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iOS 4 Folders, or How OCD Are You?

Folders!

If you installed the iOS 4 update on your iPhone or managed to get your hands on a new iPhone 4, you can now group your apps together. This greatly improves your ability to organize apps as well as enables you to add even more apps to the device than before. Apple’s has a pretty-looking overview of the feature on their web site.

Too Much?

iOS4 Home Screen
I, of course, went a little nuts with the folders. Was I overzealous? Maybe. I previously had nine pages of apps; now I have two, though I could have just one page if I didn’t leave the second one there for a folder called “Unused”. All but six apps are in folders. The remaining six are out “in the open” due to a combination of my desire to open them more quickly and how often I use them.

Et tu?

In case you didn’t already know, you can use iTunes to drag your apps into folders. If want you organize all of the apps on your iPhone, and you have a whole bunch of apps to organize, you may find that it takes you a while. That didn’t stop me from doing it that way, of course. I’d like to see if you can top my anal retentiveness organization skills, so be sure to post a link to a screenshot of your iPhone’s newly-organized home screen in the comments section.

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Hello iPad

I know it’s supposed to be this new awesome, “magical” thing from Apple, but is it not just a bigger iPhone?

At least they’ve changed up some of the apps to fill up that larger screen…
iPad Contacts App Screenshot

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My New Goal

I have a new goal. My goal is to learn all of the keyboard shortcuts for the Mac.

I found them all listed on this page. I love that Apple actually put them all in one place. If you are ever looking for a keyboard shortcut to do anything on the Mac, it’s on that page. Wish me luck!

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New Features Coming to the iPhone in v3.0

Today Apple announced v3.0 of the iPhone software. Here’s a quick list of the new features that they promised for June, with the caveat that not all the features (e.g., A2DP and MMS) will be available on the 1st generation iPhone or iPod touch:

  • Copy, Cut, & Paste
  • Send multiple photos at one time
  • MMS! This will make my sister very happy 🙂
  • Background push notifications for apps (let’s IM apps, and basically anything else let you know of new notifications, even when in other apps)
  • Updated BlueTooth, allowing compatability with wireless stereo (A2DP) headphones
  • Updated SDK, with new features that include more mapping in apps and the ability to control new 3rd party accessories
  • Peer-to-peer Bluetooth communication, allowing for data to be sent between iPhones directly, for things like multi-player gaming without going across the Internet
  • Landscape mode in email and all other (Apple) apps
  • Ability to forward or delete multiple text messages at a time
  • A new Apple voice memo app
  • Over-the-air syncing of non-Exchange, calDav calendars (i.e., Google and Yahoo calendars)
  • Spotlight – a new app allowing you to search for data across the iPhone
  • Sync notes
  • New stock app
  • Safari will include anti-Phishing technology and auto-fill
  • Paid apps can do subscription-based model and allow you to by add-ins (e.g., new levels) seamlessly, using you Apple/iTunes account
  • Youtube ratings and account support
  • LDAP
  • Audio and video tagging
  • On the phone iTunes account creation
  • Enhanced parental controls
  • Create meeting requests on the iPhone
  • Proxy support
  • Encrypted profiles
  • Shake to shuffle
  • HTML5 and built-in video support in Safari
  • Support for turn-by-turn navigation, if you use your own (not Google’s) maps
  • “100 new features” total, not all of which were given today

What was missing:

  • Video functionality
  • Tethering (the phone will support it, but the carriers still won’t for a least a little while longer)
  • No true background application support
  • Adobe Flash support
  • Syncing the iPhone via BlueTooth

Did I miss anything? Apple has some information up on their site now too: www.apple.com/iphone/preview-iphone-os/.

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At Least It’s Not a PC

From a USA Today article about a survey’s findings that 15% of people who had a piece of technology break in the previous year were unable to get it repaired:

Ask Avery Griffin, who switched to an Apple Inc. computer a few years ago for its audio recording software. The 24-year-old musician said his new machine wouldn’t stop freezing up and crashing. But he said all he heard from Apple was, “At least it’s not a PC.”

