I ran through most of my month’s data allotment in a few hours yesterday afternoon (you can do this at LTE speeds). It was mere minutes between a warning from Verizon that I was 75% of the way through my data plan till another warning that I had hit 90%.
Tag archive: iphone
Free Wifi is great, isn’t it? Except when it’s worth exactly what you paid for it: nothing.
I often have difficulty with hotel wifi. It drops out, you can’t get an IP address, the bandwidth is next to nothing. Forget about streaming Netflix over it, you’re lucky if you can check your email.
The most entertaining iPhone app I’ve seen so far comes from Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers and is called “Bloom”.
Given the current events in the US (or global) economy, “Bloom” rescues me from continually listening to only chill-out music and Radiohead’s most apocalyptic songs.
Instead, “Bloom” allows me to anesthetize (or lobotomize) myself with a mini-Eno, embedded in my iPhone, happy to produce ambient music on demand or from my cue.
The screen is a fuzzy pastel color, varying with your mood (“Bergamot”, “Vetiver”, “Ylang”, “Banzoin” and others). You can choose to have it create music for you, or to give it some cues by tapping various parts of the screen. Tap out a few notes and it will play them back, looping them into a piece of ambient fuzz that could just as well be a song from "Music for Airports". You can freeze the melody from evolving if you like it, but there are no provisions for saving, recording or sharing it, which is just as well.
I was so enthralled with it after buying it that I lost track of time and was late to an appointment.
“Bloom” costs $3.99 and you can buy it through the iTunes Store. Here are screenshots of the preferences: