Officially updated on July 24, the newest version of Gmail for iOS brings it up to 3.14, and adds plenty of small additions alongside one major upgrade. First and foremost, Gmail for iOS now includes improved integration with Google Drive, so that you can attach documents from your emails directly into Drive, which is meant to make saving bandwidth on your device possible, as well as make them accessible from anywhere you can reach your Google Drive.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
It's hard to believe that it's been a year since Google's streaming dongle arrived on the backs of TVs, bringing easy streaming chops to the masses. As a proper celebration, the folks in Mountain View are thanking both current and new Chromecasters with three free months of Google Play Music All Access -- starting today through September 30th. The company has been keen on adding new features to the accessory regularly, and in the festive announcement teased the ability to beam content while away from your WiFi and customizable homescreens as upcoming additions. Heck, with that bit of subscription savings, you'll almost have enough for a second unit.
Windows/Mac: We're fans of Hemingway because the syntax highlighting makes it easy to glance at a block of text and edit for specific parts of speech. Now, the webapp is available for Windows and Mac.
Conductive ink or paint is lots of fun. It opens up tons of possibilities for flexible and unique circuits — unfortunately, it’s pretty expensive. [Brian McEvoy] shows us how to make your own for cheap, and it works great!
He started trying to formulate his own recipe after playing with other Instructable guides and commercially available paint, and what he found is it’s really not that complex! Graphite powder, acrylic paint, and a jar with an airtight seal — seriously, it’s that simple! But, like any engineer worth their salt (he calls himself the 24 Hour Engineer), he had to do some tests to compare his formula.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
As a special Midsummer treat to all my loyal readers, listeners and viewers, all my books are now just 99¢ each for the next 30 days!
Offer expires August 24, 2014
For career-minded types, there is my original book, The High-Tech Career Handbook, Cultivating You Career Reputations and, for those looking to decide where to take their career, Career Compass: Finding Your Career North.
Social Media fans can check out Social Media Self Preservation and learn how to take advantage of social media without losing your mind.
Finally, fans of A Gardener's Notebook might like my collection of gardening essays, From A Gardener's Notebook.
Friday, July 25, 2014
We've known and loved littleBits for some time, and now, they just got a lot more useful with the introduction of cloudBit. CloudBit is a module, a.k.a. bit, that brings internet connectivity to anything. With the rest of the littleBit library, you can now effectively create your own internet of things, no fancy Google products necessary.
There are all kinds of different services that pull links from social media accounts and turn them into reading lists, but The New York Times' Vellum is one of the more elegant and easy to use to use.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I saw mention of this new app, Phhhoto (Free) in my reading today and gave it a quick try out on the patio where I was reading.
I though this test looked pretty neat. I'll probably play around with it a bit more in the next few days.
Noted: This App Teaches You How To Play Almost Any Song You Can Find Online And It's Awesome via Business Insider
The problem is, I've run out of songs to play that are remedial enough for me to learn. That's where Riffstation Play comes in.
The online app gives you the guitar, ukulele, and even piano chords and notes to pretty much any song you can find online. It even includes a search engine.
The chord diagrams are on the right, while a bar displaying the chords scrolls below. It syncs to the video.
The new LinkedIn Connected app is a fast, easy, and smarter way to strengthen your professional relationships. Why is that important? Because most opportunities come from the people you already know, and fostering genuine relationships can help you be more successful. Connected gives you relevant updates about the people you know, so you can reach out when it matters most.
So invest in your connections today for opportunities tomorrow.
• Know when to reach out. Get notified about jobs changes, birthdays, work anniversaries, & more.
• Focus on the people who matter with relevant, timely updates.
• Make a great impression and start better conversations with pre-meeting intelligence.
• Build stronger relationships in just a few minutes a day.
Books on LinkedIn:
Previously in "On my iPhone/Android…":
- World of Tanks Blitz
- Moodies Emotions Analytics
- Swarm by Foursquare
- FlightView Free - Real-Time Flight Tracker and Airport Delay Status
- Human: Move 30 minutes or more
- ActMonitor By Aeonika - Monitor lots of info about your iPhone and apps
- Sunrise Calendar for iCloud and Google Calendar
- Stevie - A customized video channel using your social media feeds
- Real Racing 3
- Chronos - Life Tracking App
- iOS 7 System Software
- IFTTT (If This Then That) for iOS
- Mynd Calendar
- Saga – The Essential Lifelogging App
- Donna Proactive Meeting Management
- Amazon Cloud Drive
- Clear To-Do Manager
- Over for iOS
- Any.DO To-Do List Manager
- Feedly RSS Reader
- Sleep Time by Azumio
- Angry Birds Seasons
- Trickle Passive Twitter Client
- Stitcher Radio - Podcast management and playback
- Kindle Reader
- iMap Weather Radio
- LiveStrong CalorieTracker
- Facebook/Facebook Pages Manager/Facebook Messenger
- Waze social GPS traffic and more
"On my iPhone…" is a new series from TechnologyIQ, sharing real world examples of how I use my iPhone, interesting apps and more
Video: First Impressions of the Parrot Flower Power - Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Bluetooth Smart Plant Sensor
I take a look at the new Parrot Flower Power - Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Bluetooth Smart Plant Sensor which I received for free as part of a Klout Perk a few weeks ago. I've had it in the garden, monitoring an avocado seedling and gather data on water, fertilizer, sunlight and temperature using the iOS app on my iPhone.
Check out my collection of gardening essays, "From A Gardener's Notebook" now available as a Kindle eBook. (You don't need a Kindle to read it, though. Read it on your PC, Link: http://j.mp/fagnbook
Music: "The One" by the Woodshedders (http://musicalley.com)
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Monday, July 21, 2014
iOS: Some of us aren't quite sure difference between a Malbec and a Merlot. We get a bit overwhelmed by the wine list at a restaurant. Wine Glass scans the wine list for you and makes suggestions on which wines to order.