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iOS 5 Update Is Live Now, Fixes iPhone 4S Battery Problems

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Apple just released an update to iOS 5, version 5.0.1, is now live for download.  The update fixes the software bugs that caused several iPhone 4S owners to suffer from horrible battery life.


Other improvements: New multitasking gestures for the original iPad and a bug fix for uploading documents to iCloud.


The update is available over the air, meaning there’s no need to sync your iPhone or iPad to your computer to get it.


Just go to Settings > General > Software Update.


If your iDevice doesn’t recognize the update right away, wait a few minutes and try again.


Also note that the download may be slow since there are likely a ton of people trying to get the update at the same time. Be patient, and plug your phone into a power source so it doesn’t die while it’s trying to update




Half Of Young Professionals Value Facebook Access, Smartphone Options Over Salary

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For a whole new generation of tech-savvy young professionals, having access to social media or the right smartphone in the workplace is at times more important than earning a higher salary. For businesses, that means adapting to this change in priorities rather than resisting it–if the Mad Men-era job force expected noon whiskeys and female secretaries, then our modern-day equivalent demands Facebook and iPhones.


The findings come thanks to Cisco’s second annual Connected World Technology Report, a study released today that says attracting and maintaining Millennial talent takes more than the number of zeroes attached to a weekly paycheck. The company surveyed 1,400 college students aged 18 to 23 and 1,400 young professionals under the age of 30 across 14 countries. HR and IT managers take note: “The growing use of the Internet and mobile devices in the workplace is creating a significant impact on job decisions, hiring and work-life balance,” the report concluded. “The ability to use social media, mobile devices, and the Internet more freely in the workplace is strong enough to influence job choice, sometimes more than salary.”


Cisco’s findings are telling of a generation that’s been glued to LCD screens and wired to social networks from an early age. According to the report, 40% of college students and 45% of young professionals would accept lower-paying jobs if they had more access to social media, more choice in the devices they could use at work, and more flexibility in working remotely. More than half of the college students surveyed indicated that if an employer banned access to networks like Facebook at work, “they would either not accept a job offer from them or would join and find a way to circumvent.”


This technology addiction represents a major opportunity for employers looking to add to their bottom lines while recruiting top talent. For just a few simple workplace concessions (say, allowing employees to choose an iPhone over a BlackBerry, and opening up access to social networks), recruits could be more likely to accept job offers–and at a lower salary. One in four college students, according to the report, said issues like these–while likely baffling to older generations–would represent key factors in their decision to accept a job offer. (To demonstrate just how obsessed Millennials are with their precious tech, Cisco also discovered that more than half of respondents said they’d rather lose their wallets or purses before losing their smartphones or mobile devices.)


At Cisco, the company is exploring internal opportunities to take advantage of the report’s findings, which continue to show an increased melding between one’s professional and personal life. Employees more and more show an interest in working from home, using a work-issued mobile device for personal purposes, and connect to social networks while on the job. (There’s a reason why services such as Yammer, the enterprise version of Facebook, are becoming so popular.) In fact, seven out of 10 college students said company-issued devices should be allowed for personal use. That’s why Cisco, for example, is internally testing what’s called BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, meaning employees can come to work with whatever technology they prefer–be it an Android smartphone, an iPad, or a Windows-based laptop.


If that’s what it takes to recruit top talent these days–especially at a potentially lower price–how can you complain?


[Image: Flickr user Lower Columbia College]




Sprint says iPhone deal is worth $15.5 billion

Sprint on Wednesday stated that it has entered into a four-year deal valued at $15.5 billion to offer Apple’s iPhone line of handsets, the GSMA’s mobile business blog reports. Additional details were not revealed, but the carrier said it expects iPhone-related revenue to outperform the deal. ”We expect the lifetime value of a typical iPhone customer to be at least 50 percent – yes, at least 50 percent – greater than a typical smartphone user, driven primarily by more efficient use of our network and lower churn,” Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said during the company’s third-quarter earnings call. Sprint also said it expects to sell more than 1 million iPhone handsets in the fourth quarter of this year. AT&T revealed earlier this week that it activated 2.7 million iPhones last quarter while Verizon Wireless said it sold 2 million iPhone 4 handsets over the same period of time.

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Has Blackberry become the Betamax VCR of the Smartphone world?

This week marked the historic arrival of the iPhone 4S to Sprint customers across the nation.  Hooray… right?

I know that this is a game-changer for Sprint, but what will the big picture implications be?  Is it just inevitable that eventually EVERYONE will have an iPhone?  What about Android?  It’s been outselling iOS for quite a while now.  And remember Windows?  Will anyone ever embrace Windows Mobile?  Now don’t even get me started on Blackberry.  As late as August of last year RIMM had a dominating 37.6% market share of smart phone platforms in the US.  Today, that figure is closer to zero than ever before and picking up steam.   RIMM has apparently thrown in the towel and hired some investment bankers to shop the company around.

