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Up Next… The New iPhone

Well, it is almost June 7th. This is the date Steve Jobs steps onto the stage of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) and officially announces the new iPhone HD… 4G… or whatever the new name will be. WWDC seems to be the place where Apple makes iPhone hardware announcements. It has been this way since the first iPhone release in 2007. It’s appropriate, since the iPhone (and new iPad) is a great development platform. Most people are waiting for the big iPhone announcement. So what are we hoping to see in the new device?

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I’m not an original Splinter Cell player because I was a Nintendo owner. The original two were on the Xbox. The first Splinter Cell I played was Chaos Theory on the Nintendo Gamecube. I gave up on Nintendo when the Xbox 360 came out and got to finish Splinter Cell: Double Agent. I actually still own this game because I’ve enjoyed the multiplayer part of it and have started the single player story again. Splinter Cell: Conviction came out on April 13th, 2010 and I got the Limited Edition for the same price as the regular because of some mess-up with the USB memory stick. I’ve finished it, played part of the co-op story, and some of the multiplayer modes in both split-screen and online. How does it stack up to the other Splinter Cell games?

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The New iPhone Discovered

If you haven’t heard, a new 4th Generation (prototype) iPhone was found on the floor of a bar in San Jose. Sounds fishy, right? Engadget posted pictures on its site last week and then a day later said that they were probably pictures of a knock-off iPhone from China. Another day later and they are posting that it is real again. Then I read that Gizmodo actually got the prototype iPhone, for an undisclosed amount of money. They put up pictures and videos of it on their site. They actually got hands on with the new iPhone and even took it apart to verify the Apple design for themselves. Turns out that this is the real thing… and it looks exciting!

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Opera created their mini browser for the iPhone and Apple just released it on the App Store this week. Do we need another browser on the iPhone? Opera seems to think so. Is this a browser you should download and try out for yourself? Let me give you some more information on it and you can make your own decision.

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Today, Steve Jobs got up on stage and announced iPhone OS 4.0. With 1,500 new developer API’s and 100 new user features, this looks to be the OS that we have been waiting for.  Most of the time was spent going over the main seven “Tentpole” features.  It’s about time Apple! I’m excited all over again for this new OS, due summertime… and a new iPhone too.

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It’s hard to believe, but just today, I saw multiple articles about sites converting to HTML5 for the Apple iPad launch. It’s hard to believe that a device could have such an impact on the Internet. Last week it was the CBS.com announcement that they were testing an iPad version of the site to run their videos in HTML5. This week it looks like The New York Times and Time Inc. are preparing their sites to use HTML5 in preparation for April 3rd’s iPad launch. Rumors have it that NPR and Wall Street Journal iPad sites are also in the works, using HTML5.

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If you find that you scour the Internet for news just so you can comment on it and then email it to all your friends, you may have Foot in Mouth Syndrome. If you receive emails stating that you must forward it to 20 of your friends, and you do… you may have Foot in Mouth Syndrome. Many people are getting Foot in Mouth Syndrome and don’t even know it. Are you one of them. Seek out help now! Hopefully I can point out some things, to watch out for, that will help you protect yourself.

I always tell people to not believe everything they get from the Internet or by email. They soon forget what I even told them. Case in point – I just received an email from someone who was upset with our President over things he said about the military. He supposedly said that the recruits needed to pay for their own healthcare, because they knew what they were getting into when they signed up. They should not burden the country for their medical costs when they get injured in war. (That’s a very brief version of what was sent) I quickly jump to my trusty Internet site, that verifies rumors, and it states whether they are true or false. Turns out that what the President said was false and was actually a satire by the comedian John Stewart. It’s sort of like watching the Saturday Night Live news and thinking it is real. Yes, Chevy Chase is not a real news anchor. (showing my age here)

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I’m a big fan of first person shooter (FPS) games. To break it down further, I’m a big fan of FPS games with objectives. They all started with your basic deathmatch and capture the flag modes, but the latest generation of consoles have enjoyed new modes carried over from PC shooters or new creations from the developers.  Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (BFBC2), developed by DICE, has the objective modes that I enjoy and more. It also has the graphics and sound that can immerse you into a battle, if you have the right HDTV and sound system. Even if you are not the latest cinema geek, you will still have a blast online with BFBC2.

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The tech community has been able to jailbreak just about any device, from the Xbox 360 and the PS3, to smartphones like the iPhone or Blackberry. This is normally done to get around restrictions that are put on the device. Tethering your laptop to your smartphone (this is done so that your laptop can connect through your phone to the Internet) is something that AT&T has not wanted, so they had Apple put restrictions in the iPhone OS to disable this feature. It’s the operating system that is keeping you from tethering your laptop to your iPhone, not the hardware that Apple built. jailbreak your iPhone and you can enable this feature for tethering through the iPhone’s wi-fi, bluetooth, or USB connection.

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“Throw Away” Apps on the iPhone

Apple announced that over 3 billion applications have been downloaded from its App Store. There are over 140,000 apps available to download. That is a lot of apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch. There are applications available in just about any category you can think of from education, to business, to news, and even games. There are applications from the low, low price of FREE up to $100 and possibly higher. You will find your average apps linger around $5 to $10, but most are priced from $.99 and $1.99. This is the sweet spot for applications. It is what I consider to be the “Throw Away” app price range.

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