Friday, June 25, 2010

iPhone 4 and bars...

So I ventured to AT&T to see the iPhone4 today. Had to touch one. Looking forward to having one this next week. Yes, something tells me that baby is arriving here to my hot little hands :)

Now there's all this talk and video footage of bars being lost on the phone. Notice the upper left corner of the phone...all bars in place. My hand wrapped around the phone covering the antenna exactly where it's not supposed to be according to all those shooting video and for 10 minutes I kept it just like that. Those bars did not budge a centimeter. Nothing. No lost bars, no discoloration on the screen, nothing but WOW sharp text, great speed opening apps, and clear as a whistle video shooting when using the camera. Impressed? OH YEAH! You will be too when you focus on having one and bring it into your life. Get out there, touch one, feel it (it actually feels really nice in the hand), and it did not get warm either during that time period.

Not sure what all the hoopla is about, but when done with my test on that phone I took out my 3GS and did the same test. It went from 5 bars to 1 bar and would still make a call, but once I took my hand away from the phone for a moment the bars came back. The iPhone4...5 bars all the time. (for me.) Oh and that is one very sharp screen. No more squinting while you're driving to see stuff. It's razor sharp and your eyes tune in on that quickly.

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iOS4 add apps to folder within iTunes

I was wondering about this today and was thinking if I was an app and needed to get into a folder how would I go about doing it in iTunes.

Well, here's the answer. It's easy!

First off while in iTunes, simply click the app tab when you have your iphone plugged in (this should work for the iPod as well). You'll see your list of apps show up and you can choose which ones you want to synch by simply checking the box next to them and then pressing apply and allowing the apps to synch. Now, what I did in this window was create a folder by dragging a web page shortcut for googlevoice and the settings icon on top of each other and created a folder. I left the default name of utilities.

Next what I want to do is add AIR SHARING to that same folder, but without having to drag it from Screen 2 into the folder which is this case is in Screen 1 with the calendar, nike and a couple of other apps. Well, I don't have to drag anything! In the screen below you'll see I highlighted AIR SHARING so you can see it.

All I need to do now is to click the box next to Air Sharing placing an X in there, and you'll see in the next image that my goal has been achieved. The icon for Air Sharing has ended up inside of the folder with the other two icons. Now if you check off multiple items the same thing will happen, only with more than one icon. When you click apply or synch depending on the option given you, the apps will then be installed into the right location on your iphone, or ipod and when iOS4 becomes available for it...the iPAD as well.

Thanks for taking time to read this, hope you found it helpful.

Michael

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

WordPress Sites Now available PLUS FREE 1 YR SEO PACKAGE - FIRST 5 Signups ONLY

Greetings.

I appreciate your taking time to read this email about something new we're offering at DocMurdock.com.

WordPress sites

We're moving into a new era in the web and WordPress is leading the charge with their system which can be set up quickly and provides a nice clean look and feel to a website or blog.

What we've done is found a nice clean template to use with the system which allows for the site to:

a. look good
b. load quickly
c. make you money by promoting products
d. works with adsense as well as clickbank
e. easily allows you to either use it as a blog or a website or both.

We've come up with a couple of options for you which I believe you'll like.

A. 5 Page Site with Blog

B. 6 Page Site with Blog & Shopping Cart Support

PLUS a special offering for the first 5 people who order this package we're going to throw in 1 full year of SEO for the site which is a $2400 value absolutely FREE. Now there is a limit on this package to 1 per client. No matter if you order 1 site or 2, you still only get SEO on one site. This is so that others get a chance at things. There is still competition out there.

Both packages require that you have a Domain Name and hosting package. If you don't, please visit our site SNAGADOMAIN to pick those up at a great price.

Both packages include all setup and configuration of wordpress, we'll install the theme, get it setup for you, we'll install SEO plugins for you and configure that so it works and allows for your site to become visible quickly. We'll make recommendations on plugins and widgets to install so that your site is very up to date.

What is ProsperityCart? ProsperityCart is our shopping cart. We're a private label of the 1shoppingcart family and happy to provide you access to this great service. You can see it at PROSPERITYCART

When you purchase the advanced site, we'll set up the cart as well for you when you subscribe to that, train you on it and throw in an additional 30 days of support to help your business.

