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Ping the Social Network for Music Lovers

Introducing Ping

Ping the Social Network for Music Lovers

Ping the Social Network for Music Lovers

When you install iTunes 10, here’s what you can expect

Introducing Ping – an effortless way to follow your favorite artists and friends – and discover the music they’re talking about, listening to, and downloading.

New in iTunes 10

• Introducing Ping. Use Ping to follow your favorite artists and friends or connect with the world’s most passionate music fans. Discover the music everyone is talking about, listening to, and downloading.

• Rent HD TV episodes for just 99¢ each. Watch them on your Mac or PC, on-the-go with iPhone or iPod touch, or in your living room with the all new Apple TV.

• Play your favorites on the all new iPod touch, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, and Apple TV.

• Play music wirelessly with AirPlay on AirPlay-enabled speakers, home theater receivers, and iPod accessories.

• Explore many look-and-feel improvements throughout iTunes.

Enjoy performance improvements which make iTunes faster and more responsive.

• Additional voice support with VoiceOver Kit for iPod.

There is also a link about security:

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Apple Music Event announcements

At Apple’s September music event, the company announced iOS 4.1 for iPhone and iPod touch and also previewed iOS 4.2 for iPad.
iTunes 10 and Ping were announced.
Ping is a social network for iTunes users to replace the need for Google Buzz and Twitter in our lives.  It may also be a Pandora rival in that you can see music recommendations based on your listening and buying habits.
They announced the following hardware updates:
iPod Nano
iPod Touch
iPod Shuffle
Apple TV
iOS 4.1
All bugs have been fixed!
That includes the proximity sensor on the iPhone 4, Bluetooth bugs across the iPod touch and iPhone, and lastly the much talked about iPhone 3G performance issues have been fixed.
iOS 4.1  also provides a new feature called High Dynamic Range Photos (HDR).
HDR is a new camera-based feature where the device camera improves the colour range of the photos you take..
HD Video & Game Center
iOS 4.1 will give us HD video uploading over WiFi to YouTube for example and also the new Game Center.
Apple’s Game Center is like Microsoft’s Xbox Live where users can play multiplayer games and be matched against anyone of similar skill in a particular game.
iOS 4.1 is available for iPhone and iPod touch as a free download next week.
iOS 4.2
During this morning’s event Apple also provided a sneak peek of iOS 4.2!  There seems to be a trend there where the X.2 version is releaseed for the iPad.
iOS 4.2 is available for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad but the real focus is for iPad. Essentially, iOS 4.2 is bringing every single feature of iOS 4.1, such as folders and multitasking, to the iPad.
iOS 4.2 is also bringing wireless printing to the iPad in the form of Print Center. We’ll be able to view  print jobs, cancel them, and reprioritize them right from the iPad.
For all three iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, iOS 4.2 is bringing a feature called AirPlay which is a renamed AirTunes feature but can now stream photos and videos along with audio to your AppleTV from any iOS device via WiFi.
iOS 4.2 is available for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad as a free download in November 2010.
The new iPods can be pre-ordered today and will ship next week.
Apple Music Event Sept 1 2010

Apple Music Event with Live Streaming 01 Sep. 2010

Apple Music Event Sept 1 2010

Apple Music Event Sept 1 2010

Apple has announced it will be holding a “special Music event” in San Francisco on September 1 2010, and although the company has not preannounced the agenda, for the last several years the company has used late-summer/early-autumn events to introduce additions to its iTunes application and service as well as new iPods in time for the end-of-year holiday buying season.

Rumoured release items include:

  1. Longer Song/Video Previews with iTunes Music Store
  2. Syncing iTunes over the air or in the clouds (Apple is building a $1 Billion data center to handle this)
  3. New iPod touch with front and back facing camera and LED Flash that is facetime capable
  4. New Apple TV
  5. New iPod Nano

You can follow the announcements via a live stream feed available at at 10 AM PST Sept. 01 2010.  They usually keep the broadcast and make it available in iTunes University after that.

iPads shipping in 24 hours

iPad shipping in 24 hours

Apple has been successful in producing iPads in sufficient volume so that you can now expect yours to ship in 24 hours if you were to order one online today. 

There are also good levels of inventory at BestBuy and FutureShop stores as well as at your local Apple Store.  It would still be our recommendation that your buy the 64GB Wifi Only model if you already have an iPhone for this reason.

iPads shipping in 24 hours

iPads shipping in 24 hours

iPhone suffers from Bad Carriers

Things I don’t like about iPhone 4

iPhone suffers from Bad Carriers

iPhone suffers from Bad Carriers

Dear Reader,

So yesterday I wrote about the things I really like about the iPhone 4.  So today I tell you what I don’t like.

So what don’t  I like about the iPhone 4.

