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What did I tell you on release day of the iPhone 5c?

iPhone 5c keeps disappointing, almost 3M units in inventory

From digitimes-

We remember the reports that Apple had ceased orders to manufacturers for the iPhone 5c since the end of 2013, though sadly we didn’t know just how bad this was for Apple. As it turns out, new supply chain sources have told Digitimes that Apple is currently holding on to as many as 3 million iPhone 5c units in inventory that it can’t sell. Two million units are currently in the factories and one million units have already been distributed to carriers.

The usual thing is for Apple to not be able to meet demands for customers, and we’ve seen this with the iPhone 5s, but the fact that the iPhone 5c is too expensive, and too small have made it less attractive than Apple expected, and it’s clear that consumers have manifested what they want.

I called this from Day 1.   Apple buyers don’t want plastic cases, they don’t want compromised hardware, they want the best they can get and are willing to pay UP for it.  I also added that releasing a cheaper version of the iPhone was tantamount to Tommy Hilfiger selling it’s stuff at Marshalls.  Once you break that cherry you take a little luster off the elite brand.

What I called for instead (and this was all way before any of it was announced) was a Larger iPhone that could compete with the android offerings like Samsung Galaxy and Note.

It looks like Apple is getting back on track by announcing that they will be releasing a larger iPhone and this failure was probably a great lesson for them.  Apple users don’t want to compromise on hardware, they’ve built a brand on providing the best and charging up for it. To tarnish that reputation is foolish IMO.  They should eliminate the 5c altogether and instead build a super no compromise phone and charge double for it, and make even bigger margins, and I bet there would be people lining up for it, begging Apple to take their money for it.

.Samsung Galaxy s4 vs iPhone size-

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Here is my post from release day of the 5c back in September-

iPhone 5s and 5c and What I Would Have Done If I Were Apple

Posted on September 12, 2013 by Joey C

some quotes from the post-

Every product refresh they make they include great enhancements but I think there is one move they have yet to make but I think would be an absolute monster boost to their sales.

A larger iPhone to me would be a monster hit.  As a Samsung Galaxy s3 user I really appreciate the extra screen real estate and I appreciate even more the ability to strap on a cheap aftermarket battery to the back of my s3 which triples the battery life. 

I don’t agree with Apple’s tactic of offering a low cost iPhone either with the 5c and it’s plastic parts.   Apple has always been synonymous with unapologetic top grade hardware and premium pricing.  people were and are willing to pay for it knowing they are getting the best hardware without ever questioning it. 

I equate coming out with a lower grade iPhone to a brand like Tommy Hilfiger who for a brief moment was competing with the likes of Polo/ Ralph Lauren and then went and sold out and buried there products into discounters like Marshalls and TJ Max.  Forever to be equated with a poor man’s Polo and never will they ever be able to command the premium pricing they once did.

I say instead of offering a cheaper iPhone option that they should have offered a larger iPhone option with a mongo battery and charge even MORE for it.  That would have pleased Wall Street I bet.

If you haven’t joined the new GMG Google+ Community Group then you missed…

If you haven’t joined the new GMG Google+ Community Group then you missed Ann Kennedy’s tip for an app that turns your photos into incredible watercolor paintings, the GMG animated GIF contest, Live Ships Map, Rich Beans funny podcast find and more.

I’m just sayin…

It’s a great way for the GMG FOBs to communicate.
Join Here

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Part II Online Free Storage- Dropbox Free- All About Making It Easy To Sync and Collaborate

I wrote this two years ago but it remains my favorite collaboration and sync storage option when working with decent sized files that you can’t transfer by email-

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File this under cool free useful stuff on the internet.

What is Dropbox you ask?

From the website-

Dropbox is software that syncs your files online and across your computers

Put your files into your Dropbox folder on one computer, and they’ll automatically appear on any of your other computers that also have Dropbox installed (Windows, Mac, and Linux too!). You can even download Dropbox apps for your smartphone or mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry). Everything in your Dropbox is available from the Dropbox website, too.

