Thursday, September 16, 2010

SF IV Update: A Honda, A Viper, Topless Ryu & Slave Leia

uStreet Fighter IV for the iPhone/iPod Touch just got a sweet update. Check it out:

There's a new splash screen with the "new" characters.

In addition to the new characters, there's costumes you can buy for Ryu and Chun Li for $.99 each.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Best iPad Apps To Follow NFL Games

So, you're running around on Sunday when you'd rather be at home watching NFL games.  Well, there are cool apps you can get to follow the games.

If money is no object, then you could get SlingPlayer Mobile [iTunes link] for your iPhone (of course, you will need the Slingbox hardware) or if you subscribe to DirecTV's Sunday ticket there's an iPhone app [iTunes link] and iPad app [iTunes link] for that.

If you don't actually need to WATCH the live broadcast of the game, and you have an iPad there's several FREE solutions.  Now, you can use these same apps on your iPhone but I feel that you'd want to save your iPhone battery for things like making calls.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

How HDR Works In iOS 4.1

I just got home from work today to see that the new iOS update is ready for download.  I ate a quick meal and my iPhone 4 is now updated to iOS 4.1.

The feature I was anticipating the most was HDR which stands for High Dynamic Range imaging.  Let me explain what it will do for your photos.
Normally when you take photos with your iPhone, either the foreground is very dark like this:

Or the background is too bright and blown out like this:

When you turn on HDR on your iPhone 4 and snap a picture it actually takes THREE photos:  one with low light intensity, one medium and the final one with high light intensity.  Then, the iPhone magically combines the three pictures to form one picture.  And here's how HDR made gave my picture more consistent lighting:

Sunday, September 5, 2010

My First AR.Drone Flight Outdoors

@RickNakama had a great idea to take my AR.Drone to the Okinawan Festival at Kapiolani Park and try it outdoors. If you saw the video of my indoor performance you could see that I could use a little more space to fly the AR.Drone.

My sister shot the footage on my iPhone 4 and I edited it using iMovie for iPhone.

@PHOTOluluTV was also there to shoot my AR.Drone flying attempts. Here's a couple of his photos:

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Fun With The AR.Drone

 Why flying the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch-controlled quadricopter AR.Drone is hard in a small apartment:

Here's a screenshot of my iPad showing the front-facing camera and the camera underneath the AR.Drone in the upper left-hand corner:

AR.Drone Unboxing

Okay maybe it's not a real unboxing if I don't show the AR.Drone being taken out of the box.  I decided to do this the quick and easy way.  Sorry, I've been sick lately.

Here's how the box looks like on both sides:

Thursday, September 2, 2010

My Thoughts On Apple's Fall Lineup

Usually I don't get excited about anything that comes from Apple during the fall season because it's usually not iPhone-related.  But, at least one product has gotten my attention after this past Wednesday's Apple event.
I have a really nice HDTV setup in my home and I have a WDTV Live to stream video to my 1080p HDTV.  To put it mildly, it's been a nightmare.  I don't have a lot of video files in .AVI, .MPEG, or WMV.  Most of it is in iTunes and it won't play with WDTV Live.  Flickr and Pandora access is okay.  But, YouTube access was going to be the Holy Grail of this product.  Major fail.  Every time YouTube goes through a makeover it breaks the WDTV access to the website.  In the latest firmware revision, the YouTube client fails to remember my login and password.  And it's really tough to type that in with a tiny remote and an on-screen keyboard.  Same goes for YouTube searches.  And 1080p YouTube videos don't really look 1080p on the WDTV with the latest firmware.

That's why I'm eager to get the new Apple TV.