Sunday, October 26, 2014

Noted: Royal Society journal archive made permanently free to access via BoingBoing

Royal Society journal archive made permanently free to access via BoingBoing

The Royal Society has today announced that its world-famous historical journal archive – which includes the first ever peer-reviewed scientific journal – has been made permanently free to access online.
Around 60,000 historical scientific papers are accessible via a fully searchable online archive, with papers published more than 70 years ago now becoming freely available.

The Royal Society is the world’s oldest scientific publisher, with the first edition of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society appearing in 1665. Henry Oldenburg – Secretary of the Royal Society and first Editor of the publication – ensured that it was “licensed by the council of the society, being first reviewed by some of the members of the same”, thus making it the first ever peer-reviewed journal.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Noted: Google's Chromecast Can Now Beam Art And Your Photos To Your TV via ReadWrite

Like many ChromeCast users, I've been waiting for this backdrop feature since I first connected it to my TV. I've had a variety of applications that allowed me to put photos on my television using ChromeCast but this direct integration is so much better.  I look forward to many other Backdrop features in the future.  I love using my television as a passive information device whenever possible. -- Douglas


Google's Chromecast Can Now Beam Art And Your Photos To Your TV via ReadWrite

If you're concerned about Google neglecting Chromecast lately, take heart: The tech giant has not forsaken the $35 TV stick. On the contrary, this week the company finally delivered on Backdrop, a new feature it first promised at the Google I/O developer conference last June. 

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Noted: Finding Starter Projects: Free Software for Making via Make

Finding Starter Projects: Free Software for Making via Make

Finding Starter Projects: Free Software for Making via Make

Learners and teachers have so many free options at their fingertips, we find that fewer are buying the higher-priced software. Just like with all kinds of making, with software these days you can do a lot with a little. Years ago, the costs of new software, especially those used by creative professionals, were prohibitive to schools. Administrators favored programs that kids would encounter in office settings, but we all know that the workplace of the future is a makerspace! The field of what’s available can be intimidating to navigate, however. Who doesn’t download with trepidation? We thought we should share our Maker teachers’ go-to apps.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Noted: An App That Draws Impressively Accurate Floor Plans In Minutes via Arch Daily

An App That Draws Impressively Accurate Floor Plans In Minutes via Arch Daily

An App That Draws Impressively Accurate Floor Plans In Minutes via Arch Daily

RoomScan is an app for iOS which draws floor plans in minutes – touching your device to a wall is the only input required. Using the iPhone’s internal sensors, RoomScan recognises a sequence of flat vertical surfaces, measuring the distance in between and creating impressively accurate plans. When you come to a door, you just tap the phone to the door frame and continue. Claiming that measurements are accurate to the nearest 10cm (or 6 inches), this app – the basic features of which are available for free - is not only great fun to play with, but also considerably useful in every day situations.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Noted: Google Revives My Maps So You Can Create and Share Custom Maps via Lifehacker

Google Revives My Maps So You Can Create and Share Custom Maps via Lifehacker

Google Revives My Maps So You Can Create and Share Custom Maps via Lifehacker

Today, Google unleashed a new, overhauled version of its well-loved (and little known) custom maps tool, called My Maps. It's pretty powerful and cool.

With it, you can create a trip itinerary, note hotspots in any location, and otherwise personalize Google Maps.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Noted: Panda Is a News Feed that Keeps You Inspired and Informed via Lifehacker

Panda Is a News Feed that Keeps You Inspired and Informed via Lifehacker

Panda Is a News Feed that Keeps You Inspired and Informed via Lifehacker

Web/Chrome: Panda combines top-rated stories from sites like Hacker News and Product Hunt with imagery from Dribble and Behance to keep you informed as well as inspired to make awesome things (or at least look at cool images.) You can even replace Chrome's new tab page with it, so every tab keeps you informed and motivated.

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Noted: A Mapping App That Searches Along Your Route To Plan Exciting (Or Efficient) Trips via Fast Company

A Mapping App That Searches Along Your Route To Plan Exciting (Or Efficient) Trips via Fast Company

A Mapping App That Searches Along Your Route To Plan Exciting (Or Efficient) Trips via Fast Company

With so many geolocation and mapping apps packed onto our mobile devices, it’s always bothered me that there’s no easy way to find a place I’d like to stop while I’m on my way to someplace else.

Say I use Google Maps to give me driving directions from New York City to Boston. Since I want to use my time efficiently, I know I’d like to make the quickest stop possible at my bank along my route, minimizing the distance I am put out of my way. Google Maps or Yelp or any number of apps can suggest branches of my bank that are nearest to my current location, and they can suggest branches that are nearest to any particular town or destination I input, but neither are smart enough to suggest convenient branches for me to stop as mapped along my entire route.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Noted: Cardboard Dinosaur Costume via Make

Cardboard Dinosaur Costume via Make

Cardboard Dinosaur Costume via Make

Tanaka Satoshi created this ferocious and fully articulated dinosaur costume from cardboard.

