Bug vs iDigital – “The iPad Battle”

It’s been reported yesterday, that the Israeli computer stores chain – “BUG”, will start selling iPads, as early as next week. This is even before the official Apple distributors – “iDigital” are able to do so. BUG will only sell wifi iPads for now, at the following reported prices:

iPad wifi 16gb – 3,799nis & iPad wifi 64gb – 4,899nis. BUG will offer service & repairs by their labs and market the iPads with a one year guarantee, as opposed to the official iDigital Apple labs. That means that if the device is repaired by BUG, that would probably void the original Apple warranty.

iDigital responded to these publications harshly, stating that selling these iPads, without official Apple repair services and support is irresponsible, and even misleading, because the iPads don’t have hebrew support yet. They commented that customers should be patient for a few more weeks, until iDigital start marketing them with the original warranty and at better prices.

I must say, that there is an element of truth to what iDigital is saying, but the picture is not as bleak as they paint it. For example, hebrew support is not officially implemented in the current iPad iOS, but the moment it is updated to support Hebrew, it will work the same for iPads bought from BUG as it would for iPads bought from iDigital. Not to mention, if you decide on jailbreaking your iPad, you can pay 8$ (~30nis) for unofficial Hebrew support by Tom Zickel, which is satisfactory for most users.

Regarding pricing – although prices might, as iDigital say, be cheaper with them – they would still be not as cheap as buying them abroad. So, unless you can get them that way, I would listen to iDigital and wait a bit longer. Having said that, I love my iPad dearly, and i’m really glad I didn’t need to wait for Apple to stock it’s official distributors here.

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Welcome back, jailbreakme.com !

The latest jailbreak, released yesterday by @comex, is finally here. Now, you can upgrade and jailbreak all your iDevices (iPhone, iPods and iPads), especially those iPhone 3GS’s that were waiting for this jailbreak, in-order to upgrade to iOS4, or iPads running 3.2.1 and iPhone 4’s. iPhone 4’s aren’t relevant yet here in Israel, but the 3GS’s definitely are, not to mention loads of new iPads coming in.

This jailbreak procedure is the simplest imaginable, and as the title of this post implies, it’s not the first time it’s been used.
Here’s what you need to do: goto http://jailbreakme.com from your mobile safari, where you’ll find a site designed to look like a native iPhone screen, with an iPhone looking slider control at the bottom. When you use the slider, the website will send the jailbreak data to your iPhone and carry out the procedure. The whole process takes about one minute, and it works for all firmwares since 3.1.2.

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Windows Live Wave 4

Although this post’s subject is already “old news”, I have reason to believe that many of you might have missed it , possibly because the media has dealt unfairly with Microsoft. Even though they have reportedly higher earnings than Apple & Google put together and still dominate many markets, they have received significantly less press than the other two companies.

Ok, moving on… Microsoft has recently released its latest update to their desktop software & online services branded “Windows Live“. This suite of products is separated into three:

  1. Web Services Applications – branded “Windows Live Online“.
  2. Desktop Applications – Branded “Windows Live Essentials“.
  3. Mobile Application – Branded “Windows Live for Mobile“.

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Shneor Cheshin, R.I.P

Friday, the 18th of June was a deeply sad and upsetting day. I woke up at 9am from my sister’s phone call, to learn that Shneor Cheshin has passed away in a tragic accident. I’ve known Shneor since I was 13 years old, when he started dating my cousin Danit. I still remember the excitement and pride her brother and I felt that such a strong and intelligent man was joining our family.

A true renaissance man, he showed interest in a variety of subjects and activities, not to mention being an incredible husband, father, son and brother. Much has been said about his love for sport activities and competition, but as you all know me, that is not the subject we had in common.
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How to clean your Apple Mighty Mouse

My mighty mouse has been slowly deteriorating due to grim building up around the scroll ball. Yesterday I became frustrated from hours of futile attempts to scroll down, while  doing intensive scrolling operations, so much so that my anger built up to such a degree, I felt I wanted to smash it with a hammer.
Fortunately I managed my anger and instead switched to a small Microsoft mouse I had around the house. Today I decided it was time to fix the mighty mouse, and I learned that it was very easy without breaking it apart. I followed a good YouTube video and especially followed the step of you using a cue-tip with medical alcohol and it now works like the day i got it. So if you face the same problem, I highly recommend following this video.