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Simply Apple.

ImageI’ve been in a bit if a dilemma when it comes to Apple and what to do next. Ive got lots of Apple kit – Apple TV, iPhone’s, MacBook Pro, iMac 24… It all plays nicely together with iCloud, and i haven’t had many issues with that in quite a while it just works. Now one of my iPhones has a dodgy on off button and i am going to have to replace it. My contract is up with my mobile provider and they are charging me a fortune with my current plan. If i tie in with my current provider for 9 months then i can reduce my monthly costs right now, but the iPhone 5 is released in Sweden probably in December, and if i want one of those, i probably don’t want it with my existing provider because they don’t support 4G.

Of course there’s no reason i couldn’t just say screw it – and buy a Samsung Galaxy S3 – i can use a 3rd party app to sync with the cloud…..

There have been mixed reactions to the iPhone 5 – they all seem to be a bit luke warm, but despite that i think a lot of people have been holding out to buy one – all their launch day units were sold within an hour. If you look at the hardware, it is similar to the iPhone 4, but a bit taller (extra screen space) its faster, and has new networking, and not much of a design change – its thinner of course. Ive no doubt its a good quality bit of kit, yet people are disappointed… why? I mean what could they expect? The iPhone 4 is awesome and its hard to improve on it really from a design perspective, if you want to look at pure technical specification then OK, the iPhone 5 doesn’t blow us out of the water. I cant help but wonder if the critics focus is a bit wrong though – sure its nice to have faster processors etc, but you shouldnt loose focus on the fact its really about the user experience – how much faster does a phone really need to go?

The real user experience is mostly software driven, and iOS 6 is released next week – i will be looking forward to it. I think i probably will go for an iphone 5 because i have a lot of apps, i like iPhones and i never bothered to buy an iphone 4S. I know there are things that the apple devices dont have – such as widgets, but i dont really care – i can understand and appreciate why they havent allowed them.

Am I an Apple Fanboy? Probably not. Its true i like Apple products but not blindly. my personal IT setup has a lot of apple in it because apple make pretty things, but i am not and never will be apple only. I have non apple kit, which i use professionally, and i will admit apple stuff is great for simplicity right up until the point that you need to do something apple hadn’t intended. Then frankly it can be a pain in the ass. Every technology out there has pro’s and cons, so at the end of the day, just pick what you like!

Update: I was wrong with the swedish release date – its 28th September which makes things a bit easier! Thanks to M for pointing that out!

Foursquare

Foursquare is a bit like Gowalla was. it basically allows you to check in at different places as you visit them, and you get points if you visit them several times. The interesting spin though is that in some places you can get free things for checking in – for example theres a macdonalds near me that will give you a free ice-cream sundae if you check in there and spend a certain amount of cash. Because its giving away freebies, I’m interested! I don’t know how popular it is in other countries but i was surprised to see freebies on offer in Stockholm.

Its not much, and not many places that have adopted this but its worth looking at, i mean after all, a free ice-cream is a free ice-cream!

It also allows you to find places near you – restaurants, cafe’s etc.. and people can post tips, so its actually quite cool.

Unusually and rather surprisingly the windows phone 7 foursquare app is better than the one for the iPhone. I’ve only got two friends on Foursquare and apparently i am the mayor of Stockholm – its not quite overlord of the universe but it will do for starters.

Headphones from hell

A couple of weekends back I brought a new pair of headphones as my old pair wore out – now anything that’s tech related I have a tendency to look after really well – I don’t abuse technology. I brought these headphones for around 700kr in the Telenor store in Kista – and I wish I had kept the receipt. I wanted a firmly durable set of headphones and the guy assured me that these would fit the bill – they are a-JAYS Four.

From day 2 without any abuse already there is inconsistent sound – you can change the audio level just by moving the cable, I’m really annoyed by this becuase I don’t like paying that amount for something like this. So if anyone out there is thinking of buying a pair of these – don’t!

Talented People.

The world is full of talented people – its sometimes easy to forget – I think I am going to try and post once a week on little known talented people I come across, because some people in life just don’t get the credit they deserve. The first is Zac Cranko – a name I never heard of until last night. I was watching a double episode of Silent Witness on TV – (Bloodlines) – it was really awesome and towards the end I was listening to the music there and thought  “thats a nice piece of music”. So I rewound the TV and ran the music through sound hound, which failed to identify it. Ten minutes of searching through IMDB took me to the cast and crew list, and the name responsible for musical arrangements was – you guessed it Zac Cranko.

