Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The new iTunes. Simplicity is a beautiful thing… a beautiful thing that's been delayed

If you go to the new iTunes site, you will find a new release date of "November". Apple said this iTunes would come in October. Many people blame the recent firing of Scott Forstall, Senior Vice President of iOS Software. Many people (including me) are calling it a very bad mistake for Apple. You just don't fire someone from Stanford. Apple Spokesman Tom Neumayr had a say in this.

"The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right. We look forward to releasing this new version of iTunes with its dramatically simpler and cleaner interface, and seamless integration with iCloud before the end of November."
- Apple Spokesman Tom Neumayr 

To learn more about the new iTunes, go to

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Scroll Fast

On anything that scrolls on an iOS device (text, contact lists, web pages, emails, third party apps, etc.), there's a quick way to navigate it. To get to the top quickly, tap the status bar. The status bar is where the clock, battery and network information is. You're at the top! It's very helpful when you're looking at a web page about the first million digits of pi! But, let's save that for another post. I haven't even written about that Microsoft Store one yet that I said I would write.
Picture Source: Apple

Monday, October 29, 2012

Lightning is USB 2.0

Has anyone noticed that the Lightning connector isn't USB 3.0. The connector is only 2.0. Which is much slower than USB 3.0. Especially considering that USB 3.0 is compatible with USB 2.0 ports. And that most of the Macs have been upgraded with many Thunderbolt ports and USB 3.0 ports. Please comment if you feel the same way or if you feel that there's a reason.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

iPod Nano Review

Yesterday, I went to the Apple Store and I found the new iPod Nano. Yes, the new iPods are here! It is super light. The video is awesome with the returning widescreen. I love this thing. Even the watch is nice without the square screen. And music is never as nice as listening on a iPod. It has a beautiful iPod player. I only wish you wouldn't have to connect to your computer to buy music. I also love the blue color. I'm giving the iPod Nano five out of five geek glasses.
To learn more about the iPod Nano, go to

P.S. The new EarPods do come with this iPod.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Shake to undo

Do you need a fast way to undo typing fast? Anytime while typing on your iOS device, just shake the device gently. An option will show up to confirm what you want to delete. Easy right? Try it out!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Online Apple Store: Tech Frustration

Welcome to my new series: Tech Frustration! A series of posts where technology gives you those, "Urg! I haven't saved for over an hour and all my work has been deleted" moments. Today, I'm covering the fact that absolutely no iMacs are available to purchase. Only refurbished ones. This will probably be in effect until the new iMac is available. You should be able to buy an iMac any second of the day, but apparently, we can't. Certain businesses need iMacs. Any new iMac. They may need it any time. And that does it for today's post. Check back later for more tips, rumors, news, and more!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

My Thoughts of the Samsung Galaxy S III Commercial

Wow! That took forever to type! Just the name of the phone took a long time. Anyways, if you haven't seen this commercial, it completely makes fun of the iPhone 5. Honestly, if they were to make fun of those people who waited in line, they should've made a joke about the guy who dropped his brand new iPhone. But they didn't. In my opinion, I am totally offended. The people in the line sounded like they have been living in a cave for the past four years. Even their voice was dulled and was forced. And I personally love waiting in the line. The excitement is in the air. Some of these features are on the iPhone. And I could on and on about how much I don't like this commercial and find reasons why half of the content is inaccurate, but I'll just roll the film.

P.S. Isn't it illegal to send and obtain songs for free? Just saying.

P.S.S. 1:06 That is a very fake smile and the sound of the camera sounds just like the iPhone.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

iPad Mini (and friends): The Scoop

Lots of things came out to conclude the 2012 year yesterday, not just the iPad Mini. It started out with the 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Which is pretty much self explanatory. No new features other than the display and the new USB 3.0.

Next up was the Mac Mini. Phil Schiller made a funny joke about that one.
"You knew there would be something called 'mini' in this presentation, wouldn't you."
- Phil Schiller 
The iMac's new display is
very slim.
For those who don't know, this is not a brand new product and has been around for years. Apple has somehow put a 1 TB drive in this tiny box. The Mac Mini is also made with the latest I/O, including Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, SD slot, and even HDMI.

