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The easiest and fasted way to get the new iPhone

September 16th, 2014 No Comments

iPhone 6 at Radio Shack

 

If you’re like me and DYING to get rid of your temperamental iPhone 5, you’ll appreciate how easy Radio Shack’s system is for you to make the switch!  I learned this trick randomly when I was picking up an extension cord in Atlanta a few years ago.  For some reason, they don’t advertise it.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Go into your local Radio Shack and choose the model iPhone you want.
  2. Put down a $50 deposit which they will return in the form of a gift card.
  3. Sign your declaration of intent.
  4. When it arrives, you have 3 days to pick it up.
  5. Sell your old iPhone on the spot.  If you have a 5 or 5S, you will get over $100 for it.

That’s it!  No line, no hassle, no FedEx sticker saying you missed the delivery on your door.

Just to give you an idea of the cost of the new iPhone 6:

I chose the 64GB iPhone 6 (not the Plus).  With my upgrade the phone is $300.  My iPhone 5 will trade in for $110 (or possibly more).  Now my phone is $200!

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Go go gadget chargers

April 23rd, 2014 No Comments

 

 

I’m obsessed with this new website/instagram Photojojo. Technically it’s a website for photographers, but I have found some many useful things I like in their store. When I see their latest post, I actually say to myself, “Wow, what a great idea!” They sell the most handy accessories for all the crap that bunches up in my purse, mainly chargers and anything with a cord.  Here are two of their great solutions to less mess!

All three will be on my gift guide this year.  BRILLIANT!

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Go ahead, let your kids throw your iPhone in the toilet

April 17th, 2013 No Comments

iPhone under water - LifeProof case

Just make sure it has this LifeProof case on it before it takes the plunge.

I took this picture at my friend Nick’s house 2 nights ago.  He was showing me the sound system he installed into his UWS diggs and this was part of it.  “I can change my music while I’m in the shower,” he said, “If you don’t believe me, I can drop it in the toilet.”  (Gotta love guy extremes.)  We didn’t go that far, I said a simple faucet test would suffice.   And so on the water came, and the music still played!

LifeProof  sells cases for ALL of Apple devices and protects against WATER, SHOCK, SNOW, and DIRT.  Apparently the product is military grade quality. So for $80 bucks you can have a true marine protect your precious phone.

My first thought was LifeProof cases for mommies.  This thing seems almost completely childproof.  I say almost because I’m not sure it is as strong as an Otterbox when it comes to consistent dropping as the LifeProof case is so slim.  But it claims to protect against shock, and after watching it pass the water test with flying colors, I believe it!

Nick adds the case is great for sportsmen, or as a hunter myself, should say sports-people.  Fishing, skiing, boarding, surfing, and really anything where you get sweaty.  I’ve ruined an iPhone from stuffing it in my sports bra and sweating into it.  His final suggestion: “Pair it with these waterproof headphones and you can’t be stopped!”

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BEWARE: Not all iPhone5 phones are created equal

September 19th, 2012 1 Comment

Even if I am perusing iPhone 5 features, reading tech reviews of products is ridiculously boring.  Not one of my resources simply outlines the facts and then offers the extensive details.  So, I’ve done the leg work and amassed a list for you here of what you need to know about the new iPhone.  Most critics agree, it’s amazing and the best upgrade yet.  However, there is some truly disappointing news I didn’t want to hear.

The Good!

  • 4G LTE which means faster data service, possibly faster than your wifi at home
  • A6 processor and iOS 6 makes everything load faster
  • Super lightweight “it almost doesn’t seem real” – 18% thinner and 20% lighter
  • A 4 inch longer screen (that will fit 16:9 video so no more letter-boxing)
  • The back is now aluminum instead of glass
  • Battery lasts longer, even with the new 4G LTE on
  • Low-light photography enhancements and Panorama mode on the camera
  • The front-facing camera is now HD 720p for better pics and crisp video
  • Headphone connector on the bottom
  • Better speakers
  • New Apple maps that allow for turn-by-turn navigation while you drive, appears on lock screen, and alerts you if you’re in another app
  • Flyover is a 3D version of maps that most people seem very impressed with
  • Passbook is a new Apple app that will store all of your membership information.

The Telegraph says, “Benchmarking with the Geekbench app has shown that the iPhone 5 is not just faster than the iPhone 4S but it also outperforms Samsung’s Galaxy S3.”

The Bad…

  • The camera is still 8 megapixels and not quite as good as a DSLR point-and-shoot
  • New Apple maps does not have transit direction
  • If you’re a one-handed typer, you’re going to have trouble reaching the top left corner of the screen, where the back button is located.
  • The front glass is thinner.  I wonder if this makes it even MORE prone to cracking.
  • Sprint is the only carrier with unlimited data ($99/month) unless you’ve been grandfathered into unlimited with AT&T (thankfully that’s me!)

The Ugly :(

  • If you are on Verizon or Sprint, you can’t talk and use data at the same time!!!  This might not be news to you Verizon users, but I was shocked it hear it when I considered switching from AT&T to Verizon. This alone will keep me with AT&T.
  • You can’t use your old accessories to dock or charge the phone.  You’ll have to get an adapter for the new Lightening connector. One comes with the phone, but we all know that’s not enough.

