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Google Voice

Voicemail transcription is freakily awesome.

Voicemail transcription is freakily awesome.

Google has unleashed upon us its rebranding of GrandCentral with neato features like Voicemail transcription.

When I logged into my GrandCentral account, I was given the option to keep GrandCentral or to upgrade to Google Voice. I’ve futzed around with the interface a little and am very impressed by its Gmail-like feel. I also tested out the free SMS capability and it works like a charm. 🙂

Check out Adam Pash’s screenshot tour over at Lifehacker.

via Lifehacker

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March 30, 2009 Posted by | Software | , , , , | 1 Comment

No Google Love for Designers

If you are passionate about good (aesthetic) design, Google is probably not the place for you.

The only company that readily comes to mind that has a true design philosophy from the top all the way down is Apple. Imagine if more companies integrated that level of commitment. What I find most interesting is how commonplace it is for engineers to make design decisions. I’m not knocking on the utility and soundness of solid feature implementation–I’m just saying that design aesthetics are very subjective and most likely not very intuitive for analytically minded people.

Nice find, Emilio!

March 23, 2009 Posted by | General, Philosophy, Rants, Software | 2 Comments

Beautiful iPhone Photography

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Being an avid photography hobbyist, one of the things that always annoys me is when someone attributes the beauty of a photo to the camera and equipment rather than the skill and execution of the photographer.

As an example of true photographic skill, I present to you these amazing photos, all taken with an iPhone.

I’m so inspired by these shots that I’m already considering an iPhone-only photo-a-day project.

via Photocritic

(above photo by Jonas)

March 15, 2009 Posted by | iphone, Photography, Rants | 2 Comments

UP – Pixar’s Next Movie

I have to admit I was a little dubious when I saw teasers for Pixar’s next movie, but after seeing this trailer, I’m pretty excited about the possibilities. C’mon, a dog with a collar that enables it to talk? Genius!

March 13, 2009 Posted by | Humor, Movies, Video | , , | 1 Comment

Musical Statistics

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Check out the rest at Just Whatever. 🙂

March 8, 2009 Posted by | Humor, Music | 1 Comment

Geek Meditation

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March 6, 2009 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Humor | | Comments Off on Geek Meditation

Acapella John Williams Medley

Nice find, Tim!

March 5, 2009 Posted by | Humor, Movies, Music, Video | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Acapella John Williams Medley

Star Trek Cologne

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“Live every day as if it could be your last, with ‘Red Shirt’ cologne.”

Nice find, Tye. 🙂

March 4, 2009 Posted by | Humor, Movies, Oddities, Television | , , , | 1 Comment

Kindle App for iPhone

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Amazon just released their aptly named “Kindle for iPhone” app (iTunes link) for the… uh… iPhone. It’s free, and it syncs books and bookmarks between your iPhone and your Kindle (if you have one).

I’m pretty excited about building up a library of reference books, though. 🙂 I took some screenshots of me grabbing a sample:
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I’m using the smallest font setting for the screenshot above. You can adjust font size and bookmark and all that jazz. Pretty nifty!

UPDATE: There’s no search functionality in this app. Boo!

via Engadget and Gizmodo

March 3, 2009 Posted by | iphone, Software | , , , | Comments Off on Kindle App for iPhone

AddressBookSync – Import Photos and Birthdays from Facebook (Mac OSX)

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Here’s a neat little free app that allows you to import profile pictures and birthdays from your Facebook account into Mac OS X’s AddressBook and iCal.

via Lifehacker

March 3, 2009 Posted by | Mac, Software | , , , | 1 Comment