The latest tech talk podcast is available for your listening pleasure. “Kev is back from his holidays and we discuss his experiences in finding mobile signal in the South West. Plus a catchup with all the latest mobile releases and gossip including the Note 4, Nexus 6 and iPad Air 2.” Deets after the jump
[From Thomas JK] The iPad does have a great future. “First, argued Cook, the numbers are not as bad as they seem. The drop over the full 12-month period, rather than quarter against quarter, was 4%, with some of this due to reduced channel inventory, meaning that the actual fall in sales was less than this. Cook has referred to this in the past as a “speedbump.” Second, while the consensus view is that tablets have reached saturation point, Cook says this is not the case globally.” Read in full.
[From Thomas JK] Good to know. “Following yesterday’s launch of Apple Pay through participating card issuers, banks and retailers in the US, some users have discovered that the payment service is also already being accepted through some retailers abroad. 9to5Mac readers report using Apple Pay loaded with a US-based credit card at retailers in Australia and Canada…” Read in full.
[From Thomas JK] This is a useful editorial and worth reading. “So you’ve upgraded your Mac to OS X Yosemite 10.10, and you grabbed today’s iOS 8.1 update for your iOS device(s); now, you just want to set up that cool new SMS Relay feature that Apple has been bragging about since they unveiled iOS 8 at the original Summer keynote.” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] Well worth viewing. “Earlier this month, Apple chief designer Jony Ive appeared on stage for a rare interview during the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit. You can now watch the 25-minute-long interview on YouTube.” Read in full
[From Stephen Trew] Awesome numbers Apple. “Apple has released their Q4 2014 financial earnings report and the big numbers include 39.3 million iPhones, 12.3 million iPads, 5.5 million Macs, 2.6 million iPods, and $42.1 billion in revenue!Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, had the following to say:” Read in full
[From Hans] Personally I’m pleased to see this. “Great news for Dropbox users this evening, as it appears the online storage service pushed out an update for its iOS client this weekend. Dubbed version 3.5, the new build of the app brings about support for the higher resolution displays of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and other enhancements.” Read in full
Watching UK TV shows on my iPad whilst I’m in Brazil is something I like to do, especially on the shows that I am missing out on. I’m not missing my MacBook at all because I said I can do most tasks that I need to simply on the iPad. One thing especially I like to do is catch up on the BBC news and their website is awesome and looks good on my tablet. Hope you’re having a good day.
[From Gareth] Hi Sammy I’m playing Solitaire on my iPhone. Great game and it keeps me from getting bored. My father taught me the rules of the game when I was young and I always wanted a good version to be able to play on my phone, now I can on my iPhone.
Sammobile reviews the Samsung Gear Live. “Why the huge delay in the review, you may ask? Well, we actually bought the Samsung Gear Live, so as it wasn’t a review sample, we weren’t bound by time limitations with the device – which is usually two weeks. We wanted to extensively test out Android Wear, as it was our first encounter with the operating system. Over the last three months, we have worn the Gear Live every single day, and we are finally ready to give you folks our full review of the device.” Read in full.
[From Peter Arts] Been playing with the larger screen of the Note 4…allows for more interesting launcher/home screen compositions. These both use ESB pix that I took w/the phone last week. Hope all is very well with you Sammy.
[From Hans] Good news. “Ahead of October 20’s public launch of iOS 8.1, Apple has released iCloud Photos to users running the iOS 8.1 beta on their devices. Qualifying accounts will be able to access iCloud Photos to view their iCloud Photo Library on the web through the beta version of iCloud.com.” Read in full.
[From Thomas JK] If you have a Apple computer then be aware that there are several updates you can take advantage of if you have updated to OSX Yosemite. “Apple recently released updated versions of iMovie, iPhoto and GarageBand for Mac, bringing refreshed designs, new features and support for the newly released OS X Yosemite operating system.” Read in full.
iPhone 6 helping boost sales. “Apple’s iPhone 6 helped to boost the amount consumers spent on electronics to a three-year high during September, as buyers raced to invest in the company’s newest smartphone.” Read in full.
I think this is a touching story and shows how technology can assist. “Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri. Gus has autism, and Siri, Apple’s “intelligent personal assistant” on the iPhone, is currently his B.F.F. Obsessed with weather formations, Gus had spent the hour parsing the difference between isolated and scattered thunderstorms — an hour in which, thank God, I didn’t have to discuss them. After a while I heard this…” Read in full.
I have scheduled this editorial to post whilst I am on my flight enroute to Brazil. Watching the Apple keynote I have to say that I was not overly amazed, nor was I surprised at what was announced, however what did appeal to me the most was the new iMac. In terms of of the iPad, I am happy with what I already have, an iPad Air and a iPad Mini and to be fair they are sufficient, if anything then Mini meets my needs especially as I travel a great deal. I don’t think I need to spend any further expenditure on a new iPad Mini, it does everything I need it to do and more, it’s my everyday computer, I rarely use my MacBook, maybe once a week and when I do it’s for mostly more complex tasks that the iPad is unable to accomplish. My iPad Mini just does everything for me from email to tweets, surfing the internet to booking flights, I rely totally on my iPad Mini. So at the moment the only purchased will be likely a new iMac, for my graphic design and more powerful tasks.
I haven’t done one of those what am I listening to on my iPhone posts for a while. At the second I am listening to quite a lot of Coldplay, especially their new album and I am also listening to the new U2 album, the one that I was kind of forced to download but to be fair it is actually a good album, one that I have enjoyed. My main music library these days is Spotify, I stream a great deal if my music it’s easier and I can, if I wish download the music onto my iPhone so I have my collection with me at all times, especially good when I am in the gym.
[From Thomas JK] I look forward to starting to use this. “The NFC-based e-wallet functionality hidden inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be unlocked starting next Monday, Oct. 20, when the service is set to launch in the U.S.” Read in full
[From Thomas JK] So what’s the difference? Via Forbes. “The iPad Air 2 was not the only new iPad announced today, Apple also updated the iPad mini. Surprisingly the ‘iPad mini 3’ was given virtually no stage time at the keynote with marketing head Phil Schiller showing just two slides (specs and pricing) and making a cursory reference.”
Interesting editorial from Kevin which makes sense. “Apple signaled this change a few years ago and now you can see the fruits of its labor: It matters less if you use a low-cost phone, mid-priced tablet or expensive computer to get things done thanks to hardware, software and the cloud.” Read in full
[From Thomas JK] I’m a big fan of Reddit. “If you’re even kind of active on reddit, you probably know of Alien Blue. As far as perusing reddit on iOS goes, it’s pretty much the undisputed champ. It seems reddit would agree. The company has just taken Alien Blue under its wing, acquiring the project assets and hiring its sole developer.” Read in full.
A different way to charge your iPhone. “The covers snap on the back of the phone and feature a short cable that attaches to the Lightning port on the bottom edge of the phone. You’ll need a Qi charging dock / pad in order to actually charge the phone, so check our related posts links below for some ideas on that.” Read in full.
[From Thomas JK] Getting ready for the Apple Special Event later. “In preparation of its special media event on Thursday, Apple has activated the “Apple Events” Apple TV channel that will carry a live stream of today’s proceedings, expected to include the debut of new hardware and software.” Read in full.
[From Thomas JK] Facebook updated for iOS. “Facebook has added a nifty new feature that hopefully you won’t need to use too often: notifications of nearby disasters, and a one-touch means of letting family and friends know that you’re ok …” Read in full.
[From Eric Mann] Eric dropped me a note about this, you may need to be quick if you wish to take advantage of. “We finished last week with eight great paid iPhone and iPad apps that were available to download for free for a limited time, and we’re starting off a new week exactly the same way. Today’s batch of paid iOS apps that are on sale for free has a particularly wide scope, covering everything from productivity apps and a creative calendar app to photo editors and one of our favorite route trackers. And as always, if you want them all for free, you’d better hurry.” Read in full.
[From Hans] Useful guide for those of you who wish to feee up some memory on your iPhone, so worth bookmarking. “Are you running out of space on your iPhone? Unable to take new photos, install apps or download music? Do you want to install iOS 8, but don’t have the 5GB of spare memory needed to do so? Read our guide on how to free-up some room on your handset” Read in full.
[From Thomas JK] Mashable says the Note 4 is the best Android smartphone you can purchase. “With its spacious, ultra-crisp display, incredible camera and all the added functionality that comes with the stylus, the Galaxy Note 4 is more than just a powerful phone — it’s the best Android phone you can buy. Hail to the king.” Read in full.
Was Dropbox hacked or not? I use Dropbox but I am making sure that I have two step authentication. “Recent news articles claiming that Dropbox was hacked aren’t true. Your stuff is safe. The usernames and passwords referenced in these articles were stolen from unrelated services, not Dropbox. Attackers then used these stolen credentials to try to log in to sites across the internet, including Dropbox. We have measures in place to detect suspicious login activity and we automatically reset passwords when it happens.” Read in full.
