[Apple] New iPhone 5 Unveiled

September 12, 2012  |  Apple, iPhone, New Products

The September 12 Apple Event has finally concluded and with it the anticipation and speculation regarding the latest iPhone (iPhone 5) has ended because we finally laid a glimpse on the latest designs.

Granted that nothing has changed from what was previously leaked but now you have a full understanding as to what you can expect from it.  I will give you a summary of the new features unveiled and later on talk about the other products which were updated.

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[Funny] An Apple iPhone 5 Parody

September 12, 2012  |  Apple, Fun

The day has arrived, the one we’ve all been waiting for! Apple will unveil its latest in the next iPhone design at around 8PM KWT time and I for one can’t wait but luckily for you I have something to help you bide by the time.

A friend of mine shared this video with me and I thought what better way to celebrate today than to enjoy it.

“You thought if Tupac could come back from the dead STEVE JOBS couldn’t figure it out? Please!”

“iFhone 5, I’m Mac-Daddy, dead or alive! So just buy, and don’t ask why.. You know you’re gonna get an-iFhone 5″

Thanks 3baid!

[Review] Snaprint: You Snap, We Print

September 11, 2012  |  Reviews

A while back I was given a sneak peak at a cool new website which is supposed to launch sometime during this next week called “Snaprint” it basically allows you to print the pictures that you snapped on either canvas or polaroids.  There is a tool that allows you to connect to your Instagram library so you can select photos from there or upload your own.

Using the website, creating an account, selecting the type of canvas or the number of polaroids was very simple and easy to do.  And if you ever feel lost you have Snappy right there in the sidebar showing you a description of how to do things.  I proceeded to select my canvas, I chose to go with an image I created on my computer (the higher the pixels and size of the picture the clearer it gets) and chose a couple of my Instagram shots to be printed as polaroids.

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The Green-Eyed Monster Exists

September 9, 2012  |  Deep Thoughts, Random

If you ever needed proof that the Green-Eyed Monster exists then just turn to the left or right of your shoulder and you will be able to spot one sitting there just staring and trying to kill you with their daggar-like stares.  The Green-Eyed Monster in this story happens to be the person who is simply jealous from what you own, who you are, and what you can be.  I have fought long and hard with myself before attempting to write this post but thought that enough is enough.  I am seeing this monster surface its head quite frequently and I always seem to be without my sword to chop its head off.

There is a saying I remember hearing in one of this seasons episodes of “Suits” by Jessica Pearson which states:

It is so much easier to criticize someone else than it is to acknowledge your own shortcomings.

Everyone around me has deemed it the perfect time to put on their critic hat and criticize everyone and anyone simply because that person does not adhere to their own mold of what a person should or shouldn’t be.  I am seeing blogs appearing to criticize others on different subjects, while there are some subjects worth criticizing there are some that should not be put on the chopping block simply because “it is none of your business.” Any topic that borders on a person’s livelihood or income should not come into discussion simply because you will never have the full facts not to mention it is simply none of your business of how much this person makes doing whatever they do.  You know how they tell you “never tell a friend/family member how much you make at your job” well it’s there for a reason.  Each and every person has a different skill set, educational qualifications, you come from a different background, your negotiating skills are different so a company would not necessarily pay you the same as any other person just because they have to give everyone an equal amount of cash.  What each person should say is “Thank God” or “El Hemdellah” for this gift from God because this is what is allowing you to survive and continue living.

I do not see people thanking God for anything anymore, all I hear is “Oh my God, this person is getting paid to do nothing” and “This person thinks they’re the shit because they studied at XYZ” and “Yeah this person is saying this because he/she has a hidden agenda” not to mention “Oh of course they are all in cahoots together, it’s because they are of the same nationality/mindset”.  When will we all grow up and start seeing people as individuals and treat them with respect rather than being prejudice and racist to a certain nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and the what not.

It’s truly shameful that we are sitting there counting the eggs of others not knowing that the person might not end up with 10 fully hatched eggs.  Not knowing that a person might be in dire need of those eggs, or simply not even knowing that by the amount of hours we spend criticizing, judging, talking about others that we are losing bits and pieces of ourselves, our sanity, and so much more.

I might have not made any sense here but I kind of understand what I am getting at in my head.  If I understand it then anyone can, and probably should.  Don’t look at your friend, sibling, parent and think “Why don’t I have that?” “Why can’t I make that amount of cash?” “Why can’t I get the latest gadget/bag/dress?” instead say “Thank God for what I have and my good health” and think of a way to get what you want without eyeing what others have.   If you saved your cash you would be able to get whatever you want, if you managed your time you could study whatever you want and so much more.

