Brand New 3G iPhone

On Monday June 9th, 2008, in Technology, Web, by Michael Watson

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From the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference:

Apple figured out what the next challenges are.

1) 3G network support 2) Enterprise support 3) Third party application support 4) More countries (joking about unlocked iPhones in countries not officially supported) 5) More affordable

Introducing the iPhone 3G.

Apple has learned so much with the first iPhone. They have taken everything they’ve learned and more and created the iPhone 3G. Even thinner, black plastic back, solid metal buttons, same gorgeous display, camera, flush headphone jack, and dramatically improved audio.

How does the iPhone 3G tackle the challenges? 3G = faster data downloads, perfect for Safari and Mail. Comparing download speeds between 3G and EDGE. 3G finished in 21 seconds. EDGE finished in 59 seconds.

2.8X faster. Approaching WiFi speeds (WiFi scored 17 seconds). When compared to other 3G phones (Nokia N95 and Treo 750), the iPhone is 36% faster — and better looking.

3G has great battery life on iPhone. 300 hours of standby, 2G talk-time now has 10 hours (as opposed to 5), 5 hours of 3G talk-time (most phones only have 3 hour 3G talk time), 5 to 6 hours of high-speed browsing, 7 hours of video, 24 hours of audio.

GPS support now integrated into the iPhone.

Checking off 3G from the list of challenges. The second challenge, enterprise support, is fully built-in and can be checked off. The third challenge, third party application support, can also be checked off. The fourth challenge, more countries, can be checked off as it will be available in Canada, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands and many others — “It’s a Small World” is playing as countries continue to appear on the map.

Now on to the final challenge — affordability. Started at $599 for an 8GB iPhone, now $399. The iPhone 3G 8GB will sell for… $199.

$299 for the 16GB — a white version of this size will be available too.

The iPhone 3G will be available July 11th in 22 countries. The maximum price around the world is $199 USD. Now showing an ad.

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New Netflix Dot Com Account

On Wednesday February 20th, 2008, in Entertainment, Movies, Web, by Michael Watson
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So the other day I signed up for Netflix and it’s pretty legit. They have a 2 week trial which you can sign up for but was not the reason I signed up. Most of my energy was placed into typing in my name and waiting for my first movie to arrive. I chose to request Blood Diamond first as I had not seen it yet but I have wanted to for a long time. They mailed it out right away. The best part is that the distribution center is in Santa Ana so I think I received it the same day that they mailed it or at least the next day.

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Apple iPod Touch January Software Upgrade

On Saturday January 19th, 2008, in Technology, by Michael Watson
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Apple has added 5 new applications to the iPod touch software that can be activated through purchasing the January Software Upgrade from iTunes. The upgrade is $20. It adds the Mail, Google Maps, Weather, Stocks and Notes applications to your iPod touch just like the iPhone. Another feature that they have added is the ability to customize the home screen. You can rearrange the icons on the home screen and dock, create new home pages and also add icons with links to applications/ videos or other media.

I love my iPod touch but I definitely have a problem with buying frequent updates for my iPod touch after paying a premium in the first place. A benefit of software updates is on the original iPods, if they had a major software/hardware update, you couldn’t update the software but would have to buy the next generation. However this would allow Apple to release software updates just like a Mac’s operating system without the need of buying new hardware. I’ll have to admit, even though I was reluctant, I did purchase the update. Its nice to have mail, and especially Google Maps just in case. The only negative aspect is that you have to be connected to your router or another unsecured router in your area.