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[Review] iPhone App: Remote

In Tech on July 28, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Sites: None
App store link: [1]
Cost: Free
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This is an app written by Apple. It does a very simple thing. Over your wifi connection it controls your iTunes. You can browse the music/video library on your computer and play it. Just like you can play the part of your library that’s on your phone. See the album art. Everything. The great thing about it being Wifi is you don’t have to be within line of sight to access it. You can be in another room. Or downstairs. As long as your library and your phone are on the same wifi network it will work. Very useful, even if it is a pretty simple concept.
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[Review] iPhone app: UrbanSpoon

In Tech on July 23, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Website: www.urbanspoon.com
iPhone site: www.urbanspoon.com/m
App Store Link: [1]
Cost: Free
Uses: accelerometer & GPS

photo.jpgThis was an app that I heard about before the release of the iPhone apps. And I WANTED it. You see my friends and I have a problem. The inability to make a decision when it comes to food. So this little app can come in handy. The GPS finds your location and will give a higher priority to restaurants nearer your current location. It also seems to pick higher rated restaurants more often. Just give it a shake (or push the button, but that’s not as much fun) to play the restaurant slot machine. When the name of the restaurant lands just touch it to get address & phone number. Touch the phone number to call the restaurant. Touch the address to launch Google Maps. Overall, pretty cool. You can also say that you’re in a mood for Chinese, lock it down on Chinese and it will limit the searches to what you have selected.

Already this app has had an article in the New York Times food section and has been “spun” over 2,000,000 times (Source: [2]) in the short time it has been available.

photo.jpgSuggestions for improvements:

  • Tie into your UrbanSpoon profile so it can suggest your “Spoon Up” restaurants more often and avoid restaurants you give a “Spoon Down” to.
  • More cities listed. (Check here for current city availability [3]) This is a website thing as adding cities & restaurants take time. When I first joined the website ATL was listed but not MEM. It was, however, added shortly thereafter.
  • Another website thing, Hours. This is very important to me because I work nights. Does a place we’re ordering stay open until late enough for someone to swing by to pick up food? Currently we have to call and ask.

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iPhone apps

In Tech on July 23, 2008 at 1:53 am
EverNoteImage via Wikipedia

So a while back I wrote about a few iPhone apps I wanted. So I thought I’d followup with the results.

  1. Evernote
    RESULT: It’s here!
  2. iChat
    RESULT: No. Just AIM.
  3. Bento
    RESULT: No. There’s OmniFocus from the same folks, but no Bento yet.

Other’s I heard about and wanted.

  1. UrbanSpoon Has the random shake to find a restaurant feature.
  2. eReader eBook reader. I had some eBooks from this service when I used the palm regularly, but it’s kinda fallen by the wayside. Now I can download the books again!
  3. Jott
    Finally got a chance to play with it. I mostly use Jott as an interface for other web programs (Sandy for calendar, RTM for to do’s, and EverNote for notes). This will still transcribe, but it doesn’t allow you to send it to anyone except yourself.
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Twitter Rambling summary

In Uncategorized on July 14, 2008 at 11:06 pm
The TomTom One in-car navigation system.Image via Wikipedia

Just my random twitter scribblings. Twitter helps with making a really random blog post.

  • 09:09 I can’t find my TomTom. How’s that for irony. #
  • 11:03 we are in line. @Lethann has to get white but she can get one. #
  • 16:06 @lethann I continue to go back to hahlo.com #
  • 21:01 *Snerk* Retweeting @jephjacques: Outraged Budweiser enthusiasts belch, mutter something about the “fuggin’ French,” and reach for anothe … #
  • 23:19 Long day *yawn* I spent most of it in Alpharetta. We had to go get @lethann an iPhone. She had to get the White (she wanted black) #

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Twitter Rambling summary

In Uncategorized on July 13, 2008 at 11:14 pm
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Just my random twitter scribblings. Twitter helps with making a really random blog post.

