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Posts Tagged ‘Apple’

Technologist Tuesday: Consumer Cloud

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

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Ironically, the sources of all cloud-based services are giant data centers plastered to the Earth.  However, the obvious “cloud” element to these services resides in their wireless capabilities.  Do you own an iPhone, Android or Windows phone? Do you have important information stored on your home computers?  If you do, Apple, Google or Microsoft and many cloud based backup companies offer you a grocery list of cloud services.  These cloud-based services have come a long way.  Massive updates in the last few months have really pushed them to new limits.  Knowing your Smartphone’s cloud based service options and picking out a cloud based home backup service are two good simple ways to take advantage of the mighty cloud.

Smartphone Cloud Service breakdown(Apple/Microsoft /Google)

Apple’s iCloud Core Services: 

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The Good:

  • Photo Stream is an amazing and fully automated solution for ensuring your pictures easily flow among all devices and can be shared.  Also, the sharing quality is better than most big software photo companies.
  • Contacts, Calendars, Notes, Reminders & your iCloud.com Email sync seamlessly throughout your Apple hardware

The Bad:

  • If you’re Apple ID doesn’t end in “icloud.com” then you’ll find some limitations to this service.  Notes & Mail primarily (however, it’s usually not a big deal as there are ways around it)
  • Also, This system is just fantastic if you have all Mac product.  Throw a PC with Outlook into the equation and it starts to get sloppy

The Ugly:

  • When Apple turned “Mobile Me” into “iCloud” they got rid of idisk.  So now, Unlike Google’s Drive or Microsofts Skydrive, Apple’s data hides inside it’s apps.  Word docs hide inside Pages, Excel files hide inside Numbers, Powerpoint presentations hide inside Keynote and PDF files hide inside iBooks.  Want to save something other than that in your 5GB of storage?  Too bad.  Want to organize your docs into nice categorizing folders?  Think again.
  • 5GB Free total storage for below services
  • Backup:  Cloud based backup system for iOS devices
  • Mail, Contacts, Notes, Reminders & Calendar syncing: affirmative
  • Find My iPhone: Cloud based app to find, message, lock or wipe iOS device(s)
  • Pages, Numbers & Keynote: Cloud based apps similar to Word, Excel & Powerpoint.  Each App is also going to store its corresponding file types. Exa:  you can store your word docs inside the app Pages.
  • My Photo Stream&Shared Photo Stream: Automatic Photo syncing cloud service

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Technologist Tuesday: iPhone 5S Camera: Focus Beyond Hardware

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

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One of the most touted iPhone 5s improvements Apple discussed was its amazing new camera.  The new 64-bit A7 brain behind the camera and dual LED smart flash are a first of their kind.  They stressed the importance of the camera’s new 15% larger image sensor & increased f/2.2 Aperture.  It’s these core elements that significantly affect the quality of a smart phones image.  I took a look at the many phone cameras out there and compiled some info.  Compare Apple’s new iPhone 5S to the HTC One (one of the best camera phones made) that came out 6 months ago.  HTC has not only a higher max aperture but already features the same size image sensor and even adds optical image stabilization.  Nokia’s Lumia 1020 not only has an insane 41MP camera, but it’s image sensor is double the iPhone 5S!  It’s very clear that these Apple improvements to the camera are significant compared to previous iPhone models.  Although, it’s also clear that compared to the industry, this technology is already getting stale.

Comparison

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Big Apple Announcement Tomorrow!

Monday, September 9th, 2013

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Tomorrow, September 10th around 11 am Central Time, Apple will be hosting a big event in Cupertino.  Many are anticipating the new generation iPhone, as well as some additional Apple goodies.  What do you think will be on the docket for tomorrow’s even?  Be sure to check back with us tomorrow for a full update on the new goodies Apple has to offer.

iOS 7 Beta: A First Look

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

TECH TUESDAYS

Initial impressions of iOS 7 Beta

 

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The new “flat” design icons of iOS 7.