[From Hans] I am looking forward to Thursday. “Rumors of a third-generation iPad mini arriving in 2015 (ahead of another rumored device, a 12.9-inch iPad Pro) rather than alongside the iPad Air 2 as previously suspected may have been greatly exaggerated after all, according to the fairly accurate Japanese blog MacOtakara [Google Translate] which today asserted that the Cupertino firm is in fact going to refresh the smaller device alongside its bigger sibling at this Thursday’s press conference.” Read in full.
Is Blackberry on to a winner with the Passbook? “In a world of black slabs, one company dared to be different. The design seemed rather ridiculous at first, but after a week with the new BlackBerry Passport I am convinced BlackBerry is serious about competing for the enterprise customer.” Read in full.
Great editorial by James Kendrick. “The iPhone 6 Plus has become a big part of my work day. I have it in hand far more than any phone that came before, and that’s quite a few. Tasks previously relegated to a tablet are now done routinely on the iPhone. It’s not a single feature, rather the combination of hardware and software that has resulted in the expanded utility I get from the iPhone 6 Plus. That’s not surprising, as rarely is a single feature or function game-changing.” Read in full.
[From L Treacy] I traded in my iPhone for the Galaxy Note 3 and I’m glad I did because the screen is gorgeous. I could have waited until the N4 was released but I didn’t because I was impatient but still it’s an awesome phone and I like the S Pen because I’m lazy and I can just point and it does amazing things.
[From Nicholas Dean] Hi Sammy I’m very much happy with my iPhone 5, no need at this stage to upgrade and if I did then it will not be until when my contract is up. I use my iPhone 5 for everything from email to twitter updates and I also watch short films and TV series through iTunes. The one improvement I would like Apple to make is a better battery. Thanks Sammy for a great site I have been reading for years.
[From Thomas JK] These are really amazing figures. “Last time we checked in, Tencent had reported four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus unofficial reservations had been recorded. In an update today, the site now says that combined preorders (which began on Friday) from sales channels have exceeded 20 million.” Read in full.
[From Stephen Trew] Apple smashes preorders on China. wow!! “The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus may have shattered preorder records in the U.S. and elsewhere with a massive 4 million units reservations, but that’s apparently nothing compared to China. Having had its arrival in China delayed to a lack of regulatory approval, preorders for the iPhone 6 family of devices have reportedly hit 20 million in the country since officially being made available on Friday.” Read in full.
[From Hans] Hans found a bother stylus that you may be interested in for your touch screen tablet or smartphone. ,These components make it possible to perform true sketching, drawing and note taking without the use of any specialized hardware or software. Up until now, most iPad, Windows & Android users have been forced to use a standard silicone stylus with little or no control of the final output. Taking notes was next to impossible, sketching or drawing accurately was labor intensive and the results were often poor in comparison to a standard pen or pencil. The Dart was developed to remove those obstacles from your everyday life and bring out the true power and flexibility of your iPad, Windows & Android devices by providing a 2mm fine tip stylus.” Deets after the jump
[From Hans] Apple Watch makes front cover of Vogue magazine. “After showing off the Apple Watch at a high-end boutique in Paris during Fashion Week, Apple is continuing its fashion push by placing the watch on the cover of next month’s issue of Vogue China. According to Business of Fashion editor-in-chief Angelica Cheung:” Deets after the jump
The Galaxy Note 4 comes to the US next week via Amazon as reported by Sammobile. “Starting next week, all major US carriers will start stocking the Galaxy Note 4, but for those can’t wait to get their hands on the 5.7-inch metallic phablet, Amazon is offering an unlocked variant of the device right now. Amazon is selling the international 32GB model (SM-N910), with the black version priced at $854.88 and the white version at $868.99. Unfortunately, Amazon isn’t offering a warranty on the device, which isn’t surprising considering it will be an imported unit, and the phone also won’t work on CDMA networks like Verizon and Sprint.”
[From Hans] Be inspired on your iPhone. “According to the art teacher and artist Danny Cuming, many of us are carrying a miracle in our pocket. The iPhone may be small, but it is powerful (“a sophisticated painting suite”, says Danny), and for many artists, it is now as essential as a pencil and pad. I was blown away by David Hockney’s iPad and iPhone art, but even though I draw in my spare time, I’ve done little more than a doodle on my phone. For me, the technology just feels too daunting.” Read in full.
[From Thomas JK] That is an interview I would have liked to have been in. “Apple’s design boss Jony Ive gave a rare live interview at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit in San Francisco Thursday night.” Read in full.
[From Thomas JK] Obviously I look forward to this. “Apple has confirmed on its website that the October event will be streamed. The URL is ‘apple.com/live’, so it seems that Apple is using the same video/blog platform that it first used for the iPhone 6/Apple Watch event in September. As the event progressed, Apple added tweets, product information and photos to the timeline below the main video.” Read in full.