Allison interviews Craig Davidson from GoPro about their video editing software. GoPro Studio is a very capable tool for editing GoPro (and other) videos on Windows and Mac OS desktop platforms. It is available for free at the GoPro website. The setting is the NAB 2015 show room floor.
Live video broadcasting via Periscope on iOS. I walk you through the fun we had ordering the Apple Watch and then trying them on at the Apple Store and finally playing with the new 12″ Retina Macbook. We Periscoped our fun trying on the Apple Watch too so you can watch that over at the website. I explain in video why Don McAllister is the master in a very short video here. In Chit Chat Across the Pond I talk to Mike Calvo and Matt Campbell from the company Serotek. Their company creates assistive websites for blind people to be able to access social media tools like Facebook. The reason we’re talking today is because Facebook is going to abandon the API they’ve been using that allows them to make Facebook accessible to more people. It’s an interesting discussion of technology that I hope you’ll enjoy.
Since I’m old, I took not one, but two naps to get ready to stay up till midnight to order my Apple Watch. Steve and I both wanted one and even though he THOUGHT I would stay up late and order his for him, he was wrong about that. He’s never stood in an excessively long line, stayed up till midnight or stayed home all day sadly peering out the front window waiting for the UPS delivery truck. I thought it was time that he experience the joy for himself.
Brett Canedy tweeted to me asking if we should all hang out in the NosillaCast Live chat room to share the experience which sounded like a grand idea to us. If you haven’t ever joined the live show before, it’s actually really easy to join the chat. You can do it with a dedicated client which is a very nice experience, but to dip your toe in the water, you can simply go to podfeet.com/live and there’s a chat client embedded in the web page. This makes it much easier for folks to just give it a try.
We’ve done the chat room thing for a few events lately and it’s really a fun way to enjoy the experience. We did it during the latest Apple event all the way from India. So I tweeted out that the chat room was open (it’s always open by the way), and Brett, Tim Gregoire (who was only there because he didn’t want to study), Barry Fulk, Pat Dengler, and David Roth joined Steve and me.
Based on previous experiences, we decided to use the Apple Store App to make our purchases.
When Steve and I got off the plane from our great India vacation, it was just a wee bit of a culture shock to get back on the Internet. Normally we enjoy the flood of information that comes from Twitter, Google Plus, Podcasts and even Facebook, but almost an entire month out of the loop left us feeling a bit unsettled. We started reading a bit here and there, and we saw an app called Meerkat that was taking the Internet by storm, but then realized we’d actually MISSED Meerkat and it had been overtaken by Periscope.
I bring this up because Periscope is pretty interesting and I’ll be talking about it a bit more in the show so I figured I’d better explain it. Periscope is an iOS-only app that allows you to live video broadcast AND send a notification to your followers on Twitter, AND allow the broadcast to be viewed for the next 24 hours, AND to save the video to your phone. There’s a lot of discussion of whether this is a big deal, a flash in the pan, or something we had a long time ago and somehow never took off.
For some reason this tool has taken off like wildfire. I did a Periscope of walking Tesla, and a ton of people showed up. Seriously. And many of them were people I knew, like Victor Cajiao, Maryanne Garry (remember the memory psychologist?) and Neil, the guy who saved the podcast almost 10 years ago. Obviously all these people weren’t actually interested in watching me walk Tesla, but rather are interested to see what kinds of things people will be broadcasting.
Today Steve and I went to the Apple Store for a 1:30pm appointment to try on the Apple Watch. We Periscope’d the event and saved the video for later viewing. Two very interesting bits in here. Watch for how Zach opens the drawer, and then the connector inside the watch band is pretty intriguing.
I’ve been a fan of ScreenCasts Online for ages and ages, and not just because Don McAllister is a personal friend of mine. I am a fan because of how much I learn from him. I’ve talked to you before about how amazing he is, and I’ve tried to explain in words how he seems to see things in applications that I would NEVER find. My favorite illustration before now was how he showed all these menus on the right side of Aperture that I never noticed in years of using the software.
I just found another example. Let me set the stage first. When I go on vacation I write an email diary of the trips that I send to about 83 of my closest friends. I write funny little anecdotes and insert photos along the way. Every trip I give everyone on distribution the chance to opt out but in years of doing this only one person has exercised that option (and they had a good reason other than they hate the emails). I do get complaints when OS X removes people randomly from my “vacation emails” groups though so I’m pretty sure they’re actually entertaining.
The iPhone 6 was the first time I chose not to go with indentured servitude to AT&T and avoid having a 2 year contract. I did it for me and for my two kids because I wanted to be able to take my phone on international travel. Lindsay was going to Mexico, and we were going to India and Kyle just got to come along for the ride. I also did it to save money and to have the freedom to dump AT&T at any time if they made me angry.
When we arrived in Dubai, the group collectively decided it was too hard for just the 2-3 days we’d be there to find SIM cards. Rally had made arrangements in advance with Verizon to have a tiny data plan for international travel at an exorbitant rate, and he was able to use it in Dubai. He was very good at sipping tiny bits of data, like opening a maps application for just a few minutes and then shutting data off. I didn’t want to pay AT&T for that though, I wanted a cheap way to still enjoy my device the way everyone else does on travel!
I was on DTNS with Tom Merritt yesterday. We had some great conversation about tech events in countries other than the US. Our main discussion topic was about the new Microsoft efforts to help developers make their applications accessible.
In this first episode back after being in the United Arab Emirates, India and Nepal for nearly a month, I tell you about the trip but through the lens of technology. Internet access limitations, planning tools, fun apps I used along the way, something for everyone. Check out Touchnote for Postcards for a fun way to send personalized cards on travel. In Chit Chat Across the Pond Bart takes us through Taming the Terminal Part 30 of n, SSHing more secure.