I’ve been a big Susan Branch fan ever since I first saw the VW convertible sketch on the cover of Girlfriends Forever. I often talk about blogging the story of things that are a part of our family’s history and this week Susan gave me a delightful example in her post, A Lot of Charm(s). Here, she’s telling the story of her charm bracelet and the background to each of the charms on it. The story is delightful, the artwork is always divine, but one thing that really struck me is that she has turned special things into charms for her bracelet. One of those is her baby bracelet.
She’s inspired me to take a fresh look at my charm bracelet. There’s lots of good stories there . . .
If you are a fan of Things [iOS - $9.99] and have an iPhone 4S or 5 with iOS 6, you’ll find that the latest version incorporates both Siri and Reminders in the app. So now you can dictate reminders which Siri will add to your Reminders and display in your Things inbox. I’m hoping we see more of this kind of thing in lots of apps!
A new iPhone app lets you capture video, edit clips and combine them, add filters, transitions and music then share them via Facebook, YouTube or email. What’s different about this app is there’s no limit to the size of your video projects. The app’s called Givit and it’s free in the App Store. You’ll get 5GB of free online storage to save your creations and you can purchase more if needed.
Google is shutting down AdSense for feeds – the ads that are distributed within RSS feeds – and the speculation grows that Feedburner won’t be far behind. It really looks like it’s time to pull back my feed management and take advantage of the tools WordPress provides. More on that later.
That’s not all the news about Google. Google has reached a settlement with publishers over their book-scanning operation.
Another project for this weekend . . . I wrote yesterday about the book, Digging into WordPress, and right after that post was published I received the announcement that the newest edition was ready to download. From the Twitter buzz, it looks like there’s lots of new goodies to keep me entertained.
Blurb Books has released an ebook editor which allows you to add video and audio to your stories. At this point, the books can only be viewed on an iPad.
That’s it for this week. Hope everyone has a great weekend!