UPDATE: XROAD’s G-Map Is Back

XROAD just re-released G-Map for the iPhone.  Search G-Map in your iTunes store.  The released has some bugs fixs and has new version number.

This software is very helpful for thos of us that don’t have 3G 100% of the time.  The maps are store on the device.  Unlike the Google maps that require an internet connection to load.  This really makes the application run quickly.

Well worth the $24.99 for the West where I live.

MacMingle.com | Douglas County, CO Mac User Group

picture-1I have been promising for months to get the MacMingle.com site up.  I finally got around to doing it tonight.  It’s using bbpress.  Bbpress is free forum software by the same folks that wrote WordPress.

The interface is great and plugins are plentiful.  We’ll see how it works and feels long term.  If your in the Denver Metro area and want to help me start a Mac User group in Douglas County post up of at MacMingle.com

You can also follow the progress of the Group formation on Twitter, User ID MacMingle.

XRoad’s G-Map Pulled from iTunes App Store

smallxroadWent over to iTunes to pick up G-Map.  Looks like it has been pulled.  I’m not sure when it happened.  Anyone know?

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G-Map is an iPhone app that load all the maps in the West and or East, $20 a coast.  This is a great option for those of you traveling through areas where cell coverage is limited.  As most of you know the iPhone’s Google Map feature only works when the phone can reach the online maps.

How is Google doing?

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I sure hope it’s not a faux pas to ask this question?  After all I rely on Google to rake up my tags and keywords.

How is Google doing.  I know everything on the surface looks fine.  Stock is down, but everyone’s is.  In this time of perception is huge is Google pulling in the reins?

Check out this story from CNET: Google’s free SMS gravy train dries up. Don’t get me wrong here.  One story does not a rumor make, but I also received the email below from Google.

We’re writing to let you know that on May 5, 2009, Google
Checkout’s transaction processing fees will be changing. We’ll be
transitioning from our 2.0% + $0.20 per transaction rate to a new
tiered fee structure, where the rates will vary depending on the
dollar amount of your monthly sales processed through Checkout.
The rate you’ll be charged beginning on May 5, 2009 will be based
on your sales processed through Checkout during the month of April
2009. Each month thereafter, we’ll continue to use the prior
month’s sales volume to determine your transaction processing
rate. For more details about the new rates, please visit
http://checkout.google.com/seller/fees.html

This announcement raises rates as much as 0.9% and +.10cts per transaction.  I understand these rate are still low when comparing them to other credit card processors.  To see such and increase from Google surprised me a bit.  The email also advised that Adwords transaction fees are no longer free.

We’ll also be discontinuing the AdWords free transaction
processing promotion on May 5, 2009. Any AdWords transaction
processing credits accrued during April 2009 will be applied
towards transactions that occur on May 1-4, 2009.

Why is Google making chnages like a normal business.  This is very unlike them.

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Clues to Apple’s new Tablet Style Device

1) Airport and Time Capsule internet disk sharing via Mobile me - Why? This will specifically allow for sharing files on devices with small hard drives. The new tablet will most likely have to have a Solid State Drive. Having the ability to access large storage is key to the success of a small, tablet with good battery life

2) The Mini Display Port - DVI via a plug that is not thicker that USB is key to making a thin tablet style device. New devices with this plug are showing up all over Apples line.

3) No 4G iPhone rumors - With the lack of new iPhone rumors it a only makes sense with the rumored 3rd quarter release. A tablet could easily be outfitted to work on AT&T’s 3G Network.

4) Airport Extreme and Time Capsule now support separate tunnels - They support operating in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously.  Since the new device will be too thin to have a network jack, the new tablet will have 5ghz Wifi.  This will limit however limit the places the device can be used.  People will grip about this when it is released.  Apple will assume everyone has or should have 5ghz.    They will make the case that 3G should cover you when roaming outside 5ghz.  Apple will refuse again to dumb down a device to a corporate environment.

MacMini Updated today…I might upgrade.

Mini | This Mac jumps in graphics, hard drive size, but not much more internally.

On the outside Apple is offering one more USB, a mini DVi, and a mini display. There are conflicting reports that this Mini will offer dual monitor support.  If it does this could make the Mini the ultimate conferance room machine.

Personally I would get one for the home entertainment room. We currently have a Mini running our DVD collection. The built in bookshelf that holds it has a monitor but it’s currently not hooked up. The Mini is just sending video directly to the 56″ HD TV via a DVI to HDMI cable.  Hopefully with a new Mini I can prep videos for playback on one monitor, then move them over to the larger screen for viewing.

