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Weekend of November 2nd, 2012

Into Tomorrow Talk Studio

This week Dave and his tech panel answer more of your questions in our Miami studios via the Ask Dave Hotline. Call us ... toll-free 1-800-899-INTO (4686) ... with any consumer electronics question, opinion, help another listener or tell us what your favorite app is and why. You can also participate via our FREE "Into Tomorrow" App (iOS/Android/Intel AppUp). Thank you for your participation!

 

ITTV Video Update

If you like to play movies or other videos on your iPhone 4 or 4S, but are tired of the small screen, Rob shows you a new product that you can use to expand your viewing real estate. Also, Chris Graveline takes us back to the first successful automatic telephone system on "This Week In Tech History."

Listeners & Guests on the show this week:

For ALL the details ... be sure to listen to the show by downloading the MP3 or clicking the RED & WHITE "Play" button on the media player, both on the right-hand side of this page.


HOUR 1:


Tech News & Commentary

 

The Kindle Fire ad we mentioned on the show

 

New iPad mini"Honey, I shrunk the iPad 2!" - As expected Apple unveiled iPad mini at Press Event, among other device updates

UPDATE: Apple sells 3 million iPads during the weekend release of these new devices. They didn't specify how many iPad minis are included in that number.

There's a smaller iPad 2 in town! Uh, we mean, a "mini" version of the popular iPad. Apple dubbed this "as light as a pad of paper" during their press conference.

As we all expected, it is officially called the iPad mini, or what we're calling the "iPad meh-ni". It has a 7.9" screen, it is only 7.2mm thin, and weighs only 0.68 lbs. The screen resolution is the same as the iPad 2: 1024-by-768. Say what, NO Retina Display?? You read correctly. And that could be a bummer for several iPad fans. However, we do like the smaller border on each side of the screen. iPad mini also sports both FaceTime and iSight cameras like the larger version. The iSight camera shoots 5-megapixel photos and records full 1080p HD video. Apple touts it has a 10-hour battery life. The Wi-Fi-only version will cost $329. We'll pass, thank you. Overpriced when compared to other comparable tablets. Apple surprised us with the unveiling of a 4th-generation iPad with Retina Display, which basically makes the "iPad 3" obsolete after only 6 months. Some specs: Retina Display (2048-by-1536 resolution), dual-core A6X with quad-core graphics, FaceTime HD Camera (1.2MP photos/720p HD video), 5 MP iSight camera (Records HD video in full 1080p), faster Wi-Fi technology, and Lightning Connector. We wonder: why did Apple bother releasing an iPad 3?

Pre-orders for these new iPad models begin Friday, Oct. 26th for the Wi-Fi-only version or can be bought at an Apple Store on Friday, Nov. 2nd. Wi-Fi + cellular data versions will come out in mid November.

13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display


Apple also unveiled a 13-inch version of the Retina Display MacBook Pro. They called it "the second highest resolution laptop" (15-inch Retina MBP being the 1st). The screen has over 4 million pixels. The 13-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro is 20% thinner, weighs 3.57 lbs, and is only 0.75" thin. The 2.5GHz dual-core i5 8GB RAM 128GB Flash model costs $1699 and is available for purchase today.

Apple refreshed the Mac mini as well. Added USB 3 ports, dual or quad Intel Core i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge processors, Intel HD Graphics 4000, and up to 16GB of RAM. The 2.5Ghz dual-core i5 with 4GB of RAM and 500GB HDD model sells for $599.

 

New iMac - October 2012
In other Mac news, we were mostly impressed by the design of the new iMac with its 5mm edge. But, that's only the edge of the display; there is still a bulge on the back with all of the electronics inside. Apple said they had to use friction-stir welding to make this thinner design possible. The 21.5-inch model starts at $1299 and will ship in November. The 27-inch model will start at $1799 and will ship in December, just in time for the holidays.

What do you think about Apple's latest product announcements? Join the conversation on our Facebook Page, or call us toll-free: 1-800-899-INTO (4686) or send us a voice message using our free "Into Tomorrow" app.

 

 

 

 

Joe in Phoenix, Arizona asked: "I live in Phoenix and leave my house in the summer where the temperature can get to 105 degrees inside the house. I would like to buy a new flat screen TV. What would be the best flat screen TV that I can buy that will handle the temperatures reaching up to 105 degrees?"

 

Plasma screens’ maximum operating temperature will top out at around your home’s temperature in the summer so you will probably want to steer clear of them. (By the way, postpone buying a TV and consider an air conditioning unit, please.)

