iPhone TimeLapse Test from digitalurban on Vimeo.

TimeLapse [App Store link] uses your iPhone’s camera to take photos at regular intervals. You can have one photo snapped as infrequently as every 24 hours, or as often as every 10 seconds, which is about as fast as it can snap and store a photo. After you’ve collected all of your photos (I told it to stop after 300), you can easily dump them into iMovie or QuickTime Pro and make a simple time lapse movie. Neat!

Google has launched new location-based social software which is available to many smartphone users today. Latitude will share your location with others and allow you to to view your friends’ locations as well.

You can then contact them using text messaging, instant message or a phone call. The service is opt-in, so you won’t be found if you don’t want to be.

Initially, the system was available to Windows Mobile phones, most color Blackberry phones, Symbian S60 phones and Android phones with Google Maps 3.0 and above. Current G1 phones don’t have version 3.0 yet, but it is coming in a system wide update.

Cramps frontman Lux Interior passed away today (Feb. 4th) at a Glendale, Calif., hospital due to a pre-existing heart condition, the band’s publicist confirms to Billboard. He was 52.

The Cramps formed in 1976 and were part of the now legendary downtown New York punk scene. Their line-up shifted over the years but always included Lux and his wife, Poison Ivy. The band’s rockabilly infused punk has been credited as an influence by bands like the White Stripes and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

Interior, whose real name was Erick Lee Purkhiser, was born October 21, 1946 in Ohio. He met Ivy in 1972 and started the band shortly thereafter.

Suzanne Twining is out of work. But her fortunes have less to do with Barack Obama’s stimulus plan than with whether Phil Knight thinks her 8-inch puppets are good business.

In the fall of 2005, Baltimore native Twining bought a house in Portland and was soon hired by Knight’s animation studio, Laika, which had begun producing its first feature film: Coraline.

For two years, Twining worked inside miniature sets in Laika’s Hillsboro warehouse, bringing life to characters named Miss Forcible and Miss Spink. A 35-year-old woman with rosy cheeks that somewhat resemble those of her handiwork, Twining is especially adept at facial expressions, adjusting the 8-inch-tall silicone puppets less than a millimeter for each shot—24 movements for one second of footage. “It’s like acting in slow motion—in your brain,” she says.

The New York Comic Con will host a special screening of the first 50 minutes of Disney/Pixar’s Up on Saturday, February 7, 2009, at 6:30 PM in the IGN Theater. Up director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera will be introducing the screening. Seats are extremely limited, and attendees are recommended to arrive at 5:30 PM for a security check-in. For full details, read the press release here.

Docter will also be participating in a panel from 2:30 – 3:30 PM that will preview Up and Disney’s The Surrogates.

“Astro Boy,” the iconic 1960s Japanese toon about a robot boy and his scientist “father,” is back on track after producer Imagi Entertainment temporarily suspended production.

The company’s U.S. prexy, Erin Corbett, said Tuesday that the company had to shut down its U.S. operations for a week because bridge financing hadn’t come through on time. The coin, however, is now in place and will carry the company until funding from private equity companies arrives Tuesday.

The pic, helmed by David Bowers, with a voice cast that includes Nicolas Cage, Bill Nighy, Freddie Highmore, Eugene Levy, Donald Sutherland and Kristen Bell, is skedded for release Oct. 23, with Summit Entertainment distribbing in the U.S.

In today’s show, Steven Ng talks with Jeff Kurtti, creative consultant for the Walt Disney Family Museum in an interview that took place at last summer’s NFFC convention in Garden Grove, CA.

The Walt Disney Family Museum’s key component is a huge exhibit on work and life of Walt Disney, and is designed to bring a personal view of Walt Disney to a new generation of visitors.

After years of being left on the economic cutting room floor, it’s Michigan’s turn for some action.

Fresh from the news of a movie studio to open in Pontiac, the State of Michigan announced Tuesday that a computer animation studio will operate in the old MGM Grand Detroit Casino temporary property in downtown Detroit.

The new venture, Wonderstruck Studios LLC, plans to invest $85.9 million over five years and create an estimated 413 jobs with an average weekly wage of $1,729, Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. said.


Today, SpeedDate.com, the world’s first speed dating Web site, announces the availability of its iPhone application, allowing singles to make a match anywhere and everywhere all from their iPhone or iPod Touch. SpeedDate.com, a free service which allows singles to connect via three-minute instant message or live video dates, is the first major dating site to launch an iPhone application that offers portable, immediate and 24-hour access to the millions of singles engaged in online dating.

The SpeedDate.com iPhone application, which has been approved by Apple, is available for immediate download via the iPhone device or through iTunes. The free application allows users to log on and immediately view potential matches, send and receive messages, and even kick-start a connection with application-generated flirt messages such as, ‘This is me making the first move… Your turn!’

    
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