Jun 02

I am finally the proud owner of a new iPhone 5! Back in August of 2010, I purchased an iPhone 4 and loved it for the entire time I had it. However, time came for me to make a switch for a variety of reasons. First of all, I wanted to save myself as much money as possible by switching from AT&T to Verizon. Since I already had an internet card with Verizon, the switch is saving me around $50 U.S. per month. Besides that, I wanted all of the improvements that the iPhone 5 brings to the table. After I purchased it from Verizon, it took me under an hour to get all of my data migrated, and it worked seamlessly since I had virtually everything I needed backed up on iCloud. Then, I got to try Siri out on my new device. I was really looking forward to having Siri on my phone, but I figured it would simply be something fun and novel for the first few days and then I would find little use for the technology.
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Apr 22

I have a great website to tell you about today called Flipsy, which helps you sell your old devices and other items. I will put the disclaimer out there that they currently advertise on the site at the time that I am writing them up, but I am going to be as objective as possible in my description.

Flipsy’s main goal seems to be to give you top dollar for your various products, especially iPhones, that you no longer need. On their site, it starts on the tab for iPhones where you can select the device you have to sell. Since I have an old iPhone 4, I tried that tab. Then, select what provider you have (AT&T in my case) for the old device, and lastly it prompts you for the color of the device and the storage capacity. On the left, you can select what condition your device is in to see the offers best suited for you. Overall, my iPhone is in excellent condition, and there were several offers presented, including one for $200 U.S. worth of Amazon store credit.
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Apr 04

Today, I have an iPhone application to review for you, which I do not do terribly often, but will today for one called iMoodJournal. I will put the disclaimer out there that, at the time of this review, the company that makes iMoodJournal is an advertiser on MacMania; however, I would not allow any app to be advertised that was not reputable and did not serve the purpose that it was intended to do. iMoodJournal is, as it sounds, a mood journal for your iOS device. It begins with a tutorial that says, “Get surprising insights into yourself with iMoodJournal! Here’s how!” In a sliding format, it demonstrates that the user should capture their mood several times each day and rate how they feel on a scale of 1 to 10. Then, utilizing tags, you can make notes of how you feel as well that are more descriptive. Also, it allows you to set up reminders to capture your mood. The tutorial then lets the user know about viewing their mood trends on a chart that it will create, and the application can also interact with your tags to assist you in determining what factors cause a happy or sad mood, or anything in between. Using the camera on the iOS device, you can also take pictures of yourself in different moods and then collect sufficient amounts of data for iMoodJournal to dig deeper into how your mood trends are.
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Mar 17

Download Today’s Episode

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Google Reader Blog on Shutdown
Google Blog on Google Reader Shutdown
Low-Cost iPhone Rumors

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Mar 10

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Links Mentioned:
Google Chrome
Mozilla Firefox
Apple Safari

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Mar 07

Unfortunately, I am unable to continue with doing daily blog posts at this time. However, I will be posting as frequently as possible, and every time there is breaking Apple news or a review that has to be done, I will still be there for it! Podcasts will resume as usual this Sunday.

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Feb 28

So many of Apple’s download sources have hit 1 billion downloads, from music to apps, and now it seems that iTunes U has done the same. iTunes U is, as Apple calls it, “the world’s largest catalog of free educational content.” There are currently thousands of schools that publish to iTunes U and, according to a press release that Apple put out today, over 60% of downloads from it are in the U.S. All of the content is completely free, and it can be accessed from any iOS device using their application.

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Feb 27

A company called VirnetX sued Apple back in 2011 over their FaceTime technology, and the judgement has been upheld as of today in the favor of VirnetX. A patent infringement lawsuit, it was regarding a VPN technology that VirnetX had, and that they claimed was violated by FaceTime. They proceeded to sue a second time after new Apple devices were released. As of today, damages awarded are more than $386 million U.S. and, though the details are not yet finalized, Apple will have to pay $330,211 U.S. to VirnetX until they are.

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Feb 26

Similarly to yesterday’s post, I have an application to review for you that deals with WordPress. However, this is a Mac application and it specifically deals with comments on your blog. That app is Comments.app, and it is one of my favorite types: it is specific in what it does and sets out to accomplish one simple task, which is to manage the comments on your WordPress blog. On first launch, it opens two windows: one which houses comments after an account is set up in the application, and another that first asks you if you would like to register online and then prompts you to enter your login information. All that I had to do was enter the URL to MacMania, enter my login information, and then click “Auto-Detect Settings.” From there, Comments.app did the rest. It prompted me to select which comments I wanted to download, and I could choose from my approved comments, my comments awaiting moderation, and my spam comments. I downloaded the approved and unmoderated comments, but the spam comments I decided to leave on the server. Anyway, I closed that window and was directed to the main window.
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Feb 25

A very nice developer recently sent me a promo code for his iOS app called Poster. Poster is designed to, as they say, allow you to “easily and quickly post to and manage your WordPress blog.” According to recent statistics, more than half of blogs on the web today use WordPress, MacMania included, so bloggers are always looking for new ways to post. I downloaded Poster onto my iPhone 4 and decided to test it out. I did not do this post using Poster, though, since I wanted to try out the application and write simultaneously. On first launch, Poster presents you with a page to add your blog, and you can choose from a self-hosted blog or one that is hosted on the WordPress website that lets you create your own blog on their servers. MacMania is self-hosted, meaning that I have my own web hosting and store the blog there. If you are on an older version of WordPress, you may have to set up something called XML-RPC in order to use an application, and those instructions can be found here. However, I believe that new versions of WordPress have it enabled automatically.
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