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iTunes and the App Store. The difference between the 2.

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Apple’s iTunes and Macbook App store.

These 2 places are the same but different. Different but the same in concept. At this point i am probably not making any sense. That is unless your eco system is all Apple. The difference is what it provides for you and your specific device.
The iTunes store provides you with music, movies, apps. This option is works for all devices except the apps which will only work on your portables. MacBooks and iMacs and the mac mini have their own app store. Which provide you with a bigger scale of the programs you may want. For example: Microsoft word on your iPad is designed for your iPad. You might not get the same bells and whistles that you would get with the desktop version. Things are more scaled to the platform they are going to be used on. So if you need to buy media and so on, You can do this through iTunes on your macbook and if you need a program like iMovie you can find this in the App store.

Here is a video showcasing the difference between the two. As you can see iTunes only shows 2 tabs. iPhone and iPad. Most of the apps and games in the iTunes library cater to those 2 devices. Now you can buy music and movies and still see them on all your devices which are linked together. Assuming you use the same Apple ID across your eco system.

So remember iTunes can hold all your media. Apple store is where you buy your software for you desktop devices or MacBooks. If you have any suggestions or comments please feel free to email me. politech101@gmail.com

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MAC OSX the Command key and how it helps us.

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The Command key in OS X.

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There are a lot of new users to the Mac world. People who have wanted to try a Macbook or a iMac. Somethings will be easy to do. Others will take a little getting used to. Today I will help you understand what the Command key does. The key with the little butterfly like symbol. This key best resembles the control key in the windows environment.

What is so important about knowing your Command key on your mac? You are thinking. Well it basically makes you a lot more efficient at whatever you are doing. Yes you can simply use a mouse and click here and there. But knowing your commands can speed things up a lot more. Believe it or not, not everyone travels with a mouse. People like myself carry a Macbook Air around on its own. All the extras stay at home. So i find commands a lot faster than the track or touch pad on the Macbook air. I decided to learn and use notes to write down the important Command shortcuts for when I am writing.
Things like:

Command + c = Copy
Command + v = Paste
Command + a = Select all

Those are just 3 of the many Command options which will vary between programs. Below i have made a video to quickly show how you can find out what commands you need to do things in your favorite program.

To those who use an external windows keyboard like myself at times on the Macbook. Your windows key is your Command key. Only when using a non Apple keyboard with OSX.

If you have any suggestions or questions feel free to email me at politech101@gmail.com

Apple’s Facetime and iMessage. How to add a contact and what they do for us Apple users.

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Facetime and iMessage. On your latest iOS, OSX devices.

FaceTime adding contacts to iMessage and Video chat.

Apple devices come with 2 ways to contact another Apple user.
Their phone number if it’s an iPhone,
The Apple ID. The Apple ID can be used on all Apple devices.

How do you add a contact to your apple devices. There are a few ways of doing this.

If you know someone with an Apple product is trying to contact you. You both share your Apple ID and then you can do several things.

When you have each others information. In your contacts tab or icon. You click on the + sign to add a new contact. After you fill out the information and when you try to look at their information. You see 2 icons next to their number or email. One is a camera and the other is a text bubble. You can then choose to video chat or send a normal text chat to that other Apple user. I have provided a video showing the basic way of adding contacts to your Apple devices.

As long as you have the other persons information you can then FaceTime or iMessage that other person. This will only work with Apple products. This feature does not require a cell phone carrier. You just need your internet. It will work over an ethernet cable or wi-fi. It will also work at hot spots or anywhere you have access to your internet.

Consider your Apple ID your very own Apple telephone number to communicate with other Apple products.

FaceTime can also work as a voice call only feature if you are shy of being on cam. It is just a matter of going into the options and turning off the cam. The advantage of not using the cam with FaceTime is that it lets you make conference type calls with other Apple users. This is probably the only advantage using Skype.

iMessage works just like FaceTime. Instead though it uses chat or texts. You can send videos, pictures , share an abundance of things with other Apple users. An example is: You and your friends are running about recording videos and taking pictures. Everyone has different devices though. From iPad to an iTouch. iPhone and mom is at home on her macbook air. As long as you have internet either through wi fi or cellular service you can all just iMessage mom personally and send her all the information to her Macbook air.

