Weekend Distraction: An Apple Giggle

This bit of Jimmy Kimmel was filmed during the summer, when Apple’s Watch was still only a rumor.

But the Kimmel crew took to the street with a plain old cheap Casio watch (with an APPLE logo pasted on the back) and asked what people thought.

Silly people.

Enjoy this weekend giggle!

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Upgrading? Comparing the size of the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 4.23.28 PMI’ve decided.

Yes, indeed.

I’ve positively decided that I can’t decide which phone I want until I can test them out in my hand. :shock:

I’ve read a lot of “stuff” on the internet over the past few days, and the opinion seems pretty much split down the middle.

The iPhone 6 Plus is a LOT of phone. But it has some extra features that the iPhone 6 does not have, basically acting as a mini-iPad. (This phone would make reading books on the iPhone a real happy possibility. A 6 Plus just might mean that only one device gets lugged along on short trips.)

The iPhone 6 is MUCH more pocket-friendly than the iPhone 6 Plus. Although I like to keep my phone in my pocket, this is not a deal breaker for me.

I’m including, here, two short hands-on videos that I think are helpful to give you an idea of the iPhone 6 vs the iPhone 6 Plus.

The next video talks a little more about the phone overall, but I’m including it here because the young woman clearly does NOT like the bigger size.

And if you have 5 minutes to spare, and are really interested in this whole size thing, the two guys in the video below are kind of fun. They don’t have the real phones, but made mock-ups, and they test them out in their pockets.

These guys also point out that the iPhone 6 Plus is not at all single-hand useable. With an iPhone 5, for example, you can hold the phone in one hand and reach any button with your thumb. You’ll find that this is not possible with the iPhone 6 Plus. You’ll need two hands.

Aging eyes will welcome the larger screens, but the one-handed subway commuters will not. That’s why variety is a good thing. Different phone sizes will suit different lifestyles. In my experience, one size does not usually fit all. So, hurrah for choice!

I know that even though I say I’m undecided, I’m probably going to get the iPhone 6 Plus. My husband is sure about his upgrade. He wants the 6, NOT the Plus. Pocket-abiility is very important to him.

Decisions, decisions.

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You now have a choice: iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 3.22.32 PMIt’s now official.

Apple is releasing the iPhone 6 in TWO sizes.

The iPhone 6 will have a 4.7 screen.

The iPhone 6 Plus will have a 5.5 screen (yes!).

(To be clear…. both models are LARGER than the iPhone 5)

While there are positive tweaks (such as better battery life, Retina HD display), a disappointment is that the camera will remain at 8 megapixels (rival Android phones are doing better). They have made several other improvements to the camera, however, including a new sensor and video features.

Preorders for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus begin this Friday, with the phones shipping on September 19 (in the US).

Prices and capacity for the iPhone 6 Plus:

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Prices and capacity for the iPhone 6:

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This will bump back the prices for the older models. A 16 GB 5S will now cost you $99, and you can have a 8GB 5C for free.

Also announced:

The iWatch leaves the rumor mill and is now a reality. This smartwatch will not be called “iWatch” (as everyone was guessing). It is officially called the Apple Watch.

It will come in two sizes, and have a dial (digital crown) that will be used to interact with the watch. In other words, the screen would be too small to use your finger, so this dial will allow you to do whatever it is that you need to do (zoom in or out, etc).

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This Apple Watch won’t be released until 2015 and will need an iPhone (models 5 and up). It’s also pretty pricey at $349. I don’t really get this one… but then again, I didn’t “get” the whole internet idea back in the 90’s, so I’ll sit back and let others explore this new watch. I’ll wait to be impressed.

Also announced:

Apple Pay. This is a new mobile payment system for the iPhone. Other companies have tried it but so far it just hasn’t seemed to catch on. Whole Foods, Disney, Walgreens and Macy’s are among the retailers who are going to accept this new system, where you pay via your credit card after taking a photo of it with your iPhone.

I know people are concerned about security for things like this, and I certainly am, too. However I also find that if I can only use it here and there, it’s hardly worthwhile. Personally, before I would jump in the mobile payment water, I would want it to be around for a while and something that is commonly accepted everywhere. I don’t care to be a trailblazer.

And finally….

iOS 8. This new operating system will not only be appearing on the new iPhones, but will be available to current iPhone and iPad users as an upgrade.

As soon as I have the iOS 8 up and running, I will gradually cover the new features …. slowly …. on this blog. One feature at a time. Just for us regular folks. :)

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Apple Event on Tuesday. Rumors will continue until then…..

Screen Shot 2014-09-07 at 8.10.10 AMApple’s big event will unfold on Tuesday, September 9. And all the rumors will be put to rest.

But for now, the internet is buzzing with speculation.

