The easiest way to demo an Iphone or Ipad App.

I was doing some browsing online lately and came across this very cool site. If you have an Iphone or soon and Ipad and found yourself wondering if that new app does what the screen shots show it does you will love this site. http://iphoneappdemos.tv/ they have gone and recorded an actual user using the Iphone app right in a video you can watch and decide right there with out shelling out 99 cents to 5 bucks for an app that might just plain suck.

Overall its a very cool concept and I see myself using this site a lot more going forward. And no I am not getting paid to say this, its a really cool site!

Geek Tech Live 54 Apple IPad chat

Geek Tech Live 54

In this episode of Geek Tech Live can I escape the tractor beam pull of the IPad unveiling and subsequent take over of all things internet news related? Will the IPad end global suffering? Eliminate the National Debit? Create new jobs? Lets find out.

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All right, So how much IPad Goodness do you think could be out right about now? It was only Last week that we were talking about the unveiling of the apple Tablet. Geek Tech Live is recorded on the weekends (except Special programs like last weeks RadNerd Interview). So this is a few days after the unveil and the mass effect of pandemonium it has done to the world. Did we survive? yah we did… was a it a game changer? I think a little yes and a little no. The Ipad wasn’t some magical device like we were hearing. It isn’t made from unicorns and creates its own rainbows. It does however have some very cool aspects of the device that make me want it. Lets see if I can explain in a bit more detail.  About 6 months ago I was almost going to buy a kindle. The  rumored Ipad, Islate, Itablet, etc… was seeming to be a long way off and well I just wanted to get a good e-reader to take with me to work for lunch time reading and when i am on vacation , etc. I did the research and almost did it. The kindle did everything I wanted it to do at the time and my Iphone was able to fill in the gaps quite well for anything else i wanted to do.  I am really glad I had second thoughts and waited for the apple Tablet unveiling.

There have been a lot of people all whining about the Ipad and as the week progressed you also found out more rumors concerning next years possible Ipad additions like front facing video cameras, video calls, etc… I really don’t care so much about those rumors since it is apples job in my mind to continue to innovate. if they stop doing that then there will not be anything more than what we have today in technology. you cant fault them for holding back a few extra goodies for the revision two of the Ipad that is just goo business if you ask me, even if it still annoys the hell out of me.
So what do we know about the current Revision 1 of the IPad.  here are the basic specs for the Ipad courtesy of the Apple websites:

Ipad Image

Size and weight
Height:  9.56 inches (242.8 mm)

Width:   7.47 inches (189.7 mm)

Depth:   0.5 inch (13.4 mm)

Weight:   1.5 pounds (0.68 kg) Wi-Fi model;
    1.6 pounds (0.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model

Display
    •    9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
    •    1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
    •    Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
    •    Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Capacity
    •    16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive

Processor
    •    1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip

Sensors
    •    Accelerometer
    •    Ambient light sensor

Battery and power
    •    Built-in 25 Whr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
    •    Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
    •    Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

Ok, so if you ask me based on these specs it definitely fits the bill be being better than an IPhone and still not as good as a full on laptop. Yes, its a niche market. but if you look at how the Ipad is being marketed its not supposed to eliminate laptops. It does however give the Kindle and Nook a run for its money.  The Three top things it seems the Ipad does very well are Web browsing, Email and Ibook reading. Those three right there are exactly the right niche market if you ask me. I can see the Ipad being taken to college classes and textbooks handed out electronically. With Wifi you can keep in touch with the integrated email and OF course you get full screen browsing of websites ( sans flash) . The fourth and last big thing I like about the Ipad is the video capabilities. I can watch my movies and not worry about running out of juice.  the screen looks fantastic if you ask me. 

So 3G or just Wifi? I agree with Leo Laporte’s take on this. Leo stated in a Revision 3 Tekzilla episode that he isn’t going to wait as all he needs is wifi. what I mean is get the wifi version and then if you need to  get a Mifi from Verizon and now you have your very own personal hotspot. Easy peasy lemon squezey. Either way you are going tohave to pay for the 3G coverage so why not get the MiFi and now anything in your car or office or beach etc… can get a signal to the Internet. I like how he thinks. Especially since I was saying this to my friends about a day before his interview aired on Tekzilla.

Love it or Hate it the Ipad is here and here to stay.  There were a lot of nay sayers when the Iphone came out and now its the standard phone all new smartphones are compared to.  My only issue with the keynote address by Steve Jobs was no mention of any Iphone 4G or anything.  my contract is coming up for renewal and I don’t want to pounce on a 3GS if a bit of prudence on part can end me up with a new 4G model that IS made out of Unicorns and rainbows.

Well, thats it for this episode of Geek Tech Live. Happy February 1st everyone! You can find me on Twitter @geektechlive or Facebook at facebook.com/geektechlive . Subscribe to my RSS feed at : http://feeds.feedburner.com/GeekTechLive   for my Podcasts and  http://feeds.feedburner.com/GeekTechLiveblogposts for my Blog postings.

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Geek Tech Live Ep 48 Nook Fail Steve Jobs Islate foursquare and Gowzilla plus viewer mail


Welcome to the post Christmas Geek Tech live Spectacular! Episode 48 for December 26th!

Barnes and Noble Nook EPIC FAIL!!!

