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Lenten Promises

Lent is absolutely one of my favorite liturgical seasons in the Catholic Church.  It’s a time for prayer and reflection, opening our eyes to our own lives as well as the wider community in the world.

I remember as a child I would always “give something up”… such as chocolate or candy etc.  This worked well back then, and the overall message began to sink in.  In recent years I have continued to give up something small, but I have coupled that with doing something extra.  I have gone to daily mass once a week, or reflected and journaled daily.  I like this because these activities provide an opportunity to awareness and conscious thought… what I see as the perfect need at this point in my life.

It has taken me a while to figure out, but I finally know what I am giving up and doing extra.  The overall goal is to have that sacrifice while also becoming more in tune with my faith and the world.

I don’t really want to say what I am giving up/doing just yet (mainly because I hate it when people “police” other people’s Lenten promises, haha).  But I promise to stick to it, and I’ll give you a full update in 47 days 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Life, The World, Thoughts

 

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2012 Update

The past month and a half of 2012 has been interesting, different, challenging, rewarding, and a whole slew of other adjectives.  I recently started my job and have been working like crazy and fully experiencing my first tax season.  To say that this transition has been difficult.  I’ve found it hard to find a way to maintain my own personal sanity and happiness in the midst of trying to be a hard worker and strong performer.  I have realized two important lessons in this time though:

Firstly, when starting any new endeavor it is almost necessary to rid our minds of any expectations.  When we go into something expecting the environment, people, experience, or any aspect to be a certain way, we are almost certainly setting ourselves up for disappointment.  It is much easier to live in the moment and take in the graces of each new passing day.  I’ve seen this ring true in my newest role.  I went into this job expecting to be a certain way and felt a little let down at first because so many things were not as I had hoped.  However, after realizing my own mindset was causing a lot of my unhappiness, I tried to get rid of what I pictured the “ideal” to be, and instead simply find the graces in my day.  This has led to a much happier sense of self.

Secondly, no matter what anyone says… Live YOUR life.  I have always been a “people pleaser”.  I try to do things that make other people happy.  I try to fit in because I hate being left out.  I’m slowly realizing, however, that I need to live my own life in order to be happy.  I can’t live my days trying to fit in to a certain group, or do something a certain way.  As long as “my way” isn’t resulting in destructive behavior, I thoroughly intend to do whatever makes me happy.  (Easier said than done… especially for all of us Type A Personalities”).

I’m starting to find my stride in this new job and am remembering these two points every day.

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Life, Thoughts

 

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Out with the Old, In with the New

Happy New Year’s Eve to all!

I can’t believe another year is coming to a close.  2011 has been filled with a few challenges, but even more blessings.  I am so grateful to have gotten to experience it all, and to learn a new lesson with each passing day.  I am so blessed to have awesome family, friends, and communities of people so close to me.  I am leaving 2011 as a new woman.  I have grown in my ability to understand and live a life of patience, trust, love, optimism, understanding, and faith.  I know that there are many twists and turns in my road ahead, but I know that no matter what 2012 and beyond brings, I can carry the lessons of 2011 as a guide.

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.  ~Hal Borland

So cheers to the future, to the unknown, to this adventure we call life. 🙂

See you in 2012

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2011 in Life, The World, Thoughts

 

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Exciting New Project

The past few months have been absolute chaos… in a good way!  I’ve moved into my big girl apartment in Downtown Los Angeles.  I’m getting ready to start my job at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  I’ve almost finished my second Undergraduate Degree.  I’m so much more aware of myself and my surroundings and have loved this new outlook on life and everything it has to offer.

In the process of moving I came across my college journals.  I put these on my bookshelf, not really thinking anything other than I was glad to have pulled them out of the box.  A little while later I was reading, reflecting, and journaling on the current books I am reading.  One of them is a book filled with 50 Life Lessons.  I was absolutely loving reading this book and decided I want to try to write a book similar to it.