So what's next you ask? Get over to DOCMURDOCK and right there on the front page is the list of things to choose from. The two sites are there and they're bundled, so no matter which one you click, you'll see the same list of products. Simply click the X to remove the site type which you do NOT want, leave the other in place along with the SEO offering, and process your payment. We'll get to work on things as soon as your payment clears.

We're excited to bring this to you. We can have your site ready within 2 days** (based on your having all of your content ready to be put into place, otherwise it could take longer). Yes, that quickly. So if you've been holding off on things…no need to any longer. We're ready to serve you and help your site get up and available for people to see and purchase products from.

All sites are setup on a first come-first served basis, so don't wait as you may get left behind on this one and we'd hate to see that.

Remember the SEO offering is good for the first 5 people who sign up for a site ONLY.

One last item, if you wish to subscribe to the SEO service only, that's on the front page, and the first 5 who do that and use the COUPON CODE - 12OFF will get it for just $1200.00. That's 50% off the normal price.

We appreciate your taking time to read this, we hope you find it valuable and we so look forward to serving your website & SEO needs.

Michael

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Monday, June 21, 2010

iOS4 update day

Okay folks as one of the first ones in the world to get this downloaded and online, let me share some experiences:

a. I never saw this screen as around 30 seconds after the update went live I was downloading and installing it.

One thing that's key is to make sure you have the latest version of itunes installed as called out in this picture under STEP 1
DOWNLOAD ITUNES!

Next up, I did experience a couple of gotcha's that I want to share:

1. if you're using a bluetooth device, open up Settings >General > Bluetooth and REMOVE the device, then reconnect it. I went to answer a call after using the phone for a bit and my bluetooth shut off as I picked up the call, and it locked my screen. I had to hold the sleep/wake button and the home button until the phone restarted. Other than that...NO PROBLEMS!

2. Depending on how much memory you have in your phone 16gb or 32gb you may experience some slowness when you have a lot of apps open. This is not a problem, this is the phone telling you that its doing a lot. This is what people asked for with respect to multitasking. You wanted to be able to switch between apps and do other things. You'll be able to, it's gonna catch on real quick and soon you'll be checking mail, texting, facebooking, twittering, getting directions, buying something while listening to your favorite song play in the background.

BREATHE :) It's FUN and still zippy.


And then there were 2 pages of apps...I used to have 12 pages of apps, but I found the folders and now there are just two pages of apps...or at least icons now that I know you can drag one icon onto another one and it will create a folder allowing you to drop other icons in there and little by little you'll have a clean phone which you can then add more apps to if you wish. here's the screen shot of the phone now.

Am sure there's more to share, but right now have some client projects to finish.

Have fun!!

Mike

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It's TIME!!! iOS4 is HERE!!!!

iPhone...

We know eventually this will change to something more informative...will it be in the next few minutes? You'll see!! and so will WE

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Rick Sanchez asked...

Yes, I saw this video:

An interesting example for the Seattle PD to show at their meetings of how not to handle a situation. The "officer" in this, actually looked like a trainee was outnumbered by the people milling around shooting things with their cellphones, his gun could have been taken and he could easily have been killed by any one of them.

Where was his backup?

Why was this gal being 'detained'?

Why was he not properly trained in subduing a subject? Obviously he was toying with her as he should have had a handcuff on her at some point and then he'd not have to deal with the other person who got involved.

The gal in pink who got into this...bad move on her part. She was interfering with a Police officer in the performance of their duty.

Was he right to hit her? No, not based on that video. However, he thought it appears that she was trying to separate him and his subject of interest and that's why he lashed out. Adrenaline does that.

No excuse for this at all though. In this world of today a lot more can be accomplished by simply communicating. Police in this country are always supercharged to do something where simple words can sometimes remedy an issue.

In the end, call for backup/support and wait until they arrive. There's no excuse for what he did, no matter what he should have simply detained and awaited for support.

