miss Edith of dj Violin improvises to dj live with her sexy violin. she performs in chicago, new york, miami amongst other places.
Researched new, family, medium size to full size, family sedans for my father in-law (aka sedan for a cool grandpa :). But found it deceptive how car manufactures advertise their prices without 2 features most if us have to have: leather and a sunroof / moonroof (heated seats and auto transmission as well, but most offer those with leather automatically).
So you see $20k starting price and get excited (Nissan, Honda, etc), but after adding those must haves … you reach $30k – the price range of luxury models (Audi, Acura, etc).
Further, warranty period varies and some offer free maintenance and/or roadside assistance (something that used to be offered only on luxury vehicles, but no longer). All in all, below are is best value for the buck for a mid size family sendans (I found those prices on either trueCar.com or carsDirect.com as of march ’13).
A4 | Accord | Altima | CC | G37 | Passat | Sonata
|warranty (years)||price (thusands)||notes|
|free maintance||road assitance||4 cylinder||v6|
|Lexus ES 350||192.7||4||?||? (dont’ think so)||?||x||$37.50||most expensive|
|Honda Accord EX||194.0||3||5||x||x||$26.50||$28.40||longest|
|Nissan Altima SL||191.5||3||5||x||x||$26.30||$28.20|
|Audi A4||185.0||4||4||5k miles||4||$29.00||x||shortest|
|VW passat CC||188.9||3||5||3||3||$29.00||$35.00|
|Acura TL / TSX(i4)||194.0||4||6||4||4||$30.00||$33.00||longest, best warranty|
|VW Passat||191.6||3||5||3||3||$25.00||$29.00||cheapest i4 & v6|
it is difficult to find a good Link Building Service
can’t say i’ve used too many of them but i’ve tried backlink banzai for 3 months … $200 in a garbage. i would say it’s a scam: i’ve had 20 urls setup with different keyword settings (from 1 to 5 per url). i’ve also tried different “saturation” methods (anti panda method). NOTHING
one of my keywords moved from 100 to 40s, but honestly out of 20 url i’ve had there … just a fluke, that had nothing to do with backlink
good link building
on the other hand is wonderful. had lots of success with low to medium and even some high competition keywords.
no jailbreak required – thank verizon (& fcc) for shipping factory unlocked iPhone 5! yes it works on h20, straight talk, etc
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you just need to cut the current gsm sim card, put it in and vu a la – it will work! (i’ve got it working with h2o and t-mobile) – no jailbreaking / gevey required.
here are the instructions:
1) cut the sim card to nano size.
basically take the current nano-sim out, put it next to your current sim card and use a big knife
here’s a very helpful printout
tip: use an old, non wokring sim-card to practice
2) in order to change your apn settings so Internet works, you’ll need to enable “cellular network data” option under settings > general > cellular.
