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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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“Your hard drive is crashing.”

March 19th, 2011 3 Comments

This is what an Apple Genius told me yesterday.

My response, “Like…right now?!” Apparently so.

I suspected as much because my computer has been temperamental for about a month, freezing every other minute while I’m trying to pound away.

Thankfully, I have taken measures to safeguard myself against the heartbreak of losing everything stored on my hard drive.  I’m sure most of you are smart and back up regularly.  In the past I have not been so wise.  THIS TIME, I’m using 2 kinds of protection.  Because a condom is only 97% effective right? (Bad joke, sorry.)

My two saving graces: Apple Care and DropBox.

I never buy insurance on phones or computers because I usually lose or crash them before I can ever take advantage of the warranty.  But with my first Mac, I went all out and purchased Apple Care, which means they will replace my hard drive for free and the computer will run like kido again. YAY!

To back up all of my data instead of using an external hard drive, I’m storing everything in a DropBox cloud.  This way everything is safe (as long as I pay the $60/year fee) and I can access it from anywhere in the world.  If you’re interested, this service has also replaced YouSendIt for me because I can upload files and share only that file by inviting people to share it.

Obviously both are a costly, but in my opinion, totally worth it to safeguard my document and memories.

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October 27th, 2010

I think my MacBook just died….hopefully it’s just hung over…or sleeping late today…

No signs of life at all though.

Ugh.

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Are you gonna Ping?

September 2nd, 2010 No Comments

 

So Apple’s going social with PING, which as I’m sure you’ve heard is Facebook meets Twitter for music.

Smart idea I suppose (they actually pay Jobs the big bucks).  And as long as I don’t have to update constantly I think I’ll enjoy being more dialed into the music scene.

I’ve been reading around the web to see what other people think.  Mashable’s“article” is more like a note saying, “Hey, Jobs launched this new thingy today” without any opinion.  Obviously Jason Calacanis is a fan.  Sam Diazon the other hand, not so much.  Sam makes some good points, but I don’t think he’s going to win this one.

UPDATE: iTunes 10, which you need to run Ping, is not available yet.  Hence no one knows how it actually works.  Ok, makes sense now.

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Introducing FlipBoard

July 17th, 2010 No Comments

Flip through all of your social media stream like a printed magazine on the iPad.

Click the link to see Mike McCue, the founder of FlipBoard, show Robert Scoble how to use this really cool new app.

After watching the video I’m a little overwhelmed, but I think after I use it a couple of times, I’ll be singing this app’s praises.

Scoble brings up a really good point:  how do content publishers get people to visit their site?  He has several answers, but basically FlipBoard won’t display all of the article so you have to click, but you can easily get back to the app.

Thanks for the heads up @serenamay

 

Two seconds on the new FlipBoard app and it’s already over-capacity? That stinks! I was excited to give it a spin. Mark McCue, are you on this?

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July 13th, 2010 No Comments

Will Apple apologize?

I’ve never been so happy to not have the latest and greatest Apple device. Even though my 3G is on its last leg, I refused to go through the hassle of being at the front of the line to have the new one. Honestly, my friends don’t have any complaints with the reception. But I’m sure you’ve heard about the duct tape solution. Ghetto!

Then you have to think back to Steve Jobs’ presentation, where he told us all of the new features, but neglected to mention the reception. Like they didn’t test that!!!

So, what do you think they’ll have to say for themselves? Do you think they’re only offering a response because of their stock’s drop in the market? Will Jobs be able to restore our trust in him?

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No Comcast bill in my mailbox.

July 7th, 2010 No Comments

Another reason I don’t need cable!

So let’s add this up:

  • iPad (starts at $499)*
  • iPad 3G ($30/month)
  • Wifi (not applicable because you have that anyway)
  • Hulu Plus (click the link for the article! $9.99/month)

Total = $980, and that’s if you get the 3G (which I highly reccommend over just the wifi.) Plus, the iPad has so many other uses besides being a mobile tv.

For cable:

  • A TV, cha ching
  • Cable, around $70 for nothing special

That’s $840 for JUST the cable.

I might be a biased mac fanatic, but the numbers don’t lie.

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What’s with all the mac, man?

June 16th, 2010 No Comments

Q:hollice asked:So you said you own a Macbook, iPhone, iPad, and Nano. My initial reaction to the iPad was meh. Still kind of feel the same way after I’ve seen it in action and played with it in the apple store. Now that the new iPhone 4 is coming out, it seems like it’s almost more powerful than the iPad. So, what are you thoughts about using all four devices. To me, the iPhone essentially removes the need for a Nano (or any other iPod that has less disc space than an iPhone, in my opinion – and even downgrading in size, I’ve realized I don’t need to have every song ever on my iPod. So, my question is, how do you utilize each of the devices? Do you feel like you have too many now? Do you feel like one is kind of being left behind?

Just curious because I love Apple, but I think the iPhone and a Macbook is essential, but I can probably do without the rest now…

 

 

A:I love all of my Apple products. But, you’re right, the pad and Nano aren’t essential. Here’s my reasoning: I love the Nano because I can sync it with friends’ computers to get music. As for the iPad, the slim, lightweight tablet is perfect for my frequent trips. It’s SO NICE to not haul a laptop all over the country.

Generally speaking, “The Pad,” as I call it,is not “worth it” – YET! And by your standards it might never be, but it’s a blessing for those of us on the go all day, in and out of meetings, hoping on planes, etc. I also just canceled my cable because I watch more tv on the Pad. Sometimes I take it with me on the elliptical to catch up on the news (written and video). It’s just easier to read the NYTimes and CNN on a bigger screen. I hear Wired just came out with an app that allows you to read the content as it appears in their magazine (pictures too!), but more dynamic. If that’s true, printed publishing is in more trouble than they expected if they don’t swallow their pride and jump on the digital bandwagon sooner.  I digress… When Jobs puts a camera on the Pad, enables the new iOS, works out a few of the kinks, and everyone else upgrades their apps, it will be a purchase you will justify because it meets a need for you. For now, it’s cool for those of us who love gadgets, helpful for travelers, and perfect for those of us who watch tv online

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