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. 🙂

Are We Becoming A Culture of Rudeness?

Good afternoon everyone.  Before I start this post, I would first like to apologize for becoming philosophical so early in the afternoon, but I would really like to hear your thoughts and feelings on this matter to which I’m about to bring up.

This morning, I went to Bethel College’s first chapel of the semester.  When I walked into the ER (not Emergency Room), I was expecting the usual Bethel routine: sing a couple songs, hear a mini sermon, and then be dismissed.  Boy, was I wrong today.

After the usual announcements and a reflection about a professor who passed away earlier this week, the Vice President of Bethel stood up on stage and, with a stern voice, pretty much told everyone to behave in chapel.

He made references to people being on their computers during chapel and how he could see their faces being lit up from the computer screens while on stage.  He also pointed out that people whistled during chapel while guest speakers were giving their testimonials.  He also brought up people texting, tweeting, and facebooking during the speeches.

After providing the examples, he brought up what caught my attention the most.  He said, “People tell me that this is the new culture.”  (Meaning that it is acceptable to be on your computer, texting, talking to the people next to you, etc during speeches, meetings, etc).  And this is what really grabbed me….he then said, “It is a culture of rudeness.”

Before I go into this any further, let me just point out that I am very much so connected to the world via my iPhone.  My life is on my iPhone.  I use my iPhone a lot even during church because my iPhone has a large print Bible that I can see clearly.  But I have self control and I don’t need to check Facebook or Twitter during church or send a text message unless is was a big emergency.  So I understand if people are using their phones to access Bible apps or a Bible on the web during chapels or church.  I am not quick to judge people and don’t immediately assume that someone is on their phone texting or tweeting.  I assume they’re looking at a Bible.  “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” – Matthew 7:1.  And if they’re not looking at a Bible app or web Bible, then that is an honesty issue between that person and God.

Having said all that, let me say this.  I’ve been into some nice sit down restaurants like Red Lobster, Red Robin, and a slew of others and I see people texting while at the dinner table with very little to no conversation taking place.  Are we really moving away from normal conventions of conversation?

But what I take great offense to is that if I want your undivided attention, I should be able to get it without you being on your phone texting or playing a game.  It really is annoying because then I have to fight to get your attention.  So please, just put your phone down for a few minutes and listen.

In a chapel/meeting setting, it really is distracting when someone is next to you during a time which does not belong to you in the first place.  That time belongs to the speaker and God.  Don’t become a stumbling block to others.  If you don’t want to be there, then don’t be there.  Don’t drag other people down who really want to be there.

I have been worried about this kind of behavior for a while now and it sounds like to me that the administration at Bethel…well at least from one person’s perspective…has had it with this kind of behavior and will now kick people out of chapel for texting, tweeting, being on their computer, etc.

To Bethel: If you want to kick people out for displaying that kind of behavior, that’s your policy and by all means, enforce it as you see fit.  But please, make sure that the person is texting and not looking up the Bible or using a Bible app to follow along with the chapel speakers.

I am just as connected, if not more so, than a lot of teenagers and people in their early 20’s but please, exercise good judgement and use some common sense.  Don’t be rude.  After all, I’m sure if you wanted someone’s attention, you would want them to pay attention to you and no their phone.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.  Feel free to leave a comment.  I will only approve insightful, intelligent comments.  No hate or bashing of any kind will be tolerated.

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2010. That’s about 3 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 40 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 5 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 272kb.

The busiest day of the year was March 28th with 75 views. The most popular post that day was My experiences at Granger Community Church.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were iphone5g.net, digg.com, facebook.com, twitter.com, and the-best-twitter.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for using an ipad, at&t canada roaming, dlvr.it vs twitterfeed, littlepoopmachine, and whats up app.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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My experiences at Granger Community Church March 2010
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General Ranting; Life and Religion March 2010
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Blogging and TwitterFeed March 2010

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Bethel Blogging! MobileMe Vs. WordPress March 2010