TechnoGadgetry

Who are these Peeple?!?

Last week, Peeple hit the media like a ton of bricks. Most of what I wanted to say has already been said.

Still, I had a concern.

How do tech companies choose the projects that they support?

Seriously. I’d like to know.  What is their vetting process?

Peeple’s creators posted a (now-removed) web series on YouTube. In their videos, Julia Cordray mentioned at least two companies–an incubator that (from what I recall) provided them with funding, and another organization responsible for developing their app.

I checked their developer’s web site. It features a list of their “work”, aka their portfolio. Among their projects were apps for two web sites that I recognize. One is a niche healthy lifestyle site. The other is very well known. Liberal, conservative, old, young–it doesn’t matter. Even if you don’t use it, any internet-savvy person would recognize its name.

I won’t describe these projects in any more detail. Ultimately, I think the companies that Ms. Cordray mentioned deserve to salvage their reputations.

Which brought me to my original question: What process does someone with an idea have to go through in order to bring it from her head into fruition as an app that potentially millions of people will use?

Well…

While working on this post, I did a bit of digging. Believe me when I say that my eyes have been opened. DIY app development is actually a thing. (I’m old, I know.) And if you don’t want to get your hands dirty, you don’t have to. There are companies that can do the work for you. In fact, this is where things got interesting. While certain companies gave me the impression that you had to Be Somebody in order to work with them, others appear to be more than willing to offer average folks like you and me the means to bring an idea to the public.

Quite frankly, the latter type of firms startled me.

When I say that, I hope I’m not misunderstood. I don’t want creative people who lack technical skills to be unable to make their dreams come true. (For all I know, one day I might think of something brilliant that will make everyone’s lives just a little bit easier.) However, when the idea for an app is brought to a company’s attention, at the very least I hope their staff interviews its creators thoroughly. It’s vital to know the impact that their work will have on potential users.

Regarding Peeple, the people behind it demonstrated a lack of awareness of what can happen when technology and human nature intersect. Not every interaction or impact is positive.

As I think about their now-deleted web site and social media pages, everything about Peeple troubled me. Contrary to Julia Cordray’s recently-released statement about their company’s purpose, enough members of the general public exist who are aware of their original claims.

It will be interesting to see how the individuals involved in this debacle manage to recover.

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Dear Podcasting Peeps

I got tongue-tied while I was trying to talk about this morning, so I thought I’d write it out for you.

If, like me, you haven’t used GarageBand in ages and are stepping into its newest edition, don’t be alarmed. The podcasting features are still available. (For what it’s worth, I have version 10.0.2.) Now, I know, I know. It doesn’t look like the capability is there. Don’t fret.

Seriously. Don’t be like me. I nearly had a heart attack. For Pete’s sake. I almost used Audacity.

If you’re in my shoes, I urge you to calm down and do a search instead.

Look to your left:

GarageBandPodcasting

A good podcast always begins with a decent voice. I remembered that I used to record using the “Female Radio” setting. Hence, I did a search for “Radio”. Apparently it’s under GarageBand’s “Legacy” settings.

I’m not quite sure why.

Dear Apple:

People haven’t stopped podcasting. In fact, I bet that it’s the only reason that some people use GarageBand in the first place. Kindly keep that in mind when you go to concoct your software’s next edition.

Best,

Claire

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Tech Talk: Welcome to the iSide

I don’t understand the Apple hate. I really, really don’t.

Several weeks ago, my phone’s contract was about to expire. I decided to step into the smartphone world. I did my best to research the three main players–Android, Blackberry, and iPhone.

You see, I’d fantasized forever about getting an iPhone. I’ve owned a Macbook for a while, and I had a hunch that the switch would go as smoothly as the day when I stopped using my PC.

I was right.

Before I made a final decision, though, I wanted to make sure it was the right one. Little did I know I would nearly give myself an ulcer.

There’s a lot of hype surrounding today’s technology. In spite of my instincts, I started to fall for it.

And of course, there’s the trash talk…


Did you catch that slogan?

“We need tools, not toys.”

The first few times I heard that, I winced. If I bought an iPhone, would I be taken seriously? (I kid you not. I swear, that’s what I thought.) However, once I owned the “toy” in question, those words started getting on my nerves. They sounded like the taunt of a schoolyard bully who does a whole lot of huffing and puffing…Yet in reality he’s jealous because the kid he picks on is every bit as cool as him–if not cooler.

I mean, really. Have you seen the photos I’ve taken lately? My phone earns its keep.

More importantly…If you’re like I was–yearning for an iPhone, but on the fence, let me ease some of your fears.

From a distance, an iPhone may appear cute and cuddly. But it’s only as much of a toy as you make it out to be. Honestly. I swear, except for the times I keep downloading and deleting Angry Birds I don’t really bother with games.

Seriously. It’s actually quite functional. You can download apps that cover almost everything–from the silly to the serious.

And then there’s that other reason people might hesitate. The keyboard.


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“Can you imagine answering eleventy-billion emails using a touch screen?”

Ok, so, the woman in the commercial didn’t actually say “eleventy billion”. But a touch screen is nothing to be afraid of. As with most of my life, the only time I ever screw up using mine is if I sit there and over-think things. If I just focus on what I want to say and type away, I’m fine.

Furthermore, as I was working on this post, I stopped to watch a video where Arianna Huffington called typing on an iPhone “painful”. Her comment received only a few claps, not a cacophony of applause.

Maybe it’s just me. But I’m not looking to write a novel on this thing. Thus far typing short messages has been a breeze.

In these e-streets, everyone’s got their preferences. But if you’re like I was, swooning over the iPhone’s features, and hesitating over nonsense, I have one word for you.

STOP

Life is far too short to fret over foolishness.

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FYI: Snapseed’s no longer on sale

The other day when I posted a photo, I said that I used Snapseed. It’s a great app. And when I downloaded it, it was free.

Well…When I downloaded Snapseed, it was under a special promotion. Imagine my surprise when I clicked my way into the App Store this morning. Normally, Snapseed sells for $4.99.

I know, I know…To some iPhone folks, that price is normal. But there are so many cool apps available for free. Right now, paying for one is beyond my comprehension.

Still…I feel blessed to have downloaded the ‘seed when I did. As you can see from my last couple of posts, it’s great for editing. 😉

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