LEDs can operate at much higher temperatures, something around 180-degrees F, some of them even closer to 200F. Those would be the TVs for you.

The problem is that every manufacturer and every TV are different and use different specs, so make sure you check that the specific model you’re interested in buying that can survive the Phoenix head. You’re really pushing the limits of some sets. LEDs will likely be safe to use though.

But seriously, consider an A/C unit.

 

For more information tune in to Hour 1 of our podcast.

 

 


Mike GikasConsumer Reports with Carol Mangis

Vizio is primarily known for their affordably-priced LCD TV sets. But the company announced they would also be adding personal computers to their product lineup, including a 27-inch all-in-one desktop. Consumer Reports Associate Web Editor Carol Mangis shares how that model did in their lab tests.

 

 

 

 

The "Into Tomorrow" team discussed the latest apps that they have been playing with recently.


    • Tim in Pembroke Pines, FL recommends: Soundhound, FREE

     

    "I love Soundhound and how it gives the scolling song lyrics in real time by just turning your phone sideways. Also, I'm using Flixster a lot but it seems to crash way too much."


     

    • Rob recommends: Becoming Mr. President, FREE

     

    "It’s fun trivia game that tests your knowledge of America. I’ve been using this on my iPad. The game takes you on a journey through 10 cities around the US and tests your knowledge of each city: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Washington, Miami, Houston, Denver, Chicago and Portland. Every correct answer earns you virtual money to finance your very own American Presidential Campaign and have your shot at Becoming Mr. President. However, you need to earn at least $20 million US dollars. There’s a fun social aspect to it: If you don't know the answer, you can use the Hide One button or post the question on Twitter. If somebody replies to your tweet within 20 seconds of posting it, their tweet will be displayed on the screen." -- Rob

    Becoming Mr. President Screenshot
    Becoming Mr. President Screenshot


    • Chris recommends: Weird But True, $1.99

     

    "Weird But True presents each of the 300 facts in a fun, colorful, and interactive format that will keep kids entertained—and learning—for hours! And parents can rest easy knowing that each fact is age-appropriate and handpicked by a brand they know and trust: National Geographic Kids."

 

 

Guests in this hour:

 

Kevin Meagher, Vice President of Smart Home – Lowe’s

Want to make your smarter without it costing an arm and a leg? Kevin is with one of the largest home improvement stores that has entered this industry market.

 

 

 

 

Tim in Jefferson City, Missouri listening on KLIK 1240 asked: "I would like to know how you can get Windows 8 on your computer and how much does it cost?"

 

Windows 8 is actually probably the least expensive Windows to date. If you have Windows XP or a newer version, you can upgrade for $40.

How you upgrade actually determines what price you get, if you go to a store and buy a disc, you’ll end up paying about an extra $30 to upgrade. If you do that, just pop the disc in your drive, restart your computer and follow the prompts on screen, the installer itself will guide you through it and it won’t be much different than what you’d see if you were to install a program or game.

Your other option is to pay the $40 to get it online, you’d have it at almost half price, and can just download it and install it straight from Microsoft’s website, you’ll get the instructions right there.

The important thing that they might not tell you about is back up before you do anything. Operating systems are not programs, they’re the thing that run the programs, so if something goes wrong, you may lose data, and it may be very hard to recover, so back it up beforehand in case anything goes wrong.

 

For more information tune in to Hour 1 of our podcast.


Jaime in Tampa, Florida listens to the Podcast and asked: "What are your views on getting an extended warranty? Let's say you get a new phone and you want to get insurance on it. Is cell phone insurance a good idea?"

 

It depends on what your warranty covers and what you paid for your phone. Most warranties won't cover the stuff that actually breaks smartphones, cracked screens, water damage, those kind of issues. How often do you hear anyone complain that their phone stopped working after a few months before of a factory defect? If that's all the protection you're paying for, skip it.

If the warranty you're looking at covers some accidental damage, then it may be worth considering. It all depends on how much it costs and how likely it is that you'll use it.

Also, if you get a free phone and something happens to it, it's probably not as big a deal as if you paid $500 for a phone and something happened to it, so it all depends on how much having a free replacement is worth to you, and how likely it is that you'll be covered for what killed your phone and actually get that replacement.

 

For more information tune in to Hour 1 of our podcast.

 

 

HOUR 2:

Tech News & Commentary

 

Surface Tablet with Windows 8 RTSomething's brewing on the "Surface" ... Windows 8 has arrived!

