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    iPhone 4? You’ll need these…

     Posted in iPhone & Technology at 21:07 on Thursday, July 1st, 2010 by Mr. Rant

    So you’ve got your iPhone 4 and you’re extremely impressed with it’s retina display, and you love it’s glass back and swish stainless steel corners and Apple’s fantastic new antenna system, what?

    Wait?

    Haven’t you heard that you’re gonna have some reception issues?

    You see Apple have implemented this fantastic new antenna, they’re wrapped it around the outer edge of the phone.  It’s supposed to make the reception better, but alas in true Apple style it’s lacking a basic vital feature; the ability to stay connected to the Mobile Network.  The problem stems unbelievably from a design oversight by Apple which means as you can see in the picture below, you make a circuit with your hand with bridging that little gap, therefore rendering the signal to the network dead.

    iPhone 4... Good? Maybe...

    iPhone 4... Good? Maybe...

    You’re bassically absorbing the cell signal with your hand.  This issue has been recognised by several leading antenna scientists but strangely Apple are not willing to recognise the fault.  They’ve been saying that there is no reception issue, that so brings me on to the two things you’ll need.

    Firstly One of these:

    Elastic Bands

    Elastic Bands

    Temporary fix, stops you from bridging the antenna.

    Alternatively…

    A bible...

    A bible...

    You can get one of these and pray that Apple recognise the problem and attempt to fix it by whatever means they deem reasonable.


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    Ulimited! (No, actually it’s quite limited.)

     Posted in iPhone & Technology at 8:00 on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    Orange today have announced that they will launch the iPhone 3G and 3Gs on their network on 11th November 2009, while this might be great news for some I would be very wary of what they have to offer.  This morning along with when they would launch they put a link to the tariffs they will offer to new and upgrading customers; and for the most part they are strikingly similar to what O2 have – Frankly I really doubt that any one will be spurred on the get the iphone on Orange over O2.

    After doing some more investigative work (I’m excellent at this, probably because I’m anal about reading the fine print in contracts, I enjoy it.) it seems that Orange will cap their ‘Unlimited’ internet access for iPhone users to just 720mb, something which O2 don’t do.  Of course there is a fair usage policy (FUP) on O2 but it’s set ridiculously high, I regularly download around a GB of data a month and that’s perfectly easy on the iPhone and O2 allow it.

    Orange seem to have decided one of two things:

    1. iPhone users will use their data and pay for it.

    2. Our shareholders need more money, so we’ll charge the same as O2 and make more money, as a pose to cutting the cost to attract more users from O2.

    A smart move?

    Never, in business, yes you want to make money but an easy way of doing that is being competitive.  O2 are the UK’s largest mobile phone provider and they have a huge share of the market, Orange don’t, what I would do is competitively price the tariffs to attract as many customers as I could.  Orange have seemingly missed a trick.  Capping the data usage on the iPhone is laughable what with all those streaming apps and Facebook checks to made during the day you can easily go over your data allowance in a week let alone four.  750mb is just not enough.

    But wait…

    Vodafone haven’t announced what they will do about their tariffs when the iPhone launches on their network in the new year, it remains to be seen if they will undercut both companies, but alas, I fear that we may see the same tariffs with tiny differences when they launch.


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    Shazam app!

     Posted in iPhone at 23:48 on Friday, February 27th, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    AMA-ZING! That’s all that can be said about his nifty little application. It basically listens to a song and tells who you sang it and where you can get it from! I’ve tested it on three really obscure songs and it got them all! Screen shots as follows:

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    Shazam = Witchcraft

    I don’t know how it does it.


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    My Digital Life…

     Posted in iPhone & Thoughts on Things... at 22:24 on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    Picture this it’s two-thousand and nine, technology is everywhere; in your pockets, on the bus, in your living room.  How I hear you cry do we keep all this connected together so that it updates the information we hold in a beauteous synchronicity? The internet is a wonderful thing and that’s not just the sections which are entirely full of pornography (although they are superb).

    The advent of the cloud has made our digital connectivity even easier than before, the cloud space on the internet has been a stunning accessory that we can all use to integrate technology into our lives, for me I use the cloud to develop my work across the world from wherever I am, I have instant access to my files and documents, all you need is an internet connection.

    You all know that I have an iPhone, this connects with my laptop and to my emails via Apple’s MobileMe service, all my emails and contacts get “pushed” to my phone and then everything works together and allows an instantly updated data stream.  I really don’t think I could live without the technology in my life, sad as it seems this is the truth, one day when the electricity runs out we’ll have to do it, and I wonder how well we will cope.


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    iPhone Number two and its cracks…

     Posted in iPhone & Technology at 12:52 on Saturday, January 17th, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    Yes, you read it right… It has cracked again.  I’ve been so very careful with it, making sure it’s not dropped or anything.  I’m very disapointed.


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