(The original article is in Japanese, but Google Translate does a decent job on it.)

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LinkedIn misses entire point of iOS 8 Widgets in new release of app

Apple's iOS 8 comes with a new feature, Widgets, that allows apps to present up-to-date information on the Today section of the iOS Notifications pull down. For me, this improves the usefulness of the Today pane dramatically and I am eagerly awaiting more apps adding functionality to that area.

Today I noticed that the latest LinkedIn app update adds an iOS 8 Widget. "Cool," I thought. "I'll add that." This is what I got, thought.

Linkedin widget

Uh, really? No! This is NOT what I expect in a useful iOS8 Widget. I want information, at a glance, not simply a button to run the app. They have missed the entire point of iOS8 Widgets from the very start. In fact, this is exactly the opposite of what an iOS 8 widget should be.

Linkedin, how about you show me the actual data I want to see here instead of just a button to your app. Cheesy, and useless, and it shows a certain cluelessness about iOS. Please fix this now. Oh, and any other app developers thinking of doing this? Learn from LinkedIn's mistake. Provide information not buttons.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Noted: Google Voice Integration Finally Arrives in Hangouts via Lifehacker

Google Voice Integration Finally Arrives in Hangouts via Lifehacker

Google Voice Integration Finally Arrives in Hangouts via Lifehacker

Google Voice integration with Hangouts is rolling out to some users right now. Yes, this is real. Though, for the moment, the rollout seems incomplete.

As Android Police points out, some users have confirmed Google Voice integration is active in Hangouts. There are still some kinks to iron out (Android Police speculates that some features still need to be rolled out as part of Google's typical "Update Wednesday"), but the promise to send and receive SMS and voicemail seems to be finally coming true.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Noted: Pinterest Chrome extension brings inspiration to freshly-opened tabs via Engadget

Pinterest Chrome extension brings inspiration to freshly-opened tabs via Engadget

Pinterest Chrome extension brings inspiration to freshly-opened tabs via Engadget
When you open a new tab in Google's Chrome browser, you're greeted with a search box, rows of recently-visited sites and a tucked-in menu for individual apps. It's really not very inspiring, is it? Pinterest doesn't think so, and thanks to an internal make-a-thon, there's a new Chrome extension that aims to remedy the gray box blues.

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Noted: Lenka for iOS creates stunning black and white images via TUAW

Lenka for iOS creates stunning black and white images via TUAW

Lenka for iOS creates stunning black and white images via TUAW

Lenka (US$2.99) is a simple app to help you create dramatic black and white images. The app was developed by famed photographer Kevin Abosch and it's starkly simple. To begin with, you frame your photo, which is visible in black and white in real time on your iPhone. There are only a couple of options: regular or high contrast. You can change the format from rectangular to square, and then you can start firing away. The only available editing tools allow rotation and cropping.

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Noted: WunderStation iPad app: Nirvana for weather geeks via TUAW

WunderStation iPad app: Nirvana for weather geeks via TUAW

WunderStation iPad app: Nirvana for weather geeks via TUAW

Weather Underground runs what it calls the PWS (Personal Weather Station) network, a mesh of over 37,000 individually-owned weather stations that send live weather info to the company as often as every 2.5 seconds. If you live near a PWS, you can be guaranteed that you're going to get forecasts from Weather Underground that better represent the actual microclimates in your area thanks to the company's analysis of the PWS data. Well, now there's a way for weather geeks to really dig into that data visually. The free WunderStation iPad app offers an variety of ways to slice and dice local weather information.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Free Mourning Dove Computer and Smartphone Wallpapers for September 2014

Here is a selection of free wallpapers for your computer desktop or smartphone. Click to load full-sized image, then right-click and select Save Image As… to download them to your own computer. On your smartphone, click the image to see the full-sized image, tap and hold, then select Save to Camera Roll. You can then attach the wallpapers using your phone’s preferences.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Noted: Check out Nav Camera if you need precise location info for photos and video via TUAW

Check out Nav Camera if you need precise location info for photos and video via TUAW

Check out Nav Camera if you need precise location info for photos and video via TUAW

Nav Camera (US$3.99) is an innovative app that uses navigation, augmented reality and display overlays to tell you where you are, your altitude, the direction you are facing and more. The information appears on your image in real time and it's possible to save it all to your photo library.

