Monday, October 31, 2011

Discus Drops Transcendentist Line

With Discus being purchased by Philips, there are obviously going to be some changes made.  One of the first is the strategic decision to no longer support the Transcendentist line.  I received the following letter from Discus recently:


Last year Discus Dental partnered with Transcendist Inc to introduce the Transcendist product line of reusable sterilization pouches and wraps, reusable cloth barriers and Joysence to our valued customers.  These innovative green dental products have been well received by many practices all across the country and Discus Dental has been proud in our efforts to help your practice become more environmentally friendly.


As  you know Discus Dental was purchased by Philips and the strategic decision has been made to return the Transcendist-green dentistry product line back to Transcendist Inc.  You may begin contacting Transcendist directly regarding your future order needs and please feel free to contact your  Philips Discus Dental sales representative if you have any questions.

We thank you for your continuing support of Philips Discus Dental and sustainable dentistry.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

iPhone 4S Suffering Battery Woes

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New tech is not always without its consequences.  When the iPhone 4 came out, there were complaints of antenna problems.  Now, with the release of the newest flagship Apple iPhone, there are reported problems of battery life.
Now, I'll be the first to admit... I want an iPhone 4S. Even though I've been an Android user for the past year, I'm still a Mac guy at heart and I feel that at this point in time, I'm ready to make the jump.  However, one thing i've learned over the years, especially with phones, is to wait a bit before jumping on the bandwagon since frequently there are a few hiccups which the manufacturer needs to work out.  These usually aren't a big deal, but they do affect the overall way the device performs.
So... when the iPhone 4S came out I was hesitant until I knew for sure that there were no serious bugs.
Now reports are surfacing all over the place of pretty bad battery life for the iPhone 4S.  This is probably an easy fix for Apple, probably a software or firmware update that will make all the difference, but it is still a problem, and a hassle for users that have come to expect the pinnacle from the gang at Cupertino.
Many users are reporting battery life as poor as 8 hours before their shiny new devcies are dead in the water due to a battery indicator in the red.  I'm sure that Apple is hard at work in fixing this, but if you are an owner or a prospective one, this is definitely something to be aware of.
An anonymous Sprint source this week told me about the problem and now I'm seeing it showing up all over the net.  Probably the best overall article on the problems are from information week.  Check it out.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Gendex GX DP-700 Training Today

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As I stated last week, our office has upgraded our digital panoramic unit.  We have decided to replace our Gendex 9200 panoramic with the new state of the art Gendex GX DP-700 unit.
We're excited to have the new device in the office and today we'll be receiving training on it that will allow us to put it into service first thing Monday morning.
While the staff is really excited to learn all about the pano capabilities of the machine (since the removal of the 9200, they have really missed an easily accessible pan machine), I'm truly fired up to learn the nuances of the unit's 3D imaging capability.
As most of you know, I've been a 3D user for aver 4 years now and I continue to be amazed at what I can see on a 3D imaging scan.  I'm really excited about being able to take smaller scans with the DP-700 for clinical situations such as implants, endodontic retreats, certain impactions, etc.  While I don't think there is truly away to replace the need for a medium field of view scans, I do think that certain situations dictate that a much smaller image be taken.  That's one of the things that I find so exciting about having the DP-700 in the office.  We can now determine whether a small or medium field of view is best and then we can acquire which ever one we need.  So, needless to say we will continue to keep the GX CB-500 unit in the office as well.  Doing so gives us the best of both worlds from a 3D imaging standpoint.
We're also very excited about having a completely new panoramic unit in the office.  Properly taken, a panoramic radiograph can provide amazing amounts of clinical relevant data & information.  I've been a fan of pano's with bitewings and selected PA's for years now and with the phenomenal improvement of digital pan images over the last few years, getting this data is easier and the digital format allows for filters and other image enhancements.
So today, the staff and I will be immersed up to our eyeballs in learning all the bells & whistles of our new digital workhorse.  I can't wait to get started!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

New Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus to Arrive in November

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In the world of tablets, there are lots of choices.  The newest from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab  7.0 Plus will be hitting shelves by November 13th, so you don't have long to wait.
It will run Android Honeycomb (made for tablets), has built-in infrared so you can use it as a remote, and also has 16GB of memory.  It has a micro SD slot to expand up to 32GB of memory, a 1.2GH dual -core processor, and weighs only 345 grams.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

ViewPad 7e Hopes to Challenge Amazon Fire

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With the Amazon Fire dominating the press in the affordable tablet department, you knew it was only a matter of time before someone else came along and made a splash.  That splash has now been made by none other than Viewsonic and their ViewPad 7e.  It's looking more and more like the tablet market is going to split into a couple of segments with the categories being 'high end' and 'low end'.  Now that doesn't mean quality, it means cost.  Some folks are willing to shell out big dollars for all the bells & whistles while some are content to get good performance while saving a few dollars & not having every feature under the sun.
With the second category clearly in its sights, take a look at what the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e has to offer.  The device is a 7" tablet running Android 2.3 on a 1Ghz processor.  It has 4GB of internal storage and is expandable up to 32GB.
The device is clearly going after the Kindle Fire and personally I think competition is a good thing.  ViewSonic is a stable company that's been around for a while now.  They have good  products I I feel that both Amazon and ViewSonic have done a good job of bring devices to the market that, while not going head to head with Apple, will give consumers viable alternatives.
Here are all the details:

