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Month: January 2010

New Mac..Need Suggestions

So I recently stopped smoking at the beginning of  the month for various reasons, and one of my goals to finally kick this for good was to put the money I would have spent on smoking towards a goal.  I have always wanted to purchase a Mac, and now this is my chance to set a goal.  I am planning by June to make my purchase, but I am really unsure of the route to take. I’m setting a budget of $1,200 dollars (give or take) for this purchase.  I am not sure which route to take, Mac Mini, Macbook Pro, or the base iMac.  I currently have a laptop (single 2.0Ghz, 2GB RAM, 100GB hard drive running Windows 7), but I am not sure if I should purchase another laptop or move towards a desktop (iMac). I like the idea of getting another laptop but I’m not sure if I would like going from a 17″ display down to a 13″ model.  The iMac does have a 21″ display however I am tied to a desk.  Steve mentioned tonight that he had some display issues with his iMac, so I am worried now if I purchase a iMac and have display issues, then basically without having to pay a lot of money the PC could be shot.  On the other hand if I go the iMac route, I...

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VOIP Apps using 3g now allowed on iPhone

By now, just about everyone has heard of the announcement of the iPad.  But, the more important announcement yesterday as far as I’m concerned is a change to the Apple SDK. Apple Computer, Inc. has updated the iPhone developer SDK to allow VoIP over cellular networks. What this means is, as of yesterday, Apple allows VOIP applications such as Skype, and iCall to use the 3g network rather than limiting them to WIFI as they have up until this point. Currently only one app, iCall, has this functionality built in. Keep checking for updates to your favorite VOIP apps over the next week or so, as I am sure they will quickly try to update. For now, I am going to give iCall a try. I will post my initial impressions of it within the next few...

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The Apple iPad

Today Apple had finally answered a lot of questions about its newest creation, the “iPad”.  We know it has a 9.7-inch screen, weighs 1.5 pounds, has Wi-Fi with a 3G option, and Apple claims it has up to 10 hours of battery life. The iPad runs the iPhone OS and “almost all” iPhone apps and uses the ePub format for books. All of the applications built in on the iPad have been created from the ground up to take full advantage of the very large multi-touch screen.  The apps will work in any both portrait as well as in landscape orientations.  From the demo that Steve Jobs had shown, it appears the transition between applications as well as orientation is very fluid. The iPad’s mutli-touch screen will allow you to view entire web pages all at one time.  Just like the iPhone and iPod Touch, the iPad has no need for an external pointing device because Steve Jobs said, your finger is the most natural pointing device.  You can scroll through a page just by flicking your finger up or down on the screen, or pinch to zoom in or out on a photo. Apple has stated that you are able to watch 10 hours of video on the iPad, that also can sit in standby mode for one month on a single charge.  I’m not sure how much...

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iPhone: Push GMail without an App

People have been searching a long time for applications to push GMail messages to their iPhone or Touch. Many pay apps have become available in the App Store which send the user a push notification of new mail to their GMail accounts, but that is literally all they do. I can’t believe I never came across this before, but thanks to Twitter I saw a link posted regarding Google Sync. Below are the simple steps involved to set up Google Sync on your iPhone or Touch. By doing so, it will set up your Gmail account to work basically like Mobile Me (an Apple service) and push your mail directly to your Mail App in real time. It will also sync your Contacts and Calendars if you choose to do so. Requirements and Upload 1. Google Sync is only supported on iPhone OS versions 3.0 and above. You can check your current version by going to Settings > General > About > Version. To upgrade, follow the instructions at Please upgrade to iPhone OS 3.0 before setting up Google Sync. 2. Perform a sync with iTunes to ensure that Contacts and Calendars from your iPhone are backed up to your computer. 3. If your business, school, or organization uses Google Apps, your administrator will first need to enable Google Sync before you can take advantage of this feature....

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Verizon Tech Support (FW 1.7 related)

Ah, another FiOS post here. Usually I am very happy with the service…today, not so much. I contacted support because the 1.7 firmware was finally rolled out to Pittsburgh. It is fairly common knowledge that the 1.7 firmware totally screws up the guide to a point that it is actually a pain to use. It looks horrendous and is not right at all on the 7xxx series boxes. But, it displays correctly on the older 6400 series ones. Here is my chat with tech support regarding the issues I have. He was by far one of the worst representatives I have come across while talking to Verizon support. Anthony(18:55:31): Thank you. One moment while I pull up your account. I am sorry for your problems, but I will help you. Please be patient. Anthony(18:55:51): Are you havign a HDMI issue since the 1.7 firmware update to the boxes? StevoFC(18:56:09): no I’m having guide issues on the 7100 series boxes StevoFC(18:56:14): it looks horrible Anthony(18:56:30): unrelated… StevoFC(18:56:36): no it’s not Anthony(18:56:41): you don’t like it StevoFC(18:56:53): it’s a proven fact that the guide is stretched only on the 7xxx series boxes StevoFC(18:57:09): it shows correctly on my older 6400 series dvr StevoFC(18:57:31): I am unhappy with the service since this update Anthony(18:57:36): I am sorrty Anthony(18:57:41): sorry Anthony(18:57:57): It can’t be changed but I have notated your tech support notes...

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