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Apple Watch: not available in the shops

April 16th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

apple watch 300x200 Apple Watch: not available in the shopsAre you thinking of popping down the Apple Store to buy yourself one of their new fancy smartwatches?

Think again.

You see, the Apple Watch won’t be available to buy in-store from next Friday and throughout the whole of May. This is according to a memo to staff from Apple’s retail chief Angela Ahrendts.

The memo says that customers will be prompted to order their watches online: “Are we going to launch every product this way from now on? No. We all love those blockbuster Apple product launch days – and there will be many more to come,” she added.

“It’s important to remember that Apple Watch is not just a new product but an entirely new category for us. There’s never been anything quite like it. To deliver the kind of service our customers have come to expect – and that we expect from ourselves – we designed a completely new approach. That’s why, for the first time, we are previewing a new product in our stores before it has started shipping.”

So, if you see one in a shop, it is only there for display and preview purposes. You’re going to have to wait until summer before you can get one in your hands in a store.

“The Apple Store app and our online store make it much easier to purchase Apple Watch and the new MacBook. Customers will know exactly when and where their product arrives,” Ahrendts wrote. “This is a significant change in mindset, and we need your help to make it happen. Tell your customers we have more availability online, and show them how easy it is to order. You’ll make their day.”

So there you have it. We hope some Apple fans queue-up outside a store, out of sheer habit.

Google to play nice with iPhone?

April 10th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

apple android Google to play nice with iPhone?Apple and Google are usually at war with each other and sadly, as yet, haven’t started firing missiles at each other’s head-offices or conducting drive-bys on each other’s houses (seriously – if you’re going to beef, do it properly).

The lack of decent hostilities might be something to do with the fact that Google are looking at making their Android Wear compatible with iOS. One day, you lucky things, you might well be able to receive iPhone notifications on your Google-having smartwatches.

According to reports, Google is “close to finishing the final technical details” which is required to bridge the gap between the two platforms.

This new version of Android Wear is currently in-development and will work with a companion app on the iPhone which will receive notifications from FaceTime and all that jazz, as well as displaying information from Google Now cards. It is about time really.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that Apple will return the favour and actually allow Google to run anything on their devices and if they do, they won’t open up their OS to everyone, because they’re a bit protective like that.

Problems with Apple Watch orders

April 10th, 2015 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

Apple Watch Problems with Apple Watch ordersApple Fanboiz will know that the Apple Watch became available for pre-order this morning, and since then, there’s been a bit of bother.

Thanks to huge volumes of traffic, some people have found that the Apple website is unresponsive, groaning under the weight of people wanting the new smartwatch.

What’s a little more surprising is the news that there’s going to be rather a long wait for the watch to be delivered. While a small number of people bagged an April delivery date, a lot of people have noted on various social networks that they’re looking at deliveries in May, with a ’4-6 weeks’ window being offered.

Some will have to wait until June or July to get the thing on their wrist.

It seems it all depends on which model you’ve ordered and, seeing as there’s a lot of variations you can choose from, there’s a lot of variation in delivery dates.

Whether this is a matter of Apple not being able to make their Watch quickly enough to sate demand, or whether this is a case of Apple withholding some stock to make their product feel more exclusive, is anyone’s guess. Both aren’t out of the realms of possibility.

Either way, the earliest anyone will be getting one is the end of this month.

EE knocks out Apple Continuity

April 9th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

Remember us telling you about EE’s WiFi calling thing? Well, Apple won the race to introduce it to their service with the iOS 8.3 update (the one that gave you all those lovely new emoji to play with).

Well, between the two of these things, there’s a slight problem.

You see, if you enable EE’s new WiFi caller app, it’ll knock out iOS 8′s Continuity feature, which means you won’t be able to answer calls on other non-cellular Apple devices.

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Gizmodo alerted EE to this, to see if they’d made a boob, but alas, they haven’t. They were told that this is no error, but rather, all thanks to the way Apple have configured the service. Basically, by turning on WiFi calls, it disables Continuity and you’ll have to lump it.

There you have it. Clear as mud.

Are Samsung finished?

April 9th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

samsung logo Are Samsung finished?For a while now, Samsung hasn’t had a bit of good news. Since the success of their Galaxy S3 phone, and the increased scrutiny that comes with it, they’ve looked like the kind of people who wouldn’t know how to organise a burp in a pop factory.

And now, they’ve predicted a 30% drop in profits for the first quarter of 2015. What on earth are they playing at?