  • It’s only a little heavier, but it feels heavier.  It really pulls on your shirt pocket now.  You’ll need better shirts and pants pockets.
  • I don’t like the Carriers.  Rogers seems to be the front runner now in terms of economical plans if you are going with a 3 year contract.  Again Rogers has the Better Voice Quality and signal strength finding you in basements, underground parking and elevators. Bell has the faster Data Network.  But a plan based on your usage pattern will still run you between $65.00 and $100.00 a month with the average being $75.00 per month for 200 min./month. Voice and 6 GB data plan with Evenings and Weekends free starting at 6:00 PM with Unlimited Text/Talk to 10 Local numbers.  This phone is not cheap to own.
  • The Warranty.  I don’t think a 1 year Warranty on a Device you have to keep for 3 years is long enough. Sure you can extend it by purchasing after market or other plans but it should be part of your 3 year Carrier Contract.
iPhone 4 Review

Things I Like about iPhone 4

Dear Reader,

iPhone 4 Review

iPhone 4 Review

I’ve only had access to an iPhone 4 since July 30th 2010 here in Canada, but like you I’ve been following the reviews that others have been putting out there to see where the true value of this device lies.

So here are a list of things that I like about the device and things I don’t like about the iPhone 4.

Maybe they can help you to make up your mind.  I like:

  • The screen, it’s amazing.  They call it the Retina Display and for the good reason that your eye, just can’t detect pixels in this display unless the application you are running has been badly ported to run on the iPhone 4.  Text is sharp and crisp.
  • The sound is good, both through the speakers, the headphones with Mic and through your Car Stereo if you are using the RCA (red, white, yellow) adapter cable to hook into your car stereo.  Your music and voice calls were never better.
  • Longer battery life is awesome.  It feels twice as long as you would get on an iPhone 3GS even though it is a 40% improvement to spec.
  • The speed and the memory are also great.  With Computers, which is what a smart phone is, more processor power and memory make for better responsiveness and multitasking. The 1 GigHz A4 processor and 512 MB of DRAM deliver performance.
  • The Front and Rear facing cameras are awesome.  The phone now becomes the ideal tool for capturing those happy moments in your life that you want to digitally share with your social networks.
  • 720 HD video is also wonderful.  The frame rates are fast with no clipping or skipping. The picture quality seems life like and brings you back to the memory of the moment with clarity and emersion.


Rogers Bell or Telus iPhone?

Who is the better iPhone Carrier; Rogers or Bell?

So if you were going to buy a new  iPhone not having been with Rogers or Bell, who should you choose?

Right now in the United States they only have the choice of AT & T. Unless the iPhone is Jail Broken.

But in Canada you can get an iPhone from Rogers, Fido, Bell and Telus.  its great for Canadians to have choice but who should you choose?

Rogers Bell or Telus iPhone?

Rogers Bell or Telus iPhone?

Well do you care about voice calling more than you do about data?

Rogers has better voice quality.  Bell has a faster Data Network.

You can select any 2 iPhones. 1 Rogers and 1 Bell and do the App test. Bell gets a faster result.

Select any 2 iPhones and have a conversation with either Carrier and Rogers sounds more clear.  Bell has digital hiss and echo and pings.

The other point of note is that for out of plan minutes for local calling you have to pay $0.40 per minute with Bell but $0.35 with Rogers.

Telus and Fido are lower cost variants of Bell and Rogers respectively.  Its arguable that they are the best deal since they leverage their big brothers networks.

HSPA Bell Coverage as shown by this really biased chart

HSPA Bell Coverage as shown by this really biased chart

The average cost of an iPhone contract with Rogers or Bell  is $60.00 to $75.00 per month.

This includes, unlimited Texting, 6 GB of Data and between 150 to 250 minutes with Evenings and Weekends for free starting at 6:00 PM.  Be sure to let me know if you have a better plan than that.

I’m curious to learn what your experience is so please post a comment below.

Whenever I hear the word droid I think of R2

Oracle is filing a Lawsuit against Google’s Use of Java in Android phones OS

“In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property. This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement,” said Oracle spokesperson Karen Tillman.”

What this means is that Google may have to pay royalties to Oracle who now owns Sun Computers, the inventors of the JAVA programming language and virtual

Whenever I hear the word droid I think of R2

Whenever I hear the word droid I think of R2

run time environment.

This does not really affect Apple directly as they do not use Java.  They based the iOS on the MacOSX Cocoa Objective C language which is descended from the NEXT OS.

Apple has completely avoided this problem by building its own hardware and software in order to give users the best runtime experience possible.

iOS 4.0

iOS 4.0.2 or iOS 4.0.1?

iOS 4.0.2 is now available in iTunes.

It takes away the ability to jailbreak your iPhone as easily as you were able to do with iOS 4.0.1.

iOS 4.0

iOS 4.0

The choice is yours.  If you are saving money with the jailbreak by tethering your iPad to your iPhone as we have shown you how to do, then you can stay at iOS 4.0.1.

If you are concerned about other nefarious developer crafting a fishing site that may lure you in to reading a trojan PDF file that gives them root access to your device, then you should update to iOS 4.0.2.

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