Aug 29

LG G Watch R specs -

[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

Travel talk

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.

Aug 28

You’ll be able to get your hands on iPhone 6 ‘between 16-19 September’ -

[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.

You can now buy a HomeKit-compatible Smart Lock in time for iOS 8 -

[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.

Apple Plans to Announce Wearable in September -

[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.

Aug 27

How I have been using my iPhone and iPad today

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. 

Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks slow down in iPad sales is just a ‘speed bump’ -

[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.

Hewlett-Packard recalls six million power cords over fire hazard -

[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.

LG's big screen phone-of-the week gets a laser camera -

[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.

How your iPhone is tracking your every move -

[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.

Apple’s supersized 12.9-inch iPad to land in early 2015 -

[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.

Aug 26

Samsung Firmware Updates -

[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

Dropbox for iOS updated -

[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

How I’ve used my iPad.

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.

An inside look at the Jot Touch with Pixelpoint™ on Behance -

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.