Apple iPod Touch
iPod touch is considered as the newest line of iPod being introduced in the market. Apple iPod Touch comes in six generations which means that the storage capacity has now gotten higher and even bigger once iPod Touch introduces their 7th gen. What revolutionized iPod Touch from its predecessors is that the device has the capacity to access the App Store. With this, users can already purchase applications for their iPod Touch in the comforts of their home. The 2nd generation iPod Touch was equipped with built-in speaker system which was not a part of the 3rd generation. Meanwhile, the 3rd gen has a speed boost feature of an additional 50% which means that the 3rd gen is faster in rendering audio and video files.
In terms of physical qualities, the iPod Touch comes with a dimension of 4.86” (height) x 2.31” (width) x.24” (depth) and has a weight of 3.10 ounces. Its touchscreen features and internet connectivity has also placed the iPod Touch in a higher league compared to its predecessors. Users can enjoy the widescreen display inherent on all iPod Touch versions which measures at around 4” diagonally and has a multi touch IPS technology. While the first three generations of iPod Touch lack camera functions, the newer models are equipped with a 5-pixel iSight camera with practical features such as AutoFocus, backside illumination, LED Flash, Face detection, and HD video recording among others. The iPod Touch runs on a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery that can support around 40 hours of music playback time and eight hours of video playback duration.
• Apple iPod Touch comes in different colors and the newer versions are equipped with extra features such Facetime, iMessages, e-mail reader capability, iCloud, movie rental application and the addition of the camera functions.
• Least expensive among Apple’s iOS applications.
• iPod Touch camera is capable of taking quality pictures and function as an HD camcorder at the same time.
• Clean, seamless look and weighs light.
• Has the same hardware specification as the iPhone.
• The 4th gen iPod touch is integrated with a mono microphone which is relevant for FaceTime, camcording, Voice Memos and even on third-party VoIP without the need for an earpiece.
• Internet connectivity, touchscreen features and the capacity to browse the App Store.
• The gaming experience with iPod Touch is quite impressive, from the widescreen display and graphics to the wide selection of game applications in the App Store. The fourth generation iPod Touch also comes with preinstalled game application.
• iPod Touch has retained the high music and video quality that iPod has been known for.
• Allows the use of third-party audio streaming and Netflix subscription.
• Photo quality does not match to iPhone 4.
• No 3G service.
• Good in camcording but not as great as other dedicated pocket camcorders such as the Flip (although Flip does not have internet connectivity).
For those who see iPod Touch as its own entity and not a pocket iPad nor an iPhone without a phone, iPod Touch undeniably offers a great value for money. It has revolutionized the way that iPod functions with its internet connectivity and camera functions. In addition, Apple has maintained the great benefits found in iPod Touch over the years as it still provides great music and video quality. Its capacity to access the App Store is another plus for the iPod Touch. Yes, even the newest versions of the iPod Touch can’t come at par with the iPhone and the iPad, but on its own league, iPod Touch is totally unmatched in terms of features and price value.
Pocket PC: An Informative Overview
With the world’s technological advances, a lot of problems are given appropriate solutions. Information is widely needed therefore, information granted. The fad of getting into the waves of gaining power to achieve minute by minute communication and information combined. A computer is just the tool for that but for the inventors of Pocket PC, a computer is not enough to always be online, there is a need for portability.
Pocket PC Defined
A PPC or Pocket PC is a kind of hardware specification that is made like a handheld-sized personal computer. It is a computer’s scaled down version that can be used in offices and in homes. With its size, people can mistake it as a small diary or an ordinary mobile phone.
Although, PPCs have almost all the commands and applications your local personal computer can have. PPCs have the capability to run software applications that is most likely to be sophisticated. Usually, a Pocket PC weighs for just about 110-170 grams or around 4-6 ounces which can be a perfect fit for your pocket.
Aside from the permanent Microsoft operating system, Pocket PCs can have the ability to run other alternatives like Linux, NetBSD, Android and other forms. Currently, more than a thousand applications are adhered by the Pocket PC, most of which are known as freeware. Pocket PCs compliant to Microsoft can also be used together with numerous add-ons like barcode and RFID readers, cameras, and GPS receivers.
