October 24, 2014

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iPad Air 2, 128GB Gold w/ AppleCare+

I shouldn’t say too much other than the best observation after only 30 minutes of use (in the setup phase) is that picking up the iPad Air to remove the SIM card and move it to my iPad Air 2 (Verizon), there is no comparison between these two devices other than the physical size of the screen and bezel. The thinness, weight and holdability are incredible and the screen is gorgeous.

Shame I can’t use the Apple-SIM with Verizon but it’s no big deal.

I took a few photos of the unboxing:

Apple iPad Air 2 (Gold 128GB) versus iPad Air 1st generation

 

Apple iPad Air 2 (Gold 128GB) versus iPad Air 1st generation

 

Apple iPad Air 2 (Gold 128GB) versus iPad Air 1st generation

Apple iPad Air 2 (Gold 128GB) versus iPad Air 1st generation

 

Apple iPad Air 2 (Gold 128GB) versus iPad Air 1st generation

 

Apple iPad Air 2 (Gold 128GB) versus iPad Air 1st generation

 

Apple iPad Air 2 (Gold 128GB) versus iPad Air 1st generation

 

Apple iPad Air 2 (Gold 128GB) versus iPad Air 1st generation

 

Apple iPad Air 2 (Gold 128GB) versus iPad Air 1st generation

 

Apple iPad Air 2 (Gold 128GB) versus iPad Air 1st generation

 

Apple iPad Air 2 (Gold 128GB) versus iPad Air 1st generation

October 21, 2014

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via Gizmodo

Now try to name one feature the iPad has picked up since iPad 3 that’s worth $500, or more likely that’s worth the trouble of selling your old iPad to help pay for a new one. Thinner? It was already pretty damn thin. Lighter? It was already pretty damn light. Better guts? Touch ID? Your iPad is fast enough for what you need it to do. And what are the chances you’ll even run into an iPad Air 2 out in the wild that will show you exactly you’re missing out on?

I disagree
 
…and that title is such link-bait. “Forever”? C’mon. I’ve sold my 32GB iPad Air w/ LTE for $600 ($129 less than I Paid for it) and spent a little more to get into the 128GB model. I can afford $200 a year to upgrade my iPad. Seems like I’m severely in the minority.
October 17, 2014

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My main hope is that it arrives before I leave for the cruise on October 26th. Good chance it will. Why 128GB? I have it now on my iPhone 6 and it’s a wonderful thing. The ability to carry my entire music library with me on the iPhone is awesome. For iPad, I’ll be able to go on trips to Europe, the Cruise and other places where cell service isn’t feasible and have my TV shows and Movies for the downtime. 128 is the way to go if you can afford it. it also means a much higher resale value when it’s time to upgrade.

My iPhone 5 and iPad Air are both 32GB and are always full of media.

October 16, 2014

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Received this through LinkedIN today. I don’t know who this person is but maybe they’ll email me explaining how they acquired this information. Solicitation is one thing (it’s annoying) but selling customer data so openly is worse.

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October 14, 2014

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via macworldiworld.com:

Macworld/iWorld will not take place in 2015 and the show is going on hiatus. The show saw a remarkable 30 year run that changed the technology industry, provided an important forum for Apple developers to bring new companies and products to market, delivered world class professional development to Apple product enthusiasts, and fostered the development of one of the most dynamic professional communities in the tech marketplace.

On behalf of IDG World Expo, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for having been an important part of this incredible journey. We offer our deepest appreciation to the entire Macworld/iWorld community. 

I went to Macworld in 2003 . I was 16 years old and it changed the path of my life tremendously. I stay in touch with some of the people I met. Guys like John Tylko are at Apple now and I eventually went on to work for the fruit company. I can think of over a dozen people who I still talk to who I met at Macworld over the years, some of them even read this blog which has a far disconnect from the tech focused blogs I used to author.

It’s no far-fetched thing to say that my life would be far different had I not going to Macworld @ age 16 and continue going until age 22. Those of us that went every year had a common bond and definitely the 2002-2010 group of attendees that saw the rise of iPod, iPhone, IPad and Macintosh and the golden years of Stevenotes.

Sad to see this conference go as much as I’m sad to see Mac user groups also fade away. That’s life and I like Jason Snell’s remarks quite a bit.

October 13, 2014

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via Gizmodo: (i’ve always hated linking to this blog) – Also, I’m going to link to some quotes and you can read the entire piece yourself if you choose. Want to see what a blogger who hates real cameras says about a real camera?

The title: The $800 Camera I Didn’t Use To Share My Hawaiian Vacation Photos

Before the trip, I thought that the hardest part of using the RX100 would be remembering to pack it

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But those relatives didn’t even get to see those killer photos until we were back in California. Except for the few I explicitly forced myself to upload:

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This is what paradise looked like three hours ago. pic.twitter.com/mq82cD3KnC

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No, when it came down to it, we just couldn’t be bothered to bump two devices together. We’re lazy!

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But until or unless most high-end compact cameras have their own cellular connectivity—yet another device to chew up your data plan—and all the popular sharing apps built right in, there’s still going to be a gap. Any hurdle is too big a hurdle when you’re trying to enjoy your vacation.

