• Rob Robinson, Technology, iPad 2, iPhone/iPad

    Posted on November 19th, 2011

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    The Real Purpose of Technology

    The Real Purpose of Technology

    I am sitting in the corner of the local Starbucks in Cebu City, Philippines listening to the conversations and watching the customers who sit nearby. There are three Korean teens with their noses pressed close to their iPhone’s, apparently discussing the video game they are playing. A Filipina near the Korean teens gazes at her new iPad, then looks around the room to see who is watching her. All over the sidewalk are hundreds of passersby with their faces close to their cell phones, thumbs moving at breakneck speed. I wonder how many come to this public place to be seen with their devices, verses those who just want to use them for the purposes they were intended?

    The Tech companies must know that the value of many of their devices is not it the capability of the device, but in the imparted social value they have by a consumer walking around the mall with one. A few years ago here in the Philippines, a single iPhone or iPad could not be found in the hands of any consumer. Since I moved here permanently a year ago, it seems that every teen and young adult has an Apple product in their hands.

  • To Gain The Whole World, But Loose Your Soul

    To Gain The Whole World, But Loose Your Soul

    Matthew 16:26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

    Like many, I read today’s headlines that described the passing of Apple founder Steve Jobs, with great interest. Although my interest was not in his financial fortune or how he rose to the top of his field. My interest was to scan the words describing his life to see if there was any evidence that he received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

    Jesus said that if we gain the whole world and loose our own soul, what good was our success?

    In the end, although the co-founder of Apple was perhaps one of the wealthiest men in the world, without Jesus Christ, it was all a complete loss for him. I want to be clear that I do not know the final outcome of Steve Jobs eternal state, and whether or not he receive Jesus as his Savior before the moment of his death. When I was a newly born Christian in the 70′s, I learned a phrase that came to mind in these moments of contemplation this morning.

    “If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”

  • iPad 2, iPhone/iPad

    Posted on March 2nd, 2011

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    iPad 2 Breaking News

    iPad 2 Breaking News

    Here is the latest update from the news conference at Apple concerning the introduction of the iPad 2:

    1. The new and improved iPad 2 will be the same price as the old one: $499.00-$829.00

    2. 33% thinner than the iPad 1, about the same thickness as the new iPhone 4

    3. It will have forward and rear facing camera’s

    4. Two new colors: Black and White.

    5. Shipping March 11 in the United States, March 25th in other countries.

    6. A faster Processor.

    7. HDMI port for connection to a High Definition Television.

    8. New covers for the iPad with magnetic attachment.

    9. A new iOS v4.3 software update that will enable the browser to be much faster.

    10. iPad 2 will work on AT and T as well as Verizon.

  • Technology, iPhone/iPad

    Posted on December 10th, 2010

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    New iPad 2 Details Emerge

    New iPad 2 Details Emerge

    Suppliers of the parts for the new iPad 2 have revealed that they are preparing the components for the next generation tablet wonder.

    Five different companies in Hong Kong, chip designer Wintek, battery maker Simplo and cover manufacturer AVY Precision — confirmed they were preparing for the next round of iPads. Two camera companies, Genius Electronic Optical Co Ltd and Largan Precision, confirmed they had started a new supply deal with the Cupertino, Calif.-based, company.

    At least two of the companies mentioned, said that they were already producing parts for the next generation iPad. Components for front and rear camera’s, increased screen resolution, and an external SD card slot for owner upgradable memory storage will be on he new device.

    The case for the new iPad will be approximately the same dimensions in length and width as the first generation model, but just slightly thinner. The introductory price will be about the same as the first generation at $499.99 for the 16 GB WiFi, up to about $799.00 for the 64 GB WiFi 3G model.

    Speculation that a 128 and 264GB solid state drive will be also available as an upgrade for the next generation iPad at a modest price as solid state storage has drastically decreased as production has increased. With the promise of millions of consumers upgrading to the higher storage capacities that will be available, the price for a much larger memory drive should only be slightly higher.