If you bought the stock a year ago, you may want to consider giving it to your kids to doodle on now.

However, if you’re a gambler, you may want to snap some up now and dump it as soon as a suitor is found.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Blackberry.  I’ve been a loyal user for ten years now, and I think the brand new Bold with the touch screen is the best Smartphone I’ve ever used.  I tried the Android.  I became very familiar with the terms “Force Close” and I even bought 13 extra chargers so I could get through an entire workday, but I just couldn’t commit.  Nothing blocks and tackles like a Blackberry.  Unfortunately, the world wants sexy, and RIMM was too busy counting their money to look up as the world passed by.

Selfishly, I hope that someone, somehow can make the Blackberry a contender again.  Sadly, I fear that my phone will eventually end up on the same pile as all those Beta tapes of  Barney Miller and Chico and the Man.

Apple Launches iPhone 4S, iOS 5 & iCloud – now on SPRINT!

Apple Launches iPhone 4S, iOS 5 & iCloud

iPhone 4S Features Dual-Core A5 Chip, All New Camera, Full 1080p HD Video Recording & Introduces Siri

CUPERTINO, California—October 4, 2011—Apple® today announced iPhone® 4S, the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri™, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. With the launch of iPhone 4S also comes the launch of iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features; and iCloud®, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work with your iPhone, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac® or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.

“iPhone 4S plus iOS 5 plus iCloud is a breakthrough combination that makes the iPhone 4S the best iPhone ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “While our competitors try to imitate iPhone with a checklist of features, only iPhone can deliver these breakthrough innovations that work seamlessly together.”

iPhone 4S comes with iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, which includes over 200 new features including Notification Center, an innovative way to easily view and manage notifications in one place without interruption and iMessage™, a new messaging service that lets you easily send text messages, photos and videos between all iOS 5 users. iOS 5 will also be available as a free software update for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS customers allowing them to experience these amazing new features.*

iPhone 4S also introduces Siri, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. Siri understands context allowing you to speak naturally when you ask it questions, for example, if you ask “Will I need an umbrella this weekend?” it understands you are looking for a weather forecast. Siri is also smart about using the personal information you allow it to access, for example, if you tell Siri “Remind me to call Mom when I get home” it can find “Mom” in your address book, or ask Siri “What’s the traffic like around here?” and it can figure out where “here” is based on your current location. Siri helps you make calls, send text messages or email, schedule meetings and reminders, make notes, search the Internet, find local businesses, get directions and more. You can also get answers, find facts and even perform complex calculations just by asking.

iCloud is a breakthrough set of free cloud services, including iTunes® in the Cloud, Photo Stream and Documents in the Cloud, that work seamlessly with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices. When content changes on one device, all your other devices are updated automatically and wirelessly.

iPhone 4S includes an all new camera with the most advanced optics of any phone. The 8 megapixel sensor has 60 percent more pixels so you can take amazing high quality photos with more detail than ever. iPhone 4S includes a new custom lens, a larger f/2.4 aperture and an advanced hybrid IR filter that produce sharper, brighter and more accurate images. The Apple-designed image signal processor in the A5 dual-core chip is built for performance, and coupled with the features built into iOS 5, makes the camera one of the fastest on any phone. With iPhone 4S, the Camera app launches much faster and the shot to shot capability is twice as fast, so you’ll never miss another shot.

New features in the Camera and Photos apps give you instant access to the camera right from the lock screen, and you can also use the volume-up button to quickly snap a photo. Optional grid lines help line up your shot and a simple tap locks focus and exposure on one subject; and the new Photos app lets you crop, rotate, enhance and remove red-eye, and organize your photos into albums right on your device to share them on the go. New iOS 5 features include built-in Twitter integration and iMessage, so you can instantly share your photos via Twitter directly from the Photos app and send photos via iMessage to individuals or groups. And with iCloud’s innovative new Photo Stream service, a photo you take on your iPhone is sent to iCloud and automatically pushed to your iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC. You can even view your Photo Stream album on your Apple TV®.

iPhone 4S can also now record video in full 1080p HD resolution and with the new video image stabilization feature, you can take richer, smoother videos. Other iPhone 4S video camera improvements include increased sensitivity, sharpness and an increased ability to capture video in low light conditions. With the new iMessage service in iOS 5, you can now instantly share videos with family and friends.

iPhone 4S has the same beautifully thin glass and stainless steel design that millions of customers around the world love, while being completely redesigned on the inside. Apple’s dual-core A5 chip delivers up to twice the processing power and up to seven times faster graphics than iPhone 4, all while maintaining incredible battery life—now up to 8 hours of 3G talk time.

