iPhone Home Screen Layout

I have far too many apps, And organizing them is a pain. Currently if you want to start from scratch there is an option in:

Settings > General > Reset > Reset Home Screen Layout

However this setting simply resets the default Apple apps on the first screen to the way a new iPhone would be and then arranges all other apps alphabetically starting on page 2.

This is pretty much useless. And would only take a small change to make it worlds more useful.

My thoughts is instead to keep the reset action the same for the first page. but then toss all apps into folders Alphebeticly based on the application’s category in teh App store.

  • Books
  • Business
  • Catalogs
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Finance
  • Food & Drink
  • Games

And so on…

Then, place all apps in each category Alphbeticly in each folder. if you fill up a folder you make another Games, Games 2, Games 3, etc. This would make organizing apps on the iphone so much easier. Thoughts?

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Pebble Watch

EMAIL AND ALERTS

I’m not a big fan of watches but I may have to pick one of these guys up. Connecting via Bluetooth to your iPhone it gets all kinds of nifty information from your phone and the internet depending on the apps you install to the device.

Pebble can receive simple alerts and notifications from if this then that (ifttt.com) More adventurous developers can use the Pebble SDK, with its Arduino-like abstractions and simple C structure, to gain full control of the watch.

Watchfaces

I should have taken advantage when the Pebble was on Kickstarter they were hoping to raise $100,000 for production and ended up with over $10 Million. By backing them with $99 you essentially preordered a Jet Black watch. If you’d like to pre-order one now you can do so on http://getpebble.com/ but it’s going to cost you $150

The watch allows you to view Incoming Caller ID information, emails, calendar alerts, Facebook messages, Twitter notifications and more.

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blink(1), the USB RGB LED by ThingM

I normally don’t post about Kickstarter projects because frankly most, are crap but this one really caught my attention, its such a simple idea and yet so powerful, I think there’s a good chance I will be buying several of these little guys.

I’ll be picking up a Mac Mini in the near future to replace my hacked first gen AppleTV. Once I get that I can have the Mac Mini check my Server Status for a few domains I manage. and have it light up a blink(1) if there are ever any issues. The design is just small enough I think I can also plug one into my Apple keyboard at work, the USB ports are recessed under the keyboard edge. so it should fit snugly under the keyboard. I’m hoping it sits in such a way you won’t be able to see it unless its light up and then you’ll see the light on the desk.

It’s planned to make the devices hackable, and the enclosures should be user openable. Users who know Arduino or AVR programming can modify the gadget to do their bidding.

Again I don’t normally back Kickstarter projects but this is one I think I will. Check out there Kickstrter page for more details: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thingm/blink1-the-usb-rgb-led

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Amazon’s new kindle includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers.

Okay while it’s not really a new kindle but an ad-supported version of the current version for $25 dollars less. I’m not entirely convinced I agree with this idea at all. I’d rather pay the additional $25 and not be forced to look at ad’s. I might be okay if it was confined to the screensaver only but it’s not. For a $25 savings you’ll get ads on your screensaver and at the bottom of your home screen. Amazon went ahead and decided to keep ads out of the books themself so as not to interrupt reading.

If I was going to consider this I think they should offer it at the sweeter deal of $99. I’ll go ahead and stick with my current kindle and when I’m ready to upgrade I’ll do so to the full priced version so I’m only looking at the content I want to. $25 just isn’t quite a good enough of a deal in my current opinion.

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My thoughts on my iPad 2.

I ended up taking a few days off work and wen’t to Disneyland with my family. After which I followed them up north to spend a few days with them. I got my hands on my iPad and while I have to practice a bit more on typing i’m very happy with it.

I went ahead and picked up Pages so I can start writing more often and I’m thinking it may end up replacing my MacBook on most daily activities such as web surfing and checking my email. I love not having to wait for the system to boot or wake up when all I want to do is check for an email or read some of my regular blogs.

Performance wise I’me very happy. Everything I’ve done this far has been very snappy and quick to respond. This is largely due to Apple’s 1GHz dual core chip it’s calling the A5. The graphics have also been greatly increased which is evident in applications like Infinity Blade the game loads very quickly and I think the controls are more responsive thank the iPhone 4 version of the game.

FaceTime is a new addition to the iPad and I think it fits perfectly. Especially standing it up on it’s own with the smart cover having face to face conversations with family and friends was never easier.

back to the smart cover I really like this idea. While apple claims it also keeps the screen clean I’m not seeing this actually happen. That being said i’m still very impressed with it and love being able to prop the device up when typing or even stand it up for FaceTime and movies.

for those of you without an iPad yet I really do recommend the device. If your a current iPad 1 user I’m just not convinced you should upgrade just yet in less you really want FaceTime. I’m still convinced after another generation or two we will see the retina display on the iPad.

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