Friday, July 25, 2014

Noted: LittleBits Now Lets You Build Your Own DIY Smart Home via Lifehacker

LittleBits Now Lets You Build Your Own DIY Smart Home via Lifehacker

LittleBits Now Lets You Build Your Own DIY Smart Home via Lifehacker

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.

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Noted: Vellum Turns Twitter Links Into a Reading List via Lifehacker

Vellum Turns Twitter Links Into a Reading List via Lifehacker

Vellum Turns Twitter Links Into a Reading List via Lifehacker

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. 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New App: Phhhoto -- animated GIF creator for iPhone

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.

New App: Phhhoto -- animated GIF creator for iPhone

 

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Noted: This App Teaches You How To Play Almost Any Song You Can Find Online And It's Awesome via Business Insider

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.

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On My iPhone…Linkedin Connected

 
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I have always been at a bit of loss of how to use LinkedIn in my own daily, workflow, but Connected could make it a bit more useful to me. This simple and straightforward app reminds you of pertinent, timely information about your LinkedIn contacts in an easy-to-browse interface. I have started to check it each day as part of my morning ritual and found it to be useful on several occasions. 
 
From the iTunes App Store...

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.

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Linkedin Connected Screen 1 Linkedin Connected screen 2

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"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

A cool piece of technology I recently posted about in A Gardener's Notebook -- Douglas

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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

Watch all past episodes of "In the garden…" in this YouTube Playlist


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Noted: WineGlass Uses Your iPhone's Camera to Rate Wines via Lifehacker

WineGlass Uses Your iPhone's Camera to Rate Wines via Lifehacker

WineGlass Uses Your iPhone's Camera to Rate Wines via Lifehacker

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.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Noted: McMoon's and the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project via Engadget

McMoon's and the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project via Engadget

McMoon's and the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project via Engadget

If you've ever used Street View on Google Maps to preview an unfamiliar travel destination, then you'll understand the reasoning behind NASA's Lunar Orbiter missions during the late '60s. The space probes were doing reconnaissance and beamed back 160 pairs of images covering a total of 12,000 square miles of lunar landscape. Unfortunately, the technology at the time resulted in less-than-ideal photographic quality. In 2008, however, a group called the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) was able to track down the original tapes and restore them to their full resolution. The LOIRP set up shop in an abandoned McDonald's -- which they dubbed McMoon's -- near the NASA Ames Research Park in California and began wrangling archived tape reels and defunct machinery to help them achieve their goal. The story was documented for the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) and released this week as Extraterrestrial: The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project. It's the third installment of CMOA's The Invisible Photograph series, which deals with imagery that's been lost, degraded or almost destroyed.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Noted: 5 Wearables To Make With LittleBits via Make Magazine

5 Wearables To Make With LittleBits via Make Magazine

5 Wearables To Make With LittleBits via Make Magazine

littleBits is thrilled to be part of Wearables Week at Makezine!

For those that arent’ familiar with littleBits: littleBits is a library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets for prototyping, learning, and fun. Given the small physical size of littleBits, we love thinking of new ways to use them to make wearables. Here are some of our favorites:

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Noted: The Popular Android Apps That Hog the Most Battery, Data, and Storage via Lifehacker

The Popular Android Apps That Hog the Most Battery, Data, and Storage via Lifehacker

The Popular Android Apps That Hog the Most Battery, Data, and Storage via Lifehacker

It's no secret that many apps are terrible for your phone's performance. If you want to know which ones are the worst, take a look at this study from AVG, which highlights the Android apps that drain your battery most, take up the most storage space, and use up the most data.

AVG collected real usage data over six months for all the Android apps with one milllion or more installs. Many of these are pretty obvious—of course Netflix uses a huge amount of data and games take up the most storage space.

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Noted: Girl Geek Academy Wants To Get 1 Million Girls Coding By 2025 via Fast Company

Girl Geek Academy Wants To Get 1 Million Girls Coding By 2025 via Fast Company

Girl Geek Academy Wants To Get 1 Million Girls Coding By 2025 via Fast Company

According to a survey by the International Game Developers Association, women now make up 22% of the game development workforce--a number that’s doubled since 2009 but is still relatively low, with men dominating at 76%. It’s a common story of men holding the larger share of positions in the tech and startup industries (women only account for 25% of professional computing occupations in the U.S., according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology)--but a female group of self-proclaimed hackers, hustlers, and hipsters based in Australia are out to change that.

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Noted: The Best Voice Recording App for Android from Lifehacker

The Best Voice Recording App for Android from Lifehacker

The Best Voice Recording App for Android from Lifehacker

Your smartphone can double up as a dictaphone. Point your handset at the speaker and you can record meetings, lectures and interviews. Google Play has plenty of great voice recording apps, but Cogi rises to the top by recognizing the core needs of recording speech better than other apps.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Noted: LinkedIn Launched A New App To Make Networking Easy — Even For People Who Absolutely Hate It via Business Insider

LinkedIn Launched A New App To Make Networking Easy — Even For People Who Absolutely Hate It via Business Insider

LinkedIn Launched A New App To Make Networking Easy — Even For People Who Absolutely Hate It via Business Insider

Networking can feel like a necessary evil: You know it's important, but doing it right takes a lot of effort. LinkedIn's goal is to make it all easier.
Today, the company released a new app that helps you keep track of what's going on in the professional lives of the people you're connected with.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Noted: Propellerhead's Take is a supercharged memo recorder for iPhone via TUAW

Propellerhead's Take is a supercharged memo recorder for iPhone via TUAW

Propellerhead's Take is a supercharged memo recorder for iPhone via TUAW

Take Creative Vocal Recorder is a free iPhone voice recorder, designed by the fantastic Propellerhead, creators of great music-making apps like Reason and Figure.

Thousands of musicians around the world use the iPhone's Voice Memos app to instantly and easily capture moments of creative inspiration. However, the app is limited to just a single take, with limited editing features -- perhaps that's its strength. Nevertheless, Propellherhead's Take capitalizes on those ideas, with an app that's just as easy to instantly grab and start recording, but with a few supercharged features.

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Noted: How to Create a Story Map with Leaflet via Google Maps Mania

How to Create a Story Map with Leaflet via Google Maps Mania

How to Create a Story Map with Leaflet via Google Maps Mania

I'm a big fan of narrative mapping libraries, which allow you to easily create mapped stories. These libraries help you create a map with a structured narrative which users can navigate through by scrolling down the page or by using forward and back arrows. As you progress through the story text the maps automatically pan and zoom to highlight the locations mentioned in the narrative

Esri's Story Maps is one of the most popular narrative mapping platforms and has been widely used by a number of newspaper websites to create interactive mapped reports on important news stories. Odyssey.js from CartoDB is another story map library which is now also gaining some traction on some of the world's leading websites.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Noted: Notezilla for iPad syncs sheet music to high-quality audio via TUAW

Notezilla for iPad syncs sheet music to high-quality audio via TUAW

Notezilla for iPad syncs sheet music to high-quality audio via TUAW

Notezilla for iPad is a library of beautifully laid out, classical sheet music which syncs to accompanying, high-quality audio recordings. From Beethoven's Fur Elise to Handel's Messiah, Notezilla comes preloaded with the well-known classical favorites as well as an ever-expanding library of Roman-era, Baroque, classical era and contemporary classical pieces, available for a one-off US$4.99 in-app purchase.

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