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Solavei Launches Phone Network That Pays Back for Social Sharing

While part of the population is willing to camp out on the street in order to get their hands on the newest iPhone, other folks are struggling to pay their monthly mobile bill. For many people, the mobile phone has replaced their home phone so it’s their only connection to work, school and family.

Enter Solavei, the mobile network that not only offers a great deal, they offer cash back, too. We’re not talking $10 rebates here, we’re talking about recurring monthly income of up to (wait for it. . . . ) $20,000 a month!?

Solavei’s income option is based on the pyramid style affiliate program that used to generate millions of dollars back when the web was wild. Quite simply, I get a bonus for every person who signs up for phone service under me, and I get a smaller bonus for everyone who signs up under my friends. What makes this intriguing is the emphasis on social sharing.

Apple’s Response to Map Flap: Just Use It and It Will Get Better

This is weird. Usually we don’t have to write about or read about a major Apple screw-up. It’s just not how things happen in the world of Apple. Maybe it’s a post-Steve Jobs era sign or maybe it’s just the case of discovering that Apple, the company, is inhabited by humans rather than perfect product producing cyborgs.

Whatever the reason though the Apple Maps dust-up has been a major black eye for the usually near flawless company. Bad directions, terrible images and generally bad information have made Apple Maps a bit of a laughingstock in just a few short days.

Apple’s response? As reported by All Things D Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller offered this

Feeling Heat, Google Maps Makes Panoramic Business Interior Views More Prevalent

Google Maps knows that they are in for a fight. Even with the early reviews of Apple’s new Maps app being somewhat disappointing. Here is what All Things Digital’s Walt Mossberg had to say about the Apple Maps functionality in an otherwise glowing review of the new iPhone 5

The biggest drawback I found is the new Maps app…….the app is in other ways a step backward from the familiar Google app. For instance, while Apple’s maps feature a 3-D “Flyover” view of some central cities, they lack Google’s very useful ground-level photographic street views. And they also lack public-transit routing. Apple will instead link you to third-party transit apps.

Living in a Multi-Screen World

How many families do you know who all sit around together and watch TV on a single, small screen? There are probably a few of them out there, but the photo you see here no longer represents the viewing habits of the average American family.

Now we have TV’s in every room, bigger screens, cable, DVR’s and media players. More than 8 million people bought an HDTV in 2011 and 39% of homes have new gaming consoles that do more than just play games.

Take a look at how our viewing habits are changing. It’s subtle, but it’s definitely shifting.

Majority of Blackberry Owners Say They’ll Give it Up for iPhone 5

Apple has made a business out of creating technology that is obsolete within a year of its release. Let me rephrase, Apple has made a business out of convincing consumers that their technology is obsolete with a year of release.

Are you walking around with an iPhone 4? You might as well have a stone tablet and chisel! It’s time to get a new iPhone!

The recently announced iPhone 5 is thinner, but taller, and faster and smarter than its older siblings, but the only drastic change is the type of connector you use ($$$ Ka-ching!). It’s cool, but not cool enough to spend the big bucks needed to upgrade from my iPhone 4.

Apparently, I’m part of a very small minority. According to a survey by Toluna QuickSurveys, the new iPhone is being welcomed with open arms and wallets.

Following the Trend, iTunes Reduces Text and Highlights Images

I worry a lot about the demise of the English language. First it was text speak (brb, cu l8tr), then it was limited character updates, now it’s images as a replacement for text. It’s truly frightening.

Take a look at the new iTunes home page which is coming in October.

As much as I hate to admit it, I think this is a nice change from rows and rows of song titles. It certainly is more interesting to look at and I’d probably find my favorite song faster. . . (remember, it’s all about faster and thinner!) but it does take up a lot more room on the page.

You Can Never Be Too Thin or Too Fast: iPhone 5

You can never be too thin or too fast. If that’s not Apple’s motto, it should be.

Earlier this morning, Apple held a press conference with all the fanfare we used to dedicate to rocket launches. It was all about iPhone 5 and iOS 6 with a few new iPod and iTunes upgrades thrown in for the average man. I watched via Engadget’s live blog and though the bloggers did their best to keep it entertaining (good job, fellas!) there really wasn’t much to get excited about this time around.