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iHospital talks to Fox News about the Sex Offender App for iPhone and iPad

Written by iHospital. Posted in Media Coverage

TAMPA – It’s a night of tricks or treats, and for parents, knowing the scariest homes on the block could offer some peace of mind on Halloween.

Now a smartphone app allows you to track how close sex offenders are to your kids as they go door-to-door asking for treats.

The app links to the National Sex Offender public website , maintained by the U.S. Justice Department. It then taps into your phone’s GPS and shows you where the offenders live nearby.

Tech expert Johnathan Keyser says the app is popular with parents.

“Click on it once and their name, their address, and what charges they’ve been charged with, ” Keyser described.

There are about 1,700 sex offenders and predators in Hillsborough County alone. Detective Kat Poynter with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says the chances of encountering a sex offender on Halloween are rare; yet its always a good idea to arm yourself with information.

“Anything that will keep a child safe is definitely a plus. If you have some type of a mechanism like the apps program, you have the FDLE website. All of these are really good information,” Detective Poynter said.

It’s information at your fingertips that may keep your child from knocking on the wrong door this Halloween.

A lot of parents will be armed with their smart phones when they take the kids trick or treating tonight.
There are several applications you can download to help stir clear of sex offenders. Fox 13 Gloria Gomez,
shows us how they work.

Gloria Gomez: It’s a night of tricks or treats. And for parents knowing the scariest homes on the block
could offer some piece of mind on Halloween. Now a smart phone app allows you to track how close sex
offenders are to your kids as they go door to door asking for treats.

Jonathan: You can kind of zoom in and zoom out see anyone in the area that’s registered as sex
offender.

Gloria Gomez: A smart phone sex offender app links to the national sex offender registry then taps in to
your cellphone’s GPS and shows you where the offenders live nearby. Tech expert Jonathan Keeser says
the app is popular with parents.

Jonathan: Click on them once and it gives a little reference their name, their address and what charges
they’d been charged with.

Gloria Gomez: There are about 1700 sex offenders and predators in Hillsborough county alone.

Kat: Know where you’re going. Plan it out.

Gloria Gomez: Detective Kat Poynter with Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office says, that chances of
encountering a sex offender on halloween are rare. Yet it is always a good idea to arm yourself with
information.

Pat: If anything that will keep a child safe is you know, definitely a plus, you got some type of a
mechanism such as the APPS Program, you have the FSOP website all of these things are really good
information.

Gloria Gomez: Information at your fingertips that will keep your kids from knocking on the wrong door
this halloween. In Tampa, Gloria Gomez, Fox 13 News.

There are free versions of the Sex Offender APPS, just search for them at the iphone APPS Store or the
Android market.

Will Siri Power the New Apple TV?

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

Will you be throwing away your remote TV for a “siri-like” voice controlled Apple TV soon? The answer is yes according to biographer Walter Isaacson. 

The New York Times reported yesterday that Steve Jobs was thrilled when he had an epiphany about how to make Apple TV work.  “I’ve finally cracked it!” he told his biographer, Walter Isaacson.  Some interpreted this comment to be related to the physical television set but they were wrong.  What Steve was so excited about was Siri, Apple’s new voice recognition software on the iPhone 4S.

The good folks at Apple have been racking their brains for years on how to make Apple TV different.  How can they make it more user friendly which is a hallmark of their brand and company.  They couldn’t put a giant home button on the screen so how could they really make Apple TV rock?

They toyed with a wireless keyboard and mouse or using your iDevice as a remote control but Steve axed both of those. They weren’t innovative enough for Apple.

The engineers and designers at Apple figured it out – get rid of the dreaded remote control and replace it with Siri.  People can choose their television content as easily as they download an app on their iPod, iPhone or iPad. Cool right? Imagine sitting on your couch wondering what to watch. You laugh as you remember Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure so you say, “Play Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and voila! Done! The same goes for baby animals on Youtube, Justin Bieber, etc.