 

I just missed a call, but the caller left a voicemail. Because I’ve been on iOS 7 Beta since it was launched, I’ve got a system to retrieve my message:  Open phone app, hit home button to get out of phone app, open phone app again, wait 13 seconds until it freezes and crashes and then reopen one last time and BAM! now i can check my voicemail. Yes, we iOS 7 beta testers play a sort of technological Indiana Jones, crunching across a virtual bug-infested cave and reaching into a hole where our arms are coated with overgrown insects, just to use our phones.  However, I feel that when iOS 7 graduates beta, we’ll all enjoy using this iOS, an operating system coursing with the power of all five Sankara stones.

Despite the bugs, iOS 7 is the best OS Apple has engineered yet.  The new fluid motion between all apps is a visual delight.  Major apps—Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Safari, iTunes & Phone—all received upgraded functions.  New controls that help us manage our device’s features also  increase ease and efficiency of use. The changes are so dramatic that I’d choose a glitchy iOS7 over a smooth functioning iOS6 any day.

iOS 7 has been under the gun for allegedly nabbing Android OS elements, as well as not being very intuitive.  I agree that Apple has taken on a great deal of other companies’ features and put the Apple spin on them.  The Android community shuns them for it, Microsoft takes a jab at features they feel are inadequate and the Apple user community seems rather content with their existing iOS devices-sometimes arguing back as they often think themselves superior.  We all know that Apple has proven themselves as an innovative company, and there’s no doubt that they have all sorts of tricks up their sleeves. This round, they’re catching up with the competition.  It is very probable that they’re simply setting themselves up for a pretty big come back.

 

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Apple Releases iOS 7 Goods

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

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After months of speculations and guesses, Apple released the look and style of their newest operating system the Apple iOS 7.  During the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference, (WWDC), Apple showed off some awesome features as well as a brand new look developed by Jony Ives.  The overall look is favoring a “flat design” which offers a real simple, yet elegant finish.

The popular Siri has been updated as well, featuring a whole lot more responses as well as voice controls to keep your hands off the phone.  This is especially important when driving, when you are focused on the road.  Expect the new system to be available this Fall, as developers will have first crack at this OS before the public.

Apple Event Today!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Apple is having their event this afternoon and the rumors are all buzzing about an iPad Mini.  Some are saying there will be a new Macbook Pro 13-inch with retina display.  What else does Apple have up their sleeves?  Come back this afternoon and we will have the full rundown on all things Apple!

The New iPhone 19-pin connector: What does this mean for accessories/docks?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

It was announced recently that iPhone 5, Apple’s next generation iPhone expected to go on sale around October, will have a 19-pin connector port at the bottom instead of the traditional 30-pin port.  According to a source from Apple, this move was to make room for the headphone plug to be moved to the bottom.

With a new way to connect your iPhone, that means the new phone will not connect with the huge market of accessories such as speakers and power chargers that form part of the ecosystem around iPods, iPads and iPhones, without having to purchase some kind of adapter.

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Electronics that will help you enjoy the London 2012 Olympics!

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

The London 2012 Olympics are just around the corner.  You may be ready to root for your favorite athlete or cheer for your native country, but do you have what you need to fully experience the sights and sounds of the Olympics?  At Abt Electronics, we’ve put together a list of some of the must-haves to immerse yourself in this incredible event.  Below are just a few of the electronics you will need to soak up every second of Olympic fun!

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Is Apple Developing a Social Network for Shoppers?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

It wouldn’t surprise anyone if Apple started to leverage their cult following to launch an Apple-specific social networking service.  Appleinsider.com reports of a recent Apple patent application titled “Social Networking in Shopping Environments” that may hint at thefuture (or current) development of a network that connects shopping shoppers. It was only a matter of time.

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Apple WWDC Highlights Part 2: iOS 6

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Apple just finished wrapping up their presentation in Cupertino and they have all kinds of advancements in their new iOs6 software.  First and foremost is a HUGE Siri face-lift.  Below are the upgrades featured at Apple’s WWDC 2012. The beta version of iOS 6 is going out to developers today, but will be available to consumers in the fall. The new update will support iPhone 3GS and later, as well as the second and third-generation iPad.  Sorry old iPad users, this one’s not for you.

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