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Sprint iPhone 5 users experiencing 3G data problems – no solution available yet

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If you are a Sprint iPhone 5 user and you are experiencing data connection problems (slow data, no connection to 3G, difficulty connecting to WiFi, etc.) your are not alone.

By not alone we mean that EVERY iphone 5 user on Sprint and possibly other networks is having the same problems.

Over the past few weeks both Sprint and Apple have acknowledged the problems in message boards on their respective websites. However, they have not made any official announcement to the media about the problem. Rather than post dozens of links to these message boards, we invite the reader to simply do a Google search for “iPhone 5 Sprint data problems” or “Sprint iPhone 5 connection problems.”

The problem affects texting as well as all forms of data usage.¬†We have read most of the messages on the boards and here’s what we found.

1. Resetting the network settings via the fancy code that Sprint gives you for tower updates will not work.

2. Resetting the network setting on the iPhone itself often works temporarily. Heavy data users will have to do this 5-10 times per day.

3. Sprint and Apple are both aware of the problem and they claim that they are working on a fix.

4. Apple blames Sprint and Sprint blames Apple.

5. Both seem to agree that the problem has something to do with LTE even though the problem is worse in areas without LTE. However, they aren’t sure about this because LTE is so spotty in the few areas that do have it.

6. Our interpretation of things is that Apple really wants to resolve this problem but they are waiting on Sprint to provide something (maybe testing results, maybe confidential radio information) and Sprint is dragging its feet.

7. Sprint seems pretty sure that the problem will go away when they do some sort of planned LTE update in or around 2013.

8. Nobody in a Sprint store has access to any information that gives them the ability to predict a timeline for a fix.

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Castellini on Computers 012 – We hung-up on Steve Jobs

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In this episode of Castellini on Computers we discuss…

Verizon iPhone
Smartphone’s aren’t as popular as you might think
Does it matter if Taco Bell isn’t serving meat?
Reasons why Zagg screen protectors are awesome
Why we hate glossy glass screens
Our comments on the State of the Union address
Comcast is giving computers to the poor
Libraries suck

Visit HelpMeRick.com for more updates and to subscribe to the podacast via iTunes.

Castellini on Computers 010 – Summers in Meeker

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In this episode we discuss discuss…

The new Mac App store

Buying inexpensive eye glasses online

CES 2011 hot topics

Does the Blackberry Playbook have a chance?

How to close your

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Citizen journalist’s guide to field reporting tools

Online journalism is less about getting the complete story and more about getting the developing story quickly and efficiently. Accurate facts matter as much as ever and there is no better way to document the facts accurately than reporting in real time.

Here’s a list of great gadgets that can take field reporting to the next level. With these tools, anyone can be an on-the-scene reporter.

SMARTPHONE

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Whether it’s an iPhone, Android, Blackberry or WebOS device, smartphones allow you to report via Twitter, add to a blog, text contacts, shoot photos and video and even record interviews. Many of these devices also support GPS and live streaming capability (see Qik.com).

Smartphones are also an excellent source for news monitoring as well. The ability to watch Twitter and RSS feeds as well as search Google News and other sources allows you to check on what details have already been reported.

Before buying a smartphone, do your homework. There is not only a big difference between individual phones, but plan prices also can vary hundreds of dollars over the term of the contract. You will want a plan with unlimited data, unlimited text and picture mail. The phone itself should at least have a 3MP camera, GPS, a nice browser, QWERTY keyboard and support 3G (also called EVDO). Software is also available for many phones allowing the phone to be used as modem for a laptop. This is usually not approved by the service provider and may incur unexpected expenses if the provider finds out.

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Netbooks are small laptops designed especially for portable online work. Although some may cost in excess of $500, most run in the $300 price range. Some netbooks even offer solid state drives which have no moving parts. SSD equipped drives generally have lower storage capacity but better durability.

Before purchasing a netbook, it is important to realize that these devices are not designed to run World of Warcraft or even to heavy image editing. Netbooks are best for jobs that can be done online such as Google Docs, email, Pandora, general web surfing and online video.

The more you learn to use cloud applications, the happier you will be with your netbook.

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3G HOTSPOT OR MODEM

If you roam a lot and do most of your work outside of your house, you may want to ditch your wired broadband access (cable or DSL) and subscribe to a wireless service from a cell service provider (Sprint, AT&T, Verizon)

3G service is slower than cable, but faster than all but the most expensive DSL service.

Devices such as the MiFi 2200 allow you to connect multiple devices to the 3G network at any given time. The best part of 3G service is the portability. Essentially, you can get fast Internet access from anywhere that offers cell service. Of course, there are exceptions to this, but those exceptions are rare.

POCKET CAMCORDER

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Pocket camcorders are extremely simple camcorders that are designed to shoot video quickly and easily. Typically these cameras can be turned on and begin recording within a couple seconds. Most do not offer optical zoom lenses.

Don’t expect to do anything fancy with these cameras. They are intended to get the shot and have it ready for editing very quickly. Most videos shot with a pocket camcorder are less than a minute. Think of them as Polaroid (instant cameras) for video.

Most pocket camcorders have built-in USB adapters so that you can easily transfer your video to any computer to load it to YouTube or other online source. I use the Kodak Zi8 because it shoots 1080p video and allows for the use of an external mic.

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Although podcasting isn’t as popular as it once was, it is still a very powerful medium for the citizen journalist and commentator.

Many podcasters build elaborate recording studios with multiple microphones, mixing boards and effects generators, but the equipment does not the podcast make. Many podcasters will tell you that the ability to create good podcast quickly is more important than the overall quality of the podcast.

Podcast listeners are very forgiving as most are listening for the information rather than a HiFi experience. Creating a nice sounding podcast can be very easy an inexpensive with the proper microphone. Many companies such as Blue Microphone, Samson and MXL are producing some very professional USB microphones. Expect a review at talkingDigital.org soon on the new Blue Microphone Yeti, it is an excellent USB microphone with a variety of recording options for almost any situation.

If you are an iPhone or iPod Touch user, you may want to take a look at the new Blue Microphone Mikey – a very cool little microphone that plugs directly into your device and over rides the internal microphone.

PORTABLE AUDIO RECORDER

There are probably dozens of portable audio recorders on the market, but certain devices are made for higher end audio recording. One of the more popular devices is the Tascam DR-07. The Tascam is designed for a single user but there are some devices such as the Zoom H-4N with inputs for additional mics and other input devices and instruments.

talkingDigital Podcast Episode 001

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This is it! This is the very first actual episode of the talkingDigital podcast.

Yes, we did do another episode, but that was an episode 000 – essentially, it was just a pilot. This episode actually features content and even a little information.

In this episode we discuss:

Twitter spam followers - Folks who follow you on twitter, but they never do anything but send out spam such as marketing info, pitch diet plans or tweet about how you can get more followers with their program.

Windows 7 house party silliness - It is a mystery to everyone whether Microsoft knows how cheesy/campy/horrible their Windows 7 party videos and downloads are. But is the strategy working?

Smart phone update – Palm Pre received a major software update this week, Motorola recently announced two new Android phones (Cliq will release Oct 19 and another phone that is yet to be named or shown) and iPhone is as strong as ever.

Forum moderator rant – Some moderators take their position too seriously and prevent dialog (the purpose of a forum) from happening.

Picasa 3.5 – Face recognition, powerful tools and ease of use. So long iPhoto.



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