Monthly Archives: September 2012

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Poster is Universal

It’s gorgeous, it’s stable, it’s full-featured, andI like its icon.

To be fair, he’s right, it is a great app with a pretty decent icon..

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Get Podcasts Back In The Music App

Katie’s instructions worked for me. I like the Podcasts app, but if you ever listen to podcasts on your Mac, in iTunes, then you’ll find the syncing sucks. At least putting it back into the Music app solves this problem.

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The boring iPhone 5

Eventually Apple will just make phones out of unicorn horn and the dewy moisture that collects between Scarlett Johansson’s breasts when she does hot yoga. (Technically, any yoga done by Scarlett Johansson is “hot yoga” but I’m specifically talking about Bikram in this case.) The white one will feature the same moisture collected from Michael Fassbender.

iPhone 6 rumour perhaps?

Huh?

CrashPlan error message

I’m in the process of setting up a new backup system whereby I can backup a few of my friends computers to one of my computers that isn’t doing much, and one of the best applications / systems for doing this from what I’ve read is CrashPlan.

And then I get this error message, that makes no sense what-so-ever. Arggh!

All the info I’ve entered is correct. The passwords match. So what now?

Never mind, I’m a bit slow this morning. I already setup a username and password in the past. Derp de derr

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I think Stephen’s nailed it with one of his guesses as to the ‘hidden’ meaning in Apple’s decoration choice for their upcoming iPhone 5 release press event at Yerba Buena;

Tim Cook designed the graphics after taking some LSD he found in Steve’s office.

Check out the rest of Stephen’s guesses.

I see you all the time

So I was looking around for some songs to license for some video stuff I’m playing around with at the moment and I came across the site With Etiquette, and this song by Music You Can Swim To (I know, strange name). It’s really really nice.

So I figured I would buy it on iTunes, nup not available. So I Google it, and landed on the band’s(?) site where I can actually buy a copy, oh look it’s only 99c too. Awesome.

Anyway, rambling over with, have a listen to the track.

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We’re in the process of putting together a new website for work and for a bunch of smaller items we were just going to use a Paypal ‘buy now’ button, but after reading through Elliot’s troubles with Paypal there’s now way in hell we’re going down that path anymore.

What was completely unreasonable was the email the followed our phone call: an email that stated that the reserve on my account was for 100% of the funds, and that the staggered releases would only start once the balance reached… £15,000.

From my experience and that of others who’ve suffered the same, it’s clear that PayPal are interested in buyers, not sellers. Why else would they provide customers with refunds at the drop of a hat, but withhold money amounting to thousands — literally thousands and thousands and thousands — from buyers without any valid reason, when not even your bank is legally allowed do that?

PayPal, you are the scourge of the internet. Fuck you.

As a buyer I’ve never had any dramas with them, but the number of tales of seller problems around the Internet is growing rapdily, and now that we’re getting into selling online, that worries me a lot.

Good riddance, PayPal

We’re in the process of putting together a new website for work and for a bunch of smaller items we were just going to use a Paypal ‘buy now’ button, but after reading through Elliot’s troubles with Paypal there’s now way in hell we’re going down that path anymore.

What was completely unreasonable was the email the followed our phone call: an email that stated that the reserve on my account was for 100% of the funds, and that the staggered releases would only start once the balance reached… £15,000.

From my experience and that of others who’ve suffered the same, it’s clear that PayPal are interested in buyers, not sellers. Why else would they provide customers with refunds at the drop of a hat, but withhold money amounting to thousands — literally thousands and thousands and thousands — from buyers without any valid reason, when not even your bank is legally allowed do that?

PayPal, you are the scourge of the internet. Fuck you.

As a buyer I’ve never had any dramas with them, but the number of tales of seller problems around the Internet is growing rapdily, and now that we’re getting into selling online, that worries me a lot.

The new Amazon Kindle Fire’s

The new Kindles look quite nice, for now though I’ll reserve my opinion until they end up in the hands of real people in real life situations. Personally, it’s highly unlikely I’ll buy one for use as a tablet / iPad replacement as pretty much everything I have is Apple / iOS and for me to swap out now to a different operating system and different apps would just be far too painful.

That said, they still look quite nice and if I was new to the market I’d certainly have a hard decision to make between an iPad and the Kindle Fire HD.

One of the takeaways for me from today’s press function was that Amazon, unlike Nokia and Motorola yesterday, know how to actually put an event on and create some excitement. It didn’t seem forced in the way that Nokia’s did when they showed the latest Lumia phones yesterday. Their sneaky little advertisement on TV the night before, started the buzz and Jeff Bezo’s did a stellar job as the company pitch man.

And one last point, and this is a BIG one. Amazon still managed to stuff this whole thing up by not making it an International release. If you live in Australia you’re crap out of luck as you’ll only be able to buy the Kindle Paperwhite. You cannot buy any of the new Kindle Fires direct from Amazon.com and ship it to an Australian address. No doubt we’ll eventually get access to them, but in all likelihood we’ll end up paying over the odds for them locally (also known as the Australian Tax).

Anyway, here’s the announcement from Amazon.

Today we’re excited to introduce the all-new Kindle Fire HD.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G isn’t just the best tablet for the price, it’s the best tablet. $499 now gets you a large-screen HD tablet with a stunning 8.9″ display, exclusive Dolby audio, dual stereo speakers, the fastest Wi-Fi, ultra-fast 4G LTE wireless, plus our new unprecedented $49.99 one-year 4G data package. Customers save hundreds of dollars in the first year compared to other 4G tablets. Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ is also available in a Wi-Fi only model for $299.

Kindle Fire HD is the world’s most-advanced 7″ tablet, with a stunning HD display, plus the same exclusive Dolby audio, dual stereo speakers, the fastest Wi-Fi, and 16 GB of storage. Kindle Fire HD is just $199.

We are also introducing the world’s most advanced e-readers, Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Paperwhite 3G.

PS. So where was this “exclusively confirmed” rumoured Amazon phone? Sure it’s likely they are working on a phone, but why would they take the gloss off of the new Kindle Fire’s with a phone that’s likely half-baked?

PPS. Is there a video for Shit Tech Reporters Say?

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Nokia proved overnight that you don’t need to copy the iPhone entirely to make a decent looking phone, they’ve just announced / released the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920, and they don’t look half bad.

And then they got caught with their pants down faking the video in their PureView ad.

So close, yet so far.

Update: Nokia has since issued a public apology via their Conversations blog.