Dock an app group folder on your iPad

Posted Posted in Apple, Connected Home, iPad

A quick tip for those of you that haven’t figured this out yet. First, you can drag any individual app icon to the dock so that it shows on every screen, But did you know that you can also drag a group/folder to the dock?

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I’ve dragged my Social Network photo my my dock. I’m busy re-arranging to speed up access to the apps I use the most. This was an ah-ha moment for me. Just sayin’…

Xfinity for iPad VOD Streaming Launches

Posted Posted in Apple, Connected Home, iPad, iPhone, Technology

Quality Video on Demand content (as opposed to live streaming of on air shows which may be coming down the road), including HBO, Cinemax, Stars, and a few other networks is now available for Comcast customers. It’s really a ton of content, and it looks incredible and works perfectly. To get the premium content, you need to subscribe to those channels, obviously.

Comcast promised this was coming, and they’ve done a great job. This really rounds out my options for viewing content wherever I am.  Does it replace Netflix on my iPad? Not yet. But the two complement each other nicely. Comcast promised more and better “TV Everywhere” and they are delivering on that promise.

I fired up the updated Xfinity app that showed as an update and here is a walk through:

First, iPad users will see a new Play Now button. This is the key to streaming to the iPad.

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Sonos S5 Music Players, Connected, Converged, Fantastic

Posted Posted in Apple, DLNA, iPad, iPhone, Media Center, Networking, Software, Sonos, Technology, WHS, Windows 7, Wireless Streaming

I’m not easily impressed, but my jaw is hanging open today after installing two Sonos S5 Music Players to cover my home with end to end music. I’ve used computers, Media Center Extenders and all kinds of hardware and software in the past to move music around my home, but I always had to cobble together pieces and use separate devices and controllers to get what I wanted.  What did I want? Well, everything imaginable. The list below is not in any particular order:

1. The ability to stream from ANY of my computers (using Play To or anything else) to more than one music player/renderer simultaneously.

2. To be able to control the volume above individually or together.

3. Play Pandora Radio and other Internet sourced digital music

4. Use existing/create new playlists

5. Use iPhones, iPads and  iPxxx whatever to control and manage the device as a remote control (including graphical menus).

6. Use the system as an alarm clock with choices to wake from alarm, music, Internet music, whatever

7. Wireless connectivity in my Living Room

8. A system that was upgradeable.

9. Quality sound

10. Expandability

I’m still stunned that I found a system that does ALL of the above. (And I’m betting I discover more features – I’ve only had a few hours experience with this all, so my exploration and discovery has only just begun).

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Bye Bye Blackberry (Hello iPhone)

Posted Posted in Apple, Device Sync, iPhone, Technology
Yesterday, I became a happy iPhone 4 user. The following tells it all, sung to the tune of “Bye Bye Blackbird”
Back up Outlook files and so
leaving RIM, here I go
Bye Bye Blackberry

Where a better phone waits for me
Syncs so fine with MobileMe
Bye Bye Blackberry
RIM gave no love to Outlook 2010, see
And to their beta they did not invite me
The iPhone 4 was slick and bright
The Apple staff was really nice
Bye Bye Blackberry
Signal is strong on AT&T
I”d tested my iPad with 3G
Bye Bye Blackberry
No one at RIM would engage me,
Or give out info that would help me,
(Oh oh oh oh)
Made my choice, quit that fight,
iPhone”s working great tonight,
Blackberry, BYE BYE
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