App Review: Half Tone

As I write this, HalfTone is free – and will be for the US Labor Day celebration.

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Half Tone allow you to create comic-esque images from your albums or newly snapped photos. It’s available on iPhone, iPad, and the iPod Touch.

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You get a number of options, including font, text size, comic “stamps”, speech bubbles/boxes, and get a good choice of paper styles!

There are a number of options that can be set, including if the original image gets altered or not – I turned this off, as I wanted to keep them in their original form.

You can change the dithering on the images, effectively making the half-tone dots MASSIVE, or barely noticeable.

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There’s a decent collection of Stamps to use right off the bat; I wouldn’t be surprised if they started selling stamp “packs” via in-app purchases, either.

Stamps can be moved about, resized, and layered, as demonstrated:

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So, check it out – you can share your final product via E-Mail, Facebook and Twitter straight from the App, too – I find this handy.

Galaxy Zoo – The iPhone (and Android) App that puts Science in your Hands

This’ll be short, but it should be pages long. GalaxyZoo have a lot of different projects that they run and I encourage to check them out to see which one YOU want to do! For now, this will focus on the “Galaxy Zoo : Hubble” project.

Hubble uses gorgeous imagery of hundreds of thousands of galaxies drawn from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope archive. To understand how these galaxies, and our own, formed we need your help to classify them according to their shapes — a task at which your brain is better than even the most advanced computer. If you’re quick, you may even be the first person in history to see each of the galaxies you’re asked to classify. More than 250,000 people have taken part in Galaxy Zoo so far, producing a wealth of valuable data and sending telescopes on Earth and in space chasing after their discoveries. The images used in Galaxy Zoo: Hubble are more detailed and beautiful than ever, and will allow us to look deeper into the Universe than ever before.

Check out their website here, then get the iPhone app.

For iPhone go here: http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/galaxy-zoo/id363499733?mt=8

For Android go here:


https://market.android.com/details?id=org.zooniverse.android.galaxyzoo

SCIENCE WIN.

Google+ on iPhone

Earlier this evening I tried the recently released Google+ App for iPhone… And, nothing works.

It may be the fact I’m using the iOS5 Beta, but in any case I wanted a work around.

It’s an easy fix using a feature you MAY not have even used before – Throwing Bookmarks up on a Home Screen isn’t exactly something everyone needs to do; so let’s get to it.

Start by going to Google+ on your iPhone, at http://plus.google.com.

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Tap the Menu (Centre Icon).

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Tap “Add to Home Screen”. When this comes up let it load a while. It will initially show a “preview” of Google+, but a few seconds wait will score you a sexy Google+ Icon.

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Tap “Add” and you’re done!

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Drag your new Google+ Shortcut where you like. .. I put mine in the Dock.

Enjoy!

Podcasts

I spent much of my time today syncing my iPhone. It took 5 hours to sync 1,407 photos, and this meant I would have to postpone my Podcast Sync till I drift off to sleep.

Now, for work I generally listen to the radio – Talkback, infact as it helps keep me awake while driving. Since the iPhone has been a recent addition to my Batbelt, I’ve only recently taken to looking at Podcasts, and I’ve found many interesting listens.

I’m now subscribed to Video Podcasts on Scamming, which is more about practical bar tricks to get a free drink out of your mates.

I’ve got a few Science podcasts; one focused on Psychology, and another also on the latest in weekly advancements in Science. I’m still yet to listen to them, but I’m sure they’ll be interesting!

But, my favourites have been the Stand-up Comedy podcasts. There are some bad ones, some good ones, and some that are horrendously offensive – but still strangely amusing.

I’ll keep the blog updated with any special mentions.