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Five-year-old Danny Kitchen asked his beloved mother and father if he could have the passcode for their iPad, which they duly gave to him. What damage could an infant possibly do?
Well, the little money drain promptly ran up a bill of £1,700 in what was probably the best ten-minutes of his little life. And all he wanted was to play Zombie v Ninja.
When he got the game (clever little sod), he found his way to the game’s online store and promptly ordered dozens of pricey add-ons which came in at a whopping £1,710.43.
His poor mother knew nothing about all this until she saw all the iTunes emails listing what he’d done. And then her credit card company phoned-up to see what the bloody hell was going on.
She explained: “Danny was pestering us to let him have a go on the iPad. He kept saying it was a free game so my husband put in the passcode and handed it to him. It worried me when he asked for the password but I had a look at the game it said it was free so I didn’t think there would be a problem.”
“We had lots of visitors in the house and were both a little preoccupied. I woke up Monday morning and looked at my emails and had loads from iTunes. I thought it must be a mistake, so I checked my bank balance online and nothing had been taken out.”
“I thought nothing of it until I my credit card advisor phoned and told me they had authorised the transaction.”
Mrs Kitchen then added, sinisterly: “I realised what happened and told Danny he’d better get ready for bed and run and hide before daddy got home. He was crying, as the rest of the children were telling him we could have bought a house with the amount he had spent.”
“He started to run and through his tears he turned back and said ‘But where can I hide?’ Bless him – that stopped me being angry but of course it’s a lot of money.”
Danny said: “It was a good game.”
Apple have said they’ll refund the money, which is nice of them.
It’s been mooted for a while now, and sing Hosannas, because it’s finally happening. Yes, it’s the 128GB iPad!
Presumably it’s aimed at people who have been addicted to tablets for a few years now and are looking for more storage for their mighty app collection. Either that or Apple have just looked at the fact that there isn’t a 128GB iPad yet, figured that there might be some money to make out of such a notion, and bunged one out in the hope it’ll be a hit.
But at £639 for a wi-fi version and £739 for a cellular data one, you’ll probably either have more money than sense or be ripe for sectioning if you buy one.
It looks as though we can expect to see fewer of those irritating Apple launch events from now on. That’s because the Cupertino-based gadget pushers have finally cottoned on to the fact that people buy loads of stuff at Christmas and have pumped out a range of new and upgraded stuff in one blast last night.
Top of the list was the iPad Mini, which is smaller than your standard iPad but not quite as good, what with it not having the Retina display. Also, it’ll have 4G capabilities, but only with EE’s 4G and not the 4G that will come later from the other providers.
Also, it has the new Lightnight connector that was unveiled on the iPhone 5 a month or so ago. Pricing starts at £269 for the 16GB version, and with increasing numbers of Google’s Nexus 7 knocking around for about £100 less, it’s all fairly underwhelming.
But wait! There’s more! Did you buy the new iPad 3 when it was launched earlier in the year? Well now it’s OBSOLETE! Yes, there’s an iPad 4 coming, with a twice-as-fast processor and not much else that’s new. Oh, apart from the Lightning connector. You can’t escape the Lightning connector. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FIGHTING THE LIGHTNING CONNECTOR.
Woah! There’s even more! The 13” MacBook Pro will now come with Retina display (it was previously only available in the 15” model) along with some other minor spec-tinkering. The iMac has been made even slinkier and sexier – yet somehow it’s still got a computer inside it. Then there’s the Mac Mini – that’s also been boosted with the inclusion of an Intel Ivy Bridge processor and some other upgrading as well.
So will this be the shape of things to come from now on? Fewer launches throughout the year with a bumper crop of new goodies ahead of the Christmas spend-spurt? Very possibly.
What about you, dear readers? Does any of this new Apple kit float your boat? Or is Apple just another tech company now, with Google and Samsung catching up with stuff that is just as good while being considerably cheaper? Tell us what you think about things. We need to know!
