Apple TV

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Apple TV is not a television that is made by Apple company. It is rather a streaming media box that allows you to transmit multimedia files, such as video clips, music mp3, and YouTube video, from your computer, iPhone, and iPad.

The 3rd generation of Apple TV has just released a few weeks ago. It is very similar to the 2nd generation, but it support high definition upto 1080p.

Luckily, I am able to own one of the new Apple TV by using my AMEX reward points to purchase. So, yeah…I got it for free!! You can buy one for $99. I really recommend the Apple TV for those who already own apple products like iPhone and iPad. It is convenient to stream or share the content on your mobile devices to the television. It is very tiny and easy to setup!

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The New iPad

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Apple has surprised everyone by calling the latest version of iPad as “The New” iPad. People wonder why not iPad 3?? Well, in my opinion, the New iPad is not much different from the iPad 2. It will be even weirder if they call it iPad 3 but it looks almost identical to the iPad 2, except a few upgrades inside. The new one is slightly thicker than the old one too.

However, it is good to know that Apple has dropped the price for the iPad 2 16GB (now only $399). Engadget did a great job comparing both of them on the website. Click here to see the comparison. You can Pre-Order the new iPad now!

Are You Ready for iPad 3?

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There are so many rumors about iPad 3. Many people have been convinced that iPad3 will be released soon (around the end of March). Wired.com wrote an interesting article to lay out all the rumors about the iPad3′s specification. It has been reported that iPad 3 will have bigger resolution, better camera, 4G connection, faster processing time, and much more. It is very promising!

You can read about the latest rumors on the Washington Post. Mashable.com even reported that iPad owners already rush to sell the devices ahead of iPad 3′s arrival.

You can also watch the news about the iPad 3 reported by The Wall Street Journal:

Should I Switch to a New Facebook Timeline?

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I noticed several of my friends of Facebook are hesitate to switch their Facebook interface to a new Facebook Timeline. I certainly understand that most people are afraid of changes. They don’t’ like to learn how to operate all the new features and settings that Facebook has offered. They don’t want to feel frustrate because they cannot find things on the new interface.

From my point of view, the feel and look of the new interface is totally overwhelming, but it impresses me in a good way. I like the fact that the new interface is utilizing the space of the screen by diving the timeline into two columns (left and right side). Personal information, pictures, friends are better organized. Basically, the look has changed but it is somewhat very similar to the old interface. It is not too difficult to figure things out. I love the Cover Photo and Activity Log feature. For those who are not sure about the size of the cover photo, it is 850×315 px. The privacy setting has also been improved. You can manually configure your privacy setting for each post and it is very easy to do that.

Some examples of my Cover Photos are below. They placed very nicely on my FB profile page.

So if you ask me if you should switch it, of course, I’m going to say “YES, you should do it!” I have the introduction video from Facebook for you to watch. Take a look for yourself! I think later on all the FB users are forced to change it anyway. So, why wait for it? Let’s change it today!

Interesting Pinterest

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Interesting Pinterest

What’s Pinterest? I think of it as a storyboard to help me organize ideas and brainstorm. The board allows me to add pictures, quotes, hyperlinks, and video clips on the board based on the categories that I have created. It is somewhat a social interaction tool as you can view, comment, like, and follow other people’s boards. The Pinterest’s web interface is awesome. It changes the way people view things on the screen. Pinterest allows you to view multiple categories and items at the same time.

You can join the Pinterest by requesting the invitation since it is not entirely open to the public yet. I believe it takes less than 24 hours to get the response from the Pinterest team. They will give you a specific direction of how to sign up an account.

How to add stuff to the board? It’s very easy. You can install the plugin to your browser. Once you install the plugin, you just need to click Pin It button and select whatever you want to pin on your board. Pinterest also provides users with a video tutorial of how to use Pin It button. Please take a look at the video below.

You can do so many things with this virtual board. Here is an article providing you tips for using Pinterest in a classroom. Click here

 

The infogrpahic below displays everything you need to know about the Pinterest (Source: Mashable)

A Box in a Cloud

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A Box in a Cloud

Many people send an e-mail with an attached file to themselves for storage purposes. This has become old-fashioned. Storing files in a cloud has become popular and much easier. Thanks to Dropbox cloud services for giving away 2 GB storage space for users. And, thanks to Box.net for offering 5 Gb storage space. Both services are FREE!! But, of course, you can upgrade the services if you need more storage.

 

Now, the question is…which one is better? Dropbox vs. Box.net!

I’ve been using Dropbox for over a year while using Box.net only a few months. I like them both. I can access to my files on both of cloud services via my mobile devices. They are pretty easy to use. I prefer Box.net over Dropbox because Box.net offers more storage. And, Box.net offers a plug-in for Microsoft Office suite. You can directly upload a file through Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. This is very convenient!

