Opinion http://www.stuff.tv/opinion/features en-GB Apple Pay? More like Pay Apple! http://www.stuff.tv/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?1410870056" /> </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="/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/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 &pound;80 in the UK, 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 &pound;150 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-&pound;1000 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 &pound;0.69 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/apple/apple-pay-more-pay-apple/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-pay-more-pay-apple/feature#comments Apple Opinion Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:20:56 +0000 Craig Grannell 1447712 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple’s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam http://www.stuff.tv/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?1410780876" /> </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="/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/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?1410780876" /> </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/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/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> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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?1410780876" /> </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/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/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 Craig Grannell 1447344 at http://www.stuff.tv Why the Apple Watch is more than just another smartwatch http://www.stuff.tv/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="/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/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/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/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/apple/why-apple-watch-more-just-another-smartwatch/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/why-apple-watch-more-just-another-smartwatch/feature#comments Apple Opinion Smartphones Smartwatches Watch Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:23:11 +0000 Craig Grannell 1447205 at http://www.stuff.tv OPINION: Why I don’t want to see an Apple games console http://www.stuff.tv/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/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="/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/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/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/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/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> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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/why-i-don-t-want-see-apple-games-console/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/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 Marc McLaren 1445528 at http://www.stuff.tv OPINION: Why I’m dreading the bigger iPhone 6 http://www.stuff.tv/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/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="/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/how-iphone-5s-made-me-fall-love-iphone-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/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 preview: everything you need to know</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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/apple/why-i-m-dreading-bigger-iphone-6/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/why-i-m-dreading-bigger-iphone-6/feature#comments Apple iPhone 6 Opinion Smartphones Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:28:39 +0000 Stephen Graves 1445625 at http://www.stuff.tv Pay for music, films and games, or you’ll be left with garbage http://www.stuff.tv/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="/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 69p mobile games &lsquo;only&rsquo; lasting a few hours, or breakthrough TV shows being priced at 15 quid 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> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever/feature">These are the 100 best gadgets ever</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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/pay-music-films-and-games-or-you-ll-be-left-garbage/feature#comments Opinion Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:03:24 +0000 Marc McLaren 1443553 at http://www.stuff.tv Your smartphone can capture experiences to watch forever, but they shouldn't be the experience http://www.stuff.tv/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="/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> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/you-can-now-buy-google-glass-uk/news" target="_blank">You can now buy Google Glass in the UK</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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/your-smartphone-can-capture-experiences-watch-forever-they-shouldnt-be-experience/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/your-smartphone-can-capture-experiences-watch-forever-they-shouldnt-be-experience/feature#comments Opinion Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:48:53 +0000 Stephen Graves 1439991 at http://www.stuff.tv Why would Tesla Motors want to give away its technology? http://www.stuff.tv/tesla/why-would-tesla-motors-want-give-away-its-technology/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Electric car guru and CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, has announced that he will open source his company’s tech. What is he really up to? asks Chas Hallett </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="Not a closed shop – Tesla&#039;s opening up its patents" alt="Not a closed shop – Tesla&#039;s opening up its patents" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tesla-01.jpg?1403494353" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tesla isn&rsquo;t like other car companies.