Bad move in my opinion. And yes the one gal was resisting arrest and doing a good job of it. (sadly for the policeman).

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

AT&T Where's the iPhone4???

COME ON PEOPLE GET REAL!

Apple gives you exclusive access to the best looking piece of hardware on the planet and you put a BLACKBERRY on your site? HELLO MCFLY!!!! The iPhone4 is no where to be found in the business site.

If I was Steve Jobs I'd be ringing some necks over there. I mean let's get real. Maybe Apple should move things to Verizon or some other network. Hell the business customers can't even pre order the phone when they get someone on the phone - "Oh no Mr. Murdock you have to pre-order through the website"

GIVE ME A BREAK! Not SERVICE for your business customers. This is called BEND OVER WE'LL DRIVE.

Apple should NOT be impressed.

Definitely not DocMurdock Approved. And locking business customers out of purchasing through the retail site...OUCH.

Where's the service?

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AT&T & Business "Service"

As a business customer, am sad to say I got more respect as a Retail Client from AT&T. That's a pretty sad reflection on AT&T.

Business customers are the last to hear about new product announcements, the last to have access to preorder things like the iPhone4

and are made to wait an inordinate amount of time on the phone to get service.

Here's the AT&T business site right now in the midst of the pre-ordering of the iPhone4.

So who is responsible for not allocating enough computing resources to handle the load of incoming requests? Or did you simply forget to put the thing up in time for people to order?

Pretty sad showing AT&T, especially to us Small Businesses that you so desire to court and keep happy.

How about:

a. NOT OUTSOURCING SUPPORT TO INDIA anymore for your USA business customers. Allow them to take care of those outside the borders.

b. Prepare and test your websites so that you can activate them on time

c. Give your Small Business Customers some credit or something to make up for our not being able to preorder the best technology around because we can't order it through the retail site and we can't order it through the Apple site because everything is locked down to your site for the "best service portal for our business customers". If this is your "best" you have a LOT to worry about.

Michael

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Things that steam my broccoli

Okay so that's one way of saying 'peeve me', and since we do have some young readers from time to time, trying to be a bit more sensitive.

When I read this story below on TUAW, I got irked. If you follow my stream on twitter you'll understand that when I believe something or someone is wrong or being wronged I will speak up and say something. Have never been one to hold my opinion and never will change that.

(the above image is a screenshot of the TUAW article which I shared with Apple Computer today. Thank TUAW. Hope you don't mind my using this, but the credit for the story is all yours).

The NYTIMES is wrong in asking for this. Violates our terms...if you put out a publicly available RSS feed and someone offers the ability for that feed to be read in their reader and you don't like it...PULL YOUR FEED.

There are a ton of feeds that can be added in Pulse. This app was written by some guys at Stanford and they did a really great job at doing it. No reason to have this app pulled from the App Store.

I've voiced my opinion to Apple as well. I think the app will be put back in the store shortly.

What really surprises me is that the Times reviewed this app in their paper! These guys are a bunch of hypocrites and they probably felt that they should have been featured in Steve's keynote. Well they were, but their site would not load due to WIFI issues at the hall. Of course those idiots don't watch the video feeds to see these things.

The NYTIMES is not a paper I care to read. It's overly priced, should have been digital only long ago and needs some writers that are less than opinionated sharing the news. It almost reminds me of a pack of Helen Thomas's loose in a pressroom.

If you put a feed out on the net and make it available, I can read it. I can provide access to it in my app. If that violates your terms then you need to cease & desist everyone on the planet, not just one app. There are many in the App Store that read your feeds. The one thing about Pulse is they do it without any additional crap getting in the way.

I say to the TIMES, GET A LIFE. CNN IS KICKING YOUR BUTT with news and well MSNBC is kicking theirs. Give us some good news and invest some money in these guys to rewrite your NYTIMES app and make it for the iPad. That'd be the right thing to do along with a written public apology for being a**holes.

Michael

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Monday, June 07, 2010

WWDC...nice

All photos were taken by the folks at gdgt.com and all credit for the images goes to them. Writing is mine.