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Noted: Internet Archive uploads more than 14 million public domain images to Flickr via Boing Boing

Internet Archive uploads more than 14 million public domain images to Flickr via Boing Boing

Internet Archive uploads more than 14 million public domain images to Flickr via Boing Boing

Kalev Leetaru programatically recovered all the images that were discarded by the OCR program that digitizes the millions of public domain books scanned by the Archive; these were cropped, cleaned up, and uploaded to Flickr with the text that appears before and after them, and links to see their whole scanned page.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Noted: Pixlr releases a powerful free desktop photo editor for Mac via TUAW

Pixlr releases a powerful free desktop photo editor for Mac via TUAW

Pixlr releases a powerful free desktop photo editor for Mac via TUAW

Pixlr by Autodesk has built its reputation on providing high-powered photo editing online for free. While it offers advanced tools for a small yearly cost -- US$2 a month or $15 a year -- the basic online editor provides plenty of power for your average editing needs. Now the service is offering up a desktop app for Mac and, yes, it's free too.

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Noted: Bioshock now available for the iPhone and iPad via TUAW

Bioshock now available for the iPhone and iPad via TUAW

Bioshock now available for the iPhone and iPad via TUAW

Ready to explore Rapture and fight Big Daddy on your iOS device? Then we have some good news for you as 2K Games has finished its port of Bioshock, and the the popular first person shooter is now available for the iPhone and iPad.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Noted: Google's app for presentations, Slides, launches on iOS via Engadget

Google's app for presentations, Slides, launches on iOS via Engadget

Google's app for presentations, Slides, launches on iOS via Engadget


It took quite a while to get here, but Google has finally brought its Slides app to Apple's mobile platform. Roughly three months ago, the search company introduced standalone apps for creating/editing documents, spreadsheets and presentations, but Slides didn't arrive until weeks later, and only on Android. As of today, Google's application for PowerPoints presentations is now also available on iOS.

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Noted: Turn Any Speaker into a Bluetooth Speaker with this Discounted Dongle via Kinja

Turn Any Speaker into a Bluetooth Speaker with this Discounted Dongle via Kinja

Turn Any Speaker into a Bluetooth Speaker with this Discounted Dongle via Kinja

Bluetooth is basically table stakes for speaker systems these days, but if you love how an older stereo sounds, it's easy to add Bluetooth streaming with this cheap Belkin dongle.

The tiny adapter plugs in via included RCA or 3.5mm cables to your speakers, and can can store six Bluetooth devices in memory for easy pairing. Today's $24 price tag is the lowest Amazon has ever offered, and a steal if you don't already own something like this.

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Noted: The Everyday Tasks Your Phone Does Better Than Your Computer via Lifehacker

The Everyday Tasks Your Phone Does Better Than Your Computer via Lifehacker

The Everyday Tasks Your Phone Does Better Than Your Computer via Lifehacker

We've known for a while that your smartphone is a better PC than your PC ever was. It can't replace everything your computer does, but there are some things that are actually better to do on your phone, rather than your computer.

It should be noted that much of this is going to be subjective. There huge differences just between iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, much less individual handsets. However, the prevailing notion has always been that phones are great when you're away from the computer, but if you have a PC handy, you should use that. For things like photo editing or watching movies, that might be true. Here are some things that, more often than not, can be done more productively on your phone than your computer.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

On My iPhone…Instagram Hyperlapse - easily create time-lapse videos

 
 On My iPhone…Instagram Hyperlapse - easily create time-lapse videos
 
 
From the maker's of Instagram -- easily record and create motion-stabilized time-lapse videos on your iPhone or iPad. I did the quick test video yesterday as we travelled in the car to and from my son's school. The first success was that the app never crashed -- something I can't say about the original Instagram app on my iPhone4s. Secondly, the app smoothed out even the bumpiest parts of the video into an enjoyable time-lapse that caught a unique perspective of our trip. I think that Hyperlapse will become a very useful app for many as it produces great, interesting results almost effortlessly.
 
 

 

 
 
From the iTunes App Store...

Create amazing time lapse videos with Hyperlapse. Using Instagram’s in-house stabilization, Hyperlapse shoots polished time lapse videos that were previously impossible without bulky tripods and expensive equipment.

When you shoot a time lapse video with Hyperlapse, your footage will be instantly stabilized to smooth out the bumps from the road and give it a cinematic feeling. Capture an entire sunrise in 10 seconds—even from the back of a moving motorcycle. Walk through the crowds at an all-day music festival, then distill it into a 30 second spot. Capture your bumpy trail run and share your 5k in 5 seconds.

