Category Archives: Technology

Why Does it Take Apple so Long to Approve an App?

Marc asked:

Why does it take so long for an app to be approved for the App Store?

The company takes its sweet time to approve apps, yes. However, there’s a reason for that. The employees must be sure that the apps don’t contain spyware or malware. They need to be sure there are no significant bugs and doesn’t have a poor UI.

They verify that the apps do what you say they’re going to do and that there are no private APIs being used. They are careful to check that the apps don’t crash all of the time. And, of course, they have to be sure that there’s nothing embedded that is disallowed by Apple.

It’s all about user experience. This is the reason so many people prefer to have an iPhone or iPad over an Android device… the quality of the apps. Before anyone screams at me – I know there are great apps available for Android devices, as well. However, overall… the App Store is simply superior when it comes to making sure that you’re getting exactly what you’re promised.

Why Does it Take Apple so Long to Approve an App?

How Do You Create a Good Vlog?

iFreakShow asked:

So I do videos, and I want to make better vlogs. I have a hard time “being myself” or feeling not awkward. Any tips on making better vlogs?

Why do you feel you have a hard time being you? That’s actually the biggest key to creating a great vlog: be who you really are. Act natural. Don’t try to stage things – especially funny moments. They always end up falling flat. Talk to the camera as though you’re talking to a friend… exactly the way you normally would. I do recommend, though, keeping your language family friendly!

Are you afraid that your normal YOU is boring? Think that you’re just not interesting? You’d be surprised, actually… I’ve seen many popular vloggers who let their nerdy/geeky/goofy/weird selves shine through and they’re wildly popular because they aren’t trying to be what someone else thinks they should be.

YOU are the reason people watch, right? Why would you think that’s not enough? Being in front of a camera can be daunting much of the time. It’s scary to know that people will see your every expression and hear every sound that comes out of your mouth (or body!). Let go of the anxiety over that. Take a deep breath, turn on the camera and forget it’s there. Just live your life and record as you go!

What about all of you? What tips do you have?

How Do You Create a Good Vlog?

Is Full Integration or Wide Experience More Important?

Ehtesham asked:

I am currently thinking of buying a laptop, tablet, and a phone but I am not sure what I should look for. Should I go for a perfect integration between all my devices like a Macbook, iPad, and iPhone or should I go for a full experience of all phones like Windows laptop, iPad, and an Android device?

It honestly depends on the experience you’re looking for. The most important thing to remember is to get devices/machines that work for you. Does each one offer you what you need? Will all-Windows or all-Apple devices do what you expect of them?

Another thing to think about is ecosystem: are you partial to one over another? Do you have fears of “switching” operating systems?

Something else: money. Let’s face it: certain types of devices cost more than others. I’m not going to argue whether those particular pieces of technology are “better” or not: that’s relative, anyway. But you have to keep your budget in mind when looking at what to buy next.

What about all of you? Is it more important to you to have all of your machines and devices “match,” or do you enjoy using things from a variety of manufacturers?

Is Full Integration or Wide Experience More Important?

Does Google Glass Invade Your Privacy?

Urgebot asked:

Lately some people have been signing the petition for Google Glass to be banned in the US because you can’t tell specifically when someone is taking a video or picture of you. Is this different from vlogging with a GoPro or any other modern camera? And do you think it’s bad enough to be banned?

A lot of people feel that Google Glass invades their privacy. Many feel, though, that there is no real expectation of privacy in public or online these days. Social media has invaded our lives so much – along with mobile devices equipped with cameras – that we simply can’t sit here and believe that once we’re outside of our home (or even still INside, at times) we will never be captured in photos or videos.

It happens every day. Even without Google Glass, there are likely photos and/or videos of you on Facebook or Twitter that you really wish were not there. Did your friend think it was hilarious that you overslept and wore pajamas to class? Did she throw that photo on Facebook for everyone to see? What about the time you tripped on something and landed in a compromising-looking position? I bet people laughed over that photo, as well.

There are thousands of videos out there of what should have been very private moments, captured and uploaded via cellphone. How is Google Glass any different?

I may not be a GlassHole myself, but that doesn’t mean I support banning the technology. Heck, if we do that for the reasons you outline, we’d have to ban cameras in phone and tablets, as well.

What do all of YOU think?

Does Google Glass Invade Your Privacy?

What Would You Do Without Mobile Technology?

Patron Andrew G. wonders what life would be like without mobile technology. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions!

What would you do without cell phone technology and or mobile technology?

Now that mobile tech is so pervasive, it might be difficult to transition to suddenly going without it. Let’s face it: we use this stuff for work far more than we likely even realize. Can you imagine not having those devices to rely on anymore?

It wouldn’t be impossible, yo. We’ve done it before and we could do it again. Having to adjust to not relying on my phone or tablet would suck hardcore, but I would still do all of the things I’m doing now. It’s not like I’d have to live without the Internet…

How Do You Get YouTube Subscribers?

SolidSafety asked:

What is the best way to get over 1,000 people to subscribe to your YouTube channel?

There’s no sure-fire quick and easy way to grow your subscriber base. Trust me – I know. The key is to produce content that people will enjoy watching – and that you will enjoy creating. If you’re just doing something by rote because you think it’s the “right” thing to do, people will pick up on that. They will KNOW you aren’t passionate about your topic and they will not be likely to want to watch and subscribe. You have to believe in what you’re doing.

