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In memory of Amber Rae and Beau Duke Thomas
The twins born to Brayton and Lexie Thomas 5.10.2020

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David Tomlinson's 80th Birthday slide show

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David's 80th

New iOS APP reviews 3/28/2013

Ok here are a couple of apps I have been playing with for a couple of days:

they are both types of pedometers, the first one is MapMyWalk (free but ad driven) the app is a pay for service to get any what it claims is advanced feature (like using the app to access your music to listen to while walking via the app, call Go MVP! pricing is 5.99 per month). Overall the app is pretty slick it uses GPS abilities of your iOS device, the down side is battery usages suffers. it does have an ad free version that starts at $5.99 per month, $17.99 for 3 months or $ 12 months for 29.99. They also offer things like Runner, Go MVP bluetooth heart rate monitor plus a 1 year free subscription or a Cyclists, go MVP GPS bike computer with a 1 year free subscription.

The second one is Moves. Moves uses a different approach it counts the number of steps your are taking every time you move. It use the motion detection in iOS devices not GPS. The app is much more battery friendly (less draw on the battery), this is a iPhone app. Since I always have my iPhone on my person it work great for me. it does log your amount of walking so you can keep track of what you are doing daily. Moves currently is a free app in the iTunes app store.

Give either one a try let me know what you think.

New iOS APP reviews 3/26/2013

Ok I have not posted in a while but I have some more time. Okay I have a few iOS apps to talk about:

Flixster is a nice app for streaming content (UltraViolet) to your iOS or MAC device. It does have some draw backs, it can't support Apple TV devices directly, the flixster service can be painfully slow since it must be streamed over wifi (unless you have a large cell data plan, and the app warns you as well). the app does support AirPlay but not in full screen mode (this is how you can send your ultraviolet content to Apple TV or a big screen TV). Video will not stream automatically without turning on mirroring to the device (and yes Apple hides this in option iOS). The support from Flixster is less than good.

VUDU Player is another media streaming app for iOS and MAC (ultraviolet content) I like the user interface much better than Flixster. It also can't interface with Apple TV since UltraViolet and apple can't seem to work out terms. It also supports AirPlay and AirPlay Mirroring (same issues as Flixster). the support from VUDU is much better overall. If you are purchasing DVD's/BluRay with digital copies most are moving to UltraViolet instead of iTunes so you will have issues with your iOS devices. Since I travel a ton I like to have a couple of video's loaded for long plane flights. FYI GoGo (wifi in the sky most us air carriers) does not support video streaming while in flight..

oh yes both apps will allow you to download your content to your iOS device ahead of time. Most movies start at about 1.2 gig and go up from there. Flixster does not support HD format either.

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