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The all new iPad

So I finally got my hands on my new iPad! I love this thing! After having the previous 2 generations I can say I am happy to have this one. The retina display is excellent and super sharp. The AT&T 4G LTE service with it is sick!

Sad that it puts my home Internet to shame…the software is gradually getting better which is making my days easier and easier. For quite some time now I have used my iPad exclusively for school notes and group collaborations. Easy, light weight, and works in sync with everything else. I can’t wait for them to finish rolling out iCloud through iOS updates and the next generation Mac operating system mountain lion. For most things it’s already a seamless handling of all my media but to build n that the rest if my files and data is going to be epic!

Steve I will miss you.

It’s a very sad and dark day for me to hear one of my idols in life has passed. Steve’s existence in this life has had such a profound influence on this world that most truly will never realize or be able to appreciate. A true innovator that saw the connection between art, technology, the future, and beyond.

A very bitter sweet day to think about how excited I am for the new iPhone 4S to come out in just a week or so. I know that what he strived for was making products that would change peoples lives. The one thing I owe a debt of gratitude to Steve for is exactly that. I can think of countless times where his products have made my life exponentially easier. To top that off it did it with style.

He had the ability to inspire like no one i’ve ever seen. I reflect on his 2005 harvard commencement speech and an interview he did on the secrets of life that will stay with me forever.

Steve, I will miss you. I wish you were with us now.

Gimme! Gimme! My iPhone 4

I have been waiting a long time (see my iPhone 3G post) for the next best iPhone. Well, its finally here and I have it in my hands!! It’s AMAZING. I love my new phone! I decided to wait a generation and I’m happy I did. I’ll keep my review for another post, but can you imagine what that’s going to look like? 🙂

Chad, Daniel, and I woke up extremely early and got to the mall many hours before the launch and found ourselves back in line about 100 people! but it didn’t take long for more to file in. Not to worry though, when it was time, with our reservations we were in front of the line. Enjoying free tacos and water, they really hyped up the experience we were in and out in no time. I had it in my hands and ready to go forth and prosper.

Now I have to sell my iPad so I can get the new one…anyone interested? LOL

MacHeist 3

The heist has already begun! It’s that time for MacHeist 3!

At this point there has already been a few microMissions and a full Mission, at this point we are awaiting the next mission…but some great apps have already been had!

This time around the Directorate has placed everyone on teams and implemented a points system on the site which points are earned by participation on the site. While we don’t know what the points are for just yet, its been great to get involved in the community on the forums, in the IRC, listening to the podcasts, and getting to know other heisters.

For those of you who are Mac users and aren’t aware of MacHeist. It’s a community of mac users and developers who participate in planned events by the MacHeist Directorate coordinating puzzles and missions for community users to complete for free fully licensed mac applications.

Also, at the end of the Heist, the Directorate releases a ‘bundle’ of applications for sale. The bundle is basically a bunch of mac applications rounded up and sold at a very discounted rate. So instead of going out and purchasing each application for full price, users can purchase these apps all at once for cheap. In turn, the developers, who make there apps apart of the bundle are promoting their applications by selling a very large amount of them cheaper thus for some increasing profit they would have not gained otherwise and hopefully increase the user base that will pay to upgrade the applications as they are updated with new versions and features.

All around a great program that comes around about once a year, it’s a lot of fun being part of the community and the mystery of the heists. Best of all, you get free useful (most of them) apps.

If you have yet to check it out, it’s definitely worth it! Explore the heist here.

iPhone 3G: Ridiculous!

So I have had my iPhone 3G for a couple of months now and it’s about time I put down my review of the update to the first generation iPhone. I can pretty much some it up in one word RIDICULOUS!

It’s just uncanny the sheer speed, ease, and useful it has been for me. Before I get to just how great this phone is I wanted to point out that it was not without it’s issues to start. It had some problems with slow loading of contacts, dropping calls, and installation of third-party apps. They have worked hard at it and all those issues have already been resolved via software update. Not to mention added features also being rolled out by Apple.

In any event, on to the features! To start lets talk integration with mobile me, their newly released service to replace .Mac for e-mail, calendars, contacts, and web storage. This integration allows me to have push e-mail, all my calendars, contacts with me at all times on my phone that are synched via the internet and my home computer. I have my phone numbers and listing of where I need to be with me at all times…It truly helps me stay organized.

The highly desirable GPS chip inside is more than I could imagine. Using real-time GPS allows me to find people, places, and information at in the most powerful way, adding that to the “3G” data network connection with it makes it lightning fast. I was sitting at home with my family while my sister was visiting and we were discussing making dinner reservations…we decided on a place and before my sister could finish talking about calling them up and getting the number to the restaurant I had already started dialing. It was literally about 7 seconds for me to pull up google maps, search, see how far it was from me, obtain the number and dial it. RIDICULOUS! RIGHT?!?!

Lastly, one of the most prominent additions was third-party apps. There are some really genius coders out their and they have dazzled with the apps they have come up with that use the built-in features 3G, GPS, Contacts ect. Overall making the iPhone a Continued success and a absolute pleasure to have by me.

Some features I am still waiting on:
App background notification
Copy and Paste

Can’t wait for another update…I want it now.