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.
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.
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.
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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