The turkey has been ordered but there’s lots of food shopping yet to do. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I’m ready to start celebrating. We’ll have a big crowd getting together just across the Creek at my cousin’s house – and they’re all great cooks! I can’t wait.
Great news for those who ordered the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ tablet! They’ve started shipping five days early. I’m looking forward to the reviews.
Evernote 5 for Mac was released this week and it is absolutely gorgeous. The entire interface has been completely re-designed and it is a delight to navigate. It’s hard to imagine how you make an awesome platform even better, but Evernote has done just that. Here’s a video tour of the new version.
Day One [iOS - $4.99] – the fabulous journaling app for Mac and iOS has just released v. 1.9 which adds search, tags (and hashtags) support and MultiMarkdown footnote support along with an in-app browser to view linked items without leaving the app. At this point, I only see the update for the mobile editions. Hopefully, the Mac app will be updated soon.
Camera+ users on iPhone and iPad have a significant update offering some very cool features. They’ve found a way to use the screen as a flash on the front-facing camera which could result in some amusing photos. The feature I’ll find most useful is the horizon level which will help me keep my photos straight. There’s a live exposure feature showing you exactly what settings you have along with many other improvements and bug fixes.
Mac users of Microsoft Office 2008 or 2011 should keep an eye out for several significant patches. These include both security patches and Outlook updates.
Flipboard [iOS - free] – the news magazine app – has added the iBookstore as a source. It’s a delightful way to discover interesting books and you can purchase them from the iBookstore from within Flipboard. Even if you aren’t a big fan of Apple’s bookstore, this section is a great way to find something to read. I’d be delighted if they would also do this for Kindle, Barnes & Noble and other bookstores too.
Productive Macs has a $29.99 software bundle that includes TextExpander (normally $35) and iDocuments (normally $50) along with seven other useful apps.
Combine an iPad and the Wedding Booth app [iPad - $9.99] with some wacky accessories (funny hats, boas, oversized glasses, etc.) to create a fun guest book for a wedding. Just set the iPad up in front of a bench or some chairs and turn your guests loose. It takes 3 quick shots (photo booth style) and provides a place to write a note with your finger. I would love to see just a couple of modifications to give it non-wedding capabilities too, but just think how much fun you could have with something like this when the family arrives for Thanksgiving . . .
The Smithsonian blog has an interesting article on how to use Zotero and Mendeley to share your research in the cloud. I’m not familiar with Mendeley, but Zotero is the awesome – and open source – browser-based research assistant which helps you collect, organize and share your research.
MacWorld helps you restore your data from the cloud. You’ll also find useful articles on backup there.
That’s the tech news for this week. Have a great weekend!