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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Win an iPad From Gogo, Along With a Year's Worth of Service

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 02:00 AM

"Here's one last opportunity for you to grab a new iPad for yourself, and Gogo's pulling out all the stops to ensure you're happy with your new treasure both on the ground and in the air."

Find out all the details right here.

Friday, April 6, 2012

WiFi Issues With Your New iPad?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 03:34 PM

""If you're having trouble connecting your new iPad to your local WiFi connection, you're not alone. 9to5 Mac got its hands on an internal AppleCare document that suggests Apple is looking into connectivity problems with the WiFi version of the new iPad."

Some of the problems reported are connectivity problems, slow WiFi speeds and the inability to see WiFi networks. They don't have a fix as of yet, but if you are experience these problems, head to your nearest Apple store or contact them online for a replacement since, as part of their investigative process, Apple is instructing their employees to "capture" any iPads returned for the WiFi problems and replace them with a new iPad. Apparently it's not just WiFi problems either, as some owners are also experiencing 3G problems as this article from Apple Insider notes. If you are curious about the capture process, this article from ZDNet outlines why they do it.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hopefully a Simple Fix For iPad WiFi Problems

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:05 PM

"This morning we reported that a number of new iPad owners are suffering from poor Wi-Fi performance on their new tablet. If you're one of the unlucky few, then this simply fix might just solve the issue, and in turn save you a visit to the Genius Bar."

If you are having WiFi issues, you might want to try this before going to Apple. All you have to do is go into Settings > General > Network > WiFi. Once you locate your WiFi network, tap on the blue arrow to the right of it and then select "forget this network." After that add it back in and hopefully your WiFi problems are gone. If that doesn't work, then you will have to reset the network settings under Settings > General > Reset. Otherwise, you may have to make that trip to the Genius bar after all.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Free Wi-Fi From Skype

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

"‘Tis the season for stressful airport experiences, and Skype wants to make sure you at least have Wi-Fi as you brave crowded security lines and delayed flights."

And in the spirit of giving, Skype will be running a promotion starting Wednesday that gives travelers free Wi-Fi access and over 50 US airports. All you need is a Skype account, then log in at any of the airports that are participating and you have free Wi-Fi. This ends on December 27th 2011 but is certainly going to be handy for those traveling through the Christmas holidays.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Just How Fast is This Over The Air Syncing?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:00 AM

"One of the big new features in iOS 5 is liberation from your sync cable. Now, you can sync your music, movies, and apps all over Wi-Fi-albeit a bit slower than over USB. How much slower? We put it to the test to find out whether it was still fast enough to be worth your time."

As you can see, and as expected, it is faster to do all of this over USB, however I think the convenience of sync and forget, which will allow you to continue to use your iDevice will be worth the negatives of the slower speeds. What are your thoughts?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Subconscious Mode will Extend your Battery 54%

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 AM

"Here's how E-MiLi works: It slows down the WiFi card's clock by up to 1/16 its normal frequency, but jolts it back to full speed when the phone notices information coming in. It's well known that you can slow a device's clock to save energy. The hard part, Shin said, was getting the phone to recognize an incoming message while it was in this slower mode."

Researchers at the University of Michigan may have come up with a way to extend your cellphone battery life by as much as 54%. Professor Kang Shin and student Xinyu Zhang have come up with a novel approach to minimize the amount of energy used by wifi to minimize idle listening. Their new approach is called E-MiLi, which stands for Energy Minimizing Idle Listening. Apparently the process is compatible with current hardware, with a firmware upgrade. Hopefully the approach proves effective and hardware manufacturers pick this up asap!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Head to Head Battle: iPad 2 vs. Motorola XOOM

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Motorola XOOM" @ 07:30 AM

This is a head to head comparison video between the Android 3.0 Honeycomb-based Motorola XOOM and the iOS 4-based Apple iPad 2. Each tablet has pros and cons, and I discuss my findings after using both of them for a while. Chime in with your own thoughts!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

So How Does That Personal Hotspot Feature Work?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:30 AM

"It's a good thing that I decided to sign up for AT&T's implementation of the iOS 4.3 Personal Hotspot feature while I was standing in line for my iPad 2 a couple of weeks ago."