  • Internet, Persecution, Technology, iPhone/iPad

    Posted on December 2nd, 2010

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    Design a Christian App on iTunes, Be Removed by Apple

    Design a Christian App on iTunes, Be Removed by Apple

    A Christian organization that recently had its Apple iPhone app removed from Apple’s App Store has sent a letter to protest the removal, asking CEO Steve Jobs to reconsider the decision.

    Late last week, Apple quietly removed the Manhattan Declaration app, which had been available since mid-October, after an online petition was circulated calling the app a “hate fest” and saying that the Manhattan Declaration pushes “hateful and divisive language.” The petition, which originated on Change.org, wished to tell Apple “that supporting homophobia and efforts to restrict choice is bad business.”

    Released in Nov. 2009, the wordy Manhattan Declaration “speaks in defense of the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty. It issues a clarion call to Christians to adhere firmly to their convictions in these three areas,” according to the declaration website. Manhattan Declaration spokeswoman Michelle Farmer told The Daily Caller that the statement and organization have never espoused any hateful rhetoric toward homosexuals or pro-choice advocates but that it does stand behind its belief and hopes that Jobs will listen to their concerns.

    “We’re making the argument that if [Jobs] would take a look at the Manhattan Declaration himself, he’d see it’s not written with any rancor. It’s written on a very even keel,” said Farmer. “It’s just appealing to things that people want to come together on, that millions of Americans agree on.”

  • iPhone/iPad

    Posted on August 26th, 2010

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    Heads up on the New Logos 4: Win an New Mac or iPad

    Heads up on the New Logos 4: Win an New Mac or iPad

    Just a short note to those who read my blog daily that Logos has finally introduced their final cut of ogos for Mac. This is a long awaited and anticipated relase for all of us who love Bible study and the quality that Logos brings. Now you can have all the resources of Logos on your Mac, iPad and iPhone. I have been a Logos user since their introduction many years ago and personally cannot wait for this new Mac version. Just follow the link below for more information and an opportunity to win a brand new iMac, Macbook pro, I pad or iPod during this introduction to Logos 4

  • Is Jesus God?, Rob Robinson, Salvation, iPhone/iPad

    Posted on August 6th, 2010

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    Do You Have to Believe That Jesus is God to be Saved?

    Do You Have to Believe That Jesus is God to be Saved?

    No wonder so many people today do not understand how Jesus could pay for the sins of the whole world. It has not been explained to them that Jesus is the Creator God who has always existed and who spoke the Universe into being. That is why when Jesus took the body of a man and became like one of us, He was still God living in the body of a human man. As God Jesus has the power to die for us, as God He as the power and the right to forgive all of our sins. If Jesus was not the eternal God, our sins are not forgiven and we have no hope.
    Does that sound important enough to you that people should know these facts? I think you see my point. Tell people the whole story of Jesus Christ, who He is and why He can forgive their sins. It is because He is the God who made them.

  • Kindle, iPhone/iPad

    Posted on July 23rd, 2010

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    The Kindle Revolution

    The Kindle Revolution

    When Amazon opened its “big tent” in 1999 to launch the array of third-party selling venues that became Amazon Marketplace, the company took the rest of the online and brick-and-mortar economy to school on the unlikely but surprisingly elegant notion that every competitor is a potential partner. Back then, just about every transaction required the involvement of UPS, USPS, or FedEx, so much so that the 1999 Amazon almost looks like an old-economy company from today’s vantage point. That part of Amazon’s business grew phenomenally through the past decade and third-party sales constitute somewhere between 20 and 35 percent of Amazon’s physical unit sales, including a healthy portion of Apple products, today. But in the past 32 months Amazon has carried out what now looks like a brilliant strategy to ignite, shape, dominate, and deputize some powerful partners in what had been the moribund ebook sector of the book business:

  • iPhone/iPad

    Posted on July 16th, 2010

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    iPhone 4 Reception Problems Press Conference

    iPhone 4 Reception Problems Press Conference

    Apple is likely to announce a fix for the iPhone 4′s reception problems on Friday rather than recall the device, hoping to stem a growing chorus of complaints and avert any lasting damage to its carefully earned reputation for quality products. Apple, which surprised consumers and investors when it said it will convene an iPhone 4 press conference, has kept mum on what it will do. But analysts are betting that — despite lawsuits, a poor review from Consumer Report and growing user complaints — it will not initiate a costly and embarrassing recall. That said, Apple is certain to try and set the record straight about this antenna issue, said Fox tech guru Clayton Morris. “So far Apple has been quiet while others have been filling the void. Apple will likely say that millions of people haven’t had any trouble with the new phone, which is true. But for those who have — here’s what we’re going to do.”

  • iPhone/iPad

    Posted on June 13th, 2010

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    114,000 iPad Users Have Their email Addresses Hacked

    114,000 iPad Users Have Their email Addresses Hacked

    Roughly 114,000 Apple iPad users’ e-mail addresses were leaked this week, and now the FBI is looking into the matter to determine the threat level. Given the iPad’s stunning popularity and the frightening number of affected owners, many questions need answering. Here’s a FAQ about Apple and AT&T’s new relationship with federal investigators. What happened? Basically, a group of hackers discovered a flaw on AT&T’s Web site, stole a ton of iPad owners’ identifying information, and gave the data to a popular blog. The security hole has since been plugged.

  • Constitutional Issues, iPhone/iPad

    Posted on May 20th, 2010

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    Apple and Porn

    Apple and Porn

    The CEO of Apple Computers has been getting a lot of negative press recently - some people don’t like the way he carefully controls the software and hardware worlds of his computer empire. The most public stir has been created over his refusal to allow apps in the apple store that use or were programmed with Flash. Jobs argues (rightly in my view) that Flash is a buggy, bloated programme which slows down computers. Since Jobs is trying to create portable computers that last for 11 or so hours on battery, he wants to avoid Flash. Personally I am more than happy to never see another Flash video on my computer - I can’t stand the way Adobe make their software bloated to the point where it slows my computer down.

  • iPhone/iPad

    Posted on May 6th, 2010

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    iPad Sells One Million in One Month

    iPad Sells One Million in One Month

    Apple says its new iPad exceeded 1 million units sold this past weekend, after less than a month on the market.
    IPad reached the sales milestone far quicker than the company’s iPhone, which took nearly three months to sell 1 million units. iPad’s sales debut came amid enormous expectations, with Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster anticipating 600,000 to 700,000 units. The company sold 300,000 units its first day instead, 450,000 after five days and a half million by April 14.
    Based on that early activity, and considering those sales only included the wi-fi version of iPad, most analysts thought it was going to be far sooner rather than later that iPad would exceed 1 million units sold. The 3G model ($629 to $829 depending on configuration) went on sale on Friday and brisk sales over the weekend did indeed push iPad over 1 million.

  • Bible Prophecy Updates, iPhone/iPad

    Posted on May 6th, 2010

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    How The iPad Will Change the Church

    How The iPad Will Change the Church

    With the larger screen size one might hope that an iPad app for controlling ProPresenter or MediaShout would have a “pastor” mode which would allow the pastor to have all of his sermon notes on the screen, with a sidebar to enabling skipping to the next slide. It could even work dynamically - say a pastor decides he wants to share a bible verse listed in his notes that he hadn’t prepared in his slides. The app could automatically create slide based on the presentations template and instantly display it on the screen. Imagine an app that contains all your worship charts, you can easily scroll through all your inputted songs, listen to a quick preview, and then drag a few to create next weeks playlist. As you’re going through the music you remember that your lead singer has a lightly lower voice so you quickly adjust the key to your charts, bringing it into a better register. You hit “sync” and it auto updates all your musicians apps which you can use on stage in portrait mode, tapping the screen to get to your next song