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Wednesday
Oct302013

Airfoil: It will change the way you listen to music!

 

 

  • Send any audio from your Mac or PC to any AirPort Express unit, Apple TV, iPhone and/or iPod Touch, Android Device and even other Macs and PCs on your network, all in sync!
  • With Airfoil you can play web-based audio like Pandora, music services like Spotify, Rdio, MOG, and WiMP, or any other audio playing on your computer through your remote speakers.
  • Instant On feature allows you to capture and stream audio from any source without having to restart the application.
  • Control the volume level on each individual device.

 

Airfoil: $25 per license (Mac or PC) or $40 for two (Mac and PC)

Airfoil Speakers can be installed on ANY Mac, PC, Linux machine, or iOs and Android Devices..

Airfoil Remote for iOS ($4.99): Control Airfoil for Mac using your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad!

 

Download the FREE TRIAL today and hear what you have been missing!!


Source: RogueAmoeba

Friday
Oct112013

Using Social Media like Twitter during Disasters...

Social media can be a great way to have the most current information during a disaster scenario like the floods we had in September - particularly if you're stranded or without power. Even if you have a battery-powered radio, news updates can be few and far between on radio, and many times the information you receive can already be out-of-date.

During the floods, I subscribed to the BoulderOEM twitter feed (Boulder Office of Emergency Management). I was able to keep myself up-to-date with current events, advice, and information. 

At one point, my folks who live in Longmont, had been told to evacuate their home in north Longmont, which they eventually did. Not less than an hour later I read an update on the BoulderOEM twitter feed about those evacuations. The evacuation for their neighborhood had been retracted and the people in their neighborhood were allowed to go home. I immediately send this information to them, and no one at their evacuation center was really aware of this information yet.

So, despite following the daily trivial interactions of celebrities, Twitter can be a great way to stay connected with the source of good and accurate information, which is very important in times like that. And while this is not really a new idea to many who already use Twitter, it might be a good reason for the rest of us to start using it.

In addtion, the campus also has an Emergency Alert service which will automatically send you a text message with up-to-date information regarding all sorts of scenarios.

Recommendations: 

  • Sign up for your local city's OEM twitter feed (Both work city and home city if they are far enough apart)
  • Download Twitter App to your smartphone
  • Sign up for the Campus Emergency Alert service: http://alerts.colorado.edu/
Friday
Sep062013

Keep your mobile devices charged when traveling...

 

I recently read about a new device on Kickstarter called the JuiceBee. It combines your phone charger, battery backup (to charge your phone on-the-go) and a MicroSD slot in one convenient, easy-to-carry device.

For some of you that travel a lot, or simply want to keep your phone and mobile devices charged on-the-go, this could be REALLY handy. Yes, there are a few other products on the market for battery backup but this device doesn't have nearly the bulk or require you to carry a bunch of extra attachments and cables.

Check it out for yourself here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/671390578/juicebee?ref=card

The device has recently hit its funding goal on kickstarter, and I believe you can still get one for donating to the project. Scroll down to the bottom of the post linked above to see their donation bonuses.

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Thursday
Aug012013

Chromecast - Best Video Streaming Device?

Google entered the video streaming marketplace with a splash last week after the the highly secretive announcement of Chromecast.  This little device plugs into an HDMI port on the back of your HDTV.  After a simple 2 minute setup you'll find yourself streaming video from your Smartphone to your living room TV.

Chromecast shipped with three mobile apps ready to stream:  YouTube, NetFlix & Google Play.  Possibly the most intriguing aspect of this device is it comes with an open SDK.  That means any app developer can add a "Google Cast" button within their mobile app to throw the content to your big screen TV.  Think about this for a moment!

The beta aspect of the device also has huge potential.  Currently you can click a button in Google Chrome to "throw" your web browser image to your HDTV.  The quality is blurly likely to do resolution incompatibilities, but I expect these problems to be rectified in the coming months.

I highly recomend the Chromecast as a dead simple stream-content-to-your-living-room-TV device.  Oh yeah....did I mention it's only $35?

LINK: http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/chromecast

Thursday
Aug012013

Best Free Online Photo Storage

Picasa has been the best stand-alone, free photo editing and organizing app for quite some time.  Now that Picasa Desktop has been fully-integrated with Google+, it has taken its game to a new level.

Picasa's face recognition, geo-tagging, effects, and text overlay tools are class-leading, as is the ease of using them.  Installing, signing up and setting up your account is quick and easy, and importing your pictures from everywhere they currently live to one, central location is a breeze.

It provides an easy-to-navigate way to do photo editing basics like cropping, straightening, auto contrast/color, fill light, and red eye reduction.

But, the absolute best feature is its Search feature.  It utilizes a combination of geo-tagging, face recognition, and Google's knowledgebase to recognize photos and make them extraordinarily easy to search. 

Face recognition works by automatically scanning your images for faces.  It creates an Unnamed folder under 'People', and after you identify a person, or people, the program suggests more potential photos with likely faces to match the names.  Those now become searchable, regardless of what the photo is named.

Geo-tagging finds sepcific locations for your photos using a search box, and it preserves face and geo-tags for photos uploaded within its Web Albums.  Again, these become searchable, regardless of what the photo is titled.

But the search feature is even better than just cached geo-tags and faces. For example, recently a colleague wanted to show me pictures from a concert they went to.  They didn't remember when the concert was or what the picture was titled, so they just typed 'concert' into their Picasa account's search box.  Every uploaded picture of every concert they've been to popped up, regardless of when it was taken, what it was titled, or who/what was in the picture.  It's almost like magic!

It's for all of these reasons that I maintain Google Picasa is the best, free online photo storage solution out there!