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Apple Watch, Chicago, Melanoma Monday, and Avengers

Wow! Talk about a fully loaded weekend! I saw the new Avengers movie, went to chicago & had tons of fun, saw my cousin at home & at work, and hung out with a ton of friends and fellow nerds! What a blast!

I’m so tired, but it’s the good kind of tired. I’ve done so much walking. I walked about 7 miles this weekend & I walked a mile today so about 8 miles total. Plus I’ll probably be walking 2 more miles on Wednesday so about 10 miles in 4 days. Not too bad. It feels really good to get out on these awesomely nice days & just walk around.

After being so busy & stressed last week, it was nice to get away for the weekend & have tons of fun & just chill with awesome people.

Anyway, below the text, you’ll see 2 videos. The first one is my vlog from today. The second video is my sister’s radio interview from this morning.

Enjoy the videos & have a great Monday.

May the 4th be with you!

 

Tech Rant

Hey guys. So I tried making my first actual VLOG today and I didn’t have the best luck. I lost the last 5-7 minutes of my video. I have absolutely no clue what happened to that footage, but I am sad that it was lost. It’s very ironic I’m talking about technology & bugs…and then this happens. LOL! Oh well, all I can do is laugh about it.

Anyway, I will try to explain, in words, the last 5-7 minutes of my video below & I will embed the video below as well.

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As I was going to say, my phone works very well after the iOS 8.3 update. It’s been an enjoyable experience. But this is what usually happens when new OS’s or products come out…you have to be patient becuase it will be buggy. It’s true with every tech product or OS release. For example, I started using iCloud Photo Library a couple days ago. Actually, I started using it a little over a month ago when I was beta testing 10.10.3 but I ran into a huge problem with it so I turned it off and deleted the photos from the cloud. I waited the 30 days to make sure that iCloud Photo Library would be completely clear. So a couple days ago, I re-enabled iCloud Photo Library again and when I did that, all of my picture that were in the cloud…were still there even though the slate was clean. Maybe it was a cache thing, I don’t know. But after the process had been completed, I noticed that albums that I had merged or removed in the photos app were still visible in the cloud! I don’t know why the changes didn’t take. So I disabled iCloud Photo Library and re-enabled it again. I’m still waiting to see what happens, but so far it does look promising. I’m seeing new images showing up that weren’t in the cloud previously.

And the last part of my video talked about Android. I’m just not a big Android fan. The interface doens’t make logical sense to me. I used my friends Android device (Sorry, I don’t remember the model or Android version) and I wanted to open the calendar app. It was burried under 3 different menus. I found that to be very annoying. Whereas on iOS, the calendar app was right on the first home screen. All the apps you would want to access are right there on the home screen right out of the box. Now I know you could “move” the app to a home screen on an Android device, but just like I was saying about getting a PC and getting it configured the way I want, it takes a lot of time to get it setup the way I’d want it. However, I do have to praise Android for being open & that anyone can develop for Android. However, there are trade-offs with that. You have more security risks (malware) & app fragmentation when you’re open. When you’re closed, you have to follow the company’s rules & only use their published / public APIs for your apps. But you’re more secured.

Anyway, that’s all there was on the last 5-7 minutes of video. Hopefully I don’t run into more tech problems when I try to VLOG…

Feel free to leave a comment down below about the video or leave a question.

And here’s the video:

 

***PS*** My apologies for being scatter brained. I have ADD & I can get distracted easily. Also, as I know someone will point out, I realize Macs are PCs too. PC = personal computer. I should’ve said Windows Machines when I was talking about Windows or Microsoft.***

Internet Defense League

Hey guys and gals.

This is just a quick blog post making all my readers aware of a new website promoting a Free-Internet.  By free, I mean free from extreme government control and the freedom to freely express ideas and freely communicate openly with others.

If you visit my website, you’ll see a banner making you aware of this organization.  If you’d like to join, just fill it out.  

This organization, and its parent organization, are responsible for the internet black out that occurred earlier this year when Congress was debating the SOPA and PIPA bills.  

