Category: Apple


We Still Have Money to Buy These Things?

A huge blanket statement right?   A sweeping generalization?  Well I don’t have time to go over specifics or this post would be longer than 500 words.  And we don’t have time for that!

The late, great George Carlin said it best; “Spending money you don’t have on things, you don’t need.”   This is the greatest clip on any subject I have ever seen.

Is there a need to always have the latest gadgets?  This is not a competition.  Contrary to what we have been told, life is not meant to be a battle or divide amongst each other.  The rat race is exactly that.  A race that was created by a group of people to control us and keep the status quo.  It’s who has the biggest this and biggest that.   If you choose to live within that matrix, then you have plenty of company.

With the economy the way it is,  people still tend to be buying the latest technology at a rapid pace.   What recession?  Ahem.

If you choose to follow your own path, it may be lonely.   That’s the point: it’s your own path!  But that is where you attract others like you.  It does happen.  I struggle with it to this day.   I know I am better than this and most people are.

The contests for who has the best Smartphone, iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry is more prevalent than you notice.  It’s become second-nature to ask, “What kind of phone is that?”  We were not asking these questions until very recently.   Now it’s very subconscious (or not) but there is a competition to have the biggest, baddest, most expensive. most exclusive hand-held technology there is.

What is the point?  When does it stop?  Does having all this “stuff” make you happy?  Do you feel incomplete without it?

Now I understand that many of these devices have made things more convenient.  As we expand and evolve, do we reach a zenith?   Have we already?  When does the conveniences and competition, become an inconvenience.   (If that hasn’t happened already).

Remember: This stuff is supposed to help us and make us feel good.   Along with everything else, if it becomes a nuisance or burden, it’s time to take a break.

The sad part is, a lot of the these companies are quick to make new devices, with heavier upgrades, that quickly make your previous phone become obsolete.  It’s superficial and from within.   You need to get the newest item so you can quickly get to 4G, 5G, whatever.  Those precious few seconds of Internet loading time are too much.  You can’t wait anymore.   You become impatient, it becomes addicting, it’s narcotic-like.

I am projecting because I was like this at one point.   But I understand that I only need the basics and want to simplest way to get there.  If I need a Smartphone or iPhone to do it than ok.   But I am not in a race.  I retired.  No more.   I just want peace and to be happy.   And I really think that is why these toys were made in the first place.   Hopefully.

I will have a multitude of things to say about this at a later time.  Thank you.

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I am back and actually wrote this last Friday. Let me start off by saying that I’ve been working hard on getting our new blog setup and running. I am hoping that our reader base will love the new look and feel we will bring to you. I am taking my time to make sure it works 150% the way I want it to on the frontend(design) but primarily on the backend which can be frustrating. Now back to the topic of the title.

You might already know this if you bought the iPhone 4S already or read tech news, the iPhone 4S is selling like it’s gold or better than gold even. If you didn’t read my post “iPhone 4S Is Not So Bad And It Fits The Apple Strategy. Let Me Tell You Why.“, you should before this one. Anyway, my insight on that blog post was on point. Apple was never honestly never worried about the iPhone 4S selling potential. The proof is the pudding people. They know their product’s market appeal and know how to present it to its consumer base.

Numbers numbers numbers…  Apple reported on October 10th that their pre-order sales of their iPhone 4s shattered their previous record of single day record of 600,000 units. We’re talking about 1,000,000 pre-order sales in a 24 hour period! 1,000,000 people!! iPhone 5 who?! Apple’s stock market price dipped when they didn’t announce their much-anticipated iPhone 5. You think Apple cared? Obviously not. I know a few people who already have the iPhone 4S in their hands, even before the official launch of today or maybe they lied.

Sprint‘s launch of both the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 is proving to be their best sales day overall ever. Don’t take my word for it. Fared Adib, Sprint Product Chief  released this statement.

“Sprint today reported its best ever day of sales in retail, web and telesales for a device family in Sprint history with the launch of iPhone 4S and iPhone 4. We reached this milestone at approximately noon CT/1pm ET. The response to this device by current and new customers has surpassed our expectations and validates our customers’ desire for a truly unlimited data pricing plan.”

AT&T is reporting that, as of 4:40pm EST time, are on pace to double their single day activation record. Seriously, I saw this coming but not like this. By last Friday, they had already reached more than 200,000 pre-orders in only 12 hours.

I haven’t seen any specific information from Verizon as they take their time to report on numbers. However, I have read somewhere that sales of their iPhone 4S are “moving  swiftly”.

Some also speculate that the passing of Steve Jobs, sadly, can be considered as a boost to these crazy numbers. All I got say, Apple knows what the hell they’re doing. The business model and mentality that Steve Jobs instilled in Apple will hopefully live on for a long time to come!

Source [Apple, ZoKnowsGaming]

Steve Jobs – Philosopher and Pal

A lot has been said about Mr. Jobs.   I am concerned about the way he left our world.   I have questions.  This is not about theories or conspiracies.  I am just a bit taken aback.  I know he has been sick, but it seemed so sudden.

