Sunday, September 19th, 2010
To follow up on Brian’s last post; I very scientifically calculated the value per function of the Kindle vs. the iPad, and if the black and white reader costs $139, then the iPad should cost $4178.83 based on what it can do. Give or take a few pennies. And it starts at just $499. What a steal. Did anyone decipher what the lovely lady was reading? It’s Ralph Ellison’s The Invisible Man. Choice excerpt, too- the language gets a little salty on the next page.
So Steve Jobs and his little-company-that-could became a technological empire by first conquering the mobile music device world, have made a significant dent in the home computer market, produce the most coveted phone in the world, and now have a “reader” that can do a heckuva lot more. So what’s next? Taking over your living room, of course. The first step was making the Apple TV a usable and affordable device rather than just a really expensive and small-capacity link to your iTunes library. But now the $99 streaming machine is poised to have it’s own App Store based on the iOS App Store that has become so popular for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Jobs told Bloomberg Businessweek earlier this month that an Apple TV version of the App Store may be ready to launch in the near future. Which just may revolutionize how you watch tv.
So keep an eye out for news on that, friends. In other news, the Chiefs are still atop the AFC West. 2 and 0. So there.
Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
I know, I know, my song writing is brilliant. But it’s easy when your muse is new iPods and Apple TVs. It’s been nearly a week since Steve Jobs’ keynote speech, but let’s take a gander back at the new toys. Let’s start smaller. Tiny in fact. With the only iPod that Apple actually made bigger than its predecessor, but for good reason. The Fourth Generation iPod Shuffle (NOW WITH BUTTONS!) is a vast improvement over the Third Generation, and only a slight improvement over the Second. In fact, it’s basically the Second Generation again, with about an eighth of an inch shaved off and a playlist feature, plus it went back to the $49 price point. So woo hoo, the Shuffle is good again. Next, the iPod Nano, which is a completely different Nano altogether. Basically a smaller iPod Touch, the Multi-Touch capable Nano is certainly the best Nano yet; smaller, but with a larger screen and more storage, hooray. Now we’re just waiting to overhear people calling it the iTouch Nano.
And speaking of the iTouch, er, iPod Touch, it keeps getting better. Retina display, FaceTime, and 3G capability? It’s basically an iPhone. As long as you don’t mind using Skype to make all your calls. With a free iBooks download and the new performance improvements, it’s hard to believe the 64GB is only $399 (especially because I paid $499 for my 32GB Gen 1 just a few years ago. Phooey). That’s the way of technology I suppose.
Now the biggest overhaul yet comes in the form of the Apple TV. This time around Apple actually made a device that you’ll want to use, instead just an expensive external drive for your iTunes and iPhoto Media. For just $99 you have 802.11n streaming of every video you could possibly want to download from the interweb. And it fits in the palm of your hand. Unless you have an abnormally small hand.
So that’s the news. In other news, the NFL is on for real starting this Thursday with one of the most anticipated season openers in recent memory. Saints vs. Vikings in the rematch of last year’s NFC Championship. Then there’s Packers vs. Eagles this weekend and Jets vs. Ravens and our beloved Chiefs vs. Chargers Monday night. What a weekend, huh? Well good luck, football fans. I hope all your teams win. Except you, San Diego.
Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
Have you ever broken the headphone/earphone plug off inside your iPod/iPhone/iPad? It happens pretty often (especially in iPod touches), and we at iResQ are experts at getting that part removed and replacing the headphone jack, if necessary, for an ultra-low price. Check out our various headphone jack repairs here.
The review I’m about to link you to has been around for a while, but we just recently found out about it. The author contacted me by e-mail and asked if we could use it in our blog to help people decide to use iResQ when they have issues with their Apple products. Sounds good to me!
Here’s the link; check it out!: The Tip of My Headphones Broke Off and is Now Stuck in My iPod Jack
The author doesn’t mention iResQ until page 2 of the article, but it’s still a good read and shows how we helped this young man. You’ll probably get a chuckle out of it too.
That’s it for now. Let us know if we can help you.
Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
Bzzzzzzzzzzzzz. What’s that? Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. What’s that buzzing? Could it be? Yes, it’s the Apple rumor mills. I know, I know. Really lame. Sorry. But as we’re drawing closer to the September event in San Francisco, software and hardware rumors, predictions, and wild stabbing guesses are flying about the Apple universe, and I can’t help but buy in a little. So what are the internets saying? Most of you have probably seen the “leaked” images of the Snow Leopard packaging, but if you haven’t, you take a look and decide if it’s real or fake. Only two bits a gander:
So what else is Steve or the to-be-named replacement going to share with us? Well, apparently a fair amount about iPods and iTunes. It’s about time for the iPod Classic to get a makeover and the iPod Touch has a lot of firmware update potential in the wake of the last iPhone 3G and 3Gs improvements. We’ll see. I haven’t heard anything about new Portables, but it’s been sounding like the iMac is going to look more like the Cinema Display, which already looks more like the Unibody MacBook and MacBook Pro. Sleeker, more compact, overall awesomer.
And yes, of course, the Apple Tablet. As is tradition, Apple is tight-lipped about development, and it looks like we’ll have to wait another three months before a formal announcement. But hopefully we’ll get some answers about Snow Leopard’s “fine tuned”-ness. Get excited friends, and check back with the blogs for August’s coupon. Chumbawamba.
Monday, July 6th, 2009
Hey everyone. I trust you all had a fantastic and patriotic Fourth of July. Mine was joyous as always- family, friends, burgers, brats, and the numerous glaring craters we left in the cul-de-sac in front of my parent’s house. Nothing like celebrating our country’s independence by blowing up a small piece of it.
Did any of you take me up on last weeks coupon? I did. The wife and I went out and adopted ourselves an Australian Shepherd named Franny. Like the Salinger short story. So, if I happened to have a MacBook or MacBook Pro with a broken screen, I’d fix it and give myself $40 off. What a great deal I’d be giving me. Don’t forget it; the deal is good until August 31st. Read last week’s post for details, and check out Franny below.
On to Apple news and rumors: Looks like the next generation of iPod is going to not only include processor upgrades similar to the iPhone 3Gs, but a video camera as well! Several sources have reported a large purchase of cameras that specifically fit the dimensions of the iPod Touch, which will see it’s third generation release in September. And along with the new iPod Touch, all you Touch and iPhone users should check out Yowza, one of the coolest recession-combative Apps recently released. Based on your particular geographic location, Yowza will automatically download coupons for goods and services in your area, which you can cash in on by scanning the coupon bar code directly on your iPod or iPhone. Pretty slick, huh? Check them out at the App store or getyowza.com.
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