</p> <p>Ok, so we already knew that. But it was reconfirmed with company boss Elon Musk&rsquo;s announcement that Tesla would be &lsquo;opening its technology patents.&rsquo; The upshot is that it&#39;s becoming the first and only open-source car company; it&#39;s giving away their technology for anyone to use. Any other business that wants to make an electric car can use Tesla&rsquo;s tech without ending up being buried in squillion-dollar lawsuits for infringing intellectual property. So, an automotive Linux, if you like.</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="/users/chas-hallett" title="View user profile.">Chas Hallett</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>This sort of thing may be common in the tech world, but it&rsquo;s right out of the box for the automotive industry. Car companies preciously guard their tech. Unless us car journos can find out about it first, everything stays top secret until a car goes onto the market. Suppliers are fired or fined if they spill the beans &ndash; and if any copyrights are infringed they can be ruthlessly pursued legally. They do it because they believe they can profit by being the first to market with something or do something better than the rest.</p> <p>This isn&rsquo;t Elon Musk&rsquo;s game though. He recently told us that he sees Tesla as a catalyst for change in the car business. So if he pokes the big beast with a stick it will start thinking seriously about developing more sustainable methods of transport. And electric cars have some way to go. Out of the 90 million cars sold every year, far fewer than 1 per cent use battery power &ndash; whilst Tesla itself expects to sell around 35,000 cars in 2014.</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="Vroom! The Tesla Model S in action" alt="Vroom! The Tesla Model S in action" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tesla-09.jpg?1403494353" /> </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="Tesla CEO Elon Musk" alt="Tesla CEO Elon Musk" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tesla-02.jpg?1403494353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Tesla&#039;s Supercharger patents are up for grabs" alt="Tesla&#039;s Supercharger patents are up for grabs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tesla-10.jpg?1403494353" /> </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>So will Musk&rsquo;s free-for-all accelerate EV sales? Probably not. This announcement got many tech bloggers feeling even warmer towards Tesla than they do already (and let&rsquo;s face it, he gives them <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review" target="_blank">plenty of reason to</a>) but it won&rsquo;t change much.</p> <p>Big car companies&rsquo; sluggish response to electric tech might frustrate the hell out of Musk but the reality is that most are already spending billions developing their own electric propulsion and connectivity tech, in partnership with global suppliers. Indeed, Mercedes and Toyota are already small shareholders in the business and Tesla itself has been talking to BMW about sharing tech on electric charging points.</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="&quot;Look at this pen. LOOK AT IT.&quot;" alt="&quot;Look at this pen. LOOK AT IT.&quot;" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tesla-03.jpg?1403494353" /> </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>But while the big players are unlikely to be dipping into the Palo Alto pot, there is the chance for start-ups and smaller outfits. Don&rsquo;t forget that Tesla itself is still really a start up, albeit one that&rsquo;s occasionally embarrassing the big boys.</p> <p>Imagine a scenario where another unheard of company started making electric cars by piggybacking Tesla. Or a car maker from a rapidly developing market such as India, Brazil or Nigeria taking advantage? Or it hastened the development of fast charging points. Now that could be interesting. And it just may be be the real reason for Elon&rsquo;s altruism.</p> <p><em>Chas Hallett is the editor of <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/" target="_blank">Autocar</a></em></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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="Inside the Tesla Model S" alt="Inside the Tesla Model S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tesla-07.jpg?1403494353" /> </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="The new Tesla store" alt="The new Tesla store" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tesla-05.jpg?1403494353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="&quot;What would happen, right, if we gave a bunch of patents away?&quot;" alt="&quot;What would happen, right, if we gave a bunch of patents away?