Amazing things you can do with your smartphone

I have many classes, dedicated to smartphones, and all the amazing things you can do with them.  I have it broken down into areas of interest, such as.

and many more.

You may need to do your own search for some apps such as the Google Play store for androids. I will be putting this together in video format as soon as possible.

You can find the class information here. The list of uses for your camera, is growing constantly, and now is approaching almost 100! Photography is without doubt, one of the most popular uses of our smartphones, and the hardware and apps that take advantage of these amazing devices is growing daily. I have included some samples on this website.

Here is a list of some of the apps and hardware, I have found very useful.

Apps I think everyone should have or at least try.

Photography
Hydra – still photography
Filmic Pro – video photography

Utilities
A Password Manager
Red Laser
Scanner Pro

Maps and navigation
Google Maps and Navigation Apps like Geocaching, HearPlanet, Waze or a find my car App or device like “ZUS”.

Video
iMovie
Touchcast
Action Movie
Periscope
Intro Mate
Netflix

News and Reference
Star Walk
Wolfram Alpha
Yelp
WebMD
Drippler

Shopping
Amazon
CamFind
Amazon Flow
Craigslist
Apps for shopping at your favorite stores. Mine includes Walmart, Costco and Amazon.
Letgo

Audio
Pandora
Spotify
Speakit
Google search
Google Translate

Safety and Emergency
Witness
Tapsheild

Productivity
All of the Made by Apple Apps like iMovie, Pages, Numbers, Garageband etc.
Any finance Apps to give you access to your bank or credit cards. Mine is BofA.
Your favorite social networks like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google Plus, or others.
AppsGoneFree or AppAdvice or anything similar for getting tips and ideas on Apps.

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Zus Smart Car Charger

Zus Smart Car Charger

This an amazing smart charger device that puts 4 very useful features in one very well designed and useful product, and at a price less than most retail chargers alone!

  1. It’s a nicely designed car charger with 2 charging ports
  2. It’s an elegant light
  3. It’s a car locator
  4. It even has a parking time alert built-in!

Car Finder and Charger in One!

Even on their fundraising page this device is $34.95 Plus shipping but these guys put together a deal for $29.99 that includes free shipping!

Kula 3d Camera

Kula 3D Camera Accessory

This is a cool and simple gadget that allows you to capture instantly 3D photos and videos with virtually any smartphone and start enjoying 3d content on many devices.

Capture the moment in 3D – kula3d.com from KÚLA on Vimeo.

How can I view the 3D Images?

There are so many ways you can view these that you are sure to have hours of fun with them. Here are some:

STEREOSCOPE
was invented in the 18th century and gives a splendid 3D experience. Print a side-by-side Kúla image and enjoy with this old school method.

VR
Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard are an example of virtual reality (VR) devices which can be used to watch 3D content captured with Kúla’s lenses.

3D TV
Our software Kúlacode can convert your Kúla pictures and videos to a format the 3D TVs love and adore.

STEREOVIEWER
is used to view side-by-side images and videos. Kúla’s stereoviewer comes with Kúla Deeper for viewing the 3D images directly on the camera display.

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CINEMABOX
Kúla’s CinemaBox comes with Kúla Bebe. You can watch your 3D pictures directly by inserting your phone with your Kúla pictures into the cinemabox. You can also use it to watch 3D videos on YouTube.

WIGGLEGRAM
The left and the right perspectives are displayed after eachother, at a relatively high frequency, giving you a sense of depth

VIEW-MASTER
is a classic. You can either make your own disc or use a service company to make one from Kúla’s 3D pictures

CROSS-EYED
gives a splendid 3D experience! Click here to master the method

ANAGLYPGH
Kúlacode can process your images and export to the red/cyan  anaglyph format. Anaglyph glasses come with Kúla’s products.

3D devices included with kúla deeper:

Kúla’s stereo viewer for viewing images at a close distance (~10cm) intended for the camera display
Anaglyph glasses

3D devices included with kúla bebe:

Kúla’s CinemaBox which fits for most common smartphones. Watch the Kúla pictures or videos in 3D while you record them or whenever you like
Anaglyph glasses

Should you Buy an iPad Pro or a Surface Pro

Should I buy the new iPad Pro or Microsoft Surface Pro?

This topic has quickly become every bit as heated as the subject of which phone should I buy. Which I wrote an article about back in April of 2014 at http://timstechstuff.com/phone-buy/.

I will share a couple of video reviews I came across as well, comparing the iPad Pro, and the Microsoft Surface, in a way that is not only hilarious, but pretty accurate in terms of how people feel about this stuff!

So, how do you decide?

First and most important, I think, is what ecosystem are you into now, or plan on using? Windows world, or Apple world? This question is, in my opinion, critical to your decision, because it’s not just about one device anymore. Most folks have a smart phone, a desktop or laptop and now, smart watches and tablets.

