Saturday, March 24, 2012

Verizon Pushes DROID Pro Update Out

The Motorola Droid Pro isn't exactly the most sexy or coolest member of the DROID product family, but it does get the job done. So I was surprised yesterday when I pulled out my Pro to see that there was a software update available from Verizon.

The update, who's official name is 4.7.3XT610.Verizon.enUS, is only a minor maintenance update rather than a full Google Android software upgrade.

This update addresses:
  • Improved security with DigiNotar security patch.
  • Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System. 
  • Device will no longer lockup or reset after an Over the Air update. 
  • Device will no longer automatically power on after it has been powered off. 
  • Pressing the spacebar key will no longer cause the device to lockup. 
  • Improvements to keyboard backlighting. 
  • Smart Forwarding will no longer cause forwarded messages to remain in the Outbox.
I'm glad that Verizon and Motorola have figured out a fix for OTA updates, because, well, 4.7.3XT610 is kinda an OTA update, so that's progress, right?  I'm also glad to see Verizon and Motorola pushing out an update that improves the performance of the Pro's keyboard.  Pressing the spacebar key should not hang up your phone, it's never happened to me, but the backlighting on my phone was always a bit schizophrenic.

And, any software update from Verizon wouldn't be complete without some new bloatware, so Big Red has thrown in new versions of their V CAST and VZ Navigator apps.  I'm not sure why anyone is still using Verizon's GPS navigation software when Google Maps and Google Navigation work well and don't require the extra cost of an additional service on your monthly bill.

Anyway, you can read the official change log and directions on how to upgrade your Droid Pro on the Verizon website.

Monday, March 19, 2012

iOS 5.1 Improved Battery Performance on My Sprint iPhone 4S

Since applying the iOS 5.1 software update on my iPhone 4S (Sprint) back on March 7, I've noticed much improved battery performance.  While I still can't go two days without having to recharge, I can go a day and little bit before I have to share up again.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The New iPad Unboxing Photos

I purchased my 3rd generation Apple iPad (aka iPad 3) yesterday at the New Haven Apple Store.  The following are some unboxing photos from my new iPad and smart cover.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Apple iPad 3rd Generation is in the House!

Ya, there was no chance that I wasn't going to buy and Apple iPad 3rd Generation this weekend.  I was just getting my new "Business Tool" at the New Haven, CT Apple Store.

The iPad's screen looks AMAZING and is well worth the trip to pick one up this weekend.

There are lots of units still in stock so go and grab yours now!!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Sprint announces the ZTE Fury, available March 11th for $19.99

I just saw this over at BGR, it looks like a new, super low cost Android smartphone is coming to Sprint in the very near future.

"Sprint on Wednesday announced the “family-friendly” Android-powered ZTE Fury. This entry-level handset features a 3.5-inch capacitive display with a 1GHz single-core processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. 
“Providing affordable, Android-powered devices, like ZTE Fury, in our lineup helps give families the tools and information to better manage their wireless usage while still providing the style and functionality they need to keep up with their busy lives," according to David Owens, Sprint’s vice president-Product Development."
The ZTE Fury will sell for $69.99 with a qualifying service plan, and will be $19.99 after a mail-in rebate.


iPhoto '11, iBooks Author Get Updates

As part of this week's massive Apple product rollout, a pair of Mac OS X applications also received updates: iPhoto '11 and iBooks Author.

iPhoto only received one update, but I think it will be a very popular one, the ability to delete a photo from the Photo Stream.  iDevices running iOS 5.1 also have this ability.

iBooks Author received updates in two areas.  The first is support for iPad 3's (ok, Apple calls the new iPad, "the new iPad") new Retina display.  The other area is performance and stability updates.

All in all, it's been a nice week for the Apple fan club.

Both apps are available from the Mac App Store.  iPhoto '11 9.2.2 is a free update to customers who previously purchased the software.  If you need to buy iPhoto '11, it can be purchased for $14.99.  iBooks Author is free.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Rovio Releases Angry Birds Seasons - Cherry Blossom Festival

Our favorite ticked off birds are back at it again with Rovio's Cherry Blossom Festival, the latest installment of Angry Birds Seasons.

Angry Birds Seasons is available now for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch as a free update to current owners. If you haven't purchased Seasons yet, you can purchase the iPad edition for $1.99 or the iPhone/iPod touch edition for $0.99.

iPhoto Makes the Jump from Mac OS X to iOS

As part of today's massive software deployment from Apple, our old friend iPhone received an iOS, touch enabled makeover and is now available as a $4.99 app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
"With iPhoto for iOS, Apple brings Multi-Touch to photography in a breakthrough way. Browse, edit, and share your photos from your iPad or iPhone, like never before – all the powerful tools you need are at your fingertips. And with iCloud, you can share your experiences as stunning photo journals."
iPhoto for iOS is compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2 Wi-Fi, and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G and requires iOS 5.1 or later.

