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Apple vs. Android Fight

September 23rd, 2012 1 comment
Apple vs. Android Fight

Apple vs. Android Fight

The world knows by now that the new iPhone 5 was just released this weekend along with their latest iOS software that runs on most all Apple mobile devices including the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

While I didn’t run out and buy an iPhone 5, I am eligible to get one however didn’t want to get involved with the pre-order scramble madness that usually surrounds each and every mobile Apple device. I do plan on getting an iPhone in about a month, upgrading from my iPhone 4 from 2 years ago.

With that now all laid out, I’m aware there is a community out there that absolutely despises anytime Apples does, well, anything and it makes news. I personally have used the iPhone since 2007 and converted from Windows computers to Mac as of a few years ago, mostly because it has been the standard within the creative and design world for several years. While I do still own a Windows 7 & Linux netbooks, my MacBook Pro is what I use on a daily basis, and haven’t looked back since.

What I don’t understand is the deep seeded hate from one “community” to another. Whether it’s a preferred mobile phone, operating system, computing hardware, etc., we all have our preferences and reasoning for choosing one over another. Many have tried an Android phone and an iPhone, and have settled on their choice and some have been rabid about their feelings when “the other” does something that apparently was originated from their platform of choice. Do you honestly think that spewing your dislike and angst filled comments on online forums, videos, social media, and any other outlet is going to make the masses just drop what they’re doing and convert on the spot just because you said it? And if that was a possibility, what benefit is it to you?

While I too grow tired of reading all of Apple’s issues, faults, and news, it is indeed huge media fodder for the people out there that care to read it or listen. If that audience didn’t exist, then neither would the news surrounding it. Alas, it’s there, and it doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon so no matter what you like or prefer, we all need to stop acting like children in the backseat during a long road trip to visit relatives constantly screaming, “he’s touching me!”

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iOS 5 + iCloud Are Finally Here!

October 12th, 2011 No comments
iOS 5

iOS 5

This has got to be Apple’s biggest shining moment, and it’s sad that Mr. Jobs won’t be seeing it from this world. Today, Apple has launched iOS 5 software to be downloaded and installed on millions of iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches, and just the software alone can revolutionize an industry if not the world. Pretty bold statement, eh? Well, look closer inside.

Sure, everyone takes from anyone and Apple is no different. Speaking specifically on their new Notification Center which has long been on other phones, most notably Android handhelds, however it’s now here and stock on iOS 5. Jailbreakers could have had this feature for some time and it was about time Apple finally made it into their official build. iMessage will change the service providers since users of iOS 5 can send SMS & MMS for FREE amongst one another, anywhere in the world! Free iCloud access for anyone with an Apple ID and iOS 5 device now allows you to sync and backup to a cloud with the capability to stream certain files to other iOS 5 devices that you own. You can also restore and activate a new device simply by logging into your iCloud account. Again, free with 5 GB of storage. Don’t confuse this with Dropbox and the ability to store ANY file you desire. You will be able to stream your purchased iTunes media files from the cloud to again any logged in device. Later in the month when iTunes Match arrives, you’ll be able to listen to your entire library while on the go with any iOS 5 device.

Gotta mention Wireless Sync which is just all kinds of awesome since you can literally sync multiple iOS 5 devices all at the same time while at home and all using the same WiFi network. Just brilliant, however it was a paid feature as a Cydia app if you jailbroke, however it’s now included. Wireless capabilities don’t just stop there, so now you can actually activate a brand new iOS 5 device without ever connecting it to a computer. This was possible before and another welcomed addition. Even future iOS 5 updates can be done OTA or “over the air” since only the delta update will be downloaded instead of the entire file, which is humongous.

I’m aware haters will always hate, so fans of other devices or members of the “I hate anything Apple” camp that just gotta go online and graffiti their comments on every available website will definitely be fist pumping with “Apple copied this” or “Apple still doesn’t have that” will be out, circling like vultures waiting to pounce. It’s ok; we all had to wear diapers before we could troll the internet while on the toilet.

For details on iOS 5, what’s covered and/or included, consult your local Apple retailer or visit apple.com.

