Opinion http://www.stuff.tv/my/opinion/all en-MY Ignore brick-and-mortar stores, online shopping is the new mall http://www.stuff.tv/my/black-friday/ignore-brick-and-mortar-stores-online-shopping-new-mall/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you need a reason to shop online, Elissa Loi gives you two: Black Friday and Cyber Monday </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ignore brick-and-mortar stores, online shopping is the new mall" alt="Ignore brick-and-mortar stores, online shopping is the new mall" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Online%20shopping%20main.jpg?1417074201" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Shopping used to be fun, until I got older and my tolerance for crowd situations dipped (read: none left).&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Anyone who&rsquo;s been to Bukit Bintang on a weekend should know how bad it gets, and it doesn&rsquo;t help that that&rsquo;s probably the only time you, a responsible adult with the average day job, get to steal away, so no thanks. I&rsquo;d rather do my shopping online. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">On the more practical level, you get to compare prices more easily than if you were to do it in real life. And because it&rsquo;s the internet which is international, almost every holiday in the world is used as an excuse to mark down prices online. Black Friday? Cyber Monday? Only applicable in the US but thanks to the internet, Malaysians get a bite of the discount pie too.</p> <p dir="ltr">What about sizing? The all important hands-on experience? Well, you&rsquo;ve done enough shopping in your lifetime to have that all figured out, haven&rsquo;t you? Besides online sites should have all the information you need. Or you could just make a trip down to try something on before you get to return back to the safety of your home and purchase it for cheaper online with the countless promo codes available.</p> <p dir="ltr">No queues, no fuss, no pushy sales assistant hovering in the background, the only delay being how quickly I retrieve my credit card from my wallet and enter the numbers in.</p> <p>Plus, I don&rsquo;t have to deal with a crappy attitude from a sales assistant having a bad day. Which is just fine by me.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Need some shipping help? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Finding the best deals is just one part of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness. If you want to get on board, read this essential guide to bringing Black Friday and Cyber Monday to Singapore. It&#39;s okay, don&#39;t need to thank us, we&#39;re just glad to drag you in and make ourselves feel less guilty for splurging.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/black-friday/shop-and-ship-how-enjoy-black-friday-and-cyber-monday-malaysia/feature">Shop and ship: how to enjoy Black Friday and Cyber Monday in M</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/black-friday/shop-and-ship-how-enjoy-black-friday-and-cyber-monday-malaysia/feature">alaysia</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/black-friday/ignore-brick-and-mortar-stores-online-shopping-new-mall/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/black-friday/ignore-brick-and-mortar-stores-online-shopping-new-mall/feature#comments Black Friday Cyber Monday Opinion Stuff Says Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:43:22 +0000 Elissa Loi 1454086 at http://www.stuff.tv Saving the game: why iPhones and Android devices must do better http://www.stuff.tv/my/saving-game-why-iphones-and-android-devices-must-do-better/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In the old days, progress in games vanished when you pulled the plug. Craig Grannell asks why things have barely moved on in mobile </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/save-game.jpg?1415432192" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I first started playing games, they were mostly about high scores. </p> <p>Your investment in a title was rewarded in terms of mastery, and being able to lord it over the literally several people you knew who also cared a bit about the same game. If you could cope with <em>Defender</em>&rsquo;s demands for hours, or complete every cave in <em>Boulder Dash</em> without losing a single life, bully for you. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Little computer memories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At some point, though, developers figured out that investment in gaming could be rewarded in other ways, through having you return to build on previous efforts.&nbsp;</p> <p>I first encountered this with a proto-<em>Sims</em> called <em>Little Computer People</em> on the Commodore 64. The game involved a &lsquo;house on a disk&rsquo;. Shortly after loading it, a little bloke would walk around a three-storey building that looked rather more palatial than the one I lived in at the time. He&rsquo;d open all the doors and cupboards, nip off and get his dog, and then rap on the screen and start demanding things.</p> <p>My LCP was a mean poker player and also a lazy sod who&rsquo;d never shut any doors. He loved dancing to rubbish music in his living room, but wasn&rsquo;t terribly keen on having a shower.</p> <p>He also had a memory that persisted between sessions. Starve the little swine and he&rsquo;d ignore you, or write a snarky letter on his typewriter (before going an odd shade of green and ending up consigned to bed). Pat him on the head and send him gifts, and he&rsquo;d be far more obedient than his dog, or, for that matter, your own dog, and become amenable to requests (bar, as already inferred, anything to do with basic hygiene).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="908" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/little-computer-people.jpg?1415432192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It was fascinating to have this kind of ongoing &lsquo;life&rsquo; within a game, rather than everything dying the second you pulled the plug, and as hardware evolved, so too did game saves.</p> <p>Floppy disks gave way to hard disks, with potentially limitless space to store an insane number of Civilization II battles; with consoles, eventually only the most miserly publishers issued games without battery back-up, ensuring that working your way through the ninth hour of a rich, complex RPG wouldn&rsquo;t require you to sit there every time going through the motions for eight-and-a-bit hours first.</p> <p>Today, we live in an era of amazing technology. Mobile devices are as powerful as notebooks from only a half-dozen years ago. Internet connectivity is almost ubiquitous and cloud storage is cheap.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SkTgX1mGmDg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Continuity problems </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yet game saves haven&rsquo;t kept pace in the way I&rsquo;d hoped. If I play a game on my iPhone, it&rsquo;s vanishingly rare that I can launch it on my iPad and continue from where I left off.</p> <p>And when it comes to playing the same game across platforms - switching from iPad to Android smartphone to PC - forget it. At that point, politics comes into play, silos from Apple, Google and others torpedoing any notion of platform-agnostic, readily accessible save-states; only rarely will a publisher invest in integrating a save system and the servers to maintain it.</p> <p>Fortunately, we&rsquo;re not quite back in the days of&nbsp;<em>Defender</em>. Powering down an iPad won&rsquo;t wipe your progress in&nbsp;<em>Year Walk</em>, and rebooting an Android device won&rsquo;t excise any headway you&rsquo;ve made in&nbsp;<em>Sword &amp; Sworcery</em>. But deleting an app is this generation&rsquo;s virtual plug-pull, any data beyond basic high scores disappearing as the icon whirls into the void.</p> <p>In an instant, almost everything you achieved and the means to pick up from where you left off is most likely gone for good, even if you reinstall.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LVz_MhMsAvs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Deleting this app will remove it from your life forever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In an age of storage-restricted mobile hardware and rapidly ballooning mobile game file sizes, something has to give. Either you keep the same few games forever, or you just grit your teeth and eradicate them from your life once you think you&rsquo;re done with them. Perhaps there&rsquo;s no longer room for the long-term; maybe games are now destined to become entirely disposable products - played for a while, and then deleted for good.</p> <p>But I hope we&rsquo;re just in a technology blip and someone somewhere is beavering away to bring us something much better, to somehow more easily enable games to live on, across the divides of platforms and multiple installations, via saves easily available from anywhere on any device, at any time; the alternative - never being able to return to virtual worlds you&rsquo;ve invested hours or days in, unless they&rsquo;re first wiped clean - is a horrible prospect, liable to make me greener-in-the-face than even the most poorly LCP.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/pay-music-films-and-games-or-you-ll-be-left-garbage/feature">Opinion - Pay for music, games and films or you&#39;ll be left with garbage</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/saving-game-why-iphones-and-android-devices-must-do-better/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/saving-game-why-iphones-and-android-devices-must-do-better/feature#comments Android games Gaming iOS games Opinion Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:13:02 +0000 Elissa Loi 1452559 at http://www.stuff.tv Opinion: The Apple SIM is freaking everyone out — and that’s a good thing http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/opinion-apple-sim-freaking-everyone-out-and-s-good-thing/featurev <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new iPads include an Apple SIM, and it could be the start of another Apple-led mobile revolution, says Craig Grannell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Opinion: The Apple SIM is freaking everyone out — and that’s a good thing" alt="Opinion: The Apple SIM is freaking everyone out — and that’s a good thing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-sim.jpg?1414727860" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Technology needs shake-ups every now and again, otherwise we&rsquo;d all be lumbered with the command line and floppy disks, and Snake on a Nokia dumbphone would be the cutting edge of mobile gaming.