Familiar theme for these presentations. One great Apple ;)

Smiling Steve, well that's a good sign. That would change a little later due to some networking issues. Not sure
who provides the wifi service in that hall, but am sure he's put their backside through a ringer for it not being
able to support all the connections that they had there.

Okay, so the iPad is a chick-magnet :) Too funny. I can personally attest that this thing does draw a crowd. Whenever I have mine with me at Starbucks there's at least 1-2 demos I end up giving. I always keep my iphone nearby as people want to see
it in comparison. Fun to share and then to see that "I HAVE TO HAVE ONE" look on the faces.

Other "platforms" say that they're the best to develop for, but time and time again Apple shows that the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch/Macintosh are the platforms to be developing for. When someone makes more in day from sales then they do from 5 years of advertising...that says something. Congrats Theo! Great App by the way.

HTML5 is where the future of the web is. It's NOT in Adobe's outdated FLASH. Sorry kids, but it's true. I use flash as sparingly as possible due to the crash factor. Oh did you see the new virus/security exploit out there for flash just yesterday? That was timely.

This one surprised me. Ebay does a TON of business. Great numbers and for a free app that simply provides a gateway...it rocks! I use it with my ipad and love the countdown timer that it gives you to watch an auction and bid on things. So far
I've won two auctions where normally I'd have lost them due to timing issues. Thanks EBAY!!

Netflix...I love it on the iPad. Now, here's a tip if you're not a user of these guys yet. Sign up at their website for the 30 day free trial and then install the app and sign in through the app. This way you're not limited to the 2 week trial that the App gives you. I think this will be the same with the iPhone as it is with the iPad app.

Sure don't hear about Microsoft or Google paying out a BILLION in Revenue to their developers. That's AMAZING!!!

The iPhone is OWNING the mobile browser market with Safari. Android is over there with 22.7%, but the iPhone market share is NOT decreasing. In fact with the launch of iPhone4, I think it will almost double before the end of the year.

The slide shows the metal (stainless steel) frame of the new iphone4 which is part of the antenna structure. This means that since the antenna wraps around the phone you're bound to get a signal somewhere on this thing. Should improve reception dramatically. And you can see a number of protocols supported there as well.

This is a sample of the clarity of the new display. Left image is the iPhone 3GS running iOS4 and the right is the new iPhone4 running iOS4. Notice the sharpness of the text? yeah, that baby is gonna look amazing in the hands of owners.

Another image of showing clarity and color saturation. Very nice indeed.

Now for those at GIZMODO, here's the breakdown of the parts so that you now know. That's a very large battery. Can't wait to tax that puppy talking on some long client calls.

Steve covered iAds as well, Apple's foray into advertising

And here's the committed revenue to this already and it's not even launched yet. Not bad. :)

Oh yes, what's a phone with 2 cameras good for? Making really high quality video calls over wi-fi. Cell networks can't handle this yet, but over the next little bit Apple will educate them on how to push this through their pipelines to make it work. Bravo Jony and the team for a great product production.

Jony Ive talking to Steve via FaceTime.

Yes, you need an iPhone4 to do this with. Sorry Android, you're OUTTA HERE!

Very slick feature added to iPhone4

Seeing your baby video via phone...amazing way to connect. WOW.

Apple is more than just a computer company. Apple does truly care about people and making lives easier. Having worked for Steve, this is something he's been living for a long time. We worked together at PIXAR from 1991 - 1997. It was truly an amazing time and I am proud of that time I shared with him. Amazing guy to work with and for.

Okay Developers get that software and get some apps developed for this new platform. Make our custoemrs proud.

It amazes me after all that he's been through, Steve shows up and is all in on these demos. He cares about the perception of the customer of the product that Apple delivers. It's not about name calling or slashing people or doing any of the other things that some other companies do in their demos...okay no names mentioned but they know who they are.

He's just showed a product that nobody on the market has, or can even come close to. 64 handsets running that other software...but on a lousy display by comparison, oh and when iOS4 runs it runs faster! OUCH. Great demo, can't wait until download time on the 21st. Once again Apple will deliver and we'll be back talking about it then.

Have an amazing day. Great job Steve!

Best,

Michael

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