So then there was a little google action and i came across he’s sound cloud entry, so i took out the iPad and started to go through his music (i have a sound cloud account and the iPad app). Some of his stuff i didn’t really like – but some of it was awesome – even the stuff that doesn’t really fit in with my own taste i have to admit was really well done. An example of his work is here. I don’t think he’s ever going to be my favorite but i have to admit i was really impressed and bow down to such talent.

This was also a reminder to me how awesome SoundCloud is – jumping from profile to profile listening to peoples music – and able to comment it – I like the fact I can comment music at a specific music position – so you can post “yeah I like this bit….” or hopefully something more creative. In many cases I like music because of just a part of it – which is more often then not under 20 seconds in length.

I also came across this  while I was hopping through SoundCloud – by bubbaproducer which I think is awesome as well.  I was a bit slow in comprehending how good SoundCloud actually is, because the first time I saw it I was just looking at sounds random people had posted rather that pieces of music – put into the context of music its really cool, and if you have time to kill is worth exploring.

BBC iPlayer

 I really like many of the series that are available on the iPlayer, but really annoyingly sometimes things are incomplete – Judge John Deed only has 4 episodes, Redcap only has one episode. I know of course this is to do with specific regions, I am in Sweden and what you see in the uk may be very different – but still it’s annoying.

I actually mailed the BBC about it – And they said not everything was available in every region – it would make sense but there’s no consistency – why could they give you only 1 episode in a series? (redcap has 12 episodes and ended years back). I expected more from them, the response I got was most dissapointing. I’ve waited a few months before posting this in the hope they would fix some of these issues. No joy there! Ho hum!

Siri and god.

So a friend of mine brought his wife an iPhone 4S as an early xmas present and he was showing it to me. I went straight to SIri and started asking questions – on the whole it did well but it doesn’t have location services so if you ask where something is it can be a bit dense. A shocking moment came though when I asked for gods phone number and got the response in the screenshot. Now I laughed and smiled but was genuinely shocked – I have no idea where Siri got my email address from – and the change of it picking my name out at random is pretty small – even if I am on her contacts list – which I shouldn’t be. So Siri thinks I’m god… Buying an iPhone 4s gets more tempting by the minute! The technical side of me wants to know why she’s doing this, but part of me doesn’t want to spoil the magic, it makes me smile :)

Update: I received the following from my friend:

I figured it out. If you don’t want the magic spoilt please don’t read on….
You send a message to me through, I presume, iPad and iMessage to inform me your were going to be slightly late. Now, as we have both devices using the same apple ID, the message got through to both devices, thus finding the association. But why? Well to test I sent another message, albeit a SMS and repeated the same Siri command “do you have God’s telephone number”, and thus immediately dialled my number….
Rather strange functionality, but does explain how it happened. Why it does this escapes me…..
…that explains how it knew my email address but not why it thinks i am god.

OneNote for the iPad

So they released OneNote for the iPad – for those of you that don’t know it’s a Microsoft office app, for managing information in a scrapbook like style- it has lots of other benefits too.  I am sure most probably knows about office online – office.live.com – where you can use the web versions of Word, Excel and OneNote – all tied I to your live account and skydive, making it fairly easy to share documents – its a free service worth checking out if you haven’t seen it.
 

To run OneNote for the iPad you need a live account (hotmail account is a live account). It’s a fairly cool app but doesn’t allow you to create notebooks or sections that I can see – which is a bit of a letdown – you can of course log into the web interface to do that but what is the point !
 
 Dispite its shortcomings I like the app – I’m not quite sure how it compares to Evernote – standing alone Evernote seems slightly better to me, but in an integrated office environment OneNote wins for me – although Evernote is available on many platforms

Flipboard now available for iPhone

Flipboard is an awesome newsreader app for the iPad which has now been made available on the iPhone, I haven’t tried it yet but it’s bound to be cool – it takes a number of different feeds and turns it into newspaper style, including rss, Facebook, twitter, and other feeds. It’s free and is on the essentials list for most iPad owners. I haven’t tried it yet but I’m sure it will be good. It’s so cool I thought its worth a mention. 

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