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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

iPad Mini Pictures: Real or Fake?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 PM

"Knowing the accuracy of the iPhone 5 leaks and the increased number of photos of the 7.8-inch iPad parts from the same sources, I have almost no doubt that this is a real, fully working Apple iPad mini. That means that the launch must be really close right now."

If these are fakes, they've done an excellent job, even down to the new power connector. Not many rumors floating around about launch dates (that I've heard), besides "soon." If it really -is- available soon, and priced to attract new buyers, it should be a hit, as one would expect. I've got a Google Nexus 7 that I'm using primarily as an e-reader, but lack of 3G or 4G (or even 2.5G) is a handicap to taking it everywhere, despite the great form factor, great performance, and great wi-fi connectivity. Time to start planning the holiday gift list!?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

AT&T Doesn't Make Same Mistake as Verizon

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 05:00 AM

"When Verizon Wireless announced its new shared-data plans in June, it should have enjoyed a big advantage over its arch-rival, AT&T."

Pooling data is a great idea, and one that many wanted, but they didn't want to be forced into it as Verizon was planning to do. AT&T at least is making their pooling plans optional. Choice is always better, but only if it is truly your choice! What are your thoughts on this misstep on Verizon's part and the resulting plans from AT&T?

How to Buy a Mac Laptop

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 04:00 AM

"If you are planning on purchasing a used MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air, then it is recommended you thoroughly test it to ensure it works properly."

Some great ideas in this article, should you be looking for a used (not refurbished from Apple) Apple laptop. It also gives you a list of equipment and programs to take along with you to test it and make sure it is working properly.

Time For Apple to Wear the Sandwich Board

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

"A U.K. judge ordered Apple to publish a notice on its UK website and in British newspapers informing the public that Samsung did not copy the iPad's design, Bloomberg reported today."

This is equivalent to the kid that steals and has to wear the sandwich board stating as much. Seems pretty silly to me that the judge is doing this. If the judge is so concerned about the image of Samsung, perhaps he should carry around a sign that says "I'm sorry Samsung, you are cool too" since he said their product was not as cool as Apple's. What are your thoughts?

Friday, July 13, 2012

Just What is the Best Way to Setup Your Wireless Audio System?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 01:00 AM

"About a year ago, I wrote about the best way to set up wireless audio - how to get the music that lives on your computer onto speakers scattered throughout your home."

A lot of what he wrote about last time was mostly involving Apple products, but now there are more players in the market that might pique your interest. I've toyed with getting a Jawbone Jambox that is mentioned, since it seems so easy to use with any of my portable devices. And that is still a possibility, but for now I do pretty well with my Apple TV and my Bose system. How do you stream your audio?

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Pro Photographer Reviews the MacBook Pro Retina Display

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 02:00 AM

"It's been my experience, working with photographers all over the world at my workshops and seminars, that the vast majority use Mac laptops."

So it only makes sense that a pro review this right? Very thorough, and I especially like that he also provides information on the Thunderbolt drives that go with this wonderful machine. Well worth the read if you are thinking of picking one of these up. And even if you aren't, it's interesting reading.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Prepare Yourself and Make Your Presentation With Your iPad

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

"You can give impressive presentations from your iPad‚ and perhaps even leave your laptop behind‚ if you prepare well and know what to expect."

Great tips on how to make that presentation with your iPad, even covering what equipment you will need such as adapters and how best to use Keynote with iCloud.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Happy 5th Birthday iPhone!

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

"It's kind of hard to believe the iPhone is already approaching its fifth birthday this Friday. It feels like just last year that Apple unveiled the iPhone 2G, which undoubtedly revolutionized the way we look at smartphones (and even the operating systems that power them) today."

5 Years already, and it seems like only yesterday doesn't it? Make sure you check out the info graphic in case you want to see the comparison between the different versions. Happy birthday iPhone, looking forward to this fall!

An FAQ on the MacBook Pro Retina Display

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 02:00 AM

"Apple has released a FAQ that covers the new Retina MacBook Pro."

In this they cover what is on the product page as well as items that might come up when you start using the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Many topics covered in it, and you can check it out here.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

New MacBook Air Freezing Up? Try This...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:45 AM

"We've discussed some pretty flattering attributes of the new MacBook Air lately, but here's one that's less than pleasant: a sizable amount of users are reporting the machine will completely freeze up seemingly out of nowhere, requiring a hard reset."

