Sorry for the off-topic announcement but I wanted to pass along a message from a friend of mine (Randy) who asked that I share some details on an important issue – Blood Cancer. This from the Scout Lab… every four minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer, and every 10 minutes someone dies from a blood cancer. To help find a cure for lymphoma and other blood-related cancers, Scout Labs is supporting a non-profit called the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). It is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. Our goal, hopefully with your help, is to raise $10K. See more details on this topic and how you can help
Archives for December 29, 2009
So, you have a nice, shiny, new iPhone… now what?? The following are just 10 of the must-have, free apps any good iPhone user needs on his/her device. If I had to start loading my iPhone from scratch today these would be some of the first apps that I would load. Enjoy!
- Echofon – a fabulous, free Twitter client.. basic yet powerful – Echofon also has a facebook client as well to stay connected with your facebook account anytime any place
- PixelPipe – you have loads of social media accounts, now you need a handy way to upload media to all your resources with one click… pixelpipe is the tool for you.
- TweetDeck – You manage multiple Twitter accounts and are more of a power user… EchoFon may not cut it for you so TweetDeck is the solution… amazing that its still free!
- PhotoFunia – if mobile photography is your thing then this amazing little app will entertain you and your family, providing you with the ability to create some amazing and fun effects from your photos… I’d easily pay $5 for this one but again, its free!
- Waze – if you don’t want to get lost while on the road then Waze is for you. This free mobile navigation app not only gets you there but you’ll be crowd-sourcing data and connecting to your social media as well.
- WHERE – this handy LBS app puts cheap gas, Starbucks locations and loads of local content at your finger tips. All based on location, you can find anything you need, near you with WHERE.
- Foursquare & GoWalla – this one is a tie… location gaming is huge and both of these apps will enable you to check-in from your favorite places and connect to Twitter… one or both are a must-have!
- Last.FM – take your favorite music with you, search and listen to almost anything you want with this amazing app.
- REI Snow Report – if you ski or hit the mountains for any recreational activity (or maybe you plan on hitting the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver) then this fabulous app is a must-have. Get the latest conditions, maps, snow cams and more.
- PhotoShop Mobile – again for the photo buff, PS Mobile enables users to easily crop, rotate, enhance or otherwise manipulate your photos so you can upload and share some fine works of art.
Indeed the Top 10 lists are a plenty as we approach the end of the year (and end of another decade). I ran into an interesting list put together by Edmonds.com looking at some of the top technologies to complement the auto industry during the 2000’s… naturally, LBS and navigation were huge! The Edmonds top 10 includes:
1. iPod Integration
2. MP3 File Access
4. Satellite Radio
5. High-End Branded Audio Systems
8. Voice Activation
9. Ford Sync
10. Location-Based Services
An interesting data tip from a reader… Showing historic estimates and future projections for cities, urban areas and megacities with more than 750000 inhabitants for 1950-2050. The data has been acquired from UN Population Division and georeferenced. The data is available as spreadsheet/table, maps, for Google Earth, in an animation video and for GIS data download. The data has been retrieved from the UN Population Division publication and web service World Urbanization Prospects, 2007 revision, and georeferenced using a variety of sources.
The database is available for unrestricted download, under the Creative Commons 2.5 attribution license. This gives you the right to reuse and modify the data, as long as Nordpil and the UN Population Division are properly credited – see the World database of large urban areas 1950-2050