Allister Jenks stands in for a vacationing Allison Sheridan. We have a review of Paintcode, a story of using the Apple Watch to track health in ways other than the Activity app, Allister’s own health app Stretch Timer, two interviews from CES with We.Stream and Bellus3D, some security tips with Cyber Essentials, and a fun casual iOS game, Rings.
The management at my work often brings up the topic of training. While for many years it was a hollow promise, in recent years there has been a real push on staff to take training courses, and not just those directly relevant to their current roles. Anything that is relevant to our company is considered a good investment.
A colleague of mine had been stumbling his way through building PHP web front ends to various functions we normally just ran through terminal windows. He recently went through an online course in PHP web development, and so that got me to thinking what I might like to try.
My first thought was an iOS development course, to solidify my own learnings, but it turns out that a decent course that I feel would be worthwhile is very expensive and I know that management’s enthusiasm won’t stretch that far.
A few years ago, Allison encouraged me to look at Lynda.com, who offer many courses in business, IT, software development, media production, design and more. More recently I discovered that I can get free access to all of the courses through my local library membership. Late in 2017, I was looking around for something very specific – I forget what – when something else caught my eye.
Allison interviews Ernesto Villalpando from Solos about their new smart eyewear for cycling. Solos are designed for elite cyclists, trainers and coaches to maximize real-time data without compromising the human mechanics of riding. Solos combines the power of mobile devices and state-of-the-art lightweight smart glasses so that riders can tap their full potential. Solos will be available by June, 2016. The setting is the CES Pepcom Digital Experience show floor in the Mirage hotel.
Learn more at http://solos-wearables.com
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You know I’m a big fan of Don McAllister’s ScreenCasts Online. I think it’s the best way to learn how to use applications on the Mac and iOS. It’s a subscription service at $6/month if you buy the yearly subscription. Think about that price compared to other online training courses.
I’m biased because Don lets me create screencasts for him every couple of months but I’ve been an avid viewer of his subscription podcast for ages. I’ve learned so much from him even about products I’ve used for years.
Anyway, I’m bringing all of this up again because I’m delighted to tell you that ScreenCasts Online now has an official AppleTV app and it’s really really cool! Don has built a great interface and you get access to the entire ScreenCasts Online back catalog on your big screen TV.
Not only can you view simply the latest videos, you can also view by categories. Categories include Apple Watch, Business, Design, Productivity, and my favorite, Photography. For some reason Don’s got tutorials on Audio and Music too. There are hundreds of videos in his catalog. You can also view by playlists, like his entire series explaining iOS 9, or All about Apple Photos, and a series on El Capitan and a lot more.
I’ve included a few photos of the interface so you can see how pretty it is. Another thing you might want to take into consideration is that Don goes to great expense to have subtitles included in his screencasts, so if you’re hearing impaired, or even if you want to watch while your partner is sleeping, he’s got you covered.
Now it’s time to plug myself here. The latest video screencast on ScreenCasts Online is one of mine! It’s the one I talked about a couple of weeks ago where Steve helped me do a three camera shoot using a screencast, a camcorder, and an iPhone 6s for 4K video. I demonstrated three cool tools: Duet Display to let you use an iOS device as a secondary monitor for your Mac or Windows PC. Then I showed Astropad, which lets your iOS devices access your Mac apps by mirroring the screen. It works on all iOS devices but it rocks to use an iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil for find detail work. Finally I wound up with one of my favorite apps, Bookpedia from Bruji, that lets you create a database of all your books.
If you want to check out my latest video for Don and get access to the entire back catalog, you can get a free 14 day trial over at http://screencastsonline.com