Social Media Counter

Social Media counter shows the ever changing amount of data we are churning out every second of the day in real time.
This counter is from Gary Hayes and is shows how many likes and comments we are making on Facebook,  the amount of Apps we are  downloading, videos watched and uploaded to YouTube, Tweets sent, photos uploaded to Instagram, visits to Pinterest and much much more.

Click on Social, Games or Mobile to view the different live stats.

I’d like to that Gary for making this available to us all to use and embed in our blogs, if you want to see historical data and where Gary has sorced his data have a look at his post

iPhone and iPad apps I’ve tried – just a few

This is a list of some of the iPad and iPhone apps I’ve tried. Some apps I use a lot and some have been tried and quickly deleted. I have found that some apps I have are no longer available in the app store so if you can’t find an app in the list this may be the reason.
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ABC iview – now available for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
ABC News for iPad
AccuWeather Free for iPad
Adobe Ideas
Adobe Photoshop Express
Advanced Bubble Level Free
AFL Aussie Rules Live HD 2011
Air Sketch Free
All Things Digital Dinner Spinner Recipes anytime! Amazon Mobile
Analytics for iPad
Angry Birds
Angry Birds HD Free
Angry Birds Lite
Animal Sound Board Game HD Free Lite – for iPad
ANZ Property Tracker
AppDeals for iPad
Apple Store
Appolicious for iPad
AppStart for iPad
Art Of Glow
ArtStudio – draw, paint and edit photo LITE
ArtsView : Sydney
At Once – Type while walking!
Atkins Diet Recipes
Augmented Reality Studio
AUS Traffic
Australia Post Mobile
Australia Votes 2010
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation for iPad
Auto Adjust
BBC News
BeeCells Lite
BeFunky Photo Editor
Big Calculator
Big Words
Bluefire Reader
Bluetooth Photo Share
Bluetooth Walkie Talkie
Blurb Mobile
Bubble Ball
Bubble Breaker 2 (Bebbled)
Bubble Wrap (FREE)
C25K (Couch to 5K)
Cali Lewis Tech & Gadget Videos
Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal
Calorie Counter by MyNetDiary
CamViewer for Foscam Webcams
Card Shark Solitaire
Channel Ten
Chicktionary for iPad
Chicktionary Lite
Chopping Mania
Citrix Receiver
Citrix Receiver for iPad
Classic Solitaires
Clinometer HD – bubble level and slope finder
Coles Shopmate
Color Splash
Compass for iPad (Free)
Convert Units for Free – #1 Unit Conversion App
Convert-O-Matic Free
Cool Hunting
Cows In Space
Crack the Code Free – Dictionary & Thesaurus – Free – Dictionary & Thesaurus – HD iPad
Dilbert Mobile
Discover Wikipedia in a Magazine
Discovr Apps – discover new apps
Discovr Music – discover new music
Discussion Forum for iPad Users
Documents Free (Mobile Office Suite) Real Estate Real Estate App for iPad
Doodle Booth
Doodle Booth HD Free
Doodle Buddy – Paint, Draw, Scribble, Sketch – It’s Addictive!
Doodle Buddy for iPad Doodle Jump – BE WARNED: Insanely Addictive!
Dots Free
Draw for iPad
DrawCast – Drawing/painting/sketching/doodle eBay
eBay Deals
eBay for iPad
Echofon for Twitter
Emoji Free!
Endomondo Sports Tracker
Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List
Epson iPrint
Eureka Skydeck 88
Explore Flickr
Explore The Rocks
ezimba free
Facebook for iPhone – Friends Planet Lite
Filter Mania
Find My iPhone
Flickit – Flickr uploader for iPhone & iPod Touch
FlickStackr for Flickr
Focus for Facebook
Food Finder
Fotolr FX Camera-Live
Four in a Row ✯
Foxtel Guide
Foxtel Guide for iPad
Frames & FX for Photos
Free Noughts and Crosses
Free Wi-Fi Finder
FreeAppADay Store: Paid Apps For Free Daily + Game Reviews & Trailers
Friendly for Facebook
Friendsheep HD: The Insanely Popular Party Game
Frommers Travel Tools
Furballs! Lite
GetGlue for iPad
GiftBox Holiday Shopping List
GodFinger for iPad
GoodReader for iPad
GoodReader for iPhone
Google Apps Browser by G-Whizz! – The #1 Gmail, Talk, Facebook & Twitter Client + Lots More! Google Earth
Google Places
Google Search
Harbor Master HD
Healthy Recipes – By SparkRecipes
HelTweetica for Twitter
Hong Kong Travel Guide – Lonely Planet
HootSuite for Twitter
