When Apple first released Photo Stream as part of their iCloud service, I was excited to finally have all my photos automatically transferred between my devices. They were in addition automatically backed up to my Mac, which meant that the need to sync my iPhone to iTunes would be a thing of the past.
What I failed to realize at the time was that although automatically backing up all photos to my Mac was a breeze, there was no convenient way to view older photos the way they were meant to be viewed – on the crisp Retina Display on my iPad.
There are services which have tried to achieve ubiquitous access to all photos, and Everpix was just that kind of service. Once configured, it was basically a set-and-forget solution where all photos were automatically uploaded to their servers. If you followed the above link, you will notice that they are no longer in service since they apparently ran out of money.
I found another solution to my problem, and I think you have heard of this service before. It comes from Yahoo and is called Flickr.
In a recent Flickr for iOS update, the ability to automatically upload captured photos to a private set was added. This gives you the same set-and-forget setup that Everpix once brought, and with 1 TB for free you will undoubtably last a very long time without running out of space.
The problem with the Flickr iOS app is still the viewing part however, which is why I bought Flickring for iPhone and iPad. It connects to your Flickr account and shows your sets and photo stream in a beautiful way.
Since both Aperture and Lightroom support publishing to Flickr, you will always have access to all your photos taken with your traditional camera as well, as long as you have internet access or have synced the photos for offline viewing using Flickring.
Just when I was speaking of using IFTTT together with Evernote, this pops up in my feed. It seems there is a new iPhone app for IFTTT available which lets you to all the automation you are used to, but tie it together with resources in the iPhone, such as triggers when adding photos, reminders and contacts.
Google Maps is now available for iPhone
Looking forward to trying the new navigation on my way home from work. Could this become a competitor to Waze?
I have been a heavy Things users since the beginning, but there have always been certain features that I have found lacking, such as sub-projects and a distinction between areas of focus.
Omnifocus has had all necessary features since I can remember, so I finally decided to give it a go for real. All active projects and areas from Things have been migrated to Omnifocus, leaving the someday/maybe list for if/when I commit to using Omnifocus for a foreseeable future.
The one thing I will have to live without for a couple of days until I can commit, is buying the iPhone app. That means I will be using Evernote on the iPhone to capture actions and projects on the go.
I am really looking forward to be able to use sub-projects and see if that increases my productivity and peace of mind about large projects. Perspectives are also something I look forward too, since that means being able to focus on just work or personal, even though there are deadlines arising in both places. In Things, everything is meshed together and it is practically impossible to completely separate all focus areas. There is an option to disable an area of focus, but that is a too inconvenient workaround.
PayPal recently released an iPhone app for sending and receiving money. You may request and send money to other PayPal users, as well as view your payment history and withdraw money from your account. There is also a cool feature for making it super easy to split a check with any number of people!
There is even a novelty feature where two people who are both using the app can bump their phones together to automatically pair them for easy money transfer. It uses the GPS to get the location of nearby iPhones and the bump time to find the correct one.
This is a great way for handling money among friends, and it is super easy too! It really makes it possible to be without cash and transfer money electronically without using credit cards — most friends probably don’t have their own card swiping machine.
I am posting this from the WordPress for iPhone app! Version 2.1 is great with everything one could want, except one thing.
For some reason, the wordpress app lacks a widescreen mode, which to me is astounding, given that the app is designed for, well… writing.
The blog has been very quiet for some time now as you can see. I have been crazy busy with work, and fixing stuff for my new apartment. More on the whole apartment deal later on though.
I wanted to get notified on Twitter replies and mentions instantly, both on my Mac and on my iPhone. Since Google released Push for the iPhone a couple of weeks ago, an email based solution would be perfect.
Get Twitter Mentions is a bash script well suited for this task. It is easily customizable and you can run is as often as you like. Just add a crontab like the following on a Linux server of your choice:
*/2 * * * * /home/joch/bin/send-mentions-as-email.sh
This will execute the script every two minutes and email you if there are any new updates. Just make sure that you keep the requests well within the API limits (currently 150 requests per hour), or your API access may be revoked for a while. The emails are very well designed, having the tweets in the subjects for easy viewing and a full profile and other types of information right there in the email.
The following pictures are taken from the author’s site, but shows in a very clear way how things look.