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Apple: Releasing a load of stuff again

October 17th, 2014 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

apple logo Apple: Releasing a load of stuff againApple love the big event so much that, at the moment, they’re having one every two seconds, or at least, that’s what it feels like.

Yesterday, they revealed two new iPads and a high-resolution screen iMac desktop, which of course, we already told you about.

Basically, Apple are giving everyone the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, as well as blarting on about Apple Pay where you can pay for stuff with your phone (which of course, is a thing that’s been around for ages under different names).

So what about the Pad Air 2? Well, it is thin. You can get it in silver or gold and it is now thinner than a biro at just 6.1mm thick. Apple reckon it is the world’s thinnest tablet. It comes with a faster processor and a better camera too.

The new iPad has now got a lot of the features that you’d find in an iPhone, so you can now do slow motion video and burst shots with it, and it has the fingerprint ID sensor. Apple’s new OS, Yosemite, will be available as a free download too.

The new iMacs will have a sharper display. How much sharper? According to Apple, they’ll have seven times the amount of pixels you’ll find on a standard HD TV.

If you’re after a new iPad, prices start at £319. If you’re wanting a new iMac, prices start from £1,999.

Apple leaks details of iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

October 15th, 2014 1 Comment By Ben Telford

If your credit card limit was not just maxed out with the purchase of a 128GB iPhone 6 Plus at £789, you were probably going to be paying close attention to Apple tomorrow as they plan on announcing a new line of iPads amongst other items.

Uncharacteristically for Apple, someone their end has jumped the gun and added some user manuals to their iBooks service with details of these new models including some images. If you care for it, you’ll find it below.

 Screen Shot 2014 10 15 at 22.00.41 500x371 Apple leaks details of iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

As you can see from the images, the new models will include a Touch ID home button which has been present on iPhone models since the 5S. For the Apple cynics – this leak appeared quite soon after Google announced their latest Nexus devices. Hmm. HMM.

Next week, will we see a new Apple TV?

October 10th, 2014 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

Apple have issued an invitation for an event that will take place on October 16th. Now, seeing as they’ve just updated the iPhone and brought out the Apple Watch, what on earth are they going on about?

Whatever it is, it comes with the strapline of: “It’s been way too long.”

 

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So, what have Apple been ignoring and left to gather dust on the shelf?

The company updated the iPad just last year and the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro both got a revamp recently, so it can’t be them. The iMac got tinkered with in 2013, so you can’t imagine they’re making an announcement about that.

Weighing up what’s likely, that means Apple are up to something with either Apple TV or the MacBook Air. You have to assume, what with everyone jumping on TV services at the minute, that Apple are going to give theirs a shot in the arm. They released Apple TV in 2010 and have only indulged in minor tweaks here and there, never giving it a big rehash.

Recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook while talking about TV, said: “TV is one of those things that is stuck back in the ’70s. Think about all the things that have changed… and TV almost feels like you’re rewinding the clock, and the interface is terrible. It’s awful.”

What with Cook getting randomly jumpy about TV, it looks like the newest Apple product could well be a new and improved Apple TV. Of course, there’s a good chance Apple will cock it up, like they have with everything at the moment. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Hackers attacking Macs

October 6th, 2014 1 Comment By Ian Wade

imac 300x168 Hackers attacking MacsThose bleedin’ hackers have been at it again – this time around 17,000 Macs with their Mac OS Xs, have been infected by malware called ‘Mac.BackDoor.iWorm’

The malware allows hackers to gain remote access to infected computers, using a communication system that buggers about with the search and comment bits of the website Reddit.

Once in, those pesky arses can control and send commands to the botnet of computers all virused up. Commanding them to pollute further connected machines or launch bad scenes in general.

Infected machines are not currently being instructed to rise up and muck your day up just yet, but some 17,658 Macs have been reported as infected so far – with 1,700 of those in the UK – there’s likely to be more as the hours pass.

Apple haven’t said owt on it just yet, but keep ‘em peeled.

