Monday, November 02, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Produce a movie on iPhone



A test of the ReelDirector app on the iPhone 3gs. The app os $8 and is quick and easy to use.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Iowa was wireless 300 years ago?

After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, New York scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion, that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the New Yorkers, in the weeks that followed, a California archaeologist dug to a depth of 200 feet, and shortly after, a story in the LA Times read: ' California archaeologists, finding traces of 200 year old copper wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the New Yorkers.'

One week later, The Des Moines Register, a local newspaper in Iowa, reported the following: After digging as deep as 300 feet in his flower garden in Storm Lake, Iowa, Jack Kooker, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing. Jack has, therefore, concluded that 300 years ago, Iowa had already gone wireless.

Who said Iowan's were dumb hicks?

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

AT&T keeps getting better!

AT&T today announced its plans for rolling out 7.2 Mbps 3G data service on its network. Deployment will begin in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami, with service in those cities beginning by the end of the year. Service will be extended over the following two years to cover approximately 90% of the current U.S. 3G network area.

AT&T plans to begin deployment of HSPA 7.2 in six major U.S. cities, including Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami, with initial service availability expected in these markets by the end of the year. All told, the company plans to deploy HSPA 7.2 in 25 of the nation's 30 largest markets by the end of 2010, and to reach about 90 percent of its existing 3G network footprint with HSPA 7.2 by the end of 2011.

AT&T announced in late May that it would be deploying the technology, which doubles the theoretical speed of its existing 3G network as an interim step toward LTE (4G) offerings scheduled to begin rolling out in 2011.

Apple's iPhone 3GS, released in June, does support the faster 7.2 Mbps download speed being deployed, although it is apparently unable to support the faster upload speeds associated with the new standard. from http://www.macrumors.com/

From the AT&T website:
Broadband

Extending broadband services to more Americans will create jobs, lead to the development of new, innovative products and fuel economic growth. It will connect more Americans to educational and employment opportunities and open the door to better, less expensive health care. And, it will cut energy consumption and reduce environmental damage.

AT&T stands ready to assist in the important goal of furthering broadband deployment and adoption. We're investing billions of dollars to build advanced broadband networks — both wired and wireless — that will create jobs, fuel economic growth and make affordable broadband services available to more people. Underscoring that commitment, we joined with the Communications Workers of America (CWA), and many others, in calling for a comprehensive National Broadband Strategy.

We recently completed deployment of the world's largest, fastest backbone technology available today — 40-gigabit per second, which will dramatically expand capacity to handle the ever-growing demand for bandwidth. We are also delivering the nation's fastest 3G connectivity, with 4G LTE just around the corner. In addition, we have the nation's largest Wi-Fi network with nearly 20,000 hot spots at locations including Starbucks, airports and hotels.

Monday, August 24, 2009

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Nissan Leaf Electric Car

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The Nissan Leaf, an affordable, all-electric, fast charging vehicle is due in 2010 and I can't wait! I'm on the waiting list at FrederickNissan.com

Learn more here!

Monday, July 20, 2009

twitvid.com and the iPhone 3Gs

The iPhone 3Gs and programs like twitVid are going to change everything in media. This is the first opportunity for anyone with a cell phone (this demo is on the iPhone) to upload videos of acceptable quality in near real-time. The video below took me two minutes over 3g to upload and was available to watch instantly via my twitter account.


Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Media - Where are things going?

iPhone tethering - will this work?

iPhone 3.0 is live! so we are going to repost our tethering tutorial with some big improvements. You now don't have to do any downgrading or torrenting. Seems you can just run a little command in terminal (Make sure you are on OS 3.0 on a 3G iPhone and iTunes 8.2):

defaults write com.apple.iTunes carrier-testing -bool TRUE

After that, the steps become a lot more simple.

1. Download this file (for AT&T) and mount the disk image (thanks Gizmodo) for other carriers, try here.

2. Option-click on "restore" in your iTunes with your iPhone attached. Browse to the opened disk image file and hit OK. It will update phone settings for a few seconds.

3. You have tethering. Now go into your iPhone/settings/general/network/Internet Tethering and turn it on.

Boom - 3 steps to tethering...

Oh, and how to you like cut and paste and spotlight search?

IPhoto 09 and Picasa 3 - How To Screencast

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Why the iPhone 3G S is a big upgrade!

iPhone 3G S major upgrade - Enter the ARM Cortex A8

This past weekend Palm introduced its highly anticipated Pre. While I’m still working on my review of the Pre, I can say that it’s the closest thing to an iPhone since Apple first unveiled the product two summers ago. In many ways the Pre is lacking in areas that the iPhone has honestly perfected, but in others the Pre easily surpasses Apple’s best.

