Nifty tip to use a short, silent audio file as a ringtone on your iPhone.
Some might say finally but I won’t stoop to that. I’m just happy that they have the app out. I’ll have to update my FreshBooks review once I’ve had a chance to use the app, but on first glance it looks great.
The ability to take a photo of a receipt for expense tracking will save me having to send those kinds of documents through Evernote – though having a back up there might not hurt if the tax folks came calling.
Nifty looking mic from Photojo for improving the audio of iPhone video recording.
Includes a switch to change from directional to super-directional depending on the type of recording you’re doing. $40 + shipping. If it works as well as is shown in the demo video.
The best (only?) alternative to Mail.app on your iPhone just got bought by Google. And according to an article on The Verge, no new features will be added to Sparrow, nor should you hold out hope for the teased iPad version of Sparrow.
As previously mentioned on this blog (here & here), Sparrow is a nice interface for using a Gmail or Google Apps email account. It still is a great email client, even though Google bought the Sparrow team, it’s just disappointing to know the direction they were headed with an independent app will be swallowed up inside the Google machine.
It’s ironic that most of Sparrow’s customers will be notified of this through their app. An app they purchased in part because they didn’t like Google’s iOS interface or Apple’s Mail.app.
The good news is that Sparrow for iPhone will continue to work as advertised when it was purchased. And whatever new features the Sparrow team were hoping to add in will hopefully be rolled into a new native iOS email app from Google.
As Mark Boulton tweeted in response to the news:
I'm angry at the culture. Small team builds a thing – and a community, who help make the thing better. Big monster eats thing.
— Mark Boulton (@markboulton) July 20, 2012
…to which I’d add that Sparrow decided to be “eaten” so we can’t put the blame solely on Google.
I had to laugh at one feature omission I complained about five years ago: “It would be nice if Safari allowed users to upload certain kinds of content in order to, for example, post pictures taken with the iPhone’s built-in camera to the Flickr photo-sharing site.” Five years later, that feature is slated to be part of the iOS 6 update this fall. See? Sometimes patience is rewarded.
Up until this year, I hadn’t realized that the iPhone and my son are the same age.1 I didn’t get an iPhone until the iPhone 4 came out but looking at my iPhoto and/or Flickr library, 90% of the photos since then are from an iPhone.
- A few days apart technically. And if it isn’t obvious, I’m much more interested in celebrating his birthday, not the iPhone’s. ↩
Or maybe that bigger artwork was to prepare for a new podcast app coming in iOS6?