Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Windows 10 Announced ‒ No Windows 9

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Those of us who are not happy with Windows 8 were very glad to hear that Microsoft announced Windows 10 in a move that, I believe, was to distance itself as far as they could from Windows 8 by not creating a Windows 9 version of the operating system.

For the record, I use both Windows and Mac computers at home and my office. There are features about each operating system that I like. Some programs that I have used for a long time seem to work better on the Windows machines and others utilizing video and still photos are much better on the Apple.

Windows 10 is expected to arrive in the mid-2015.

According to the announcement from Microsoft, the user experience on Windows 10 will be more like classic Windows without the grid-style layout that Microsoft switched to when Windows 8 came out two years ago. The layout of Windows 8 confused the heck out of me and I immediately went online looking for some kind of software that would bring my Windows 7 back. It is also my understanding that very few business customers embraced Windows 8 for the same reason.

Windows 10 will feature multi-tasking features to improve productivity. Microsoft admitted that, “Windows 8 had too steep of a learning curve, but Windows 10 will have virtually none.”

We’ll all found out the middle of next year.

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We are trying to enhance the human experience when it comes to news.

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─Jeff Wald, Mobile Generated News®, Los Angeles

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Now There is a Drone for Your Wrist

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In my prior blog I told you that the motion picture industry has been given the go ahead to use Drones to help get spectacular shots for movies.

Today, I just learned about a flyable wearable camera!

I 'm not making this up!

A group of San Francisco developers has created a wristband drone. It is only a prototype but have a look at the video above!  (You'll need to see this video on a computer or mobile device with Flash)

The company, called Nixie, has produced the ultimate selfie enabler. It is a wearable drone that makes it possible for people to take video pictures of themselves doing extraordinary things or anything else for that matter. The inventor, Christoph Kohstall said, “Let’s just build a flying wristband that can do aerial photography, too,”

Apparently, with a gesture, the quadcopter unfolds and takes off from your wrist. Like a boomerang, it finds you, turns around, takes video of you and then you can catch it and put it back in your wristband. Nixie will be one of the entrants in the “Make It Wearable Challenge” that will be in in San Francisco on November 3, 2014.

You want one? You’ll have to wait to see how they do in the challenge and get past the prototype stage.

At Mobile Generated News®, we want news consumers to contribute their opinions or news stories and be able to interact with local media for free. We believe that contributing to the news cycle is essential to our democracy.

Most often, viewers do not get to control what they see on the news. Now, the MoGN App enables news enthusiasts to have a say in the content they see on their televisions, web sites and newspapers.

We are trying to enhance the human experience when it comes to news.

Download the Mobile Generated News App by clicking this link: Mobile Generated News which will take your computer or Apple device directly to the iTunes Store.

Become a Citizen Journalist!

If you are out and about and see news, weather or sports happening ̶ send in your Breaking News.

If you have a story or opinion that’s worth sharing, record it and send it in as well!

If you search for Mobile Generated News in the Apple App Store, you will see all of our related affiliate Apps. The Univision-Mobile Generated News Apps were just released. In addition, you will find the Mobile Generated News App for Nationwide coverage; Entravision-Mobile Generated News App and Serestar-Mobile Generated News App.

All of the MoGN Apps are currently available in English and Spanish.

And, stay tuned for new affiliates joining the Mobile Generated News® Network team.

Start contributing today!

Remember, if it is newsworthy, we will post it nationwide and you will see it on the MoGN "Newsfeed" distributed to Broadcast Stations, Newspapers, Web Sites and news organizations across the United States and soon around the World.

Mobile Generated News®. Empowering the NEXT generation.

─Jeff Wald, Mobile Generated News®, Los Angeles



Monday, September 29, 2014

Drones in the Movies

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The FAA announced that they will allow aerial photo and video production companies to use drones to shoot movies.

For the past two years, Drones have been conspicuous at the yearly Cine Gear Expo at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. See the video that I shot at the show above.