After several months of waiting, Windows 8 has arrived. Microsoft has released 3 different versions of the new operating system: two for Intel-based PCs (Windows 8 & Windows 8 Pro) and Windows 8 RT for ARM-based tablets like the Microsoft Surface. Windows 8 upgrades are priced at just $39.99 (online download only) for anyone using an existing product. The offer is valid until January 31, 2013. After that, the OS will cost more. You can also buy a boxed version at a store for $69.99.

Microsoft announced a while back that certain users can snag Windows 8 for $14.99. This only applies to those who purchased a Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2013. If you're in that category of users, you can register for the offer here before Feb. 28, 2013. Microsoft will then send an email with a promotion code and purchase instructions.

With the release of Windows 8, new computers and tablets went on sale, including Microsoft's own "Surface with Windows RT". Unfortunately, consumers still have to wait a little longer for the Surface with Windows 8 Pro. The Surface with Windows RT starts at $499 and comes with 32GB of storage, a USB port, micro-SD card slot, and an integrated kickstand on the back. Keep in mind, as we have warned you on our show, Windows RT is not Windows. It's a MOBILE OS that runs a mobile versions. Runs a mobile version of Office, but that's it. If you want to run real Windows apps on a Surface tablet, you'll need to wait for the Surface PRO. However, the Surface RT is well-designed, fast, and nicely built.

Did you upgrade to Windows 8? Why or why not? What do you think so far? Join the conversation on our Facebook Page, or call us toll-free: 1-800-899-INTO (4686) or send us a voice message using our free "Into Tomorrow" app.

 

 

 

Benjamin in Raleigh, North Carolina listens on News Talk WPTF 680 AM and asked: "What do you think about the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 that's going to be released on Verizon? I think I want to get one of those."

 

Let’s start with the obvious: it’s huge! The Galaxy S3 has a big screen, the Galaxy Note 2 has a movie theater for a screen! Depending on your preference that can be great or terrible, the big screen gives you more room to take notes or read emails or do anything you’d do with your phone’s screen, it also makes it bigger, and less comfortable to hold and carry around in your pocket.

The phone is basically a big stretched out Galaxy S3 with a pen and some apps that use it, you get a similar user interface, a similar overall experience, it’s certainly a high end phone, it’s responsive, and if you like the big screen you should enjoy the phone.

The stylus is probably not super useful day to day, you can jot down notes, but you don’t have a lot of space to do it, even with the larger screen, and it’s not super comfortable. Some apps support the use of the Stylus, but it’s typically for stuff you can do with your fingers as well, so the stylus itself is probably not a huge selling point.

The phone is mostly about the roomy screen. It’s a powerful quad-core phone, an LTE phone, a Jelly Bean phone, a phone with a bright screen, all those things are great, but it has competitors in those areas. What’s unique about the phone is the big screen. The Galaxy Note 2 features a 5.5-inch SUPER AMOLED HD screen with a resolution of 1280-by-720 pixels. If you like it, you’ll get a good, modern phone with a roomy screen. If you don’t, you’ll get a good, modern phone that you’ll find uncomfortable to carry and hold.

 

For more information tune in to Hour 2 of our podcast.

 

 


This Week in Tech History Host: Chris Graveline

 

"This Week in Tech History" Weekly Feature with Chris Graveline

 

 

 


 

 

 


Facebook Participation:

We asked: "Windows 8 is here! Please share experience with us. Are you happy with it so far? Any horror stories to share? Or are you not planning to upgrade?"

 

Here are some of the responses we got:

 

John in New Jersey said: The big day was a big bust for me. First, there was no midnight opening. Then, there was supposed to be an 8am opening. I was at the store in Bridgewater, NJ at 4am and spoke with the employees who said the 8am opening was cancelled. I got to the store at 9:45, I was #34 in line. There was an Xbox that was given away. However, if you were not planning on buying the Surface RT (which I was not) there was no point in being there. An utter waste of time :( Instead of being a celebration of a new OS and new mentality it was simply a line to wait on to buy the Surface RT. I am waiting on the Surface Pro, not an easy wait and I still don't understand WHY they are putting 3 months between the two. If I had been buying the Surface RT I would have gotten ad-free access to Xbox Music. Oh, I was offered a bottle of water several times. Does this change my commitment to Windows 8 and the Surface? No. Do I feel jilted? Yes.

Mark replied with: I believe they have delayed delivering the Surface Pro because (1) the price on it will be a bit staggering -- I expect it to be more expensive than many Ultrabooks, and (2) the shortcomings of Windows RT will become immediately apparent when you compare it side-by-side with the Pro and Windows 8.