The entire “user experience” is important because if you stick with the same systems for all your tech, generally speaking, everything flows better and is designed to work together. A great example of this is the ability to start a task on one device, and seamlessly pick up where you left off on the other. Sharing content is also “seamless”. My own experience with this has been excellent on the Apple devices and the newest IOS 9 update. I can’t honestly say how this works on Windows devices, even though I am a heavy Windows 10 user, but I have supported the Windows world for many years and have a feeling everyone else is playing catch-up to Apple in this arena, especially for “Non-Techy” users.

If you were trying to decide between an iPad Pro and a Surface Pro for example, and that was the only technology you were considering, it simply boils down to what you plan on doing with it.

I think they are both very different devices and it’s like comparing Apples to Oranges.

The Surface Pro for example is a complete computer system capable of running full versions of software and can truly replace your desktop or laptop while the iPad Pro is currently meant for very different uses and cannot run equivalent “desktop” versions of software like Final Cut or Photoshop. It will come to that eventually, but frankly it was not intended to replace your desktop system.

My own personal equipment list

A Windows 10 Desktop

I still prefer this system for my day to day tasks but mainly because I still run software that I prefer and has no equivalent replacement for on the Mac yet. Also because I still support these systems every day.

Even though Microsoft has “Screwed The Pooch” many time over the years on versions of their OS, they are not going anywhere and with the newest Windows 10 have really come a long way and are still an excellent choice for many users.

A MacBook Pro

The number 1 thing that this system does way better than the Windows system is video editing. I also feel that the Apple ecosystem is better “across the board” experience when using many devices.

What I like most about Apple products, are the quality across the board, on all of their products. Every little detail is paid respect, and the only other company that comes to mind that is similar in philosophy is Disney. Think about everywhere you look at Disney is detailed, and nobody else comes close. Even walking into an Apple store is like going into an art gallery. The quality of their service is also above any other company out there and I wish more companies would offer that same level of commitment to their customers.

An iPhone 6 Plus

Already addressed this one at http://timstechstuff.com/phone-buy/

An iPad Pro

This one comes down to “need” or “want”. I don’t really need this, especially with my MacBook Pro, but I do want the features it gives me like watching videos, browsing the internet and checking emails when working remotely. I prefer the instant on and off, and interface in general for “remote” computing. The applications designed for these devices are far superior for uses away from the desk, and when combined with the cameras, GPS, Gyro and things like the fingerprint sensor, it’s a far superior experience for how I like to work remotely. This is a perfect example of how you use it makes a big difference. Imagine for example you have your Notebook or Surface computer and you want to do something very simple like take a picture or a video (Smartphone still the best for this, obviously), you would find it more cumbersome to do some of these tasks. I also still prefer the experience of using something like Siri to get directions or find information about something while “remote computing”. I constantly am turning my device on and off to add notes, reminders, record a picture, video, or audio, ask Siri something, look something up, and the list goes on. This is still the absolute best device for those tasks and because I use other Apple products, it’s a joy because all of them work together.

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Vidometer

Vidometer is a very cool app that lets you overlay information on your videos such as, speed, altitude, and even maps in the pro version.

I have been using a dash-cam in my car for some time now, and I am getting to really like the ability to see all this detail on my videos, especially for trips and trying to show someone where the coolest motorcycle roads or scenic drives are is way easier and more informative when you can overlay a map.

HearPlanet Audio Guide

I have posted about the HearPlanet Audio Guide in the past, but I have always believed in supporting the programs I like to use myself because that way, the more people who use the product the better chances that they will stay around, and the more improvements we can expect from them.

When you are in a new city, and want to know what things to see and do, what’s the first thing you would normally do? Probably ask a local? Well, this app is like having a “Virtual Tour-guide” with you everywhere you go. I have even used it to find new and interesting things to do in my Hometown. This has, and remains to be one of the best apps of its kind, and I encourage you to download and try this one yourself. You will be amazed!

I am excited to see what they do next with this one.

CrazyTalk

While this app still seems to work just fine, I was just informed by the makers, that there are no plans to continue development and support of the IOS products. I imagine not enough people supported the IOS versions so they are focusing on their desktop versions which are also awesome.

Crazytalk is an amazing app that lets you easily create talking animated videos with little effort. You can actually create a video just using your voice and I use these all the time to create business and how-to videos as well.

This one was just a fun on of my sisters dog Butch, sometimes it’s good to just have fun! Available as an IOS app and software for your computer.

I get people asking me all the time. How do I create videos for my product or business? Well, with apps like this there really is no excuse, and of course its just plain fun!

Touchcast App

The Touchcast App is my favorite tool to date I have found for doing all kinds of amazing videos, even using green screen and using nothing more than my iPad or iPhone. A lot of my instructional videos on my YouTube channel were created quickly and easily with this amazing app. Check it out for yourself here or watch this tutorials on how you can use this app and green screen tech to create your own amazing videos. The software is now available for the desktop too!

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Bunker Ring

I have been using this Bunker Ring for some time now, and I have to say its been the best accessory I have ever bought for my mobile devices. Its simple, effective, and cheap. The video talks about using it on your device without a case, but I have been using mine quite successfully with then case on my iPhone 6 Plus, shown in the photo below. Also I bought mine on Amazon for about $15.00

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