Gadget and Claire


This week’s WeeklyBeats creation – I had no idea what I’d be doing this week. Then Korg went and released the cool Gadget app for the iPad and I knew I’d be using it.

A few hours later, some futzing around in GarageBand for the drumkit, guitars and mix, and it’s done. Thanks to my drummer ‘Ian’ — though I think he kinda steals the show in a couple of places.

Now, I have to learn how to make something longer than a minute and a bit…

Flipboard comes to the web – and my Gaming Magazine is featured!

Very cool! I’ve been curating a Flipboard magazine for a few months now, gathered a modest following, and now that Flipboard magazine is featured as Flipboard makes the huge leap to sharing magazines on the web!

On Gaming is featured in the ‘Magazines we Love’ section of Flipboard’s Community profiled pages.

So now, you don’t need to view Flipboard magazines only on mobile devices — you  can easily find the with any web browser.

 

 

New Yahoo! weather app powered by Flickr makes bad weather look great!

Earlier today Yahoo! launched a new iOS weather app that takes advantage of the power of the crowd through a cool Flickr group; Project Weather.

The company line:

Today, we’re sharing the Yahoo! Weather App for iPhone, iPod and iPod touch – a window into the places you care about. We’ve brought together beautiful images from our Flickr community to show you current local conditions, with all the details you want to know about the forecast. Instead of reading the weather, you can SEE the weather.

The neat thing is, anyone can contribute images to the Flickr group that appears in the background of the app by contributing to the open Project Weather group.

Our goal is to have amazing photos for every weather condition that cover the globe — morning, afternoon, and night — across every city in the world, and we want your help. Whether you’re simply a daydreamer or an avid photographer, submit photos of your favorite places to our Flickr Group and your image can be seen by tens of millions in Yahoo! Weather for iPhone. For more details, please go to Project Weather’s page on Flickr.

To my mind it looks like there’s another goal here too; to get more people using Flickr to compete with the instant weather shots on services like Instagram, and grow the photographer’s audience and reach with (potentially) more exposure.

As you can see from my screenshot above, it’s a very clean and nicely designed app, with a look that takes advantage of the great retina display on the newest generation iPhones.

Yeah, I’m trying it. Below is my shot for Cloudy Edmonton — we’ll see if it makes the cut and is accepted into the group 😉

Clouds in Edmonton.

And yeah, they’ve even provided a movie that gives more detail.

Lawnchairs in Space!

You likely are aware that I’m a fan of the Kerbal Space Program, a very cool and fun way to safely explore the process of designing, building, launching, navigating and landing spacecraft. Yep, cool and safe.

Totally unlike reality. Earlier today I stumbled across this video that, while hosted by a Kerbal Space Program fan, goes into a lot of detail about LESS, the Lunar Escape Systems.

Lawnchairs + Rockets. That’s it! No computer. Navigation handled by the Mark I Eyeball and stopwatches.

Wow.

 

So. Google’s shutting down Google Reader

Frankly I’d not thought about my RSS reading process in a while. I use NetVibes (pictured above) as my main reader, and it’s been pretty stable up until today; they posted a note saying they’re dealing with an influx of new members — likely emigrants from Google Reader.

I like NetVibes because it gives me a simple headline-in-a-tile view that makes it easy to quickly scan my news, and NetVibes manages my feed subscriptions.

This is where the pain will be felt by those using Google Reader when the big G shuts it down. Many 3rd party apps for mobile devices use Google Reader as the ‘subscription management’ feature of their app. When Google Reader closes on July 1, these apps will have to have in place some sort of replacement for subscription management, or they’ll break.

Update: If you’re looking to migrate your Google Reader subscriptions to NetVibes, the team at NetVibes have this handy guide. (Thanks Randy!)

For now, this won’t impact me or my newsreading habits, but as I mentioned at the top, I’m rethinking my RSS reading, and as Dave Weiner states, rethinking my use of Free when applied to services I’m coming to depend on.