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Written By: Gary on November 24, 2013 No Comment
Galileo is a great FREE mapping app to have on your iPhone or iPad.

I love this program and it just did a major update so thought it was due for an update on the review I did before, but when I looked I realized I never reviewed this amazing app before, so here we go…

First of all this program should be [...]

Written By: Gary on October 19, 2013 No Comment
AT&T iPad cellular data plan cost is now HALF the price!

If you’ve got an iPad and you occasionally use the $15 a month cellular data plan option, there is a way you can save a lot of money (and get more data!). The $15 data plan gives you 250MB of data per month, if you go over it either runs out or you have [...]

Written By: Gary on August 7, 2013 No Comment
What I love about my Kindle and eBooks

I love my Kindle, ever since I got it, I’ve thought it was great. Do I miss reading real books? Certainly! Does it outweigh the convenience of the way I read eBooks? Not a chance! I’ve always got a few books with me and it still weighs the same.

Can you can think of [...]

Written By: Gary on July 13, 2013 No Comment
Vancouver to Seattle, Washington.

From the itinerary, “Our wonderful cruise ended at 9am as we arrived in Vancouver and hopped on a bus to take us to Seattle. We visited some special exhibits at the Century 21 Center (which I don’t remember) and took a ride up revolving Space Needle in Seattle.” I think just the restaurant [...]

Written By: Gary on July 10, 2013 No Comment
Feedly for my RSS Feed Reading – Review

So Google retired Google Reader on July 1st, I still can’t believe this. They announced it until March but it took me until the last minute to switch, because I really didn’t want to. I did export my data from Google Takeout which you can still do until [...]

Written By: Gary on March 13, 2013 One Comment
Google is retiring Google Reader?!?

Seriously, Google is retiring Google Reader? I feel like they’re trying to get into every corner of the internet and they’re giving this up? I thought they had the market on this, maybe I wrong and there is something better. But many many feed readers (clients) support this program and [...]

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Written By: Gary on November 21, 2012 No Comment

Many Electronic Arts games are way on sale today. Their annual Thanksgiving sale seems to be the best year round, it may last throughout the weekend; no promises for how long it will last, so get them before it runs out.
I listed some of the most popular ones [...]

Written By: Gary on August 21, 2012 No Comment

What’s the cost difference between purchasing an iPhone and an iPad? Not just the cost but what are you missing between one product and another. We’re going to talk about price first, but you need to remember an iPhone is not $199, it’s $649 for an unlocked world phone. A subsidized iPhone [...]

Written By: Gary on August 17, 2012 No Comment
Silhouette Photography

One of the photo groups went out to a park at sunset to do some silhouettes. I’d never done this before so I made sure to attend.

There were twenty of us, so we were always asking the two models to move. We pretty much needed them between us and the sun.

A few [...]

Written By: Gary on August 1, 2012 No Comment
iPhones, iPads and BlueTooth 4.0 what is it for? NFC? The iWatch? Shopping?

Apple quietly put in BlueTooth 4.0 into it’s last few iPhone and iPads and most of it’s recent laptops and has barely said a word about it. What makes BT 4.0 so different? Part of it is Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), it uses much less energy than the previous BlueTooth options (and can [...]

Written By: Gary on July 12, 2012 No Comment
Checking my messages sure has changed

It really wasn’t that long ago that people didn’t have e-mail. Twenty years ago* Dephi was the first commercial on-line service to offer internet e-mail to it’s customers. I’m not saying some people didn’t have internet e-mail before that, I’m just stating this was a turning point even though it was [...]

Written By: Gary on June 6, 2012 No Comment
Why your passwords MUST be more complicated!!!

WIth today’s (alleged) password breach of LinkedIn, it made me think to change some passwords. Why? Because I had a few accounts that use the same passwords. Yes, I know that’s bad. But they were “unimportant” to me at the time I was checking them out, but later they because more [...]

Written By: Gary on May 5, 2012 One Comment
Saturday at Hines Park on Hines Drive

On Saturdays from May until September, Hines Park closes Hines Drive from 8 AM to 3:30 PM so that people can ride bicycles, walk and rollerblade in the road and not have to fear traffic.

