Who’s iPad needs a camera?

30 Sep
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Alice in iPad-land!

29 Sep

I ♥ FREE iPad Apps

22 Sep
Alright, so I’ve finally got myself an iPad,  and I don’t really want to buy apps for now. This is a norm for me. When I first got my iPhone3G, it took me a while to start getting the hang of buying apps. Ok, I am lying. I just couldn’t bare to part with my moolah on little icons that sit on my mobile phone and my first purchase was SIMS3! Ok that’s old story so let’s get back and focus on my new toy – iPad.

To ensure ROI, not counting hours on Farm Story & City Story on my iPad, there are tons of other free iPad apps that I have downloaded and explored. Have I mentioned I ❤ FREE stuff??? Hehe…

So here goes the list of free/lite apps downloadable from iTunes Store Singapore:
  1. Adobe Ideas 1.0 is your digital sketchbook which offers simple vector-based drawing tools, letting you capture and explore ideas anywhere you go. Adobe Ideas is an ideal companion for the professional design applications from Adobe, including Adobe Illustrator® and Adobe Photoshop® software. You can trace over photos and email drawings as PDFs too! Neat.
  2. Dropbox is the easiest way to sync and share your files online and across computers. Remember to sign-up for an account!
  3. Evernote turns your iPad into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and watch as it instantly synchronizes from your iPhone to your Mac or Windows desktop.
  4. IM+ Lite is the first free multiprotocol instant messaging client with iOS 4 multitasking support! IM+ will keep you connected to GTalk, Yahoo, MSN/Live Messenger, AIM/iChat, ICQ, MySpace, Jabber, Facebook chat and Twitter.
  5. PaperDesk LITE is a simple, easy-to-use notebook replacement made specifically for the iPad. The entire design goal behind PaperDesk was to mimic, as closely as possible, a simple pad of paper with no unnecessary frills. Yet it still boasts features that enable quick and responsive note taking. Pages can be emailed as PDF, bookmark pages to navigate easily and record audio while taking notes! But LITE version restricts you to three pages per notebook!
  6. PCalc Lite is a fully functional and free taste of our popular scientific calculator. It includes an optional RPN mode, multiple undo and redo, unit conversions and constants, as well as two stylish themes and our highly praised design. The absence of the regular built-in calculator app doesn’t bother me now 😉
  7. Granimator is a creative wallpaper app. A free-form, immersive touch and sound experience that allows you to create designer wallpapers for your iPad from an extensive range of artist packs. Once your masterpiece is created, save the wallpaper or forward to friends through Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, and online gallery space Granimator.com.
  8. VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework, that plays most multimedias files and various streaming protocols. It is simple to use, yet very powerful and extendable. VLC has all codecs built-in. It comes with support for nearly all codec there is. And what is more it can even play back the file or media if it is damaged! Missing or broken pieces are no stop to VLC, it plays all the video and audio information that’s still intact.

A colleague also introduced to me Secrets for iPad Lite – the Lite Guide to Secrets for iPad.

  • Get the most out of your iPad with THE essential guide to shortcuts, hidden features, tips & trick.
  • Whether your an intense or casual user, Secrets for iPad will lead the way to a better, more exciting and useful iPad experience!
  • This is the LITE version of the full guide and contains 15 useful tips from the full version.

There is way more to explore so look out for updates!

Are there any must-have iPad apps that you are dying to share? Please leave a comment so that newbies like me can benefit! Let’s care & share 🙂

Wikipedia + Geotag = Cyclopedia vs Wikitude

20 Sep

A few weeks back, I came across the Cyclopedia and Wikitude apps in iTunes Store and clicked buy (Cyclopedia costs $1.99 whereas Wikitude is FREE) the moment I read their description and saw the screenshots. Well, it took me this long to try out the apps and share the goodness because of the poor performance of my iPhone3G which was running on iOS4.1! Anyway, let’s put the past aside (Yes! I am a iPhone4 user now!) and focus on the apps, shall we?

Cyclopedia is an iPhone app that uses iPhone’s inbuilt compass and GPS to trigger the Wikipedia entries that are geotagged and display on the user’s iPhone screen.

