Tag Archives: iPod

Why Should You Buy an iPod nano?

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Just when you thought the iPod nano couldn’t get any smaller, Apple is introducing one that is 46% smaller! This thing is really tiny. They took away the click wheel, and have made the device into a touch screen. This is perfect for an entire set of people who want something small that they can take with them on the go. One big drawback is that there is no longer a camera on the nano.

I’ve never been one who felt the need to have an iPod nano. If you’re someone who values a smaller device, you should be quite happy with this. If you already have an iPod Touch or iPhone, it may not make sense for you.

Apple has an array of products that fit just about every demographic out there. There are any number of portable devices with varying sizes, styles and storage capacity.

If you want to touch your music, then the iPod nano may just be for you. How many of you out there have had an older nano? Were you happy with it, and are you interested in the new one?

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PDF Error Can Give Hackers Control of Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod

The same security hole that allows users to jailbreak their Apple products can also give hackers easy access to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

iPhone photo by William Hook

According to Reuters, French security firm Vupen has confirmed that by simply visiting a website and opening a contaminated PDF file, you can give hackers complete control of your iOS device.

The hack is triggered when visit a web address in your Safari browser that automatically opens a PDF document. Contaminated documents include an infected font file that causes an error that gives the hacker control of your device. Once the hack is triggered, it can delete files, download your data, or install applications.

If your running iOS 3.1.2 or higher on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, you’re vulnerable. To avoid the problem, Gizmodo advises that you avoid opening PDFs directly until a fix is released–or if you must, only open PDFs from highly trustable sources.

Manage Your Apple Device on Your Ubuntu Desktop

libimobiledevice has but one goal: to be able to manage your iPhone, iPod or iPad right from within Linux on your desktop. Unlike other projects, it does not depend on using any existing proprietary libraries and does not require jailbreaking. The application will allow you to access your device’s file system, retrieve your information, backup or restore the device, manage your icons and apps and synchronize music and video to the device.

The latest release of libimobiledevice has been tested with the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad – all versions which run firmware up to 3.2. It appears to work flawlessly, and won’t cause issues by having you jailbreak your device.

The program is open-source (and won’t cost you a dime). If you’re a Linux user who also happens to own an Apple mobile device, I highly urge you to check out libimobiledevice. Let us know how your experience goes.

Win a Free iPad Skin!

Well I think 11 days is long enough. 18 people wanted the Crane Skin from Gelaskins and 10 people got the right answers:

1. Des Moines, Iowa
2. Des Moines, Iowa
3. Des Moines, Iowa

…although I’m going to give credit to the other eight who answered Lincoln, Nebraska, as it’s also known as the “Hartford of the West”.

I used the Random Number Generator at RANDOM.ORG to choose the winner and that is #14 – Rick Mansfield!

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest!

Cable CranesGelaSkins recently released their new new line of protective and customizable skins for the iPad. Gelaskins for the iPad are available in all current designs and the customizable Do-It-Yourself online service. The new line of GelaSkins for the iPad cover non-screen portions of the front and back of the device, wrapping the iPad with both style and premium scratch protection, and include matching wallpapers.

Gelaskins sent us a Cable Cranes Gelaskins iPad skin ($29.95 value) to give away. All you have to do is make a comment below and answer these three questions:

  1. In what city was Chris born?
  2. Where was the first Gnomedex held?
  3. What city is known as the Hartford of the West?

…and we’ll pick a winner at random.

UnderworldI’ve had an Underworld Gelaskin on my iPhone 3GS for the past few months. It keeps the back of my iPhone in perfect condition and it looks damn good. Combine it with an Invisible Shield and your iPhone/iPad will stay scratch-free.

Here are the current coupons for GelaSkins:


iPod or iPad?

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I had a caller the other night who is trying to decide between buying the iPod Touch or the iPad. He isn’t sure which would be right for him, and hoped I would throw some advice his way. I asked the kid what he plans to use such a device for, so that I could make a better recommendation. However… he doesn’t know what he wants to do with it. If you aren’t sure what you need a device to do, why do you need it at all? DON’T buy anything yet simply because you “can” or want it. Buy it because you actually need and will use it!