If you believe in this cause and want to support an open internet, check out:

Internet Defense League

Its parent organization:

Fight For The Future

You can follow the Internet Defense League on Twitter, here

Thanks everyone and happy free web surfing! 🙂

I’m All For Competition – Where Competition Meets Hypocrisy

As the title says, I am all for competition.  Competition is what makes America great.  You can succeed and / or fail.  Most of us, if not everyone, has done both at some point in their lives.  If you succeed, that’s great; If you fail, keep trying or find something else to try.  

Ok, so what’s your point author?

For over a year now, when I wake up, and have checked my twitter feed, I read stories about Apple suing X company or X company suing Apple over various patents. I’m not a fan of pointless lawsuits, but if a company feels that one or more of their patents is in use in other companies products unjustly and the original patent holders are not getting a fair share for their hard work, then by all means, get some compensation. 

I am an Apple fanboy, but what I said applies to Apple too.  If Apple is violating someone else’s patents, then Apple should be held accountable and have to pay compensation.  Period.  That’s how it should work.  And if someone is violating Apple’s patents, then Apple has the right to defend themselves in court and ask for damages.  

I can see just from design that Samsung is violating Apple’s patents left and right, blatantly I might add.  I mean their charging bricks look identical to Apple’s!  That’s just taking an easy design route .  I’m sure there’s a plethora of combinations you can use to design a tablet charger.  

I hear people saying that what Apple is doing within these lawsuits is hurting the competition, stifling it to keep the iPad on top.  Maybe if the competing companies (I’m looking at you Samsung) would innovate instead of imitate, then I wouldn’t have to write a blogpost regarding competition.

I’m sure you can design a tablet with a different hardware design and yet make it functional for people too at the same time.  Google was able to achieve this!  They unveiled their new Nexus 7″ tablet and it doesn’t look anything like the iPad nor does the software interface either.  It looks original, hardware and software.  So if Google can pull it off, so can other companies.  Personally, I don’t like it.  It looks ugly with the large bezels.  

While I’m on the subject of Google, in relation to competition, I have a bone to pick with Google.  

As I said, I’m all for competition, but when does hypocrisy become competition or vice versa?  Let me explain what I mean.  

Google this morning announced a Siri-like competitor.  On multiple occasions, Eric Schmidt, former CEO and current co-advisor to current CEO, Larry Page, is quoted as calling “Siri a threat to competition.”  He testified in a congressional hearing that Siri is a “significant development” and says it is an “entirely new approach to search technology.”

Yes, I agree with him that Siri is a new approach to search technology.  But you’re just scared that Google will become less relied upon among iOS device users.  Yes, Siri does go around google.  When you tell Siri to look up a restaurant review, it doesn’t use Google.  Instead of going straight to Google, it goes straight to the most reliable source, Yelp!.  That makes perfect logical sense.  Siri takes Google out of the middleman position and instead directs your query to the most relevant site out there.  In a technological world, that makes perfect sense.  And by going straight to the relevant source, users won’t have to expend as much data (since data is becoming a precious mobile resource like water is to survival) as they would have if they had to go to google first and then to the relevant website. 

But Mr. Schmidt was at Congress, saying that Siri will hurt competition.  How can it?  Apple took search to a whole new level!  That’s innovation, Mr. Schmidt!  So in other words, Mr. Schmidt, you want to punish Apple for being innovative just so Google can stay the number one search engine in the world?  

So today, Google launched a Siri-like competitor.  Ok Google, is it powered by Nuance, the same people that power Siri?  Does your program understand and extract the key phrases of a sentence or question and pull in the necessary words to perform a specific function?  Is it powered by Google search, taking users straight to Google for answers and then do the end-users have to tap on the relevant answer or issue another voice command, or will it bypass your search engine completely and take your users to Yelp! for restaurant reviews directly?  

So Google called Siri a threat and a few months later, they release their own version of it.  If their Siri-like program takes users straight to Google search or other Google app before taking the user to their desired result, is that innovation?  I guess so, but it’s backwards because Siri takes users straight to their relevant answer right away bypassing search.  If Google’s Siri-like app takes users straight to the relevant source like Siri does for iOS users, then that’s straight up imitation.  Schmidt’s testimony at Congress should be repealed at this point since they developed something to compete with Apple, when they said that it would hurt competition.  

