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Zombies!!! Run!!!

May 1, 2012

I’ve had the same New Year’s resolution for the past 20 years: start exercising.  I should clarify that my only desire to exercise is to firm up, it has absolutely nothing to do with being healthy.  I hate people who exercise to be healthy.  Theoretically I love the idea of running, but as a praxis I find it exceedingly boring and painful.  I once ran for an entire summer but I literally had to force myself out the door and deliberately ran through Canada’s worst ghetto (Downtown Winnipeg) to prevent myself from quitting.  

I don’t know if you need to love zombie movies to be as excited about this new app as I am, but you should definitely hate exercise. Zombies Run is an iPhone/Android running game.  It’s not like other running apps that just record distance, time, pace, and number of calories burned.  In the game you are Runner 5 and the world is depending on.  You will need to build your base to unlock new missions and collect critical supplies like medicine, batteries and ammo while under constant threat of impending zombie attacks.  Another great feature of the app is that it allows you to import your own playlists.  Mission updates, tasks, and storyline clues unfold between music tracks like radio transmissions.

Here’s a video explaining more about it:

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Totally Epic File Syncing, Sharing and Storing App

February 26, 2011

DropBox is software that links all of your computers together via a single folder so you can back up and sync files between computers.  Transferring data between computers can be a hassle and usually involves sending emails with attachments to yourself and others. But not any more!

The DropBox App software watches a folder and syncs any changes to the web and your other computers.  The DropBox Website allows you to access your files on any computer from a web browser.

You can also use the DropBox website to share your files or folders with others.  DropBox for mobile devices allows you to connect to your DropBox from your pocket, so you can take your files with you wherever you go. If you have an iPhone, iPad, or Android mobile device, native DropBox applications are available for free. To install DropBox on your mobile device, visit: Http://www.dropbox.com/anywhere.

How secure is DropBox?  All transport of file data and file metadata occurs over SSL. All files are encrypted with AES-256 before being stored on the DropBox backend. These are the same standards that banks and the military use to protect their data!

Dropbox photo galleries allow you to share photos with anyone (even non-DropBox users). These photos will be presented in a photo gallery that is viewable online at:  Http://www.dropbox.com/photos

The Public Folder lets you easily share single files in your DropBox.  Any file you put in this folder gets its own internet URL link so that you can share it.  All you do is paste the link into e-mails, instant message conversations, blogs, etc…

Now check out this totally epic new video by Pip Skid:

 

Sharon Jones, iphone Envy and Menstrual Cycles

January 24, 2011

There is a saying that if you’re thinking about it then someone else is doing  it…or perhaps I just made that up.  It couldn’t be more true in the case of the two apps I am about to recommend here.

I was sitting with my itunes open listening to Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings when it occured to me to check her website to see if she had any upcoming tour dates.

http://sharonjonesandthedapkings.com/

I discovered that I missed her London concert by one week!  I was so pissed off about it.  After ranting to my cats, who were only a modicum more sympathetic to my calamity than my husband and children were, I suddenly thought “why can’t there be an app that goes through my itunes and sends me email alerts for concerts of my favourite artists performing near me?”  For the thirty seconds that it took me to Google it and find out that it’s already been done, I thought I’d had an original idea, but alas ‘there is nothing new under the sun’ (and that is a real saying).

The app is called Songkick and it’s awesome!  It takes only a few minutes to set up while it goes through your itunes and before you know it you’re getting emails for upcoming concerts near you.  I will never miss another concert again. Check it out: http://www.songkick.com/

This next one is for girls only:

The other day I was regretting not keeping track of my periods when I suddenly had the idea for an iphone app that tells you about your menstrual cycle.  How easy would it be to simply enter the first and last days of your menstrual cycle each month and keep track of the length of your periods, ovulation days etc.  Well, don’t be too surprised girls but the app already exists, it’s called Period Calendar Deluxe for BlackBerry and costs $3.99 USD.  The app was released in November of 2009 and uses 370kb.  In 197 reviews it scored an average of 3.5/5 stars. As you can see from the screen shots below it predicts the date of your next cycle, tracks past cycles, as well as basal body temperature, period flow level, cervical fluid and daily mood.  It also has features for adding notes and exporting your data into a spreadsheet.

For the iphone there is Period+ and copious others.

One last app that I just want to mention…I recently downloaded CrunchSMS for my BlackBerry as I’ve always envied the iphone texting layout compared to the BlackBerry layout which looks like this:


The superior iphone SMS layout uses little white and green speech balloons which I really fancy for some reason. CrunchSMS allows BlackBerry users to feel like their texting on a iphone…iphone envy you say?  Perhaps just a little.