I’m not an exceptional righter (just kidding… writer), but that is the beauty of this type of book.  It is ideal for the rational logical brain.  It does not require a lot of creativity, but rather an insightful look at the various successes and challenges that life presents.  I don’t have the imagination or creativity to create characters or a plot to write a book/movie/play, but I do have the ability to process the ups and downs in life.  This is similar to my approach to journaling.  The writing doesn’t flow like a novel, but I have come to learn a lot of “little lessons” from the things I have read, written, and discussed and would love the opportunity to put all of these ideas together into a book form.

I’ve decided to make this book my goal for 2012… look at me getting my Resolutions decided early.  I’m going to use this last month in 2011 to brainstorm ideas for the lessons and then I will be writing a way in the new year.

If you have any suggestions on how to write a book… please let me know, haha!

Also, if you have topic ideas please let me know.  Think about your own life.  The moments of success.  The challenges.  And everything in between.  I have had many experiences in my life, but by no means have I seen or done it all… so I can really use your help here. 🙂

I have never taken on a project like this, but I am really excited to begin and can’t wait to share it with you.

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in Lesson Book, Life, Thoughts

 

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Remembering Steve Jobs

 

Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone, has died. He was 56.

Apple announced his death without giving a specific cause.

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” the company said in a brief statement.

“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve”

Jobs had battled cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health problems. He took another leave of absence in January — his third since his health problems began — before resigning as CEO six weeks ago. Jobs became Apple’s chairman and handed the CEO job over to his hand-picked successor, Tim Cook.

The news Apple fans and shareholders had been dreading came the day after Apple unveiled its latest version of the iPhone, just one in a procession of devices that shaped technology and society while Jobs was running the company.

Jobs started Apple with a high school friend in a Silicon Valley garage in 1976, was forced out a decade later and returned in 1997 to rescue the company. During his second stint, it grew into the most valuable technology company in the world with a market value of $351 billion. Only Exxon Mobil, which makes it money extracting and refining oil instead of ideas, is worth more.

Cultivating Apple’s countercultural sensibility and a minimalist design ethic, Jobs rolled out one sensational product after another, even in the face of the late-2000s recession and his own failing health.

He helped change computers from a geeky hobbyist’s obsession to a necessity of modern life at work and home, and in the process he upended not just personal technology but the cellphone and music industries. For transformation of American industry, he ranks among his computer-age contemporary, Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates and other creative geniuses such as Walt Disney that left an indelible imprint on the world. Jobs died as Walt Disney Co.’s largest shareholder, a by-product of his decision to sell computer animation studio Pixar in 2006.

Perhaps most influentially, Jobs in 2001 launched the iPod, which offered “1,000 songs in your pocket.” Over the next 10 years, its white earphones and thumb-dial control seemed to become more ubiquitous than the wristwatch.

In 2007 came the touch-screen iPhone, joined a year later by Apple’s App Store, where developers could sell iPhone “apps” which made the phone a device not just for making calls but also for managing money, editing photos, playing games and social networking. And in 2010, Jobs introduced the iPad, a tablet-sized, all-touch computer that took off even though market analysts said no one really needed one.

Steven Paul Jobs was born Feb. 24, 1955, to Joanne Simpson, then an unmarried graduate student, and Abdulfattah Jandali, a student from Syria. Simpson gave Jobs up for adoption, though she married Jandali and a few years later had a second child with him, Mona Simpson, who became a novelist.

Steven was adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs of Los Altos, Calif., a working-class couple who nurtured his early interest in electronics. He saw his first computer terminal at NASA’s Ames Research Center when he was around 11 and landed a summer job at Hewlett-Packard before he had finished high school.

Jobs enrolled in Reed College in Portland, Ore., in 1972 but dropped out after a semester.

“All of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it,” he said at a Stanford University commencement address in 2005. “I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out.”

When he returned to California in 1974, Jobs worked for video game maker Atari and attended meetings of the Homebrew Computer Club with Steve Wozniak, a high school friend who was a few years older.

Wozniak’s homemade computer drew attention from other enthusiasts, but Jobs saw its potential far beyond the geeky hobbyists of the time. The pair started Apple in Jobs’ parents’ garage in 1976. Their first creation was the Apple I — essentially, the guts of a computer without a case, keyboard or monitor.

The Apple II, which hit the market in 1977, was their first machine for the masses. It became so popular that Jobs was worth $100 million by age 25. Time magazine put him on its cover for the first time in 1982.

