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iPhone 6 and the weekendShaun McGillFri, 19 Sep 2014 22:19:43 +0000 i6box.jpg

I won't be posting much at the weekend, but will hopefully find time to write some impressions of the iPhone 6 for Monday. If you have a new iPhone already, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments.

iPhone 6 and the weekend  View ?


I won't be posting much at the weekend, but will hopefully find time to write some impressions of the iPhone 6 for Monday. If you have a new iPhone already, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments.

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(20/09/2014 @ 00:19)
iOS 8 impressions  View ?

This isn't going to be long, but I thought I would spill out some of my thoughts concerning Wednesday's iOS 8 release.

It looks and feels like iOS 7 in almost every way. There is no visual makeover that came with iOS 7, but I get the feeling that it will be a slow burner and that many of the benefits will come in time as developer jump on board.

The ability to use new keyboards is great and I am already really enjoying SwiftKey which is my keyboard on Android. The swipe down motion for new messages feels instantly natural and I already can't imagine having to open Messages every time to reply. I'm not so convinced by the audio recording feature in Messages, but I guess it has the potential to offer a more immediate voicemail alternative.

The new Control Centre is just awful- what was Apple thinking of with that design? I have to say that the multi-tasking panel is also now a complete mess with semi-square icons at the bottom, square panels in the centre and round icons at the top. It all feels rather disjointed and most unlike Apple- maybe Mr Ive should stick to just the hardware?

Elsewhere, I have noticed some app bugs. PocketMoney has a blank space in the interface, miCal does not me delete events and Genius Scan can no longer save entries. Of course, the developers are responsible for these, but it goes to show that they are still a few apps that need the full iOS 8 treatment.

Battery performance has been terrible for me, shock horror, and this is likely because it is the first release and also because I did an iCloud restore. My intention with the iPhone 6 is to back up my text messages (Apple needs to offer an alternative way to save them besides iCloud) and do a 'new device' set up. It will be painful, but may well give me greatly improved battery performance over time.

Despite all of the above niggles, I am quite impressed with iOS 8 and it still feels like the same old software. The places where it is inconsistent and busy highlight that Apple is probably right to make slow and steady changes. It may be a wonderful mobile operating system, but it doesn't appear to be one that is easy to change without diminishing the reasons why so many people rely on it.

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(19/09/2014 @ 04:00)
The true cost of your phone  View ?

So, with a contract, you pay Verizon $300 up front for a 64 GB iPhone 6 and then pay $40 per month for two years, adding $960. And to add insult to injury, Verizon will charge you $30 to upgrade your phone at the end of the contract, for a total of $1,290.
If you buy the phone on the Verizon Edge program, you pay monthly installments that add up to the full retail price of the phone, $750. But over that two-year period you only pay $15 a month for smartphone access, or $360. The total is $1,110, or $180 less than you would pay with a contract.
Confusing? Hell yes, it

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(19/09/2014 @ 03:45)
The Amazon Voyage  View ?

The high-resolution display with 300 ppi lets you enjoy sharp, dark text that reads even more like the printed page. The micro-etched glass screen is crafted to eliminate glare and feel like paper to the touch.
PagePress allows you to turn the page without lifting a finger. Simply apply pressure to the side of the device to turn the page, and PagePress will provide a silent haptic response for consistent and immediate feedback.
Kindle Voyage can be read in sunlight or total darkness

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(19/09/2014 @ 03:30)
The new iPhones. Why do people feel the need to ruin it for others?  View ?

I read a half dozen reviews of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus before work this morning, on all the usual tech blogs and newspaper websites.  Most agree that it the are not just the best iPhones yet, but among the best smartphones you can buy.
One other common factor to all of the reviews was the extraordinary vitriol in the comments below, with owners of other phones decrying Apple owners as sheep, accusing the tech reviewers of being, variously, hypocrites, paid shills, blinded by marketing or biased, condemning the screen, camera, processor, OS and battery life and holding up their own favoured device as clearly better.
If you read the two reviews in The Guardian (one by Stephen Fry) and the one in the Independent, it

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(18/09/2014 @ 04:00)
Daring Fireball on the Apple Watch  View ?

I know it's not like you're unaware of Daring Fireball, or likely to not be caught up with it, but I thought Gruber's analysis of the Apple Watch was amazing, especially about the interplay with high-end watch culture. It has bold predictions that the high end prices are going to make pundits sputter - and how that will have to chart a new path between super-high-end watches that could become a family heirloom, and the usual gadget paradigm of "obsolete in a few years". Also, a lead in with how it goes against the egalitarian "kings and paupers alike can own the same high-quality product" nature of the iPhone.
If he's right, Apple is going to be making some bigger style gambles than I ever would have guessed. Kirk.

Kirk sums up John's writing well on this one. For all of the times I read Gruber and wonder if he is too much on the side of Apple, he really is brilliant at times.

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(18/09/2014 @ 03:30)
Will I lose one of my most important apps?  View ?