</p> <p>Sometimes, though, shifts in technology only occur when a company points out the obvious that somehow wasn&rsquo;t entirely obvious to everyone at the time, and this may come with a side order of pain.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Happy holidays </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The advantages are obvious. If you take your device overseas, you&rsquo;ll be able to select from a list of local carriers and get online in seconds, rather than going slightly crazy in local stores, pointing madly at your device, while simultaneously thumbing through a phrase book and trying to figure out some kind of universal sign language for &ldquo;I&rsquo;d like a temporary pay-and-go SIM, please, dear merchant&rdquo;.</p> <p>The disadvantages are almost non-existent &mdash; at least from a consumer standpoint. If you&rsquo;re a carrier, however, the Apple SIM looks more like an attack on your entire business model, because it wrests control further away from you and places it more in the hands of device owners.</p> <p>Imagine their horror: a loss of income from roaming fees, and customers easily able to switch to a rival service in their location as and when they choose.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We&#039;re all going on a summer holiday..." alt="We&#039;re all going on a summer holiday..." src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-2-01.jpg?1414727860" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iPhones next? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s perhaps for this reason that attempts by Stuff to get comments from UK operators have to date been met with barely more than stony silence; at the time of writing only a single UK carrier (EE) has signed on.</p> <p>Meanwhile, in the US, AT&amp;T is reportedly locking the Apple SIM to its network, rather defeating its purpose. (Somewhat petulantly, it also vanishes as a future option should you instead choose Sprint or T-Mobile.) Elsewhere, support is quite literally non-existent &mdash; this is a UK (barely) and USA thing for now.</p> <p>Really, though, it&rsquo;s what happens next that&rsquo;s more interesting. What will carriers do if those on board with the Apple SIM end up getting a flood of new business, purely from being an option when someone fires up their shiny new iThing? And what if Apple deems its iPad experiment to be a success and then expands the Apple SIM to off-contract iPhones?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/better-or-worse-apple-s-ipad-line-shows-its-now-very-different-company/feature" target="_blank">For better or worse, Apple&rsquo;s iPad line-up shows it&#39;s now a very different company</a></strong></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Could the iPhone be next in line for an Apple SIM?" alt="Could the iPhone be next in line for an Apple SIM?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6_1.jpg?1414727860" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The end of the SIM card? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fast forward a couple of years, and it&rsquo;s conceivable to imagine iPads and iPhones that don&rsquo;t even have SIM slots. Everything would be sealed within the device itself.</p> <p>Naturally, people would continue to freak out, fuming carriers joined by a relatively small number of frothing users who swear by being able to choose from a collection of SIMs located about their person. But technology always marches on. We lost the floppy drive and the optical drive is not long for this world; elsewhere, computer and mobile hardware continues its inevitable shift towards &lsquo;appliance&rsquo; &mdash; sealed units lacking internal expansion. Maybe the humble SIM is now also on borrowed time, set to disappear entirely.</p> <p>This is perhaps a step too far, and Apple might be wiser to stick for a while with the more comfortable compromise of a replaceable Apple SIM. A modicum of extensibility and choice is always a good thing, after all, even if many people don&rsquo;t take advantage of it; but decent default set-ups for the consumer are better.</p> <p>Regardless, the Apple SIM could be a big win for everyone if enough carriers swallow their pride and embrace change &mdash; but, as ever, that&rsquo;s a very big &lsquo;if&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/shopping-gadgets-tyranny-choice/feature" target="_blank">Shopping for gadgets and the tyranny of choice</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Going, going... gone?" alt="Going, going... gone?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nano-sim.jpg?1414727860" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apple/opinion-apple-sim-freaking-everyone-out-and-s-good-thing/feature </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/opinion-apple-sim-freaking-everyone-out-and-s-good-thing/featurev" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/opinion-apple-sim-freaking-everyone-out-and-s-good-thing/featurev#comments Apple iPad Air 2 Opinion Tablets Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:53:48 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1451864 at http://www.stuff.tv Opinion: Shopping for gadgets and the tyranny of choice http://www.stuff.tv/my/shopping-gadgets-tyranny-choice/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do we really need dozens of different televisions or tablets from a single manufacturer? Spoiler: No. No we really don&#039;t, says Craig Grannell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Spot the difference" alt="Spot the difference" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/john-lewis-02.jpg?1415010717" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our seven-year-old telly recently gave up the ghost.</p> <p>Presumably no longer able to fake a cheery disposition at our viewing habits, it suddenly decided to object in a rather overt manner by resisting any and all attempts to coax it into life. It would sit there, a single sullen red stand-by light piercing the room like a depressed and frozen Cylon, and then, in protest, entirely power down whenever we had the audacity to try and turn it on.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Given the age of our telly, my queries regarding a good place to get it repaired were met with unanimous bafflement.&nbsp;</p> <p>Clearly, this TV death was to be thought of as an opportunity &ndash; a chance to rid ourselves of the sheer horrors of relatively low-resolution telly. We could embrace HD! Smart TV! 3D! The way people got so terribly excited about these prospects, I half expected to amble about John Lewis and find that all modern televisions were holographic units, which could somehow simultaneously solve world hunger, reshape your immediate reality, and make the tea.</p> <p>Instead, what I found was rather different: something in the region of about a billion televisions, arranged in rows like endless tech gravestones for your eyes. Each was helpfully dubbed with a useful name like XHGI6Q5A48BZ, and they all looked identical.</p> <p>On eyeing up a bunch of Samsungs, it became apparent that manufacturers are taking the piss. There was a 48-inch telly that looked the same as another 48-inch telly, but one of them had a transparent bezel around the tiny black bezel, for some reason that wasn&#39;t immediately obvious. Another one had a slightly different stand.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A small section of LG&#039;s 55in TV range" alt="A small section of LG&#039;s 55in TV range" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-tvs.jpg?1415010717" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Which bezel is best?" alt="Which bezel is best?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tyranny-of-choice_0.jpg?1415010717" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The specifications were also very slightly different, to the level that would have probably made one über telly geek terribly cross if you didn&#39;t get why, but nonplus everyone else. Seemingly, rather than figure out a few distinct models that would be fit for a range of prospective buyers, everyone&#39;s cunning plan was to fling as much out there as possible and see what would stick.</p> <p>Glancing around, this is clearly far from a unique tactic. Countless tablets laid on tables, with consumers looking on and wondering precisely why they were being asked to choose between an almost identical range of black rectangles. Notebooks lined desks, each one very slightly different from the other, in ways that don&#39;t really matter. Fortunately, I didn&#39;t notice any smartphones nearby or I might have been driven over the edge.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tables of tablets and tellies" alt="Tables of tablets and tellies" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tables-of-tablets.jpg?1415010717" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I paused for a moment, having somehow managed to mentally trim the selection of suitable televisions to a mere few hundred thousand, and reflected that at least I don&#39;t usually have this problem with technology.</p> <p>Having for the most part bought Apple kit over the years, I&#39;ve not been bombarded by lots of choice &ndash; instead, a company was bright and savvy enough to say &quot;no&sbquo;&quot; a lot, and only release a very small number of products it thought people would need.</p> <p>And then I thought about the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6</a>. And the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 Plus</a>. And the rumours of a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-planning-129in-ipad-early-2015-release/news" target="_blank">giant iPad</a> to sit alongside the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a> and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini-3/review" target="_blank">iPad Mini 3</a>. Apple&#39;s teetering on the brink, seemingly about to ditch its svelte line for one far more bloated. It can only be a matter of time before it&#39;ll announce an iOS device with a tiny transparent bezel around the tiny black bezel, and at that time I&#39;ll be no longer able to fake a cheery disposition and will quite possibly resist any and all attempts to do anything at all.