Patrick Bisch

Patrick is the founder and editor-in-chief of pinglio. He works as a system administrator and studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He currently lives in Chicago with his girlfriend and two dogs.

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Microsoft Announces Three Editions of Windows 8

Microsoft Announces Three Editions of Windows 8

Microsoft has published a blog post confirming the names of three editions of its latest operating system, Windows 8. The three editions include Windows 8 (duh) and Windows 8 Pro, which are built for x86 and x64 processors while the third edition, dubbed Windows RT, is built for PCs and tablets using an ARM processor. Each edition has a combination of multiple features like remote desktop, drive encryption, and a bundled version of Microsoft Office. Continue reading →

Nokia Issues $100 Refund To Lumia 900 Customers

Nokia Issues $100 Refund To Lumia 900 Customers

Nokia and Microsoft have teamed up to release its Lumia 900 smartphone this past Sunday. There was much hype about the Windows Phone 7.5 powered phone, but shortly after it made its way into customers’ hands, some began to notice an issue with the phone’s cellular data connectivity not be able to reconnect to AT&T’s network. The issue is triggered by simply restarting the phone or putting it into airplane mode. Just 2 days after the official launch date, Nokia has recognized the glitch and is offering customers a $100 refund. Continue reading →

AT&T Officially Begins Unlocking iPhones

AT&T Officially Begins Unlocking iPhones

Yesterday marked the day that AT&T, the iPhone’s original carrier since 2007, began unlocking iPhones. Previously, AT&T subscribers were able to have their phones unlocked providing that it wasn’t an iPhone, but that strange policy is now a thing of the past. However, if you’re currently sporting a new iPhone 4S or other model that is still under a 2 year contract, AT&T will not unlock your iPhone. In addition to that, AT&T account holders that are in bad standing with the company also won’t be able to have their iPhone unlocked. Continue reading →

CleverPin Removes Your iPhone’s Passcode Based On Your Location [Jailbreak]

CleverPin Removes Your iPhone’s Passcode Based On Your Location [Jailbreak]

Privacy is a huge concern for almost every iPhone user. We’ve seen controversies in the past dealing with users’ location data being recorded and even contact data being accessed without permission. So for most iPhone users it’s a no-brainer to set up a 4 digit passcode to keep thieves from gaining access to your phone.

But what if you’re in a trusted area like your home or office? Should you still be required to enter your passcode even though theft is unlikely? Of course, that’s up to you, but if you’re sick of entering your passcode in the confines of your home, a jailbreak tweak called CleverPin attempts to remedy that inconvenience. Continue reading →

Lenovo ThinkVision Monitor Is a Second Screen For Your Laptop [Ad]

Lenovo ThinkVision Monitor Is a Second Screen For Your Laptop [Ad]

Those of us with dual monitors know how much easier it is to work with more screen real estate. In fact, it’s hard to go back to using only one monitor once you start using two or more. So what about a dual monitor for your laptop? Surely you’re not going to carry around a separate monitor for your laptop, right? Lenovo aims to change that idea, but with more convenience than your standard LCD monitor. Continue reading →

How To: Save Your iPhone’s Voicemails For Safekeeping

How To: Save Your iPhone's Voicemails For Safekeeping

Saving voicemails is important. For various reasons, from legal issues to saving a loved one’s voice, people sometimes need to save voicemails. And they should be able to, right? Well, almost every U.S. cell phone provider deletes voicemails after a certain period of time – from 14 to 30 days. They’re your voicemails, so why are you letting your carrier determine which to delete?

On top of that, iPhone users don’t even have an option to save or forward voicemails despite how “smart” it is. So I’ve created this guide on how to save your iPhone voicemails permanently. It’ll take you five simple steps to complete, and it doesn’t even require jailbreaking your device. Continue reading →

Final Release of Firefox 11 Hits Mozilla’s FTP Servers

Final Release of Firefox 11 Hits Mozilla’s FTP Servers

The latest version of Firefox is set to be released this Tuesday, March 13th. However, the final version of Firefox 11 has been uploaded to Mozilla’s FTP servers for immediate download. This new version of Firefox comes with changes like Add-on syncing between computers and importing data from Google’s Chrome browser along with a few smaller changes. If you can’t wait to grab the new version on Tuesday, we have the download links after the break! Continue reading →

Apple Announces Mac OS X Mountain Lion

Apple Announces Mac OS X Mountain Lion

Lots of changes are coming your way if you’re a Mac user. Apple announced their latest version of the Mac OS X operating system version 10.8 called Mountain Lion which is available for developers to download now while the rest of us will have to wait for its official summer release. Tons of new features are packed into Mountain Lion including Messages, Reminders, Twitter, and many more that will take Apple’s desktop OS one step closer to its mobile operating system iOS. Continue reading →

Instagram 2.1: Lux, Sierra, and a New UI

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You may have heard your photo-buff friends talking about new changes that came last week to the popular iOS-only app called Instagram. The company recently hit 15 million users back in December (we imagine they’re close to 16 million now), and is reportedly expanding to the Android platform soon. But before the Android fans come aboard, the Instagram team pushed an update with significant changes to its iOS app including one new filter and UI changes. Continue reading →

Google Announces Chrome Beta for Android

Google Announces Chrome Beta for Android

A new mobile web browser is coming to your Android smartphone today. Google announced its very own Google Chrome web browser is being ported over to all Android devices running that latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. Yes, that means if your device manufacturer or carrier hasn’t pushed ICS to your phone yet, you’ll have to continue waiting. On top of that, Chrome Beta is only available is certain countries (including the U.S., phew!). Continue reading →