Monday, January 31, 2011

If You Haven't Changed Your Amazon Password in a While... Do So Now!

It seems that Amazon has acknowledged some type of flaw with their password system that allows people to log into your account with variations of your password.


Supposedly the flaw only affects those who haven't changed their password in years.

Rather than repeat the whole post, I'll provide a link to the story I read at Wired. Check it out and change your password!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Impressions from the Yankee Dental Congress

I returned home late last night from New England where I was honored to be asked to give 5 lectures at the Yankee Dental Congress. The weather didn't cooperate much this year with the opening day, Thursday, being dealt a 10 inch snowfall overnight. That meant schools were cancelled and many attendees were forced to stay home due to the school closings & driving conditions. As proof of that, I arrived at the convention center on Thursday morning in a snow plow as I was unable to find a cab... but that's another whole post.

The weather definitely affected attendance on Thursday, especially in the morning, but the afternoon showed increased attendance. Friday was crazy with vendors reporting brisk sales and lots of booth traffic. Saturday was lighter which is usually expected on the last day of a meeting, especially one where a city was still digging out of the snow.

One of the highlights of the show was the Technology Playground organized and manned by my buddy Dr. Paul Feuerstein. Paul spent a good deal of time in the playground showing & talking about the latest tech with vendors there showing their wares. It's definitely an idea I can see being picked up by other major meetings.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

CAO Group Brings Years of Experience to Dental - Although You've Never Heard of Them

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At the ADA in Orlando, I had a chance to meet and spend some time with folks from the CAO Group.  While you may not have heard of CAO group you've almost certainly used at least some of their products.  How you ask?  Because over the years they've been making products for some pretty large dental manufacturers which were then rebranded under the manufacturer's name.
CAO holds or has applied for 150 patents.  And, over the years, has made some very innovative products for their partners.  Now they've decided to step into the dental market on their own.
Their premier product at this time is "Sheer White" which, as the name indicates, is a whitening product.  It's a strip type product that uses carbamide peroxide as the whitening agent.  What really sets this product apart though is the material the strip is made of.  Unlike other products in this category, Sheer White has an amazing adhesive property, allowing it to literally "stick" to the tooth.  The product doesn't slide around, doesn't get the whitening material all over the mouth, and is so thin it is very easy to tolerate.  They have similar products for desensitivity (Sheer Desenz) and fluoride (Sheer Fluorx).
CAO Group also has several other products including curing lights and a diode laser that should be on the market in the first half of 2011.
Their products are exclusively available through Henry Schein.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Kickstarter Creates Rustic iPad & KIndle Cases

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This a really cool idea for those of you who own portable devices.  The folks at Kickstarter are making these really cool products to help protect your gadgets.
From their website:  Rustic Case is a line of sleeve cases that are handmade in New England. We make them using 80% wool/ 20% polyester blend for extra durability. We hand select and buy the material from a small shop in Massachusetts that has been in business since 1905. We add 100% genuine leather accent pieces for an elegant touch with our company name branded into each piece. We've found small workshops all over New England that will supply us with all the materials needed to make these high quality, hand made products.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Hands-On Courses at Chicago’s CEE

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Cosmedent’s Center for Esthetic Excellence (CEE) announces its new course schedule for 2011. The CEE features the most comprehensive courses in direct resin bonding and offers unique lecture/hands on programs designed to enhance your clinical skills and help you grow your practice in this economically challenging time. Increase your success with composite with these courses: Ultimate Esthetics, Accreditation Case Type 5 and Transitional Bonding. In addition to these popular 2 and 3 day classes, the CEE is now offering highly focused, 3 hour courses on incisal translucency and tooth shaping and contouring for maximum learning in minimal time. For information on any of the courses at the CEE, contact Erika Heier at

800-837-2321 or online at www.cosmedent.com.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Verizon Offers Unlimited iPhone Data... For a Limited Time

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It seems there is some hesitation at Verizon.  The mobile phone company who just announced that they will be the second US carrier to get the iPhone, announced on Tuesday morning that unlike AT&T, they would be offering iPhone users on their network the $30 unlimited plan that they offer to all of their smartphone customers.  That's incredible news, right?  AT&T contract holders currently pay $15 a month for 250 megabytes of  data per month, or $25 for 2 gigabytes of data and an additional $10 for each gigabyte of monthly data usage that exceeds the allotted 2 GB limit.
Needless to say, Verizon customers were buzzing.  Then... the news changed a few hours later.  That's when Verizon announced the the announced "unlimited" plan would be "for a limited time".  Translation: If you get an iPhone on Verizon within a narrow window of time when they are first being sold, you can have unlimited data for the life of your contract.  Miss the window and you will be given a metered plan with caps similar to AT&T.
So unlimited or limited... which is it?  Can you hear me now?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Top 15 Free Android Medical Apps for Healthcare Professionals Top 15 Free Android Medical apps for Healthcare professionals