During a 1979 visit to the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Jobs again spotted mass potential in a niche invention: a computer that allowed people to access files and control programs with the click of a mouse, not typed commands. He returned to Apple and ordered the team to copy what he had seen.

It foreshadowed a propensity to take other people’s concepts, improve on them and spin them into wildly successful products. Under Jobs, Apple didn’t invent computers, digital music players or smartphones — it reinvented them for people who didn’t want to learn computer programming or negotiate the technical hassles of keeping their gadgets working.

“We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas,” Jobs said in an interview for the 1996 PBS series “Triumph of the Nerds.”

The engineers responded with two computers. The pricier one, called Lisa, launched to a cool reception in 1983. A less-expensive model called the Macintosh, named for an employee’s favorite apple, exploded onto the scene in 1984.

The Mac was heralded by an epic Super Bowl commercial that referenced George Orwell’s “1984” and captured Apple’s iconoclastic style. In the ad, expressionless drones marched through dark halls to an auditorium where a Big Brother-like figure lectures on a big screen. A woman in a bright track uniform burst into the hall and launched a hammer into the screen, which exploded, stunning the drones, as a narrator announced the arrival of the Mac.

There were early stumbles at Apple. Jobs clashed with colleagues and even the CEO he had hired away from Pepsi, John Sculley. And after an initial spike, Mac sales slowed, in part because few programs had been written for the new graphical user interface .

Meanwhile, Microsoft copied the Mac approach and introduced Windows, outmaneuvering Apple by licensing its software to slews of computer makers while Apple insisted on making its own machines.

Software developers wrote programs first for Windows because it had millions more computers . A Mac version didn’t come for months, if at all.

With Apple’s stock price sinking, conflicts between Jobs and Sculley mounted. Sculley won over the board in 1985 and pushed Jobs out of his day-to-day role leading the Macintosh team. Jobs resigned his post as chairman of the board and left Apple within months.

“What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating,” Jobs said in his Stanford speech. “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”

He got into two other companies: Next, a computer maker, and Pixar, a computer-animation studio that he bought from George Lucas for $10 million.

Pixar, ultimately the more successful venture, seemed at first a bottomless money pit. Then came “Toy Story,” the first computer-animated full-length feature. Jobs used its success to negotiate a sweeter deal with Disney for Pixar’s next two films. In 2006, Jobs sold Pixar to The Walt Disney Co. for $7.4 billion in stock, making him Disney’s largest individual shareholder and securing a seat on the board.

With Next, Jobs was said to be obsessive about the tiniest details of the cube-shaped computer, insisting on design perfection even for the machine’s guts. He never managed to spark much demand for the machine, which cost a pricey $6,500 to $10,000.

Ultimately, he shifted the focus to software — a move that paid off later when Apple bought Next for its operating system technology, the basis for the software still used in Mac computers.

By 1996, when Apple bought Next, Apple was in dire financial straits. It had lost more than $800 million in a year, dragged its heels in licensing Mac software for other computers and surrendered most of its market share to PCs that ran Windows.

Larry Ellison, Jobs’ close friend and fellow Silicon Valley billionaire and the leader of Oracle Corp., publicly contemplated buying Apple in early 1997 and ousting its leadership. The idea fizzled, but Jobs stepped in as interim chief later that year.

He slashed unprofitable projects, narrowed the company’s focus and presided over a new marketing push to set the Mac apart from Windows, starting with a campaign encouraging computer users to “Think different.”

“In the early days, he was in charge of every detail. The only way you could say it is, he was kind of a control freak,” he said. In his second stint, “he clearly was much more mellow and more mature.”

In the decade that followed, Jobs kept Apple profitable while pushing out an impressive roster of new products.

Apple’s popularity exploded in the 2000s. The iPod, smaller and sleeker with each generation, introduced many lifelong Windows users to their first Apple gadget.

ITunes, in 20XX, gave people a convenient way to buy music legally online, song by song. For the music industry, it was a mixed blessing. The industry got a way to reach Internet-savvy people who, in the age of Napster, were growing accustomed to downloading music free. But online sales also hastened the demise of CDs and established Apple as a gatekeeper, resulting in battles between Jobs and music executives over pricing and other issues.

