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iOS 6 Released, How to Upgrade your iPhone/iPad/iPod

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 | Business | 1 Comment

iOS 6Apple has just officially released iOS 6.  The download just started for me!

iOS 6 is compatible with the following devices:

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPod Touch (4th gen)
  • iPod Touch (5th gen)
  • iPad 2
  • The new iPad (I still hate that name)

To install the new iOS 6 you just follow these steps (you need iTunes 10.7 for this, to upgrade read after the iOS instructions):

  1. Connect your device via USB to your computer (at this point it may prompt you for an upgrade, go for it)
  2. Open iTunes (if it doesn’t open already)
  3. Click on your device below “devices
  4. Click on the “Summary” tab up top
  5. Click on “Check for Update
  6. Enjoy!
Alternatively you can do so without a computer:
  1. On your iOS device
  2. Settings
  3. General
  4. Software Update

If you don’t get the update, you probably still have an earlier version of iTunes.  Only iTunes 10.7 supports the new iOS 6.

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Firefox OS to be built in HTML5

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

MozillaTechWeek europe posted today, Mozilla Wants Hundreds of Thousands of Firefox OS Developers.

The new Firefox OS will be built around Gecko, the engine behind Firefox.

According to the article, 75% of “apps” (I hate that term) are already written in HTML5, which is entirely likely.  Given the cross platform nature of HTML5 many of those “instant iOS” apps will have no problem migrating to the Firefox OS.

From the article:

The Mozilla Foundation has just renamed the project Boot to Gecko “Firefox OS”. But can we really talk about an operating system?
Absolutely. In terms of architecture, it is an operating system based on Linux, just as Android is. But we rely on Gecko, the Firefox web browser layout engine, to run applications written entirely in HTML5. We dropped XUL (the XML User Interface Language) in favour of HTML5, a language known to all web developers.

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Facebook Files for IPO – $75-100 billion

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 | Business | No Comments

FacebookI don’t usually report on financial news (though I’m very interested in finance / economics).. but I had to say something about this one.

Facebook finally filed for an IPO (initial public offering) which places the value of the company between $75 and $100 billion.

What symbol will they be filing for?  FACE?  BOOK?  FBK?

It’s interesting to note that banks wanted to handle the underwriting of the IPO so bad they lowered their fees to a low 1%.  This was done partly because of the “honor” in handling what could be (when accounting for inflation) the largest IPO of the century.  It’s more likely because of all the additional business and access to the shares.

Will the IPO ruin Facebook?  Is this the maximum value that Zuckerberg thought he could get for his company before cashing out?

Time will tell.

 

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Happy New Year 2012

Friday, December 30th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

I wish you readers all the best in 2012.

If you haven’t seen it, check out the imgur Best of 2011.  11 of the most viewed image collections on imgur.com.  One of my annual favorites to check out.

What do I expect in the next year?

  1. Much more WordPress work (on more complex and demanding sites)
  2. A trip somewhere, maybe Europe.
  3. To redo seangw.com at some point.  The site is becoming more popular (we get thousands of visitors every day) — and the site now deserves some love.  What web developer/blogger websites do you like most?
  4. To actually use my SEO knowledge on my own sites!
  5. Introduce an “Ask A Question” button on the site.  If you don’t know, I welcome any and all feedback.  You can Contact Me anytime if you have a questions not answered on the site.
  6. New monitors (I’ve had my 3 monitors since 2003?) — it’s time.
  7. Even more social interactions!  The facebook and Google Plus buttons have been popular this year.  Next year I will build dedicated brand pages (and maybe a Twitter brand page, if they open it up)
  8. I may even migrate this “blog” out from under the “wordpress” directory and to the root of my site!  Craziness.

Finally, I want to thank all the people that have shared this site in 2011.

Some viewership numbers:

December 2008 – 200 readers/week
December 2009 – 1000 readers / week
December 2010 –  1,800 readers / week
December 2011 –  9,000 readers / week

So I appreciate all those Facebook likes, those tweets, and links to some of my posts.

If there’s anything you’d like to see covered in 2012, please shoot me a message.

Happy New Year
– Sean

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Facebook Timeline Launches Worldwide

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

FacebookEveryone, not just Australia, can get their Facebook Timeline setup.

To get started, you just need to go to FaceBook.com/Timeline and sign up (in the lower right corner).

Once you start, you’ll have time to review and tweak your Facebook Timeline before you launch it.

Please let me know what you think of it (since I don’t use Facebook much, though I am getting on it to try this out).

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Why you should add Facebook like buttons

Friday, December 16th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

FacebookI still think at some point, Facebook will fade into our memories.  It’s a safe bet.. given enough time.

For now it’s time to embrace it.  Until this past summer, I hadn’t added Facebook like buttons to my site.  This was done because I was opposed to having those irritating social media icons all over my site.  I thought maybe I was missing out on a few percentage points of hits.

