Today, on July 18, 2012, I was browsing Apple.com and came across the Apple Store being closed. It said that Apple is busy updating the store and it will be back shortly. Would this mean that Apple is preparing to launch Mac OS X Mountain Lion anytime soon?

Flying a Boeing 747 Test Flight mission in Microsoft Flight Simulator X. Like for the epic landing!

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You probably have a textbook laying around some where? Do you even use it? Do you even know what’s in it or what its about? It seems textbooks are getting obsolete because now you can find everything on the internet faster and easier. When is the last time you looked in a physical paper dictionary. Probably a long time ago. Everything is moving slowly into the digital age. A couple weeks ago, Britannica, the worlds best encyclopedia maker, officially announced that it will stop selling physical paper encyclopedias. All of Britannica’s encyclopedias will be only accessed through the internet with an account. How amazing is that. If you just think about it for a little, if you were to find a meaning of a word, where would you go right now? A paper dictionary or the internet dictionary. Britannica clearly sees the opportunities and potential of posting online. Its much faster, easier, and easier to be updated by the company.

I think that textbooks will be affected in the same way. If you’ve been keeping up in the news, some schools are using iPads for textbooks. That’s amazing! This is actually better than a textbook because it has more content and it just makes reading and learning a better experience. Also the content on those iPads can be easily updated and produced. I think that this is a really good change going from physical to digital. If you take a look through the company’s point of view, they don’t need to print and waste tons of paper for a book that’s going to be used only maybe for a couple of years because its going to get outdated. An iPad, for example, can be updated without anything physically, everything is digital. This makes everything easier and more environment friendly.

Also, take a look at eBooks. eBooks are becoming a big success and there getting more and more popular. Almost all the mobile companies are thinking big about eBooks, especially Apple and Amazon. I think that eBooks was a successful transition from physical paper books. It makes reading a book easier and more enjoyable.

What do you think about the world moving to digital? Will this have some consequences in the future? Leave a comment. I would like to read your opinions.

For those Windows Phone 7 Mango users out there that feel that Windows Phone 7 just isn’t enough, have you ever though off unlocking or rooting or jailbreaking (what ever its called now). If you have a Samsung Windows Phone, then your in luck. Of course you can unlock other brands but this tutorial is for Samsung phones only. I will post other tutorials on how to unlock other brands later.

The unlock tool that is going to be used in this tutorial is called WindowBreak Me. If you want more details on it goto the Windows Phone Hacker website. You can also watch the Windows Phone Hacker’s tutorial video on this post about WindowBreak Me. Keep in mind: You are preforming this hack to your phone at your risk. Geeky Gremlin nor the blog owner are not responsible for any damage to your phone, yourself, or anything else that occurs related to this hack. I can help you fix your phone if it is a fixable problem. Just email me at: geekygremlin@gmail.com. I check my email daily and regularly go I will message you back as soon as I possibly can. 

So lets get back to the unlock. Follow and read these steps really carefully. If you would like a video of how to unlock your phone, goto WindowsPhoneHacker’s article. I will create a more detailed video tutorial later on in the future. (“WindowBreak Me” was not created by me. It was created by the WindowsPhoneHacker. This unlock was tested and is perfectly secure and safe.)

Lets get started. Note: Its recommended that you restart your phone before the unlock. These instructions are from the WindowsPhoneHacker article

1) Open up your Samsung Windows Phone 7 web browser (internet explorer) and head to this URL:

http://windowsphonehacker.com/windowbreak

2) Click or tap “WindowBreak Me”

3) Tap on “windowbreak” (part of it is obscured, but there should be an arrow pointing at it)

4) A browser window should open up. Just ignore it.

5) Go to the dialer and dial    ##634#

6) A diagnostics keypad should appear. Dial   *#9908#

7) Select “windowbreak” from the dropdown list

8) Press Save and reboot the device to restore your data settings and 3G.

Your Done! That was it! Now you can sideload applications using the Windows Phone Application Deployment Tool on your computer. To get the Windows Phone Application Deployment Tool, you first need to install the Windows Phone 7.1 SDK from the Microsoft website. Once installed, find the Application Deployment Tool (Start Menu > All Programs > Windows Phone SDK 7.1 > Application Deployment), select the target (your phone), and the XAP (the application you want to install), then just click on Deploy.

Thank you for reading my first tutorial and there is more to come.

The big blue social network, Facebook, announced on Monday that it is buying Instagram. If you don’t know what Instagram is, well its a photo-sharing service network that lets users see and comment on people’s uploaded pictures. Its like Facebook, but with only pictures to share. Instagram is a small two year-old company based in San Francisco and they are having a big success. Instagram has more than 30 million users.

Facebook is trying to be the best and the most dominant photo sharing service. At the end of 2011, Facebook users were uploading more than 250 million pictures per day. Instagram has developed an amazing platform for photo sharing.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook co-founder and CEO, posted an updated on his Facebook profile that said, Instagram will be joining Facebook to help the social network add new features to photo-sharing. Zuckerberg also noted that Facebook is “committed to building and growing Instagram independently.”

Now how will this effect the average user of Facebook and, or Instagram. Instagram users will still be able to share photos and keep their Instagram profile and lists separate from their Facebook. It wasn’t really clearly stated what the changes will take place but Facebook’s photo sharing will definitively be improved. It is interesting to me what Facebook and Instagram are doing but, personally, I don’t think this will effect my usuage of Facebook nor Instagram.

Is this a good idea? What do you think will happen after this? Will these effect you or do you just not care? Leave a comment below.

Jaxbot from Windows Phone Hacker managed to get his hands on a pre-release version of the Windows Phone “Tango’ emulator (build 8731). He unlocked the emulator and made it available for other to download and use. You can download the emulator from his article on windowsphonehacker.com

In the video he made about the emulator he said that Tango (the version on the emulator) doesn’t have that many new changes. In his video he when over these topics:

  • new MMS system with multiple attachments – video and voice notes attachments
  • new system settings added
  • location services improved with a location status bar icon (location services are buggy)

Check out his video on the emulator of a more in-dept tour of these new features.

What do you think about this emulator? Are you going to even bother to download and try it out? I definitely think that Windows Phone “Tango” will be a big milestone for the Windows Phone platform. Windows will definitely put in a lot more new features into “Tango”. Leave a comment about your opinion.

There has been a lot of rumors and speculations going around that Apple, the big A, is in the progress of making a television. It is rumored that the TV will have a special version of iOS on it and it will be your media hub to almost everything digital. Rumors also have it that, iTV is not the official name for the product but iPanel points to be it. I get the idea of calling it iPanel because if you think of a TV, you can only watch things on a TV, but on a panel, you can view a lot of things. This brings me back to why Apple is going to call this product iPanel (based on rumors). The iPanel, as said before, is a TV not only for watching, but with interacting with your digital media, which can mean almost anything – your social life, pictures, music, movies, shows, and all kind of stuff like that. I think that this product will be a big success, but naming a product isn’t the most important goal in the development of the product. Its what the product is itself that values the most.

What do you think about the iPanel? Leave a comment.