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HiRise for iPhone 5 & iPad mini thoughtsShaun McGillMon, 18 Aug 2014 02:00:00 +0000http://www.pureiphone.com/home/hirise-for-iphone-5-ipad-mini-thoughts52bd65a0e4b0aee2c11d35b4:52bd9eb3e4b09f4528ffce36:53ee6226e4b0337c7d36a69c

If possible, I try to purchase accessories for my iPhone that I will be able to use for a 'long' time, and particularly because I will likely have an iPhone 6 soon, and so I decided to buy the Twelve South HiRise for iPhone 5 & iPad mini. At £30 it is not cheap, but the customisation of the depth of the lightning cable and the backing means that it will work with any lighting iPhone or iPad mini and it will not matter if I have a case installed or not.

What surprised me the most was how useful I found the raised height to be and despite my reservations of positioning my iPhone like a king on a thrown, it is something I got used to, and preferred, very quickly. Thrown in the tools you need, wonderful build quality and and unobtrusive design and we are left with a flexible accessory that will serve for a very long time.


HiRise for iPhone 5 & iPad mini thoughts  Voir?

If possible, I try to purchase accessories for my iPhone that I will be able to use for a 'long' time, and particularly because I will likely have an iPhone 6 soon, and so I decided to buy the Twelve South HiRise for iPhone 5 & iPad mini. At £30 it is not cheap, but the customisation of the depth of the lightning cable and the backing means that it will work with any lighting iPhone or iPad mini and it will not matter if I have a case installed or not.

What surprised me the most was how useful I found the raised height to be and despite my reservations of positioning my iPhone like a king on a thrown, it is something I got used to, and preferred, very quickly. Thrown in the tools you need, wonderful build quality and and unobtrusive design and we are left with a flexible accessory that will serve for a very long time.

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(18/08/2014 @ 04:00)
50p to jump the queue  Voir?

Mobile phone company EE has introduced a charge for jumping the queue on customer service calls.
Callers are invited by an automated message to use the priority service for a flat fee of 50 pence.
Some customers, especially those who have been with the company for years, are unhappy that calls are not treated equally.
But EE said that they had set high standards for their customer service operations.
One customer - Andrew Griffiths - told BBC Radio 4's You and Yours that he would consider switching if EE was the only firm to do this.
It added that the "small charges" for certain services contributed to the investment in this side of the business... More at the BBC.

Too many big corporations invest too little in customer service and this idea seems crazy to me. I could understand it if it was for special requests or something that the customer is asking for that is out of the ordinary, but when used for basic customer service that is just wrong.

What's the incentive for EE here? To make you wait longer in the hope that you will pay the charge? Even on a £30/month tariff, one call at that price gives the company an extra 1.66% that month and that would be appalling if the customer is calling because of an error by EE. I do hope this idea does not catch on.

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(18/08/2014 @ 03:30)
The Access Case  Voir?

The Access Case looks stunning to me and I am surprised that the company is also offering a pre-order for the iPhone 6 case (4.7"). The case and the website appear to be of high quality and mentioning a mythical future product does not quite fit with that ethos.

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(18/08/2014 @ 03:00)
Humans need not apply  Voir?

Give yourself 15 minutes to watch the above video. Fascinating and very clearly presented. 

(16/08/2014 @ 23:05)
The best podcast apps for iPhone  Voir?

A decent overview of iPhone podcasting apps. For what it is worth, Pocket Casts, in my opinion, is some distance ahead of the others and Overcast is a great example of iPhone-like design with a lack of useful features and an unintuitive interface.

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(16/08/2014 @ 04:00)
The IBM Simon turns 20  Voir?

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The IBM Simon went on sale to the public on 16 August 1994 and combined mobile phone technology with a wide range of computing features.
To mark the 20th anniversary, London's Science Museum is putting it on display in its new Information Age gallery.
"The Simon wasn't called a smartphone back then," said curator Charlotte Connelly.
"But it had a lot of the features we see today. It had a calendar, it could take notes and send emails and messages and combined all of this with a cell phone."
Weighing in at 500g (1.1lb), the Simon was not exactly pocket-sized. However, Ms Connelly insisted the design was ahead of its time... More at the BBC.