Barnes and Noble Nook

So Lets start out with our Epic Fail of the Week the  Barnes and Noble Nook.  I am not a media Mogul, obviously since I am not on network TV nor am I even working for the hallowed Revision3 or G4tv or mashable.com. being that as it may I still know one or two things not to do when creating something new and giving it out to customers…. makes sure it can handle the traffic if it becomes an overnight sensation. You only get one shot at this especially when you are talking about going up against the kindle. but it appears a surge of download requests over the 25th jammed the B&N net tubes and left Nook users high and dry with nothing to read… All attempts at downloading an ebook on the 25th  , even by those who got their Nook early,  were greeted with a “Queued: Will complete shortly” message. Not cool. Barnes and Noble.. Hear this well. consumers arrant going to stand for this. in this economy of 5 seconds of fame and rapid fire news and information. people are not going to be “ok” with this level of service. I was almost going to get a Nook…. now I am going to wait and see if Barnes and Noble can not only rectify this sufficiently but also keep things on a steadily improving course.  On Christmas Day you don’t want your precious new Gadget to not work. especially if its not a lack of batteries but a lack of servers at the manufacturers that are able to send you your 1’s and 0’s so you can read your book.  wow…. Epic fail at an Epic Date ( at least in the states ).

ISlate, ITablet… I Claudius?!?!?

Steve Jobs Islate Itablet apple

Lets move on to a more happier moment in time… say January 26th? are you free? I hope you are because we all have a date with Destiny! the Apple tablet, or cure for cancer or something even cooler will be announced by apple January 26th!  Steve Jobs is soo excited and happy he only took a salary of one US dollar. ok we all know that this is just a nicety as he is making a lot more cash by just being Steve Jobs but if you listen to the song being played I would say we are coming to the bridge and its going to be a solo of Epic proportions… and not in a Fail way.

The big rumor right now is this whole new Domain name that cropped up called Islate.com that was bought by Apple in october. rumor has it the tablet is the slate and the slate is the tablet… and the worm is the spice of course! what this all means to you and me is apple is again working the smoke and mirrors machine and is going to try to use misdirection again to in the end show us exactly what they are planning. either way even if you know whats coming it will be pretty cool to see it unveiled …finally.  the Media event as I said will be held on January 26th at the San Francisco  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  rumors again here but Apple rented a stage at the Gardens and is expected to use this venue to announce a new product.  of course Apple and the Yerba Buena Gardens failed to comment on those rumors.  Wouldn’t you be surprised if they said..  “oh that? yeah we are going to showcase a new device the Islate… we bought that URL and then the Jobman is going to walk on water..  its gonna be a great party..” yeah… I don’t think they are going to be anything less than tight lipped about this until it happens. My only complaint is that I am stuck in the Midwest with no way of getting to the event… of course I also have not been invited either but that is just a small hurdle to jump.

FastMall.com

FastMall.com

From epic Fail to Epic possible Win and now to an Iphone app for cruising the mall…. FastMall. This little app came across my attention lasers  while perusing Prweb.com.  the Tagline for this iapp is the following … and I quote

” For millions of mall shoppers finding a desired store, restaurant or restroom from a directory kiosk can be nearly impossible and terribly frustrating. Multiple levels, ever-changing retailers and crowds of people can all add up to making mall shopping much more difficult than it’s worth. ”

Now I don’t know about you but I don’t really get lost in malls that often… of course I don’t go to the Mall of Merica either and that mall I bet I could get lost in. Fastmall has over 30,00 unique stores and more than 250,000 stores overall. the database holds approximately 1250 Malls currently as news ones are being added on a weekly basis. you an even request a mall to be added by emailing fastmall.com via email. Now I guess there are times you may need this. but here is where my interest fails on this app… the app itself is free but the maps range from 99 cents to 2.99. this just doesn’t seem like a good pricing scheme as for me personally i know the malls I live near pretty well and if I just take the time to walk them once I will uncover any new shops that open with very little effort. This app isn’t for me but if what I said sounds interesting take a gander at the app store or For more information, visit www.FastMall.com Or go directly to iTunes and download FastMall now: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fastmall/id340656157?mt=8

Foursquare vs Gowalla!

Foursquare or Gowalla, isn’t that the eternal question? well now mashable.com has chimed in on the location based game,social network, game app. these apps allow you to find and connect with friends and then shout out locations via the app to show where you have been and garner prizes like badges or pins for accomplishing stuff. create to-do lists for friends. Mashable.com has a great article doing a face to face drag down, no holds barred tag team cage match to show you the differences and which you should choose.
And for me I chose Foursquare since I had seen some recent tweets that were geotagged and were from people using foursquare in my city. Alas, if you are like me. non of my friends on my address book or on face book or following me on twitter were actually using foursquare. so for me the app is a bust as it doesn’t help me in the slightest. now if you have a group of people using either of these apps the possibilities are endless.  I will post a link to the foursquare vs Gowalla image breakdown list in the show notes. but if you are interested… find the one that your friends do and join in the fun!

Foursquare vs Gowalla features

Listener Email!

So we have an actual email from a listener slash fan of the show!!  Mark  F. Kofwards of Maryland writes:

” I have been a loyal listener for a while now, how do you get your reviews and can I request stuff to talk about or review?”

Mark,

First of all thanks for writing in!! you are number one extra awesome first writer! that aside. if you have any tech you would like reviewed or if you are in a PR firm or know someone who can get me a lead on any technology revews please just email me at review@geektechlive.com . Even if you just want to drop me a note and request something to get on the show I will air your letters as well as answer them!

Thanks for the question!  I am actually toying with a discussion board for geek tech live.  I am currently  on Facebook.com at http://www.facebook.com/Geektechlive . join me there for all my tweets and be my friend… wont you be my friend? please?

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This brings us to the end of another Geek Tech Live show! I would like to thank all the loyal listeners for making 2009 a great year… Year of the Geek! My next  Show will be coming from the Future! January 2010 ! see you then everyone! bye for now!

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