Are we allowed to say ‘meh’? The more Apple claims it’s serious about games the less I believe them.
You can’t participate in the Apple app ecosystem without two things: an Apple ID, and a valid credit/debit card linked to that ID. That’s right: you can’t get ‘free’ without having credit first.
If you’re setting up a new phone and your Apple ID is linked to another Apple ID via ‘Family Sharing’, you’ll also need the Family Sharing account owner’s credit/debit card expiry date and CCV number.
That’s right: your ability to use your phone with your credit card may depend on you having someone else’s credit card details.
Why doesn’t Apple just yank their app certificates, like they did to Google and Facebook?
Use your best words. But get it over with quickly – you’ve got work to do.
2. Dry your phone off.
That’s right, get a towel and dry it off ASAP. Is it dead? It probably isn’t.
3. Back it up.
That’s right. Don’t put your phone in a bag of rice or anything like that. While it’s still alive, you need to get your data off your phone as fast as possible.
Engadget likes to share your browsing details with lots of people:
- Foundational partners – 10 of the usual suspects – Facebook, Google, Amazon, ebay (!?), Neilsen etc.
- IAB “partners” – 224 from all across the world, many you’ve never heard of
Just block 3rd party cookies. Or use an ad-blocker.
This screenshot is what you get when you go to Buzzfeed for the first time. “We value your privacy” can be read in two ways though:
- “we value your ability to manage your own personal information”
- “your privacy is worth money to us”
If you are requiring visitors to accept Personalisation, then you don’t value their privacy.
Because to personalise you need to a) track people and then b) profile them.
Here’s a bit of irony for you: the Wired article on Facebook, Apple and privacy won’t load if you’re blocking cookies and trackers.
If you have a lot of notifications then YES. Notifications are significantly less irritating and substantially easier to work with and manage. Otherwise iOS 12 feels mostly like a polished version of iOS 11.
Continue reading “Should you use the iOS 12 betas?”
Followers (hah!) of my/the long running frustrating iPhone 6 Plus battery saga might have noticed my unhappiness (understatement) about being told I’d have to wait 10 weeks for a new battery. How long did I actually have to wait?
Not sure if this is a failure of logistics, or of expectation management on Apple’s part.
Nice to (finally) see that Apple UK’s updated iPhone 6/7/8/X/SE battery replacement pricing – £25 (to December 18) – see https://support.apple.com/en-gb/iphone/repair/service/pricing.
After a year with Sonos Play, what do I think?
To be honest, we almost never use it, preferring to play music via Apple TV. Given how frustrating navigating through AppleTV’s music app can be, that’s a fairly damming statement about the Sonos – or should I say about the Sonos’ software, which is the real problem. Because the player doesn’t really fit into the ecosystem, you have to do things differently to use it, and well, we don’t. Continue reading “Sonos Play 1 – one year on”
The thing I’ve found most frustrating about Apple’s wee iPhone 6 battery problem is the blogosphere/applefanboy’s willingness to parrot the party line and not think critically.
Techcrunch said yesterday that replacement batteries were now available – however only in the US, and only if they’re in stock at Apple stores.
Which doesn’t help customers in the rest of the world very much.
When is a replacement programme not actually a replacement programme?
Following a fairly justified public/media backlash about how Apple handles/manages battery life on iPhone 6s, just after Christmas Apple allegedly ‘solved’ the problem with a ‘message to customers about iPhone batteries and performance‘ which ends with an offer to set up a programme to start replacing batteries at a more reasonable cost – starting at the end of January 2018. Continue reading “Apple’s tone-deaf iPhone 6 battery replacement announcement”
Arguments about Apple’s lousy iPhone batteries* have got lost in a black hole where technology writing, the blogosphere and applefanboy-ery ‘overlap’.
*not a rhetorical statement: I have a dud battery, officially confirmed by a Genius.
If you have (and still use) an iPhone 6/6s/6Plus you’ll know them as once impressive phones that are now increasingly unreliable and erratic. Lots of people are in denial about this Continue reading “Apple, ‘old’ iPhones 6s, and poor battery life”