It is generally agreed that the newest iPhone will be offered in several sizes. Personally, I’m hoping for a larger screen, but I know lots of folks want it to stay the same. So, the best solution (if Apple asked me :) ) would be to produce several sizes (like they do with the iPad). Let people have a choice.

And then there is the iWatch. This is interesting. Wearable technology is wildly popular, and personally, I think that Apple is a little late getting into this game.

Last Christmas, my son gave me a Fitbit. This is a little gadget that keeps track of your steps and sends you encouraging text messages to urge you on to meet your goal. It holds a charge for weeks, and when the battery gets low, it sends me an email to alert me that it needs a charge. Delightful. No fuss, just fun. And flawless. It just works…. and it is very popular. Other companies have similar products.

Now the rumor is that Apple will be unveiling it’s own piece of wearable technology, dubbed the iWatch (it probably will not be called “iWatch”). It is assumed that it will be health related, keeping track of steps, heart rate, etc. And then the speculation continues … what else will it do? After all, many companies are already producing health related wearable gadgets (like my Fitbit). Will there be apps for this iWatch? Will it access the internet? How on earth can you fit a keyboard on a watch?

I’ve also read about a possible mobile-payment-system on the iPhone…that should be interesting.

…also a new operating system (here comes iOS8).

and….. perhaps a new LARGER iPad.

All questions will be answered soon….

stay tuned….

The Apple event: What’s probably coming

What To Expect From Apple’s iPhone Event On September 9

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Upgrading your iPhone? Time to start thinking about selling your old one….

Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 8.09.10 AMIt won’t be long now until Apple unveils the iPhone 6. The event is scheduled for September 9.

And so ….. if you are planning to get a new iPhone, you’ll want to get rid of your old one. Of course you can always sell it on your own to a friend, or through CraigsList or eBay, but I prefer the no-hassle-to-me way, through Amazon or Gazelle.

It was two years ago that I sold two iPhone 4’s, as my husband and I upgraded at that time to the 5.

For comparison, I sold one phone to Amazon, and the other to Gazelle.

I am a BIG fan of Gazelle. Just last week, I sold an old iPad 2 to them. The experience was every bit as easy as it was two years ago when I sold my iPhone to Gazelle.

I clicked through their website to my model of iPad and indicated its condition. Then Gazelle did the rest. They sent me a box. I slipped my iPad in the provided amazingly-designed safety sleeve. I sealed the box. I sent it back (pre-paid by Gazelle). Several days later I had an email from Gazelle that my iPad arrived. Hours later the $$$$ appeared as an Amazon gift card (my choice. You can also get a check, or a deposit into a paypal account).

So easy. So well done. I got $145 for a very-well used iPad 2.

Of course, as easy and professional as Gazelle is, it is still wise to shop around. Amazon’s trade in program is also excellent. You might want to check with both to see where you get the most $$. One happy point to me with Gazelle is that I did not need to send back an original box OR any cords. That was a plus as far as I was concerned. Extra plugs are handy, so I was happy to keep mine.

Once the new iPhones are released, the price for the older phones will probably drop a bit. Gazelle is currently offering the opportunity to lock in the price (until October 10) of your iPhone, now. This is useful if you absolutely know that you are getting a new phone, soon.

I won’t be locking in my price now, though, because I’m just not SURE about a new iPhone, yet. I’m interested in the larger screen, and it is not clear whether Apple will be releasing such a phone at this time. I’ll have to wait and see.

I checked through Gazelle to see what I would get if I sold my iPhone to them. Answer: $160. That would be a nice chunk of change to apply toward the new iPhone 6. :)

note that the “locked” and “unlocked” refers to a carrier service, not locking in your price. Two different “locks”! :shock:

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Although I am only talking Apple products, here, Gazelle will buy all kinds of devices. If you’re not using it, this is an easy way to clear it out and make a few $, too.

This literally only takes minutes. Minutes-to-$. That’s a good thing.

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How to Capture ACTION with your iPhone Camera

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I absolutely love this feature.

I remember (years and years) ago buying a digital camera specifically because it had this ability so that I could “catch” action shots at my son’s sporting events. And now, here it is, always available right in our pocket!

I’m guessing you might not know that you have this feature …. but once you do, you’ll be using it to get that PERFECT shot.

So how do you capture action with your iPhone?

Simply bring up your camera on your iPhone.

Aim, and HOLD DOWN THE CAPTURE BUTTON. Your iPhone will snap photos quickly. A Photo Burst.

From Skitch-13

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July 4th + Tech = hahahaha

It’s the 4th of July, and I wanted to recognize this US holiday on this blog.

But it’s a tech blog, after all, so my dilemma was how to combine tech + July 4th.

So, I turned to Google.

A search of “tech + July 4th” turned up the cartoon, below.

Problem solved! :)

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Amazon’s New Fire Phone: Will you give up your iPhone?

Screen Shot 2014-06-18 at 3.43.56 PMToday Amazon announced their new product: A smartphone. Called the Amazon Fire Phone, it will be released on July 25 (pre-order, now).