Macs vulnerable to Shellshock bug

September 26th, 2014 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

apple logo Macs vulnerable to Shellshock bugForget Heartbleed – now you’ve got to worry about Shellshock which is affecting Mac and Linux computers.

The proper name for Shellshock is ‘CVE-2014-6271′, which is about as catchy as Leonard Cohen song, but it is making a lot of people very jumpy. The National Cyber Awareness System has given the bug a 10 out of 10 severity rating.

If you’re really techie and want to get into the smaller details of the Shellshock bug, click here for the low-down by people who really know what they’re talking about.

For the rest of you, this is the kicker: if you haven’t got your updates up-to-date and are using OS X, hackers might be able to get control of your computer. Mercifully, the chances of this happening are reasonably small.

A lot of Linux distributors have released patches to stop Shellshock, but Mac OS X haven’t got anything yet.

Sadly, the immediate fix for this is reasonably techie and can be seen in the link above. If you’re not the kind of person who is equipped to get under the hood of your devices, the best thing to do is make sure all your important files are backed-up, stored in your cloud accounts and what have you, just in case your computer ends up being wrecked.

It looks like Linux is going to be shored up soon enough, but Apple haven’t even made a comment yet, so we’ll just have to wait and see what they’re up to.

Apple say sorry for messing everything up

September 25th, 2014 6 Comments By Mof Gimmers

apple logo Apple say sorry for messing everything upApple have bowed their heads, shuffled their feet and muttered ‘sorry’ to everyone for the “great inconvenience” caused by a rubbish software update that mucked things up for loads of iPhone 6 owners.

We’ve got some fixes for you here, if you’re having problems with your iPhone or iPad.

An iOS update, which was unleashed to fix earlier bugs in Apple’s health app provoked a whole new set of problems for Apple fans, making the company look anything but sleek and reliable.

Those who bought an iPhone 6 and installed the iOS 8.0.1 update, in some cases, found that they couldn’t access the internet, use the Touch ID fingerprint reader and more. You can imagine the hysterical shrieking that was going down on Apple’s forums and all over Twitter.

Apple said: “We apologise for the great inconvenience experienced by users, and are working around the clock to prepare iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue.”

There should be a fix in the next couple of days

Apple said it was working to ready the fix for download “in the next few days”. Until then, have you tried reinstalling the operating system through iTunes or switching your phone off and on again?

This isn’t the first time Tim Cook has had to apologies for a crappy Apple product. In 2012, he tugged at his jumper while saying sorry about the debacle surrounding Apple’s Maps. And remember the iPhone antenna problem? Apple have really been dropping the ball.

And there’s the small matter of people saying that their new iPhone is bending in their pocket as well.

Either way, Apple have said sorry and have still sold a ridiculous amount of phones, so they won’t be too worried – but will all this see some die-hard Apple fans thinking about buying a non-Apple phone in the near future? We’ll have to wait and see.

How to fix Apple’s crashtacular iOS 8

September 24th, 2014 10 Comments By Mof Gimmers

sad apple logo How to fix Apples crashtacular iOS 8You may have noticed that there’s been a LOT of complaining about Apple’s new iOS 8, with people pointing out that Apple things don’t ‘just work’.

Apps have been having all manner of issues with the new update and users have been crying over a variety of snags that have made they iPhone and iPad experience the kind of thing that provokes frustrated tears, rather than zen-like calm.

It turns out that iOS 8 crashes more than iOS 7 too, which is no use and, of course, Apple fans have been running to Apple support forums and the App Store to vent their spleen.

One user said on the forums: “After I’ve upgraded to iOS 8, one of my favourite apps no longer works. It opens and then immediately closes. I’ve tried opening it at least 15 times and the same thing happens.” Others have been having issues with iTunes and the Facebook and Dropbox apps.

If you have an older iPhone, you are much more likely to run into trouble, which isn’t a surprise, but it is annoying if you own one.

So what to do next? Here’s some things to try if you want to fix some problems brought about by iOS 8.

