[Link] Samsung mocks Apple’s iPhone 6 in adverts for its Galaxy Note 4 | Mail Online


Samsung mocks Apple’s iPhone 6 in adverts for its Galaxy Note 4 | Mail Online

  • Samsung has created six adverts mocking Apple’s latest announcements
  •  One video refers to the fact Apple’s live stream crashed on Tuesday
  •  Others poke fun at Apple’s Watch, as well as the lack of multiple windows and styluses on the new phones
  •  Each advert was designed to show off features of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4
  •  The ‘It Doesn’t Take a Genius’ title refers to Apple’s in-store Genius bars

Haters gonna hate…

[Link] Cult of Mac’s First Impressions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus


Hands-on: First impressions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus | Cult of Mac

Next up is the “bigger than bigger” iPhone 6 Plus, which comes with an eagerly anticipated 5.5-inch display. It’s nearly as huge as the Galaxy Note 4, but Apple’s cleverly figured out a way for you to use it with only one hand. Watch the video below to see it in action.

I love how Apple have got round the big screen-too-big-to-operate-with-one-hand scenario – double tap the home button and the screen moves down so you can access what would of been hard to reach areas with only one hand. Simple idea but genius.

[Link] U2’s sad show was a swan song for iTunes


U2’s sad show was a swan song for iTunes | Cult of Mac

By giving the album away, Apple hammers another metaphysical nail in the coffin of music sales. Digital music sales declined last year for the first time since the advent of iTunes, which hastened the demise of the compact disc a decade ago.

In the face of competition from streaming services like Spotify, Pandora and the Apple-owned Beats Music, there’s simply no compelling reason to own music anymore, aside from picking up a CD when your favorite indie band rolls through town so you can get an autograph (and they can get some gas money).

Plenty of people — digital hoarders, mostly — will undoubtedly grab their free copies of the new U2 album during the iTunes-exclusive window, but how many will actually play the files they download? If you’ve got the Internet, why would you need them clogging up your smartphone or your Apple Watch?

Don’t get me wrong: Music isn’t dead. Nobody will ever stop human beings (or elephants, for that matter) from making music.

But selling records or even downloads? That’s basically a thing of the past.

I wholeheartedly agree with this. Streaming and subscription is the future but don’t write Apple off just yet – they didn’t buy Beats for their headphones (that was a bonus) iTunes will evolve…

[Link] Don’t want a larger-sized iPhone? Another view on it…


iPhones – All this

many people prefer and are better served by the current iPhone size. Women’s clothes, in particular, are typically not designed for carrying large phones, which is why I see lots of women carrying their phones in their back pockets—they just don’t have any other place for them.

This is the point where men often say “But they have purses!” Very observant. You might also have noticed that women don’t carry their purses as they move around their homes or workplaces. But they still want to keep their phones with them.

Agreed. If people are not interested in the new iPhone 6 because they think it will be too big for them, you would think Apple will still make a 3.7” sized device in the future so not to lose existing customers. They couldn’t certainly upgrade the internals of the current iPhone 5s, upgrade it with iPhone 6 components and re-brand it next year as a 6c or whatever but what about the year after that? Will the rumoured 4.7” be the minimum size for the iPhone going forward. One thing is for sure, if you intended to stick with your 5s, you’ll maybe only get 2-3 years before iOS reaches a point where it doesn’t support it anymore. It’s an interesting dynamic, and hopefully things will be a lot clearer very soon.

[Link] Dyson Reveals Its All-Seeing Robot Vacuum, The 360 Eye


Dyson Reveals Its All-Seeing Robot Vacuum, The 360 Eye | TechCrunch

Dyson 360 Eye owners will be able to control their robot via a new app for iOS and Android which handles screening even via remote connection. The vacuum is going to ship in Japan first, with an arrival date of spring 2015, and the company isn’t saying anything about pricing or availability in other markets beyond that just yet.

Will be interesting to see reviews on this later next year and how it handles hard to reach places but if it really can recharge itself, be programmable (such as when you leave the house) then sign me up.

[Link] iCloud’s Security Issue


Think iCloud’s two-factor authentication protects your privacy? It doesn’t | TUAW:

Of course, there are plenty of other ways to break into an account, including using easily-discoverable personal information to socially engineer tech support reps and get a password reset done on the fly. To combat this and other bad behaviors, Apple (along with other online giants like Google, Dropbox etc.) has built out an optional two-factor authentication scheme (2FA) for iCloud. Simply turn it on, register your iOS devices, and you’ll be shielded from hacks and phishing attempts.

Unfortunately, Apple’s 2FA protection doesn’t go as far as you might think. I noticed yesterday that our friend and former colleague Christina Warren’s post at Mashable gave extra credit to 2FA:

If [two-factor auth is] enabled, this means that before a new computer or device can gain access to your iCloud data, you must approve that device with a four-digit authentication code (sent to your phone via SMS) or grant access from another enabled machine.

Advice for all, is to visit the Apple ID page where you can update/change your password and security questions and add optional 2-step verification. 

Pro tip: Make sure your password and security answers cannot be guessed if someone was viewing your social network profiles and seeing your likes/achievements/hobbies/family etc.- That’s how they are typically guessed/hacked.

[Link] Elgato’s HomeKit-ready sensors automate your entire home


Elgato’s HomeKit-ready sensors automate your entire home | Cult of Mac

The latest of these is Elgato’s new line of “Eve” connected home sensors, which debuted at the IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin, Germany. The range of Bluetooth accessories are able to monitor air quality, detect smoke, and track humidity, energy used, air pressure and water consumption – then feeding all of this data back to your iPhone or iPad.

The Elgato app will additionally offer suggestions and tips designed to let users better improve the environment, thereby living up to Apple’s ideal as a sustainable eco-friendly company.

Elgato also announced new $50 Avea smart lightbulbs, which will let users set up custom profiles, colors and alarms using a dedicated iOS app. Unlike the most established product in this category, Philips’ Hue smart bulbs, the Avea can connect directly via Bluetooth and doesn’t require a hub.

Connected via Bluetooth is different to most competitors like SmartThings and Philips HUE but that’s because they don’t need to rely on a device being at home to be controlled but having said that, these products will be interesting to look at in more detail prior to their release though.

[Link] Photo Storage in iOS 8 Will be Solved


Rene Ritchie Reporting for iMore:

iOS devices are currently limited to between 8GB to 128GB of storage. Many people have 16-32GB devices. In an age of 8mp photos and 1080p video, that fills up fast. So, keeping photos and videos all locally on the device is a problem because you’ll run out of space, and sooner rather than later. It’s especially bad if you’re anxiously trying to capture a special moment only to be told there’s no space left and then having to quickly, under stress, figure out which older moments you’re willing to sacrifice.

Purely offloading all photos and videos to the cloud isn’t a perfect solution either. If they’re all stored online and you end up with a slow, limited, or non-existant internet connection, you lose immediate access to any photos or videos not stored locally on your device. That’s also a problem.

Apple’s solution is to cache a manageable portion of photos and videos on your device and keep the rest of them safely up on the cloud. Recently added and viewed photos and videos are the most likely be cached locally, and potentially in scaled-to-device sizes to make the most efficient use of storage.

There might be some situations where a photo or video you haven’t viewed in a while isn’t available in full resolution when you’re offline, but for most people most of the time, it will be far, far better than either losing content due to the 1000 photos/30 day limit, or running out of local storage on the iPhone or iPad.

For me, this is the most important feature of iOS 8 – everybody and I mean everybody needs a definitive solution to the photos and videos they take on their iPhones on how and where to store them.  If Apple’s new Cloud Kit addition can handle the photos and videos so it automatically uploads them and subsequently manages your locally stored copies to then free up space on your device so the user doesn’t have worry about this – well, then that is the solution – finally.

[Link] Eve Irrigation System hopes to make your garden perfect


Plaid Systems Eve Ecosystem Preview – CNET

Hop over to Kickstarter this morning and you’ll see the smart gardening platform the Eve Ecosystem launched its crowd-funding campaign. Built specifically to work with the SmartThings home automation hub, Eve is designed as an irrigation controller that automatically adapts to the conditions of your yard. It can manage up to 16 different watering zones of your home’s existing sprinkler system. You can control each zone individually from your smart phone or tablet, or let Eve do the scheduling for you. It’ll process data from its moisture sensor — called Adam — placed in your yard, and take into account any weather info gathered by the SmartThings hub, to give your lawn the exact amount of water it needs.

Love the integration with SmartThings and quite a similar product to Edyn but this has the integration that Edyn currently does not so I will certainly keep an eye out for this.

[Link] Skype relief is notifications only on the device you’re currently using


Joseph Keller on Skype’s new feature:

Skype will soon be doing more to curb notification noise on your devices. The company has announced a new feature, known as “active endpoint” that will contain chat notifications to the device that you’re using, rather than alerting every single device. For instance, if you’re chatting using Skype on your phone, your computer and tablet will remain silent.

I would love this feature in iMessage and FaceTime on iOS and OS X. I am all for devices in sync and currently with iOS 8 when I get a call or message coming through, it will alert me on all my devices but if iCloud could detect which device I was currently working on and mute the other devices, that would be a great feature.