It cost him $45.00 USD extra per month but he is pretty happy with it, and from what he has written the process is pretty easy. How about you, have you signed up for the Personal Hotspot option, and if so, what are your thoughts on it? I'm still hesitant about letting go of my unlimited data plan, but as I monitor my usage I'm finding that I don't even approach the 2GB limit on the plan that is required for the Personal Hotspot option.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

To 3G or Not to 3G, That is the Question

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

"Back before the iPad 2 was released to consumers Robert Scoble recorded a CinchCast message that said no one should buy a 3G iPad because you can just use the WiFi hotspot capability on your smartphone."

And he wasn't the only one to preach the advantages of WiFi over 3G and why no one really needed the 3G. But there are advantages as this story points out, namely convenience. Much easier to just turn on the 3G instead of the tethering on your iPhone. That isn't the only advantage of course, and if you are a frequent traveler it may make a lot of sense to have 3G so you don't run down the battery on your iPhone. I am going back and forth on this issue and I think, mainly due to convenience, I am going to go with the 3G version. Which version did you go with or are you going to go with, and is 3G capability a necessity for you?

Tags: hardware, wifi, ipad 2, 3 g

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Free WiFi When You Fly Certain Airlines, Sort Of...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 08:00 AM

"Uh oh, our Jason Chen is going to be pissed when he sees this news. In-flight Wi-Fi's set to get even slower, now that Gogo is giving away free Facebook access on seven of the major airlines.

The airlines are Virgin America, United and American Airlines, Delta, AirTran, US Airways and Alaska Airlines, and through the month of February they are providing free Facebook access via Gogo. You can always pay for more, with the prices from $4.95 USD to $12.95 USD depending on the length of the flight. According to Gogo, Facebook is their most visited sight thus the tie-in with this promotion. Interesting factoid from Gogo: only 7% to 10% of all passengers on WiFi equipped planes use the WiFi service, so they certainly have room for expansion of their customer base. Do you use the WiFi when on flights?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

So What is a Hotspot?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:00 PM

"The appearance of an iPhone on Verizon this week was big news, but dig past it and you quickly found that...well, there wasn't that much else to find. We still don't know, for example, what data plans Verizon will offer for the iPhone, or how much they'll cost."

If you are confused as to your need for a hotspot, or don't even know what one is, this will educate you. Brief rundown of the hotspot issue with the new iOS and how Verizon and AT&T currently handle the capability of creating hotspots (or tethering in the case of AT&T) as well as the current costs.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Flying During the Holiday Season? It's Free WiFi Time Again From Google

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:00 AM

"That's right, kiddies. Every year it's the most magical time of the year when all the good little boys and girls who have to travel during the holidays are rewarded with wide open WiFi, free of charge, from those jolly elves in Mountain View."

Free Wi-Fi from Google Chrome, from November 20th through January 2nd, 2011, but not only with Virgin America. This time they have added AirTran and Delta to the free Wi-Fi deal, via Gogo Inflight WiFi. You can find out more info at the Google blog, or go right to the source and read the details at the Free WiFi site.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Save on In-Flight Internet With This Code

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 10:00 AM

"Now here's a great deal if you're traveling: Until July 10, 2010, you can use the promo code SAVE25 to get 25% off your GoGo Internet in-flight Wi-Fi session."

All you have to do is look for the "gogoinflight" signal at 10,000 feet, open a browser, and enter promo code SAVE25 on the payment info page to get 25% off your in-flight Internet signal. You can also use code TRYTHIRTYDAY, which will give you $5.00 USD off of a 30-day GoGo pass. GoGo has a variety of pricing options from $4.95 USD for a single flight up to 1.5 hours to $39.95 USD for 30-day pass for unlimited usage on any flight. Not a bad deal if you travel a lot and want to save a few bucks.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Amtrak to Provide Wi-Fi on the Acela Express

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 08:00 AM

"After a trial run that proved to be a great success, Amtrak has said it will make free Wi-Fi access standard on its Acela Express trains. After a three month test period, the Washington, DC to Boston run will be the first route to get the service, with more being added in the future. During the trial, 39 percent of riders, or about 115,000, signed on."