Now here’s a video of a baby preacher:

Perfect for iPad

January 19, 2011

Sometimes I take my iPad on the train and have the urge to jot down some points about what I’m reading or make a To Do List and okay, I guess I could just put it all down in an email and send it to myself but another option is to use an on-line notepad like Notepub.com…

NotePub is an online notepad that allows for private, public, and shared notes. NotePub is also an open purpose wiki without a markup language. Notes can include files and images, and can be linked to other notes within NotePub, or to external websites. Content is organized chronologically and with tags. Read and write permissions can be set for each note and user name. The user interface relies on drag-and-drop techniques to include content from other web sites or upload multiple images and files from the client computer. The user interface has been criticized as cluttered and awkward at first, but hassle-free after some initial learning.

In most other examples of note taking software, such as EvernoteSpringnote, and Google Notebook, search results are limited to a single notebook (in effect, a collection of notes created by a single user). NotePub search results include all public and private notes to which the current user has access. The importance of NotePub to the evolution of notetaking software, wikis, and collaborative real-time editors is the innovation of all users sharing a single stream of online notes, with access permissions set on a note by note basis.

Notepub does lack some of the features commonly found in notetaking software, such as RSS syndication. Its emphasis is more on quick accessibility than on features.

NotePub first launched on May 1, 2008.

I also use this wiki when I am working from my laptop because I can keep it open in a tab as opposed to writing note on Word and having to switch windows each time.  It also stores your notes online so you don’t need to carry around an USB stick.

Now if only I could find and app that helps me get through my To Do Lists, ugh.

Speaking of procrastination, here is a funny video:

 

Music While U Work

January 19, 2011

I love music, I listen to R&B, rap, blues, jazz, reggae, funk, Motown and soul.  I have over 60 gigs of music on my external hard drive but iTunes is the bane of my existence.  It can’t ever seem to locate my itunes folder and there are some compatibility issues with iTunes and Vista that I haven’t managed to work out.

Several months ago I downloaded Spotify.com…Wikipedia would you mind…?

…Spotify is a DRM-based music streaming service offering unlimited streaming of selected music from a range of major and independentrecord labels including SonyEMIWarner Music Group and Universal with virtually no buffering delay. The system is currently accessible using Microsoft WindowsMac OS XLinux and mobile devices such as the iPhone and those running AndroidSymbian,Windows Mobile or Palm’s HP webOS.

Music can be browsed by artist, album, record label, genre or playlist as well as by direct searches. On desktop clients a link allows the listener to purchase selected material via partner retailers. Launched in October 2008 by Swedish startup “Spotify AB”, the service has approximately ten million users as of September 15, 2010; about 650,000 of these are paying members.

Users can register either for free accounts supported by visual and radio-style advertising or for paid subscriptions without ads and with a range of extra features such as higher bitrate streams and offline access to music. A “Premium” account is required to use Spotify on mobile devices.

Spotify is currently available only in certain parts of Europe, with paid subscriptions restricted to people with credit/debit cards or PayPalaccounts registered in particular countries…

Now I can listen to Anthony Hamilton while I work.  If you’ve never heard of AH then check out this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0735xSoOxc

Another great thing about Spotify is that you can listen to it anywhere, all you need is a computer and some speakers. Unfortunately Spotify is not available in the USA as I learned this New Year’s eve in New Jersey.  I was at a party and wanted to play DJ on account of the poor music selection which consisted of Lady Ga Ga, the Gypsy Kings and ABBA…need I say more?

Wow Your Board with this Nifty Presentation App

January 19, 2011

Hey Folks,

Do you make a lot of presentations for work?  I used to make my presentations on PowerPoint until I discovered a great new site called Prezi.com.

Prezi…and i’m just going to cut & paste this from Wikipedia…

… is a web-based presentation application and storytelling tool that uses a single canvas instead of traditional slides. Text, images, videos and other presentation objects are placed on the infinite canvas and grouped together in frames. The canvas allows users to create non-linear presentations, where users can zoom in and out of a visual map. A path through different objects and frames can be defined, representing the order of the information to be presented. The presentation can be developed in a browser window, then downloaded so that an Internet connection is not needed when showing the presentation…

The only drawback I found was that when it came to saving my presentation the free version didn’t allow me to make it private. You can of course upgrade quite cheaply (approx £7/year).

Check it out and start making presentations that are fun and able to hold the attention of even the most ADD types.

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