If you want something that will play music and games and be easy to take with you anywhere, you’ll probably want an iPod Touch. But if you want to watch movies, play games and stay mostly at home, then you’ll likely get an iPad.

Neither one have a camera at this point in time. The iPad has the screen real estate going for it, but again… it depends on what you want to do with the device. You have to know what will suit your needs and lifestyle the best before you rush out to make a purchase. Each of these products will do different types of things. I really can’t begin to tell you which would work for you, as I don’t know what your needs are.

I have to admit it, though: I will not be giving up my iPad for an iPod touch anytime soon!

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Twitter (Tweetie) on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

It’s almost here:

While the icon is now showing up in my Updates list, I can’t yet download it for some reason.

This will be the first official Twitter client for the iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad (formerly known as Tweetie, which has been my favorite iPhone Twitter app for quite some time). And yes, it’ll be free for everybody.

A few questions remain: when will we get our hands on it? Will you switch from your existing (current favorite) Twitter client? Will it be everything you hoped it would be?

Make a Backup of Your iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad Apps List

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It occurred to me recently that I have installed almost 600 applications on my MacBook Pro. Many of them were given to me to review, and quite a few of them were free. As I was going through the list in order to decide what I wanted to load onto my new iPad 3G, I realized that it would not be too cool if I were to lose all of these little beauties. What happens if my computer crashes and I lose all this data? Apple doesn’t make it easy to restore all of these apps – you have to remember what ones you had.

I decided to print out my list of apps so that I could have a hard copy in case I should ever need to restore them from Apple. I hit the Command + P key combination to open up a print window while viewing my apps list. I set it to the “song listing” option, but you can choose whatever you like. Under page setup, I chose the paper size of “Tabloid.” It’s going to be a large file, and you’re going to save it as a .PDF. Be sure to change it to Landscape mode instead of Portrait.

Instead of choosing an actual printer, just choose to save as a .PDF file. You CAN actually print out pieces of paper if you choose, but it will take a lot of them. Save the trees! With the .PDF, I have all of the information I might need in order to figure out what I need in case I ever lose all of my apps.

If you haven’t done this yet, I suggest you do so now. Not only will it help you if you were to lose all of your apps, it can also help you make a quick check to see if you have already downloaded something in particular. I know that for me, I tend to forget at times what I already have.

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Which iPad Should I Buy?

Teri Webb first asked me for the Griffin coupon. In the response that followed, she posed an all-too-familiar question:

I am looking for some advice, and think that you may be the smartest person I know when it comes to devices. I am ready to make my iPad purchase. I plan to purchase an iPad WiFi, and get a Verizon MiFi hotspot. I have wireless in my home, but there are two other places that I spend a lot of time, and they [are] a bit remote. My Verizon phones work there, so I have convidence in Verizon.

My question is this: I have been told by a good friend that I should not even consider an iPad 16 or 32, that I should just get an iPad 64 – and don’t even ask any questions, because it is the only way to go.

I do not have a smartphone (obviously, not an iPhone). I am excited about apps and am looking forward to several that I have seen. I really wish there was an app that would allow me to write notes with a stylus, or whatever is used in order to use my iPad as a replacement for the 3+ pound “daytimer” that I have lugged around with me for over 15 years. I cannot seem to find a replacement for sticky notes that can later be entered into the appropriate date for appointments.

But, back to the original question. Can you help me with the decision of which size iPad WiFi I should purchase? I would be very grateful for this help. Whatever I purchase, my mother wants me to purchase the same for her. She is very excited about this new “toy” and is waiting for me to complete my research so she can get the device into her hands.

I thank you very much for helping someone who is not tech savvy, and has no one to really go to for questions such as this.

If you’re trying to save money, go with the 16 gigabyte option. If you’re looking to download tons of apps and store all of your media on the device, go with the 64 gigabyte option. If you’re somewhere in between, go with the 32 gigger.