Because they aren’t rich enough, Apple could generate an extra $19 billion in revenue from a Apple television set excluding content deals and that’s if they only reached 5% of current TV watchers.  Some expect to launch by 2013. What do you think? Would you switch in your LCD Television for an Apple TV? I’m sure we know the answer.

Source:  The New York Times – What’s Really Next for Apple in Television

iTunes Mach LIVE! Well Almost.

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

Developers were notified on Wednesday evening that Apple is wiping iTunes Match on October 27th, 2011 in in order to clean up the “overall quality and reliability” of the service ahead of its upcoming public launch.

Wondering what iTunes Match is? It’s an awesome service that provides users a convenient scan and match service that determines which songs on their hard drive are also available on the iTunes music store.  This includes all your music including music you’ve burned from CDs or purchased somewhere besides iTunes.  Those songs will accessible from iCloud.  Your music library will be available to all your Apple and Mac devices.

The service will cost $24.99 per year and Apple is claiming the scan will take minutes compared to weeks of upload time from rivals Amazon and Google.  Your subscription will get you unlimited downloads on up to ten devices! You’ll also have access to Apple’s 18 million iTunes store database.  Tracks not found will be uploaded in their original format to Apple’s database and won’t count towards your storage limit.

The best feature of iTunes Match is it will also offer better quality of music by providing 256 Kbps AAC downloads even when the matched files have a lower bitrate. Your second-rate music files will become first class in seconds!

iTunes Match is currently closed to Developers.  Today’s news of the wipe points to it being launched very soon.  Possible reasons to delay the service include licensing and copyright.  You might have noticed an iTunes Match toggle in your iOS music settings pane which directs users to subscribe to the service.

Apple Developers have been instructed to turn off their iTunes Match service on computers and operating systems during the wipe. Current songs shouldn’t be affected but it’s important to backup regularly and don’t delete the music you’ve added to iCloud from your library.

Let the iHospital in New York Repair Your Broken iPhone Screen

Written by iHospital. Posted in iHospital iV

iHospital in New York wants to give you a free iPhone case.  All you have to do is come in before November 10th, 2011 to have your iPhone screen repaired.  That’s it!  Really!

Is your iPhone’s Screen in desperate need of repair? Have your iPhone repaired at the iHospital in New York by one of our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices.  We have a unique system that allows us to repair your iPhone display in five minutes or less on the 3G/3GS models, and less than 15 minutes on the iPhone 4/4S – no appointment needed!

We guarantee that iHospital  New York will go over and above every expectation to repair and return your iPhone’s screen as soon as possible.  Our services are second to none.  Don’t believe us? We did the research for you.  Here’s what you can expect from other iPhone repair service providers in New York City when it comes to repairing your broken screen. (Data was collected by searching “iPhone Screen Repair New York City).

The Results are in

The first service provider had two locations in New York city and both required you call ahead to make an appointment  if you needed to get your iPhone screen repaired.  Their website was also hard to navigate with lots of random blinking titles and multi colored fonts.  This isn’t a rave party – we just need to get our iPhone Screens repaired!

The second service provider we found promised certified technicians will get your device back in working order.  What kind of certifications do these repairmen have?  We couldn’t find it anywhere on their website. The iHospital technicians are D.i.D.  Doctor of iDevices certified.  They are the creme de la creme when it comes to iDevice repair – especially iPhone screen repairs.

The third and final service provider we researched promised that your iPhone screen would be repaired in 24 hours.  Really? Do you want to wait that long? The iHospital in New York ensures most iPhone screen repairs are done same day, some are even done in a matter of minutes.  Our triage team will let you know within five minutes of walking in the doors exactly when you’re going to have your beloved iPhone back. Long lines and wait times are so old school – do you really need to hear more?

Our store also carried an enormous selection of iPhone cases and accessories to prevent you from damaging your iPhone’s screen again. All repairs are covered under a one-year warranty against any manufactures defects.

Was Apple TV Steve Job’s Last Frontier?

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

There’s a lot of chatter about Apple TV on social networks and the Intranet this morning.  Steve Jobs biographer Walter Issacson suggested that Apple may have been working on an Apple-branded television set.