ViewPad 7e

  • The Web You Want
    ViewPad 7e is optimized to give you the best web browsing experience in the palm of your hand. Built-in support for Adobe Flash 10.3 ensures that you can access all of your favorite web sites for streaming video, games, interactive online content and social networking.
  • Your Digital Library
    Store all of your media files and e-books with a generous 4GB of internal storage. MicroSD card support offers expandable storage up to 32GB for all your favorite music, movies, photos and more. Built-in apps with cloud storage features give you even more space and anywhere access to your favorite files.
  • Connect in More Ways
    Stay connected with a primary 3MP auto-focus camera for photography and 0.3MP camera for videoconferencing/ video chatting, HDMI output for sending 1080p video to an external display, and 802.11 g/b/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.
  • Loaded with Top Apps
    Listen to your favorite stations with TuneIn Radio, discover streaming audio and video content with MediaFly, take advantage of secure cloud storage for file backup and sharing with Dropbox, and much more. ViewPad 7e puts the best apps that the mobile world has to offer right at your fingertips, ready to go right out of the box.
  • One Stop Shopping
    Read more than 1million free and premium e-books with Amazon Kindle for Android, download a free paid app each day with Amazon Appstore for Android*, and explore and shop more than 15 million songs and stream your music library directly to your ViewPad 7e with Amazon MP3 Store and Cloud Player. You will also enjoy access to the 1Mobile Market, offering a huge selection of free apps for instant download, available to users worldwide.
  • ViewScene 3D
    Experience Android in a whole new way with ViewScene 3D, ViewSonic’s exclusive user interface. Navigating your digital world has never been this much fun. ViewScene 3D puts a visually stunning and exciting new spin on the Android operating system. Let your imagination run wild as you create and customize your own digital landscape in a fully configurable, holographic environment. ViewScene 3D brings your home screen to life with interactive and animated elements you can arrange any way you like.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

MIS Implants Technologies Launches New Website Dedicated to its New PeriZone™ Brand of Oral Care Products Explains and also Enables Dentists to Request

Free Samples of its Debut Oral Wound-Healing Product, PerioPatch®

Fair Lawn, NJ (October 20, 2011) – PeriZone™, an oral health product division of MIS Implants Technologies, Ltd., recently launched an independent new website, which will serve as the main means for dental professionals and the general public to learn about all aspects of PeriZone and its products. was designed to be very informative, and features a highly intuitive layout and easy navigation.  Upon visiting the website, dental professionals and patients alike can learn more about PeriZone’s first product, PerioPatch®, a unique oral wound barrier that absorbs wound exudates and thus promotes the natural healing of gingival inflammation and irritated gums. features general information about PerioPatch, including how to use the hydrogel patch and how the product works to promote oral wound healing.  What’s more, the website enables dentists to request free samples of the unique oral care product.


According to Noel Wilford, RDH, Director of MIS Implants’ Oral Health Division, “We’re very excited about having an independent PeriZone website and believe strongly in the effectiveness of PerioPatch for oral wound management, which is why we are offering dentists free samples of our innovative hydrogel wound dressing.  We intend to keep this site updated with useful information regarding PerioPatch and other innovative PeriZone oral care products that we have in the in the pipeline.”

About PeriZone™


The PeriZone™ brand of oral health products was founded in 2011 by MIS Implants Technologies, Ltd., a company known for its comprehensive range of dental implants, surgical kits, and superstructures.  In extending the company’s product development expertise into the oral health sector, a division of PeriZone products is being developed to provide dental professionals and their patients with advanced technologies in non-invasive oral care. 

MIS Implants intends to develop and commercialize a number of products under the PeriZone brand that will provide dental professionals with the products they need to provide their patients with advanced oral care.  To learn more about PeriZone, please visit or follow on Facebook at

Monday, October 24, 2011

Samsung Galaxy II Trial Starts Today

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A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I would be getting a chance to test and experiment with the new Samsung Galaxy II.  I'm happy to report the device is now in my hands... and my pocket.
While I currently only have limited experience with it, my initial impressions of it are strong.  The device is amazingly thin at just 8.49mm yet has a nice sturdy feel.  This slim design is because of the fact the device has no slide-out keyboard, relying on a soft keyboard only.  Originally when I was thinking about leaving my Galaxy for this new Galaxy II, the no keyboard part had me concerned.  However, I've got to admit (though my experience is extremely limited at this point) the soft keyboard is responsive & easy to use.
The screen is gorgeous using a decent amount of real estate at 4.3 inches and it is a Super AMOLED.  This means it has great resolution and provides better battery life.
I'm also impressed with how fast the device is and I'm sure that is heavily related to the Dual Core Processor that is the heart of the device.
So, my initial impressions are good ones.  I'll start really loading on the apps & seeing what it can do in the coming weeks.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

OmniTouch Tries to Change our Experience with Mobile Computing

We've all had the experience of dealing with our mobile devices where we need more.  You know, more screen real estate, more room on our keyboards, more ability to share what we are seeing with those around us.
What if you could use almost anything for the screen if you really needed to?  That's the idea behind a new Microsoft project called OmniTouch.  The system which Microsoft says "is a wearable system that enables graphical, interactive, multitouch input on arbitrary, everyday surfaces" promises to allow us to potentially do away with keyboards & screens.
The system is basically a wearable laser based pico projector and a depth sensing camera similar to the one used on Microsoft's Kinect.  The system projects screen icons & can then sense where the users fingers are to tap & touch.
While the system is pretty big & bulky  now, you can bet that developers will get it small & hardly noticeable in the future.  Personally I'd like it somehow in a pair of glasses or sunglasses.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

CAO Group Announces SheerWhite!® Special Offers for Both New and Existing Users



West Jordan, UT (October 21, 2011) – The CAO Group, Inc. (CAO), a worldwide provider of innovative dental devices and materials, recently announced two special limited-time offers for dental professionals who purchase SheerWhite!® teeth whitening films.  Both new and existing users of SheerWhite! can take advantage of these two separate special limited-time offers.