t-mobile sim card ($20 at any t-mobile store) is your ticket
then, use this sim swipe trick:
then change your APN settings (e.g. h2o, here are others)
(when using gsm, 5 supports up to 6gb down speeds – “4g”)
ps: good luck and check the news before you upgrade iOS 6 (when update comes out)
here are the crucial and (some) omitted differences between new iPhone 5 and “old” iPhone 4S. graphic from the apple.com website
- 3 different models of the iPhone 5 vs 2 models of 4S (CDMA / world phone)
- no more support for 2G on iPhone 5? (not confirmed yet)
- battery life only 10% better then 4S
more iPhone technical specifications:
|iPhone 5||iPhone 4S|
|Price (on contract)||$199 16GB, $299 32GB, $399 64GB||$199 16GB, $299 32GB, $399 64GB|
|Processor||Apple A6||Dual-core Apple A5|
|Display||4-inch IPS 1,136 x 640||3.5-inch IPS 960 x 640|
|Pixel Density||326 ppi||326 ppi|
|Storage||16GB / 32GB / 64GB||16GB / 32GB / 64GB|
|Primary camera||8 megapixel AF with flash and f/2.4 aperture||8 megapixel AF with flash and f/2.4 aperture|
|Secondary camera||“FaceTime HD” at 720p||VGA at 30fps|
|Video recording||1080p at 30fps||1080p at 30fps|
|Cellular||GSM / CDMA / LTE||Hybrid GSM / CDMA “World Phone”|
|WiFi||Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.0 (tbc)||Bluetooth 4.0|
|Orientation sensing||Accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope||Accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope|
|Navigation||A-GPS, GLONASS||A-GPS, GLONASS|
|FaceTime||WiFi and Cellular||WiFi-only (iOS 5)|
|Battery life||Up to 8 hours talk time on 3G
Up to 8 hours data on 3G
Up to 8 hours data on LTE
Up to 10 hours data on WiFi
Up to 40 hours audio
Up to 10 hours video
Up to 225 hours on standby
|Up to 8 hours talk time on
Up to 14 hours talk time on 2G
Up to 6 hours data on 3G
Up to 9 hours data on WiFi
Up to 40 hours audio
Up to 10 hours video
Up to 200 hours on standby
|Weight||112 grams / 3.9 oz||140 grams / 4.9 oz|
|Dimensions||123.8 x 7.6mm||115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm|
|Colors||Black / White||Black / White|
ps: here are all of the screenshots from apple’s website of 4S tech specs:
damn google. i just spent 2 hours, trying to find the thinnest iphone bumper case available. the problem is – misleading links! they say it’s a bumper, but it’s a case, as in it has a back
call me crazy, but iphone 4 is gorgeous and i don’t want to cover the back of it …
so here are my findings – the really thinnest iPhone 4 bumpers:
1) 0.9 mm – Sinjimoru InLite Ultra Thin – $15
2) 1.5 mm – ultraSlim bumper – $13
unfortunately, the buttons are hard to press on this one
3) 2.5 mm – UCO skinny – $24
the irony? the thickest, seems best made (but still thinner, then the original apple iphone bumper)
others: nude, reveal & sgp (~2 mm)
run up, thinner contenders – but NOT bumpers:
zero 5 – 0.5 mm – iphoneCaze.com – $19
and the thinnest of them all? (makes you wonder, what’s the point):
pinio slice 3 – 3.5 mm – $35 … however if you google “thinnest iphone +bumper mm“,
you’ll see $5 0.3 mm knock offs
so, i’ve had “the best iPhone ever made” over the weekend and here are my, real world thoughts:
1) SIRI – yes, pretty amazing … IF it works.
between sprint and/or apple servers issues in the first 2 days. it’s been a very frustrated experience (“i’m sorry, i’m having problems reaching the network”)
but … when it does work. wow
my eastern european accent usually trips any voice recognition app (dragon go has been my favorite so far, but it too has it’s misses)
back to SIRI.
best experience – dictating 1 sentence txt message, in a crowded restaurant. got it 90% right … impressive
worst? trying to dial my friend “ehab” …. i gave up, after the 5th try
“set an alarm in 1/2 hour” doesn’t seem to work for me. “reminders” do, but they are so quiet … i’ve missed one or two already
after using it for 4 days …. although it is not 100% accurate, 85% is impressive
biggest peeve? siri has to reach out to the internet for everything!? seems like a oversight to have to do that for local info, such as your contacts, playlists, etc
yeah it’s nice, faster, 8 mb … (can’t really confirm the dimmer environment). but … the reality is that in the end, you’ll take the 8mb picture & upload it to facebook (send it to friends, etc) at … 1mb (if). so in the real world, more doesn’t really mean much … right?
