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Apple iPhone 3gs iOS4 upgrade experience

by Savan Thongvanh June 21, 2010

I just wanted to do a quick hit on my upgrade experience for my iPhone 3gs.

I came home for lunch today so I could do my upgrade.  I hit up iTunes PRAYING that I wouldn’t get queued up for download like last time.  Also in my prayers was that after going through the trouble of downloading that I wouldn’t get the dreaded “cannot contact activation server” error.


HTC Fires off a statement rebuking Apples lawsuits

by Savan Thongvanh March 17, 2010

Today HTC Fired off a statement rebuking Apples lawsuits and pointing out all the ways in the last ten years that they’ve brought innovation to the mobile arena. Here’s the statement from HTC.

Seattle – March 17, 2010 – HTC Corporation today outlined its disagreement with Apple’s legal actions and reiterated its commitment to creating a portfolio of innovative smartphones that gives consumers a variety of choices. Founded in 1997 with a passion for innovation and a vision for how smartphones would change people’s lives, HTC has continually driven this vision by consistently introducing award-winning smartphones with U.S. mobile operators.

iPad Battery Replacement Service means replacing iPad, not battery

by Savan Thongvanh March 15, 2010

The iPad is not the first Apple Device that has a battery that consumer’s can’t replace (iPhone or Macbook Air anyone?). Buried deep in the iPad support documentation ( you can find out how to get your iPad battery replaced.

Microsoft security bulletin: Security Bugs in Producer, Excel, and SharePoint

by Savan Thongvanh March 10, 2010

Microsoft announced yesterday that they’ve found more bugs. Surprise. Microsoft annouced via security bulletin on the TechNet site that vulnerabilities were found and patched in various versions of Office, SharePoint, and it’s movie making software Producer. All of the vulnerabilities found allow what microsoft calls “Remote Code Execution”, which means that malicious code can be planted and run on your computer. This is not a new thing for Microsoft and they fix them as the find them but, the just keep finding them.

Here’s a rundown of the affected software:

iPad release date April 3rd, Pre-orders March 12th

by Savan Thongvanh March 5, 2010

Apple announces today that the long awaited iPad can be ordered starting March 12th.   The actual release date will be April 3rd. There have been rumors of production until late summer but this, at least for now, negates those.

Mac Hack: Intel-base startup keys

by Savan Thongvanh February 26, 2010

If you’ve ever had problems starting up your intel based mac you’ll want to bookmark this article. Apple released a support article today with a load of great keyboard shortcuts to subvert the startup of Intel based Macs.


Could this be the iPad and iPhone’s long awaited camera?

by Savan Thongvanh February 15, 2010

I think we’ve all realized that the mobile device race is not about size anymore. Today’s race is about feature density and Toshiba has leapt past all of it competition in the mobile camera department.

Today Toshiba announced a TWELVE megapixel camera and chip for mobile. With most a US domestic cameras using cameras at or below 5 megapixels this is a chip that really pushes Moore’s law.

Apple Support Article Outlines How to Back Up Your Music

by Savan Thongvanh February 12, 2010

Apple is turning back the clock and encouraging people to back their music up on CD. If you REALLY REALLY want to keep your music on CD Apple will tell you how to get your music out of AAC and into MP3.


Is the New York Times Skimmer the newspaper format made for iPad?

by Savan Thongvanh February 10, 2010

People have been wondering how Apples release of the iPad will “change the game” and what “game” it will change. One of the mediums that will definitely be affected is the newspaper.

The New York Times has a feature now called the New York Times skimmer. There were two features that jumped out at me immediately when I tried it.


Apple Releases Aperture 3

by Savan Thongvanh February 9, 2010

We’ll the post earlier today about the 28 support articles of course was timed for today’s release of Apple’s Aperture 3. Photographers everywhere will be delighted. The new version is loaded with new features and fixes from Aperture 2.


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