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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Verizon Adds Upgrade Fee

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 09:00 AM

"Following suit with other carriers, Verizon Wireless announced this morning its plan to instate a $30 mobile device upgrade fee on April 22nd. This means if you're an existing Verizon customer looking to purchase a new device on a two-year contract, you'll have to pay $30. Thanks!"

Yes, thanks! Oh well, it was bound to happen right? This fee covers all mobile devices so the thought is that it would also cover iPads, but that isn't confirmed. You can read the announcement from Verizon here.

Tags: upgrade, fee, verizon

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Upgrade Your iTunes Music Painlessly to Music Match

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 AM

"So you've bought iTunes Match, which gives you access to shiny new 256kbps AAC versions of your audio files. But by default your iTunes library is still packed with your old files. So how best to upgrade all of those old files, in place, to the new versions?"

So simple, and fast. I did this just as he describes and it works flawlessly.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

PreOrder your iPhone 4S Starting Tomorrow

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 03:00 AM

"Itching to get your hands on Apple's latest iPhone? According to Apple representatives, you'll be able to pre-order the iPhone 4S from 12:01 AM Pacific on Friday, October 14 7th."

You will actually be able to pre-order on October 7th, with the iPhone 4S availability date set for October 14th. And AT&T is going to make it easy to upgrade, if you are eligible, right from your own iPhone with a handy app. Of course you can always check availability via AT&T Wireless main site or go to Apple and check, they set up an availability page for AT&T and Verizon customers (sorry Sprint customers).

Friday, July 29, 2011

How Hot is Your Lion?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 12:30 PM

"After upgrading to Lion on my early 2008 15″ MacBook Pro, I started to notice that the computer was hot to the touch. Really hot. So I started measuring the internal temperature of my Macs to see if there was anything to be truly alarmed about."

If you are having some problems with heat, caused by the Thermtrip feature that is in the Mac Intel chips, this article has several options for you in order to be proactive about it. The key is proper ventilation, which seems like a no-brainer but sometimes the simplest solutions are the ones that we miss. Have you had any problems with temperature issues since upgrading?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Free Lion Upgrade Details Released From Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:41 PM

"Apple on Wednesday spelled out the details of its free Lion upgrade offer, saying that the deal also applies to Macs bought after the new operating system's debut."

If you purchased a new or Apple refurbished Mac between 6/8/11 and 6/20/11, you can submit an online form no later than 8/19/11. Once submitted you will get a key code to redeem in the Mac App Store for your upgrade of Lion. You can also get the upgrade if the Mac you purchased after 6/20/11 has Snow Leopard on it ie those that were already in the sales pipeline when Lion was released. Make sure you submit the online form within 30 days of the purchase of those "in the pipeline" Macs or you will lose out on the free upgrade. You can get all the details at the Apple site, and links to the online forms.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lion Sleeps Tonight But Will Be Ready to Roar Tomorrow

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:30 PM

"According to Apple's Peter Oppenheimer, speaking on today's earnings call, Mac OS X Lion-as rumored-will go on sale tomorrow."

$30.00 USD and you too can upgrade to Lion, according to the earnings report statement by Peter Oppenheimer.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Get Your Computer Ready for Lion

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"People of Earth: Mac OS X Lion is about to be uncaged! Apple finally gave us a more accurate window for the release of the latest operating system release: July, which is only a couple of weeks days away. That may seem like a long time if you're eager to install it right now, but here are a few things to occupy you in the meantime and help make sure you're ready to cage the big cat on your own Mac when it escapes into the wild."

The big change, other than the ridiculously low upgrade price of $29.00 USD, is that this will be available from the Mac App Store, so now you don't have to make that trip to your favorite Apple retail outlet to get your copy. Over 250 new features and it will cost as much as the minor upgrade to Snow Leopard. And all that comes from a 4GB download. So in order to prepare for this, you do need to do a few things to make sure you are ready, which are outlined in this article. Things such as making sure your computer is compatible and verifying your applications will run are two of the biggest.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Is Your Software Compatible With Lion?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:30 PM

"At the risk of beating a dead chestnut, I've received several inquiries regarding applications and their likely (or assured) compatibility with Lion. Rather than chew up precious email bits and forum threads, let's wrap up this 'Will my applications run under Lion or not?' package with a colorful bow."

This is a quick run through so you can determine if your current software is going to be compatible with the upcoming Lion version of OS X. Basically, if you have any Power PC programs you need to start looking for something to replace them, or upgrade them to the Intel version if that is an option. Yes, Apple is forcing your hand but is that necessarily a bad thing? What are your thoughts?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

OWC MacBook Air 480GB Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD Upgrade

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Articles & Resources" @ 09:30 AM

I haven't seen anyone crack open a Macbook Air before - not that I've gone looking for it mind you - but I'm still impressed by the fact that this product is almost all battery and they managed to fit the guts of the laptop in basically 1/4th of the total space. This video shows how surprisingly easy it is to swap out the SSD in the Macbook Air. I had to chuckle though when I saw the price of the 480 GB SDD: a mere $1579.99 USD. I wonder how many dozens of these they'll sell this year? Yikes. SSD prices aren't free-falling like I keep hoping they will...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

AT&T Ups the "Upgrade" Fee Across the Smartphone Board

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 04:00 AM

"AT&T has increased the price existing wireless customers must pay if they want to upgrade to a newer-model smartphone before their existing service contract comes to an end."

