Posts Tagged ‘ios’

Overcast improves my favourite podcast player

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Overcast has been updated to version 2.5. It’s my podcast player of choice and while I wasn’t screaming out for some of the optional extras only open to patrons (a dark theme and ability to upload your own single files) the changes to battery consumption and the sound output are very much welcome.

It’s a free download, but you can make a small one-off payment as a thank you through an in-app payment. Grab it from

My Apple highlights from the last seven days

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

I;ve been keeping an eye on Forbes’ weekly Apple column, ‘Apple Loop‘,  over the last few weeks. This week’s column covers a number of areas, including the ‘honestly we don’t know if it’s an Apple Store or not’ on Princes Street here in Edinburgh.

The iPhone 6 screen size is debated online, Microsoft Office arrives on the iPad, staff are being sought for the iWatch, Mavericks reaches 40%, what is happening with the sapphire production, diversity in emojis, iBeacons at MLB parks, and the secret Scottish Apple store plans are a little less secret.Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many things that happened around Apple over the last seven days.

Read this week’s Apple Loop over on Forbes.

Would anyone turn down an iPad Air?

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Yes, there are other tablets with individual apps, and every tablet’s base line functionality means that you can use Android, iOS, Windows 8, or any other flavour and get your work done…. but for that final little push, that bit of shine, is there any other choice other than an iPad Air?

… but the iPad Air is more than an iteration on Apple’s successful product line. It feels like the synthesis of everything that has come before, allowing Apple to create a tablet that can fit into your life without you having to compromise any of your expectations. And when you want to stretch your wings, the iPad Air is ready to take flight.

You can read my full review of the iPad Air over on my Forbes column.

Apple’s reply to the netbook gush in 2009…

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

As we get some distance past the critical dates, more and more stories of the design of the technology that has changed the world are coming out. Now it’s the turn of Leander Kahney to look at the iPad:

One incentive to move forward was the appearance of netbooks, a category of small, inexpensive, low-powered laptops that launched in 2007. They quickly started to eat into laptop sales and, by 2009, netbooks accounted for 20 percent of the laptop market. But Apple never seriously considered making one. “Netbooks aren’t better than anything,” Steve Jobs said at the time. “They’re just cheap laptops.”2 Nonetheless, the subject came up several times in executive meetings.

During one such high-level executive meeting in 2008, Jony proposed that the tablets in his lab could be Apple’s answer to the netbook. Jony suggested that a tablet was basically an inexpensive laptop without the keyboard. The idea appealed to Jobs, and Jony was given the go-ahead to transform the prototypes into a real product.

Questioning the Android/iOS tablet debate

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

ZDNet ask “Can any tablet OS challenge Android and iOS?”

Hold on a minute. That’s the second question. The first question is “Can Android’s tablet OS challenge iOS?” and right now I still think the answer is not yet definitive. Just because lots of manufacturers have pushed out Android tablets onto store shelves around the world does not mean it’s established. I could ship twenty million Palm OS handsets and be ‘established’ given that logic (or 2.7 million BlackBerry 10 devices…).

The iPad range is established, and users are comfortable. I’ve yet to see indications that any other manufacturer has stepped up to deliver an Android tablet system that a significant number of consumers would buy, as opposed to pockets of Xperia and Galaxy fans around the world.

Windows Phone overtakes iOS…

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

…in Estonia. Still, you’ve got to start somewhere.

Six iOS based lessons for Windows Phone

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Posted on All About Windows Phone:

With the announcement of iOS 7 for developers at Apple’s WWDC, one of the rival mobile operating systems to Windows Phone steps forward with new ideas and presentations. But if you take a closer look at iOS, is there anything that stands out as a lesson that Windows Phone needs to learn? Here are six…

Thoughts welcome!

I’ll wait for the stretch goals on the BBC Weather app

Monday, June 10th, 2013

BBC Weather app released, and all I can see is that there is no iPad version, and the smaller mobile OSs (Windows Phone an Blackberry notably) are missing. Low hanging fruit reached for the devs, now how about you use the licence fee to reach the stretch goals?

Why were there more Vine shares than Instagram shares on Twitter last week?

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Marketing Land:

On Friday there were more Vines shared on Twitter than Instagram photos. According to Topsy Analytics… there were about 2.37 million links to shared on Twitter over a 24-hour period as of about 11:30 pm PT Friday night. That’s well ahead of the 2.14 million links to that Topsy counted in the same 24 hours.

What changed? I suspect the increased user base through the release of Vine on Android on the Monday before these numbers has a lot to do with it. Let’s see how many of those new users are retained in the next few weeks. If Vine is going to go anywhere, it needs to retain the curious.

BBC Trust decide BBC’s mobile iPlayer was not biased because it focused on iOS

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

The internal inquiry say everything okay, and blames it all on Android fragmentation.

While the BBC must do all that is reasonably practicable to ensure that viewers can access its on-demand content in a range of convenient and cost-effective ways, this did not necessarily mean that it would always be expected to launch new features on different platforms simultaneously.

Nothing to see here, carry on, please stop pestering our mobile developers who can’t handle the multiple variants issue. At least the BBC Trust promise to watch the mobile app during 2013… Which is nice of them.

How to move Newsstand into a folder in iOS

Monday, May 20th, 2013

I know that Apple want to maximise revenue and present the user with options to do so, but the ‘always there’ presence of the Newsstand icon has always irked me a bit, but only now was it enough to go and Google an answer. Which is this.

Download StifleStand. Connect iOS device. Press the button marked ‘Hide Newsstand.’

Now why couldn’t Apple do that?

Settle in for the second Eurovision Semi-Final

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Just before the second semi final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest gets under way, you have time to download the mobile app from ESC Insight, EscXtra, and The Lab (powered by O2) from the iOS store. Head to to download it. I’ve also put together a ‘Spotters Guide‘ to some of the highlights for the show tonight on ESC Insight. Enjoy!

Some apps and games for your smartphone

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

I’ve posted up a number of ‘Best of’ lists of apps and games for smartphones around the holidays. All About Windows Phone has five ‘not the A-list‘ games to download (all are free downloads), while Forbes has five recommendations those new to iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

Apple’s Spec War Leaves Hope for Windows Phone

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Nokia [have] stepped aside from the ‘specification war’ that Android manufacturers and fans will constant try to engage other platforms in. A spec war that Apple has waded into.

The Geeks Have To Stop Forcing Android On Everyone

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Most consumers who’ve been tricked into buying Android will either migrate to iPhone or perhaps move to a legitimate third alternative if one ever arises. And that means there’s no battle for the geeks left to fight… their influence on the mainstream, which had been in freefall for a decade, officially ended this week. For the first time in the history of consumer technology, consumers are now fully calling the shots going forward.

Bill Palmer on the consequences of the Apple/Samsung patent case.