Friday, August 31, 2012

New iPhone in Action

MacRumors has a video demo of what the new iPhone would look like in action.  Tune in below to watch.  The release is getting closer!

iPhone Video Demo

Walmart Testing iPhone Checkout

Walmart is testing a new checkout system using the iPhone.  I'm not sure if it's a good thing, but maybe it will cut down on long lines.

Walmart iPhone Checkout System

Sharp's iPhone Screen Production Behind Schedule

I just think this picture looks cool!  Anyway, the latest rumor is that Sharp is behind in its iPhone display production.  This could mean it may be harder for everyone to get their hands on the new iPhone when it's released.  But there are two other companies producing displays for the iPhone as well.

Sharp's iPhone Screen Production

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Parallels 8 Upgrade for Existing Users

Existing customers can now upgrade to Parallels 8.  It's not a free upgrade, but still a good upgrade.  For non-existing customers, if you're not familiar with this application, it let's you run Windows (and other operating systems) alongside OSX.  This can be good for new Mac users that still prefer the familiarity of Windows.  It can also help if some applications aren't supported by OSX.  Read below for what the new update offers and find out when the full version will be available for new customers.

Parallels 8 Upgrade

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Apple May Upgrade AirPlay

AirPlay currently works via WiFi.  It is a great application.  There is talk that Apple is going to upgrade AirPlay to not only work over WiFi but to work by creating a connection between 2 devices.  All the details are below.

AirPlay Upgrade

Apple 1 Going Up For Auction

An Apple 1 is going up for auction.  The previous one that was auctioned sold for over $300K.  I wish I had an Apple 1 to auction.  More details are below.

Apple 1 For Auction

Sunday, August 26, 2012

AT&T Vacation Blackout

AT&T has set vacation blackout dates.  Now, why would they do that?  Could it be to launch a new smartphone?  Perhaps, it's not just any smartphone...but the new iPhone!  Read below for the exact blackout dates.

AT&T Vacation Blackout

Friday, August 24, 2012

Verdict in Apple/Samsung Trial

This article discusses the verdict for the Apple/Samsung trial and the impact it had on Apple's stock.

Apple/Samsung Trial Verdict

Apple's Stock Hits New High Again

Tim Cook took over as CEO about a year ago.  Everyone had questions about the future of Apple without Steve Jobs when Cook first took office...and some people still have those questions.  This article shows how Tim Cook's first year as CEO went.

Apple's New High

More iPhone/iPad Mini Rumors

Below is the latest rumor about the new iPhone and iPad Mini release.  There is a possibility they won't be announced together.

More Rumors

New Mountain Lion Update

Mountain Lion released a new update.  Read through the article to see what the update offers and/or corrects.

Mountain Lion Update

VMWare Fusion 5

VMWare released a new version of Fusion that supports Mountain Lion and Windows 8.  Also, Fusion's competition, Parallels, is preparing to release an updated version.

VMWare Fusion 5

Facebook Releases Updated App

Facebook has just released an updated app for IOS devices.  This app was rewritten and is said to be faster.  More details are below.

Facebook Releases Updated App

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Updated Blog Layout

Okay, so now there is an updated layout. Please refer to the tabs at the top of the blog for Apple information.  This way, you can get all the latest Apple news and rumors while my blog focuses more on providing tips.  Please provide any constructive feedback on the new layout as I continue to make this blog better.

iPad Mini Production Ramp Up in September?

There are more rumors that the iPad Mini will ramp up production in September to be ready for the holiday season.  Who is excited about the iPad Mini?  I'm just curious.  I know a lot of people are waiting for the new iPhone.  Is this an added bonus?

iPad Mini Production

Steam Offers Counter Strike on Mac

I'm sure there are some Mac gamers that have been waiting on this.  Steam released Counter Strike: Global Offensive for Mac.  You just have to make sure your Mac meets the minimum requirements.  Read on for all the details.

