Jake and I are in iPhone – The Missing Manual

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I just got the latest edition of David Pogue‘s iPhone: The Missing Manual. Consider yourself warned… this year, my picture is in it next to my friend Jake!

Here are more details about the book as well as how to order a copy for yourself: “I helped with iPhone: The Missing Manual. Please buy it here!”

I highly recommend it to every iPhone owner… even though you’ll have to put up with my face being in it. Hey, you could always use a Sharpie to add a mustache/tattoos to my picture or use it with your dart board!

Quick! Lock in your iPad’s, iPhone’s or MacBook’s price now with this link!

Now’s the time to sell your old MacBook, iPad and/or iPad mini, or iPhone because with Apple’s new models announced this week, the value of your old Apple devices will depreciate rather quickly the longer you wait.

Don’t delay! Lock in the price of your old Apple products, then send them in to Gazelle for cash when your new ones arrive later.

Here’s what to do: Go to Gazelle using this link and use their online form to select what you currently have, and its condition. They’ll quote a price and send shipping materials to you for free. After locking in your price, simply send Gazelle your old device by the date shown and they’ll send you the cash. They even pay for shipping and provide you with a shipping box!

20130823-125829.jpgAnd by using this link to Gazelle that I’m giving you, get an extra $10 reward on your first trade-in! Full disclosure: Gazelle will send me $10, too, so we both win.

In addition, earn an additional 5% by taking payment with an Amazon gift card instead of a check. It’s your choice!

I’ve used Gazelle to get cash for my old Apple devices for years and I recommend them highly. I first blogged about it here.

I helped with iPhone: The Missing Manual. Please buy it here!

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Once again, I was thrilled to assist award-winning tech writer David Pogue with his latest iPhone: The Missing Manual book. And this year, my picture is even in it!

No, that’s not me cartwheeling on the cover. David was out walking and had his iPhone 5s with him when he saw a complete stranger walking on his hands. David asked if he could snap him and the guy agreed.

For many years now I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to help David with his iPhone guides. It’s quite an honor that he appreciates my work. He sends me each of the books’ chapters as he writes them. I review the tech in the book—trying out his tips and suggesting some of my own. I also took some of the screenshots for sections of the book where it’s helpful to see a picture of what he’s writing about. And in two of those I snuck in “selfies” of me—but don’t let the prospect of seeing my ugly mug keep you away from the book! With a Magic Marker you can customize those pictures to make me look even sillier.

This year was a huge undertaking because Apple didn’t just make an incremental update to last year’s iPhone operating system, they started from scratch with iOS 7—changing almost everything about it. This meant that in the expanded 7th edition of iPhone—The Missing Manual, David had even more to explain than ever before.

I highly recommend this book to all iPhone users, and not just because I helped with it! After reading just a few pages of it, you’ll discover why it’s the world’s most popular iPhone book. David has a fun, witty way with explaining the complexities of Apple’s computer-in-your-pocket while providing tips, workarounds and shortcuts in his full-color illustrated guide. You can read it all the way through and enjoy it—or pick and choose which parts of iOS 7 you want help with immediately.

Both of Apple’s new iPhones are covered, too—the iPhone 5s and 5c—as well as information for those who’ve upgraded to iOS 7 on their old iPhones. The changes in iTunes on a Mac or PC as well as tips about the revised apps that Apple makes for the iPhone are in the book this year as well.

You should order iPhone: The Missing Manual now using this link that takes you to Amazon.com. When you order the book from that link—or anything at all there after using the link, for that matter—I’ll get a few cents out of each sale. (That’s whatcha call “full disclosure”… Oh, I am also paid very generously by David for helping him each year with the book. But I’d love iPhone: The Missing Manual even if I wasn’t a part of it).

I’d love to hear from you if you have a comment or a question about this. Leave a reply below or follow me (@DisneyEcho) on Twitter and leave a comment there!

