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IPhone 6 Guessing (???) Designs Proliferate And A New Scam Is Born

Has anyone else seen this new scam?

The iPhone 6 is not even announced yet, and I’m already getting spam to pre-order my new phone, before Apple has even hinted at the product release! Not from eBay or Amazon, but from some third party resellers offering ridiculous discounts by “pre-ordering” an iPhone 6. I blame this on all of the pre-release hype!

During a recent earnings call for investors…Apple CEO Tim Cook stated,
“We care about every detail and it takes us a bit longer to do that. That’s always been the case,” he said. “It means more to us to get it right than to be first…”

“There’s to dog-gone darn much speculatin’ going on here!” – Elmer Fudd

I blame this “rush to promote” on all of the pre-release hype. I know it’s a scam, but it’s annoying and suggests un-savvy buyers could fall prey.

It’s more than a little distracting, anticipating the release of a new Apple product. The distraction is the lure and promise by Apple iPhone 6 prognosticator artists, rendering ad quality video and guessing (with action video) as to what the new models will look like. They base their renderings on photos supposed to be authentic pre release parts or production molds leaked from Chinese manufacturers.

I think all of this gives spammers and crooks a new bit to try and steal from the unsuspecting. After all, these “fake” ads look as if Apple made them. Edited out of context, and you have something truly believable.

I sold my iPad 4 in order to purchase the iPhone 5S was a good move, I think. Many of my followers know that I try to cycle my Apple products routinely. I try to gauge the market for resale so I can get current Mac and iPhone models. I don’t buy when products are released as a rule.

Regurgitating the hype of new releases has become a yearly obsession by the media, Apple Watchers and investors. No shortage of people writing and trying to guess what Apple will offer. (Now I’m writing about it, too!)

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I’ve taken to writing this blog text on my iPhone 5S. This is the fastest and best iteration of this form factor. Having had a 4, 4S, skipped the 5 then bought a deeply discounted 5S from Virgin Mobile ($349).

“The iCloud” is now working pretty well as an adjunct repository for Apple devices sharing data, video, music and photos. So I have not found that the higher memory model iPhones have been necessary, for me. I don’t need to use my local storage if I choose not to, or my own severs for music or photos at all. I send backups regularly up to “the (i)Cloud”, sync my 1Password, Safari Bookmarks, contacts across the cloud, and minimize music and photos on my iPhone so it works well within the 16gigabyte storage on the least expensive 5S.

We resisted cloud storage and network dependency for a long time, because I feared privacy invasion or security risks. Then I acquiesced, rationalizing that Apple, the NSA or the “Blacklist” can find me, get any information they want about me, very easily.

I’ve put myself out there JUST buying an iPhone (and into the Apple ecosystem), going on Facebook, buying in eBay and Amazon. And it’s amazing how both Amazon and eBay know my buying habits so well, they both tempt me with exactly the products I long for or drool over.

I do also keep backups at home locally on my own hard drives, to be safe. You never know when the cloud is going to explode, Implode or vaporize!

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Around The Grandkids

Write about your strongest memory of heart-pounding belly-twisting nervousness: what caused the adrenaline? Was it justified? How did you respond?

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WEARABLE APPLES

from iPhoneHacks……
“Apple Drops Biggest iWatch Hint: Extending Apple’s trademark to cover Jewelry and Watches”

 


Tim Cook said, “…that Apple sees the wearable devices market as an area of “profound” interest, and the iWatch is reported to be Apple’s first product in this new category of devices”.

Apple has also filed many patents for jewelry, watches and all sorts of Apple “wearable” tech stuff. According to rumors and speculations, the iWatch will be a smartwatch with a focus on health and fitness, thanks to an array of on-board sensors.” Apple has been hiring many high tech people that have biometric specialties. That should tell us all something big is on the horizon.

In My Not So Humble Opinion, iWatches need to come in wide range of multiple price points, right from the beginning. That is if Apple wants to truly break into this wearable market and pin it down.

Many punidiots have made the conclusion there will only be one model in two sizes priced at $1000 which may not tank.. Or will it? Releasing other models a few months after the initial release, that are less expensive is an Apple tradition.

However, I think Apple should release a full line. Men’s Women’s and kids. Yes Kids. A watch with GPS tracking so parents know where their children are and can instantly connect to them.

A $99 security watch with a couple health monitors. A $99 watch that can automatically monitor a kids diabetes or kids subject to anaphylactic syndrome, or just where the heck Jack & Jill are?.

An entry level $129 smart Health Monitoring watch that doesn’t necessarily need to sync with anything but can via Bluetooth, Wifi and GPS. Maybe fewer radios, Bluetooth, Wifi, but no CDMA, GSM cellular phone radio.

LETS face it, our privacy is willingly compromised if you carry a smartphone. So why not make wearable devices that maximize the technology? We all are trackable anyway. I can see parents using the devices to help keep their kids safe in a very strange often violent world. Privacy abuse aside the Matrix knows all anyway. Take the RED PILL.

Then if you must put all of the bells and whistles into the darn things Apple, a $349 smaller 38mm model $50 more for the 42mm model. Then if you must an ULTRA model that can tell you before you need a bathroom or about to have a heart attack, is solid 18 carat gold model for $10,000 up to $17,000 for “rose gold”.

Older men like myself often need that alert as our bodies don’t always cooperate. Didn’t your mother always say just before a car trip, “Don’t you have to go the bathroom?”

