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iOS 7.1.1 – Battery Draining!?

Cell Phones, Electronics, Rants / Thoughts
May 9, 2014 No Comments


After updating to iOS 7.1.1. my iPhone 5 battery seems to be draining within a day.  It starts at 100% in the morning and by the next day it’s completely drained.   Apparently others report having this same issue at Apple Support Communities (here, here, and here) but nothing yet from Apple.

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Square Jellyfish Tripod Mount for iPhone and Smartphones

Accessories, Cell Phones, Cool Tools, Electronics, Videos
May 1, 2014 No Comments

I was looking for a tripod mount for my iPhone and actually found a pretty neat little contraption by Square Jellyfish.  The name is a big silly, but the product is solid.  At $15, it’s a must have item for the accessory bag.  Great for taking photos or video, even works for handsfree FaceTime.   Watch the video for the details on how it works.

Available from Square Jellyfish Tripod Mount

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Fostex AR-4i Audio Interface for iPhone 4

Accessories, Cool Tools, Electronics
August 25, 2011 No Comments

Here’s a neat add-on that turns your iPhone 4 into a HD video (audio) recording rig at a fairly economical price of $150.  The key feature of the Fostex AR4i is that it brings excellent quality stereo audio recording via the dock connector and it’s built-in AD/DA converters.   The included microphones can be swiveled and located in many different configurations giving you the best possible audio capture.  Built-in LED input level metering, gain control and headphone monitoring, the AR-4i has been designed to turn your iPhone 4 into a high-quality audio and HD video capture device.   This little add-on is great for trips and family events where you don’t want to carry another device just for video capture, but want the higher quality audio and video stabilization (via form factor and included handle).

Fostex AR4i website
– AMAZON: Fostex Audio Interface for Iphone 4 – Fostex AR-4I

[ via and as seen on MacBreak Episode 261 ]

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Windows Phone 7 Series is very impressive!

Cell Phones
February 15, 2010 4 Comments

So today Microsoft officially announced the newest version of their mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7 Series, and I have to say I am VERY impressed with the initial details.  The user interface is reminiscent of Windows Media Center and XBOX which I have loved using over the years.  The key element I like is that the user interaction is all about flow instead of launching little applications — something that makes the iPhone messy when you have a lot of apps installed.

My feeling is that if Microsoft can control the hardware quality, Apple will have a true contender to compete with which is great for the industry.  As for where I think Andriod fits in… it feels like Windows CE from 10 years ago.

Pretty exciting for Microsoft and great job to all the teams involved!   I can’t wait to use and develop for this platform too!

Check out the links below for some great photos and videos of the interface in action:

Windows Phone 7 Series
Announcing Windows Phone 7 Series

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Meridian Sooloos Control 10

Home Automation, Home Theater
June 10, 2009 No Comments


If you are sitting pretty well financially in these times then why not stimulate the economy by purchasing a Meridian Sooloos Control 10 ($5000)?   Meridian is known for their audiophile speakers and processors and now have gotten into the digital media space thanks to the purchase of Sooloos.  The Sooloos System is made up of a storage unit, a playback unit and an interface device which together give you greater quality and control over your digital media.  The Control 10 is one of the many ways to control the system and offers a 17″ LCD touchscreen that displays your media in an intuitive way.  You can also access the system via a web browser, iPhone/Touch and Crestron system.

For more information about the Control 10 and Meridian’s Sooloos Media System click here.

Meridian Sooloos – Get In Touch With Your Music

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iPhone 3GS – Feature List

Cell Phones
June 8, 2009 5 Comments


Apple has announced the release of the newest iPhone, the iPhone 3GS.   Visually the iPhone looks the same as the previous 3G version but the 3GS comes loaded with new futures!  For starters, the  new iPhone shoots video and has zoom capabilities.  If battery life was a problem for you apparently the new iPhone 3GS will give you up to 9 hours of Wifi surfing compared to the 3G’s six.

Here’s a break down of the notable features:
–  3 Megapixel sensor
– Video Capture Support 30fps (share via MMS, email, MobileMe and Youtube)
– Support for the faster 7.2 Mbps 3G Standard
– Screen now has ingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
– Built-in compass application which also works with map (shows orientation)
– Voice Control
– Inline Remote for Music Control (you can use iPhone headphones with volume control now)
– Nike + Support
– Improved Battery life (12 hours talk time, 9 hours WiFi, 5 hours on 3G, up to 300 hours standby)
– $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and $99 for 3G model.

The bad part: “Requires new two-year AT&T wireless service contract, sold separately to qualified customers; credit check required; must be 18 or older. For non-qualified customers, including existing AT&T customers who want to upgrade from another phone or replace an iPhone 3G, the price with a new two-year agreement is $499 (8GB), $599 (16GB), or $699 (32GB).”

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