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    The iPad, Apples new toy…

     Posted in Technology at 1:53 on Saturday, January 30th, 2010 by Mr. Rant

    This week we saw the release of Apple’s New toy, the iPad.  While most industry pundits are telling us it’s the newest thing to have, I have to question the purpose of it.  Apple has a long history since Jobs’ return to the company of producing new and exciting tech which has revolutionised a particular sector.

    The iPod is a case in point on that one; it helped develop a revolution of digital downloads and in conjunction with iTunes it’s become the program of choice for millions of users.  Same goes for the iPhone, but do we really need a whole new market, based around Apple’s device.

    I would argue that we don’t.

    I like Apple products; they are swish in design and inherently easy to use, but and there is always a but with Apple they always lack a vital function – most evident with the iPhone and glaringly evident with the iPad.  The lack of Multiple, background processing is a huge oversight on Apple’s part.

    Personally, I know that the iPad will be huge, despite it’s shortcomings – people just love Apple stuff, and they will love it no matter what it does, even if it is just an oversized iPod touch.


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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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    iTunes!

     Posted in Technology at 6:12 on Monday, September 21st, 2009 by Mobile Rant

    The podcast is now available on iTunes!

    See: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=332501823 It’s a proud-ish moment!


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    New Dell Netbook!

     Posted in Technology at 11:21 on Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    Well, I’ve finally joined the hoards of people with netbooks!

    I’ve got a Dell Inspiron Mini 1010, it’s a marvellous little piece of kit, I’ll add some pictures later on.


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    Ni-MH? I dunno…

     Posted in Technology at 0:51 on Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    Never ever ask a Saturday shopping assistant if they sell Ni-MH batteries, they won’t have a clue what your talking about they’ll most likely thing your trying to get them involved in some weird sex game.

    Gone are the times that everyone in a shop who worked there new what their products did and how much they were but now, Jesus it’s so hard to find a product that might pertain to be a little bit specialist.  Undoubtedly the worst example of poor customer service is PC World; (that’s a shop, not a police officer).  I had to get some batteries for my brand spanking new Wii control charging arrangment, it just so happens that the best batteries to buy are Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries and they are a little bit of a specialist tool, they’re high drain so they longer, you can see Ni-MH batteries in lots of things the chances are that your phone has one, although they’re shit unless they’ve been power cycled properly something which I’m not going to explain here as it’s dull as hell and you really don’t need to hear about it.

    Anyway…

    Being the industrious and free-thinking person that I am I assumed that PC World would stock the said batteries after all they’re in common use in Digital Cameras, I asked a lovely looking girl whom I thought might know if they stocked them surfice to say that after ten minutes of repeating what I wanted I didn’t get a difinitive answer and they she asked her manager! For Fucks Sake! What are you retarted!


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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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