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/better-or-worse-apple-s-ipad-line-shows-its-now-very-different-company/feature#node-1450612" target="_blank">For better or worse, Apple&rsquo;s iPad line-up shows it&#39;s now a very different company</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Oh, Apple. Not you too." alt="Oh, Apple. Not you too." src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-line-up.jpg?1415010717" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The tyranny of choice </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/john-lewis-02_0.jpg?1415010717" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/shopping-gadgets-tyranny-choice/feature#comments Opinion Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:10:47 +0000 Elissa Loi 1451624 at http://www.stuff.tv Using your iPad Air 2 as a camera is fine, and here’s why http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/using-your-ipad-air-2-camera-fine-and-here-s-why/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ignore the tech snobs — if you want to use your iPad as a camera, go for it, says Craig Grannell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Using your iPad Air 2 as a camera is fine, and here’s why" alt="Using your iPad Air 2 as a camera is fine, and here’s why" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipad-air-2-camera-02.jpg?1414026624" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>During Apple&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/6-things-you-need-know-todays-apple-launch/news">recent event</a>, VP Philip Schiller made quite a big deal about the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ipad-air-2-revealed-its-so-thin-you-might-cut-yourself-holding-it/news">iPad Air 2</a>&rsquo;s camera.</p> <p>&ldquo;Perhaps the feature people love most about their iPads is the camera,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Some people have been surprised by that, but it really makes a lot of sense.&rdquo;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. The technology’s surprisingly great </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPad is not going to replace a professional camera, nor, perhaps, even your smartphone&rsquo;s camera. But the iPad Air 2 now packs cameras with some decent specs.</p> <p>The main one on the back is 8MP and shoots 1080p video. It can shoot 43 megapixel panoramas, slo-mo video, time-lapse and burst mode. It also leverages on Apple&rsquo;s excellent HDR capabilities, with HDR shots now composed using a single image.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPad Air 2 camera" alt="iPad Air 2 camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-2-camera-01_0.jpg?1414026624" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. It’s a really huge viewfinder </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Professionals for the most part will no doubt argue you should stick with the traditional camera viewfinder, but for the rest of us, composing on a screen is logical. You can see how your shot will end up and make adjustments accordingly.</p> <p>Using the iPad Air 2, you have a beautiful 9.7-inch display on which to work. This is handy for anyone, but especially useful for people harder of vision; and also for kids, who can take advantage of the iPad&rsquo;s larger interface elements.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPad Air 2" alt="iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-2-camera-04.jpg?1414026624" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. The iPad has fantastic editing apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Shooting is only a part of photography &mdash; what you then do with your photos is equally important. Although you can transfer images between devices, you can <em>instantly</em> start work with a photo you&rsquo;ve literally just taken, without having to wait for the cloud to catch up.</p> <p>And Apple&rsquo;s app ecosystem is rich, providing products for fine-tuning photos, assisting coaches with training players via videos of their performances, editing and translating documents &lsquo;scanned&rsquo; with the camera, and even using the camera to help create virtual layouts of your home that you can experiment with.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Editing on the iPad Air 2" alt="Editing on the iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-2-camera-03.jpg?1414026624" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. The best camera is the one you have with you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Perhaps some people are so anti-tablets-as-cameras that they&rsquo;d never consider using one in this manner, for fear of being branded some kind of tech numptie. But people said exactly the same thing about smartphones not that many years ago.</p> <p>Yet the reality has always been simple: people want fewer devices that can do more, and the iPad is very capable in that regard; moreover, the best camera is the one you have with you, and if that&rsquo;s the one on the iPad, the technology&rsquo;s now at the point the tablet itself could be considered a decent camera choice anyway &mdash; no matter how uneasy that makes tech snobs.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">Apple iPad Air 2 hands-on</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The best camera is the one you have with you" alt="The best camera is the one you have with you" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/camera-2_0.jpg?1414026624" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/using-your-ipad-air-2-camera-fine-and-here-s-why/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/using-your-ipad-air-2-camera-fine-and-here-s-why/feature#comments Apple iPad Air 2 Opinion Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:44:48 +0000 Elissa Loi 1451113 at http://www.stuff.tv A key ingredient in Apple’s secret success sauce is hate http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/key-ingredient-apple-s-secret-success-sauce-hate/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Haters gonna hate, and that’s a very good thing for Apple Inc, observes Elissa Loi </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="A key ingredient in Apple’s secret success sauce is hate" alt="A key ingredient in Apple’s secret success sauce is hate" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/haters.jpg?1411393462" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With every Apple announcement, there appears to be more jeering than cheering, but that&rsquo;s still good news for Apple.</p> <p class="p1">Whether it&rsquo;s the morning after the product launch, the days leading up to it, or in the period between products, you&rsquo;ll find Apple haters trolling every corner of the Internet. Why? Because they care enough to give a crap.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/why-i-m-dreading-bigger-iphone-6/feature">Why I&#39;m dreading the bigger iPhone 6</a></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s indifference </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First of all, here&rsquo;s some truth for you, Apple hater. You care.</p> <p class="p1">Try and deny it all you like, call it whatever you want, but the reason you even care to click on the &lsquo;Comment&rsquo; button and type your two cents worth of dislike is because you do care. Enough to spend a few seconds of your life leaving a scathing remark that will absolutely not benefit your life in any tangible way. Unless it&#39;s your life&#39;s desire to accumulate bad karma for some reason.</p> <p class="p1">Still can&#39;t figure out why you&#39;re doing this? Answer these questions: are the products unveiled this time underwhelming? Is it because you had greater expectations for Apple? The answer is probably a resounding yes.</p> <p class="p1">And all those people dissing Apple for a badly managed livestream? They cared enough to stay up and watch the livestream. And what our magazine editor Melvin commented on for the whole livestream fiasco rings true.</p> <p class="p1">&ldquo;Only Apple could generate this much attention from a crappy video stream. Why? Because nobody really bothers to watch the other brands&#39;.&rdquo;</p> <p class="p1">Which brings us to the next point.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s indifference" alt="A key ingredient in Apple’s secret success sauce is hate" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hating.png?1411393462" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There’s no such thing as bad publicity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might be a&nbsp;cliché&nbsp;but it&#39;s true.</p> <p class="p1">Even if no one was bothered with the keynote, all that bad press about the glitchy livestream on Facebook would have only served to pique people&#39;s, both Apple fans and trolls alike, interest.</p> <p class="p1">How about the flak that Apple received for iOS 8&#39;s massive storage requirements? An iDevice user knows the pain of the massive update, but what you didn&#39;t realise is that they&#39;ve inadvertently gave Apple a lot of attention and publicity. There&#39;s also the&nbsp;trolls emerging out of the woodwork to get their jibes in, on top of the complaints from consumers, which all equates to one big cacophony online.</p> <p class="p1">Bad publicity or not, all is still well and good in Apple&#39;s world as they ride that nitpicky wave that&#39;s created an extended time of attention even after the curtains have closed on their Cupertino keynote..</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature">Apple&#39;s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="There’s no such thing as bad publicity" alt="A key ingredient in Apple’s secret success sauce is hate" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/applelive.png?1411393462" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Competition is healthy, jealousy is ugly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There is a reason that companies choose to pick on Apple. When people try to bring their competition down, there&#39;s also an implicit recognition that its rival is worthy of its ad space. It also works as a validation to those loyal to them that they have indeed made the right choice, creating a sort of propaganda that&#39;s especially effective in the never-ending Samsung vs Apple war.