I think the smartphone has come a long way in 20 years...

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(16/08/2014 @ 03:30)
PhotoCard  Voir?

So for my vacation this year I thought I would check the App Store to see if there was a reasonably priced, reasonably capable postcard app among the 75 gajillion digital widgets available, an app that would let me create a digital card with my own photos, compose a short message, and then either send it via email (for my friends who were comfortable citizens of the 21st century) or print and send it via standard postal mail (for those in my cohort who pine for phones with dials and typewriters with ribbons). Not surprisingly, I found several apps that offered these capabilities, but the one that caught my eye and won my heart was an app by some guy named Bill Atkinson: PhotoCard... More at TidBITS.

A good review of an app that can add some digital romanticism to your holiday.

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(16/08/2014 @ 03:00)
Are you a smartphone stresshead?  Voir?

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You're on holiday but surreptitiously check your work emails the moment you wake up.
You get anxious if there's no wi-fi in the hotel or mobile phone signal up the mountain.
You fret if your phone is getting low on power, and you secretly worry things will go wrong at work if you're not there.
These are the typical signs of "always on" stress induced by smartphone addiction.
For some people, portable connected devices have liberated them from the constraints of the nine-to-five. Flexible working has given them more autonomy over their working lives and enabled them to spend more time with their friends and families

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(15/08/2014 @ 18:51)
iPhone automation  Voir?

Released in December of 2011, Launch Center (the predecessor to Launch Center Pro) was one of the first apps to put the spotlight on URL schemes and actions. Promising the ability to launch "actions" instead of just apps, Launch Center leveraged URL actions to minimize the number of taps it took to complete common tasks on a variety of iOS apps.
In those days, URL schemes were a fairly obscure facet of iOS, and few apps supported them. App Cubby (the developers of Launch Center and Launch Center Pro, now known as Contrast) wanted to change that. With Launch Center 1.2, they introduced the "Supported Apps" list: a list of apps supporting URL schemes with quick links to load actions from those schemes into Launch Center.
A few months later, in June of 2012, App Cubby released Launch Center Pro. The evolution of Launch Center, Launch Center Pro substituted the old list view for a 3x4 grid of large, easily tappable actions.
Where Launch Center had clearly been a utility, Launch Center Pro was a second home screen. Tapping icons in a grid is natural to every iOS user, and LCP took advantage of that to feel instantly familiar. As the slick new app made waves in the tech community, awareness and support of URL schemes began to grow. Launch Center Pro was the spark that would ignite the fire for URL schemes and iOS automation... More at MacStories.

This article is huge and could prove to be very useful if you are looking for some shortcuts in your daily iPhone usage.

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(15/08/2014 @ 03:45)
Charge your iPhone from another phone  Voir?

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I like the idea of being able to charge my iPhone from a phone with a decent battery. More details here.

Want to share the battery power from a USB device to iPhone5 / 5s? This Micro USB to Lighting Charging cable can do! It is an emergency charging cable lets you connect your iPhone 5 / 5s to any micro USB devices to charge.

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(15/08/2014 @ 03:30)
(15/08/2014 @ 03:00)
Samsung's new Galaxy Alpha  Voir?

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I will just leave that image up there...

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(14/08/2014 @ 04:00)
Sweet concepts  Voir?

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Like many of you, I am getting sick and tired of all the supposed iPhone 6 leaks, but that does not mean I don't enjoy a good concept. Martin Hajek has produced some of the best I have seen so far and it will be interesting to see how close to the real thing they turn out to be.

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(14/08/2014 @ 03:30)
Apple's fear of BitTorrent  Voir?

Apple has a long history of keeping BitTorrent apps out of the App Store. If you search for
(14/08/2014 @ 03:00)
(13/08/2014 @ 04:00)
Beats: a sense of empowerment  Voir?

