How can you start recording video faster on the iPhone?

This evening whilst catching up on all my iPhone news for the day I found a gem of a new app. The folks over at Sky Balloon Studios (looks like 2 other apps I will have to check out) released Capture today. The theory is simple, you open the app, it starts recording video, you close the app, it saves the video. No more opening the camera app, switching to video, switching to back camera then pressing record.

I love this app because by the time I usually get recording the dogs have stopped being funny and my hopes for an appearance on America’s Funniest Home Videos are shot…

You only get two options once you open and it starts recording, you can tap to focus and toggle the flash, it also gives you a timer.

At 99 cents I don’t see how you can pass on this one!

Capture [.99]Capture — The Quick Video Camera - Sky Balloon

What, you haven’t heard of Angry Birds?

Let me just say if you haven’t heard of Angry Birds from Rovio, you probably don’t have an iPhone (or most smartphones) or a TV or the internet. According to the Wikipedia article (linked for further reading) over 12 million copies have been sold for iOS alone. There is also a holiday version, a version to go with the movie Rio, toys, movie talks, etc. You have to check out this video too…

So why am I writing about this game? It falls under the category of huge time waster filler for me. It is a very simple game, you have a slingshot to flick birds towards pigs who have stolen your eggs. Sounds dumb? Try it, there is a free version for each version, and let me know if you can put it down.

The goal is to eliminate all of the pigs on each level. But there is more to it, you get points for how much destruction you cause and based on how many points you get 1 to 3 stars (I have 3 stars on all of the current levels, if you need help ask me or Google it for help videos). There are also Golden Eggs to earn for various achievements. They are always coming out with new levels and versions so the game play is constantly changing.

It is hugely entertaining, well developed and highly addicting. I could go on about this game for days but I will stop, if you don’t have it at least try it because it is the most popular iPhone game there is.

Angry Birds Free Angry Birds Free - Rovio Mobile Ltd. | Angry Birds[.99] Angry Birds -
Seasons Free Angry Birds Seasons Free - Rovio Mobile Ltd. | Seasons[.99] Angry Birds Seasons - Rovio Mobile Ltd.
Rio Free Angry Birds Rio Free - Rovio Mobile Ltd. | Rio[.99] Angry Birds Rio - Rovio Mobile Ltd.

Do you need more battery life on your iPhone or other iDevice?

Apple has a good battery built into the iPhone but on those heavy use days (today while waiting in Traffic Court) sometimes you need a little bit more. Before I went on a recent trip to Hawaii I knew I was going to need some battery help. I went on Amazon and did a search for “External iPhone Battery” and received 2,244 results. I knew there were a lot of external batteries options, and some great ones built into cases but I wanted something simple and CHEAP and didn’t want to give up my current case.

I saw that the third one, the Stitchway UltraPower 1900 mAh (BLACK) Backup Battery Charger(the title is even longer on Amazon), had 3.5 stars and was only $6.80 (+.50 shipping), I was intrigued. After reading all of the reviews and realizing it was a fraction of the price of the other options I ordered two.

Review: First of all I used all of one and half of the other while gaming the whole way to Hawaii. The device is simple and it just works. It has two connectors, one end plugs into your iPhone, the other takes an iPhone cable. You can charge it up while charging your phone and you are good to go. It is reusable but I haven’t done any longevity testing.

The connector does seem a little loose but I think this is on purpose so it doesn’t break or hurt your device. I do have to admit that this option isn’t a “pretty Apple-like” accessory, but the price got me over that pretty quick.

One thing I might advise to go with it is a Cable Extender so you don’t have to hold the device and the battery together.

Verdict: If you ever think your battery wont make it when your away from power, pick one up, keep it charged and with you!

will work with: iPod, iPhone, iPad, Touch

If you have found a better solution let me know in the comments!