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NOT ALL iPhone5 PHONES ARE CREATED EQUAL!
Even if I am perusing iPhone 5 features, reading tech reviews of products is ridiculously boring.  Not one of my resources simply outlines the facts and then offers the extensive details.  So, I’ve done the leg work and amassed a list for you here of what you need to know about the new iPhone.  Most critics agree, it’s amazing and the best upgrade yet.  However, there is some truly disappointing news I didn’t want to hear.
The Good!
4G LTE which means faster data service, possibly faster than your wifi at home
A6 processor and iOS 6 makes everything load faster
Super lightweight “it almost doesn’t seem real” - 18% thinner and 20% lighter
A 4 inch longer screen (that will fit 16:9 video so no more letter-boxing)
The back is now aluminum instead of glass
Battery lasts longer, even with the new 4G LTE on
Low-light photography enhancements and Panorama mode on the camera
The front-facing camera is now HD 720p for better pics and crisp video
Headphone connector on the bottom
Better speakers
New Apple maps that allow for turn-by-turn navigation while you drive, appears on lock screen, and alerts you if you’re in another app
Flyover is a 3D version of maps that most people seem very impressed with
Passbook is a new Apple app that will store all of your membership information.
The Telegraph says, “Benchmarking with the Geekbench app has shown that the iPhone 5 is not just faster than the iPhone 4S but it also outperforms Samsung’s Galaxy S3.”
The Bad…
The camera is still 8 megapixels and not quite as good as a DSLR point-and-shoot
New Apple maps does not have transit direction
If you’re a one-handed typer, you’re going to have trouble reaching the top left corner of the screen, where the back button is located.
The front glass is thinner.  I wonder if this makes it even MORE prone to cracking.
Sprint is the only carrier with unlimited data ($99/month) unless you’ve been grandfathered into unlimited with AT&T (thankfully that’s me!)

The Ugly :(
If you are on Verizon or Sprint, you can’t talk and use data at the same time!!!  This might not be news to you Verizon users, but I was shocked it hear it when I considered switching from AT&T to Verizon. This alone will keep me with AT&T.
You can’t use your old accessories to dock or charge the phone.  You’ll have to get an adapter for the new Lightening connector. One comes with the phone, but we all know that’s not enough.

NOT ALL iPhone5 PHONES ARE CREATED EQUAL!

Even if I am perusing iPhone 5 features, reading tech reviews of products is ridiculously boring.  Not one of my resources simply outlines the facts and then offers the extensive details.  So, I’ve done the leg work and amassed a list for you here of what you need to know about the new iPhone.  Most critics agree, it’s amazing and the best upgrade yet.  However, there is some truly disappointing news I didn’t want to hear.

The Good!

  • 4G LTE which means faster data service, possibly faster than your wifi at home
  • A6 processor and iOS 6 makes everything load faster
  • Super lightweight “it almost doesn’t seem real” - 18% thinner and 20% lighter
  • A 4 inch longer screen (that will fit 16:9 video so no more letter-boxing)
  • The back is now aluminum instead of glass
  • Battery lasts longer, even with the new 4G LTE on
  • Low-light photography enhancements and Panorama mode on the camera
  • The front-facing camera is now HD 720p for better pics and crisp video
  • Headphone connector on the bottom
  • Better speakers
  • New Apple maps that allow for turn-by-turn navigation while you drive, appears on lock screen, and alerts you if you’re in another app
  • Flyover is a 3D version of maps that most people seem very impressed with
  • Passbook is a new Apple app that will store all of your membership information.

The Telegraph says, “Benchmarking with the Geekbench app has shown that the iPhone 5 is not just faster than the iPhone 4S but it also outperforms Samsung’s Galaxy S3.”

The Bad…

  • The camera is still 8 megapixels and not quite as good as a DSLR point-and-shoot
  • New Apple maps does not have transit direction
  • If you’re a one-handed typer, you’re going to have trouble reaching the top left corner of the screen, where the back button is located.
  • The front glass is thinner.  I wonder if this makes it even MORE prone to cracking.
  • Sprint is the only carrier with unlimited data ($99/month) unless you’ve been grandfathered into unlimited with AT&T (thankfully that’s me!)