Effective through December 31, 2011, the special offers are as follows:


New users – Purchase 1 Sheer White! 24-pack Bulk Kit and receive 1 SheerWhite! Intro Kit
(6-pack) FREE!  25% More Product FREE!  We guarantee that you will like it – try it for 30 days; if you are unhappy for any reason, return the product for a full refund.


Existing users – Purchase 3 Sheer White! 24-pack Bulk Kits and get 1 Bulk Kit FREE!  33% More Product FREE!


“We hope that these special promotions make SheerWhite! more accessible to dental professionals, especially those who may not have had the chance to try our superior teeth whitening films,” remarked Robert Nordquist, VP of Sales and Marketing for the CAO Group.  “Patients and dentists who have tried SheerWhite! agree that our SheerFilm technology is like no other.”

Sheer White! was developed to provide the patient with a fast, effective, more comfortable whitening experience and to provide the office with a system that increases patient satisfaction, decreases the cost and time involved, and increases the profitability of the procedure.  No more trays!  Unlike traditional “whitening strips,” patients can actually whiten with SheerWhite! anytime, anywhere.


Users who are not completely satisfied with SheerWhite! teeth whitening films are able to return the product with no questions asked.


For more information on all SheerWhite! promotions, please contact your local Henry Schein® sales consultant, or call 800-372-4346 to take advantage of these limited-time special offers.


For more information on SheerWhite!, please call 877-236-4408, or log onto

About the CAO Group, Inc.


For over a decade, the CAO Group has been a leading OEM company in dental devices and materials.  They are the original pioneers of the LED curing light and innovators of diode laser technologies for dentistry, and every product produced by the CAO Group is from its own innovation.  CAO has more than 90 issued and 80 pending US and international patents.  Advanced technology, high quality, superior service, and competitive prices enable all CAO Group products to be easier to use, faster to apply, and better than other products in their class.  Easier.  Faster.  Better.™  That’s the CAO way.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Greetings from Essex, Vermont & the Pride Institute's National Meeting


When it comes to dental practice management, The Pride Institute is a major player.  They've been around since 1976 and have taught literally thousands of dentists how to be successful.
So, I'm honored to be here at the Pride Institute National Meeting in Essex, Vermont with my tech buddies Paul Feuerstein and Marty Jablow to help teach the Pride members in attendance about the latest and greatest innovations that dentistry has to offer.
I began to work with  Pride a couple of years ago as a member of the technology panel that determines the Pride Best of Class Technology Award Winners.  My relationship with Lou Shuman, President of  Pride, has grown over that time.  He's a man I respect and enjoy working with.  Because of that relationship, I'm here at the meeting and having a blast!
Yesterday we took a psychology evaluation called the "Creative Style Profile" developed by Beverly Kaye & Beverly Olevin.  It was a really good time and I learned that I am an "Innovator", although those that know me well might have just said, "Duh!"  However, the best part was learning the weaknesses of my personality style.
As I've always said, "To know your weaknesses is a strength".  I probably stole that phrase from Sun Tzu who wrote The Art of War, but be that as it may, it was an eye opening time for me.
Then... a trip to Ben & Jerry's world headquarters!  Learning & a huge serving of Cherry Garcia!  What could be better?


Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Gendex GXDP-700 is Installed


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I'm excited to report that the new Gendex GXDP-700 digital panoramic machine is now installed in our office.  We're one of the very first offices to be using the new device that not only takes amazing digital panoramic images, but also allows us to take 3D images as well!
Combining this device with out existing CB-500 machine will allow us to take just the 3D images we need since the DP-700 offers smaller fields of view.  This machine's 3D functions will be perfect for imaging teeth for endodontic re-treatment and implant placement as well as other clinical situations.
Here are some of the specs for the different versions of this device that are currently available:


NEW!GXDP-700™ Series

The Power of Choice…Pan. Ceph. 3D.


Your clear path for growth begins with the GXDP-700 Series. This dynamic system starts with a digital panoramic system with sophisticated styling and an ergonomic design including an advanced touchscreen interface. The GXDP-700 is a modular system, upgradable from 2D panoramic to Cephalometrics or 3D Cone Beam with expandable field-of-views, or both. As you need it, increase your imaging capabilities to complement general preventative care, extractions, implants, endodontics, and orthodontics. You have the freedom to upgrade on your timeline and within your budget for seamless and affordable expansion.

The Power of Repeatability

With built-in functionality and thoughtfully developed tools, including EasyPosition™ and SmartMotion™, any member of your clinical team can acquire clear, detailed, high-quality images, easily and consistently.

  • SmartMotion™ — Adaptable motion technology adjusts the x-ray beam to compensate for changes in anatomical curvatures to optimize image quality
  • EasyPosition™ — Easy-access column controls; sturdy chin support; balanced, comfortable handgrips; fully adjustable head support; laser alignment lights assist for accurate patient positioning


The Power of Flexibility

The GXDP-700™ Series allows different types of imaging for a wide range of clinical situations, giving you the flexibility to capture the images necessary for the procedures you perform. The system also provides the options doctors need to manage dose by taking radiographs that are tailored to body size, image type, and even pinpointing the area of interest using 2D and 3D region-specific scan options.


  • 33 Panoramic projections, 11 selections for three patient sizes, including TMJ and Bitewing views
  • 15 Cephalometric projections, 5 selections for three patient sizes
  • Ceph upgrade offers a movable single sensor or time-saving dual sensors
  • 3D scan-sizes — 4 cm diameter (d) x 6 cm height (h) or the optional 8 cm (d) x 6 cm (h)
  • Adjustable exposure — ability to customize dose within the allotted range


The Power of Upgradability

The GXDP-700 Series is dynamic, modular and expandable. As your practice grows and your procedure offerings expand, you can upgrade on your timeline and within your budget to include more imaging modalities.

  • GXDP-700 Panoramic System
  • GXDP-700 C Panoramic and Cephalometric System
  • GXDP-700 S Panoramic and 3D CBCT System
  • GXDP-700 SC 2D Panoramic, 3D CBCT, and Cephalometric System

Powerful 3D CBCT

The GXDP-700 S offers 3D views that can be sliced in any direction—an imperative to determining anatomical variations that can affect the success of the procedure.

  • Utilize for diagnosis and treatment of endodontic, surgical, and implant procedures
  • PerfectScout™ — integrated technology to easily target the exact region of interest
  • Totally integrated implant solutions — Use the scan to plan with multiple implant brands and for CAD/CAM applications, such as surgical guides and milled restorations




Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Become More Productive with A Web Whiteboard

If you've ever used a White Board in the office or a Smart Board in the office or in school, you probably know how they work.  It's been proven time & again that sharing ideas visually means that everyone in the room gets smarter.
It's a weird, but true fact that when you brainstorm, the ideas grow exponentially.
I can see this having some true dental applications whether it is with a dental lab doing a meeting on the  optics of an anterior case or working with a vendor designing a new reception area.  You could also use this with specialists to treatment plan difficult cases that are in the referral pipeline.
This is pretty cool... so what are you waiting for?
Now there is no need to get everyone in the same place to have that type of experience.  That's because of the company "A Web Whiteboard" offers a web based application that allows teams to draw and create over the web.
From the company website:

Touch. Draw. Share.

A Web Whiteboard is touch-friendly whiteboard app that lets you use your computer, tablet or smartphone to easily draw sketches, collaborate with others and sharethem with the world.

Works on all modern browsers, no installation needed.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

KIndle Update Brings Personal Document Synchronization to Users

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This cloud thing is becoming bigger and bigger by the moment... don'tcha think?  And I continue to be impressed with the way Amazon has embraced the concept of cloud computing and the way the company continues to make The Cloud part of its customer experience.
As regular readers know, i've devoted a fair number of electrons lately to blogging about Amazon and The Cloud.  Now that's not because I own stock (I don't, but probably s should) or the fact that I"m a raving Amazon fanboy (I like the service but refuse to drink the Koolaide).  No, I just think the management at AMazon is doing this the right way.
So, I was once again pleasantly surprised when I stumbled across the following:
In the latest update to the software the runs the Amazon Kindle, there are management systems built-in for your personal documents.  One of the lesser known features of the Kindle, which has existed since the early days of the device, is the ability to store your personal documents.  That's right, you can either connect your Kindle to your computer via USB and add documents to the device or you can email your documents directly to your Kindle.  After doing that, the docs show up in the personal documents area in your Cloud Storage at Amazon.  Once the documents are in your Cloud Storage they can be deleted or sent to any device linked to that account.  In my case, that means documents can be on my Kindle, iPad, Xoom, iPod, and Samsung Galaxy S.  Actually that's a bit of a fib.  This only currently works on the Kindle, but the engineers at Amazon are hard at work to create updated Kindle apps that will allow the functions I just described on any device running a Kindle app.
This also means that, once the apps are done, reading your personal documents will be synced across the cloud just like things you have purchased and downloaded through the Kindle store.
It's just one more way to stay organized in both your reading for pleasure as well as your reading for your job!
Here are the details on the 3.3 update direct from Amazon:

Download Version 3.3

You can download the update below. All Kindle Keyboard users will receive this software update automatically via Wi-Fi.

To see if your Kindle Keyboard has already been updated, from the Home screen press the Menu button and use the 5-way controller to select "Settings." If the Settings screen displays "Version: Kindle 3.3" (or later) at the bottom of the screen, your Kindle Keyboard already has the latest software installed.

To update your Kindle Keyboard software, turn your wireless on and connect to an available Wi-Fi network.

From the Home screen, press Menu and select "Sync and Check for Items." The software update will automatically download in the background and install when your Kindle Keyboard goes into sleep mode. 
Here's how to download the Kindle Keyboard software update version 3.3 and transfer it to your Kindle Keyboard via USB:

  1. Determine your software version: From Home, select Menu, then Settings. On the Settings screen you will see the Kindle version at the bottom of the screen. If you see "Version Kindle 3.1" or earlier (3.1.2, 3.0.3, 3.0.2, 3.0.1, or 3.0), please proceed with the steps below to update your Kindle Keyboard to the latest software.

  2. Download your software: Click on the appropriate link below to download the software update file directly to your computer:

Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi:Download 3.3
Your serial number will start with "B008"

Kindle Keyboard 3G (Free 3G + Wi-Fi) - U.S. and Canadian Customers*: Download 3.3
Your serial number will start with "B006"

Kindle Keyboard 3G (Free 3G + Wi-Fi) - European Customers*:Download 3.3
Your serial number will start with "B00A"

Your Kindle Keyboard serial number is visible at the bottom of the Settings Screen. From Home, select Menu, then Settings.

*We automatically ship your Kindle Keyboard with the best built-in wireless card based on the shipping country you select during checkout. If your country is not listed above, please check your serial number to determine which download to use.

