iBrothers today grabbed a couple of new iPads to replace an iPad2 and an original iPad. While specifications are all good and fine, we thought it would be worth sharing our own impressions for people considering an upgrade to the new iPad. Read more
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With over 36% of the Australian mobile phone population owning a smartphone, and with an expected growth to more than 50% within 12 months, it’s no wonder the number of applications (or “apps”) being made, continues to increase rapidly. It is becoming more common for websites to offer a mobile version of their website or a dedicated app and this trend has continued with our local Government agencies getting onboard.
In Victoria, we are spoiled with almost every Government department offering something. From the Department of Health’s fantastic Better Health Channel application, which I have personally used many times to locate a 24hr Chemist or gain health advice for my children, to VicRoads SmartPark application, which helps me to avoid being fined by reminding me that my parking is about to expire, and it even tells me the exact location I parked my car! Read more
Here we are again, right in the middle of the silly season ready to give those of you who aren’t completely organised some last minute shopping advice.
This year seems to be better than ever for bargains with all retailers conducting an all out assault to keep you buying local and not overseas. So without further ado, here are our top picks for Christmas 2011 Read more
With low prices and greater demand for “internet connected” devices such as smart TVs, gaming consoles, smart phones, tablets and of course computers, home networks are fast becoming more complex than what you may encounter on a small business network. On a business network, the cornerstone to the network is the file server, a system where all network connected computers can access common files and programs. Often, these can be complex beasts to setup and configure and for the most part, a traditional file server is generally considered overkill for a home network. So, for the home network that craves a centre point to store files such as documents, photos, music and movies and access them from a multitude of devices we turn to a low cost, low complexity solution offered by a NAS. Read more
A couple of weeks ago I found myself preparing for the birth of my daughter. By preparing I mean selecting the lenses for my digital SLR camera, deciding if I should have another camera as a backup and gathering all the necessary chargers for various devices such as mobile phones and wifi hotspots. I sometimes believe I must be the only person who packs a 6 port power board as the first thing in a suitcase. The one thing that did give me pause was deciding if I should take my 15” MacBook Pro this time or rely solely on the iPad for sharing those precious and early photos with my family and friends. Read more
Most people I know would peg me as a bit of an “Apple fanboy” and I’ll be the first to admit, for the most part I really do like Apple products. I love the design of the hardware, software and their simplicity in flow and usability while still being able to accomplish all my needs.
Prior to the iPhone I had a problem. A “mobile phone addiction”. It was like a drug and for more than 10 years, I found myself upgrading every 6-12 months to get the latest and greatest phone on the market. That was until the iPhone 3G launched in Australia.
Being a phone junkie and already well equipped with the Mac/ iPod combination, I lusted over the iPhone ever since Steve Jobs unveiled it back in 2007. It was sexy and different, and totally blew away my Windows Mobile something or other I had at the time. I have been a proud iPhone owner of the iPhone 3G, 3Gs and 4, upgrading contracts for every revision.
Even with the satisfaction of my iPhone, Android based smartphones had also entered the market and the inner geek in me was intrigued. The first offerings though had no pinch-to-zoom, no real enticing application market and very limited availability of handsets in Australia which tended to stay my hand from my wallet. It wasn’t until Telstra and HTC released the Desire with 2.1 (Éclair) that I felt the platform appeared mature enough to be a contender for my hard earned cash when next I upgraded my mobile phone. With the Desire’s launch, a number of friends started to move away from either their iPhone 3G or from their other feature phones. While tempted, I chose to hold out for the iPhone 4.
Lately more and more people have joined the chorus of those hyping the Android platform. This, along with the work we are doing at iBrothers, aggravated the tech itch. The talk of “open”, “rebellion” and the choice of multiple manufactures started to get the better of me. At this stage, I was already using the iPhone 4 and I couldn’t really afford to take the punt on a second smartphone, but like an addict I couldn’t help myself and (on a budget of course) I managed to pull some strings and I chose the HTC Wildfire. The cheapest Android device and the time but meeting all the requirements for a full Android experience, it was even one of the first Android devices to ship with “Flash” preinstalled. The Wildfire was the little brother of the HTC Desire, just with slower CPU, less memory and smaller display. Read more
When you really think of it, it’s amazing that in the ever-changing space of the Internet, the humble email address has stood the test of time.
When you consider how embedded email is to your online presence and how essential it can be, it continually baffles us at iBrothers why people still insist on using the email address given to them by their ISP (internet service provider). Our reasoning behind this is that when you really consider how your email address is extended into nearly every part of your online life, wouldn’t it make sense to have an address that can move as you move house or internet provider?
Before we go into how to do it, I think it’s important to really explore how entrenched your email address is to your online identity.
While this entry might be cutting it a little bit fine for Christmas, I am sure there are still some people out there trying to think of something to stick under the christmas tree. iBrothers have put their heads together to come up with a list that will satisfy a few different budgets.