TechFan #133 – It’s The Pictures

On September 13, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

While the new iPhones look cool, David and Tim look deeper and find the really important takeaway from the announcement. Plus, David spends time in the electronic isles that is Hong Kong, and Tim gets a new SSD in his iMac.

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TechFan #132 – Exotic Locations

On September 7, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Want a chance to win a $25 iTunes Gift card? Listen to this episode of TechFan to find out how! Microsoft buys part of Nokia and SamSung releases the Galaxy Gear, plus your feedback, all on this week’s episode of TechFan Podcast.

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Biggest Tech Stories of 2011
TechFan Podcast #61

On December 30, 2011, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Did you top tech story of 2011 make this list? David and Tim have what they consider the top ten on this episode of TechFan! Agree or disagree, let us know!

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Give to the Red Cross
MyMac Podcast #341

On March 18, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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With all that’s happening right now in Japan, the Podcast urges all our listeners to please go to iTunes and make a donation to the Red Cross to help with their relief efforts, or any other relief organization that is helping the people of Japan right now. Every little bit helps.

The new iPad 2 from Apple gets quite a going over with a discussion started with an email from John Nemo. Lots of feedback from Twitter and JollyJap calls Guy a big Yank Tank. Was Gaz able to get himself an iPad while in Nashville? Ding Dong the Zune looks to be dead and Safari lasts for about 5 seconds at Pwn2Own. Lastly, AT&T thinks that putting on a 150GB cap for broadband service is a great idea because of the alleged online habits of 2% of their customers…Really?

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Free Calls to Japan

On March 15, 2011, in Features, by Owen Rubin

While MyMac typically does not publish press releases, I thought the information from one I received today to be important enough to post here, given the crisis in Japan.

The international calling iPhone app ChatTime today announced that they are making all calls to Japan, from all the countries that they support, free until the end of March in response to the international crisis.

While AT&T and Verizon have announced that they are also allowing free calls, the ChatTime app is not just for  US users, but for users all over the world that have friends and family there that they are worried about.

ChatTime is a unique third party calling app for the iPhone that allows you to call international numbers at drastically reduced rates. ChatTime does not use VoIP, a system plagued with connection problems, but rather uses the carrier networks themselves. This means that the call has the same quality as one placed directly through your carrier, at a fraction of the price. It does this by making a local call instead of an international one, and then passing it through a private high speed network to the country of origin, where it makes another local call. In countries that incoming calls are free, the outbound call can be converted to an incoming one in order to prevent minute usage.

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The Case for Free Mobile Hotspots in Phones

On March 9, 2011, in Opinion, by Donny Yankellow

Mobile hotspots, the feature that basically turns new cell phones into a wireless router is nothing new. It is just, officially, new to the iPhone. In the US this feature comes with a $20 addition to your phone bill. With that twenty dollars you get an additional 2gb of data for your connected devices. I say this feature should be free. Why? Read on.

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As I write this article I am in Ocean City, MD on my iPad 3G. We have been here for four days now, and I have to say I am really glad I bought the 3G model of the iPad. I am not disappointed in the performance of it at all. I am disappointed in the new data plan, but more on that later.

We are staying in a condo without WIFI, and the 3G service on the iPad has been fantastic. Full signal strength at all times. The speed of the network is slower than expected (I had never used any 3G device before, not even an iPhone) . However, for surfing the web, doing emails, and reading RSS feeds it is great. Downloading apps or other small items seems very slow. My wife streamed a movie through the Netflix app and it was low quality and choppy.

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Review – iPad the missing manual

On July 9, 2010, in Book Review, Features, iPad, by Beth Lock

iPad the missing manual
Author: J.D.Biersdorfer
Company: O’Reilly
Price: US $24.99 CAN $31.99
299 pages

A product as elegant and intuitive as the iPad shouldn’t need a manual, but J.D. Biersdorfer makes short work of that premise with this new title in the missing manual series. J.D. Biersdorfer has the credentials to speak about it as well, she is the author of iPod: The Missing Manual and The iPod Shuffle Fan Book, and is co-author of The Internet: The Missing Manual and the second edition of Google: The Missing Manual. She has been writing the weekly computer Q&A column for the Circuits section of The New York Times since 1998.

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The Gods Do Not Want Me to Have an iPhone

On July 2, 2010, in Apple, iPhone, Opinion, by Owen Rubin

Taking the Plunge and Finally Going iPhone — or not!

So I have wanted an iPhone for a long time. I have watched with envy as the first, second, and third generation phones came, and many of my friends were having a great time playing with them, while I sat with my trusty old Treo, trying to convince myself that it was just as good.

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It was not! Oh, it did what it needed to do, and had most of the same functions actually, but it was just no where near as fun.  So I got an iPod touch, but that was still not an iPhone.

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The Second Coming of iPhone

On June 28, 2010, in iPhone, Opinion, by Mark Rudd

As a longtime iPhone and Apple customer, I have been a fan of the design choices Apple has made to bring me a mobile phone that intelligently balances hardware, software, and industrial design. I was blown away by the revolution that was the original iPhone. After spending some quality time with the new iPhone 4, I feel like it is, The Second Coming of iPhone.

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AT&T has announced new data plans for mobile Internet, claiming these plans will make it “more affordable to more people…”, but this is just not so. One giant hole in this make it more affordable idea is there is no longer an unlimited data plan for iPad customers. That kind of makes this a LOT more expensive actually, not more affordable as AT&T claims.

AT&T now offers two mobile data plans: DataPlus, which provides 200 MB of data for $15 per month, with additional 200 MB chunks (or part thereof) costing another $15, and the DataPro plan, which gives 2 GB of data for $25 per month, with each additional GB (or part thereof) costing another $10.

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iPhone + AT&T: Secrets and Surprises

On June 26, 2007, in iPhone, Opinion, by Dan Robinson

Every little kid knows that there are good surprises and bad surprises.
If the Christmas package hides a box, it’s probably a toy and, therefore, a good surprise.

If it’s a soft package, it’s probably clothes and that’s a bad surprise.

The iPhone comes in a box and will probably be a good surprise with lots of neat features and more downloadable goodies promised later.

But more ominous, is the fact that we are locked into AT&T and, as of a week before release, that company has still not published the rate plan for the iPhone.

This could be a bad surprise . . . a very bad surprise.

This could actually be a deal-breaker of a bad surprise.

Here I sit, money in hand, ready to plunk down $499 x 2, plus buy my way out of SunCom for a hundred or two, plus sign up with AT&T for two years. I’m obligating myself for at least $2,200 EXTRA for a couple of cell phones.

Without knowing how much AT&T will charge?

Not bloody likely!

I’m not springing two grand for those iPhones for me and my wife until I know what AT&T is going to soak me each month.

AND! If it’s too much? — well — there’s nothing actually wrong with our current phones.

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Welcome to “The Readers Voice”! Here, we offer a page for readers to write about any subject they’d like. Many times this may simply be a letter too long for the e-mail page, though we encourage everyone to submit an article for this page. This is your space, and we need your help to fill it!

This month, John Nemerovski writes about his experience with AT&T’s WorldNet Internet service. Should you consider going with AT&T as your Internet Service Provider?

ATTention, please?By John Nemerovski

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