I have a question. My iPhone 6 will arrive Friday and I of course want to keep everything as it was which would usually mean performing an iCloud backup. The problem I have can be summed up with the following points-
PocketMoney is not currently available in the app store.
I do not have the original app file on my Mac and despite

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(18/09/2014 @ 03:30)
Put your wallet to bed  View ?

According to Japanese news site Naver Matome, a surprising number of women in Japan have taken to putting their purses to bed after they come home at night, often in specially made futons complete with mini pillows and cute bed sheets.
The curious trend reportedly started after actor, essayist and TV personality Kazuyo Matsui talked of the importance of letting one

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(18/09/2014 @ 03:00)
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Tag Heuer to release a smart watch in 2015  View ?

Biver has already spoken out against the newly announced Apple Watch, saying the design is not only too feminine, but one worthy of a

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The iPhone 6 size will be fine for current iPhone users  View ?


I received my first iPhone 6 case yesterday, a rather chunky leather wallet, and I must say that I was immediately impressed with how small it felt. It did not feel large at all and especially so when just holding the interior black plastic part which moulds around the phone.

From what I can gather, Apple has done a very good job of minimising the sense of the extra size and I suspect most current iPhone users, particularly those with a 5 or 5S, will be just fine. The 6 Plus, however, could be a step too far for some.

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(16/09/2014 @ 04:00)
Phones 4U shops closing  View ?

"If mobile network operators decline to supply us, we do not have a business," said Phones 4U boss David Kassler.
"The ultimate result will be less competition, less choice and higher prices for mobile customers in the UK

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(16/09/2014 @ 03:50)
Galaxy Note 4 -- Then And Now  View ?

A much better advert from Samsung this time, but the company would do well to not even mention the iPhone. You can compare without directly mentioning a competitor which may work better in the long run.

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(16/09/2014 @ 03:30)
Vizzywig 4K: turn your iPhone 5S into a 4K motion video camera  View ?

Turn your iPhone 5S into a 4K motion video camera, 4K editor and 4K distribution platform with Vizzywig 4K by i4software. Rather than capturing video, VZ4K captures full 4K resolution photos at the rate of 24 photos per second along with synched audio. Edit, add 4K transitions, titles, scrolling credits and background music and upload straight to YouTube in full 4K.

A very clever use for a phone if you have a spare $999.99 lying around.

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(16/09/2014 @ 03:15)
Wake up with coffee  View ?

As one who hates waking up early, it doesn

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(16/09/2014 @ 03:00)
Apple's one-click tool to remove the U2 album  View ?

To remove this album:
    Go to
    Click Remove Album to confirm you'd like to remove the album from your account.
    Sign in with the Apple ID and password you use to buy from the iTunes Store.
    You'll see a confirmation message that the album has been removed from your account.
If you downloaded the songs to iTunes on your Mac or PC or to the Music app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you'll need to delete them manually.

Nice of Apple to offer an easy way to remove the album, but I maintain that it should not have been added to user's libraries in the first place. As it happens, I listened to a few tracks from the album the other day and it is, as expected, truly awful.

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(15/09/2014 @ 20:15)
Desert Golfing: addictive, calming, endless?  View ?

Just look at the graphics above! Yes, they are not exactly ground breaking, but Desert Golfing has grabbed me and simply won't let go. I can't explain why the game is so good and I doubt the description below will help either, but it is calming and addictive in equal measure.

To see a world in a bunker of sand
And a heaven in a wild cactus,
Hold infinity in the pocket of your shorts,
And eternity in Desert Golfing.

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(15/09/2014 @ 03:45)
Which iPhone 6 case should you consider?  View ?

I ordered the official Apple case for my iPhone 6 which is being delivered on Friday and promptly cancelled the order when I saw the SPIGEN Neo Hybrid Case for iPhone 6 on eBay for just £17.99. My experience of SPIGEN is that the cases are of stunning quality and this is worth way more than the much more expensive Apple version in my view. No need to thank me...

    Combination of TPU and Polycarbonate for drop and scratch protection
    Slim and form fitted to show the perfect shape of your device
    Metalized polycarbonate control buttons for a stylish look
    Advanced Shock Absorption Technology: Web Pattern TPU case
    Compatible with Apple iPhone 6 - 2014


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(15/09/2014 @ 03:30)
Flawed Charm  View ?

You notice it, initially, especially when you're using light watch faces. After a day or two, however, it becomes much less obvious, and I have to agree with Motorola's thinking: you'd lose some of the round charm had they taken a different route.
You'd also have ended up with something even larger on your wrist. At 46mm in diameter it's broad, and at 11.5mm thick it's certainly no slimline Swatch. The clean lines and absence of sharp corners help disguise some of the bulk, and the 49g weight is surprisingly little on the arm, but if you've got a smaller wrist or your tastes don't run to eye-catching timepieces then you might find it simply too chunky... More at Slash Gear.

A decent overview of the Moto 360.

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(15/09/2014 @ 03:00)

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