3) “faster”, “better” battery life
real life improvement? maybe 5%-10% faster overall, but barely noticeable if you don’t play games.
i do have to say, download speeds are twice faster on att – 4gb vs 2gb (even using 1 year old sim card). in real life, maybe 20%+ improvement. when using newer 4G sim, you can get up to 6gb speeds … 3x faster. but that’s only certain cities
battery … i’d say about the same, but … that’s comparing to jailbroken iPhone 4 (so about 5-10% worse … ?)
[update] although i have not experienced any battery problems on the 4S. i’m having a horrible experience with my 4, after upgrading to iOS 5. after extensive testing i found that jailbreak / intelliScreenX & especially stocks ticker are to blame. now, it’s about 80-90% what i used to get on iOS 4.3.3
but … then i played music to apple TV & it drained the remaining 30% in 3 hours
4) iOS 5 – 200 “features”?
if you’ve had your phone jailbroken … you’ll actually miss it (lock screen notification on jailbreak … are better
configuring notification _per_ application is … mentally challenging (there’s a better word for it – sarah p especially likes )
photo stream is nice, but no option not to post certain pix … & no way to see them on older iOS (eg iPad)
all the other 200 features? (honestly, i had to go to apple.com to remind me, what those “features” are …
wireless sync … nice, but iPhoto doesn’t work wirelessly (maybe i do need to update though)
playlist folders sorting is f ed again (if you put “.” in front of your playlists, you can relate)
mail still can’t search old messages via exchange sync from gmail (google might actually be at fault here though)
iMessage … non of my friends have iOS 5 yet, so no use.
[basically, it's a feature you'll never "free" enjoy, since att charges you $20 (!) for lowest txt'ing plan, sprint "includes" it & verizon ... as well? (so you basically will pay for texting regardless if you use it or not).]
interestingly, tried to send an iMessage from a deactivated Verizon iPhone via wifi … can’t do. [update, you have to turn iMessage ON, it's not by default (?!). you also need to have contact's email address that matches apple ID ... i have 4 different email addresses on a good day = a mess. TIP: update your QR business card with the proper email address]
twitter integration – eeeh, as one of my friends recently commented to a photo posted (via twitter) to facebook: “i refuse to sign up, yet to another social service, to see your photos”
5) jailbreaks i miss:
lock screen notifications that stay (calendar, 5 day weather, etc)
sbsetting on lock screen
would (if not for sprint integration) – g voice txt
free apps? … not so much, surprisingly
6) disappointed with sprint
i have been complaining about not able to make or maintain phone calls with att for 3 years now …
but when i was not able to check my email, downtown chicago via sprint’s service. i’ve realized …. making that phone call is no longer as crucial as being able to check your email
another annoyance, is the data OR call … will again, make you miss att
yet, another – visual voicemail doesn’t work for me … i could probably call sprint, etc, but why ??? $850 phone should work perfectly, out of box (you’ll pay that other $450 one way or another …)
i do have to say that built-in integration with google voice is amazing: type in the number … that’s it! all your calls & texts to that phone come to your sprint phone now & when you txt/dial from your phone, google voice number comes up. brilliant (att, take notice)
ps: let’s talk about iOS 5 bugs some more (my list) – apple, please take note:
- having to set notification settings, one by one. i have 20 apps on a good day, pleeeeease let me set it once for all
- camera button on the lock screen (even when the phone is not locked) – have you tried to press home button, once you’re there? can’t get out! (can’t see other photos, again even when phone is unlocked)
- battery life – ok, in all fairness, i’ve used 2 diff 4S (att & sprint) & did NOT experience any battery problems, BUT my 4 att … seems to have 1/2 of battery life what it had under 4.3.3. upon detailed testings i finally managed to get a day out of it by: turning off intelliScreenX (stock ticker might be the real culprit here), but then i played music to apple TV & it drained the remaining 30% in 3 hours.
- mail search – still doesn’t work, when it comes to older “on server” messages. first: the default search should be “all”. then i’m not sure if it’s apple or google, but my gmail search via exchange client on iOS hasn’t worked for 2 years now.