  1. Transfer software to your Kindle Keyboard: Turn your Kindle Keyboard on and connect it to your computer using the USB cable. Drag and drop the new update file from your computer to the root Kindle drive. (The drive contains a number of folders - such as "audible," "documents," and "music" - and is typically displayed as a "device" icon).
  1. Monitor file transfer and disconnect: Check your file transfer progress to ensure file transfer to your Kindle Keyboard is complete before disconnecting. After the file has transferred successfully, eject the Kindle to safely disconnect Kindle Keyboard from your computer. Disconnect the USB cable from your Kindle Keyboard and your computer.
  2. Start the software update: Go to the Home screen, press the Menu key, and select "Settings." Press the Menu key again, and then select "Update Your Kindle." (This option will be grayed out if the most recent update has already been installed or if the file transfer was not successful.) Select "Ok" when prompted if you want to perform an update. Your Kindle Keyboard will restart twice during the update. After the first restart, you will see "Your Kindle is Updating".
  3. Once the update is complete: Your Kindle Keyboard will automatically restart a second time. When you go to the Settings page, you should notice Version: Kindle 3.3 at the bottom of the screen. Once you see this, you know your update is complete.

Free Access at AT&T Hotspots

Enjoy free Wi-Fi access at AT&T hotspots across the U.S. to shop for and download Kindle content -- no AT&T registration, sign-in, or password required. You will need the Kindle Keyboard software update 3.1 or later to use free Wi-Fi access at AT&T hotspots. Update your Kindle software for free.

Troubleshooting Update Issues




"Update" menu option on the Settings page is grayed out.

The update file is in the incorrect directory, or was not transferred successfully.

Plug your Kindle Keyboard back into your computer and verify the update file is present in the root directory of your Kindle Keyboard, not in a folder.

File download won't complete or doesn't appear to start.

Your firewall software may be blocking the download.

Verify that your firewall is setup to allow the file transfer.

Internet Explorer may prevent downloads.

Right-click the download link and select "save as" to save the file to your computer. If this method is unsuccessful, complete the following steps to download as an Administrator:

  1. From the Start menu, right-click on the Internet Explorer icon.
  2. Select "Run as Administrator."
  3. Return to this page and try the download again.

Received an error message when selecting "Update Your Kindle."

Incomplete download.

Redownload the installer from the Download your software section of this page.

The software update file was renamed.

Delete the update file on your computer and Kindle Keyboard, and repeat the software update process above.

Unsupported software modifications are present.

Kindle Keyboard doesn't support software modification, and will be unable to update the Kindle software if it has been modified. Contact the original developer of the software modification for instructions on how to remove the modification.

Unable to download when selecting "Sync and Check for Items."

Not connected to a Wi-Fi network

Kindle Keyboard software update 3.3 is only available for download over Wi-Fi or from this page. Connect to a Wi-Fi network and the update will download in the next few days, or download the correct file listed above.

If you still cannot successfully update your Kindle Keyboard software using the instructions above or encounter any difficulty with your software update, please contact Kindle Support by clicking the "Contact Us" button in the right hand column of this page.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab is Trying a Different Market Approach...

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With the iPad being the 800 pound gorilla of tablets and no one seeming to have the wherewithal to move them even a centimeter off their dominance, some companies are trying to come at things from a different angle and I can't say that I can blame them.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab (pictured above) is  the latest to try something new and I say "good for them".
It seems that no matter what form factor a company comes out with, there are always detractors who say "they should've done X" and then insert whatever claim the writer feels the company missed.  For instance, lately it seems that screen size is the big buzz.  If a company creates a screen size similar to the iPad they are hammered because  the iPad already owns that space and where is the feature set that sets it apart?  If a device (like the Amazon Fire) has a smaller screen, they are hammered because "n o one wants a small screen", etc.
So... kudos to the minds at Samsung that came up with the idea of multiple screen sizes.  This means that no matter what form factor the customer wants, chances are they can find a Samsung device that fits those specifications.  Let's face it, the iPad is an amazing device and it truly does own the market, but there is definitely room for others, especially those who are making devices that can slide into the outside pocket of a laptop bag or messenger bag.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Amazon Brings Automated Locker Delivery System Into Beta...


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Well, I've said it  before and I'll say it again.  I'm a big fan of Amazon.  The company " just gets it" and has made me life and purchasing experiences so easy I sometimes struggle to remember what it was like before I was an Amazon Prime member.
So I was forced to grin when I read about this latest idea from the world's largest retailer.  When it comes to receiving packages, I'm pretty blessed.  I have an office with employees that can sign for me and on those occasions that something gets shipped to my home, my neighbors are more than happy to sign for and then hold my packages.  However, I know there are a lot you out there who aren't as lucky as I am.
For those of you who can't always sign, Amazon is trying out a new idea of delivery lockers.  They are in limited areas  now and the company is using Rite Aid and 7-Eleven stores to help pull this off.
Here's how it works.  A locker system, like in the picture above, is set up in a location.  Your package is placed in one of the lockers by the delivery service.  When you place your order and request to have it shipped to a locker, you get a six-digit code.  When your package arrives, you go to the locker, enter your code, and a door on the locker system opens which contains your shipment.  Simple, easy, and efficient.  If you are an Amazon customer and live in an apartment, I can see these locker systems becoming a really big deal.  I'd think in urban environments it would also make deliveries faster and easier for the delivery company as well.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