Here’s some ‘interesting’ information about how the iPad Mini was created…
The latest upgrade to iOS 6 has been fraught with problems, making a mockery of the ‘just works’ mandate from Apple devotees. Well publicised, is the problem with maps (with Google having a chuckle about it all) and now, a number of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners have been left without basic WiFi connectivity after upgrading to iOS 6.
Feel free to assume that this wouldn’t have happened if Steve Jobs was around.
Users have been moaning on Apple’s official support forums, currently standing at over 150 pages of bitching about WiFi.
Some have noted that their device will connect on some networks but not on others, while other users have said that, since the upgrade, they’ve been unable to connect to a Netgear router (you’ll need to download new firmware for the router if you’re finding this to be the case). Others have been saying that everything is just “persistently slow” Wi-Fi.
There have been other Apple users who have said that the AirPlay connectivity on the iPad has stopped working on iOS 6.
Are you having grief with your Apple products since the update? Have a moan in the comments if you want.
Last week, UK Nova, a popular resource for downloading the latest British TV shows, was closed down following some legal pressure. Today, the BBC have announced that their iPlayer service will be improved very shortly, allowing users to download shows to their mobile devices.
Previously, iPlayer content could only be downloaded to an unwieldy computer or laptop before being watched offline at the user’s leisure. But NO LONGER. From Tuesday, you’ll be able to download classic shows like Doctors and Pointless to your iPhone or iPad, with an equivalent Android app on its way in the not-too-distant future.
Daniel Danker, the BBC’s general manager of on-demand programmes, said: “This fundamentally changes one of the most annoying restrictions about viewing programmes. It means audiences are liberated from the constraints [of online-only viewing] and it fundamentally changes what it means to go on holiday.”
Warming to his theme, Danker said even more, adding: “With mobile downloads, you can now load up your mobile phone or tablet with hours and hours of BBC programmes, then watch them on the road, on the tube, on a plane, without worrying about having an internet connection or running up a mobile data bill.”
Your device will need to be in range of a wi-fi connection in order to download shows, but 3G capabilities are said to be coming soon. You can stop being excited in about three minutes
Well now. Have you got an iPhone? Or an iPod or iPad? Think you know it pretty well? In fairness, you might, but chances are, you weren’t aware of the secret controls that your headphones have. You can use the ‘phones controls and microphone for all manner of stuff, like ignoring calls or using your controls to take photos.
To show it off, here’s a dead-eyed American lady to talk you through them all.
Poor Apple. Not only have they been told by a judge that Samsung did NOT copy the look and feel of their iPad, they also have to admit to that on their own UK website for at least six months.
Even though finger-snapping Judge Colin Birss decreed that the Samsung Galaxy is ‘not as cool’ as the iPad, he threw out Apple’s accusation of copycatting, and has now said that Apple should spread the word far and wide.
This means taking out ads in the Financial Times, the Daily Mail, Guardian Mobile magazine, and T3 to “correct the damaging impression” that Samsung had nicked the design of the iPad. Additionally, Judge Birss says that an announcement should also appear on the Apple website, something that will certainly be embarrassing for the Cupertino control freaks.
As you’d expect, Apple have said that they will appeal against the decision.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is NOT as cool as the Apple iPad – and Samsung are quite happy about it.
That weird conclusion has been reached by a high court judge and it means that Apple can not stop the sale or import of the Galaxy Tab 10, after they claimed that the designs were too similar to their lovely iPad.
Judge Birss said they were not similar enough, ruling that the Galaxy 10 is “not as cool”. Yes, those were his exact words. He also scoffed at some other alleged differences relating to the thickness of the devices and the details on the backs of them, but we don’t think there was any finger-snapping and be-bop jazz playing in the background at the time.
There it is Galaxy owners – your device is NOT AS COOL AS AN IPAD. Okay??
Apple are to launch a smaller version of the wildly successful iPad before the year is out, putting them in direct competition with Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7 tablet. The new tablet will have a screen that’s 7 inches to 8 inches diagonally is likely to have the same number of pixels as the iPad 2. Crucially, it’ll have a smaller price tag than other Apple products.
“It would be the competitors’ worst nightmare,” says Shaw Wu, an analyst at Sterne Agee and Leach. “The ball is in Apple’s court.”
Apple already have 61% of the tablet market and with the release of a cheaper tablet, they could clean up.
Trundling along behind everyone is Microsoft who are tottering into the world of tablets with the Surface, that will be sold when it releases Windows 8 in October.
Will Apple kill off all the competition or will this new, smaller iPad lack the pizazz that people expect with Apple devices? All we can hope for is a huge price war, allowing us to get cheaper technology.
In a move that is totally original and not copied at all, Apple is going to provide us all with an online map service called ‘Maps’. Of course, this being Apple, they’re going to do things a little differently and all Fancy Dan.
The ‘Maps’ programme for iPhones and iPads will give plebs the chance to look at images so detailed that until now, it’s only been available to intelligence services. The 3D street images that Apple will produce will be so detailed that they will show objects as small as 4 inches in diameter.
The technology has been developed following Apple’s acquisition of C3 Technologies and will apparently employ spy-planes which will capture images.
Of course, not everyone is happy about this. Nick Pickles, director of the Big Brother Watch privacy campaign group, reckons that Apple’s ‘Maps’ is more invasive than Street View because it would “take us over the garden fence”.
He said: ”You won’t be able to sunbathe in your garden without worrying about an Apple or Google plane buzzing overhead taking pictures.”
Flashers and show-offs, your time has come.
She’s called Choupette – isn’t she special?
The pampered pussy eats at the dinner table with fashion designer Karl, and also has two full-time maids that provide 24-hour care for her. Look at you, with your Fray Bentos tinned pie. You’re nothing compared to Choupette are you? Scum.
Salivating Apple enthusiasts will be thrilled at the news of a 7-inch iPad hitting the shelves soon. However, there’s a catch. It seems Apple will be doing something they’ve been loathed to do in recent years – they’re making the new device very affordable.
That’s right, every Tom, Dick and Harry will be able to get their hands on a mini iPad for what’s believed to be in the $200/$250 price range. It’ll mean that Apple is no longer the bastion of elitist technobs.
Of course, some will still be able to sneer by flaunting their biggest devices, just like they did when they were at school, showing off their see-through Coke yo-yo to those who only managed to grab an opaque Fanta one (niche reference that, granted).
Spec-wise, it looks like the new 7-inch iPad will be identical to the 9.7-inch iPad, apart from the whole scaled-down element. So we can expect 2048×1536 resolution and there’ll probably be less storage capacity.
With this being so reasonably priced, is it going to kill off the competition from Samsung and Amazon?
It’s pretty much established as the best way to get your streaming music and now Spotify has launched an iPad app that will strengthen its grip on the nation’s ears and wallets/purses/money pouches.
Think of an elaborate version of its smartphone app and you won’t be too far away. But, as with the said phone apps, you’ll need to be a premium subscriber to the Spotify lifestyle if you want to use the damned thing on your tablet thing.
There’s some neat touches – you can wirelessly stream your audio to compatible hi-fidelity music units (or ‘midi systems’ as we believe they’re still called) and the visuals have all been optimised for the iPad’s oh-so-beautiful Retina display. Mmmm… smooth.
Spotify chief product officer Gustav Söderström did some fancy swipey motions with his fingers across an iPad screen earlier before saying: “One use case is you sit on your couch and discover new music. We think a big part of this use case is you’re at home, maybe with a stereo with AirPlay, and this is to a large extent a remote control.” Yeah, use case us up Gustav, you mad bastard.
Sadly, there is no sign of an Android version of the Spotify tablet app as yet. Ah well..