I have to give credit where credit is due; this is a very long in-depth article that outlines the #bendgate situations in great detail.
The only problem is that it’s also contributing nothing to the conversation. For starters the headline; “Why the iPhone 6 bends and why it wouldn’t be an issue if Apple addressed it properly”
Well, we already know why it bends, so nothing new here. As for “if Apple addressed it properly”, well they never really outline exactly what that would entail. The closest you could get is the following:
Apple owes us a truthful explanation of the weakness of the device and the plan on addressing it in the future. Like Antennagate, people who ACCIDENTALLY bend their iPhones should get repairs paid for. That should happen whether it is this month or 24 months into ownership. Apple should also not penalize publications for investigating and asking questions about the quality of their devices.
Well, the explanation of the weakness is physics, and people who are having their phones bent accidentally are having them replaced. So how exactly is Apple not addressing this properly.
A majority of the article is spent backing up un-scientific claims by online users (including the original YouTuber that started all this fuss, who happens to be a friend of the author) and dismissing the claims from those who actually took the time to do more scientific tests. That in and of itself makes the whole thing nonsense, but it then goes on to criticize journalists and bloggers whom they claim are in “Apple’s pocket”, the same journalists and bloggers whom they criticized in their recent exposé of Apple PR.
To be honest it does reek a little of “we’re apparently on Apple’s shit list so we’re just going to be overly critical, under the guise of objectivity”.
That’s not to say the article doesn’t make some very valid and measured points, but the most crucial ones are either wrong, or biased.
Either way it’s high time this story, and these articles go away. But they won’t, because they’re great for page views!
Brown — who has played Shirley Bennett since the 2009 launch of Community — confirms to TV Guide Magazine that she has asked to be released from her contract for personal reasons. Sony Pictures TV and executive producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna have honored her request.
Aside from draggingsix file-sharing sites to court, Lionsgate sent out hundreds of thousands of takedown notices to websites that linked to pirated copies of the leaked movie.
While this campaign hadsome success, the studio has yet to identify who first published the leaked copy online. In a new court request filed at a California federal court Lionsgate states that the weblogs of file-hosting service Swankshare.com may provide more details.
Imagine if they put this much effort into making films actually worth watching…
Tobias Frere-Jones seems like someone who could hold something in for 15 years. He’s a thin, neatly dressed man, with posture reminiscent of the capital letter I. Talking about Hoefler appears to bring him pain; in describing recent events, he stares at the wall and lapses into silence. He regularly compares his relationship with Hoefler to a marriage—one in which he was betrayed.
Guys, you have to read this!
Also, when they talk of Surveyor I believe they mean Archer. Just for what it’s worth…
Apple itself acknowledges that there are confirmed issues with new iPhones bending under some circumstances. But intentionally seeking to destroy an iPhone 6 Plus doesn’t mean it was poorly built, any more than walking into Best Buy with a baseball bat and smashing TVs doesn’t mean that the TVs should be more shatter-proof. It just means that you’re an idiot.
These people are fucking idiots. I hope Apple charges them for every single unit they purposefully break.
I have fuzzy, vaguely fond memories of running the Mac version of Oregon Trail, playing with After Dark screensavers, and using SimpleText to make the computer swear, but that was never a world I truly lived in. I only began using Macs seriously after the Intel transition, when the Mac stopped being a byword for Micro$oft-hating zealotry and started to be just, you know, a computer.
So why accept the assignment? It goes back to a phenomenon we looked at a few months back as part of our extensive Android history article. Technology of all kinds—computers, game consoles, software—moves forward, but it rarely progresses with any regard for preservation. It’s not possible today to pick up a phone running Android 1.0 and understand what using Android 1.0 was actually like—all that’s left is a faint, fossilized impression of the experience.
I remember growing up being so excited to get to Highschool where we got to use Windows instead of that God-awful OS 9 on the old ugly beige PowerMacs.
Then OS X came along, and I couldn’t wait to abandon Windows and never look back. And I haven’t since. But this brings back many (painful) memories…
Firstly, sorry for linking to anything from UPROXX.
Secondly, rape jokes aren’t funny. But, then again, neither is Family Guy, so it comes as no real surprise. Also, it comes as no surprise that the credited writer is a Family Guy staffer, not a Simpsons staffer.
Skip it and watch the crossover episode with The Critic. Or just watch The Critic. That show’s *actually* funny.
In its testing, SquareTrade looked at how the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus front and rear panels held up when being slid across panels of plastic and wood. Both received minimal scratches in their testing.
SquareTrade also submerged both iPhones for 10 seconds under water and there was no immediate damage to either phone. Both phones were also dropped six times from a distance of 4-feet high, and both came held up well, SquareTrade said. The iPhone 6 had just a few nicks and scratches, but no other damage. SquareTrade said this was the best drop performance seen in its drop tests.
The 6 Plus didn’t hold up quite as well: The glass front and aluminum back didn’t break, but after 6 drops the rear and front panels separated and SquareTrade was able to pry the phone open. Then, 30 minutes later, the 6 Plus’ speakers stopped working.
No bendability test, because that would be fucking stupid.
"The iPod’s been a huge part of my life for the last decade. The team that worked on the iPod poured literally everything into making it what it was." Eighteen months after launch, the iPod owned the portable media player category, and for the next decade, it continued to do so. "Products just don’t come around like that often," laments Fadell. "The iPod was one-in-a-million."
The iPhone 6 is a beautiful device. The display has rich, sharp colors, excellent contrast, and the large fonts make everything more readable. The design is sleek and smooth.
But the problem is how the iPhone 6 fits in my hand. I’m used to doing most things with my iPhone one-handed. With an iPhone 5s, I can comfortably, and securely, hold the phone in my hand and reach almost any part of its display to tap it. The iPhone 6 is very different. If I hold it securely, I can reach part of its display, and tap some buttons and icons, but for much of what I do I need two hands.
I must admit, I’m really curious (and nervous) about this new size.
A free Final Cut Pro X effect that adds overlays to clips which are useful in feature film production. Use this effect when handing edits over to sound, VFX and subtitling collaborators who use feet and frame counts.
According to Spotify’s FAQ, Spotify streams the open-source Ogg Vorbis codec, rather than MP3. That appears to apply only to the desktop, or at least not to the web player, where the music appears to be in MP3, which has cost implications.
One of the key factors that led me to switch from Rdio to Spotify was how good their streaming music sounded. It doesn’t surprise me they’re not using MP3 (though I had guessed AAC).
When compared against other flagship handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S 5 or the Motorola Moto X (2014), the iPhone 6 has significantly better single-core performance and comparable multi-core performance. Single-core performance is arguably the most important performance metric for smartphones. Every application will benefit from improved single-core performance while only specialized applications will benefit from improved multi-core performance.
Of course, it’s fair to assume a brand new phone will do much better than older hardware. But the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A is only a couple months old. Suck on that Samsung! Though, in fairness, the Apple phones are still stylus-less.
This Sunday, while lying sick in bed, I binge listened to several episodes of this fantastic podcast dedicated to Final Cut Pro X.
Each episode Chris Fenwick is joined by a guest to discuss various topics related to Final Cut Pro X. Sometimes it’s about their personal workflows, other times it’s just to discuss favourite features. But regardless of the content there’s always something to be learned and it’s a fascinating reminder or what a powerhouse Final Cut Pro X really is.
If you’re an editor, and you’re using FCPX (or thinking about it) this show is a must listen.
To Facebook’s credit, a “real name” policy can help to reduce trolling and cyberbullying, since users are often disinhibited when protected by a veil of perceived anonymity. However, as Google noted in July, after reversing its three-year name policy on Google , such a policy can lead to “unnecessarily difficult experiences” for some users.
I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, just use your real name. On the other, why doesn’t Facebook allow for “Pseudonyms” do be added for people like performers, writers (with pen names), etc.
I’ve never been fond of the “use a fake name so employers don’t find me”, because the simpler approach is “don’t post shit on Facebook you wouldn’t want your employer to see” (though I’m actually far more of a proponent of “don’t be an employer who stalks employees on Facebook because it’s creepy”), not to mention you can always lock your profile down. But there are some valid arguments to be made.
