Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
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
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
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
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
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
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
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
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
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
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.
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Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
New & Existing Customer Eligibility
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
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).Back to top
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
How much will iPhone cost?
$199.99 for the 16GB model, and $299.99 for the 32GB model with a new 2 year agreement.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
Where is your closest store where I can purchase iPhone?
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
iPhone and iTunes
Will the iPhone work on Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network?
iPhone 4 works on Verizon Wireless' 3G network.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
Will I be able to sync content and iOS apps that I already have in iTunes to my new iPhone 4?
Yes.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
Will Verizon carry accessories for iPhone?
Yes.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
Returns & Exchanges
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).Back to top
Thursday, January 13, 2011
• 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)
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
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
Monday, January 10, 2011
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.
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Saturday, January 8, 2011
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.
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Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
ioSafe® Rugged Portable + DRS
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• 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.
• 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
• 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: 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
- 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 .