&quot;" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tesla-04.jpg?1403494353" /> </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/tesla/why-would-tesla-motors-want-give-away-its-technology/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/tesla/why-would-tesla-motors-want-give-away-its-technology/feature#comments Cars Opinion Tesla Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:30:57 +0000 Stephen Graves 1439270 at http://www.stuff.tv The Microsoft and Sony E3 2014 keynotes were exciting… and made me want a gaming PC http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/e3-2014/microsoft-and-sony-e3-keynotes-were-exciting-and-made-me-want-buy-gaming-pc/featur <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s the first E3 since the launch of the next-gen consoles, and neither has come up with a compelling exclusive, says Stephen Graves </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="Sunset Overdrive" alt="Sunset Overdrive" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sunset-overdrive.jpg?1403060638" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The first wave of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/electronic-arts/e3-2014-biggest-video-game-news-so-far/feature" target="_blank">E3 2014</a> is over and done with, and there&#39;s plenty to dissect from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/e3-2014/microsoft-e3-2014-heres-why-gamers-should-be-excited/news" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/e3-2014-six-things-sony-s-ps4-event-you-need-see/feature" target="_blank">Sony</a> keynotes.</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="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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"> Familiarity breeds... </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 exclusives largely trod familiar ground; Microsoft leaned heavily on Halo; Sony on Uncharted. If you&#39;re not already invested in those franchises, there are some new IPs &ndash; Xbox One gets Sunset Overdrive, which has an interesting multiplayer co-op mechanic, but its energy-drink-fuelled visuals and knowingly sarky tone remind me of all those desperate corporate attempts at cool in the 1990s. Remember&nbsp;Poochie from The Simpsons? Exxtreme to the maxx, dude.&nbsp;</p> <p>Over on PS4, there&#39;s Bloodborne and The Order: 1886. Bloodborne, a &quot;spiritual successor&quot; to Demon&#39;s Souls and Dark Souls, can reasonably be expected to be more of the same; fine, if you like that sort of thing. As for The Order: 1886; I&#39;m not really one for cyber-monocles and laser blunderbusses and other steampunk trappings.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/electronic-arts/e3-2014-biggest-video-game-news-so-far/feature" target="_blank">All the latest news from E3 2014</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/qmRR6MnS6dc" 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="1200" height="900" title="Bloodborne" alt="Bloodborne" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bloodborne-2.jpg?1403060638" /> </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="The Order: 1886" alt="The Order: 1886" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-order.jpg?1403060638" /> </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"> Feature light </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>Like many, I&#39;ve been waiting to see which of the next-gen consoles is worth investing in; the exciting prospect for me was what they could do that PCs couldn&#39;t. Both Microsoft and Sony initially talked up their consoles as being the centre of an entertainment hub; swiping through TV stations with Kinect, game-sharing on PS4, and so forth. But there seems to be little of that in evidence in the titles on display at E3 &ndash; bar a few flashes of innovation, buried in Microsoft and Sony&#39;s indie games presentations.</p> <p>For the most part, the story was one of a retreat from interesting new technologies and game mechanics, back towards tried-and-tested franchises.&nbsp;Since neither of the next-gen consoles is making the most of their unique features (indeed, Microsoft&#39;s even releasing an Xbox One <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-be-sold-without-kinect-june/news" target="_blank">minus the previously-essential Kinect</a>), you&#39;re left with a numbers game based around specs and titles &ndash; and on both counts, the PC looks to have the consoles trumped.</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/J4mjCHKAilA" 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"> It&#039;s PC gone mad </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>Now, I&#39;m no PC gaming evangelist; I do most of my gaming on a PS3, and my antiquated notebook struggles to run Skyrim on low settings. But spec up a current gaming PCs and you have something that&#39;s easily on par with the PS4 and Xbox One on raw graphical grunt. And almost all of the non-exclusive titles are making their way over to the PC; Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Far Cry 4 and GTA V are all releasing on PC alongside the console versions.</p> <p>PC specs are as good as you&#39;re prepared to shell out for; upgradeability means that you can start small and upgrade as cashflow allows, and with Steam&#39;s Big Picture mode, you finally have a PC gaming interface that sits happily in your living room. The launch of Valve&#39;s Steam Machine project may have been delayed, but then, PCs are an open platform, and if you want to bung SteamOS on your machine, there&#39;s nothing stopping you &ndash; once it launches, of course.</p> <p>The library of titles available on PC includes all the big cross-platform franchises, plus some exclusives like the expansive Star Citizen and Syndicate throwback <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/satellite-reign-awesome-syndicate-sequel-we-shouldve-had/feature" target="_blank">Satellite Reign</a> &ndash; both of which employ the interesting game mechanics that the big console-exclusive titles seem to shy away from. There&#39;s also a vibrant indie scene on PC that the consoles are only just catching up to.