Schmidt should not have said that it is a threat to competition, but rather have just let it be and developed your own app or program.  The way he used Congress makes it look like a huge publicity circus.  Our government has more important things to worry about rather than turning the congressional house floor into a place of clowning around.  

Google, make your app, but know this…by making your Siri competitive app, you can no longer call Siri a threat to competition.  You’ve lost that right.  

And Samsung, hire some people who are creative and who will innovate for you rather than imitate other produces.  I’m sure you can produce great things with the right people in your company.  

What do you think?  Agree?  Disagree?  Do you feel like enough is a enough with the lawsuits?  Do you believe that if a company feels wrongly violated with a patent misuse, it should be able to defend itself?  What about Google?  Do you feel like they are hypocrites for launching their own Siri competitor when they called that new search method a threat?  

Please feel free to post intelligent comments.  I also invite my readers to do your own research and formulate your own opinions.  I hope I was able to spur some thought for you as you read this.  Let’s all be well informed readers.  

Numbers Stations

Remember at the beginning of LOST, Sayid took the aircraft transceiver from the cockpit and got it working?  Remember when Shannon was trying to translate the French distress signal?  Remember a computer voice coming on and announcing some numbers?

For those of you just getting into LOST, hopefully I didn’t ruin anything for you.  For those of you who love the show, then you know what I’m talking about.  The computer kept announcing numbers before the distress call at each loop. 

If anyone is into this weird hobby or found that transmission from LOST cool, you can listen to something similar for real!  All you need is a ham radio scanner and a fairly tall antenna or a high hill.  Just surf around the different bands / frequencies and you might just pick one up.  Listen for a computer voice announcing numbers, letters, strange and creepy music, and / or cryptic phrases.  

Number Stations have been around since the dawn of the Cold War, relaying urgent messages from intelligence agencies to their “agents” abroad.  The spies would use a device called a “One-Time Pad,” to translate the message.  Each time a new message was relayed, the spy would have to use the next pad in sequence to translate the numbers into readable text.  

Nobody, without the spy’s specific “One-Time Pad,” has been able to decipher a number station message since its conception!  Number Stations have proven to be most effective means of spy & intelligence agencies communicating with their agents in the field.  

But now that the Cold War is over, why do these stations continue to broadcast numbers?  Some stations, after the war, closed up shop…until 20 some years later.  The old stations that went dark after the war suddenly became active again and started broadcasting numbers!  Conspiracy theorists have made claims that the Cold War never ended; They believe we still have agents in the field, sneaking around secret military projects, gathering information about aircraft, etc. I don’t buy into this myself.  Some people believe that this is an elaborate hoax, like the crop circles.  I, personally, don’t know what to make of these number stations.  It’s very strange indeed, but who knows if there’s still a use for these stations or not.  So anyone’s guess is as good as anyone else’s.  

No government agency (US or abroad) has come forward and taken responsibility nor taken action against these number stations, which are not “officially” licensed to operate.  They should take action since they interfere with legit Ham stations around the world.  Although I know they won’t since thanks to signal triangulation, someone found a numbers station broadcasting from an antenna farm owned and operated by the US government.  No independent agency has taken responsibility for broadcasting either.  Whenever someone, whether a private citizen or journalist, tries to get a comment from a government official on these number stations, they either dodge the question or tell people not to even bother with them.  One politician, in the UK, made a bold statement saying that UK citizens shouldn’t be interested in these stations anyway.  It’s illegal to listen to them.  So, to my UK readers, you cannot listen to these strange broadcasts.  It’s illegal!  I personally don’t understand why it is illegal since nobody can own the airwaves themselves.  Once a signal goes over the air, unencrypted, then anybody with perfectly legal equipment can pick it up and should be able to listen since the government will not take responsibility for what they transmit from their property.  Anyway, I digress.  

If you’d like to listen to samples of number stations without a radio, a project called The Conet Project put out a 4-disk album containing different number stations’ messages.  I have had the chance to listen to some of them and there are a couple creepy ones.  There’s one that plays “taps,” then announces the numbers.  That one creeped me out.  There’s one that plays a creepy music box song and then a little girl’s voice starts saying random numbers and letters.  That is especially creepy.  You can buy it, but at the time of this post, they’re out of stock.  They DO encourage you hit up file sharing services and download it that way!  They even have a PDF containing some cool information. If you want to learn more about number stations, head over to the Wikipedia Page to view more.  

