“Have an inspirational close.”


Powerpoint culture, 2001


TinyPNG is an awesome tool/website. All you do is drop a .png file that you need to compress onto the page and TinyPNG will compress it up to 76%, alpha transparency preserved.

So… how does it work?

“TinyPNG uses smart lossy compression techniques to reduce the file size of your PNG files. By selectively decreasing the number of colours in the image, fewer bytes are required to store the data. The effect is nearly invisible but it makes a very large difference in file size!”

Visit here

Tweaking OSX Lion

If you’ve been using Lion, and are a fan of the fullscreen app then you need Maximizer. Maximizer allows you to apply the fullscreen functionality to apps that do not have it yet, like Chrome, Firefox, and just about every non-native OSX app. It requires a little manual labor, but it’s worth it.

Inspected Gadget: Stereolizer for iPad

Stereolizer is an internet radio app wrapped in the look of an 80’s stereo cassette deck. Might seem like a bit of a gimmick at first, but it’s neato simply because it records internet radio streams on the iPad and then lets you easily reorder tracks as you see fit.


Inspected Gadget: Bebot iOS Synth

Bebot – the robot synth. So simple looking, yet has all the adjustable features of real synthesizers. Thanks Marshall/Mike.

Inspected Gadget: Tiny Wings for iOS

Tiny Wings is one of those games that you download because it looks like it’s cute and could entertain you for a few minutes. Until you realize it’s insanely addictive and you’ve been playing for an hour straight, and also at every teensy opportune gap of free time in between other activities. It’s also controlled by just one finger tap, which means that while playing, you can snack and have chips, eat entire meals, or sit on the couch sipping a hot cocoa, or use it on the subway, or pretend you’re reading email. Not that I did any of this in the past 48 hours.

Inspected Gadget: Fabricate Yourself

At the intersection of Microsoft’s XBOX Kinect being used as a body scanner, and lightweight 3D printing, you’ll find Fabricate Yourself from Interactive Fabrication. Video after the jump.

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James Gatz – that was really, or at least legally, his name.

…He had changed it at the age of seventeen and at the specific moment that witnessed the beginning of his career – when he saw Dan Cody’s yacht drop anchor over the most insidious flat on Lake Superior.

I suppose he’d had the name ready for a long time, even then. His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people – his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all.

The Great Gatsby game

opening the floodgates

I have been back and forth on the 3rd party dev tools for the iphone and the use of flash but, lately I am singing a new song. Apple has changed their tune about developing for the iOS. Now that I can use Flash and any other tool to build apps, I am no longer held hostage to LOE’s and Tech limitations….

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The Easiest way to build your app

Do you have a brilliant idea for an app? If so, Titanium Appcelerator will help you bring your idea to life. It consists of one set of tools that allows you to build applications that will run native to the platform. Watch the video after the jump and give it a try.
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Inspected Gadget: Inspect your (facebook) privacy

S.N.A.P. is a free iPhone/iOS app that gives you a quick glance at your facebook privacy settings and grades it in a much more intuitive and understandable manner than even the social network itself does. Hopefully facebook takes a tip from this app and at least incorporates the simpler grading view. Via engadget.

Inspected Gadget: MotionX-GPS HD iPad App

The Motion X GPS app for iPad will be available shortly,  showing off a larger, more usable footprint of data from the iPhone version. Gives me some interesting excuses for in-vehicle mounting. The existing version is pretty sweet- I’ve used it to log map routes by bike and car, and the data export can be used to geotag photos. It’s not a turn-by-turn navigation solution, but is a pretty robust tracking app for the data hound in me.

Via Gizmodo

Inspected Gadget: Pano App for iPhone

Skipping past the news (or, non-news) of the weekend’s technology-world-a-tittering over reports of a new iPhone, I was digging around this morning for some fun photo apps and came across a reduced price on the Pano app. I’ve always been into true panoramic photography, even going so far as to rent some of the real deal, rotating-lens variety of cameras. So if you can’t justify carrying around a Linhoff, Horseman, or even the Lomo Horizon, at least there’s an app to get you wet. To quote RoboCop, “I’d buy that for a dollar!” (I stitched together the photo above by taking six portrait photos from left to right, covering a three block span of buildings. Another random test shot after the jump.)

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The last words

We already know the ipad or iphone will not support flash. But the final blow has come down from the apple mountain top.

“Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs. Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs (e.g., Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited).”


sketching your million dollar idea

PixelPads feature a 10-pixel grid which allows you to sketch in detail your interface design. You will also find on the backside a 4 pane grid for storyboard functionality!

You can also find PixelPads for the iphone and web.

Adobe is aware… content aware

Adobe has recieved a lot of flack since the announcement of the iPad. Rightfully so! Most of you have heard or read about the big CS5 announcement on April12, blah blah blah. Well, after seeing this “sneak preview” my interest is sparked.

Inspected Gadget: Skinput from Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft

Here’s a little research edition for today:

Coming soon to a gadget near you.

Via Gizmodo

Inspected Gadget: Kindle for Blackberry

For all you crackberry addicts out there, or those of you tethered to one via work, Amazon has released a free Kindle app for Blackberry. Free download lets you read books on the go… or while in meetings in the office. Just like the iPhone version, owning a Kindle is not required – purchases are tied to your Amazon account. The WhisperSync system lets you bookmark and make notes as you read, and synchronizes the last page you read across any Kindle devices or apps.
Currently available in the U.S. only, on these models: Bold 9000 & 9700, Curve 8520 & 8900, Storm 9530 & 9550, and Tour 9630.

Google mountain view for the olympics

Google went and mapped the Olympic games. Now you can see what it’s like to be up on top of Whistler Mountain.

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