If I could edit half as well as the editing in these films I’d be happy.
Ironically, the first time I saw Quantum of Solace I criticized it for its frenetic editing. However, I’ve come to love its unique style and pacing. It’s unlike any other Bond film, and that’s sometimes a good thing.
So much of your digital life now lives in the cloud. And we’re committed to making that experience secure and simple to use. Unlike our competitors, we never scan any of your iCloud data for advertising. All your iCloud content is encrypted in transit and, in most cases, when stored (see below). If we use third-party vendors to store your data, we encrypt it and never give them the keys. Apple retains the encryption keys in our own data centers, so you can back up, sync, and share your iCloud data.
Some might ask “how then did the celebrity photos leak”? When you read the bullet points of what iCloud data is encrypted Photos is clearly listed as one of the items. As is Backup. Whether or not this is a new change I’m not sure. But my guess is that a lot of changes were made in the last couple weeks.
While it’s designed for US residents you can pretty easily dial in the numbers to accomodate.
In case you were wondering, I’m saving $323 by buying an iPhone direct, unlocked from Apple than upgrading through Rogers; mostly because I will have to change my plan and pay $125 a month, if not more, rather than the $90 I’m paying right now (which is still utterly outrageous).
When the prices of the steel and (especially) gold Apple Watches are announced, I expect the tech press to have the biggest collective shit fit in the history of Apple-versus-the-standard-tech-industry shit fits. The utilitarian mindset that asks “Why would anyone waste money on a gold watch?” isn’t going to be able to come to grips with what Apple is doing here. They’re going to say that Jony Ive and Tim Cook have lost their minds. They’re going to wear out their keyboards typing “This never would have happened if Steve Jobs were alive.” They’re going to predict utter and humiliating failure. In short, they’re going to mistake Apple for Vertu.
And then people will line up around the block at Apple Stores around the world to buy them. I think Apple Watch prices are going to be shockingly high — gasp-inducingly, get-me-to-the-fainting-couch high — from the perspective of the tech industry. But at the same time, there is room for them to be disruptively low from the perspective of the traditional watch and jewelry world. There’s a massive pricing umbrella in the luxury watch world, and Apple is aiming to take advantage of it.
I won’t lie… I’d probably be one of those people. I mean, if I could afford to be.
the inordinate amount of actual angerdirected at Apple and U2 over this is so disproportional to the actual event, I’ve started to wonder about the mental state of some of those complaining. It’s really been off the charts.
If you fall into that camp, let me speak very plainly: I have no sympathy for you. I have trouble thinking of a more self-indulgent, “first world problem” than saying “I hate this free new album I’ve been given.”
No but seriously; I don’t care much for U2 myself but I’ll take a free album any day. You never know when you might discover your next favourite song!
I could have savd the folks at iMore a whole lot of time with this summary:
"They all suck, so no matter what you’re screwed".
Seriously; there’s no discussion of which carrier has the best deal because they’re all charging essentially the same thing (yay for competition!) and so the only real caveat is where you live and what kind of cell service you get. And even that is totally up in the air.
Canada is at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to cellular service and it’s an embarrassment.
While the general concept used in the videos is not unique, there does appear to be more to this story. Speaking to Bloomberg Businessweek, OK Go manager Andy Gershon claims the band met with Apple to discuss the concept for its music video in hopes that Apple would collaborate on the project. Apple declined, and OK Go made the video along with production company 1stAveMachine. Released in June 2014, the video won a Video Music Award for best visual effects and has accrued over 10 million views on YouTube.
I’m not even sure we can call it a watch. Okay, it goes on the wrist, and it happens to tell the time, but that’s about where the similarities between Apple’s just announced watch and the hand-assembled, often painstakingly finished mechanical watches we write about, and obsess over, end.
[…] Apple got more details right on their watch than the vast majority of Swiss and Asian brands do with similarly priced watches, and those details add up to a really impressive piece of design. It offers so much more functionality than other digitals it’s almost embarrassing. But it’s not perfect, by any means. Read on to hear my thoughts on the Apple Watch, from the perspective of a watch guy.
I’m no watch guy (though not for a lack of want or trying) but interesting to hear what the experts think.