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This is a tale of hubris run amok.  Apple has lost some of their glamour.

Massive patent lawsuits, manufacturing woes, public image hits, actual customer dissatisfaction and loss of focus have left the giant stumbling.  And now, their advertising is lame.  These commercials are not bad per se, but they lack the focus that creates genuine desire for a product.  They fail on selling the service aspect by depicting the potential customer as idiots.  But you judge.  Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Web designers and developers have to work smarter and faster to keep up with new technologies.  The more great tools you have, the more efficient your workflow becomes and your productivity soars.  Mozilla’s Firefox keeps the tools coming to help designers keep on top and the latest is a doozie.

Firefox 15 (Nightly) allows you to test out various viewscreen sizes inside the browser window.  This means no more manually resizing your entire browser and losing shortcuts and menus.  Take a look and tell us what you think.

If you watched Avengers, you had to notice all the cool tech available to Tony Stark and SHIELD.  Glass slab computers and holographic interfaces responding to gestures were all over the place.

Now technology brings us one step closer to this being a reality with David Holz, creator of Leap Motion a motion sensing controller for all PCs and Macs.  Business Week’s profile describes Mr. Holz as a genius level inventor with impressive credentials for someone only According to CNET, the device will retail for about $70.

Let me know what you think.  See you in the Future!

A few weeks ago Techsnoop had the joy of trying to help someone enable their wireless internet on a Compaq CQ56.  This unit has a function key that theoretically turns the wireless service on or off.  However, holding down the function key and pressing the wireless key does nothing.

By accident (holding down function plus other keys and hitting the wireless key), I discovered that you need to hold down the function and alt key while tapping the wireless key. There is no documentation on this glitch.

So for everyone who is about to smash their CQ56, here is the answer.
Too bad it didn’t come from Compaq.

Identity CrisisWell, if you have nothing to do, go on over to Google, login as yourself and click this link;

Who Am I?

You might be surprised to find out how Google views you as opposed to who you really are.  According to Google, I am a 25-34 year old male (see stats below).  This may shock and amaze many people, mostly, my parents, siblings, daughter and granddaughter who know me as a well over 35 year old FEMALE.  Google, you got some ‘splaining to do.

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We infer your age and gender based on the websites you’ve visited.
Age: 25-34
Gender: Male

Thanks to Little Huss on the Prarie for the great laugh.

Frightmare Friday

AlertAlert! A new virus is out which can circumvent your anti-virus program.  It comes from phishing websites urls and can take over your computer.  If you get a message to update Adobe Flash player and cannot shut it down, you have been infected.  Another symptom is clicking on links on websites and being given a download message instead of going to the link action.  Also, if you cannot open folders on your hard drive, you may be infected.  I was infected visiting a site I have gone to in the past.  It was not infected then, but is now a victim of phishing.  This can happen to anyone.

If you suspect you have this virus, seek help immediately.  It can be cleaned off by going to a system restore point that is known to be clear of the virus.  If you are not setting system restore points and backing up your files on a regular basis, DO IT NOW.

FYI, I have a superior anti-virus program which is updated twice a day.  My computer is scanned every day.  When I scanned my computer, the program did not recognize the virus so it may be a keylogger.  If you are infected, change all of your passwords, uninstall Flash player and Java and reinstall them from the developer sites.  I have taken all of these steps and it was a pain.  But it would have been much worse if I had not had my files backed up and my system restore points.  Have a happy Holiday season and enjoy shopping online safely.

Nook & FireTablets have become the new must-have accessory.  So the question becomes not if, but which tablet to choose from?

With the entry of two new contenders, Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble’s Nook, there are some solid lower priced alternatives.  First, what will you use your tablet for?  If you need it for heavy-duty business on the road, look for a higher end model.  These are not for heavy office app usage.

But, if you are streaming, reading, e-mailing and viewing pics, one of these could be right for you.  Priced at $199 for the Fire and $249 for the Nook, both are in the price range of a high-end smartphone.  Battery life and storage capacity are better with the Nook, so if you plan to store a lot of media on your device, the extra $50 is worth it.

For me, I hate being handcuffed to a specific service provider so the Fire won’t work as you have to get all of your content from the Amazon Cloud.  But if you are already an Amazon Prime customer, this is a fantastic deal as there are all sorts of freebies that will come with your Fire.

With the current technologies, screen resolution and readability are very close on most devices, so you can narrow your decision based on storage and use needs.  Oh, and connectivity?  Both are Wi-Fi only.

Happy Holiday Shopping!

Farewell to a Titan

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Way too young, way too soon.

Steve Jobs was arguably one of the most prolific and innovative tech creators in the last decade.  His ideas and releases drove not only the products produced by Apple, but also forced other hardware and software companies to work harder.

Steve Jobs continually kept Apple products at the forefront of what consumers wanted and would buy.  In addition to cult-making designs, Jobs steered Apple to produce products that were robust and easy to use.  This combination created a value that kept customers coming back again and again as well as adding new customers at a steady rate.

Showmanship was also a strength of Jobs.  His product announcements became must-attend events for the press and drove the rest of the tech industry to attempt similar events.

To the family of Steve Jobs; I add my condolences to the millions you will receive over the next days.  To Apple; I hope you continue the legacy.  To all of us in the technology industry; let’s step up the innovation and make Steve proud.

RIP Steve, you will truly be missed.

InklingWelcome gadget geeks and lovers of all new toys.  I am about to start your Christmas wish list.  I’ll be showcasing one new item each week as we move into the holiday frame of mind.  First up;

Ah, Inkling, where have you been all my life?

The great minds at Wacom have produced a tool that takes your sketches and translates them to vector art: enter the Inkling.  More than just another pen that sends information to your computer, the Inkling actually records your sketch and can separate it into layers and upload to your Mac or PC in the format of your choice.  Then you can refine your work into digital perfection.

Imagine the possibilities.  A random doodle can become your next masterpiece or the main character in your new movie.

Personally, I hope all my family and friends are reading.  This is the toy for me.

Toshiba TabletWell tablet aficionados, Toshiba is giving you yet another choice to ponder.  According to TechChrunch.com, Toshiba will be releasing a new ultra-thin tablet this year packing major punch.  The Toshiba Thrive, their current tablet offering is bulky and hasn’t done well in spite of having some great features.  But Android and Me states that the new tablet will have a dual core 1.5 GHz processor along with several ports for connectivity and a removable/replaceable battery.

All this and competitive pricing starting at under $400.  Watch out world.

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