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I can remember when the Android Operating System for mobile phones was announced.  Sure, it was designed by Google, but still... a Google mobile phone?  What does Google know about phones anyway?  However, once Android phones hit the market, there was a steady stream of successful devices and users began to really like the way they worked.
The result?  Just about 3 years later, Android is a serious player in the smartphone market.  Heck, I was a doubter at first and now I'm carrying an Android device and couldn't be happier.
One of the ways you can tell a platform has staying power is by the number of useful apps it has.  To that end, Apple is the 800 pound gorilla, but Android is chugging along with a very nice second place.  The Android Market Place has tons of apps.  Some of these are even very specific to certain professions.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Azenic Disposable Handpieces - Going through Clinical Trial Now

 

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In the next couple of weeks, I'll be putting the Azenic disposable handpiece through its paces in my office.  I've had a hands-on demo and was impressed, but the real proof will come from clinical testing.
The company has a unique approach to the market.  They don't propose you eliminate your everyday handpieces and replace them with theirs.  Instead, they recommend keeping a few of the Azaenic DHP handpieces around for times when you don't want the wear and tear on your precision instruments.
They are recommended for removing crowns & bridges, sectioning teeth for surgery (since it has no chip air), and as a backup should your autoclave go down.  They are also a good backup should one or more of your normal highspeeds need repair.
The devices are individually packaged and are available in packages of 12 per box.  They are designed for 16 minutes of continuous run time and have significant torque.
My emphasis in testing will be in removing fixed prosthetics.  That type of situation is tough on turbines and anything that can extend the life of a turbine should be evaluated.
I'll have my opinions in a few weeks.

 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Working & the NFL Playoffs - Can They Coexist?

Today I'll be spending the day reviewing and finalizing my 5 (that's right 5) lectures that I'll be giving at the Yankee Dental Congress this week.  Of course the problem with that is that the NFL Playofs are today too.  What's a sports fan to do?

Well, fortunately for me, I have a bit of tech to help me along.

While I'll be working away on my MacBook Pro, I'll also be using an extra 19" monitor that allows me to have 2 screens.   Studies have shown that people who use 2 screens are a minimum of 20% more efficient.  I'll gladly attest to that.  When I'm on the road and forced to use just the screen on my Mac, it feels like I'm typing with only one hand or something.

Add to that the fact that I have a Windows machine in my home office that is also set up with 2 monitors.  One of them is an Exorvision 17" with a cable TV connection.  That allows me to have the games up (and muted unfortunately), but i can, with the push of a remote, switch it back to computer if need be to do some research.  Oh, and since that monitor will have a browser open, I'll also have the ESPN live game feed open so if the TV is off, game progress can still be followed.  Even with the monitor in TV mode, the other monitor will have Tweetdeck up to keep me updated of the info coming in from my Twitter buddies and Facebook friends.

It won't be like sitting  on a comfy couch and watching the game in surround sound, but it's far better than the alternative!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Lexi-Comp Discount!

 

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I love being organized.  Granted, it's not always the easiest thing to do, but when you got things just where you want them, it's a tremendous feeling.
Of course, I love to be organized through the use of good technology. Let's face it, technology for the sake of technology may be fun for someone like me, but for most of you, there has to be a payoff, an advantage.  If there isn't an advantage to using technology, it just becomes one more thing you have to do or one more thing you have to deal with. So if you are going to use it, and use it on a regular basis, there has got to be a clearcut advantage.
One of those advantages for me comes by using Lexi-Comp in my day to day life as practicing dentist.  Lexi products provide a ton of valuable information and allow you access that info in a lot of different ways.  Whether it be through your computer or a handheld device (iPad, iPhone, iPod, Blackberry, Android, etc), all of the data is current, constantly updated, and complete.  It is also thorough and it doesn't matter which product(s) you use, the info is the same and all the formats are easy to use.
To top it all off, the good folks at Lexicomp are offering a discount until the end of the month.  You will save 25% on your entire order with coupon code DNN111.  Click here to browse all products for dentistry.
I've been using Lexi products for several years and they are highly recommended!!!

 

Friday, January 21, 2011

Dragontrail from Asahi Glass-Making Smartphones Tougher

 

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Our devices, despite our best efforts, take a beating.  Heck think of the world wide market for cell phone, iPod, and iPad cases.  There are millions of dollars being spent on them.  I own one of each of the aforementioned devices and each one of them has a case that cost more than just a couple of bucks.
Now from Japan comes an announcement from the country's largest glass maker.  It seems Asahi Glass has developed an amazingly tough glass formula they are calling Dragontrail.  The idea is simple in nature, but complicated to create.  The picture above is the best demonstration.  A glass that can resist scratching despite the rigors of everyday life like purses, keys, etc.
The only competitor is from Corning who introduced Gorilla glass in 2008.  Several manufacturers are rumored to be using Gorilla Glass although Corning will not divulge who they might be.
However, Asahi feels the global market is enough to support 2 companies in the "tough glass" market.  With the substances being used in cell phones, tablet devices, and high end televisions, industry analysts are estimating the global revenue may be upward of 1 billion dollars.  That's a lot of cash.
According to the company Dragontrail "...is multiple times stronger than soda-lime glass commonly used in windows, resists scratches and has a "beautiful, pristine" finish."
I'm personally all for anything that keeps my devices from getting beaten up...