They close the road from Outer Drive and Hines Drive (near Ann Arbor Trail in Dearborn) all the way to Hines [...]

Written By: Gary on May 5, 2012 No Comment

This stellar planetarium in your pocket is an application called Star Walk, and it’s only 99 cents on the iPhone, this is normally $2.99 and worth it for the price (the cheapest I’ve ever seen). It’s also available for the iPad for $1.99 (which is much cheaper than [...]

Written By: Gary on May 1, 2012 No Comment
Most Audubon Field Guides for iPad and iPhone are on sale.

Last week I announced their Birds app as 99 cents, the price has gone up but many other related apps have dropped in price. See the Audubon apps by Green Mountain Digital.

Audubon Birds Field Guide for iPad and iPhone is only $2.99 cents! The second best price ever they’ve [...]

Written By: Gary on March 31, 2012 One Comment
It’s International Backup Day!

It’s World Backup Day! It’s not that you should only backup once a year, it’s an awareness day. So I guess it should be called “Backup Awareness Day”. But seriously, you should backup your important documents and photos all the time. Why? Because you’ll be very sad / upset [...]

Written By: Gary on March 31, 2012 No Comment
Get 5 GB of cloud storage at Dropbox for free!

Use Dropbox for free backup of your files to the cloud! Get 5GB total free space (it’s normally 2GB).

Written By: Gary on March 20, 2012 2 Comments

For an amazing device it’s got a few little things that make me cRaZy…

FYI, this is my iPad 3, but I think all of these things are iOS 5.1 iPad related, not “the new iPad 3″ related:

Why does the Photo App not let me send photos to the Message App? I can e-mail [...]

Written By: Gary on March 15, 2012 No Comment
Why I love KindleFeeder.com for reading blogs and news on my Kindle

I don’t like sitting at the computer all the time, so why do I do it? Because that’s where all the information is at! With KindleFeeder.com I get my information sent wirelessly to my Kindle (I have the Kindle Keyboard 3G) automatically twice a day and I can read it anywhere! [...]

Written By: Gary on March 14, 2012 No Comment
Unpowered Horn Amplifier for iPhone

So this amplifier for the iPhone by Bone is very cool. It’s requires no power and it’s made of silicone (rubber?) and your iPhone just sits in it and it’s significantly louder. It surprised me a lot when I got mine.

Did I tell you it’s less than $4 [...]

Written By: Gary on March 14, 2012 No Comment

It’s a Kindle. That’s the number one point, Amazon seems to have the eReader market and I believe they’ll have it long term. And in case I’m wrong, I’ve got the Nook eReader App on it too (with several other eBook readers, Kobo, etc.). I think the price of this is subsidized [...]

Written By: Gary on March 13, 2012 No Comment

This is why I canceled my new Verizon iPad 4G LTE order…

It’s really not as drastic as it seems, I still have my order in for an AT&T iPad 3, I only canceled my Verizon order. When they were first announced I wasn’t sure which one would be better to get to use globally [...]

Written By: Gary on January 27, 2012 No Comment
The Fisher Building

I’ve got this huge painting of the Fisher Building. It’s got to be six feet high and it fits perfect in my condo. I get lots of compliments all the time on it. The first few years I had it, I hadn’t even realized it was the Fisher building.

It’s up very high [...]

Written By: Gary on November 4, 2011 No Comment
Microsoft PhotoSynth is AWESOME!

I have a confession to make. My favorite iPhone app is made by… (wait for it!) Microsoft! Yes, I said the “M” word! This program is awesome and easy for creating 360° panoramas, it’s called Photosynth. Actually, it’s more than 360°, it’s right/left [...]

Written By: Gary on November 2, 2011 No Comment
Saving money on your AT&T cell phone bill when traveling internationally

Having a phone that works internationally is great in case of an emergency. The problem is that when you’re in another country calls are $2.29 to and from the United States, even if you don’t answer the phone, you’re billed for as long as it rings. I found this out a few trips [...]

