Many hipsters refuse to learn the same way that most photographers do, about apertures, ISOs, shutter speeds, etc. Instead, they just shoot, and claim that learning the technicalities only slows them down.
I was futzing around with one of my favourite Android applications back during in July, and trying to get an interesting shot of one of my favourite beaches. These photos were all taken with Urbian’s Retro Camera: a free Android camera app similar to Hipstamatic for iOS, but without the associated hipster smugness. It’s great fun for nostalgia buffs, photography aficionados, or fans of obsolete technology! That being said, just for the sake of comparison, I took the same shot with each of the camera app’s settings. Enjoy, and let me know which you like best!
‘Free like a puppy’ is certainly much, much better than an atrociously priced and uncontrollably incontinent, rabies-infected mad hound.
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Admittedly, this is more for my own future reference, and a little behind the times (this tutorial is based on Eclair and Froyo), but if any of you still have a first-generation Samsung Fascinate (Galaxy S), you may find this handy. Rooting the phone was the first thing that excited me about getting an Android phone, and is still one of my biggest selling points. Verizon tends to bog their phones down with lots of bloatware that comes preinstalled, whose removal is otherwise prohibited, and requires a separate purchase or subscription to use (BAD, VERIZON! BAD!).
Before you follow the tutorial in the video, you will need to download and unzip the following archive:
Our evidence suggests that the zombie apocalypse can’t be more than a few years away now…It’s time to get in training.
Adrian Hon, Game Designer for Zombies, Run!
I caught a glimpse of this new augmented reality game earlier this month in Wired magazine’s GameLife blog, back when it was still seeking funding via Kickstarter.
In Zombies Run! you play the part of “Runner 5,” an anonymous hero who has to search a post-apocalyptic on foot for weapons and supplies while outrunning an unseen horde of zombies hot on your tail. I have to say, the concept is quite intriguing, and might actually provide an excuse for the otherwise sedentary to get out and beat the pavement a little bit. The really cool thing is that the game will grow and evolve as you play; being available on both iPhone and Android devices, the potential for DLC add-ons, patches, and story updates is virtually limitless.
I’m actually rather excited about this particular app, as it might be a little more exciting than the Runkeeper app that I currently use. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the constant feedback I get while running (I’m a bit of a data junkie), but Zombies seems to build on that extra little incentive–that need for survival. It might be just enough to get the adrenaline pumping.
Heck, with it’s February scheduled release date, it might even get me in shape for next year’s Run For Your Lives 5K.
If you’re like me and enjoy delving into a little hackery on your devices to make them “function correctly”, then welcome! I did a little futzing around with my Galaxy S to try and get a particular email notification working, so I thought I may share the process with you all here. First and foremost, you must have enabled root access on your phone, so go check that post out if you haven’t already. As always, no warranty is implied and you might void your warranty following this procedure. Perform at your own risk!
You will need:
Galaxy S phone with root access
Computer with Audacity installed and Bluetooth connectivity Root Explorer application installed
Open the sound file you wish to use with Audacity.
Export the sound as *.ogg (Ogg Vorbis) format.
Rename the new file “22_FILENAME.ogg” where FILENAME is some short name describing the file.
Bluetooth transfer the file to your phone.
Open Root Explorer on your phone.
Navigate to ../sdcard/bluetooth/
Tap-hold the filename to bring up the options menu.
Click “Move” from the dialog.
Navigate to ../system/media/audio/notifications/ and make sure that “Mount R/W” is selected.
Exit Root Explorer and reboot your phone.
Change your sound settings and enjoy!
I’m going to link you to a couple files that I used and, specifically, the email notification that I specifically figured this process out for. Enjoy!
Author’s Note: This question was posed on Formspring. Feel free to ask any questions to me at http://www.formspring.me/matteargle and perhaps I will answer it in a future post!
Zelzega asks: What’s the best free iphone app for tracking fitness? I currently have Electric Miles (dailymile), Kinetic Lite, and Runkeeper. I love that Kinetic Lite connects to both dailymile and runkeeper, but which is the best?
As far as iPhone goes, I have no real idea considering I don’t carry one. In general, though, I use RunKeeper and Fitocracy. I’m not into tracking everything I eat, but RK does fantastically for my cardio, and Fitocracy imports from it so I don’t have to reenter anything. Fitocracy hasn’t developed a native application yet, but their mobile site is fully-featured and quite accessible.
The best part about Fitocracy is that it gamifies exercise. The site was started by a couple of stereotypical nerds who wanted to appeal to other stereotypical nerds through the two most powerful words in our language: LEVEL UP! The concept is that one earns points by performing certain exercises, thus increasing your overall capabilities–all in traditional RPG fashion. I have to admit, the formula works, especially in keeping me focused on strength training (which has always been something I avoided).
In short, the best application out there is the one that works best for what you want to accomplish. I want to have fun, and I’m a data junkie, so RK and Fitocracy work best for me. Try some of the applications listed in the apps section of the RunKeeper website. You’ll likely find one you like.
If iTunes is the centre of the iOS/OSX sphere of influence, then Google Play is undoubtedly the centre of the Android sphere. But at one time, it was simply a music service along the lines of the iTunes store, but it offered so much more than Apple did: it allowed users to upload a copy of their MP3 library to Google’s servers for streaming music to Android devices or through a browser.
Now, I have quite an extensive library full of rather obscure recordings and eclectic variety, so this came as a huge boon to someone like me. Pandora, Spotify, and Slacker could only go so far with their curated playlists full of repetitive tracks and limited playback options. For years, I’ve been looking for a solution to curate my music library for portable playback (“the Cloud” wasn’t quite a thing yet), and the only option available to me was the $300 iPod Classic (which has since been discontinued), a hefty price to pay for a dedicated device.
My biggest timesuck with Google Play’s music service has been cleaning my MP3 library. 30+ years of collected recordings tends to produce a few duplicate tracks now and again (many of which were songs pulled from Napster that I have since legitimately acquired by purchasing the full album). Granted, you are not requiredto take such meticulous care of your library, but I tend to be a little obsessive over cataloging, and I like everything to be just so. After several weeks dedicated to cleaning ID3 tags, eliminating duplicates, and filling in missing artwork, I was finally able to upload a clean version of my library: over 18,000 individual tracks! Google allows a whopping 50k tracks to be stored in your account, and the best part is that they will automagically replace your MP3 with the highest quality version available to them for streaming!
Now, I keep everything on a thumb drive organised locally via iTunes, then I upload a copy to Google Play for streaming to my devices: it sure beats the hell outta syncing and charging a separate iPod, I can guarantee that!
I’ve been playing with the Yatse Android app for a little while now, and it blows away the stock Kodi/XBMC remote control app! With the free version, you get a much slicker interface and a lot of great bells and whistles as it provides a more robust second screen experience.
With the paid version, you can download media to your device (great for trips) and even stream media on your home network (great if you want to watch something besides Korean melodrama on Hulu)!
If you don’t want to spring for a Microsoft IR remote or just don’t have the room to install one, definitely give the Yatse remote app a shot, and even if you do have the IR commander set up (like me), it’s still a great value for all the extra features!
Apparently I goofed when I repaired my Nexus 5 battery, causing the microphone and speaker to stop functioning. After a little trial-and-error, I’ve determined an easy solution to repair the Nexus 5 speaker and microphone.