Here are some samples taken from YouTube:

Would you listen to number stations?  Have you?  Feel free to comment either way!  I’d be interested to hear what anyone has to say about them!  

My iPhone 4S Pre-Ordering Experience

Through all the bad news this week, the highlight of the week was that on Friday morning at 3 AM EST, the iPhone 4S was going online for pre-ordering.

Like so many others, I decided to pre-order a Black 64GB iPhone 4S on AT&T. Before I went to bed, I got everything ready. I set an alarm for 2:45.

At 2:45 AM, my alarm went off. I got up, turned on my computer, I loaded up Safari and loaded up Apple & AT&T’s websites on separate tabs. On my iPhone, I loaded up AT&T’s Upgrader app on my iPhone. Thinking I was covering all the angles by having those sites loaded up, I thought I’d have no problem getting an iPhone. Boy was I wrong!

3:01 AM. I start refreshing Apple’s and AT&T’s sites. Whichever site loaded first was going to be the site I’d order from. Apple’s loaded up first a half hour later! I quickly selected the color, capacity, and carrier info, then entered in my billing zip code, etc. 20 minutes later, I finally ended up at the checkout page. I clicked on checkout. I was about to be very excited. ERROR! I had to start all over again!!!! Now I was freaking out!

Meanwhile on AT&T’s site, which I kept refreshing while I was trying to make my order on Apple’s site, the iPhone 4S didn’t exist! So at this point, I’m sweating profusely, I’m nervous, and I’m thinking I’m screwed…that I’d not be getting an iPhone 4S for a month.

Back on Apple’s site, I started all over again with my order. I couldn’t get past the “contacting AT&T” popup though! About ready to give up, I checked AT&T site again. Now the phone was showing up! Hope started to flood my system all over again! One other thing, AT&T’s site was really fast! I got to the checkout screen within 2 minutes! But then, I saw red text that threw me off. It told me that my data plan wasn’t compatible! I said screw it, I’m going to click continue. Good news! An unlimited data plan for iPhone 4S showed up!

(I gave up on Apple’s site by this point)

Back on track, I proceed to checkout. Then more red text popped up! My credit card billing address is different from my AT&T billing address. Apparently, AT&T will not let you place an online order if those addresses are different. I quickly changed my AT&T billing address to match my credit card address. I had to go through the whole process again, but at least it only took me a couple minutes!

I SUCCEEDED!!!!!

I got the confirmation page. I printed it, and within 30 seconds of printing it, I got the confirmation email. Contained in the email was a delivery date of 10/14! I became very excited!

After allowing myself to cool down (I was sweating so bad that I didn’t want to go straight to bed), I finally went to bed. When I woke up, I had the “Order Processed” email!

That’s my iPhone 4S pre-ordering tale!

Did anyone have a really bad experience pre-ordering? Good experiences? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d be interested in hearing how people’s pre-ordering went.

Farewell Steve Jobs – My Thoughts on Apple & Steve Jobs

As many of you have heard by now probably, Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple Inc. Here is his resignation letter:

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve

(Courtesy of Mashable)

Across the internet, emotions are mix as people reflect on the man and on Apple as a company. Comments located on various news sites and blogs range from, “Good luck Mr. Jobs” and “God Bless Steve Jobs” to “Steve Jobs resigned? YES!”

I was, and yet wasn’t, shocked by the news of his resignation. I knew this day would come. Steve had been fighting various health issues including liver cancer and complications from surgeries. Bloomberg reported not too long ago that he had been house-ridden for the last several weeks, but was able to work and attend today’s board meeting (yesterday as of this posting).

Apple’s stock dropped 5-6 percent in after hours trading last night, but recovered and was only down by tenths of a percent after the news hit investors in the morning.  Investors have been told by analysts, and I agree with them, that there is no need to panic.  Apple can and will still function just fine with Tim Cook, former COO now CEO.  Plus, Steve Jobs isn’t saying goodbye to Apple.  He is merely taking a new role as chairman of the board of directors.  Also, just a FYI, he is not leaving his post at Disney either.

