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Tech Check: Tablet vs. Laptop for back-to-school

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So what’s it going to be for school this year? A new laptop or a new tablet?

In our back to school Tech Check, we’ve got the lowdown on the battle between laptops and tablets.

Listen, laptops do it all. No question that you will never go wrong by choosing a laptop for your student. But wait! There are advantages to tablets plus kids love them.

But what you want, what they need, what they might break, also what you can afford should all figure into your decision.

Let’s start with what you want. Parents are really divided on the questions of laptops versus tablets. According to a survey by, 50% of the parents polled said they’d be buying a laptop, while 49% of the rest of the parents polled said they would be going for a tablet.

ipad vs laptop for school Now let’s move to needs.  If you expect that your child will run school software or accessing trick school websites, the answer is laptop.  If your child will mostly be web browsing for home, work or e-reading the answer is tablet. If your child will be doing a lot of writing, word processing and anything that involves a keyboard, the answer is laptop.

Now you can buy a wireless keyboard for your tablet but it’s not a great experience.

Also, in the what do they need category, if portability is an issue, what’s the easiest to haul around? The answer is tablet.

Now let’s move to the category of what they might break. For this we asked the docs at Atlanta’s iHospital to weigh in when it comes to kids and technologies, what do they break the most often.

iHospital D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices Mindy: “A lot of parents come in here and say you know, this is my 5 year old’s iPad and it got dropped the other day, and the screen cracked. So, there’re a lot of kids using tablets.”

So Mindy at the iHospital says if you’re worried that your kid will break it, choose a laptop because they are more durable.

Our final category is what can you afford. With laptops coming down in price, you can pick up a good one for around $400 – $500. That’s about the price of a good tablet though. So, the answer is either laptop or tablet.

I’ve got all of this information listed on my Facebook Page at Let me know about your tablet or laptop concerns for back to school.

How To Create Free iPhone Ringtones

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how to create free iphone ringtonesAre you interested in how to create your own free iPhone ringtones? If so, this post is for you. All you need is a non-protected audio file (wav, mp3, etc), iTunes and your trusted Mac computer.

Our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices thought you’d enjoy this short tutorial on how to create your own free ringtones for your iPhone.

1. Open iTunes on your Mac.

2. Look for the song you’d like to make into a ring tone and select it.

3. Right click by pressing Control then Click and select “get info”.

4. Click on the “options” tab from the next window.

9 Essential and Free Apps for Your iPhone

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best free apps Nothing quite beats the feeling of downloading a free app for your iPhone that you come to know and love. Seriously, where else can you get anything for free? Free apps definitely beat dirty couches on the side of the road, that’s for sure.  Our knowledgeable D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices created the following list of 9 essential and free apps for your iPhone:

1.  Facebook - This free app is essential for the 900 million+ people that currently use Facebook. Facebook for iPhone lets you keep in touch with all your friends while you’re on the go. You can start a chat, check out the news feed, browser pictures, check in and upload pictures – all from the ease of your iPhone.

2.  Twitter - The Twitter app enables users to follow their interests, get quick updates from friends and their favorite celebrities, and most importantly, see what’s happening around the world. This free app keeps getting better and better.

3.  Skype - This free app allows you to make video calls (and regular calls) to anyone else on Skype for free – worldwide. You can also text your Skype contacts.

Your Guide to Mac Repair in Atlanta

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mac repair in AtlantaAre you wondering how to get your Mac computer repaired and live in the Atlanta, Georgia area? iHospital Atlanta is your one stop shop for all your Mac repair in Atlanta needs. We service every type of Mac computer including (but not limited to): Mac Mini, iBook, PowerBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Pro. Trust us when we say we’ve seen every type of damage imaginable. From water damage to wiped hard drives, our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices are here to get your Mac book in your care as soon as possible, at a reasonable cost too.

[Related: Which Mac is Right for You?]

With over 4 million Macs sold in the second quarter of 2012, Mac desktop computers and notebooks continue to be one of the most beloved computers of all time. That being said, if you find yourself looking for reliable Mac repair in the Atlanta region, iHospital Atlanta is the way to go. We’ve created this handy guide on how to get your Mac repaired in the Atlanta region:

1.) Power down your Mac and gather all of the broken pieces (if necessary) and power cords.

2.) Head down to iHospital Atlanta located at 3655 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30342.

11 Eye-Opening Features and Updates of iOS 6

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11 new features of iOS 6Everyone is anxiously awaiting the debut of Apple’s iOS 6 which is expected to arrive in the fall of 2012.  Apple proudly launched iOS 6 during it’s WordWide Developers Conference in June, 2012 and we’re here to share the most popular and talked about features and updates.  See our previous post, Top 10 Instagram Photos from WWDC 2012, for a detailed look at the conference via images.  Our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices put together the following list of 11 eye-opening features and updates to expect in the highly anticipated iOS 6:

1. Maps.  Instead of using Google maps, Apple will be using its own newly designed map app for iOS 6.  Unlike Google, this map can be tilted to view the map from an angle and there’s no pixelation when you zoom in as it’s vector based.  Apple is also introducing turn-by-turn navigation similar to the Android.  Users can follow maps with 3D views, look at road signs for their new turn and check traffic.

2. Siri.  The quirky little voice assistant is getting an upgrade to know more about sports and movies.  You can ask Siri about the current status of the Olympic games or what movie is playing at your local movie theater.  Check out our previous post, 5 best apps for the 2012 London Olympics, for more information on how to follow the upcoming games on your favorite Apple devices.  

5 Best Apps for the 2012 London Olympics

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London 2012 games best appsHere at iHospital, we are getting very excited for the upcoming 2012 London Olympics that are set to begin on June 27, 2012.  Our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices want to help you enjoy the games even more by creating a list of the top five best apps to enjoy the upcoming games.

1.  NBC Olympics Live Extra – Free.  This app allows you to watch every moment of the Summer Games for free and in real time.  You can also adjust camera views and get instant replays whenever you wish.  Finally, you have the option to follow your favorite events sports, and get push notifications for start times. This app is available for your iPad, iPhone and Pod Touch.

5 Ways To Prepare for The Mountain Lion OS X Upgrade!

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mountain lion OS X updateThe Internet is buzzing about the latest news that Apple has released to developers the golden master of Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8).  This is the final non-public version.

According to Apple, the brand new OS X Mountain Lion update will be going on sale at the end of this month and it will cost $20.

[Related: How to Update Your Mac’s OS X Software]

Here are some tips on what you need to make sure you can upgrade to the latest version of Mountain Lion as soon as it becomes available.

iPhone Repair in Atlanta

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iPhone repair in Atlanta

We repair iPhones in Atlanta.

There are many options for iPhone repair in Atlanta.  Instead of searching through Google, or looking up iPhone repair shops in the yellow pages, we’re taking the guesswork out of the equation.

The D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices at iHospital Atlanta, conveniently located at 3655 NE Roswell Rd., Suite 202, Atlanta GA 30342,  fix all makes and models of iPhones including:

  • iPhone 1st Gen
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3Gs
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPhone 5

We’re confident iHospital Atlanta is your number one choice when it comes to iPhone repair in Atlanta.

USA Today for iPad

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USA Today for iPad applicationiPad Application – USA Today for iPad  – Free – Score: 3 IV’s

What is the USA Today for iPad App?

The USA Today for iPad application allows readers to read USA Today on their iPad’s.

What did you like about it?

The brand new USA Today app makes it faster, easier, and more fun to read articles and watch videos from the popular news publication. Your favorite news is updated 24/7 and all available on your iP

Top 3 iPhone Apps for Kids

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top 3 apps for kidsIt’s summer and guess what that means? Your kids are home from school. And when they aren’t outside playing, they are most likely playing electronics including your beloved iPhone.  Instead of getting stressed out when they open up your calendar, or fiddle with your contacts, download these three applications to keep them busy!  You can thank us later.

Top 3 iPhone Apps for Kids

1. Toca Boca Toca Train.  $1.99 – this app is aimed primarily for kids in preschool and kindergarten, and it encourages kids to use their imagination with ever flick, swipe and tick.  Your iPhone is turned into a toy train set that your kids are sure to love.  The controls are specifically designed for small fingers which is a definite plus in our books.  Toca Train is easy to learn and overall, we know it will be a hit. Just pull the levers, push the buttons and start exploring!

2. Icebox Doodle. $0.99 – this app is perfect for the summer and lets your kids make custom designed frozen treats from your iPhone.  Forget the ice cream truck, spend just $0.99 and keep your kids entertained for hours! With Icebox Doodle, your kids can make ice pops, pudding pops, smoothie pops, frozen bananas, shaved ice and frozen yogurt.  Customize your creations with chocolate sauce and other mess-free toppings! A definite must have for all the parents out there. 

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