Today, and for the past few days, I’ve gotten more page views on my site from Facebook than from Google search.  This is according to the WordPress Jetpack by the way, Google Analytics still says I get more from Google (but I’m inclined to have suspicions).

There are about 50 pages / articles on my site that people have “liked” on Facebook (go ahead and try it… ).  A few of my posts have hundreds of likes.

This is currently generating about 500-1000 page views a day for me.  I would have never though adding a stupid Facebook Like button could do that for my site.

Add them to your site, you won’t regret it.

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iPhone 5: What, when and why?

Monday, October 3rd, 2011 | Business | 1 Comment

I’ve been avoiding saying anything about the upcoming iPhone 5 event , “Lets talk iPhone” because there are so many conflicting stories.

Tomorrow, October 4, 2011 at the usual 1pm eastern (10am PDT) Apple will hold the “Lets talk iPhone” media event at their corporate headquarters.  I will be following the live blogging, you can too at Ars Technica (and many others).

The Facts

Numerous sources agree upon the following facts:

  • Apple will release an iPhone 4 variant, likely the iPhone 4S
  • The iPhone 4S will run the A5 processor
  • The new iPhone will leverage the Siri Assistant technology.
  • iOS 5 will be announced officially
  • iCloud will be announced officially (including the uploading of all your music to “the cloud”)
  • The iPhone 4S will feature the same form factor as the current iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4 will be the same screen size / resolution of the current iPhone 4
  • Facebook will be there to announce something (probably a Facebook iPad app)
  • Apple Assistance will allow you to speak in english and tell the iPhone to do things (it will require the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5)
  • the iPhone 4s will have an upgraded camera

The Fun Stuff

Here are some fun rumors going around, and what we might see:

  • An actual iPhone 5 with a tapered form factor
  • Possible wider screen on the iPhone 5
  • A Sprint iPhone announcement (it’s almost virtually guaranteed, but Apple may also announce it)
  • News sizes for iPhones (either 4, 4S, or both) such as 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and maybe 64GB.
  • Free 3GS with contracts?
  • Maybe that iPhone 4 will be $99?

Basically we know there will be an updated iPhone 4 form factor phone feature the A5 processor.  We’ve seen the SKUs, the specs, everything.

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Facebook: Hide the Chat Bar

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

FacebookI never use my Facebook account.  My wife checks hers, and tells me when people post things on my account.

I just logged in to check out some API and analytics stuff (if you haven’t yet, setup your Facebook Insights account to see how you are doing on shares, likes, impressions and clicks).  That side chat bar is annoying.  It takes up a good portion of your screen, and for what?  I never use chat.

Thought I’d look, and saw you could hide the chat bar, and you can:

  1. Click on the settings at the bottom of the chat bar
  2. Click hide side bar
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Roger McNamee: Speech on future of the web, and high tech

Monday, July 25th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

I’m usually not a fan of the opinions of investors, but I think Roger McNamee, of Elevation Partners, hits on quite  few good points.  Business Insider has some good bullets from the video, but watch the video:

Some ideas I agree with/find intersting in the video include:

  • Shift in search technology requirements
  • The greater focus on HTML5
  • Why indexed search is becoming less important
  • Social Media startups are useless, they should be just assumed functionality by now
  • Microsoft has lost it’s control over internet connected devices
I think this is a must see for anyone involved in the web.

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Google+: The +1 button, Introduction and How To

Monday, July 11th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Google+ is important for all marketers and web developers to understand.

Growth in Google+ has been growing faster than anyone had intended (even Google is surprised, and ran out of disk space).

Why is Google+ Important

Like all major internet communities in the past 15 years, they all come to an end.  AOL was the king for years (remember when your AOL IM screen name was just as important as your current Facebook profile?).  After that died off, and AOL became “lame”, we all moved to MySpace.  I remember looking down upon people who still had “@aol.com” email addresses.  As a web developer I was hearing for years that clients wanted to developer their own version of MySpace.

Now, we’re ashamed of MySpace, and many of us have removed our pages (I don’t know if mine is still up, I haven’t logged in in years).  Why didn’t we like MySpace?  It wasn’t clean, it wasn’t professional, and alienated many of our family members (could you imagine putting our grandparents on MySpace?).

Facebook has been all the rage recently.  It appeals to a broader demographic.  You can get your parents on Facebook, along with your grandparents, and some people even have their pets on Facebook.  Fortunately our dog still doesn’t have her own Facebook page.  I’m fighting against it.

We have to plan for the next steps.  Historically companies have peaked, and then gone down hill.  If you are the founder of a company, when do you want to cash out?  At the peak.  Facebook is positioning for an IPO (and many feel it will kill the company).  Zuckerberg is cashing out.

Enter Google+.

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