Whats the difference between using Skype or just texting someone everything. There are a few things.
1. cellular service does not work on a majority of the iPad, iMacs,MacBooks etc. Think of your Apple ID like your very personal ID that you can give to only your closest of friends and family. Also It does not use up data from your cellular service if you are on wi-fi.
2. Some people do not want to give out their numbers for privacy reasons or their Skype account because it may be for work related reasons only. You can take any of those reasons and make them vice versa.
3. Some people just like to separate business/school and personal contacts.
4. I believe iMessage does not cap you on how big a file you can send through iMessage to other Apple users like a text message can.

Those reasons also apply to FaceTime usage. I personally use FaceTime for personal use. Another example. I use FaceTime for personal calls to my younger nieces to check up on them or for them to check in when they are out. The beauty is i can be out and about with my iPhone or ipad and still receive the FaceTime call or iMessage at a hotspot or anyplace i may be with internet. My 13-year-old niece has a iPhone 5c and in 8th grade and my younger 5-year-old niece has a little iTouch and they both can hit the little green icon and call me without hassle. Only down side is taking the time to set up their Apple ID which does not take long at all so they can be called or make calls. You can not share the same email incase some readers have a 1 family type email setup. You will not be able to call yourself. When someone does call you ALL your devices will ring. Even worst all your iCloud items will be shared through out all your devices and this is another article.

What do you think? Do you use FaceTime? Do you think it’s better or worst than Skype? Let me know what you think. Facetime and iMessage. On your iOS, OSX devices.

Feel free to send me any questions or comments at politech101@gmail.com

Tech advice on shopping technology for your kids.

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My suggestions for devices for kids. What they can make use of and prices. Why to get each device and which is safe proof to last.

Choices Choices Choices

Laptops – Pros: Gets a kid used to searching for stuff and using a keyboard. Later on in life they will need some type of computer knowledge for school or work . Starting early isn’t a bad thing. Kids these days are super smart and can pick up on things quick and practice their spelling, grammar and typing all in one shot.
Cons: Depending on what laptop you get or desktop things will either run smooth or not. Operating systems like windows 8.1. I love windows but i love windows 7. This mash of confusion between desktop and tablet OS i would suggest you avoid. Especially for a kid who will have to deal with screens dashing back and forth. Lack of Applications and just about everything else.

Shopping :I believe in the you get what you pay for theory. I used to be the person to buy just enough in my budget and go along with it. But i was never satisfied till i bought something great or the best at the time. The benefits is a great product that will last you awhile. But this is for kids so we want to spend just enough for them to enjoy it but not destroy our bank accounts. What kind of specs or brands do i suggest, well lets see. Theres HP, Dell, Asus and a number of other brands. It will come down to what you are willing to spend. Lets pick a price point of something compared to a Playstation 4 or Xbox one which kids love these days so you are talking 300-500 depending on the bundle. You can get computers with specs of an i5 cpu, 8 gigs of ram, and integrated graphics maybe intel 5000. This setup will be speedy enough to do everything casual on the net and some light gaming. If you want anything under 300 you will be dealing with Celeron and low ram portables which i personally hate because nothing gets to you like spending money on something that struggles to run. The i5 cpu and 8 gigs of ram will be great for a kid. For fun, for school work, for any of your work etc. Another thing to note, The more RAM the better when a computer has integrated graphics. Your video will share RAM with your system to help push the graphics. Storage space is about 500 gig or more in this price range. Which should be more than adequate for a kid or teenager to store anything he or she needs. Most mobile devices come with a wi-fi card to get online. From that point on its up to you to decide what programs your kid needs. Games, learning software, etc.