Pocket PC is the evolution of computers which are considered as calculator sized. Calculators that are keystroke-programmable and can do scientific applications and simple businesses that became available during the 1970s. It was during the 1990s when the origination of an earlier version of PPC was formed. This device was small and handheld that had organizer facilities and is known as Palm Pilot. When 2000 came in, Microsoft introduced a more sophisticated pocket-sized version of the Windows operating system.
What’s in a Pocket PC?
Sophistication of commands made possible at the palm of your hands – this is what PPC is all about. It functions as an extension of your desktop PC where you can use Microsoft software applications even if you’re far away from your home PC. It’s accessibility ranges from all updates of data that may include appointments and emails. Pocket PCs are very much available. You can purchase it in different designs and features with various memory sizes. Upgrades like increasing the memory size are possible with the purchase of add-on memory cards.
With regards to the lives of batteries, it can last for 4 – 8 hours or even more. When the battery is down, charging can be easily done. Sizes of screens also differ depending on the preference of the person purchasing the PPC. The normal variety of PPC screen sizes ranges from nine to ten centimeters if measured diagonally. Majority of PPCs are touch screens.
The ability to connect via the Internet is also possible through Bluetooth or WiFi that gives you the opportunity to browse in web pages to compose, send or read emails no matter where you are.
With the Pocket PC at hand, you can go anywhere you want and still be able to communicate, do work or simply do whatever it is you have to do. Conducting business matters can be made possible even if you’re still on your way to work or is stuck in heavy traffic.
Non-Traditional Wedding Gifts We Saw in 2012
They say the mother of innovation is necessity. Or is it invention? Anyway, finding that unique wedding gift is a hassle. More so, finding the traditional yet unique gift can be a challenge. You don’t want to have your couple flooded with coffee makers right? Some people have used their imagination to the fullest and tried their best to come up with gift ideas that could stand out from the rest.
This year we have seen that most non-traditional wedding gifts are mostly technology based. Why not? More and more people have been drawn to technology and it has slowly being woven in our everyday lives. People have been too dependent with technology and some of us being geeks are the new normal. As we scoured wedding registries and other sources we have picked some of the unique gift ideas that we saw this year and could become the staple in years to come.
Whole grain cookers
No, not rice cookers but whole grain cookers. To those who are very particular with what they ear, whole grain cookers are heaven sent. These whole grain cookers are able to cook whole-grain pasta, whole grain food and cereals, brown rice and soup meals that could help you maintain that healthy and lean figure. Wait, you are already married why do you have to maintain a figure? No, not because you’re married it doesn’t mean you have the license to neglect your health.
His and hers iPhone cases
Customized iPhone cases were a hit as one of the non-traditional wedding gifts that we saw in 2012. The iPhone cases are nice especially when they have inscription in the back about the wedding. It is an excellent way to protect that too expensive iPhone 4 or 4S and also to keep you reminded that you have someone waiting for your text reply. Of course, we haven’t seen the same cases made for the iPhone 5 but it will be just a matter of time for some enterprising dude that will come up and sell an upgraded version.
Fragrance lamps have been invented in the 1930s but it never became a staple in the wedding gift circuit. However, there are a lot of people that gave this as a gift this year owing to its ability to disinfect the air. Berger Lamps are used in hospitals for many years to disinfect the air. It can be used inside the house as couples would rather snuggle than spend time cleaning the house for once. Berger lamps can surely help get rid of the foul odor that can spread through the couples’ new home.
Stainless steel fondue
If you like to have a fondue then having a stainless steel one is a welcome treat. You can have some friends over for some fondue or you can have a private event with your new and lovely wife and share some chocolate fondue while having a movie marathon streamed over your new HDTV. Speaking of HDTV…
HDTV remote control
Well, this could either solve the problem of who will control the TV or make it worse. An HDTV universal remote control can make or break a relationship. Nonetheless, an extra remote control ain’t so bad especially if you happen to lose the original one. Having a spare as your wedding gift is a nice way of being reminded that you can lose the remote and still have something to use to change channels.
