Posts in the “gadgets” category

Waiting iPad apps - possible solutions

Waiting iPad apps: If you run into a problem with "waiting" iPad apps during the iPad app installation or update process, my "waiting iPhone apps solutions" article should be helpful. Because all these Apple devices use the same iOS operating system, and because we've found four possible solutions to the "waiting iPhone/iPod apps" problem, these waiting app tips should work just as well for waiting iPad apps (also referred to as "stuck" iPad apps).

Funny iPad picture

Funny iPad Photo: In the category of "iPad humor" ... 

I have to say, I like Apple products quite a bit; I have an iPhone, MacBook Pro, and an iMac, and I'm sure the iPad will end up being very successful once people get their hands on it. But in the meantime, I love this funny "iPad" image. It sums up a lot of feelings about the Apple iPad introduction:

iPad or iPhone app won't open - solution/help

I just ran into the craziest problem where I couldn't get any third-party apps on my iPad to open. I'd tap them, there'd be a quick blink, then nothing, I was back to the home screen with all my app icons.

Smartphone life in Alaska - no Verizon, no Sprint

If you live in Alaska, and you want to use a smartphone, you better be going with AT&T, because for all their commercials, Verizon and Sprint won't do you any good here. Here's the beatdown from Verizon Wireless when you tell them you live in Alaska:

There's no Verizon in Alaska

Cool product - Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700

I don't write about products or services too often, but I really like the idea of the Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700, pictured here:

Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700 - Laptop cooling fans and speaker system

I don't own a tv any more, but from time to time I'll watch some videos before going to bed (either shows on Hulu, or something from my DVD collection), and this "Speaker Lapdesk" looks perfect for that occasion.

Apple iPad design - incomplete, intentionally

Thesis: Apple is willing to ship an incomplete product when entering a new market, such as with the new Apple iPad design. Because they are entering a nascent market, this has the effect of generating more revenue from the product line. This has been demonstrated repeatedly by Apple (when led by Steve Jobs), first with the original Macintosh, and then the iPod, iPhone, and now the iPad. By shipping incomplete products initially, Apple gives "early adopters" and affluent buyers compelling reasons to upgrade when new product versions are produced.

A short HTC Evo review

A friend of mine that is currently in Alaska just got an HTC Evo (HTC Evo 4G) and while it's a decent smartphone, it seems to have a few flaws.

My HTC Evo review

Based on her comments, and my experience working with it yesterday, here are the things I didn't like about the HTC Evo:

Seven great gifts for Father's Day, 2010

I've come to really enjoy holidays with this website, as it gives me an excuse to take time out and look around the internet for great gift ideas, in this case, great, the best geek gifts for Fathers Day, 2010.

Gifts for Father's Day 2010 - background information

Before I get into my list of the best Father's Day gift ideas I can find, a little bit of disclosure. First, while I've seen these gift ideas on several different websites, I generally link to them at, because we are an affiliate of theirs. 

Apple iPhone 4 recall?

Cnet reports that a newspaper named the Daily Mail accidentally quoted a fake Steve Jobs Twitter account as saying that there would be an iPhone 4 recall.

While they didn't quote the real Steve Jobs, with the many early reports of reception problems, and the need to hold the iPhone a certain way, this brings up an interesting point: What will it take to have an iPhone 4 recall?

Consumer reports "can't recommend" iPhone 4

When Consumer Reports talks, people listen. If you're trying to sell something, here are a few things you don't want them writing about your product:

  • "We can't recommand the iPhone 4"
  • "The tests also indicate that AT&T's network might not be the primary suspect in the iPhone 4's signal (reception) woes"
  • "Apple needs to come up with a permanent -- and free -- fix for the antenna problem"

This quote is actually my favorite:

iPhone wireless charging devices

After seeing an ad for a wireless iPhone charging device recently, I thought I'd dig around and see what I could find out about iPhone wireless charging devices. After a little research, it looks like there are two good options, the AirVolt Wireless iPhone Charger, and the Powermat system. There is a third wireless iPhone charger available from Brookstone, but I'm not impressed by it, though I've shared a few details on it below.

How to download iPhone photos to Windows XP

iPhone photos and Windows XP tip: How to download iPhone photos to a Windows XP computer.

Okay, this was surprisingly hard. I just went to download all my iPhone photos to my Windows XP computer, and assuming this worked with the normal iTunes sync process, I started the 'sync', waited a very long time, and then at the end, all my photos were ... wait ... none of my photos were downloaded from my iPhone to my Windows XP system. What the heck?