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iPhone OS 4.0: A Features Report Card

Ok, So here’s the deal:
All the News sites have slightly different versions of the same story posted by now on Apple’s new 4.0 OS for iPhone, iPad and iPod…..I do not like being redundant, so I have hand picked an article I personally found informative to share with you in case you just can’t get enough information about everything Apple !:

iPhone OS 4.0: A Features Report Card

Ok! Now you have the all the beans that were spilled in Apple’s sneak preview of OS 4.0 …… There are more than 100 new features for users coming in this update, however if you have an iphone 3G or earlier you are going to be severely limited in the amount of features that you will be able to take advantage of, which brings me to the primary point of this post………..what tools are available for me to utilize now to improve my current iPhone experience? Today I’m going to focus on the iPhone camera for both still shots and video (this pertains to the 3GS as well), being as this seems to be huge point of contention with iPhone owners all over the world (including myself). Now we know the 3GS comes video ready, but what about the 3G?

Answer: Check out Qik Video and iVideo Camera in the App Store.

Ok Once you have your pick of these slick Apps it’s time to check out the main attraction, it’s called the OWLE and instead of a long winded explanation I’m going to give you the link right here:

Article and description of the OWLE

Owle Bubo Review: For Hardcore iPhone Videographers

Think Geek Post on the OWLE

Alright so that’s it for now, I hope you found that mildly interesting, if you want more info on the iphone camera and photography techniques you need to check out:


The Key To Mobile PodCasts

Recently I have been recording content for future podcasts and I needed a mobile setup that was both inexpensive and super easy to utilize. Here is what I found and currently use for my onsite PodCasts:

  • MacBook Pro 2.26 GHz Intel Core Duo with 2GB of Ram 160GB HD-$1199.00 { I really love the MacBook Pro because it’s light, compact, and durable with it’s beautiful aluminum case, the best part is the keyboard lights up for those late night editing sessions when I feel dark and moody}
  • GarageBandFree! Comes installed on any new Mac {GarageBand is fantastic! All you do is either record your audio directly into GarageBand or load your pre-recorded audio files into the program. GarageBand gives you full editing control over your sound tracks and you can even add theme music or background music as well as any effects from your sound library.
  • iPhone or iPod Touch$99.00-$299.00 for iPhone and $199.00-$399.00 for iPod Touch {This comes down to whatever your real world needs are, either one is perfectly fine for PodCasting because they each have the ability to run apps and dock with an external microphone, which is what you will be using to record your PodCasts.
  • Four Track by Sonoma Wire Works or FiRe by Audiofile Engineering- $9.99 for each {These are two of the highest quality, most effective Studio Quality recording apps for the iPhone/iPod Touch} Note: In the app store search window type in audiofile engineering to pull up the FiRe app, this is the only way I have successfully searched for it.
  • Blue Mikey-$79.99 {This is the highest quality studio mic I have seen, that docks directly to the iPhone/iPod Touch. The price cannot be beat and you will love the sound quality! Mikey docks to your iPhone/iPod Touch perfectly and has three sound pickup settings to choose from, whether your having normal conversation or playing some licks on your guitar this mic is perfect!

Simply plug Blue Mikey into your iPhone/iPod Touch, launch either FiRe or Four Track and start recording. When your finished, you can load your recording via WiFi into GarageBand and you are free to start your editing and customization.

These powerful tools working together, create an extremely agile and professional level solution for your PodCasting adventures.

Now go make something happen!