Apple and Sony, Epic News Today! #WWDC #E3

June 6th, 2011 2 comments
iOS 5

iOS 5

This was no ordinary Monday, people. History was made today. Geeks and gamers ’round the world had an e-boner all day and it started with Apple at their Worldwide Developers Conference 2011:

  • iCloud with 5 GB of storage is free for all with an Apple ID.
  • OS X Lion will be more iOS “like” and tons of new features, all for $30 coming next month.
  • Incoming iOS 5 this Fall cuts the cord on syncing & activating among other big UI updates.

Read all the details and view the keynote video at Apple.com. iTunes 10.3 should be arriving shortly.

As if that wasn’t enough, the bacon got piled on over at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011, or just E3, which started today. Lots of deliciousness was announced today, and here were likely the most anticipated announcements so far:

  • Battlefield 3, October 25, 2011
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, November 8, 2011
  • Halo 4, Q4 2012
  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, November 2011
  • Need For Speed: The Run, November 2011
  • Far Cry 3, 2012
  • Mass Effect 3, Q1 2012
  • Minecraft, Q4 2011

These are just some of the more anticipated sequels on this, just day 1 of the expo, with 2 more days left to go. If interested, your best bet to follow what’s coming up in the next few days is to keep an eye on Joystiq’s coverage of the event.

Sony announced their NGP officially as “Vita” for $250 USD for WiFi & $300 for WiFi/3G. Also, a new 24″ 3D monitor bundle for PS3 priced at $500 USD also announced.

I’m sure tomorrow will bring even more announcements and surprises. Stay tuned.

Should Anyone Be Scared Of Your Own iPhone Tracking You?

April 24th, 2011 2 comments
My iPhone Tracking

My iPhone Tracking

I was going to post something about this when news broke out earlier last week that our beloved iPhones and iPads were secretly recording our every move without us even knowing it, but when I used the tracking software (link at the bottom of this post) on my laptop that I sync my phone and iPad to and saw the results, of course my jaw dropped to the possibilities of this information possibly being used against me. Paranoid much? Let’s think for a moment…

Say I had a spouse that always thought there was another woman. This information may just give her divorce attorney the fodder they’d need to dissect my every little move like “I’ve never been there with you; who were you with?”. Yeah, laugh now, but your boss or the cops could use this too had they got your PC or iPhone and/or iPad for just a few moments.

What about spam opportunities? The tracker revealed my recent trip to Big Bear, CA and since we drove there, of course it recorded my every move via triangulating with every mobile site my phone “hand shook” along the way. Imagine now that if this data was spitefully sold, someone could have my mobile number, time and date that I passed by their town and where I visited just so I could get SMS spam or even coupons arrive at my home assuming I frequent Big Big and to have breakfast at their lodge with a 15% off coupon. Again, the shit ain’t funny and could very well happen.

I’m a Foursquare user, an app that lets me “check-in” to a destination and shares the when and where with others, and that’s ok since the app on my phone doesn’t contain my real identification such as my mobile number. The consolidated.db file that is stored on both PC and iOS device with a cellular plan is not encrypted therefore available to anyone that just needs a reason to see where you’ve been & just 5 minutes. With today’s privacy concerns especially with identity theft and ever increasing spam getting more intelligent, this is scary shit. I’m hoping Apple and the Droid communities do the right thing and cease this if they truly claim there’s no harm in storing this information. I feel these corporations should have given us, the end consumer of their products, the right to choose whether we want this spyware recording this much information on us or not.

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Look ma, I has iPad 2!

March 23rd, 2011 2 comments
iPad 2, Black, WiFi Only, 16 GB with Black Leather Smart Cover

iPad 2, Black, WiFi Only, 16 GB with Black Leather Smart Cover

So am I cool now? Yes, it’s true, I’ve always been cool. I passed on the first generation because I didn’t see the value in the device. Tablets still won’t replace a conventional computer, but it fills the gap for a portable entertainment device for media and Internet while on the go, now with cameras for video calling. Been using a little more Skype lately, so this is also useful for me. There also times when you just want to look things up on Google, watch a YouTube video, read the news all without powering up a notebook for something that only that takes a few moments to do. Yes, I’m spoiled, and the fact that my iOS apps can be ported to a larger device for easier use is winning.

 

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