</p> <p class="p1">If a company&#39;s achievements are significant enough, there&#39;s really no need to state the obvious, or put a rival down to highlight your own achievement. You can trust that your customers are smart enough to arrive at that conclusion themselves. Yes, you might have been the first with the phablets, but that&#39;s really not the point these days.&nbsp;It&#39;s about how many people adopt their first smartphone, tablet or gadget. </p> <p class="p1">Apple didn&#39;t make the first smartphone (that&#39;s Nokia), nor did they invent the first tablet (it was Star Trek), but what they did was make these two formerly niche gadgets popular. And that&#39;s what&#39;s truly important and a massive challenge for most companies these days especially with operating system loyalty factoring into more and more purchases.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-6">Everything you need to know about the iPhone 6</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/oxhSnNZH3Rk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No need to state the obvious </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>By now, fans and non-fans of Apple&#39;s latest iPhones can deduce that the upgrades aren&rsquo;t mind-explodingly spectacular. But that isn&#39;t going to stop the true Apple fans, who amount to millions, from shelling out for the new iPhones.&nbsp;In fact, four million of these Apple fans have pre-ordered the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the first 24 hours, creating a new record for Apple.</p> <p class="p1">So haters, you&rsquo;ll just have to keep those scowls on your faces because Apple isn&rsquo;t going to sell one less iPhone 6 / 6 Plus because of the mud you sling their way. And that&rsquo;s the truth.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-6l">Everything you need to know about the iPhone 6 Plus</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="No need to state the obvious" alt="A key ingredient in Apple’s secret success sauce is hate" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphones.png?1411393462" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/key-ingredient-apple-s-secret-success-sauce-hate/feature#comments Apple Opinion Stuff Says Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:16:42 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1448263 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple Pay? More like Pay Apple! http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-pay-more-pay-apple/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple’s never been considered cheap regarding prices, but it’s also never been more cynical than it is today says Craig Grannell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="908" height="681" title="Tim Cook" alt="Apple Pay? More like Pay Apple!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pay-apple.jpg?1410917223" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&rsquo;d have to be some kind of idiot to imagine a time will arrive when Apple will offer goods that the typical punter considers cheap.</p> <p>Apple is a premium brand, offering high-quality kit, and that comes with a certain kind of price tag attached - the kind that makes your wallet gasp and bank account scream for mercy.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A good example is the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a>. The 5s it replaced originally came in three storage sizes: 16, 32 and 64 GB. The difference between each tier was RM200 in MY, meaning you essentially got double the &lsquo;value&rsquo; (in terms of storage) when shifting from 32 to 64 as you did from 16 to 32 - a basic upsell, and one that&rsquo;s fairly typical at the high-end of a technology line. It&rsquo;s a simple psychological trick that makes people feel &lsquo;rewarded&rsquo; for buying the most expensive item in a line - and spend more money than they otherwise would have.</p> <p>With the iPhone 6, the rumour-mill guessed - or at least hoped - we&rsquo;d see 32/64/128 as the configurations for the new device, not least given that memory prices continue to fall; instead, we got <em>16</em>/64/128, but still the same 80-quid gap between each. In an age of increasingly huge apps and games, and on a high-end smartphone, 16 GB seems rather ludicrous from a storage perspective, and it comes as no surprise to see online polls suggesting most iPhone 6 buyers have bought the 64 GB model.</p> <p>This seems like a direct result of Apple&rsquo;s negative pricing tactics, attempting to push you from the lower end rather than tempt you towards the top. We&rsquo;ve gone from &lsquo;good/better/best&rsquo; to &lsquo;meh/BUY ME! BUY ME!/best&rsquo;.</p> <p>The cheapest iPhone 6 (for a given value of cheap, which is &lsquo;not very&rsquo;) now looks expensive when compared to the middle option, which boasts four times the storage. Instead of feeling rewarded for jumping from the second to third model, Apple&rsquo;s made the first a relatively poor choice. If enough people think similarly (which seems to have happened), that raises the average selling price of the iPhone, and swells Apple&rsquo;s coffers. But had Apple started its line at 32 GB, you can bet a whole lot more people would have gone for the cheapest model, because it would have been &lsquo;good enough&rsquo;. Apple&rsquo;s existing stance is a win for Apple, but it&rsquo;s hard to see how it&rsquo;s a win for the consumer.</p> <p>We see similar pricing elsewhere in Apple&rsquo;s other product lines. The 21.5-inch iMac has three options, each RM800 apart. But the low-end model is <em>significantly</em> slower, with half the storage and far worse built-in graphics. It addresses a possible need for a sub-RM4000 iMac, but at the same time seems designed primarily to drive more sales of the mid-end model. Even in iCloud, we see cynical decision making in evidence, with the free tier lacking the space for even a single device back-up, thereby pushing people hard to part with US$0.99 per month or more.</p> <p>Apple&rsquo;s hardly alone; the idea of upselling is rife throughout commerce, not least because people are prone to making poor and irrational financial decisions, and are easily led and influenced. (<a href="http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_ariely_asks_are_we_in_control_of_our_own_decisions#t-414964">Dan Ariely&rsquo;s TED talk</a> offers a particularly entertaining explanation about this.)</p> <p>And as long as you know the tricks being played on you and get a decent device you&rsquo;re truly happy with, you might argue Apple&rsquo;s pricing structure doesn&rsquo;t really matter; but it does take the shine off all the pretty hardware when Apple&rsquo;s accountants don&rsquo;t so much arm themselves with a carrot and stick as throw the carrot in the bin and bludgeon to death the low-end of Apple lines with the surprisingly weighty stick.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/what-apple-watch-can-tell-us-about-iphone-7-and-ipad-air-3/feature">What Apple Watch can tell us about the iPhone 7 and iPad Air 3</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-pay-more-pay-apple/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-pay-more-pay-apple/feature#comments Apple Opinion Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:20:56 +0000 Elissa Loi 1447839 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple’s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why forcing Bono and pals on half a billion people isn’t music to our ears </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="u2" alt="Apple’s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/u2-lead.jpg?1410826833" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The end of an Apple event is often a curious thing. Having spent an hour or two offering a razor-sharp presentation of new Apple kit, Apple executives turn into someone&rsquo;s uncle at a wedding, geeking out over a band or act designed to appeal to people like them, but that nonplusses a significant chunk of Apple&rsquo;s audience (not least anyone under 30).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might come across as a smidgeon ungrateful and curmudgeonly to complain about getting some music entirely for free, but Apple&rsquo;s actions strike me as being as tone deaf as a fan of U2&rsquo;s latest album, and for all kinds of reasons.</p> <p>First and perhaps most importantly, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/there-are-lessons-be-learned-celeb-iphone-pic-thefts-they-re-not-what-you-might-have-heard/fea">Apple recently had a bit of a problem with hacking</a>. This was very much in the news, given that a significant number of famous women suddenly found very personal photographs spreading around the internet. So what does Apple do? It adds an album to everyone&rsquo;s iTunes account, without telling them. Unsurprisingly, people wondered why they suddenly had a new U2 album when they&rsquo;d not ordered one and leapt to the entirely reasonable conclusion that their account had been hacked.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1000" height="750" title="The social media reaction was swift" alt="Apple’s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/u2-hack.jpg?1410826833" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Secondly, it&rsquo;s irritating to see a company such as Apple and a band such as U2 further devaluing media. Apple&rsquo;s race-to-the-bottom pricing in apps <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/pay-music-films-and-games-or-you-ll-be-left-garbage/feature">has been particularly damaging to indie developers</a>, and we&rsquo;re seeing similar issues when it comes to music and film; mega rock stars flinging their album out for free is a punch in the face to less successful artists struggling to make ends meet, but who will nonetheless encounter expectations of &#39;free&#39; from consumers.</p> <p>The third issue, though, is how un-Apple this all feels. On the iPhone and iPad there are admittedly apps you can&rsquo;t get rid of, but they are mostly defaults pretty much every device has. I&rsquo;d happily hide the likes of Voice Memos if I could, but Apple in its infinite wisdom does not provide such an option.</p> <p>What Apple hasn&rsquo;t done until now is load your device with any additional garbage. Where competitors and carriers sometimes helpfully provided game demos and brand apps that cannot be deleted, any iPad and iPhone you bought was clean. Now, every iTunes account has the stain of U2. It&rsquo;s music spam that&rsquo;s unwelcome and injected into your account without consent.