Indoor electric grill
An indoor electric grill is perfect especially for new couples who opt to live an apartment as they scout for a bigger home. The indoor electric grill does not emit too much smoke which is perfect when you live in an apartment. You don’t need to have a balcony to do some grilling and will give you a nicer way of cooking without the grease and oil.
Download Music Onto Iphone
Downloading music to your Iphone may be a little easier than you first think- all that’s needed is a computer, an Internet connection, and of course an Iphone! For those of you that have already owned Ipods, the procedure is pretty much identical, but for those of you that don’t read on to see how it’s done.
First of all, before you can download music to anything, you need to decide where you want the music to come from. If it’s from cds that you already own, you can copy it to the hard drive of your computer without too much bother, but if it’s music you intend to download, most often you’ll find it’s in the correct file format already.
If you decide to go the CD route, the first thing to do is decide on the songs you want, and then go about the task of pulling the songs from the CDs and saving them on the computer. This process is known as “ripping”. You’ll find that most computers built within the last 5 or 6 years will be able to perform this task with no problem, although you may find it easier with a newer model as it may enable you to do all the CDs in one shot, instead of one at a time.
If on the other hand you are tired of all your old music, or you simply don’t want to go to the trouble of transferring it across and would rather download it from the internet, this is pretty simple too. At the current time it’s not possible to download music directly to the Iphone, it needs to go onto your computer first. It’s thought that Apple will fix this with a future software update.
When looking to download music from the internet to use on your Iphone, one of the most important things is the speed of your internet connection. It can take a while to download a song over dial up, generally the faster your connection the better. If you have a slower one, it’s still no huge problem, you’ll just have to wait longer for your songs.
The other main thing you need is somewhere to get the downloads from. Customarily, over the last few years people have been having a field day getting all kinds of free downloads by using the peer to peer sites, or torrent sites, or whatever you want to call them. This can seem pretty cool, until you try it-torrent sites are pretty dangerous-hackers hang out there to try and get their warez and trojans etc downloaded by innocent users, so that they spread around the internet. Also, sites like this are pretty illegal, so if you get caught downloading anything, you’re going to get into a lot trouble. Do you want the new JZ album bad enough to go to jail?
As a happy alternative, you can now download stuff from a variety of new places, which are altogether a safer haven from hackers and spammers etc. The way it works is that you pay a one off fee, and for that you get unlimited access to their download database. The databases are usually huge, and the downloads are pretty high speed. As well as music downloads, you can also expect to get free movie and tv shows, as well as games etc. All in all it’s a pretty good deal, as you won’t usually have to pay any more than about $50, and that covers you for life.
Hopefully that article will come in useful for you.
How Gadgets Make History
The history of gadgets spans as far back as humanity itself — since hominids began creating tools to make their lives easier. Humans have always created devices and appliances with specific practical purposes that were initially thought of as novelties, due to unfamiliarity with and initial unwillingness to accept the technology. Today, industry has augmented the creation of new gadgets, while certain retailers, including Brookstone and Richard Thalheimer’s RichardSolo.com, specialize in popularizing them.
What famous inventors Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and Leonardo da Vinci, among others, had in common was foresight. They understood that a lifetime spent playing with what others viewed as toys and senseless gadgets would eventually result in indispensable technology. From just that small group, the groundwork for electricity, communications, film, and flight was laid because of their gadgets, which obviously possessed more value than novelty.
Perhaps one of the earliest, most well known gadgets created is the wheel, many millennia ago. Take a ride in your car and witness how truly revolutionary such a gadget became and how much we now rely on it for transportation. A more recent gadget, the Apple iPhone, appears to be the beginning stages of yet another gadget-turned-necessity that will reshape communications.
“The iPhone may someday be looked upon as the device that started a second revolution in computing. Desktop computing was the first revolution. Hand-held computing will someday be regarded as the second revolution, and the iPhone is the product that started it.”
