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Amazon releases the Fire TV set top box

This morning Amazon announced the Fire TV set-top box and I’ve already ordered one. At $99 it’s not a huge investment, and I’m very curious if something is capable of taking over the Apple TV in my household, which I use daily and like a great deal. My biggest complaint against the Apple TV is that it doesn’t support Amazon Prime content. Well, the Fire TV supports Amazon Prime content obviously, as well as pretty much everything else I use the Apple TV for. The big question will be what it does for local content. Right now the Apple TV connects to iTunes that I have running on a computer and where I keep all my ripped DVD’s and digitally purchased content. As well as a few video podcasts I watch. It does look like the Fire TV will work with Plex, so I may have to investigate that option. That’s all I got on it for now. Should be here in a couple of days and I will report again as I mess around with it.

My Nexus 5 is on the way

I received the email last night from Google that my Nexus 5 has shipped. Oh my, I guess I’m really doing this now. I’ll be honest though, since Ting announced that the iPhone 5 can now be activated on their network, I had serious thoughts to cancel my Google order and instead order me a compatible Sprint iPhone. But I didn’t, and soon I will be rocking a 32GB red Nexus 5. I already have the sim card and a case for the Nexus anyways, so I’m going to give this Android phone thing an honest go. But what’s awesome is if I don’t care for it, it’s nice to know I can stay with Ting, and go back to the iPhone 5.

Good News! Ting will be supporting iPhone 5 soon.

I have two driving reasons for moving to an Android based phone, but the absolute main reason was that I am sick of paying $100+ a month for something I really to don’t use that much. That’s what attracted me to ting.com‘s pay for what you use model. Based on my past three months usage on Verizon, my bill at Ting will be about $40/month. That is significant savings! So I wanted to switch to Ting sooner than later. However at the time I ordered my Nexus 5, the only iPhones that could be activated with Ting were 4′s and 4S’s. There was no way I would go backwards. I would be content, for now, to keep an iPhone 5 and having the better rates of Ting.

Well, as my luck would have it, Ting has announced that compatible iPhone 5′s will be able to activate on their service starting March 11th 2014. Even though I shelled out the cash for the Nexus 5, I’m still happy about this news. It means if I hate the Android experience, I can get me a compatible iPhone 5 and go back to what I know and like AND get the cost savings of Ting service.

Why I ordered a red Nexus 5

When I made the decision that I was going to order an Android based phone, I knew right away that I would go with the Nexus 5. As someone who has no intentions of rooting or roming the phone, I wanted the best experience out of the box. I think the stock Android of the Nexus fits the bill. So when I started looking a couple of weeks ago, I was surprised to see the third color option. I was kind of intrigued by the bright red one. If you know me, you would know that loud and flashy are not what I’m about. But for some reason that red one still drew me in. However at the time, while red was shown, it was out of stock and not available to order. At that time, and my usual need to order stuff on impulse, I almost pulled the trigger on a black Nexus 5. Somehow I managed to fight the urge and held off for a week. When I checked the store at the end of last week, the red ones were available to order again (with a 2 – 3 week ship time). Done! Right then and there I ordered me a red, 32GB Nexus 5.

If you’re still reading this, you know I haven’t given a specific reason yet. Well, here it is. The color of the phone does not matter to me at all. In fact I always have my phone in a case anyways. But I thought when the time comes to sell it, maybe, just maybe there might be little more demand for a red one as the market won’t be as saturated as it is with the white and black ones. And maybe it will sell faster or maybe I will get a few more dollars because of it. Who know, but that is the reason.

In preparation for my Nexus 5

According to the Google page, my Nexus 5 won’t ship for 2 – 3 weeks. That gives me time to do some serious research. Most importantly, I want a case and screen protector to be installed right when I get it. Yesterday, I spent way too much time looking for cases. Nothing really stood out as the number 1, most popular case for this device. After all the reading I did, I narrowed it down to the Spigen Neo Hybrid Case and the Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case. Both seem like decent cases and fit what I want in a case. Then I came across this video for the Cruzerlite case, and that sealed it for me. I ordered the Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case from Amazon last night. Now to start looking at screen protector options.

 

The unthinkable has happened 2

I’ve done it, I’ve gone and ordered an Android based phone. A Nexus 5 to be specific.

I have 2 driving reason for this major decision. A) I feel Apple missed the boat by not releasing a larger screen iphone last year. (I want a slightly bigger screen). And B), I really want to move from my $100+/month verizon plan to something way more affordable. So, with this one purchase, I’m satisfying both needs.

I’m no Apple lover, but the iphone is where I started in the real smartphone world and am completely comfortable in it. Frankly, and this may come as a shock to you, but the Apple ecosystem works very well for me and my household. I use itunes as my media library, and own an iphone, 2 ipads, and 2 Apple TV’s. Plus my kids all have 4th gen ipods. Also the 2 AV recievers in my house support Airplay, and I use that feature A LOT! The way everything works together is quite impressive. I know there is a ton of itunes hate out there, but it works really well for me and has for years.

Odds are pretty good that Apple will release a larger iphone this year, but here’s the thing, It won’t be available on the alternate carriers right away (if at all). So if want a large screen now and want to pay less for service, Android is my only real option.

I have tons to say on this subject but don’t want this to be a ridiculously long post, so be sure to check back for more as this new chapter begins.

Help me pick a new WordPress theme for my company site

I’m looking for some opinions. One of my 2014 company goals is to learn a little bit about marketing in order to start increasing my business. I’m going to start with improving my website so my online presence looks good and provides some actual information. My objective this weekend is to choose and install a website new theme. Attached to this post are 4 photos. One is my current website (Ugly, broken images, not much info), and following it are 3 WordPress themes that I really like. Take a look at all the images and let me know which theme you like best via comment or message me.

Thanks so much!!

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