Not Enough Space to Install

iOS 8 is a big old update and the download size can be as high as 2GB and needs a minimum of 5GB of free space on your device to update. One way around this is to move all your data on to a computer or to cloud storage (make sure your nudes are safe though, eh?) or, if you prefer, you can use iTunes on a computer to download the update, so the update is stored on the computer rather than your device.

WiFi Issues

Some users have said that they’ve been having bother with their WiFi connectivity after the update. Go to your settings, select Privacy, then Location Services, followed by System Services. There, disable WiFi Networking. This doesn’t switch your WiFi off, all it does is disables the setting that seems to be tripping up your connection speeds.

Battery Drainage

There’s a whole host of reasons why your battery might be dying on its arse after the iOS 8 update. We’d tell you how to fix it, but we can’t do better than the incredibly thorough iPhonehacks guide to save your battery’s power. Click here and see advice on what to switch off and more, to maximise your battery life.

Predictive Text

A lot of users are finding that the predictive text add-ons in the default iOS keyboard are slowing you down. Of course, Android users have had predictive text for years now, but if you’re an Apple user who hates it, then you can switch it off. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard – turn off ‘Predictive’.

Access Pictures From The Camera Roll

The Photos app has been upgraded in iOS 8, however, you may have noticed that there’s no section called ‘Camera Roll’. The section has been removed, but don’t fret, your photos are still on your device. Now, they are all grouped together under the Photos section and to get at your old photos, go to ‘Photos’ and choose to view them as collections, years or moments. Scroll through and you’ll see all your old snaps.

BendiPhone

Have you seen the reports saying that the new iPhone 6 is bending in people’s pockets because it is such a flimsy piece of crap? There’s nothing we can do about that. Maybe wrap the whole thing up in gaffer tape and hope for the best?

Even U2 can’t kill Apple’s cool

September 22nd, 2014 1 Comment By Ian Wade

apple logo Even U2 cant kill Apples coolApple have been named as the coolest brand in the UK for the third year running.

Yes, despite getting involved with U2, killing off the iPod Classic and launching a watch that will require recharging all the bloody time, the firm still holds tight at the top.

Technology takes up most of the positions in the chart, with new entries/ fast movers coming from Netflix at 10 and Instagram at 14.

These findings are the result of a poll of over 2,000 British consumers and opinion formers. From the understandable and reasonably happening (Ella Eyre) via the WTF? (Reverend & The Makers). Models such as Sophie Dahl and Jodie Kidd were canvassed as well as that Jamal Edwards who runs SB.TV.

“Apple topped the list for a third consecutive year and, as a digital influencer myself, it is really refreshing that technology has a strong presence on the list,” said Jamal Edwards, digital entrepreneur, influencer, founder of SB.TV and gentleman with a slight overstating of his real position.

Only 13 brands kept their Top 20 statuses from 2013, with Chanel, Aston Martin and Nike among them, and retailers such as Selfridges and Liberty are back in the rundown, as well as Stella McCartney and champagne brand Dom Pérignon.

Stephen Cheliotis, who is chairman of the CoolBrands Council (Jesus wept) reckons: “If anything, this year’s CoolBrands rankings illustrate that a solid reputation is hard to undermine or, in the case of rivals, overcome,”

“That said it was refreshing to see unique and original brands such as Instagram and Netflix join the Top 20. Both have had an impact on the market, shaking up the status quo and forcing rivals to up the ante. Apple, however, continues to dominate the listing and remains untouchable for now.”

The full CoolBrands Top 20 is as follows:

1. Apple
2. Aston Martin
3. Nike
4. Chanel
5. Glastonbury
6. Google
7. YouTube
8. Dom Pérignon
9. Rolex
10. Netflix
11. Bang & Olufsen
12. Ray-Ban
13. Alexander McQueen
14. Instagram
15. Bose
16. Liberty
17. Selfridges
18. Sony
19. Virgin Atlantic
20. Stella McCartney

Apple make tool to delete U2′s album

September 16th, 2014 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

Deleting music from your iTunes should be pretty easy, but the hoo-hah as been so loud about U2 appearing on people’s devices without being asked, Apple have had to make a token gesture.