</p> <p>I could be wrong; Sunset Overdrive might turn out to be the best thing I&#39;ve ever played. But on the current evidence, neither of the next-gen consoles are making the most of their unique features &ndash; and that leaves me wondering what, exactly, they do that a PC can&#39;t.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/save-game-how-kickstarters-resurrecting-your-favourite-games/feature" target="_blank">Save game: how Kickstarter&#39;s resurrecting your favourite games</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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/Zu3HL-R0XeU" 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="1200" height="900" title="Satellite Reign" alt="Satellite Reign" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/satellite-reign.jpg?1403060638" /> </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/microsoft/e3-2014/microsoft-and-sony-e3-keynotes-were-exciting-and-made-me-want-buy-gaming-pc/featur" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/e3-2014/microsoft-and-sony-e3-keynotes-were-exciting-and-made-me-want-buy-gaming-pc/featur#comments Console games E3 2014 Games consoles Microsoft Opinion PlayStation 4 Sony Xbox One Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:36:40 +0000 Stephen Graves 1438864 at http://www.stuff.tv Why it’s very, very good that Apple’s iOS 8 is borrowing from Android http://www.stuff.tv/why-it-s-good-apple-s-ios-8-stealing-android/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smartphone owners want the best of everything, says Craig Grannell, and they’ll only get it if the major players keep pushing each other to innovate </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="iOS 8" alt="Why it&#039;s good that&#039;s Apple&#039;s iOS 8 borrows from Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ios-8-review-03_2.jpg?1402797958" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple seemingly had the entire technology industry in its sights at WWDC 2014.</p> <p>What wasn&rsquo;t always apparent, though, was whether its gaze was that of a star sprinter, ready to zoom past its rivals while dosed up on innovation and confidence, or the beady eye of a tech-obsessed kleptomaniac, intent on pilfering anything within reach.</p> <p>Naturally, many people concentrated on the latter of those things, not least when it became very apparent that there was more than a little Android in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8</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="/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"> FAMILIARITY COMPLEX </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>So, a quick recap of what&#39;s new to iOS 8: the QuickType keyboard with its predictive word row, along with third-party keyboard support; interactive notifications and third-party widgets within Notification Center; a proper file system via iCloud Drive; stats for battery-hungry apps; App Store video previews; a kind of plug-in architecture for sharing content; and improved app-to-app communication and integration.</p> <p>With such changes and Google&rsquo;s improving design smarts, you might argue there&rsquo;s now little to choose between the two systems. Sooner or later, you&rsquo;ll just pick up a smartphone, and it won&rsquo;t really matter who&rsquo;s made it, because they will all be much the same.</p> <p>But that&rsquo;s only true if you put on blinkers, scream &ldquo;Apple&rsquo;s copying Android a year late - again&rdquo;, and ignore half the story. The other half concerns execution, design and privacy - all things Apple excels at - and the fact Apple remains entirely in control of hardware&nbsp;<em>and</em>&nbsp;software.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android 4.5 &#39;Lollipop&#39; 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="Like Android, iOS 8 has widgets" alt="Why it&#039;s good that&#039;s Apple&#039;s iOS 8 borrows from Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-widgets_2.jpg?1402797958" /> </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"> SAME FEATURES, DIFFERENT FOCUS </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>Regarding execution, Apple throughout its history has rarely been first; even Mac OS was in part based on pioneering work going on at Xerox. However, Apple&rsquo;s patience often pays dividends, and results in a superior user experience. On mobile, this was clear with its interpretation of copy and paste, and at WWDC 2014, you could argue the same with the &lsquo;Android&rsquo; features it demoed; to pick one example, the iOS 8 keyboard visually apes Android&rsquo;s equivalent, but is also aware of context, providing you with words specific to the current document you&rsquo;re writing and the person you&rsquo;re talking to.</p> <p>From a privacy standpoint, Apple repeatedly stated that, by default, everything was pretty locked down - even keyboards would not be network-aware unless the user agreed otherwise. And with its vertical integration, Apple can do things like Metal, a technology that provides staggering console-like game engines on mobile, and with a guarantee they will work across all of Apple&rsquo;s latest iOS hardware, versus the comparative &lsquo;bag of hurt&rsquo; found in the more diverse Android ecosystem.</p> <p>In addition, Apple did have plenty of new ideas of its own: a refined vision regarding connected computing (a streamlined cross-device experience rather than &lsquo;one device to rule them all&rsquo;); HomeKit and HealthKit that position the iPhone as a hub for home automation and health apps; and Family Sharing, for providing access to iTunes content and also stopping kids from buying a ton of IAP without permission.