if you're currently an HBO subscriber through your cable or satellite provider you can now take HBO with you on the Go. This new App from HBO allows you to stream all of your favorite HBO shows directly to your iOS device. I was quite impressed by the shear number of available titles. Of course my favorites were there like The Sopranos, Sex in the City, Big Love, etc., but there were dozens of series that I hadn't ever watched before including ones that are no longer being aired. This is a great way to catch up on shows you missed or series you never watched before. While I can certainly TiVo stuff at home and even watch it via my Slingbox on my iPad, the streaming quality of the HBO Go app blows it away. As a matter of fact, I watched a comedy show while waiting at the barbershop, via 3G and it was almost like watching a movie that was stored on the device. The interface is clean and I haven't had any issues.
You need to be a subscriber
Although the App is FREE, it won't do you much good if you're not subscriber of HBO at home. I subscribe via Comcast (Xfinity) and it was just as easy as logging into my Xfinity account in the HBO Go App and after a minute or two I was able to watch anything I wanted. While I do wish there was a way to download and watch offline, I will certainly take this FREE way of watching content that I'm already paying for, when I'm on the road. I'm also a little surprised that they don't offer a low monthly subscription rate directly in the App for those who don't have cable/satellite at home. Seems like a missed opportunity.
You can get the HBO Go App for FREE here from the
Red Giant Software, the makers of the fantastic Plastic Bullet App are back again with a new App. The new App is Noir Photo. This App allows you to use the photos on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and apply dramatic lighting effects to them as well as convert them to black and white. The controls are very straight forward. First you pick your lighting pattern. Then you can choose the shade of color that you want and lastly you can dial in the angle or use your finger, the intensity and contrast. Once you've completed your masterpiece you can save it back to your camera roll. The App also features built-in documentation.
It's almost too simple. After I used the App a few times I was left wanting for more! That's not a bad thing, it just means that the App was so easy to use that I almost felt like I must be missing something. The effects work well and they are what they are. Also unlike other effects apps Noir Photo lets you dial in the numbers. This makes it easy to repeat the same look on different photos. If you like an effect that you've customized you can make it the new default.
The bottom line
It's fast and easy to create lighting effects right on your device. I would have liked to have seen an opacity slider for the effects so that I could blend back in some of the original color. Otherwise, it does what it says.
You can get Noir Photo for your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch for $2.99 here from the
FileMaker Pro is hands down the best database application on the desktop! While both FileMaker Go and Bento remain tops in their respective categories on iOS, the good folks over at FileMaker have not stopped or rested on their laurels. The lastet update to FileMaker Go (1.2) for both iPhone/iPod touch and iPad has added three great features. The first one is probably the one that makes the most sense on a touch device. FileMaker Go can now capture signatures right on your device. This is going to be GREAT! You could now have people digitally sign those workorders, contracts, etc. right on the spot and have them saved either locally on the device or remotely via your FileMaker Pro Server running on the desktop.
The next new feature allows for live graphing right on the device. As you update the data in your records your graphs and pie charts will update right before your eyes. Great for reporting on the go and checking in on the go to see how the business is running. I'm a visual guy, so this is awesome!
Lastly and probably one of the ones that will mean a lot to a lot of people. While AirPrint support is great, when it comes to FileMaker AirPrint alone may not be enough. With a FileMaker Pro database your reports are data driven and often times the printing will change based on the layouts and the calculations. A screen dump is not enough. FileMaker Go 1.2 does native printing via AirPrint as well as the ability to print to PDF natively. This update is free to existing FileMaker Go users.
You can get FileMaker Go for iPad here
You can get FileMkaer Go for iPhone/iPod touch here