On public radio, I heard about this study. What made me think was, while I know you deride them as overpriced, underfidelity-tastic, and a bit too flimsy for the dough, maybe part of Beats' secret is adding to people's-- epecially young folks'-- sense of empowerment. They're primary goal is not as authentic a music presentation as possible, it's about adding a sense of power to the music you like, and that study indicates there can be a tangible benefits to people's sense of empowerment and ability. Kirk.

An interesting theory (science-based of course) on why Beats headphones sound like they do. I don't buy it personally, but it's a good excuse.

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(13/08/2014 @ 03:30)
iPhone reasoning  Voir?

I have the iPhone 5. I skipped the 5S and if the 6 does not have larger screen and better battery life I will wait. I will probably never go back to an Android phone (although I like my Nexus 7 tablet and will probably never buy an iPad). Android is just too much of a gamble for a phone in that the initial phone and OS are matched decently but 6-12 months later it goes to pot. I NEED my phone...it has to work and work well. No resets, no freezes, no lags, loss of information and lack of security. So for me, no more games...it has to work. They'd (Android) have to give me a loner to try for a year to get my confidence back.
On the other hand, I HATE how Apple locks some of its functions out from third party (yeah, I know they will supposedly give greater access to the keyboard). Like clicking a phone number in a text message or email...it only works with Apple's phone app (they keep other phone apps out). And because they're mad at Google, they do their best to thwart a better or missing app (Maps, Google Voice).
But at the end of the day, I gave up the conveniences of Android (like Profiles, Tasker, affordable BT OBDII, etc) for a phone that works reliably and is decent in build and use. Jason.

I think the notion of some tasks being crucial and that the phone 'must' work is what drives some of us to stick with the iPhone over Android.

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(13/08/2014 @ 03:00)
What will the iPhone 6 fix?  Voir?

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I suspect that the iPhone 6 will fix nothing for me and I am not meaning to sound negative. There are two aspects to my reasoning here and I am not expecting any surprises.

First up is that there is very little wrong with the iPhone 5s. I have had to restart it twice in nearly a year of ownership which is extremely impressive, it never slows down and on the whole my most used tasks are undertaken every day without issue.

Secondly, if I had to pick one area that needs 'fixing' it is, yes you guessed it, the battery. Sadly I don't see Apple working on longer battery life when 0.5 mm can be shaved off the depth of the device.  For some bizarre reason a company that is so brilliant at working on the practicalities is blind to the needs of iPhone users and the most common complaint of all. For some there is no problem, but for others there is and that is on Apple because even people with standard usage report problems at times.

A bigger screen won't fix anything, but it will be nice to have unless the dimensions mean that the size increases too much, but other than that I can see little in the iPhone 6 that will fix anything. I am of course aware that iOS 8 will offer improvements and I hope to be surprised by what Apple has to offer. 

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(12/08/2014 @ 04:00)
Robin Williams  Voir?

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My children and I have seen so many films in which Robin Williams starred and his body of work is truly incredible. From Good Morning, Vietnam to Dead Poets Society to Mrs. Doubtfire, Jack, Jumanji and so many others, few actors can have touched so many people in so many diverse ways. And then there was the comedy. Such a sad moment.

I thought about his work some more last night- many moments when I was very young marvelling at this strange man in Mork and Mindy, my very first date was to take a girl to see Good Morning, Vietnam at the cinema, my wife and I transfixed by What Dreams May Come and the utter joy Jack and Jumanji gave my children, particularly my daughter, who has watches both films countless times. It dawned on me that the body of work he leaves behind is huge and that there are many classics contained within it. I can think of no other actor who has done so much in the past 30 years and no other stand-up comic who could light up a room in such bizarre ways for hours on end. Truly, a genius.

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(12/08/2014 @ 03:57)
Microsoft takes aim at the MacBook  Voir?

Highly unusual for a company which makes the most dominant operating system to attack a relative minnow in terms of market share. This is one of three adverts comparing the new Surface to the MacBooks and I probably don't even need to say what I think about some of the claims.

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(12/08/2014 @ 03:30)

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