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Is Now the Time To Buy Older Apple Products?

older IPad vs. new Ipad

Older Ipad Products – Old Ipad Vs, New Ipad

Is Now the Time To Buy Older Apple Products?

 The quality of Apple’s technology is unquestionable. The problem for many people, however, is the cost of this technology. Not everyone can drop $899 for a computer or $399 for a new iPad that doesn’t even have 3G/4G technology equipped with it. Apple also has a quality reputation, which means even older apple product is going to have a strong resale value. Could now be the time to invest in an older piece of Apple technology? If you do, what do you sacrifice?

 

Let’s Take a Look At the Case of the Apple iPad

 Thanks to the efforts of my toddler and her glass of water, I was unexpectedly in the market for a new iPad not so long ago. I’d been one of those guys who waited in line to purchase the first ones when they hit the market, so it had been a pretty decent run. I was excited about getting the retina display on the 4th generation model, but then I realized if I bought the brand new iPad, I’d have to purchase a cord adaptor because of the new lightning connection.

 

So I took a breath, took a look at my options, and decided that the basic iPad 4 that was priced at $399 was the right choice to make. Apple told me it would take 2 weeks to send me the product, which was 2 weeks I didn’t have because I use my iPad for music production and had work that was due. So off to the store I went… where they were going to charge me an extra $150 for the exact same product.

That wasn’t going to happen. I needed options and fast.

What About Going With an Apple iPad 2?

As much as I’d love to say that I had the new iPad 4 with the A6X processor and the 4G LTE service, I knew this purchase didn’t make sense for me. Here were my reasons:

  • There is no 4G LTE service where I live out in the country.
  • I really had no use for Siri because I run videos and music software from my iPad when I’m not streaming music or baseball games.
  • I already had a bunch of MIDI connectors that wouldn’t work with the 30 pin to lightning adaptor, which meant having to purchase new cords.

And so, as the fates would have it, the store was running a sale on the iPad 2 that day, making it cheaper than what I could pick up a refurbished iPad 3 for and it was new out of the box. That’s the decision I made and it’s been a good one! I was back in business immediately and I’ve got no complaints.

So what did I sacrifice by going with an iPad 2? First there’s the lower overall graphics level, but from a real-user standpoint it’s not that much and barely noticable. I get HD baseball broadcasts that look as good as on my PC and I can send them to my TV through my Google Chromecast. Netflix and Hulu don’t have the upgraded playback capability anyway, so those movies on the iPad 4 look almost the same as they do on the iPad 2. That’s really no sacrifice!

The one true sacrifice, therefore is speed. The iPad 4 is cranked up and twice as fast as the iPad 3… which is faster than my new iPad 2. On the other hand, I got my new iPad for less than $300 and that’s a price that is nice – especially when you’ve got a toddler who likes to throw water on things and touch every gadget that i own. It may be an older piece of Apple technology, but the price was right, it is the 30 pin adaptor which works with everything I have, and it does what I need it to do. Maybe it’s time for you to buy older Apple products too.

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PayPal Here Vs. Square Credit Card Reader

Paypal Here and Square Credit Card Swipe

Paypal Here and Square Credit Card Swipe

PayPal Here Vs. Square Credit Card Reader – Two Major Players in Mobile Credit Card processing.

Now anyone can accept credit cards using their mobile device or their tablet.Technology sure have taken a step to make are live easier, more affordable and more accessible. Both companies offer similar service in accepting credit cards on the go, so what makes them better than the other

I personally use PayPal Here only because I have a PayPal account since it started and joined eBay. When my Business grew PayPal Here allowed me to start accepting Credit Cards from customer. For some reason it is the most preferred way to pay by the customer. I personally always prefer cash or checks just because there is no transaction fee. But accepting Credit Cards has a positive side.

 

 

Supported Devices: iPhone/iPad, Android

Sturtup Cost: Free

Available in: United States and Canada (PayPal here): also in Hong Kong, Australia

Accept internationaly: PayPal Only – 2.7% per swipe plus 1% cross-border fee.

wpid-screenshot_2014-06-02-01-14-21.pngSo how does it work?

First of all you need a Smart Phone like IPhone or Galaxy.