CheckMate Checkpoint Friendly Computer Bag - Courtesy of Curve Dental

Last week at the American Dental Association meeting in Las Vegas, I got a chance to sit down and catch up with the brain-trust of Curve Dental.  The company that promotes itself as the "Fresh Web BAsed Alternative to Dental Software" was hosting a sushi event in their suite on the twenty-first floor of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
It was a fun night with great sushi, great conversation, and a tremendous view that included a concert by Blondie out by the pool.  While we were a fair distance away, you could still see and hear the show if you really wanted to.
I have to say "thanks" to Curve for a very nice parting gift as well.  As I was leaving the event, the Curve folks presented me with a nice messenger-type laptop bag.  When you spend as much time on the road as I do, you really appreciate gifts that make your travel experience easier.  That's why I was so impressed with the forethought of the Checkmate bag.
If you fly, you know that going through security is a very specific process and one of these processes is that laptops must be removed from the bag they are in and sent through the x-ray scanner in a tub all by themselves.  However, you can eliminate removing he laptop from the bag if you use a Checkmate bag to hold your computer.  These bags unzip and lie flat on the belt giving the TSA folks an unobstructed view of the computer.
This saves you time and it also eliminates the potential disasters that can befall your laptop while doing all of the removing & replacing.
So thanks to Curve, I've got a nice new travel bag that can make my life easier.

Friday, October 14, 2011

PalodentPlus Sectional Matrix System HIts the Market - Your Contacts Will *Never* be the Same


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In a move to upgrade and improve the Palodent sectional matrix system, Dentsply Caulk has announced the arrival of the PalodentPlus Sectional Matrix System.
The system is designed to deliver easy, predictable contact creation by utilizing optimized ring, band, and wedge technology to consistently provide you with accurate contacts.
System Benefits:


Consistently accurate, tight contacts. Rings are made with nickel-titanium to create a consistent force to separate teeth, and then return to their original shape after use, helping to deliver a tight gingival seal and anatomically-shaped restoration.

Wide applications for sectional matrix system use. Ring tine design helps the system remain stable on significantly damaged teeth. Rings are stackable for multiple restorations at once.

Minimized flash and finishing. Ring tines maintain a fit on the tooth that complements the wedge and works with the matrix to seal and shape the restoration, minimizing required finishing.

Wedge compatibility and performance. The V-shape of the tines accommodates the wedge from both sides. Fine wave-shaped wings compress and flare for easy placement and minimize impingement of soft tissue.

Take the stress out of Class II restorations. Use a combination of Palodent® Plus and SureFil® SDR®flow Posterior Bulk Fill Flowable Base. It can be bulk filled up to 4mm and provides excellent cavity adaption and reduced polymerization stress.


If you are familiar with or currently using the Triodent V3 sectional matrix system, you'll be pleasantly surprised.  The PalodentPlus system is being OEM'ed by Triodent exclusively for Dentsply Caulk.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

How Important is the Keyboard? Continued...

I couldn't muster a post yesterday.  The ADA was just a blur of lectures & meetings...


Last week I made  a post discussing if the keyboard was really all that relevant anymore.  I'm still looking for more comments on that, by the way.


Well, I guess I was supposed to ask that question as now I've been approached by a company that wants me to give the new Galaxy II to try.  It's the next generation of the popular Samsung Galaxy line.  It has a smokin' fast processor, an amazing screen, and has battery life that can last over 24 hours (that amazes me).


So, when it comes in I'll let you all know and I'll be really pushing this thing to see what it can do.  Stay tuned for details...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Importance of WiFi... and Why We're All Addicted





So when I come to a meeting, I frequently don't have a lot of free time.  I'm normally on a schedule of meetings and lectures that really doesn't add up to having much free time to do anything else.


However, today I had a few minutes to hang at the Gendex Bus on the exhibit floor at the ADA.  While here, I decided to take a few minutes to actually sit and soak up the feel of the show as well as update the blog .  It's interesting as a sit typing away on the Mac and accessing the net via my Sprint Passport wireless hotspot.  Convention centers like the Mandalay Bay here in Las Vegas tend to be huge concrete and metal structures.  That means that wireless signals don't penetrate very well.


Now there are wifi signals in here, but some of them cost and most are locked down tight with security, so it's kind of funny that while I sit here typing away, people keep coming up to me and saying, "Hey John, can I steal a few minutes of your Wifi?"  Who am I to say no?


So many of us have wifi on our phones or our notebooks, tablets, whatever that we don't even think about it.  The net is just always there.  Suddenly you're in a convention center and you're cut off.  Panic sets in and you don't know what to do.


It just goes to show he addicted we've all become to the instantaneous availability of information.  Take away Wifi and a lot of us would struggle, maybe more than you  know...


By the way, thanks, Sprint, for my really strong 3G signal here in the confines of the convention center.  Lots of other providers aren't coming through at all!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Amazon Prime Brings Video on Demand to Users

I'm an Amazon Prime Member and have been for a few years now (thanks Ben!)
The service charges me $79 per year for membership and for that I get special pricing and free 2 day shipping.  I also get a free unlimited Cloud Player Storage for my music (which is now totally in the cloud).
As an Amazon Prime Member I was thrilled with the following announcement that came out last week.  Let the good times roll!

Dear Customer,

I have big news for Amazon Prime members – we’ve just signed a deal with FOX to add a broad selection of movies and TV shows to our unlimited instant streaming service later this fall. The new additions from the FOX library include 24, Arrested Development, The X-Files, Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and – available on digital video for the first time – The Wonder Years. We now have deals with CBS, NBCUniversal, Sony, and Warner Bros, and adding FOX will bring the total to more than 11,000 movies and TV shows available for unlimited instant streaming.

Since launching earlier this year, we have now doubled the number of titles available in Prime instant videos, and there’s still more to come. Prime membership remains $79 a year, and of course features our unlimited free two-day shipping on millions of products. Prime is one of the best values anywhere.