Some of the more hysterical sorts have been screaming their lungs through their noses with things like “IF THEY CAN PUT A U2 ALBUM IN EVERYONE’S PHONE, IMAGINE WHAT ELSE THEY CAN PUT IN THERE?!?!?! AAAAARGH!!!!” while other people have shrugged and thought ‘nice idea, but I don’t like U2.’

Well, Apple have released a new tool which allows people to remove U2′s new album from their iTunes library with greater ease.

u2 albumn Apple make tool to delete U2s album

While it was always possible to remove the album yourself, this new thing is a one-click job, which means that should appease a few lunatics out there.

Apple have also set up a support website to guide people through this difficult time.

APPLE: Phones! Watch! U2! Etc!

September 10th, 2014 1 Comment By Ian Wade

After weeks of speculation and rumours and unboxing videos and all that, Apple have finally revealed a bunch of stuff. The key bit of that stuff being the iPhone 6 and the larger iPhone 6 Plus at their launch event in Cupertino, California.

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The new handsets have bigger screens, general upgrading of internal bits and bobs, along with a new look and feel.

The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 Retina HD screen capable of displaying more than 1 million pixels, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 Retina HD panel that displays over 2 million pixels, 185% more than the iPhone 5S. They’re slimmer than previously, and measure 6.9mm and 7.1mm respectively.

Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are powered by Apple’s A8 chip, which has 2 billion transistors, making it up to 25% faster than the iPhone 5S, with twice as much graphical prowess.

There’s also new M8 motion processor built in, for fitness tracking, as well as a barometer to measure altitude through air pressure – because we’ve been desperate for that.

The larger phone will provide 24 hours of 3G talking time and the smaller only offers 14 hours. Oh and there’s only 80 and 50 hours of audio playback on them respectively. They also support Wi-Fi speeds of up to three times faster than before. Fancy that.

DON’T PANIC THERE’S STILL A CAMERA.

It’s an 8 megapixel thing offering digital image stabilisation along with now an optical image stabilisation. They can record HD video at 1080 and 60 frames per second. It also features New Focus Pixels for phase-detection and autofocus, like an SLR. A FaceTime HD camera is on the front, with an all-new sensor and a larger f/2.2 aperture that allows in 81% more light than its predecessor on the iPhone 5S.

As previously rumoured, an NFC payments affair is launching alongside  the new iPhones, allowing users to make contactless payments, but only the Yanks are getting that for now. Not to mention that contactless payments are nothing new and loads of phones already have it.

The iPhone 6 will be available in gold, silver and space grey, with prices starting at £539 for a 16GB model, running up to £699 for 128GB. Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus comes in the same colours, costing £619 for the 16GB model, £699 for 64GB and £789 for 128GB. They’ll both be available to pre-order on September 12th, and will be released in the US and eight other countries on September 19th.

And then. THEN. Apple announced the launch of their first wearable – the Apple Watch.

The key feature of the watch is a ‘digital crown’ on side of it. This allows the user to scroll through and browse the features on it. The phone can detect when you’re either touching it or pressing it, and these subtleties open up extra layers and settings within the watch.

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Menus are made up of things called ‘Glances’ that are taken from first and third party applications. Swiping left and right will go through each Glance.

It already looks like people’s stubby fingers aren’t going to be able to work the digital crown. And digital crown sounds stupid. You are able to control music from your watch on your iPhone, and even access music stored locally with a glance.

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There’s also something what Apple are calling the ‘Taptic engine’, which is a small vibrator in the watch as well as a waterproof speaker, giving you alerts without bothering the others. Phones that vibrate? That.

You can view these bits just by raising your wrist, and if for example, someone sends you a message, the watch will then work out, by reading the text, the simplest and quickest way of replying, so you don’t need to type in anything. WHICH IS SLIGHTLY CREEPY.

There are also customisable animated emojis! Great for those who have completely given up on language.

