Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Google Glass Backlash

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I read a story at Wired.com (which, by the way, costs $5 for 6 monthly issues and you get a cool free cap) about the experience of testing Google Glass for a year. Mat Hogan of Wired reports that the experience wasn’t all that great.

Google Glass, which we’ve talked about in this blog before, is a pair of eyeglasses complete with a voice-activated wireless camera and micro-computer projected in one lens. Some people think they look cool but Hogan reports that the glasses are so noticeable that people threatened him everywhere he went.

The problem is the device is so recognizable that they knew he had the ability to record video or still pictures just by looking at them which made anyone looking back at him really uneasy.

If you think about it, perhaps some of this wearable technology may be too high tech — even for gadget geeks like me.

Is this just another way to invade your fellow human’s privacy?

I’m sure that many people will find convenient and worthy uses for Google Glass but is it worth alienating friends and strangers in the process?

The “cool factor” may wear off quickly just like some of the other wearable technology we have blogged about in this space.

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─Jeff Wald, Mobile Generated News®, Los Angeles

Monday, September 15, 2014

iPhone 6 is a Sellout

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This should come as no surprise, Apple has done it again! They have set a new sales record for their biggest seller, the iPhone. This despite the miserable and frustrating pre-ordering process that so many experienced last week.

Apple announced that 4-million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Smartphones sold in the first 24 hours. The iPhone 6 Plus sold out before the iPhone 6 suggesting that consumers really wanted an iPhone with a larger screen.

To put some perspective to this, the iPhone 5 pre-orders were 2-million in 2012. Apple didn’t take pre-orders for the iPhone 5s and industry sources estimated that the iPhone 5c sold 2.2 million pre-orders in 2013.

The large number of pre-orders will undoubtedly break more records as this Friday, September 19th when the devices appear at brick and mortar Apple and cellular carrier stores

Were you one of the lucky ones that has an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus pre-ordered?

Or will we see you standing in line at retailers this Friday?

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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.

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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.

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Mobile Generated News®. Empowering the NEXT generation.

─Jeff Wald, Mobile Generated News®, Los Angeles

Friday, September 12, 2014

What a Mess: Trying to Order an iPhone 6

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So if you tried to pre-order Apple’s latest iPhones, their online store wasn’t prepared. Apple said their brand new models would be available at 12:01am PDT, early this morning.

Many couldn’t get through to the site until well after 2:00am PDT. The App for the Apple Store came back earlier but once you tried to order, you could only select Sprint, AT&T or Verizon and once you began the checkout process “not available” appeared. Those on T-Mobile were forced to choose the full Apple website and when they did, guess what? You got the same, “We’ll be back soon” or words to that affect, in several different languages, the same verbiage you were already getting on your computer browser. If you went to the T-Mobile site to order, the web page displayed a form to register for a reminder for when the preorders began. And when you dutifully filled out the form, you were promptly emailed that you would be notified, but that email never materialized.

Preorders through Verizon Wireless and AT&T started out OK but if you are a Sprint customer, its website was acting just like the Apple Store, down for many almost two hours after pre-orders were supposed to begin.

Anyone that is an unabashed, Apple devotee must have had a very frustrating experience. Those that did finally get a through the complicated ordering process, had to wait for their “Help Chat” that churned out several canned and live messages that gave you incorrect instructions and told you to call Apple Customer service which was too busy to take your calls.

Now you can bet Apple probably enjoyed another record demand for their new products, but you would think with all of their experience and knowing the popularity of the iPhone as their flagship product, they would have been better prepared.

Apple could and should do better!

What do you think?

Did you stay up all night, only to be disappointed and disgusted by the experience?

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 11, 2014

Remembering 9/11/2001
























It has been 13-years since the first terrorist attacks on American soil.  2,996 people lost their lives that day.  A very sad anniversary for all Americans. 

Today, lets remember where we all were when this tragedy happened and how it changed all of us.  Lets bring to mind our thoughts and prayers for all of the innocent victims and their families and lets resolve to never forget them.

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.

On this 13-th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks on American soil, send us your personal comments about where you were on this day and how your life may have changed as a result of the tragic events of that day.