Prime instant videos can be played on more than 300 HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top boxes.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Get Some Free Practice Booster

Greetings from Las Vegas where the ADA meeting will be in full force tomorrow.


A short post today, but one that I think dental readers will benefit from.  One of my good friends in dentistry is Dr. Charles Blair.  He is a numbers genius when it comes to our profession and has devoted his life to helping others code and bill properly.


He has a new website,


For the next few days, he is offering FREE Access to this new site. Go to

Just enter and password: vegas


This will give you free access.  Enjoy!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

How Important is the Keyboard?

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Did you ever think about how important the keyboard is?  I don't mean "keyboards" in general, I mean the kind that have actual keys that you actually type on.
That thought occurred to me this week when I was at the Sprint store.  My Passport hotspot had died and I was there getting a replacement.  Since I'm a long term Sprint customer I get one upgrade per year.  Last year it was the new Samsung Galaxy and I was contemplating replacing it with its new big brother... but I couldn't pull the trigger.
The sticking point?  The new Galaxy doesn't have a slide-out hard keyboard.  It's a soft keyboard only.  Now I have used a phone before, the Samsung Instinct, that didn't have a hard keyboard, but for me the selling point of the original Galaxy was a keyboard I could feel and snuggle with.
Is that feature going the way of the modem?  I'm not sure.  However, the iPhone, the Evo, and others don't have them.  Is it even really a deal breaker for me?  I'm not sure.  I mean the new Galaxy is incredibly thin due to no keyboard as are the others I just mentioned.  Am I, gasp, longing for a technology that is now "old school"?
Let me know your opinions!
Oh, and should I be thinking Galaxy 2 or iPhone 4S now that it is on the Sprint network?  Help me decide!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Come Join Me in the Gendex Booth on Tuesday at the ADA!

If you are planning on being at the ADA next week, take some time out of your schedule and come on over to the Gendex booth on Tuesday at noon.  I'll be giving a presentation of "Hidden Conditions Revealed by 3D".
In the 4 years I've been involved with cone beam volumetric tomography, I've seen some pretty amazing things.  Some of them are just amazing from a dental/educational point of view, and some of them have greatly affected my patients... for the better!
I'll be sharing some of these cases and my 3D journey with you on Tuesday.  I'll also be discussing a bit about my 3D journey and why I'm convinced, now more than ever, that 3D will flat out change the way you understand your treatment... and the way you provide it.
Join me on Tuesday.  We'll have a blast!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs Passes Away at 56 - RIP to a Genius

For the first time in the history of this blog, I'm running the same picture 2 days in a row.  Last night, I pulled my Mac out of my Oakley backup and fired it up as I normally do.  When I opened Google Chrome and went to the Fox News website, I gasped.  My wife overhead and was immediately concerned.  "What;s wrong?", she asked.  When I told her the news she too was stunned.
By now you've read the obituaries so I won't bother with that.  What I will tell is my Apple story because that, in a way, pays  tribute to the man.
I'm an Apple/Mac guy, but I haven't always been.  For years I was a Windows guy and in a way I still am, since Eaglesoft that runs my office is Windows.  However, I've always been a huge music lover and when my computers suddenly had the ability to rip CDs into digital files, I was hooked with the whole digital music thing.  I began to rip all my CDs and that was a task.  Then a little thing called the iPod came along and it fascinated me.  So much so, that being a geek, I ran right out and bought one of the original 5GB models.
I'll never forget opening the box.  There was a whole Zen to the way it was packaged, the way the box felt, the way the components were placed in the package.  I remember thinking "if they put this much thinking into the package, what is the iPod going to be like?"  I wasn't disappointed.  Matter of fact, I still have that iPod and the dang thing still works.  After that moment I became a Mac fan.
A few years later I was in need of a new laptop.  Being a geek I had several Mac fanboy buddies and they were pushing me to join them.  However, I was hesitant.  I didn't know the Mac OS and with my constant lecturing I didn't want to learn a new OS.  I finally decided to wait for the MacBook Pro with the dual processor that could run Windows or Mac.  At the worst, I figured, if I didn't like the Mac part I'd just have a really expensive Windows laptop.
By now you know what's coming... I bought it loved it and probably used Windows "a few" times when I absolutely needed it.  Then it began.  First it was a Mac baseball hat for my collection.  Then it was the sticker that has graced every vehicle since.   Funny I pay extra to have the dealership remove all the plates and lettering from my vehicles because i dont' like the clutter, but I'll add a Mac sticker.
I became a bit fascinated with Steve Jobs.  The guy just kept hitting home runs.  He was sure of himself and stuck to his guns.  There were of course stories that didn't paint him in the best light.  Some employees felt he was harsh and it's been said enough that it was probably true, but we all have our faults.  The bottom line is, Steve had an amazing instinct for technology and it changed our lives... over and over and over again.
This summer, Apple had more cash reserves than the U.S. Treasury and is second only to Exxon as the world's most valuable company.
There aren't many rock star CEO's, but Steve Jobs was definitely one.  I'm going to miss the stories about him, but more I will miss his insight into what gadget I needed when I didn't even know it existed yet.
Also, my thoughts and prayers go out to Steve's soul and to his family and other loved ones.  RIP Steve.  I was a Mac guy all along and I didn't even know it.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Apple Announces iPhone 4S and *not* iPhone 5 While the World Yawns

