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I remember in my foundation year of art school, I entered a classroom and saw rather peculiar looking computers.  What are these?  They looked like toys.  But they were not toys.  They were called the Macintosh.  Little did I know, this moment would turn out to be a lifelong bond with a tool that would take my own creativity to a greater level.  From then on, the Apple brand changed the landscape with each new innovation, not just in personal computing, but also the music player, the phone and the tablet.  To be more specific, it was Steve Jobs who single-handedly made technology more accessible and fun to use.  Although, I didn’t know him personally, when he died on Wednesday, I felt a great loss in my life.  It was as if he was a close friend who was suddenly gone.

Here, I dedicate a little drawing to a talented and brilliant visionary who made every man and woman, every girl and boy, into a techie.  Because of him, the term geek, actually became cool.  Thank you Steve Jobs. We will miss you.

sketch: iphone

January 16, 2010

I gave an iTunes gift card to my friend for the holidays, and he was wondering how to use the gift card directly with his iPhone because he is rarely home.  It is a good question, and yes, it is possible.  Note: if you want to purchase a file larger than 10MB such as certain heavy Apps, you will have to use your computer to download it.  If you do wirelessly download songs or Apps directly to the iPhone over 3G or Wi-fi, remember to backup those files to a computer.  I did a drawing and put together simple step-by-step instructions here…

How to redeem an iTunes gift card on your iPhone.

for Apps:
– Go to the app store > featured > new
– Scroll all the way to the bottom until you see “redeem”
– Press “redeem” and enter the iTunes gift card number

for Music:
– Go to the iTunes store > music > new releases
– Scroll all the way to the bottom until you see “redeem”
– Press “redeem” and enter the iTunes gift card number

iphone 3.0

March 18, 2009

iphone_cutandpaste

Yes, folks. The Cupertino-based company sent ripples across the world, again this morning, with its announcements for the iPhone 3.0 OS.  The goodies in this puppy are not minor. A much awaited feature is the ability to cut-and-paste.  Here it is! Yay! And you will be able to do so between different applications. For example, you can copy a paragraph from a recipe website, paste it into an email and send it off to friends.  One missing feature I personally complained about (by contacting Apple, so they actually listened to lil’ ol’ me?) is to have a landscape-oriented, larger keyboard.  The current keyboard in the vertical position is very small, even for average-sized hands, allowing for too many mistakes when typing. Other notable announcements, are the Voice Memo recorder app, a more detailed Stock app, and the ability to send multimedia files, such as video and audio, through email and texting.

Oh, and one more thing… Spotlight, which can search through all of your files (from contacts to music) by name.  Shuh-weet.  Judging by last years developer’s announcement and release of 2.0, this new iPhone update should be out by early July.

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