Posts Tagged ‘iPhone’

Syria Bans the iPhone

Monday, December 5th, 2011

This is bad news for freedom in Syria … (but maybe good news for Syrians who enjoying eating in a restaurant without a phone conversation going on in the background.)

The internet, social networking and in particular smartphones have caused many problems for regimes around the world.  Twitter and Facebook were widely used in the Egyptian uprising earlier in the year, Saudi Arabia has had many an argument with Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) about being unable to access data for security reasons and the Blackberry Messenger service was widely blamed for this summer’s riots in London and across the UK.


Apple Software Update Prevents iPhone and iPad from Storing Users’ Movements

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Apple users who are concerned about privacy might want to check this one out …

Update for iPhone and iPad cuts amount of cached data that is stored to just a week

Apple has released a software update for its iPhone and iPad which prevents it keeping a detailed record of the owner’s movements, and does not synchronise the details to the owner’s computer.


Macs Give Me a Syncing Feeling

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Man, the author of this article really dislikes Apple products …

They make you feel good, Apple products – until you try to do something they don’t want you to do.

In 2007, I wrote a column entitled “I hate Macs”. I call it a column. It was actually an unbroken 900-word anti-Apple screed. Macs, I claimed, were “glorified Fisher-Price activity centres for adults; computers for scaredy-cats too nervous to learn how proper computers work.”


Apple Secretive About ‘Polluting and Poisoning’ Supply Chain, Says Report

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Boy, if even the Chinese are complaining, then things must be pretty bad …

Apple comes joint last among IT firms in a transparency study drawn up by leading Chinese environment groups.


Is the iPhone About to Lose its Mojo?

Monday, January 17th, 2011

For many people a mobile phone is a fashion accessory or an extension of their personality; for me, it’s just a way to know what time it is without having to wear a wristwatch.

Android is racing ahead of Apple in the US as the mobile phone struggle enters a new phase

A growing number of tech experts are predicting that the iPhone is in danger of losing the “smart phone wars” to an upstart operating system from Google, in a dramatic reversal of fortune for one of the world’s coolest hi-tech products.


Alarm Bells for Apple as Glitch Hits New Year Wake-Up Calls for iPhone Users

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Am I the last person on Earth who still relies on an old-fashioned clock-radio?

Frustration vented on Facebook and Twitter, after earlier malfunctions over clock changes in Europe

There was further alarm for Apple over the weekend as iPhone and iPod users complained they had missed wake-up calls because of a software programming error.


Word Lens App Translates Before Your Eyes – If You’ve Got a Steady Hand

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

In the past, machine translation programs have left a lot to be desired … let’s hope they got it right this time.

Latest bit of App Store magic gets one up on Google’s efforts, but is it still in ‘proof of concept’ mode?


Apple Passes RIM, Becomes 4th Largest Mobile Phone Vendor

Friday, October 29th, 2010

This is one of those stories that’s both surprising and “not surprising” at the same time …

It’s finally happened that embattled Blackberry Maker, Research in Motion, has lost the 4th spot of mobile handset manufacturers to Apple.

Figures from IDC and published by Engadget show that the league table now stands as…


Facebook Apps Upload your Friends’ Numbers and Contacts

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Here’s something that Facebook users should probably be aware of …

Uploads from iPhones using the Facebook app will push all your contacts onto Facebook’s servers – where they’ll be matched against any and everyone. Worried at all? Update: Or how about a random Facebooker’s number?


Apple’s Bumper Case Improves Antenna Performance

Monday, September 13th, 2010

I wonder if a bumper case would improve reception on other cell phones too?

After the Antennagate affair of a few months ago where it was revealed that if you held the new iPhone 4 a certain way the signal would drop out, and the resulting storm that hit the international media when Apple supremo Steve Jobs reported sent an angry customer an email telling him not to hold it that way, it would appear that the free bumpers Apple has shipped to consumers are having quite the opposite effect for the handsets.