  • 10:22 @erroch I like it I can set something playing and I don’t have to get up to change it. #
  • 10:38 I have a bunch of new followers in the past few days. *waves at everyone* #
  • 10:42 @jezabellbarbosa I have used iTunes for quite a while. I really enjoyed the smart playlists feature. The remote let’s me even change pla … #
  • 12:26 @CaliLewis That iPhone feature was in a previous update I think. Cause before the update I could double tap the home button to go to Pho … #
  • 13:11 @Amelia_Book Where’s the Eureka Commercial? #
  • 13:12 @Amelia_Book drats. I want to see that. #
  • 13:49 @Lethann Funny. So am I…. (playing with Pandora radio) #
  • 13:50 I am eating leftovers. I know @lethann & @Amelia_Book are dying of shock. #
  • 14:06 I’m on pandora as agd.tanya@gmail.com if you want to add me to your f-list. #
  • 15:44 @lethann Have fun. #
  • 17:16 I need to hit the grocery store #
  • 19:03 Groceries done. #
  • 19:09 I am home #
  • 19:59 McDonald brought me his toy to play with. #

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Twitter Rambling summary

In Uncategorized on July 12, 2008 at 11:10 pm
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Just my random twitter scribblings. Twitter helps with making a really random blog post.

  • 00:20 @lethann I will be so disappointed if they don’t have the 16 GB in black after I waited 6 hrs. #
  • 06:20 Installing the Evernote update. #
  • 06:23 2 days left in the month for Evernote I’ve used 1.4 MB out of the 40 MB on the free account. I now have the iPhone client. #
  • 09:00 I downloaded the Jott application for iPhone and I may delete it because it is not going thinking(?) to other s… tinyurl.com/6jjpkp #
  • 09:15 Is it back when you start casting(?) at your GPS system? tinyurl.com/6gxmw6 #
  • 09:54 I has paid for new phone. Activating now. #
  • 10:01 @amelia_book Yay! in and out this am in under an hour. #
  • 11:20 @amelia_book glad you think so. #
  • 11:21 Tom is headed this way so we can get my old iPhone activated for him. #
  • 11:56 Trying out the new iPhone #
  • 13:48 @Amelia_book call me when you get out of orientation. #
  • 14:50 @Amelia_Book tell them to let you out already. #
  • 15:33 @amelia_book do we just want to meet back at home? #
  • 17:30 @BucketJen Evernote, AIM, Urbanspoon #
  • 21:22 @lethann awwww #
  • 21:26 hellboy 2 was fun. #
  • 21:53 @lethann yes we did before the movie. #
  • 21:56 @lethann I’m trying to get Tom set up with iTunes & the iPhone. #
  • 23:01 60 of 94 items synced #
  • 23:40 iphone sync is FINISHED #
  • 23:52 As much as I thought I wouldn’t use it… I am using the iTunes Remote for the iPhone. Control your iTunes throught your iPhone. #
  • 00:00 Okay going to go lay down now. #

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Twitter Rambling summary

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2008 at 11:13 pm
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Just my random twitter scribblings. Twitter helps with making a really random blog post.

  • 05:32 @amelia_book That’s cause you never pick up the phone unless its me. #
  • 05:34 @amelia_book you don’t call anyone else either. #
  • 06:42 @amelia_book yes it does matter. #
  • 09:45 tinyurl.com/5orc35 #
  • 09:45 I made it home. #
  • 17:42 mcDonald is loving on me. #
  • 20:00 McD is telling me all about his week and his love of gooshy food. #
  • 22:03 @lethann sounds yum. #
  • 22:34 Ceesau is #2 on my Top Artists this Week at Last.fm www.last.fm/user/tatianamik/ #
  • 22:53 McDonald is crashed out under my chair. #
  • 23:05 WordPress.com is using Google Gears for offline usage. Now RTM & Google Docs & Google Reader. Glad to see more useages for offline apps. #
  • 23:07 @demonasolace I don’t play WOW. I think I’m the only one who doesn’t #
  • 23:11 @demonasolace my excuse is I’m not a gamer even though all my friends are. #
  • 23:37 Boo is lying on my purse. McDonald is lying on my laptop case. They don’t want me going anywhere. #

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