Meet the World’s First Wi-Fi Kettle: the iKettle

Meet the World’s First Wi-Fi Kettle: the iKettle

Apple Gazette:

The iKettle’s product description:

  • Boil your kettle with your smart phone, anywhere in your home

  • The most satisfying wake-up call of all time

  • Welcomes you home by asking if you’d like to pop the kettle on

  • Match your kettle to your kitchen with the insulating iKettle skins

Might be the geek in me (or tea drinker), but I cannot wait to get this…

Facebook Buying Messaging App WhatsApp for $16 Billion

Facebook Buying Messaging App WhatsApp for $16 Billion

Jordan Golson:

The company’s app is currently the 35th most popular on the App Store. Facebook says WhatsApp’s messaging volume is “approaching the entire global telecom SMS volume”, roughly 7 trillion message a year.

Facebook obviously consider “approaching the entire global telecom SMS volume” and having access to every user’s mobile number a bargain at $16 Billion. Interesting to watch where they go with their services now..

Review: Weather Notifications App

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Weather Notifications is a fantastic app, simple in it’s design but works perfectly as advertised.

There are dozens of weather apps on the App Store available to choose from ranging from powerful data-rich services to apps that show the current temperature as the badge notification on your home screen.

Weather notifications sole purpose is to send you a push notification of the weather at a chosen time for any given day. If you want more detailed analysis on the weather then as I said, the other apps are for you. If you just want a quick message, then it is perfect because I just want to know in 2 seconds what the weather is going to be like so I can then get on with the rest of my day.

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After downloading the app, I just went into the settings, set the City and what time of day I wanted the alert and that was it! Now every morning when I wake up and reach for my iPhone, it displays what the temperature will be and conditions for the City where I work for that day right on my home screen before I have even swiped to unlock it! Perfect for choosing the right clothes/jacket based on the weather for that day!

The app is £1.49 and you should download it here.

If the iTunes Store Were to Become Netflix, Would the Apple TV Be a Win?

If the iTunes Store Were to Become Netflix, Would the Apple TV Be a Win?

Dave Smith:

In his article, Smith turns to Netflix as the road to success. Here’s a little scenario that I can imagine and would love to become reality:

For $10–12 a month, your Apple TV gives you total access to the entire iTunes Store. You get all the new movies and TV shows right after they air, and you can watch them as many times as you want. No more rental rules and restrictions. You still have the option to purchase these titles and keep them in your personal iTunes library, but your monthly fee just lets you stream those titles whenever you want.

It makes perfect sense to me for Apple to do this. Just like they did with iTunes and music, they created a music streaming service to stay with the competition – I can see them doing the same for movies and TV shows. Especially with rumors of a new version of the Apple TV coming, this could very well be one of the features..

Dear Apple: Please fix how Messages stores images and videos!

Dear Apple: Please fix how Messages stores images and videos!

Allyson Kazmucha:

I’ve written previously about how much storage space the Messages app takes up, and how important it is to clear out the photos so you can reclaim that space. For some of us, that can be not just megabytes, but gigabytes of data. I’ve had friends and family members ask me why they’re out of storage only to discover they have over 5GB of wasted space in the Messages app. For owners of a 16GB iPhone or iPad, that’s a huge deal.

Nice reminder from Allyson to take care of our iMessage storage – do we really need to keep a history of our conversations with all our contacts? If you do need them, consider copying and pasting the text out into a note taking or journal taking app. I would definitely be interested in some kind of iMessage and journal taking app intergration like Day One.

How to Use Any Third-Party Remote with Apple TV

How to Use Any Third-Party Remote with Apple TV

Brian Meyer:

On the Apple TV, go to Settings > General > Remotes. Here there will be an option for Learn Remote. Choose it and select Start. The Apple TV will walk you through all the major buttons on the remote so it can pair your remote up with what will control the Apple TV.  When you’re done you’ll now have a new remote that controls your Apple TV.  The whole process is extremely self-explanatory and after a few simple button presses, you’re all set. Apple doesn’t talk about this too often, but it sure would be nice if everything else worked this way.

Nice tip.

Craig Federighi talking to Jason Snell at Macworld

Apple executives on the Mac at 30:

Craig Federighi talking to Jason Snell at Macworld:

“The reason OS X has a different interface than iOS isn’t because one came after the other or because this one’s old and this one’s new,” Federighi said. Instead, it’s because using a mouse and keyboard just isn’t the same as tapping with your finger. “This device,” Federighi said, pointing at a MacBook Air screen, “has been honed over 30 years to be optimal” for keyboards and mice. Schiller and Federighi both made clear that Apple believes that competitors who try to attach a touchscreen to a PC or a clamshell keyboard onto a tablet are barking up the wrong tree.

“It’s obvious and easy enough to slap a touchscreen on a piece of hardware, but is that a good experience?” Federighi said. “We believe, no.”

Microsoft have learnt a painful lesson recently in relation to this. Apple may make mistakes like most companies but when it comes to predicting and betting on industry standards like doing away with the floppy disk drive, CD/DVD drive, switching to digital music – their track record and ultimately success, proves that even in a post Steve Jobs world, their vision for the industry is proving to be correct.