One such area is raw performance. While both the iPhone and iPhone 3G use the same old CPU/GPU, the Pre uses TI’s OMAP 3430 processor. The 3430, like the SoC Apple uses, has both a CPU and GPU on the same package. Instead of the ARM11 and the PowerVR MBX-Lite however, the OMAP 3430 uses an ARM Cortex A8 core and a PowerVR SGX GPU. Both are significant improvements over what was in the original iPhone.

Thankfully, Apple fans don’t have to be outclassed for long - the newly announced iPhone 3GS uses a comparable CPU/GPU pair.

Although unannounced, the iPhone 3GS uses (again) a Samsung SoC but this time instead of the ARM11 + MBX-Lite combo it’s got a Cortex A8 and PowerVR SGX; just like the Pre.

Full article....

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Clear Channel implodes

Limbaugh's living large while radio boss Clear Channel implodes
May 05, 2009 11:22 am ET (from MediaMatters)

Even for a pancaked industry like radio broadcasting, which has become somewhat numb to years' worth of mass layoffs triggered by hyper, corporate consolidation, and more recently by an over-the-cliff advertising recession, last week's HR wave of mutilation unleashed by industry giant Clear Channel Communications must have felt like a pile-on.

Drowning under massive debt and desperate to cut more costs, Clear Channel took an ax to its payroll -- again -- and hacked hundreds of radio pros out the door. Program directors, morning show hosts, production pros, news anchors -- all of them tossed over the side. A "bloodbath," one newspaper called it. (In Albany, New York, the entire on-air staff at a Clear Channel music station was sacked; same with a radio outpost in Exeter, New Hampshire)

The most recent blizzard of pink slips (one industry report pegged it at "nearly 1,000") came in the wake of a January purge, in which 1,850 Clear Channel employees were let go. So already this year the company has shed nearly 3,000 employees, or 12 percent of its workforce. Also, last week, Clear Channel's parent company announced it was suspending its matching contributions to employee 401(k) retirement programs.

Clear Channel, the conservative-friendly media behemoth with a soft spot for right-wing radio -- and which emerged earlier this decade as the poster child for everything that's wrong with runaway media consolidation (aka "The Evil Empire") -- is now hanging on for dear life. "It's a house of cards," radio watcher and Clear Channel expert Alec Foege recently told me, noting the company's crippling debt payments, which are due at a time when advertising revenues are vanishing. (Foege is author of 2008's Right of the Dial: The Rise of Clear Channel and the Fall of Commercial Radio.)

As The New York Times noted last week, "It is too soon to say who will be the biggest loser among media companies in this recession. But Clear Channel Communications is vying for the title."

more....

TomTom for the iPhone

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Google wave - turbo charged communications!



Google wave. Is this going to change everything?



Here's a great summary of Google wave and why it's being called game changing:
http://mashable.com/2009/05/31/google-wave-features/
and here's more:
http://mashable.com/2009/05/31/google-wave-test/

Yesterday's TWiT was right on point talking about wave and the new media. If
you have an opportunity you might want to download the podcast #197
title "Steal This Diploma"

You can download here: http://twit.tv/197
http://twit.tv/



Also see:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10256471-2.html

Friday, May 29, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Windows on a MAC?

Now, according to Leo Laporte you can run Windows for FREE on your MAC. Use Sun's VirtualBox and then download the FREE Windows 7 beta and you're good to go for a year all for FREE.
http://www.sun.com/software/products/virtualbox/features.jsp

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Complete Package for Your Business!

Screen Capture Software for MAC

A picture can be worth a thousand words and sometimes there is no substitute for taking a snapshot of whatever is on your computer screen at a given time and then sharing it with a friend or the world.

So today, I was continuing my search for the perfect all-in-one screen capture tool and I ran across a blog posting by HTML Editor Reviews and here's s summary with my two cents mixed in:

Voila: For $39.95 this program does it all! If I hadn't already purchased LittleSnapper in the MacHeist bundle I would be all over this one. As it is I'm using a combination of Skitch and LittleSnapper. The later can capture a complete webpage. They need to add this feature to Skitch and I would be a happy capture artist! (website)

Skitch: (free public beta) doesn’t capture web pages, just your full screen, a window, or a selected area or your screen. What makes Skitch great, though, is how easily you can capture, share, and edit the images you grab. Like LittleSnapper, Skitch has annotation tools and sharing functionality via its own web service. Unlike LittleSnapper, Skitch lets you crop and resize the image without having to open an image editor (Edit: see my note below — LS can crop). This is an awesome facility for anyone posting images to a blog — it’s speedy and works well. Moreover, Skitch will automatically name your captures, but lets you easily change the name and format of the file. Where LittleSnapper has the upper hand is in its built-in ability to store and categorize the images you grab and in its web capturing abilities. http://plasq.com/skitch

LittleSnapper: ($39 USD) is definitely the most ambitious of the three programs and it lets you capture the most types of screenshots. You can grab your full screen, a window, an entire web page, or a specific DOM element on a web page. Once you’ve captured your screenshot, you can annotate it, sort it, tag it, and/or share it via Flickr or Realmac’s own QuickSnapper service. As a bonus, LittleSnapper has a gorgeous Mac interface. http://www.realmacsoftware.com/littlesnapper/

Web Snapper: ($15 USD) is a tiny app that (only) lets you capture web pages exactly as you see them in Safari. You can use it by itself, dragging URLs into its interface, or via a button it adds to Safari. Web Snapper then captures the entire length of the web page — even the portion that isn’t viewable without scrolling — and saves it as an image or PDF. Where Web Snapper excels is in its Safari integration and its “Save as PDF” feature, which, as I’ve mentioned before, is nothing short of amazing. Web Snapper is definitely more of a niche product than the other two apps, but it does its job extremely well. http://www.tastyapps.com/

Special Note: For screencasting (making a video of your screen actions) I use ScreenFlow:
http://www.telestream.net/screen-flow/overview.htm

Click Here for original Blog posting!


Friday, May 01, 2009

Video Recording, Editing and Sharing on the iPhone??

Here's some more exciting news from MacRumors.com:

Considering all the leaked evidence of video recording and editing in the iPhone 3.0 beta, it's not really a stretch to predict that the next iPhone will offer long-requested video features. Still, Businessweek's Peter Burrows confirms that to be the case based on a source familiar with Apple's plans for the next iPhone.

In fact, Burrows suggests that video recording won't simply be an afterthought but a major feature of the new iPhone.

Evidently, shooting video is as easy as it is with a Flip, the ingenious device made by Pure Digital (recently purchased by Cisco). Then there's an iMovie app that lets you quickly save the sections you want, right there on the phone itself. There may also be support for MMS, so the clips can be shared wirelessly with friends. And because of the iPhone's relatively large screen, your friends don’t have to schlep to your PC or their Facebook page to see that video of your kids or your safari. Just hand them your iPhone.

Burrows even suggests it could be as successful as Apple's late, yet dominating, entry into the MP3 market with the iPod. An easy to use video recording, editing and sharing iPhone could be a breakthrough usage for the device -- allowing people on a large scale to quickly record and share videos without bothering to connect to their computer.

For what it's worth, MacRumors has similarly heard that the next iPhone will support Video recording and YouTube sharing which has been supported by evidence found in the iPhone 3.0 beta.

http://www.macrumors.com/

But the big question is will the iPhone record in HD....

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

iPhone 3g Homescreen Apps

iPhone 3g Going Strong!

I'm often asked what makes the iPhone so special? Why pay more for a phone AND switch to AT&T in the process? Why use an Apple computer with your iPhone? Why, why, why??

Let me try to answer. There are three primary reasons for the iPhone's success:

1) It's beautiful and things look beautiful on it: (e. g. photos, movies, e-mail, Internet, applications)

2) It works well. The user interface is simple, intuitive and fast.

3) It's so popular that developers from all over the world are coming up with applications that do almost everything your desktop computer will do and sometimes even more.

In addition, in typical Apple fashion each version of the iPhone (version 3 is due in June) gets better. Lastly, even though the iPhone will work with a Windows computer syncing with a powerful Mac really lets this mini computer shine and live up to its full potential.

As a special bonus I'm going to list some of the iPhone apps I use on a daily basis. This is just screen one of my applications and I have five screens of apps!

1) GMail - This takes me directly to my GMail inbox and works great with even a slow Internet connection (some areas are still 2g speeds)

2) Google - This takes me to all the Google web-based apps: Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Talk, Tasks, Reader, Goog-411, News.

3) Colorsplash - This allows me to edit photos and make portions color while leaving the rest black and white. This is a great way to make a person stand out from the background. (sample)

4) Camera - For taking photos and hopefully in the next iPhone videos.

5) Photogene - For cropping and color tuning photos.


6) Darkslide - For viewing flickr photos and uploading photos to flickr or twitter.

7) Evernote - For remembering anything: text, audio, photos. Also syncs with my Mac.

8) Weather - Check the weather for various locations.

9) Notes - Another note application.

10) Tweetie - Allows the management of multiple twitter accounts.

11) Flashlight - Light when and where you need it.

12) Photos - Access photos you sync from your computer or those you take with the iPhone.

13) 12seconds - Post 12 second recordings to your 12seconds.tv account. (uses three photos and audio you record to put together something that almost looks like a video)

14) Clock - Time in multiple time zones, alarms, stopwatch, countdown timer.

15) TWiT.am - Listen to twit programming.

16) Stocks - Follow the stock market.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Canon SD 970is Camera Review

Below is my unboxing video that was shot with my Canon SD 950is. Below that is a video shot in HD with the new Canon SD 970is. You can go to viddler and download the original HD video here.


Note: This camera is made in Japan. Also, you will notice in the above video it does not like to focus in the video mode on objects closer than 2 feet. However, if you use the macro mode it will focus on close objects. You will need to shot the close up as a single clip at a fixed distance because once the focus is locked in it will not adjust if you then move further away or closer to the object.

Here'a another video taken with the 970is:


Sunday, April 05, 2009

iJustineCoolBlue

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iJustineCoolBlue, originally uploaded by AreaGuides.com Network.

I just bought the MacHeist.com software bundle $900+ in software for about $39. I used the software to work on the photo here!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

iJustine Making Good Things Happen!


iJustine

iJustine is in the news and here's a pull-quote:

"The internet has changed people's habits. It has made it easy to find information on just about anything in which a person has an interest. However, if the information doesn't exist, it can't be found. It is still truly amazing how many businesses don't have even the most basic information in places where people can find it when they search. And they will search. People have always searched. That's why we had the Yellow Pages."

Click Here for the full story!

Giottos MM8660 Monopod unboxing

A look at the carbon fiber Giottos MM8660 Monopod. A great tool for keeping your videos stable.


Sanyo VPC-CG10BK HD Digital Video and 10MP Photos


Sanyo is getting in on the affordable HD camera game with their VPC-CG10BK HD Digital Video and 10MP Photos compact camera. It's due out May 1st.

Click Here for more info!

The video below was produced, shot, edited and performed by iJustine and she used s Sanyo HD camera!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

4 Display - Windows 7

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4 Display - Windows 7, originally uploaded by planetc1.

Nice setup....only if it were a MAC.

Blue Eyeball


Anyone for HD video?

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

New iPhone on the way?

Touted as “100% confirmed” by the diligent tech watchers at Boy Genius, the iconic Apple
iPhone is supposedly heading for yet another generational re-imagining that will further improve the popular smartphone’s overall performance.

While not directly revealing its sources, the eagle-eyed technology outfit reports that “someone pretty high up in AT&T’s food chain” has revealed that a third iteration of the iPhone will be officially unveiled this coming June.

Click Here for complete article!

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And, what about 4g mobile data? Click Here for some possible options!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Powershot with HD video - WOW!!!

Canon on Tuesday updated its point-and-shoot PowerShot line by announcing ten new cameras. A few of the new models will be able to record high-definition video at 720p and 1080p, both a first for Canon in the United States. Another area Canon will dive into is the waterproof camera market. Though the company makes waterproof housing accessories for its cameras, Canon will be introducing its first waterproof camera (up to 13 feet) in early May.

Canon originally announced its first HD video–capable camera, the PowerShot SX1 IS, in September of 2008, but only sold it in Europe. Beginning in April, consumers can purchase the SX1 in the U.S., and it lists for $599.99. This 10-megapixel superzoom camera will offer a 20x optical zoom, use a wide-angle 28mm lens, and be capable of recording 1080p video at 30 frames per second (fps). The camera will also use a CMOS sensor as opposed to a CCD sensor. (CMOS sensors are usually found in high-end SLR cameras that produce much better images through lower amounts of noise and larger dynamic range.) more....

Click Here for the Canon HD camera I'm waiting for (SD 970is)!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Blue Bird Wanderlodge Mobile Office

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IMG_2152, originally uploaded by AreaGuides.com Network.

Here's a look at my main work station in the Blue Bird Wanderlodge FC31 mobile office.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Chris Pirillo - Talks about online video.


Chris | Live Tech Support | Video Help | Add to iTunes

Transcript of video from Pirillo.com:

I’ve been doing this live video thing for just about two years now. I wanted to talk about online video today in order to answer a few questions Steve Garfield had for me. He’s working on a new book, which should be a great read! When talking with me about the book, Steve says:

Most of the videoblogging books out there were written a few years ago, so I’m producing a book with real world examples that people can pick up and actually do things. Interviews with people like you will be both inspiring and practical.

Sounds good to me, so let’s get going on those answers!

