Category Archives: Gadgets
Get Your Credit Card Ready. Apple TV 4 Is Ready To Ship Next Week.
Next week, we enter a new era in television when the 4th edition of the Apple TV unit launches in many countries.
It has been a long wait while Apple Inc. ironed out the kinks in the development of this media product but I expect the wait will more than justify itself once we get our hands on this gadget. Read the rest of this entry
The IWatch Is Coming! The IWatch Is Coming! And So Is My Birthday!
Well, the cat’s out of the bag, courtesy of The Wall Street Journal. It is my favorite “go-to” resource for all things Apple. Because of their strong association with Apple Inc., their information is extremely reliable.
It looks like we will have a spiffy IWatch for sale in late Fall – just in time for gift-giving during the Christmas season. And, coincidentally, I have a birthday around the same time. (Hint! Hint!)
The IWatch is going to be a welcoming gadget in my life. I am tired of carrying around my phone when I am out for a walk and often wished I could just strap it to my wrist. Hands-free is the way to go and it is more efficient.
Here is the WSJ scoop:
“Apple Inc. is planning multiple versions of a smartwatch likely to be launched in the fall, people familiar with the matter said, as the company tries to counter wearable devices from Google Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. and others.
The new wrist device from Apple will incorporate more than 10 sensors including ones to track health and fitness, these people said. Apple aims to address an overarching criticism of existing smartwatches that they don’t provide functions significantly different from that of a smartphone, said a person familiar with the matter.”
The IWatch will also be a health and fitness tracker so now we can stay really obsessed with our health if that strikes your fancy. As a cardiac patient, I know I will value this commodity in the IWatch.
You can read the entire article here
Are your excited to own the IWatch? Which screen size would you prefer? Which functions are you hoping to see in the IWatch? Please share in the comments section.
How To Manually Back Up Your iPhone To A Computer If It -The iPhone – Is Wearing A Mophie Battery
In a word or two? You can’t.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my Mophie products. I have a portable battery and a wearable one as well for my precious iPhone 5.
But, with the iOS 7 update looming, I thought perhaps it was time to do a manual back-up in addition to the back-up on my iCloud storage plan.
So, I plugged the iPhone into my iMac – something I had not done in a while – and I waited and waited and waited. Nothing happened.
I rebooted, restarted, unplugged, updated both my iPhone and iTunes software. Still nothing.
Well, this was not good.
So, I took a break and went to purchase some Tim Hortons donuts for my America’s Got Talent Performance Finale Party tonight and then it hit me.
My Mophie Battery! Now, maybe it was the Timmies talking, but I had a revelation.
I was using the USB recharging cable from my Mophie product because this is basically how I charge my iPhone every night. Both the battery and iPhone are “joined at the hip” and I just assumed that the USB end of the cable would communicate with my Mac.
Well, guess what? It doesn’t! My iPhone 5 was craving its lightening cable big time.
So, I disconnected the bottom of the battery unit and exposed the original lightening port, plugged in my lightening USB cable and watched the magical import process begin on my iMac.
And that is it. Not a big how-to but important enough nonetheless. Better than tearing out your hair, right? And, if you are reading this and it made your day, then – you’re welcome. 🙂
The iPad Mini – Is It Fact Or Fiction?
So, how about that iPad Mini everyone? Will we actually see this gizmo or is it truly a figment of our imagination?
Since the beginning of time – or so it seemed – the tech community went on some sort of PR binge purporting the existence of the iPad Mini. It was a “done deal” they all said. Has to happen, will happen, must happen, better happen – the rumours would not stop. Sort of like a train out of control.
And then the iPhone 5 event came and went with not a mention, not a hint that there would be another event devoted to the release of the iPad Mini.
Now, if they had not have hyped their recently released new iPod line at their September iPhone 5th event, I would have assumed that they were keeping the iPad Mini news under wraps until October.
I mean, if they devoted time to speak about their new iPod Touch and Nano line, even though they were not to be released until October, did it make sense that they would not have mentioned the iPad Mini?
And don’t even get me started on the prices. The new iPod Touch prices have pretty much locked out any room for an iPad Mini.
Yes, I am afraid that all the “Unofficial Reports” are now amounting to delusional hearsay and speculation.
It’s in production alright – it’s in production in everyone’s head.
Way back when on this little old blog, I predicted that such a product did not exist, except in the minds of the consumers who wanted it to exist. Apple already had their perfectly proportioned, best-selling iPad – why would they break their back trying to develop a smaller one? For what reason?
With the release of the larger iPhone and iPod Touch, Apple basically made a statement: this is what we do, these are the sizes we believe in and we are rocking the sales market.
It is now October 10th, the supposed release date of invitations to the iPad Mini event and – still – not a mention, not a hint, not a gasp that Apple is ready to officially launch the iPad Mini this month – if ever.
Personally, I was welcoming the iPad Mini – not for myself but for my grandchildren. It is the perfect size for kids.
Although most kids still like the convenience and portability of the iPod Touch, many would drool over a mini iPad. It is light, compact and ideal for movie viewing, gaming and browsing. And their smaller fingers and precise eyesight would navigate the apps with seamless dexterity.
This is a bad call, I feel, on Apple’s part. And I can’t believe I just wrote that. Boy, that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Say it isn’t so, Apple. If not, there will be many Kindles under my Christmas trees this year.
Amazon Pushes The Right Consumer Buttons With The Release Of Their New Kindle Products
With the release of it’s new Kindle products this afternoon, Amazon proved why it has been such a strong and steady force in the technological realm.
And, it makes us wonder what Apple has in store for us on September 12th. Will it out-Amazon Amazon, especially with consumer-friendly prices?