I use it almost daily for files that I want to have access to on my android phone, desktop computer and iPad.  The feature I like most however is the sharing capability.  Kenny MacCarthy and I share an online Dropbox folder in which he copies the file of our weekly podcast when he is done editing it to and w can both access it.  I then grab the file from wherever I happen to be Home computer, on my mobile android phone or on my iPad at a coffee shop and I can then upload it to the blog.  The difference between this way of sharing and storing files through email is that Dropbox hosts theme everywhere at once because it is stored to the cloud and you can transfer and store huge files that would never be allowed through regular email because they are too large.

You get 2GB of free cloud storage and it opens up a ton of possibilities to host music, pictures or movies which you can stream from any of your devices.

You can’t beat it so if you want to get something  cool for free, you can go to the Dropbox website and sign up for a free account here

Here are some reviews from trusted tech websites that can probably explain it even better than me-

The appeal is its utter simplicity — it’s essentially invisible, doing the task that isn’t hard but none of us care to remember to do, namely, backing up our files.

from “There’s room yet in the cloud”

by G.F., The Economist – 8/24/10

We’re building the fabric for a new, different kind of Web, where your files follow you to whichever device you happen to be working on.

from “Dropbox: Files without Borders”

by Victoria Barret, Forbes – 6/10/10

Pick a file: a photo, text document, PDF, … or anything supported on the iPad. Tap the “Open In” icon and choose from the list of available apps. You’re done.

from “Dropbox Updated for iPad, External Editing Added”

by Charlie Sorrel, Wired – 5/4/10

Dropbox is better.

Dropbox replaces:

  • Emailing file attachments to yourself and other people
  • Using USB drives to move files between computers
  • Renaming files to keep a history of previous versions
  • Complicated backup software and hardware
  • And more!

Not convinced yet? Then take a look at our list of features. Otherwise, go ahead and get started!

Download Dropbox

Lifehacker posted a good explanation of ways to collaborate using Dropbox today.

Free Online Storage and Why You Should Be Using It

I use a bunch of free online storage options.  Mainly I use Dropbox for sharing big files, Microsoft OneDrive for stuff that I want to use on any of my computers, GoogleDrive for documents on the fly, Flickr, Amazon mp3 for music.  I don’t use Picassa because it seems when people share photos using Picassa they always send the small compressed files rather than the better quality hi res ones.  For a blog that relys heavily on photos, that’s sucky.  I do think Picassa works well for lots of people and I love most everything else Google but that one little thing drives me nuts about Picassa.

Anyway, it goes without saying that you should back up your hard drive often.  I suggest at least one hard copy onto an external drive and a service like Carbonite that backs everything up to the cloud for your important files like photos, music, videos and documents.

But what I’m mainly focusing on in this post are online storage options that are free and allow you access to the bulk of your photos, music and documents for easy access anywhere you are in the world and from any device.

The main one I use because it syncs so perfectly among all my computers and makes beautiful photo albums I can share on the blog is OneDrive from Microsoft (formerly SkyDrive).  It allows me to make beautiful slideshows and photo presentations and it’s completely free.  I can acess the files from any of my devices including my android phone, Apple iPad, my laptop or my desktop PC. To get it and it’s storage for free click here

Here’s a snapshot of my OneDrive homescreen- Simple, uncluttered, easy to navigate.

I highly recommend you take advantage of this free online storage option

Get it here

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Tomorrow DropBox

Scam the Scammers – Let’s have some fun!

Scam phone calls are up.

Today I got a call from a guy who told me there was a problem with my computer (yeah, right) and while I was letting him talk, I got a call on the other line, so I told him I had to go, picked up the other line and guess what?  Another guy from the same company, eSupport Live.  So I decided to play along and see what happened.  He told me that I had unwanted files on my computer and he would help me get rid of them right now.  He was about to ask me to give him remote access to my computer when I said, I’ve gotta go; can I call you back?  Sure, he said and gave me his number 888-514-1650.  He told me his name was Alvin Brown, uh huh — with a very thick Indian (dot-not-feather – as Joey would say) accent.

