This is the 47th post in a series called 5 Things. Each week I will share a combination of technology articles and apps that I have discovered and liked in the past week. Anything highlighted in blue is a link to an article, an app, or another section of my website.
Here is something you can talk about when you get together with people on the 4th of July. Tweet is now officially a word in the Oxford English Dictionary. I always find it interesting how they decide what words get added to the dictionary.
A fascinating look at how technology has changed the way one country's citizens pay for goods and services.
When I went to Tanzania in 2009, I was shocked at how many people had cell phones, but lacked so many other things. It was explained to me that it was their primary way of communicating (computers & internet were sparse), and that it was much more cost effective to put up cell towers throughout the country than build traditional phone lines.
There has been talk that one day in the United States we will pay with everything with our phones. I am not sure if we will get there in the near future because of the ingrained culture that exists. Many of my clients still pay with cash or check.
I purchased an 11-inch MacBook Air last fall and fell in love with it. Its' small form factor, light weight, speedy performance, and full size keyboard was everything this tech guy needed in a computer. The only thing that I wished the MacBook Air had was better battery life (the 11-inch model that I purchased had a five hour battery life).
When I heard that Apple came out with new MacBook Airs that offered signficantly better battery life, I immediatley purchased one. The MacBook Air is the perfect computer for someone like myself. It is crazy fast, offers "all-day" battery life, and is super light thus easy to take with you. Since I have purchased the new MacBook Air, I have not once brought the power charger with me. I can charge it at night and have plenty of juice to get through an entire work day.
This article discusses a recent trip to the Apple Store to purchase a new MacBook Air. The customer thought he needed the "maxed out" model with all the bells and whistles. The salesperson asked some questions and helped the customer save $750 by recommending a less expensive computer that would still meet his needs.
I did this all the time during my years working at the Apple Store and I want to help you save money on your next technology purchase. If you are planning on purchasing something, just shoot me an email or give me a call and I will do my best to help you buy the right product while saving you as much money as I can!
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