not inside the Apple Store.
Update: Apple just published their “Remembering Steve” page with over a million contributors from all over the world.
It’s only been a few days since the iPhone 4S arrived. But already Siri’s humor (you know – Apple’s new personal assistant) is the latest talk of the
town web. Just ask Siri random things and often enough you will get funny and witty answers. For example if you inquire about Siri’s looks she (or he) might answer “Shiny” or “In the cloud, no one cares what you look like.” The site shit that Siri says is committed to collecting Siri’s funniest answers. If you don’t feel too weird talking to a machine try having a little “conversation” with Siri. Surprising what she comes up with. By the way if you ask Siri she will say that she has no gender. However depending on the language you choose you get a male or female voice. The American Siri is female, the British Siri is male, the Australian female, the German Siri female and the French Siri is male.
If you want to find out which applications are compatible with Mac OS X Lion and which ones are not, head over to Roaring Apps. The site offers a list of apps and their compatibility with Apple’s new operating system Mac OS 10.7. The user reports will let you know: “Works okay”, “some problems”, “not tested”, “does not work properly”. Thanks guys!
iOS 5, Siri, iCloud, iPhone 4S – there are plenty of new features to take in these days as an iPhone aficionado. Apple tries to make things easy and offers you a download of the official iPhone User Guide For iOS 5 via the iBook Store. The eBook apparently contains “everything you need to know” about the iPhone 4S.
Finally you can check, restart, edit and even fully set up your AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express or Time Capsule with a few taps via your iPhone or iPad. The AirPort Utility for iOS App (universal) lets you see connected wireless clients and your passwords. So be careful! Once you enter your AirPort password into the app, whoever plays with your iPhone can see and change your Wi-Fi passwords(!) Usability is very good – as you might expect from Apple’s own developers – and as far as I can tell so is functionality. Can’t see which option might be missing compared to the AirPort utility for Mac OS X. Get it while it’s fresh!
Here’s a beautiful leather case to protect your iPad 2. The Elan Passport by Griffin comes in brown, camel and red for a decent $49.99 and with soft microsuede interior.
This is pretty pretty cool, if you’re into wireless storage solutions. Get yourself an Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station, connect an active USB hub to it and you can access multiple hard drives/printers via your WiFi network. Apple isn’t exactly “promoting” this feature but it’s there (last paragraph). The attached USB drives show up in the Finder on your Mac and you can even use one for Time Machine backups. You have several access settings to fiddle with, however they don’t distinguish between the different hard drives.
Dual Core processor (1 GHz) & powerful graphics / a pretty nice camera (8 Megapixels) check out Apple’s sample pics / Full HD Video (1080p; 30 fps) with video stabilisation (sample) / iOS 5 / iCloud storage and backups / Siri – the “intelligent assistant”. Details -> over here.
(Spoken by Steve Jobs) Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. – Apple Inc.
Have you ever dropped your iPhone? Are you the clumsy type and worried you will break it in the future? You might consider the newly introduced Apple Care+ when buying your next iPhone! For a one time payment of $99 you get all sorts of damage control PLUS: “Coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage from handling, each subject to a $49 service fee”. Your drop insurance holds good for two years and has to be purchased together with the iPhone. It’s not a bad deal I guess!
With iOS 5 and the next update of Mac OS X Lion (10.7.2.) just around the corner it is time to take a look at iCloud. The free service (curtsey of Apple) keeps your different Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, Mac) synchronised over the Internet. That includes photos, music, documents, and apps among other things. You get 5GB of free storage and your purchased music, apps, books, and TV shows, as well as the photo stream (of your last 1000 pictures) don’t count against that cloud space. Only mail, documents, the camera roll, account information, settings, and other app data will fill up the 5GB (that’s not too bad, right?) If you want more storage you can buy up to 50GB for $100 per year.
If you are not a tax accountant you probably hate doing your tax declaration every year. If you have to declare your taxes in Germany WISO Steuer: Mac will help you getting that tedious task done. Starting from 39,95 € (yearly subscription) or 49,95 € for a single license.