Once you completed a service or sale you would connect the Credit Card Swipe (Paypal Here or Square) to your phone by inserting it in to the Headphone jack. Then you would Lunch the App provided by PayPal or Square. You would enter information such us what are you charging for and the amount. Then you would ask for a credit card and swipe it. A signature box will appear on the screen. This is where customer with sigh just like you would at a store when you purchase something with a Credit Card, Click done and then it will ask you were do you want to send the receipt. You can sent it to the printer if your phone is connected to one, Email address or you can click on no receipt.

If you chose to Email the receipt, the customer would receive full detailed email that he made a payment. Information would include exact location, (even with a address and a map) Purchase price, Date and for what for as well as who he/she made a payment too.

With paypal the funds are available to you instantly in your PayPal account. With Square 2 days later.

 

 

Pros:

  • You can accept credit cards as payment, Sometimes Customer just does not have the cash on hand and writing a check takes time.
  • Using a Credit Card processing service like Paypal Here or Square saves you time when its time to file your taxes because all the transaction are documented.
  • It is Small
  • Easy to use
  • Gives your customers flexibility
  • Almost anyone can have one
  • Its free to setup
  • Its free to own

 

Cons:

  • Credit Card Processing Fees.
  • PayPal Here has 2.7% fee for swiped Credit Cards and 3.5%+$0.15 for manually entered credit cards. Square had lower rates in the past but currently its 2.75% for swiped Credit Cards and 3.5%+$0.15 for manually entered credit cards.
  • You also need a smart phone with internet access, or a tablet with internet connection.
  • You are suggested to use Smartphone or tablet pen, helps customer to sign their name instead of using their finger.
  • Does not guarantee a payment. Customer can always block a payment at a later time.

 

Paypal Here came on top for us for two major reasons. Paypal Here has slightly lower fees that add up over time and Live Customer service. This is one company that you can get a live person fast comparing to some other companies. Over all it is a great tool to have and use when needed. Because of the high fees you may not want to use it all the time. Cash is King and still the most preferred form of payment. When cash is not available the Credit Cards reader comes in and saves the day.

If you provide service on the go or even sell on the go than this Portable credit card swipe is for you. It is also the best choice if you only do few credit card transactions a month. If you do you transaction in a same location such as store or office and you accept a lot of credit cards then there are better options for a fixed Credit Card terminal that offers lower Transaction fees. For everyone ales it’s a must have.

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Apple to release IPhone 6 Bigger Screen This August

iphone6 2014 -1Apple to release IPhone 6 Bigger Screen This August  and another in September 2014

Sources Suggest that the Next IPhone 6 Will come in two Sizes, 4.7 inch model that will be release early in  August and a second model with 5.5 inch screen to be released in September. Apple is trying to compete with Samsung after their success with Galaxy’s Bigger Screen.

See Previous Post of what to Expect from I phone 6 This year.

The New IPhone 6 – Rumors, What to Expect This Fall 2014

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New Galaxy S5 Box Content Photos

For full specs Click Here

 

Samsung Galaxy S5 Box

Samsung Galaxy S5 Box

Samsung Galaxy S5 Box - Back

Samsung Galaxy S5 Box – Back

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Galaxy S5 USB Cable, Headphoens and AC Adapter

Galaxy S5 USB Cable, Headphoens and AC Adapter

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USB 3.0 Cable

USB 3.0 Cable

USB 3.0 Cable

USB 3.0 Cable

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New Samsung Galaxy S5 Available Now

Samsung Galaxy S5 Official

Samsung Galaxy S5

Cellular Carriers Are Taking Pre-Orders for Samsung Galaxy S5 and will start shipping on April 8 2014 Available Now

If you are like me than you have already Pre-Ordered your phone and just waiting for it to show up in the mail. If you have not than you can Pre-Order from your Carrier or from Samsung.com

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S5 Price Tag: $649.99 and 2-Year Contract $199.99

Available in Charcoal Black and White

One thing that we have not seen yet is Samsung Galaxy S5 32GB or even 64GB phones. It appears that at the moment only the 16GB version will be available and time will tell if Samsung will release a 32Gb or 64GB Phones. I personally don’t think that Samsung will be introducing any bigger phones just because Galaxy S5 Supports up to 128GB MicroSD if external memory so do you really need more than 16Gb of internal memory when all your Music, Photos and Videos are stored on external memory card.