Could this be the death of Apple’s iDisk?

Airport Extreme & Time Machine | from the looks of the spec on these new network devices there is a firmware upgrade. MobileMe customers will be able to access any file on these devices. The drive must be connected via USB on the Airport Extreme.

Note for existing AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule customers
Existing AirPort Extreme (MA073 and MB053) and Time Capsule (MB276 and MB277) customers can access their AirPort Disk / Time Capsule disk through Mobile Me over the Internet by upgrading to AirPort Utility 5.4.1 and AirPort firmware 7.4.1. Subscription to Mobile Me online services is required for this feature. Simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi and Guest Networking features are only available to new AirPort Extreme (MB763) and Time Capsule (MB764 and MB765) customers.

Pretty nice feature. Is this the end of the iDisk?  Let’s hope so.  That has been an annoyance to me to say the least.  I hate the way files have to be stored in it. I am meticulous about file folder structure, and having to pull something out of it so I can use it at work is aggregating. I know I need to relax. :)

However, being able to access file MY personal cloud, with my own structure, is a pretty cool feature to me. I won’t need iDisk with this feature added to my AE.

iHeartRadio App from the App Store

iheart-radio1jpgThis is one great app.  Pulls all the ClearChannel stations in your area or around the US.  Great Talk radio too.  A must have app for anyone who likes radio. I was very successful streaming Rush today via Denver’s 850KOA this afternoon.  Too bad contract obligations with the Colorado Rockies don’t allow for streaming of MLB games.  I was pleasantly surprised that a radio station company like Clear Channel would put together an app like this.  It’s really time the old media started embraced these types of things.  Now let’s just keep it free if we can.

Version 2.1 Includes:  Search 100+ stations, Bookmark your favorites, Tag songs for purchase in iTunes, Shake It! and find something new

Works With:  Apple iPhone, iPhone 3G or iPod Touch, WiFi, EDGE or 3G data connection, iPhone OS 2.0.2 or later

Sync Facebook Status to —-> Twitter

A ton of my friends are finally getting on FaceBook. In short I have been using it more than Twitter. There are a few apps out for Facebook that allows for Twitter to update your Facebooks status. Just search your Facebook for apps like Twitter, TwitterSync, Tweeter, etc.

This post is about syncing the other way. Getting your Facebook update to sync to Twitter. Here’s how to do it.

Things you must have before you start: FaceBook account, a TwitterFeed account, and of course a Twitter account

  1. Login in to Facebook
  2. click this link: http://www.new.facebook.com/minifeed.php?filter=11
  3. at the bottom of the right column click this picture-2
  4. copy the URL into a TwitterFeed

All done.  Now your FaceBook Status RSS will update your Twitter.

The device I spoke of a 2 months ago

A few months ago I was at the Denver Handheld User Group meeting.  We were discussing NetBooks.  The topic moved around the table.  When it got to me I explained that I wanted a device about the size of 3-4 iPhone screens.  Here it is friends, but smaller.

Plica consists of two touchscreens and it looks exactly like a regular cellphone. When the phone is folded in two screens, you will use one as a keyboard and on the other you will be able to see whatever you want to. Also, you can view the images on both screens which means twice the resolution. Plica is very functional kind of like a mini-laptop and it features USB and headphone jacks.

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NVIDIA Ion Platform Energizes Atom Into A Premium PC Experience

Press Release

The formula is simple: Combine the highly rated GeForce® 9400 GPU found in new desktop and notebook PCs with the Intel Atom CPU. This combination (code-named Ion Platform) enables the smallest premium PC experience available today, making it ideal for the exploding category of mini-notebooks and compact PCs.

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This Ion reference design is a full-fledged PC that supports full-spec 1080p HD video, popular PC games, and Windows Vista Premium. OEM designs can be even smaller.

Lenovo’s Hard Drive Protection

This video was taken back in 2006, but just recent released to the public.  I have not seen one with this protection yet.  It’s just a matter of time before this technology makes it to the market.

Any Ninjas on your gift list?

If your like me I have a Ninja or two on my Christmas list.  If someone one your list has a set of those two toed sock shoes I just found you a perfect gift for them.

There not really throwing stars.  Well designed magnets.  My oldest son is going to love these. No he is not a REAL Ninja.

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Anyone Else using Boxee.tv?

Anyone else here using the Boxee.tv Alpha?  Looks pretty cool.  It’s meant for use on the Apple TV.  However they have a MacOS X version.