Even the packaging is strange.
Also, the iMac was updated with an ultra slim display. Apple packed everything they could in that slim display. Not to mention, both of these desktops include Fusion Drive. The first combination of a 1 TB hard drive (Capacity) with flash storage (Performance). It moves files that you use more often to the flash so those files run faster. Smart.

In addition, iBooks Author comes with new ways for portrait views. Special math equation symbols work great and look beautiful. And you can now use custom fonts in your books.

iBooks 3.0 came with purchased books in your bookshelf. Now, there is a special scrolling view as an alternative for flipping pages. Foreign characters (like Japanese characters) are now supported in books. While reading a book, you can select certain text and share it via Twitter, Facebook, or Mail.

And of course, the iPad! The fourth generation iPad (full sized, not the mini) introduced the A6X chip. The new iPad also has the new Lightning cable. That's pretty much it.

The iPad Mini!
The iPad Mini brings a 7.9" screen. Cellular is a option. However, there is no Retina Display and it is stuck back at the A5 chip. That's all the way back to the iPad 2! Not the third generation iPad, but the iPad 2. In other features, there are new Smart Covers with two creases instead of three just for the iPad Mini. The video that depicts them focus on color even though there are less colors then the other Smart Cover. No leather Mini Smart Covers. The video is available at the bottom of this post.I personally think I like the full sized iPad, mainly because of performance and display. But, it all depends on who you are and what you do.

And that is the iPad Mini event in a nutshell. A very, very large nutshell. Let's end this blog post with a quote.
"Why is iPad so successful? Well, there's a simple explanation. People love their iPads. We are just getting started. We're not taking our foot off the gas."  
 - Tim Cook
iPad Mini Smart Cover Video

P.S. Apple made a funny iPad Mini commercial. Here it is:
Source: EverythingTech97

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

iPad Mini: What I Could Dig Up

Today is the big day. That means it's time to soak in all the information and rumors I could find. And if you read the iPhone 5: What I Could Dig Up article, then yes, this is turning into a series. Let's get started.

The four products expected to be announced at the event are of course, the iPad Mini, along with the iMac, Mac Mini, and 13" Retina Display MacBook Pro. And I wouldn't be surprised if that new iTunes would be released with it too. It is also rumored that iBooks will have an update to 3.0. iBooks 2.0 brought the textbooks to the iBookstore. I'm not sure what iBooks 3.0 brings, but it probably has to do with the iPad Mini because the iPad Mini may become competition for the Kindle. In addition, the iPad Mini has been going on and off about cellular data. Some rumors say that Apple may remove cellular data from the iPad Mini and vise versa. I personally always get cellular data with my iPads for decent syncing with iCloud, photo locations, and more. However, with many users now have with iPhones and they either use their iPhone (or smartphone) to tether the connection to their iPad or they simply use their iPhone (or smartphone) to browse the web or go on the Internet over their phone's cellular when they're on the go instead of buying cellular data for their iPad. Finally, some sources say that the third generation iPad may be updated with the Lightning connector along with the iPad Mini. And that's it for this What I Could Dig Up. Check back later for news about the event and a special edition of The Scoop for the iPad Mini. Until then, feel free to leave comments about your opinions, rumors, tips, or anything.

UPDATE: Apple will be streaming the event live on Apple TVs and on their website. Here's the link to the feed:

Monday, October 22, 2012

iMac 1 TB Hard Drive Failures

Apple has recalled iMacs sold between October 2009 and July 2011 with a Seagate 1 TB Hard Drive. The recall is in place due to possible failures. This introduces their iMac 1TB Seagate Hard Drive Replacement Program. You may receive an email if you own an affected iMac. Apple will replace the drive free of charge.

To learn more, go to

Sunday, October 21, 2012

StreetPassing 4 Geeks

One of my other hobbies is video games. Not just in the screen, but in our world, which is exactly what Nintendo 3DS's StreetPass feature. When two Nintendo 3DS systems come within a certain range, they exchange preset information and avatars, or Miis. I love it! You can challenge their records, play games with them, and more! StreetPassing is such a fun thing to do, some groups even set up "StreetPass Events" and meet to StreetPass. There's probably one in your area. Comic-Con is filled with StreetPassers. To start your StreetPassing adventure, just buy a Nintendo 3DS starting at $169.99.