A couple of minutes later I called back.  888-514-1650 actually works.  I asked for Alvin Brown and explained that we had been cut off and I was calling him back.  They put me on hold for about 90 seconds and finally someone (with a very different voice) said, Hello. Alvin? I asked.  Yes. Alvin Brown?  Yes, sir, can I get your information please?

That’s when I hung up.  I found their website here.  The English is worse than those bad assembly instructions you get with products made in China.

Most likely these people are criminals, trying to hack into your computer to steal your identity, money, whatever.  See a news story about such people here.

I know most FOBs have lots of time on their hands — because since joining the GMG Google+ Community, I get tons of emails a day from them — so I figure why not  spend a little time and have some fun SCAMMING THE SCAMMER!

All you have to do is call and pretend you got their number from the website or a friend.  Ask for Alvin Brown and see what happens.  Or start asking for other people — Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, George Washington, Jimi Hendrix — what ever you can think of.  The longer you keep them on the phone, the more you’ve cost them.  Just don’t give them any real info about yourself.

If you don’t want them calling you back, just block your caller id by hitting *67 before you call.  If we can get hundreds of people calling every day, maybe they’ll give up and stop calling us.

Vickie reminded me of this very funny guy who has a special treat for telemarketers.  Check it out:

Better Pics Of The New Portable Podcasting Set-Up Using The iPad and Samson GoMic

Listen to the GloucesterCast Podcast here-

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Shown Left to Right- The Samson GoMic, Lightning to USB connector for connecting Mic to iPad, and cheapo earbuds which plug into the GoMic.

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Here’s a shot of everything connected and ready for recording using the BossJock app on the iPad.  Note that I have the GoMic sitting on the table but that black stand actually doubles as a clamp which I clamp to the top of the iPad case.  I placed it on the table for this shot so I could get everything in the shot close together but normally it would be clamped to the top left corner of the iPad Case.  This can all be set up in less than 30 seconds.

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This shot is to illustrate how small and compact the set-up is.  I placed a quarter below the GoMic for scale.

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Samson GoMic available on Amazon for only $39.99.  You can use it with any laptop or computer with a usb port.  I’ve used it to tape podcasts with my laptop before but the ease of using it owith the iPad along with the BossJock app is so ridiculously easy I can’t even begin to tell you.  It’s plug and play.  The iPad immediately recognizes the mic, you hit the record button and you are off to the races.  When finished you stop recording, hit finish and then select how you would like to export it for use.

The GoMic is also good for use in conferencing, Skype and other uses like that.

You can get one on Amazon here-

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Here’s a great video showing exactly how it’s done (In this demo the video creator used an iPhone but the iPad version of the BossJock app works exactly the same way)-

In the second video the same video creator used a different mic with an iPad and the iPad BossJock app.  The mic is a nice mic but does not provide nearly the portability of the iPad/GoMic combo.

Doug Brendel Has Seen the Light!

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Joey, I’ve been cheering your rants about people who ask you for info instead of finding it themselves on Google. This morning as I was reading through the blog, I thought I had come to a situation where I really would have to ask for an explanation. Lovasco’s weather synopsis said, “Bombing storm off ACK later today.” As a humble ignoramus from the backwoods, I had no idea what this phrase meant. However, I didn’t want to put you or Lovasco in the position of having to say, “LMGTFY.” 

So I went to Google, followed your instructions precisely. I typed in my question: “What does ACK stand for?” Of course there were a few explanations of “gagging sounds,” and one reference to the Anglican Church of Kenya, but as I scrolled down, there it was – before I got to the bottom of the very first screen full of options: a reference to Nantucket Memorial Airport, which is known by the code ACK. 

Today I bring this message of hope to all FOBs: See how helpful Google can be to an Ipswich resident unfamiliar with the sophisticated parts of the state? Google can be helpful to you, too!