There is a chance that Samsung will be releasing their 32GB version sometime later this year, perhaps just in time for Christmas. Previous specs indicated that 16/32GB will be available but as far as we know Samsung will not be releasing it at this time

For full specs Click Here

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Specs & Features – Available worldwide on April 11 2014

 

Samsung Galaxy S5 Official

Samsung Galaxy S5 Official

Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S5 Phone  will be available for purchase on April 11 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 Features

  • Download Booster Double the download by using LTE + WIfi
  • Water & dust resistant
  • Hart Beat Sensor for Fitness
  • Finger Print Scanner To make secure payments
  • Private Mode
  • Kids Mode
  • Home button
  • 5.1in Full HD screen
  • 12 hours of video playback
  • 3840×2160 Resolution (UHD)
  • 16GB and 32GB options
  • 10GB of usable internal storage on a 16GB Device

s5_waterSamsung Galaxy S5 specs

  • Dimensions: 142mm x 72.5 x 8.1mm
  • Weight: 145g
  • Processor: 2.5GHz quad-core application processor
  • Operating system: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)
  • Display: 5.1-inch FHD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080)
  • Memory: 16/32GB microSD slot up to 128GB
  • Camera: 16 megapixels (rear), 2 megapixels (front)
  • Battery: Removable 2800mAh
  • Standby time: 390hrs, talk time: 21hrs
  • Wi-fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2×2)
  • Other features: NFC, IP67, Dust and water Resistant, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Hall, RGB ambient light, Gesture(IR), Finger Scanner, Heart-rate sensor

FULL SPECIFICATIONS OF GALAXY S5

TYPE

Galaxy S

Form Factor

Bar (Candybar)

Color

Charcoal Black

OS

Android™ KitKat 4.4.2

CPU TYPE

2.5GHz Quad-Core

Display

1920 x 1080 Pixel, 432 ppi

5.1” Full HD Super AMOLED™

Size & Weight

5.11 Ounces

5.59″ x 2.85″ x 0.315″

Camera

2 Megapixel (FRONT)

16 Megapixel(REAR)

4x Digital zoom

FEATURES

Auto Focus; Dual-Camera; Dual-Recording; Geo-Tagging; HD Playback: Full HD(1080p); HD Recording: Full Ultra HD(2160p); LED Flash; Online Image Uploading; Photo Editing; Sharing Capabilities: AT&T Locker, Bluetooth®, Buddy Photo Share, ChatOn, Email, Flipboard, Gmail™, Google+™, Group Play, Messaging, NFC, Picasa™, S Beam™, S Memo, Samsung Link, Share Shot, Wi-Fi Direct™; Shot Modes: Auto, Beauty Face, Shot and more, Panorama, Virtual Tour, Dual Camera, Download; Slow Motion Recording; TV/Video-Out: HDMI, Samsung Link, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi®; Video; Video Editing; Zero Shutter Lag

Battery

3G: Up to 480hrs (20 Days) STANDBY

4G: Up to 480hrs (20 Days) STANDBY

Up to 29 Hours TALK TIME

3.85 Volt, Lithium Ion, 2800 mAh

Up to 77 Hours MUSIC PLAY

Up to 14 Hours VIDEO PLAY

3G: Up to 11 Hours; 4G: Up to 12 Hours; Wi-Fi: Up to 13 Hours INTERNET USE

Memory

2 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM  INTERNAL MEMORY

Up to 128GB SDHC/SHD SD CARD

Network

LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/17; HSPA+/UMTS: 850/1900/2100MHz; GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz;

 

Audio Format Support

Audio Streaming; Compatible Music Files: 3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MID, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF; MP3/MP4/Music Tones; Music Player; Ringtones, Polyphonic: 64-note poly

Video

Compatible Video Files: 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, TS, WEBM, WMV; Video Player; Video Streaming

Fun and Entertainment

Downloadable Content; IR Remote Control; S Translator; S Voice™; Samsung Widget Gallery; Wallpapers, Animated; WatchON™

Business & Office

Enterprise-Ready; Corporate E-mail/Calendar/Contacts; Microsoft® Office-compatible; Mobile Device Management; OCR/Business Card/Photo Scanner; On-Device Encryption (ODE); SAFE™; SAFE with KNOX; Virtual Private Network

Messaging Options

Email; Picture Messaging; Text Messaging; Video Messaging

Calling Functions

Airline Mode; Call Block; Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC): M3; Multitasking; Picture Caller ID; Speakerphone; Speech-to-Text; Text-to-Speech; TTY; Voicemail; Voice Recognition