Many of us in the blogging / news industry knew that Steve’s health has been deteriorating since he had his liver transplant.  It was only a matter of time when we would hear that Steve resigned, but again, I don’t think there’s no need to panic.  Tim Cook shares the same Apple values as Steve.  Time does not want Apple to change.  Tim just sent an email to Apple executives & staff.

Team:

I am looking forward to the amazing opportunity of serving as CEO of the most innovative company in the world. Joining Apple was the best decision I’ve ever made and it’s been the privilege of a lifetime to work for Apple and Steve for over 13 years. I share Steve’s optimism for Apple’s bright future.

Steve has been an incredible leader and mentor to me, as well as to the entire executive team and our amazing employees. We are really looking forward to Steve’s ongoing guidance and inspiration as our Chairman.

I want you to be confident that Apple is not going to change. I cherish and celebrate Apple’s unique principles and values. Steve built a company and culture that is unlike any other in the world and we are going to stay true to that-it is in our DNA. We are going to continue to make the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do.

I love Apple and I am looking forward to diving into my new role. All of the incredible support from the Board, the executive team and many of you has been inspiring. I am confident our best years lie ahead of us and that together we will continue to make Apple the magical place that it is.

Tim

(Courtesy of TUAW)

Personally, I’m glad to hear that Apple won’t be changing.  I think Apple, as it stands, is a great company.  They will continue to be innovative in the technological industry, continue surprising its customers and fans all over the world, and keep making awesome products with awesome customer support backing said products.  It also helps that Apple employees not just know that they’re selling good products, but believe they are selling good products.  Most Apple employees were very happy with the Steve Jobs era.  iDownloadBlog recently posted an article saying that out of 1,000 employees, only 3 percent say that Steve Jobs could have done a better job. I can understand why!  As a former Apple employee myself, I definitely saw Steve’s hand at work inside the retail store I was employed at.  Even the employees down at the bottom of the totem pole felt apart of the Apple Culture.

If you would like to learn more about Apple Culture, I recommend these books: The Cult of Mac and The Cult of iPod

I know many employees and Apple fans are sad that Steve is no longer CEO.  I am saddened by the news as well, but I also know that Apple will continue to continue what they do best…make the most innovative products the world has ever seen.  As steve said in his resignation letter, “I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it.”  And I think he’s right.  Since Steve is staying on the board, I know he’ll keep informed on the latest and greatest Apple gadgets.  I’m sure we’ll continue to see Steve’s hand in all future products until he completely resigns from Apple.

Steve saved Apple back in 1997.  Apple was on the brink of bankruptcy when Steve took over the dying business.  But Steve surrounded himself with the brightest people in the tech industry and turned the company  around to become the largest company in the world in terms of market capitalization.  Not bad for a company that started in a garage in Silicon Valley in the 1970’s.  I’m glad that Apple is doing well currently, but I do hope they continue to flourish and thrive as an industry.  There’s a lot of talent at Apple and I know we’ll see good things from them in the future.

Steve showed the world that it doesn’t matter if your product sounds crazy and it won’t do well.  If you believe in your product, it will succeed.  He taught people that the American dream is very real.  He and his friend, Steve Wozniak, showed us that you can make a strong company out of very little.  And, later on, you can turn the same company over from bankruptcy to profitable.

Thank you Steve for all that you’ve done with Apple.  I’m honored I had the privilege to work for you in the past and I will continue to do business with you in the future.  I hope your health improves so you can enjoy the rest of your life.

Here’s a link for Steve Jobs Biography, which will be available for order in November.

Here are some of Steve’s memorable moments on video:

Stanford Commencement Address:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc

Steve Introduces Original iPhone:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftf4riVJyqw

Steve Jobs introduces the Macintosh!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B-XwPjn9YY

What I Thought Was An iOS 4.3 Bug

Good evening everyone!

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you’ve probably updated to iOS 4.3 yesterday or today. I really like iOS 4.3 and I find it very snappy compared to iOS 4.2.1. I also notice that I’m getting better reception on AT&T’s 10.0 carrier file as well!