This is significant because prior to the invention of the Drone or unmanned aircraft, the only way to get spectacular aerial shots was to use helicopters equipped with an expensive gyro stabilized camera systems.

Drones flying at the Cine Gear show came in different configurations that used sophisticated video or film cameras, Go Pro HD cameras, or even iPhones.

The Federal Aviation Administration says that drones used for movie making do not need an FAA-issued certificate of airworthiness, based on a finding they do not pose a threat to the national airspace or national security.

There are liability issues to consider among others but potential savings for “Big Budget” movies could decidely turn the big budgets into smaller ones and improve the creative process by taking Drones to places that are too small for conventional aircraft to go.

Do you have concerns about Drones and privacy issues? How do you feel about using them for movie making?

At Mobile Generated News®, we want news consumers to contribute their opinions or news stories and be able to interact with local media for free. We believe that contributing to the news cycle is essential to our democracy.

Most often, viewers do not get to control what they see on the news. Now, the MoGN App enables news enthusiasts to have a say in the content they see on their televisions, web sites and newspapers.

We are trying to enhance the human experience when it comes to news.

Download the Mobile Generated News App by clicking this link: Mobile Generated News which will take your computer or Apple device directly to the iTunes Store.

Become a Citizen Journalist!

If you are out and about and see news, weather or sports happening ̶ send in your Breaking News.

If you have a story or opinion that’s worth sharing, record it and send it in as well!

If you search for Mobile Generated News in the Apple App Store, you will see all of our related affiliate Apps. The Univision-Mobile Generated News Apps were just released. In addition, you will find the Mobile Generated News App for Nationwide coverage; Entravision-Mobile Generated News App and Serestar-Mobile Generated News App.

All of the MoGN Apps are currently available in English and Spanish.

And, stay tuned for new affiliates joining the Mobile Generated News® Network team.

Start contributing today!

Remember, if it is newsworthy, we will post it nationwide and you will see it on the MoGN "Newsfeed" distributed to Broadcast Stations, Newspapers, Web Sites and news organizations across the United States and soon around the World.

Mobile Generated News®. Empowering the NEXT generation.

─Jeff Wald, Mobile Generated News®, Los Angeles


Friday, September 26, 2014

Blackberry Debuts New Passport Amidst All the Talk About The New iPhones

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With all of the publicity about Apple’s new iPhones and operating system both positive and negative, Blackberry’s timing is certainly questionable.

For many years I couldn’t live without my Blackberry, because of its physical and very responsive keyboard but when Apple’s iPhone first came out I was hooked. It was not just the simplicity and elegance of design. It was far superior as an Internet device. The web looked almost as good as my desktop computer and I finally gave in and accepted the virtual keyboard because the iPhone was more than just a handheld email reader and cell phone. Apple began the Smartphone revolution with the worldwide web in the palm of your hand. It was reminiscent of when I graduated from a Palm Pilot to a Treo. Remember them?

So Blackberry still has a few loyal followers even with the failures of the parade of models that came out with their “new” operating system. So now comes the debut of the Blackberry Passport that will begin shipping on October 6, 2014. It features a 4.5” square touch display, 13 Megapixel camera, 32 GB Internal storage, 30 hours of battery life, 1440 x 1440 resolution, 1080p HD video recording and Corning Gorilla Glass 3. At first glance at the specs, sounds pretty competitive, huh?

But wait. A square screen that shoots 1080p HD video?  Only 32GB of internal storage offered?

The BlackBerry Passport, from what we have read, is difficult to hold given its boxy footprint and a keyboard that is not as good as the original. The camera specs are impressive but Apple uses other enhancements to make their pictures look better

At first glance, it may the phone of choice for a small group of business users, but for the vast majority of consumers the iPhone 6 is likely to remain the winner.

We'll have more to say as the new iPhones and the Blackberry Passport are tested in the court of public opinion.

At Mobile Generated News®, we want news consumers to contribute their opinions or news stories and be able to interact with local media for free. We believe that contributing to the news cycle is essential to our democracy.