Siri’s in the watch now too, so it will literally be a bit Star Trek, and anyone seen talking into their wrist for the forseeable will be mugged.

There’s an in-built heartbeat reader than you can send it to your mates in an instant! You’ll be able to tweet from your watch, get directions back to your BMW i3.

Then there are the fitness apps, heart monitors and move ring, exercise ring and stand ring which all calculate how much time you’ve spent doing, um, moving, exercising and standing.

Apple hasn’t confirmed an exact release date for the device, but has set ‘early 2015′ for sale. They have, however, confirmed $349 as the starting price for the US.

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And to top it all off, bloody U2 turned up at the end of the do and performed a new number. And then shoved a brand new album – ‘Songs of Innocence’ – onto iTunes for free.

The long player, their first for five years, has had no thought whatsoever put into the artwork! How thoughtful! The altruistic four piece were long rumoured to be doing something with Apple, and sadly, they did!

That bleedin’ Bono said: “From the very beginning U2 have always wanted our music to reach as many people as possible, the clue is in our name I suppose – so today is kind of mind-blowing to us. The most personal album we’ve written could be shared with half a billion people… by hitting send. If only songwriting was that easy.”

“It’s exciting and humbling to think that people who don’t know U2 or listen to rock music for that matter might check us out. Working with Apple is always a blast. They only want to do things that haven’t been done before – that’s a thrill to be part of.”

Bloody Hell.

So anyway: TWO new phones, a watch, contact less payment, a U2 album whether you want it or not and, oh yeah, iOS 8 will be with you on September 17 too.

There you go.

Ikea troll Apple launch

September 9th, 2014 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

With Apple announcing some new things today (everything you need to know about that is here), Ikea are on-hand to gently troll them.

A man with greasy hair appears in the video, showcasing the newest, sleekest gadget on the block – Ikea’s ‘BookBook’. Tactile, no lag and all manner of things are crowed about.

Have a looklook.

This Ikea catalogue advert is a play on the way Apple do their adverts, complete with twinkling aspirational music, lots of tediously clean rooms and a bloke gawping at you like a born again Christian.

“The 2015 Ikea catalogue comes fully charged, and the battery is eternal,” says an exec named Jörgen Eghammer, also known as Chief Design Guru. “The navigation is based on tactile touch technology that you can actually feel.”

There’s been a lot of Apple parodies, but Ikea get a pat on the back for this one.

iPhone 6: Everything you need to know

September 8th, 2014 3 Comments By Mof Gimmers

iphone 6 iPhone 6: Everything you need to knowTomorrow is the big day when Apple unveil the new iPhone 6! One of the things we’ll learn is that it might not be called the iPhone 6. We just don’t know!

Everything is speculation and guesswork! Hurray!

Of course, there’s a lot of videos and images of the phone being leaked all over the internet, and we’ve been running speculative articles too, because we don’t want to be left behind on all that lovely internet traffic.

So with that, here’s everything you need to know about the new iPhone.

Design

One thing is for sure – the new iPhone will look exactly like you expect an Apple product to look like. It’ll have rounded corners and a colour scheme that apes ’70s science fiction films. As it is new, it’ll probably be slimmer and lighter too, because that’s what everyone does.

Size

The new iPhone will probably be taller. Or wider. Or both. Phones are getting bigger again because consumers like pressing the touchscreen a lot. Apple would be mental to make a smaller phone, despite what people want.

Haptic Technology

The new iPhone may well have haptic technology. Haptic-ness has been a feature on phones for ages, so that’s not at all interesting.

Sapphire Crystal Display

Apple are going for a sapphire crystal display, which means it’ll be robust and hard to scratch. You’ll still break your phone when you’ve had too much to drink mind. It isn’t invincible. The new iPhone will, unquestionably, have a display. It might be curved, even though no-one is really hankering after a curved screen. Samsung’s curved screen effort didn’t set the world on fire did it? The new phone will have a better resolution too, because there’s no point releasing a new phone without being able to jizz on about the improved resolution.

iOS 8

 

Apple might give you a new operating system. They might not. Thing is, either way it doesn’t matter because if you buy a new iPhone, it’ll have it on whether you like it or not. Like everything else at the minute, it’ll probably focus on health apps. Basically, your new phone will tell you how dreadfully unfit you are.