To add GPS coord to a wiki page, use the template provided by Wikipedia and it’s as easy as that to get the information to be displayed using the Cyclopedia app!

Here’s a video that demonstrates what this app does…

Here are 3 crucial enhancements (i.e. in my opinion as a user) I am proposing:-
  1. App could push notifications to user on nearby mostly visited/viewed places of interest
  2. Introduce more reliable sources instead of just source from Wikipedia. User could then select his/her choice of source of information.
  3. Go 2-way instead of 1-way or static by allowing users to add locations/information/related media that do not exist on any of the sources.

With these enhancements, this app will certainly allow collaborative learning to take place anytime, anywhere.

Wikitude is an iPhone, Android and Nokia app that uses the phone’s inbuilt compass and GPS to trigger information from various sources including Wikipedia that are geotagged and display on the user’s iPhone screen.

Wikitude interface is not as friendly compared to Cyclopedia but has a lot more data and is more accessible for users to add data to (talking about 2-way and collaborative learning).  Wikitude lets anyone add POI (Points of Interest) to the Augmented Reality app through a dead-simple interface at Wikitude.me (I added my workplace!) and it’s as easy as A-B-C!

Watch how to do it here…

It’s because Wikitude is open to user generated content that I find it the most feasible for collaborative mLearning.

Hopefully the technology for mobile AR apps will continue to improve and our want/need list increases accordingly 🙂

I ♥ London but…

30 Aug

the transportation is crazy!

They have wayyyy too many lines and stations and it makes me wonder why do we complain about the peak hour rush at our MRT stations when it’s seriously better than my experience with London’s underground service. If I had to quote one incident, it will be what took place on Day 2. It was a Sunday and we were off to watch The Lion King musical. We had to alight at Covent Garden station and there was a major crowd at 4pm on a Sunday (but then again, London is perpetually crowded)! We were desperately gasping for air due to the poor ventilation in the train and at the station. To make things worse, to get out of the station, we needed to take a lift which had a snaking queue. In order not to waste time, we decided to head for the stairs just to realize we had to climb 193 steps!!! In short, the whole journey to the theater was a bad one and the 1st 15mins of the musical was gone in trying to fix my mental state.

The following days were not getting any better since we had to keep switching between the overground and underground services several times to get to each destination. Lots of time were spent in reading the 2D maps, planning routes, asking for directions, finding the nearest stations, checking the status of the services, etc. It was times like these that I wished I had a data connection so that I could just use the ‘Nearest Tube‘ app on my iphone!

Hope to spot a similar (free) app in iTunes store for SBS and SMRT services soon…

P.S. I am in the midst of compiling my fav AR iPhone apps. Look out for the page 😉

Sketch Life: Modelling for Second Life made easier!

19 Aug

Love Google Sketch-up but unable to deploy the models in Second Life?

Well, in such a situation, there are other solutions such as using Google Earth as your virtual world platform or a platform that I am very familiar with, OpenWonderland.

If Second Life is a must for you, then Sketch Life might be just the thing for you!

Sketch Life allows you to export your Sketch-up models to be deployed in Second Life (SL). The video below shows you how quick and easy it is to get your models up and running into SL:-

VRshed (developers of Sketch Life) provided a detailed tutorial on how to import a model from Google 3D Warehouse, edit and export for SL using Sketch Life. The tutorial can be viewed here – http://vrshed.com/sketchlife/tutorial.html

For those who have yet to try Google Sketch-up, try their detailed video tutorials and you can never go wrong!

If you are not quite ready for any of the above, let’s take some baby steps, shall we? Give Google Building Maker a shot! Building Maker is a 3D modeling tool for adding buildings to Google Earth. It’s fun to use, and an easy way to get on the 3D map.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Select a city from around the world.
  2. Make a building with photos we provide.
  3. Save your building and it will be reviewed.
  4. See your 3D building in Google Earth… with millions of others!

Get your hands dirty with some 3D and have fun ya’ll!

CC: Some Rights Reserved > C: All Rights Reserved

12 Aug

Share -> Reuse -> Remix

Refine the rules of copyright.

Welcome to a new world where collaboration grows!