While I’ve never heard someone exclaim that they had “too much space” on their device, I’ve also heard other people claim they had “more than enough space” on their device.

The frosted side in me would push you to something that would have better resell value, but the practical side would push you to something a bit more friendly to your pocketbook.

There is no right answer to this question, unfortunately. My rule of thumb? You should always get as much as you can afford. If you do decide to buy one online, I’d appreciate the referral through my affiliate link to Apple.

Should You Wait to Buy an iPad?

Here’s another impossible question to answer:

I am from Romania, I’ll be in the US for the whole month of September and I have the following question: should I get an iPad, considering it will be midway through its cycle by then or should I wait for the iPad 2G?

Before you answer that, I’ll tell you a little about myself: I love Apple products, I have a February 2008 15″ MacBook Pro (the generation right after the one you’ve just replaced), I have an iPhone 3G and I’m planning to replace it with the one coming in the summer – and I’ll be a college student in the UK starting in October.

I am not planning to ditch the MacBook, obviously, as I’ll be getting a computing degree. Nor am I going to get a new MacBook Pro because I plan on replacing the HDD in this one to a SSD so I’ll have a good notebook for about another 18 months.

So, is an iPad worth it (for me)? I am considering the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G version, as I don’t want to be dependent upon Wi-Fi hotspots. I would like to have an iPad in order to read the school books on it, rather than purchasing or borrowing traditional books from the university’s library. Another reason would be the pure fact that I wouldn’t need to take my laptop with me to class and I could take notes on the iPad.

There’s never a great time to buy any product.

True, the iPad will have been out for a few month’s time by the time September rolls around, but I’m not sure that Apple will announce anything new that close to the Holiday season. It probably won’t be until early 2011 when we’d hear about the next iPad – and there’s no telling if it’ll be absolutely better than the model(s) available today. At least, “better” for you.

If you’re going to spend the money, get the 3G version. You aren’t forced into a subscription plan, and you’ll have Assisted GPS to boot. You can always sell what you buy at some point – and most Apple hardware has great resell value.

Even people who thought they could wait… couldn’t.

Apple and Adobe: Where is the Common Ground?

There is no middle-of-the-road when it comes to Steve Jobs and public opinion: you either love him or hate him. The same can be said about Apple products. You are either someone who rushes to buy everything the company rolls out of production or you shudder in disgust and swear you’ll never cave in. Any time Steve has something to say, his words are rehashed a few hundred times on pages all across the blogosphere. Steve Jobs is, without a doubt, a man one cannot ignore. Even if you are on the side of the road that doesn’t much care for the man, you have to respect what goes on inside his head. Take, for instance, his post today regarding Adobe Flash.

I have written in the past about my reasons for hating Flash. However, Steve-o today said it better than I could have ever hoped to do. He eloquently lists several reasons why you won’t ever find Flash enabled on his mobile devices, including the fact that it hogs resources and isn’t the most secure offering on the block. However, the part that captured my attention the most was his discussion of being open vs being closed.

Jobs states that “While Adobe’s Flash products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by Adobe and available only from Adobe. By almost any definition, Flash is a closed system.” HELLO! It’s about time someone pointed that out loud and clear for the folks at Adobe to read. He goes on to point out how “Though the operating system for the iPhone, iPod and iPad is proprietary, we strongly believe that all standards pertaining to the web should be open. Rather than use Flash, Apple has adopted HTML5, CSS and JavaScript – all open standards.”

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. We finally have all of our cards out on the table. Steve fully admits that Apple’s products are closed systems. What’s wrong with that? No one has ever tried to pretend otherwise. However… the important factor is that they adopt open standards. Apple’s mobile devices make it simple for you to consume media of every type on widely-used and accepted platforms… all of which are open.

Our lives are open. Our Web is open. We have fought for years to get to this beautiful place in time. Why the hell would we want to take a giant step backwards and embrace the closed and stagnant environment of Adobe Flash?