Phases HD displays the various moon cycles – from new moon to full moon – and everything in between. All major details in the app are displayed on one screen, although depending on the orientation, there are variations in content. For example, in landscape mode the majority of the screen is dominated by the current lunar phase and supplemented by the next eight phases. Portrait view, presents a monthly calendar and a light map showing the night and night cycles of the Earth. Continue reading
There was a time when computer generated photo mosaics were such a novelty that they elicited magazine covers and widespread media attention. Photo mosaics uses software algorithms and photography to recreate a reference image from thousands of smaller individual photos. There was nothing new about creating mosaics from photos, however, by the 1990’s they could be generated dynamically by software, instead of being done by hand. What was once the realm of high-end digital imagery can now be done by MosaicFacebook HD for $4.99.
MosaicFacebook HD leverages the collections of Facebook and Flickr users to create the intricate mosiac effect. MosaicFacebook HD took somewhere between eight and ten minutes (left to make a sandwich) to process the two thousand plus photos in my Flickr account. I’m not sure what it was doing, but it did not download those images to my iPhone, if I had to guess, it was processing each photo’s color values to know when each one could be used in the future.