Counter Strike on Mac

iTunes Account Security

iTunes has increased its security by adding security questions and a rescue email.  More details are below.

iTunes Account Security

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Is Your Mac Not Sleeping?

Are you having issues with your Mac not sleeping?  This article shows you how to determine what is keeping your Mac from sleeping.  You just have to be comfortable using Terminal.

Mac Not Sleeping?

Projectbook App Review

Are you trying to get more organization in your life?  Projectbook may be the app for you.  To find out, you can either look at the app description in iTunes, read the review below, or do both.

Projectbook Review

Run Most Windows Games on Mac

Do you like Macs but can't play all the games you want?  This article provides another option to allow you to play most Windows games on a Mac.

Windows Games on Mac

Monday, August 20, 2012

Apple Most Valuable Public Stock Ever?

Apple's shares continue to rise even after its quarterly miss and it seems people still expect big things from this tech giant.

Most Valuable Public Stock Ever?

Apple Geniuses Serve 50K Customers Daily

As more people move to Macs and other Apple products, more customers look to the Apple Geniuses for help and support.

Geniuses Serve 50K Users Daily

Ecoute Music App

The Ecoute app offers another option for playing music on your IOS device.  The article and iTunes App link are below for more details and reviews.

Ecoute Music App

iTunes Page

How To Unsubscribe iPad Magazines

Do you have more iPad magazines subscriptions than you need?  Is the recurring cost too much?  I'm not really a fan of subscription services because you have to keep up with how much of your hard earned money leaves your account every month.  If you are trying to cut down on your subscriptions, below are instructions to do so.

Unsubscribe iPad Magazines

Should Apple Create an IOS Camera?

Would you buy a camera that takes great pictures with IOS on it to do even more?  I think it's an interesting idea, but not one that I have ever thought about.  Personally, I prefer to have one device that does a lot of things like the iPhone or iPad instead of carrying multiple devices.  I'm sure there are aspiring to professional photographers that want a better camera option than the iPhone.  Perhaps, this is what they need.

IOS Camera?

AT&T to Discontinue iPad Subsidies

It looks like AT&T will no longer offer subsidized iPads with 2 year contracts.  More details below.

No More iPad Subsidies

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The iPhone's Worth

10 years ago, would you have ever thought that today Apple would be the world's most valuable company?  Along those lines, would you have ever thought the iPhone sales would be worth more than Microsoft's sales?  Read on for the rest of the article.

iPhones Worth

iPod Nano Watch Kit

Now, your iPod Nano can have more style as you wear it as a watch.  It's a nice, creative concept.  I don't own a Nano but this makes me consider it.

iPod Nano Watch Kit

Can Apple Continue to Win After Steve Jobs?

How will Apple move forward after Steve Jobs?  Will they carry on his ideas?  Some people say Steve Jobs left behind a roadmap for the next few years.  This article suggests that Apple is falling behind the competition.  Read the article and let me know what you think.  Does it have any merit?

Can Apple Win After Steve Jobs?

New iPhone Front Panel

As anticipation builds to see what Apple will offer in the new iPhone, photos continue to surface to give us an idea of what to expect.

New iPhone Front Panel

Walmart Offers $100 iTunes Gift card for $80

Walmart is offering a $100 iTunes/App Store gift card for $80.  That's good news for anyone looking to save some money.

$80 for $100 Giftcard

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Does iPad Offer Cheaper Textbooks?

This article does a comparison between buying textbooks for the iPad and buying physical textbooks.  Take a look at the numbers to see if the iPad is more beneficial.

Does iPad Offer Cheaper Textbooks?

Crackle App Update

Crackle is an app that lets you watch free movies and TV shows.  This app has a new update that includes a new design and AirPlay support.  Click the link for more details.

Crackle App Update

AppleTV Hacks Giveaway

AppleTV Hacks recently passed a Facebook milestone and decided to offer a giveaway to show their appreciation.  Take a look at it.  There is still time to enter.

