August 2011 Archives

My favorite iPad apps

Before I bought the iPad, it struck me as a great device. Chalk that up to Apple's marketing engine. Now that I actually have it, I know it is a great device. In some ways better than great. Amazing.

What makes it great? it does what it's supposed to do, minimal fuss, maximum delivery. For a piece of technology, any piece of technology, that's the practical Holy Grail: working as intended.

So what does the iPad do so well? It's a media consumption device. I've consumed gigabytes of data since I got it, and I'm still hungry for more, partially because the experience is so enjoyable.

Think of it this way. We all have to eat. But when you eat at a slummy restaurant you probably just eat enough to get full. When you eat at a posh restaurant, you eat for the pleasure of it. Same thing with the iPad.

One of the great things about the iPad are the apps that support it. If the iPad is the posh restaurant, apps are the furnishings, cutlery and tableware. The following are my personal favorites:

Photo Apps - Luminance, Pixlromatic and Photoshop Express. Each of these photo apps are cool on their own, but I've found that using them in concert works best.

Evernote - media store room. I don't leave home without it. Have it on my PC and iPhone as well. It's that good.

Hootsuite - a very good social networks aggregator. Facebook and Twitter all in one place, covering multiple accounts. Bliss.

Air Playit HD - love this. Allows me to transform my desktop and notebooks into video streaming servers for my iPad. Download movies on my desktop, watch them conveniently without have to mess without conversion or file transfer on the iPad. Uber.

Photo Transfer App - transfer photos take on my iPhone to my iPad! That's as good as it sounds. Especially considering the iPad camera is just crap.

Readings - BBC News, The Economist, iBooks. Reading a book on iBooks is easier on the eyes than I thought it would be.

TuneIn Radio Pro - I've always enjoyed listening to the radio. Doesn't get better than this, the radio world is practically in the palm of my hand.

TED - I'm a fan of the website, the app allows for much more convenient navigation on the iPad and the creation of "inspire me" playlists that I really appreciate.

In a way I'm surprised at the amount of media I've been able to consume in a day. Maybe that, more than anything else, is testimony at how technologically defining the iPad has become.

- Posted using from my iPad

Does God send tweets?

It's apt that on the first day of Syawal, the day where Muslims celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, I take a moment to reflect on my thoughts of God this past month.

Maybe it's because I'm a child of the networked generation, a digital baby, I've always believed that my God is the God who cares and engages with his Believers on a daily basis, all over the world, usually in ways that we cannot understand but sometimes in ways that we can.

When the man with terminal cancer somehow makes a full recovery. When the paraplegic is suddenly able to get up and walk. When Newcastle United wins the EPL. We call such things miracles. God calls them, all in a day's work.

The question on my mind is this: if God is involved in our day to day affairs, does He use our day to day tools?

It would go to reason that He would. By some estimates, human beings will stop talking to each other altogether one day, and have virtual conversations in lieu of actual face to face chats. I mean, this is might be closer to the truth than we think. (pls click, it's a great YouTube video, I promise)

So if humans beings stopped talking to each other, how will God do His miracles? Isn't the answer obvious, via social media, of course!

Think about it. Apps such as Twitter, Facebook and G+ are unbelievably powerful tools to spread the word of God. Imagine if YouTube existed when the Prophet Muhammad performed any one of his miracles. The Prophet would have, literally, billions of followers. Eat your heart out Justin Bieber.

So it goes to reason that God would use these tools, if for no reason than because His believers are spending most of their time there too.

So the next time you get that weird Tweet in your timeline, or that random posting on Your Facebook wall, look at it closely. God may be trying to tell you something important.

All said in good faith and the spirit of a technologically sound ummah. Wallahuallam. Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir dan Batin.

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