We are all guilty of this, I am guilty myself but I am learning to be grateful because the moment you are grateful God will reward you with so much more.  In the words of Rissa S. Kawpeng:

Instead of focusing on what others have that I don’t, I thank God for what I do have. And before I know it, I forget what I’m envious about because I’m drowning in a sea of blessings.

And remember constructive criticism can help a person but only if it is delivered respectably supported with proof; name calling and being rude doesn’t help with sending the message that you want to send.

Peace.

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[Amazon] 2012 Kindle Family Unveiled

September 7, 2012  |  Kindle, New Products, Techie

The day has arrived which most book-lovers (or in this case e-Book lovers) have been waiting for! The day Amazon unveiled their latest lineup for their Kindle reader family.  We noticed the launch of 6 different Kindle devices and each had a special something which set it apart from the rest.  If you were following me on Twitter earlier this evening you might have noticed me flooding you with constant tweets about the happenings of the event, for once there wasn’t a flood of updates from other users who wanted to join in on a “habba” maybe it’s because the Kindle is not insanely popular in this region or maybe because we don’t have a lot of readeres here!

Anyways Jeff Bezos, Founder & CEO of Amazon took the stage today and unveiled what they’ve been working on these past few months something which left me craving new e-Book readers and finding a way to justify my acquiring them.  We were finally given a glimpse at the Kindle Paperwhite which is Amazon’s way of firing back at Barnes & Noble’s Nook; then an updated regular Kindle which saw a 10$ price cut; an updated Kindle Fire, and the unveiling of the Kindle Fire HD 7″ and 8.9″ models.  Both the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD come in Wifi Only and 3G models. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

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A Letter to My Older Self

September 4, 2012  |  My Life

Dear Older Me,

It’s funny how life has changed you into another person, into a better person. In my opinion, I see you as wiser, more stable version of me with less anger management issues and definitely a person who waits to react. I remember the good ol’ days when you would immediately get angry or happy/excited about something and do something you would either later regret or be proud of, of course there is nothing wrong with being proud of something.

Older me, nothing seems to phase you now. You take things with a grain of salt, you laugh off criticism and you definitely don’t let it bother you. Yes you may resent people, or things that were done but then you let bygones be bygones. I like this in you.

It means you have grown up, matured, or maybe you’re on some good stuff that makes you all mellow all the time. I blame that on watching endless hours of “Weeds”.

One thing I do miss seing however is the carefree person whom you used to be, you are more of a quiet person lately, keeping your thoughts and ideas to yourself and sharing them with a handful of people but that’s good. It gives you a higher chance of not having to deal with back-stabbers and idiots. But you were really fun back then, I mean you could laugh your head off at things that I just don’t see you doing anymore.

Graduating, working, having responsibilities does that to a person I guess, but oh well, you’ve done quite good for yourself and I’m proud of that. I am proud of who you have become, of what you have learned, and how you have applied it to life. Life is only as good as you make it out to be, life isn’t the bad thing out there. In fact, our decisions, actions, and everything else we do are what shapes up life and makes it a good or bad thing. So live life to the fullest, laugh and cry, be grateful for everything and thank God everyday you get to wake up and see a sunrise, because you do matter in this world.

Sincerely,
Younger Me

 

P.S. Remember that saving a bit of cash goes a long way into grabbing that latest new gadget, which I know you’re dying to get your hands on.

What’s Happening in Technology September

September 3, 2012  |  Apple, Techie

So September has finally graced upon us and we have only a quarter part of the year to go, wait did that make sense? Bah well we’ve got only 4 months left until 2012 is officially over and September/October has been dubbed the new iPhone time! (woot woot!) I organized the upcoming technology press conferences into a tiny schedule aimed at reminding me more than anything to keep an eye out for a new child to adopt.

Things I am insanely looking forward to acquiring by the end of this year, the new iPhone (yes it will be called that so get over it!), the new iPad mini (not sure about the name), and possibly a new Kindle if it is insanely sexy and enticing the rest well is not just for me.

Upcoming events are:

  • Berlin IFA: Consumer Electronics Show: Aug 31 – Sept 5
  • Nokia/Windows 8 Press Conference: Sept 5
  • Motorola Press Conference: Sept 5
  • Amazon Press Conference: Sept 6
  • Apple Press Conference: Sept 12

What are you looking forward to? Tell me tell me!  Oh and my Steve Jobs doll should be here in time before the Apple Press Conference (Booooh Yaaaaaa!)