Jul 31

Not So Hot

Hotmail.  You probably have an account. You probably don’t use it other than to sign up for those services that require some kind of email address.  If you do, however, have an @hotmail.com address, you’ll want to know that Microsoft is distancing itself from the email provider.  Distancing itself so far as to develop @outlook.com.

If you do have a @hotmail.com addy, its cool, you won’t notice a thing.  If you decide to go with @outlook.com, you’ll be in good company, from what critics are saying, this thing could take on Google’s Gmail.  The best part of the new Outlook web email is that its clean. There’s not a lot of crap that gets in the way of getting to your messages.  Getting email will become cleaner as well with attachments coming to you in a more organized manner.   You’ll be able to sort through that quasi-junk mail easier too.  You know, those newsletters you may or may not read.  The kind that you’ll only read if you ever get around to it.  The annoying ads that come with free email addresses are also limited.  Clean, one line ads are the only thing you’ll be bothered with.

All in all, it should be a great option for email.  I looked over some of it and to tell you the truth, I like it.

What web-based email do you use? Which one is the best? Will you go after a outlook.com addy?

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Jul 27

Lego My iPhone

The other day I was at my friend’s house and his son was creating an iPhone holder made out of Legos.  I think this kid was ahead of his time, maybe about a week at least.

Tinkerbrick introduced a new iPhone case that can be used with Legos.  If you want the specs, it goes 8X14 units.  You can build stuff using existing Legos such as a holder as my aforementioned visionary friend had put together.  They come in four colors: yellow, black, white and red.  You’re gonna pay $32 for it, so maybe making one from scratch could fulfill your childhood memories mixed with today’s tech.

What childhood product would you like to see incorporated into any of today’s technology?

 

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Jul 26

Watch Cho Mouth

Tired of hearing all of the negative comments people leave on innocent videos on YouTube? You might be in luck.  How this is going to work I’ve yet to see.  Here’s the skinny.

YouTubers  who post offensive comments without any real reason will be asked “politely” to identify themselves using their Google+ account name when leaving comments.  It’s all in an effort to clean up the video site with comments from people that just like to leave mean and crude comments.   It’s entirely opt-in which says to me that it ain’t going to work.  But you can’t blame YouTube for trying.  I commend them for that.  Unfortunately, in this litigious society that we live in,  we have to find ways to stop matters before they come to matters.  Google is also wanting to update and consolidate their privacy policies as evident in their recent change to their ToS.

Do you think it will really matter? Do you think that Google is going in the right direction? Do you feel that this will ever change people from leaving bad comments? Or is this just good PR?

I tell you what, you can say whatever you want about this post and I’ll let it stay on my website. No. Really. :^)

 

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Jul 25

No Lying Roar

I tweeted that I got up early this morning to get ahold of the new OS x 10.8 for my Mac.  I had to wait a bit but I did eventually spend the $20 for the upgrade and waited an exhaustingly long hour to get it installed on my computer.  So now that I’ve had it under my fingertips for a few hours, I have to say “ehhh.”

I am excited about the transcriber for anything I need to type out.  It does amazingly well.  Just click the edit button at the top and then select start dictation and there it goes. All in all it works pretty well. One of the things I do not like, rather it freaks me out, is the fact that all of my voice dictation is sent to Apple. So that means you have to be online in order for dictation to work. It is pretty quick however faster than my iPhone will dictate.  They say it is supposed to make things easier and it will learn your voice. I am actually using the dictation to write this post. I should mention its easier to turn on dictation well by clicking the function button twice.

Airplay ROCKS! I was using it today and setup is so easy.  You do need to connect it to Apple TV, but its a button click away to getting it on my TV.  So simple, so easy.  Love it.

There are updates for Safari but I do not use it so I cannot really give you a good review on that.   If you are into the iCloud feature it is much like what you use on your iPhone. There’re simple very easy. When you start an app that lets you create documents, you’ll now have access to your iCloud projects no matter where you created them.

The game center is also new Mac OSx 10.8.  Am I only person that does not use game center? I suppose if you’re a gamer and you’re used to playing games on your iPhone/iPad and it should work out pretty well for you the updates however are not all that much to brag about.

Apple counted that there would be 200 new features keep in mind that is not necessarily the case. There will be more features released this fall much like the Facebook app that’ll allow you to post directly to Facebook once you’ve logged on. I am disappointed that that was not released as of yet. I believe they are going to integrate it right around the time the iPhone will have the Facebook feature.

Notifications, just like your iPhone, will be right there on your front screen. There is a little icon in the top right corner that will you to access any of your notifications. Is it me or does this sound like all of the things you can do on your iPhone? Yes. Circle gets the Square.