Jobs’ command over gadget lovers and pop culture swelled to the point that, on the eve of the iPhone’s launch in 2007, faithful followers slept on sidewalks outside posh Apple stores for the chance to buy one. Three years later, at the iPad’s debut, the lines snaked around blocks and out through parking lots, even though people had the option to order one in advance.

The decade was not without its glitches. Apple was swept up in a Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry into stock-options backdating in the mid-2000s, a practice that artificially boosted the value of options grants. But Jobs and Apple emerged unscathed after two former executives took the fall and eventually settled with the SEC.

Jobs’ personal ethos — a natural food lover who embraced Buddhism and New Age philosophy — was closely linked to the public persona he shaped for Apple. Apple itself became a statement against the commoditization of technology — a cynical view, to be sure, from a company whose computers can cost three or more times as much as those of its rivals.

For technology lovers, buying Apple products meant gaining entrance to an exclusive club. At the top was a complicated and contradictory figure who was endlessly fascinating — even to his detractors, of which Jobs had many. Jobs was a hero to techno-geeks and a villain to partners he bullied and to workers whose projects he unceremoniously killed or claimed as his own.

Unauthorized biographer Alan Deutschman described him as “deeply moody and maddeningly erratic.” In his personal life, Jobs denied for two years that he was the father of Lisa, the baby born to his longtime girlfriend Chrisann Brennan in 1978.

Few seemed immune to Jobs’ charisma and will. He could adeptly convince those in his presence of just about anything — even if they disagreed again when he left the room and his magic wore off.

“He always has an aura around his persona,” said Bajarin, who met Jobs several times while covering the company for more than 20 years as a Creative Strategies analyst. “When you talk to him, you know you’re really talking to a brilliant mind.”

But Bajarin also remembers Jobs lashing out with profanity at an employee who interrupted their meeting. Jobs, the perfectionist, demanded greatness from everyone at Apple.

Jobs valued his privacy, but some details of his romantic and family life have been uncovered. In the early 1980s, Jobs dated the folk singer Joan Baez, according to Deutschman.

In 1989, Jobs spoke at Stanford’s graduate business school and met his wife, Laurene Powell, who was then a student. When she became pregnant, Jobs at first refused to marry her. It was a near-repeat of what had happened more than a decade earlier with then-girlfriend Brennan, Deutschman said, but eventually Jobs relented.

Jobs started looking for his biological family in his teens, according to an interview he gave to The New York Times in 1997. He found his biological sister when he was 27. They became friends, and through her Jobs met his biological mother. Few details of their relationships have been made public.

But the extent of Apple secrecy didn’t become clear until Jobs revealed in 2004 that he had been diagonosed with — and “cured” of — a rare form of operable pancreatic cancer called an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor. The company had sat on the news of his diagnosis for nine months while Jobs tried trumping the disease with a special diet, Fortune magazine reported in 2008.

In the years after his cancer was revealed, rumors about Jobs’ health would spark runs on Apple stock as investors worried the company, with no clear succession plan, would fall apart without him. Apple did little to ease those concerns. It kept the state of Jobs’ health a secret for as long as it could, then disclosed vague details when, in early 2009, it became clear he was again ill.

Jobs took a half-year medical leave of absence starting in January 2009, during which he had a liver transplant. Apple did not disclose the procedure at the time; two months later, The Wall Street Journal reported the fact and a doctor at the transplant hospital confirmed it.

In January 2011, Jobs announced another medical leave, his third, with no set duration. He returned to the spotlight briefly in March to personally unveil a second-generation iPad .

In 2005, following the bout with cancer, Jobs delivered Stanford University’s commencement speech.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life,” he said. “Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”

By JORDAN ROBERTSON AP Technology Writer
CUPERTINO, Calif. October 6, 2011 (AP)
 
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Posted by on October 5, 2011 in Life, The World

 

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What’s Up Next

So today Apple released the announcement regarding what is next in the apple world.  And more importantly (well in my opinion at least), what is next regarding the iPhone.  Take a look:

From site: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-20115364-233/iphone-4s-first-take/?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=News-Apple

As expected, Apple introduced the iPhone 4S today. The news was underwhelming and disappointing to many who were also expecting an iPhone 5. There’s also the fact that the iPhone 4S looks almost identical to the iPhone 4. However, there’s more than meets the eye, as Apple made a number of changes under the hood to improve on performance, including a faster processor, a more advanced camera, and a new antenna design. In addition, Apple expanded its family to include Sprint and a 64GB model (finally!).