Find what you’re good at – what you’re passionate about – and THEN worry about finding your niche. What perspective can you bring to the table that no one else does? That’s where you need to focus.

Be sure to do things such as use tags and good catchy titles. Use funny thumbnails whenever possible (when you’re able to do them, of course).

NEVER use one of those “sub for sub!” scams. They’re just that – a scam. Do you REALLY want a bunch of fake followers who don’t actually FOLLOW what you’re doing?

Is Apple Still Innovating?

Patron Joey Bianco is curious about my thoughts on Apple. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions!

What is your opinion on the idea that apple has been slipping in their ingenuity of products since the loss of Steve Jobs? Do you think they have what it takes to create more groundbreaking cohesive hardware/software as they once did?

I think they’ve done their best, but that their best is also yet to come.

They have what it takes: a good brand with a loyal following and tons of cash + cash cows.

I hated all of the “Can Tim Cook Replace Steve Jobs?” posts that went out at the beginning. No… he can’t. No one can replace anyone, in my opinion. Tim isn’t a carbon-copy of Steve, and definitely never wanted to be. Tim brings his own style and ideas to the table. Will those things pan out as well as Steve’s did back in the day? That’s the question that remains to be answered. I don’t think it’s fair to judge him just yet. After all, it took Steve just a *couple* of years to get to a place where he was hugely successful and hailed as a groundbreaker.

Cut Apple – and Tim – a little slack for now. Let’s see what happens over the next few years before we condemn the entire company.

Is Apple Still Innovating?

What Do You Do With Old Computers That Have No OS?

I recently received an email from a new community member named Michael Neary. I don’t know for sure how to answer this one, guys, so I’m throwing it out to all of you for help! What would you recommend he do? Be sure to read his entire email, so that you know his options. Please don’t just say “OMG buy a new Mac” or some dumb thing like that! Let’s show Michael what a great community of minds we have here!

My fiancĂ© used to work for a video game company that went under and it sold her two Dell XPS600s with no OS installed. Currently, all of my computing is done on my iPad mini, but I would like for at least one of these Dell systems to work. I would do the right thing and buy an Apple Computer, but it’s a little too rich for my blood right now (unless you know someone selling one cheap. Hell, a MacBook Air first generation would be great at this point).

Anyways, for the the Dell XPS600s, here are my questions; which is the best option?

  • If I buy Windows 7, will it be a simple process to make this beast work again?
  • Since I have two identical computers, what do I do with the other one? Can I morph the two into one bad ass computer? Do these have any value to sell?
  • Instead of trying to salvage the Dell, is it even worth my time to try and sell them to get a Mac, or should I just buy Windows and deal with it?

I know this is a lot of info, and I know you are probably busy, but I don’t trust any retail stores or Geek Squad for advice.

What do y’all think? What’s the best option here?

What Do You Do With Old Computers That Have No OS?

What NAS Storage Device Are You Using?

Jason sent me an email to ask about NAS Storage Devices. I sadly don’t have any particular recommendations, so I’m throwing it out to all of you. What do you recommend?

My wife’s company was hit by one of the devastating tornadoes last week. I’m trying to help them rebuild their IT infrastructure.

We were able to salvage the desktop PCs from their office, and I have been working on not only ordering new computers for them (the owner wants laptops now), but also backing up all data from the various PCs.

The single common, and striking, thread as I’ve gone through this is… all of their data stored is on single hard drives across various desktops. No server, no redundancy at all. I’m actually shocked that the “IT guy” before me allowed the storage of data in this manner. It’s actually quite scary. (Company financial records, payroll, tax information, customer PII and records, billing, receivables, etc.)

I need to present to my wife’s boss that she has single points of failure, across several desktops, for significant data loss, and we need to implement a storage solution that provides redundancy but also centralized access and management.

I considered an SMB server, but the price point may be too high, and at this point, they are now working out of her home; at least for now, an NAS device may be more suitable for their needs?

Do you have any recommendations for a quality NAS device that you have tested/used?

I’ve read several reviews from several sites and write ups, and have narrowed my preferences down to devices from Buffalo, Lacie, and possibly even ioSafe. But I trust your judgement and am open-minded to other manufacturers.

I would prefer a four-drive NAS system to support RAID5, as opposed to a two-drive RAID1, but am still open-minded. Also, seeing as this data contains PII, at least 128-bit encryption is very much desired.

The storage capacity requirement is not that large: 1-2 TB would be more than adequate. As far as budget? I’m thinking $1000 would be the limit on what the owner may be willing to spend.

I just wanted to write you in hopes that you may recommend a quality NAS device that you or your team has used and would recommend to someone in our situation?

What is the Best Piece of Tech You Have Bought?

Patron John Whittaker is curious about the best tech I’ve ever purchased. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions!

Hi, Chris! What’s the best piece of technology you have bought over the years that has given you the best value for your money?

Hi, John! I guess the pieces of tech that have lasted the longest and caused the least amount of frustration?

My dual 30″ monitors have performed quite nicely, as has the Mac Pro they’re connected to that’s been sitting behind my desk for several years. Expensive? Sure. But they’ve lasted, they’ve worked, and they haven’t caused undue grief.

That, to me, is value.

Spending $10,000 on a desktop computer that has lasted without major incident for over half a decade (and kept pace) is value; spending $100 on a piece of junk that provided a lackluster-to-horrendous user experience out of the box is not a value.

Value has nothing to do with an actual dollar amount.

My time is more valuable than anything I own.

What is the Best Piece of Tech You Have Bought?