Love from the far west side of Ipswich,

Doug Brendel

“The Outsidah”

http://www.Outsidah.com

iPhone 6 is coming in 2014: leaked specs and potential upgrades, plus latest iOS 7.2 or 8

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Right in step with our boy Joey’s advice/predictions about the state of iPhone in the coming years, here’s a little info. Looks like the iPhone 6, a new phablet, and the next iOS may be out by the summer. I know how this stuff goes, so a grain of salt needs to be applied here. But, if your a Mac/Apple geek (or slave), you may enjoy the latest news. BTW, rumors of having 2K resolution screens this year??? Whaatt???!!! Yes I’m a resolution slut! Enjoy folks!

This links will give you the “scoop” on what may be coming for the iPhone.
http://bgr.com/2014/02/03/iphone-6-specs-leak-kdb/
http://www.knowyourmobile.com/apple/apple-iphone-6/19763/iphone-6-release-date-specs-and-features-bigger-screen-better-camera
This link below is awesome. If you know your up for a new phone this year, this will save an additional $50 no matter what model you buy, yep anything! The catch, you have to buy at BEST BUY of course, and you must reserve your coupon…oh well!
http://bgr.com/2014/01/31/iphone-6-galaxy-s5-price-discount/

How much could I charge for a seminar to teach people how to look for things on the internet using a search engine?

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You may think I’m kidding but I’m dead serious.

Or maybe the President of the United States could pay me to do a national public service announcement campaign explaining how to do it. 

What would I need like a 30 second spot on all the major networks on how to point your computer to Google and type the words of the subject that you are looking for and then hit the enter button.

Is that even 30 seconds?  Maybe I could speed talk my way through it in 15 seconds and we could buy double the air space.

 

This is but one question of about the 20 emails I get a day asking me to find things that had been on the blog a previous day or last week-

Recently you posted sista felicias recipe for haddock chowder.  I failed to keep it.  Can you please send it to me?

Thanks

My response-

Good Morning :)

Try this

go to this site-

http://goodmorninggloucester.com/

then go to the top right corner where the search box is.

once you locate the search box type in “Haddock Chowder”

I bet you find the recipe.

Alternatively you could go to www.google.com

Once there you could find the search box and type in goodmorninggloucester haddock chowder

I bet that would do the trick as well.

have an awesome day

Now if I took my time to respond this calmly to every person that asks me on a daily basis to find something that had been on the blog before I’d never have time to actually produce any content.

What I wanted to do was tear what little bit of hair that I have left out of my scalp and scream because I just can’t understand how hard it is to perform an internet search or what the disconnect is that people are unwilling to perform one.  Is it possible in this day and age when Google is one of the largest companies in the world and part of the Fortune 500 that people don’t know it exists or what it is for?  It is clearly obvious that that disconnect exists for a huge number of the population.  Otherwise I wouldn’t get 20-30 emails a day asking me to find previous posts for people.

This is why the Government giving me a ginormous grant to do a PSA on how to perform internet searches would be probably the best money they ever spent.  Think about the productivity gains you would get from educating what my conservative estimate is 20% of the population who do not know how to search the internet for what they are interested in.

Please for the love of god, help spread the word of this thing called Google- so that all of mankind will benefit and middle aged balding bloggers will be less inclined to tear what little hair they have left on their head out.

Please and Thank You.

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I Don’t Wanna Say I Nailed It, But I Nailed It In Reference to the iPhone 5c and Larger iPhones

Should I be on the development teams for some monster tech company or should I be on the development team for some monster tech company????

Back in September when Apple had just launched the iPhone 5c and 5s I wrote that releasing the cheaper 5c was a mistake because Apple users want and had been accustomed to getting the best hardware on the market.  I also argued that what would drive much higher margins and sales would be a larger iPhone like the Galaxy Note.

Here is the post from September 12, 2013 the day they released the iPhone 5c and 5s-

iPhone 5s and 5c and What I Would Have Done If I Were Apple

Posted on September 12, 2013 by Joey C

I’m am an apple product fan.  Huge fan of the iPhone and the iPad.  I own a first gen iPad and still use it. Even though I am an android phone user I can still appreciate Apple hardware.