Offering more choice will certainly help Apple’s cause, but is there enough to persuade iPhone 4 owners to upgrade? Read on for more about the iPhone 4S and our first impressions and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Processor and battery life
The iPhone 4S features Apple’s A5 dual-core 1GHz processor along with a dual-core GPU. Apple says the new chipset will make the iPhone 4S twice as fast and offer graphics performance that is seven times faster than the iPhone 4’s. Despite the more powerful processor, the company claims the smartphone will be able to provide 8 hours of talk time over 3G, 14 hours over 2G, 6 hours of browsing over 3G, 9 hours via Wi-Fi, 10 hours of video playback, and 40 hours of music playback.

The performance upgrades are indeed welcome. We’re never ones to pass up more speed in a mobile device, and if Apple can make that happen without hampering battery life, then all the better. The promised times are impressive, but manufacturer promises can be just that. Though the Samsung Epic Touch 4G andMotorola Droid Bionic had rated talk times of 8 hours and 10.8 hours, respectively, they actually lasted a less stellar 7 hours each in CNET’s lab tests.

During our brief demonstration of the iPhone 4S, the handset did operate smoothly and speedily. We weren’t able to test it against the iPhone 4 in a side-by-side comparison to notice exactly how much of a boost the new A5 chip offers, but a change for the better is definitely there.

Siri
The feature that Apple touted most during the event was the new voice assistant called Siri. It doesn’t completely replace the current Voice Control feature, but it certainly does a whole lot more. Basically, Siri is designed to deliver information or follow commands that you give it. For example, you can check the weather, ask for a contact’s address, set up a reminder, get directions, and ask for obscure trivia like the height of Mount Everest. You speak with a robotic female voice (you can’t change her identity) and access the feature by holding down the Home button.

We used it a few minutes and asked for, among other things, the next day’s weather, the mileage between Cupertino, Calif., and Seattle, a reminder to book air tickets to Chicago, and information about the capital of Canada. It responded to most of our questions and commands quickly, but it flaked on finding that Ottawa is the capital of our neighbors to the north (according to Siri, she “didn’t have enough information”). We’re not sure why that was a problem for her; Siri uses Wikipedia to check facts, and we know that Wikipedia has an article on Ottawa.

Despite the omission, it’s a fun and useful feature that we imagine many people will like. The challenge for Apple will be to fully integrate hands-free technology. You will be able to activate Siri with a Bluetooth headset (no word on if you can do it with a wired headset), but we understand that car integration is “coming.” Given the abundance of hands-free driving laws, Apple will need to make Siri fully accessible to drivers while they keep both hands on the wheel. Siri will be in beta mode when it launches and will support English, French, and German. More languages will come later.

Camera
The iPhone 4’s 5-megapixel camera was already great, but it’s about to get better. The iPhone 4S has an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus, flash, f/2.4 aperture lens, and a backside-illuminated CMOS sensor that allows 73 percent more light than the previous sensor and should deliver better low-light performance. A hybrid IR filter is also onboard for better color accuracy. Apple also claims the new camera performs 33 percent faster than the iPhone 4’s camera, and the A5 processor has a built-in image processor that adds face detection and 26 percent better auto white balance.

We tried a few indoor shots with the camera and definitely noticed a change from the iPhone 4. In addition to the sharper details, most colors were brighter. We’ll have to save our final opinion until we can gauge the camera under several conditions (a sunny day, with a flash, and so on), but we like what we see so far.

Videos also get a boost with the ability to shoot 1080p HD video clips at 30 frames per second and with video stabilization. Yet, even with all the improvements, CNET digital imaging editor Lori Grunin is quick to note that while the iPhone might have a killer camera, it’s no camera killer.