</p> <p>Fortunately, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/how-get-u2-s-songs-innocence-your-iphone-ipad-mac-and-pc/news">it is possible to at least hide the album</a>, meaning it manages by a whisker to avoid becoming the Stocks app of your iTunes library, but it sets a worrying precedent for Apple. What will we be in for in a year&rsquo;s time? Will the Rolling Stones shamble on to the stage, only for you later to be forced into listening to their new single whenever you attempt to talk to Siri? Will Tim Cook introduce Chris Martin, only for your iPhone to delete your entire music catalogue and replace it with infinite Coldplay? Or will the iPhone 7 Home screen be overhauled entirely, replaced by a grinning Bono face that agrees to read your email, but only when you say you love U2 and attempt to sing the chorus of &#39;Pride (In The Name Of Love)&#39;?</p> <p>Please, Apple, stop this madness before it&rsquo;s too late. Even an ego as big as Bono&rsquo;s won&rsquo;t be able to cope with half a billion iOS users badly singing the chorus to one of his 1980s hits.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1000" height="750" alt="Apple’s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/u2-free.jpg?1410826833" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature#comments Apple iPhone 6 iTunes Opinion Smartphones Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:32:51 +0000 Elissa Loi 1447732 at http://www.stuff.tv Why the Apple Watch is more than just another smartwatch http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/why-apple-watch-more-just-another-smartwatch/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple’s wearable has already been dismissed by some months before its release, but tech fans are missing the point </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="340" title="Apple Watch" alt="Why the Apple Watch is more than just another smartwatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-watch-1.jpg?1410402232" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s just a smartwatch.&rdquo; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s just a <em>watch</em>.&rdquo; &ldquo;Android got there first.&rdquo; &ldquo;It doesn&rsquo;t do anything new.&rdquo;</p> <p>As tech fans and pundits alike clamour to make direct comparisons between the Apple Watch and various smartwatches already on the market, they miss the point.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Back in time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Manufacturers scream first and foremost about specs, Android owners grin about open ecosystems, and industrial design (with some exceptions) veers towards the manly and chunky. It&rsquo;s almost a mirror of digital music players in the early 2000s. And then the iPod arrived.</p> <p>The Apple Watch could very easily turn out to be the iPod of smartwatches, disrupting an industry before it&rsquo;s really gotten started. And it certainly has characteristics the iPod was roundly criticised for: it&rsquo;s &lsquo;too expensive&rsquo;; it&rsquo;s part of Apple&rsquo;s &lsquo;closed&rsquo; system; it&rsquo;s as much about good looks as anything; it&rsquo;s about <em>fashion</em>, not technology.</p> <p>Of course, you&rsquo;d have been a fool at the time to really believe such nonsense about the iPod, and the same&rsquo;s true for the Apple Watch, which is packed full of cutting-edge technology, including its amazing display and cleverly designed chips. But while Apple mentioned these things during the Ive-narrated video, it placed more emphasis on the human aspect of its new product.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ipod-classic-finally-dead/news">The iPod Classic is finally dead</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="340" title="Apple Watch" alt="Why the Apple Watch is more than just another smartwatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-watch-2.jpg?1410402232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Being human </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&rsquo;s long argued that the company is positioned at the intersection of the liberal arts and technology, and Tim Cook introduced the Apple Watch by saying his company&rsquo;s staff &ldquo;love to make technology more personal and allow people to do things they&rsquo;d never have imagined&rdquo;. Ive added that the design was driven by a &ldquo;compulsion to take incredibly powerful technology and make it accessible, relevant and ultimately personal&rdquo;, where &ldquo;unparalleled technical innovation&rdquo; boasted a design that connected with the wearer.</p> <p>So rather than cramming an iPhone interface into a tiny space, Apple rethought the customer experience entirely. Recognising that the screen needed to be uncovered as much as possible, interaction controls have often been assigned to a digital crown - an analogue to a mechanism that&rsquo;s been part of watches for decades. Simplicity and elegance pervades, echoing the intuitive nature of the original iPod or the iPhone.</p> <p>This has then been joined by materials and design that will appeal to the fashion-conscious and watch geeks alike. It&rsquo;s not just about strapping technology to your wrist, but also wearing an accessory that suits you, that&rsquo;s in context for the type of life you lead. And then there are sweet personal touches, such as being able to share doodles or even your heartbeat with another Apple Watch owner.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/news">Which smartphone? Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="340" alt="Why the Apple Watch is more than just another smartwatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-watch-3.jpg?1410402232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iHate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>These are the kinds of words, sentiments and approaches that make Apple detractors gag. It directly plays into arguments that Apple is first and foremost about subjective taste, people with more money than sense, and those who don&rsquo;t care about the guts of the technology.</p> <p>But through being subtle and natural regarding interfaces, ambitious but intuitive regarding capabilities beyond mere notifications, premium in terms of build and materials, and appealing to the masses rather than remaining resolutely fixed on the tech-happy, there&rsquo;s more of a chance we&rsquo;ll still be talking about the Apple Watch in a decade than the majority of its contemporaries. And by then, the device will be to the original what the iPhone 6 is to the original iPhone, which might just even please the geeks of this world too.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Hands on with the Apple Watch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/why-apple-watch-more-just-another-smartwatch/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/why-apple-watch-more-just-another-smartwatch/feature#comments Apple Opinion Smartphones Smartwatches Watch Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:23:11 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1447268 at http://www.stuff.tv OPINION: Why I don’t want to see an Apple games console http://www.stuff.tv/my/why-i-don-t-want-see-apple-games-console/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Innovation within a medium doesn’t come from a return to the status quo, argues Craig Grannell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple gaming is already a big deal commercially" alt="Why I don’t want to see an Apple games console" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-games-controller-moga-1.jpg?1408844851" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Three Apple products routinely fail to appear during the company&rsquo;s live events: a smartwatch, a television, and a games console.</p> <p>The much-rumoured <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iwatch/review">iWatch</a> has stolen everything else&rsquo;s thunder of late, but the idea of an Apple games console continues to bubble away under the surface, like grim, stinky water threatening to explode from a drain.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A chequered history </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s unlikely today&rsquo;s Apple would churn out something as grotesquely awful as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/bad-apples-%E2%80%93%C2%A0six-apples-greatest-blunders/news">Pippin</a>, but the only official authorised gaming hardware for iOS devices hardly smacks of a company brimming with confidence and interest in the games industry.</p> <p>Third-party iOS games controllers based around official Apple specifications and - according to underground murmurings - manufacturing limitations and demands, remain badly supported and overpriced; with the odd exception, they&rsquo;re also not terribly well made - a far cry from the devices they&rsquo;re designed to be used with.</p> <p>On the App Store, Apple has recently made some smart decisions regarding the curation of its gargantuan games selection, to help people avoid countless dreadful titles that lurk, ready to make you wish you&rsquo;d instead hurled your 69p at a squirrel.</p> <p>Quality collections pepper App Store pages and there&rsquo;s a regular indie game showcase to surface little-known gems. However, pride of place is still often taken by grindfests designed to suck coins from your bank account, like a demented, malevolent vacuum cleaner with a cash addiction.&nbsp;</p> <p>Apple seemingly recognises the value of games as part of a greater ecosystem, but not always the value of quality titles in and off themselves; or alternatively, it doesn&rsquo;t care and is simply happy making money by foisting freemium garbage on to as many people as possible.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The app store has had a revamp recently" alt="Why I don’t want to see an Apple games console" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-games-app-store-1.jpg?1408844851" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A DIFFERENT KIND OF GAMING </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Perhaps most importantly, the cream of iOS has always been heavy on innovation, in part due to the lack of traditional controls on touchscreen devices. And the more games I play on the iPhone or iPad, the less I clamour for traditional gaming experiences.