HowItWorks Magazine
iCademy – discover your iPhone
IKEA Catalogue
iLoader for Facebook
iLoader for Facebook Lite
Imageshack Uploader
IMDb Movies & TV
The Impossible Maze
Instagram Tips
Instapaper Free
iPronto To Do Lite HD
iRetouch Free
Jewel Craft HD Lite
Jewel Quest Deluxe Lite
JotBook Free
Jumbo Calculator
Just Light Flashlight
Kik Messenger
Lasoo for iPad
LEGO Photo
Leme Camera Lightsaber Unleashed
Line Up FREE
Lock Screen Designer
LogYourRun Free – running GPS pedometer
Lost Chicks Multiplayer- The Insanely Popular Multiplayer Game
Made in the Now
Mashable! for iPad
Melbourne “At a Glance” City Guide – Free
Melbourne Travel Guide Lonely Planet
The Menu Book
Metlink Melbourne
Microsoft Tag
Mill Colour
Miso – Social TV
Mobile Agent
Mobile FOXTEL from Telstra
MobileMe Gallery
MobileMe iDisk
Mondo Travel Diary
MoneySmart Financial Calculator
Montage Lite
My Local
My Sketch
MyFriends HD
MyGumtree Free Local Classifieds
MyPad – for Facebook
MyPad+ – for Facebook & Twitter
National Gallery of Victoria
New York City Travel Guide Lonely Planet
Night Fast Snap!
A Ninja vs Zombies (iAd supported)
Note Hub
Note It!
Now Playing
NYC Way – Everything NYC
NYTimes for iPad
Oz Radar HD
PAC-MAN Lite for iPad
PaperDesk LITE
PapiJump Large
Percolator Perth Street Map Lite Lab
PicMix Lite
PingChat! – The Ultimate Cross-Platform Messenger Pixel Perfect: FREE for limited time
Pizza Hut Australia
Plastic Bullet Camera
Pocket Weather AU
Pocket Weather AU HD Lite
Pop Art Lite
Pop Pop Bubble
Print n Share for advanced printing
PrinterShare – print from iPhone to anywhere
Pulse News for iPad
Pulse News for iPhone
Qrafter – QR Code Reader and Generator
Quickoffice® Pro HD
Read It Later Free
Real Solitaire Free for iPad
Remote Desktop Lite – RDP
reMovem (free)
reMovem 2
reMovem Christmas Edition
Ringtone Maker – Make free ringtones from your music! ROBOnoVIEW
Rope’n’Fly 2 Lite
Shadow/Highlight Retouch Photo Editor Free Shazam
Shazam for iPad
Sheep Launcher Free!
ShopShop – Shopping List Shrek KartTM FREE Silent Film Director Simple Resize SketchyPad SkyGrid
Snake Unlimited
Snap Send Solve
Snowboarding HD
sobees lite for Facebook
Social News Free
Social News Reader
The Solitaire
Solitaire Ace
The Specials Board
Splatter HD
Star Guide
Star Walk – 5 Stars Astronomy Guide
Star Walk for iPad – interactive astronomy guide Steply
Sticky Notes with Alarms and BumpTM Sharing Sunrise
SuperPopCam – Swipe to Effect
Sydney – Travel Guide
Sydney “At a Glance” City Guide – Free
Sydney City Travel Guide – GuidePal
Sydney Map and Walking Tours Sydney.Spot-OnTM
Talking Tom Cat
Talking Tom Cat for iPad
Teewee for Twitter
Tesla Toy
Tic Tac Toe Free HD
TiltShift Generator – Fake Miniature
TiltShift Generator Free – Fake Miniature
TIME Magazine
Time Out Sydney
Tiny Planet Photos
To Do’s
TripAdvisor Hotels Flights Restaurants TumbLiking -Tumblr client-
TuneIn Radio Pro
Tweet – iPad edition for Twitter
Tweet Flow
Tweet Mapper
Tweetbot – A Twitter Client with Personality TweetDeck for iPad
TweetDeck for iPhone Tweeterena 2 for iPad
Twitter Client Twezr
TwitBird for Twitter
TwitPic Twitter
Twitterrific for Twitter
Twuner – The Talking Twitter Client
UpNext 3D Cities
Urbanspoon for iPad
uRemote XBMC
USA TODAY for iPad
VehiCal – Car Expense Management
Viator Tours & Activities
Vint B&W
Virtuoso Piano Free 2 HD
VLC Media Player
WA Vehicle Registration – Perth
Walking Tour
Waterslide Extreme
We Rule for iPad
We Rule GOLD for iPad
The Weather Channel® for iPad
Weather+ Free
What’s On at Fed Square
White Pages Australia
Wi-Fi Finder
WiFi Photo Transfer
WIRED Magazine
Wired Product Reviews
Words With Friends
Words With Friends HD Free
Words With Friends Helper: Lexeme Free
WorldMate The Travelers Value Pack
Write Now LITE
WWF Helper – Anagram and Word Lookup for Words with Friends
XE Currency
XE Currency for iPad
xkcd HD
XtremeMac Alarm Clock
Yellow Pages Australia
Yoink! Free recycling and reuse network
Zigzag HD Lite
Zite Personalized Magazine
Icon/Emoji Keyboard
1 million FREE Books Read Kobo eBooks!
100 Cameras in 1
100 Cameras in 1 Free Version
123 Sticker: Musical Sticker Book (With New Halloween Sticker Scene) 360 Bali
360 Panorama

