Episode 109 – Are there any British “Pawn Stars”?

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You need to listen to this podcast before the title makes sense! Tonight I talk Apple, TV, and PDFs!

App Store – Sky Go

Sky announces new Internet TV service, available in first half of 2012 | The Verge

Pawn Stars — History.com TV Episodes, Schedule, & Video

American Pickers — History.com TV Episodes, Schedule, & Video

American Restoration — History.com TV Episodes, Schedule, & Video

About Storage Wars – aetv.com

Shipping Wars – Episodes, Video & Schedule – aetv.com

http://www.ibvpn.com/

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iStopMotion for iPad Takes Best of Show and Editor’s Choice Awards at Macworld | iWorld 2012

Tripod Mount Holder Stand for iPhone Cell Phone Camera

Free Email PDF Converter to convert documents like word to PDF via email

Smile’s PDFpen for iPad Is A Powerful 1.0 Version

Save2PDF (for iPad) Review & Rating | PCMag.com

How-To: Set up a home file server using FreeNAS — Engadget

Episode 23- The future’s so bright, I’ve gotta wear shades!

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Wow – what a week! The iPad is announced – I give you my thoughts on it. Good and bad. A great bargain of the week – in fact I bought it this afternoon (and it wasn’t on line!)

News


It’s all about the iPad!

The OS

The  hardware

The Accessories

What will I do with it?

Scammers exploit iPad fever!

Sky Launches 3D TV in Pubs (so what?)

Bargain of the Week

HP Deskjet 2480 – £34.24 from staples plus even more goodies thrown in.

App of the Week

Sikuli

iPhone (or iPad) app of the Week

Pixel Mags eg Mac User

Eye-Fi review – hits our shores Monday 19th October

I’ve been pining for one of these amazing gadgets for ages now, but unfortunately I had been unable to get one until now! I’d better explain first though, exactly what one of these beauties can do.

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Everyone one these days possesses a digital camera. Most of them take SD cards, but one of the biggest gripes is that to get the photos, you have to get the card out, find a USB reader, and then transfer the photos over. The Eye-Fi on the other hand can send your photos directly to your PC or Mac using WiFi, or send them to your favourite photo web site, such as Flickr or Picassa.

So the nice PR people at Eye-Fi sent me a 4gb Eye-Fi card. It landed on my doormat with a reassuring thud, and on opening exposed a very smart green and orange box, with the Eye-Fi card visible through a little window.

I ripped open the packaging expectantly. Inside was a little instruction booklet, and a card reader with another card inserted into it!

WRONG!

It wasn’t another card, it was THE card. The card in the window was made of cardboard. Maybe lesser geeks would have put that one in their camera?

Anyway, I popped the reader and card into the iMac, and installed the Eye-Fi manager software. Moments later I was encouraged to run the application and asked for name, address, and inside leg measurement. I was then prompted for my wifi network details (password and SSID).

CM Capture 1It was detected – it registered that network onto the card. you can add other networks using the settings button later (handy for uploading photos using a hotel’s wifi while on holiday). The Eye-Fi website will then sync all your photos to your PC, when it’s switched back on on your return.

I was then asked to remove the card, pop it into my camera and take a photo. the England match was on, so I took a picture of Crouch celebrating his goal against Belarus. Within seconds, a little thumbnail of the picture appeared on the mac, and then went, to be replaced by a message on the setup that I had uploaded my first photo!

Seamless!

In the settings you can choose a local directory on your PC or Mac.

This card is just fabulous. The one I was sent can also upload video from my Sanyo Xacti Camcorder. Great for send videos to YouTube.

Personally, I think one of the main benefits of this card is that a backup of your photos is created for safekeeping. I lost a lot of photos once after a laptop was stolen from the baggage hall on return from a holiday. With an Eye-Fi card, they would have been safe and sound on Flickr.

Right, now for the price. For the one I was sent £69.99 – for the 4gb Share Video, but you can also get a £49.99 4gb Home Video card (but this only uploads to your PC/Mac). for the top of the range, choose the Eye-Fi Pro, as similar to the iPhone, will also tag your photos with your location.

There are just 2 issues, that I can see.

  1. Because this particular card is SHDC, it wouldn’t work in my Wife’s recent Casio camera
  2. You’ll end up buying more than one!

Available from Monday the 19th in the UK from Amazon and the usual stockists.