Daily Mac App: QREncoder

Daily Mac App: QREncoder


QR codes are a great way of instantly sharing information with a quick camera snap? QREncoder is app for your Mac that’ll let you quickly and easily generate them for printing, uploading and sharing.

You can encode almost any sort of text into a QR code: a URL, phone number, text message, email address, twitter handle — maybe even a haiku. QREncoder makes creating codes easy. Fire up the app, select the type of code you want, and bung your text in the box.

You’ve got a choice of size for your QR code, 5, 6, 9 and 12px and you can save it as a PNG for later use.

QREncoder is quick, easy to use and free from the Mac App Store, so is well worth checking out if you want to create quick response codes.

Daily Mac App: QREncoder originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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RunKeeper’s Latest App Update Will Help Prevent Your Heart From Exploding

RunKeeper’s Latest App Update Will Help Prevent Your Heart From Exploding

When I, through sheer exertion of will, lift this moribund pile of musky flab out of the desk chair to which it transhumanistically is trying to absorb, put on my sweatbands and take myself out for a wheezing, gasping “jog”, RunKeeper is my prefered app for tracking the whole ordeal.

The free app is already pretty great. It uses your iPhone’s GPS sensors to track your running speed, distance and route; additionally, it allows you to program different run templates, calculate calories burned and share your favorite runs with other.

But today’s update makes RunKeeper even better, with a host of new features that widen the distance between all the other jog-tracking apps out there.

The first (and, in my opinion, best) new addition to RunKeeper is auto-pause. On my runs, I have RunKeeper programmed to tell me to run for, say, five minutes, then walk for two, then repeat. If I smack into a red stop light in the middle of my run, or collapse to the ground weeping, or stop for a moment to mash a Butterfinger brand energy bar into my mouth, RunKeeper continues to count down the run timer. No longer! Now, the app will detect through its GPS radio that I’ve stopped, and pause the counter accordingly.

The other new functionality takes advantage of those wireless heart rate monitors that are all the rage with joggers these days. RunKeeper already supported these devices, but now the app displays the heart rate data in real-time, as well as supports targeted heart zone training. Useful if, like me, you like to keep your heart rate needle just south of the “Cardiac Explosion” side of the spectrum.

In addition, RunKeeper’s new update allows you to set a workout countdown timer that will let you cram your iPhone in a pocket before you take off jogging, and some GPS updates that improve accuracy of exercise tracking.

If you’ve got an iPhone, you can grab the new update here.

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Is this the geekiest-freakiest Halloween costume yet?

Is this the geekiest-freakiest Halloween costume yet?

I don’t know about you, but this is one freakily awesome Halloween costume. If you have a pair of iPad 2s lying around, you could put them to work and create an illusion of a huge hole in your torso. How? Dead simple, says one Mark Rober, a NASA employee. Just strap one iPad to your front and the other to your back and start a FaceTime chat between them.

The front iPad will display live video feed recorded by the back camera of the device strapped to your back and vice versa. The effect is totally believable, as if someone shot a hole through your body. Spray a little red paint around cutouts in your T-shirt and paint some gruesome flesh parts and you could easily become the star of this year’s Halloween amongst your geek friends.

via Gizmodo

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Mona Simpson’s moving eulogy for her brother, Steve Jobs

Mona Simpson’s moving eulogy for her brother, Steve Jobs

The New York Times has published Mona Simpson’s eulogy for her brother, Steve Jobs. Simpson delivered her eulogy during his memorial service on October 16 at the Memorial Church of Stanford University. In her remarks, she recalls her experience of his final days and hours, including his last words to his family.

Simpson’s eulogy is both powerful and heartbreaking, and I won’t cheapen it by clipping bits to include here. Go read the full piece at the New York Times. I’d argue that you’ll learn just as much about what kind of person Steve Jobs was in his sister’s moving eulogy as you will by reading Walter Isaacson’s sprawling biography of him.

One recommendation: before you read Simpson’s eulogy, grab a handkerchief. Unless you’re carved out of wood, you’re probably going to need it.

Mona Simpson’s moving eulogy for her brother, Steve Jobs originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sun, 30 Oct 2011 18:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How to use PhoneView to fix your iPhoto camera roll woes

How to use PhoneView to fix your iPhoto camera roll woes

If the Camera app and Photos app on your iPhone disagree about the contents of your camera roll, you may find yourself needing to get “under the hood” of your iPhone to fix the issue. Fortunately, you can do this without having to jailbreak and hopefully without losing any pictures.

