C.S. Lewis Shrugged

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csl & randI just watched another documentary about the controversial Ayn Rand, who wrote Atlas Shrugged. The program, “Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged,” claimed that book is the number one selling hardcover in history (following the Bible, of course).

Although I haven’t read it, I witness it’s growing influence as it becomes more frequently referenced in political discussions. It is a favorite (sometimes even referred to as the “gospel”) of Libertarians.

Rand was a Soviet refugee, and much of what she anticipated, has come to pass. Unbridled government regulations, she predicted, would strangle creativity and production. The welfare state would collapse upon itself as it eroded the incentive to work. In her call for less government interference and oversight, she echoes the concerns of growing numbers of Americans on both the left and the right.

This reflects a reversal of her argument’s reception when it was published…

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Some Awesome Quotes By C.S Lewis

Here are a few quotes I really like by C.S Lewis.

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” – C.S. Lewis

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.” – C.S. Lewis

“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” – C.S. Lewis

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. ” – C.S. Lewis


One of my favorite quotes by Lewis because I can totally relate to it!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” – C.S. Lewis

Theme Giveaway Coming!

Just a quick little heads-up. There is going to be a theme give away going on at TechKon on  Monday, April 2. It is for a very complete, sleek red and black theme called FurianHaz3. So make sure you look for that post on Monday the 2. It is by a very good themer named @iHaz3. Here are some screenshots to get you excited.

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Just wanted to give my friends a heads up since you might not otherwise hear of it! Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor! 

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iPhoto Released for iOS (TechKon Exclusive)

 

During the Apple Keynote on March 7 Apple announced new updates for many of its iOS applications. While, those updates were quite something it wasn’t the thing that was hyped as much as iPhoto. Apple spent a reasonable amount of time showing off the wonder on the new iPad. The 106 MB iOS 5.1 only application is available for the iPhone and iPad. iPhoto joins the ranks alongside iWork (Keynote, Pages, and Numbers), iMovie and Garageband which completes the iLife suite for iOS.

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  1. Stephen Hackett at 512 Pixels points out that iPhoto for iOS isn’t using Google Maps. I’ve looked at Apple’s about information, and they relay no information regarding a third-party for their mapping software. In house solution?
  2. iPhoto for the iPhone isn’t incredibly fast (this might be a first run issue and caused by photos still being added to the library) and other possible bugs. There’s also a lot of loading pop-ups as images are edited and the library updates. Some people are also not huge fans of it crashing.
  3. Tools like sharpen are choppy, but are usable. Otherwise, the interface gives you a lot of options. Not quite Snapseed, but very learnable.
  4. You touch directly where you want to edit for most of the precision tools which is a thing that will take a bit to master. It isn’t quite a replacement for professional editing tools like Photoshop and iPhoto for Mac but is definitely a powerful tool on iOS and is headed in an amazing direction.

Update: Gruber at Daring Fireball is reporting that the maps data being used in iPhoto’s location feature is still provided by Google, but that the maps provided in iPhoto’s slideshow and journal sharing options are an Apple in-house solution. Assume something big is happening sometime in the future with mapping. Apple did purchase acquire two mapping companies recently so we shall what Apple plans on doing with them.

iPhoto for iOS Screenshots

iPhoto Description

iPhoto is a universal app that runs on iPad 2 or later and iPhone 4 or later.
With iPhoto for iOS, Apple brings Multi-Touch to photography in a breakthrough way. Browse, edit, and share your photos from your iPad or iPhone, like never before – all the powerful tools you need are at your fingertips. And with iCloud, you can share your experiences as stunning photo journals.

Use simple gestures to quickly sort through photos and find your best shots. A powerful set of Multi-Touch tools helps you perfect color and exposure, crop, straighten, and retouch images. Enhance pictures by adding beautiful, Apple-designed effects with just a tap. Or use fingertip brushes to apply adjustments exactly where you want them. In addition to posting photos to Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter, you can beam photos between your iPhone and iPad, stream photos and slideshows to your Apple TV with AirPlay, and use iCloud to publish photo journals to the web to share your stories with friends and family in a whole new way.