-Richard Thalheimer, RichardSolo.com
All gadgets were not created equal. In fact most inventions are built on the newest technology. The world of gadgets is tiered; devices fall into one of four categories: mechanical, electronic, programmable, and application. Mechanical gadgets include the wheel, as well as later developments such as the pulley, the bicycle, the sail boat, the thermometer and the sort. Following the advent of electricity, gadgets were taken to a new level as inventors began to discover different uses for the newly harnessed energy. The television, radio and quartz watch are examples of electronic gadgets. After electricity, inventors toyed around with electronic information via microprocessor, beginning an age of programmable devices such as computers, and later, MP3 players and the iPhone. Application gadgets include iTunes, Microsoft Office and other computer applications that customize our experience with programmable devices.
Richard Thalheimer, the President and founder of online gadget vendor RichardSolo.com, and founder and former CEO of gadget giant The Sharper Image, understands, maybe better than anyone, that there’s much more to gadgets than novelty.
“Certainly most people enjoy the novelty of a gadget that introduces new convenience to their lifestyle. What they forget is that solving these everyday problems is not just entertainment, but some of these devices become functional necessities. In my personal life, I rely on my iPhone, my garage door opener, my nose hair trimmer, my electric toothbrush, and other gadgets that were once regarded as novel gadgets. “
– Richard Thalheimer, RichardSolo.com
Both his former brainchild and his current venture sell quirky, useful and fun gadgets of all types, from mechanical to programmable and application. He has seen some devices, such as the Ionic Breeze air purifier, spur sensational and lasting trends based on a realization of utility value, while others collected dust on the shelves after their novelty wore out. Specialty stores like The Sharper Image and Richard Thalheimer’s RichardSolo.com serve a greater purpose: spread new ideas, and give credit to the Franklins and Edisons of the world.
~Ben Anton, 2008
The Apple Iphone – Why?
In January of 2007, Apple announced that it was entering into the portable phone market with the development and launch of the iPhone. Scheduled for release in June of 2007, the Apple iPhone will be able to play music like an iPod, surf and browse the web, take pictures, showcase videos, send text messages and emails, and, maybe, make or take a phone call or two.
For every new cell phone or cell phone company that introduces itself to the market, proclaiming that their particular model of cell phone can, say, play music, there are dozens of other names and brands, some popular, some not, that can do exactly the same thing. What’s the catch? What’s the hook? Where’s the innovative technological design that’s supposed to make the public stand up and take notice?
Now, the Apple iPhone does have complete virtual touch-screen. There are no raised buttons to press and push, and everything is operated with the sense of a finger. Now, that actually is a cool feature, but, it might not be completely practical. Why? Simply because when I look at my hands, I see chubby fingers that are not going to be able to accurately press any button on a small touch screen. Now, unless that screen is 6″ across, which, if that were the case, might defeat the entire mobility purpose of the phone.
Why does Apple feel the need to develop and create their own portable phone? Could it be that they really want to revolutionize portable communication? Do they want to make the world a better place? Can they offer something that no one else can?
Look at it this way: why does Lindsay Lohan think she could sing?
Because it’s another revenue stream to be mined, that’s why? Now, there’s no doubt that the iPhone is cool, and will find a popular and receptive audience. But, like Lohan’s singing attempts, it doesn’t really improve the world and the world wouldn’t notice it if it weren’t around. It’s just there, and it will make money. Partially because of its features, partially because of curiosity seekers, and partially because of people loyal to the brand name.
No one is begrudging Apple for getting in on the portability craze. After all, Apple may have taken that craze to incredible heights with the development and release of the iPod. So, it makes sense, then, to fuse the iPod with a cellular phone. But, it’s already been done before.
Maybe the real issue is that if Apple released a phone without web, email, video player and other bells and whistles, that it simply wouldn’t sell and just sit there on the shelves. If Lindsay Lohan had to sing on her own merits, she might be joining that lonely phone. But, add some studio effects, create some stylish videos and surround her with talented musicians, and she becomes passable and tolerable.