They say they have tested it, I'm curious how well it actually works. But good for them for at least providing it for free. The Amtrak Acela Express runs from Boston, through New York and Philadelphia, and down to Washington D.C. The service is set to start in the late fall of this year.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

AT&T Hooks Up Tulsa

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Articles & Resources" @ 10:00 AM

"Travelers who will be making their way through the Tulsa International Airport will now have the added convenience of having access to AT&T's wireless Internet service at their fingertips. AT&T - an industry leader in Wi-Fi with the nation's largest Wi-Fi network - and the Tulsa International Airport today announced that AT&T Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport."

If you are traveling through Tulsa International it is good news indeed. If you aren't an AT&T customer, the charge is $7.99 USD per 24-hour period. Hopefully none of you will be stuck in the Tulsa airport but if you are, and you are an AT&T customer, at least you can surf the net and save your money for snacks, or adult beverages if you prefer.

Tags: wifi, airport, at&t, tulsa

Friday, June 12, 2009

Eye-Fi Pro Is Now Available!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 12:00 PM

"Eye-Fi announced the immediate availability of its new Eye-Fi Pro SDHC memory card with Wi-Fi for digital cameras on Wednesday. The new memory card supports RAW image files, peer to peer file sharing, and includes 4GB of storage."

You can find a lot more about this nifty card at the Eye-Fi website, but the basics are as they outlined above, plus geo-tagging and photo and video uploads to 25 websites including Flickr and Facebook. Nice option to have when you need to save some photo's or videos, but at $149.00 USD, a bit spendy. I guess if it works for you though, and is the right tool at the right time, money well spent!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

MSI Wind = Hackintosh Made Simple

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 10:00 AM

"When I installed Mac OS X on my MSI Wind, one of the key missing features was the lack of WiFi support. Some folks opted to replace the Realtek 802.11b/g module with a compatible one, but I opted to use my EV-DO adapter for connectivity. GottaBeMobile notes that some forum members are circulating an OS X driver for the Realtek WiFi module and confirm that it works. The driver doesn't cause OS X to see the hardware as an AirPort card, but apparently, you can still configure the WiFi and get it working."

One of the biggest pains in building a Hackintosh is getting the WiFi working, and it seems Realtek is going out of its way to make sure that the process is a bit easier. I was pondering getting a new Inspiron Mini next year (I sold my Mini 9 to get my MacBook Pro) but now I think the decision has been made for me to go elsewhere. MSI Wind, here I come!

I wonder if this means Jason will give making a Hackintosh a try now? Whaddya say, Jason?

Friday, November 7, 2008

Unibody MacBook Owners Having WiFi Drama?

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 11:00 AM

"Some owners of Apple's new unibody, 15-inch MacBook Pro are reporting in Apple's support forums (1, 2) that their connections to wireless access points often lose signal strength or drop their links altogether. The problem echoes a similar one witnessed by owners of aluminum iMac owners since mid-year that has created similar difficulties. What conditions are exactly necessary to trigger the problem are unknown. Connections to some access points work properly, while others create severe connection problems. Network and security settings don't appear to matter, nor do devices attached to the systems. A collection of the MacBook Pro owners have partly diagnosed the problem and have discovered that the latency between their Macs and their Wi-Fi hotspots can fluctuate wildly, shifting from normal response times of under 10ms to as high as 39,290ms -- or more than 39 seconds between signals. These extreme variances result in the data packet loss that ultimately interrupts the signal."

As I said in the comments on my review of my MacBook Pro, I haven't had this issue, but apparently a lot of people are. It's long been hinted by disgruntled users that the aluminum case is equivalent to a Faraday cage, from which no radio signal can escape in tact. I have no reason to believe it isn't happening, I just haven't experienced it yet. It's definitely something to be aware of when you're choosing your next Apple product, especially considering that all of them seem to be moving toward aluminum as the material of choice. Then again, there is the MacBook White...

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