I must have missed this edition of TechTalk which is available for your listening pleasure. “Kev and Nick chat the iPhone 5S and rumoured iPhone 6 screen sizes, Nick has sent his Lumia 1020 off for repair, and Kev chats about 4K video on the Panasonic FZ1000.” Deets after the jump
We have an exciting week or two ahead of us, tomorrow the Galaxy Note 4 is unveiled by Samsung, I for one am excited because it’s a great concept. Then on the 9th we have the Apple iPhone announcement, again this looks to be exciting with a larger screen with a much thinner design. Both of these announcements I look forward to, the Note 4 is something that excites me especially in terms of the stylus. Many of my readers will know that I’m an advocate of handwritten notes and Samsung have done a fantastic job in incorporating the features such as handwriting, annotation, and I think having a large screen device encourages one to take advantage of these awesome features. I like to write handwritten notes on my iPad however a stylus is very much an add-on when compared to the features of the Galaxy Note which incorporates handwriting within its operating system rather than as a peripheral add-on with iOS. So exciting developments to come, and as always I look forward to having your views and opinions and even better I look forward to actually using the new devices in my every day tech use. I hope that you’re having a fantastic day using your mobile tech.
Looks like it is goodbye to MSN Messenger. “Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger will be switched off in China in October, marking a final end to the 15-year-old service. Originally known as MSN Messenger, it was launched in 1999 but was switched off for most users in 2013, after Microsoft bought rival Skype.” Read in full.
Samsung and Nokia join forces. “Nokia’s mapping service will soon be appearing on Samsung smartphones. A deal between the two will see a test or beta version of an Android app for Nokia’s Here maps included free on handsets and the Gear S smart watch.” Read in full.
[From Thomas JK] SamMobile wraps up it’s thoughts on Galaxy Note 4 expectations. “Starting with technical specifications seems wise, considering these tend to be expected upgrades rather than drastic changes. With that, the Galaxy Note 4 is expected to feature a QHD Super AMOLED 5.7in display which translates to a pixel density of 515ppi given the 2560×1440 resolution.” Read in full.
[From Thomas JK] Wow the ghost of Palm and this is great, lives on. “It’s been some time since we heard from the Open webOS project, but work is still ongoing. The port has changed names in the last year to go by LuneOS, and the first release under the new name is now available. This particular version is called “Affogato,” and while it supports the HP TouchPad, Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 (2012 with WiFi), the team says that going forward it’s focusing just on the Nexus 4 and TouchPad.” Read in full.
[From Mike Cane] Although not original in concept Apple are adding patents to the radial menus. “Apple has been awarded a new patent for adding moving radial menus to both Macs and iOS devices. The use of radial menus would give Apple an alternative to the pull-down menus currently used in most applications – allowing context-specific menus and submenus to be created at optimal positions close to a user’s mouse cursor or, in the case of an iPhone or iPad, their finger.”
This is a really good question set by Gizmodo. “Welcome to the first week of September, also known as crazy-insane IFA 2014 and iPhone event extravaganza. During the next 10 days we’ll see new handsets, smartwatches, and other tech paraphernalia from almost every major hardware manufacturer. So now I’m wondering, where do smartphones even go from here?” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] Some great titbits on what Apple is building. I think the iWatch is going to have a big role in a connected home as well as fitness. I’m also pretty confident about a transparent OLED screen on top of a watch face. We’ll see soon. Read more on this story.
[From Stephen Trew] iPhone, wearables and payments - the big news for Sept 9. “After years of reports saying that NFC is coming to the iPhone for mobile payments, it looks like it will finally be a reality on September 9th. Part leaks have indicated that Apple’s next-gen iPhone hardware will indeed be equipped with NFC to make transactions for physical goods at brick and mortar stores.” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] Very cool video. “To get a true appreciation for how massive Apple’s new UFO-shaped campus will be, a drone equipped with a GoPro was flown over the construction site. We’ve seen some aerial pictures of the site beginning to take shape as work begins on Campus 2, but this is by far the coolest look yet.” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] This could ruin a lit of peoples’ Christmas. “Sources in position to know tell me it won’t arrive at market for a few months,” reports the venerable John Paczkowski. “‘It’s not shipping any time soon,’ said one.” That lines up with past claims from the likes of Ming-Chi Kuo, the top Apple analyst that said iWatch shipments won’t begin until early 2015 due to production complications.” Read in full.
