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Showing posts from February, 2012

iPhone: Epiphany audio recorder can record the past

Imagine an audio recorder that could go back into the past 1, 2 or 5 minutes and capture that great idea, bon mot or brainstorm. Almost like a time machine, you could easily save thought and information that might otherwise be lost. The fact is, this audio recorder exists today and it is called Epiphany . Epiphany is an iPhone and iPod Touch app that records in a loop over an amount of time that you choose. This loop can be as little as 15 secs or as long as 5 minutes. As new audio comes in, old audio is discarded. That's OK, though, because you aren't trying to capture an entire conversation, but only the most useful parts of that conversation. You do this by tapping the "Remember That" button in the middle of the app screen. When you do that, Epiphany saves the last loop of audio (again, 15 secs to 5 mins) and then also continues recording. Once you feel the moment has passed, you can hit "Finish Clip" to put Epiphany back in loop recording mode, waiting

Elsewhere: Google Docs presentations slides out of preview, adds import and comment options (video)

I am a big user of Google Docs, although not the Presentation areas. Still, good to see the improvements keep coming. Read more about the changes in this Engadget post. Google Docs presentations slides out of preview, adds import and comment options (video) : The slide-making masses have spoken and Google's dutifully listened. After launching presentations for Docs as a preview last October, the search giant's making that editor ready for prime time with a few user-suggested tweaks in tow. In addition to the recently introduced slew of transitions, themes, tables and collaborative options, Mountain View's now tossing in the ability to make, edit and resolve comments, send email notifications, as well as control read / write privileges for outside users. And don't worry about your old documents getting lost in the shuffle; a new import setting will enable those visual gems to benefit from this new facelift. Check out the source below for a fuller walk-through or catch

Product: Cookbook Cafe 2.0 Launches Today! - Get your cookbook on!

A few months ago, I created a cookbook for this iPad App and Web site. Cookbook Cafe allows anyone to create their own cookbook and deliver it directly to user's iPads. (You can also access the cookbooks directly on the web site) This new app allows anyone -- individuals, charities and non-profits, restaurants, etc -- to create (and sell) their own cookbooks. It presents the cookbooks complete with photos and videos in an attractive fashion, just like a paper cookbook. My "beta" cookbook is entitled " Sharing Christmas with Friends " and includes a number of cookie recipes, beverages and even my secret Christmas Chili recipe! (LAUGH) - View "Sharing Christmas with Friends" cookbook . You can download the app for free from the Apple App Store -- Cookbook Cafe . Want to create your own cookbook? Visit the Cookbook Cafe Creator . Here is an intro video from Babette Pepaj, Founder of Bakespace      

Cool Tool: DropBox Automator makes DropBox do even more work for you

I have a lot of projects and a lot of organizations I work with on a daily basis. This often means sharing large files, or groups of files with a large number of people scattered all over my local area, the US and even the world. DropBox is a service which automatically syncs files between all computers and users who need access. I can copy a file, or series of files, into my local DropBox folder and DropBox immediately starts syncing those with an online account. As soon as other user's computer sense new files in that online folder, their computers begin downloading to their local folder. It removes any need to use FTP or other file sending sites which require a lot of manual intervention. DropBox Automator is a service that extends DropBox from just moving files to actually taking some action on those files. You can use it to convert files from one format to another, automatically upload the files to additional online services, watermark images or apply filters to them and e

Free Desktop Wallpaper for Feb 2012 - Cherry Blossoms

Click the image of link below to download your very own copy of this photo, formatted for use as a desktop wallpaper on your computer. This image contains a calendar for February 2012. I know I am a few days late, but I am getting my production in order so I can deliver one of these each month. Download your own copy of this Cherry Blossom Desktop Wallpaper with Calendar Also available without the calendar, for those who want to use it for more than just one month Download your own copy of Cherry Blossoms Desktop Wallpaper without calendar

Free Wallpaper for your smartphone - Cherry Blossoms

Click the image of link below to download your very own copy of this photo, formatted for use as an iPhone or Android wallpaper on your smartphone. I plan on producing these once each month. Click to download your own copy of this Cherry Blossom desktop for your smartphone For iPhone , tap and hold on the image, then select Save Image Wallpaper will now be available as an option under Settings, Wallpaper

Cool Tool: Dexim Visible Green Smart Charge & Sync Cable for iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad

I discovered this product through a blog post on today. This is a great idea and one that Apple probably should have come up with on its own. This charger and cable give a visible indication of the charging state of your iPhone by animating an electroluminescent wire that runs down the cable. This light shows the state of the charge by speeding up or slowing down the animation that runs along the wire. Even better, it has a little intelligence built in. When the iPhone is fully charged, the charger shuts off entirely. No more vampire power running up your electric bill (at least for this one device). I sincerely hope that other manufacturers will address the vampire power issue in all their devices. You can watch of video of the charger in action here. Dexim's web site appears to be down at the moment, but their video links to and might be active in the near future. The site may be suffering from all the traffic due to the Lifehacker article mentioned abo

Updated: Mac OS X 10.7.3 Update available from Apple

Update: You may want to hold of on this update, as some users are reporting some pretty major issues. The issues only seem to happen if you use the automated Software Update feature. You can download the Combo update directly from Apple and install that with no issues according to this Lifehacker article and their links to another support article. -- Douglas This one is a BIG one in size, if not in actual changes. You can wait until Software Update notifies you automatically or select Software Update… from your Apple Menu to force a download immediately. Here is a partial list of changes from Apple's Tech Note about the update. The OS X Lion v10.7.3 Update includes Safari 5.1.3 and fixes that: Add Catalan, Croatian, Greek, Hebrew, Romanian, Slovak, Thai, and Ukrainian language support Address issues when using smart cards to log into OS X Address compatibility issues with Microsoft Windows file sharing Address an issue printing Microsoft Word documents that use markup Address a

Contactually is Proactive Personal Assistant

I came across this new service in my daily reading the other day and I am trying it out now. One of my biggest challenges is keeping up with everyone in my contact list. Being productive and proactive in your life is very important, but managing all your contacts -- and staying in touch with people -- can be very difficult to manage. It is so easy to let things slide until you realize your project list is quickly dwindling and you haven't been developing new projects to take their place. Contactually reviews your contact list, who you have been communicating with most, and then prompts you to classify and follow-up on a regular basis. While this does requires a bit of initial work, the benefits could be substantial for you. Contactually will prompt you for information and followups via the web site and also via a daily email. This is a paid service, but they will have some basic free services that allow you try it out. You can gain access to the beta immediately using the "in