Most often, viewers do not get to control what they see on the news. Now, the MoGN App enables news enthusiasts to have a say in the content they see on their televisions, web sites and newspapers.

We are trying to enhance the human experience when it comes to news.

Download the Mobile Generated News App by clicking this link: Mobile Generated News which will take your computer or Apple device directly to the iTunes Store.

Become a Citizen Journalist!

If you are out and about and see news, weather or sports happening ̶ send in your Breaking News.

If you have a story or opinion that’s worth sharing, record it and send it in as well!

If you search for Mobile Generated News in the Apple App Store, you will see all of our related affiliate Apps. The Univision-Mobile Generated News Apps were just released. In addition, you will find the Mobile Generated News App for Nationwide coverage; Entravision-Mobile Generated News App and Serestar-Mobile Generated News App.

All of the MoGN Apps are currently available in English and Spanish.

And, stay tuned for new affiliates joining the Mobile Generated News® Network team.

Start contributing today!

Remember, if it is newsworthy, we will post it nationwide and you will see it on the MoGN "Newsfeed" distributed to Broadcast Stations, Newspapers, Web Sites and news organizations across the United States and soon around the World.

Mobile Generated News®. Empowering the NEXT generation.

─Jeff Wald, Mobile Generated News®, Los Angeles

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Apple Responds to iOS 8 Shortcomings

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Apple has acknowledged problems with an iOS update that was released yesterday. The update was designed to fix issues in the original iOS 8 released last Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

According to Apple Support, the update 8.01 was designed to fix many glitches in the new software including the much publicized Health App. They are working on a new update which should address many of the problems with the extensive operating system change from iOS 7 to iOS 8. “We are also preparing iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue, and will release it as soon as it's ready in the next few days.”

Complaints were reported that cellphone service and Touch ID were not working.

Smartphones are getting so smart and more complex that these type of issues are becoming commonplace. As we learned developing our Mobile Generated News® App, the technology is changing so fast that even the geniuses at Apple can’t seem to get it right the first time.

Do you think this is hurting Apple’s reputation or is it acceptable given the difference between laboratory testing and experience learned when technology is released to the real world?

At Mobile Generated News®, we want news consumers to contribute their opinions or news stories and be able to interact with local media for free. We believe that contributing to the news cycle is essential to our democracy.

Most often, viewers do not get to control what they see on the news. Now, the MoGN App enables news enthusiasts to have a say in the content they see on their televisions, web sites and newspapers.

We are trying to enhance the human experience when it comes to news.

Download the Mobile Generated News App by clicking this link: Mobile Generated News which will take your computer or Apple device directly to the iTunes Store.

Become a Citizen Journalist!

If you are out and about and see news, weather or sports happening ̶ send in your Breaking News.

If you have a story or opinion that’s worth sharing, record it and send it in as well!

If you search for Mobile Generated News in the Apple App Store, you will see all of our related affiliate Apps. The Univision-Mobile Generated News Apps were just released. In addition, you will find the Mobile Generated News App for Nationwide coverage; Entravision-Mobile Generated News App and Serestar-Mobile Generated News App.

All of the MoGN Apps are currently available in English and Spanish.

And, stay tuned for new affiliates joining the Mobile Generated News® Network team.

Start contributing today!

Remember, if it is newsworthy, we will post it nationwide and you will see it on the MoGN "Newsfeed" distributed to Broadcast Stations, Newspapers, Web Sites and news organizations across the United States and soon around the World.

Mobile Generated News®. Empowering the NEXT generation.

─Jeff Wald, Mobile Generated News®, Los Angeles

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

iPhone 6 Plus “Concerns”

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So of course you know that I have already ordered my new Apple iPhone 6 Plus. This morning I woke up to the news that the phone bends because it is so thin and that you shouldn’t put it in the microwave.

Are you kidding me?

