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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.

iPhone 5/5S High Rise Cradle Charges With the Case On

I bought this stand for my iPhone 5S from Amazon called the
Twelve South HiRise for iPhone/iPad mini-brushed Metal Stand Designed to Work with your Apple Lightning Cable.

It’s open style allows you to adjust the stand so you can charge or sync your phone, without removing it from a case. 20140303-201107.jpg20140303-204216.jpg

The top picture shows it supporting the phone without a case. It does NOT come with a cable or a connector at all. It uses your existing USB to Lightning cable in an ingenious way as the price of the stand is less $$$ than the limited Apple dock, which always requires removing the case.

Continue reading iPhone 5/5S High Rise Cradle Charges With the Case On

JAILBREAK FOR IOS 7.0.6 – None for IOS 7.1

Relax folks. You all were well forwarned JAILBREAK 7.1.0 was NOT REALLY READY FOR PRIME TIME (nor will it ever be!). DEVELOPERS OF THIRD PARTY Software NEED TIME TO MAKE THEIR TWEAKS COMPATIBLE. The EVAD3ERS group, the prime team providing easy Jailbreak software say. “stay on IOS 7.0.6 if you want a Jailbreak, We won’t be issuing another utility until after IOS 8 and the next round of iDevices are released. We will not be releasing and Evasion tool to Jailbreak IOS 7.1”.

ThIrd party developers programming are not quite in sync with the Evad3rs Team, “so don’t shoot the messenger”.

This kind fellow on Facebook does a terrific job and writes timely information delivering the news about EVASION IOS JAILBREAK. HE AIN’T RESPONSIBLE for anything. But he tries like hell to get the news out fast, accuratly and keep confusion to a minimum.

So many comments from you BUGGERS, screaming and whining , wanting the JAILBREAK for IOS 7-7.04. Well you got it. And think of it this way, you GOT WHAT YOU PAID FOR – JUST AN OS not a promise all other software would work. And a firm warning to that affect.

Saurik and these guys have families too. Nasty comments get through and Fxxx you turds who do this. Please – get lost and let these people have lives too. They don’t have to do any of this for “free” and to enlighten our community. They don’t owe you a damned thing, remember that!

When Apple releases OS updates, they have many, many programmers working to check compatibility with existing Apps and another group working with major app makers like Adobe and Microsoft testing and tweaking their software.

With major upgrades like Mavericks, older software breaks and you find yourself regretting the update. Because software that worked flawlessly the day before becomes incompatible. They try to publish as complete a compatibility list as they can.

Forced to be a clandestine community since the release of IOS, we have demanded of Apple the openness Steve Jobs promised at the official release of OSX. It has faded away as Apple became such a powerful business. They dictate the use of products and do NOT PROVIDE OPEN ACCESS TO THEIR OS’es. If you don’t like the look, tough tittys. You bought into the culture.

Apple has decided to regress into the old vertical OS strategy, and force rigid controls, programmers must comply with in order for Apple to “sign” or sanction the use of an App on its OS. No difference for IOS. In fact since IOS was released a much tighter control Apple has been insisted upon. So jailbreaking and unlocking became necessary for device “FREEDOM” what we expect to have when we buy a tool or piece of hardware. If you take an alternate you void your Apple warranty.

Simply said they feel a device Like a mobile device using a public carrier, where your dsta is flying around through space airwaves for anyone to capture and abuser to steal. Phones contain so much of your personal data like credit cards and your social security number, remain secure and protected. Kudos for them taking a stand against the NSA for using “back doors” forced by the government to spy on everyone, not just terrorists, regular citizens like you and I.

On the other hand, we JAILBREAKERS take it upon ourselves to live outside this secured comfort zone for the FREEDOM. To use what we want as we want.

I can understand the allure of TAIG offering $1,000,000.00 to these guys to include their store for Chinese users. Release of 7.1.0.1 removes this.

The guys should have released two separate JAIBREAKS. ONE FOR CHINESE MARKET ONLY. Another version for everyone else. The Chinese have no qualms about stealing our technology and hacking back doors to spy on us. I live on the gubment teat on Disability Social Security, so congrats on the income guys, you deserve it, considering the abuse you get online from so many impatient jerks!

It’s one way the Chinese can advance their technology and have no scruples about complying to copyright and stealing other people’s intellectual property. Their government enforces their rigid copyright but ignores the rights of any other country or nationality encouraging piracy.

During your negotiations, you should have been made it clear that we in the US have no use for Chinese language software. They should have been happy with a separate release just for THEIR PRIME MARKET.

So oops! You made a boo boo. We all screw up up. We just have come to expect the “Lords of the Jailbreak” to be superhuman. Guess what? They are just way above average GEEKS like the us, trying to provide alternate freedoms.

Those of you who don’t speak English and cannot write with it with any clarity please just shut up on the Facebook blog ! You are a bloody bunch of whiny twits, ignorant and stupid. I’m tired of your infantile behavior and demands. Grow some nads and act like adults.

Eventually (quicker than you think I bet) the other developers will catch up and their tweaks will work with JAILBREAK 7.1.0.1.

WAKE UP. WISE UP. AND RTFM. If you are stuck with a “bricked device” you are just SOOL out of luck. You didn’t read the EULA instructions and warnings beforehand. So its your own ignorant fault!