Every product refresh they make they include great enhancements but I think there is one move they have yet to make but I think would be an absolute monster boost to their sales.

A larger iPhone to me would be a monster hit.  As a Samsung Galaxy s3 user I really appreciate the extra screen real estate and I appreciate even more the ability to strap on a cheap aftermarket battery to the back of my s3 which triples the battery life.

I believe there are many people out there that want the smallest and lightest phones they can get but with the sheer computing power available on today’s smartphones they are being used more as portable computing machines and I think there is a distinct trend with people who want larger phones to be able to hit the keys easier and navigate easier, see videos more clearly, ect, ect ect.

The success of the Samsung Galaxy Note which is basically a Samsung Galaxy with an even larger screen shows there is big demand.

I don’t agree with Apple’s tactic of offering a low cost iPhone either with the 5c and it’s plastic parts.   Apple has always been synonymous with unapologetic top grade hardware and premium pricing.  people were and are willing to pay for it knowing they are getting the best hardware without ever questioning it.

I equate coming out with a lower grade iPhone to a brand like Tommy Hilfiger who for a brief moment was competing with the likes of Polo/ Ralph Lauren and then went and sold out and buried there products into discounters like Marshalls and TJ Max.  Forever to be equated with a poor man’s Polo and never will they ever be able to command the premium pricing they once did.

I say instead of offering a cheaper iPhone option that they should have offered a larger iPhone option with a mongo battery and charge even MORE for it.  That would have pleased Wall Street I bet.

Here’s the poll I created a few days later (it seems the GMG readership had the same opinions when asked)-

In light of the recent iPhone releases of the 5c and 5s a poll for iPhone users or potential iPhone users

Posted on September 16, 2013 by Joey C

and Now from the Wall Street Journal it seems that EXACTLY TO A T WHAT I HAD PROGNOSTICATED HAS COME TO FRUITION-

WSJ: Apple planning to launch two iPhone models with bigger screens, ditch the iPhone 5c

Posted by Stephen Hall at 10:31 am

iPhone 5S FrontAccording to a report published today by The Wall Street Journal, Apple is planning to launch two new iPhone devices with larger screens by the end of this year. The report also says that the Cupertino corporation plans to discontinue the recently launched iPhone 5c in favor of having two flavors of metal-body devices similar to the iPhone 5 and 5s.

It has been long rumored that larger screens were on Apple’s roadmap, but this is the first we’ve heard that the company may be releasing more than one new screen size for its future flagship smartphone. One of the rumored devices will supposedly sport a screen size of “more than 4.5-inches” diagonally, with the other shipping with a display of “more than 5-inches” diagonally.

Facing competition from rivals offering smartphones with bigger screens, Apple Inc. plans larger displays on a pair of iPhones due for release this year, people familiar with the situation said.

The people said Apple plans an iPhone model with a screen larger than 4½ inches measured diagonally, and a second version with a display bigger than 5 inches. Until now, Apple’s largest phone has been the 4-inch display on the iPhone 5.

Both new models are expected to feature metal casings similar to what is used on the current iPhone 5S, with Apple expected to scrap the plastic exterior used in the iPhone 5C, these people said.

Interestingly, the report also notes that Apple has no plans to release a phone with a curved display.

[WSJ]

APPLE OR MICROSOFT JUST HIRE ME ALREADY.  I’LL SAVE YOU A BUTTLOAD OF MARKETING ANALYSIS MONEY.

Oh and while we’re at it Microsoft I have a couple of quick suggestions for you-

I absolutely love the idea of the Surface tablet and being able to run all your desktop windows programs applications on a hybrid tablet, I especially love the idea of being able to plug into a usb port and use a mouse, condensor mic, external hardrive containing a shit ton of media files, ect, ect, ect on such a portable device.  Every part of that Surface tablet I loved to death except one important factor- compared to the iPad the thing feels like you’re holding a brick and it is in no way near even the last generation iPad’s comfort for holding.  With the weight of the Surface, you may as well buy yourself a more powerful ultrabook laptop.  It needs to be lighter.  Bottom line end of story.  Otherwise I’d buy a way cheaper android tablet or iPad if I wanted portability or a ultrabook or a Macbook air if I wanted to run desktop programs applications.

On to Windows 8 which is about to get an overhaul.  I understand the idea of everything being able to sync between a windows phone, tablet and desktop but it seems for you to be able to do this you needed to cripple the metro Windows default programs applications and dumb them down so they would be compatible on the less powerful Windows Phone and Tablets.  But by doing this you’ve only succeeded in frustrating Desktop users who want horsepower and powerful creation tools and not simply media consumption devices.  I get that 80% or more of computer/tablet users are using their devices as consumption devices, but for those of us who prefer a powerful desktop you should have let us have that powerful desktop experience and not steer us to the crippled windows 8 “Metro” programs applications just because they will sync better.

This is evidenced by HP announcing just this week that they are offering Windows 7 desktops (stepping back a generation)-

HP brings back Windows 7 ‘by popular demand’

By Tom Warren on January 20, 2014 08:26 am

The GMG Readers Spoke And We’re Listening- Changes Based On Your Feedback…

Many readers (and some of our own contributors) had made comments that the long scrolling posts sometimes are annoying, especially if that particular type of post is not one that interests that particular reader.  I get that it could be an annoyance to some who want a perfect blog reading experience.   The amount of time and energy our contributors put into their daily posts is really remarkable, especially considering that all of their time is donated.  Most of the music and food posts are very very long arduous tasks to complete and of course they are so detailed that they take up a lot of space and scrolling time.

In reference to Sista Felicia’s posts, having step by step visual photos of each process in the creation of a dish on a pretty much daily basis is a gift.  If you look back she hasn’t pimped her book in almost a month while providing a ton of detailed recipes, cooking tips, home decoration projects, bird feeder projects, ect, ect, ect.  Now that being said, I understand that if you could care frickin less about recipes or home decoration projects, then scrolling through her long posts about those subjects could be a minor annoyance. 

So my friend Bill O’Connor had sent in some code that we were trying to figure out how we could use to truncate the longer posts like the recipes and the music posts so that it would lead with a teaser and then include a link below the teaser photo which, when clicked, would open the entire post for those who DO want to see the recipe in it’s entirety or view the entire Gloucester music daily lineup.

The code that Bill had sent wasn’t working but it got me to thinking that there must be a way to truncate these long posts.  So I went back to my early days of creating the blog and when I wanted to change the way the blog was presented I’d research the blog help forums for days on end til I’d found a solution.  Lo and behold it was there, in the help section-

Support

Writing & Editing

Splitting Content » More Tag

You can truncate your blog entries so that only the first part of certain posts is displayed on the home and archive pages. When you do this, a link will be placed directly after your excerpt, pointing the reader to the full post.

You can find the More Tag button in the first row of the visual editor toolbar or by pressing Alt+Shift+T:

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So now Felicia’s recipe that might have consisted of ten photos and text in between each photo, or Joann Souza or Peter and Vickie Van Ness’ music schedules, can be presented in a much cleaner fashion of one or two photos and give the ability for those people who crave those longer detailed posts a way to view them in entirety while the readers who would just assume skip over them,a much easier time scrolling past.

So when you see the “Continue reading” link at the bottom of a post, you know there’s much more to that post which you can access when you click the link.

I hope you know we aren’t complacent and are always striving to make GMG the best it can be.  And part of that is listening to constructive criticism and acting when I feel it’s in the best interest of the GMG community.

Thanks for reading.  I am honored that you have taken the time to look at our blog out of the bajillion of options that are out there on the internet for you to click on.  We won’t stop trying to bring you the very best content we can and earn your viewership loyalty.

Have a great day

Joey Smile

Thanks to Bill O’Connor as well for leading me down the right path as well

Have You Installed The New National Grid Power Outage App for your Android or iPhone?

