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Women – do you find it hard to make your mind up? Do you wonder where men get all their music from? Do you wish someone could help you and that little brain of yours? You might be thinking “Shut up, you patronising swine – I can cope perfectly well without you patting me on the head, thank you very much! Cheeky shit.”
This chat is all thanks to Jimmy Iovine, who works for Apple since they bought Beats Music, who was on television being asked about streaming music. He said: “Streaming’s a technology… what this is is a music streaming service. What is does is… sort of gives you 30 million songs, and it serves them up to you and makes it easy to find music.”
“So I always knew that women find it very difficult at times – some women – to find music. And this helps makes it easier with playlists, curated by real people. They’re not made by algorithms alone – they’re made by algorithms but with a human touch.”
There’s a new advert, aimed at women, and Iovine was asked about his concept for it: “I just thought of a problem: girls are sitting around talking about boys, right? Or complaining about boys! When they’re heartbroken or whatever… they need music for that, right? It’s hard to find the right music. Not everyone has, you know, the right list… or knows a DJ.”
Of course, in the scheme of things, Iovine’s comments are fantastically unimportant, but really, you’d think that somewhere in his brain, he’d perhaps consider that women are every bit as nerdy about music as men are. Likewise, there’s men and women who couldn’t give two hoots about music at all.
Either way, this is the latest bad press that Apple have got in the past 12 months – something they can’t seem to avoid lately. They’ve been sued over the WiFi Assistant, had issues with everything crashing after an update, confessed that some of their phones are worse than others, annoyed loads of people with Apple Music’s auto-renewal, and of course, made a man go on a hilarious rant. The response from Apple customers on social media has been, shall we say, on the venomous side.
He’s since apologised about his remarks, but Apple need to get shipshape and, while they’re at it, stop executive patronising their customers.
Apple have been all manner of problems lately, making a real pig’s ear of the whole ‘just works’ mandate that is often trundled out by fanboyz. And there’s another one too, as iPhone updates are disabling people’s alarms, meaning they’re sleeping in.
On the new versions of iOS 9, you can install updates overnight, so you can kip through it instead of impatiently gawping at your handset. However, this service seems to switch your alarms off, which means you might end up being late for work and looking like a massive liar to your boss.
Obviously, if you fancy a lie-in this week, this would be a good ruse to use, and link them to this article. Bosses are too self important and won’t read this far into the piece anyway.
If you want to avoid this, here’s what you do: when your iPhone or iPad downloads a software update, you get the option to install it there and then, or wait ’til later. The latter option is the one that is causing the bother, so make sure you have a back-up alarm or install it immediately.
Apple are always releasing minor updates for iOS, so this will probably get ironed out at some point, so don’t worry yourself unduly, okay? Good.
If you’ve knackered your iPhone and bust the screen up or whatever, by being a massively clumsy oaf, this news will interest you – Apple are going to be offering iPhones on loan, while yours gets patched up.
According to Apple, this new service is being tested out across shops in Europe and America. It hasn’t been adopted by all Apple stores yet, so don’t start throwing your weight around and being unreasonable if staff say that they don’t know what you’re talking about.
If you take an iPhone 6/6S or iPhone 6S/6S Plus in store for major problems, you’ll be lent a 16GB iPhone 6 while yours is away.
What does ‘serious problems’ mean exactly? Well, it looks like Apple consider booting problems, or handsets that won’t connect with iTunes will count. There’ll be more added to that list no doubt, as the service is rolled out worldwide.
Of course, some users will be irritated by this news, especially if they’re more used to Apple fixing their devices (in-warranty, obviously) on-site.
There’s no pleasing some folk though, eh?
What’s the craic? Well, Pandora co-creator Tom Conrad (he’s not got an angle on this, much) was messing about on a phone and found that Siri wasn’t playing nicely when he asked it a question about the music charts.