iPhone = myPhone now what?

In my post Change of Focus I mentioned that I now the proud owner of an iPhone and intend to write some posts

“to share my experiences, post tips, review Apps for the iPhone”  “The App reviews will be restricted to Apps available in the Australian App store.”

So here they start. iPhone applications can really enhance the user experience of the iPhone, they are easy to install and many of apps have a free and paid version. Try out the free version and then if you want more features buy the paid version.

Getting started with Apps:

To download apps you need an iTunes account. I created a free account so I don’t have to hand over payment details, I can buy iTunes credit when I need and am not tempted to spend more than I should. Once you have your iTunes account set up you can download apps directly to your phone (wifi connection is best) or with your Mac or PC. Just be aware that if you are downloading with your phones data plan this can blow it out, some apps can be large and take a while to download.

To set up a “free” iTunes account open iTunes on your PC or Mac go to the App store. Find a free application to download and then create your iTunes account. Having selected a free app should mean you don’t have to enter payment details.

The App Store

Using the app store on your iPhone is very easy. Simply open the App store icon on your home screen. From here you can browse and search for apps. Each app has a description and if you scroll to the bottom it will tell you the version, date created, operating system it will work on. If the app has user reviews it is a good idea to read these also.


Featured: includes New, What’s Hot & Genius.
Categories: includes Top 25- Top Paid, Top Free & Top Grossing.
Search: Look for apps
Updates: Shows updates for your apps, simply click to download & update your apps.
One thing to note with apps is that the prices can change, it can be worthwhile checking in to see of an app you were after but found too expensive has been reduced. An example of this is Jamie Oliver’s app which started out around $25. and is currently available for $5.99.

To finish off here is my list of 7 must haves.

1. Quota

SouthFreo Software

Allows you to keep track of you phone and data usage and more. This app has a free QuotaLite and paid Quota version. The free app restricts you to one account. The paid app ($3.99) has many features and allows you to check you phone, ISP usage, SmartRider balance, Fly Buys and many more. There are many similar apps available but I have found this one very reliable and was a little swayed seeing it was developed in Western Australia. This sort of app is a must have to make sure you don’t go over you phone limits.

