Apple updates the MacBook Pro line

Apple today updated the MacBook Pro line with a number of amazing technical advances. First the processor has been updated with new intel processors, updated graphic chip, FaceTime with HD capabilities and the inclusion of the new input/output system from Intel (Thunderbolt).
Thunderbolt is a combination of PCI Express and Mini Display port. Using an existing mini adapter a monitor can be connected and used as it is currently. Using the new thunderbolt system (which will be coming shortly from companies like Lacie for storage and video devices can be chained together (up to six devices) and powered to drive certain devices.
Thunderbolt is 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and 20 times faster than USB 2.0 so this will allow for super fast access to media and storage.
This update to the MacBook Pro line is an amazing and powerful step forward with cutting edge next generation technologies for processing professional level photography and video.

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Tim Keller on MSNBC’s Morning Joe

Tim Keller, Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC speaks about his weekend sermon topic and touches on his latest book – King’s Cross

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41662944

RunKeeper Pro FREE through January 2011

RunKeeper, a FANTASTIC application (and one of LifeHacker’s favorites)I have been using for about a year on the iPhone is available for about a month for FREE (normally $10).

If you are a runner or plan on running in 2011, this application tracks (using GPS or manual input) runs (or walks or cycling etc) and keeps tracks of this information for you on their website.  Looking for how long, how fast and maybe even how high your last run was, look no further!  This is an AWESOME app and worth the $10 BUT save the money and grab it right now…

A few notes.  I have found it works best with an arm band (I have been using the Belkin) so it has good GPS reception.  As RunKeeper has been doing their updates, they have become more accurate and very stable.

Again, if a 2011 resolution is running (or running more), grab this app for your iPhone or Android phone and enjoy.  Great work guys…

UPDATE Feb 2011:  Runkeeper announced in January that they would keep Runkeeper Pro free permanently!  Many people ask me what apps are must have for an iPhone – if you are a runner (or just generally active), Runkeeper Pro is a no-brainer.  Grab it for your iPhone (or Android phone) today!

Apple iTunes Event Tomorrow (Tuesday 11-16-10)

Apple has announced that tomorrow is “just another day.  That you’ll never forget.”

Cryptic to say the least, but wonder what this is leading to.  There will be an updated iOS in the next week (as expected by almost everyone).  iOS 4.2 for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch along with some AirPlay with the AppleTV.

More to come and I’ll be sure to post following the 10am EDT announcement.

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IMAP vs. POP (and who cares…)

Over the years, email has changed dramatically.  In the current 2010 world, most companies still offer POP as well as IMAP for receiving email.  In many cases, automatically adding an email address to a new computer or iPhone will use the POP method for getting email to you.  What difference does it make?  Ah, hence this little post…

Again in our 2010 world where many of us have a personal computer at home, a Blackberry or iPhone and occasionally (or more) work computers provide web access to our personal email it can be a pain to read and re-read a message on multiple devices.  This is where the IMAP and POP difference comes into effect.

When using POP [wikipedia] the device (in this case, iPhone, computer or other device), grabs the new mail from the server and removes the email (unless some settings are changed on the system to “keep mail on the server”).  In cases where you see the same mail on your phone and computer but they both show as unread (until you read them in two places) the system is using POP.  The other drawback is when you send a message using POP the device that sends the message retains the message locally (meaning if you are at work and you send a message that morning from your home PC, you will not see that message).

POP was valuable in the past, especially in years past when email storage was very limited (10-100MB, not the 7.5GB world of gmail).  Getting emails off the servers was important and a requirement to keep from “bouncing” mailbox full messages.

The thing that bothers me these days is if you set an email address up on an iPhone or iPad using GMail, the system makes it very easy but uses POP.  A quick adjustment to the account will make email a much more efficient tool with the use of IMAP.

IMAP [wikipedia] is the newer of the two protocols and again is supported by most email systems.  With Google’s email system, using IMAP allows you to read a message on your iPhone or Droid and when you check the message on your home computer, that message will show as read.  If you replied, that too will show up.  Do you have folders (or labels as google calls them)?  IMAP will also display those in your email program.

The bottom line is check your email settings and switch to IMAP if you are comfortable doing so.  It will make the use of email so much more seamless.

  • For Google’s GMail, check this page for clients and settings
  • The page for setting GMail up on an Apple mobile device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
  • Apple’s MobileMe IMAP setting page
  • Yahoo does NOT provide IMAP without purchasing Yahoo Plus (I would not suggest investing in this)
  • AOL’s page for setting up IMAP

If you have questions or concerns about changing your email setting, please let me know.

If you made these changes to your system and have seen improvements with the way the system(s) work, again, let us know.

AppleTV Review part 1

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As a wonderful gift from my family I received an early gift of a shiny new black AppleTV.  It is small yet powerful.  Unfortunately the one question not asked by the Apple sales rep in the Short Hills store where my wife picked it up was – Do you have a TV with HDMI…

We do not have a TV with HDMI (the last TV we bought was a very heavy Phillips 32″ CRT about 6 years ago).  I do have a computer monitor with HDMI and that is where I connected it to begin the playing…  I would love to see the AppleTV in the TV cabinet (and it will be there someday soon) in all it’s small little glory.

Setup was all of 3 minutes.  Pick a language, pick a WiFi access point to connect to and off you go.  Once you get to the main menu, connect to your library via Home Sharing in iTunes to one of the home machines and off you go…  Music, movies, TV shows, anything in the iTunes library is available to the AppleTV.

A few first impressions:

  • 802.11g network seems to work fine, but 802.11n would be much snappier
  • A TV with HDMI is imperative (no longer options for a composite connection)
  • Items cannot be purchased on the AppleTV (they can be rented)
  • The iTunes library must be online and available to access the media

I’m going to do a little more work with this tonight and followup with a part two.

Please post comments or email with questions you may have or like answered…

 

 

SquareUp with your iPhone/iPad or iPod Touch

David Pogue from the NYTimes outlines the benefit of taking credit card purchases right from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. A company called Square has made a free solution for the iPhone and iPad that allows the device to swipe or type in a credit card and take payments right into your bank account.

This is a great solution for the small business. I have it for my consulting company. Square takes a percentage (though smaller than most credit card companies at 2.5-3.5% of the purchase) and a $0.15 processing flat fee.

Interesting enough, it does bring up questions about why don’t people consider Square for their garage sales, bake sales and payment for the landscaper. It makes payment easy, cool and protects the seller and “store”.

Have a iPhone and a small business, seriously consider Square.

Read David Pogue’s article from the NYTimes
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