iPhone 5, Apple Raises the Smartphone Bar

iPhone 5, Apple Raises the Smartphone Bar (http://www.businessweek.com)

With iPhone 5, Apple Again Raises the Smartphone Bar
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook took the stage Wednesday to unveil an eagerly awaited revamping of the company’s flagship products, including the iPhone, iPod, iTunes—all the way down to its ubiquitous white earphones. The centerpiece of the event, held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts in San Francisco, was the introduction of the iPhone 5, a sleek new handset that sports a larger screen but a thinner profile and is 20 percent lighter than the previous iPhone 4S.

The phone runs Apple’s new iOS 6 mobile operating system and clearly raises the bar in a high-stakes, industry-wide competition between Google, Microsoft, Samsung, and other tech giants to dominate the most real estate in the expanding world of mobile computing. “It really does feel like a piece of jewelry,” says Tim Bajaran, an analyst at Creative Strategies, of the new phone.
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My Two Cents: I am looking forward to the release of the new Apple iPhone 5. Apple has done an outstanding job with their mobile operating system. It is clear that Apple creates while their competitors try to keep up. Competition in this industry is what keeps the advancements in this technology going. The end result are better mobile devices for the customer. This is a good thing.

Apple’s iOS6 to be released this fall!

Apple’s iOS6 to be released this fall! (http://www.apple.com)

iOS 6 gives you more features to make the things you do every day even better. It’s coming this fall, and it’s free and easy to upgrade wirelessly on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch — the moment it’s available. (Continue reading at http://www.apple.com)

iOS 6 is compatible with:
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4
iPhone 4S
iPod touch – 4th generation
iPad 2
The new iPad

My Two Cents: I am excited about the upgrade!! I currently have the iphone 4s and I love it. Last month when I was in Cairo Egypt flying to Amman Jordan I had to make sure my driver would meet me at the airport, and my iphone 4s worked perfectly. A few months before when I was in Istanbul Turkey, my Pocket PC failed and failed when I needed it the most and no car was waiting for me in Kayseri Turkey, that is when I decided to get the Apple Iphone, when your on business or pleasure internationally I like having a mobile device that works period, and gives me options. I recommend the Apple iPhone! 🙂

Apple Blocks Siri On Jailbroken Non-iPhone 4S Devices

Apple Blocks Siri On Jailbroken Non-iPhone 4S Devices (www.mobilemag.com)

Many believe that Apple’s decision to keep Siri away from non-4S iOS devices is part of their marketing strategy, while some believe that the company is simply unable to provide the service to the whole iOS population. But whatever the reason is behind it, it appears like Apple will always be deciding on who all will be playing with the voice assistant. They have killed Siri on jailbroken iOS devices other than the iPhone 4S. (Continue reading at www.mobilemag.com)

My Two Cents: Last week I upgraded to the Apple iPhone 4S. I am very surprised on how much I like Siri, and how well it works. Being a business partner with Sprint since 2004 I am so happy they offer the iPhone 4s. Our Adept applications in the field run very well on the Apple iPhone including the 4S, and using Siri to talk instead of write text is just amazing. So I can see why Apple is making sure it only operates on their devices. The value added is huge.

Upgrading Multi-channel memory architecture

Upgrading Multi-channel memory architecture (www.wikipedia.org)

Dual-channel architecture requires a dual-channel-capable motherboard and two or more DDR, DDR2 SDRAM, or DDR3 SDRAM memory modules. Memory Upgrade for the Dell PowerEdge 2900 III Server takes the PC2-5300 Fully Buffered ECC DDR2 SDRAM DIMMs. You will need to make sure you place 4 of these DIMMs in 2 matched sets. If the sets do not match the server will not accept it, regardless if they are the same size. Here is an example of a DIMM set that does NOT work.(See Image below)

Not Matched Ram Set

My Two Cents: This DIMM set does not work in the Dell Poweredge 2900 or 2950 because one is a 2Rx8 and the other is a 2Rx4. The DIMMs must be exact. The Poweredge 2900 has 12 DIMM Slots. The server will throw an error message if a group of 4 DIMM are not installed together, it will still boot, but the error is annoying and can effect performance. If the set of DIMMs do not match, the server will NOT boot.

Upgrading the Dell Poweredge 2900 and 2950 Servers

Upgrading the Dell Poweredge 2900 and 2950 Servers (www.dell.com)

2900: High performance in a rackable 2-socket tower, now with Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® processors.The PowerEdge 2900 is designed with next generation performance features,large memory capacity and exceptional expandability,availability and manageability to reliably drive your business applications.
2950: The dual-processor PowerEdge 2950 delivers next-generation performance combined with a balance of internal expandability and rack density. Perfect for network infrastructure applications, such as web, messaging, database and file/print consolidation, the PowerEdge 2950 delivers both the performance customers need with the drive capacity demanded for growing applications. It’s the perfect balance available in a rack-dense 2U form factor. (Continue reading at www.dell.com)

My Two Cents: The Dell Poweredge server has always been my favorite brand of enterprise servers. My all-time favorite has been the 2900/2950 9th generation server. If the new 11th generation servers from Dell are outside your budget this year, you can upgrade your existing 2900/2950 fleet of servers and save a lot of money. Investing a few hundred dollars in CPU and Ram upgrades can be a good investment in getting more life out of these servers, BUT you need to do your homework before upgrading. Dell made three generations of these servers. GENI, GENII, and GENIII. Here is the very important differences when is comes to CPU upgrades. GEN1 only supports the Intel Xeon 50xx, 51xx family. GENII supports the Intel Xeon 50xx, 51xx AND 53xx family. GENIII supports the Intel Xeon 50xx, 51xx 53xx, AND 54xx family. I have made numerous mistakes puttting a x54xx cpu in a GENII server, and then get the dreaded CPU not supported error. To prevent this from happening, the front of these servers will have a label with a circle with a II, or a III, next to the DELL label. If you do not see the circle label, the odds are the server is GEN1, if you do see one and it has a II, its a GENII server, a III a GENIII server. Of course it better to get the Service TAG off the server and go to the DELL support site and see the servers shipping configuration. Since the Dell Poweredge R910 is in the 30 Grand Range, a small investment in upgrades can save Millions of dollars over the long term, and the performance really isn’t that different between a low end R910 and a Maxed out GENIII 2900 or 2950.