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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.

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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iPad 2 Review… Toez Style

March 27th, 2011 2 comments

Ok, so let’s cover a few things: I did not own the first generation iPad, however did have the opportunity to “mess with one” just to satisfy the curiosity of what they are. Let’s first remember that even Apple themselves have said that the iPad is not a laptop replacement, therefore you’d better not be expecting to ditch a netbook or a laptop for this. If that was your intention, save your money and get a MacBook Air instead.

We all have heard it; “the iPad is nothing more than a gassy, bloated iPod touch”. Answer? True. Look under the hood; both run iOS software, run apps from Apple’s App Store, both now feature cameras for FaceTime and other uses, and both are lightweight and portable. Yet the iPad has obviously much more screen real estate (almost triple) to read and compose making it more valuable if you’re a more avid user of such devices. Granted, the iPod touch is desired for its portability, but given that device’s #1 function is an iPod, the iPad excels with better usability and, believe it or not, superior battery performance.

Sure, the iPad has the world lining up for one however how many of them passed on the first generation (like me) knowing that a better model was just a year or so away? I think that was many of us since we tried for a year to figure out just how this device would fit into our lives. I use it now for note taking, web browsing, and email mostly however it’s also indispensable as an entertainment source for music and video, including Netflix which looks much better on a 9.7″ screen v. 3.5″. Remember also that there’s just a $200 difference between an iPad and an iPod touch. If you just shuddered over $200 when reading that last sentence, you likely have no business even looking at any of these devices to begin with.

I’ve read that the iPad 2 is much faster as compared to the original iPad… MUCH FASTER. I wouldn’t know, I didn’t have one, but ok. This sucker is pretty fast so I have nothing else to compare it to other than my iPhone 4. Which segways now into functionality. Sure, the iPad isn’t the only tablet on the market, however it might as well be. Here’s the secret: WiFi only model first to market and a massive resource for apps. Period. I’m still shocked that at the time I’m writing this, there isn’t a official Skype or Facebook app specifically for the iPad 2, however I’m also well aware the damn thing just hit market 2 weeks ago to begin with, so I’m pretty sure they’re hot on the trail as of this very moment.

Next up, some tips. Since many people don’t read blocks of text just to get the info that’s important to them, I’m hoping this part doesn’t get skipped should you decide to get an iPad (lots of great deals on the first generation in fact), you will need to sync it first right out of the box with your active iTunes for the Apple ID. Also, if you also have another iOS device that has been paired to that PC with your Apple ID, create a new iPad profile. Trust me, my dumbass selected my existing iPhone 4 profile. No, I didn’t lose anything on either device, however it copied over system settings specifically to the iPhone to the iPad and I had lost keyboard clicks, lock screen sounds, etc. Now that iOS 4.3.1 is out, just restore your iPad with its own profile. Now mine works without a flaw and it really is a remarkable product. You too will like web browsing on it if you surf like I do. Don’t be a cheap ass & skip on a case, you’re definitely going to need one. I would like to track down a set of those low-profile rubber feet bumpers on the bottom of a unibody MacBook for the bottom of the iPad; suggestions?

Oh, and finally, I’m sure my male followers (and a few female followers) would like to know about pr0n on this thing… streams like a champ and hawt! I don’t get really the frenzy and looks when I’m carrying mine around, but if it’ll get me laid like walking a puppy in the park, come have a look ladies.

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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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Apple And Sony Updated Goodness

March 9th, 2011 No comments

First up, iOS 4.3 is now live for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad however you’ll need to download the massive 669.8 MB file to get not much of a significant update in my opinion with the exception of a personal hotspot for us GSM iPhone 4 AT&T folk. Then again, typical AT&T, you gotta pick up a separate data plan to use the hotspot so this whole thing is moot unless you jailbreak. For the Google impaired, read this straight from Cupertino.

Now, in my opinion, the most exciting news really comes from Sony via their PlayStation. Cloud saves was a rumor some time ago, however they’re real now starting tomorrow with firmware 3.60. Catch is you must be a $50/year PlayStation Plus subscriber however that’s totally worth it alone. Cap is 1,000 game save files with maximum 150 MB total which at first doesn’t sound like a lot, however your average game save file is typically 100 KB to 1 MB so it’s not much to begin with. If you’ve ever been on the fence about paying $50 for a PlayStation Plus membership and just thought it’s a waste, trust me, this feature alone and the automatic downloading of updates (both firmware and title updates/patches) make this worth every penny now. Here’s the announcement from their blog.

EDIT: A little sweet and sour regarding the PlayStation cloud saves; 3.60 became live later in the day, which I installed & was eager to try this feature. It’s located right in your XMB under Games > Save Data Utility. Issue I have is that files won’t be automatically synced like a like a true cloud service unfortunately, but that I’m hoping will be addressed in a future update. At the least, it’s something and it’s still a huge thing. Even though you’d have to manually copy over each file as you progress in a game, it’s still cool that you could pick up where you left off at a buddy’s house or another PS3 in your home as examples.