I still use both of them. If you really are interested in comparing between both services, I found a website that provides you a very detailed information. The author broke down the comparison into several interesting points, such as file restrictions, team collaboration, and enhanced features. Click here to view the article.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Did You Join Twitter?

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When Did You Join Twitter?

I have been thinking about conducting a survey about the use of Twitter at the University of South Alabama for a while, but it was quite difficult for me to do everything by myself. My friends and colleagues do not appreciate Twitter much. Some of them have an accounts, but tweet only a few times and never tweet again. Some of them don’t even care for it.

Thanks to Sylvia who starts to appreciate Twitter! She reads and tweets regularly, and she is interested in conducing the survey with me. Yay!! So, we have been working on questionnaires for a week or so. We should be able to collect data soon. Our survey focuses on the use and popularity of Twitter at the USA, and then we want to create an inforgraphic.

An Example of Infographic

And  then I asked myself when I joined Twitter? Hmmm I forgot and I could not find the joining date under my profile! Well, I used google to find a tool to answer my question. It’s very easy. If you are like me wondering the date you have joined Twitter, go to http://www.whendidyoujointwitter.com. Type your username and click “Find Out!” button.

I joined Twitter since March '09

Wow.. it has been two and a half year since I joined Twitter! I have quite an experience with Twitter. Just like any relationship, I have ups and downs with Twitter. I can see why people stop tweeting after they have joined Twitter only a few weeks or months. Twitter has no fun if you cannot interact with your Following and Followers. You can follow people as many as you want, but it doesn’t mean that those people will follow you back. It is like one-way communication when you follow a person, but that person doesn’t follow you back. You can only receive information or tweets from that person, but that person will not see any tweet updates from you unless he/she visits your profile or timeline. Guess what? It  has no fun for stalking people or one-sided love relationship.  People might say they enjoy reading Following’s tweets, but I wonder….for how long?

What I am trying to say is that Twitter will become more enjoyable when two-way communication has occurred — a good balanced number of Following and Followers. And, it’s not easy to gain numbers of Followers because it takes time to build your own Twitter fan club who enjoy reading your tweets. I probably will blog about ways to increase your Followers next time I blog about Twitter. Basically, the more people follow and read your tweets, the higher chance you get mentioned on Twitter if you tweet regularly. That’s how 2-way communication, interaction, and engagement have occurred, and the number of Follower comes into play.

So, it will be interesting to see how Twitter has been used at the USA, how many people heard about Twitter, but never used it, how many professors currently use Twitter in their courses,  how many students enjoy using Twitter, etc. I’m looking forward to the results!

OK… don’t forget to FOLLOW ME!

Face-lifted Facebook

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Face-lifted Facebook

I had to admit that I was hesitate a little in deciding if I wanted to change my Facebook interface. Then, I saw a lot of friends using and bragging about it. So, I decided to give it a try. Oh WOWWWW! I’m digesting it now LOL! Ton and ton of my facebook activities will be exposed!! I’m not sure if this is a good thing…

Like I said.. I’m digesting haha! Facebook timeline went all the way back to the date I signed up an account. Can you believe that? I mean.. you have to try it for yourself and then you will see what I mean. The process to change the interface isn’t bad at all. You can follow the instruction here.

Try it and let me know what you think!

Adobe Flash’s Unclear Future

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Adobe Flash’s Unclear Future

As you know, Adobe Flash was abandoned by Apple. Your iPhone and iPad will not be able to display anything that contains Flash. It has been debating whether it was Apple’s bad decision or Flash really sucks. Guess what? Microsoft’s declared that the tablet version of Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 will be a “plug-in free” browser. In another word, Flash get ditched for Microsoft’s upcoming mobile devices. This sounds like a confirmation to support Apple’s decision. Ouch!… Adobe might need to change their game plans to save Flash’s future.

You can read more information on LifeHacker

What’s up with BlackBerry 7 OS

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What’s up with BlackBerry 7 OS

Are you, US BlackBerry fan, ready for the new OS 7? A few months back, RIM has announced the new OS for upcoming BB devices for this year. Finally, those devices have already been released, but only in Canada. For the US customer, we will have to wait a lithe longer.. maybe this week or the end of this month? Let’s take quick look what these new devices are!

From left to right:

  • BlackBerry Torch 9810
  • BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930
  • BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860

BlackBerry 7 devices

Which device does capture my interest the most? Of course, the Bold Touch 9900!! Although I’m an iPhone user now, I always miss the BB keyboard. This Bold is very special- not because of the nice and big keyboard, but the touchscreen! How cool is that? All the devices received good reviews. Their browsers are more responsive and the devices are pretty quick too. So far I like what I read, but at the same time I’m very disappointed because of Bold’s lack of the autofocus. Yuck! All the new cellphone devices come with better camera, but why BB goes backward??!!??

You can read the specifications and see all the pictures took from Bold 9900.Click here  and see it for yourself! Also, you can read reviews of other BBs from the CrackBerry website.

Take a look at the unboxing video below.

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