How I've been using my iPad in the South of France
So I’m just ending a long weekend in the South of France and it’s been a great weekend, and I have to say that I’ve seen so many mobile devices being used. iPhones have been the choice for many people, whether we we have been in a restaurant or a beach cafe I have seen so many people using iPhones, mostly 5S devices and I’ve seen a few 5C’s too. I’ve also seen a few Galaxy Note phones, in face the Note in my opinion is a popular choice and I can see the appeal of using it, large screen and the ability for handwritten notes it’s a great device. Not so many people using Windows Phones devices in the South of France but something I did see was a lot of people using iPads, I’m often amazed at the number of people who use iPad tablets, people on the beach using them, reading ebooks or watching movies and it’s a great way to pass the time. to be fair I’d be lost without my iPad Mini, it comes with me everywhere, and it’s great from handwritten notes through to sending emails. I also like to watch the occasional movie on it too.
[From Stephen Trew] These smart watches are growing up quickly. Expect the iWatch to do the same. “Not surprising is that they’re mostly in line with what we’ve come to know in the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. (The exact Moto 360 specs are still under wraps, at least for a little while longer.) Same sort of processor, resolution and internals as the other guys.” Read in full
I’m currently flying over France at the moment updating this on my iPhone as we fly to the French Rivera. Flying 33,000 feet with views to die for. I’m writing this on my iPhone, typing away, and I have to admit that I’m pretty decent at touch typing, I know there is a lot of negativity about the iPhone keyboard but I think it’s pretty awesome. I can type at a good speed and to be fair I hit pretty good accuracy when I’m typing, which means that I can spit out a good editorial using my iPhone. It also means that I can leave the MacBook Pro at home so I just use the iPhone and I have also brought my iPad with me too. Here is a funny story as I was checking through security the security officer thought I was carrying a screwdriver, seriously? To be fair he was doing his job, turns out it was my stylus for the iPad, we both laughed afterwards after I showed him how it worked and now he wants one for his iPad. So that is my travelling story to the South of France today. Anyway I’m 30 minutes from landing in Nice, flying over the Alps and I need to switch off my iPhone, yes as I mentioned I am typing this on my iPad. I hope you’re having a good day and that you are enjoying using your mobile devices.
[From Stephen Trew] Mark your calendar Sammy. “According to a new report coming out of China — from PCinLife, the country’s top IT portal — Apple’s new flagship phone will be available in stores between the 16th and 19th of September. This tallies with another earlier rumour from May, in which a German retailer stated that the iPhone 6 would hit the market on September 19: suggesting that this date may be the global date.” Read in full.
[From Hans] First Homekit smartlock. Nice. “With the iPhone 6 and public launch of iOS 8 mere weeks away, one of the first products to take advantage of Apple’s new HomeKit platform has started shipping. The product in question is the August Smart Lock, an electronic lock designed to allow keyless entry into people’s homes.” Read in full.
[From Hans] iWatch could well be announced on the 9th September. “The new device will, predictably, make good use of Apple’s HealthKit health and fitness platform. It will also — predictably — make good use of HomeKit, the company’s new framework for controlling connected devices — though it’s not clear how broadly or in what way.” Read in full.
I’ve used my iPad today to check Facebook, one of my friends has nominated for the ICE bucket challenge. Of course check my tweets, make note of my gym routine, sort what I need to pack for a flight that I am taking to the South of France tomorrow. Other uses today, iMessage a friend, watch a video clip that someone sent me. Handwrite two notes to friends. Design a poster for a charity event that a friend is putting on. Make a note of a DJ session I have been invited to, make a note of the tunes that I wish to spin. On my iPhone I have been taking photographs of a cool building I like, ordered something online quickly with the saved account details stored on my iPhone. Sort my diary for next week, order flowers a friend and arrange for them to be delivered. These are just a couple of the ways that I have used my iPhone and iPad.
