You know that feeling when you pass by something on television like Jerry Springer, and its portrayal of humanity is so obtuse you can’t help but immerse yourself? Combine that emotion with one of the most poorly designed iOS interfaces and internet app concepts and you have CB.
I have spent a few days on this app, mostly lurking and the most shocking aspect of it has to be that it is apparently inhabited by the same 4 or 5 people continuously, which the occasional preteen troll showing up to flaunt their new-found discovery of vulgar language.
A majority of the people on this app sound like real life incarnations of King of the Hill character Boomhauer, and I would not be too surprised if that assessment was mostly accurate. There are paid features for this app, totaling an absurd $10, you can identify people who were absent minded enough to make this mistake through their green pins identifying them on the map.
Download CB for iOS [and lose faith in humanity completely]
I have sharply increased the amount of writing I have done throughout 2012, however not limiting it to contributions online. Enter Day One, which is probably my favorite app in a while; easily the best electronic journaling app I have used.
After messing around with Memento, trying to do it myself with Evernote, and a few other variations, Day One hits the mark of providing a clean interface while still providing a rich feature set that you can only find through digital journaling.
Day One has a straight-forward, and great looking app on both OS X and iOS, allowing you to add photos, geolocation, and weather to journal entries, additionally providing synchronization between devices by using your iCloud or Dropbox accounts so your posts show up the same regardless of which device you using to create, or subsequently revisiting your entries.
While most of my entries are not incredibly long, or self-reflective I do appreciate the ability to go back and revisit these thoughts and experiences later on. Take a look at the app in-depth with the links below; the feature set is rich, and the UI is great – both of which are important in making sure the app is one I will want to continue to revisit and use as time goes on.
Just a quick heads up that my iOS photo editor of choice, Snapseed by Nik Software, is now available as a free download through the iTunes App Store.
A project out of Stockholm, InstaCRT is an iPhone app that lets you upload photos taken on your iPhone and sends you back a dSLR capture of the image as shown on a 1″ CRT display — dubbed “the world’s first real world camera filter”
So meta y’all
Developer Loud Crow Interactive has created this adaptation of the timeless “A Charlie Brown Christmas” special in an iPad friendly format. Impressed with conventional books on the iPad, and the well accepted quality of iPad video, I’ll definitely pick this up for myself. Say what you will about Christmas hype – I’ll always love watching this, and the animated Frosty The Snowman Christmas special.
A short bump promoting the app is below
The most fun I’ve had working for any company was during my time with Apple, Inc. Thanks Steve, for the culture you created there – and the inspiration you leave behind.
Longtime Internet radio mainstay SomaFM have recently launched a native player to the Mac OS X App Store, while they do also maintain an iOS app, as well as Android and Palm devices, this app is designed for streaming from the computers running the desktop flavor Mac OS X.
Grab it in the next day or two to catch it while it is still a free download, put on some Groove Salad, and float the afternoon away.
Download the Mac OS X native SomaFM Player [via App Store]
UPDATE: A better product has emerged since this post originally appeared. Click here to read about the new Automatic app for iOS
For the few of you out there who are actually hypermiling, or for anybody who thinks that the information from Fuelly isn’t sufficient, Griffin Technologies has developed a Bluetooth enabled OBD-II adapter for tapping into that port sitting beneath your car that you likely forget exists except that one time a year you go to get your emission sticker renewed.
The device, named CarTrip, connects to your automobile’s OBD-II port, which is in all cars made in the past 15 years – giving you a glimpse at fuel consumption, speed and acceleration information, as well as demystifying that nagging “Check Engine” light you’ve been seeing.
eLoyalty, a company that builds tools and services for call centers, has created a system that compiles personality profiles of each individual caller and matches them with a customer service representative who works best with that personality type. The system is based on a methodology NASA used [the Process Communication Model] to weed out astronaut candidates and that Bill Clinton used to tailor his speeches. It’s already having a marked impact on reducing call frustration and improving customer satisfaction rates.
Oh how I wish this had been implemented during my tenure as a Genius working for Apple for all those years; I am certain that a majority of my failed customer interactions were based solely on an inability to relate to people who are fundamentally different than myself. That’s not to say that I did not try to approach each customer uniquely and attempt to level with them individually but, as anybody knows, sometimes two people just don’t get along.
A very interesting article on leveraging psychological techniques, and a personality test designed to weed out potential astronauts is being used to create more effective customer support environments. This all seems practical but I wonder how quickly you can be profiled as a new customer before the interaction begins. Granted, being face-to-face like Apple’s Genius Bar is quite a help over doing telephone support and being able to read your customer’s non-verbal cues. Profiling / Privacy crew, where do you stand on profiling to ostensibly provide you a better customer experience?
As reported on MacDailyNews and the FinancialTimes today, the BBC is planning on releasing its popular iPlayer as a standalone / subscription-based app for the iOS operating system that powers Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices.
Between Benji B, The Essential Mix, and Tim Westwood (purely for comedic value) the ability to backtrack old shows at will on these devices will surely be something I will look forward to being able to experience on my iPhone; the dread of having to wait to go home and stream from my desktop is sometimes not worth the wait. While I do not watch as much BBC television programming as I probably should it will be nice to at least have the option to catch up on some of what the myriad British folks I follow on Twitter are talking about, with the exception of X-Factor, sorry guys – unless it’s Star Search, it’s not a talent show I’m interested in watching.
I was fortunate to get an opportunity to see one of these in use a few years ago when Björk came to play at The Fox Theater here in Atlanta, and was blown away by the Reactable as a mutli-touch, purposeful sampling and sound generating tool. The company who has developed the full table has recently converted the concept to the iPod/iPad format, leveraging the accessibility of popularly owned multitouch devices. For those who are unfamiliar with the Reactable, check out the video below.
An incredible article here from BERG London who have been utilizing long exposure photography and Apple iPads to generate three dimensional photographs based on the concepts of ‘light painting.’ Click over and read the complete rundown and drool over some amazing photos and an interesting way of employing new technologies to old tricks to produce something entirely new and jaw-dropping. BERG has also compiled a Making Future Magic book, available for purchase, with the best of their work utilizing this technique
After months of waiting after being teased with the possibility of an iPhone based NetFlix solution after the demos at this years WWDC, the company today made the app available for download through the iTunes App Store for all those who are sans iPad.
SFGate has posted a rather in depth overview, which I highly recommend reading as I have yet to explore the app in depth myself yet. Alternatively, you can go ahead and download it yourself if you are an iPhone user. I myself will probably spend the majority of my work day cleaning out my instant queue and will report back soon. Hooray to everybody who like myself is grandfathered into AT&T’s unlimited data plan!
Courtesy of our friends over at Big Up Magazine, comes a compilation of music written using the popular DopplerPad iPhone/iPad application. Featuring a selection of diverse tunes coming from Eskmo, Exillon, Jneiro Jarel, and Starkey it’s interesting to hear the possibilities of mobile DAW software in the hands of individuals with recognized studio prowess.