Written By: Gary on October 21, 2011 No Comment

I had a list of the things that I wanted on the new iPhone 5. Yes, I said iPhone 5, this is the 5th iPhone no matter what you want to call it. I take a lot of photos and it’s not so important that I use my phone, but the phone is [...]

Written By: Gary on October 18, 2011 No Comment
History of the iPhone (and the non-Apple technologies that led to it)

It’s really more of a history of entertainment and communications technology and how it grew (or shrunk) into the iPhone. The iPhone part is pretty small overall (it’s not just an Apple video).

CNET UK Presents: History of the iPhone from Drew Stearne on Vimeo.

I thought it was a good introduction to [...]

Written By: Gary on August 5, 2011 One Comment
Rollerblading by the Detroit River Walk – Day 5 of 31 photos in 31 days

I went down to Rivard Plaza after work and went rollerblading. Actually, first I sat down and changed my wheels, they were really worn down, it felt like new blades afterwards. It was a little quiet down there, there were people but not too busy. They were setting up for a festival [...]

Written By: Gary on August 4, 2011 No Comment
Flowers (or My Awesome iPhone Camera) for day 4 of 31 photos in 31 days

I love the camera on the iPhone, while it’s not the best digital camera I’ve owned, it’s always with me and it’s lots better than others that I’ve owned*. I’ve taken well over 400 photos in the last two months (actually it’s got an okay flash, a digital zoom, tap to focus, HDR (High Dynamic [...]

Written By: Gary on July 30, 2011 No Comment

According to CNN, Apple now has more cash on hand than the United State government. Wow!!!

“the government had an operating cash balance Wednesday of $73.8 billion.
Tech juggernaut Apple had a whopping $76.2 billion in cash…”

The thing to keep in mind is: isn’t most of the ca$h the government has already allocated [...]

Written By: Gary on June 22, 2011 No Comment
Traffic alerts make my drive easier!

So when driving during rush hours, I listen to WWJ 950 AM for traffic reports on the 8′s. But the don’t get a chance to report every problem every report and sometimes I miss the last report as I’m walking out the door. So I also subscribe (for free) to

Written By: Gary on May 30, 2011 2 Comments
Inchworm crawling along the bridge.

Actually, I have no idea what this is, but he was working his way across a bridge over the river. I have no idea what he thought he was going to find?!? I watched him for a while, it must have taken him forever just to get up that high on the bridge!

Written By: Gary on May 24, 2011 No Comment

Am I silly for wanting this?  It’s Seagate’s new GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage. It lets me have 500 GB of storage for my iPhone!!!

The 500 GB portable hard drive wirelessly connects to any Wi-Fi enabled mobile device, and can be used to store music, movies, pictures and documents of various types.

iOS users [...]

Written By: Gary on May 20, 2011 No Comment
Onavo significantly cuts my iPhone data use down!

So I recently downloaded Onavo for my iPhone. It cuts down on your data usage by compressing cellular data on the fly. I guess it zips up the text and lowers the quality of images (I usually don’t notice, but sometimes I do) SprintPCS used to do this [...]

Written By: Gary on May 18, 2011 No Comment
The Hasbro my3D is pretty cool, it’s like an interactive View-Master!

I saw the Hasbro my3D at the store yesterday and just had to have it. It makes for an interesting interactive 3D experience. You need an iPhone or iPod Touch to use it and I think it works better with the newer ones that have the gyroscope built-in. But [...]

Written By: Gary on April 22, 2011 2 Comments
Don’t be Crabby

You couldn’t walk 10 feet with out running into one of these guys tonight.

This is one of the bright colored crabs crawling around on the beach. You can see him pass a few smaller sand crabs…

Watch on YouTube in HD.

It’s a little out of focus the first few seconds, but [...]

Written By: Gary on April 10, 2011 5 Comments
Printing wirelessly to my new HP Color LaserJet with my iPhone!

Last month I saw the HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Laser Printer on sale so I picked one up. Why?

Because I don’t have a color printer set up (inkjet printers usually dry out before I use them all),
I wanted a network printer (I gave Mom my networked laser printer so she [...]

Written By: Gary on April 9, 2011 No Comment
Star Walk for iPhone is just stellar!

