Appearance: PPUG Saturday in Philadelphia (Withings WS-50 preview)

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Date: Friday, March 29th, 2013, 09:28
Category: Accessory, PPUG, User Group, Wearables

Withings WS-50 Wi-Fi scale

I’ll be presenting at the Philadelphia PowerBook User Group (PPUG) on Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. PPUG is the first dedicated PowerBook User Group (PPUG) in the United States and was founded in 1999.

We meet at the Manayunk Brewing Company along the beautiful Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, PA and our meetings is open to all. We usually have lunch (or a brew) while we talk mobile computing.

We’ve got a big slate to present.

I’m going to present the latest in wearable fitness computers, including the Jawbone Up band, the BodyMedia FIT LINK and their associated iOS apps. I’m also giving an exclusive demonstration of the Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer. It’s your chance to preview the new Wi-Fi scale that measures weight, body composition, heart rate, and air quality before it starts shipping in mid-April.

Rob Parker will do a roundup of the latest gadgets in the ParkerDigital stable, including the Pebble watch, Nike+ Fuel Band, FitBit One, Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 5 and some iPad mini cases. Apple Distinguished Educator Youngmoo Kim will give a presentation about issues and tricks he’s encountered doing presentations wirelessly using AirPlay. He’ll be presenting using an Apple TV connected to a BenQ 761 projector.

Join us for a great meeting, it’s free and open to you and your guests. Feel free to bring items to sell or swap as well.

Manayunk Brewing Company

4120 Main Street

Philadelphia, PA 19127

215.482.8220

PowerPage Podcast Episode 159 – iOS 6 upstages Retina MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, June 14th, 2012, 12:53
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast 2012 logoPowerPage Podcast Episode 159 (“iOS 6 upstages Retina MacBook Pro”) is now available for your listening pleasure:

In this episode Rob Parker and I discuss how iOS 6 may have stolen the thunder from Apple’s new Retina MacBook Pro, Ivy Bridge MacBook Air, and all the WWDC announcements for that matter. Jason discloses how you can get over 100 new emoji icons and we wrap the podcast with “What’s on your kit?”

Here’s what’s on our kit this week:

Jason

  • Algoriddim vjay ($9.99, App Store) – Mind-blowing video mixer for iPad from the creators of djay, the best DJ app on iOS.
  • The Indy ($179) – This distressed leather iPad shoulder bag is both functional and gorgeous (and it’s made in the U.S.A.)
  • WiebeTech UltraDock v5 ($249) - Access, set up, diagnose or repair any raw 2.5 or 3.5-inch SATA drive via FireWire, USB or eSATA.
  • FreeSpace ($0.99, Mac App Store) - Free drive space monitor for your OS X menu bar, with one click eject. Perfect for cramped SSDs.

Rob

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 158 – Here come the wearables

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Date: Wednesday, May 16th, 2012, 19:24
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast 2012 logoPowerPage Podcast episode 158 (“Here come the wearables”) is now available for your listening pleasure:

In this episode Rob Parker and I discuss the emerging trend of wearable computers and we riff on the two leading devices: the Nike+ FuelBand and the Fitbit Ultra (among others). These are some of the wearables that we discuss on this episode:

  • Nike+ FuelBand ($149) – Wristband for monitoring steps and calories with Bluetooth sync to iOS app and my current favorite. Here’s my review.
  • Fitbit Ultra ($99) – Clip format monitors activity, stairs, and sleep. Has automatic wireless sync if the cradle dock is plugged in via USB.
  • Motorola MOTOACTV ($249) – Wristwatch format with GPS, heart rate monitor, Bluetooth and music controls. Schwing!
  • Jawbone Up ($99) – Wristband format monitors activity and sleep. Rev. 1 didn’t live up to expectations and is getting a reboot.
  • Pebble eWatch ($99) – Connects to iPhone and Android devices via Bluetooth and has an API. This $10 million+ Kickstarter project is completely sold out.
  • Supermechanical Twine ($99) – Web-connected module with temperature and vibration sensors tied to a cloud-based service. Will talk to Pebble eWatch.
  • Google Project Glass – Easily the most ambitious wearable, these glasses provide a full HUD interface to just about everything. Check out the video.
  • MotionX Sleep (free) – Promising iOS app with sleep monitoring.
  • Nike+ GPS ($2) – iOS app to map your runs and track your progress.
  • LoseIt (free) – iOS app that integrates with Fitbit sensor.

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • iRig MIX ($99) – Killer portable DJ mixer that travels light (10 oz.) and works with one or two iPhone, iPods or iPads. Stay tuned for my review.
  • TiVo (free) – iOS app that turns your iPad (or iPhone) into mission control for your TiVo.
  • TiVo Premier XL4 ($399) – From Weaknees with four (count ‘em) tuners.

Rob

  • eBay for iPad 2.0 (free) – Amazing reboot of the iPad app, a must-have.
  • Witness ($39) – Turns your Mac’s camera into a security cam. View and control Witness from iOS devices.
  • DirecTV app for iPad (free) – Watch lots of programming (including some live TV) on your iPad. Check listings and program your DVR. (DirecTV required)

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 157 – The iPad 3 has landed

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Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2012, 19:40
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast 2012 logoPowerPage Podcast episode 157 (“The iPad 3 has landed”) is now available for your listening pleasure:

In this episode Rob Parker and I discuss the arrival of the iPad 3 and our initial reactions to the Retina display, LTE vs. 4G, Verizon vs. AT&T, “Heatgate” and a healthy dose of our favorite apps.

