Mailbox iOS App Rollout a Marketing Winner

I'm an Apple fan and as a result, like products and software that takes a minimal approach to the user interface, design, functionality, etc. I'm also a productivity junkie. I like software that helps me organize my to-do lists, work tasks, manage products and of course, manage email. This is why I think Mailbox for iOS is going to be a killer email app.

Little iPhotography Tips Courtesy of the Interwebs

I love the internet. I love the fact that everyday, I can open up Feedly and find a few tidbits of information that help me do something more efficiently. And, as an avid photographer (DSLR and mobile), I love photography tips and tricks.

Here's a brilliant one from TUAW about using your iPhone headset as a cable release while taking pictures, i.e. your headphones can be a remote:

Use your iPhone headset as a camera cable release | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

This comes in very handy when you're using a tipbod for your iPhone.

Oh, you don't use a tripod? Well, your second tip is about the Glif:

This is the Glif. from Studio Neat on Vimeo.

Squarespace for Android

I love being able to blog and create content on the fly. My main weapon of choice is the iPhone 4. However, I do have a Samsung infused by AT&T. Its great phone but does have some issues with battery power.

I've been trying to do more on it to come around a bit, including blogging and creating content.

This post is written with the Android Squarespace app. I love the wide screen on the inFuse. It'll be nice when the iPhone 5 has more real estate.

The Squarespace app is pretty good. It is intuitive, fast and has a great UI.

If you have a Squarespace blog and Android, this will be your app of choice.

Apple Allegedly Loses Another Unreleased iPhone…Again

Apple loses another unreleased iPhone  exclusive | Apple  CNET News

I'm an avid Apple gadget owner. I love my iPhone, Macbook, Mac Air, iPad 1 & 2, etc. Yes, I'm a fanboy. So, of course, I'm following right along with the iPhone 5 rumors. While the iPhone 4 is a great device -- probably the best functioning mobile device I've ever owned -- I'm going to get the iPhone 5. Why? Because I have technology issues. Yes, I know it's silly, but it's my money so...

Anyways…I read this story and said to myself, oh no, not again. Did Apple really lose an iPhone 5 prototype? Didn't we already go through this with the loss of the iPhone 4, which trumped Apple's unreleased device presser -- the last iPhone Steve Jobs will ever unveil?

I find it hard to believe that this is legit. If it is legit, it has to be a PR ploy. You figured that a company with this much marketing power wouldn't stoop to something this low. There are enough rumors, device renderings and leaked parts that most of us Apple watchers have figured out -- within reason -- what the device will look like and what specs might be included.

What do you think? PR ploy or just some moron who got loaded at a bar and forgot his iPhone 5?

Source: Apple loses another unreleased iPhone (exclusive) | Apple - CNET News

No Computer on Vacation; iPhone to the Rescue

Didn't bring my laptop on vacation with me and I thought I'd struggle with that. I'd have to check email, be connected, etc.

But, no problem. iPhone to the rescue. I can read my news sites; check email; blog (writing this on the Squarespace iPhone app); take pics and videos; and, keep tabs on my social nets.

I have an Android Samsung inFuse but for some reason the gps crapped out on the way down here. It wasn't reliable for me but the iPhone on the other hand, is rock solid. It just works. So no need for the laptop. iPhone comes through.

AT&T Failed Me But Also Helped Me Unplug on Vacation

I took the family to the White Mountains in New Hampshire this weekend and we had a blast. We hit up Storyland, did a little shopping, chilled at the indoor water park as well as poolside. The weather was awesome and overall we had a great time.

Now, you think a guy like me -- one that is always plugged in -- would be checking email, tweeting, updating my Facebook, GPlusing, checking in on Foursquare, etc. But no, I really wasn't. Not because of my own choice, but because AT&T's coverage on that part of New Hampshire blows. Yes, I realize I'm in the mountain area, but seriously, why can't a company that big have significant coverage in an area that's well populated -- especially during the summer months.

So thank you AT&T for helping me un plug for the weekend, despite not having the option to do so.

So You Don't Have an iPhone; Who F-ing Cares?

I'm an Apple fan boy. I'll admit to that. I have all the Apple toys and will always buy the latest and greatest when feasible. However, the latest round of commercials for the iPhone are a little bit much in my opinion.

The premise behind the spots are basically that if you don't have an iPhone, you suck. The latest one is talks about if you don't have an iPhone, you don't have the retina display so all your photos and videos suck. And oh, you don't have Facetime so you suck.

It's a bold campaign and while I agree that the iPhone is the most powerful mobile device on the market in terms of stability, scope of apps, battery power, etc. the campaign is a little bit not-Apple, if you know what I mean. And that's coming from a fanboy.

Managing Your Social Content

I read constantly. News websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc. When it comes to the social web, I realize that I can'y catch everything, yet it's my job to keep on top of the trends, news, new services, apps, etc.  Some ask, "How the heck do you keep up with it all?"

The answer is simplicity.

I keep things simple  because there are many ways you can slice and dice what's important to you in terms of content. There's content that's important to you personally as well as professionally. And as many of you know, there's LOADS of it.

So how do I keep things simple and keep it organized?

Well, I first break down content into three categories:

Social Content Venn Diagram

 

Why Apple Made a Mistake by Rejecting Android Magazine App

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I'm an Apple fanboy; that's no secret. My iPhone, iPad and Macbook Pro are my links to various communication portals, services, family, friends, work, etc. Basically, they connect me to the various tentacles in my world.

Some of those tentacles, believe it or not, reach to products and services that aren't Apple.

Yes, read that one more time.

In fact, I'm a big fan of the Android platform. I like it's openness. I like the variety of apps. I like how Google positioned themselves to compete in the mobile market because of the flexibility of Android.

Video Support for AirPlay Is Limited in iOS 4.2

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I love all the hype around products and especially as people start to dive into them. This is when you start to hear about all the stuff that's not included in that new shiny toy.

Take the AirPlay functionality in the new Apple operating system for example. It's supposed to let you stream content from any Apple device -- iPhone, iPad, Macbook, Macbook Pro, etc. and play on any other Apple device on your Wi-Fi network via Apple TV.

So if you downloaded a movie in iTunes via your iPad, you can then stream it to your TV through Apple TV.

All this is cool, but there's one bit of functionality that AirPlay can't handle according to Daring Fireball: