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Friday
Oct172014

Monday is Apple Pay Day

Apple’s skinnier iPads and flashy big-screen iMac are sleek and stunning. But the tech giant is making a bigger strategic bet with next week’s launch of Apple Pay — the mobile pay service aimed at turning your iPhone into your wallet. 

The service, which goes live Monday and has hundreds of banks on board, underscoring Apple’s value as a brand and giving people a powerful new reason to buy iPhones, iPads and other gadgets.

Apple Pay is designed to work on the company’s newest iPhones, which contain a chip that allows payments at a special terminal in retail outlets. It also will be available on the new iPad Air 2 for online purchases only.

Mobile pay isn’t new; rival tech companies and the banking industry have worked on such systems for years. But Apple is launching its new service at an ideal time. Consumers are increasingly worried about the security of traditional credit and debit cards and U.S. merchants are facing new mandates to switch to safer chip-based cards or other payment systems.

Assuming there are no system breakdowns or security flaws, Apple will get the benefit of pioneering a mobile payment system that has widespread brand recognition and acceptance from consumers, retailers and banks. As for the new iPad Air 2 announced at a company event Thursday, analysts praised its technical features, including faster processors, better cameras and Touch ID, which lets users unlock the device with a fingerprint.

The new super-thin iPads should sell well during the upcoming holiday shopping season, even as the worldwide tablet market is showing signs of slowing growth, analysts said. But they’re not the kind of game-changing new product that has made Apple a darling of Silicon Valley and the tech industry’s most valuable company.

The new 27-inch iMac desktop computer with a high-resolution Retina screen struck Bob O’Donnell of Research Tech Analysis as the most cutting-edge hardware product announced Thursday. If you’re happy to spend $2,500+ for a desk top, go for the new iMac.

The next major hardware release is likely to be Apple’s smart watch, due out next year. 

TECH Analysis’ O’Donnell thinks the watch is “an interesting product,” but notes that it will compete against fitness trackers and other devices that are primarily niche products. And many of its functions can already be performed on smart phones. 

 

I’ve been using the new iPhone 6 Plus since the day it was released to the public.  Mrs. Wolf decided to go with the iPhone 6 this week and is happy with the smaller size.  But I’m very pleased with the 6 Plus.  Don’t think I will ever get another smart phone with a screen smaller than 5.5 inches.  It may be too big for some, but the bigger size screen works better for me. I don’t have an problems carrying the iPhone 6+ in my shirt pocket.

We ordered the new iPad Air 2 today and Apple promises we’ll be pawing all over it by early next week.

But the Apple Watch is not on my radar at this time.  Can’t think of a single reason to purchase an expensive watch that will be outdated in 6 months or less.  Besides, anything an Apple Watch can do, my iPhone 6 Plus can do better! 

Tuesday
Oct142014

Bloomberg Lies, Media Laps it Up

The truth shall set you free of the liberal fascist Progressive Party, also known as Democrats.

In a recent statement from the anti-gun Bloomberg group “EveryTown for Gun Safety,”  the Mad Moms claimed that 86% of all mass shooting occurring from 2009 to 2014 happened in locations where guns are allowed.

In response to this, Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) released datafor all mass public shootings occurring from January 2009 to July 2014. The findings are not a shock. The most current data shows that 92% of these mass public shootings actually happened in gun-free zones.

According to Breitbart News,

CPRC showed that the 86% claim rests on Everytown’s “inclusion of attacks in private homes” and “numerous errors in identifying whether citizens can defend themselves.”

For example, Everytown “[ignores] rules that prevent general citizens from carrying guns [for self-defense]” in certain cities, and they fail to recognize that “allowing police to carry guns is not the same thing as letting civilians defend themselves.”

So Everytown might count an attack in a public area in Los Angeles as a mass shooting where guns are allowed because certain guns are allowed in the city with a permit. However, they miss the fact that L.A. County issues a minuscule number of concealed carry permits, and many of the ones that are issued are granted only “to wealthy [political] donors.”