Here are some of our favorite apps for the iPad 3:

Jason

  • Touchgrind BMX ($4.99, App Store) – Multi-touch BMX game with gorgeous 3D graphics, realistic physics and natural controls.
  • Barefoot World Atlas ($7.99, App Store) – Interactive 3D globe that allows kids to explore the earth and learn facts about different regions.
  • Daedalus Touch ($4.99, App Store) – Gesture-based text editor for the iPad with a beautifully minimalist UI and DropBox syncing.
  • …and the games I mentioned in my iPad games roundup (Sky Gamblers, Modern Combat 3, Real Racing 2 HD, Infinity Blade II and Flight Control Rocket)

Rob

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 156 – Say Hello to the new iPad

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2012, 18:45
Category: Podcast

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Episode 155 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. In this episode Rob and I discuss the new retina iPad, 1080p Apple TV and iPhoto for iOS.

Here’s what’s on our Macs (and iOS devices):

Jason

  • CloudFTP ($99) – A small, battery-powered appliance that acts as a surrogate USB port for your iDevices (my video review).
  • iPhoto for iOS ($5, App Store) – Powerful and beautiful photo editor for the iPhone and iPad.

Rob

  • Tweetbot ($2.99 each, App Store) – Incredibly full featured, intuitive, beautiful Twitter client for iPhone and iPad

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 155 – iPad 3 starts to get real

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Date: Tuesday, February 28th, 2012, 21:27
Category: Podcast

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Episode 155 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (36.2 MB, AAC).

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker

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In this epsiode we discuss the iPad 3 event on March 7 and how iPad apps like Photoshop Touch signal the maturing of the platform. And of course, we play “What’s on your Mac?”

Some of the things that we discussed:

What else could Apple announce on March 7? (some possibilities)

  • Totally revamped iTunes Store
  • AppleTV with 1080p
  • Movie downloads and rentals in 1080p
  • Smaller 8-inch iPad

An iPad 3 ‘Retina Display’ Comparison Graphic gives some perspective to how spacious the iPad 3′s rumored 2048 x 1536 display is compared to a 1920 x 1080 Blu-Ray and the 1024 x 768 panel in the iPad and iPad 2. (Courtesy: MacRumors)

Just for the record, the iPad 3′s retina display will be four times the resolution of the iPad 2 — not “twice!” (3,145,728 pixels vs. 786,432)

The Best Time to Sell Your iPad 2 Is Now details the price decline of the original iPad after the iPad 2 was announced. (Courtesy: Mainstreet.com)

iPad software is starting to mature, witness:

Here’s what’s on our Macs (and iOS devices):

Jason

Rob

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Appearance: PPUG meets Saturday in Philadelphia

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Date: Monday, August 15th, 2011, 20:47
Category: News

http://thescene.s3.amazonaws.com/pics/bar/2/51481/profile/1205061797294_272.jpgThe Philadelphia PowerBook User Group (PPUG) meets this Saturday, August 20, 2011 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Manayunk Brewing Company along the beautiful Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, PA.

At PPUG we like to survey the mobile technology landscape and review the latest in Apple and mobile gear.

I’ll be at Saturday’s meeting with Bob Snow, Youngmoo Kim and David Berg to talk about the new Mid-2011 MacBook Air and Mac mini but mostly about Lion – an upgrade that everyone can sink their teeth into.

As always, bring your new gadgets and software to show and tell and feel free to bring items to sell or swap as well. Join us for lunch (or a brew) while we talk mobile computing. It’s a great meeting that’s free and open to you and your guests.

Manayunk Brewing Company
4120 Main Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127
215.482.8220

PowerPage Podcast Episode 154 – iOS 5 and world domination

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Date: Friday, June 17th, 2011, 11:07
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast 2011Episode 154 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (32 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady and Rob Parker

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On this episode Rob and I delve into a bevy of new iOS 5 features and learn a thing or two along the way. We also talk about iOS 5 highlights, its deficiencies and play “What’s on your Mac?”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • Compass Mobile Stand for iPad ($39.99) – This travel stand for you iPad is sturdy and packs small, just remember to take it out of your luggage at the airport. The Space Invaders decal on the back is from SkinAT.

Rob

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Appearance: Atlantic City Mac User Group meeting tonight

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Date: Friday, May 13th, 2011, 10:17
Category: App Store, Apps, iOS, iPad, Meetup, News, User Group

Just a quick heads-up that I’m presenting my favorite iPad apps tonight, Friday, May 13, live in the meatspace at the Atlantic City Mac Users Group (@ACAMUG) at 7:30 p.m. If you’re going to be in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware area please stop by.

ACAMUG meets at the Mays Landing, NJ campus of Atlantic Cape Community College located on Route 322, aka the “Black Horse Pike”, about two miles west of the Hamilton Mall (directionscampus map.) Head to Building M, room M129 — across from Careme’s restaurant.

I’ll be giving away retro PowerPage t-shirts and copies of my book, The Droid Pocket Guide (2nd Ed.). I look forward to meeting you there.

PowerPage Podcast Episode 153 – The iPad 2 arrives, sort of

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Date: Sunday, March 20th, 2011, 20:44
Category: Podcast

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Episode 153 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (37.4 MB, MP3).

Panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker and Tom Hesser

Topics:
The first wave of iPad 2s arrive begin to trickle out, iOS 4.3 and personal hotspot, Rob’s new ThunderBook and we play “What’s on your Mac?”

Here’s what’s on our Macs this week:

Jason

  • djay for iPhone and iPod touch ($9.99, App Store) – My favorite iPad DJ app comes to the small screen. Great for practicing when my iPad isn’t around.

  • My Zeo ($199) – This personal sleep coach helps you analyze your sleep patterns by tracking your brain waves with a lightweight headband while you sleep. I definitely sleep better since using it.

Rob

Tom

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