You may know the name Ethan Marcotte from the world of web design, particularly the idea of responsive web design. This week Ethan posted on Twitter that he was having a problem with his iPhone.

The Camera app saw pictures in his Camera Roll, but the Photos app claimed the Camera Roll was empty. This was preventing iPhoto from synchronizing his pictures.

The first problem was figuring out how to get all the pictures off his iPhone. The second problem was figuring out how to getting the Camera and Photos apps to agree about the contents of his camera roll.

A few years ago, when I had a similar problem with my iPhone camera, I was able to solve the problem using Ecamm’s $20 Mac utility PhoneView.

I’ve written about PhoneView before, and two years ago Dave Caolo even wrote about fixing a bug in iPhone’s camera roll, but obviously this is still an issue.

PhoneView gives you access to the data on your phone, regardless of whether it is jailbroken or ‘vanilla.’ Obviously there are some limitations to what it can access, but for things like pictures and music it can be invaluable.

The first step is to enable the “Show Entire Disk (Advanced Disk Mode)” preference in PhoneView. Turning on that feature will pop up a disclaimer that if you aren’t careful you can cause data loss. Let’s proceed with caution, but without undue fear.

Once you have Advanced Disk Mode enabled, click on the “Disk” folder under “Data” and look for the two folders highlighted here: DCIM and PhotoData.

Select both of those folders (as shown here), and then click “Copy From iPhone” from the toolbar. This makes sure that you have a local copy of the information, including your pictures and videos. You must confirm that you have all your pictures and videos before continuing.

Aside: there may be another folder called “Photos” which I believe contains the pictures which are synchronized to your iPhone from your Mac via iPhoto or Aperture. Leave that alone.

Once you are sure that you have copied all of your pictures and videos from your iPhone to your Mac, click the “Delete” button.

Now, unlock your iPhone and take a new picture, and you should find that the iPhone has re-created the necessary folders and started a new fresh Camera Roll. Problem solved.

PhoneView costs $19.95, however a free demo is available. Check out the website for a fuller description of all the various features that PhoneView offers. It’s definitely worth the cost if you want to backup lots of various pieces of information such as SMSes, phone call lists, even voicemails.

How to use PhoneView to fix your iPhoto camera roll woes originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sat, 29 Oct 2011 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple’s ALAC codec is now open source

Apple’s ALAC codec is now open source

Apple Lossless, also known as ALAC, is a lossless audio codec Apple developed some time ago for digital music. The codec compresses music files anywhere from 40-60 percent of their original size with no discernible loss in audio quality or fidelity. “A decoded ALAC stream is bit-for-bit identical to the original uncompressed audio file,” according to its description. iTunes on the Mac and virtually all of Apple’s portable devices support the codec, and it’s been my personal format of choice when ripping songs from a CD source.

The big news today is that ALAC is now open source. “Apple Lossless Audio Codec sources are available under the Apache license,” according to Mac OS Forge, and the project “contains the sources for the ALAC encoder and decoder.”

The project also includes alacconvert, a command line utility that can read and write audio data to and from Core Audio Format (CAF) and WAVE files. “A description of a ‘magic cookie’ for use with files based on the ISO base media file format (e.g. MP4 and M4A) is included as well,” Mac OS forge says.

Open sourcing ALAC may or may not lead to more widespread adoption of the codec, but for purely selfish reasons I hope it does. While FLAC fulfills many of the same functions as Apple’s in-house lossless codec, it has no support on iOS devices, and re-encoding FLAC files into something that iTunes won’t choke on has always been a pet peeve of mine. If more people begin adopting ALAC instead of FLAC, it’ll make life a lot easier for audiophiles.

[via Vincent Gable/twitter]

Apple’s ALAC codec is now open source originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 27 Oct 2011 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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This Incredible Chart Shows How Screwed Android Is And How iOS Gets It Right

This Incredible Chart Shows How Screwed Android Is And How iOS Gets It Right

Care to see just what Apple means when they talk about Android’s fragmentation problem? Check out this incredible chart put together by Michael Degusta. Not only are most Android phones out of date, but almost half of the smartphones on this chart have never been up-to-date with the latest version of Android OS, even at release!