Anyway, after updating to iOS 4.3, I noticed that my photos didn’t sync. I got an error telling me that my iPhone didn’t have enough free space. I had 4 GB of photos on my phone. I had 6 GB available. Now I’m thinking, “What the heck?!”

I did some research and nothing really turned up throughout the course of the day. So I decided to just experiment and try to fix it.

After poking around in iPhoto and iTunes, I finally found my solution. It’s very tedious, but it worked for me.

I opened up iTunes and unchecked everything under the photos tab under my iPhone and then synced my phone. A message popped up and asked me if I wanted to delete the photos from my phone. I said yes. At this point, I also deleted ALL my music off my iPhone as well. At this point, the only items left on my phone were all my apps.

I opened up iPhoto and created a new empty album. I moved 3,000 pictures from the “old” album to the new one. I then plugged in my iPhone and synced it with iTunes. I went into the photo tab and turned on sync photos and then selected the new album to sync that contained the 3,000 pictures. As soon as I clicked it, it told me that it would take up 7 GB of space on my phone! So 3,000 pics = ~7 GB usage of iPhone space!

I then synced it. It went through the optimization first followed by copying the pictures to my phone. As soon as both of those were done, the Photo size decreased from taking up 7 GB on my iPhone to 1.18 GB. Now this makes more sense to me.

I repeated the above step; moving 3,000 pics per sync, and finally after 4 syncs, I had all the pics back on the phone.

I then opened up iPhoto and deleted the old album and I changed the name of the new album back to the name of the old album. iTunes recognized this and automatically applied the changes.

Now I just had to re-add all my music, books, etc and I was back in business.

This is a very tedious process, but if you want to carry a lot of pics with you from one or more albums, then this is the best solution I thought up.

I hope, if anyone has this problem, that everyone finds this useful.

Thanks everyone and goodnight!

iOS 4.3 Beta Features…So Far…

Good afternoon everyone!  Happy Mondays…ok, Monday’s aren’t usually great anyway.  🙂

Over the weekend, Apple iOS developers discovered some pretty cool stuff in the beta release of iOS 4.3.  Here are some of the things to note:

New iPad Gestures.  These are “possible” new gestures for the iPad that Apple “might” implement later on, but for now they’re there for testing.

AirPlay for Third Party Apps and Web Apps!  Yes, you read right!  Developers can now take advantage of the AirPlay APIs and stream video content from their apps to an Apple TV 2.  It would be cool if this worked for games too!  As far as AirPlay for web apps go, developers will need to put in strings of H.264  code as well as the special containers that will allow Safari to recongize if the content has been authorized to utilize AirPlay.  This is probably in place so movie/TV studios don’t freak out with unauthorized content being streamed to TVs.

New FaceTime icon.  The background is Silver now.  I think it will be most noticeable on the iPod Touch.

Full Screen iAd adds for the iPad.  We all know what iAds are so there’s no need to explain this further.

You can now configure the side switch on the iPad to be either rotation lock or mute/silent switch!  So for you people who miss rotation lock switch on the iPad, you’re getting a choice.

Someone found new camera lens effects buried in a plist file.  You can’t use them yet, but it sounds like Photo Booth for the Mac will be making its way to the iPhone.

There are new Repeat Alert Message settings.  You can now customize how often you want to hear a repeated alarm for a missed text message.  You can set it from twice to ten times!  However, it looks like you can’t turn it off totally, so you’ll have to choose which setting you want.  Remember, this is beta 1, so there’s time for Apple to re-add the on/off switch

Looks like there’s a new transparent keyboard layout.  It looks rather cool.  I’ve also heard that it is more responsive than previous keyboards.

It also looks like the App Store Updates section is getting a facelift.  It has a close resemblance to the Mac App Store that launched a couple weeks ago.

Looks like the iPad got a new font as well.

It looks like there are HTTP Live Streaming Stats too.  Wonder what that’ll be useful for.  We’ll see

Oh one more feature… 🙂

I saved the best for last.  Personal Hotspot!  Yup, not just for the VeriPhone, but for GSM phones as well.  I’m assuming it’s going to be activated on carrier by carrier bases.  I hope (very wishful thinking) that AT&T allows US iPhone users to utilize this pretty cool feature.  Hopefully they increase data caps as well for it!