Smartphones are mini mobile computers. They need to be protected. That’s why most people buy sturdy cases for them because when dropped, they can shatter. When you sit on them, they can break. When you put them in the microwave they can be electrocuted. The “putting it in the microwave” suggestion came from a bogus “bake” App that people actually believed was true. Doesn't everyone know that you don’t put metal anything in a microwave oven?

Personally, I can’t wait until my iPhone 6 Plus arrives, I already have the protective case for it.

What do you think?

At Mobile Generated News®, we want news consumers to contribute their opinions or news stories and be able to interact with local media for free. We believe that contributing to the news cycle is essential to our democracy.

Most often, viewers do not get to control what they see on the news. Now, the MoGN App enables news enthusiasts to have a say in the content they see on their televisions, web sites and newspapers.

We are trying to enhance the human experience when it comes to news.

Download the Mobile Generated News App by clicking this link: Mobile Generated News which will take your computer or Apple device directly to the iTunes Store.

Become a Citizen Journalist!

If you are out and about and see news, weather or sports happening ̶ send in your Breaking News.

If you have a story or opinion that’s worth sharing, record it and send it in as well!

If you search for Mobile Generated News in the Apple App Store, you will see all of our related affiliate Apps. The Univision-Mobile Generated News Apps were just released. In addition, you will find the Mobile Generated News App for Nationwide coverage; Entravision-Mobile Generated News App and Serestar-Mobile Generated News App.

All of the MoGN Apps are currently available in English and Spanish.

And, stay tuned for new affiliates joining the Mobile Generated News® Network team.

Start contributing today!

Remember, if it is newsworthy, we will post it nationwide and you will see it on the MoGN "Newsfeed" distributed to Broadcast Stations, Newspapers, Web Sites and news organizations across the United States and soon around the World.

Mobile Generated News®. Empowering the NEXT generation.

─Jeff Wald, Mobile Generated News®, Los Angeles

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Record iPhone Sales


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According to the latest Apple news release, the company has sold over 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models just three days after the launch, last Friday, September 19. A new sales record for iPhones.

“Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin.”

In my opinion, they could have sold even more if they anticipated the demand and streamlined the order process. As much as I am an Apple fan of their design and craftsmanship, many people that did everything they were told to do were left with a 3-4 week wait for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Imagine the record they could have broken and how much happier their loyalists would be if they did at least the same job they did a year ago when the iPhone 5s was available for pre-order.

How a company so advanced could not make sure their systems and personnel were ready for the onslaught of orders? Or did they just plan it this way to build up demand?

What do you think?

At Mobile Generated News®, we want news consumers to contribute their opinions or news stories and be able to interact with local media for free. We believe that contributing to the news cycle is essential to our democracy.

Most often, viewers do not get to control what they see on the news. Now, the MoGN App enables news enthusiasts to have a say in the content they see on their televisions, web sites and newspapers.

We are trying to enhance the human experience when it comes to news.

Download the Mobile Generated News App by clicking this link: Mobile Generated News which will take your computer or Apple device directly to the iTunes Store.

Become a Citizen Journalist!

If you are out and about and see news, weather or sports happening ̶ send in your Breaking News.

If you have a story or opinion that’s worth sharing, record it and send it in as well!

If you search for Mobile Generated News in the Apple App Store, you will see all of our related affiliate Apps. The Univision-Mobile Generated News Apps were just released. In addition, you will find the Mobile Generated News App for Nationwide coverage; Entravision-Mobile Generated News App and Serestar-Mobile Generated News App.

All of the MoGN Apps are currently available in English and Spanish.

And, stay tuned for new affiliates joining the Mobile Generated News® Network team.

Start contributing today!

Remember, if it is newsworthy, we will post it nationwide and you will see it on the MoGN "Newsfeed" distributed to Broadcast Stations, Newspapers, Web Sites and news organizations across the United States and soon around the World.

Mobile Generated News®. Empowering the NEXT generation.

─Jeff Wald, Mobile Generated News®, Los Angeles