Using the same numerical standard that Everytown used–four or more people killed–but taking all rules and regulations against firearm possession into account, CPRC showed that only 8% of mass public shootings occurred in places where citizens could have guns for self defense.”

This is how Progressive Propaganda works.  See 1918 through 1933 Germany for details.

Make up numbers, push them out as being factual, and see how many sheep you can convince. NEVER let the facts nor the truth interfere with your message and your mission of Hope & Change (to destroy the Constitutional Republic).

Tuesday
Oct072014

Home Invasions Happen in Less than 5 Seconds

Home Invasions Happen in Less than 5 Seconds.  Are you prepared? 

Ronald Green, 66, was at home around 9 p.m. watching a basketball game on television when he heard someone trying to get in through the front door. He quickly went to retrieve his revolver. When he returned, a 19-year-old man he did not know had successfully kicked in the door and was standing in the entryway. The intruder attacked Green, punching him in the face. Green then fired his revolver twice striking the intruder in the chest and hip. His wounds proved fatal. Green sustained no serious injuries during the home invasion. (Omaha World-Herald, Omaha, Neb., 3/25/14)

What would you do if an armed robber broke in while you were at home? The staff from Personal Defense show you the steps to take in case you ever have to deal with a home invasion. For more information or showtimes related to Personal Defense TV, visit their page on our website: http://bit.ly/cuJUEk

My strongest suggestion to those of you at home during the day, which is when most burglars hit residences because the bad guys think you are gone:  Have a firearm on your person.  It’s a good idea to get training and practice. Carry a firearm on your person, including when you are at home.  If you don’t remember the last time you cleaned your gun or can’t put your hand on your gun within 5 seconds, you are setting yourself up to be a victim. 

 

 

Monday
Sep292014

Where is the National Media Outrage?

The leftist liberal fascist media would make me LOL if they weren’t so dangerous.  When are the Sheeple going to wake up? Progressives are the most dangerous people in America!

Four men have been charged in the death of a 9-year-old boy who was gunned down in a backyard after becoming upset with his mother and running from his Chicago home, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Friday.

 

 

Derrick Allmon, 19, Jabari Williams, 22, and Michael D. Baker, 19, all face first-degree murder charges in the death of Antonio Smith, McCarthy said. Police didn’t immediately release the name of the fourth suspect.

Allmon, Williams and Baker were allegedly driving around looking for rival gang members on Aug. 20. Allmon was handed a gun by Williams and ordered to shoot two men they came across, McCarthy said.

“As Allmon approached his intended targets on foot, he came across Antonio Smith in a rear yard of a residence,’” McCarthy said. “Believing that Antonio Smith was yelling a warning to his intended victims, Allmon shot Antonio Smith multiple times, wounding him fatally.”

The boy was shot at least four times — killed not far from where he lived in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.

Shortly after the shooting, the boy’s mother, Brandi Murry, said her son left home after she answered “no” when he asked for a cupcake. About an hour later, he was being taken to a hospital with gunshots to the chest.

Allmon allegedly dropped the .380-caliber handgun in a nearby sewer as he fled the shooting scene, authorities said. It was recovered by investigators Thursday.

The same handgun has been traced to two other shootings this year, including another fatal one, McCarthy said.

“Unfortunately this tragic murder is yet one more example of the strife being caused by gangs and guns in our community,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy emphasized the boy and members of his family have no street gang affiliation.

It wasn’t immediately known if the suspects have attorneys.

McCarthy said Allmon had been arrested in 2012 on a gun charge, convicted in 2013 and sentenced to 3½ years in prison the following year. Allmon was released just weeks before the boy’s death.

 

Tuesday
Sep232014

iPhone 6 Plus - Bonzer Smart Phone

I’m getting old, and my eyes are getting worse. The iPhone 6 Plus is a jumbo smartphone with a 5.5-inch diagonal display.  I really like this phone.