&nbsp;And then there was the new-to-Apple idea of making its platform a little more open, encouraging developers, rather than slamming the door in their faces.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2014/ios-8-gives-apps-more-power-ever-cupertinos-still-control/feature">iOS 8 gives apps more power than ever, but Cupertino&#39;s still in control</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="Apple&#039;s new QuickType predictive keyboard" alt="Why it&#039;s good that&#039;s Apple&#039;s iOS 8 borrows from Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-quicktype.jpg?1402797958" /> </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 NEW ARMS RACE </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 important thing to remember is that Google doesn&rsquo;t stand still either; you can bet that for many of Apple&rsquo;s innovations and benefits on show at WWDC 2014, Android will have something similar announced at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Google I/O later this month</a>, along with a number of its own new toys on display. At which point the cycle repeats, with two amazing mobile operating systems simultaneously going at each other&rsquo;s throats while maturing at a rate unprecedented in technology&rsquo;s history. Everyone wins: Google, Apple, and, most of all, the users.</p> <p>In an alternate universe, the iPhone doesn&rsquo;t exist and Android still looks much like Windows Mobile; users are miserable. In another (full of ferocious and heavily armed lawyers), Apple and Google operate under a strict agreement to not copy any ideas from each other, and so both platforms are horribly lacking in key areas; users are miserable.</p> <p>But in our world, Apple and Google continue to echo that Picasso quote Steve Jobs loved so much, &ldquo;good artists copy but great artists steal,&rdquo; which, as he said, was all about exposing yourself to the best things humans have done and trying to bring it into what you&rsquo;re doing, potentially revolutionising it and your products in the process. Long may that continue.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Everything we know so far about Apple iPhone 6</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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="759" height="569" title="A leaked Android 4.5 &#039;Lollipop&#039; screen" alt="Why it&#039;s good that&#039;s Apple&#039;s iOS 8 borrows from Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-4.5-leak01_0.jpg?1402797958" /> </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/why-it-s-good-apple-s-ios-8-stealing-android/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/why-it-s-good-apple-s-ios-8-stealing-android/feature#comments Android Android 4.4 KitKat Apple Google iOS 8 Opinion Smartphones WWDC 2014 Sat, 07 Jun 2014 11:05:41 +0000 Marc McLaren 1438704 at http://www.stuff.tv Why you should give a •••• about the future of passwords http://www.stuff.tv/why-you-should-give-about-future-passwords/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With password hacks becoming increasingly common, individuals need to secure their accounts and industries need to strive for something better, says Craig Grannell </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="&quot;Now, was it &#039;Password&#039; or &#039;P455w0rd&#039;?&quot;" alt="Mission: Impossible" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mission-impossible.jpg?1402797959" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At the time of writing, mere days have passed since shoe retailer Office was hacked, compromising customer login details; a week or so earlier, online giant eBay suffered a similar fate.</p> <p>But even if you&rsquo;re reading this many months later, chances are you only need to change the names for this column to remain current. Password hacks are now a depressingly inevitable and regular occurrence online, yet they somehow always come as a surprise to affected individuals and corporations alike.</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="/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>As ever, the human factor is the problem. On one side, people store important information online, and are faced with using an increasing number of passwords; a sense of complacency or overload often leads to a reliance on absurdly simple constructions and/or using identical passwords across multiple accounts.</p> <p>On the other side, hackers recognise the value in personal data and use increasingly elaborate tools to break into systems, retrieving password dumps or simply brute-forcing their way into individual accounts.</p> <p>The system is broken and needs to change &mdash; the problem is in figuring out what comes next and what to do in the meantime. In the short term, systems must do better and individuals should make more of an effort to secure their online data.</p> <p>When companies are hacked, they must be quicker to inform people and transparent about what&rsquo;s happened, along with making it far more obvious how to access and amend password data. Moreover, they really need to be better at dealing with passwords in the first place.