Boxee has a cool idea.  It links all your TV/Music and other video in one place.  The key here is that it also links you to the network run TV show sites like Hulu, CBS.com, etc.  This way you don’t have to URL browse for your favorite shows.  A couple clicks through the Boxee UI and your linked to your favorite shows.  It has a few minor glitches right, but it’s only a Alpha right now.

I am using it on my MacBookPro.  Most of the shows I like are on CBS.com or Hulu.  I may be re-evaluating my need for TIVO.  Domino’s Pizza is not my favorite anyway.

Boxee also offers Netflix download customers the ability to watch downloaded movies.  This is all the rage these days.  The PS3, XBOX 360, TIVO and many other set top boxes are signed with Netflix.  I use Blockbuster’s service, but it is getting hard not to switch with all the options that NetFlix is offering.

Time will tell if Boxee.tv will last.  I frankly believe it will be something I use at first.  I’ll enjoy the experiance, but see the lack of a feature or two that something else will offer and I will stop using it.

Surfing paid off tonight

I found this great TechyShit blog post tonight and had to share it.  See when I was a kid my Dad hung out with a guy that had one of these.  I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen.  TechyShit breaks down 10 Old Computers With Outrageous Price Tags

iPhone App | Gas Cubby

I have issues. I love to track automobile data like mpg, oil changes, and other service information.

I have been using a Twitter app called MyMileMarker. Their software reads direct twits with mileage, gallons, and price. It has a few bugs. I had a little trouble getting responses confirming that the data was received. MyMileMarker also does not allow for recording service items. I like to track oil changes and tire rotations also.

A few days ago I found Gas Cubby. Here is a direct link via iTunes.

Gas Cubby fills the bill for me. It allows for multiple vehicles and tracks all your fuel fill-ups & vehicle service records. The options are endless. I enjoy being able to track Octane. My Mini Copper S requires a high grade of fuel and being able to track mileage when I don’t fill it with Premium is great. My new Jeep has a a life time warranty, assuming I keep good service records. Gas Cubby allows for export in .csv. Making and annually service log will be simple.

Good luck Gas Cubby. Worth every penny to me.

ACER 8.9″ | hidding at Costco

Check out what I saw at my local Costco yesterday. The Costco on Lone Tree Colorado had it hidden on a back isle, not sitting out with the other laptops.

It was an Acer AspireONE AOA-150-1864. It has an 8.9″ screen, Windows XP, 120gb hard drive, and a wireless G card. I have never seen one in the wild. Looks like a great mobile option for $349.99.

AT&T to offer iPhone tethering

It’s all over the Internet. AT&T is going to offer iPhone tethering. The only question still outstanding is how much it will cost. Most rumor sites agree somewhere around $30.00.

I don’t really have need for it these days. I used tethering quite bit a few years ago. These days WiFi is almost everywhere. I also find myself using my iPhone for tasks that I use to pull out the lappy for.

I would like to see some info about how the connection is going to be made. A bluetooth connection in combo with a 3G tether will drain the iPhone battery pretty quickly. Let’s hope those of you that decide to subscribe can us it via USB also.

Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac is OUT!

Run Windows on Mac OS X with no reboot!

Get Easy access to all your applications and data while enjoying the complete Mac experience

Modality view mode | Track activities of multiple VMs simultaneously
Smart Connect | remembers your USB device connection preferences
SmartMount | automatically mount removable media for access across different OSs

Experience the Fastest speed for all applications with the latest performance acceleration technologies

Up to 50% performance enhancement | support for 8-way SMP, 8 GB RAM and 64-bit
Adaptive Hypervisor | automatically optimizes performance for Windows or Mac application
3D graphics | Accelerate Windows games and 3D graphics with support for DirectX 9 and OpenGL 2.0

Run Windows smoothly on your Mac with the complete suite of powerful essentials for Internet security, data protection and disk management
($175 value in bonus software)

PowerSave | energy saving mode offers longer Mac use with up to 20% longer battery life
Bonus software | Get “no worry” Windows protection with Parallels Internet Security
Bonus software | Acronis Disk Director Suite offers Windows disk management and Acronis True Image Home offers complete backup/recovery

SBSH PhoneWeaver 1.3 release

SBSH PhoneWeaver 1.3 Highlights

  • New Touch Mode – Innovative Touch design
  • Pop Up Menu Easy Access – Using a special task/tray bar shortcuts
  • Features and Optimization – Auto-answer, ALL resolutions support and more!

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