Monday, January 9th, 2012
Well we’re a week into 2012 and there’s not a ton to report. Not news: it’s January and it’s cold. Actually in the midwest it hasn’t been that cold, but this morning’s twenty-six degrees was frigid enough. Also not news: The NFL playoffs kicked off this weekend. I think someone at NBC, CBS or FOX made a mistake because I couldn’t find the Chiefs anywhere on TV. I’ll have to try next week, I guess. Pseudo-news: the iPad 3 rumors are a’churning. Apple has a few media events coming up, so we can probably expect at least one of the following three announcements.
First, and perhaps most exciting for rural/smaller market Apple fans (I’m looking at you North Dakota), Apple should be unveiling their plans for installing Apple retail mini-stores within Target stores already in place similar to those running within Best Buy stores currently. This may not be a big deal for those of us who can stroll into the multiple Apple stores within our respective metro areas, but I’ve had countless conversations with customers who have driven two or more hours to browse before they buy a MacBook Pro, iPod or iPad. Journey no more, friends. A retail store is coming to a Target near you.
Second, Apple TV rumors. Actually, it’s probably still too soon to hear anything from Cook and Co. regarding the third generation of the Apple TV, which consumers are expecting to cast off its five year misnomer and be an actual TV. But you can keep the buzz alive until we do hear something official.
Third, the iPad 3(D?). Again, perhaps I’m wishing too soon. Though 3D technology isn’t yet at the point where it will be completely accessible to the masses on a portable device like the iPad, there should be some improvements from the beloved iPad 2. Most of what I’ve heard regards the cameras, both of which should be improved. It sounds like the iPad 2 will remain in stores at a discounted price point as well, much like the iPhones 4 and 4s. As always, stay tuned for more.
Have a great week everybody. Especially you, Broncos/Tebow fans. Shortest overtime in NFL history. Let’s take another look, I think:
Monday, December 19th, 2011
Salutations, everybody. Is everyone having a pleasant December? I took the day off on Friday because it was my daughter’s second birthday, and we had a fantastic day. We went down to the local donut shop in the morning, had a photographer friend take some pictures, went to see Santa, and had one heck of a birthday bash, complete with a butterfly-shaped ice cream cake. And, in a bit of an experiment, we went to Target and let her pick out her own birthday present. Somewhat predictably, she picked out the guitar in the shape of a dog:
It’s actually a pretty cool gadget, with a slew of preset songs and chords and three different tone settings- acoustic, electric, and howl. Yep. Dog guitar. I recommend it to all parents of toddlers.
And for those of you who are still looking for those last minute holiday gifts, Apple is still in high-ad mode. Check out their latest iPhone 4s ad:
I hope Santa brings me one.
Well have a marvelous week everyone. We will around here- We’ll be closed on the 26th but back to take care of you on the 27th. Oh yeah, and my apologies to all Packers fans for ruining your perfect season. I don’t know what happened.
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
Tricks indeed, Philip Rivers. And what a treat for the fans of Kansas City football. In case you missed it, a moment that will go down in Monday Night Football history turned a sure Chargers win into a dramatic overtime victory for the now tied-for-division-leading Chiefs. Sure, it was a sloppy game full of turnovers. And, yes, Rivers’ up and 2011 hit a season low when he failed to execute the simplest task of any NFL quarterback. But the loudest fans in the NFL at Arrowhead stadium may have had something to do with it, and the momentum that Matt Cassel and the Chiefs took into overtime to shut down the San Diego offense, then cruise down the field for the game winning field goal is nothing to sneeze at. Let’s just revisit what will be the most talked about moment in sports this week:
And that’s all I have to say about that. Hope you all had a happy and safe Halloween, friends. It’s November, and that means the busy holiday season at iResQ. We’re here when you need us, don’t hesitate to call.
Monday, September 26th, 2011
What it do, everybody? Fall is officially here according to the UPS calendar on the wall, and that means it’s about time to head to the cider mill or the pumpkin patch, break out the hoodies and long pants, and start raking leaves. Ugh, I hate yard work. But who can say no to jumping into a pile of red, orange and amber with the kids? Not me.
You may or may not have heard that Apple is declining vacation requests from employees during the first week of October. And that could only mean…. retail patronage influx for the IPHONE 5!. Huzzah. Maybe its just me, but this year seems a little light on all the iPhone ado- maybe it’s because there’s no hugely dramatic design change, maybe it’s because Steve Jobs isn’t driving the buzz, or maybe it’s just the three extra months of waiting that has everybody turning up the ambivalent knob. Still, it’s exciting to anticipate what Apple has in mind for the iPhone 5, as well as the Sprint iPhone and the rumored iPhone light (4S?). Here we go.
And, as is a fall custom, a quick check on football. Chiefs = still bad. With nearly half the roster on the DL, it’s a wonder that they came within half a field length of beating Philip Rivers and the Chargers. Broken, battered and incompetent is no way to go through life, son. If you live in or pay any attention to the midwest, it’s time to panic again in the Big 12, which is now a mathematical anomaly at nine schools. Tired of losing to everyone in the third or fourth best conference in the NCAA, Texas A&M has officially moved to the SEC, the best conference in the NCAA. Smart move, Aggies. And thanks for pushing the rest of us to stay and support the league over the last few months. Not that anyone can blame you. Let’s go Big 9! Now if we just drop one more it’s back to the good old days:
Ok, everyone, I think it’s about time for me to stop ranting. Have a great week, and we’ll be back with more iPhone news as it happens.
Monday, September 19th, 2011
Good Monday morning, everybody. It’s a hazy one here in Kansas City for a few reasons. First, it’s literally hazy as a thick fog is slowly burning off as the sun comes up. I snapped this shot this morning on one of the back roads into iResQ HQ:
It’s eery when it seems like i-35 is deserted until you’re about ten feet from another commuter. The other fog that’s hanging around town is the disaster that is our beloved Chiefs. After being out scored 89-10 in our first two games (that’s one more point than turnovers on the season, if you’re keeping track), and losing our best tight end, running back, and defensive player all to torn ACLs, it’s safe to close the door on the season already. As diehard fans, this is not a place we wanted to revisit already. Cue the rebuilding excuses and the clamoring for Andrew Luck. Now I adamantly protested the media slights all last year, but if we are anything more than dead last in the Power Rankings this week, it’s an injustice to whoever is below us. The end.
There’s not a ton going on in the Apple world this week, other than new retail and online stores opening all over the world. Samsung is apparently poised to throw a patent lawsuit at Apple over wireless technology in the iPhone 5, which I find fascinating after an episode of This American Life that recently aired, all about the insanity that is the world of patent law. Check it out if you want some insight into the dynamics of technological development and commerce.
That’s all for now, friends. Have a great week.
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