Flickit – Beautiful iPhone Flickr Uploader

Flickit Logo

Flickit Uploader

I don’t do a whole ton of photo uploads from my iPhone to my Flickr account, so I haven’t messed with many dedicated uploader applications. Instead, I use the “secret” e-mail address you get for your account, and I send the photos through Mail.app. However, after checking out the beautiful Flickit application I think I’m going to convert over to a dedicated app!

Check out the video demonstration at the Flickit Website. The application is quick, extremely polished, and feature rich. You can even geotag a photo with your current location with the press of a button. Setting privacy is a must-have, and is very easy to set in this app.

You an grab Flickit for free from the iTunes App Store [link]


Google Quick Search Box is Quicksilver Reincarnate

Via: The Apple Weblog

Google has released a beta of it’s open source search box application for the Mac, Quick Search Box [Google Blog Post]. From the looks of things, it shares a lot with Quicksilver, the amazing application launcher (and more) that was recently abandoned by developer Nicholas Jitkoff and made open source. It makes sense, because Nicholas Jitkoff is one of the developers of Google’s latest effort.

Google Quick Search Box

It’s great to see the project going forward, even in a new skin under a new name. With the resources and exposure it will get as a Google Project it will have the opportunity to attract a lot more users.


Instapaper on the Kindle

Instapaper on KindleI was extremely fortunate and surprised to get an Amazon Kindle as a graduation gift. Apparently after you’ve earned an undergraduate degree, people assume you can read!

I have also been a big fan of Instapaper for a while. Instapaper is a web service that lets you bookmark websites for reading later. What makes it unique, though, is that it will format the pages into text-only pages, perfect for mobile devices and clean reading. Saving pages is accomplished through a javascript bookmarklet that works in your desktop web browsers as well as mobile browsers that support javascript. To make things even better, there is now an Instapaper iPhone/Touch native application (free and pro versions [iTunes links]) that will cache unread webpages onto the device’s internal memory. I made great use of this feature while traveling in Boston’s subways over the summer. I’d often lose my cell signal, but I still had plenty of content to catch up on.

It dawned on me that Instapaper would be a perfect application for the Kindle. The Kindle’s screen is a complete pleasure to read on for extended periods of time, unlike the small iPhone screen. Also, the free EVDO data connection lets it take advantage of web services anywhere you can get a Sprint signal. I did a quick Google search to see what I could find about Instapaper on the Kindle and came across a great blog post on spontaneousderivation.com. If you leave the Kindle’s browser in standard mode, you can take advantage of Instapaper’s great mobile device interface, with simple text formatting and quick loading. However, if you set the Kindle browser into the advanced mode, you get an extremely nicely formatted Instapaper index page. Clicking on the “text” link in Instapaper for an article delivers a fast and clean copy of the web article. It really is a perfect match.

Even more exciting, the developer of Instapaper, Marco Arment, has plans to further optimize Instapaper for the Kindle once he can get his hands on one himself. I’m looking forward to it.

I hope this helps any Kindle owners wondering how to best read web content through the Kindle’s slow and limited web browser.

Mint App for iPhone/Touch

If you know me, you may know how much I love www.mint.com, the financial tracking and organization site. It can automatically import your financial activity from a ton of banks, and does categorization, trending, budgeting, and spending comparisons with users in your area. The downfall, though, has been that Mint has lacked mobile device access. Some of the site could be access, but it was pretty heavy and formatted for a large screen. Also, features like trending are flash based, and wouldn’t work at all.

Mint iPhone App Screenshots

Mint has launched an iPhone/Touch App [iTunes Link] that fills this need, at least for Mobile Safari users. I still hope they launch a more generic mobile site for other device users, or at least native apps for Blackberry and Windows Mobile. As an iPhone user, though, I’m completely elated, as I now have a mobile glimpse at my financial situation.

The app is a bit limited right now, it’s focused purely on viewing data. I’d like to see the ability to edit the categories of transactions instead of just viewing what’s already set. I’d also LOVE to see the ability to add cash transactions from within the app, since that would let you track cash spending in addition to the check/debit/credit transactions that are already tracked. Overall though, the app is a great start, and the limited features it has right now keep the app simple, fast, and easy to use.

Check out the Mint App features page at mint.com


Mini: Augmented Reality Print Ad

Mini AR AdVia: Technabob

Mini has released a print ad in Germany that takes advantage of augmented reality technology to give you a virtual model of the new Mini convertable. When you go to the special Mini website you can launch an applet that ties into your webcam and looks for the print ad. Hold the ad up and you get a 3D model of the car. Unfortunately, the application is Windows/IE only right now, but if you’re on a Windows machine you can print out a PDF of the ad and try it out yourself.

Check out the Technabob post for more information and a video.

My friend Henry also pointed me to this article on artoolkit for the iPhone, which gives developers the ability to roll out this sort of interactive media on the handheld. It would be amazing if applied to print ads in the city, with 3D models and even video trailers for movies being overlayed. Nearby WiFi access points could be installed or leased to provide bandwidth (perhaps the AR application used could automatically connect to WiFi hotspots with certain names).

iPhone AR Toolkit