Apr 5, 2013
Forecast.io is a web-based weather app that tells you the weather in a beautiful, easy to use interface. Every other weather website I use is clunky, slow and full of ugly ads – I’m looking at you Yahoo! Weather. Most weather websites will tell you what the weather is right now, but to see what it will be this afternoon it requires a few clicks and page loads to get there. With Forecast, you scroll down and click on Today and you’ll see the day’s hourly forecast laid out in an easy to understand bar graph.
Forecast.io excels at being fast. It detects your location so you don’t have to type it in. It takes 1 click to view the day’s forecast. And it’s mobile too. Load it up on your mobile and it will prompt you to save it as a home screen app.
My only quibble is that Forecast seems to have a lot of “Light Rain” reports when it’s only cloudy. Either that or it really does know when it’s just sprinkling outside. Either way, Forecast.io is now my go to app for checking the weather. It’s super useful for me to decide when to go running.
Try Forecast.io, you’ll love it.
Oct 17, 2012
I tried subscribing to a Newsstand magazine on my iPad for the first time the other day. Unfortunately I knew I wasn’t going to read the magazine regularly and it didn’t offer a yearly subscription option. Therefore I decided I had to cancel my subscription… BUT I couldn’t figure out how to do so.
Fortunately I found the answer after trawling the Apple discussion forums, so I’m detailing the steps here for anyone who may be wondering how to do so. Continue Reading
Jun 18, 2012
My Instagram yesterday got a lot of likes and apparently people are really interested to do this, so here’s a quick tutorial how.
This tutorial will show you how to post *selected* Instagram photos to your WordPress blog, automatically. All you need to do is to tag your Instagram with a hashtag for it to work.
The key to doing this is a service called ifttt, which is short for “if this then that”. Basically you tell it to watch for a trigger (if this) and do something in response (then that). See the quick one-page guide on their site. Tip: ifttt is pronounced like ‘lift’ without the ‘l’. Continue Reading
Jan 27, 2012
You know when you’re asked by an app for permission to do something with your Facebook profile? Maybe it wants to get your Facebook profile picture, or it’s going to automatically Like a page for you — you’re agreeing to these actions, but you probably don’t want to receive emails from the company behind the app right?
Well just do this and you’ll get less spam from Facebook apps. Click the Change link in the popup dialog and change the option to An anonymous email address.
May 16, 2011
I share a web tip on my podcast every week. For #LOLshow Episode 28, the featured tip is FillAnyPDF.com.
As I mentioned on the show, I bought PDFpen Pro (worth USD99) to go paperless in my office. A day later, I discovered FillAnyPDF.com, a website that does much what PDFpen does for free.
The website allows you to upload and edit PDFs with an easy-to-use form editor (Flash app). This is great for filling in forms because the entire process is digital – no need to print out the form, fill it up by hand, scan the form again and finally emailing out the form. If you register for an account, you can even upload and embed images into your PDF – perfect for signatures – and share your forms with others. The sharing feature is pretty cool, it allows you to collect the responses of others who fill in your form.
If you merely need basic PDF editing functionality, FillAnyPDF.com is a great alternative to more full-featured software like PDFpen or *cringe* Adobe Acrobat.
Try it out – FillAnyPDF.com
Mar 24, 2011
I share a web tip on my podcast every week. For #LOLshow Episode 22, the featured tip is Know Your Meme, the Internet Meme Database.
A funny thing happened while we were recording Episode 20. After we had recorded the show, we noticed that the term ‘Zangief’ was trending on Twitter. We went, huh?, not knowing why the term was trending.
Later, I realized the reason the term was trending was because of a video of a schoolkid putting the smackdown on a bully at school. Because of his awesome Street Fighter style body slam on the bully, the kid was nicknamed ‘Zangief kid’ and the video went viral. You can see the video and the entire back story on the Zangief kid meme on its database entry on the Know Your Meme website. Continue Reading
Feb 21, 2011
I share a web tip on my podcast every week. For #LOLshow Episode 17, the featured tip is TineEye.
Elevator pitch: TinEye is a reverse image search engine. It finds out where an image came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or if there is a higher resolution version.
Simply go to TineEye.com and upload or provide a link to an image that you want to search for. TinEye will then show you similar images and the web pages they are displayed on. TinEye is smart enough to show you images that were cropped, resized or even manipulated. Here are a few ideas on how to use TinEye:
- Find out where an image came from, or get more information about it
- Research or track the appearance of an image online
- Find higher resolution versions of an image
- Locate web pages that make use of an image you have created
- Discover modified or edited versions of an image – especially useful for creatives who have their work stolen or used without attribution
Either way, TinEye is a great website to bookmark for the future. They even provide extensions for Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer.
Try it out – http://www.tineye.com
Jan 28, 2011
I share a web tip on my podcast every week. For #LOLshow Episode 15, the featured tip is Evernote.
Evernote is a digital notebook that helps you capture all the random bits of info floating around you, organize them and then find it again. You can use Evernote to store your text notes, clip interesting web pages, store PDFs and even snap photos. Evernote then syncs all that information to your computer, mobile phone and their website so that you can access and find that information any time.
Check out the fun intro video for an overview.
Jan 24, 2011
I share a web tip on my podcast every week. For #LOLshow Episode 14, the featured tip is Hotspot Shield.
Hotspot Shield is a free VPN service that helps protect your privacy and anonymity when surfing the web.
Why would you need such privacy and anonymity? Here are some reasons:
- Protect yourself from snoopers at Wi-Fi hotspots, hotels, airports, corporate offices.
- Protect yourself from identity theft online.
- Hide your IP address for your privacy online.
- Access all content privately without censorship; bypass firewalls.
Access Blocked Content
To expand a little on the last point, you could use the service to access not only censored content but also sites blocked by your office or content not available to our geographic region. You could view Facebook and YouTube if your office blocks those, for example. Continue Reading
Jan 14, 2011
I share a web tip of the week on every episode of the #LOLshow. This week, the featured tip is HootSuite.
HootSuite bills itself as a ‘social media dashboard for teams using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn’. However many people like me simply use it as a Twitter client. However, it’s one heck of a Twitter client which definitely deserves your attention if you manage multiple Twitter accounts or use social media for marketing. It was also a winner in the recent Mashable Awards for Best Social Media Management Tool. Plus, the owl mascot is super cute
HootSuite has steadily been adding features in 2010. Some highlights:
- Post to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, MySpace, PingFm and more.
- Lots of integrations with 3rd party services e.g. Ning, Salesforce, ConstantContact, Google Analytics
- iOS, Android & BlackBerry apps
- Stats that you can print and export
- Scheduled tweets, now in bulk
- Auto-tweet RSS feeds, with Google Analytics integration
HootSuite’s service comes in 2 tiers – Free and Pro. The Free account is fully featured and in no way crippled, and is enough for most user’s needs. The Pro account is geared towards agencies and larger businesses with its team collaboration features.
Try it out – http://hootsuite.com