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A quick and I think unannounced operating system update for the iPad, iPad2, iPhone and iPod was released today. It’s a relatively minor update that appears to have been focused on fixong minor bugs. This update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:

• Fixes an occasional graphics glitch on iPod touch (4th generation)
• Resolves bugs related to activating and connecting to some cellular networks
• Fixes image flicker when using Apple Digital AV Adapter with some TVs
• Resolves an issue authenticating with some enterprise web services

Products compatible with this software update:
• iPhone 4 (GSM model)
• iPhone 3GS
• iPad 2
• iPad
• iPod touch (4th generation)
• iPod touch (3rd generation)

I have been using Nokia’s Ovi Music, formerly known as Nokia Music, since it’s release in 2008. Or was it 2007? Since I had a N97 when it was released it made sense to buy music directly from Nokia as I was looking forward to the Comes With Music option some phones had. However, to use Ovi Music I had to sign up with an account in the UK.

Earlier today I happened to go to the site to see if anything was new and I noticed that the United States is now listed amongst the countries. When I selected it I saw a screen stating they’re applying the “final touches”!

I’ve used Napster and Amazon to buy music but I have always wanted one source for my music.  Going to the UK works fine but I would rather get the music from my home country. The Ovi Suite currently available for Nokia devices makes using Ovi Music an even easier choice since I can do everything right from Ovi Suite, including searching and purchasing music. But in the US you have to trick Ovi Suite into thinking you’re not in the US by changing your base location (currently set to the UK for me). If you select the United States you get the “we’re not in your area yet” message. Let’s home today’s discover means I’ll be able to get the music here in the states!

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In case you haven’t heard, the OS for the original iPad and for iPhones has been updated. This update contains new features and improvements, including the following:

• Personal Hotspot*
– Share iPhone 4 cellular data connection with up to 5 devices (combination of up to 3 Wi-Fi, 3 Bluetooth, and 1 USB)

• iTunes Home Sharing
– Play music, movies and TV shows from a shared iTunes library on a Mac or PC (requires iTunes 10.2)

• New AirPlay features**
– Play videos from the Photos app including the Camera Roll album, iTunes previews, enabled third-party apps and websites on Apple TV
– Play slideshows from Photos on Apple TV using transitions available on Apple TV

• Faster Safari performance with Apple Nitro JavaScript engine

• HD video out using the Apple Digital AV Adapter***
– View 720p HD videos from Videos app, iPod app, Photos, YouTube, Safari, Keynote, and enabled third-party apps on an HDMI display

• Ping features
– Push notifications for comments and follow requests
– Post and Like songs directly from the Now Playing screen
– Parental controls

• New Settings
– Messages setting for number of times to repeat an  alert
– iPad side switch setting to lock screen rotation or mute audio notifications and sound effects

• Single tap conference call dialing with a pause to send a passcode

• Bug fixes

Products compatible with this software update:
• iPhone 4 (GSM model)
• iPhone 3GS
• iPad
• iPod touch (4th generation)
• iPod touch (3rd generation)

*Requires iPhone 4 with tethering data plan
**Requires Apple TV (2nd generation) running software version 4.2 or later
***iPhone 4, iPad, iPod touch (4th generation)

A business associate from my past sent me this. He tried to call a couple of times Over the past month and of course I was too busy to take his call. He happened to call today while I was in a meeting and I only answered the phone because the sound interrupted the meeting and I did not recognize the number. I said I had to call back and was short and took a quick minute to read his email. While he was an associate and not a family member his story shown me below made me realize that not only did I do this to him, I very will could be the father in this story. I am traveling and can hardly wait to get home to my sons as sometimes unexpected messages like this can start a change….

The tired father came home from work late again, tired and irritated, to find his 5 year old son waiting for him at the door.

“Daddy, may I ask you a question?”

“Yeah, sure, what is it?” replied the man.

“Daddy, how much money do you make an hour?”

“That’s none of your business! What makes you ask such a thing?” the man said angrily.

“I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?” pleaded the little boy.

“If you must know, I make $20.00 an hour.”

“Oh,” the little boy replied, head bowed. Looking up, he said,”Daddy, may I borrow $10.00 please?”

The father was furious. “If the only reason you wanted to know how much money I make is just so you can borrow some to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you’re being so selfish. I work long, hard hours everyday and don’t have time for such childish games.”

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. The man sat down and started to get even madder about the l ittle boy’s questioning. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money!

After an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think he may have been a little hard on his son. Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $10.00, and he really didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door.

“Are you asleep son?” he asked.

“No daddy, I’m awake,” replied the boy.

“I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier,” said the man. “It’s been a long day and I took my aggravation out on you. Here’s that $10.00 you asked for.”

The little boy sat straight up, beaming. “Oh, thank you daddy!” he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow, he pulled out some more crumpled up bills.

The man, seeing that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, then looked up at the man.

“Why did you want more money if you already had some?” the father grumbled.

“Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,” the little boy replied. “Daddy, I have $20.00 now. Can I buy an hour of your time?”

Fathers…how much is an hour of your time worth?

Taken with Nokia N8

Since getting my N8 a few weeks ago I’ve been using Skull Candy wired headphones. Being “wired” they have a tendency of getting in the way when I’m at the gym or on my mountain bike. They get tangled in the straps of my Camelback or pulled out of my ears at the gym because of the cord. I ordered Nokia’s BH-505 Bluetooth Headset hoping going cordless would alleviate these minor agitations.