Pretty much across the board you now have to pay $50.00 USD more to upgrade your smartphone, regardless of brand or operating system (ie Android and Windows 7). AT&T attributes this to "increased costs" for the devices as reason for the increase.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

To Buy or to Wait, That is the Question!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 08:00 PM

"Now that the Verizon iPhone is here, you may be tempted to rush out and buy one. But there's no good reason to, unless you're extremely impatient or you don't care that much about money. If neither of those descriptors applies to you, then you're better off waiting."

When you consider early termination fees, until that is sorted out I wouldn't upgrade if I had any length of time on my Verizon contract. On top of that, a new iPhone is bound to be announced this June, so why lock into an old iPhone? Well, old by the time June rolls around anyway right? And when you consider some of the other points such as the advancement in technology that is sure to come, you really may be better off waiting. Personally I am not going to be one of the switchers as AT&T hasn't been all that bad for me, but if you are thinking about it, you may want to consider some of these points. What are your thoughts anyway, do you plan on switching? Or if you are a Verizon customer now are you going to make the early adopter plunge or wait until June?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Visual Voicemail Giving You Fits?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

"...a momentary panic set in when I discovered my Visual Voicemail was absent and my phone was dialing up voicemail instead. Luckily the problem is easily resolved."

I ran across this while looking for another article, and thought it might be handy on the off chance that there might be those of you thinking about upgrading to iOS 4 and you run into this visual voicemail access problem. The fix is pretty easy, and outlined step by step in this article.

Monday, June 21, 2010

iBooks Updated for iOS 4

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:00 PM

"Most iPhone and iPod touch users are likely on a downloading binge today. Not only has iOS 4 been released, but tons of apps have been receiving multitasking updates, and now Apple has released an update to iBooks that adds universal support, among the many other new features."

So what are those new features?


15 Minutes Late But iOS 4 Now Downloading

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:18 AM

It's downloading now. Keep your fingers crossed.

It's iOS 4 Day, So Here is a Quick Video Tour

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:01 AM

"Today is iPhone (and iPod touch) software update day, as Apple should introduce iOS 4.0 later on today. The company often pushes out its iPhone patches at 10am PDT. While you wait for the update to emerge, I thought you might be interested in this ten-minute video (via TiPB) which is a great little guide to the new features of the OS."

10 minute run through of iOS 4, since today is the release day. This update will only work on the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4 and 2nd and 3rd generation iPod Touch (the ones with the volume control on the side). But not all features will work on the iPod Touch and 3G iPhones, such as multitasking, custom wallpaper and Bluetooth keyboard support. Before downloading make sure you have upgraded to iTunes to 9.2, and if the past is any indication, be ready for some delays.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Mac Mini Unveiled, Along With a $100 Price Jump

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Desktops" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple has today quietly unveiled a brand new Mac mini featuring a new design, twice the graphics performances, HDMI out and an SD card slot."

I really like the looks of this version, but it does come with a bump of the price to $699.00 USD for the entry level version, up from $599.00 USD. Progress at a price I guess, as this one comes with HDMI as well as an SD Card slot, an internal power supply, easier access panel for memory upgrades and an NVIDIA GeForces 320M integrated graphics processor, "delivering twice the performance as its predecessor."

Monday, June 7, 2010

Are You Eligible? Find Out Today!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 04:21 AM

"In anticipation of a new iPhone coming out soon, I visited my online AT&T account information last week to see when I'd be available for an upgrade. As of last Wednesday, the upgrade page showed that I'd be available for a new phone upgrade on 9/21/2010."

And what he found out was he was actually eligible early. When I first checked mine months ago, I had my eligibility moved up to July of this year. After reading this story I checked again on the AT&T website and found that not only had my phone eligibility been moved up but the other 4 iPhones on the account had also been moved up. Previously the other iPhones had varying dates of eligibility from August of this year to September of next year. The easiest way for a single iPhone is to just dial *639# as shown above and you get the nifty text message in a matter of seconds. It's kind of like playing a game of chance, try your luck and see if you get the winning message!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Relationship 2, Free Upgrade for Users of Relationship 1

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

"Every once in a while our tiny team produces something so...right...that we can't help but brag about it--especially when the production of that something takes over 15 months. Today is one of those times. We proudly present a very special, brand-new version of our contact management gem, Relationship."

I haven't used this program, but from what I've gleaned from the Jumsoft website, it sounds pretty powerful for a $39.00 USD program. If you want to give it a try, they do offer a free trial. If you are already a Relationship user, this is a free upgrade according to their blog, so all you have to do is input your current serial number. I'm curious though, do you use this program to keep track of your contacts? If so, how do you like it, and if you use something else, let us know!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

So That's Why the Apple Store Was Down

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 07:10 AM

"I didn't even see the Apple Store go down, did you? Well, no matter: the MacBook has been updated. Its base specs are virtually identical to those from the Vietnamese leak a few days ago."

The big change is the battery life, boosted to the "up to 10 hours" by giving it the same battery as the 13" MacBook Pro model. You also get bumped up speed to 2.4GHz and the NVIDIA GeForce 320M instead of the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M. Ram is still at 2GB, the hard drive remains at 250GB and most importantly, the price stays at $999.00 USD.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Server Down Time on Saturday Night

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Status Updates" @ 05:00 PM

We're doing some upgrades to our server on Saturday night (Eastern US time), so expect some down-time for 2-4 hours. Have a great weekend everyone!

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