John later posted the following on our wall: “Living in a Windows 8 upgrade hell. I have never in my life had to call Microsoft for help, but installing Windows 8 has become such a trial I broke down and had to today. Has it helped?? Not so much yet.

 

Dale said: “No I am not planning to down grade my computer to windows 8. My windows 7 and Ubuntu are doing fine. Why are you calling it an upgrade? Windows 8 reminds me of Microsoft Bob. In fact. Windows 8 could be Bob 2.0.”

 

 

 

Ralph in Nashville, Tennessee listening on Super Talk WTN 99.7 FM asked: "I have a Kindle Fire and I have Internet in my house. I would like to take the Internet with me for the Kindle Fire. How do I go about doing that?"

 

If you're using a first generation Kindle Fire, you only have a WiFi option. Obviously, you’re not limited to using your Kindle Fire on your own WiFi network only, so if another network is available wherever you want to use it, you can just connect to it but assuming you want to use it somewhere without WiFi, you can look at either a MiFi device or, if you have a smartphone, at a wireless tethering plan for your phone, that would give your Kindle Fire the 3G or 4G connection it’s lacking.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use aircards designed for computers. WiFi tethering is pretty much your only option to add mobile broadband capabilities to your Kindle Fire.

Having your smartphone tethered to your tablet might be expensive or it might be included in what you already pay, so you should check with your wireless provider. For example, T-Mobile wasn’t charging for tethering, nor does Verizon if you have one of their new Share Everything plans.

 

For more information tune in to Hour 2 of our podcast.

 

Tom in Albuquerque, New Mexico listens to the podcast asked: "I have noticed that when I transferred my photos of the hot air balloon fiesta from my phone to my laptop they are all Upside down and it's turning into a pain to right side them up to see. Is this some kind of "special feature" of the iPhone or is there some kind of setting that needs to be slapped?"

 

You’re experiencing a known problem that came along with iOS 5. Apparently, if you take pictures or video using the volume key as your shutter, and the key is facing up the pictures and videos may import into windows upsde down. Either Apple is adding EXIF information to pictures in a strange way, or Microsoft is not always reading EXIF information the normal way. Nobody seems to be very clear on which one’s the case.

The fact that it happens with videos as well as pictures points to Apple though, since EXIF doesn’t really work with videos.
For now it seems like you have two options:

1) the easiest option, is to either shoot with the volume button facing down at the ground and either release the shutter with your left thumb, or by pressing the on-screen button, which will be on your right.

2) if you don’t mind making things a little harder, you can manually rotate the pictures and videos when you import them into Windows.

There’s an option 3 that is too drastic to mention seriously, but you could always stop using Windows, since it only happens in Windows, or an iPhone.

 

For more information tune in to Hour 2 of our podcast.

 

 

Guests in this hour:

 

Karl T. J. Volkman, Chief Technical Officer – SRV Network

Have you upgraded to Windows 8? Are you feeling a little lost or frustrated? Karl offers some helpful tips for us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product Spotlight Host: Rob Almanza

 

 

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT with Rob: 3M Projector Sleeve







3M Projector Sleeve- Product designed specifically for the iPhone. It’s a “dock-and-play” device.

- With this projector, you can display video or pictures on a wall, on the ceiling, on the side of a tent, on a car door, or … well, pretty much any surface. The screen size can go from 6-inches to as big as 60-inches diagonal with a resolution of 640 x 480.

- The sleeve is fairly thin and lightweight, so it can fit in your pocket or purse. And, you can still use the other phone functions while it’s in the sleeve.

- After you fully charge the Projector Sleeve using the provided USB cable, you dock your iPhone by simply sliding it in. Turn on the projector, adjust the focus using this dial on the side, and you’re ready for Instant Cinema!

- 3M says you can get up to 100 minutes of projection. That’s probably not enough time for a movie like "The Dark Knight Rises" which runs for 165 minutes. But, the projector still works if you plug it in to charge while in use.

- The sleeve can also charge your iPhone while it’s projecting.

- The 3M Projector Sleeve fits the iPhone 4 or 4S only and is available now for under $230. You can find it online at Amazon.com or buy it at Target stores.

- We hope they’ll release a version for the iPhone 5 in the near future – and maybe even for Android devices. We’ll keep you posted.

- If you don’t have an iPhone 4 or 4S to use this product, don’t worry. 3M has other mobile projectors you may be able to use with your device.