&nbsp;</p> <p>Perhaps it&rsquo;s a question of age - wanting something new after the countless games I&rsquo;ve played since first gawping in wide-eyed wonder at a <em>Space Invaders</em> cabinet as a kid. Or maybe I know I can grab my Vita if I want something with a D-pad and buttons. But I&rsquo;d sooner immerse myself in intuitive multitouch titles such as <em>Year Walk</em> and <em>Eliss Infinity</em>, and encourage more such innovation, than hope Apple desperately tries to shoehorn iOS gaming into an Xbox- or PlayStation-shaped mould, on a relatively distant TV screen, with all the associated baggage and expectations.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even if the company instead went with an overhauled, powered-up Apple TV that took gaming more seriously - something I&rsquo;ve previously&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/opinion-amazon-s-fire-tv-shows-it-s-time-apple-tv-embrace-gaming/feature">argued Apple should consider&nbsp;</a>- there&rsquo;s a risk of fragmentation and further c<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/will-objectivity-be-thrown-under-bus-google-and-apple-trade-video-game-exclusivity-promotion/feature">lamouring for exclusives</a>, along with additional demands on developers already struggling to cope with increasingly diverse iOS hardware.</p> <p>With traditional consoles firmly entrenched in a hardcore gaming mindset, but mobile&rsquo;s tendrils snugly enveloping the mainstream consumer, it&rsquo;s hard to see how Apple would benefit in squaring up to Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Perhaps there&rsquo;s something obvious no-one&rsquo;s really considered - that &lsquo;Aha!&rsquo; moment in gaming Apple could crack and everyone else would then clamour to copy. But maybe that&rsquo;s already occurred, and no-one really noticed.</p> <p>It could be we don&rsquo;t need an Apple games console, because the second screen has for many already become the first; even if Apple unveiled a console tomorrow, those wedded to an Xbox or PlayStation wouldn&rsquo;t budge, and those already gaming on their iPhones and iPads don&rsquo;t want or need another piece of hardware anyway.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature">The 25 best games right now for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VuKGJyJZY7s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/why-i-don-t-want-see-apple-games-console/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/why-i-don-t-want-see-apple-games-console/feature#comments Apple Apps and Games Games consoles Gaming iOS games Opinion Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:46:51 +0000 Elissa Loi 1445733 at http://www.stuff.tv OPINION: Why I’m dreading the bigger iPhone 6 http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/why-i-m-dreading-bigger-iphone-6/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Craig Grannell doesn’t want a larger iPhone, unless it ‘magically’ works in one hand </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone 6 render by Martin Hajek (www.martinhajek.com)" alt="Apple iPhone 6 render by Martin Hajek (www.martinhajek.com)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-6.jpg?1408774507" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When Apple fans can tear themselves away from frothing about the prospect of an iWatch, their gaze falls squarely on the iPhone 6.</p> <p>Nothing official is known about the next iteration of Apple&rsquo;s smartphone, but the rumour mill&rsquo;s for months screamed its lungs out that it&rsquo;ll be bigger than the svelte, pocketable <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>OK, so that might be a teensy overstatement, peppered with a hint of grouchiness &ndash;&nbsp;but I&rsquo;m not sold on the relentless sprint towards ginormophones. I was one of the few people who recoiled in horror when hearing credible rumours about the iPhone 5&rsquo;s taller screen.</p> <p>I happened to be perfectly happy with my iPhone 4s, sporting a natty 960-by-640 display &ndash; a 3:2 aspect ratio that worked really well with a wide range of apps. Mostly, though, in not possessing banana thumbs, I liked how the iPhone 4s could be used one-handed, which was convenient when zooming about town or lazing about on the sofa.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/BrHIY1N9yPA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5" alt="Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone_6_leak_galaxy_s5_white_gsmarena_0.jpg?1408774507" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Eventually, I got my hands on an iPhone 5s, and although I eventually <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/how-iphone-5s-has-made-me-fall-love-iphones-all-over-again/feature" target="_blank">grew fond of it</a>, I&rsquo;ve never gotten over that screen size. Apple at the time released a comical commercial showing how, yes, you could still reach every part of the screen with a thumb.</p> <p>If you had a big enough thumb. And quite large hands. And didn&rsquo;t really care about cramp. But the iPhone 5 form-factor never offered the same level of comfort as its predecessor, even if it did provide a bit more screen real estate.</p> <p>But now the high end of the market &ndash;&nbsp;the profitable bit Apple loves so much &ndash;&nbsp;is galloping towards ever-larger screens, and the iPhone&rsquo;s set to follow.</p> <p>I assume people&rsquo;s infatuation with huge smartphones is driven by wanting just one device to be a computer for everything. And if screens are too small, they&rsquo;re seen as &lsquo;lesser&rsquo; for watching films, playing games and surfing the web. (Actually making a phone call is, according to a fictional survey I just made up, now only the 75th most likely thing people do on a smartphone, sandwiched awkwardly between &lsquo;use that truly hilarious new selfie app that adds a funny hat&rsquo; and &lsquo;actually bother to check into LinkedIn&rsquo;.)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/O99m7lebirE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Apple iPhone 6l shell" alt="Apple iPhone 6l shell" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6l-01.jpg?1408774507" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The thing is, now I&rsquo;m armed with a newborn, I&rsquo;m rediscovering the joy of having a device I can use reasonably well with one hand, given that the other is usually occupied holding said newborn and the copious quantities of milk said newborn is imbibing.</p> <p>Lengthy glugging sessions become twinned with trips to Twitter or far too many games of Threes! I look at mock-ups of the iPhone 6, one at least as large as my unwieldy Nexus, and one that&rsquo;s essentially an iPad mini, and groan about a future that will be just fine, provided I only ever need to reach about 80 per cent of the display.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone 6 render by Martin Hajek (www.martinhajek.com)" alt="Apple iPhone 6 render by Martin Hajek (www.martinhajek.com)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-render-01.jpg?1408774507" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I wonder what this is all leading to. Will giant iPhones usher in the death of the iPad? Will every iPhone 6 not only come with a USB cable, but also an iThumbStretcher? Will the iPhone 5s be the last great small smartphone, leaving those who prefer that form factor doomed to pick the least awful device from a desperate race to the bottom between Android manufacturers hell-bent on marketshare over profit? Will the iPhone 6L be suitable for sheltering a small family during a torrential downpour, which they might have been able to avoid entirely had they only been able to use a weather app one-handed while walking home?</p> <p>All I know is this is looking to be the first iPhone I won&rsquo;t really want, but I&rsquo;m sure I&rsquo;ll crack at some point and buy one anyway. And with my iPad, I can at least get in some practice as to what using Apple&rsquo;s giant iPhone will be like.</p> <p><em>iPhone 6 renders by Martin Hajek (<a href="http://www.martinhajek.com" target="_blank">www.martinhajek.com</a>)</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 preview: everything you need to know</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="Apple iPhone 6 render by Martin Hajek (www.martinhajek.com)" alt="Apple iPhone 6 render by Martin Hajek (www.martinhajek.com)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-render-martin-hajek.jpg?1408774507" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/why-i-m-dreading-bigger-iphone-6/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/why-i-m-dreading-bigger-iphone-6/feature#comments Apple iPhone 6 Opinion Smartphones Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:28:39 +0000 Elissa Loi 1445666 at http://www.stuff.tv Say yes to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but remember its true aim http://www.stuff.tv/my/yes-alsicebucketchallenge-remember-its-true-aim/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tein Hee Seow accepts the icy wet challenge, but worries that donations will run dry once the social media fad is over </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Say yes to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but remember its true aim" alt="Say yes to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but remember its true aim" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ALS%20ice%20bucket%20challenge%20main.jpg?1408686637" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So, someone issued the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to me. I had two options - suck it up and do it or pay up and donate to the ALS Association. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152344759858105&amp;permPage=1" target="_blank">This was my reply</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A soaking wet and pale guy ain&rsquo;t a pretty sight. But go right ahead and play the video if you dare. I gave you fair warning.</p> <p dir="ltr">By now, you should have heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The premise behind it is to dunk a bucket of cold ice water onto yourself. Doing so gives you the right to challenge three other people to do the same within 24 hours, or donate to the ALS Association if they forfeit the challenge.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-ifKz-Yynt0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">The fund raising activity has gone viral and gotten celebrities such as Vin Diesel and personalities that include Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg joining in. From the United States, it has hit closer to this part of the world, with Asian celebrities Takeshi Kaneshiro and Donnie Yen (you know, the guy that wants to smack 10 people in <em>Ip Man</em>) accepting the challenge too.