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Tablets – Tablets are a smaller version of a laptop. Most tablets today like the Apple iPad or Samsung’s galaxy tablets are touch screen devices. A majority run Apples IOS software or Google’s Android OS. The difference between the two are its interface and app stores. Each comes with its ups and downs but both do generally the same thing. To make it easy, think of them as over sized smart phones. Millions of applications minus the calling and texting on some. Why would i suggest a tablet for kids? Lets see.
Pros – Small and easy to carry around. Can do everything the laptop can. It has a build in camera for videos and pictures. Games and learning software. Social sites galore if your teenager is into it and all at a press of the screen. No typing in a URL to get to do some of those things and it all at your finger tips. Tablets can also watch movies, amazon prime, Netflix, hobo go and so on. Apples iPad gives you the change to pay for mobile internet. Those versions of the device usually sell for about $100 more than its counter part. Some devices you can add a sd micro card to boost your storage from 64 gig to 128. Another great thing is most tablets these days are part of your devices echo system. if you all have iphones and macbooks then the iPad might be the choice for your kid etc. With applications like iMessage and Facetime  and their cloud system to share pictures and goodies. Other brands have their variation of an echo system but none as refined as Apples.

Cons: Price for internet access with a carrier. Storage the more affordable ones usually come with 16 gigs of space only. Most apps do not take up a lot of storage but it can build up if you have a ton of applications or pictures and music and movies that you can add to your device. Mainly Apple tablets which come with pre made storage capacity. The Samsung tablets can use sd micro cards to boost their storage.

These tablets can all be purchased anywhere from I would say between 200 to 400. The 1st gen mini iPad goes for 299 if that as new. Used on Amazon I have seen them as low as $100 used and in good condition. Samsung tablets also don’t get to expensive until you start looking at their higher end products like the galaxy notes and pros. Another tablet you may see that’s great is the Nexus 7, goes for around 250-300 and is often battling the mini iPad for best 7” tablet market. It sports the newer updates from google and a very high res screen. Another tablet you may see a lot of but I would not suggest for kids is the Windows surface tablets. Those are mini laptops/tablets. The RT version is not worth the money. You can’t install your own software and need to depend on Microsoft’s miserable app store. The higher end pro surface tablets are a completely different story but for a lot more money. For a kid my suggestions would be 1st or second generation mini iPad and Samsung galaxy tabs and nexus 7. All provide a bit of everything for a kid.

Applications: Whether its a laptop or tablet you will have tons of choices to choose from. The difference is how much easier is it to do. A laptop you need to dig up applications yourself and install. Worrying about a virus, malware etc. A tablet from Apple and Samsung you will have millions of choices from paid to free to play with.

PS: Hardware on tablets aren’t as impactful as laptops. The iPad to this day runs on 1 gig of ram. Just make sure to see what brand benefits you.

Some of the best places to shop for devices for me are newegg.com and amazon.

iWatch craze and technologies effect on us. Apple does it again.

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It’s time for a change alright.

Reading on the web I found on Cnet an article that claims Apple or analyst are claiming that the iWatch will have sold 30 million or more watches by years end. That is an amazing task and shows that Apple has an amazing staying power with their products world-wide. The watches look beautiful and very cool to use. The watches all range from $349-$17,000. I myself would try the first choice. As you can see from the above picture the watch comes in a variety of setups. All which will influence the price on your watch.  As beautiful and as new as it is, why am i not excited for it as everyone else is. Let’s get into that.

Before we get started. Let me assure you i am not a hater of Apple. I am for innovation and best bang for your buck. I traded my loving and caring best friend for years my Gaming Rig for a Macbook Air because i feel there are things that Apple does right. iMac, Macbook Pros, Tablets and Phones and the good old iPod/iTouch. Each i felt provided a new experience and made things less complicated for people. iMac was an all in one experience. The Macbook pro became that all in one experience on the go. The iPad was the bridge between the at home all in one or compact Macbook pro on the go or an alternative. The iPod at the time provided us for a way to have our music without burning cd’s and carrying a Walkman etc. The iPhone revolutionized the game. The first iPhone came out just as the Motorola Razor was hitting the 50 million units sold wold wide. Then the iPhone came out and you never saw another Motorola Razor again. As a matter of fact it changed the game so much that it brought trouble to then a lot of up and coming phone ideas. The blackberry who was a giant was never able to catch up. The t mobile sidekick line etc but it was ATT and the iPhone that reigned supreme and till this day are running strong and very debatable against Samsung.

iWatch as i see it.