This amazing planetarium in your pocket is an application called Star Walk, and it’s only 99 cents on the iPhone until April 12, 2011, this is normally $2.99 and worth it for the price. It’s the 50th anniversary of spaceflight and they’re celebrating by giving us a deal! It’s [...]

Written By: Gary on April 2, 2011 One Comment

If you don’t know by now, I’m a Macintosh fan as in: “Hi! My name is Gary and I’m a Mac User…”. This is from last week’s Friday Question, but I never got around to it.

I was a PC user before I used Mac and when I say PC, I [...]

Written By: Gary on March 18, 2011 No Comment
Ice Flow On The Detroit River

I thought the ice looked amazing flowing down the Detroit River in the sunshine yesterday. So I snapped a few photos and videos with my iMazing iPhone and here you go..

Just a couple of clips showing the ice floating down the river. If you don’t find it interesting, I promise it gets more [...]

Written By: Gary on February 25, 2011 No Comment
Sunrise in Montezuma

Of all the days I’ve ever been in Costa Rica I don’t think I’ve gotten up for a sunrise (and it’s probably over 80+ days over 10+ trips) . Beautiful! I might even try it again since it was a little cloudy today. But here’s a photo and a video clip…

Both [...]

Written By: Gary on January 17, 2011 3 Comments
What do you use for your alarm clock? – Friday Question #143

This week’s question is What do you use for your alarm clock – an actual alarm clock or your phone (or maybe the sun, your kids, your pet, other)?

Sleep is a complicated issue for me, I like a fan or a white noise machine (fortunately there’s a White Noise [...]

Written By: Gary on December 30, 2010 No Comment

I’m not sure what kind of playback unit this is, probably digital, but it doesn’t look like it. The screen was only about 4 or 5 inches diagonal and had some kind of touchscreen interface. It looked like it was ancient and belonged in a rack in an old TV studio.

Now while I’m [...]

Written By: Gary on December 30, 2010 No Comment

Skype 3.0 has now been released for the iPhone and it now supports video! Of course it supports the front and rear cameras on the iPhone 4! And it does the calls over 3G too! And it’s free. What are you waiting for? Go get Skype with video right now…

What’s [...]

Written By: Gary on December 23, 2010 One Comment
Word Lens – Translate Spanish to English Instantly on your iPhone

The Word Lens application is amazing, one of the best uses of augmented reality yet! You just point it at a sign (or any text) and it removes the words that are there and superimposes the translation over the old text.

The program is free and if you want to [...]

Written By: Gary on December 19, 2010 No Comment

Just testing out the Free WiFI on my plane! I shot this with my iPhone 4 and uploaded it and now I’m blogging it from my McBook.

And you can even watch it in HD!

The world of technology is an amazing place!

FYI: The WiFi is free because of a promotion [...]

Written By: Gary on December 19, 2010 One Comment
Family Christmas 2010

It was the extended family Christmas celebration today, there were 20 people or so there. Most of my aunts, uncles, cousins and cousins kids were there. Just a lot of food, hanging out, playing Apples to Apples, hide and seek and all sorts of other stuff. It was great seeing everyone and [...]

Written By: Gary on December 16, 2010 No Comment

I just got a “new” Canon Video Camera, a refurbished Canon Vixia HF20, I was really eyeing this camera last year. Someone had it way on sale, I ordered it and they never shipped (and didn’t charge me either). And it’s just had everything I liked: good reviews, option for an external microphone, [...]

Written By: Gary on October 31, 2010 No Comment
VLC free video player for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Get it now (while you still can).

So a nice free video player came out for the iPhone (which also works on the iPad and iPod Touch) called VLC Media Player;

it’s the video player for Macintosh and Windows (IMHO).

What’s great about this program? It lets you play all sorts of video files on your iDevice without converting [...]

Written By: Gary on August 11, 2010 No Comment
My video of a Longnose Gar Fish

I was at the Belle Isle Nature Center the other day and got a picture of this interesting looking fish called a Longnose Gar (sometimes called Garpike, Needlenose Gar or just Gar Fish (or Lepisosteus osseus). See the wikipedia or the Animal Diversity Web entries for [...]

