The web is all a buzz with reports coming in from all over the Web, AT&T is to buy T-Mobile for a reported $39 billion dollars. The major reason why AT&T would want to do this to to now create the USA’s largest mobile network. Since according to AT&T their network traffic has increased over 8,000 percent in the last four years. I wonder why that is… surely not because of Droid… but I digress. Buying T-Mobile means AT&T would not have reinvent the wheel by expanding and building new towers to support the increasing growth in mobile demand.
I think this is kinda funny because many people out there thought they were sticking it to the preverbal MAN by jail breaking their iPhones. Yeah some claim it was to get apps that would never be approved by Apple, while others brazenly set out to buck the system and basically steal from AT&T and Apple. I think this reason is bullshit and they totally deserve having their theft cock-blocked by AT&T.
What are you thought? Drop me a line and let me know what you think?
In the show we covered a lot of topics ranging form the happenings of Macworld Expo to The Mac App Store one month after launch. We covered a lot of software titles form a games to utilities and got a few recommendations from the chat room. I am a big fan of TextExpander 3 and PDF Pen Pro both from Smile, while Steve gave us the rundown on Glympse and well as a few more gaming gems(you’ll have to excuse me for not remembering the games, you can watch the video though). What is Glympseâ„¢? Glympseâ„¢ is a groundbreaking new way to share your location with anyone for a specified period of time using patent-pending GlympseWatchâ„¢ timer. @Macbitz a commenter in the chatroom said this looks like Â great way for parents to see how fast their kids are driving when the take the family cruiser out for a night on the town.
We also covered getting your stuff covered. My TUAW blog mavens and I have been on a mission to find some of the best bags and protections devices for your mac wares. I stock Swiss Army Backpack is not going to cover it these days. Aiming for both style and protection we talked about some great bags from SG Bags, Rickshaw Bagworks and Tom Bihn Bags.
Productivity Guru and co-host of two of the best podcast on the Web, You Look Nice Today and Back to Work, Merlin Mann pimps out the full endorsement of my friend Brett Terpstra , a prominent coder and blogger for TUAW aka The Unofficial Apple Weblog during an OmniFocus Demo at Macworld 2011.
Brett has created some of the worlds coolest and time-saving pieces of code ever crafted if you are a blogger, web designer or code monkey. You can see an ever increasing list on Brett’s blog. There are a lot really; however, I’ll just give you some of my favorites.
I spent the last few days hanging out with Brett and I have to agree with Merlin he is a freak of nature when it come to writing great code that will save you a metric-crap-ton of time and headache. Defiantly one of the smartest people I know. You should follow Brett on Twitter and remember to visit his site here.
In case you are not aware of who exactly Merlin is… I suggest you check out his projects page on his site and if nothing else at least watch his epic “Inbox Zero” video and read his productivity articles on 43 Folders. Since I have adopted the methodologies taught by Merlin and coded by Brett I have seriously increased my productivity with out doing nearly as much busy work.
Drop me a line or leave a comment If you’ve found this to be useful to you as well. Mahalo
While cruising the floor of Macworld 2011 say stopped by the Algoriddim Booth to check out their “djay” product lineup. I have used the “djay”Â desktop app before an thought is was livable but not something i would used on a daily basis in my real-world djay gigs. I recently got wind of their new “djay”Â iPad application and was more than a bit curious.
While standing in line at the Algoriddim booth to get a crack at playing with the app and maybe do an interview with Fredric Seifert the demo guy from Algoriddim is got hoodwinked into testing this live on camera for TUAW by my now ex-friend TUAW Blogger and host of TUAW TV Live, Steve Sande. The iPad version of “djay” was impressive. I’m not going to replace a Serato setup with it any time soon; however, it is a load of fun and shows the promise of DJ applications on the touch interface of iOS devices.
Nice tag line for the applications but I have to say it is not quite ready for primetime but it is getting very close. Probably closer than many DJ’s will want it to. If you have an event and need a jock to keep the mood of the event flowing but have a limited budget the “djay by Algoriddim” products can save you some money of hiring a live DJ. Try the demo of the Mac application and see what you think
djay transforms your iPad into a full-fledged DJ system, allowing you to mix your iPod music library on a hyper-realistic turntable interface. Perform live, record mixes on-the-go, or enable Automix mode and let djay mix your favorite playlist automatically. With unprecedented ease-of-use and innovative multi-touch mixing features, djay for iPad takes DJing to the next level and offers a unique experience for beginners and professionals alike. –Algoriddim.com
Graphic Designers, Photographers, Writers and Gamers all crave for the holy grail of computing; multiple monitors in their workspaces. Once you add that second monitor to your workflow it will be very hard for you not to have the luxury of bountiful screen real estate for all your applications and windows to the Web.
Lucky for us, you can buy a monitor or pair of monitors from your local blue box retailers for relatively cheap (around $200). I recently purchased a pair of LG E2350 Widescreen LED Flat-Panels from the â€œBuy Moreâ€ for $239.00 each. These monitors are highly recommended all over the blogosphere and I can tell you first hand they are pretty incredible. The only knock you can give this class of LED/LCD monitors is our of the box they are not very consistent in regards to their color settings. I tried for hours to get the two monitors to match up on my Mac Pro and I could get them close but not perfect. I investigated getting a monitor calibration devices but didnâ€™t want to dish out another $229 for a Datacolor Spyder3 Elite display calibrator.
I did a little research and found out my local Shutterbug shop rents out calibrators(actually colorimeters) for less than $20. The software is very easy to use and you can have your monitors matched up and displaying perfect color in minutes. I calibrated my Macbook Pro Unibody and every other machine I could find in the house. Make sure you save your calibrated settings in case you need to recall them later like after a hard drive change or Lion upgrade. Some of the display calibrators even work with calibrating a LED/LCD television as they are just giant iPhonesâ€¦ oh I mean computer monitorsâ€¦ that’s a whole different blog post.
Give your local photo rental shop a call and see if they rent out monitor calibrators. Once your monitor is all trued up youâ€™ll thank your lucky stars you did it.
Donâ€™t get too caught up all the minutia of monitor specifications. They will confuse you and not make that big of a difference in everyday use. Buy your monitors from a dealer with a good return policy and do some real world testing in your very own workspace.
The other day I had a chance to revisit the great interview tool for bloggers called Wetoku. I had been singing it’s praises to a bunch of my fellow bloggers and spreading it around the web to as many people as i could frankly because i like this cool little webapp.
This time I had a chance to test it out with @Verso a.k.a Kelly Guimont of TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog). Besides being a great writer and reluctant host of TUAW’s Sunday Talkshoe Talkcast; Kelly is pure “GeekSugar” (that means she know her way around technology and general girl geekery). Vist TUAW to see her full bio