Now I am not saying it’s not good. I just do not think its worth it. They are providing you with another gadget to look at, that is not your phone. Which you still need to have for it to work. I’ll tell you some of the things I do like about the watch. I love the style. They offer you different colors and looks. You can change the face of the watch to match whatever you may be wearing that day. Knowing Apple there will be more 3rd party faces to be used on it. The low-end starting price. For a 1st generation I think its fair. The 10K plus line … No. If you are rich and want to blow money on something go for it. You are not getting anything different but the gold its made of as far as technology goes, you will still have our 1st generation issues and experience.  I like the medical stuff. Keeping healthy as you get older is always a good thing. I like the GPS on it. Most importantly I like the notifications of what texts and emails and calls you have gotten. You can also make calls and have Apple pay. AWESOME.

What I do not like. It is not a standalone device. Picture this scenario. You run into an Apple store excited for the next best thing. Go and purchase it. Run home to set it up to show off next day at school or work but…you do not have a iPhone to sync all your texts and calls and other stuff that would make this device amazing. No it does not have built-in GPS or Wi-fi. So what I am telling you is that…you bought another bluetooth device that will not work unless you are a iPhone user. There is no global connectivity and I doubt there will be, ever. No camera, you can show off photos synced on your phone and Macbook or iCloud service I believe but with no wi fi how are you going to show anything off on the street or somewhere with no internet. You can not take any pictures on it though. It kind of feels like an iPad stuck on wi-fi only with fewer features and more dependability on another device for it to be good. So this isn’t a device that’s changing the game. To me its a product line showing it can stay connected with each other through different connected devices. I mean Apple could make a toaster and it would probably have iCloud on it where you can do the same thing on the side.  So what is the big deal?

I feel techies and society are craving the next best thing. There has been nothing that really came out and said “This will change the world forever” in a long time….well in technology that is since maybe the iPhone(As far as computing goes. TV’s are on another planet right now)which made a communication device into a small personal computer in your pocket. I do believe it is a cool idea to see it all work on your wrist. This kind of reminds me of Halo with Cortona or any future game that shows all our protagonist with a trusty futuristic partner of sorts. Which was our iPad. Maybe I am seeing it wrong and Apple wanted to give us the James Bond feel? I think it works..but is it worth it yet? I do not know for everyone else. For me though, I am happy with my assortment of apple products before hand but this one I will skip till it becomes something very needing and independent from everything else.

As far as it effects on us goes. I believe you have your buyers who buy because it’s THAT new thing. You have others that buy things to fill in a gap where they need something. Example, Most people buy laptops because they 1. Do not want to be stuck on a big pc forever. 2. Need to have a laptop to notate or do things on the go. Then you have those who buy a laptop to experience it and say they had it. Ask yourself if you bought the next big phone that came out. If it’s an iPhone 6 plus or a Galaxy note 4. You just came over from a flip phone after 20 years of using it. You are not an everyday internet or email kind of person. Maybe read the occasional CNN article etc. Yes you can do that on the new phones but does it warrant the need to purchase? I feel sometimes people buy something way beyond their means just in the sake of wanting it. I am guilty of that myself. My previous paragraph stated I gave up my super gaming rig pc for a Macbook air. So this comes into play again for the iWatch. What purpose does it provide for you? What will it change in your everyday life. Will it have you look at your wrist during dinner instead of your phone? Will you seem cooler talking into your hand than pressing your ear to your shoulder and holding your device with every strength in your cheek. If you just signed up for 2 years to own the iPhone 6 plus will just keep it in your pocket now that you own the watch? Will you want to? These are just things to ponder while you decide if you want or need it.  Only if we can mash the iWatch design/eco system with the Samsung gear S standalone ability. 😉

Me , Myself and iPad

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It has been a minute since or maybe a year or two since i posted on this site.

I have moved on since then to my good old iPad. I am not an Apple fan boy but I am impressed with where we are going.  We have come to the age where mobility and comfort has replaced huge power house machines. It seems the further we move in technology the faster and smaller the devices get.  Now i can sit here and brag about my Apple iPad and what it can do compared to other brand named tablets but this article is more on where we stand as far advancement in technology.