I don’t want to rant and steer off course.  But my intuition tells me there is more to the story.  On the positives, Steve Jobs and his vision brought a lot of joy to people’s lives.   I remember how great the Apple 2E was back in the late 1980s.  My fellow elementary school students and I would have fun playing, Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego and Oregon Trail.  I thought it was the greatest thing ever.   The thought of something called the iPad, IPhone, iPOD, iTunes, or iOS was never on anyone’s radar, except him and a select few.   Was Apps in anyone’s vocabulary a few years ago?  How far we have come! 🙂

On the day of his passing, I was fascinated by some of the quotes that came from him.  He sure had a way with words.

One quote that  resonated with me is :

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”

This encompasses so much.  Not just Apple.  How many times do we complain and pine over trivial things?  They won’t matter in a day, week, month, or ever minutes from now.   We are in the midst of a spiritual transformation in our world.   Steve Jobs’ passing at a young age is a constant reminder that we need to be positive.  And I don’t mean just thinking positive thoughts.  But we need to actually feel it in our souls.  Life is short but it’s also long enough to do the things we want to do.  And I don’t care how old or young we think we are.  I need to tell this to myself everyday.  I get sidetracked, like we all do, by forces that pull us from our goals.   Sometimes via self-imposed defeat and torture to ourselvess and in contrast, challenges arrive beyond our control.  That is where we need to believe in ourselves and achieve all that we want to achieve.  Do not let society, the media, the dark forces, or negative people bring you down.   Look out for yourself and surround yourself with the good in the world.  There is a lot more than we realize.   We all don’t have to be millionaires, have large mansions,  expensive boats, and drive over-priced cars.   But we all have the power to be happy and be succesful.   Steve Jobs is a testament to that.  There are stories everywhere that inspire us.  And you are rarely going to find that in network news and brainwashing sitcoms.   A huge start, would be for us to look out for each other and spread love.  I see it’s already happening.   Find your success.  Find it within.  Believe.   Best!

 

 

 

 

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Everybody knows I pro-Android and sorta anti-iPhone but when it come to tablets I am neither. If I can’t do everything on my tablet that I do on my PC, it’s a waste of time and money for me. Let’s say I used a certain program on my PC to create some type of document and need to modify that file on the go; but now my Android or iPad can’t because the program is not compatible on those platforms. What now?? For the price of these oversized iPhones and Android phones, I’d rather get a fully functional device. And with Windows 8 around the corner, I can’t wait!! Looking at the numbers from Boston Consulting Group, you can see that U.S. consumers agree. So do Chinese consumers for that matter. iOS and Android are both holding their own but still not quite there yet. What about you? You got a tablet already? If so, which one? If not, what are you waiting for?

Tablet Preference

Source [BGR]

Alright people! It feels like the sky is falling and pigs started to fly. Yes everybody was waiting eagerly for the iPhone 5 but now have to settle for the meager upgrade of the iPhone 4S. Apple never actually confirmed or commented on all the rumors and hype of the iPhone 5 so honestly you can’t be mad at them. I did have an inkling that they would only release the iPhone 4S but didn’t want to keep reporting on rumors and decided to wait on the news from the horse’s mouth, Apple. Now let me take a look at the pros and cons of this iPhone release.

Pricing

Apple will starting taking pre-orders for the iPhone 4S on October 7th and will be released on the 14th of the month. It will come in 2 colors flavors, black & white, and 3 price points; a 16GB version for $199, a 32GB version for $299 and a 64GB for $399. No surprise here as they always release different versions based on internal drive space. I still don’t understand why they don’t use micro SD technology instead handcuffing consumers to a specific memory. I do have a Nexus S 4G with only internal memory of 16GB only because I had gotten used to 8GB and welcomed the added memory. However, it’s never enough! Now the good part is that the older models prices go down opening the door to new Apple customers. The iPhone 3GS will come down to $0.00 with a contract of course and the iPhone 4 to $99. None of this impressed Wall Street as their stock prices dipped 5% after this news.

Availability

The iPhone 4S will be launching with the 2 usual suspects  in Verizon Wireless and AT&T but they will be adding the third largest carrier in the U.S. with Sprint. the iPhone 3GS will stay on AT&T only but Sprint will get the iPhone 4S and possibly the iPhone 4. Sprint actually closed a $20 billion deal with Apple to buy 30.5 million iPhones and don’t believe they’ll profit on the deal till 2014. I really don’t know what to think about this one. It’s a big gamble but I feel Sprint. It’s not fun being in 3rd place on the market. It’s a big win for Apple to reach more consumers and that is their bottom line! T-Mobile is still left out of this iPhone craze. Hmmmm…I let you guys mull over that one! They’ve also increased their reach with carriers globally.