</p> <p dir="ltr">As of now, it has evolved to the point where people still donate even after they&rsquo;ve poured the freezing cold water on themselves. It&rsquo;s a rare moment to see a unifying force coming together for a good cause.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What is ALS? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease characterised by muscle spasticity, rapidly progressive weakness due to muscle atrophy, difficulty in speaking (dysarthria), swallowing (dysphagia), and breathing (dyspnea).</p> <p dir="ltr">Also known as Lou Gehrig&#39;s disease in the United States, it&rsquo;s the most common of the five motor neuron diseases.</p> <p>Regardless if you&rsquo;ve been issued an ice bucket challenge, you can still do your part and donate to a good cause. Visit the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html" target="_blank">ALS Association&rsquo;s website</a>&nbsp;if you&rsquo;d like to donate. Remember, even the smallest gesture matters.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">But there are naysayers (I count myself as one) who are pouring cold water on this activity. I&rsquo;m not a fan of wasting clean water. Don&rsquo;t get me wrong, I&rsquo;m all for donating to a good cause. It&rsquo;s just that with all viral activities, the lifespan is so short, most people will probably forget why it was done in the first place. And I&rsquo;m just as guilty of that too.</p> <p dir="ltr">Call me nitpicky, but I&#39;m not sure how a bucket of cold water helps me understand the suffering that ALS patients go through. I don&#39;t deny that the challenge has brought more attention, mainly because of the media, to ALS than before, which contributed to a <a href="http://time.com/3148314/als-ice-bucket-challenge-million/" target="_blank">massive donation spike of US$8.6 million in just one day</a>. Note that it&#39;s attention, not awareness of what the disease actually does.</p> <p dir="ltr">The good news is, with the sudden increase in funding, the ALS Association is now better equipped to head up new research and outreach initiatives.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Regardless, while the momentum is still here, I&rsquo;ve accepted the challenge.&nbsp;Even though I&#39;ve ice bucketed myself, I&rsquo;ve pledged US$100 to&nbsp;the <a href="http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html" target="_blank">ALS Association</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Facebook, I&#39;ve seen friends commenting that the challenge is fun, but surely there are other organisations that require our help or that are more aligned with our own cause.&nbsp;Hence,&nbsp;I&rsquo;ve also matched the same amount to another charity of my choice - the <a href="http://www.spca.org.sg/donate.asp" target="_blank">Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals</a>. If it isn&#39;t obvious, I&#39;m an animal lover.</p> <p dir="ltr">With that, my #ALSicebucketchallenge has been accepted and completed. I&#39;ve named the three nominees in the video, and to them I say, the ice bucket&rsquo;s in your court.</p> <p dir="ltr">You&rsquo;ve got 24 hours.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="US$100 to ALS Association, and a matching donation to SPCA" alt="Say yes to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but remember its true aim" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ALS%20donation.jpg?1408686637" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/yes-alsicebucketchallenge-remember-its-true-aim/feature#comments Opinion Stuff Says Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:42:21 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1445593 at http://www.stuff.tv Pay for music, films and games, or you’ll be left with garbage http://www.stuff.tv/my/pay-music-films-and-games-or-you-ll-be-left-garbage/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Home taping never killed creative industries, says Craig Grannell, but the current race-to-the-bottom is having a damn good go </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Listen up, kids: these are cassette tapes. People used them centuries ago" alt="Pay for music, films and games, or you’ll be left with garbage" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mix-tape.jpg?1407294850" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I grew up during the first great era of piracy.</p> <p>Pretty much everywhere you turned, you&rsquo;d see someone telling you that if you were naughty and copied anything, entire industries would crumble, and policemen would whisk you away to enjoy a life of breaking rocks with a hammer while burly convicts broke your face.</p> <p>Of course, that didn&rsquo;t happen.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We copied terrible music on to creaky cassettes and swapped them with friends, and &lsquo;backed-up&rsquo; 8-bit videogames that somehow also found their way to the playground.</p> <p>As technology evolved, so too did the copies, tapes giving way to CDRs. To my knowledge, precisely no-one I knew got arrested. I suspect the police had better things to do than set up an elaborate sting operation to thwart a nine-year-old&rsquo;s plans to trade a dodgy copy of <em>Monty On The Run</em> for half a Marathon bar.</p> <p>At some point, though, copies became the exception rather than the rule. This was probably when we started earning money.</p> <p>Sure, we&rsquo;d still happily trade the odd game or CD for a while, but we&rsquo;d also spend substantial sums of cash on new records, videos, books, comics and games.</p> <p>Home taping hadn&rsquo;t killed the music industry, video games or television: it had merely fuelled our interest in them, broadened our horizons, and set things up nicely for that point where disposable income introduced itself with a toothy grin.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 8-bit classic Monty On The Run" alt="Pay for music, films and games, or you’ll be left with garbage" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monty-on-the-run.jpg?1407294850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Looking around today, this line of thinking - actually paying for media - is becoming increasingly alien. For many people, there&rsquo;s a level of entitlement that&rsquo;s truly staggering: the assumption that everything in the world of entertainment should be dirt-cheap or free.</p> <p>People whine about amazing cheap mobile games &lsquo;only&rsquo; lasting a few hours, or breakthrough TV shows being priced at RM60 for a season&rsquo;s worth on a DVD.</p> <p>This has all been fuelled by the race-to-the-bottom across various online stores and streaming services, possibly torpedoing for good the concept of value within this space.</p> <p>Couple that with a generation of teens that&rsquo;s never known anything other than the internet, torrenting, and getting everything for free, and you have a recipe for change to the media landscape. In the sense that setting fire to all your clothes is a change to your wardrobe.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="PopcornTime: torrents made easy" alt="Pay for music, films and games, or you’ll be left with garbage" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/popcorn-time.jpg?1407294850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1500" height="900" title="Spotify - all the world&#039;s music for a tenner a month" alt="Pay for music, films and games, or you’ll be left with garbage" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spotify_1.jpg?1407294850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This could all be viewed as a very good thing, in that people today have almost instant access to a huge range of content - an astonishing amount of past and present novels, films, games and more. Plus, you might argue that technology also affords those doing the creating access to a larger audience than ever.</p> <p>But with people increasingly delving into digital and yet becoming less likely to pay, those making content may soon be devoid of income from it. You might argue that no-one owes anyone a living, least of all people faffing about all day writing or making music, and that&rsquo;s fair enough.</p> <p>And yet our culture is so heavily indebted to great media that the prospect that we might one day have to do without it is truly terrifying.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s hard to see what&rsquo;s in store in a decade&rsquo;s time. Perhaps more creative types will become hobbyists, but that eradicates any kind of schedule and hampers the scope of what might be achieved.</p> <p>Maybe we&rsquo;ll increasingly see the return of a more overt class-oriented art and culture split, where those who can afford a creative lifestyle get the opportunity to play at being pop star or author, whereas everyone else cannot.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/93852381@N08/">Marc Brüneke/Flickr</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Every band in the world, circa 2024?" alt="Pay for music, films and games, or you’ll be left with garbage" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/busker.jpg?1407294850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Worse, there&rsquo;s the very real likelihood media will reduced to lowest-common-denominator content with extremely mass-market appeal that draws in enough eyeballs to appease advertisers. Everything will be financed by brands, nothing will take risks or cause offence, and creativity and objectivity will be wrecked. Sounds amazing.</p> <p>There are beacons of hope: original series on Netflix; Bandcamp enabling musicians to easily market and sell music online; the slow but steady rise of commercial digital comics; fans of great content recognising what&rsquo;s happening and making an effort to spend rather than download.</p> <p>But it feels like screaming into the wind, and every time someone opens their BitTorrent client rather than their wallet, we inch closer to that point where&nbsp;<em>Dancing Brother Idol Factor On Ice</em>&nbsp;(directed by Michael Bay) sits atop every chart for the rest of our lives.