To learn more about Nintendo 3DS, go to

Saturday, October 20, 2012

MaKey MaKey Review

The MaKey MaKey is the perfect tool for creative people. It allows you to connect alligator clips to real world objects and use your computer in amazing ways. It's a little hard to word so here's the official video for it.
Pretty cool. I say the functions of the MaKey MaKey work about 90% of the time. That's very good. For this, I give the MaKey MaKey four-and-a-half out of five geek glasses.
"A great and creative way to make anyone an inventor!"
- Alex Baratti 

To learn more about the MaKey MaKey, go to

Friday, October 19, 2012

Saving Battery 4 iOS

When Bluetooth is on, you will see a Bluetooth icon in the top right corner.
Now I've got your attention! To save battery on your iOS device easily is turning off Bluetooth. Turning off Bluetooth can save 25-50% of your battery life. My dad's iPhone had a hardcore day and ended up with 75% battery life, instead of a regular 50%. To turn off Bluetooth, go to Settings > Bluetooth and hit the switch if it is blue and says on. You know it's off when there is no Bluetooth icon in the top right corner of your iOS device's screen.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

iCloud Mail and Notes Mishap

Recently, iCloud Mail and Notes services were running slow on syncing for 0.1% of users. This issue was resolved and no action was needed for users. Sorry for the small post today. I'll get more soon.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

iPad Mini Invite

Here's my doodle of how the apples are
to my perspective.
Very recently, Apple sent out invitations to the iPad Mini announcement. First off, it probably won't be called the iPad Mini. The invite doesn't say. Second, the iPad Mini is said to focus about iBooks. I just had to get that out of the way. I hope to talk more about that later but first, let's talk about the invite. Notice the colors in the background. Do you see that they are all larger apples that grow smaller leading down to the white apple? This probably shows that there is a dramatic change in size of the iPad. Also, think of the word "little" as a key word. This probably means a little iPad. Like most Apple events, it will probably begin with minor Apple News. Meaning, they may address the Maps problems and the "Purple Halo" problems. We will just have to wait.
No, I didn't get an invite. Picture Source: All About Phones
UPDATE: The iPad Mini event will be held at the California Theatre in San Jose, California. Not your ordinary Apple Event.

Picture Source: Cult of Mac

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Swipe to Delete

Throughout iOS, you can swipe on certain items to delete them. This includes emails, songs, text message conversations, notes, and more! A red confirm box will appear to make sure you want to delete the item.
You can swipe to delete notes.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Navigate Typing Fast

Here's how to quickly navigate text in a document in iOS with a keyboard or in Mac OS X. Simply go to any word, hold the "alt" or "option" key, and use the left and right arrow buttons to move the word cursor a word at a time. Also, you can use the up and down arrow buttons without the "alt" or "option" button to quickly go to the beginning or end of a document.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

iPad Mini: New Release Date

Well, it's past October 10th and there's no iPad Mini. The iPad Mini announcement is expected to be released on October 23rd. We don't have an invitation yet, so we can't be sure. Check back for more iPad Mini news.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Halftime Show 4 Geeks

Here's an amazing video of Ohio State Halftime show from last Saturday. I hope you enjoy it.

No iPod Demos 4 Geeks

If you're thinking of going to the Apple Store to test out the new iPod lineup, good luck. At least at my Apple Store, they don't have them on display! I am dying to test out an iPod Touch and the iPod Touch Loop. But they only have them in the back storage for paying storage. Please comment if you got your hands on a demo. Thanks!

Friday, October 12, 2012

iPod Classic. What's next?

Recently, iTunes removed the iTunes Ping feature. With that, iTunes removed the click wheel games. This was like the app store for the other iPods and it only sold games. It wasn't compatible with iPods without click wheels (iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, iPod Touch, etc.) and none were free. How it would work is that you would buy the game from your computer. Then, you sync it to the compatible iPod. Finally, you would enjoy the game. Although the feature is gone, Apple still advertises the feature on the iPod Classic's feature page. Now it's gone and with that, I wonder what will happen to the only iPod that hasn't been updated for at least the past two iPod events. It is also the only iPod to not have a pair of EarPods included. And it may have 160 GB capacity but, come on, what are you going to do with 40,000 songs. If you're going to get an iPod for music, videos, and photos, you might as well buy the new iPod Nano for $149 instead of $249. The only reason to get it is because it's the only iPod with the design of iPod with a real click wheel. And no, I don't count the click wheel on the iPod Shuffle a real click wheel (no offense to iPod Shuffle users). But times are changing. For all we know, the iPod Classic may look like the first generation of the iPod Touch.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Show your  Pride!

