I take a lot of screenshots when writing Gear Diary posts. Historically they have ben a disorganized mess that increasingly cluttered my desktop. Thankfully, Dropbox 2.4 offers a new feature that automatically saves screenshots to one’s Dropbox folder. That neatly puts all my screenshots in a single place and makes sharing them easier than ever. Get Dropbox 2.4 here.Read more
A couple of days ago, Dropbox added their app to the Windows Store for use in the Modern UI of Windows 8. Before this app became available, I had been using Box File Provider to access my Dropbox files via the Modern UI.
If you are using an RT version of Windows, a Modern UI version is critical, as
I know it probably seems like it, but your faithful Gear Diary team is not all about CES this week. No! For example, the kind folks at PhatWare have let us know that there’s a new release of their handwriting recognition, note-taking iPad app PhatPad available now. (We reviewed an earlier version for you back in 2011, when I
Dan previewed the original iPad release of iStopMotion last year, and now the software has hit a full version 2 release. Now Boinx has added new features: Animators can now record audio right inside iStopMotion for iPad, either before capturing frames or after while watching the clips play back. iStopMotion for iPad provides even more ways of importing those external
Scansnap’s scanners have been a mainstay of my move toward a paperless life. They have also played a huge role in my digitizing much of my rabbinic library. I wrote about it here and here and here and here. The hardware is always top-notch and the software integrates with the hardware to create an excellent and seamlessRead more
I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Android for some time; I’m not sure exactly when it started, but I think that it was around the time that I realized that just because an app was available, it didn’t mean I could necessarily install it on my phone. Lockdowns by carriers and various hardware limitations made Android apps non-universal across theRead more
From now until 2013, we’re taking a look at some New Year’s Resolutions and Gear Diary ways to help keep them.
New Year Resolution: Protect Your Data in 2013
This is one of those lessons you learn, forget, and then learn again once a data-loss disaster strikes. Here’s my story, and why DropBox’s PackRat feature is my new best friend.Read more
Status: Funded, with only 37 hours left (at this posting)
Closing Date for Funding: 1:59am CST December 15, 3012
URL of the Project: Home Aquaponics Kit
From the Creatives:
Grow fresh produce right in the comfort of your own home – beans, basil, thyme, baby greens, oregano, mint, parsley,
Everyone wants to get you storing your files and photos on their service, because that gets you into their ecosystem and infrastructure. So with Apple there is iCloud, Google has Google+ and others, DropBox and others offer auto-uploads, and Amazon has their own Cloud Drive. Now Amazon has an app that manages your photos and automatically uploads them to your
We’ve long been fans of ioSafe. We’ve spent time with them as they burnt, crushed and soaked hard drives. We’ve seen the drives abused with shocking results. We also taken shotgun shots as their drives. Now ioSafe has taken things even further. They’s turned to Indiegogo to help fund their newest endeavor, the ioSafe N2. Before we digRead more
Type of app: iOS, Universal for iPad and iPhone
Platform/where to buy: iTunes, App Store
Developer: Nikolaj Schumacher
Description (from the App Store): A shopping list. Simple. Free.
Major features: This is a straightforward shopping list. It keeps a master list of items you add regularly, making it easy to rebuild shopping lists each week. It also lets you create
I am always on the lookout for simple and secure backup solutions and good methods for syncing personal files across multiple devices. I use Dropbox and Google Drive, but have always liked the idea of my own personal cloud solution for more confidential information.
I have been using The free Tonido program on my home Mac, iPad, iPhone and Google
We’re back with another “Best Apps for…” This time out we’re looking at the Best Apps for Taking Notes…
Judie: The built-in notes app is great for quick jots, but for heavier duties, I can’t recommend AudioNote highly enough! (iPad version here.)
Dan: Judie, but there is no sync except over local WiFi with Audio Note?
Amazon Prime Streaming “Ronin” on Nexus 7
Flash is dead…or is it? Although Adobe Flash is no longer support on the latest version of Android 4.1 (Jellybean), that does not mean you can’t enjoy the benefits of Flash content and movies. The move from flash-based content to HTML5 has been long underway but the truth is that the internet
In Part 2 of our GearFest Gear Chat we take a look at some of the apps we use and love. Check the bottom of the post for links to each
Gmail Get it.
Documents to Go Get it.
Blogsy Get it.
Bento 4 Get it.
Type on PDF Get it.
Pages Get it.
IA Writer Get it.
This isn’t an uncommon exchange these days …
The other person says, “Dan, let me make a copy of this document for you.”
To which I reply, “No need.” as I pull out my iPhone or iPad, fire up the Scanner Pro app and snap a picture of the document or picture in question.
Yes, who needs photocopiers when you
My move toward becoming increasingly paperless began a number of years ago when I saw my cousin Jamie’s ScanSnap scanner. I was impressed with the speed with which it was able to create digital copies of hard documents. I bought the same scanner and then, when I “saw the light” a year later, swapped it out for the version thatRead more
I started using Dropbox several years ago at Thomas’ recommendation. At the time, I didn’t think I’d be using it for that much, so the 500MB that came in the free account seemed just right. I even managed to pick up some additional free storage space, because I did things like tweet about it, connect it to my Facebook account,
Now that baseball season is upon us in full swing and summer is approaching, I found it proper to feature a baseball app in this week’s Blue Plate Special. My kids have been playing tee ball and coach pitch and making dad proud; we have already made it to a minor league game in San Antonio.
Baseball is in our
When MobileMe turned into iCloud, those of us who had dumped hundreds of dollars into the service hoped that Apple would ‘throw us a bone’ for the years of loyalty. And they did – we got the 20GB storage level for free until June 2012.
Here is the section from the FAQ:
MobileMe members with 20GB of purchased storage receive
This morning HTC has announced the HTC One V, the latest of the HTC One series. We’ve covered the One X and the One S, and later this summer it looks like we’ll have another version to look forward to. If you like Android phones, these have proven to be some of the most exciting available.
The One V
HTC has really upped their game with the new HTC One line of Android smartphones. Each of the three devices in the series looks great, is super fast and offers a range of features that makes them some of the best smartphones currently (or soon) available. Judie had a chance to see them they day they were announced at Mobile
Despite owning a digital SLR, my iPhone is always one of my favorite photography tools. Many believe that the best camera to use is always the one with you. While this is certainly true and makes an easy case for iPhone photography, the phone itself is actually a good camera. Simply taking photos is usually not enough for me, I
Everyone knows the iPhone has an amazing camera. You can take some amazing videos right out of the box with it. But one of the great things about the combination of a solid camera and a popular phone is that aftermarket case and accessory makers create ways to make the camera features even better. That’s the goal of the GoPano