If you’re not a Mac person I would imagine that you found this post pretty boring. If you are a Mac views a user much like myself then you probably already know all about the Mac OS X 10.8. Just needed to put out there what’s going on just in case you didn’t know. I love talking to my computer as that’s what I’m doing right now.

You know MacBook Pro, sometimes you’re my only friend. (that was pathetic)

Tell me your thoughts if you’ve also downloaded the new Mac OSx 10.8. I’d love to hear what you have found useful and what is just a waste.  You are also allowed to dictate it. :^)

 

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Jul 23

Pin Heads

Well, that fancy schmancy iPhone in your pocket will be archaic when the new iPhone 5 (we think it will be called) comes out soon.  And with all the anticipated features we’re looking forward to, here’s one that we aren’t: the alleged 19-pin Dock connector.

The little port that is at the bottom of your iPhone currently has 30 pins. With the advent of the new 19-pin connector, all of the devices you’ve been using to charge your phone will have to have an adapter or you’re SOL. The smaller connector will make room for the headphone jack on the bottom of the device.

Of course, this is all speculation. There have been an increasing number of reports have cropped up and we know how those things go.  It’s a crapshoot.

Are you PO’ed that this might be a reality? Do you use products, such as iHome products that have the 30 pin?  Is this just another way for Apple to make money with the new adapters if this story is a reality? Share your thoughts please.

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Jul 22

You know you have a problem when…

you have to purchase another phone to take out on you “night out on the town” just so you won’t lose your “good” phone… you know you’ve got a problem.  Or do you?

That’s what more and more people are doing and I am not sure if its waste or actually a good idea.  They buy those new prepaid $10 phones you can get at a 7-11 and have their regular number forwarded to it.  They want to leave their iPhones or Androids at home. I think this all goes to the notion that we are a disposable society.  Can you imagine back in the 90s thinking you could have TWO cellys just so you won’t lose your good one? Awesome.

The “drunk phones” should be a good idea if you are apt to drunk dial those you love or REALLY LOVE when you’re inebriated.  You don’t have their number in the drunk phone so no worries on calling.  It’s quite the sign of the human behavior times.

Tell me your thoughts. Would you purchase a “drunk phone”?  Is this waste or a good idea?  Is it pathetic that you’re at the point of having TWO phones because of partying?  DO TELL!

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Jul 20

Kinect to a Decent Deal

XBOXers can save some cash now that Best Buy is offering a Kinect, though be it refurbished, for $59.99.  Not a bad price considering they run $149 out of the box.  My experience with refurbished equipment has been pretty good.  Its back up to standards and usually works good as new.  As always, buyer beware.

Are you into XBox? My son is addicted and the summer has only fed his addiction.  If you are, tell me your name and add me.  My handle is simply “mitchenglish” on XBOX live.  Be sure to leave a message too so I know you saw this post.

Let me know if you’ve ever run into a problem with refurbished equipment.  If you’ve had good experiences too.

Here’s the link if you want to get a good deal. 

PS- I wasn’t paid for this blog post! Just found a good deal!

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Jul 18

The Ups and Downs of Rules

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority wins best “caught on video” this week as an escalator ride turns in to an amusement ride.  Amusement for us, of course.  For those of you that don’t know, you are not allowed strollers, carts or even motorized vehicles on moving stairways.  ..and THIS is why we follow directions folks!

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Jul 15

EyePadding Not Needed

What Apple did for the iPhone and iPad, they just might be doing for the Apple TV.  Not “Apple TV” per say, but Apple’s TV that everyone is getting hot and bothered about (including yours truly).

According to CNET, Apple has made tremendous strides in developing the Retina display and there is no reason NOT to get that same technology on one of the most anticipated televisions created… or soon to be created.  Most recently, their new 13″ MacBook Pro got the Retina treatment.   Inconsistent colors and images would be poor matches to what they’ve already produced.

Apple is always the brand leading the way.  I have to admit, I will probably be in line purchasing a new Apple made TV.  I believe that HDTV has taken us far enough.  New TVs with more pixels and richer colors probably don’t stand a chance as of yet for what Apple is about to introduce.  If they ever will in my lifetime!

Ok, so are you an Apple Geek?   Who has the best TV on the market now.  Would you buy an Apple-made TV?

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Jul 15

The Po Po is on Social Media

Apparently, the owner of the video has pulled it from YouTube. I will search for another offering!

Important!

 

If you know me, you probably know that  I think that speeding tickets, for the most part, is revenue enforcement.  Going on the highway 66 in a 55 isn’t going to kill anyone unless its raining or something.  This is quite different, however.

Mix a Lamborghini + social media = arrest.

A 38-year-old unnamed man posted a video back in March, caught the attention of many.  And the cops. He was arrested this week.  Awesome and don’t try this at home or your Lambo.

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