 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

eCommerce Comes to Starbucks... in the Form of Your SmartPhone

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You gotta love Starbucks... I know I sure do. They have managed to become the McDonalds of the premium coffee shop world. And by that, I mean it as a compliment. I know that no matter where I am, my favorite coffee request will taste exactly the same as it does back home.
They've also managed to create an environment where most don't mind paying a premium. Heck, Dave Ramsey even refers to the place as "Five bucks"... and with good reason.
So, as the economy rebounds and Starbucks begins to grow and expand again, it figures that they would create a way to make it even more convenient to pay than ever before. Enter the Starbucks app. Basically it is a downloadable app for the iPhone and the Blackberry that allows you to pay directly from your phone. We're going to see more and more of this in the future. Remember when you used to carry photos in your wallet? Now we all use our phones for that right? The same thing is going to hap pen with payments. The SmartPhone is about to become the wallet of the future when it comes to payments.
Here are all the details:


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sprint & T-Mobile iPhones on the Horizon?

If you're a Sprint or T-Mobile customer, the recent announcement of the iPhone on Verizon could be good news for you.

It seems that Apple has shown that (in Europe, anyway) once their exclusive agreement expires with a carrier, they are quick to make the iPhone available on other networks. So, since the exclusive agreement with AT&T has expired and Verizon is getting the iPhone, it follows that other US carriers may soon be part of the iPhone family.

Add to that the fact that Verizon and Sprint both use CDMA technology as their wireless standard and it becomes a fairly easy thing to switch networks.

Sprint actually has an announcement planned for February 7th, so that may well be what it is about... but that is speculation at this time.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

HP May unveil WebOS Tablet on February 9th

When the Consumer Electronics Show ended without an announcement from HP on its rumored tablet, some people didn't know what to think. This past CES really seemed to be a tablet centered event and lots of companies were showing off their new devices.

When HP purchased Palm last year, rumors swirled regarding the reason for the acquisition. HP had already been making hand held devices and moved on from them. What would they want with a company that was making smartphones? Then the speculation began that it wasn't about the phones, it was about the OS that ran the phones. WebOS could hold a lot of promise for a lot of different portable devices.

The next round of rumors related to a new tablet device that HP would be bringing to market. It would run, of course, WebOS. So when the CES wrapped up with no HP announcement, there was confusion.

Now comes word that on February 9th, HP will have an event centered on the WebOS software. My money is on them announcing their tablet at that time. I owned a Palm Pre WebOS smartphone for a while. The OS seems robust and truly allows for multitasking. This might be just the thing to shake up the market. However, it's got to be more stable and faster than what I experienced in the phone. Here's hoping they get it right.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Verizon to Sell iPad with a Connection to its Network

Fresh on the heels of the announcement that Verizon will soon have the iPhone, comes news that it will soon have the iPad as well.

 

For a while now, Verizon has been promoting buying the WiFi only iPad and then connecting it via wireless WiFi broadband hotspot (which is exactly what I'm doing on the Sprint network).  However, now comes the news that Verizon will actually be able to sell an iPad with an onboard chip that will allow the device to connect directly to Verizon's high speed network, just like the current model available only on AT&T.  It's looking more and more like there will be no difference at all between the devices available from the 2 competing companies.

 

While this news is confirmed by Verizon's CFO in an article appearing from Bloomberg, there is no indication as to exactly when this will be available.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Voctorinox Swiss Army Jump Drive




If you spend as much time on the road as I do, you're always looking for a way to streamline the amount of things you have to carry and that includes backup medium.

The folks at Victorinox are famous for making Swiss Army knives. They've even, in the past, made them with jump drives built in. The drawback to that design comes if you are traveling with it. The TSA frowns on knives in your carryon nowadays.

As a solution to that problem, Victorinox is now making a form factor similar to their knives, but all it contains is USB jump drives. They come in several sizes including a 128GB model that features 2 64GB drives.