Why is this such big news you ask?  Well rumors of an Apple television set have been swirling around for years and Apple has always doubted the profitability of entering a market where cable operators control everything.

As we all know Steve Jobs felt the general rules didn’t apply to him and Walter’s biography confirms this for us. Here is a excerpt published by The Washington Post:

He very much wanted to do for television sets what he had done for computers, music players, and phones: make them simple and elegant,” Isaacson wrote.

Isaacson continued: “‘I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use,’ he told me. ‘It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud.’ No longer would users have to fiddle with complex remotes for DVD players and cable channels. ‘It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it.

There are varying opinions on the success of an Apple TV model.  Some suggest tough licensing laws and video protections will be a problem for Apple.  Another conflict could be the varying contracts people are in with their current cable subscribers.  Lastly, Apple would need to provide a lot of in-home support to set up boxes, hardware, etc. which they don’t currently offer.

We can’t confirm what exactly Steve meant by the above statement but we’re sure it would give regular longstanding telecommunications companies a run for their money.  He certainly won the hearts of the MP3 player market, the Smartphone market and the Tablet market. Apple currently offers a set-top box that they officially call a “hobby”.  Walter’s biography hints there is much more to come.

What do you think about Apple TV?  Would you pay a premium to use it?

Sources

Washington Post – Job’s Final Plan: An “integrated” Apple TV

MacRumors – Steve Jobs on an Apple Television Set: “I Finally Cracked It”

6 Things You Need to Know about Steve Job’s Special on 60 Minutes

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

Walter Isaacson, authorized biographer of Apple founder Steve Jobs, was on 60 Minutes last night approximately 24 hours before his biography becomes available in book stores around the world. Here’s a rundown of what you need to know just in case you missed it.

The Biography

The biography is made up of over one hundred interviews of Steve’s acquaintances as well as forty interviews of Steve himself. Steve initially requested Walter interview him over seven years ago (which Walter thought was a tad presumptuous). What Walter didn’t know was Steve was just about to undergo surgery for pancreatic cancer.

High Expectations

Walter mentioned that Steve could be quite rude to people – a waitress at a local restaurant, a guy who stayed up coding all night. When asked why he acted this way Steve replied, “I really want to be with people who demand perfection. And this is who I am.”

Influences

Steve’s adoptive father Paul influenced Steve to become quite the perfectionist. When working on a fence during Job’s childhood, Paul said, “You’ve got to make the back of the fence that nobody will see just as good as the front of the fence. Even though nobody will see it, you will know, and that will show you’re dedicated to making something perfect.”

The Bay Area where Steve grew up also influenced him quite drastically. Surprisingly, Steve dropped acid, listened to Dylan music but also had a passion for electronics. He did the night shift at Atari because nobody wanted to be near him – he walked around barefoot and didn’t bathe.

Steve’s simplistic style was inspired during a seven month trip to India. His encounters with Zen Buddhism encouraged the notion that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Rules Don’t Apply to Steve

According to Walter, Steve felt that traditional rules didn’t apply to him – he didn’t have respect for authority. This was demonstrated by not having license plates on a Mercedes sports coupe.

Cancer

Job’s cancer was discovered in 2004 during a routine scan for kidney stones. In the beginning he tried natural remedies. It wasn’t until four years later in 2008 he moved on to conventional medicine. Jobs continued to have secret cancer therapy even though he was telling everyone he was cured.

Final Years

Steve focused more on the iPad and the iPhone during the last 2.5 years of his life. He also began to see the importance of spending time with his family. During one of his last interviews with Walter Steve reflected about death by saying, “Maybe it’s ‘cause I want to believe in an afterlife. That when you die, it doesn’t just all disappear. The wisdom you’ve accumulated. Somehow it lives on,” he said on tape. He paused and went on, “Yeah, but sometimes I think it’s just like an on-off switch. Click and youre’ gone. And that’s why I don’t like putting on-off switches on Apple devices.”

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