Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Sunday, April 06, 2014

66 of My Favorite Technology Things for March 2014 -- Shared Links from Douglas E. Welch

My Favorite Things

As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. -- Douglas

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Link Focus: 9 Practical Tips For Your iOS7 Device

9 Practical Tips For Your iOS7 Device

There is nothing so useful as that tiny tech tip that makes your life and work just a little bit easier. We always seemed to be surprised by these tidbits that others turn up, but I know i always find them so, so useful. This article from LifeHack.org gives you 9 great tips on how to make your iPhone or iPad work just a little bit harder and a little bit better. From burst mode photography settings to managing and using you location, there should be at least one tip that hits home for you. For me it was using the burst photography settings to catch the best photos of people and led me to investigate iTunes Radio more, which has now become my go-to music streaming source here in the home office.

9 practical tips

From Lifehack.org...

Since iOS7 became public for use, the latest Apple software has gotten mixed reviews. While overall users have found the software to come with multiple benefits, there are many individuals that feel that the user interface could have been developed a bit better. Other complaints of iOS7 are how a lot of the features aren’t easily found or known to new users. Which is why today, we will offer you 9 practical tips for your iOS7 device.

 
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Link Focus is a series that comments on some of the links I share on my social media accounts and here on the web site. To get these links as I find them, subscribe to me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and elsewhere. Also look for the "My Favorite Things" posts that appear regularly in the blog. These include collections of links for each calendar month.

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

On My iPhone…Waterlogue - pseudo-watercolor paintings from your photos

 
Waterlogue icon
 
I have dabbled in traditional watercolor painting over the years so when I saw this app I knew I had to try it out. Surprisingly, the pictures it creates are some of the best photo-to-painting creations I have seen. I have consistently been amazed with the output and I am still fiddling with all the presets and options available in the program.
 
Here is one of my favorites so far...

London watercolor 2

As an added benefit, when the app creates the watercolor, it shows the process and it very much like the process of painting real watercolor images. This has made me want to take out my paints again and use the app as a bit of a learning tool.
 
From the iTunes App Store...

See the world like an artist! You don’t need to paint to create beautiful watercolor images—Waterlogue captures the essence of your photos in brilliant, liquid color.

 Waterlogue screen1


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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Link Focus: Trulia - average home prices, crime and school stats, commute time info and more!

Trulia - average home prices, crime and school stats, commute time info and more!

Google Maps Mania linked to Trulia in this article from October of last year, but it looks like Trulia has added a significant amount of information since then. Covering a dozen or more major metropolitan areas, Trulia provides great map visualizations of crime stats, average home and rental prices, school rating , commute times and more. It is a great way to explore your neighborhood and city or any city you might be considering as a home. I wish I had such extensive data when we moved to Los Angeles 28 years ago. Instead, we rented our first apartment, sight unseen, in a city neither one of us had ever visited. It could have been disastrous, but thankfully it all worked out for the best. We ended up buying a home about 4 blocks from where we rented that, now long gone, first apartment. Check out Trulia for some great, desktop investigations. You might even learn something you never knew about your own neighborhood.

Trulia

Visit Trulia to try it for yourself

From Google Maps Mania blog...

Trulia Local has been leading the way in real estate mapping for a few years now. The Trulia Local maps allow property hunters to view local crime data, commuting times, and even where natural hazards are most likely to strike.

Trulia has now launched three more maps that allow users to view neighborhood median sale prices, median listing prices, and price per square foot. The three Google Maps use choropleth layers to visualize the average price of properties, green showing where it is cheaper to live and red indicating neighborhoods that are more expensive. If you zoom out on the map you can even view median sale prices at county level.

 
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Google Drive boosts utility with Add-On applications

I am a big user of Google Drive for most of my document needs. I don't really need the size, complexity or cost of Microsoft Office and the cloud-based sharing and group editing features of Google Drive make it nearly perfect for my entire family including my college professor wife and high school student son.

Today, I noticed the Google Drive had a new menu choice within Documents and Spreadsheets. Add-ons provides access to a selection of third party utility apps that add functionality to your Google Drive documents. This includes diagramming software. thesaurus, label and mail merge capabilities, expanded templates, mind mapping and more. Most add-ons are free to use, although some have paid "Pro" versions for expanded capabilities.

Google drive addons 

You can find more information on these new Google Drive Add-ons in this post from the Google Drive group.

Bring a little something extra to Docs and Sheets with add-ons

You use Google Docs and Sheets to get all sorts of stuff done—whether you're staying up late to finish that final paper or just getting started on a new project at the office. But to help take some of that work off your shoulders, today we're launching add-ons—new tools created by developer partners that give you even more features in your documents and spreadsheets.

