Friday, November 14, 2014

I like the iPhone 6

I have been using the 6 and 6 Plus for a week now, and for most of that week I have been using the 6 Plus. Sure, a week is a small sample size to use a device and pass judgement on it. After a week though I can honestly say that the iPhone 6 is my preferred handset. I feel the 6 Plus is just too big for practical day to day use, and the 6 feels more like the sweet-spot for a smartphone size for most people. I seriously thought about buying a Nexus 6, I don’t think I will ever entertain that idea again?

For me the sweet spot is portability, ease of one-handed use, non-fragmented applications, non-bulkiness and just a general comfortableness with the device you are carrying around. I think the screen size of the 4.7" iPhone 6 is ideal for things such as watching videos, reading books, and browsing the web. Every person has a different need or use case for their respective devices, so what I do not like or does not work for me might not be the case for you.

The only plus, pun intended, for me with the 6 Plus is that I can use the device in landscape mode, which is great for apps like Reeder 2 for consuming content. Also, the battery life is amazing, I can easily get two days of usage with the 6 Plus without me needing to plug it in. Other than those two aspect I feel much more comfortable with using the iPhone 6 day to day. As an example, yesterday I was driving in my truck and had the 6 Plus in the front pocket of my jeans, the phone rings, it was a pain in the arse to try and get that behemoth out of my pants pocket and ansewring it with one hand while driving. I know, I know, super dangerous, but to err is human!

I don’t see how all you Note users, and now you Nexus 6 users can go day to day with those Hummers in your pockets. For me the 4.7" iPhone 6 is about as big as I want to go, I still think I like the iPhone 5/5S size best!

Just a quick thought on the iPhone 6 vs. the iPhone 6 Plus.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Why I cannot switch from iOS to Android full-time

This is not an iOS vs. Android flame discussion, this is just something that I have realized over the past week having been using my Nexus 4 as my sole work phone and my iPhone 6 Plus as my personal phone. I can’t switch fully to Android because so many of my friends and family use iOS and OS X devices and I basically depend on iMessage and FaceTime to communicate with them. My hardware ecosystem is very fragmented at the moment!

Currently my 6 Plus is loaded with almost every app that Google has in the iOS App Store. Google currently has 46 iPhone/iPod Apps and 33 iPad Apps. Apple has zero apps in the Google Play Store! I would say that is probably the single biggest reason that is keeping me from making the switch to Android full-time! Not that I think one OS is better than the other, I just enjoy using different devices and playing with new tech toys! I know a few people reading this will just think I am some brainwashed malcontent when it comes to all things Apple. Do I own a lot of Apple products? Yes. Do I own a lot of non-Apple products? An even bigger yes!

Mike Elgan makes a great point that Apple should open up FaceTime and now would be a great time to so, actually Mike’s post is from over a year ago. Mike also makes it clear that he is frustrated that Apple has not opened up their messaging service as well as FaceTime for non-Apple users:

The same flaw exists with FaceTime. You have to think about what brand of phone the other person has before you make a call. Gimme a break.
So now is the right time as it was a year ago! I guess with Apple we must all have the patience of a statue!

Even Steve Jobs stated that Apple would “immediately start working with standards bodies to make the FaceTime protocol an "open standard”. That was over 3 years ago! Still waiting.

I cannot prognosticate what Apple will do in the future regarding apps for Android, it does not look like they will ever put apps on a competitors OS/Hardware, at least not as far as mobile goes. Apple did release iTunes for Windows, so maybe one day they will release some of their services like FaceTime, iMessage and iTunes on Android. If that ever happened I would not have a problem making the switch, until them I am stuck using what I need to communicate with my friends and family! Not that I mind getting stuck using and iPhone or iPad, I actually enjoy those devices but I would really like to see the lines blurred when it comes to choosing different hardware manufacturers without losing access to the software and services I require!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Google Domains

I know I missed all they hype that surrounded this Google Domain announcement, but I am super excited about this. I already bought my domain for this Blogger account through Google, once this becomes public or if I get an invite then I will be moving all my domains over to here.

My question is has anyone been invited yet? Do you get a Google Apps for Business account with domain like I did when I purchased my domain for blogger?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Reeder 2 for iOS

Reeder for iPad was finally updated to put it on par with the iPhone version, in the process the iPhone version was also updated. Reeder 2 now has a beautiful iOS 7 UI and the iPad version gets the same functionality as the iPhone version previously had.

One of the key factors to Reeder 2 is that the app is now a universal application, so if you have an iPad and an iPhone you don't have to purchase the app for both devices. Not much has changed with the iPhone version but the UI was updated and the app is now even more beautiful than before.

Another terrific addition to Reeder 2 are gestures that allow you to simply swipe the screen to navigate between screens of the app. You can also swipe on articles to favorite or to mark unread by default, but if you want to change what action happens when you swipe you have that option as well. Those options can be found in the settings of the application under the Article List section.

I use the RSS Local option which does not include syncing between devices, but if you don't want to store your feeds locally you can also use the following services: Feedbin, Feedly, Feed Wrangler, and Fever. I only choose to use the local feed aspect because I do not want to trust that a service will get shut down like with what happened to Google Reader and caused all these great RSS apps to break in the first place.

I have bought all 3 versions of the original Reeder app for iPhone, iPad, and OS X and had no problem purchasing Reeder 2. I have seen a few people complain on Twitter about not wanting to buy the app again but whatever, the app is beautiful and well worth the $5 to help support the continued development of a terrific app. I can't wait for the OS X version to launch, apparently a beta of Reeder for Mac is coming soon.

Purchase Reeder 2 in the App Store for only $4.99:



Developer Website

Transmit 4 on sale

If you are using a Mac and are looking for a client to upload/manage files via FTP,SFTP,Amazon S3, or WebDAV then check out Transmit. I have used Transmit for about 4 years now and have never had a single issue. The UI is beautiful, it is fast, and really easy to manage all your hosting accounts within a single app.

One of my favorite feature is the Disks aspect, you can mount a folder on your Mac and drag and drop files into it without ever needing to open Transmit, very handy!

Transmit turned 15, and today you can purchase Transmit 4 for only $17, which is 50% off the normal price. Highly recommended!

Not ready to purchase Transmit? You can download a trial of Transmit 4.

Purchase Transmit from the Mac App Store.

Friday, September 13, 2013

AJA DataCalc

A handy app for professionals that will easily compute storage requirements for video and audio media.

Designed for video professionals, this application works with all the most popular industry video formats and compression methods, including Apple ProRes, DVCProHD, HDV, XDCAM, DV, CineForm, REDCODE, Avid DNxHD, Apple Intermediate, 16 bit RGB and RGBA, uncompressed, and more. Video standards supported include NTSC, PAL, 1080i, 1080p, 720p, 2K and 4K.

AJA DataCalc allows you to change settings and calculate storage requirements in a single screen with simple controls and a clear concise display. Media durations can be entered in units of days, hours, seconds, or even as precise as frames using time code mode. Advanced settings allow for more detailed configurations. Summary information obtained by DataCalc can even be optionally emailed.

Download AJA DataCalc free in the App Store:

iPhone: AJA DataCalc - AJA Video Systems, Inc.

iPad: AJA DataCalc - AJA Video Systems, Inc.