2. Ping

Gary Fung

Ping has a free and paid version. It let’s you send free SMS to other iPhone users. You need to create a Ping id, let your friends know the id and then you can send each other free SMS. It also works on iPod Touch.
This is an easy to use app that will save you going over your phone limit.

3. Yoink!


Yoink! is a easy to use app that is a iPhone version of it’s online website.
They say: “Get free stuff from your local area and give things away you don’t need.” and this sums up what it is all about.

Once you become a member (free) you can start Yoinking. Yoink! lets you give things away or get thinks for free. The map makes it very easy to find things and if you Yoink! it before anyone else its yours. You can then message and arrange to pick up the item.

It’s a great way to recycle, get rid of things you don’t want anymore and help each other. You can also use the web version of Yoink! Yoink! is another app by a West Australian Developer.

4. Capdase USB Chargers.

Your iPhone comes with a Charger but I found I needed more than one. This one is made by Capdase. I have 2 of these one has two USB ports and the other has four USB ports. There are a must if you have more than one phone/device to charge. They also come with international adapters.

5. Duracell Instant USB Charger.

This must have provides you with charge for you phone when you are out and about. It is Instant USB Charger made by Duracell. It is small enough to fit in your pocket or purse, you charge it by USB and once charged use your iPhone cable to connect and charge your iPhone. Instant USB charger. Claims to provide up to 3 hours of backup phone charge. With the iPhone it may not be as efficient. I found it took about an hour to charge from 25% to 80% charge while I was using the phone all the time. So charging without using the phone would be a lot quicker.

6. Belkin Retractable iPhone cable.

To make life easy with all of these charging devices I have a Belkin retractable iPhone cable. It is small to carry around and doesn’t get tangled around everything.

I hope these tips are helpful, the more you use and play with your iPhone the quicker you will find it’s many features.


iPad = iWant

After days of hype Apple launched the iPad today. I hadn’t planned on staying up to 2am to watch the launch but I did.
I could listen to the audio from the launch through Leo Laporte’s TwitTV while watching the live blogging by Engadget. The feed was slow for the first hour with lots of buffeting but eventually settled down.

So here it is the much hyped iPad. The wifi models will be shipping within 60 days and the 3G models within 90 days.

Photo copyright engadget

It does lots, looks great and I want one. I am not going to go into details of all the features as there will be lots of articles around that will give you this information.

A couple of things that I did note though were that the iPad has the same slide to open as the iphone and the keyboard is also similar to the iPhone and doesn’t have numeric above the alpha keys ( I find this annoying on the iPhone especially when suing numerics in passwords). It runs iPhone apps and the new SDK from Apple to develop apps will allow the apps to be bigger.



Photo copyright engadget

The other big question is: How much? (These prices are in USD.)

The base model 16GB will be $499, 32GB will be $599, 64GB will be $799.

The 3G models cost an extra $130

16GB is $629, 32GB is $729, 64GB is $829

So now we just have to wait and see if they are really worth all the hype and the price, hope it’s not like the mac book Air, nice to look at but not really worth the expense.

Change of Focus

It is hard keeping up the monentum and enthusiasum you have when you start a blog. My biggest obsticle to posting is actually getting it down on the computer. I go through the post title and content in my mind many times before I start typing and I keep reminding myself that I don’t need to write a novel everytime, sometimes a couple of quick paragraphs is better.

A change of career to a fulltime freelancer in software and web development in 2009 has been a welcome change, challenging and changed my focus. After 6 years as a Tafe IT lecturer I am now completely reliant on my skills to find work and earn a living, it cerainly keeps you on your toes. I also found that I felt a little lost, so many opportunities, so much to learn, read, experience. It was up to me to find what I was interested in, try new things and explore.

It has taken me about 10 months to focus and find a new interest and as such a reason to start posting again, I have become an iPhone devotee. In October 2009 I went from a imate with Windows Mobile5 to a iPhone 3GS and haven’t looked back since.
I plan to share my experiences, post tips, review Apps for the iPhone and hopefully enter the field of app development. The App reviews will be restricted to Apps available in the Australian App store.
So there it is, I will start posting again as a iPhone devotee who has just used the WordPress2 app to create this post. Enjoy!