Of course, they’re still making a load of money as a company (billions in fact), but it is remarkable that they’re managing to mess this all up? They had a really popular phone which was making them cash money, so with each subsequent release, don’t mess with the format too hard, and they’d be fine?

One of the problems for them is that Apple released the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which has proved to be very popular indeed. Samsung will be hoping that everyone falls like gannets on the newly released Galaxy S6 phone. If you can delete the bloatware off it, then they’re in with a shot.

The average Samsung phone has a cavalcade of apps from the company themselves (not to mention all those Google ones you can’t get rid of) which clogs up handsets and eats up memory space which consumers would invariably prefer to have filled with photos and music and the like.

Since Samsung’s Galaxy phones led the market, back in 2012 and 2013, since then, they’ve been disappointing. If they carry on at this rate, they could Do A HTC.

EU to look at premium streaming

April 2nd, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

Bitterwallet Apple Event on September 1st 300x237 EU to look at premium streamingThe European Union’s Competition Commission is getting up in the grills of music labels, questioning their relationship with premium subscription streaming services.

One of the main concerns is Apple’s forthcoming platform.

The commission want to establish whether or not premium platforms are working with labels in a way that hinders free services unfairly. According to reports, a bunch of streaming services and music labels have been questioned by EU regulators, and they want to know about their arrangements with Apple, Spotify and other services.

“There is concern in the industry that Apple, with its enormous market share and distribution power and what it can do in terms of pricing and promotion can have an unfair competitive advantage,” said one music bigwig.

That said, Apple still hasn’t announced their pricing structure, so if they have a freemium option, it would seem silly to try and build a case against them. And why labels would want Apple to own the streaming business is anyone’s guess. Should Apple not want a freemium model, then they won’t be alone, as we’ve seen with the Jay Z fronted Tidal.

Record labels are apparently going to be responding to the Competition Commission’s questionnaire within the next few weeks.

Apple remove misleading virus apps

March 20th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

whatsapp1 Apple remove misleading virus appsApple are apparently shutting down a load of ‘anti-virus’ apps over at the iOS App Store, as they think that they’re ‘misleading’.

Anti-virus software company Intego, said that Apple doesn’t want iHavers to believe iOS devices are at risk from viruses and malware, so they’re going to nix a load of applications, including Intego’s ‘VirusBarrier’ app.

Intego argue that their software scans external files that were stored in emails or in the cloud, looking for malicious things. While an email attachment can’t directly install a virus to an iOS device, these viruses can still be passed on through them, and VirusBarrier wants to prevent that.

Apple are said to have called the VirusBarrier App Store description ‘misleading’ and, according to Intego, Apple are refusing to reinstate it to the App Store until the developer rewords the description to make the app’s intent ‘obnoxiously’ clear. At the moment, it says: “Your iOS device can act as a gateway for malware and viruses. Infected attachments can transfer to your computer, or your friends, family, and colleagues.”

“Intego VirusBarrier iOS offers on-demand scanning for your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, so you can catch malicious files and get rid of them before they spread.”

This isn’t good enough for Apple, clearly. Then again, nothing is.

Apple to start streaming TV?

March 17th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

Picture 22 300x208 Apple to start streaming TV?Apple are, apparently, planning to launch their own online TV streaming service, allowing iFans to watch programmes on their iPads, Apple TV boxes and whatnot.

They’ve been talking to companies like ESPN, FX, CBS, and Fox, which isn’t going to set the world on fire, but is a start. You can presume that any deal won’t involve NBCUniversal, as Apple fell out with the broadcaster’s parent company Comcast.

Looks like Apple are going after the subscription market, with rumours that their service will set you back around £25 per month. If the mutterings are to be believed, we’ll be hearing much more about this around June.

It isn’t surprising they want in, what with Netflix doing so well and Amazon Prime Instant Video muscling into the market. If Apple manage to get HBO and deliver that around the world, that could be a game-changer. Only last week, they announced that they’d secured exclusive early access to the HBO Now streaming service, which means Game of Thrones devotees will be keeping an eye on all this.

Apple, as ever, aren’t commenting on the speculation, leaving berks like us to do all their promotional work for them.

Apple services are down!

March 11th, 2015 5 Comments By Mof Gimmers

sad apple logo Apple services are down!Have you been having trouble with some Apple services? It isn’t you – there’s bother going on and Apple know about it.

The company said that some of their services, including the App store, iTunes store, Mac App store and iBook store, were down for users worldwide today.

Apple said on their website: ”Customers may be unable to make purchases from the App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or Mac App Store.”

