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MacInBlog’s Top 5 iTunes + iPod Tips September 3, 2008

Posted by Neal Atienza in iPhone, Mac News.
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iTunes played a major role in the music scene as it is a required program to transfer and sync with the millions and millions of iPods around the world. Whether we like to use itunes or not, here are some useful tips to keep your albums organized and build up your music collection for any type of iPod.

Tip #1 – The type of sync you use with your iPod could make your life easy or difficult, automatic sync will add all checked songs and videos into your iPod (easy huh…) but if you are tight with space and is real picky which albums you have on there, manual sync is the way to go.¬† You can set your iPod to manual in the iPod summary page whenever you plug it into iTunes, and once its checked, you can easily remove albums from your iPod and drag sets of songs or albums into your iPod giving you the ability to control the content in and out of your iPod.

Tip #2 – Using the EQ of any iPod requires additional battery, so keeping it off would mean better battery life while, keeping it on may make a difference on how you listen to your music (I use the Bose In-Ear headphones and I keep my EQ to trebel booster. sounds sooo much better). Keep this in mind, especially if you are dangling with your battery life.

Tip #3 – Using playlists is an integral part of iTunes, you are able to create new playlists (theres a button on the bottom left hand corner of the window or right click on the library and click newplaylist.

Once this empty playlist is created, you are able to drag and drop your favourite tracks in an particular order or not and you can also drag the playlist into your iPod (if you set yours to manual sync, automatic sync includes playlists).

Tip #4 – All the latest generation iPods use “coverflow” to view albums, this view is catching on as users are able to browse their music albums just as they would if they have a music collection stored somewhere. It is important that you are able to add album art into your albums,¬† you can either google image the album name or if you select the bunch of songs of the album and right click on them, you will be able to find an option “Get Album Artwork”. It is important you tag all your songs properly

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Tip #5 – Make sure you update your iTunes and iPod firmware when it prompts, it is important that you have the up-to-date software so that you can stay away from those glitches and bugs. It is also important to keep in mind that you should format your iPod once and a while so that it doesnt slow down on you and crash the harddrive.

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iPhone vs iPhone 3G – The battle continues… August 19, 2008

Posted by Neal Atienza in iPhone, Tech Reviews.
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I’ve had my iPhone 3G for exactly a month and it really has it’s ups and downs. Prior to getting the new 3G version, I had the first gen iPhone running 2.0 Beta firmware, and I was excited that the iPhone was FINALLY (i repeat…. finally) arriving to Canada. At first I though that I would have to sign with Rogers but Fido offered it and I immediately signed the ‘terrifying’ 3 year contract. So after hours and hours of use and developing a new relationship with my phone, here’s the pros and cons of what I think iPhone 3G is all about.

Pros:

I love the GPS, it saved my butt in finding certain locations¬† or restaurants around Toronto (i’ve had to call my roommates or friends to get directions.) I got 8 more gigs into my phone since I got the 16gb 3G version. On-the-go internet is awesome, but it’s obviously not for everyone. Ringer and call volume has been greatly improved. The plastic back feels better than the first gen one and it feels comfortable in your hands (i prefer the aluminum because it matches with my MBP). Corporate email syncs and push emails is the way to go! Phew! App Store is the best upgrade to the 3G, you will be spending alot of time here and messing around with your newly downloaded apps from the store.

Cons: now to the flipside….

Battery, battery, battery…. oh yeah battery is soooo crappy. It’s somtimes hard to believe that what you are holding is made by Apple. i just get enough battery for a day if my 3G is switched on constantly. iPhone software 2.0 is absolutely buggy, various lags in menus, contact lists and also web browsing. No camera upgrade and the plastic makes the phone feel very cheap (cracks have been reported on the plastic backs in the white versions). Syncing takes longer now because of the app store sync. No dock??? that’s very weak.

All in all, the upgrade from iPhone 1.0 to iPhone 3G isn’t that significant, if you haven’t owned an iPhone, I advise you to jump on the bandwagon asap because this is one of the best mobile devices in the world. It will be interested to see how the other competitors respond to Apple’s growing baby.

Nokia’s N800 & N810 – Overshadowed by iPhone December 17, 2007

Posted by Neal Atienza in iPhone, Tech News.
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People wanted more about Apple’s iPhone, wanted to know the possible capabilities of the dubbed “Jesusphone” but really, people don’t know about hidden gems in the Tech Industry. There are other more effective products, yes there are, in terms of connectivity, productivity and usability.nokia-n800-1.jpg

Nokia’s N800 and N810 are such “gems” in the market, my friend introduced me to Nokia’s newly developed Internet Tablet, please keep in mind, this is NOT a phone but a device which allows users to be connected to the Internet as well as use the multimedia capabilities of the device.

These are some of the main features of these devices:

  • Linux Based Operating System (No more symbian OS)
  • Rotating Webcam for Internet Chat using Google Talk & Skype
  • Built-in MP3 Software as well as Divx capabilities
  • On screen keyboard for N800, while the onscreen keyboard as well as a slide-down keyboard for the N810
  • Built-in GPS in the N810 version
  • User can use their fingertips and the provided stylus pen for better input accuracy.
  • Built in native Opera Browser with flash capabilities (Beat that iPhone!)

As you can see, this list is very impressive, especially in Nokia’s part as this is a a big step into mobile communication. There are various youtube videos in which I will be including later this week, but just to let you know, some review companies tested the Google Talk & Skype feature of the N800 and I was very impressed.

Prices are as follows, in expansys.ca (Canadian Mobile Device Seller) the Nokia N800 was priced at CDN$279.99 while the N810 was roughly about CDN$450-499 (Priced higher because of the slide-down keyboard and built-in GPS). If you consider that these are Nokia devices, the prices aren’t as bad as you think. It is a pretty well-designed device with alot of capabilities, which will kick start the touch-screen race for the ultimate “Jesusphone.” LOL

Images courtesy of: nokia.com, images.google.com

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iPhone HD Camcorder Demo [Courtesy of Drunknbass] December 17, 2007

Posted by Neal Atienza in iPhone, Mac News, Tech News.
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Finally! Signs of Video Recording on Jesusphone.

gizmodo.com writes:

“The geniuses from Monster and Friends have created an iPhone application which can record video up to 45 frames per second. They are still working in the final version, but to give you a taste they have published Drunknbass, a beta which records 5 seconds of video at 10 fps with a resolution of 2 megapixels. I’ve tested and it works perfectly. It doesn’t have any interface, so you just download it, put it in your iPhone’s Applications folder, click on the button and it will start recording.

When Drunknbass is finished with the five seconds recording it will replay the clip once. The final application will be able to record unlimited-sized clips (only constrained by your available space) up to 30 frames per second and it will have an interface to save your clips (they are looking for developers to help with the graphical side of the software).”

This is great news for iPhone users, as this confirms that HD video recording works flawlessly with the technical specifications of the iPhone. Stay tuned as I will be keeping a close tab on Drunknbass’ demo and their development stage.

One step closer to making the jesusphone alot better. Awesome!