For people who prefer huge smartphones, Apple is now in play.From left: iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

 iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus is a novelty, because Apple has never made a smartphone this size before; but it’s also not new at all, because electronics makers like Samsung and LG already offer phones this big. These phones are, in fact, already popular with Android users. 

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The iPhone 6 Plus, which arrived on Sept. 19, starts at $299 with a two-year wireless contract. The 64 gigabyte and 128GB models cost $399 and $499, respectively, and the unsubsidized prices for the phone range from $749 to $949.

If you’re wavering between the larger iPhone 6 Plus and the “regular” iPhone 6 — which are both larger than earlier iPhones, and have the same powerful A8 chipset — then you’ll want to read Walt Mossberg’s full review here. (You should also read Katie Boehret’s column on iOS 8, and Bonnie Cha’s keyboard review here.)

What I can tell you about 6 Plus is how it feels, and where it fits on me.

First off, the iPhone 6 Plus is easy on the eyes, in more ways than one. I have the silver/white model; it’s also available in space gray/black and gold/white. Its anodized aluminum back is cool to the touch. I can hold and operate the phone with in one hand.  The curved edges feel smooth against my palm.  Size does matter and 5.5 inches my new minimum standard for a Bonzer smart phone.

iPhone 6 Plus compared with Samsung's Galaxy Note 3

Phone 6 Plus compared with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3

The iPhone 6 Plus’s Retina-display resolution is actually not as high, nor its pixel density as great, as some of its competitors. But the display still looks clear and bright. (I’m not convinced that the average human eyeball can really detect much of a difference in PPI past a certain point.)

As with the iPhone 6, there are now two display modes — Standard and Zoom – and the ability to adjust text size. This means that I was able to wake up in the morning, grab my phone and see messages and emails, without reading glasses.

Both new iPhones now work in landscape mode, but one difference between the two is that landscape mode in the iPhone 6 Plus is a little more tablet-like. So when I held the phone horizontally and opened Messages, I could see my list of recent messages on the left and a dialogue box on the right. Same with Mail. And the virtual keyboard shows extra keys.

Another small difference between the two is that the iPhone 6 Plus has better image stabilization in its 8-megapixel rear camera. Apple claims its sensor-and-software combo help capture better pictures when either you or your subject is moving. It also allows the exposure to remain open for longer in low-light settings, and not have the photo come out totally blurry.

Oh, and if, like me, you rarely get a full day out of your current iPhone’s battery, this might excite you: In my tests, which involved setting the display brightness to 50 percent and cycling through my regular routine of apps and phone calls, the iPhone 6 Plus would last from early one morning until evening the following day. 

To that note, I barely used my tablet while I was testing this phone. Instead, I used the 6 Plus to watch videos and read in bed at night. Draw whatever conclusions you want from this about the possible convergence of large-screen phones and mini-tablets.

There is a downside to a phone this big.

It doesn’t fit well in some pockets. I usually wear button up “fishing” shirts with both velcro front pockets and a zipper front pocket.  The 6 Plus fits comfortibly in either of these front pockets.  Though it’s 30 grams heavier than my old 4s, I have not noticed the weight or size difference. 

It also fits easily in men’s cargo pants pockets.  I would’t put my iPhone 4s in my jeans pockets, and I don’t have any plans to squeeze the 6 Plus in there.  Of course, the 6 Plus fits easily in men’s suit coats and womens purses. 

Going from the 4s to the 6 Plus is a BIG deal and I’m very happy with my decsion.  Take a look at both the 6 and the 6 Plus, which though on back order, are available for hands on review at the Apple Store and other retail outlets.

The iPhone 6 Plus is big but not too big IMHO. it feels sleek. It also carries the cachet of being a “big iPhone” — I’ve already had people take notice of it at both Dunkin Donuts, Walmart and Costco.  

Verizon LTE is free on both the 6 and the 6 Plus.  So far, it screams in the DFW metroplex.