What to do when you drop your iPhone in the water

1. Swear.

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.

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Engadget likes to share your browsing details with lots of people:

  1. Foundational partners – 10 of the usual suspects – Facebook, Google, Amazon, ebay (!?), Neilsen etc.
  2. IAB “partners” – 224 from all across the world, many you’ve never heard of

Just block 3rd party cookies. Or use an ad-blocker.

Buzzfeed’s strange approach to “privacy”

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:

  1. “we value your ability to manage your own personal information”
  2. “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.

Sonos Play 1 – one year on

Sonos Play

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”

Apple’s $29 iPhone 6 battery replacements are NOT available today, or this year even.

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.