They were shown at the recently held Consumer Electronics Show and should be available in the not too distant future.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sony eReader Pocket Edition

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As regular readers know, I'm a huge fan of eBook readers.  To me it doesn't matter what model you own.  Whether it be Nook, iPad, or my device the Amazon Kindle, they all work well and are an excellent way to read and to keep track of your collections.  Since purchasing my first generation Kindle 2-3 years ago, I've read more non-dental stuff than I had in the previous 10 years combined.
Now the folks at Sony have come up with a new device that keeps the same screen size as previous models, but cuts the size of the device overall.  This could make a big impact for some of you.    The Sony PRS-350SC, pictured above, is a sweet little device.  It features a compact size measuring 5.7x4.1x.3 inches and weighs just .4 pounds (155g).  However, it keeps the 5 inch display of the previous renditions from Sony.  What's great is that while the display is the same size, it has been upgraded to what Sony calls E Ink Pearl which provides an easier to read resolution.
The screen has also been updated to a touchscreen which allows you to control the device with your fingers and allows you to turn pages with a swipe, similar to the iPad.  The 2GB onboard memory allows you to store up to 1200 books and the OS supports many different ebook formats.  It also has 12 built-in dictionaries.  I'm personally not sure why so many, but let's face it... that's impressive.
If you are looking for an eBook Reader and haven't yet found the one that's right for you.  Give this one a look.  While I don't have any personal experience with it, I'm impressed with the info on it that I've been able to find.
Also, I'll put in a plug for the book shown on the screen.  If  you haven't yet had a chance to read Stieg Larsson's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", you owe it to yourself to do so.  Larsson managed to create three books in the series before his untimely passing and I've read 2 and am currently working on the third.  All of them are highly recommended.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Verizon iPhone is Coming! The Date is Announced!

 

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What may have been one of the worst kept tech secrets of all time has finally come to pass.  The iPhone is headed to Verizon.  Now subscribers to the "big V" can have all the techie goodness they can handle.
On February 10, 2011, Verizon subscribers can begin to purchase the most popular smartphone of all time.  Are you a Verizon customer with questions about how to get one and what it all means?  If so, here is the FAQ straight from the company:

 

New & Existing Customer Eligibility

  1. Can I transfer my service from my current wireless service provider to Verizon Wireless?

    Yes, if your number is portable, you can bring your existing number from your current wireless or landline service provider to Verizon Wireless. To check if you're eligible to port, or to check the status of a current port request, click here.

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  2. Should I cancel my existing service before porting?

    No. Your number must remain active. Canceling your service prior to porting will prevent you from keeping your number. Please note: You may be responsible to your old service provider for any contractual requirements and applicable charges, including an early termination fee, on your old account.

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  3. How long will it take to port my number?

    Wireless to wireless ports generally should take no more than three hours to one day, but could take longer. Landline to wireless ports generally should take no more than 4 days, but could take longer. Please note: Actual processing time may vary depending on the complexity of the port, existing volumes between carriers and your old service provider.

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  4. How will I know when the port in to Verizon Wireless is complete?

    Verizon Wireless will send a free text message to your phone notifying you that your new service is fully activated.

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  5. Do I need to sign up for a 2 year agreement?

    When purchasing iPhone at the 2 year promotional price a new agreement is required. However, you will also have the option to purchase iPhone at full retail price, which will not require you to sign a long-term agreement.

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  6. Will existing customers be able to redeem their New Every Two credit?

    Yes, existing customers will be able to take advantage of their New Every Two credit if eligible, and use it towards the purchase of iPhone (may not be available at all agent locations).

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Pricing

  1. Are there minimum service and data pricing requirements?

    Yes, iPhone customers will need to choose from any of the current Nationwide plans. Customers will also be required to activate a data package, pricing will be announced at a later date.

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Purchase

  1. I currently have an iPhone with AT&T. Can I keep my existing version of iPhone?

    No, in order to take advantage of the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless network, you will need an iPhone 4 that works on the Verizon Wireless network.

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  2. Can I upgrade to an iPhone even though I am not eligible to upgrade?

    If you are not eligible to upgrade, you cannot upgrade at promotional pricing today, but you can pay full retail price and upgrade your phone if you would like to.

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  3. How much will iPhone cost?

    $199.99 for the 16GB model, and $299.99 for the 32GB model with a new 2 year agreement.

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  4. When can I purchase iPhone?

    iPhone 4 will be available for pre-order to Verizon Wireless customers only, on a “first come, first serve” basis via VerizonWireless.com, on or around February 3rd 2011 – details to be confirmed a week prior by Verizon Wireless. New and existing customers can purchase in select channels on February 10th 2011.

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  5. I am an existing customer and I’d like to go into a store to pre-order iPhone, will I be able to place my order in store?

    No, iPhone will only be available for pre-order online for both consumer and business customers.

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  6. Can I go to an Apple store to purchase and activate the phone?

    Yes, beginning on February 10th, you can visit an Apple Retail store to purchase and activate. However, prior to visiting, please make sure to check your upgrade eligibility if you are an existing Verizon Wireless customer.

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  7. Where is your closest store where I can purchase iPhone?

     

    Click here to visit the Verizon Wireless store locator.

    Click here to visit the Apple retail store locator.

     

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  8. Do you anticipate high demand for iPhone 4?