 

 

 

Willy in Columbia, Missouri listening Online asked: "I have a Macbook Pro and I just recently upgraded my software to the Mountain Lion. I was running Parallels on there so that I can run my Windows 7 program as well. it was working well until I downloaded Mountain Lion. Wondering if you guys know anything about the conflicts there because I'm getting the message that my Parallel is now dysfunctional. It's pretty strange that Apple doesn't give you that information before you purchase those products."

 

Actually, Parallels released the information a while back. For Parallels to work under Mountain Lion, it has to be updated to version 7.0.15104, that long version number was released before Mountain Lion so that users wouldn't suffer any disruptions. You can still download the file, we'll link you to the download from this week's show notes.

You usually won't get notices about issues like these from the makers of the OS, you'll get them from the individual software makers simply because there are thousands of programs that will run on a given OS, and the company that puts it out can't test them all, instead they distribute early betas of the operating system so that companies can test their own software and adjust it.

You should know that if you download this file, running the installer will re-install Parallels, but it will not affect your virtual machines, so everything should still be there after the installation finishes, even if your computer says it's reinstalling Parallels.

If you want to be extra sure, just copy and paste the virtual machine to another directory and keep the copy until you've verified that your old virtual machine still works.

For more information tune in to Hour 2 of our podcast.

 

HOUR 3:

Tech News & Commentary


Greg in Dacatur, Illinois listening on News Talk WSOY 1340 AM asked: "Does HP make good computers for college applications?"

 

Unless you’re buying a Lenovo, Toshiba, Samsung, Apple or Asus, you can’t beat HP for reliability!
HP scored slightly below the halfway point on the latest reliability surveys we’ve seen, so you’re not looking at a super reliable brand, but you’re also not looking at an “oh my god! don’t buy that!” brand.

If the price is reasonable enough, they’re probably a safe enough brand to consider. The truth is that for the most part, expensive computers outlive cheap computers, so if you buy a relatively expensive HP it may outlive a cheap Lenovo, the reliability rankings give you a general idea that if you buy a Lenovo, it’s more likely to last you longer or break down less than a comparatively priced Dell, but if the specs and the price are good enough, you can probably still look at an HP, halfway down the list and consider it a safe enough purchase...

Just keep in mind that, for a similar price, surveys say that Lenovo, Toshiba, Samsung, Apple and Asus machines will probably encounter fewer issues.


For more information, tune in to Hour 3 of our podcast.

 


Into Gaming Update Host: Mark Lautenschlager



"Into
Gaming Update” Weekly Feature with Mark Lautenschlager

 

 

 


 

 

Eddie in Akron, Ohio listens to the Podcast asked: "I know there's a scanner called Neat that does receipts and documents. But it doesn't do it directly to an SD card. I'm looking for something that will scan directly to an SD card."

 

You can try ION Docuscan. It’s a portable scanner with an SD Card reader built-in that can scan with or without a computer present. You can find Docuscan online for $70, which makes it the cheapest option we’ve found.

You can also look at the Doxie Go. It’s small and portable, but you’ll be paying at least twice as much as you’d pay for the ION Docuscan.

The SkyPix Portable Handheld Scanner, unlike the other two, is handheld and you will have to move it over what you want to scan. It’s about as expensive as the Docuscan, between $150 and $200 depending on where you buy it.

The Pandigital Personal Photo Scanner comes with a 1GB SD Card, like the others it will work without a computer, and it costs around $150, much like the others.

Now...why MUST it be an SD card? There are scanners and multifunction printers that will scan and store the image on a USB flash drive. And why must it be directly to the SD card? Any scanner attached to a computer can give you images, which you can then copy to an SD card using an extremely inexpensive USB-to-SD card adapter. What we’re suggesting is that you examine what is truly impossible to do without, and what might be good for a workaround, to increase your options and save you some money.


For more information, tune in to Hour 3 of our podcast.

 

Luis in Miami Lakes, Florida listening online asked: "I am a huge fan of music, and over the years I have amassed a huge collection (over 3000 CD's). My wife and I started the painstaking task of uploading all of our music onto our hard drive, and archiving the collection. Do you know of any hardware/software interface that could help us in speeding this process up with out manually having to archive it ourselves. Not a big iTunes fan either, and was really looking for a way to do the transfer "in bulk", with the ability to arrange it later."

 

There are options available to automate the process, but you won't want to use them. Ripstation, for example has a "cheap" consumer version that will automatically grab your CDs from a pile, put them in the drive, and rip them, but they're version of "cheap" is $1400.

