The above video is shocking, but not a lot of it will surprise you because we have known for a long time that it happens. The attitude of the police in this video, however, and one comment in particular is pretty poor to say the least.
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.
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.
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’s confusing. And the carriers love it that way... More at c|net.
The above is not surprising, especially for US carriers, who have a range of confusing add-ons designed purely to hide the real costs.
As I did last year, I decided to check out what my provider, Three, is offering in comparison to the £699 I just spent on my iPhone 6 128GB.
I could buy the iPhone 6 for £99 up front and £55/month for 24 months which comes to a grand total of £1,419 over the term of the plan. This gives me unlimited data, texts and voice minutes.
The equivalent SIM only plan is £23/month on a 1 year contract which comes to a grand total of £552 over 24 months +£699 for the phone = £1,251.
So I save £168 over 2 years. Now, if I consider that I will lose £250-£300 on an iPhone if I sell it on every year, upgrade to the latest model and stay SIM only that should cost me £26 + £21 + £47/month for unlimited everything. I could save a bit more by upgrading every 2 years, but it goes to show that there are no significant savings when buying a phone on contract, and in the above scenario I would have a new phone every year, not very 24 months.
Indeed, I actually expected to see a bigger gap in favour of non-contract, but I guess I can be grateful that the UK market is a bit clearer in terms of pricing. I should temper that by saying that Three is because the likes of O2 are quickly heading the American way in the way it likes to confuse the customer.
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—and it's smart enough to know the difference. With a new auto-adjusting front light, Kindle Voyage senses the light in your environment and changes the setting to the ideal brightness.
At just 7.6 mm, Voyage is our thinnest Kindle ever. Hold Kindle Voyage comfortably in one hand for long reading sessions... More at Amazon.
The best just got better.
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’s just anger, accusations and insults. Why does it make people so angry that reviewers like the iPhone? Is it so hard to believe that it’s just a very good product that is more than the sum of its parts?
Many people will receive an iPhone 6 on Friday. By and large, they will love it – and it won’t really matter whether LG, HTC, Samsung, Microsoft or Sony have done one just a little bit better.
Why do people feel the need to ruin it for others? Peter M.
A very good question from Peter and it highlights what is currently happening perfectly. You should see some of the nonsense that has arrived in my inbox on the subject.
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.
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 ‘transferring purchases’ through multiple backups, it is still not showing as available.
Any of you know if iCloud will be able to pull an app that is not currently available on the app store or if there is a way to get the file from my iPhone 5s? I have a tool which can look at the backup files, but am not 100% convinced the app file can be installed separately in iOS 8.
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’s purse “rest” at the end of the day, even going so far as to anthropomorphise said cash-and-card-carrying pouches by referring to them with the affectionate suffix “chan“... More at Rocket News 24.
Biver has already spoken out against the newly announced Apple Watch, saying the design is not only too feminine, but one worthy of a “student in their first trimester.” He didn’t rate the watch’s chances in the future either, and warned the look would soon become outdated. TAG Heuer has a strong reputation in the world of watches, thanks in part to high profile sporting sponsorship deals, and produces an extensive range of luxury timepieces.
No features or solid information on TAG’s smartwatch were revealed, but we should apparently look out for the first model at next year’s Baselworld international watch show. The timing isn’t coincidental. Apple will release the Apple Watch around the same time. However, while the Apple Watch is a smartwatch first and a timepiece second, TAG Heuer’s entry, and those from other luxury watchmakers, is likely to swap this around... More at Digital Trends.
This is obviously good news for those who enjoy luxury watches, but it remains the case that adding smart functionality to a watch is not what many people want. I see it as adding extra smart features to a Kindle Paperwhite which would go against what makes it a wonderful experience in the first place. Thanks to Paul for the link.
“You are not our product,” says Cook. “I think everyone has to ask, ‘How do companies make their money?’ Follow the money. And if they’re making money mainly by collecting gobs of personal data, I think you have a right to be worried and you should really understand what’s happening with that data.” More at Cult of Mac.
I guess the best way to avoid having to deal with data collection requests is to not collect the data in the first place.
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.
"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” Phones 4U boss David Kassler.
It is always sad when so many people lose their jobs when a well-known company goes out of business, but I disagree with the second comment above. In the UK we have O2, Vodafone, EE and Three as the 4 major networks plus a myriad of MVNOs such as Tesco Mobile and giffgaff with more appearing all of the time. Add to this the presence of Carphone Warehouse (or Dixons Carphone as it will be) and we have a bounty of riches in the UK mobile market.
In my home town there are 6 mobile phone shops within 100 yards of each other and that will soon become 5. Just how many do we need? Also, why would the mobile networks want to sell through a third party when it likely does not offer a financial incentive to do so, which is presumably behind the decision to move away from Phones 4U anyway.
This leave Dixons Carphone in a potentially tough spot as well despite a likely boost in the short term, but as sad as it is the UK mobile market remains extremely competitive in comparison to many other countries.
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.
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.
As one who hates waking up early, it doesn’t get much better than this. The Barisieur is an alarm clock that wakes you up with a full, bespoke cup of coffee or tea. Yes, you read that right. It wakes you up with a cup of coffee!! It was created by Joshua Renouf, Product Design Graduate from Nottingham Trent University, for his final project... More at Design Milk.
That looks a lot better than the awful teasmade my parents had next to their bed when I was a child.