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Free App Idea: Drop Tunes

Perhaps this already exists, if so, please link me to it.

The idea
Drop music into your Dropbox folder on your computer. Then open up the app which presents you with an iPod like interface for this music.

The genius
What’s great about it is, you have all of you music on your iPhone without using up disk space. Of course you may need to upgrade your Dropbox account to something greater than 2GBs to see any real value.

Smart Lockscreen Creator Released + Promo Codes

My latest iOS app, Smart Lockscreen Creator has just released on iPhone for $.99.

Download It Here

The Idea

Currently your lockscreen on your iOS device is nothing more than a pretty watch with a background. Jailbreakers have solved this issue with an incredible application called intelliscreen, which adds lots of interesting information to it. However, you and I are Apple fanboys and won’t violate our precious iPhones with jailbreaking. Enter Smart Lockscreen Creator.

Smart Lockscreen Creator allows you to build a completely custom (and smart) lockscreen image within the application. You then set this image as your lockscreen background. The following items are currently supported by the app.

  • Current weather, condition, high and low for any city/region in the World
  • Weekly forecast for any city/region in the World
  • Monthly calendar
  • Custom text
  • Blank space (useful when customizing the look of your lockscreen)
  • Line separator
  • Many more in the works!

Here are some promo codes. If you fail to grab one and have some interest in reviewing the app on your site, I would be happy to email you one.

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If you have any suggestion for lockscreen “widgets”, don’t hesitate to post them here.
Please give some review love as well 😉

Albuquerque Marathon Training

Well, I have finally decided to put my money where my mouth is when it comes to fitness and train up for a half marathon! The marathon I’m training for is the Albuquerque Half Marathon on Saturday, April 16th at 8 am (that logo is such an eyesore).

Two months seems like a relatively short time to prepare, especially for my first “real” run, however I am just aiming to finish rather than being competitive. Right now, I am running about 3-4 miles per day with a longer day of ~5 miles. As the weeks pass, I intend on upping that to ~5 miles/day with a longer run at about 10 miles.

If any of you are training for something similar, I would love any advice, feedback, criticism, encouragement, stories, etc… that you have. Just post em in the comments.

Also, for those of you who are on nike+, please befriend me. My username is (you guessed it) brandontreb.

I’m very excited about this goal and will be blogging along the way (amidst my other coding related posts of course).

It’s a long road ahead 😉

Tweet Press 3.2 Update – Sidebar Widget

I have recently had an overwhelming number of requests for a sidebar widget that displays your recent Tweetpress photos. Well, it’s finally here! The update was actually quite trivial to make. If I had known how simple it would be, I would have made it months ago.

Make sure you update to the latest version: tweetpress 3.2

How to use it
In the WordPress admin, click on Appearance and the Widgets from the sidebar menu. If your theme supports widgets (which is should), you will see a Tweetpress widget in the available widgets list.

Next drag that widget into the sidebar area and modify the settings.

You can configure the title of the widget as well as the number of photos to be displayed. Please comment here or shoot me an email if you experience any issues with it. I’m also open to suggestions.

It’s Elementary My Dear Watson

IBM's Watson on Jeopardy

Last night marked the beginning of the IBM Jeopardy challenge. For those of you who don’t know, IBM has been working for some time on a system (named Watson) that has overcome some amazing challenges. The goal: to build an entirely self-contained system that can beat the World’s best Jeopardy players.

Now, I’m not going to give you a rundown on it as I’m sure that you can (or have already) read it on a website far more popular than mine. I just wanted to publicly geek out for a second…

I was watching the episode of Jeopardy with my wife, and at first glance she was like “duh, of course a computer could win at Jeopardy”. This made me realize that to a non engineer, this seems like a trivial task since computers are magical Facebook boxes.

Now me on the other hand, I was giddy to the point of almost wetting myself. Seeing how far we have come in AI development and language processing is absolutely incredible.

I for one, will be glued to my tv tonight to watch Watson’s next round of Jeopardy.