AppleTV Hacks Giveaway

Friday, August 17, 2012

Apple's Stock Continues to Surge

Should Apple represent USA in the olympics because they continually break records?  It reached a record high on Thursday and Friday.

New Record High

Is the iTV in Production?

This article suggests the iTV is already in full production.  It's possible we could see it this year.  Only time will tell if this rumor has any merit.

iTV in Production?

AT&T Won't Charge for FaceTime Over Cellular...But...

In this article, AT&T says it won't charge for using FaceTime over must be on one of their new Mobile Share plans.  It doesn't actually say but it seems like if you're using another data plan, you won't be able to use FaceTime over cellular.  

AT&T Won't Charge for FaceTime Over Cellular

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pinterest IOS Apps

Now that Pininterest has gotten rid of its invitation only policy, they have released IOS apps.  All the details are below.

Pininterests IOS Apps

Apple May Be Adopting Fingerprint Scanning

The article below discusses Apple's interest in AuthenTec, the company and the technology they offer.  It looked like Apple moved quickly and aggressively to work with and acquire the company leading to speculation about why Apple made these moves.

Apple Possible Fingerprint Scanning

Small Business Square Offer

Square is a company that lets you use your iPhone or iPad to receive credit card payments.  Normally they charge a per swipe fee, but now for small businesses, the company is offering a flat fee.  The details are below.

Small Business Square Offer

iPad Mini Rumors Continue

The rumors continue below for the iPad Mini.  This is an interesting read but with so many rumors, it's difficult to know what's the truth.

More iPad Mini Rumors

What If The AppleTV Had Live Content?

What would you think if Apple provided live content?  Perhaps with the AppleTV?  Would that provide an edge over the competition?  This article says Apple is in talks for just such a venture.  More details below.

Apple in Talks for Live Content

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Construction Alerts in IOS 6 Maps

Maps in IOS 6 will tell you about construction and even goes into more detailed information.  Read the article below for all the details.

Construction Alerts in IOS 6 Maps

iPhone Works for the Government

Local and federal government have found uses for the iPhone.  Read on to see the innovative ways the iPhone is used.  See what cities are using the iPhones and how they use it.

iPhone Works for the Government

EA's Future Plans

EA is a smart gaming company and they always seem to keep up with technology and market their games accordingly.  This article discusses EA's future plans.  This lets us know what we can expect and on what platforms.

EA's Future Plans

Add Fonts to Notes on Mac

If you want to add more font options to Notes on Mac, here is a guide to help you.

Add Fonts to Notes on Mac

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Project Red Bumper for iPhone 4/4S

Apple released a Project Red bumper for the iPhone 4/4S in support of the Aids campaign.  Some people question why this was released with the new iPhone release expected soon.  Though I would like to think everyone will upgrade to the new iPhone, the reality is the iPhone 4/4S may be offered at lower prices attracting buyers.  People that buy the new iPhone will probably sell their current iPhone models so there should still be a customer base to purchase these bumpers.

Project Red Bumper for iPhone 4/4S

OWC Offer Macbook W/Retina SSD Upgrade

Other World Computing offers lots of Mac upgrade options.  That's where I purchased my memory upgrade for my Mac Mini (4 GB) and Macbook (8 GB).  Now, they are offering an SSD upgrade for the Retina Macbook.  Read the article and decide if this is something that interests you.

SSD Upgrade for Retina Macbook

Lost Documents in iCloud

Have you ever lost documents in iCloud?  I have not but I haven't used the feature in the ways described in the article yet.  If I do in the future, I know which article I can refer back to for help.

Lost Documents in iCloud

Apple to Pay Dividend on Thursday

Apple will pay out it's first quarterly dividend to its shareholders on Thursday.  Based on the article, it looks like the time has passed to get Thursday's dividend if you don't already own shares.  But if you still want to purchase shares, go for it.  The dividend will come back around next quarter.