Features:

* Shoot handheld time lapse videos in motion— while you're walking, running, jumping or falling.
* Smooth out your video for cinematic quality with automatic stabilization.
* Speed up your hyperlapse to be up to 12 times the speed.
* Share your videos seamlessly on Instagram and Facebook or save them to your camera roll to share anywhere, anytime.
* Start filming immediately with a simple design that gets out of the way of your creativity
* Download and start capturing. No sign up or account required.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Noted: Wordmark.it Instantly Previews All Your Installed Fonts in the Browser via Lifehacker

Wordmark.it Instantly Previews All Your Installed Fonts in the Browser via Lifehacker

Wordmark.it Instantly Previews All Your Installed Fonts in the Browser via Lifehacker

Want to choose the best font for your message? While there are lots of font utilities and ways to preview individual fonts on your system, Wordmark.it may be the easiest and quickest way to get the job done—no downloading required.

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Noted: 13 Cool Things Siri Can Do For You via Business Insider

13 Cool Things Siri Can Do For You via Business Insider

13 Cool Things Siri Can Do For You via Business Insider

You might know the basics of Apple's voice assistant Siri, but she's actually more capable than you think.
Thanks to Siri, you can check how many calories are in the soda you're drinking and even see how many planes are flying miles above you in the sky.

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Noted: The Best Smartphone Car Mount via Kinja

The Best Smartphone Car Mount via Kinja

I have been using RAM Mounts for my phones and GPS for years now and highly recommend them. This review came out almost a dead heat between the 2 car mounts and, with my good history with RAM, I would probably return to them for my next mount, too. -- Douglas

The Best Smartphone Car Mount via Kinja

It was a hard-fought victory, but the iOttie One Touch crowns your dashboards as the Best Smartphone Car Mount.

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Noted: The Best Weather Apps for iPhone via iPhone Hacks

The Best Weather Apps for iPhone via iPhone Hacks

The Best Weather Apps for iPhone via iPhone Hacks

Knowing what the local weather is like not only helps you plan your day better, but also makes for great small talk! If the weather in your area is unpredictable, a good app can give you the low-down on temperature, precipitation and snow conditions around you, so you can dress appropriately, plan your commutes and travel, and schedule your appointments to avoid getting caught in the rain.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BUG: Google Cast Chrome extension bug turns on auto-play for YouTube videos via Gigaom

Update: PSA: The Chromecast Extension Is Making All YouTube Videos AutoPlay In Chrome via Android Poilce 


What an ugly, ugly bug to deploy to thousands of Chrome users. I noticed this today when my Google Analytics page started playing help videos every time I reloaded the page. Android Poilce blog indicates this was a bad push of new YouTube software that manifested itself in the Chromecast app.

Disable the Google Cast extension in Chrome to alleviate the problem until Google provides a fix.  -- Douglas

Google Cast Chrome extension bug turns on auto-play for YouTube videos via Gigaom

BUG: Google Cast Chrome extension bug turns on auto-play for YouTube videos via Gigaom

A strange bug has been affecting a subset of Chrome users since Monday: Embedded videos have started to automatically play as soon as a user opens the page that contains the video. However, this only happens if users also have the Google Cast extension installed, which is being used to send content directly from a Chrome browser to Google’s Chromecast streaming stick.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Noted: Humin, The App That Organizes Phone Contacts By How You Know Them, Is Now In The App Store via TechCrunch

Humin, The App That Organizes Phone Contacts By How You Know Them, Is Now In The App Store via TechCrunch

Humin, The App That Organizes Phone Contacts By How You Know Them, Is Now In The App Store via TechCrunch

Humin, the app that aims to replace your iPhone contacts app is now in the App Store. Will.i.am, Richard Branson and Angry Birds creator Peter Vesterbacka were all part of the private beta launch a few months back. The app is now ready for everyone with an iPhone today.

Humin hooks into your phone, Facebook and LinkedIn contacts and combines them with your calendar, email and voicemail to provide context to all those people listed in your phone.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Noted: 10 Gmail Plugins That Improve Email Productivity via Fast Company

10 Gmail Plugins That Improve Email Productivity via Fast Company

10 Gmail Plugins That Improve Email Productivity via Fast Company

Gmail is one of the most popular email services with more than 500 million users, so chances are pretty good that you’re one of them. But are you making the most of your email account? Many of us complain that our inboxes are too full and that responding to email is too time-consuming, but several tools are available that will streamline your email experience.

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Noted: Get Free IT Training with Microsoft Virtual Academy via Lifehacker

Get Free IT Training with Microsoft Virtual Academy via Lifehacker

Get Free IT Training with Microsoft Virtual Academy via Lifehacker

Microsoft Virtual Academy offers hundreds of free courses for anyone interested in improving their computer or IT skills. Many of the courses, as you might expect, are geared towards Microsoft products: developing Windows apps, migrating from Windows Server, Office 365 training, and so on. There are also some that are more universal, like learning JavaScript and C#.

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