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Lost In Mobile


Cheers to AppleShaun McGillSat, 31 Jan 2015 03:00:00 +0000http://www.lostinmobile.com/home/cheers-to-apple52bd65a0e4b0aee2c11d35b4:52bd9eb3e4b09f4528ffce36:54cbd1a6e4b0ce452514256e

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(31/01/2015 @ 04:00)
The struggle  Voir?

I am not sure I am "bored" with smartphones, but more that I have a device which does what I need, and so I am not so interested in what others might be doing. If my needs change, or I get bored of my current device, I might find I care a bit more, but perhaps my phone is just becoming the same as my car: as long as it is working, I am not too worried about it, and I certainly don't keep up with all the developments in the car industry.
Where I do struggle with smartphone articles and discussions at the moment is the tendency for them to turn into "Apple is so great and Android sucks", "No, Android is great and Apple sucks', "You are a fandroid", "A fanboy would say that, wouldn't they." It is hardly a new phenomenon, so perhaps I just seem more attuned to it over the last year or so, but more and more posts seem to have snide attacks stuck in to them, without relevance to the actual topic under discussion. Some sites are better than others, and LiM is generally pretty good, but it does make me think twice before reading through comments on a piece where finding interesting comments is like searching for a needle in a haystack.

Neil has likely summed up the mobile situation for many of us very well.

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(30/01/2015 @ 19:43)
Bored?  Voir?

I must admit that I've become a bit bored recently by smartphones. It's becoming increasingly difficult to tell them apart and it's only the Note 3 and 4 and the Yota phone 2 that stand out as good options. Is it just me? Matthew

So, do you agree with Matthew? Are new phones becoming difficult to tell apart and has that bread some boredom into how you view the phone market these days?

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(30/01/2015 @ 04:00)
I got a Medion Life P4502  Voir?

Last year I handed over some of my hard earned cash for a phone to replace my aging Samsung Galaxy Ace to acquire a Motorola RAZR M. It had a good looking screen, average camera, robust but lightweight build, and a fairly reputable brand.

6 months later, it was returned to the store after suffering with intermittent WiFi connectivity issues and 2 weeks of email support, try this, do that, and then silence as I had fallen into the

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(29/01/2015 @ 12:00)
FCC continues to prohibit Wi-Fi blocking  Voir?

The US communications regulator, the Federal Communications Commission, has issued an enforcement advisory notice, stating that it is not going to change its position on rules prohibiting interference to permit hotels and the like from blocking third party Wi-Fi hotspots

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(28/01/2015 @ 19:55)
You  Voir?

I won't have time to write much over the next couple of weeks so if any of you wish to have a thought, review or article published on LIM, feel free to send content to shaun (at) mailstm.co.uk. As ever, your input would be greatly appreciated.

(26/01/2015 @ 21:34)
Buying a new hard drive?  Voir?

At Backblaze, as of December 31, 2014, we had 41,213 disk drives spinning in our data center, storing all of the data for our unlimited backup service. That is up from 27,134 at the end of 2013. This year, most of the new drives are 4 TB drives, and a few are the new 6 TB drives.

Bad for Seagate.

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(24/01/2015 @ 10:02)
These times are over!  Voir?

Personally I am only using Apple products since nearly 10 years. The reason I switched over was "it just worked". These times are over!
There is no issue with the hardware they are building, still high class, but the software does not follow anymore these standards. There are no big issues, but hundreds of small ones that get in my way. This has probably started with iCloud, which still does not "just" work, annoying calendar winter/summer time bugs, which are still not fixed after x new iOS releases, and has just ended in messy iOS (8) and OS X (10.10.x) releases.
It is incomprehensible for me, how they can sit on millions of dollars in cash and "just" dont fix these things.
In the last couple of months I have tested other mobile devices running Android and Windows. Android is not for me. Point. But I started really liking Windows and see that they have come along way and started doing things right. If Windows 10 delivers on it's promises I am switching back to the Windows world, as I am no longer willing to pay a premium price for unexceptional products. Henk.

For me, Mac OS X is still streets ahead of Windows, but I am experiencing more than a few problems with iOS 8 and iCloud. The recent one is trying to watch a web video in landscape in iOS Safari- it crashes every time.

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(24/01/2015 @ 09:56)
91% of iPhone users have just 16GB or less of storage  Voir?

Apple, people love your iPhone camera, but hate what

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(23/01/2015 @ 23:52)
"HOOK"  Voir?

I don't believe I have ever played a mobile game and thought that it could not be improved in any way. HOOK is the first game to make me think that way.

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(23/01/2015 @ 22:58)
The Vinyl 'comeback'  Voir?

A little perspective is always useful.

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(22/01/2015 @ 10:07)
Microsoft HoloLens  Voir?

That's the kind of new tech that gives me enthusiasm.  

(21/01/2015 @ 23:19)
Windows 10 will be free  Voir?

Microsoft has announced that its next operating system will be offered as a free upgrade to owners of devices running Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Phone.
The announcement marks a change in strategy to its previous policy of charging for major updates.
The offer, which is limited to the OS's first year of release, may aid its adoption.
That could help avoid a repeat of the relatively slow uptake of Windows 8.
The event at the firm's Redmond headquarters spent much of its two-hour duration focused on new capabilities gained by introducing the firm's virtual assistant Cortana to PCs.