Apple's Dividend

The iPad is Still Alive and Kicking

Apple continues to hold a large share of the tablet market even with more competitors.  Read on for the details on how well Apple is doing.

iPad Very Much Alive

Fantasy Football With IOS Devices

This article discusses apps that can assist you in researching and creating your Fantasy Football team.

Fantasy Football IOS Devices

Delete Multiple Photos on IOS Devices

Yesterday, we looked at deleting photos on your iPhone using Image Capture, but you can also delete multiple photos on the device.  This article provides the details for that so you can use whichever option works best for your needs.

Delete Multiple Photos on IOS Devices

Sprint Offers $100 Gift card With iPhone 4S Purchase

Sprint has already lowered the price of the iPhone 4S to $149.  Now, they are offering a $100 gift card with the purchase.  With all this combined, this could be a great incentive for buyers to get an iPhone 4S.

Sprint Offers Giftcard With iPhone 4S

Monday, August 13, 2012

How To Delete All iPhone Photos at Once

I have an 16 GB iPhone 4 and I'm always getting close to running out of storage space.  A lot of it is because of pictures (and apps). I'm not sure why I keep all my pictures when I know Photostream captures them and sends them to my Mac.  With this article, I can delete them all and make space on my iPhone.  Remember, like the article says, make sure you have your pictures backed up first.  I'm going to try this now.

Delete All iPhone Photos at Once

What Will Keep Investors in Apple?

This article suggests there are a couple of reasons for investors to buy Apple stocks.  Apple has the new  iPhone launch possibly right around the corner and a dividend payout coming up.  I would like to see how high Apple's stock price can go.

Should You Invest in Apple?

Is Apple Focused on AppleTV or Apple TV Set?

Which idea do you prefer?  AppleTV or an Apple TV set?  I think lots of people are excited about the possibility of an Apple TV set.  Do you think Apple will only focus on the AppleTV and scrap their plans for the TV set?  This article suggests that.  I'm still leaning towards the TV set.  We'll see what Apple decides...hopefully by the end of the year.

AppleTV or Apple TV Set?

Tired of Your iPhone Contract?

If you're tired of your iPhone contract, this article describes another option available.  You don't need a contract and you will probably save money.  It also offers a price comparison which may be helpful as you decide how you will purchase the next iPhone.

Tired of iPhone Contract?


This is a bit of an interesting concept.  This "theme" makes your iPad look like OSX.  It looks like you can still launch your apps; your experience will just be more like OSX than IOS.


Will iPhone Preorders Begin Sept 12?

This article suggests that not only will the new iPhone be announced on Sept 12th, but that it will be available for preorder as well.

iPhone Preorder Sep 12?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

New iPhone Rumor Summary

The guys over at Cult of Mac have created a summary of all the things they believe to be included in the next iPhone.  For those of us still using the iPhone 4 or older devices, this will be a bit of a jump because we will get the features we missed from the 4S as well as the new features.

iPhone Rumor Summary

Must Have IOS Apps

Here is a little bit of information on some IOS apps you may like.  Read through the article and decide if any of these apps appeal to you.

Must Have Apps

Wireless Charging on the Horizon

Hello everyone.  Have you ever thought about being able to charge your IOS devices without a charger?  This article talks about wirelessly charging devices in the not too far future.  I like it when futuristic concepts become reality.

Wireless Charging on the Horizon

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Converting Music Files

Here are some questions and answers about music files.  If you're new to music files or just interested in learning something new, it's worth a read.

Music Files Q&A

Refurbished iPads--The New Ones!

Apple is offering refurbished iPads at discounted prices.  The only thing better than getting the latest gadget is getting it at a discounted price.  I don't know how many they have but if you want one, you should hurry.  I have a refurbished Mac Mini (regular readers probably know this) and it has worked perfectly for about 4 years now.