If you see random gibberish in the title, it is an Apple logo.

Here's how to make the Apple symbol above. If you want to do this on an iOS device, you will need a physical keyboard. It doesn't matter if it's a dock or wireless. This trick also works on Macs. In any text file, press the "alt" or "option" key, the "shift" key, and the "k" key. You will see an Apple logo appear. This may not work on any Windows computers.

Written on an  Mac.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

EarPods Review

The EarPods are made to fit right into your ears perfectly.
I recently bought some EarPods at the Otay Ranch Apple Store. They bring a whole new definition of music to your ears. Try your favorite song with them. It sounds great! It feels like that good feeling when you're relaxed in a jacuzzi. They didn't fall out when I shook my head as hard as I could. Nor did they fall out when I ran on a treadmill for a mile. I highly recommend them. I am giving EarPods five out of five geek glasses. What are you waiting for? Go get some!

For more information about Apple's EarPods, click here.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Otay Ranch Apple Store

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of visiting the Otay Ranch Apple Store. Like all Apple Stores, this store is lively and fun. From the iPhone 5 to the LaCie RuggedKey, this place has it all. While I was browsing the accessory wall, an Apple Creative Specialist came up to me and complemented me on my t-shirt and asked if he could get his picture taken with me. He even let me wear his lanyard for the picture. Apple employees are the nicest, most friendly people in the tech world. Compare it to the Microsoft store I walked into last week. But I'll save that for another post. Let's just say that there was a Blue Screen of Death (To go to this article, go to

For information about the Otay Ranch Apple Store, click here.

Monday, October 8, 2012

iCloud Extends Free Storage 4 Geeks

I recently got an email about iCloud's free storage upgrade for those who had MobileMe. For those who don't know, Apple has been trying for years to perfect syncing. Starting with eWorld. Their first syncing service that was started in 1994 and ended in 1996. In 2000, a new service came named iTools. It evolved into .Mac in 2002 as a paid subscription. Then, it was MobileMe in 2008. It was a flop. Syncing wouldn't work as smoothly as what iCloud would be. They sold MobileMe subscriptions in Apple Stores then. In 2011, iCloud took over MobileMe and was a free service. The people who paid for MobileMe, including me, were given a free year of 25 GB of storage.

Apple recently gave us an additional year of this special offer. No action was required for these users.

Here's a picture of the email. The hyperlink to the article is not meant to work.

How to remove a SIM card

WARNING: Use with caution. Small parts can be easily lost.

Here's something you can brag about. To remove your iPhone's or iPad + Cellular's SIM Card, find the SIM Card removal tool in the box your device came in. It looks like a metal rectangle that has a tip at the end. Turn off your iOS device. Find the small hole (usually on the left side on the iPad and iPhone; on the top for the iPhone 3GS and before) and stick the SIM Card remover into the hole. The compartment will pop out. Remember, which way the card was facing. Hold it carefully. Blow any dust off the card and in the socket. Put it back in the way you found it. Push it in. That's all.

When will you use this? If the top left part of the screen ever says, "No SIM" or if you get a notice saying something among those lines, use this technique.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Next Song 4 iPod Nano

Here's how to quickly go to the next song while your sixth generation iPod Nano (iPod Nano with square touch screen) screen is off. Simply double click the lock button (rounded rectangular button at the top). It's that easy.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Recently Closed Tabs

Here's how to quickly access recently closed tabs in Safari for iPad. This is only for iPad with iOS 5 or later as far as I know. Go to Safari and look for the plus in the top right corner. Hold the plus to find your recently closed tabs. There you go! Just tap the one you wish to open. It will open in a new tab.

Friday, October 5, 2012

One year anniversary of Steve Jobs' Passing

It's been one year since Steve Jobs has left us and Apple has issued a statement and has made a video.

Apple's CEO wrote:
"Steve’s passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.

One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the great privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future.