  • You have a background in TV, hosting the TechTV show Call for Help. What did you learn from your TV experience that would help others produce video for the web? The keyword in that sentence is “produce”. That’s what most videos lack - production quality. I’ve evolved my production quality over time - I’m doing my best! My setup is now such that I feel it works very well. I’ve even worked with others as a consultant, who all now use this same setup.
  • You stream live using Ustream.tv and then post your videos on YouTube. The quality is very good. What computer, video and audio equipment do you use and why? It is true that I stream live to file via Ustream. I do this because it brings a different dimension to my videos. Instead of just being a talking head, I’d rather have the interaction of the community. I change hardware up frequently, in order to make things better.
  • What equipment would you suggest to someone getting started? People can get started using a laptop with an inbuilt webcam, right? Is that a good idea? Absolutely, they can start that way. Don’t spend any money if you don’t have to. That being said… if you want your videos to look professional, then spend money! It’s a matter of personal preference, and what your ultimate goals are when producing content.
  • Why are you using YouTube to host your videos? Is it because of the integration with Ustream.tv? Are there drawbacks to using YouTube? I use a variety of video hosting services, honestly. I don’t only rely on YouTube. That being said, YouTube has this vast audience worldwide. It’s pretty much the place where everyone goes to find videos. YouTube is actually the second largest search engine on the Internet. A person would be crazy not to put their videos on YouTube. The number of views that YouTube gives me is astronomical… around 80,000 views per day!
  • You just got over 1 million hits for your airplane safety video! How’d that happen? That was the first YouTube video I ever did. It was just me mocking the safety announcement on a flight. I couldn’t help it, it was hilarious at the time. I was making up hand gestures, and being silly. For some reason, people just love this video, and find it to be completely funny. When you put something on the web it doesn’t just fade away - it’s there forever!
  • Have you figured out the best method for producing web video? Recording a live stream without editing and posting directly to YouTube? Any secrets you can share on how to best do it? Everyone is going to have a different style. Me… I like doing things live, saving the file and converting it to a different format. I have to thank my assistant Kat for the help she gives on that end. She downloads and converts all my videos, gets them uploaded to the various sites, and writes up the show notes for my blog. There’s a lot involved, and I’m grateful for her help! That also shows you that producing content regularly is not always a walk in the park. If that’s all you’re doing, you can likely manage it yourself. But if you have your finger in many other pies as I do, you’ll need help. I choose to shoot live to file because I hate editing… it takes up too much time!
  • What makes a successful video? Success can be measured in many ways. For me, success comes from doing something that I myself am proud of. For others, it’s getting information from the video that they were hoping to attain, and learning something new from whatever it was I talked about. So success can be measured in view numbers, or one of many other ways.
  • What advice would you give to a business getting started in online video? Just do it. So many businesses and people get caught up in not doing things, or become afraid of bad comments/reviews. In fact, your video is not a sucess unless someone has been negative!
  • What is the secret to online video? Do something that is unique, and stands out. Not only yourself, but your set as well has to convey your message. Don’t try to be someone else. You have to own what you’re doing, and make it yours.
  • What other comments or advice do you have? One thing I will say is to develop a thick skin. There are idiots everywhere, and you’ll have to deal with them when your content is distributed. Keep doing your thing, and don’t let jerks bring you down or make you question yourself. That isn’t to say you shouldn’t take constructive criticism - you should! But take everything else and throw it out the window.

My target market are the people who don’t know me, as much as I love my audience. I have to do my best to get to the people who don’t yet know me. Pay attention to your community, and remember to go after the rest of the people to get them into your community!

Good luck with the book, Steve! I’m looking forward to reading it.

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Monday, March 02, 2009

Frederick News Post in Trouble


Friday, the Frederick News Post announced that due to financial problems they will stop publishing a Monday print edition of their daily paper.

From their Friday paper:

[March 30 will be the last Monday edition for the foreseeable future, said Editor and Publisher Myron Randall. The decision was driven by the effect of a dire economy on the 126-year-old newspaper and will cushion the organization financially over the coming months.

"We have made a broad range of cuts across the company that has affected every facet of our operations," Randall said. "Although we are suspending the Monday edition, we're committed to improving our Sunday and Tuesday papers and the quality of our product across the board."]

To me this comes as no surprise. Their announcement also comes on the heels of the postal service saying they are considering suspending Saturday mail delivery.

The bottom line is printing time sensitive information and then having to deliver said information will not work in the age of the Internet. People want their information NOW in REAL TIME and they want many photos and video clips and not just the summary a printed newspaper can provide. They also want to interact with the news and contribute. They want to be involved! So where will news junkies go when the Frederick News Post finally goes away for good? Maybe a community website like http://Frederick.com