They also noted that iCloud Mail and iCloud Account & Sign In were affected earlier, but that all seems to be sorted out now. Other services are acting up too, so don’t worry – you’re not going mental or don’t need to throw your phone down the toilet in anger.

The outages have been reported in a number of countries, including the United States, Switzerland, Hong Kong and all over the UK. Apple will be trying to sort it out. In the meantime, you’re going to have to either talk to some humans or do other things on the internet. You’re capable of distracting yourself, we’re sure.

Obligatory Apple Smartwatch article

March 10th, 2015 15 Comments By Mof Gimmers

Apple, as you’ll know, have announced things about their smartwatch. By law, we’re obliged to write about it or someone will kick down our door and thrash us to within an inch of our lives.

So, if you’re interested in the new Apple device and want to start queueing up right now, here’s what you need to know:

apple watch 500x334 Obligatory Apple Smartwatch article

- It’ll cost you $349 for the smaller one. $399 for the larger one.
- It’ll be available to pre-order in Europe and America on April 10th and you’ll be able to buy it from April 24th.
- There’s a solid gold one and which will cost you loads of money. If you need to ask ‘how much?’ then you’re not wealthy enough to buy one.
- The phone will be like a second screen for your iPhone, which means you can leave your phone in your pocket if you like.
- You’ll be able to control your settings and that via a dedicated iPhone app.
- There’ll be loads of voice controlled stuff.
- The watch will log the rate of your heart and an accelerometer which will track how active you are.
- Apple CEO Tim Cook says: “In addition to being a beautiful object, the Apple watch is the most advanced timepiece ever created; it’s a revolutionary way to connect to others; and it’s a comprehensive health and fitness companion. We make products that enhance people’s lives, and the Apple Watch carries that to a new level. [It] tracks your daily movement, and it even reminds you if you’ve been sitting too long. It’s like having a coach on your wrist.”
- The phone’s battery will last for 18 hours of typical use.

If you need to know anything else, then surely you know how the internet works so you can salivate over every single minuscule detail of Apple’s new smartwatch

apple watch 300x200 What to expect from Apples smartwatch   and do you want one?The appetite for smartwatches has been, shall we say, not that great. It seems that everyone is happy enough to have their mobile as a watch replacement and having a secondary thing on your wrist seems a bit pointless and a bit expensive.

However, as we all know, such is people’s devotion to Apple’s devices, things can really take off when they get in the market.

Today, Tim Cook is going to announce the final details of the Apple Watch, and it is noteworthy at least, because it’ll be the first Apple product he releases that didn’t have an involvement from Steve Jobs.

So what can we expect from the iWatch?

Well, Apple’s offering is going to have more features than rival watches. Of course, it’ll have a load of health-related stuff so you can see what your heart-rate is like if you’re a runner or whatever. It’ll also handle your texts, emails and phone calls too, which is well Dick Tracy. It’ll have Siri and Apple too, and if Apple’s plans work out, you’ll also be able to use your watch as a key for your car or a hotel room.

Apple’s involvement shouldn’t be overlooked in all this. Apple weren’t the first to make media players and tablets, but there’s no question that they injected excitement into the markets. With Apple fanboiz all set to queue-up overnight to get the latest product, the rest of the smartwatch market will no doubt be grateful that this device is getting closer to hitting the shelves.

This is a powerhouse of a brand and it could well be the thing that turns the smartwatch market around. Or, it might not. Does Apple’s entrance into smartwatches actually make anyone want to buy one or is this just an expensive waste of time as it is going to be around £300?

It’ll be interesting to see if everyone really takes up this new product, or whether everyone has gadget fatigue and waits a year to see how everything gets updated and drops in price.

There’s a livestream you can watch of the event, if that’s your thing, here.

Who is the biggest mobile maker in the world?

March 5th, 2015 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

mobile apps Who is the biggest mobile maker in the world?

People, for some inexplicable reason, argue about mobile phones. Well, for those of you who do, who take stock in things like ‘most successful’ and the like, Apple have overtaken Samsung as the world’s biggest smartphone maker.

They sold more mobiles over Christmas than any other brand, thanks to the Chinese going crazy for iPhones. And there’s a fantastically large amount of sales going on too, with Apple selling 74.8m phones, pipping Samsung at the post with their sales of 73m.

It is good news for Apple as their sales were up nearly 25m from the same period the previous year, which saw them making a not too shabby £11.8bn profit.

Obviously, this is going to worry some people at Samsung who have seen their sales falling. They sold 10m fewer phones than the previous year.

Might be something to do with the collective ‘meh’ at the Galaxy S5. Still, at least they’ve got a pair of phones coming out soon, one which will be curved for seemingly no reason.