    We do expect that iPhone 4 will be in high demand. In the event that iPhone 4 is not available in stores after February 10th, you can place your order in store and have the phone shipped directly to your billing address. Shipments will take place on a “first come, first serve” basis. No billing will take place until shipments are made.

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Content Transfer

  1. If I’m an existing Verizon Wireless customer, how do I transfer my contacts?

    In order to transfer contacts, download and run Backup Assistant on your existing phone before receiving your new iPhone. Click here for more details, and for step-by-step instructions on how to transfer your contacts from your existing phone to iPhone. If you already keep your contacts on your Mac or PC, you can use iTunes to sync them to your new iPhone 4. iTunes syncs contacts with applications such as Mac OS X Address Book, Yahoo! Address Book, and Google Contacts on a Mac, or with Yahoo! Address Book, Google Contacts, Windows Address Book (Outlook Express), Windows Contacts (Vista and Windows 7), or Microsoft Outlook 2003, 2007, or 2010 on a PC.iPhone 4 can also sync your contacts over the air using MobileMe or Microsoft Exchange. If your current device cannot sync contacts with any of these options, you may need to re-enter your contacts on your new iPhone 4 manually.

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  2. Will my existing voice mail transfer over when I activate my iPhone?

    No, all existing voice mails will be lost when transferring over to iPhone.Click here for more details, and for step-by-step instructions on how to save your existing voice mail.

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  3. Can I save my voice mails?

    Yes, click here for more details, and for step-by-step instructions on how to save your existing voice mail.

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iPhone and iTunes

  1. Will the iPhone work on Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network?

    iPhone 4 works on Verizon Wireless' 3G network.

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  2. Do I need iTunes to set up my iPhone?

    Yes, you need to use iTunes 10.1 or later to set up your iPhone for the first time. If you'd like to make purchases from the iTunes Store or App Store, you can create a new Apple ID or specify an existing Apple ID during set up. For corporate users, you may need to contact your wireless administrator for additional information on installing iTunes.

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  3. If I already have an iTunes account, can I use it with my new iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless?

    Yes, during set up, you can specify your existing Apple ID.

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  4. Will I be able to sync content and iOS apps that I already have in iTunes to my new iPhone 4?

    Yes.

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  5. Will I be able to buy apps via the App Store?

    You can search for, browse, review, purchase, and download iOS apps from the App Store directly to iPhone. Apps that you download and install from the App Store on iPhone are backed up to your iTunes library the next time you sync iPhone with your computer. When you sync iPhone, you can also install apps you’ve purchased or downloaded from the iTunes Store on your computer.

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  6. What happens to any existing apps that I have purchased on my Verizon Wireless handset?

    The apps purchased on your existing handset will not work on your iPhone4.

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  7. Will Verizon carry accessories for iPhone?

    Yes.

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  8. If I have an iPhone 4 on another wireless carrier and switch to an iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless, will all of my accessories be compatible?

    Most accessories should work, however you may find that cases and covers could be different depending on the product manufacturer.

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  9. Can I use my iPhone 4 while traveling abroad?

    Yes, customers can use iPhone for voice and text in over 40 countries with data service in over 20 countries. For service availability and rate information, visit International Roaming Rates and Coverage. When travelling outside of these 40 destinations, the Global Travel program is the perfect short-term solution for the occasional or infrequent global traveler who needs to stay in touch when travelling internationally.

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Support

  1. Who do I call for support or general questions?

    Verizon Wireless customers with general support questions can contact customer service by dialing *611 from your cell phone, or (800) 922-0204 from a landline, Monday-Sunday 6am-11pm.

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  2. How will Verizon Wireless continue to maintain the largest and most reliable 3G network in America with the launch of iPhone 4?

    Verizon Wireless has invested more than $60 billion since it was formed – $5.7 billion on average every year – to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services. Verizon Wireless' 'most reliable network' claim is based on network studies conducted by test men and women who drive 100 specially-equipped vehicles more than 1 million miles annually to test network performance, call quality, and data network performance. Verizon Wireless uses the results of its frequent network tests to maintain and fine-tune the company's network on a regular basis as part of its ongoing quality maintenance programs and annual capacity planning.

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Returns & Exchanges

  1. Can I exchange a device that I recently purchased for iPhone?

    Yes, we will gladly accept returns or make exchanges on all wireless devices and accessories purchased from Verizon Wireless within 30 days of purchase (14 days for tablets). To make an exchange, return the merchandise (including device, charger, battery, instructions, and any other components) in the ORIGINAL box. All merchandise must be in like-new condition and accompanied by the original receipt. Shipping charges may apply to exchange merchandise sent to you by Verizon Wireless. A restocking fee of $35 ($70 for netbooks and tablets) applies to any second return or exchange of a wireless device (excluding Hawaii).