The rest of the automated options are about as expensive, and they even go higher than that, they're clearly meant for professional operations. There are also services that will take your CDs and rip them for you, but the cost of shipping 3000 CDs alone will make that extremely expensive for you, and the services are not cheap either, you're talking about more than a dollar per CD.

To be honest, your best bet might be either to pay a couple of high school kids to start putting a dent on your collection, or to just do the ones you listen to the most, and the rip the other ones as needed, at least you'll slowly go through them and it won't be a horribly repetitive task that will never seem to end.


For more information, tune in to Hour 3 of our podcast.

 

 

Guests in this hour:

 

Nick Huzar, Founder and CEO – OfferUp

Whether it’s to get rid of a stroller, toys, sporting equipment, or clothing, sellers can use OfferUp's iPhone mobile app to snap a picture and post a gently-used item for sale in under one minute.

 

 

 

 

 


IFA History Feature

"IFA History Feature” brought to you by Messe-Berlin

When the DVD was introduced mid 90s it was first used for data storage, as its capacity was five times higher than that of a CD. In 1997 the first DVD burners for PCs came to the market, followed by the first consumer DVD players which had their world premiere at the International Funkausstellung in 1997, known worldwide as IFA. Movie content was protected by regional codes and copy protection and the quality was perfect even in multiple copies.


 

Jason in Niles, Michigan listening on 94.9 WSJM asked: "I was thinking of upgrading to a rugged smartphone. Wondering what was out there. I currently have AT&T but am willing to switch."

 

On AT&T you can look at the Rugby Smart. It’s an Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) smart phone with a super AMOLED screen, and AT&T’s “4G” speeds (of course NOT much LTE), and a 5 megapixel camera. And, it’s built to military specifications to make it resistant to shocks, dust, vibration and water up to 1m for 30 minutes.

T-Mobile has the Motorola Defy. The Defy is very similar to the Rugby Smart in general -- waterproof, shockproof, 5MP camera, Android OS. We haven’t tried it ourselves, but we have read that it’s a little sluggish.

You might also want to look into rugged cases for your current smart phone. For instance,LIFEPROOF makes a case for the iPhone, which is water, snow, dirt, and shock proof. These types of cases might also be a good option if the phone you like isn’t rugged.

If you are a Verizon Wireless user, the rugged smartphone of choice would be the Casio G’zOne. It is "military certified" for hard environments, which means it’s wrapped in a hard rubber case and is impervious to things like sand and water, although I wouldn’t want to immerse it too deeply. It has a $199 list price, Verizon sells it for $99 with a contract, but if you shop online you can find it for some great prices. Especially since you would be switching to Verizon to get it, you could buy it from the Amazon wireless store, assuming you signed up for the contract through them, for just one penny.


For more information, tune in to Hour 3 of our podcast.

 

Gladys in Rochester, New York listens and calling via the iPhone App asked: "I was wondering if you had any recommendations for speaker docks for the iPhone."

 

Depending on your price range you have lots of options. On the high end, Bose, for example, has some very nice sounding docks, but they cost as much as $600, and even their cheapest models don't drop below $250. Bang & Olufsen has models for as much as $1000.

If you're looking for less-expensive prices, for $150 you can buy portable Logitech speakers with a rechargeable 10-hour battery, or you can even go down to about $45 for stationary Altec Lansing speakers.

You can also look at Philips Fidelio for iPhone, we've only tested the Android version, but it sounds good and we would expect the iPhone version to sound good too. Mark bought the Logitech S715i for his wife’s iPhone 4S and tells us it sounds brilliant. It was under $100, but we’ll give you two warnings. First, you can’t dock an iPhone with a case or bumper IF that case or bumper is too thick. He had to order a special “ultra thin” case for her iPhone 4S and then it worked fine. Second, the Logitech S715i has rechargeable batteries, but as soon as you unplug it and run on portable power, the sound quality decreases. It doesn’t seem to run as much bass, perhaps to save power drain. But it does charge the iPhone while it’s docked, it does sound great--at least plugged in, and it has a useful remote control. It’s also well supported by the iPhone, just dock and go, no separate apps to download.


For more information, tune in to Hour 3 of our podcast.

 

 

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Magix: Copies of Music Maker 2013 – Create your own tunes! Even beginners can easily create music.

Microsoft: Copies of Microsoft Streets & Trips 2013 Software

Steve Nicholls: Copies of his book "Social Media in Business – Succeeding in the New Internet Revolution” – A guide to the understanding of social media’s business value.

 

 

 

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