Another thing chipping away at Samsung is the rise of Chinese businesses like Xiaomi, Huawei and Lenovo, providing phones at lower prices, which is making them very appealing to younger consumers. Of course, Samsung are teetering on the precipice and still doing well for themselves across the planet, but they’ll be all too aware of the fact that a large mobile maker can fall out of favour very, very quickly. Just look at the state BlackBerry got themselves in.

Apple Pay hit by high levels of scams

March 2nd, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

apple pay 300x169 Apple Pay hit by high levels of scamsApple Pay is taking off in the US, however, it isn’t all peaches and cream. Banks have been surprised at the level of payments being made with card details, leaving them desperately trying to find and fix the flaws in security and trying to quickly work on better verification and checking systems.

It is worth pointing out that criminals haven’t cracked open Apple Pay’s secure encryption system, but rather, they’re setting up new iPhones with stolen personal info and then ringing banks up to set up cards on the phones, before spending victim’s money.

Why Apple Pay? Well, one of the reasons that they’re being targeted is because you can buy expensive things at Apple Stores with Apple Pay. Then, all you have to do is flog your ill gotten gains down the pub for cash, and you’re away.

Reports suggest that total losses have already run into millions.

A spokesman for Apple says: “Apple Pay is designed to be extremely secure and protect a user’s personal information. During setup Apple Pay requires banks to verify each and every card and the bank then determines and approves whether a card can be added to Apple Pay. Banks are always reviewing and improving their approval process, which varies by bank.”

So, it looks like banks need to do a bit more when it comes to customers’ security regarding NFC payments and the like. If you’re worried that this all feels like a disaster waiting to happen, stick to Chip & Pin or cash-only, until the flaws get ironed out.

Emoji get more diverse

February 25th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

emoji middle finger 300x300 Emoji get more diverseThere’s been complaints that emoji aren’t exactly inclusive, but that’s all about to change. This, no doubt, will prompt a load of tutting from people who a) Never see what the fuss is about because they’re fine or b) People who swear at the mere mention of emoji.

There’s another set of people who shudder because they didn’t realise that their Samsung phone was making them have a large phone bill for sending texts with emoji in them.

Anyway, 300 more are being added to the iOS 8.3 keyboard and include a whole host of differently coloured faces and whatnot. Good news for those that have been wishing for it and taking absolutely nothing away from those that didn’t.

There’s more too. There will be more options for relationships and gadgets. That means there’s going to be some same-sex emoji available for use and, because this is Apple, they’ve created an iPhone 6 and an Apple Watch icons. There’s going to be a load of new flags added too, which is nice for vexillologists.

“Apple supports and cares deeply about diversity, and is working with The Unicode Consortium to update the standard so that it better represents diversity for all of us,” said an Apple spokesperson.

And here, we have some of the more more diverse emoji, c/o Apple.

Emojis diverse 500x281 Emoji get more diverse

If you’re wondering about the skin tones, they’re apparently based on something called the Fitzpatrick Classification scale, which was founded by dermatologist Thomas Fitzpatrick at Harvard Medical School in 1975. The yellow emoji is supposed to be the standard, just-like-the-old-emoji-and-therefore-aren’t-meant-to-be-human-coloured, just in case you were wondering.

apple logo Apple ditch health monitoring... but iWatch set for April release?Apple are going to get rid of the health-monitoring element of their new smartwatch, thanks to issues with regulations and technology. So now, if you want to know if you’re healthy or not, you’re going to have to look at yourself in the mirror and remember whether you’ve been for a run or not.

Reports have said that some of the features they’d planned to do were just too complicated, while others aspects would have invited ‘unwanted regulatory oversight’. As such, the thing they would have to put out wouldn’t meet Apple’s standards, so they’re not bothering.

“Apple also experimented with ways to detect blood pressure or the amount of oxygen in the blood, but the results were inconsistent,” said sources. ”Moreover, if Apple interpreted the numbers to provide health or behaviour advice, the company likely would have needed approval from the US Food and Drug Administration or other regulators.”

Whether this changes what was said by Apple CEO Tim Cook is another matter. He said in some awfully tedious speech that the new iWatch could prevent cancer from happening: “Some doctors now think that sitting down for long periods is the new cancer, so ten minutes before the hour the Watch software taps you to make you have a walk around. It’s quite funny to be in a meeting at Apple and ten minutes before the hour people get up and start moving around, but people like it.”

As for the release of the phone itself, sources have also said that Apple have asked their Asian suppliers to make up to 6 million of the devices in time for an April release.