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

EconoKeys Sealed Medical Keyboard

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Cross contamination is always an issue in healthcare.  Surface disinfection is a constant and ongoing process and with the proliferation of computers into treatment areas, keyboard disinfection is important.  Unfortunately, almost all keyboards are not built to stand the rigors of the chemicals we use to make sure cross contamination doesn't occur.  Because of that, most offices are either using some type of barrier to isolate their keyboards or are using disinfection solutions with the knowledge that keyboard life will be severely shortened.  Oh, and what about the mouse?
As a solution to this problem, EconoKeys has created the  EKW-105 Wireless Medical Keyboard. This device is a totally sealed keyboard that can be sprayed and wiped down with no risk of damage to the internal components.  As the picture above shows, the device is pretty much impervious to liquids.
It is a full sized QWERTY keyboard with an integrated track pad and a 10 key.  The keys have good action and the range of 10 meters is great for a dental environment.
Here are the specs:
Fully sealed IP68 keypad
2.4 GHz wireless USB technology
Integrated touchpad with left- and right- click keys
105 keys, including 12 function keys
Full size, 10-key numeric pad
• Compatible with all Windows operating systems
• Operates on two AAA batteries (included)
13.70” x 5.59” x 0.59” (from top of battery compartment)
348 x 142 x 15 (mm)
I've seen similar devices priced at $400 yet the EKW-105 is available for $176.  The company has lots of different models, check them out here.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

ALIGN TECHNOLOGY AND CADENT ANNOUNCE JOINT DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT

I've been using the Cadent iTero digital impression system for a year now and have been thrilled with the performance of the device.  Now, Cadent is expanding its reach into digital impressions for using with Invisalign.  Read on for all the details.

 

Companies to Develop 3D Scanner-based Applications for Invisalign® Treatment

SAN JOSE, Calif. and CARLSTADT, N.J., January 10, 2011 -- Align Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALGN) and Cadent, Inc., today announced an agreement to jointly develop software applications that will run on Cadent iTeroTM and iOCTM scanners for use in Invisalign treatment. The new applications will optimize case assessment and planning for Invisalign treatment, and bring valuable digital tools chair-side for Invisalign providers who use Cadent scanners.

 

“The joint development agreement with Cadent is in line with our long-term strategic initiatives of improving the Invisalign customer experience through innovation,” said Thomas M. Prescott, Align president and CEO. “Our partnership with Cadent allows us to leverage our own and other innovative technology to bring digital diagnosis and treatment tools conveniently chair-side in customers’ practices.”

 

“Cadent’s powder-free scanning technology is fundamental for meeting the precision demanded by Align’s standards,” said Timothy Mack, Cadent president and CEO. “We are honored to develop new Invisalign applications which leverage our combined technologies and create value for our mutual customers and their patients. Integration with Invisalign has been one of the most widely requested enhancements by both general practitioners who use the iTero system and orthodontists who are using the iOC system.”

 

Over the past few years, Align has worked with several manufacturers of intra-oral scanning (IOS) systems to evaluate interoperability of these systems for future use with Invisalign treatment. Rigorous standards for scan quality and accuracy have been defined by Align to ensure a specific scanning technology can successfully replace the physical impressions currently used in an Invisalign case submission. As part of that program, Align is currently in final beta tests with Cadent to validate their systems for use with Invisalign and expects to announce interoperability in the second quarter of 2011.

 

Under the terms of the agreement, Align will fund several million dollars for Cadent software development over the next few quarters in order to accelerate the availability of these chair-side applications. Align will own all rights to the developed applications and technology. Additional information regarding these new Invisalign applications will be provided closer to commercial launch.

 

About Align Technology, Inc.

Align Technology designs, manufactures and markets Invisalign, a proprietary method for treating malocclusion, or the misalignment of teeth. Invisalign corrects malocclusion using a series of clear, nearly invisible, removable appliances that gently move teeth to a desired final position. Because it does not rely on the use of metal or ceramic brackets and wires, Invisalign significantly reduces the aesthetic and other limitations associated with braces. Invisalign is appropriate for treating adults and teens. Align Technology was founded in March 1997 and received FDA clearance to market Invisalign in 1998. Today, the Invisalign product family includes Invisalign Full, Invisalign Teen, Invisalign Assist, Invisalign Express, and Vivera Retainers. For additional information, please visit www.aligntech.com

To learn more about Invisalign or to find an Invisalign trained doctor in your area, please visit www.invisalign.com.

 

About Cadent, Inc.

Cadent is the leading provider of 3-D digital CAD/CAM solutions for the orthodontic and dental industries. The Company services thousands of cases per day for a rapidly expanding customer base. Cadent's offerings, including Cadent iTeroTM, iOCTM powered by iTeroTM, OrthoCADTM iCastTM and iQTM, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of orthodontic and dental treatments while increasing the revenue of dental healthcare providers. The Company is backed by a syndicate of leading venture capital investors including Fortissimo Capital, Apax Partners, Panorama Capital (J.P. Morgan Partners), STAR Ventures and SV Life Sciences. For additional information, please visit www.cadentinc.com.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

iCade is Coming... Grab your iPads Now!!!