Refurbished iPads

Some Mountain Lion Bugs and Fixes

If you use a proxy or Snapz Pro software, you may experience issues with Mountain Lion.  The article below describes the issue and offers solutions to help.  I'm not sure how common these issues are.  Let me know if you've experienced either.

Mountain Lion Bugs

Friday, August 10, 2012

Thursday, August 9, 2012

IOS Accessories

Take a moment to look at some of the accessories for IOS devices.  I try to be mature but I'm a big kid...staring at the CarBot now.

IOS Accessories

New WiFi Feature in IOS 6

IOS 6 hasn't been released to the masses yet, but one feature is worth noting.  Imagine if your phone realized your WiFi was sluggish or messing up, and automatically switched to cellular data for you.  More details are below.

WiFi Feature in IOS 6

Does Mountain Lion Degrade Your Battery Life?

Some tests are saying Mountain Lion degrades the battery life of some computers.  I doesn't say if other Macbooks are affected but does mention the Macbook Pro with Retina.  What is your experience if you have already upgraded?

Lion Degrades Battery Life

New iPad Television Ad

Apple has released a new iPad ad.  Even though I have an iPad, I still watch the device in awe during the commercial.  Take a look at the ad below.

New iPad Ad

iCloud Password Resets Over Phone Halted

Apple has halted iCloud password resets in response to the reports that a user's account was hacked by social engineering the phone reset process.

iCloud Password Resets Over Phone Halted

Apple's New Dock Connector

Rumor has it...Apple's new dock connector may be smaller than expected.  Article below.

Apple's New Dock Connector

Steam Store to Expand

Valve, the company that created the Steam Store is looking to expand its offerings.  In the past, Steam was known for gaming.  That is allowing users to play games online where the servers do all the heavy lifting, not your computer.  If the Steam Store expands, it could create more software options.  Read on for more details.

Steam Store to Expand

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sprint Lowers iPhone 4S Price

With the new iPhone release expected, Sprint has lowed the price on the 16 GB iPhone 4S to $150 with a 2 year service plan.  This could be a good opportunity for anyone wanting a phone with Siri and saving money.  I think most people are waiting for the new iPhone though.

Sprint Lowers iPhone 4S Price

Fitbit Ultra Review

Below is a review for Fitbit Ultra.  If you're into fitness such as walking, running, or hiking, this may be a good gadget to add to your IOS device.  Check out the review to find out.

Fitbit Ultra Review

Apple Security

If you haven't heard yet, a journalist said he was hacked as a result of Apple support resetting his password for someone other than him.  This article tells you tips to protect your information and devices.

Apple Security

Solar Weather App Review

Below is a review for the Solar Weather App.  Simple design, nice color scheme.  Read more to see if this app is a good fit for you.

Solar Weather App Review

Monday, August 6, 2012

Possible iPhone Launch Leads to Trade-Ins

People are awaiting the new iPhone and some believe it will be here sooner than later.  Because of some launch rumors, people are already trading in older models to get the most money for their devices.

Possible iPhone Launch Leads to Trade-Ins

Another iPhone Carrier Option

While reading about the AT&T mobile share plan, I thought about another option.  I'm not saying it's a better option...just an option...because it depends on what you prefer.  Ok, quick story!  A few years ago, I purchased my iPhone overseas unlocked so I could use any carrier and also use the prepaid option if I wanted.  I could change my carrier settings or APN.  When I returned to the U.S., I went to the major iPhone carrier and purchased a prepaid sim thinking my phone is unlocked and I can save money with a prepaid plan.  Data did not work so I went into the settings to change the carrier settings...but the option was gone!  My phone was unlocked but the carrier prevented me from being able to change my APN.  Frustrated, I looked online and found the website below...and my data began working (without jailbreaking).  This all happened a while ago and it looks like the website has grown. Now it provides more options for more carriers around the world.  Let me know if this helps you or what you think about it.  It may not be useful for those on contract.