From the Google Play Store-

National Grid

Description

This FREE National Grid storm app allows electric customers to report and check the status of their power outages. Customers will also be able to access important safety tips, view storm related press releases, view outage maps and access social media. Through this tool, we will also provide regional alerts and updates during storms.

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and at iTunes-

National Grid

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Update: Amazon Offering Chromecast for $30 Black Friday Plus $6 In Google Play Store Credits! Poll- Has Anyone Here Cut Their Cable and/or Land Line Phone?

Just saw that Amazon is offering the Chromecast for $30 for Black Friday Today and giving $6 in Google Play Store Credits making the Chromecast an absolute no brainer steal stocking stuffer-  Here’s the Deal At Amazon

For $30 this is something that will have huge impact.  I freakin love mine!

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My guess is that anyone under the age of 30 either laughs or looks puzzled at why anyone would pay for a Land Line telephone or cable.

Reading the last couple years about online services like Hulu for $8/mo and Netflix for $8/mo there are whole slews of great television programming for tiny fractions of what you pay for traditional Comcast cable.

Yesterday I got the $35 Chromecast which plugs into the HDMI port on the back of your TV.  It allows for wifi streaming Television programming from your smartphone or tablet of Netflix or Hulu Plus programming to your TV.

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The amount of network and cable shows that are available through these two services are astounding and way more than I’d ever be able to watch.

The one thing that you don’t get is local cable which admittedly is a big deal for a lot of people (not for me though and I suspect not for a lot of younger people who laugh at the idea of being tied to the exorbitant cable tv package plans).

I used The Chromecast with Netflix yesterday.  It took me less than two minutes to set up and was set up in three crazy simple steps.  I mean so easy my mom could figure it out.

I was always skeptical of these things because the video streams wirelessly from your internet and I figured that the picture would be compromised but the picture was insanely clear.  The show I watched was crystal clear.  I could pause and resume using my iPad as the remote and watch without commercials.  And it remembers where you left off watching a show and you can pick it up watching it on your iPad, smartphone or on your TV.

So if you buy the $35 Chromecast (one time purchase) and sign up for $8/mo Netflix and $8/mo Hulu Plus.  You could completely kick your cable bill to the curb.  Of course you still need internet service.

As for local cable channels which I recognize is hugely important to some people there are still OTA (over the air) antenna sold that will pick up local channels.  I don’t know how effective they are and I’d love to hear from people that have gone this route.  These over the air antenna are smaller and sleeker and look like mini sculptures-

Here’s an example of one of these OTA antenna, the Mohu curve-

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So if you can pay $35 once for the Chromecast and $16 a month for Netflix and Hulu Plus and $52 for the Mohu Curve which gets you local OTA channels and after that one initial outlay you’re only into it for $16 a month.

To me it’s a no brainer because I get my news on the internet.

Click here to read about Chromecast

Click here to read about the Mohu Curve

Do you know people who have eliminated home phone line and/or cable tv in favor of cell phones and/or streaming tv services like netflix or hulu plus?

A sneak peak behind the scenes

If you went to The Slide Brothers concert we presented on Saturday, you hopefully had a good time, but had no clue as to last-minute scrambling that went on.  That’s because everyone involved is a pro — and that’s the way it should be.  Today, we’d like to offer a special shout-out to some of the folks whose work made this event happen and let you peek behind the scenes just a bit.

The scrambling began a couple of days before the show when we learned The Slide Brothers were not going to be able to bring a drum kit.  Mike Doyle happened to be at the theatre when we heard this, so he scooted down to Nate’s The Drum Shop North Shore on Rantoul St. and arrived back at the theatre in less than half an hour with a very nice sounding Premier kit in gorgeous white pearl, which you can see in the photo.  Thanks MTD and Nate for making this happen so quickly.

Then, on the day of the show, we discover we need even more gear and everyone in the Michael Thomas Doyle band chipped in to lend The Slide Brothers all that was needed for their stellar performance.  Thanks guys.  You’re real pros.

That performance relied, in good measure, on the expert talents of our sound crew, led by Will Hunt, who spent half of Friday drilling through a brick wall in order to hide the snake.

