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Automatically Change Desktop Wallpaper to Satellite Images of Your Current Location

Automatically Change Desktop Wallpaper to Satellite Images of Your Current Location:

Satellite Image wallpaper

Satellite Eyes is a neat free app that automatically adjusts your desktops background wallpaper to satellite images of your current location. Commute to work and you’ll see a new background than what you do at home, fly across the country or world and it’ll change with you.

For a simple app there are a fair amount of customization options to change how the wallpapers look. There are four different map styles, which include the generally attractive Bing Aerial satellite imagery, Terrain map which looks like a general map, Toner which looks pretty dreadful, and Watercolor which is exactly what it sounds like. Additionally, there are four different zoom levels, including Street Level, Neighborhood, City, and Region. The City and Region options can look either really great or really awful depending on how good the satellite images are for the area and how much terraforming human lifeforms have conducted in your region of planet Earth. If your setup includes multiple monitors you’ll find Satellite Eyes is smart enough to extend the imagery over each display.

If you don’t want Satellite Eyes to automatically adjust the wallpaper as you change locations, you can open the app once at a select destination and then quit, the background picture stays intact. The app uses Location Services in Mac OS X in order to function, meaning you’ll need to have them enabled for the satellite image to be accurate.

Satellite Eyes preferences
The Preference panel is accessible through the menubar and includes a fair amount of customizations. This is showing regional view.

Satellite eyes neighborhood watercolor view
Seeing Neighborhood view painted in watercolor is abstract and attractive.

Not a fan of pictures of the planet from satellites? That’s ok, we have ten gazillion more wallpapers in our archives.

Heads up to @Daryl and Isiah for the tip

(Via OS X Daily)

WWDC 2012

The Apple store is down in preparation for the WWDC keynote. I’m really excited to have a look at iOS 6 and see what they have up their sleeve.

We are expecting iOS 6 news, OS X Mountain Lion News, iCloud enhancements, Possible new Mac’s all around, New Apple TV or updated Apple TV software to support Apps.

We won’t know anything until they announce it, so follow along and hear it all for yourselves.

The keynote starts at 10AM PDT / 12PM CDT / 1PM EDT

If you want to follow along, here’s where I’ll be watching and reading:

What do you think they’ll announce?

Automate the Web

Have you ever wanted to update your twitter profile pic when you change your Facebook profile picture? Do you want an automatic text message every time the forecast calls for rain? How about keeping a log of all your Foursquare check-ins on Google calendar. That’s all possible with a web service called ifttt or the long version If This Then That. It takes some getting used to, but once you set up the channels you want, there are a ton of what they call recipes that others have created to automate the web.

One of my favorite tasks is called where did I leave my phone, which lets you send a command via google talk and it’ll call your phone so if you have it on you can hear the ring. I also use all the various read it later services such as Instapaper, Readability and Pocket (formerly Read It Later), as well as google reader, so I like that when I star an item in Google Reader, it goes to all those services. I can also keep my delicious and inboard accounts in sync, as well as do pretty much anything else I want.

Use Instagram a bunch, why not send those photos to Dropbox, or Facebook automatically, the possibilities are endless.

I really suggest you take a look at it and start using it, you’ll love it, and once you automate your web, I don’t think you could go back.

iPad 3 (The Verizon Version)

I had a little time with the Verizon iPad 3. This isn’t going to be a long post because everyone already knows what the iPad is and what it does.

First thing, the screen is amazing, but we all knew that, this is just about the 4G LTE, which in my area was ok, but not as fast as the phones. I was only getting about 4-5 MB down in all my speed tests. I did however find that the hotspot feature lived up to it’s hype, and could use it flawlessly for hours on end.

I don’t know if it was my area, or if the rumors that Verizon is throttling the iPad data stream, but even though I could use the hotspot feature with my Mac and iPhone connected to the iPad, the speed was still not as fast as say the Galaxy Nexus, which constantly got 20 MB download connections.

That being said, since I work in a tech industry, and rely on an always on connection to remotely connect to clients and do meetings and such, having an iPad with a cellular connection was very nice, the not so nice thing is the pricing and the data caps, I was given a tester iPad with no cap, but in two days, I’d already used more than 3 GB of data.

The 2 GB plan would be fine for most people, and granted Verizon does have a better 4G network, but you can get 3 GB for the same price from AT&T, and when they get 4G in all areas, you’ll still have the 3 GB. I am not endorsing one over the other, but I truly believe the carriers should have the same limits, or just get rid of the iPad data caps, and bring back the unlimited, which I know will never happen.

Anyway, the Verizon one ran fine on their network, data was always available when I needed it, which is a good thing.

I highly recommend if you haven’t gotten an iPad yet, this is the one to get.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Review

To say I really wanted to get my hands on this phone was an understatement. I’ve been anxious to get my hands on a device with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ever since they announced it. So let us begin:

The Galaxy Nexus is a fairly decent device with a 4.65-inch 720p display, a dual core GPU, but the camera is only a 5 MP sensor, and it doesn’t really take the best photos. There is a welcome addition of an LED notification light on the front of the device in the center on the bottom, it’s also an RGB light, so it’ll change colors based on the type of notification you are getting.

With Android 4.0 they’ve also decided to do away with the hardware buttons, so it’s only got a sleep/wake button and a volume rocker for hardware buttons, the rest are software based.

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Motorola Droid RAZR Review

RAZR-5374The past month I’ve had the chance to fully test the Motorola Droid RAZR. This phone is big and thin, and it’s very nice looking. I do have to say that it’s a much better phone than the Bionic, so if you have a Bionic, I’m sorry.

The phone itself is a mix of aluminum, Kevlar and Gorilla Glass. However, it may seem tough, but the back of the phone is quite slick, so I was always afraid of dropping it, and it seemed like it was just a tad too big to feel comfortable in the hand.

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