The new beta version of the classic streaming-media app RealPlayer lets users record both audio and video streams to their hard drives. In this Quick Tips video from CNET TV, Tom Merritt shows you how it's done.
You may have heard about Skype, but did you know that little old Windows Live Messenger can make phone calls? Molly Wood shows you how to make voice and webcam calls using the popular IM software.
Kingston's low-key but interesting Icons of Photography site uses a monthly magazine format to make the most of a relatively shallow content pool. Over the past year and a half, it's parlayed the four pros--Harry Benson, Colin Finlay, Gerd Ludwig, and Peter Read Miller--into 11 issues by doling out bite-sized chunks of editorial.
Accompanying each piece you'll find a handful of photos, representative of the work of the pro or the amateur supplicant. Calling them galleries would be a gross overstatement: they're five-photo, completely text-free slide shows. If the idea were to present the photos in an elegant manner, that would be one thing. But the huge, distracting Kingston logo banner and ad ruin any chance of that. So a label with the name of the photographer, and perhaps some EXIF data, might be nice.
There are four basic types of stories, all targeted toward the interested amateur. The feature "20 Questions" presents brief interviews with pros, that makes an interesting two-minute read for the uninitiated. It's a bit frustrating, though. For instance, when Harry Benson discusses his famous image of the Beatles' pillow fight, a link to or inclusion of the photo would have been really nice.… Read more
If you have ever wondered just how much to tip your server after a restaurant meal, this iPhone app is for you. Simply enter the total cost, use a five-star rating system to rate your service, then select the number of people (if you're splitting the cost). We like this app, but question whether people will pony up $1.95 for a 3-month subscription to use it. Register with Kudit to get a 15-minute free trial.
iPhone Link: http://www.kudit.com/applications/tipcalculator/
Web site link http://www.kudit.com/
Ever have trouble calculating how much you should give the wait staff after that pricey meal? Tipping is easy if you have this app for the iPhone. Just enter the number of diners, the amount, and the tax on your iPhone and the tip calculator will tell you the correct amount to tip.
iPhone Link: http://dannyg.com/iphone/tipCalc/
Web site link http://dannyg.com/iphone
Tip calculators are pretty common in most cell phones, but unfortunately the iPhone only has a regular ol' calculator (Which you can also use to calculate tip, but that's beside the point). Danny Goodman has developed this neat little tip calculator for the iPhone--enter in the number of diners, the total, tax, and it'll calculate the tip for you, plus the total amount of money each diner needs to pay up. I really liked that with each tap of an empty field, a large number keypad pops up, making it easy to enter in the numbers.
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Donald Bell has some great tips on how to minimize storage woes on the iPhone. It's a convergence device, yes, but at 4GB and 8GB, you may have to make some tough decisions when it comes to loading it up with songs.
Using a combination of your favorite manual playlists and iTunes' built-in Smart Playlist feature, the tips can help you optimize your iPhone's storage.
Learn how to do it in seven easy steps: Optimize your iPhone using playlists.
Erica Sadun at The Unofficial Apple Weblog has a handy little tip on how to transform your iPhone into a Wi-Fi-enabled iPod.
It involves signing up for the iPhone prepaid option, activating the iPhone, doing a bit of SIM-card fu, canceling the payment plan, and then enjoying the iPhone's iPod and Wi-Fi functions without the contract.
Sadun's instructions, tests, and results are here.
Update: Tom Merritt tested this out, "borrowing" Jasmine France's iPhone, and it worked smoothly for him. Watch his Insider Secrets video above to see that SIM trick and other SIM-swapping advice for … Read more