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Bridget Carey
Miami, FL
Technology reporter at The Miami Herald
Interests: All things pop-culture and geeky.
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Alejandro, I think you have the wrong link. Do you mean www.computerlandiastore.it ? But thanks for pointing out that there are other places to get similar Spanish-language keyboards online. The interesting part of this news is that the Spanish laptop is in a big-box retail chain. Before, online was the only option. But actually Dell didn't even offer this model to Americans online -- they only sold a model like this to Latin America, until now.
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And Lou, sweetie, it's something that almost every iPhone user I know has used to look up something while on a call, instead of saying "hold on I'll have to call you back." It's a pretty handy perk, although of course it may not be a deal breaker for everyone. Guess it really depends how bad of an experience you've had with AT&T to make you want to switch before June, when we'll likely see another iPhone -- possibly one that can work on a 4G network.
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Right Mark, no one cares. That's why talking and using the Web was the basis of many of Apple's iPhone commercials. For me, I'd wait until Verizon has an iPhone that will work on the 4G LTE network. Then it shouldn't be limited to calling and using apps simultaneously.
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Sprint's 4G is finally working in South Florida as of this morning! Here's a new blog post with more details: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/cache_carey/2010/11/sprint-4g-now-working-for-south-florida.html
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There has been an onslaught of new Android phones this summer, not to mention the iPhone 4 and touchscreen BlackBerry Torch. So did you end up buying a new top-of-the-line smartphone this summer? Or do you feel burned that you bought a new phone earlier this year and now have to wait? Please take this really short survey and let us know if you got a new phone (or which one you wish you could buy). [Click here if you don't see the survey button below.] Take The Smartphone Survey! Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2010 at All Business
James, DailyDibs doesn't work in Miami, not to mention the site design looks appalling, so it's not worth mentioning. But thanks for playing! :D
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Oh yeah, since I was a kid the Turnpike plaza prices were always more than the normal franchise prices. Noticed it easily back when they used to have Burger King at the plazas -- the combo meals were about a buck more. But I put up with it for the convenience of having clean restrooms and several food choices at one stop.
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2010 on Highway robbery at The No-Spend Zone
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If that show's a hit, I hope we can see something like this soon from the History channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90TW-p3rkQk
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Jack -- I don't know if it necessarily reflects how T-Mobile is doing. I think it's more of a stunt to compete for attention with the iPhone 4 coming out next week. And Verizon is announcing a new Android phone the Wednesday before the iPhone 4 comes out. I don't think this T-Mobile sale would have happened if it wasn't for the iPhone 4, but that's just a hunch.
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Sprint isn't able to give me a definite answer on Wellington. This is what Sprint spokeswoman Crystal Davis was able to tell me: "As for Wellington getting 4G service, I think we'll know more closer to the launch and as coverage maps are developed. If Wellington is located in an area close to other slated 4G locations, there's a possibility the final build out plan could overlap into that area."
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There's a 8 megapixel camera on the back with a flash, and another tiny 1.3 megapixel camera on the front right corner so you can take a photo of yourself while seeing yourself on the screen. When you're in the camera application, you can switch cameras in the settings.
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Hi Mike, I'll check for you on Wellington. They have every other specific city mentioned that is around Wellington... seems kinda lame if every city around it has 4G but not Wellington itself.
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When living with friends, you got to always be honest about things that you are concerned about -- even on the awkward subject of money. I told Amanda from the start she should let me know right away if there was a money issue, and I'm glad she did. Whether it's about money, utilities, the dishes piling up, a painting -- its best to just bring up issues as they come up. And set that rule up from the start of living together! Because if you don't, feelings will build up, turn your stomach, and eventually explode and hurt a friendship.
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Bridget Carey is now following Rick Schwartz
May 20, 2010
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Posted Apr 22, 2010 at All Business
Folks, I do appreciate the comments. Many good points are being shared to give broader perspective to the issue of a company deleting comments on a Facebook page. Please keep them coming. Although the initial topic of my column was centered around the reactivation of the Shamu Twitter account, the comments here about the SeaWorld Fan page are also a topic that needs to be discussed. Corporations managing/censoring comments on a page is a hot issue and I want people to continue to chime in about it. I can see things are starting to get passionate, so I ask to please keep the comments focused on topic of social media. I don't want to see passion turn into commenters personally attacking each other. And as an update, the poll results on the Shamu Twitter account are based on 117 votes as I write this comment, and 86.3% say they want to see @Shamu return.