[From Hans] iPad speed bump ahead. “Apple CEO Tim Cook isn’t worried about the company’s tablet sales, even when industry analysts and consumers have been yammering on about it being a slowing market. Words from the Apple boss came in a brief interview with ReCode’s Walt Mossberg, moments before a report went live detailing plans for a larger iPad out of Cupertino.” Read in full.
[From Hans] Just so that you are aware. “Hewlett-Packard Co is recalling about 6 million computer power cords after 29 reports of the cords melting or charring, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Tuesday.” Read in full.
[From Hans] LG comes with a big phone with a stylus. “Now that LG’s flagship G3 is a big success, it’s pulling a Samsung by throwing esoteric spin-offs like the G3 Stylus against a wall to see what sticks. The latest is the not-so-brilliantly named Gx2 (the company already has a G2x) that packs a huge, 5.7-inch screen and laser camera focus borrowed from the G3. Other specs are run-of-the-mill: a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU, 1.3-megapixel front camera, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB memory, 720p screen resolution and a 3,200mAh battery that should run forever.” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] Did you know that your iPhone is still tracking your every move? The Telegraph reports. “Inbuilt GPS is an essential feature of most modern mobile phones, with Google Maps, one of the most widely-downloaded apps on the App Store, a must for pinpointing your location and getting around. But did you know that your iPhone is using that GPS to track your every move?” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] More iPad rumours. “Apple is working with suppliers to make a 12.9-inch iPad by early next year, according to Bloomberg. Although is was rumored that Apple was working on a larger iPad throughout 2013, we have yet to see such a tablet come out of Cupertino. Will 2015 finally be the year of the mythical iPad Maxi?” Read in full.
[From Hans] Samsung has been busy releasing firmware updates. “Samsung has a boatload of phones and tablets in its lineup, and regularly releases firmware updates for various devices. These can include major updates, which bring a newer version of the OS to a particular device, or minor ones that improve performance and stability and fix bugs. Software updates for Samsung devices roll out in various regions every day, and you can find out which firmware updates were pushed out by the company over the last 24 hours through our firmware list.” Read in full
[From Hans] Dropbox for iOS has been updated. “Bumped to version 3.3, Dropbox for iPhone and iPad has brought out an enhancement to the built-in search feature allowing you to search within Word and PowerPoint documents with “higher fidelity previews”.” Read in full
Used my iPad to check in online today for a flight that I’m taking on Thursday in addition check the weather. I also used my iPad to write a long email to a friends and send some photographs of a busy weekend that I’ve had to send onwards again to a couple of friends. I upload my photographs to Dropbox and today I was accessing my archives and sending them onwards to friends. So that is how I have used my iPad today.
I found this really interesting, an inside look at the Jot Touch and the story behind. “The Jot Touch with Pixelpoint™ is the evolution of the previous Jot Touch, a pressure sensitive, Creative Cloud connected stylus for iPad. It combines Pixelpoint™ technology and an updated design to give artists a feature-rich, incredibly natural drawing experience. We put a lot into it so that you can get a lot out of it.” Great product. Deets after the jump.
[From Thomas JK] Maybe well worth checking out if you have an iOS device. “The only thing better than a great paid iPhone or iPad app is a great paid iPhone or iPad app that’s on sale for free for a limited time. And this week, we’re starting off strong with eight solid paid iOS apps worth a combined $50 that can all be downloaded for free right now if you act fast.” Read in full.
[From Hans] The Daily Mail making reference that the new iPhone will be announced on the 9th September. “The wait for Apple’s iPhone 6 is nearly over, according to the latest leak. Promotional box art seems to confirm the announcement for Apple’s next smartphone as being Tuesday 9 September. And several other details - including the position of the volume buttons and the new location of the power button - have also been revealed.” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] Expect to see more of this when Apple releases iOS8, the new iPhone and the iWatch next month. The Watch is a health orientated device that will connect to smart clothing. “The world’s top tennis players are descending on New York City this week to slap the fuzz off some tennis balls in pursuit of an unprecedented $38.3 million purse, and Ralph Lauren is ready to support the cause by arming the tournament’s ball boys with its new line of iPhone-connected smart shirts.” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] ” Apparently, at some exec meetings, it’s MacBooks all around the conference room table ” It seems that Apple is now the defacto mobile PC for executives. “In a new blog post, famed ex-Apple executive Jean-Louise Gassée has given his thoughts on the recent IBM and Apple strategic alliance. And while Gassée notes that most strategic alliances don’t work, he thinks the Apple/IBM one will work out… in favour of Apple, that is.” Read in full.