I really have been slow to accept Bluetooth as I really haven’t found a headset for using with my phone that can hold a clear signal, including Jawbone. And as we all know, having Bluetooth on constantly runs the battery down. Yet I  decided to take a gamble by ordering the 505’s and I am happy to say it paid off. These things are fantastic and here are the top 5 reasons why I love this headset:

  1. Sound quality – The sound quality is as good as Skull Candy headphones. The bass is good and strong without being overbearing and with a good solid fit from the multiple choices of rubber ear plugs background noise is easily be filtered out. I also have noticed that there is no static in the connection. The 505’s are also a hands-free device for speaking on your phone and using voice commands, but as I will never answer the phone when I’m riding or working out I can’t speak to the voice quality.
  2. Stylish design – For something that is primarily functional the design is quite appealing. I don’t feel self-conscious wearing them at the gym thinking everyone is staring at a Storm Trooper wanna-be.
  3. Compatibility – I’ve been able to connect the 505’s to my N8 and Samsung Vibrant and there is no difference in sound quality. The added bonus was being able to connect to my iPad to listen to music and watch videos.
  4. Durability – My fear when I ordered them was I would open the box only to find some wobbly and cheap plastic device that would break easily. I am pleasantly surprised by how durable they are and any concerns I had about taking them to the gym and having to be overly careful with them are gone. I’m sure they won’t survive a serious mountain biking crash but they’ll do well on your every day ride on the trails.
  5. Value – At $79.95 at nokiausa.com you definitely get a lot for your money. Easy to use, durable, and quality sound makes these a must buy for anyone wanting to break a sweat while listening to their music, or just lounging and enjoying a movie on your tablet or mobile phone.

Taken with Nokia N8

Taken with Nokia N8

One of the premier sites dedicated to everything Nokia is looking to expand. Given all of the recent news about operating system wars between Nokia/Symbian, Android, and the dreaded A word we need to do all we can to get the word out.

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UPDATE added Nov 11, 2010 – I now have my iPad tethered using Barnalce WiFi Tether on my Samsung Galaxy S or I can use JoikuSpot on my Nokia N900 as a back up device. Works perfectly so number 4 of my dislike list is no longer valid for me.

Original post:

I have been wanting a tablet for some time now, but as a fan of Nokia’s for so long I knew I couldn’t get one from them. As a recent owner, lover, and newly converted fan of the Samsung Galaxy S (Vibrant) and Android, I have been waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Tab just like the rest of the world. Recently I heard that the WiFi only version of the Tab is delayed until after the holidays and my heart sank. I got tired of waiting and went and got an iPad WiFi 32mb version.

Many do this right? Of course. But I have been very anti-Apple for many years. But learning from my experiences with Nokia and waiting for the N8 to be released only to wait and wait is what drove me to the Samsung Vibrant. I love the phone and have no regrets so I decided to give the iPad a chance. Getting at Best Buy also made it easier because Of their 14 day return policy. So what do I think so far?

I’ve had this less than a week and I think I’m hooked! What do I like about it so much?

  1. The keyboard is very responsive and almost feels like using an external keyboard in landscape mode. It is also very usable in portrait. To demonstrate how useful it is I’m typing this blog in the WordPress app for iPad (screenshots added from a PC though)
  2. Watching videos is great! And watching instantly with Netflix is perfect. Renting movies and content from iTunes makes this the perfect companion for travel. I have ordered the Apple AV cables to connect the iPad to my TV to watch videos and I’m sure this will be yet something else for me to love about this device.
  3. Kindle and iBook are great apps! I better be careful or I’ll run out of space sooner than later. Adding bookmarks, selecting larger fonts (great for when I “forget” my glasses), and the ability to change the brightness and background (black, white & sepia) make the user experience even more pleasurable.
  4. Say bye bye to newspapers. I love my Saturday and Sunday mornings reading my paper and drinking coffee but am not thrilled about cutting trees down or spending the money for more than one subscription. No longer an issue with the iPad as there are many apps to choose from, both free and subscription based. With the Safari browser you can also view the web sights for most of the nation’s major newspapers.
  5. Gaming is great. A large screen with a fantastic display and very responsive to the touch. The actuator is also very responsive so would probably make driving based games more fun than using a keyboard or joystick.
  6. Social media applications like Friendly for Facebook and the iPad Twitter app allow me to keep in touch with my friends at all times…… Lucky them
  7. Photos viewing is fantastic. As you can tell from my Photos page I like to take pictures, especially with my cell phones. But a cell’s screen isn’t necessarily the biggest for viewing your photos….and too often you share one via MMS or social media that you think is nice and clear only to find out later they ware really out of focus. With the iPad you get a much better view of your photos. I really like that you can have them sorted into albums, but I LOVE that if you have GPS turned on for your photos you can see them placed on a map by Google.

Now of course the iPad isn’t a perfect device….nothing is other than a Ferrari Enzo. But this writing isn’t about what I don’t like now is it? But to be “objective” I’ll list them now:

  1. No Flash support (should be a must in any internet access tool)
  2. No multitasking (coming soon In OS4 I believe)
  3. Inability to create folders yet (also coming soon)
  4. No way to tether, at least not easily, if you have the WiFi only version
  5. Way too many apps with most having a fee and many not having trial periods
  6. No true MS-Office and the ones sold as “compatible” really aren’t as far as I can tell