October 13, 2014

Link: Apple Broke Finland ☍

Matt Clinch for CNBC:

Finland’s prime minister suggested on Monday that Apple could be to blame for the demise of its two biggest industries, which in turn led to an economic downturn and a ratings downgrade for the Nordic country.
“We have two champions which went down,” Alexander Stubb told CNBC Monday. As well as the technology firm Nokia, he explained that the paper industry in Finland had fallen on hard times.

Why not blame Apple? Then again, years of Nokia’s innovation practically stalling and the world becoming more paperless couldn’t have helped the situation.

October 10, 2014

Review: FutureTap Where To?

Where To?Chances are, if you have an iPhone, it will serve as either your primary GPS navigation device or a handy spare at one point or another. Unfortunately, the built-in Google Maps-based app is a bit clunky, forcing you to buy a GPS application or deal with its quirks. If you chose the former, costs can skyrocket to nearly $100 for an app. FutureTap’s $2.99 Where To? app offers a much cheaper alternative just for finding things to see and do…

October 9, 2014

Link: How OTA Updates Work (…Or Can’t Update to iOS 8?) ☍

Amit Jain breaks down the specific process for installing an over-the-air iOS update and why you need so much space:

So, there’s this problem on the Internet and its being caused by a seeming lack of foresight. What a shock! I am referring to iOS 8’s (not so) mysterious stall in upgrade pace. The prime suspect is a lack of free space on the target devices. iOS 8 asks for 5GB of free space on the disk for update. That’s a near impossible ask for devices with only 16GB of onboard storage. After the OS taking up about 4 and people using the device for a year taking photos and installing apps, not much is really left. I personally know people who constantly tap “OK” on low space warning on their device. It’s unacceptable that Apple still sells these! Anyway, let’s talk about why iOS 8 needs 5BG of free space.

Spoiler: No it’s not a senseless threshold set by morons.

If you can’t free up space, you can always update through iTunes.

Link: The Magazine is Shutting Down ☍

I was very excited when The Magazine launched almost exactly two years ago. It’s been a fascinating and interesting publication, but Glenn Fleishman has come to the conclusion that the time has come to wrap things up:

My labor of love the last two years has been The Magazine, first as its hired hand and then, in May 2013, as its owner. The sad truth has been that, while profitable from week one, the publication has had a declining subscription base since February 2013. It started at such a high level that we could handle a decline for a long time, but despite every effort — including our first-year anthology crowdfunded a bit under a year ago — we couldn’t replace departing subscribers with new ones fast enough. We’re a general-interest magazine that appeals to people who like technology, and that makes it very hard to market. “Pivoting” to a different editorial focus would have lost subscribers even faster.

It’s a shame, but as a consolation, there is a Kickstarter project to fund a second hardcover book. I picked up the first and throughly recommend you getting in on this version if you have some extra cash.

October 7, 2014

“Time will tell if iOS 8 is the beginning of this story. I sure hope it isn’t, but I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”

October 4, 2014

Link: NFL Bans Beats Headphones On Camera ☍

Dawn Chmielewski for Re/code:

Under terms of its agreement with the league, the NFL confirmed, Bose received a broad set of rights that entitle it to prevent players (or coaches) from wearing any other manufacturer’s headphones during televised interviews.

This ban extends to TV interviews conducted during pre-season training camps or practice sessions and on game day — starting before the opening kickoff through the final whistle to post-game interviews conducted in the locker room or on the podium. The restriction remains in place until 90 minutes after the play has ended.

Obviously, companies will make deals with various sports leagues, but this is about as ridiculous as the deal that some took as an Apple logo ban. If football players enjoy Beats headphones, it’s not going to keep them from wearing them on their own time or endorsing them. In fact, this move may make Bose seem even less cool. Plus, the last NFL-exclusive deal hasn’t worked out the greatest.

October 3, 2014

Link: iPad Event on October 16? ☍

John Paczkowski for Re/code:

Sources tell Code/red the company will hold its next special event on Thursday, Oct. 16 — not the 21st. Headlining the gathering: The latest updates to its iPad line, along with those new iMacs that 9to5Mac told us about earlier this week. Also: OS X Yosemite. Given the breadth and spectacle of Apple’s September event, this one will be a more laid-back affair held at the company’s Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, without any mysterious white structures and awkward one-song concerts. Apple declined comment.

Not sure if there really is any truth to that, but a Thursday Apple event is weird (typically they’re Tuesday or Wednesday). I’m hoping for satisfactory Mac mini and/or Apple TV updates.

Link: It Just Works ☍

Russell Ivanovic:

Fast forward to today, 2014. Zoom in to me. I’m typing this on a Macbook Pro. In my pocket is the iPhone 6. Three metres away sits a Mac Mini. On the surface, nothing has changed. The problem is, it feels like everything has changed. In short while Apple’s hardware continues to impress me, their software has gone downhill at a rapid pace. iPhoto is an unusable mess with the volume of photos I now have. Aperture has been discontinued and is badly lagging behind in terms of both performance and features. iTunes takes forever to launch, and is bloated mess of way too many features and functions. iCloud is still a mess that I wouldn’t dream of storing my important data in. iOS 7 crashed so often that I became intimately familiar with the Apple logo that appeared every time it did. iOS 8 fixed the crashing, but introduced thousands of little paper cut like bugs. I used to install updates from Apple the second they came out, now I wait a few days to see if they are actually any good.

Not to pile on for Apple’s Microsoftember, but I’d have to agree. How about slowing things down and getting some really good, cohesive, quality software in play? A Snow Leopard moment, if you will…