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2010 on Should Shamu return to Twitter? at Poked
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Jeff - Well it was certainly too heavy and awkward to hold it up and take photos like you do on a cellphone. But a camera on the front would be real cool for doing video conferencing. But when Apple is trying to make this as light as possible, I have a feeling they won't want to include a camera. Leave the photos to the cellphone. There are rumors now of a mini iPad coming out early 2011: http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/digitimes-5-to-7-inch-ipad-expected-in-early-2011-2010048/ And news about a different screen for the second-generation iPad: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/04/19/oled_display_rumored_for_apples_second_generation_ipad.html
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Luis - Indeed you did catch a statement in my video I now take back -- the mention in the video about screen flippage while moving around. Since I had to borrow the iPad to review it, I only got to spend a short time with it and overlooked the usefulness of the screen lock switch on the side. So if you want to move around to read, just flip the screen lock (which is similar to the mute switch on the iPhone), and it won't change orientation. But hey, that's being human. Some people forget about a lock switch. Other people forget their prototype iPhone 4 on a bar stool. (Bazinga.)
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Michelle, Samantha -- I was not aware of what comments SeaWorld deleted from it's page. I peeked on the page now and again during the incident and before I wrote the story. As for my comment about them answering questions, I was referring to the posts they made about what they do at the parks (instead of saying nothing), and how they took tough questions at a press conference instead of just issuing some printed statement and hiding. (http://news.discovery.com/animals/killer-whale-show-to-go-on-tilikum-is-an-important-part-of-our-team.html) I should have written my column more clearly in that case. But on the topic of deleting comments, a few thoughts: - SeaWorld (or any owner of a Facebook page) has the right to delete any comment. And I agree with deleting comments if people were using inappropriate Facebook photos, or if they were harassing or spamming the page with angry comments over and over again. Having a courteous discussion with a non-threatening question is a different issue. In my humble opinion, it's not being social-media friendly for a company to delete well-mannered comments or questions of critique. I don't know which was the case. Attacking a page over and over again isn't something a company has to tolerate -- if that in fact was what happened. Like I said, I don't know what the case was for the deleted folks. If SeaWorld happens to check back on this blog's comments, I'll leave it to them to address an issue about deleting the study. Maybe they got trigger happy, or maybe it was appropriate. SeaWorld didn't have a plan on how to deal with a passionate group of protesters. Maybe now they would do things differently. Maybe not. In either case, thanks for bringing it up. It's a tough issue for a company to deal with an onslaught of anger from a community, yet also be open and engage people with honest questions. We all want to be heard, but they have the right to control their space. And how much censoring should they do? It's still a time for learning for many companies (like Nestle). Does a place like SeaWorld have the right to kick out screamers on a page that is designed for their fans to talk about their brand?
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2010 on Should Shamu return to Twitter? at Poked
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Hi Andy -- To clarify, you can turn off the service at any time if it's on your phone. It's optional to participate. And the company is banking on the fact you won't get annoyed because you'll be earning small rewards on your bill somehow (free minutes/texts) every time you see an ad. If this was something you couldn't turn off, and you weren't aware this was going to be on your phone when you bought it, then yeah I agree, that would get some people irked.
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Jack -- Indeed I did. Which meant I had to tone down my usual St. Patrick's Day garb in the office... because my usual sparkly green eyeshadow, green hair ties and green nail polish would seem a bit much when you're watching it on a normal day, haha.
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Jonathan, You don't need to download anything special on Xbox. Just go to your control panel to have it search for nearby Wi-Fi access, and it should detect the MiFi if it is on. Just like any other Wi-Fi connection, you'll need to enter in the password and ta-da, you're now online using the MiFi's data. But watch your plan... it's not unlimited. Both Sprint and Verizon data plans cap it at 5 Gigs a month. I'm not an expert on how much bandwidth an Xbox Live game uses, but you'll probably burn through that data very quickly as a frequent gamer. And then it's 5 cents per MB extra... yowza. (So Andrew, I have a hard time answering your question because I didn't get a "bill" while testing this. I don't know how long I played before it started going past the 5GB, charging me $0.05 extra per MB. It's a fantastic question, but sorry I don't have the answer.) To give you some perspective, downloading a full-length feature movie averages about 700MB. Showing that it can support a Xbox Live connection was more of a way to show what it can do. Heavy users shouldn't make it a complete substitute to your home Internet provider.
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Brandon Routh was an awesome Superman! (And he was the perfect Clark Kent, mimicking Christopher Reeve's mannerisms.) Shame that Singer can't do another one. I thought the movie was great... cept for the whole kid part of the story.
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Bridget Carey is now following George Kelly
Feb 8, 2010