New carrier
Though it received very little attention during Apple’s presentation, the addition of Sprint is one of the day’s high points. Over the past few weeks, it was pretty obvious the iPhone family would expand, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that millions of new people can now join the iOS family without switching carriers. What’s more, Sprint is promising that it will keep its unlimited data plans, at least for now. That alone is a big point in the carrier’s favor over AT&T and Verizon Wireless. On the other hand, we’ll have to see just how the increase in data-hungry users will test Sprint’s network and how the carrier’s strong Android lineup will withstand the new competition.

Once we get iPhone 4 review devices we’ll do a close comparison of how the Sprint models stack up against the AT&T and Verizon versions in both data speed and call quality. But at the very least, we’re always glad to see more customer choice.

Connectivity
As widely reported, the iPhone 4S is a dual-band world phone, meaning it supports both GSM and CDMA. This is more significant for Verizon and Sprint customers, as it will allow them to use the iPhone even if they travel overseas. What’s yet to be determined is whether the carriers will unlock the preloaded SIM card, so users can swap it out for a prepaid international SIM card at their destination. We also don’t know if the CDMA models will offer simultaneous voice and data over the CDMA network. At present, that’s a significant limitation of the Verizon iPhone 4.

Meanwhile, for GSM customers, the iPhone 4S now supports HSPA+ 14.4, so the smartphone is capable of reaching theoretical download speeds of 14.4Mbps down, 5.8Mbps up. It’s certainly an improvement over the current model, but disappointing that there’s no compatibility with the faster HSPA+ 21Mbps networks.

Of course, the lack of “real” 4G support for LTE on Verizon or WiMax on Sprint is troubling. Apple has its reasons, no doubt. Battery life remains an issue for high-speed phones and Apple must have decided that, at this point, it couldn’t offer its optimal customer experience on a 4G handset (remember that customer experience is really what Apple is all about). Secondly, Apple never jumps on a technology that is still growing, and it must think that 4G doesn’t cover enough people quite yet.

Design
As we noted earlier, the iPhone 4S’ design is nearly identical to the iPhone 4’s. Aside from being 0.1 ounce heavier, the iPhone 4S is exactly the same size as its predecessor. It also features the same 3.5-inch, 960×640-pixel Retina Display with a glass back and front. One thing Apple did redesign, however, is the antenna system. The new design will hopefully prevent another Antennagate situation and Apple says to expect even better call quality.

Pricing and availability
The iPhone 4S will be available for preorder on October 7; it goes on sale October 14 from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint in the U.S. It will come in black and white and pricing starts at $199 for the 16GB version, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB.

iOS 5
The iPhone 4S will debut with all the features of iOS 5, which is Apple’s latest version of its operating system. We tackle that analysis in our separate iOS 5 First Take, so be sure to check it out. In short, it’s not a huge upgrade, but we welcome the new features like the advanced notifications and “PC Free.”

So should you buy it?
There’s no question that the iPhone 4S offers several attractive new features. Granted, some gadget enthusiasts who’ve spent months watching the “iPhone 5” rumor mill spin out of control will be disappointed. And in a way, we sympathize. Indeed, the lack of highly anticipated features like 4G and a revamped design can be hard to swallow. But as long as the “antennagate” problems that we saw on the iPhone 4 don’t return, we can live without a new design. A bigger display would be nice, but we don’t see a real need for a thinner phone. Waiting for 4G is more troubling, but it fits Apple’s pattern of staying behind bleeding-edge technology. Android fans may gloat, but Apple fans shouldn’t be surprised.

In the end, the decision to buy an iPhone 4S will depend on your current carrier contract. If you aren’t eligible for an upgrade with a rebate, then we don’t think the new features are worth paying full price. On the other hand, if you can upgrade or if you’re a Sprint customer waiting to get your hands on the iPhone for the very first time, then you should consider it. Sure, there’s the chance that a better “iPhone 5” will come next June, but that’s a long time to wait. What’s more, there’s no guarantee that Apple will even stick to that schedule. So go ahead and take the chance because in the cell phone world, something better is always around the corner.

 

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Entertainment, The World

 

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Quote that Made My Day

So true in all our our lives!

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
Jawaharal Nehru

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Life, Thoughts

 

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