I always enjoy reading user thoughts on how people use their mobile devices and this is no exception. “When my 2001 Subaru Forester died on the side of the highway a week or so back, I was not excited about trying to find a replacement.” Read in full
[From Stephen Trew] iPhone Super Retina. “Gruber says that he thinks the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will keep the current iPhone’s 326 pixels-per-inch, but the 5.5-inch model will have an astonishing 461 pixels-per-inch, making it practically Super Retina.” Read in full
I have lots of photographs from travelling, thankfully they are all backed up to Dropbox. I don’t know what I would do without Dropbox because all my photos are backed up automatically using the Carousel app, I do not have to worry. Great resource.
I’ve used my iPhone to pay for car parking today. There is a great scheme in Manchester where you can pay for parking using your iPhone. It’s quick and easy and again you can renew your parking should I need to. It saves you having to find change and you can just enter the location on your iPhone, park and go about your business. It’s a perfect solution for me, all done on my iPhone
[From Dave Coombes] Interesting editorial over at Windows Phone Daily. “The HTC One M8 for Windows is real, and with it comes the reality that we’re probably going to see a lot of Windows Phones running on Android hardware in the future. I believe the potential for Windows Phone to really start carving out a niche market share in the smartphone industry is astronomically high because of this, but I also think there are pitfalls Microsoft must do its best to avoid — or else Windows Phone will be worse off than ever.” Windows Phone Daily for the full read.
[From Hans] The S5 experiences the Ice Bucket Challenge. “Samsung has published a video that shows the Galaxy S5 taking the Ice Bucket Challenge and very smartly (and funnily) promotes how the device is waterproof.” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] This is setting up the iWatch as a health device. The new Health app will send data to doctors, the data will be gathered using the iWatch. “Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter to humbly brag about the iPad’s use in patient care at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Taking to Twitter to announce the use of the iPad in medicine and patient care, Cook posted a picture of himself and staff at the medical facility with the iPad.” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] Apple still bucks the trend. Even with its PCs. The focus on quality is key. “Everyone knows the PC market has been in decline for the past few years. But one segment of that market is doing spectacularly well, and one company has managed to carve out enviable sales and profits by dominating that niche. Guess who?” Read in full
Deets about the Galaxy Note 4 Camera over at Sammobile. “According to our sources, Samsung is equipping the Galaxy Note 4 with a 16-megapixel Sony IMX240 camera sensor on the back with optical image stabilization (OIS), which is capable of shooting UHD (3840×2160) video at 30FPS.”
[From Matt T] It’s very convenient to read, reply and delete emails quickly using my iPhone. I have taken advantage of push email and my messages automatically appear on my phone. I don’t really see a compromise in battery life either.
I may have mentioned in the past just how informative I find Twitter. I get to find out breaking news simply by checking to see what is trending. Twitter for iPhone is such an awesome app and I have tried several 3rd party apps yet I prefer the native Twitter app.
I enjoy using Facetime to keep in contact with my friends wherever they are in the world. Whether they be in Brazil or the USA it’s great to stay in contact and I’m always impressed with the quality of the video call, streaming issues hardly ever prove to be a problem. It is also great because apart from the wifi, the calls are free.
[From Hans] Glad to see this has happened. “Vine has announced a significant update for its iOS client today, which will add a number of new features to the popular video-sharing app. The release includes a wide range of new editing tools, as well as the long-requested ability to upload clips from your device’s Camera Roll.” Read in full
Mailbox for Mac looks awesome. “For those who signed up to test out Mailbox for Mac, you should have received a notification today in regards to trying out the beta. The notification came in the form of an email asking you to download and install the app. The availability should expand over the next few weeks since it is getting ready to be launched to the public. Some features in Mailbox for OS X include draft support and mobile support for snoozing messages.” Read in full
Something that I do on a regular basis is use my iPhone to check my bank balances plus it allows me to transfer funds to third parties. Convenient especially when I can order my currency online. It saves me visiting the bank.