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Some things are just too good to pass up.  The device pictured here is the iCade.  It's a gaming cabinet for the iPad that will feature old school video games.  And will be available through ThinkGeek.com  The iPad isn't permanently attached, so you can truly use the iPad that you are taking everywhere now.  Price?  $99  Availability?  Around April.  Here are the details from ThinkGeek:

Didn't think you needed an iPad? Think again!

When the iPad was announced, we all crammed into a conference room to watch live and drool over every shiny corner and reflecty icon. After the glow of the initial announcement wore off, many of us came to the conclusion that the iPad was actually pretty useless. "It's a giant iPhone!" some said. Others exclaimed, "WTF, no Flash!?". Still, we knew that most Apple fanbots (us included) would have to have one anyway.

Knowing that many of our loyal geeky customers would eventually get their retractable claws on an iPad at some point, we knew we needed to take it to the next level. What cool things could we do with the iPad that you, our lovely geek customers, would squee over? A few brainstorming sessions later, the idea of a MAME cabinet came up and we knew we'd struck gold. How cool would it be to slide your iPad into a desktop-sized arcade cabinet and rock it old school with some Pac-Man or Space Invaders?

Enter the iCADE iPad Arcade Cabinet! To use the iCade, gently slide the iPad into the cradle. The iCADE uses Bluetooth to connect to the iPad so there's nothing else you need to do. You're ready to "insert coin" and game on!

To bring the iCADE to life, ThinkGeek has partnered with ION. Atari, the first name in classic arcade games, also signed up to bring a huge suite of classic arcade titles including Asteroids® to market with iCADE support built right in. When released, a friendly API will be made available to developers to add iCADE support to almost any game.

Product Specifications

  • Beautifully retro-styled tabletop arcade cabinet for your otherwise useless iPad
  • iPad connects to the iCADE controls via Bluetooth
  • Atari providing classic games ready to go with the iCADE, including Asteroids and other top games.
  • API to be released allowing any iOS developer to create iCADE-compatible games.

Monday, January 10, 2011

IoSafe Rugged Portable in Action

Here is a short post, but in my opinion most of you will love this.

ioSafe has sent me a link to a video showing just a bit of the abuse their new Ruffed Portable can take.

Click here to view the video.


- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Do You Know what Your Apps Know?

As an Android user, I love what my Samsung Epic provides me. Let's face it, one of the best things a smartphone does nowadays is run apps.

You can find an app for just about everything... and then some. Most of us have become pretty dependent on at least a few apps whether they be for organizing our lives or playing our tunes.

Because of that dependence, and because we tend not to read the fine print, most of us have non idea what we agree to when we install our apps. In fact I think it's fair to say that you'd be surprised. However, if you don't check you'll never know.

Read the article referenced below from the Wall Street Journal and then check your apps!

For the full story from the Wall Street Journal, click here.


- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Friday, January 7, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S Selling Like Hot Cakes

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Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S smartphone running the Android operating system has sold 10 million units in the first 6 months it has been available.
That's pretty impressive considering that Apple has moved about 14.1 million of their iPhone 4 devices between July and September 2010.  Let's face it, Apple is the undisputed leader at this point, but selling 10 million of anything is reason to celebrate.
From someone who has been using a Samsung device since October, I can definitely vouch for the quality.  I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I entered the world of Android, but I've been very happy with both the hardware and the operating system since I switched over from my Palm Pre.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

ioSafe Announces Rugged Portable Drive with Data Recovery Service

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The folks at ioSafe just keep coming up with better mousetrap kinds of ideas.  Their latest endeavor is the one pictured above.  If you have the need to have your dat with you on the go, but fear that the bumps & thumps portable drives take in your backpack or briefcase will ruin your data, fear no more.
The Rugged Portable will take anything you (or anyone else) can dish out.  And... if the worst case happens & the drive gets exposed to some nastiness such as fire, water, etc... there is the data recovery service to get your info back.  This thing is just plain sweet, there's no other way to describe it.
Here are the details, straight from ioSafe:

ioSafe® Rugged Portable + DRS

The Go-AnywhereTM Ultra Rugged Hard Drive + Data Recovery Service (DRS) Product Specifications

Data Recovery Service (DRS) and No-HassleTM Warranty1 • 1 Year Data Recovery Service (DRS) included – one time, any reason, no questions asked • 1 Year No-HassleTM Warranty included – replacement or repair for any defects or damage • DRS includes accidental deletion, any damage, disasters or hardware failure • Up to $2500 included for third party forensic recovery service if needed for DRS (HDD versions) • Up to $5000 included for third party forensic recovery service if needed for DRS (SSD versions) • 3 and 5 year upgrades for DRS and No-HassleTM Warranty plans available at www.iosafe.com

Construction and Physical Security Specifications

• Full Metal JacketTM Technology – CNC machined enclosure from a solid billet of aluminum (Al) or titanium (Ti) alloy. Crush resistant to up to 5000 lbs (Ti) and 2500 lbs (Al) yet weighs as little as a pound (Al).