To browse through add-ons for Docs and Sheets, select Get add-ons in the Add-ons menu of any open document or spreadsheet. (Add-ons for spreadsheets are only available in the new Google Sheets).

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Saturday, March 08, 2014

On My iPhone…Notegraphy

 
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I am not a big one for sharing quotes and similar materials on my social media sites, but the new app, Notegraphy, looked so nice that I figured I would try it out for some quotes from my own collection of books and tips on various topics. The app works pretty much as designed, although there are a few features I would like to see added. It basically has a series of themes that can be applied to the your text, each of which creates a decorative initial cap and adds some form of artistic display. You can then save these images and share them with your social media accounts.
 
Here are 2 of my own recent Notegraphy posts:
 
 
From the iTunes App Store...

Notegraphy is a web and mobile application that rethinks the way you write and share text online through design.

With Notegraphy, you can create beautifully formatted layouts in real-time.

Be it a single word, or an entire novel, in only three steps – write, style and share – your text will be ‘Always Beautiful’.

 More on Notegraphy:

Notegraphy screen 1 


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Friday, March 07, 2014

Link Focus: Grab Over 500 Free Programming Books from GitHub from Lifehacker.com

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Grab Over 500 Free Programming Books from GitHub from Lifehacker.com

This story from Lifehacker.com points up just how easy it can be to get an education in today's world. The article links to over 500 free programming ebooks available for download from GitHub -- the home to version control service Git and a social network focused around programming.

Github

Github Web Site

Programming languages are covered, but also books on algorithms and data structures, databases, data mining, machine learning and much more. Hit the link for a complete index and download links.

Whether you are a technology beginner or someone seeking to build their career (or change to a new one) online resources like this a free and easy source of learning materials to help you on your way. Combine these with a mentor or two and you can be learning a lot investing mainly your time.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

On my iPhone…Artkick

 
Artkick icon
 
Since our friend gifted us a Google Chromecast, I have been finding a number of ways to put it to work. By default, when the Chromecast isn't streaming something, it shows a slide show of some lovely pictures. I have been wanting to put my own pictures on their instead, but it was only with the recent release of the SDK for Chromecast that apps have been appearing to do that. Of several I checked out, Artkick seems to give me the most of what I want. I can select an album of photos from my iPhone, Flickr Account, Facebook and others, import those photos into the app and then present a revolving slide show on the big TV, even with my iPhone off. The app is a bit rough on the edges in this first Chromecast compatible version, but it does work and has allowed me a great window into my photos during the day.
 
From the iTunes App Store...

Add art to your world by turning your internet connected HDTV into an interactive picture frame. Artkick allows your iPhone or iPad to operate like a remote control that casts images onto your TV, while also displaying information and sometimes videos. With Artkick you'll explore and learn more about your favorite art and images every day.

Artkick screen 1Artkick screen 2


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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

On my iPhone…Human: Move 30 minutes or more

 
Humna app icon
 
I am always looking for new ideas to help me with my weight loss plan, so when this encouraging app arrived it was an easy decision to pop it on the iPhone and try it out. While I have more detailed fitness apps on my iPhone, such as Runkeeper, the basic nature of this app might encourage me to get out a bit more.
 
From the iTunes App Store...

Human helps you move 30 minutes or more, every day.

It automatically picks up your walks, runs, bike rides and other exercise of one minute and longer. Just put your phone in your bag or pocket and go about your day!

Join over 150,000 Humans and enjoy the Daily 30, every day.

As featured on Yahoo, TechCrunch, The Verge, Fast Company, and The Next Web.

FEATURES:
• Automatically records indoor and outdoor activity of 1 minute and longer.
• Get notified when you reach your Daily 30, 60 or even 90.
• Build up a streak for every Daily 30 of the week.
• See all your individual activities including maps and details.

Human screen 1Human screen 2


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Saturday, February 01, 2014

88 of My Favorite Technology Things for January 2014 - Douglas E. Welch

My Favorite Things

As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. -- Douglas

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Friday, January 31, 2014

On my iPhone… ** Free today only ** - ActMonitor By Aeonika - Monitor lots of info about your iPhone and apps

 
Act monitor icon
 
 
Monitor tons of information about your iPhone, the apps it runs and the data it uses.
 
From the iTunes App Store...

The app shows you system info about your device. It takes almost no space and really easy to use.

+ Information about the network.
+ Wi-Fi, Edge/3G/LTE and Bluetooth traffic.
+ Battery level, status and remainng life (estimated).
+ Memory status.
+ Disk free space information.
+ Processes list (To show system processes just pull list down).
+ Device identity (device name, os version, UDID (if available)) wich can be sent by email
+ Other detail info about Apple devices.


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