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  • iPhone apps Archives - Steffan Antonas
    found it so useful that I d never buy a phone without a camera again The volume of pictures I ve taken on my 3G shows that Apple definitely crossed the usefulness threshold for users like me at least with their first stab at putting a camera in a phone The image quality is lacking though and there s no real manual control and it performs horribly in low light Apple did a heck of a lot to correct those issues with the 3GS and even caught the attention of photographers with the improved sensor an increase in resolution low light performance and tap to focus side note If you haven t heard about Chase Jarvis s new book The Best Camera Is The One That s With You check it out awesome iPhone photography And with this release Apple s shown that they re still listening and has put even more useful features into the camera Video recording in HD 720p up to 30 frames per second with audio and in camera video editing with iMovie I m skeptical about what using this will be like but how can you say this isn t cool 5 megapixel still camera instead of uselessly increasing megapixels they ve focused on putting in a kick ass low light sensor which will make much more difference to image quality The new front facing camera finally I can take a picture of Jules and I when we re out and about that I don t have to re take 3 times because all I got was the sky or just my stomach Tap to focus video or still images awesome for isolating your subject and blurring the background this is the feature that made photographers go banana sandwich when the 3G came out LED

    Original URL path: http://blog.steffanantonas.com/tag/iphone-apps (2016-05-02)
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  • The Power of "vs" metadata: How To Use Google To Quickly Find Competing Products and Services - Steffan Antonas
    I buy So I go to Google s home page and do a quick search on the product or service with vs attached Before you click search Google returns a list of the most searched on terms that include the the name of the product or service vs In under a second you get a quick list of comparisons that others have made It s not a perfect solution but you can often get a pretty good sense of what consumer shoppers doing their homework are comparing that product or service to It s a great way to use Google s meta data to stumble on worthy competitors that you ve never heard of that might be worth consideration or even to find out who consumers think are YOUR biggest competitors Like I said it s not a perfect solution but it s fast and serendipitous The fact that the lists that Google is generating on the fly are based on search volume is great because it acts like a crowd sourced vetting process and it works often enough that it s a useful place to begin your research Here are a couple of examples If you were considering LuLu

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  • Online Communities Archives - Steffan Antonas
    lasting relationships with the true online influencers by being a part of the action as they congregate on the new service in an excited feeding frenzy If you re there and you re as enthusiastic helpful and engaging as they are you re seen as part of the tribe The engagement cycle is almost always the same on new social networks with a lot of hype Google Buzz is a perfect example The alpha geeks follow listen and interact a lot early on when the community is still a small tight knit group of early adopters They amass large followings quickly and while they develop dense networks of influence they are also less discriminating about who they interact with and friend because the frenzy is highly social Eventually they all hit a saturation point though The numbers get too big their sense of true community dissipates and the initial excitement wears off The second the enthusiasm for the shiny object disappears they start spreading their attention out evenly again on the tried and true social spaces where they get a real sense of intimacy and personal connection That s why in the long run at least the technology doesn t

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  • Personal Branding Archives - Steffan Antonas
    which can work in your favor if you re a talented writer who happens to be blessed with a squeaky voice or a shy demeanor Read More Published March 3 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Web Strategy Comments 1 Comment Sometimes It IS About The Technology You know when the technology itself makes the most difference to how much engagement you get on the social web In the very beginning when it s brand new to everyone That s when the alpha geeks the 1 of the people that produce the most content online temporarily ignore their other social networks to focus all their attention on the shiny new object For just a few weeks following any major launch you can build lasting relationships with the true online influencers by being a part of the action as they congregate on the new service in an excited feeding frenzy If you re there and you re as enthusiastic helpful and engaging as they are you re seen as part of the tribe The engagement cycle is almost always the same on new social networks with a lot of hype Google Buzz is a perfect example The alpha geeks follow listen and interact a lot early on when the community is still a small tight knit group of early adopters They amass large followings quickly and while they develop dense networks of influence they are also less discriminating about who they interact with and friend because the frenzy is highly social Eventually they all hit a saturation point though The numbers get too big their sense of true community dissipates and the initial excitement wears off The second the enthusiasm for the shiny object disappears they start spreading their attention out evenly again on the tried and true social spaces where they

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  • Social Web Archives - Steffan Antonas
    online influencers by being a part of the action as they congregate on the new service in an excited feeding frenzy If you re there and you re as enthusiastic helpful and engaging as they are you re seen as part of the tribe The engagement cycle is almost always the same on new social networks with a lot of hype Google Buzz is a perfect example The alpha geeks follow listen and interact a lot early on when the community is still a small tight knit group of early adopters They amass large followings quickly and while they develop dense networks of influence they are also less discriminating about who they interact with and friend because the frenzy is highly social Eventually they all hit a saturation point though The numbers get too big their sense of true community dissipates and the initial excitement wears off The second the enthusiasm for the shiny object disappears they start spreading their attention out evenly again on the tried and true social spaces where they get a real sense of intimacy and personal connection That s why in the long run at least the technology doesn t matter much and why focusing relationships to achieve long term social goals is so important I ve made these observations from interacting online and joining and leaving social networks for years but I don t have any hard data to back this up It s just a hunch so I m really interested to hear other people s opinions and ideas on this or get pointers to any good examples It s sound long term strategy to focus on relationships over technology but if it s the early adopter crowd you want to notice to you there doesn t seem to be a better time

    Original URL path: http://blog.steffanantonas.com/tag/social-web (2016-05-02)
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  • Mobile Computing Archives - Steffan Antonas
    s possible and that practical applications for mobile users might be just around the corner How cool is that What s happening in the background in this demo on the simplest level is that the prototype connects the phone s camera to an optical character recognition OCR engine recognizes the image as text and then translates that text using Google Translate Even in small chunks you can see what a

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  • Sensors Archives - Steffan Antonas
    devices are already being outfitted with sensors of all types There are currently two common scenarios for sensors mobile phones 1 Everyday objects with sensors pumping out data on things like temperature noise and activity the mobile phone reads and analyzes this data 2 The phone is used as a sensor itself For example the iPhone has a built in accelerometer which is basically a motion detector This is used for game control and also for re sizing your iPhone display from portrait to landscape The iPhone also has a microphone which can be used as a noise sensor a proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor Image Credit http www flickr com photos raneko 3971359430 We re starting to see GPS based Geosocial networking services like Whrrl Loopt and Hotlist gain some ground but I m really interested to see what will happen when mobile devices are embedded with proximity sensors i e when the mobile device gets close to another short range sensor data is shared It may never happen but I think it s a great idea because while GPS based social networking works for people who know each other it doesn t work for sharing contextual relationship data between a person and an object or an organization You could imagine many of different unique use cases based on foot traffic for business and being social New Kinds Of Retail and Restaurant Loyalty Programs What if a store or restaurant had it s own short range sensor that knew when you walked in the door and alerted the sales staff about your sales history and personal shopping preferences What if you were fed instant information on in store sales based on your favorite items or wish lists How would any of this change your relationship with your

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  • Freelancing Archives - Steffan Antonas
    m Reading Blog Archives Subscribe via email Subscribe via RSS Find Me Twitter Facebook Instagram Flickr Vimeo Pinterest Email LinkedIn Proudly powered by WordPress Theme Designer by Array Freelancing Now You Can Accept Credit Card Payments On Your iPhone I can think of so many reasons why this is a good idea If this startup can get the security and authentication right with this and they seem to have they

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