Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
To be exact, AT&T throttled my so called “unlimited” data plan. This is nothing new as this type of thing has been happening for quite a while, but still! It’s natural in modern society to think things like “That will never happen to me,” or “Too bad for him. Glad it wasn’t me.” Well guess what?! It happened to me! I was driving on my way home from work one day, sun was shining, I was content, and I was streaming one of my favorite podcasts on my iPhone over 3G and I got this text:
What did I do next? I ignored it and went on my merry way. The next day I pulled out my iPhone while at the gym and began to stream another podcast and what happened? Something I like to call the “eternal buffer”. What is this phenomenon? Well it’s what happens when your bottlenecked bandwidth doesn’t allow you to stream things without letting it buffer for at least 5 minutes. I know, I know, these are first world problems so I should stop complaining, right? Well, it is kind of frustrating when you are paying for the unlimited plan but get throttled to speeds so slow that it is seems like a joke to call that data plan unlimited. Seriously, I couldn’t stream a simple podcast because of this. I could barely use Safari or Google Maps during this time either. My iPhone reverted into an old Nokia from 2002 that can do pretty much nothing but dial and accept calls. I even contemplated moving over to Sprint for its unlimited plan but I chose not to. As upsetting as this was, I am getting a fair price for my 3GB of data, at least, and stopped my mild abusing of the data network.
Lesson learned. Since then, I have made it a point to use more wifi when I can and limit my 3G usage. I also found out what the biggest data sapping offender for data usage on my phone was: Netflix. Word of caution, when using Netflix use it over wifi. It will help you in the long run.
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Did anyone else feel a little weird watching a keynote led by someone besides Steve Jobs? I know it’s happened a few times in the last couple years as his health declined, but before there was always a sense that it was a hiatus and he’d be back for the next one. The permanence this time around was almost uncomfortable. Tim Cook is a decent guy I’m sure, and he knows what he’s talking about and where the company is going, but the keynote lacked a certain… flair. Ado. Pomp and circumstance. But hey, there’s a new iPhone, so who cares?
The iPhone 4S has a couple of new features which are pretty cool, but the killer update is the new iOS 5. With fresh touches like complete wireless functionality, Airplay Mirroring, an improved Safari and iMessages (which eliminates the need to use standard text messaging), this iOS is truly the best iOS yet. I know, I know, I sound like a corporate shill. But it really is that next step forward that Apple needed to smooth the creases of the segue into a nearly Jobs-free existence.
Speaking of the device itself, there isn’t a ton of new stuff to get excited about. It’s great that there’s one device for Sprint, Verizon and AT&T instead of different hardware for each carrier, and the upgraded camera will look good. The thing that I’ve heard people buzzing about most however is the addition of Siri voice recognition. I just hope you can change the voice of the magical genie inside that knows everything, because the one they used in the promo is one of the most obnoxious things I’ve ever heard. It kind of sounded like the baby Jesus from that SNL Nativity commercial parody:
Before too long you’ll be hearing the echos of Siri’s voice on every street corner giving directions to the nearest Starbucks or Chipotle. Well friends, if the worst case scenario becomes your reality and you drop your new 4S (or someone drops it for you), we’re here as always to help. As of the product launch we’re ready to fix any iPhone you can throw at us.
Have a super week, everyone. October 14 is almost here.
Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
Any of you out there who may be following NFL preseason antics, either on field or off, probably heard about Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley’s attendance at the Lil Wayne show at the Sprint Center this weekend. Like the guy or not, think the whole thing was a publicity gimmick or not, the story is at least entertaining. After the show, Weezy tweeted the following:
“KC was krrrazeeee!!!! Props to Tech 9 and the KC Chiefs Coach Haley and # 24 B. Flowers for the luv! I had fun tonight…Afterparty!”
You can read more at huffingtonpost.com. Incidentally, if you’re a fan of Mr. Wayne, you should follow his props and take a listen to Tech 9’s most recent album.
On the iPhone front, Apple is offering a third wireless carrier! That’s right, The Wall Street Journal reports that when the iPhone 5 launches in mid-October it will be available on the Sprint Nextel network as well as AT&T and Verizon. This is great news for Apple consumers everywhere, as the iPhone will now be available on about 85% of networks across America between the three. Sources report that a Sprint version of the iPhone 4 will also be available. We’ll update you as we hear more.
Have a great week, everyone, and enjoy the last two preseason games before the real action starts.
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
Hello my fellow Apple enthusiasts. Are you excited about OS Lion? Or are you just waiting to see what Apple has in store for its next batch of MacBook Pros? What about the impending iPhone 5? Innovation is always on the forefront with Apple. Apple always delivers a long-lasting product. And as we all know, Apple doesn’t skimp on its products. Take me for example; I have owned an old style white MacBook (2Ghz Intel Core Duo) for going on 5 years and have been using it every single day. So far it shows no signs of slowing down. As a matter of fact, I have a few friends that have went through at least 3 Windows based laptops since I have owned my MacBook. Although they have spent less per computer than I originally did, in the long run they have spent more money on subsequent computer purchases, anti virus, virus and spam-ware removal, and software reinstalls then I have on just purchasing my MacBook by a longshot. Having such an old yet reliable computer brings on its own set of potential issues. For example, the longer you own a laptop, the more the chances grow that there will be an accident. Which brings me to my next point.
For those of us who still own Apple’s original MacBooks and MacBook Pros, boy do we have a deal for you. First off, the original MacBook Screen Repair/Replacement price is $179. iResQ is still the leader in MacBook screen repairs. We have done thousands upon thousands upon thousands (you get the point) of these repairs and we are showing no signs of slowing down. Yep, this is proof of how superior Apple’s original MacBook was when it was released. And don’t be fooled by the iResQ copycats out there. Just ask yourself this: will you have an Apple Authorized Macintosh Repair technician repairing your MacBook or just some hack in garage? Even better, we are an Apple Authorized Repair Facility, meaning if your Apple product is under warranty, we can perform Apple warranty repairs for you at no cost to you. Just think about that a second. Let’s say that you send in your computer for repair and we notice the issue is a warranty issue. Instead of having you pay for the repair out of pocket (like other non-Apple Authorized Repair Facilities will do to earn a buck at your expense) we will notify you that your repair is covered under warranty and fix it for you at no cost to you! Now tell me, who would you trust in this situation?
Let’s move on to our most recent MacBook Pro Specials:
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Well, enjoy the summer!
Monday, March 21st, 2011
Tumultuous indeed, Keith. The friendly NCAA pool we have going on here at the Q is essentially down to a three man race, and it all hinges on what happens Thursday through Sunday in the West Regional Semis and Finals. For the first time in my life, I’m rooting for Duke to bring me that glory associated with winning the office pool. As long as they lose to UNC in the Final Four matchup. There are a lot of possibilities. But I digress.
Big news for the future of the iPhone world this weekend. According to the New York Times, AT&T is poised to purchase Deutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile for a staggering $39 billion. Billion. With a B. With the merger, AT&T would officially pass Verizon again as the largest mobile network in the nation, and be one of only three major carriers along with Sprint Nextel. Despite AT&T’s insistence that prices can remain low amidst industry consolidation, vocal consumers so far are skeptical about the future affordability of mobile contracts with less competition. Personally I’m a big fan of T-Mobile’s customer service experience, and they, along with Sprint, have done well to create cheaper alternatives to the two big providers. So we’ll see if the Justice Department and FCC approve the transaction, or if consumer voices will be heard.
Have a great week, everyone.
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