What Do Smartphones Need That They Don’t Already Have? -
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.
Here’s the mystery building Apple is crafting for its big reveal -
[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.
Apple adds American Express, Visa, MasterCard as mobile payment partners -
[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.
Take in Apple’s massive new spaceship campus site via drone -
[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.
Santa won’t have iWatch ready for the holidays -
[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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.