The PC he uses now works just fine, he said.

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New Aluminum Apple MacBook versus Dell XPS M1330

I’ve configured the new Apple MacBook and a Dell XPS M1330 to have comparable specs, each with a three-year extended warranty. Below is how the two stacked up, side-by-side (figuratively), on each specification item.

It should be noted that overall, the new MacBook has newer, better hardware. It’s new multi-touch trackpad is a really cool advantage. The shiny new Apple laptop will, however, run you an extra $459 or so.

Additionally, the prices here are totally subject to change, especially Dell’s, as their site is constantly being changed, and their laptops are much more configurable to match what you want.




























ComponentDell® XPS™ M1330Apple® MacBook™ 13in, AluminumWinner
ProcessorIntel® Core™ 2 Duo T8300 (2.4GHz/800Mhz FSB/3MB cache) Intel® Core™ 2 Duo (2.4GHz/1066Mhz FSB/3MB cache) Apple
OPERATING SYSTEMGenuine Windows Vista® Ultimate Edition SP1 Mac OS X v10.5 LeopardYou decide
Add-in softwareWindows Live & Movie MakeriLifeApple
ColorBlack & Silver (can add on red, pink, a white instead of black)Silver & BlackTie
CasingAluminum around keyboard and edge of screen, otherwise plasticSolid aluminum base; back of screen is aluminum; front of screen is all glassApple
Memory 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz Apple
LCDLED Display; 1280 x 800 native resolution; somewhat shiny; 262k colorsLED Display; 1280 by 800 native resolution; really shiny; millions of colorsApple unless you dislike really shiny
Built-in CameraVGA WebcamiSight cameraApple
Video Card 128MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8400M GS 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 9400M GS Apple
Video Out PortVGA; HDMIMini DisplayPortDell
Hard Drives 320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) 320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) Tie
Network Card and Modem Integrated 10/100 Network Card Integrated 10/100/1000 Network Card Apple
Combo or DVD+RW Drive Slot-load CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW Drive) SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)Apple
Keyboard86/103 (U.S) keys; not illuminatedFull-size illuminated keyboard with 78 (U.S.) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keysDell
TrackpadX/Y Position (i.e., single-touch) Touch PadButtonless, Glass, Multi-Touch TrackpadApple
Other Ports2 USB 2.0; IEEE 1394a; ExpressCard 54; 8-in-1 memory card reader2 USB 2.0Dell
Sound Options High Definition Audio 2.0; stereo in & headphone/speaker out (x2); dual digital array micsstereo speakers; omnidirectional mic; combined optical digital input/analog line in; combined optical digital output/analog line outTie
Wireless Networking Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-card Built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi wireless networking (802.11n draft, a/b/g compatible)Tie
Primary Battery Removeable 56Whr Lithium Ion Battery (6 cell) Removeable 45Whr Lithium-Polymer BatteryDell
Hardware Support Services 3Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis; Add Accidental Damage and LoJack Theft Protection to 3Yr Warr. AppleCare Protection Plan, includes 3Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, Phone Service and Support (can also take to Apple stores)Dell
Fingerprint Reader Biometric Fingerprint Reader N/ADell
Bluetooth and Wireless USB Built-in Bluetooth 2.0 EDRBuilt-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDRApple
WeightMore than 3.97 lbs (hard to say because Dell only provides weight spec with lesser battery)4.5 lbsTie
DimensionsWidth: 31.8cm; Height: 2.31cm (this can vary based on configuration); Depth: 23.8cmHeight: 0.95 inch (2.41 cm); Width: 12.78 inches (32.5 cm); Depth: 8.94 inches (22.7 cm)Tie
Price (excludes tax; shipping is free for both)1638.662098.00Dell