• Full Suspension DriveTM Technology – Full suspension in all six axis of motion. Optimized for data loss protection from drop and shock of 20’ drops (SSD version) and 10’ drops (HDD version) onto concrete per MIL-STD-810G Method 516.5.

• HydroSafeTM Technology – Waterproof yet heat conducting barrier to protect against data loss up to 10’ for 3 days in fresh water or salt water (aluminum version) or 30’ for 3 days (titanium version) per IP68. Protects data even when USB or FW plug is in. No requirement for a connector cap to retain data protection.

• ChemSafeTM Technology – Full immersion in diesel fuel, oils, hydraulic fluids, aircraft fuels, 12” depth for 1 hour with no data loss per MIL-STD-810G Method 504 • EnviroSafeTM Technology – Continuous exposure to UV, blowing sand, blowing dust, rain, salt fog, icing or freezing rain, 24 hours with no data loss per

MIL-STD-810G Methods 505.4, 506.4, 509.4 and 510. • AltiSafeTM Technology – High altitude operation. 15K ft. (Alum.) and 30K ft. (SSD and Ti.) rated altitudes per MIL-STD-810G Method 500.4 • Theft Resistant Kensington® Lock compatible slot solid metal construction – theft protection

Software Specifications (included but not required for use)

• Genie TimelineTM Pro Full Version2 ($60 Value) Award winning backup software. Simple, block level, open file and OS Continuous Data Protection (CDP) software for Windows users. Disaster recovery for entire hard drive including programs and settings, roll back and AES encryption features for the ultimate protection. Registration required at www.iosafe.com to validate purchase prior to downloading software and install code.

• Apple® Mac® TimeMachine® Supported – Apple Time Machine fully supported. Reformat of device may be required. Simple instructions online at www.iosafe.com

• TrueCrypt® AES-256 Encryption Compatible3 - Open source, encryption software. FIPS 140-2, ISO/IEC 10118-3:2004. PC, Mac and Linux compatible.

Operational Details

• 5400, 7200 RPM HDDs available, 250GB – 1TB capacities • SSD capacities from 256GB-512GB • Billet-machined Aluminum (1lb.) and Titanium (1.5 lb.) enclosures (3.9"W x 5.7"L x 1.0"H) • Multi-platform compatibility with Mac & PC/Windows • USB 3.0 (compatible with USB 2.0 computers) • FireWire® 800/USB 2.0 (Available 3/2010)

Inside The Box

• ioSafe Rugged Portable + DRS • USB 3.0 Cable (USB 3.0 version), • FireWire 800 Cable (FW800/USB 2.0 version) • USB Micro-B Y-Cable (for low powered USB 2.0 ports) • Owners Manual and Warranty

System Requirements

• Intel Pentium II 350 Mhz-compatible or Mac G3 processor & greater • For USB 3.0/USB 2.0 speeds, the system must support applicable specifications • For FireWire 800 speeds, the system must support applicable specifications

Operating Environment

• Operating: 0 to 35°C (32 to 95°F) for HDD versions • Operating: 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F) for SSD versions • Non-operating: -40°C to 65°C (-40 to 149°F) all versions • Operating Humidity: 5% - 80% (non-condensing) all versions • Non-operating Humidity: 100%, Full immersion, 10 feet, 3 days (Aluminum version) • Non-operating Humidity: 100%, Full immersion, 30 feet, 3 days (Titanium version)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Toshiba Readying New Tablet for First Half of 2011

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Rumors abound about a new tablet device that will be coming your way from Toshiba.  It seems that sometime in the not too distant 2011 future, the Android based device will be hitting shelves in stores near you.  As a matter of fact, if news from the Consumer Electronics Show is any indication, you'll be seeing several new tablets in the first half of the new year.
Anyway, here are some of the specs that have hit the news:
  • Android "Gingerbread" Operating System
  • Removable battery - while this is nice, if the device has a battery life similar to the iPad (I'm not sure if it does) this seems nice but maybe overkill
  • Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 10.1 Inch 1280 x 800 display
  • An SD card slot as well as a HDMI port for connecting to other video devices
  • 2 cameras - a rear facing camera that will have a 5 megapixel capacity and a forward facing camera with a 2 megapixel capacity
  • Wifi but no connection to any wireless data networks from wireless carriers like Sprint, AT&T, etc

As more and more of these devices hit the market they'll begin to push into iPad sales.  This is going to be a really interesting year for tablets.  No doubt about that .