Let’s start with the fun first. This aspect of the iPad is not revolutionary but a great add-on to a device. With major companies making games for the iPad its future as a mini gamer is very welcomed. Games like Madden Football. Grand theft auto:China town wars, Angry birds and Hero of Sparta the iPad, is very enjoyable as a gaming platform.  Those are only some of the game titles available. If you own a iPhone or iTouch you know they have a huge library of games.

Dungeon Hunter

Next we have reading and more reading. All types of reading though. To be completely honest I have not read as much in my life. Somehow reading on the iPad has made reading fun again. Let’s see what we can do.  If you have wi-fi or have the 3G version of the iPad you can surf the internet and have all types of access to reading. Newspapers , books etc. Below is an example. My folks are from Panama and love to read the paper from over there and with the iPad its a lot easier than on the computer or a laptop that weights way more and it looks cool compared to other people reading an old news paper.

La Estrella Panama
Books library

As you can see in the pic above its my books library.  On my iPad i currently carry 1.1 gigs worth of books. Doesn’t sound like a lot does it. In fact its 818 books.  You can also read pdf files and check your emails just like the iPhone and itouch can.

As great a device as this is there are a couple of downfalls. The biggest being no Adobe Flash from Apple. Secondly the prices on these great devices are not very friendly. $499 for the cheapest iPad with wi-fi only.

Is it worth the money? I believe it is. On one portable device you can carry your post office aka your email, hundreds or thousands of books aka library, your browser to surf anything anywhere aka your internet. Games aka your mini ps3 or Xbox. Not to mention its an iPad for your music and its your new block buster with Netflix or even with your own movies to add.

Bottom line if you decide to buy an iPad do not buy it to replace your laptop. A laptop can do so much more as far as programs, web caming etc. If you’re looking for a device to take around for social sites, checking emails on business trips or surfing the web. A device you can watch movies on a trip or even need a giant gps, the iPad can do it.

Is anyone home?

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Wow it has been awhile since I have posted on this blog. I have been caught in school working on my associates degree in computer information. I have trapped in street fighter 4 and a pool of other stuff.  I figured I would come back and prove to you that karma might actually exist.  Here’s my story.

I think you guys recall me posting heavy into Blackberry. I had how to guides on making ring tones etc. I had posted on the sidekick, htc phones etc. Then I managed to trade my curve for an iPhone. I went from blackberry fan boy to iPhone fan boy.  I had traded my xbox 360 for the curve that got me my first iPhone. So this time around. Few months passed of having my iPhone, i decided my fever was over and went to trade it back for an xbox 360 that i wanted because street fighter 4 was coming out and I’m a huge fanatic for the past 20 years. Btw check out known2own.wordpress.com, that’s my other blog.  So now i got my xbox back, few months after that i need a phone,  i start school with no way of communicating with the out side social world we live in.  So i go get on the cheap flex pay plan from T-mobile and get 2 free curves sunset. wooot. 2 weeks later i trade my sunset for another iPhone. YAY. HOLD ON, the phone starts spazzing out. It is not responding or anything so I restore a couple of times, the phone seemed to be fixed for a couple of hours before messing up again. DAMN IT. I felt like i got ripped off. I check out the apple support and stuff pop in the information they want and lord and behold it still had 5 days of warranty on it.  Now i pray to god someone at the at&t store could help me. So i go there and there’s no way of getting a sim card this and that, girl asks me why don’t you just try getting on at&t and see if you get a newer one. So i try and OMG im accepted, so i walk out on a 2 year contract and family plan and my mom on a new phone. Now i got to go home and pop in the sim card and call apple for support. I did it they run me through these procedures. Made me an appointment and i show up to that appointment. The dude looks at it, checks it for water damage and says, since the phone isn’t acting up now and it stuff im just gonna go ahead and place an order for you on a replacement phone since you only have 1 day left of warranty. Is there a god, I don’t know. I just know there’s a big Apple. lmao.