We live in an ever-changing world and I LOVE technology and I love seeing how things change and adapt and I am often surprised by how far behind the rest of the technological world, mission agencies can be. Not all parts of every mission agency are in the dark ages by any means! One example is Wycliffe and it’s partners helping to provide scripture on mobile phones and listening devices. Freddie Boswell (The Executive director of SIL international, SIL is one of Wycliffe’s partners in Bible Translation) was one of the many delegates at the recent Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, and he participated in a cool sketch designed to challenge the mindset that it is “all about the printed word”
Every now and then an app really captures my attention. Maybe it won’t change my life but definitely my lifestyle! I guess anything that helps manger more out the bible
and track Gods answers to prayer, that should change my life! I discovered Momento
My phone is so much more than a phone. It has my diary, my email, my Bible , my music, some video and plenty of games! 10 days ago while sat at home in a slightly frustrated state pondering my Bible reading habits, it occurred that there must by a diary/journal type app that I can use to take notes. I’m not a fan of paying for apps unless absolutely required. So my Bible app I paid for I wanted that to do more than provide scripture on my screen.
I found a GREAT app for £1.59 called momento for diarying and journaling. You can tag people places, you can import social media ‘moments’. You can also create you own tags. You can display all the moments with a particular tag. So I also use it to track prayer requests, take notes in church and life group. I can also write snippets during the day if I and thinking or processing something. The copy and paste function of the phone is useful for Bible bits you want to include in notes.
OKay Okay, I’ll stop going on about it soon! But yesterday I had my first opportunity to try out the iPhone’s much talked about ‘facetime’ . The idea isn’t new, video calling has been around almost as long as phones have had cameras. As one of the first user of Skype that i knew of, (which was pretty pointless at the time, as other people did also need to use skype to make it any use), iPhone’s face-time is a bit like that too. It only works with other iPhone 4 users, something not in abundance in my circle!
The quality of the picture is greatly limited by the quality of the camera on the front of the phone, which is MUCH less that the on one the back. Yes it is nice to see people, but you also have to be connected to WiFi. It doesn’t work when you are on the road in the middle of nowhere. but also doesn’t cost you a packet of data time. So for people who aren’t good at managing their bill, you can’t accidentally end up owing a fortune!
You can switch cameras in the middle of the call, which is cool if you want to show the other person something, but lighting is a major issue. You need to be in a place with good lighting. My phone call buddy, was in his lounge in which they use lamps around the edge of the room, every turn of the phone caught a different lamp which decreased the quality of the picture. Having said that it switches to speaker phone mode, and the quality of the call was excellent!
But basically if you have to be connected to Wifi, to see any MAJOR advantages over soem of the other software adn other apps that are out there. There isnt’ much advantage over using skype, which quite frankly allows you to use a camera, and you can connect with WAY MORE people!
Please excuse the self indulgence, but I was blessed recently by a phone upgraded, upgraded at the cost of successfully selling the old phone. I LOVED my iPhone 3g Enough said. I loved it. It did everything said say, for me, the keys were email, Facebook, Twitter, calls texts, web, music, bible with note taking function, geocaching apps and a plethora of games. I really did live on my phone so to speak. I didn’t’ think it could be topped. MY only complaint about my phone was that it didn’t work when I travelled. Inadvertently I had a faulty handset that didn’t get picked up as faulty until out of warranty. MUCH discussion with the phone company later, upgrade was in order. My suffice to say, I LOVED my phone.
Ali would freely tell you that I quite like gadgets. It’s true I can’t deny that I do like a gadget, but it has to be useful to me, not destined to be sat in a cupboard. Unlike the sowing machine I got for Ali or the hair straighteners. Haha, one of our family dynamics – the usefulness of gadgets!
So like ultimate kitchen gadget, George Forman grill. LOVE it, use it a lot.
Bread machine, we hardly EVER buy a loaf of bread any more.
Boss GT-10, use it EVERY week.
An AWEFUL lot of fuss was made about the launch of the Iphone4. The demo didn’t’ work, the areal had problems, it was square cut not round blah blah blah and also, the price tag L Every TV ad spot, I could see Ali glancing over to asses if I was paying any attention, and would I ultimately be wanting one. Well of course!
I had never had an ipod, or really used a smart phone for all it’s functions until I was offered an upgrade of the iphone some 18 months ago. So having got myself totally set up to use it to it’s fullest extent, I was reluctant to transfer to a new brand of phone losing apps and info in the process. Selling the old phone covered the cost of the upgrade totally J and no need to change phone contract J
The iPhone 4
- Better Reception – Seems to get receptions in places my old phone didn’t.
- AMAZING screen – I have watched several movies on it quite satisfactorily.
- I actually prefer the weight and square-ness. I feel like I am holding a tool rather than a toy, seems a bit more serious to me, which is nice.
- The WiFi reception is literally 100% better that the 3g.
- For me the upgrade to 32gb means no longer having to select what to put on there or not!
- Battery lasts a whole lot longer, I can just about get away with not charging it every night.
- Speakers for playing music are way better
- Ability to multi tasking apps means on a call I can access info.
- I would have paid for a case anyway, so a free 1 is a bonus to me not a hassle!
Now the research begins to see if I will be able to use it in Nigeria!
I am holding out for the new OS.
I am holding out for Openoffice to produce something.
BUT this acticle talks about an app that does look tempting!
HOWEVER, I don’t use the MobileMe account, so will it do everything i want it to?
I found a GREAT app, the google app. It allows me to rad my google mail, read my RSS feeds via the google reader, access my google docs, and well everything else you can do from or via google! very handy, all i wanted was an RSS reader, but i got SOO much more!!
As my readers are well aware (both of them that is) I have a love hate relationship with my iPhone. ~I love the design, the apps, ~ I hate the lack of normal smart phone features.
The new functions include cut, copy and paste, long demanded by iPhone users, picture messaging and an in-phone search feature, but not Flash video.
Not perfect yet, but a HUGE step in the right direction I feel!
I have voiced my not quite satisfiedness with the iPhone. the more I use it, the more I discover its coolness. For example facebook app is great, but also discovered the Twitter app, which also integrates with my facebook status and also makes an appearance on this very blog. Suddenly a Twitter user. Also just found a wordpress app so I can now blog from my phones too!
Suddenly a bit happier with my iPhone!
I got the swanky new iPhone just before christmas, I have to admit, it didn’t live up to all the expectations. Yes it is a great phone, yes you can play games on it, yes it has a big touch screen, but it is NOT a smart phone. you can’t use it as a thumb drive, you can’t use it to store documents, you can read stuff, but only if it is an email attachment! you certainly can’t edit anything. Bummer. the app store is great, but you to get he good apps you need to spend the cash 🙁
HOWEVER. iPhone has required getting used to itunes. Not something i was excited about, BUT I have to admit it, VERY clever stuff. you can get to the itunes store via you itunes software, it s all integrated with the web, a little scary for some. in the store i discovered podcasts. Having never had an mp3 player before never bothered me before, but now, oh my a whole new world has opened up to me.
For the un-iniciated out there a podcast, is basically a radio show that you download. But loads of people who don’t have radio shows also produce them. It’s like a free movie rental place for radio style programs. I have found the radio 4 comedy show, very funny i have found worship central they do a monthly 30minutes cast … also John Piper, international author and speakers puts up his weekly sermons!!
What do you listen to via podcast?