Written By: Gary on July 10, 2010 One Comment
News Reading with Doppler – FREE until July 20th, 2010

I like using a NewsReader on my iPhone (or iPod Touch) and one of my favorites is Doppler. It’s easy to use and it synchronizes with Google Reader so it makes off-line reading easy to do. So this means that when you read an article it marks it as read on Google [...]

Written By: Gary on May 24, 2010 No Comment

I thought this was an extra cute advertisement. So that means you get to watch it too…

Here’s the direct link.

Personally, I’m not a huge AT&T cell phone fan, but they do have the iPhone and do I love that part of them. And the network is really fast…

Written By: Gary on May 8, 2010 No Comment
Photo Friday: The Coast

This is for Photo Friday and this week’s theme is “The Coast”. This is actually just a series of photos (7 or 8) taken with my iPhone 3gs and stitched together with the AutoStitch Panorama app.

This photo was taken north of St. Pete Beach, FL. [...]

Written By: Gary on April 7, 2010 No Comment
Merrit Island causeway

A nice path off the Merrit Island causeway.

Click for the direct link to the video

I spent some time roller blading here today.

Photographed (as a half-dozen individual photos), stitched (with AutoStitch), edited (with ReelDirector), uploaded and blogged ALL on my iPhone. It scrolls too fast, I’m [...]

Written By: Gary on April 3, 2010 No Comment
Checking out the iPad

So I checked out the Apple iPad today. It’s very cool. I just have a hard time justifying one when I already have a MacBook and and iPhone. And I wouldn’t want it without the data plan option either (so their’s more money).

It’s a beautiful piece of hardware and simple to [...]

Written By: Gary on April 1, 2010 One Comment
Electronic Arts games on sale! Scrabble, Monopoly, Boggle and more.

Many Electronic Arts games appear to be on sale today. It’s looking like an Easter sale, up to 80% off, so it may be throughout the weekend; no promises though…

Written By: Gary on March 25, 2010 No Comment
MacJournal blogging client for Macintosh (this is a test)

This is just a test of MacJournal. I’ve tried it in the past, but I thought I’d give it another try since it just came in a bundle I purchased and they’re coming out with an iPhone app that you can sync your entries with it.

I had a few problems getting it to configure. [...]

Written By: Gary on March 7, 2010 No Comment
The Apple iPad

How could you not want one of these? The ad makes it feels like it’s something out of Star Trek and that’s before they run the Star Trek movie promo clip!!

Direct link to the Apple iPad commercial.

Actually, I think I’ll pass this time around. I’d ditch my [...]

Written By: Gary on March 5, 2010 No Comment
Everyday Looper App

I don’t even know how to describe the Everyday Looper application for the iPhone. It lets you makes loops live and you sing along with them. I can’t sing along, but maybe you can.

Hmmm… Here’s a better description: Remember in elementary school when you sang “Row, Row, Row [...]

Written By: Gary on January 9, 2010 2 Comments

Here are some of my easy tips for reducing spending. I don’t go in to as many items as Kim (from the Friday Question) does but these can add up quick so I’ll share a few of my easiest ones. Actually I think most of these add up faster than shopping [...]

Written By: Gary on December 31, 2009 No Comment

I hope everyone has a great 2010!

Next year I’m hoping for a few things:

An Apple Tablet of some sorts.
A trip (or 3) to Costa Rica – It’s only been 8 months but it seems like years.
Better blogging – I really plan to post better/often next year.
More snow – We haven’t [...]

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Written By: Gary on December 5, 2009 One Comment

If you’ve thought about Scrabble for the iPhone (or iPod Touch) it might be time to try it, if you play Scrabble on Facebook it’s past time to try it!

I’ve always been a Scrabble fan and on my Palm Treo I used to play Scrabble all the time. While [...]

Written By: Gary on December 4, 2009 One Comment

The iPhone eats battery power. The more you use it the more it eats. As a result, the more you use it the unhappier you get when it dies.

So I picked up this 1900mAh external battery and it was a great investment.

I keep it in my bag and [...]

Written By: Gary on December 1, 2009 No Comment

So Fring lets you do video calls via their Skype connection. The software is free so it’s worth trying out.

