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 characterBoomhauer, 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.
iPhone OBD-ii integration has come a long way since we first looked at the integration here a few years ago with CarTrip. What a difference a few years makes! The $70 Automatic includes access to the app and the integrated OBD-ii dongle.
With a highly-refined app, and my well documented obsession with technology and statistics, this is definitely on my to-buy list. I recently added the JawBone Up to my personal repertoire for tracking movement, eating, and sleep and have used Fuelly for a several years to manually track fuel economy and costs, and Waze to manage and track driving / directions. Excited for a solution to combine all these concepts in a good-looking app and give more accuracy than I could get tryIng to cull data manually.
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.
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”
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.
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.
Whether you have a legitimate use for something like this, or am just a fan of useless statistics and technology like myself, pretty cool stuff here.
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
Courtesy of our friends over at Big Up Magazine, comes a compilation of music written using the popular DopplerPadiPhone/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.