</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="Why you should give a •••• about the future of passwords" alt="Why you should give a •••• about the future of passwords" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/password.jpg?1402797959" /> </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"> ‘GclCOtjFNCbchKiOqTlF’ </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>Password-creation is too often hamstrung by arbitrary rules that are a kind of security theatre, complexity providing the appearance rather than the reality of security. eBay is a good example, displaying a password strength indicator, and providing various prescriptive rules regarding any new password. But algorithms fail, and here &lsquo;Password1&rsquo; is oddly deemed similar in strength (&lsquo;Medium&rsquo;) to &lsquo;cRVdaChMcl3qBJcXQN1H&rsquo; and stronger than &lsquo;GclCOtjFNCbchKiOqTlF&rsquo;. You cannot copy to or paste from the password field, hampering the use of some password managers, and you must use between six and twenty characters, presumably because of the limitations of eBay&rsquo;s database rather than any logical reason surrounding securing your data.</p> <p>eBay&rsquo;s far from the only culprit. Passwords are now regularly twinned with ludicrous and overly specific questions and answers required for account retrieval, charging you with retaining a kind of meticulous knowledge of your own life and preferences (&ldquo;What was your favourite film in 1996?&rdquo; &ldquo;What colour was your second car?&rdquo;); and password demands have increasingly baffling specificity in terms of construction, full of numbers, &lsquo;special&rsquo; characters, and a mix of upper- and lower-case letters &mdash; but only in a manner that each specific system can cope with. Heads need bashing to make these systems more human and &mdash; crucially &mdash; more usable and secure.</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="eBay" alt="eBay" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ebay-password.jpg?1402797959" /> </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"> “What colour was your second car?” </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>eBay&rsquo;s far from the only culprit. Passwords are now regularly twinned with ludicrous and overly specific questions and answers required for account retrieval, charging you with retaining a kind of meticulous knowledge of your own life and preferences (&ldquo;What was your favourite film in 1996?&rdquo; &ldquo;What colour was your second car?&rdquo;); and password demands have increasingly baffling specificity in terms of construction, full of numbers, &lsquo;special&rsquo; characters, and a mix of upper- and lower-case letters &mdash; but only in a manner that each specific system can cope with. Heads need bashing to make these systems more human and &mdash; crucially &mdash; more usable and secure.</p> <p>Fortunately, there are things individuals can do, although each comes with its own shortcomings. Where two-step verification is offered, take advantage of it, even if it complicates matters due to the added layer of security. Consider a password manager, such as <a href="https://agilebits.com/onepassword" target="_blank">1Password</a>, which can cook up insanely complex unique passwords for every online account and remove from you the responsibility of remembering them. Such systems do admittedly have drawbacks &mdash; 1Password&rsquo;s integration with iOS is weak, for example, Apple&rsquo;s iCloud Keychain naturally only works with Apple&rsquo;s own products, and both systems are initially a little opaque and tricky to grasp for less technically minded users; but they&rsquo;re nonetheless worth persevering with, if only to make it tougher for someone to brute-force their way into your accounts and to stop you using similar passwords or password patterns online.</p> <p>In the longer term, perhaps Apple&rsquo;s Touch ID provides a glimpse of a future where passwords are finally consigned to history, using your body as a means to access online services. But even then, work is needed, given that iOS demands the manual input of a standard password for the first purchase made after a reboot.</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="1Password" alt="1Password" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1password_1.jpg?1402797959" /> </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 Touch ID" alt="Apple Touch ID" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s-touch-id.jpg?1402797959" /> </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>Then there&rsquo;s also a level of paranoia surrounding biometrics that people need to get past. When Touch ID first appeared, there were erroneous claims Apple was &lsquo;collecting&rsquo; fingerprints, and then there&rsquo;s the truly irrational fear regarding someone stealing body parts to access data. Frankly, if someone lops off your finger or scoops out your eyeball, you&rsquo;ve bigger concerns than whether they can now access your eBay account.</p> <p>And that&rsquo;s just not going to happen anyway, but the chances of someone worming their way into your existing online data increases with every password hack that happens. Therefore, do what you can today to secure yourself, ramping up password protection where possible, and when a better future looms into view that might eradicate passwords forever, grab it eagerly rather than fearfully retreating into the system equivalent of a bunker held together with sticky tape.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/9-genius-ways-use-iphone-5s-touch-id-fingerprint-sensor/feature" target="_blank">9 genius uses for the iPhone 5S&#39; Touch ID fingerprint sensor</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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/DvqWlRBV81M" 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/why-you-should-give-about-future-passwords/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/why-you-should-give-about-future-passwords/feature#comments Opinion Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:32:57 +0000 Stephen Graves 1438374 at http://www.stuff.tv Why you can't afford to be neutral about net neutrality http://www.stuff.tv/don-t-be-neutral-about-net-neutrality/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As a two-tier internet looms in the USA, Craig Grannell asks: what does this mean for the future of the web in the UK? </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="Internet Map: city-to-city connections © ChrisHarrison.net" alt="Internet Map: city-to-city connections © ChrisHarrison.net" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/internet-map.jpg?1399993613" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Brits often keep the USA at arm&rsquo;s length, because certain things that happen there are too awful to contemplate, like spray cheese in a can.