The problem is you can only receive video. They say it’s because the iPhone doesn’t have a camera on the front, but I’d rather send video to the other person. [...]

Written By: Gary on November 27, 2009 One Comment

So I tried out CoPilot Live North America GPS turn-by-turn software. First off let me point out it’s on sale for $24.99 through December (and then it goes back to $34.99) and it appears to include free quarterly updates (with no time limits listed as of today). Secondly please note that [...]

Written By: Gary on November 1, 2009 3 Comments

So I applied for the job at The Big Trip and the big requirement was a ninety second video to go with it. I just found out about the job yesterday and put this together this video this afternoon.

An applicant will be selected from a pool of an estimated 30,000 worldwide applicants [...]

Written By: Gary on October 25, 2009 No Comment
Beautiful colors on Hines Drive today

Great day outside on Hines Drive today. Lots of great colors as fall approaches. Here’s a panorama I took with my iPhone (and stitched it on my iPhone with the AutoStitch Panorama app on the phone too!).


I think it took eight or nine images to build the [...]

Written By: Gary on October 24, 2009 No Comment

I shot, edited (titles and transitions) and uploaded this video from my iPhone. I used ReelDirector for the editing. This is my first attempt but it was way easy to use. The video was shot on the iPhone, edited on the iPhone and e-mailed to YouTube for uploading. It’s [...]

Written By: Gary on September 25, 2009 No Comment

Playing around with the new MMS on your iPhone? You can use text4free.net to send yourself a MMS text to test it out. Actually, it’s not just for texting to yourself, it will let you send texts around the world for free!

It’ll send a picture or audio file. [...]

Written By: Gary on September 24, 2009 One Comment

What I don’t like about my Bluetooth earpiece for my iPhone is that it only streams audio from the phone calls. Why Apple (all cell makers) don’t let you use BT audio from other parts of your phone, I don’t understand. I have a pair of semi-bulky BlueTooth stereo headphones that and they [...]

Written By: Gary on September 21, 2009 4 Comments

Replace my laptop? Not a chance! But the more I use it…

Previously I took my laptop everywhere. The iPhone has easily cut out 20%-25% of my dragging around a laptop; my rule is generally don’t leave home without it.

With my iPhone, I’m still connected to the world. I can read, I can forward [...]

Written By: Gary on September 10, 2009 No Comment

So if you have any older iPod or iPhone accessories or chargers many of they don’t charge properly. I’m not sure what they changed but it’s a pain when it’s a nice speaker dock or your car stereo won’t charge our battery (and instead drains the battery).

Enter the Scosche Charging Adapter for [...]

Written By: Gary on September 8, 2009 No Comment

The new A Fine Frenzy album Bomb In A Birdcage has been released today. I’ve mentioned A Fine Frenzy many times and seen Alison in concert several times.

Here’s the great thing the MP3 album from Amazon is only $3.99, that might only be a today only offer [...]

Written By: Gary on August 11, 2009 One Comment

Tori always has interesting lighting at her concerts. Lots of changes during the show with more to do with the set and lighting (no actual physical changes). I always enjoy it.

The concert was awesome (as Tori always is), had a great seat, row G (on the right side) so it was perfect. [...]

Written By: Gary on August 9, 2009 No Comment

So the rumors this week are that in iTunes 9 that Apple is going to add Application Management. My iPhone would be a lot more useful for me if it had that, I’m always installing and trying apps and it messes with the order of everything. Here’s a concept that someone ut together [...]

Written By: Gary on August 7, 2009 No Comment

So I made a plea a few weeks ago looking for a case for my iPhone (zero responses). Just couldn’t find the one for me, I want something not too bulky but I wanted the screen to be protected. I was worried about damaging the screen, I’m not so concerned about [...]

Written By: Gary on August 1, 2009 No Comment

They’ve now released 12cast to record and post video to 12seconds.tv for the iPhone 3gs. And it’s free! This lets you shoot video and upload directly or upload video that you’ve already shot. It’s interface is very simple (see below) although I think it could use a few more features (see below).

12cast [...]

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