Competition

iPhones comparisonNow this is a big part of this release that is a gamble for iPhone. While Android (and even others like Windows 7) manufacturers are pushing the limit with their hardware, Apple seems content with minor upgrade to merely catch up to the competition. There’s 2 charts here showing the difference between the iPhone 4S, its brethren and the competition. Click images to enlarge. From what I can see they did improve the video recording to 1080p, improve the camera to 8mp with face detection and 5-element lens (whatever that means). Nothing crazy really. Now, along with the iOS 5 update, Siri, a talking personal assistant , is the “biggest” innovation from this release. I say biggest in quotation only because I believe this technology is a natural progression of what’s now offered on the market with voice detection. Google is said to be working on a similar technology with their next Android OS update with Ice Cream Sandwich. I will let you study the competition and see for yourself why people are disappointed in this release as far as specs go. I will say this though: the missing 4G is big!! Most smartphone manufacturers have been on the 4G tip since summer 2010(.e. HTC EVO 4G). While I do understand that 4G does kill your battery and the battery is terrible, I still believe they should have included that feature on this phone.

iPhone 4S comparison chart

Conclusion

All in all, the iPhone 4S fits right into Apple’s business strategy. They have opened more options for US customers to get their products and have also added new price points for their different device models. Costumers that are up on their contract with their iPhone 3GS  can now upgrade to the iPhone 4S. New customers that can’t afford their latest model can opt for the more cost-effective models on the market. It’s a win win for Apple. For the consumers, it leaves a bit to be desired. Apple will still be stacking that mountain of cash flow. No problem! What do you think?

Source [BGRBGR, TNW, PCWorld]

I plead guilty to all allegations of conspiracy.

This has become  quite the phenomena.   I have a Motorola Droid X, which is diddly squat on battery life.   I need to make sure I have my cell phone charger in my car (along with my car charger), so I can plug it in when I need to.

Thankfully, I am friends with certain bar and restaurant managers, bartenders, hotel managers, and other various hospitality employees, that I can get away with asking to use their electrical outlets.   I refer to them as holes.  🙂

When I am at a friend’s house, I find the nearest outlet and plug away.   The irony is, I am not always on my phone.  The battery life is an absolute travesty for Droid X. Now I know there are Extended Battery Pack’s, but why the need to make us spend more money?   The point is already made for me.

I have been involved in deep and profound conversations, but have to check on my phone to make sure it’s no longer in the orange (under 30%) and headed towards the green.  I have seen other folks doing this and it’s a hilarious, yet disturbing trend.  In the middle of dinner and drinks, let me just check on my phone and see how it’s doing.  🙂  What have I become?  What have we become?  Wow.

Now do other phones have terrible battery life?  I know the iPhone has a great reputation for extended battery times.   I have been with Verizon for nearly 10 years.  I feel a loyalty to them but not sure they are deserving.  I may have to switch from Android to the iPhone, the next time I am eligible.

Anyone dealing with this existential issue?  I would love to hear other stories.  Thanks!

Bloomberg Sports I know some of you fantasy experts might be too smart or cool to try this out but Bloomberg has come out with a great tool to give you an edge in your fantasy league with Decision Maker. I shared this on Facebook a couple of weeks ago but completely forgot to look into further and check it out. An old buddy mentioned to me that he clicked on my shared link, signed up and loved it. I immediately went back to the site and signed up myself to check it out.

Decision Maker

Bloomberg Sports Decision MakerBloomberg seems to do a great job in collecting as much data as possible and let you know who you should start on your based on every possible stats and conditions you can imagine. It’s probably too late for you to try it out today(maybe you’ll have time before your part 2 of afternoon games :P) but for only $9.95 for the season, put your ego to the side and check it out. You probably won’t regret it. You can thank me in the comment box below or be an ass and not! Good luck!! By the way, they do have an app for your iPhone or iPad!

Decision Maker

Source [Bloomberg Sports]

I came across this funny commercial on YouTube for Swiss website swissinfo.ch , a branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, and thought I would share it with you guys! I guess they are trying to sell apps for both platforms and pushing the message of peace between them. Here’s their own explanation and video below:

swissinfo.ch released new apps for both Android and iPhone today, along with a short clip stating our neutrality on the subject… and a message of hope for world peace and more understanding among fans. Enjoy.

Source [Youtube]

Here we go again with some pro-Android statistics. You cannot escape the facts and numbers brought to you Nielsen. Looking at the survey of recent acquirers of operating systems, you can clearly see that Android is continuing to put it’s foot down and taking over the mobile market at 43% with 56% in the past 3 months. Blackberry seriously need to get their QNX platform on the shelves before it’s too late. For the past 3 months, they only account for 9% of recent acquirers in the past 3 months whereas they are now at 18% of overall subscribers. Clock is ticking guys and the competition isn’t letting up! iOS is staying steady with their niche market numbers. They hold 28% of the overall subscribers shares and stay at the same percentage for shares of recent acquirers. And with the introduction of a new iPhone 4S or 5 on Oct. 4th, those numbers may increase very quickly.

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Golf Lesson + V1 Golf App [iPhone-Android App]

The other day, I had my first golf lesson that actually got rained out and cut 10 minutes short. It went pretty well. I am actually further along to getting my swing straight than I originally thought. I am not sure if my coach was hyping my head up or not but regardless I learned so much in that short 50 minute lesson. But I definitely found a cool app that he used to shoot a video of my swing. Of course, he had to pick one of my worst swings of Continue reading

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