&nbsp;But precisely because such things happen, we should keep a beady eye out, to stop similar problems making their way across the Atlantic.&nbsp;</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="/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"> All data is created equal </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>If you&rsquo;re unclear on net neutrality, it&rsquo;s essentially equality for the internet: all data is created equal, and therefore all data should be treated equally. Sending an email? Watching the latest video of an amusing and cute kitten being amusing and cute? Working on an extremely important presentation in a worryingly flaky cloud-based office suite? It should all be treated in the same manner by your ISP and served accordingly.</p> <p>The main argument in favour of net neutrality is therefore that it provides an even playing field for the internet. Without it, ISPs could conceivably create so-called &lsquo;fast lanes&rsquo; and charge certain companies and services for access, the costs for which would be passed on to you; or they could cripple competitors by making their services appear to be streaming from 1997 while ensuring their own suffer from no such fate.</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="Ooh, pretty lights" alt="Fiber optics" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fiber-optics.jpg?1399993613" /> </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"> Life in the fast lane </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>Aside from user experiences deteriorating, we&rsquo;d also find only companies with deep pockets could thrive, newcomers without millions to spend being hampered by being dumped in the slow lane. Additionally, the &lsquo;fast lane&rsquo; wouldn&rsquo;t necessarily exist anyway, given that without investment the road would still be the same as it was before &mdash; the difference would simply be anyone not paying the toll having their tyres repeatedly slashed by a maniacally grinning ISP&rsquo;s CEO.</p> <p>Or so we&rsquo;re told. In reality, things aren&rsquo;t quite so simple. Data isn&rsquo;t always equal today, hence, for example, &lsquo;traffic shaping&rsquo; (which UK regulations allow, as long as an ISP is transparent about what it&rsquo;s doing). Also, those battling net neutrality argue the rapidly shifting nature of what&rsquo;s consumed online makes it rational and reasonable to treat certain data differently, in order to ensure connectivity infrastructure can scale and be invested in. And as <a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/09/net_neutrality_explained_and_how_to_get_a_better_internet/" target="_blank">The Register points out</a>, the way the web works is already an increasingly complex battle for resources, where large companies in some cases essentially create or negotiate their own high-speed networks. Any notion of a truly level playing field thus appears to be an idealist&rsquo;s fantasy.</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="wow such speed many test" alt="Speedtest" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/speedtest.jpg?1399993613" /> </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 Neutral Zone </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>But perhaps it&rsquo;s level enough, and it&rsquo;s interesting to see 100 technology giants, including Google, Facebook and Amazon, <a href="http://engine.is/wp-content/uploads/Company-Sign-On-Letter.pdf" target="_blank">writing to the FCC</a>, warning them to not mess up the internet by wrecking net neutrality and ushering in the potential for &ldquo;individualised bargaining and discrimination&rdquo;. They think something&rsquo;s up, or are at least trying to ensure the FCC doesn&rsquo;t inadvertently do something stupid. And in a sense, we should be thinking the same.</p> <p>Arguments surrounding net neutrality are complex, but fundamental ideas about discrimination, transparency and equal access to data are not. <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26865869" target="_blank">MEPs seem broadly in favour of net neutrality</a>, but the UK government has routinely sided with big business and lobbyists rather than the greater good for consumers when it comes to laws surrounding technology. We must watch what&rsquo;s going on in the USA, keep checks on MPs here and in Europe, try to unpick and make sense of all the facts and opinions, and fight for an internet future based around fairness, transparency and innovation, rather than one that&rsquo;s hampered by lobbyists and greed. Doing so won&rsquo;t necessarily be easy, but sitting on the sidelines and being neutral is not an option.