Another iPhone Carrier Option

AT&T Mobile Share Plans

Do you have a lot of mobile devices?  Does your family?  AT&T is launching their mobile share plans so you can share your data while having unlimited talk and text messages.  Details and pricing is below.

AT&T Mobile Share Plans

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Mac OSX Password Generator

I learn something new everyday.  I just learned that OSX has a password generator.  This is good to know.  It's difficult trying to think of strong, memorable passwords for all the various accounts I have.  If you have the same issue, read the article for how to access the password generator.

Mac Password Generator

Name That Tune Apps Reviewed

Have you ever listened to a song and wanted to know the name of it?  Well, there are a few apps that can assist you.  Macworld recently reviewed some of them.  The results are below.

Tips For Using Apple's Pages

Pages is Apple's word processing application.  Most users are accustomed to Microsoft Word because it's always been connected to computing.  Now that you own a Mac or are contemplating purchasing a Mac, it may be a good idea to try out Pages.  It's not going to be just like Word, but it may offer features that you may prefer.  I won't say which word processing application I prefer because I'm still learning about Pages.  I'm just letting you know about your options.  Below are a few tips to help you get the most out of your Pages experience.

Tips for Using Pages

Apple's Pages Info Page

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Real Racing 3 Preview for IOS

This is good news for IOS gamers.  Looking at the preview for Real Racing 3, it's good...hard to believe this will be on an iPhone or iPad.  It should be released later this year but no date is set in stone yet.  While reading the article below and watching the preview included, make sure you take a look at the comments.  There are some interesting comments about another game, Asphalt 7, that's already available in the App Store.

Real Racing 3 Preview

Projectbook App for iPad

Most of us take notes.  Some of us create tasks so we can track what we need to do.  There is a new iPad app, Projectbook, that should make our lives easier.  We can connect our notes to tasks, but that's only the beginning to what this app can do.  If you like it and want it, you need to get it soon because the price is discounted for a limited time.  Read on for all the details.

Projectbook App for iPad

Power Nap on Macs

A new feature included in Mountain Lion is Power Nap.  This allows your Mac to continue to update while it is sleeping ensuring your Mac is current when you wake it from its slumber.  Read below for more details.

Power Nap for Macs

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Bladepad for iPhone

Do you like gaming on your iPhone?  With Bladepad, a game controller is added to your iPhone.  It's not a bad idea but adding anything to the iPhone can make the device seem bulky.  Just my opinion.  If you like the idea, you can help fund the startup and get a Bladepad.

Bladepad for iPhone

Retina Macbook Shipping Estimates Improve Again

The Macbook with Retina display shipping estimates continue to improve.  Now, you should receive new orders in 5-7 business days.

Retina Macbook Shipping

Apple Researching Smarter Smart Covers

Apple is researching smarter smart covers.  It is an interesting concept. I never imagined the possibilities.  Displays, keyboards, and solar cells.

Apple Researching Smarter Smart Covers

Fanhattan App Improvements

If you haven't heard of the Fanhattan app, it's time to get educated on it.  Just joking, I've only heard about it briefly.  But seriously, this sounds like a great app.  Remember all the media content apps you like?  Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, Fandango?  This app consolidates a lot of your favorite media apps.  Now they have added more media sources such as HBO Go and NBC.  Read on for more details.  This is only good news for your IOS devices (iPod, iPhone, and iPad)!  I'm downloading it now!

Fanhattan App Gets Better

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

MobileMe is No More

The MobileMe era is over.  The future is here with iCloud.  Along with MobileMe ending, is done as well.

Goodbye MobileMe

Amazon Releases iPad App

Amazon released an iPad app for their Instant Video service.  This is another app for the iPad to add access to more streaming media content.  If you already subscribe to Amazon's service, now it's available on the iPad.  If you're not a subscriber, it's worth looking into.

Amazon Releases iPad App