I think it's going to take some time, effort, and maybe more for many of us to remember that Steve Jobs is not in control of Apple any more.  Today, Tim Cook, the new CEO, and a parade of other Apple officials made the announcement instead of Steve Jobs.
Everyone was expecting the iPhone 5 and instead they got the iPhone 4S.  Suddenly all was not right.  Apple stock dropped, closing down 2.10 for the day.
I find this whole thing interesting.  There is a new phone with new features and tons to love and everyone seems upset because it's not the iPhone 5, like the addition of that number at the end will make all the difference.  I think what the world really missed was Steve Jobs doing the announcement.  In the tech world, we're so used to seeing Mr. Jobs up there wowing the crowd and making us all believe the iPhone will somehow make us taller, better looking, and maybe, just maybe bring world piece, that we just can't handle having someone else make the announcement.
So, while the tech world has a fit about the fact that it's not the iPhone 5, I'd prefer to say, read this post to see why the 4S really is a big deal.
I think it goes to show the power of Jobs appeal.  I wish him well in his recovery.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sprint Gambles Big on iPhone 5

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The iPhone 5 will be announced tomorrow at the Cupertino campus and my  hometown network, Sprint, is gambling big time on it.
According to sources, Sprint plans on spending about 20 billion by purchasing 30.5 million iPhones over the next 4 years.  That's some pretty hefty sales.
Of course folks from Apple & Spring refused to comment, but really, the iPhone on Sprint has been pretty well known for a while now.
I love my hometown network, but they've needed to something for a while to turn things around and Apple may very well be the ticket.  At least that what CEO Dan Hesse is thinking.  Honestly the way the iPhone has changed mobile computing, who's going to argue?  Not me.
Sprint is now hoping to chip away at AT&T and Verizon who already have the iPhone.  In my opinion, the target should be AT&T.  Sprint has built a screaming network while AT&T still slogs around at much slower speeds.  That means that Sprint has the network that will let the IPhone shine.  Here's hoping they do just that.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Iogear Features Pink Memory Card Reader

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My sister is a breast cancer survivor and because of that, I have a love of all things pink.  So I was thrilled when I came across this pink portable card reader from Iogear.
From the company:


IOGEAR is proud to announce a fund-raising initiative benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists dedicated to taking global action against breast cancer through research, community health programs and advocacy. This SD/MicroSD/MMC Card Reader/Writer also sports an eye-catching pink finish with the Komen “Running Ribbon” prominently displayed. This new device is extremely compact but big on compatibility within the SD memory card family. The unit supports the very latest in memory card format, SDXC (Secure Digital Extended Capacity). The SD/MicroSD/MMC Card Reader/Writer is a solution for hi-speed, bi-directional image and data transfer. Images and data can be transferred quickly from Secure Digital Card (SD), MultiMedia Card (MMC), or MicroSD memory cards to PCs or Macs. This is particularly useful in many applications, including digital cameras, video cameras, mobile phones, MP3, and other mobile devices. This item is an ideal way to bridge the gap between your desktop computer and other CE products. Just plug the product into your computer's USB 1.1 or 2.0 port and you are ready to go! For every pink card reader sold between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012, IOGEAR is donating $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure with a guaranteed minimum donation of $25,000.
  • Stylish pink design with Susan G. Komen "Running Ribbon"
  • Supports memory card types including SD / MMC
  • Supports for SDXC cards
  • USB 2.0 Highspeed data transfer rate up to 480Mb/sec
  • Bus powered - No external AC adapter required
  • Clear protective removable cap

AT&T Begins Sending Warnings to Top Data Consumers on Mobile Network

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This wont' be a rant against AT&T.  Far from it.  In fact, I'm going to say that what they are doing is the right thing to do.  They have begun sending text messages to users that are in the top 5% of data users informing them of that fact and encouraging them to use the WiFi functions on their phones to help unclog the network and give everyone more bandwidth.
The point is that there are some users on every network that begin to overuse and that creates a problem for all of us.  If the network is sluggish because someone is downloading videos & I can't get my email, that could be a problem.  So AT&T is asking those that use the most to see if they can't cut back a bit.
Personally I think this is a good idea.  No threats, no throttling (as of yet) to the user's account, just a friendly reminder that they need to be cognizant of their usage.  Other carriers have done similar things and have even cut back on bandwidth for some users.  This is AT&T's way of trying to not be forced into that.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Microsoft Accidentally Identifies Chrome Browser as Malware

Security is getting harder & harder for not only us users, but for computer software folks as well.
Here is a prime example.  On September 30th, 2011 Microsoft's "Security Essentials" suite began to identify the Google Chrome browser as malware and began removing it from users computers.
The interesting part of this is that Chrome competes with Internet Explorer and there was immediate speculation that it was done of that reason.  However, Microsoft was very quick to  correct the mistake with an update and then all was well.
This brings up some points worth thinking about.  It is almost impossible anymore to keep track of all the security measures needed for your PC.  Because of that, many of us rely on antivirus suites to do this for us.  And now that so many changes to our computers happen behind the scenes, it's easy to see how something like this can happen.
While it just isn't practical to expect all of these companies to communicate updates with one another, something will eventually have to be done.  If not, look for more incidents like this to be in the media.  Frankly I'm amazed it doesn't happen more often.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Apple will unveil next Generation iPhone on October 4th

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Well now it is official.  Apple is holding an event at the Cupertino headquarters to show the world the latest iPhone on October 4th at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.
While I'm always excited about Apple announcements, this one is bittersweet.  The event will feature new CEO Tim Cook and not Steve Jobs.  It was noted here (and everywhere) a while back that jobs has stepped down as CEO of Apple.  Since that time some photos have surfaced of him looking pretty frail and I've got to admit that saddens me.
However, here is to the iPhone 5 kickoff and seeing what is new and improved in the smartphone that changed the world!