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In short, I’m the one in the wrong here. I don’t use Instagram or Twitter or Facebook or Snapchat or whatever the kids use these days. I take photos for a week, go home and edit these photos (minimally mostly just straightening and white-balance) and then I upload them to Flickr. Some go on my blog and I hope the readers here enjoy the photos I take.

The 2nd quote I lifted from the article about relatives not seeing their photos until the trip was over, give me a break! Let’s think about 1999 when you’d go on a vacation, you’d get home, wait 24 hours for prints to process on your 24 exposure film and then your relatives would see those pictures if you mailed duplicates or the next time you saw them at a family function. That was 15 years ago yes but I’m pretty sure my mom and dad are not going to go through many sleepless nights if they can’t see my vacation photo the moment that I see it. My family is not actually very keen on photos anyway but I really doubt the author’s family was that upset with a shot delay in seeing photos.

Are we really that broken that nothing that happened yesterday matters anymore? That feels so depressing to me. I even ignore breaking news and wait for a journalist I respect to take in all of the facts and report a week later on things than read a half-written article on CNN IReport or whatever they call it from a blogger. 

My favorite films, television, photography and published works took time to be manufactured and I really don’t care what you’re doing right now and I’ll give one more reason for this…

Right now, 6 billion people are experiencing something that is unique to them and, given the right tools, they’d be able to share it with all of us. In one week, how many of them are going to recount this moment in time as significant…a month from now, a year from now even? One year from now if I ask everyone to recount what they were doing on Columbus day 2014, very few would remember and if they did remember, the memory may not be worth recounting or retelling. What I mean is, there are so many of us right now, we deserve to curate things a bit. I believe less people should post photos of their food or the sunset or what they’re doing right now. I take photos of everything I do but very few go online because I censor myself or, in a week’s time that moment was far less important than I thought it was at the time.

If more of us waited a few days to share our moments, we’d have a lot less BS in the world. 

I’m glad true photography (well, as true as digital photography can be) hasn’t figured out the link to Instagram or Facebook yet. I’ll be buying real cameras for a long time and accept the fact that I’m in the minority.

October 9, 2014

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via New York Post: (FYI, this is the first and last time I link to this site)

As much as the Giants value Pence for his bat and glove, the leadership he brings to the clubhouse is also appreciated. Pence belongs to a veteran group that includes Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Tim Hudson, Madison Bumgarner and Jake Peavy.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching Pence in his time as a Giant. I think he gets way too much press but it’s all well deserved but I wish other players received equal amounts of press because this is a team effort.

Sandoval continues to be my favorite Giant. He was there when I lived a few blocks from the ball park in 2010 and remains there but Cain, Posey and Romo are certainly favorites.

I miss Huff, Uribe and others but newcomers have proven themselves in the last few years. I’m happy to be a Giants fan and wish them luck in the NLCS. Let’s hope for another World Series win.

October 8, 2014

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via fitbit’s forums:

We do not currently have plans to integrate with HealthKit.

It is an interesting new platform and we will watch as it matures, looking for opportunities to improve the Fitbit experience. At the moment, we’re working on other exciting projects that we think will be valuable to users. The question we want you to keep in mind when providing feedback is: What do you imagine a HealthKit integration would entail and what do you expect to get out of it?

Your voices are being heard. We’re actively reviewing your responses and providing feedback to our product development team.

 I bought a FitBit 24 hours ago. Guess it’s time to return it and get a Jawbone instead.

3PPs need to stop ignoring the power of Apple’s ecosystem. I own a GoPro because of the iPhone integration. I bought a LaCie external drive because it matches the look of my iMac. Same with the Studio speakers from AudioEngine or fine leather bag that holds my MacBook Pro or the Automatic vehicle tracking tool or the Twelve South iPhone & iPad stands I use. If you ignore the Apple Ecosystem, you’re losing customers. My Fitbit is going back to Best Buy and I’m going to get a Jawbone Up.

October 7, 2014

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I’ve been eyeing GoPro cameras for a very long time. I finally bit the bullet and grabbed one. It’s very unlikely we’ll see this kind of technology in any mobile phone for a very long time…same with tablets. I think GoPro has the best quality video and photos and software package in the world with an awesome selection of well thought out accessories. 

Now that we’re in the 4th Generation of the GoPro Hero, I’ve decided to go all in. I’ll be using this extensively over the coming months and will use it when I finally save up for that drone I’ve been eyeing.

GoPro Hero4 Black Edition Unboxing

 

GoPro Hero4 Black Edition Unboxing

 

GoPro Hero4 Black Edition Unboxing

 

GoPro Hero4 Black Edition Unboxing

 

GoPro Hero4 Black Edition Unboxing

 

GoPro Hero4 Black Edition Unboxing

 

GoPro Hero4 Black Edition Unboxing

 

GoPro Hero4 Black Edition Unboxing

 

GoPro Hero4 Black Edition Unboxing

The full review will come once I feel comfortable talking more about the camera. For now, i’m stoked to put this to good use. Amazingly enough, this thing JUST shipped and BestBuy already had it on shelves so I grabbed one today.

October 3, 2014

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via YouTube:

it was a well done video and honestly, until now I didn’t really know what SnapChat was. Now I do. It’s not surprising to hear this coming from me. Despite the fact that i haven’t hired a web designer to update my website, I’m not really into social media anymore. It’s not a fad, I understand that. I just don’t really care about it anymore. 

Anyway, this video was informative and also weird.