Why I’m not excited about iPhone 6S

Why I’m not excited about iPhone 6S

I bet you’re all looking forward to the next iPhone. You can bet your phone company is. A new iPhone for phone companies is like all your Christmases at once, with the Melbourne Cup and Moses parting the Red Sea while throwing out fist fulls of hundred dollar bills to everyone. I bet you’re probably wondering how much better Angry Birds and Candy Crush will be on it too right? Well I’m not excited. Why? Here’s a few good reasons. Blood diamonds, blood smart phones Albeit this is a criticism of all electronic devices. There are a lot of very exotic mineral called coltan that go into making those electronics. A lot of the coltan comes from small war torn countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo. Apple basically ‘plead the fifth’ and say they aren’t liable if their precious metals come from Congolese war lords. In fairness, Sony have also come under some scrutiny for being less than socially responsible as well. Needless to say where you have war lords, you have child labor. Do you feel good about upgrading your iPhone every year or so now? Read the source articles: Where Our Bloody Gadgets Come From (Vice) Conflict Minerals, Rebels and Child Soldiers in Congo (Vice) Worker suicides and mass exploitation.  Foxconn are the Taiwanese owned, Chinese based manufacturer of iPhones. In 2010 alone they had 14 suicides, which continued until 2012. At the time (2010) Steve Jobs said in the media these suicides were the result of ‘personal’ issues. A report based on findings from several Chinese universities describes the conditions at Foxconn as that of labour camps. Apple were urged to take...

Nokia Lumia 1020 just plain rules

Edit. After a recent trip to Japan there’s something truly awful about this phone. It does not support Google Maps at all. Whether via an app or by web browser, Google have conspired to make Google Maps fail on Windows. A bit frustrating when you’ve spent months preparing a Google Map for your holiday. As soon as I blog this, the thing will probably break! But I’ve had it for just on seven months now and it hasn’t missed a beat. Battery life is about 1.5-2 days, call quality is good and it does exactly what it should do. It’s a smart phone, not a smart arse phone. Now the real shock, I love using Windows 8 – on a phone. I’ve heard it’s hideous to use on desktop and a tablet. However I’ve had no problems so far running it on a smart phone. It just does what you need it to do and gets on with it. Now this phone’s party trick is the 41 megapixel camera. As far as I can see it’s actually 36+5 megapixels. In other words it takes a ginormous photo and a regular one. So your phone doesn’t crap out loading up detailed pictures. A bit cheeky but fact of the matter is it takes pretty good pictures. For the first time ever, I went on holiday with just the phone and not a camera. No regrets. Just awesome shots. In the office it integrates perfectly with Outlook mail too, as you’d expect. You can do a lot more with meeting invites too than you can on Android or iOS. The Office...

Geneva L iPod stereo dock review

Update 8 Jan 2011 – The remote stopped working on my unit over the new years break. One email to the Australian Distributor and without question, they’ve shipped me a new remote to my nearest retailer (on request) and are fault finding the old one. Very happy with that! Sometimes good things come to those who wait.  Thankfully I can now include myself in those! The Geneva is definitely a stereo for those who know what they want. Designed to please furniture and stereo aficionados alike, it’s pretty impressive in both respects. Let’s look at the stereo aspects first. In this particular unit (Geneva L – middle of the range), you get a 100 watt stereo with two tweeters and two woofers in the one unit. Now Geneva tell you in their brochureware that you get a much better stereo sound with all the speakers in one unit. Without a graphic EQ though, I had one punk song that you couldn’t hear the vocal track at all the way Geneva have setup the mix. The guitars and percussion sounded amazing though! In short, most stuff sounds amazing. Even daggy old MP3s of very poor quality sound surprisingly good. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you’ve been missing on your old stereo. One moot point though, it’s audio quality is almost wasted on crappy MP3s. Put a CD in and the difference is night and day. The build quality is fantastic. I could stare at the back of this unit for hours (sad as that is) because there’s no plastic and it’s so well thought out and it’s like a...

I live in the Optus 3G dead sea

Well there’s nothing like having the best possible hardware on the worst possible network. Yeah I have the iphone unlock and it’s a decent piece of kit. Problem is, four kilometres from the Melbourne CBD I find myself in a 3G black hole. Walking between Punt Road and Chapel St in Melbourne, the damn phone can’t even make a call. Go to send an SMS, sorry mate ‘no service’ flashing at you from the shiny screen. OK so I am cheap. There is a certain competitor that starts with ‘T’ and ends in ‘elstra’ that provides a far superior coverage (although a parallel test on a similar handset would be awesome). But their plan is frankly pathetic. They offer the iPhone on a phone plan from the 1990s with no data or ‘cap’ of included calls. So yes, tar me with the cheapskate brush. Who cares. Anyway who cares about coverage per se? Certainly not me. Especially in the middle of town it shouldn’t matter. I don’t have to part the red sea to get to work, so why do you have to to make a phone call? So why the hell can’t I make a call. This is not deepest darkest Sierra Leone or Ascension Island slap bang in the middle of the ocean. It’s the centre of a populist, burgeoning city. For the first time in 5 years, voice mail is essential because the stupid network keeps dropping out. OR you can dial a number (land line or mobile) and after two minutes, it doesn’t even get a dial tone! Well you do get what you pay...

How to move icons on your iPhone

Because Apple apparently don’t believe in manuals, here’s a feature I found by mistake the other day. You can move icons around on your screen, take icons in and out of the dock at the bottom and delete apps you no longer use. Let’s take for example the email tab in the dock. Frankly iPhone isn’t ideally suited to email and I don’t use it for that anyway. So I wanted to swap the email icon in the doc for the SMS icon, which I do use. How do you do it? Easy! 1. Hold your finger down on the icon you want to move for about 5 seconds 2. All the icons on the screen will start to shake like you’re drunk! All wobbly like the room is spinning. Any apps you’ve installed will now have a little ‘X‘ next to theicon 3. touch and drag the ‘email‘ icon off of the dock, into the main screen area. The icons should still be woozy. 4. touch and grab the ‘SMS‘ icon and move it onto the doc 5. to stop your icons wobbling around, hit the actual button on the iPhone (you know the only physical button below the screen!). The icons will now be static again. Otherwise after a minute, they will go static anyway At first I discovered this by mistake, thinking I was indeed drunk or the phone was playing up. But by the time you’ve added 10 or so apps and games to your iPhone, it’s a very handy function. So handy they should’ve bloody well told you about it in the first...

Sync Outlook with iPhone 3G

OK let me save you an hour of your life. You will need: 1 USB cable latest copy of iTunes Your Outlook (I have 2003), computer and phone. Based on this slightly out of date article, it’s advised to reset your sync settings first. It was necessary for me. You need to: connect your iPhone up with the USB cable open iTunes. Go Edit and Preferences Click the ‘Device’s tab In this release of iTunes, there’s a ‘Reset Sync History’ button. Click it and then click ‘OK’ Now select your iPhone under ‘Devices’ from the column on the left Select the ‘Info’ tab on the horizontal menu Scroll down to the ‘Calendars’ heading Tick the box ‘Sync calendars with Outlook’ Click ‘apply’ at the bottom right. Now click the ‘Sync’ button where the ‘apply button was. And now you’re done! Don’t get sucked into buying stuff you don’t need. And thankfully you don’t need to sync every single option (e.g. your music and mail) you can sync only what you want. No need to buy additional software or MobileMe or anything. It’s all...