It's been a crazy few months writing code but it's finally time to unveil Be Real.
Be Real is a mobile destination where you can get help, ask questions, or share your stories with others. We all come from different walks of life where some are more fortunate than others. I believe that everyone should have the chance to have a normal life even when they’ve gone through a lot. I would love to see Be Real be a centralized place not only for those who need help but those who want to help others.
Be Real has been designed not only for webkit-based smartphones and tablets, but also for WAP feature phones.
Be You. Be True. Be Real.
To start the experience of Be Real, go to http://m.bereal.me on your phone
iMessage is by far the best feature added to iOS 5.
I use it all the time and every single day. Before iMessage was around I rarely used text messaging because, quite frankly, I didn't want to pay more for a highly priced text messaging plan.
Although iMessage is awesome, I do wish it had more preference settings, specifically in dealing with sending text messages when iMessage is, for some reason, unavailable.
The preferences for iMessage are bundled under Messages in the System Preference app.
iMessage by default is off, but once it's activated the only other option is "Send as SMS" which will make the phone push a standard SMS (where regular text messaging rates apply), which is on by default.
I turn this feature off because I don't want to use text messages, but Apple should add more granular preferences.
1. Give me an option to differentiate between US and International text messages.
This is important because there are times when I don't mind using text messages in the US but I can wait a few minutes for iMessage to work correctly for international messaging. Allow me to "Send the iMessage when the service becomes available".
2. Allow me send as an SMS on a per-basis situation.
The phone should attempt to deliver by iMessage but it can't, so ask me if I want to send it via SMS or wait until iMessage is available.
These are two simple adjustments to iMessage which will really give me the control of how my messages are sent and allowing me to control my costs.
Mac OS X has Services that you can use throughout the Mac. When you right click to get the Contextual Menu, you can often see these options towards the bottom of the menu. Things like, "Tweet", etc. One new option they've added recently is "Add to iTunes as Spoken Track". You can select any text on the screen, whether it be in Mail, or a web browser, select this option, Choose the voice and name the track and Boom, it's in iTunes. If you hit play, all the text you selected will be read out to you.
Just think of the possibilities. You don't have time to read the latest article online, so you quickly select all, "Add to iTunes as Spoken Track", sync and off you go. You can then listen to the article on your iPhone or iPod.
I never wanted this day to happen yet we all knew it was coming, perhaps even sooner since Steve's recent resignation.
Steve Jobs passed away today, and I am very sad along with many others. Twitter and Facebook is full of tributes to Steve Jobs including from those that are surprised they feel this way.
Steve Jobs is my hero, my idol, my inspiration and my mentor.
During the summer of 2001 I was given a wonderful opportunity to go work for the company that Steve Jobs created. I became a QA intern working on a new unknown product called iTunes.
I remember one day, I came to work a little later than normal because I had just been arguing with FedEx as my first Apple Titanium Powerbook had been lost in shipment. I wasn't in a pleasant mood and just wanted to get to my cube. I walked into the elevator along side another employee and hit the "3" button. This guy outside the elevator walked in backwards while talking to someone. He kept talking and talking, holding up the elevator. I wanted to say, "ah come on, hurry up", but I didn't. He eventually stopped talking, and turned around to face me. I looked at him and was a little shell shocked. It was Steve Jobs. I had heard stories that Steve had fired someone in the elevator so I didn't know what to say. "Hi, how are you?" was about all I could say. He smiled and replied, "Just a little busy with MacWorld next week". And with that the elevator opened and I had to walk out. I couldn't wait to get to my cube to tell everyone else who I had just met in the elevator. He made my day.
I saw him a few times on campus and it always amazed me that for someone who was a billionaire, he always wore the black shirt and gray shorts. But I thought it was great because he's down to Earth. As interns we also had the privilege to have a Q&A with Steve in Town Hall. He talked about why he came back to Apple, and how passionate he was about not allowing Apple to disappear. And boy, did he turn it around.
Steve was a genius, a thinker, and a believer. He has changed the world, not only for those who have Apple products. He has reinvented the computer, changed the music industry, and revolutionized the mobile industry. With his leadership he has truly revolutionized the world and the way in which we use technology. Even if you don't own a single Apple product, the products you do own have been created in someway because Apple did.
The world has been forever changed for the better because of Steve's amazing vision. He turned a company that was on the brink of bankruptcy to the worlds most valuable company. He has created products that change the way we think, the way we do things, and the way we live. It's these things that I have been inspired by.
Steve, you have influenced and changed my life in many ways in my personal life, my work life, and the even the way I life by. I am passionate with what I do because of you. If I'm going to do something, I want it to be meaningful and I'm not afraid of changing the world. I remember the day when someone called me "the Indian Steve Jobs", I felt so incredibly proud.
Steve, thank you. Thank you for everything. I will remember you.
I've been using a well known domain registry for a while now. You know, the one with a crazy super bowl ads, women plastered all over the screen, and more recently with a crazy CEO killing elephants in Africa. I believe enough was enough. After being sick with the constant up sell every-time I tried to do some thing there, I've switched to a new domain registry.
I listen to MacBreak Weekly over at Twit.tv, and they've been recommending Hover.com so I thought why not give them a shot. They give you a nice clean interface for transferring and domains with zero, that's right, zero up sell. It's clean and quick! It's awesome. On top of that, within the standard price you get the secure registration where they hide your contact information.
If anyone is interested in a domain name, check out hover.com
Update: Just found out they store their passwords as plain text. This is not good and at this point would not recommend Hover.
Update 2: Even though I complained about this, I was told customers want this type of ease of use. However, a few weeks later, this news came out on a major hacking site and Hover had to change their code and say that passwords are now encrypted.