“Rich Custard Dishes”

20130929-105333.jpgHmm…Something very familiar about @GaryKWolf’s “Toontown Through a Keyhole: Rich Custard Dishes” ^_^

Apple iPhone Special Event — A Party Invitation Pinkie Pie Would Love

20130903-190052.jpgRainbow Dash would approve because the Apple party on September 10th just got 20% cooler!

Pinkie Pie would also approve:

Pinkie Pie finds an iPhone 5:

PMV: Party with Pinkie (VIP):

The above bit of My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic is in response to haters of the new colorful look Apple is making available for the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, and iOS 7. ^-^
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“Pinkie Pie – Out of Control Party Animal” by AwesomeCAS was overlaid onto Apple’s event invitation to make the graphic at the top of this post.

Cover Blurb for Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?

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Quoting from Toontown Through A Keyhole

Huzzah! Here’s the cover blurb for Who Wacked Roger Rabbit? Sounds like a must read, don’t cha think?

Hard-boiled gumshoe Eddie Valiant lands a plum job as Gary Cooper’s bodyguard while Coop scouts locations for his next movie—a screwball comedy titled Hi, Toon! But Eddie’s dream job quickly turns into a nightmare. The film’s being shot in Toontown, and Coop’s co-star turns out to be none other than Roger Rabbit.

Eddie’s a big fan of Coop. Of Roger? Not so much.

Now a sinister hoodlum is threatening to murder Coop if the movie gets made. Before long, Eddie, Coop, Roger, and the ever-glamorous Jessica Rabbit are embroiled in a mystery that could destroy Toontown. When Roger bites off more Toonish trouble than Eddie can swallow, the answer to the question Who Wacked Roger Rabbit? suddenly becomes no laughing matter.

For more information, look here. And follow Gary on Twitter at @GaryKWolf & @GaryKWolf_WWRR.

Full disclosure: I was asked to write a blurb for Who Wacked Roger Rabbit? — not the one I quoted above — and was given a free review copy to do that. Stay Tooned!

How to lock in the price of your used iPhone now, send it in when you get a new iPhone

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As the launch date of Apple’s new iPhone gets closer, the value of your old iPhones tends to depreciate rather quickly.

But thanks to what Gazelle announced today, you can lock in the price of your used iPhone now, then send it in to Gazelle for cash when you have your new iPhone in your eager hands.

This means instead of having the usual 30-day price lock guarantee, it is now extended to up to 50 days (for orders placed between now and September 10, 2013) — you can hold on to your current iPhone until October 15th to send it to Gazelle, giving you plenty of time to transition to your new iPhone. And with this new Extended Price Lock Guarantee you’ll lock in today’s price no matter if the value of your old iPhone goes down after the new iPhone comes out.

Apple is expected to announce new iPhones on September 10th with availability rumored to be on September 20th.

“Our price lock promotion allows savvy consumers to maximize the value of their old iPhone and lets them wait until after the new iPhone is here to send in their old one,” said Sarah Welch, chief marketing officer, Gazelle. “In many cases we pay enough to cover the full cost of upgrading to a new phone. We’ve been doing this quietly for years to help our customers get great value despite the potential challenges of getting their hands on a new iPhone in the early days of a launch, and we’re delighted to extend the price lock program even further this year.”

You can trade in every model of the iPhone except the first-generation one. Values go as high as $350 for an unlocked 64GB iPhone 5.

Here’s what to do: Go to Gazelle using this link, select “iPhone,” then use their online form to select what model and carrier you have, and the condition of your phone. They’ll quote a price and send shipping materials to you for free. After locking in your price, simply send Gazelle your old iPhone by October 15th and they’ll send you the cash. They even pay for shipping your old iPhone to them so you don’t have to.

20130823-125829.jpgAnd by using this link to Gazelle that I’m giving you, get an extra $10 reward on your first trade-in!

In addition, earn an additional 5% by taking payment with an Amazon gift card instead of a check. It’s your choice!

I’ve used Gazelle to get cash for my old iPhones for years and I recommend them highly. I first blogged about it here.


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