So …. is this the phone that will make you give up your iPhone?

It seems that the iPhone has lost its WOW factor for many. When it first exploded into our world, it was an incredible leap of technology. But today, there are smartphones everywhere, and many folks no longer look at the iPhone as the one-and-only.

And today marks another new entry into the Smartphone universe. The Amazon Fire Phone.

The promo for it looks quite good. I think it all boils down to what do YOU want from your smartphone?

This new phone has several features that are standouts:

Mayday: For us un-techy types, this is HUGE. The Mayday button was introduced on the latest version of the Amazon Fire, and it has been a raging success. With the Mayday button, if you want to learn something about your phone, if you need some instruction, or if you are having a problem, you just tap the Mayday button and a LIVE person will appear on your screen to help you. Instantly. Just like that. This feature is a keeper, and I have to say, if I was considering my first smartphone, this would be a really big selling point. The helper can draw on your phone (arrows, etc) showing you exactly what to touch and how to do it. This is a major goodie to have on your phone.

Firefly technology: This is a ‘bell and whistle’ kind of thing, but also cool. Firefly will instantly recognize music, products, ads …. oodles of things in the world. With a touch of a button you get useful information and the ability to act on it as well.

One-handed reading: Just tilt the phone to scroll. (Why didn’t Apple do this? It’s brilliant!)

And how about this: With the purchase of the new Amazon Fire Phone you get one whole year of Prime, FREE. Prime gives you lots of perks in addition to the postage and quick mailing for items bought via Amazon. You also get access to a huge video streaming library, a library full of Kindle books to borrow and free music to stream and/or download. AND … if you are already a Prime member, if you purchase the Amazon Fire Phone, you get your Prime membership extended an additional year. That’s excellent!! That’s one year of Prime for EACH phone you buy. Three phones on one account? That’s three YEARS of Prime. Details, here.

The 32 GB phone will be $199 with a 2 year contract through AT&T. Other options also available.

You can learn more about the phone, and an in-depth look at all the features (MUCH more than I described) by clicking here.

So will you consider a change? Will this Amazon Fire Phone convince you to leave your iPhone behind?

There are a few things about this phone that tempt me. Me. A bona-fide Apple fan-boy-girl-lady. The Mayday button. The year of Prime. Yelp shows up directly on the maps. A larger screen. The one-hand tilt scrolling screen.

At this moment, I’m not sure. But to my own surprise, I’m considering it. Anyone who knows me (in real life) or through my blog knows that I like to take my time when approaching technology-changes. I always wait for a while, for example, before downloading the latest software update.

So I’ll not be jumping in right yet. I’ll wait and see. I’ll let others test the waters.

I’ll be trolling the internet for comparisons in every area for the iPhone vs Amazon Fire Phone. When I find a great comparison, item by item, camera vs camera, etc, I’ll be sure to link to it on this blog.

If this new phone lives up to it’s hype, a change for me is not out of the question. There are a lot of features here that I would appreciate.

This just might be my iPhone Waterloo.

How about you?

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How to Clear out Stored Website Data on your iPhone with iOS7

Screen Shot 2013-12-15 at 8.03.49 AMWhenever you visit a website on your iPhone, data will be stored.

The purpose?

As I understand it, this is mostly done so that you have faster loading times when you visit that website again.

But storing data fills up space. I never, ever cleared this out before, but after reading about it I decided to give it a try and I was astounded at all the data that was sitting there. I did a full sweep and dumped it all.

How to Delete the Stored Website Data on your iPhone with iOS7:

Go to Settings > Safari

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Now go way way down to the bottom and click on Advanced

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At this point, you’ll see the option to tap on Website Data

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Now you get to see all the space that the stored data is taking up.

IF you want to delete it, just scroll all the way down to the bottom and “delete all website data.”

(Or you can delete them individually, as well, by sliding your finger from right to left.)

I was astounded at the length of my list. I emptied it. I probably won’t do it again for a long long time, because I don’t think it was causing any problems whatsoever.

But I’m glad I know how to do it IF I want to do it.

And now you do, too. :)

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12 Days of Gifts for You from Apple

Screen Shot 2013-12-12 at 5.08.11 PMApple is giving away stuff!

From December 26 to January 6, you get to download a free gift each day. Movies, apps, books, songs …. something different every day.

This is the first time this has been offered in the US. (Last year only Canada and Europe got to be part of the fun.)

You must have iOS7 to participate.

You can download the app, now, and you will see a countdown. The countdown will continue until it is time to download your first free gift!

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All you need to do after downloading the app is … wait.

When the gifts become available, they will only be available to download for 24 hours.

It will be fun to see what surprises are in store for us. :) (It is possible that the content will be different depending on your country.)

12 Days of Gifts is free and can be downloaded, now.

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