In today’s ultra-connected world, it seems that no one will buy a cell phone for the expressed purpose of having a phone with you while on the go. You need to have everything or your will appear to be nothing.
What You Need to Know About a Personal Digital Assistant
Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) are handheld computers that are small in size so it can be brought when a person needs to go places. Also known as a “small computer,” “palmtop computers,” “palm tops,” “palms” and “palm pilots,” the PDA enables someone to do things that can be done using a personal computer.
Today, more and more manufacturers come up with newer models that have modern and updated features. These changes come in sizes, colors, and audio capabilities of the PDA. In fact, in the market today, most of the models have colored touch screens, higher definition of and audio components, and lighter, slimmer appearance.
Majority of which can also be double as a mobile phone, a portable media player with high storage capacity, and can even serve as a web browser because they can have access to the Internet through built-in intranets and extranets, through wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi), and through Wireless Wide-Area Networks (WWANs).
Although there are so many guides in using PDA, it greatly helps a lot if the user finds time to know its history and the movement of its progression. Did you know that the very first PDA was released 21 years ago? In May 1983, the CASIO PF-3000 released by GO Corp. penetrated the market and made the breakthrough. But, its fame did not materialize until John Sculley, the Chief Executive Officer of Apple used the term “PDA” at the Consumer Electronics Show which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1992, referring to the “Apple Newton.”
What makes that PDA a hit is that its touch screen means of entering any data, the large capacity of data storage through the memory card, and wireless connectivity such Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and IrDA. One unique feature about PDAs is that its software enables it to have a customized calendar for appointments and scheduled activities, an organized “to-do-list”, an easy to use address book that has large capacity of memory for saving names and other details of contacts as well as a program that lets you take down some notes.
But, what makes it truly a hit for many people is its touch screen feature. Even the first batches of palms have touch screens for user interaction. This feature only has a few numbers of buttons that serve as shortcuts for specific programs. Although touch screen phones can operate using the bare hands, manufacturers came up with a “stylus” to make the touch screen feature more effective. Here, interaction is made easier and faster by just tapping the screen itself for the menu choices to appear. And just by tapping the screen, the stylus can easily activate the buttons you need for any program to work.
Aside from the touch screen feature, PDAs also have stroke recognition wherein there are a predetermined number of strokes which corresponds to the characters needed to be used. Other PDAs—especially those that are being used purely for business purposes—offer thumb or scroll wheels as well as full keyboards to make entering the data and navigation easier and more accurate.
For the personal digital assistant to work, it needs an operating system or OS. This is predetermined depending on the maker of the PDA.
Common PDA operating systems include the PalmSource’s “Palm OS”, Microsoft’s “Windows Mobile Professional” and “Classic” for Pocket PCs, Apple Inc.’s “iPhone OS”, and Research In Motion’s “BlackBerry OS” among others.
iPhone Keyboard Tips And Tricks
Every time that you have a new technology it requires you to learn how to use it. However, this can sometimes be extremely difficult, especially when there aren’t very many resources to help you learn new techniques. A great example of this is with the new Apple iPhone. When you first purchase an iPhone, than you have probably spent many hours getting familiar with the various technologies that are inside this amazing cell phone, however, there are some tips that aren’t learned by simply playing around with the phone. In order to learn about these tips, than you must first learn them, and one of the best tips concerns the keyboard.
When you have such a unique feature as the touch screen keyboard, than there are several tips that you must know in order to keep your messages flowing. When you follow these tips than you will be able to type quicker and error free, as well as being able to type easier than ever before. The first of these tips concerns actually typing the letters into the iPhone. When you want to enter a letter, you tap on it; however, the letter isn’t placed onto the screen until you lift your finger off of it.
Thus, if you touch the wrong key than you can simply fix this error by sliding your finger to the correct letter. Then when you have found the right letter or number, you can lift your finger and the letter will be placed onto the screen. This tip helps fix the majority of errors, and will save you time.
Many people have found that the auto-correction feature within the keyboard is a great way to keep your writing clear and easy. However, it is very easy to accept a word that you didn’t want to type. If you want to steer clear from this confusion than you need to learn how to accept and reject a suggested word. When you want to accept a word than you will want to tap either return, space or tap a punctuation mark. However, if you want to reject a suggested word, than you will simply want to finish typing the word you want and then you will have to tap the completed word.
