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Photo Walking 2010… Officially.


After participating in last year's Worldwide Photo Walk (WWPW), I contemplated leading a walk myself this year. Before I knew it, it was July already (the month of the walk). When I checked to see what walks were available locally to me this year and saw that there were none, I immediately scrambled organizing a walk myself. Once I had the details worked out, I proceeded to submit my application to lead the walk prior to the posted deadline only for their website to erroneous tell me that applications were no longer being accepted past their deadline and therefore would not allow me to submit it. There was no recourse either.


(This post was accidentally sent from my iPhone. Since it is linked via Twitter and other outlets, I won't bother deleting it).

Flipping for Flipboard


It seems like the all of the internet is currently flipping for the Flipboard as I write this now. So much so that it appears to be overwhelmed by it. In fact, I would like to include a screenshot of it from my own iPad, but right now no content is showing up. Even content that is being pulled in from my own feeds such as Twitter and Facebook. My guess is that the Flipboard server is caching content from those sources as well as their own once you add them. I am sure this current bog down is just temporary.

FileMaker Comes to the iPhone/iPad

After struggling to get FileMaker Pro databases to work on the Apple iPhone and iPad by importing them (against their will) into Bento and using the iOS versions of Bento on the said devices, there are now options available for using actual FileMaker Pro databases themselves. Yes, that is plural...

First, the 3rd party software FMTouch which is a universal app (for both iPhone/iPod touch and iPad) has cut its price by two-thirds (now $9.99 as opposed to $29.99).

Secondly, FileMaker themselves have now entered the ring with their own app:

Tron - "Enter the Grid" Free iPhone/iPod Touch Game

In promotion of the upcoming film Tron Legacy (coming to theaters on the 17th of December 2010 in the US) and the upcoming Tron Evolution video game (also coming later this year), Disney has released a new Tron game available for free in the Apple iTunes App Store (for iPhone and iPod touch) (iTunes link: TRON - Disney). Trailers for both are included in the game.

Tron iPhone Game from Disney

Stay On Target - Trench Run Upgraded

Apps are updated fairly routinely in the Apple iTunes App Store, but it is not often that a game app is updated to the point where it almost feels like a new game. Recently THQ Wireless Inc released an update for their Star Wars title, Trench Run. There have been a good deal of recent updates in the App Store lately for either iOS 4 compatibility (or adding features to take advantage of iOS 4) and now with the release of the iPhone 4, graphics being updated to take advantage of the high resolution Retina Display it offers.

Millinnium Falcon Gun Turret

Waiting for the Fireworks

The following is a quick test to see how the iPhone 4 using the iMovie app could shoot, edit, and upload video to share on the net all from the device on location. It worked out fairly well. I'm impressed. The video isn't uploaded in HD though, even with wi-fi. That would be the only real negative now.

Ironic Flag Sticker

I found this sticker on this small US flag I used to adorn my home for the Fourth of July.

Happy Independence Day.

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Someone is showing alligators to children on the beach.

Testing the iPhone 4 camera. Partially zoomed in (approx 2x or 3x)

How to Quit a Multitasking App in iOS 4

Multitasking has come to the iPhone, well it was there all along, but only for Apple apps, now with the release of iOS 4 any app can be developed to take advantage of it (if your iPhone supports multitasking).

This is great. Just double tap the home button to switch between running apps (and recent apps). After a day using iOS 4, I realized I did not how to quit an app that remains multitasking in the background. For example, an app that is geared for traveling has no real benefit running in the background while at home.

After poking around the net, I discovered you can quit an app by doing the following: Double tap the home button to bring up the multitasking tray or dock. Tap and hold the app you want to quit and remove from the tray.

Up and Running with iOS 4

Apple iOS 4 iPhone screenshot

On Monday, June 21, 2010 Apple released the latest iPhone OS, now named iOS 4. After a long upgrade process, things have been fairly smooth with the new OS.

iOS 4 offers many improvements and new features, but most notably for myself on the iPhone 3GS at this point is the addition of folders and multitasking.

The upgrade process varies for people. I assume this is due to just how much data they may have stored on their iPhones. I seen people on Twitter being able to upgrade their iPhone fairly quickly (within the half hour). I on the other hand, the process took much longer. I suspect because I have over 12,200 photos on it and what not. It had to backup the iPhone a couple of times, install and verify the iOS software. The iPhone itself had to update itself in which the last 2-3% of the process took forever and a day. So much so that I thought iTunes stalled out since it looked as if it stopped responding. I waited it out, and eventually it finished the process and re-synced.

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