Quick take an aspirin so you don’t have a heart Attack! 

AUXO TWEAK – Best $1.99 Reason To Jailbreak

You would think that Apple would want to look at every tweak that third party JAILBREAK enthusiasts are using. They haven’t updated the keyboard on the iPhone or IOS at all since IOS was built. The Control Center in IOS 7 is an improvement, but to really make it functional, you need to JAILBREAK your phone.

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AUXO 2 ($1.99 on Cydia Repository) is a third party tweak that is a MUST.  Like the image above shows, it opens up to control center, but with a few differences. You see the Application Switcher in the middle? You can scroll through open Apps without going back to a HOME screen and switch between them in a flash.

FLIP CONTROL Center  allows you to add additional switches to both the top and bottom rows, for fast easy control of things like toggling the flashlight, go straight to settings or toggle WIFI or Airplane modes.  These are obviously working tweaks and in demand, so why doesn’t Apple just allow folks to use their phones the way we want to?

Apple has kept the iPhone OS very tightly controlled.  I can understand security reasons, but are they that lame that exploits continue to become available with every IOS release?  It’s a Cat & Mouse game they play, sealing up one exploit, only to create others.

And by exploit, I mean to holes in IOS that JAILBREAKS need in order to gain root access to the phone. This enables third party software that Apple cannot produce, the ability to run (all at the risk of the end user violating the EULA).

I TWEAT regularly to @Tim_Cook, “What has happened to ‘Think Different’, the Steve Jobs mantra he introduced upon his return to Apple from exile?”.  When Jobs came back in 1997 and walked onto the WWDC stage to a deafening roar of approval from the crowd for the first time after his return. He promised an open source MAC OS (to become OSX) based on the contributions from thousands of independent UNIX developers.  He promised a commitment to developers that Apple would communicate and cooperate in a new way. It seems the open systems and cooperation Jobs promised, have vanished.

Everything Apple is making has become less field serviceable that ever. Screens are glued on the iMac, no (regular) screws are being used in exterior cases. We get the idea Apple doesn’t want end users inside their devices. Therein is the rub. We aren’t borrowing what we buy. WE PAY FOR HARDWARE!

So why is it so unfathomable that we would want to use the devices, with whatever software we want? The FCC has said that if a device is not under contract, wholly owned by the end user, they are entitled to unlock the phone to use on any carrier of choice. The directive goes further to say that the process of “opening systems” which is also known as ROOTING or JAILBREAKING is also up to and only the responsibly of the end user.

(to be continued)

Swype For iPhone

SWYPE for Android allows you to drag your finger around the screen to type. Apple has refused any third party from offering an alternative keyboard. The “Swype” keyboard on Android is far superior input method than Apple’s tiny keyboard.

I had a couple years without an iPhone. Between the iPhone 3G and the release of the iPhone 5, I have been at odds since Apple chose AT&T as the exclusive iPhone provider, as I hate AT&T.

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Of course now all the big carriers offer iPhone. Even my pre-pay carrier Virgin Mobile offers the 5S. You have to pay up front for the phone, but you don’t pay through the butt locked in to a two year prison by one of the big three.

IMNSHO Apple has become a much more stodgy and tightly controlled company. I guess I can understand why other companies copy and steal their proprietary software and hardware designs. However, I believe Apple will suffer the same fate they did in the 80’s when they were king of the hill and Microsoft just a glimmer in Bill Gates eye. Smartphone competition has caught up up Apple and Samsung is outselling iPhones worldwide. They offer inexpensive entry level smartphones through highly sophisticated models like the Galaxy S5. Other companies like HTC, Nokia and Motorola are not standing by the wayside. Even Amazon is coming out with an Android powered smartphone. Every Android phone comes with Swype pre-installed.

The keyboard input on Apple IOS devices is terrible. The worst part is having to change screens for the most common punctuations. It’s anti-intuitive to anyone who has ever typed on a computer.

The input software SWYPE now owned by NUANCE, offers a more intuitive keyboard. Not only are most all characters are available under the same keys like a computer keyboard, it offers a natural way to speed up text input. You start with the first letter, then drag around over the letters to spell words. The Intuitive pre-cognition of the software is very good.

Of course it makes mistakes but several choices of words it thinks you mean show up just at the top of the keyboard, just in case the word you were trying to type didn’t come up. It doesn’t automatically enter the word unless you choose to replace it with another selection. I find Apples word replacement annoying, changing abbreviations or just getting the wrong word.

I have seen all of the movies, Pirates of Silicon Valley , Jobs, played by Ashton Kutcher (yuk) and read a few books and the biography by Walter Isaacson of Steve Jobs. Isaacson portrayed Jobs always considering himself a rebel, outside of the corporate fray (until he returned to Apple and ousted then CEO Gil Amelio). That may be why he was ousted from Apple by John Sculley in the early 90’s.

To me Jobs never learned to respect simple people as artists using Apple computers. To Jobs you were either enlightened or an asshole. . I suspect he had just as much contempt for all Apple customers. He always thought Apple products were for the “enlightened” and kept the pricing above all other computers. It made businesses seek more cost effective Dells, HP’s and a host of other clones to run business with.

Apple did not respond well to user groups either. Many evangelists and professional folks grew out of those groups (myself included). But very little enthusiasm for organized groups was shown by Apple. We advocated for Apple in the dark days when the company looked like it was about to throw in the towel.