Improving on the innovative stainless steel external, dual-antenna design of iPhone 4, iPhone 4S is the first phone to intelligently switch between two antennas to send and receive. iPhone 4S now supports twice the download speed with HSDPA of up to 14.4 Mbps and iPhone 4S is a world phone, so both CDMA and GSM customers can now roam internationally on GSM networks.**

Pricing & Availability
iPhone 4S comes in either black or white and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the new 64GB model.*** iPhone 4S will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 4S will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK on Friday, October 14 and customers can pre-order their iPhone 4S beginning Friday, October 7. iPhone 4 will also be available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 3GS will be available for free with a two year contract. Siri will be available in beta on iPhone 4S in English (localized for US, UK and Australia), French and German. iOS 5 software will be available on October 12 as a free software update via iTunes 10.5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch customers.

iPhone 4S will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries by the end of October including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

*Some features may not be available on all products.

**Carrier roaming policies apply. HSDPA availability and network speeds are dependent on carrier networks.

***Qualified customers only. Requires a new two year rate plan, sold separately.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

Seven years ago, Sprint and Nextel announced a ginormous “merger of equals…” but it became apparent very early on that this was an acquisition of Nextel by Sprint.  The Nextel brand was immediately replaced with Sprint – confusing and infuriating many long-time Nextel customers.  Realizing the error of their ways, Sprint eventually resurrected the Nextel brand, and the “Push-To-Talk” (“PTT”) language that made Nextel consumers so loyal.  They tried to crush it again a few years later, this time with “PowerSource”.  Essentially a Nextel radio duct-taped to a Sprint phone, it exited with a whimper a few years later.  Sprint has thrown band-aids at the network and subscriber base for years now, occasionally tossing out a new handset to keep everyone’s hopes alive.

Fast forward to today: Sprint finally has PTT on their own network, (launching October 2) and from what we’ve seen – it works!  This move will give PTT users much faster data speeds, enhanced coverage and roaming capabilities – something never offered on the Nextel network.  It will also open the door to additional handset manufacturers and a wider variety of Smartphone options.  Sprint will benefit by (eventually) migrating all of the users off of the iDEN (Nextel) network and using that frequency for enhanced data services.

As always, time will tell how well this plays out.  We’ll keep you posted.



MPS Selects MC2 & EarthLink Business for Communications Services

Milwaukee Public Schools Selects EarthLink Business for Communications Services


Press Release Source: EarthLink, Inc. On Tuesday August 30, 2011, 10:03 am EDT


ATLANTA, Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELNK – News), a leading IP infrastructure and services company, today announced that the Milwaukee Public School System, the nation’s 33rd largest urban school district, selected EarthLink Business™  as its new communications provider. EarthLink has implemented a 228 site network delivering integrated voice and data services throughout the district.


Increasingly challenged to provide more services with fewer resources, the Milwaukee Public Schools needed a provider that could deliver a cost-effective solution without compromising on technology, infrastructure, customization or deployment. MC2, an EarthLink Business channel partner, introduced EarthLink Business, which worked to help develop a customized solution for the school system.


The Milwaukee Public Schools selected EarthLink Business due to its innovative approach to network design, its ability to consolidate billing and to provide a redundant solution which would ensure business continuity.  As an E-Rate certified provider, EarthLink was able to apply an E-Rate program grant, which provides funding for schools to achieve online connectivity, to the network.  The rapid and smooth conversion of services was also an important factor, as long downtime would compromise student safety during summer school. EarthLink coordinated and completed a two-day, non-stop conversion and installation.


“Clearly in this economic environment, our primary goals are cost management and ensuring network reliability,” said Jim Davis, Director of IT, Milwaukee Public Schools. “EarthLink took immediate ownership of our issues and was extremely responsive and focused on our needs. They pulled together a truly stellar team to develop a solution and to accomplish such a rapid and challenging transition.”


EarthLink Business Vice President of Channel Partners J.R. Cook added, “The Milwaukee Public School System’s mission to educate the next generation is critical, and EarthLink Business is proud to be making an immediate and positive impact toward that end. As the communications and technology needs of the schools continue to evolve, we stand ready to help them keep pace with this change and provide mission-critical communications services.”


About Milwaukee Public Schools


The Milwaukee Public School district, the 33rd largest district in the United States, is comprised of 118 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, 40 high schools and 18 schools with combined grades.  Schools are a mix of traditional, charter alternative and partnership schools.  In addition, the district operates an Early Childhood and Head Start program.


About MC2


Milwaukee-based MC2, Incorporated has provided telecommunications sales and service to businesses in the Midwest since its inception in 2000. MC2, located at 1106 South 1st Street in Milwaukee, provides wireline voice and data services as an EarthLink channel partner.


About EarthLink


EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELNK – News) is a leading provider of Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure and services to medium-sized and large businesses, enterprise organizations and over 1.5 million consumers across the United States. The company has been providing Internet access and communications services for decades and has earned an award-winning reputation for both outstanding customer service and product innovation. EarthLink Business™ provides managed services, IT security, voice, data, mobile and equipment services over a 28,000 mile fiber network and MPLS-based services nationwide. For consumers, EarthLink is a leading Internet Service Provider connecting people to the power and possibilities of the Internet. For more information, visit EarthLink’s website