Darrell Etheringhton at Giga OM reports that “[...] Sprint will be offering Apple’s iPhone 5 for sale beginning in October, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. The iPhone will go on sale in mid-October at the No. 3 U.S. carrier, according to the WSJ‘s sources. [...]“ (full article here).
Again Apple is mastering the art of controlling the news about its new jewel.
Many rumors, too much informations and the world (including me) that is struggling to buy the new phone.
See this comment also here
In this days I had the need to switch form my beloved Evernote that I used ALSO for To do management, to a more complete suite.
My requirements were:
- To be compatible with Evernote, because I need a full sync with my to do
- To be capable of being organized in projects, easily searchable and wit tags support
- To be available via Web and for iPhone and iPad to ensure update in any condition
- Not necessarily be a PM suite, since my task manager cannot be a replacement for my business tools provided by my company
At the end, after having evaluated a lot of competitors both open source (If it was a no cost software I was available for considering not to have iPhone and iPad native integration) or paying, I choose to go to Nozbe for some reasons:
- Despite Is not free and not exactly cheap, It gave me a fast, reliable and multi platform availability. Cost wasn’t one of my constraints n this case
- Is easily scalable to more users. Though I’m not planning to use this feature in the immediate future, is appreciable
- It has lot of potential to grow on integration and features side
- It complies with my request to not replicate a full PM suite
Despite my choice has been made, I’m curious on the topic and came through a post by Anna Kovaleva
at Freelance switch (full article here
) that gives a good portfolio of open source platforms for PM.
Some of them are more than a PM suite, ranging also to CRM and time tracking, but if they are definitely worth look for personal use, seems to me that they lack of some features for business use.
I’ve been away (better: I’ve never went away but needed to fix my PC) for a while and when I started again reading RSS feeds I realized that there were at least 20 articles talking (again) on white iPhone.
TOC TOC TOC! There’s anybody in the house? But am I the only one to understand that is just a color (no new tech inside).
I understand all the articles on iPhone 5 (is some marketing blended with natural curiosity), but really I cannot tolerate anymore the rumors on white iPhone.
If someone would like to explain me the trill behind this myth, I’m here.
Jennifer Bergen at geek.com informs us that “[...] t hasn’t even been two full weeks since we saw an iOS update. We reported an iOS 4.3.1 update on March 25, and today we’re hearing rumors of another small release, iOS 4.3.2. This one will supposedly bring bug fixes and other enhancements to people’s iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches. [...]” (full article here)
As as I said in another post, IMHO is not cute to have a bug fix after another every two weeks, also if I consider the fast changing competition that obliges Apple to deliver a revised system a couple of times a year.
But as a end user and IT manager, I cannot think of something coded in a hurry and with lot (much) bugs either if they are not too much visible.
This post as a comment also here.
Apple is releasing iOS 4.3.1, which, as Jacqui Cheng from Ars Technica explains here, “[...]
brings with it fixes for a fourth-generation iPod touch graphics glitch as well as bugs that caused iPhones to have trouble activating and connecting to cell networks. The update also addresses flickering issues that occur when connecting a device to certain HDTVs with Apple’s Digital AV adapter and “resolves an issue authenticating with some enterprise web services.”
The release notes don’t make specific reference to fixing some of the battery issues reported around the Web or patching iPad jailbreak vulnerabilities, though rumors had suggested that iOS 4.3.1 would address both of these topics. It’s possible, however, that they (and other fixes) could fall under Apple’s umbrella of general bug fixes. [...]“.
I think that a wrong release could happen to anybody, but releasing a fix only after 2 weeks is a signal that Apple is a little bit in a hurry in their releases.
This post as a comment also here
Kelly Clay at Lockergnome (http://www.twitter.com/kellyhclay) wrote a good tutorial on how to use Apple Home Share feature. Simply “[...]
- Open iTunes on one computer connected to your home network.
- Select Home Sharing from the sidebar of iTunes.
- Enter your iTunes account information.
- Authorize this computer, if not authorized yet.
- Repeat steps 1-4 on each additional computer of the home network. Keep in mind you can only authorize 5 computers for each iTunes account, so you may want to set up your kids or leeching roommates with their own accounts, or create a new iTunes account
[...]” (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/windows/2011/03/04/how-to-use-itunes-home-sharing-at-home-or-work/).
Please remember you can authorize at most 5 computers.
Matthew Lasar at Ars technica (http://arstechnica.com/author/matthew-lasar/) reports some figures by Cisco Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast (source here).
Here are the highlights:’[...]
- There will be 788 million mobile-only Internet users by 2015.
- Global mobile data traffic will increase by a factor of 26 by 2015.
- World mobile data grew by a factor of 2.6 in 2010 from 2009.
- Average smartphone usage doubled: 79 MB per month, up from 35 MB per month in 2009.
- Android operating system data use is rapidly catching up to the iPhone.
- In 2010 almost a third of smartphone traffic was offloaded onto fixed networks via dual-mode or Femtocells.
- Millions of people around the world have cell phones but no electricity, and by 2015 a majority in the Middle East and Southeast Asia will live “off-grid, on-net.”
[...]” (full article at http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/03/world-mobile-data-traffic-to-explode-by-factor-of-26-by-2015.ars)
I think that supporting such an expansion is also a challenge of network support, that, in most cases is running at nearly full capacity.
I’m not confident that in 4 years we can build and reinforce networks more than was done in last 10 years.
The other fact that is really worrying is that nearly 1/3 of world population will live “on net and off grid”. This is a radical shift, because moves mobile access to primary needs, and I think that accessing the net is important, but not vital nor for development, nor for surviving.