The culprit might be the Chrome browser, as that has been running when the freezing occurs. So the solution, if you want to keep running Chrome, appears to be to load the latest Chrome Canary build, which you can find here. Hopefully an update from Google will be coming soon.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

JuiceBuddy, Compact Charging For Your iPhone or Other USB Device

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 01:00 AM

"If you're a loyal iPhone user you're probably used to toting around its charging adapter and cable just in case. Apple has done a good job at making it tiny, but by cutting the cord, the JuiceBuddy looks even easier to pocket."

This is a pretty slick little charger, and since it has a usb port on the bottom I think I may have to get one. I know the new iPhones are rumored to have a new charge port so I always hesitate at this point in the year to buy any new chargers just in case the rumors are true. But this device comes in variety of colors and is only $25.00 USD from Juice Buddy, and that usb port might be enough to get me to buy one. What are your thoughts?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Frakes Goes Over the MacBook Air

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 02:00 AM

"Believe it or not, it's been nearly four and a half years since Apple released the original MacBook Air. At the time, it was revolutionary in terms of its size and weight, but it also was slow, had little storage, had only a single USB port for expansion, and was very expensive-it started at $1799, and if you wanted solid-state storage, the price increased dramatically (by $999!)."

I had one of those early versions, and it was certainly slow. But oh how amazingly thin it was for it's time. In this article, Dan Frakes giving a thorough run through of the MacBook Air, which is well worth the read.

iPad Charging is Certainly Low Cost

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 01:00 AM

"All of our electronic gizmos, whether as large as a 27" iMac or as tiny as an iPod nano, need electricity to thrive."

Interestingly enough, you can find out exactly what it costs to power an iPad all year at the Electric Power Research Institute, and it turns out to be about $1.36 USD per year. Laptops, by comparison, are about 6 times as much in the usage department.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The New iPad Ad "Do It All"

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:00 AM

Monday, June 18, 2012

"This Machine IS the Form Factor and the Screen"

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 02:00 AM

"Apple released a new MacBook Pro this week and I want one. Badly. More than I have wanted any gadget or computing device in quite some time."

I have to agree with Christina, the new MacBook Pro is a game changer, not so much with the Retina Display but with the power they pack into the smaller form factor. Interesting article and worth the read.

MacBook Pro Retina Display Review From Engadget

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 01:00 AM

"Engadget was at WWDC and had the opportunity to spend some time with the next generation MacBook Pro. After a few days with the machine, Tim Stevens and company shared their thoughts about the Retina MacBook Pro in a recent review."

It raises the bar per Engadget, but you can read that for yourself over at their review.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Retina Display Featured in MacBook Pro Commercial

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 11:47 AM

"Apple has started to run commercials for the Mac line again, with the newest ad focused on the speedy new MacBook Pro with Retina display."

Love the ghostly hands moving around on the keyboard.

The New Airport Express

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple also updated the Airport Express today."

Looks like it's about the size of the Apple TV, nice change.

High Output Charger for You Road Warriors

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 AM

"If you travel withe a bunch of gadgets, this one's for you-accessory maker Sanho has dropped the HyperJuice Plug, a charger capable of juicing up two iPads at a time."

There is a lot to like about the HyperJuice Plug, such as the ability to charge two iPads at once, a retractable plug and 15,600 mAh of charging power. Not to mention it comes in six different colors so you can coordinate it with your iPad cases. The only downside is the $130.00 USD price, but that does go a long way to getting rid of all your other power chords doesn't it? You can find out more here.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Updates to the Macbook Line From WWDC 2012

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 04:30 PM

"Along with updating the existing MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models, Apple has reinvented the MacBook Pro with a Retina display, as announced at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote on Monday."

Thorough run through of the updates by Macworld from WWDC on the Macbook line. If that isn't enough, over at HardMac they also have a nice list of all the updates, located here. I don't plan on upgrading anytime soon from my Macbook Air 128GB SSD, but if I did, I must say the Macbook Pro line is really tempting. What are your thoughts on these updates to the line?

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