The Ugly :(

  • If you are on Verizon or Sprint, you can’t talk and use data at the same time!!!  This might not be news to you Verizon users, but I was shocked it hear it when I considered switching from AT&T to Verizon. This alone will keep me with AT&T.
  • You can’t use your old accessories to dock or charge the phone.  You’ll have to get an adapter for the new Lightening connector. One comes with the phone, but we all know that’s not enough.
Were you as excited as I was when you went to catch on the news on CNN.com this morning?
Today,  CNN.com launched its new “video experience” that features “TV  everywhere.” I believe this makes them the first cable channel to stream  their live tv feed to any of your mobile devices.  Apparently you can  also make video playlists that will sync in all of your devices as  well.  Pretty cool! 
So, if you pay for cable, you can sign up for TV everywhere for free!  It comes built into the iPhone and iPad app already.
Can we please cross our fingers, or better yet, blog, tweet,  scream from the rooftops, how much we love this so the other networks  will follow in their footsteps?
Right now if you have cable, you do get a couple perks:  ESPN  streams some of their coverage so you can watch on your computer.  Your  HBO subscription pays for an iPad app that gives you EVERY SEASON of  EVERY show on demand (you can’t even get that on tv).  Hulu Plus, which  is a separate subscription, is great for basic network tv (NBC and  CBS).  ABC’s app shows its most recent programs is free.  But you can’t  watch anything continuously live.  Until today!
All I’m saying is that I would love to watch Damages live on my iPad.  Is that too much to ask now that I pay for cable??

Were you as excited as I was when you went to catch on the news on CNN.com this morning?

Today, CNN.com launched its new “video experience” that features “TV everywhere.” I believe this makes them the first cable channel to stream their live tv feed to any of your mobile devices.  Apparently you can also make video playlists that will sync in all of your devices as well.  Pretty cool! 

So, if you pay for cable, you can sign up for TV everywhere for free!  It comes built into the iPhone and iPad app already.

Can we please cross our fingers, or better yet, blog, tweet, scream from the rooftops, how much we love this so the other networks will follow in their footsteps?

Right now if you have cable, you do get a couple perks:  ESPN streams some of their coverage so you can watch on your computer.  Your HBO subscription pays for an iPad app that gives you EVERY SEASON of EVERY show on demand (you can’t even get that on tv).  Hulu Plus, which is a separate subscription, is great for basic network tv (NBC and CBS).  ABC’s app shows its most recent programs is free.  But you can’t watch anything continuously live.  Until today!

All I’m saying is that I would love to watch Damages live on my iPad.  Is that too much to ask now that I pay for cable??

Red Laser is a new iPhone and Android app that can save you some big bucks.
All  you have to do is snap a picture of the bar code on the product you  want to buy and the app generates a price list for it from stores nearby  and online.  You can use it on anything from groceries to electronics.
For example, you could be shopping in Best Buy, scan the bar code for the tv you want, and find it at a HUGE discount online. 

Red Laser is a new iPhone and Android app that can save you some big bucks.

All you have to do is snap a picture of the bar code on the product you want to buy and the app generates a price list for it from stores nearby and online.  You can use it on anything from groceries to electronics.

For example, you could be shopping in Best Buy, scan the bar code for the tv you want, and find it at a HUGE discount online. 

The iCloud.  Awwwww. «cue angels singing»
Our  dreams of having EVERYTHING sync seamlessly is finally coming true this  fall.  For those of you who aren’t apple fanatics or even don’t  understand the wonders of MobileMe, let me explain:
All of your devices
Syncing all of your content
Automatically
Without having to plug anything in.
The  cost to us - nothing.  When you sign up, for no cost they’ll give you  5GB of space for properties that aren’t Apple.  In other words,  everything from iTunes, Apps, your Photo Stream, Calendars, etc won’t go  against that space; it can be used for email and documents.
As Fast Company points out, the “free” now means more money later for Apple.  
At  this time, there aren’t any complaints, and you won’t hear one from  me.  You crazy PC people need to come join us on the bright and colorful  Apple side for the iCloud and countless other reasons.

The iCloud.  Awwwww. «cue angels singing»

Our dreams of having EVERYTHING sync seamlessly is finally coming true this fall.  For those of you who aren’t apple fanatics or even don’t understand the wonders of MobileMe, let me explain:

All of your devices

Syncing all of your content

Automatically

Without having to plug anything in.

The cost to us - nothing.  When you sign up, for no cost they’ll give you 5GB of space for properties that aren’t Apple.  In other words, everything from iTunes, Apps, your Photo Stream, Calendars, etc won’t go against that space; it can be used for email and documents.

As Fast Company points out, the “free” now means more money later for Apple.  

At this time, there aren’t any complaints, and you won’t hear one from me.  You crazy PC people need to come join us on the bright and colorful Apple side for the iCloud and countless other reasons.