Camera

All new phones brag about how ace the new camera is, so you can expect the new iPhone to be the same. We hear that it’ll have an 8MP camera with improved OIS. Your naked selfies are going to be warts and all from now on. Just don’t upload them to Apple’s iCloud, eh? Oh, and OIS means optical image stabilisation. It might have an interchangeable camera lens too as Apple got a patent for that.

iPen stylus

Apple have a bunch of patents for a stylus. They might have an iPen with this new device. They probably won’t because a stylus on your phone makes you look more old-fashioned than a car-dealer wearing his Bluetooth earpiece in bed.

Pricing

It’ll be expensive.

Overall

We’ve no idea. No-one outside of Apple does.

Fappening: Apple say ‘not our fault!’

September 3rd, 2014 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

fap 300x217 Fappening: Apple say not our fault!The recent ‘fappening’ – or if you prefer, all those nudey photos of celebrities that suddenly appeared online this week – will have either seen you explode with fury, ejaculate or boredom.

What of the security of our cloud accounts? And don’t worry, Daily Mail readers, we’re not talking about an actual cloud in the sky.

Well, Apple have peered out of the mess and conjecture and said that, while the celebrities’ iCloud accounts were “compromised”, there’s nothing wrong with the system as a whole.

In a statement released yesterday, they said that hackers stole private photographs from accounts using “a very targeted attack on user names, passwords, and security questions”.

“None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.”

So, in short, Apple are saying that, unless you’re an attractive famous person, you shouldn’t worry that anyone will come after you for your personal photos.

The FBI have said that they’re looking for the original hacker. If they find them, everyone knows that it won’t stop people trying to get all up in the business of famous people.

And furthermore, even if hackers or whatever don’t go after people’s things, no-one should worry about personal privacy because we collectively don’t have any to begin with, if we’re online.

Creepy apps to be banned

September 3rd, 2014 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

mobile apps Creepy apps to be bannedApple have stated that they’ve warned software developers that there’ll be no more apps in their store that are ”plain creepy”.

Apple’s app store review guidelines have been updated and they now say: “If your app doesn’t do something useful, unique or provide some form of lasting entertainment, or if your app is plain creepy, it may not be accepted.”

This isn’t the first time they’ve tried to tackle questionable content – a while ago, they binned an app which showed you the location of women around you that had checked into Foursquare.

“If your app looks like it was cobbled together in a few days, or you’re trying to get your first practice app into the store to impress your friends, please brace yourself for rejection,” they added.

“We have lots of serious developers who don’t want their quality apps to be surrounded by amateur hour.”

And what are you developers going to do about it? Cry to your mums? Apple aren’t fussed. They said that there’s no use ”running to the press” to “trash us” for rejecting apps, because that “never helps”.

Tough talk from a bunch of spotty hippies from California.

creditcards Apple scoops up major credit cards for new iPhone payment thingVisa, Mastercard and American Express have all been signed up to Apple’s new payment system.

The iPhone 6 is going to include a new payments system allowing owners to pay in stores simply by tapping their phone on a reader.

And now it sounds like they’ve got the big guns on-board.

The iWallet app will allow users to pay for things like lattes and Wired magazine with their phones, using Near Field Communication (NFC), the technology is already widely used by credit cards for low cost payments.

The handset, which is expected to be unveiled on Tuesday 9th September, will come in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch sizes.

It is rumoured that it will also have a flexible, scratch-proof screen, which is good news for, well, everyone – especially you clumsy alcoholics who get in a lot of arguments where you feel the need to throw your phone around.

Apple is also expected to link the system to their iTunes store, which already holds customer’s payment details, so you’ll be buying Rene & Renato’s Greatest Hits in no time.

Most phones already do it as well, but hey ho.