Anyway, I think that covers the list of “possible” features we’ll see in iOS 4.3.  As with any beta release, Apple can easily add or take away features at any time.

Oh, one last note.  Apple is saying farewell to the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G with is iOS release.  Apple has dropped iOS support all together for these devices.  Hopefully this has been helpful for you.  What do you think of these features and what would you like to see in future iOS 4.3 betas or even the official 4.3 release?  Feel free to comment.

The VeriPhone!

Good afternoon/evening everyone! I hope your day was productive

Unless anyone has been hiding in a cave for a the last couple days, you undoubtedly heard a couple day ago, Verizon announced that the iPhone was coming to their network. I’m sure many of you have read similar blog posts, so I’ll just quickly sum up what we all know currently.

First, we know that the iPhone will be available on Verizon on February 10, 2011 for anyone who does NOT have a current Verizon contract. If you are a Verizon customer AND are eligible for a phone upgrade, you can pre-order the iPhone from Verizon’s reserve inventory starting on February 3, 2011 via their website. Apple and Verizon stores will start carrying it on February 10. The 16 GB iPhone will sell for $199 and the 32 GB iPhone will sell for $299, same prices as the AT&T iPhones.

Second, the Verizon iPhone is a CDMA phone. It does NOT support the LTE 4G network. This means that you will NOT be able to talk and use data at the same time, so I can’t say I warned the early adopters.

Thirdly, the iPhone Verizon is getting is the iPhone 4 and nothing more or less. Other than a CDMA modem (Versus GSM modem) nothing has really changed about the phone. The one big difference is at the software level where there is a new feature called Personal Hotspot. It allows you to share your iPhone’s cellular data via your iPhone’s WiFi connection with up to 5 devices around you! Now that is a cool feature!

We really don’t know much else about the VeriPhone currently such as pricing for voice and data, texting plans, how much Personal Hotspot, etc will cost. One thing that I can say is that Verizon says their iPhone will work in 40 countries around the world, with data available in 20 of those countries.

My Person Reflection:

In my opinion regarding the VeriPhone, I’m just not interested in it. 1. It is an iPhone 4. 2. Verizon doesn’t have coverage at all where I need it most. 3. Verizon’s 3G does NOT allow simultaneous voice and data (Simultaneous voice and data is something very important to me as a heavy data user). 4. The VeriPhone will only get 7 hours of talk time because their iPhone can’t fall back on a 2G network, versus (if you turn 3G off on an AT&T iPhone) you can get 14 hours of talk time on AT&T’s 2G network.

I’ve also been very satisfied with AT&T. When I’ve had problems, they resolved them quickly. And if the problems weren’t resolved quickly, they credited my account. (NOTE: It helps being nice and polite to the customer services representatives when explaining your problems/issues). AT&T also has coverage where I need it where Verizon doesn’t have coverage. Now, believe me, I understand that having good luck with a carrier comes with a flip of the coin. You’re either lucky or not. In my case, AT&T is and has been a great company to have as my carrier.

Having said all of that, let me say this. I’m glad that the iPhone is coming to Verizon because that means that AT&T finally has competition. Hopefully with that competition AT&T will step up their game and fix coverage holes & gaps, delivers 3G when they’re supposed to, etc. Several of my friends are mad that AT&T has not delivered 3G to Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, MI. AT&T promised a year and a half ago that they’d bring 3G to that area. 3G is still missing from that market. I don’t blame my friends for being mad and I’d be mad too if I lived in that market. So, AT&T, I hope you’ve learned a lesson…don’t announce coverage enhancements until you fully know for sure that I’ll roll out in 6 months time or so.

So I’m happy that AT&T will have competition. Because that means we, the consumers, will win out in the end. And, after 4 years of the iPhone’s existence, people now have a choice.

To conclude, the iPhone coming to Verizon is great for others, but not for me. Hopefully you find this resourceful.

What do you all think about the VeriPhone? Are you going to jump off the AT&T ship and join Big Red? Are you staying with AT&T? Are you satisfied with your AT&T experience? Feel free to leave insightful and intelligent comments please. 🙂