My love-hate relationship with AT&T continues…
Just got off the phone with Otto (one of the best people on the planet and my producer at LiveStream) who informed me that AT&T now offers
UNLIMITED NATIONWIDE MINUTES FOR $69.99 a month!
That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me.
However, if you’re currently paying more for limited coverage, they won’t change your plan unless you call in and ask for the switch.
Typical….
With as many calls as my iPhone drops, they should have implemented this a long time ago.
Plus, their International Plan that charges you for incoming calls even if you don’t pick up, and emails that you don’t read is complete horse-sh!t.
That’s all.

My love-hate relationship with AT&T continues…

Just got off the phone with Otto (one of the best people on the planet and my producer at LiveStream) who informed me that AT&T now offers

UNLIMITED NATIONWIDE MINUTES FOR $69.99 a month!

That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me.

However, if you’re currently paying more for limited coverage, they won’t change your plan unless you call in and ask for the switch.

Typical….

With as many calls as my iPhone drops, they should have implemented this a long time ago.

Plus, their International Plan that charges you for incoming calls even if you don’t pick up, and emails that you don’t read is complete horse-sh!t.

That’s all.

A Gift That Keeps On Giving - For Under $100!

If only I had a tv…..

You really can’t go wrong with this under the tree.

Brad and I just saw the iPhone commercial for new cool apps. Have you tried Mover pro? It senses iPhones around you so you can “slide” pics and contacts to their phone instantly.

Brad and I just saw the iPhone commercial for new cool apps. Have you tried Mover pro? It senses iPhones around you so you can “slide” pics and contacts to their phone instantly.

Great minds think alike. She’s using the Kodak Zi6.

Great minds think alike. She’s using the Kodak Zi6.

On the right is Jordan Palmer, a huge soccer fan. At age 15, he is the founder of TheOriginalWinger, a blog about soccer culture. I’m feeding off of his enthusiam while meeting the AC Milan team.

On the right is Jordan Palmer, a huge soccer fan. At age 15, he is the founder of TheOriginalWinger, a blog about soccer culture. I’m feeding off of his enthusiam while meeting the AC Milan team.

Thank goodness for Google Maps iPhone app. I also recently downloaded Vlingo which does voice activated web, map, and contact searches.

Thank goodness for Google Maps iPhone app. I also recently downloaded Vlingo which does voice activated web, map, and contact searches.

Jason Meyers from Entreprenuer writes that Palm’s new Pre “busts through Sreve Jobs’ front door and makes itself at home.” Really? I haven’t met a Palm product that even functions properly for over a month. Meghan, thoughts?

Jason Meyers from Entreprenuer writes that Palm’s new Pre “busts through Sreve Jobs’ front door and makes itself at home.” Really? I haven’t met a Palm product that even functions properly for over a month. Meghan, thoughts?

AT&T guy: The only reason I would drink that is because it looks like something I drank as a kid.

Me: Oh! Umm…Ecto Cooler!

AT&T guy: Yes!

AT&T guy: The only reason I would drink that is because it looks like something I drank as a kid.

Me: Oh! Umm…Ecto Cooler!

AT&T guy: Yes!

It’s like a Mac/Speck commercial up in here. We’re doing a test run of livestreaming TMI so during our next shoot, you can see how it all goes down. Plus, you’ll be able to comment via AIM while we tape. No editing, no censoring…this could be trouble. Haha.

It’s like a Mac/Speck commercial up in here. We’re doing a test run of livestreaming TMI so during our next shoot, you can see how it all goes down. Plus, you’ll be able to comment via AIM while we tape. No editing, no censoring…this could be trouble. Haha.

Shaping Up for Summer - Daily Makeover’s Facial Feature Assessment 
Maybe it’s not a new necklace or pair of shoes you’re looking for to update your summer style. Perhaps it’s time to try something a little more drastic?  Or maybe not.  But I can tell you I LOVE my new do.  Chopping off my locks gave me a little bit of an edge and has beeen SO EASY to maintain!
I know, it’s hard to take that first step.  How do you know what cut will look good on you?
Check out Daily Makeover for a quiz to help you figure out what shape your face is and what cut will flatter your features. 
No scissors, just a little Q&A to get your mind in motion.

Shaping Up for Summer - Daily Makeover’s Facial Feature Assessment 

Maybe it’s not a new necklace or pair of shoes you’re looking for to update your summer style. Perhaps it’s time to try something a little more drastic?  Or maybe not.  But I can tell you I LOVE my new do.  Chopping off my locks gave me a little bit of an edge and has beeen SO EASY to maintain!

I know, it’s hard to take that first step.  How do you know what cut will look good on you?

Check out Daily Makeover for a quiz to help you figure out what shape your face is and what cut will flatter your features. 

No scissors, just a little Q&A to get your mind in motion.

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