Of course, the charts haven’t meant anything to anyone in a long while, as they don’t represent what people are actually listening to, but still.
As the pop-charts are part of the Apple Music app, if you ask Siri about it, it can’t give you the answer because, presumably, it won’t access the information from anywhere else.
You know – like the way it checks for information about enchilada recipes through search engines and tells you the latest score of a sport’s game. Here’s a screenshot of Siri being a dick.
[photo via tconrad]
A couple from California have filed a class action lawsuit relating to the tool, saying it eats into data allowances and causes mobile bills to spike upwardly. Apple have the feature turned on automatically (and we showed you how to turn the feature off) and it is supposed to give you a smoother connection, should your WiFi connection become ropey.
The idea is that you won’t have to buffer videos too much if your WiFi is patchy, because it’ll switch to your mobile signal.
Well, Scott Phillips and Susan Schmidt Phillips aren’t best pleased with this, and they have said that Apple haven’t made it clear enough that this tool could end up eating into your data allowance. Of course, if you don’t have an unlimited plan, this is a costly issue.
The Phillips’ say Apple’s online explainer about WiFi Assist came far too late, and wasn’t explicit enough, and they think there’s a lot of people out there who are still unclear about the whole thing.
How much? $5 million in damages is being sought, which is remarkable. Of course, Apple can afford that, but they would rather avoid the embarrassment you suspect. Other phones offer this feature too, so there’s going to be a few people looking nervously over their shoulders about all this.
Customer service can be a frustrating affair sometimes. Often, muttering under your breath will purge you of your anger… but sometimes, people need to maintain their fury and take it to the internet.
Now, as we know, most people aren’t very good at complaining on the internet, and are neither helpful or funny. We’re more concerned with the latter in this case, with a man who has so much impotent rage, that it all came spilling out of his guts after a trip to an Apple store.
Enjoy. Contains swearing. Lots of it.
As you can see, this man was not impressed by his visit, and indeed, sounds like he’s kinda angry at Apple as a whole.
Still, nothing makes us glow quite like a miniature Falling Down moment, and this is a grade-A effort from a man who is still probably seething at something else now. Marvellous work.
Apple have gone and told a judge that getting at the data stored on a locked iPhone would be ‘impossible’ (provided the device is using the latest operating system). Sounds like someone throwing the gauntlet down to us.
Anyway, they made this claim after a federal magistrate judge wanted Apple’s opinion as the court looked at a request to force the phone makers to give a hand to authorities who wanted to access a seized iPhone that was part of an investigation.
Apple reckons that 90% of their devices that are running iOS 8 or higher would be impossible to get into, after they bolstered encryption. The latest device has a feature that stops people getting at data if they don’t have the passcode. That includes Apple themselves. Although, we reckon there’s a few shops on the high street who will still have a go at getting into it, for a small fee.
This of course, followed the Edward Snowden leaks, when everyone started getting really jumpy about personal privacy and security.
Apple told US Magistrate Judge James Orenstein that they can access the devices which are still running older systems, but Apple think that this is around 10% of their users.
“Forcing Apple to extract data in this case, absent clear legal authority to do so, could threaten the trust between Apple and its customers and substantially tarnish the Apple brand,” said Apple’s lawyers.
Apple are giving the boot to a number of apps that collect personal data, which are in violation of the company’s privacy policies. They made the announcement after they found hundreds of applications using Chinese ad-software that extracts “personally identifiable user information.”
“We’ve identified a group of apps that are using a third-party advertising SDK (software development kit), developed by Youmi, a mobile advertising provider, that… gather private information, such as user email addresses and device identifiers, and route data to its company server,” said Apple.
“This is a violation of our security and privacy guidelines. The apps using Youmi’s SDK will be removed from the App Store and any new apps submitted to the App Store using this SDK will be rejected.”
“We are working closely with developers to help them get updated versions of their apps that are safe for customers and in compliance with our guidelines back in the App Store quickly.”