Smart Browsing
• Use simple gestures to quickly sort through dozens or even hundreds of photos
• Automatically find similar photos, so you can quickly make comparisons
• View multiple photos side-by-side to help you choose your best images
• Tap to mark any photo with a flag, select a favorite, or hide an image
• Resize and reposition scrollable thumbnail grid for optimal browsing in any orientation

Multi-Touch editing
• Simply touch and drag on the parts of the image you want to change
• Touch and drag on the image to adjust blue skies, greenery, and skin tones
• Drag the white balance loupe to make precise color corrections
• All image adjustments are completely non-destructive and can be modified at any time
• Straighten your pictures with a tap using automatic horizon detection

Brushes
• Use your fingertip to paint photo adjustments right where you need them
• Turn on edge detection to help you apply adjustments with even more precision
• Lighten, darken, and change saturation or sharpness selectively
• Paint out spots and blemishes with a powerful Repair brush
• Brush away red-eye, or use the Soften brush to minimize wrinkles

Professional-quality effects
• Enhance your photos with dozens of beautiful, Apple-designed effects
• Touch and drag to add drama to landscapes with a selection of graduated filters
• Create a perfectly toned black-and-white photo by simply dragging your finger
• Pinch and zoom a vignette or tilt-shift filter to focus on a key part of the photo
• Apply artistic effects to transform your photos into brilliant watercolors

Photo Journals
• Share your stories in a whole new way as beautiful photo journals
• iPhoto automatically flows your pictures into a great-looking layout that’s fun to personalize
• Freely move and resize photos with a touch of your finger
• Touch and drag to add captions, maps, dates, and even the weather
• Publish your photo journals to iCloud as stunning web pages to share

Other great iPhoto features
• iPhoto is a universal app, optimized for both iPhone and iPad
• Create cinematic slideshows of your photos with a few taps
• Post directly to Facebook or Flickr and view friends’ comments on your photos
• Beam photos between your iPhone and iPad, including all non-destructive adjustments
• Use AirPlay to stream photos and slideshows to your HDTV over Wi-Fi with Apple TV
• Print your photos wirelessly on an AirPrint-enabled printer

Some features require an iCloud account and/or compatible internet access.
AirPrint requires an AirPrint-compatible wireless printer.
AirPlay is compatible with the second-generation Apple TV or later.

You can download the application from the iTunes store here.

Feel free to drop a line in the comments section below voicing your opinion on iPhoto for iOS.

The New iPad(3) and all of its glory! Part 1:Hardware

The rumors have rung true! The new iPad (3) is coming and boy is it going to be a delight! While the iPad may not look completely different on the outside, it is a completely different beast under the hood. Much of the speculation over the last few months have been spot on! So now the breakdown of the iPad (3). First the display, since that has been one of the biggest controversies in the debates. The iPad will have 2048 x 1536 resolution making it a true Retina display. That type of display on a 9,7 inch screen is absolutely mind-blowing. Something only Apple could pull off. So naturally having a display of this caliber requires a little more power to support such a masterful display. The new processor is called the A5X which is a quad-core GPU processor with a dual-core CPU. So the graphics are really given a step-up on the new iPad. With just these two upgrades I am already sold but this is just the beginning. These two features are going to be the biggest selling points of this iPad, no doubt about it!

  • The new iPad will also feature LTE models. (LTE is a newer wireless technology that is (eventually) going  to take the place of 3G and is being tested in cities throughout the country and is supported by AT&T and Verizon in the US and by Rogers, Bell, and Telus in Canada.)

  • Moving on we come to the new and improved camera.  The camera on the iPad has (finally) been updated to 5 megapixels on the back and 2 megapixels on the front.  The camera technology used inside the iPad is quite similar to the iPhone 4S, which  has a backside illuminated sensor, 5 element lens, IR filter, and ISP (Image Signal Processing) built into the slate’s new A5X processor. A bunch of additional features have been added to the camera as well including auto exposure, auto focus, and built-in face detection, presumably to help sort through photos by faces in new photo management software (like iPhoto). Also, the new iPad will have the capability to shoot video at 1080p! 1080p seems to be showing up everywhere today which I feel signals that the rumors of an Apple Television is quite possible later this year.

 

  • The pricing and storage capacity will stay the same as earlier models with the 16 GB wifi model starting at $499 and coming in either black or white.

So these are just the hardware specs. Another article will be up shortly covering all the software details. iOS 5.1 is out but isn’t as exciting as one might think. Unless, you live in Japan then Siri is heading your way in your native tongue. So  are you thinking about pre-ordering? Tell us in the comments below. If you want to check out the

FYI: The reason for calling it the New iPad and not the iPad 3 is because Apple did not once call it the iPad 3 during it’s Keynote and so I have refrained from stating it as such but put it parentheses so you knew it was the newest model coming out.

Sources: [Verge] [Apple]

Apple TV Refresh Is Real! (Apple Event)

The new Apple TV refresh is not surprising since 90% of stores did not have them stocked anymore. So the interface definitely got revamped and has much more of an iOS feel. Over at theverge.com we see these screenshots.

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The new Apple TV will also support 1080p video and will stay at it’s current price of $99. I personally think the new interface is a lot more pleasing visually but we shall see how it works in the following weeks.

Sources: [Joshua Topolsky] [Apple]