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How to Make Your Mac Talk with OS X

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

The iPhone 4S introduced us to the wonderful world of Siri, the spunky little voice assistant.  But did you know that you can enable your Mac to speak to you with Mac OS X? It’s true, you can have your Mac read books to you from the Kindle app and convert text documents into audio files.  You can also change the voice tone and language of your Mac.  Cool right?

How to Convert Text Documents into Audio Files

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your Kindle books read to you on long drives? There are various third party applications that can do this for you but did you know you can do this using your Mac?  First off, it’s good to understand this is a simple automator service that must be enabled first.  First, you have to launch System Preferences and then click on the Keyboard preference pane icon. After this, click the Keyboard shortcuts tab.

The next step is clicking on Services in the left hand column, and then scrolling down to the Text section.  Click on the ox next to the Add to iTunes As a Spoken Track service.  After you complete this step, you can go ahead and close out of System Preferences.

Phone5.com Domain Obtained by Apple

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

We recently wrote about 3 reasons why the next iPhone will be called the iPhone 5, and we’re here to share reason number four! Earlier this month, the folks at Apple filed a claim with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to obtain ownership of the iPhone5.com domian.  Up until now, iPhone5.com was home to a small, independent forum.  iPhone 5

According to The Next Web, the case has ended which means that the dispute over iPhone5.com has been resolved without WIPO having to get involved. As it currently stands the domain is being held by brand protection firm Corporation Service Company, most likely on behalf of Apple.  The domain currently shows a blank page.  We think they should add a snazzy picture of what the iPhone 5 might look like!

Your Guide to iPhone Repair & Upgrades in New York

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

iHospital New YorkThere are many options when it comes to iPhone repair and iPhone upgrades in New York City. Do a quick Google search and you’ll see exactly what we mean. We’re here to take the guesswork out of the equation. iHospital New York City is your number one choice when it comes to iPhone repair and upgrades. Our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices were kind enough to create this useful guide on what to do for all your iPhone repair and upgrade needs.

Mac App Store Welcomes Apps that Use Global Hotkeys

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

Application creators all over the world are breathing a big sigh of relief. Why you ask? Well, reports came out early Thursday morning suggesting that Apple would disallow Mac App stores that enabled keyboard “hotkey” shortcuts. The popular Apple blog, Macworld, confirmed that this was in fact a rumor and these apps are definitely allowed within Apple’s App store.

All of this hype came about because starting June 1, 2012, all apps that are submitted to the Mac App Store need to include Apple’s sandboxing requirements. For those of you that wonder what sandboxing means, here’s a little breakdown. Sandboxing is a term that refers to limiting what functionality and data a certain app can access for a user’s protection and security. Another popular blog called TUAW suggested that as part of these updates, Apple would shun new apps with global hotkeys too.

Who’s “The King” of the Apple Community?

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News, iHospital iV

Guess who has been dubbed “The King” of the Apple Community? Our very own D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices Ross J. Newman, founder and CEO of iHospital!

A Brief History

Ross got the entrepreneur bug young… really young.  He opened his first business at the age of 12, a jewelry company appropriately called Ross Jacob Jewelers.  As he grew up, his passion for business continued to do likewise.  At the age of 19, Ross dropped out of college and started another business selling sports memorabilia and collectibles.  Soon afterwards, he began running a hotel in New England as well as operating five retail clothing stores.  Still not impressed?  In 2006, he started an exclusive clothing distribution company selling high-end brands to stores up and down the East Coast.

3 More Reasons Why iHospital Repairs Beat AppleCare+

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

According to the AppleInsider Blog complaints are on the rise about Apple’s phone-based tech support call wait times and call automation which has led to an overall decline in customer satisfaction.  The report was compiled and published by Vocalab, and it shows that phone support has dropped significantly over the past 18 months.  Apple continues to lead the survey in overall tech support, but where Apple used to be well ahead in nearly every measure of service quality, there are no areas where Apple is tied with, or falls behind its competitors according to Vocalabs CEO Peter Leppik.

The D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices at iHospital pride themselves on providing top notch customer service for each and every repair and/or upgrade.  We love what we do and it shows.  Here are 3 more reasons why iHospital beats AppleCare+ every time.

1.  Face-to-face Appointment and no appointment needed.  Is your iPhone, iPad, Mac or iPod Touch in need of a repair or upgrade? Don’t feel like scheduling an appointment at the genius bar or calling Apple’s tech support? Maybe you like speaking to automated chaps on the phone?  Come down to any iHospital location and speak with one of our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices  about your repair and/or upgrade.  We’ll let you know within five minutes of walking in the door what it will cost and how long it will take.

2.  Most repairs are finished same-day.  Most of the time, you will have your Apple device back in your loving care within the day.  Some repairs even take minutes to complete.  AppleCare+ requires that you don’t have your iPod, iPad, Mac or iPhone for 2 – 3 days.  Who wants to deal with that has problem? Talk about an inconvenience.

3.  Keep your data. The D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices are highly trained professionals who exclusively work on Apple devices.  They are experts in data recovery and instead of replacing your device, like Applecare+ does, we repair it and you get to keep all of your documents, images, files, etc.  Rest assured, we only use the highest quality OEM parts and all repairs are back ed with a one-year warranty.

We published a nifty little chart in a previous post, Apple Care vs. iHospital Repairs, that I’m sharing below to prove how much iHospital rocks.  What has your experience been like with AppleCare+? Share it in the comments below.  We love hearing from you!

iPhone Water Damage Repair in New York

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

Did you know iPhone water damage is one of the easiest repairs we do at iHospital in New York City (Manhattan/NYU)?  One of our blog readers from New York sent us a question regarding iPhone water damage and we wanted to share our response with you:

Dear iHospital,

I dropped my iPhone in the bathtub this morning (stupid I know).  Is there a way to repair it myself?  I’ve heard I could put it in a bag of rice to draw the water out – is that just an old wives tail?  My iPhone switches on but then the screen just goes black – what should I do?

Regards,

Missing my iPhone, New York

iPhone water damage is one of the most common repairs our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices repair at iHospital.  One of our technicians even had to repair dog urine from a Mac Pro but that’s a whole other story!  Here’s the lowdown on your options on how to go about fixing iPhone water damage.

Option 1.) Putting your iPhone in a bag of dry uncooked rice reportedly helps water damage but we haven’t tried it (and advise against it).

Option 2.) Visit the Apple Store and have them send it off for repair.  AppleCare+ doesn’t cover iPhone water damage so you are out of luck if you shoveled out the $99.00 when you purchased your iPhone.

Option 3.) Purchase the new iPhone 4S. Come on, we know you want to test out Siri right? We can even show you how to teach Siri to tweet!  A quick and expensive option.

Option 4.) Come down to iHospital in New York City (Manhattan / NYU) and have one of our expert D.i.D Doctor of iDevices take a look at your iPhone water damage.  No appointment is needed and we’ll give you a free estimate within five minutes of walking in the front door.  Our New York location is conveniently located on Broadway at Washington Place within the Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers across from the New York University Campus.  You can kick back, grab a coffee and read a book while we repair your iPhone water damage.  Rest assured, we only use the highest quality of OEM parts and all of our repairs are covered by a one-year warranty  Pretty spectacular right?

We were happy to fix our readers iPhone water damage while she checked out the Soho Apple Store a short walk away.  Do you have any iPhone water damage war stories? Please feel free to share them in the comment section below!

Don’t forget to drop in to iHospital for all your iPod and iPod Nano repairsiPad repairsiPhone repairs and Mac repairs. No appointment is needed and all repairs are backed with a one year warranty. Repairs are done while you wait and some repairs take as little as five minutes! Come see us today! Click here for list of our locations.

 

D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices Training

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

iHospital’s D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices are happy to announce that they are now offering in-house, on-site and video/ online training and educational classes for your team!

Andrew Deeson D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices1) On-site Training

The current D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices would love to schedule a unique training course for any and all associates interested in an education on iDevices.

2) Video Training and Online Workshops

If you would like to complete your training in the comfort of your own home feel free to request the video training and online workshop method. Here at iHospital we understand that everyone has a different learning style. The benefit of this version of D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices training is that you can stop and re- watch any part you need extra time with. You have the ability to comprehend the courses at your own pace.

This option will be perfect for you if you have any questions or need further explanations.

Mindi D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices

3) Free Video Tutorials

Over time Ross Newman Founder and CEO of iHospital has produced several short video tutorials. These may come in handy for those looking to take their knowledge of D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices to the next level.

We look forward to helping you further your understanding of Apple product repairs and upgrades as a D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices, connect with us for more information.

Carrier IQ is EVIL! Not really

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

Nobody likes to be spied on. We hold our privacy close to our hearts which is slightly contradictory in today’s world of social media and online profiles.  Yesterday we were yelling about Facebook selling our data to third party advertisers.  Today, the biggest controversy is Carrier IQ, the software in our cellphones that logs our activity and passes some of that information on to wireless carriers.  We all love a good conspiracy story but this is really no big deal.  This information is used to improve wireless networks – kind of boring right?

Carrier IQ can be interpreted as evil for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s hidden.  Nobody likes to be out of the loop.  If it’s hidden it must be bad… and evil! Second, it’s installed in millions of cellphones all over the world and it’s not opt-in (sounds a lot like Facebook right?). Finally, Carrier IQ is voracious – it logs every keystroke and incoming text message, but, we don’t know how much of this information is actually sent to carriers.

Here’s what you really need to know about Carrier IQ.  It’s designed to run in the background of your phone (this is why it’s perceived as evil) to examine how well your information travels on your wireless provider’s network.  It’s interested in how fast your network is running, how well your text messages are being sent and that kind of thing.  It isn’t really interested in your social life or that naughty picture you sent to your significant other.

What’s the big deal about Carrier IQ and why did the story blow up across the Internet? Let’s just say Carrier IQ is a small company that doesn’t know how to handle negative PR.  Instead of sending a Cease and Desist letter to Trevor Eckhart, the researcher who discovered the diagnostic software, they should have just come clean and explained the whole situation openly.  It would have saved them a lot of grief in the long run!

Carrier IQ is running on 141 million devices in the U.S. according to InformationWeek. You can get rid of it according to Mashable.  It might be absent on your iOS 5 device, according to Aple, but if you want to be 100% safe, check your settings, go to “Diagnostics and Usage”, and select “Don’t Send”. Easy!

What do you think of Carrier IQ? Are you up in arms about it? Let us know in the comments below.

Don’t forget to drop in to iHospital for all your iPod and iPod Nano repairs, iPad repairsiPhone repairs and Mac repairs. No appointment is needed and all repairs are backed with a one year warranty. Repairs are done while you wait and some repairs take as little as five minutes! Come see us today! Click here for list of our locations.

 

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