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The future is... grim. Really, horribly grim" alt="Pay for music, films and games, or you’ll be left with garbage" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/American_Idol_Experience_stage_0.jpg?1407294850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bandcamp.jpg?1407294850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/pay-music-films-and-games-or-you-ll-be-left-garbage/feature#comments Opinion Wed, 06 Aug 2014 03:10:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1444148 at http://www.stuff.tv Support original apps, stop downloading clones http://www.stuff.tv/my/support-original-apps-stop-downloading-clones/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spend good money to support app developers who come up with original ideas, says Tein Hee Seow </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Support original apps, stop downloading clones" alt="Support original apps, stop downloading clones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Threes.jpg?1406427302" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">My colleague rightly pointed out that you should <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apps-are-brilliant-so-stop-moaning-about-paying-them/feature">stop your belly-aching and pay for your apps</a>. I agree but there&rsquo;s something else you should do - stop buying or downloading apps that are ripping off others.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">But in less than a month, they were robbed of their money, and more importantly, their idea. Free clone versions such as 1024 and 2048 began to appear on the App Store and Play Store. Think about it, if you see a US$0.99 Threes! and a free 2048, it&rsquo;s pretty obvious that the free app gets the download.</p> <p dir="ltr">What&rsquo;s not obvious is that for each download you give to 1024 or 2048, it&rsquo;s one less that pays the bills for the developers of Threes! and doesn&rsquo;t reaffirm the originality of the unbelievable simple yet challenging maths game. Much like movies and music that are downloaded for free illegally when legit options to purchase them exist, you&rsquo;re doing the same to the developers.</p> <p dir="ltr">Admittedly, this is very telling of how people aren&rsquo;t discerning enough to avoid downloading a app that blatantly rips off a unique concept, just for the sake of saving that US$0.99.&nbsp;I&rsquo;ll admit, I&rsquo;m stingy when it comes to buying apps or games. But that&#39;s very different from downloading an alternative and poor copy. I believe in rewarding developers who come up with insanely great, and at times addictive, games with my precious and limited (true story, there&#39;s just too many bills to pay) monthly salary.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ultimately, this isn&rsquo;t a story that&rsquo;ll shame you into paying for apps. It&rsquo;s about supporting great content and saying no to unscrupulous developers who openly copy and pass off ideas as their own.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature">The 25 best iPhone and iPad games you can play right now</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="2048 is just another clone" alt="Support original apps, stop downloading clones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2048.jpg?1406427302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Think it doesn&rsquo;t matter if the original app was free to begin with? Wrong. Three years ago, NimbleBit&rsquo;s tower simulator Tiny Tower, which was free on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/tiny-tower/id422667065?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobage.ww.a560.tinytower_android&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Android</a>, was also ripped off as Dream Heights by game company Zynga.</p> <p dir="ltr">I&rsquo;m not a developer, but as a content producer, it&rsquo;s not hard to understand the pain of seeing your work being copied without getting due credit. One could do what NimbleBit&rsquo;s three-man development team did -&nbsp;<a href="http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/24/tiny-tower-developers-call-out-zynga-for-their-look-alike-game/">calling out copycats with a tongue-in-cheek infographic</a>. On your end, do your part, treat clone apps like the plague and stop downloading them.</p> <p dir="ltr">And if you haven&rsquo;t download Threes! yet,&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/threes!/id779157948?mt=8" target="_blank">drop everything right now and get it on iOS</a>. It&rsquo;s cheaper than a cup of joe from Starbucks and more effective at keeping you awake with its addictive gameplay.</p> <p dir="ltr">[Image credit: Nimblebit]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apps-are-brilliant-so-stop-moaning-about-paying-them/feature">Apps are brilliant, so stop moaning about paying for them</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="640" height="1693" title="NimbleBit fights back against Zynga" alt="Support original apps, stop downloading clones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dear-zynga.jpg?1406427302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Support original apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stop downloading rip-off apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Threes.jpg?1406259640" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/support-original-apps-stop-downloading-clones/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/support-original-apps-stop-downloading-clones/feature#comments Android apps Apps and Games Opinion Smartphones Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:51:03 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1442034 at http://www.stuff.tv Your smartphone can capture experiences to watch forever, but they shouldn't be the experience http://www.stuff.tv/my/your-smartphone-can-capture-experiences-watch-forever-they-shouldnt-be-experience/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There&#039;s an increasingly common tendency for people to automatically catalogue their lives, but Craig Grannell wonders if we now too often undermine moments we&#039;d like to remember </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z2_0.jpg?1403663081" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The sonographic instrument used at our visit to the hospital was all dials and switches &ndash; resembling technology from another era.</p> <p>But for that moment, hearing the heartbeat of our unborn child, it was the most amazing piece of technology I&#39;d ever witnessed. For a short while, we paused and just listened, mesmerised by the echoes and rhythms, allowing the reality to set home of what they meant.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That moment unleashed all kinds of thoughts regarding life changes and fatherhood, but further reflection has also made me ponder the nature of technology, and especially how smartphones now infiltrate our everyday lives. I realised how happy I was the events that occurred happened in the order that they did: I experienced an important moment in my life and once I&#39;d taken it in was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to record it for posterity.</p> <p>Often, though, there&#39;s a tendency for people to be so desperate to capture an important moment for all eternity that they miss what was so special about the moment in the first place. For example, at gigs in recent years I&#39;ve watched as a sea of faces, occasionally interrupted by an obnoxious camera flash, has been replaced by an army of glowing rectangles; instead of taking in an event, people watch through a tiny display. Rather than being a surrogate for memory and a tool for communication, smartphones are slowly becoming a replacement for eyes and minds.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone 5c" alt="Apple iPhone 5c" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-03.jpg?1403663081" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-02.jpg?1403663081" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Perhaps this is now just the nature of how things are, and I do think back to what I&#39;ve &#39;lost&#39; from the pre-smartphone era. My childhood is recorded in a relatively small number of photographs, taken using rickety 1970s and 1980s cameras; the pictures were primarily curated and defined by waiting for a moment, and wanting to &#39;save&#39; the last few shots on a roll of film for something special.</p> <p>Countless songs that entered my brain as I walked to and from university in the 1990s never got a chance to live, because I had no way of quickly getting them down (lacking the ability to write music, and also discovering that, no, humming into a dictaphone just won&#39;t cut it).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Garageband" alt="Apple Garageband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garageband.jpg?1403663081" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>By contrast, we now live in an age where nothing really needs to be lost, but seemingly everything needs to be recorded. Instead of creating admittedly often staged but also prized tomes of cherished memories, we immediately consign an endless stream of content to digital graveyards, never to be experienced again. Content remains forever buried in dusty hard drives and dustier corners of social networks, long forgotten, and, importantly, never really taken in at the time.</p> <p>Perhaps it&#39;s time to rethink precisely why recording equipment is so magical; cameras and other equipment aren&#39;t supposed to be removing or compromising amazing experiences, but instead later reminding us of a great moment in our lives. But that cannot work if we never fully experience those moments in the first place, and if there&#39;s such a deluge of unlabelled, unorganised content that you cannot pick out the gems through the noise.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia" alt="Sony Xperia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Xperia-Z-Backlit-Couple.jpg?1403663081" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone 5c" alt="Apple iPhone 5c" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-02.jpg?1403663081" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/your-smartphone-can-capture-experiences-watch-forever-they-shouldnt-be-experience/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/your-smartphone-can-capture-experiences-watch-forever-they-shouldnt-be-experience/feature#comments Opinion Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:48:53 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1440045 at http://www.stuff.tv