You can purchase iPhoto for iOS from the iTunes Store.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Apple Rolls Out iOS 5.1 for Current iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Models

Earlier today, while unveiling the new revolutionary iPad with Retina display and the third generation AppleTV, Apple released iOS 5.1.

The new iOS update can be used to upgrade the following iOS devices:
  • iPad 2, iPad 1
  • iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS
  • iPod touch 3rd and 4th generation
A separate update will be released to upgrade the software in the second generation AppleTV which also runs iOS 5.

To receive the update on your iOS 5 device, go to: Settings > General > Software Update.  If you prefer to update your iDevice the 'old fashioned' way, or haven't yet installed iOS 5, connect your handset to your computer running iTunes 10.6, also released today, and sync your device.  Then select your iDevice from the iTunes source pane and click the "Check for Updates" button in the pane on the right.

Apple Updates Many of Their iOS Apps

With today's release of iOS 5.1 for current generation iDevices, Apple is also rolling out a number of software updates to their iOS titles.  iOS applications receiving an update today include:

  • iBooks 2.1
  • Find My Friends 1.1
  • Find My iPhone 1.4
  • iMovie 1.3
  • iTunes U 1.1
  • Keynote 1.6
  • Pages 1.6
  • Remote 2.3

While some of the updates are specific to the new iPad and it's new Retina display, there are some goodies for those of us with older iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches.

The iOS versions of the iWork applications - Pages, Numbers, and Keynote - all received updates to take advantage of iOS 5.1 and the new iPad, but also gained support for creating and viewing stunning 3D bar, line, area, and pie charts.  The new versions of the iWork apps for iOS also include general performance improvements.

To download the new software, I recommend first upgrading to iOS 5.1 on your supported iDevice, and then using the App Store application on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to make sure you have all the latest software installed.

Apple Introduces the New AppleTV with Support for 1080p Video [U]

Along side the third generation iPad, Apple introduced the third generation AppleTV.  The "tiny entertainment powerhouse" as it is referred to by Apple, now supports 1080p videos downloaded from the iTunes Store for playback on your 1080p television and had a new, streamlined user interface.

The third generation AppleTV retains the same $99 price point.  AppleTV's tentpole features include: video playback from iTunes Store purchase, Netflix,  YouTube and major league baseball streaming video (subscriptions maybe required), AirPlay, iCloud support, iTunes Match, and Photo Stream.

Owners of the second generation AppleTV will gain access to the new user interface and software features by way of a free iOS software update.

For more details or to order the new AppleTV, visit the Apple website.


The new AppleTV will go on sale next Friday, March 16, at the same time the new iPad goes on sale.  Unlike the new iPad, Apple does not appear to be taking pre-orders for the new AppleTV and the website is still showing a 1-2 week lead time.

iTunes 10.6 Released for Mac OS X and Windows PCs

Today, along side the massive iOS software updates, Apple released iTunes 10.6 for Mac OS X and Windows PCs.

iTunes 10.6 adds support for devices running iOS 5.1, and high definition 1080p videos purchased from the iTunes Store.  Apple also included enhancements to the iTunes Match features of iCloud that was launched last year.

You can download iTunes 10.6 either by using the Apple Software Update application on your computer or download the installer from the iTunes website.

Apple Unveils the Revolutionary New iPad

Earlier today, Apple unveiled the revolutionary third generation iPad.

For all the new features and specifications of the new iPad, check out the Apple website.  You can view Apple CEO Tim Cook's keynote, the new iPad video, and the new TV spot also on the Apple website.

In addition to the new iPad, Apple also unleashed a boat load of new software updates, including: iTunes for Mac OS X and Windows, iOS 5.1, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iTunes U, iBooks, Find My iPhone, Find My Friends, iMovie, and Remote.  Use the App Store application on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to upgrade your software.

On the hardware front, Apple also unveiled the new third edition AppleTV.

The new iPad can be pre-ordered now and has the same price points as the previous two generations of iPad, and will begin shipping on Friday, March 16.  The iPad 2 is still available at a new low $399 price point.

The third generation AppleTV is available for order now at the same $99 price point and will begin shipping in 1-2 weeks according to the Apple website.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Apple To Hold iPad Media Event on Wednesday

If all the rumors haven't been enough for you, Apple is ready to publicly talk about the third generation iPad, presumably called iPad 3, this Wednesday.  The event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and will get underway at 10am PDT/1pm EDT.

As of Monday, there is still some debate over the name of the new iPad, whether it will be called "iPad 3" or "iPad HD."  There are also rumors circulating that there will be a new Apple designed case that falls somewhere between the original black iPad case and the new iPad 2 Smart Cover cases, that protects the entire iPad.  Perhaps the one rumor that I was glad to hear squashed was the one that suggested that each new iPad 3 model would be $79 more expensive to cover the costs of the new display.