And on the night of the show, Bill Winn and Bradley Royds gave us absolutely perfect sound — so good that we heard compliments from both performers and fans!

Perhaps the last person ever to get any credit for his hard work is the guy in the light booth, which for this concert — and for Allen Estes, was Inge Berge, whose artistic lighting enhanced both performances.  And when Calvin Cooke (the B.B. King of Slide Guitar) told Inge to raise the house lights for a gospel tune so it would feel more like a church, he obliged gracefully and then returned the theatre to a performance feel with class and style.

You’ll notice that most of these people are from Gloucester and all are from Boston’s North Shore.  We are terribly grateful to live in a place so full of talented professionals!

GloucesterCast 10/27/13 With Guest Toby Pett and Joey Ciaramitaro

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GloucesterCast Podcast Taped 10/27/13 With Guest Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include: Controversial Boston Pro Sports Officiating,Sista Felicia Makes It Official, Rotary Trivia Night, Chad Konecky, iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface Pro,Reminder To Vote In Local Elections

Topics Include: Controversial Boston Pro Sports Officiating, Sista Felicia Makes It Official, Rotary Trivia Night, Chad Konecky, iPad Air vs Microsoft Surface Pro, Reminder To Vote In Local Elections

Search Questions I Get

Joey,

Could you please tell me where I can find the promo you ran about my new book.  I’ve been looking through today’s GMG and I can’t locate it.
Thanks,
Barry Stacks

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Go Ahead Click The Google Search Button.  Please.  I know you have it in you.  I just know it can’t be that difficult to grasp that there is thing on the interwebs called Google that actually allows you to find things that may be posted about a certain subject you may be interested in.

If you have a thing against the word “Google” and it sends shivers up your spine perhaps you could try Bing.

Googlephobia- the fear of using a friggin search engine to find something on the internet.

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I swear to Christ I get 3-5 of these questions a day.  Every day.  It’s maddening.

On top of being able to search anything on the internet there’s also a Good Morning Gloucester Search Engine.  I swear it’s there.  I promise

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You can go to the homepage here- www.goodmorninggloucester.com  Bookmark it for easy reference.  The search engine is in the top right corner.

You can use it to search.  I promise you won’t get herpes or anything.  It’s been tested.

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Should I be a tech reporter or should I be a tech reporter?

When Apple announced it was coming out with a cheaper plastic version of it’s iPhone I panned it saying that people that are buying iPhones don’t want inferior products.  They want the best and are willing to pay for it.  I suggested that instead of offering a lower cost iPhone that they should have introduced a mega iPhone that was even more costly and you would have seen iPhone fanatics tripping over themselves to buy it at double the cost.

You can read my original article posted on  September 12th here

iPhone 5s and 5c and What I Would Have Done If I Were Apple

Posted on September 12, 2013 by Joey C

 

Now low and behold the Wall Street Journal is reporting sales of the cheap iPhine 5c are slugginsh and they are slashing orders for them from manufacturers-

WSJ: Apple Is Slashing Orders for the iPhone 5C

Don’t believe on-line reviews unless you know the reviewer personally — or it’s GMG

SocialMediaYou’ve probably guessed that this was happening right?  Companies who want good reviews create fake ones on Yelp, Citysearch, Yahoo, Google, Kayak — even Facebook & Twitter.  Well you’re right. It’s called astroturfing.  It’s gotten so big that you can now hire companies to write and post fake reviews for your product or service.  You can even get them to write fake bad reviews about your competitors.

There’s a very interesting article in today’s New York Times about a crackdown on astroturfing that exposes several companies, including Main Street Host, which is one of those companies people hire to write fake reviews.  Main Street Host even went so far as to condemn astroturfing on one of their own blogs, while at the same time they wrote their own fake reviews about their own services, prompting this line from the New York Times article, “Faking reviews often begins with faked reviews of the company faking the reviews.”  You just can’t make this stuff up!

So, if you want to know the truth, stick with GMG.  No fake reviews here.

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