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Freshly Squeezed Reviews: Thumbs up, Downie

By Frank Petrie If you love collecting video or audio media from the Internet for your personal use, this is the app of your dreams. When on the Internet, we barely scratch the surface of all the media that is out there to feast on. Personally, I have become addicted to rare sound clips, bootleg sound clips, and occasionally I find obscure movies or television programs. In the last year, I have come across a wealth of material on YouTube. From rare songs that were…

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Deep learning, baby

As soon as I said it I knew it didn’t quite ring true. At yesterday’s HTLC, after feeling frustration over Apple’s Photos application I blurted out that “Nothing great has come from Apple since Steve Jobs’ death!” Well, I humbly take back my words and gladly share an article with you that put me back in the Apple orchard. Stephen Levy’s well written article “The iBrain is Here” gives us a look at how Apple is going about infusing machine learning into all its products.…

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Building the Apple-1 at the 3rd Annual Honolulu Mini Maker Faire

Apple was founded 40 years ago on April 1, 1976. We witnessed and enjoyed many wonderful technology ideas and gadgets that have sprung forth since that day. That’s no joke! To give honor to this remarkable journey HMAUS members will be helping Bryan Villados, an HMAUS friend, at the Third Annual Honolulu Mini Maker Faire. Terrence Young and Eugene Villaluz, HI Touch Learning Central’s hosts, will be Bryan’s assistants in The Eight Bit 808‘s booth. The exhibit will showcase the Apple-1 computer, the first computer…

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Freshly Squeezed Reviews: Eight Arms to Hold You

By Frank Petrie For years I used a fantastic utility, “FinderPop.” Its sole purpose was to open a customizable DropDown menu wherever I should need it at any given moment. I believe that I was using it as far back as OS 9 (if not OS 8). Unfortunately, with the introduction of El Capitan, FinderPop finally met its match — it won’t function under El Capitan. And its developer has decided that it’s time to lay the app to rest. (You can still find FinderPop…

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Freshly Squeezed Reviews: Will It Go Round In Circles?

By Frank Petrie Would you like a simpler, faster, more intuitive method to find out which apps you can use to open a specific file? It’s rare in my years of reviewing that I have come across a piece of software where the developer didn’t attempt to differentiate their app from the crowd by incorporating a gimmick, instead of actually thinking ‘outside-of-the-box’ and creating a more innovative, unique, and improved approach to accomplish a routine task. As an example, how often have you found a…

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The Frank Review: A Health App That Could Help You and Others

By Frank Petrie Over the past several years, a sizable number of members in the medical community have come to the realization that anxiety and depression are not merely negative emotions but actual diseases which need to be properly treated. As Apple has seriously become involved in the health field with the introduction of the Watch, it was but a matter of time before developers created apps that could help those who find themselves struggling with anxiety and depression. A number of medical professionals have…

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