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.

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─Jeff Wald, Mobile Generated News®, Los Angeles

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thoughts About the New Apple Products In My Office Today

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If you’ve followed this blog for even a short period of time you know that I am not a big fan of “Wearable Technology”. As much as I am a fan of Apple and their products, even if I had money to burn, I wouldn’t buy an Apple Watch.

However, the figures are in from last year. Nearly 1.2 million “Smartwatches” were sold for Android phones!

Think about it, 1.2 million!

There was a lot of talk around the office about Apple’s Big Event yesterday and what it really came down to was Apple vs. Android. The engineering types love Android for its open architecture and all the things they can do with it. I am Apple to the core because I admire the intuitiveness and quality of their products. Although the Apple Watch may not be for me, I will bet that many other Apple lovers will buy it.

Other people in my office “focus group” said they can’t wait to get one and some thought it was too pricey. Still others were frustrated that they couldn’t buy one until next year.

On the other hand, I can’t wait to get my new iPhone 6 Plus…

What are your thoughts about the Apple Watch or Smartwatches in general? How about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus?

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 and 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!

Search for Mobile Generated News in the Apple App Store. And, 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.

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Mobile Generated News®. Empowering the NEXT generation.

─Jeff Wald, Mobile Generated News®, Los Angeles

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Apple Announces Apple Watch, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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So after all of the rumors reported here and everywhere in the tech world, the rumors became reality. Today they announced an iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch screen, an iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch screen and the Apple Watch.

Both iPhones will have a new, Retina HD screen with “Ultra HD” resolution. There is a new horizontal view that looks like my iPad Air and iPad Mini. It allows one- handed operation on both models. Both phones are also slim like the newer iPad touch, just 6.9 millimeters. There is also a new A8 processor that Apple says is 50% faster for graphics and makes the phone better on battery usage. There are many more tweaks and improvements too numerous to mention here except one that comes with the New iOS 8 Upgrade available September 17th:

Apple Pay: Allows you to purchase anything a retail location just by touching the sensor at the register with your iPhone. Similar to other mobile payment devices, the seller never touches or looks at your credit card details. Tim Cook said he wants to eliminate the conventional wallet! American Express, Visa and MasterCard are on board along with six major banking institutions. Some 220,000 merchants including Macy’s McDonald’s and Whole Foods will accept it. Even Uber, Panera Bread and Groupon will include it in their Apps. Can my favorite, Pinkberry, be far behind?

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will launch be available in 10-days on September 19, 2014. The Price? $199 for the 16gb version, $299, for the 64gb and there is even a 128gb version for $399. All based on 2-year contract pricing.

Now on to the Apple Watch. It won’t be available to purchase until early next year. However, it may be worth the wait. The Apple Watch sports a sapphire display and Apple Pay just to name two of its, many features. It looks like a tiny square iPhone with a "Digital Crown," on the side to navigate. The price $349.

Some Android phone users are already saying that many of the features that Apple announced today they already have but in my opinion, no other operating system or company can boast the superior eco system, fit, finish and intuitive simplicity that is the hallmark of Apple. And no, I am not an investor and wasn’t paid to say this. I just admire their design, dependability, reliability and their technical support. It’s the main reason that Mobile Generated News® developed our Apps on the Apple iOS system first.

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 and 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!

Search for Mobile Generated News in the Apple App Store. And, 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 8, 2014

Today is Apple’s Big Day

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If the rumors are true, today may be the most significant day in the history of Apple since the late Steve Jobs left his mark on the company.

In this blog you have seen stories about the IPhone 6, iWatch and a new line of thinner and larger iPads. All rumors. Nothing confirmed in typical Apple fashion.

We will know for sure if there are 2 new iPhones or just one and whether it (or both) will be even called the iPhone 6. We’ll know for sure if an iWatch is announced. Or will Apple get in to the Smart TV business?

Today we’ll all find out.

We’ll see how big a day it will be for Apple.

Today, 9.9.2014.

We’ll have a summary here as soon as we digest all of the information. Watch this space!

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 and 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!

Search for Mobile Generated News in the Apple App Store. And, 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