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Messing about with Photoshop iphone app.

Digital TV on your iPhone (and computer)

I recently discovered TVcatchup.com, which allows you to watch all the free digital channels online. I don’t know when I would really need to use it as I’m either going to be at home where I have an actual TV, or at work where I will be working and have no need for it. Unless I have a real urge to watch Loose Woman or Cash in the Attic.

Still it’s a really good website with all the channels you would expect to find on freeview and also has a guide.

I did actually find something else that may be more handy for anyone who wouldn’t really use it like me. Due to all of the snow and the poor train service SouthEastern trains offered during this time I got the bus home from work and found that; if you put in the address iphone.tvcatchup.com then you can watch all of the channels on the iPhone and stream them live . Unlike the Sky Sports that O2 offered a free trial of for the iPhone you don’t need to be connected to wifi, this means you can watch TV anywhere while connected to 3G, and it works really well. I was watching for about 15 minutes and it didn’t stop to buffer once. Maybe I was in a really good 3G area but still I was really impressed.

I took a quick screen shot on my phone here. Yes, I was watching the Simpsons.

Oh and if you add it as a bookmark it adds with it’s own little icon which is… nice.

So if I forget my book, have nothing I want to listen and a good 3G connection I might give TVcatchup another


Google’s First TV Advert: Google Chrome

So Google have now released their first TV advert. The advert is for web browser Google Chrome as a way to catch up to Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.


I don’t believe that this will help them catch up as it isn’t clear enough as to what it actually is. 

Also the music is similar to the iPhone/iPod Touch ads, which I have noticed cropping up in a number of different ads now. I find that a bit irritating, I really didn’t like the iPhone ads. Although I guess it worked on my eventually!

I use Google Chrome, and I really like it. It gives you more screen size and is just nice to use. I think that Google should have focused on the good parts and made it more clear as to what it is, instead of making it seem like a game of blocks.

Let me know what you think of the ad.


Google Voice Search app on iPhone review

One part of the Google app you can get for the iPhone is the Google voice search. The main part of the app, other than to link you to all of Google’s programs is to search for things using your voice! You probably got that from Google Voice Search.

It looks great one their tutorial videos and could be great, but me being from London it doesn’t like my accent, or any one elses that I’ve asked if it’s worked. The only time it has was when a really awkward American accent was put on, and only then we only achieved one word. I downloaded an update that says it has improved the search for English accent and Australian. I hope for the Australians it has worked as it hasn’t for English.

The one thing about it I quite like is that it uses the accelerometer to know when you are lifting the phone to your head to say a search. Maybe try it out for that.

Even though it doesn’t really work for me, it would be interesting to see if it works for Americans and if they actually use it, instead of typing in their search. For now, and probably even if/when it does work I will probably just use the keyboard and search in the safari browser anyways.

Google Street View on iPhone maps

On my way home from Portsmouth I was using the maps on my iPhone when all of a student I pressed something by mistake then from no where whatever street I clicked on.

I managed to find out how to do it on purpose, and not just by mistake. If you drop a pin to pick a precise spot on the map then it comes up with the name of where that spot it. To the left of that name is an icon of a yellow faceless man. Once you click that you are now in street view!

If you are like me you will have saved some places in your contacts or bookmarks, which is handy as you can just have a look at you’re old house or school from the  front on your phone and not just see if the roof still has your old ball on top.

With the touch screen on the iPhone, I really think that the 360 images work really well. It flows a lot better and the images on the phone make it look a lot better as well. So if you like and are not against the streey view then have a look. I believe it works a whole lot better than the Google Eart app.


PhotoSwap app for iPhone

One app I have for my iPhone that is strangely addictive is PhotoSwap.

How does it work?

Well basically, you take a picture of something with your iPhone, and then you send it. Once sent it sends to a random person anywhere around the world that is also using Photoswap at the time. Then you recieve a picture for a stranger who has also taken a picture. You can choose to reply to a message with another image or you can just send another image to another random person.

There is no ability to chat or have a voice conversation, it really is as simple as the name of the app says. PhotoSwap. It’s free and is strangely addictive once you have a go.

Beware though as you can expect with anything their are always the odd pervert taking advantage of it (I am not one of them, I promise!)

Here are a few random pics that I recieved that I thought I’d show you.

Can the iPhone 3G replace “regular” desktop/laptop Internet use?

I have no Internet for a week. Heather has taken our 3G Internet stick with her to Devon. I say no Internet, but I mean the evening as during the day I can use my house mates net, but evening I have no net.

I am now asking myself can I use the iPhone to replace using the Internet on my laptop.

I realised now that even though I have TV, books and films that like alot of people my main source of entertainment is the internet. So I’m going to see for a week (in the evenings) if I can last with just my iPhone and other stuff my laptop with Internet makes me forget about.

Well I have just quickly been on elbo.ws, which has peoples music blogs and allows me to listen to tracks they maybe talking about. I just click it and it plays. I don’t need the internetmy iPhone allows me to read blogs and even hear music just like a pc could.