I could make the obvious joke of needing to be paid to try it, let alone get it for free, but I am hoping that 10 will be decent. 7 was OK so maybe the pattern will follow. I am, however, not convinced that the same OS on all devices will work as well as the theory might suggest.

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(21/01/2015 @ 21:16)
(21/01/2015 @ 21:13)
MacKeeper: one to avoid  Voir?

Literally every time I work in the computer store, we'll get a customer whose Mac is plagued with problems they don't understand: Their Mac is acting slow. It crashes. And more. And in more cases than not, we find that they've installed a program called MacKeeper. Removing MacKeeper fixes the problem. So what is MacKeeper and why should you avoid it? Read on for details
MacKeeper was originally developed by a company called Zeobit and was sold a couple of years ago to another firm called Kromtech. The software purports to be a suite of more than a dozen individual utilities that are actually supposed to improve the performance and stability of your Mac

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(21/01/2015 @ 21:11)
LG G Watch R & Android Wear: final thoughts  Voir?

If I could sum up my first Android Wear experience, it would be to say that I have been left somewhat unemotional by the experience. I like the G Watch R at lot; the design is considered and the materials used feel hard wearing enough to survive over time, but I still feel that Android Wear will likely work better on a square screen.

The Moto G has a larger screen and makes better use of the space afforded to it, but even then I have heard comments that suggest it suffers from similar problems with regard to how Android Wear works in a circular environment. Maybe a device like the ASUS ZENWATCH will work better, but I remain sceptical about Android Wear in general.

It feels as though it has been rushed to market and that the notifications dominate the interface when they appear, but even more worrying they often send you back to the phone and left me wondering why I was using the watch in the first place.

I didn't feel this way with the Pebble, well not so much, but I remain fairly convinced that smart watches are not the way forward in their current incarnations. 

The Apple Watch remains the unreleased elephant in the room and the square form is an immediate plus point, and so are some of the subtleties of the software, at least the software that we have seen to date. It is likely that the Apple Watch will work in a more refined way than the Android Wear devices we have seen to date, in a similar way to how iOS works in comparison to Android and how Mac OS X works in comparison to Windows.

None of this means, however, that the Apple Watch will solve the smart watch problem as I currently perceive it. And that problem revolves around the 'need' for such a device. I still don't see that despite having used a Pebble, LG G Watch R and a few other wrist-based smart devices. 

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(17/01/2015 @ 20:18)
Apple is continually in beta  Voir?

I recently listened to this episode of The Talk Show in which John Gruber and Marco Arment discuss the state of Apple software. Most of what they said rang true to me and there was a moment when they discussed the yearly upgrade cycle we now experience in iOS and Max OS X.

The nail was hit when they discussed Apple being continually in beta and how this affects users, and my recent experience is markedly different now than it was only 3 year's ago.

Marco mentioned the need to reboot his Mac and that rang true. My iMac ran without ever being turned off for the first 2 years of its life. I now reboot it every 2 days and have done ever since I installed Yosemite. Mavericks caused some problems, but nothing that can be compared to the spinning balls and random loss of drive names in Finder, the slowness after extended periods of use and other oddities that make no sense at all.

They talked about Apple TV and in particular AirPlay. Another chord struck as AirPlay has become incredibly difficult to use over the past few months for me. It sometimes does not connect to the Apple TV at all, other times it takes forever to start a stream and Apple TV often fails to see our iPhones and iPads as remote controls. 

iCloud I am not even going to mention because I will boil over, but needless to say I still do not trust it in any way.

What surprised me most was that apparently so many other people are struggling with the same problems which is both comforting and dispiriting, and I wonder if the yearly upgrade cycle is the cause?

Why do we need a new iOS and Mac OS X every single year? I get that it is good for marketing and that the Apple execs can enthuse greatly about what the new versions offer, but I would prefer to see the engineers and programmers stay in the same place and add a single new feature every few months. We are not children, we do not need a completely new experience every year. We just want stability, ease of use and the way Apple software used to be. It is, however, a sad fact that the industry as it is will not stand for that because something new is always needed.

Don't get me wrong, it is not a disaster and is still a million times better than Windows, and somewhat less flakey than Android for me, but we are coming from the high ground and Apple is gradually sliding down the hill thanks to the perceived requirement to change everything every 12 months. 

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(14/01/2015 @ 20:50)
(14/01/2015 @ 20:37)
Apple Watch application  Voir?

Users will also be able to enable a subtle red dot that appears atop the Apple Watch
(14/01/2015 @ 20:34)
Earin  Voir?

Packed with the latest Bluetooth and battery technology and with a balance armature speaker giving you a perfect music experience. Whatever reasons you choose to listen to music, you want it to be a hassle-free experience. When starting our development our mission was to create a product that would be focused on simplicity, size and audio quality.
No unnecessary functionality has been added. No sensors, no lights and no microphone, that

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(13/01/2015 @ 20:22)

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