The election is finally behind us and it’s safe to answer the phone again. Unfortunately, the recovery efforts in the northeast are still moving slowly. You can help the Salvation Army and Red Cross help storm victims through your donations.
Sunday is Veterans Day. In our household it’s a day to celebrate the many people, places and events that were part of our military service. Not every veteran has seen combat, but each has had a part in protecting our country and continues to serve by supporting those currently on the front lines. My days in uniform ended more than 25 years ago, but I’ll always be an Airman who was fortunate enough to serve alongside some truly amazing people – including that very special Soldier I married.
Automattic has released Jetpack 2.0 giving self-hosted WordPress sites even more WordPress.com goodness. Included in this update is a new publicize feature which makes it easy to connect to a number os social networks (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Yahoo!) to announce your new posts. With Jetpack, you can also post by email and there’s a new Photon feature that will automatically adjust images to fit within the new layout when you change your blog’s theme. I can’t wait to start playing with that one!
At WordPress.org, they have added a reviews tab to both the plugins and themes so users can add comments in addition to ratings. This will make finding the right theme/plugin a lot easier.
Evernote 5.0 for iOS brings a beautiful new interface to the iThings. They’ve added a new Places view as part of the new design and there’s both a What’s New page and Getting Started tutorial to get you going with the app and its improvements. Premium users have a section within the app specifically to manage their premium features.
The Kindle Paperwhite also received an update this week. Version 5.3.0 has improved the Baskerville, Futura and Palatino fonts so your text will look even better. You can turn off the recommended content display on your device’s home screen and you can now get to your device settings from within a book. They have improved the transition from sample to book when you purchase it after reading the sample and they’ve improved the reading experience for comics and manga. The update is being pushed out via Wi-Fi or, if you can’t wait, you can download and install it yourself from the update page.
Readability, the free iOS app for reading selected web pages, has received an update that includes a new grid view – giving it newspaper-style look to the collection screens.
This week’s cool tool is something iPhonographers will love – the Olloclip 3-in-1 lens. This clip-on lens combo includes a fisheye, macro and wide-angle lens all in one neat package. It’s a two-sided lens that slips over the phone’s camera. There is only an iPhone 4/4s version at this time with a $69.95 price tag.