Automatic – Driving Assistant

Automatic Driving Assistant uses in-car obd-ii technology to link driving, maintenance, and usage info for your car or vehicle to your iPhone or iOS device

Automatic Driving AssistantiPhone OBD-ii integration has come a long way since we first looked at the integration here a few years ago with CarTrip. What a difference a few years makes! The $70 Automatic includes access to the app and the integrated OBD-ii dongle.

With a highly-refined app, and my well documented obsession with technology and statistics, this is definitely on my to-buy list. I recently added the JawBone Up to my personal repertoire for tracking movement, eating, and sleep and have used Fuelly for a several years to manually track fuel economy and costs, and Waze to manage and track driving / directions. Excited for a solution to combine all these concepts in a good-looking app and give more accuracy than I could get tryIng to cull data manually.


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InstaCRT – Real World Camera Filter

InstaCRT is an iPhone app that lets you upload photos taken on your iPhone and sends you back a dSLR capture of the image as shown on a 1″ CRT display — dubbed “the world’s first real world camera filter”

A project out of Stockholm, InstaCRT is an iPhone app that lets you upload photos taken on your iPhone and sends you back a dSLR capture of the image as shown on a 1″ CRT display — dubbed “the world’s first real world camera filter”

So meta y’all

View InstaCRT’s Website
Download InstaCRT from iTunes AppStore

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Six Reasons Music Shouldn't Be Free

Grooveshark founder and CEO Sam Tarantino recently suggested all recorded music be made available free. As a capitalist and writer I felt compelled to argue

Appropriately printed in the online magazine notorious for stealing intellectual property, Gizmodo recently reported on an interview with Grooveshark CEO Sam Tarantino.

In the interview Tarantino provides six reasons why he thinks all recorded music should be free. Ever the opinionated music writer, and capitalist, I felt it only proper to offer a retort to his six points.

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Instagram Integration Coming to Hipstamatic

Fast Company is reporting that the Hipstamatic Photography app will soon offer direct integration for sharing photos to photo sharing app Instagram

Fast Company is reporting that the Hipstamatic  Photography app will soon offer direct integration for sharing photos to photo sharing app Instagram

Understood by many as rival applications, the move is interesting from a social networking standpoint; showing Instagram values its role as a photo sharing platform more than a vanity app for adding lomography affects to photos taken on mobile devices.

One of the fastest growing social networks, Instagram boasts a user-base of over 27 million users, expected to continue to grow rapidly as the company recently announced it’s plans to support Android devices.

Hipstamatic, Instagram To Unveil Photo-Sharing Partnership [via FastCompany]

io86 theme revisits 1986 MacOS look in iOS

Jailbroken iPhone and iOS devices can enjoy this retro Apple look for their devices in a downloadable skin from Anton Repponen

With personal technology, jailbreaking iPhones is not really my thing, likely because I remember the days of my Palm Treo rebooting itself incessantly because of all the third party apps.

If you do, or just like looking at well-done mods, be sure to check out this retro 1986 Mac OS style skin for iOS developed by Anton Repponen.

I use my iPhone far too much to want to deal with the stress of the irregularities of jail breaking iOS just to enjoy iO86 but if anybody out there tries let let me know what you think!


2011 In Photos

With plenty traveling and stories in 2011, I compiled some memorable photos taken on my iPhone shared in Instagram

I joined Instagram a little over a year ago, say what you will about the filters but as a platform for sharing photos with friends and quickly posting them to the social network du jour it’s wonderful. The power of the camera in the iPhone 4 family is pretty astounding given it’s size, there was a time I’d at least carry a point-and-shoot everywhere I went just in case but I’m glad that I can get the same quality of photos my Canon SD800 gave me in something I carry in my pocket anyway.

With a lot of traveling and stories this year I felt it would be good to take a look at my feed from the past year, and pull out a few favorites and compile a short gallery of photos showing some highlights.

Click below to see the complete collection, and if you’re on Instagram – feel free to add me @shrtstck

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Nerd out on OBD-II Car Data in iOS

CarTrip from Griffin Technologies provides ODB-ii to iOS connectivity to view car diganostic information from iPhone and iPad devices

UPDATE: A better product has emerged since this post originally appeared. Click here to read about the new Automatic app for iOS

For the few of you out there who are actually hypermiling, or for anybody who thinks that the information from Fuelly isn’t sufficient, Griffin Technologies has developed a Bluetooth enabled OBD-II adapter for tapping into that port sitting beneath your car that you likely forget exists except that one time a year you go to get your emission sticker renewed.

The device, named CarTrip, connects to your automobile’s OBD-II port, which is in all cars made in the past 15 years – giving you a glimpse at fuel consumption, speed and acceleration information, as well as demystifying that nagging “Check Engine” light you’ve been seeing.

Whether you have a legitimate use for something like this, or am just a fan of useless statistics and technology like myself, pretty cool stuff here.

CarTrip from Griffin Technology

BBC iPlayer bound for iOS

BBC iPlayerAs reported on MacDailyNews and the FinancialTimes today, the BBC is planning on releasing its popular iPlayer as a standalone / subscription-based app for the iOS operating system that powers Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices.

Between Benji B, The Essential Mix, and Tim Westwood (purely for comedic value) the ability to backtrack old shows at will on these devices will surely be something I will look forward to being able to experience on my iPhone; the dread of having to wait to go home and stream from my desktop is sometimes not worth the wait. While I do not watch as much BBC television programming as I probably should it will be nice to at least have the option to catch up on some of what the myriad British folks I follow on Twitter are talking about, with the exception of X-Factor, sorry guys – unless it’s Star Search, it’s not a talent show I’m interested in watching.

Reactable iPhone/iPad App Available

I was fortunate to get an opportunity to see one of these in use a few years ago when Björk came to play at The Fox Theater here in Atlanta, and was blown away by the Reactable as a mutli-touch, purposeful sampling and sound generating tool. The company who has developed the full table has recently converted the concept to the iPod/iPad format, leveraging the accessibility of popularly owned multitouch devices. For those who are unfamiliar with the Reactable, check out the video below.

Click here to download Reactable for iOS Devices

NetFlix iPhone App Launched

After months of waiting after being teased with the possibility of an iPhone based NetFlix solution after the demos at this years WWDC, the company today made the app available for download through the iTunes App Store for all those who are sans iPad.

SFGate has posted a rather in depth overview, which I highly recommend reading as I have yet to explore the app in depth myself yet. Alternatively, you can go ahead and download it yourself if you are an iPhone user. I myself will probably spend the majority of my work day cleaning out my instant queue and will report back soon. Hooray to everybody who like myself is grandfathered into AT&T’s unlimited data plan!

Download: Outer Spaces EP (iPhone-Made Music)

A free album of iPhone produced music from Eskmo, Starkey, Exillon, and Jneiro Jarel, all written using the DopplerPad iOS App

Courtesy of our friends over at Big Up Magazine, comes a compilation of music written using the popular DopplerPad iPhone/iPad application. Featuring a selection of diverse tunes coming from Eskmo, Exillon, Jneiro Jarel, and Starkey it’s interesting to hear the possibilities of mobile DAW software in the hands of individuals with recognized studio prowess.

The Outer Spaces EP is available for free download, and streamable over on the Big Up Magazine write up