Sunday, December 17, 2017

Weather App for Photographers

So wouldn't it be great if you had a weather App with no Ads that would tell you if it was going to rain soon? Weather shots are key to great photography. It makes me wonder if a weather feature should be added to a Camera App.

Anyway, I found a solid App that does what you need. It's called Dark Sky

You can tell almost exactly when it will rain or snow up to an hour in advance. It is surprisingly accurate.

Now back to my idea for a Weather feature in a Camera App. Dark-Sky has an API for developers to integrate their data into their own Apps here: Dark Sky API  And here are even More APIs. And the IBM Cloud has a Weather Company Data API. 

No Software, No Moon

Few people know that it was a woman, a working mother in her 20s that got us to the moon. Margaret Hamilton became one of the lead programmers for the Apolllo flight computers. No software and no moon. Her job was just supposed to be a way to get her husband through Harvard Law. But she had the right stuff. And she helped launch the computer revolution 10 years before Microsoft. 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Shutterfly App

Free Prints from Shutterfly!  but wait...

Shutterfly is one of the better know photo printing camera apps.  They sometimes offer unlimited free 4x6 and 4x4 prints. Or do they? Lets dive a little deeper.

"*Offer valid for a limited time only. Offer is good for unlimited free 4×4 and/or 4×6 prints through the Shutterfly apps only. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. Not valid on other sizes, other products, prepaid plans, prior purchases, orders placed for in-store pick up and purchases made on and our mobile-friendly site. Each order can only contain a maximum of 250 photos. Please start a new order for adding more items. Cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with other offers or credits. Not valid for resale."

The problems is that when you actually order say 250 small prints, with shipping and taxes, the total is around $24.  $1.74 for taxes and the rest for shipping. That is expensive shipping!

Ok, so forget that promo. But Shutterfly does have some nice features. Let's look at the Pros and Cons:

Good print quality (not great)
Many cool photo-print gifts available
Large selection of art and designs
Imports from Facebook and Instagram
Nice packaging

Expensive despite the marketing tricks
Poor online or mobile photo editing
Mobile App is confusing

For more info visit Shutterfly

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Hidden Auto-Lock on iPhone X

Ahhh, can't find the Auto-Lock for display timeout setting?  It's not in the general settings anymore as documented everywhere. It's under the Display and Brightness settings as seen the image below.

Friday, December 1, 2017

iPhone X Messaging App Animoji

This is a great kids attention grabber.  They will insist on participating. I know because they are pounding on my door right now as I'm writing this. They are like invading zombies wanting more. 

With Animoji on iPhone X, you can create and share custom animated characters in the Messages App that use your voice and mirror your facial expressions. Just select a cartoon character and talk. Your X will record your voice and integrate like magic all your facial expressions. It's addictive. 

You are also able to share these min-vids via email, Facebook etc. This feature is available on the X via it's facial recognition tech. 

Here's some example I made: 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Best Camera Bike App

Cannot find

Best Camera's wish list for a Smart Mountain Bike

1. Just drop the App into a stabilizer case for filming and photos from your bike.

2. Smart shifts based on incline

3. Smart adjusts the seat height based on incline and direction

4. Smart adjusts the shocks

5. Smart analysis of everything, especially brakes.


IoT Internet of Things Playground

Apps are connecting to the Internet of Things. You can use the playground to see your smart phone connected to IoT with Watson.  Camera Apps will be using the IoT. You can count on it.

Internet of Things Playground click here