I then found a piece through Twitter on the guardian website, which I discussed on a forum. They didn’t believe what I was saying on there (that a new iPhone may be out in summer and that o2 may lose their exclusive iPhone deal). I want to prove them wrong and add that link to my reply, but I can’t just copy and paste the link and I’m not going to type it out, so I will just have to wait until tomorrow to use my laptop with the proper Internet. I know that with the 3.0 operating system it will include copy and paste, but I want to share my link now! Luckily I don’t want to MMS anyone now as well… Although I probaby won’t even when that day comes. Atleast I can go on Twitter, read tweets, post tweets and everything on between. I use the free app TwitterFon, something my laptop can’t use! (because it’s not a phone…)

Atleast I don’t have to wait to blog about not having the internet as I’m using that wordpress app I posted about before and it is still doing a good job, and I’m plugged into the mains so I shouldn’t lose all I’ve written, because the rubbish battery died. Although after typing that I decided to save it just incase as you never know.

News, I can keep upto date with news still nice and easy. I have a TV and that has news a lot if the time and if I really wanted news then I even have freeview with BBC and Sky news. I have yet to watch either of those channels today and probably won’t as the iPhone again has kept me occupied with it’s nicely set out pages for the iPhone; BBC and Guardian web pages.

Now I’ve begun to write this I should really consider going a whole week without the actual internet and see if it’s possible to just use the iPhone and no internet on my laptop. Hmm but the Guardian link means I have to atleast go on it once. Then there is email attachments and sending my CV for jobs; can it handle that? Can I really search through reams if jobs on an iPhone when sometimes in my laptop the list after lists are a pain to scroll through? There’s a few things just there that may mean I cannot go without proper Internet.

I didn’t post this before, but this year I decided I won’t just watch TV for the sake if it, I won’t just watch whatever mind numbing rubbish that was put on anymore (after Celebrity Big Brother of course!) why would I need to watch a lot of what ITV2 put out or even ITV1 for that matter? I have DVDs, I have books, I had the Internet! With the Internet I could watch 4 on demand and download shows for later or the do the same with BBC’s iPlayer (you can on the iPhone with wifi not 3G, which I am using) so now I don’t it turns out that I have the DVDs and I have the books, but really I don’t actually watch Or read them much because of the net. So maybe it’s time to catch up on some reading and try to complete the 12 books in 12 months (that I didn’t manage to do last year) and maybe it’s time to watch my films, series and tv shows I’ve bought on DVD.

I think now I should sleep as I can hear birds tweeting. That reminds me twitter! No I shall not sleep, I mean tweet. I should sleep and continue this tomorrow. But maybe I should finish it on my laptop so I can easily go back and read what I’ve put and check how incoherent and see how many words then auto correction hadn’t auto corrected for me? I will sleep on it anyways.

It’s now the evening of the night after I last posted. I have been on the internet an logged into wordpress to cheat a bit and check this and found that I saving it through the app on the phone means that it is just saved on the phone so no changing it on the laptop. So for this blog atleast it’s all been written touh screen. Also I managed to copy and paste the link on my laptop, instead of getting pen and paper involved to writ it down for the phone.

So this is the start of a few days of mini tests to see how my evenings go without laptop Internet. I will try to attach my CV to an email through my phone later and post more tomorrow to see if the iPhone can replace desktop/laptop Internet completly (if it needed to)

(This is all typed on the iphone so I hope it all reads well after a look through. As of the scrolling and lack of screen size fingers crossed it’s ok!)

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Jumping on bandwagons: iPhone and Twitter

I have decided to jump on two bandwagons recently. One being the iPhone bandwagon, which is a great phone and has had me saying amazing quite often. I think that I used the word amazing to describe the wunder radio, which basically allows me to pick up any radio station with an online stream (and there is a lot) from anywhere around the world over wifi or even 3G. Amazing.

I’m actually using this blog post as a way of testing another app, the WordPress app. So hopefully it does work and someone other than me reads this. If it does work perhaps I will blog more often as I am on this phone a bit too much so it’s just another excuse. (I wrote something similar to that last paragraph and a bit more but lost it after pressing save by mistakes so I’m hoping once I’m finished that doesn’t happen again!)

The next bandwagon I jumped on was the Twitter one. At first I couldn’t see the point of it. Coming from Facebook it just seems like status updates (what it basically is) but the difference is you can choose who to follow and don’t need to find out every little detail about them, only short little messages. I find it useful to add people with a common interest as you who will help to keep you updated on the things you care about. I have other designers, tech people, sports news and scores, news and music which is good at keeping me up to date on the things I care about, which is a lot different to facebook telling me who has split up with who.

So this was mainly a test but I will probably write more about stuff like this as my phone and twitter are my main interests at the moment. My twitter is www.twitter.com/davidgarlick if you would like to follow me. If you have one and have things I might want to hear about then let me know and I’ll probably follow you. Unless you just update me in what you’re eating or your relationship status.

Before I finish I have just seen I can add an image from my phone so I will try that now. (pirate ship from Brixham, Devon where I’m staying until I return to London Friday. The place not the ship!)

Have fun.