This post as a comment also at http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/03/world-mobile-data-traffic-to-explode-by-factor-of-26-by-2015.ars?comments=1&p=21385440#comment-21385440
Open culture published some free cultural resources worth a read:
David Zax at Fast company (http://www.fastcompany.com/user/253232) reports that “[...] reveals that over half of all iPhone apps gather and share the device ID code–and they do it without the users’ knowledge. The study, [was] conducted by Manuel Egele [...]” (full article at http://www.fastcompany.com/1720580/which-iphone-apps-are-tracking-you).
I’m quite surprised that Appple, that has a so strict approval policy on application sold through App store, omits checking the data monitored by applications.
This post as a comment also at http://www.fastcompany.com/1720580/which-iphone-apps-are-tracking-you
John Gruber at Daring Fireball makes a comment on the rumors of a completely gesture based family of devices (full article at http://daringfireball.net/linked/2011/01/12/gestures-home-buttons).
Apple devices had success for marketing ad usability more than for theri hardware.
I don’t think that is so useful for the most part (business or not) user to have a gestures not as an option but as the only way of using the device.
Matthew Humphries at geek.com informs us that Apple has excluded VLC player form Apple store due to supposed terms of licence under GNU (full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/vlc-media-player-pulled-from-the-app-store-2011018/).
Could be for this or to avoid that the service for renting and selling films is put under discussion by the ability to read divx films inside Apple devices?
I really love iPhone, iPad and Mac, though I use mainly Linux and windows for work. But is not with this kind of things (or by trying to exclude porn) that Apple can reinforce the position against competitors.
This post as a comment also at http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/vlc-media-player-pulled-from-the-app-store-2011018/comment-page-1/#comment-3968386
The guy at Open culture are linking a Kaplan initiative for giving access for a limited time to around 130 useful ebooks (full article at http://www.openculture.com/2011/01/130_free_ebooks_from_kaplan_publishing.html).
Is a good initiative worth a read.
Books are available for most common ebooks readers and platforms.
I read from many sources Apple has declared that will fix the bug that didn’t make the alarm ring.
Ok, is a bug that can cause problems and should be fixed. What sounds strange to me is that is exposed worldwide with quite the same level of coverage of Facebook and Skype outage.
I think that more “weighting” of news should be done in the internet, as well as in printed paper.
Chris Foresman at Ars Technica reports that “[...] iOS 4.2 took a little longer than planned to roll out; a last minute WiFi bug in the 4.2 golden master caused a delay of a few weeks to rev up to the 4.2.1 version that was released on Monday. Despite this, Apple is rumored to have iOS 4.3 already waiting in the wings for a mid-December release. That update is said to bring a new subscription billing API for in-app purchasing, according to MacStories, enabling app developers to collect recurring charges directly through iTunes for print, video, or other content. [...]” (full article at http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/11/ios-43-rumored-for-mid-december-with-in-app-subscriptions.ars).
Same does Brian Barrett at Gizmodo (full article at http://gizmodo.com/5697563/is-ios-43-just-around-the-corner).
Ok. I agree that the market is demanding and the continuous release of new versions is a way to adapt the system to developments and market needs.
But in my opinion would be a little better to have a unique realse in december than having two separate ones at the distance of less than a month.
Is not a matter of complexity, of course, but is a matter of being pragmatic.
This post as a comment als at http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/11/ios-43-rumored-for-mid-december-with-in-app-subscriptions.ars?comments=1&p=21058072#comment-21058072 and at http://gizmodo.com/5697563/is-ios-43-just-around-the-corner
Adam Frucci at Dvice reports a trick that allows transforming an iPhone 3G into an android powered one through Cydia availabe bootlace (full article at http://dvice.com/archives/2010/11/turn-your-iphon-2.php).
Worth a read if you have a spare one.
Adam Dachis at Lifehacker (http://lifehacker.com/people/adachis/posts/) writes an article on a site called AppMakr that helps you building you iPhone app in WYSWYGstyle (Full article at http://lifehacker.com/5673309/appmakr-helps-you-create-your-own-iphone-app-for-free-no-coding-necessary)
Hope that Apple doesn’t go through this site and decide to do some legal mumbo jumbo on this, because though app store is really rich of apps, new ways of development are welcome.
This post as a comment also at http://lifehacker.com/5673309/appmakr-helps-you-create-your-own-iphone-app-for-free-no-coding-necessary
Brian X. Chen at Wired (http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/author/brian-x-chen-2/) reports a security flaw that allows bypassing iPhone code lock: simply “[...] tap the “Emergency call” button, then enter three pound signs, hit the green call button and immediately press the lock button. That simple procedure gives a snoop full access to the Phone app on the iPhone, which contains the address book, voicemail and call history [...] (Full article http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/10/iphone-snoop/).
also Apple has some funny things to do without jailbreaking…
Casey Chan at Gizmodo (http://gizmodo.com/people/caseychan/posts/) gives a possible scape in my last game obsession, Angry birds.
Casey suggests to “[...]
1. Go to a World Select Screen
2. Center a locked world on your screen
3. Hit the back button on your Android phone until you exit Angry Birds
4. Load Angry Birds back up
5. When you see the ‘Play’ button, tap the button repeatedly
6. You’re now inside a locked world
[...] ” (full article at http://gizmodo.com/5671609/how-to-unlock-all-the-stages-in-angry-birds).
While I decide to use it or not, at the moment the cheat is checked only in android.
Whitson Gordon at Gizmodo (http://lifehacker.com/people/Gyroscope352/posts/) reports a trick to prevent jailbroken iPhones from being updated (full article at http://lifehacker.com/5659226/prevent-itunes-from-updating-jailbroken-devices-with-a-bash-script and original article at http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20100912150621603).
I’m not sure it will last forever, but in the mean time…for those who need it, here it is.