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RIP Steve Jobs

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Thank you, Steve, for being a pioneer in marrying design and technology.

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October 5, 2011 Posted by | News, Science and Technology | , | Comments Off on RIP Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs Resigned From Apple

It finally happened.

Considering that Apple is a company that feeds off of the singular vision of its CEO, I’m very curious to see what the new CEO, Tim Cook, has in store.

Thanks for the head’s up, Tom!

August 24, 2011 Posted by | News, Science and Technology | , , , | Comments Off on Steve Jobs Resigned From Apple

iSleight of iHand

iPod Magic–Deceptions

Great use of technology, timing, and sleight of hand, though I wouldn’t exactly label it as “magic.”

via Woot

June 13, 2011 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Science and Technology, Video | , , , | Comments Off on iSleight of iHand

Two Reasons for Me (Not You) To Get an iPad

Prior to marriage and children, I was an undisciplined gadget guy. I thought nothing of investing in bleeding-edge technology or the latest shiny thing. Now that I’m married with two kids, I’m a somewhat disciplined gadget guy. I have to come up with actual reasons to buy something.

Of course I’m excited about Apple’s iPad. In particular, here are two reasons for me to get an iPad (and I almost have my wife sold on these reasons):

1) Sheet Music – My wife and I are both musicians. We usually end up dragging (literally) a trunk of music books to parties. Having everything in a single device excites me. Observe this video and ponder the possibilities:

2) Interactive Books – My son adores the educational apps I bought for him on my iPhone. The iPad is a natural evolution of that. After reading Neal Stephenson’s Diamond Age, the thought of having an interactive book for my kids to read amounts to nothing less than liquid awesome:

Of course, there are cons to consolidating these items into an electronic device. First off, when the battery runs down, its purpose ceases. Secondly, our wonderful airlines will no doubt classify the iPad as a terrorist, plane-crashing electronic device that must be shut-off during take off and landing–the traumatic book-ends to flying the friendly skies, and ironically, the time when you probably want to be most distracted.

Are we going to get an iPad? Not right now. The price is high and I’ve been burned too many times by 1st-gen releases. I’m watching, though… and waiting for my moment. When that moment comes, the heavens shall open and angels will be singing (reading their sheet music from their own iPads).

April 12, 2010 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Music, Science and Technology, Video | , , , | 1 Comment

App Store Expense Monitor

App Store Expense Monitor

All those $0.99 apps in the iTunes App Store make impulse purchases irresistible. It’s easy to rationalize (hey, gum is more expensive), and therefore, very dangerous.

The App Store Expense Monitor is a handy, free app that scans your mobile application directory and looks up the prices of all the apps you’ve purchased. Granted, it looks up the current prices, so anything you might’ve gotten free or for sale won’t reflect such. You can edit the prices if you want, though.

Even with the inflated total, I still can’t believe how much I’ve spent on apps.

via Wetfish via Lifehacker

December 29, 2009 Posted by | iphone, Mac, Software | , , , , | 1 Comment

Shopping for a Mac?

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If you’re shopping for a Mac, AppleInsider has a very handy price matrix that compares the prices of current generation Macs across multiple sites.

Equally handy is the MacRumors Buyer’s Guide. This website tracks product releases and recommends whether or not it’s a good time to make a purchase based on an impending new release or update.

That covers when and where to buy–can’t help you with how to buy it, though. 🙂

via AppleInsider via Gizmodo

via MacRumors

December 4, 2009 Posted by | How-To, Mac | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Shopping for a Mac?

Snag Your Pre-Owned iPhone Apps Before Updating to 3.0

I’m generally excited about the impending iPhone 3.0 firmware update, but I’m not excited about the removal of one of my favorite features: the ability to re-download any previously purchased application.

Because of the relatively cheap (or free) price tag of iPhone apps, I’ve fallen into that demographic of playing with an app for a day or two and then tossing it if it isn’t useful or entertaining enough to keep around.  The ability to grab these apps again at no cost from the iTunes Store makes “house-cleaning” a no-brainer for me—I can keep my “Applications” area in iTunes lean, clean and mean (since it does slow down noticeably when you have hundreds of apps).

If Apple does decide to clamp down on this functionality, I’ll probably give-in to my packrat-ish ways and keep every (paid) app I download around “just in case.”  Maybe I should copy them to 3.5” floppies just in case.

via The iPhone Blog via Lifehacker

June 1, 2009 Posted by | iphone, Rants, Software | , , , , | Comments Off on Snag Your Pre-Owned iPhone Apps Before Updating to 3.0