I saw this site on a TWIT podcast a few weeks ago. It’s a great way to share pictures. For each album that you make you also get an email address that people can send in their own pictures to. This could be a great way to collect photos from an event or a trip. You could just give everyone the email address to send in their own pictures so you could use them. And the best part, it’s free. Definitely worth checking out.
Apple held an event today called “Back to the Mac”, I think they wanted to remind us they still make computers too. There are 100 sites of blogs talking about what they announced, so I’ll leave that to those that were actually there. But I thought I’d give you my take on the 3 big announcements they made.
1. iLife 2011 -
iPhoto: They enhanced the full screen view, which looks like it will be nicer to work in. They also added new templates for slide shows and books. These should be a welcome edition because I’m sure you’ve used the existing ones hundreds of times for those quick slide shows to show at the end of an event or in a service to show what the youth group is up to. The news ones look really nice, I’m excited to get to play with them in real life.
iMovie: One of the big improvements in iMovie is in the audio editing. This has been my biggest complaint and frustration since Apple moved away from the timeline approach to editing. This updated version allows for easier editing and volume control. (I can’t wait). They also added a new feature to make movie trailers. They looked really fun. I could totally see it as a fun way to make promo videos. I bet there are going to be a lot of movie trailer winter camp promo videos this year.
Garage Band: They made some improvements here with beat matching and some of the training, but since I’m not a musician it’s hard for me to give much commentary, but the demo looked good.
2. OS 10.8 Lion -
A couple big stories here. While nothing that’s going to change the way you do ministry, there are a few things that may help you save some time as you work. Too bad we have to wait till next summer to get our hands on it.
Mission Control, Launch Pad, Full Screen Apps: The story for me here was that is continuing to improve the way to switch windows, launch programs, and keep track of all the things we have open on our computers. I appreciate anything that can help streamline and organize my computer.
App Store: Apple hopes to do for apps on the Mac what the app store did for the iphone and ipad. I know some are concerned this will create a closed environment like on the iPhone, but I don’t think that apple will close out none app store apps, I think they are just trying to simplify it for a majority of it’s users. Hopefully it will make it a lot easier to find apps without searching all over the internet. Also I wonder if this will drive prices down just like in the mobile app store? It will be interesting to see.
FaceTime: This one you don’t really have to wait for. The beta is available HERE. It is what is sounds like. Video FaceTime calling to other computer or phones. I wonder if they’ll make a windows version someday. This will be a great way to call all those students with iPhones now won’t it.
3. MacBook Air
They’ve updated the Macbook Air line. They updated the existing 13.3 in model, plus added an 11.6. The best thing in my book is they have high resolution screens. I’ve also wanted a small computer with a super high res screen. The new Macbook Air is the closest thing yet. However I’m not sure they will fit in to many church budgets. They start at $999, but after looking at the configurations, it seems like a realistic price is $1400 for a machine that I’d be happy with.
Check out David Crowder Band’s latest video. Super creative. Loved it.
Here’s the latest trailer for the next Narnia movie. It looks like they took a little liberty with the story, so we’ll see how it turns out.
Today Facebook held an event where they announced a update to their current group structure. Looks like it will make it much easier to use. Creating groups, adding people to the group, privacy, all are getting upgrades. The biggest improvement that I see it to chat. I think it could be a great improvement for people using it in ministry. I could totally see a small group creating a closed group and using the chat.
But don’t go looking for it yet, it will be rolling out over the next few weeks.
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Ever wonder if you have an unidentified proclivity for eschatological global domination? Simply type your name(s) into the name box on this site and it will let you know if there is a way to make your name add up to 666.
I got bad news… my last name contains 666. If you put 100 for A, 101 for B and so on, it will add up to a total of 666. It’s good to know I’m not alone. Other names with 666:
I thought I’d start a new series on the blog, my top 3 of the week. I’m going to be sharing my top 3 tools of the week. Just little things that I’ve found helpful or useful. So here we go:
1. Omnifocus – I’ve been looking for something to get my projects and tasks in line. I’ve tried many programs, but nothing was giving me everything I needed. After looking at about 10 different programs this is where i landed. It syncs to the cloud, so my phone, ipad, and computer all have the same data, and I can add tasks via email. Hopefully I’ll feel the same way in 3 months because it wasn’t cheap, but if it can help me keep track of all the projects I have going, it’ll be worth it. Sorry PC friends, but it’s Mac only.
2. Magic Trackpad – It has a really bad name, but I love this input device. The multi-touch is awesome.
3. Zumocast – This is one of the best ways I’ve found to access files on my home computer with my iPhone or iPad. It was super easy to setup, and the best part is it’s free. It’s a great way to get that file you forgot, listen to your music collection or watch a movie on the go. And this one is PC or Mac. Jeremy also liked it and shared his thoughts HERE. Click Here to try it out.
Zumocast is focused on helping you play/display the media you have on your computer to your iOS device. After installing the app on your computer and iOS device and registering with Zumocast, you are able to do some incredible things.
You can watch any video you have on your computer on your iOS device. When I say any, I mean ANY; it even transcodes formats that are not viewable into viewable formats/resolutions. It works over 3G or WiFi (though beware of your caps). If you are about to get on a plane, don’t worry, all you have to do is click a download button and the item begins downloading in that appropriate format! (subject to the 10MB 3G cap)
More of a music person than a movie person? Music works much the same way though for some reason it will not download.
Then, of course, you can view photos. But that is not where the viewing stops. I tried Word, Pages, Excel, PowerPoint, Keynote, PDF, RTF and all opened perfectly for viewing.
As far as I can see there are only a couple of disappointments. Why it doesn’t allow you to download the music is beyond me, but I understand having a healthy fear of the RIAA. It is also irritating that the desktop utility installs with a default to prevent your computer from going to sleep. While I am sure that is the best thing for ZumoCast to operate, I am glad I looked before I walked out the door tomorrow morning with a dead laptop. It would also be incredible if you could make some simple changes to text documents.
The best part of this incredible app is that it’s FREE and cross-platform. Zumocast supports windows, mac, and iOS. They are working on an android version as well.
Twitter announced today some upcoming changes to it’s web interface. They seem to be trying to bring a lot of the features that we all love about the various desktop clients we love to the web. They plan on splitting the screen in two, allowing one half to be your update stream and the second to be your followers, any media embedded into the stream, trends, and more. It’s a little reminiscent of the drawers they use in the new iPad app they released a few weeks ago. I don’t know if it will be enough to sway me from using Tweetie, but we’ll see.
Check out this video they made to show it off:
And just in case you don’t already, you can follow all the geekiness of this site at @ymgeek.