</p> <p>[Image: <a href="http://www.chrisharrison.net/index.php/Visualizations/InternetMap" target="_blank">ChrisHarrison.net</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-office-ipad/review" target="_blank">App of the week: Office for iPad</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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="Google, Facebook and Amazon&#039;s letter to the FCC" alt="FCC letter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/letter.jpg?1399993613" /> </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/don-t-be-neutral-about-net-neutrality/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/don-t-be-neutral-about-net-neutrality/feature#comments Opinion Tue, 13 May 2014 14:59:33 +0000 Stephen Graves 1437044 at http://www.stuff.tv Will objectivity be thrown under the bus as Google and Apple trade video game exclusivity for promotion? http://www.stuff.tv/will-objectivity-be-thrown-under-bus-google-and-apple-trade-video-game-exclusivity-promotion/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Craig Grannell asks: How much does an Editor&#039;s Choice badge mean if it might have been influenced by a game appearing on your platform first? </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 App Store Editor&#039;s Choice" alt="Apple App Store Editor&#039;s Choice" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-app-store-editors-choice-01.jpg?1399425105" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In an ideal and golden future media utopia, everything ever made will be available to everyone, instantly and affordably; films, TV shows, music and games will very possibly be beamed directly into your brain via an as-yet-unknown combination of cutting-edge engineering and truly terrifying science-fiction-style technology.</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="/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"> Choice cuts </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 world of games has also historically heavily relied on exclusives, using them to drive people towards particular consoles. But the onset of digital &ndash; especially on mobile &ndash; had suggested this might change, through an increasing number of developers and publishers striving to get their wares into the most hands possible. In part, this was probably to avoid the world being flooded by the salty tears of Android fans sobbing that the latest and greatest iOS games often don&#39;t show up immediately (or at all) on their handsets and tablets. But mostly it&#39;s just good business sense.</p> <p>It&#39;s great news, then, (and by &#39;great&#39;, I mean &#39;rubbish&#39;) that mobile giants Apple and Google may well be <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-and-google-scrapping-secure-game-exclusivity/news" target="_blank">dragging gaming</a> back towards the hideous land of exclusives. According to the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304626304579510020273541060" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a>, the two companies are busy wooing developers, offering them a hefty promotional boost in return for temporary exclusivity.</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="453" title="Apple App Store Editor&#039;s Choice" alt="Apple App Store Editor&#039;s Choice" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hitman-go-exclusive.jpg?1399425105" /> </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"> Gaming the system </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>As much as yet more exclusive content irks, it&#39;s actually the promotional aspect that really rubs me up the wrong way, because it muddies the water between editorial integrity and pure sales. The iOS App Store in particular is always very keen to foist new games on visitors, but when presented with the latest Editor&#39;s Choice and other prominently positioned titles, what will that really mean? In the knowledge that promotion may have been traded for exclusivity, will objectivity become totally meaningless?</p> <p>You might argue it&#39;s naïve to think that&#39;s not been the case since day one, and it&#39;s true the App Store has hardly been a consistent bastion of good taste. However, there was always the sense the people behind the App Store were in the business of curation, at least attempting to showcase the best the store has to offer.&nbsp;</p> <p>If objectivity starts to become a mere afterthought following exclusivity when it comes to promotional activity, some games publishers will probably do very well in the short term, as people flock to download their products, simply due to visibility. Consumers, however, lose out in more games not very rapidly appearing across multiple platforms, and in being presented with titles that aren&#39;t necessarily that good, but that just happen to (for a while) not be available anywhere else.</p> <p>It confirms the App Store as not being any kind of meritocracy, instead turning it into the most typical of supermarkets, where placement is often dictated by business deals rather than quality. Perhaps Financial Director&#39;s Choice would be a more appropriate badge in future.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-and-google-scrapping-secure-game-exclusivity/news" target="_blank">Apple and Google scrapping to secure game exclusivity</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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 App Store Editor&#039;s Choice" alt="Apple App Store Editor&#039;s Choice" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-app-store-editors-choice-02.jpg?1399425105" /> </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/will-objectivity-be-thrown-under-bus-google-and-apple-trade-video-game-exclusivity-promotion/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/will-objectivity-be-thrown-under-bus-google-and-apple-trade-video-game-exclusivity-promotion/feature#comments Android games Apps and Games iOS games Opinion Tue, 06 May 2014 15:47:42 +0000 1436657 at http://www.stuff.tv