A reminder, if you write a full word out two different times, and then tap on them both times, the iPhone will actually add the word to its dictionary. It takes a couple of weeks to store all of your most used words into the dictionary, however, once you have done this typing on your iPhone will be extremely fast.
The last tip has to deal with the capitalization of words. If you want to capitalize the first letter of a word, you simply tap the shift key and then tap the letter you want capitalized, but what happens when you want to capitalize the entire word? This is very easy, and doesn’t require you to tap the shift key before each letter. You will want to go to settings and then tap general after that tap keyboard. From there you will tap “Enable Caps Lock,” and then when you double tap the shift key it will light up blue, and now you will be able to type in all caps.
Surfing on the Run with iPhone
There are some people who just can’t get enough of
surfing on the Internet. After all, it’s a plethora of
information and news, and it’s the easiest and fastest
way to find out anything that you want to know.
But with other cell phones, they expect you to use a
magnifying glass in order to read what you find on the
Internet. That’s not true with the Apple iPhone.
When you have an Apple iPhone, the technology that is
included with your cell phone allows you to zoom in on
the Safari webpages and see them very clearly. Zooming
in is easy as well.
Just tap the handy Multi-Touch touchscreen with your
finger and you can see your favorite webpages the way
that you want to see them.
Of course, no Internet ready cell phone would be
complete without the ability to go to your favorite
websites, right? Apple has thought about that to.
That’s why they have included the ability to create
Web Clips that appear right on the Home screen of your
iPhone. This means, of course, that your favorite web
applications and websites are right there at your
fingertips, ready to view when you need them.
Do you want to organize your Web Clips? You have the
ability to customize up to a total of nine Home screen
pages. This makes it easy to organize the Web Clips by
personal, business, or any other way that you choose.
You don’t have to worry about searching through
countless Web Clips to find the one that you want.
Download A Free Movie For Your Iphone
Ever since it became apparent that it was possible, many owners of Apple’s new Iphone have been doing all they can to download free movies for their Iphone. The general consensus is that using Itunes and other download sites is becoming too expensive, with many owners preferring to get their downloads for free. If you like the sound of free downloads, read on to find out more.
A simple Google search regarding Iphone movie downloads will soon give you an idea of just how many sites claim to offer free downloads. At first this seems great, the only problem being that a good percentage of them are not as they seem, so you need to be very careful. Follow these guidelines to help you spot which sites are trustworthy and which have ulterior motives.
Firstly, you’ll need to be prepared to pay. Obviously, the fact that you may have to pay can make it seem like you aren’t going to be getting any “free” movies for your Iphone, but you’ll find that the most trustworthy sites will charge you a membership or admin fee to give you access to their downloads. This isn’t as bad as it sounds, as you are usually only looking at around $30 – $50, and in most cases this will cover you for life. You will literally be downloading things in two years time from that same membership fee. It’s easy to see the value when you think of it like that.
Secondly, avoid sites with spyware/adware. It can be easier said than done, so make sure you have reliable and up to date security software, this is essential, and also a good tip is to avoid any sites with those annoying popups etc. You’ll often find that the sites with popups and things are the very same ones that will install spyware etc, so try to avoid these sites for maximum safety.
Thirdly, be sure to avoid the torrent or P2P sites, also known as file sharing sites. These first came into popularity five or so years ago, and should be avoided for a couple of very good reasons- first of all, downloading stuff from sites like this is illegal in most territories, so check your own local laws first. Second of all, these sites can be a real haven for hackers and spammers etc. All the files are uploaded to the sites by other users, and mostly there is no supervision which allows them to upload whatever they like. This means you could be happily trying to download the latest Brad Pitt movie only to find that the file you download contains nothing but a nasty virus!
If you have an Iphone, you’ll already know what an excellent device it is, and hopefully this article will allow you to get even more enjoyment from it. Thanks for reading.