I’m incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road. It’s a wonderful tribute to Steve’s memory and everything he stood for. - Tim"

Fast Typing 4 iPad

When the iPad was created, one of it's great but forgotten features is the fact that in any iPad app with a keyboard (not an iPhone keyboard), you can go in to landscape mode (turn the iPad so it is landscape instead of portrait; it doesn't matter which way it is turned as long as it is landscape) and touch type like on a real keyboard. It's full sized and on the screen. Very smart.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Apple speaking out about their Maps flaws

Recently, Apple C.E.O. Tim Cook wrote a letter concerning iOS 6's Apple Maps flaws. I couldn't find any problems in my area, however, if you search for the Eiffel Tower, you might just find the aftermath of a giant squashing the entire city.

Tim Cook stated:

"To our customers,

At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.

We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.
There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.
While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.
Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.
Tim Cook
Apple’s CEO"

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Happy National Techies Day!

Based on the title, you may be wondering what National Techies Day is. I didn't know what it was until 2:15 today. It is celebrated every October 3rd. How do you celebrate? Easy. Just thank the tech geek in your life. You know, the one who fixes your printer, saves your documents, and explains that a cloud is a personal hub, in addition to being a wet, fluffy puff in the sky. Or you could return the favor by using your expertise if it is not technology. Nobody knows the creator of this holiday. That doesn't mean we can't embrace it! I wish you a happy National Techies Day!

Need a mirror?

Has there ever been a time where you needed a mirror, but you didn't have one? If you have a iOS device with a front-facing camera, go to the camera app (not the photos app) and tap the camera switch button if the camera is showing outside (button with camera and arrows, shown below). If the camera is showing your face, skip tapping the button. You should now have the front facing camera. Use it as a mirror. There are also many mirror apps on the App Store. Some are free.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

iOS 6: Review

iOS 6 is finally here! I tested out some of it's features. What wonders is it hiding? Let's find out!

Ok. I'm not going to lie. The Maps app can have its flaws. Especially, with the fact that the roads lead into bodies of water. However, Apple has written a letter regarding the flaws and will address them. And when it is right, it works like a charm. It even shows traffic details. The turn by turn directions are nice. But, one of the best features has to be flyover. However, it only works in places with tall buildings (Downtown San Diego, Metro L.A., Manhattan, etc.) but when it works, it looks amazing.

Find My iPhone:
The new Find My Friends app now shows battery levels.
The new Find My iPhone app has some great new features! There's Lost Mode, which lets you track where your iOS device has been and even sends a phone number that lets the one who finds it call you with ease. In addition, the new Find My iPhone app lets you see the battery levels of your iOS device. However, the battery level feature doesn't work for Macs. Even the picture of the device changes based on it's condition. For example, the screen of the device may be black if it's offline. It's the little things that make it nice.

Siri now has restaurant references, movie times, and sport scores. And I've got to say, all my friends and I enjoy Siri when it comes to football. She even has more responses. Ask her, "How much wood would a wood chuck chuck, if a wood chuck could chuck wood?"

The Facebook feature isn't my favorite feature as I am not a social butterfly, but others might enjoy it. It has the same functions of Twitter. You know, post, integration, and adding the information to your contacts. Except, that you can choose who you can share with.

The Lost Features:
If you remember the iOS 6 part of WWDC 2012 with Scott Forstall, you may have seen some of the hidden features in the Keynote. If you looked deep enough, you would see a feature that said, "Location-Based Reminders for iPad". They only had that for iPhone at the time. So, where is it? I went to the app and I couldn't find the function. Not even Siri could help me. Perhaps it works over iCloud. Meaning that you would have to create the reminder on your iPhone and get it from the cloud. I don't know as I currently do not have an iPhone.

In the top left corner, one of the features say, "Location Based Reminders for iPad".
You may know that the YouTube app has been removed from iOS and is now a free iPhone app from the App Store. But in this Apple made screenshot of an iPad (sorry about the quality), it shows the YouTube app along with all the other apps. But it's not on the iPad.
Notice that among the apps is the removed YouTube app.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Math Joy 4 Geeks!

My friend recently published a cool blog called Math Joy! It takes math to a cooler level. Like this blog, Math Joy is run by one teenager and is spoken in a "non-boring" sort of way. I recommend reading it.

The web address for Math Joy is: