Samsung Unveils Galaxy S5

Samsung Unveils Galaxy S5

John Gruber:

The perfect phone for people with no taste. Garish design — both hardware and software. The gold version (shocker) is exactly what made people cringe when the gold iPhone was first rumored.

Water-resistance is a legitimate step forward in the state of the art, though. I know there’ve been other water-resistant phones, but none that will sell as well as the S5. This is one area where Apple is behind. A good solution to this problem, though, has got to involve something better than a flap over the USB port.

Plus issues with their storage:

Cult of Mac:

When you buy a 16GB iPhone 5c, you get 12.60GB of storage space left over after taking into account iOS 7’s default install size. Comparatively, the Samsung Galaxy S4 was the worst bang for the buck, storage-wise, in smartphones: a paltry 8.56GB of internal space was available to the user to store apps and media upon.

Even the S4, though, was roomy compared to the newly announced Galaxy S5. A 16GB Galaxy S5 comes with less than eight gigabytes of usable memory.

And what you can see is that on the 16GB model of the Galaxy S5, half of the on-board storage is used up before the owner even turns on the phone. It’s not quite as dire on the 32GB model of course (and remember that there’s a little bit of funky math anyway, and you never get as much storage as manufacturers say), and Samsung will quickly tell you that’s why you have the option to use a microSD card for expanded storage.

Which is true! You can install apps, media and more to the card in the Galaxy S5’s microSD slot. But they will never run as quickly or as well as they run on the Galaxy S5 itself. At the end of the day, a 16GB Galaxy S5 only has 7.86GB of usable storage to play around with.

WhatsApp To Add Voice Calling Later This Year

WhatsApp To Add Voice Calling Later This Year

Alex Heath via TechCrunch:

WhatsApp, the popular messaging service that was recently bought by Facebook, is adding a big feature in a few months: voice calling.

During a keynote at Mobile World Congress, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum announced that voice calling would be added in the second quarter of this year. The feature will be a free addition to the already free app.

WhatsApp has 465 million monthly active users, which is 15 million more than Facebook. The service’s huge international presence (it’s the largest mobile messaging service in Korea, for example) also helps explain why Facebook paid $19 billion to own it.

Just Do Something

Just Do Something

John Gruber reminding us on Apple’s focus in light of Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp:

This is the worst sort of advice, suggesting a complete ignorance of everything Apple stands for. (Jay Yarow loves it, of course.) Just buy something. Spend, spend, spend. Acquire. Buy all the spaghetti, throw it against the wall, see what sticks. Wrong. Apple’s model is about focus. Apple wasn’t joking about “a thousand no’s for every yes” — that’s really how they think, what they believe. That’s the DNA.

Only one thing Jackson suggests makes any sense: Apple perhaps acquiring Tesla. I don’t think that’s likely, but I think it’s possible, for two reasons: First, Tesla could be integrated into Apple’s core business — selling high quality, well designed products that work well together. If you can imagine Apple making a car (and I can), then you can imagine Apple acquiring Tesla to jump-start the initiative. Second, Apple and Tesla share a fundamental engineering problem; batteries.

But other than Tesla, who else would it make sense for Apple to acquire for billions of dollars? No answers come to mind. Certainly not WhatsApp — as I wrote last week, Apple already has exactly the messaging platform it wants: iMessage, with hundreds of millions of users.

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


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.



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..