Comparatively, every release of iOS has been backwards compatible for at least three years. No wonder the iPhone developer community is so strong: devs and users alike can count on almost every iPhone owner being on the current, most bug-free version of iOS!

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from Cult of Mac http://www.cultofmac.com/126505/this-incredible-chart-shows-how-screwed-android-is-and-how-ios-gets-it-right/

Social Chess Is The Best Way To Get Your iCheckmate On [Daily Freebie]

Social Chess Is The Best Way To Get Your iCheckmate On [Daily Freebie]

Let’s face it: Chess is pretty geeky. Then again, so is the iPad (c’mon, it is). Blend the two though, and you’ve got…well, let’s just say that playing chess on an iPad at your local coffee hangout is a Wookie’s fingernail-width less geeky than insert-hyperbolic-geek-stereotype-here.

Who cares though; with its portability, large screen and potential to reach all 600 million chess players around the world, the iPad is the ultimate gadget for playing electronic chess, and the free Social Chess app is the way to play.

As its name probably suggests, Social Chess addresses the social aspect of chess (yes, there is one) better than any other chess app for the iPad — the most important facet of this socialness being the integration of the sophisticated Elo rating system that ranks players based on the value of their wins and losses; for instance, wins against a lower-ranked player would count less than a win against, say, IBM’s Deep Blue. That’s probably the biggest draw, but there’re a lot of other little nuggets that make the app worth checking out. No iPad? No problem — Social Chess works just as well on the iPhone.

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from Cult of Mac http://www.cultofmac.com/126405/social-chess-is-the-best-way-to-get-your-icheckmate-on-daily-freebie/

‘Codify’ Brings Touch Based Programming to iPad

‘Codify’ Brings Touch Based Programming to iPad

iOS developers TwoLivesLeft have just released an interesting new app called Codify, which brings touch based programming to the iPad.

The app allows users to create their own programs using the Lua programming language by typing code directly on your iPad. Also included are various assets and programming examples to be used in your creations:

Apps such as Codify are now possible since Apple relaxed their App Store rules that originally prohibited interpreted code in iOS apps. Apple now does allow for interpreted code to be run in-app, but still prohibits the download of such code. As noted by TouchArcade, this means that anything you create in Codify can’t be exported (or imported).

I’ve heard more than a few developers attempting to create similar tools for the iPad, but all of them have hit various roadblocks in the Apple approval process because they all (in one way or another) allowed you to get code and assets onto the device and execute it. Codify sidesteps this by coming with a wide variety of assets, but unfortunately all of your creations will be trapped on your own device.

The developer has already submitted an update that allows sharing, but the developer isn’t certain if Apple will allow it.

Due to the limited nature of the environment, the tool is mostly useful for experimentation and prototyping, as you won’t be able to send your creations to anyone else. Still, it’s an interesting idea and pushes the iPad into more content creation areas.

Codify is iPad only and is $7.99 in the App Store.

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from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – Front Page http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/26/codify-brings-touch-based-programming-to-ipad/

DirectTV now lets you stream video from your home, as long as you aren’t Jailbroken

DirectTV now lets you stream video from your home, as long as you aren’t Jailbroken

DirectTV users can now do what Comcast, Time Warner and Optimum users can do – stream video in their homes to their iPads. The new 1.3.1 app (Free, iTunes) allows users to stream 40 channels of content…

Turn your iPad into a portable TV and watch your favorite shows in any room of your home.
– Quickly scroll through a list of channels available to watch on your iPad with a dedicated “Live TV Streaming” Module.
– Get tips in the help section to guide you through features in the app.
– Set parental controls to block live TV channels viewed on the iPad.
– Change start and end times to add padding to a program when setting a recording.

There is one caveat however. The new DirectTV doesn’t appreciate Jailbreakers and shuts down if it detects that it is being used on a Jailbroken device (below). Fix is here.

Thanks reader Ladis

Channels that work with iPad below:

Fox News Fox Soccer Discovery
CNN NHL Network SyFy
msnbc BTN TLC
Planet Green Tennis Channel FX
Fox Business Network USA Lifetime
AUDIENCE Network Cartoon Network Bravo
Hallmark Channel HGTV Animal Planet
Speed History Nat Geo
MLB Network TBS Science
Versus (NBC Sports Ntwk) Food Network Biography Channel
Golf Channel Univision Travel Channel
NFL Network A&E

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