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.
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.
Click here to download Snapseed free from 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
View InstaCRT’s Website
Download InstaCRT from iTunes AppStore
Appropriately printed in the online magazine notorious for stealing intellectual property, Gizmodo recently reported on an interview with Grooveshark CEO Sam Tarantino.
In the interview Tarantino provides six reasons why he thinks all recorded music should be free. Ever the opinionated music writer, and capitalist, I felt it only proper to offer a retort to his six points.
Fast Company is reporting that the Hipstamatic Photography app will soon offer direct integration for sharing photos to photo sharing app Instagram
Understood by many as rival applications, the move is interesting from a social networking standpoint; showing Instagram values its role as a photo sharing platform more than a vanity app for adding lomography affects to photos taken on mobile devices.
One of the fastest growing social networks, Instagram boasts a user-base of over 27 million users, expected to continue to grow rapidly as the company recently announced it’s plans to support Android devices.
Hipstamatic, Instagram To Unveil Photo-Sharing Partnership [via FastCompany]
With personal technology, jailbreaking iPhones is not really my thing, likely because I remember the days of my Palm Treo rebooting itself incessantly because of all the third party apps.
If you do, or just like looking at well-done mods, be sure to check out this retro 1986 Mac OS style skin for iOS developed by Anton Repponen.
I use my iPhone far too much to want to deal with the stress of the irregularities of jail breaking iOS just to enjoy iO86 but if anybody out there tries let let me know what you think!
I joined Instagram a little over a year ago, say what you will about the filters but as a platform for sharing photos with friends and quickly posting them to the social network du jour it’s wonderful. The power of the camera in the iPhone 4 family is pretty astounding given it’s size, there was a time I’d at least carry a point-and-shoot everywhere I went just in case but I’m glad that I can get the same quality of photos my Canon SD800 gave me in something I carry in my pocket anyway.
With a lot of traveling and stories this year I felt it would be good to take a look at my feed from the past year, and pull out a few favorites and compile a short gallery of photos showing some highlights.
Click below to see the complete collection, and if you’re on Instagram – feel free to add me @shrtstck
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.
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.
CarTrip from Griffin Technology
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.
Click here to download Reactable for iOS Devices