Of course, Apple aren’t getting rid of all companies who collect personal data on iPhone users, or they’d have to get rid of Google, Facebook and of course, themselves.
Anyway, the company don’t allow third-party apps to share data about a user without obtaining the users’ explicit permission. That means they reject apps that require users to share personal ID like your email address or your birth date. Apple’s researchers found 256 apps (which had been downloaded a million times, give or take) that had the version of Youmi which violates user privacy.
The iMakers have recently patented an ‘iRing’, which could take photographs, send messages and show you the time. It all sounds a bit like Russian spies, taking photos with a ring, doesn’t it? Again, we’re not talking about your hole. Stop it now.
Apple’s device would allow you to dictate notes into it, and would have a tiny little touchscreen. Like most modern devices, it’ll track your heart-rate and all that, with biometric sensors.
The patent says: “The use of touch-sensitive surfaces as input devices for computers and other devices has increased significantly in recent years. A user controls an external electronic device with a finger ring-mounted touchscreen that includes a computer processor, wireless transceiver, and rechargeable power source.”
“The ring is worn on a first finger and receives an input from a second finger.”
So there you have it. Of course, Apple aren’t the first on all of this - Mota have already shown off their ring at a conference last year. And yes, you can watch a video all about it.
Not all iPhones are the same. In fact, some are crappier than the rest, and Apple have confessed this is the case, which is why some iPhone 6S models have a shorter battery life than others. Why? Well, it is something to do with processors being made by two different chip makers.
Apple said that handsets using TSMC-built 16nm A9 processors will have a longer battery life than those powered by Samsung-built 14nm A9 CPUs. One good thing, according to Apple themselves, is that the difference is smaller than suggested.
If you’re really bothered about the difference between 2nm units, then there’s a tool you can use to see if you have a TSMC or a Samsung-built chip in your phone. Get at it here.
“Our testing and customer data show the actual battery life of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, even taking into account variable component differences, varies within just 2-3 per cent of each other,” said an Apple spokesperson.
However, while Apple are playing it down, independent tests have shown that the difference between the two could be as big as 7%. You’d notice that, even if it does seem small. That said, Apple are still palming it off, saying that the tests undertaken by others aren’t relevant.
“Certain manufactured lab tests which run the processors with a continuous heavy workload until the battery depletes are not representative of real-world usage, since they spend an unrealistic amount of time at the highest CPU performance state,” said Apple. ”It’s a misleading way to measure real-world battery life.”
Shout out to the conspiracy theorists who read this and thought that Samsung are messing around with one of their rivals, trying to make their phones less good.
If you’ve upgraded to Apple’s iOS 9, and found that a load of stuff you want to look at online is suddenly blocked (hey, we’re not here to judge you, okay?), there’s a really easy way of getting around it, so you can fill you boots with whatever you like.
Apple’s content blockers are enabled or disabled through the Safari section of Settings, as you’d imagine, but if you only want to do it temporarily, and quickly while looking at something you wouldn’t normally get stuck into, then there’s a nice shortcut you can employ.
If you tap and hold on the reload button in Safari, it will give you an option to ‘Reload Without Content Blockers’, which means you can quickly look at a page as the developers of the page intended. With this method, there’s also an option to look at the desktop version of the site, if that’s your thing (you might want to hit a ‘submit’ button on Tumblr, which isn’t available on the mobile app, or whatever).
Either way, it is as easy as that. If you want to turn off content blocking completely, then go into your settings and mess around in there.
Amazon are being weird babies again, this time, they’re going to stop selling media-streaming gadgets from Apple and Google. Why? Well, they don’t want to sell things that aren’t easily compatible with their own video service. Honest.
Amazon sent an e-mail to its marketplace sellers, which said that it will be stopping selling Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast, because those gadgets don’t “interact well” with Prime Video. Keep in mind that Christmas is just around the corner, and a lot of people will be wanting to buy Google and Apple products, you almost have to admire the brass balls on Amazon.
Also keep in mind that, if you’re not the sort of person who can root things, Amazon’s tablets don’t run on the proper Android OS, which means if you get a Fire HDX or whatever, you won’t be able to download Google apps like YouTube, the Google Play store and the like. You can’t get the BT Sport app either. So it looks like Amazon are fencing themselves in, and trying to only flog their own stuff, which is a risky move.
This isn’t the first time Amazon have tried this. They got in a row with the Hachette Book Group, over the sales of print and digital books. Basically, Amazon blocked pre-orders for some of Hachette’s books, and a load of authors got angry and said the whole thing was anti-competitive.
Now, with that, you could argue that not selling Google and Apple stuff could fall under anti-trust rules, which means this could get very messy for Amazon. Even if it doesn’t raise these concerns, it is unusual for a company to send a load of potential customers elsewhere, if they want premium or popular products.
Either way, if you want Apple TV or Chromecast, you won’t be finding it at Amazon – mercifully, loads of other retailers are available.
If you’ve bought yourself a new iPhone, or updated to iOS9, you may have noticed that your data allowance is being ravaged. That’s nice, especially if you’ve only just been able to switch your phone back on after it kept bloody crashing all the time.
If you have noticed (or haven’t, in which case, you might have an unpleasant surprise when you get your next bill), there’s an easy workaround for the problem.
The issue is to do with a new feature called ‘WiFi Assist’, which switches your phone to 4G when your WiFi connection is rubbish. This has been an Android feature for a while, but new to Apple, hence the potential for a horrible surprise come bill time.
To switch off the service, here’s how:
Go to Settings from your home screen. Then, click on ‘Mobile Data’ (if you’re in America, you should hit ‘Cellular’) and then scroll to the bottom of the list, and underneath your apps you’ll find ‘WiFi Assist’ where you can toggle with the settings. Obviously, you’ll be wanting to switch it off.
And that’s it. You can leave WiFi Assist on for a bit to see how you go on, but if you find your data is being blitzed, then at least you know how to stop that from happening again in the future.
When Apple released iOS 9, little did they know how much bother it was going to cause them. Users angrily tweeted about how it had completely borked their phones and some had to do factory resets to get everything working again.
Basically, once iOS 9 has downloaded, a glitch meant that some people’s devices froze after users were prompted to “Slide to Upgrade.”
However, Apple seem to have fixed everything now, which is good news for those of you with an iPhone or whatever. And the update looks like this.
So what have they sorted out? Well, the new update fixes the issue where some couldn’t complete setup after updating. It also sorts out the issue where alarms and timers failed to sound off.
It also fixed the issue in Safari and Photos where pausing a video could cause the paused frame to look like a mess. It also sorted out the problem where some people with a custom APN setup via a profile would lose data.
You can download and install iOS 9.0.1 by opening Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device.
Apple, who have been the bastions of cleanliness and righteousness (in their own minds) for such a long time, are having a ‘mare. An update has been making people’s iPhones crash (here’s how to fix it), Apple accounts have been stolen, and the camera borked (how to fix that, here).
Now, they have confirmed that malicious code has found its way into a number of official apps that are being sold in the App Store.
In a statement, Apple said that they’d found and removed apps that included a malicious program called Xcode Ghost, which is a fake version of Apple’s software development program Xcode. This thing hides malware in legit apps, and Apple said: “We are working with the developers to make sure they’re using the proper version of Xcode to rebuild their apps.”
One of the popular apps that were affected was WeChat, where bad versions of it appeared and were available globally. WeChat themselves, said that the issue affected an older version of their program, so if you’ve been keeping it up-to-date, you should be fine. The company say that, thus far, they’ve not found anyone who has had their personal information swiped.
So, another public black eye for Apple, as they’ve been letting so many apps with nasty code through their normally watertight development stage. They need to sort it out, quickly.