Sunday, November 19, 2017


If you like to run, ride or just adventure outside, give Strava a try. It’s free! Well then there's a premium version  But millions of runners, cyclists and active people use Strava to record their activities, compare performance over time, connect with their community, and share the photos, stories and highlights of their adventures with friends.

* Track Your Runs, Rides and Activities for Free

* Connect with Friends and Fellow Athletes

* Activity Photos: Showcase the best moments of your run or ride

Ok, so what's missing
After your adventures, tracking results and activity photos, there's no built in way to create a cool photo book that you can print, save and share. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thermal imaging

Best Camera predicts that thermal imaging will come soon to mobile cameras and Apps. So why would anyone want this feature?

The Cat S60 is a custom smartphone built for 'Caterpillar' that is the first mobile camera to include thermal imaging. Construction workers and emergency workers use this camera to locate electrical glitches or even find missing people in buildings or outdoors. Now that's cool, well hot. 

So what about everyone else? You could use your phone to find your missing puppy or turtle. Turtles get lost all the time.  You could determine if someone is in your house. That's spooky.  The NSA could be waiting for you or a thief. But with your new smart phone superman feature, you would have the advantage. This is the kind of feature that could become viral. Use it on a TSA agent to get even with them. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sky Guide

ARKit, the augmented reality SDK from Apple, was used to write Sky Guide a popular stargazing App  by Fifth Star labs.

Apple demonstrated Star Guide at the Apple Park campus in Cupertino. How all App developers would love to  have Apple demo their App. But this App deserved it.

Sky Guide is a great example of augmented reality in action giving you an animated sky.  Just point your phone to see the constellations. 

With the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone 10 you can superimpose constellation maps on top of the actual sky by looking through the phone

Is it a star or Saturn? Simply hold it overhead and Sky Guide automatically adjusts to your viewing direction so you can easily identify stars, planets, constellations and more.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Three iPhone X Hidden Features

1. Record your phone's screen. 

This is not new to the iPhone X, but it works great on this phone. 

Traverse to Settings > Control Centre > Customise Controls and add Screen Recording. Next Swipe from the bottom to how the Control Center. Tap the Screen Recording button, and it will begin a count down from three seconds before recording your phone's display. To stop recording, tap the red status bar at the top of your screen and then tap Stop.

2. The new flashlight shortcut

I like this. Next Swipe from the bottom to how the Control Center. On the screen's lower left edge there's a default flashlight shortcut. Just press and hold and the flashlight icon will light up. The Flashlight is 3D/force touch. Feels like a real button. 

3. Automatic detection

Three Face ID features 

  • Reveals notification and messages for your eyes only
  • Keeps the screen lit while you are still reading. No obnoxious dimming.  
  • Lower the volume of an alarm or ringer because it know you are close. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Snapchat and Apple Collude on ARkit

Apple briefly announced at their iPhone event in Sept that they were working with Snapchat to create hyper-realistic filters that can track your face movements in their ARkit SDK.  Now the interesting thing about this developer technology is the application for the new iPhone X which has unique sensors on the edge of the screen for facial recognition and tracking. 

So in addition to facial ID security, this technology is available for face mapping and realistic face masking or filters like the ones available in Snapchat. But this hardware software breakthrough is available to other developers, not just Snapchat. 

So augmented reality is used to overlay images or graphics onto any face with  the phone's front-facing camera. But even better with the X.  Overlays are not just static. They can include moving graphics in videos.  

Here’s a few Apps using ARkit for real world masking. Expect more as developers become familiar with ARkit and the new iPhone X. 



LOL Movie

Funny Movie Maker

Personal Emoji with iPhone X

One of the first things you should try on your iPhone X is the emoji face maker called Animoji. Here's a vid demo.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

iPhone X secrets

This new device has two logic boards and it has two batteries (a first for any iPhone). Two logic boards are sometimes called a sandwich design. So why two batteries and two logic boards?

The X stands for 10 in iPhone 10. The 10th anniversary of the iPhone introduced by Steve.