Sensor Type

Accelerometer; Barometer; Geomagnetic; Gyro; RGB Light; Finger Scanner; Heart Rate Monitor

 

GALAXY S5 FEATURES

Bluetooth® Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, DI, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP; NFC; Wi-Fi® Hotspot: 10

WI-FI

USB 3.0

Bluetooth® 4.0

GPS NAVIGATION

PREMIUM CAMERA

NFC

NOISE CANCELLATION

Accelerometer; Air Gestures™; Air View™; Barometer; Geomagnetic; Gyro; Proximity; RGB Light; Samsung Traditional UI; Smart Gestures; Smart Pause™; Smart Scroll™; Smart Unlock; TouchWiz®; Finger Scanner; Heart Rate Monitor; Widgets

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Update : Available April 11 Samsung Galaxy S5 Leaks Just Hours Before Official “Unpacked5” MWC 2014

 

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung  Galaxy S5. Available to the public on April 11 2014

What looks at this point is that Galaxy S5 will be just a little smaller them Galaxy Note 3. So that’s how they going to fit all those pixels.

Some specs/features that have been confirmed.

Download Booster Double the download by using LTE + WIfi

Water 7 dust resistant

Hart Beat Sensor for Fitness

Finger Print Scanner To make secure payments

Private Mode

Kids Mode

Home button

3840×2160 Resolution (UHD)

I am sure there a Allot more to come soon as Samsung finally releases all the info

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Apple Vs. Samsung Vs. LG Smartphone War 2014

Apple Vs. Samsung Vs. LG Smartphone War 2014

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This is another year that we are waiting for big rivals like Apple and Samsung to release new Flagship Smartphone.

It is certain that all 3 companies will be coming out with new phones this year, so which one will win us over.

Samsung will be announcing a new Flagship phone Galaxy S5 in March 2014. There were a lot of talks that Samsung will have the new OLED Flex Screen that was announced during CES 2013 but the new rumors suggest that it is unlikely. New rumors suggest that Samsung will be using QHD display instead of flexible OLED. That’s a bummer since LG announced that there 2014 phone will be G Flex, slightly curved phone.  Lets not rule it out just yet because Samsung will likely introduce two phones this year and just maybe one of the will be include the Flexible screen As that would be a game Changer for Samsung.

Apple will introduce a new IPhone 6 this year around September, October 2014. There are rumors and more rumors that Apple will have bigger screen. It is almost certain that it will as the current IPhone 5S and 5C screen is little to small for a current Smartphone.  There are also rumors that just like Samsung it may have up to 3 different sizes coming out in third quarter of this year. Will The new Iphone have Flex Screen? It is possible but also unlikely. It is assumed that the flex screen will be introduced by both companies in 2015.

LG wants to shine this year with what they call it a G Flex Phone. The new concept is defiantly cool but will it win the consumer? Probably not. It is still questionable how well build the phone is as it might be subject brake because of its bend shape. It is unlikely that LG phone will be able to Compete with Samsung or Apple but it just might come in a third place. Time will tell.

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Confirmed: Apple IPhone 6 Will Have Larger Screen

Will IPhone 6 Bigger Screen Save Apple ?Apple Stocks going down

Numerous sources have confirmed that apple will have larger  screen. However this is still not good new to share holders as Samsung Galaxy had larger screen for 2 years now. It is predicted that Apple shares AAPL Will lose value by 20-40% do to lack of innovations. Since Steve Wozniak has left Apple, there were no new innovations. Steve Jobs was able to take other technologies and combine them in his image to make something new. Now that Steve Jobs is no longer with Apple, Apple will have trouble coming out with something new as current Apple goal is to spent most of its time in courts fighting over patents.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 With OLED Flex Screen? Most likely – release around March 2014

Flex Screen

Flex Screen

Samsung Galaxy S5 With OLED Flex Screen? Most likely – release around March 2014

They might be rumors or maybe not but just like LG and Apple, Samsung will release the New Flex Screen Phone in early 2014. It is not surprise as we already seen a prototype during their showcase.

The only thing I would ask what ales will Samsung bring to the table.

Samsung has been busy coming out with new TVs, phones and tablets this year. It looks like that Samsung took the first place this year when it comes to being innovative. So if we see them do it again in 2014 it will be no supervise. We will have to wait till the date gets closer to get more details about ther upcoming device line

 

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