(Information sourced from Gizmodo, Techcrunch, and CNET.)

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Microsoft Office software on the iPad?!!!!

January 13th, 2012 3 Comments

When something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Right now I’m struggling with the decision to get a new MacBook Air or just buy an iPad (mine was stolen last year!).  Honestly the major deterrent for me is simply wanting to wait until the latest versions of each come out this year.  But when they both do, I’ll still be left with the decision to get one or the other.*

There are really only two reasons I need a real computer these days: documents and videos.  Everything esle – cloud storage, photos, internet, wordpress – works fine on the iPad (I would never say flawlessly when talking about technology).

Yesterday The Wall Street Journal published Walt Mossberg’s review and video testimonial for OneLive’s cloud-based Microsoft Office for the iPad.  I actually sneaked out loud when I saw the headline.  He states,

“OnLive Desktop is a cloud-based app. That means it doesn’t actually install Office on your iPad. It acts as a gateway to a remote server where Windows 7, and the three Office apps, are actually running. You create an account, sign in, and Windows pops up on your iPad, with icons allowing you to launch Word, Excel or PowerPoint….In my tests, the Office apps launched and worked smoothly and quickly, without any noticeable lag, despite the fact that they were operating remotely.”

But as we would expect, he reports it’s not perfect.

  • You can’t access/Use them without an internet connection (so they don’t work on a plane)
  • The virtual keyboard is frustrating to use for long documents.
  • They don’t guarantee the service will always be available for you.
  • To access the files you’ve created, you need a computer.
  • The programs can’t be used to open documents sent to you via email.

He concludes:

“Overall, I found OnLive Desktop to be a notable technical achievement, but it has so many caveats that it’s best for folks who absolutely, positively need to use the full, genuine versions of the three big Office productivity programs on their iPads. For everyone else, the locally installed Office clones are probably good enough, and simpler to use.”

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THAT little thing is a HD video camera??

July 27th, 2011 No Comments

Apparently so!

Joy just bought the Go Pro Hero (Naked for $260) to shoot video around her studio and during yoga classes.

It’s mildly waterproof, but once you put it in it’s little case it’s fully protected.  The case also allows you to strap it onto your head!

The weird part about it is that it doesn’t have a screen so you can’t see what you’re shooting.  You’re supposed to just point it in the general direction of the action.  Hmmm….

Looking forward to seeing her first attempts.

I’m still loving the Samsung SH 100 for $200.

(Full disclosure: Samsung provided my camera for free to work on their Coast to Coast campaign.)

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Snap a quick pic and win the new social media camera from Samsung here!

June 10th, 2011 10 Comments

For the last couple of weeks you’ve seen pictures and posts here about the new Samsung SH100 camera.  I don’t know if it’s THE BEST on the market, but it’s pretty impressive for $200.  Features include:

  • 14 megapixels
  • HD video
  • Touchscreen navigation
  • Wifi connection
  • Uploads pictures to facebook and photobucket
  • Emails pictures to contacts (and tumblr!)
  • Wireless back up to a PC
  • Fun filters to enhance photos before or after the shot
  • Basic editing – “beauty enhancement” and red eye

Did I mention it just takes a crystal picture picture? Well, you can see that for yourself

Want one???  For free???

As I mentioned in my Samsung intro post a few weeks ago, those of you who commented on any photo taken with the camera that was relevant to the picture or content will be entered into the drawing to win.  For every comment you made, your name will get an entry.  And you can still participate in the contest.

** The Contest **

Review the four pictures below. I enhanced each picture with one click on the SH 100 itself.   Here’s what you have to do: Take a picture of anything you want and recreate the effect in one of the pictures below using any means you need to (Photoshop, Instagram, etc).

Here are your four options:


Your replica of the effect doesn’t have to be perfect, but close.  For every picture you submit that achieves the effect, you’ll get one entry into the drawing.  So snap away! Because the objective of the camera is to not only take a good picture, but also to share them with friends:

TO SUBMIT YOUR PIC, YOU MUST SHARE IT ON YOUR FACEBOOK OR TWITTER WITH THIS PHRASE

“I’m entering this pic to winthe new social media @SamsungCameraUSA camera from @MaryRambin.You can too here: http://bit.ly/kHSa8E

I will post a couple of favorites on the blog unless you specify you would like yours to stay private.

ALL PICTURES MUST BE POSTED BY JUNE 17, 2011 12PM PST.

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The Apple moment we’ve all been waiting for

June 8th, 2011 1 Comment

The iCloud.  Awwwww. <<cue angels singing>>

Our dreams of having EVERYTHING sync seamlessly is finally coming true this fall.  For those of you who aren’t apple fanatics or even don’t understand the wonders of MobileMe, let me explain:

All of your devices

Syncing all of your content

Automatically

Without having to plug anything in.

The cost to us – nothing.  When you sign up, for no cost they’ll give you 5GB of space for properties that aren’t Apple.  In other words, everything from iTunes, Apps, your Photo Stream, Calendars, etc won’t go against that space; it can be used for email and documents.

As Fast Company points out, the “free” now means more money later for Apple.

At this time, there aren’t any complaints, and you won’t hear one from me.  You crazy PC people need to come join us on the bright and colorful Apple side for the iCloud and countless other reasons.

 

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