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|This is the Daily Tech News Show for Wednesday, December 23, 2015 I'm Tom Merritt|
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Here's a quick pick for you. It's a free mac app called GrandPerspective that visualizes how you're using the space on your drive. It presents your drive as a series of rectangles proportional to their file size and color coded by folder. Mousing over will show you complete folder structure and right clicking can take you directly to a file. It just helped me clear up 100 gigs worth of abandoned media caches from old versions of after effects and is a must-have for drive management in OSX, imho.
Love the show!
I wanted to thank you and all of your listeners for the pick of the day submissions. I’ve found many new and exciting things, and it’s great knowing that you are not sponsored or in any way supported for promoting the items you mention.
I recently found a great program that allows me to easily run a virtual Android OS environment within my Windows laptop called DuOS. It took a little bit of work to install the Google Play store, but I now have a fully functional Android environment on my Windows laptop that lets me run and sync all of my Android app, including BeyondPod which I use to listen to your show. The software isn’t free, but it’s well worth the $10 for Jellybean (or $15 for Marshmallow) environment that is so functional it even allows the apps to access the GPS sensor in my laptop. It can be found at www.amiduos.com
Please keep up the good work, your show makes my 45 minute commute both entertaining and educational.
And by the way, in case you haven’t heard……Tom’s wife works at YouTube, which is owned by Google, who is owned by Alphabet, which is known to have developed and been closely tied to the Open Source Operating System known as “Android”.
Loopey The Great, aka Paul D.
|Tom (& co-hosts):|
To add to the many options recently suggested for keeping track of when TV shows are airing I would like to throw the TV Calendar website http://www.pogdesign.co.uk/cat/ into the ring. It is completely free and can be access via the website on a desktop or mobile. You can create an account to keep track of the shows you care about and then you can get an iCal file which you can import into your phone or Google Calendar. I haven't used it as much since I cut the cord, but I do see that it includes when The Mindy Project comes out on hulu.
Sean C. (BraveJhawk)
I know Scott is a huge Adobe fanboy, but I'd like to throw my drawing app pick out there, Manga Studio 5 (aka. Clip Studio Paint) from SmithMicro (desktop only, no tablet app). It's geared toward artists doing comic books and manga, but you can certainly use it for illustrations or more general artwork. Layers can be either raster or vector. It has a great selection of brushes and good deal of fine grained control over them.
It's also much less expensive than Photoshop. Amazon has it for about $40 right now for the regular version. EX version is about $150 but only really adds comic book formatting/layout features that are not really needed for basic drawing. 30 day free try, so no risk to give it a shot. Anyway, that's my pick!
-Byron in currently overcast Los Angeles
Brett Stewart from Chicago, here. I wanted to email in potential 'pick.' I'm not a huge fan of piling up subscription services, especially entertainment ones since I already subscribe to Netflix and HBO, but this one is very much worth the time of music lovers. It's called 'Qello' - It's an HD, Netflix-like experience for concert films and music related content.
The content is incredibly high quality, including a huge array of notable films and documentaries. You can discover all sorts of wild stuff through it, and make your own playlists combining film segments. (I also really dig their 24/7 concert channels that essentially offer a radio station experience for genres you enjoy.)
They recently raised the price a bit, but it's very much worth the money, I think. It runs on pretty much any device as well.
Keep up the show! I so love it and its the highlight of my afternoons!
TiltingWindmillStudios.com | JukeboxPodcast.com
Based in Chicago, Illinois
|Hi Tom and Jennie,|
I've got a pick I think your listeners and viewers will love becuase of
its multi-platform support and ease of use. As a podcast listener who's
used phones and PC's with different OS's, I really like Pocket Casts...
because for nine bucks you can access all your subscriptions online at
play.pocketcasts.com CUED TO WHERE YOU LISTENED LAST!
They've got apps for iOS, Android and Windows phone and with this
web-based solution they truly are available everywhere, and a robust,
easy to use and dependable 'whisper-sync' style solution for podcast
Happy crazy silly season, from John@servingworlds.com.
PS: did the youtube bots find my original-series styled support plug or
did we dodge that bullet?
I submit for pick of the day: AnyList
My wife suggested AnyList as a way for us to coordinate our shopping lists. Initially, I was skeptical that this would be redundant to the existing ability to share iOS Reminders lists with other iOS users. However, I was increasingly amazed by the feature set the more I explored the app—especially in the paid version, AnyList Complete.
With the app, my wife (who is the chef in our house) can post recipes from Simply Recipes and other recipe blogs to a meal planning calendar, and the ingredients are automatically loaded on our grocery lists, scaled to whatever level we need. Location-based reminders can be set to notify me when I near a store where certain items can be found. Photos and notes can be added to reduce confusion on each item.
But one major selling point for using native iOS apps is Siri integration. I love being able to tell my iPhone, “add butter to my shopping list”, and third party apps cannot generally use this feature. Well, AnyList found a creative way around this: If you wish, AnyList can create lists in the iOS Reminders app that are counterparts to those in AnyList. Now, my command will add butter to my Shopping list in Reminders, and the next time I open AnyList, it automatically imports that data into the corresponding list.
I respect the founders, Jeff Hunter and Jason Marr, for their creativity in designing this app. They also have responded directly to my questions and feedback.
AnyList is available for iOS, Mac and PC, with both a free and premium version, the latter costing $8/year for an individual license, $12/year for a family license. https://www.anylistapp.com
in Surprisingly Pleasant New Jersey
|Howdy Daily Tech News Sayers,|
The tl;dr: command line pastebin - http://sprunge.us/
If you want something funny to read, here's some off the tip of my finger prose:
Need to share some code or a lot of text but can't be bothered to leave the command line? Look no further! With sprunge.us you can quickly and efficiently share lots of text with a simple link, all without the annoying hassle of having to use the mouse (the very idea!)
This closing is for another show though,
I don’t know if you recommend other podcasts as picks of the day, but I recommend the Tech.pinions podcast (techpinions.com). I listen to its weekly podcasts (published on Fridays) as a complement to DTNS, with Tim Bajaran and his guest analysts looking at developments in the tech industry with particular attention to the business development side and implications for financial markets. In other words, I listen to DTNS to hear what new technologies Google, Apple and Facebook are deploying and how they work, and then listen to Tech.pinions to learn more deeply what that means for their business models and long-term growth.
(But if I only have time to listen to one podcast, I choose DTNS. Because your wife works at Youtube.)
|Airflow for Windows and OS X|
This program lets you stream just about any local video to Chromecast or Apple TV.
Read about this on Lifehacker last night and within a half hour I had tested it on my i7 laptop and my 32-bit Winbook 8 that only cost $80! On the laptop I dropped a local file and the picture was flawless, on the Winbook I used an mkv from a USB-attached 2TB drive and it showed occasional minor picture flaws. Both were ripped from a bluray.
Lifehacker story: http://lifehacker.com/airflow-sends-just-about-any-video-to-chromecast-or-app-1749102198?utm_expid=66866090-76.Xf7HV5ZSS3i8CtAkjmzQiA.0
Airflow download: http://airflowapp.com/
I also put a post on the Chromecast subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/Chromecast/comments/3xtwit/airflow_sends_just_about_any_video_to_chromecast/
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