* Posts by Cutman

8 posts • joined 3 Dec 2011

Apple slip-up slows iOS 6 upgrades



We upgraded our iPad, I mean, we downgraded our iPad to iOS6 yesterday. Maps is a disaster and useless for those that do use them for work.

We'll be keeping our iPhones untouched by the hand of iOS6 for the time being.

Apple: Samsung was in 'crisis' over our iPhone awesomeness


Re: Conflation

Every important Apple UI element was copied by Samsung.

Read the directions for improvement, er, make it more iPhone.


New iPad can't get its Wi-Fi up


My partner's iPad (3) has no problems at all with wifi. She has spent the morning using Citrix Receiver to work at home. Windows 2000 running on an iPad, a weird juxtaposition!

The iPad screen gave much more screen space than her actual work PC and was consequently much nicer to use.

Ten... Freesat TV receivers



The Samsung was buggy as hell when first released but several firmware updates have been released and it is a pleasure to own.

If you're going to ditch the evil empire then there's no better Freesat box than the Sammie.

Use iBooks Author, only Apple can ever publish the result


What's the beef?

The iBooks Author is a nice little App based on Pages. You can export as PDF and sell that anywhere if you want the hassle of setting up your website, promoting it, hosting it, commerce-ing it etc etc.

If you'd rather go the ebooks route you pay the 30% to Apple but you get the benefits of discovery on the iTunes platform. I suspect you'd be wasting your time if you were trying to sell an interactive Anachists Cookbook or an in depth guide to jail-breaking iDevices as they wouldn't make it through censoring.

You might just find this opens up a whole new income for many "Tutorialists" who make £0 out of their YT videos. The iBooks platform should be applauded.

If it's not right for you there's always all the other routes to self publishing that have been 100% successful in the past.

Apple to conquer connected TVs? Steady on, lad


Those limited functions and walled garden are almost certainly due to the studios not Apple's design. Apple have been battling the studios to get content onto the box since it was released. Remember the studio urinated away millions in the Bluray vs HDDVD battle and they want their pound of flesh back in markup.

There's no technical reason why all content shouldn't be HD but many films are still only available to purchase in SD quality. That's not Apple doing that.

The beauty of the new AppleTV is that it has effectively become a hub to connect your PCs, Macs, iPhones and iPads to your TV. A function that I'm not letting the misses know otherwise she would insist on the new AppleTV commandeer the TV with her iPhone. What's the alpha male to do?


Bet it's called SiriTV.

Anyway, hobby or not I love my 1st gen AppleTV.

@Richard Lloyd, Apple TV has been launched in the UK for years.

If Apple offer a good TV with voice control I'm sure there'll be plenty of takers who want to live the Minority Report dream. On a serious point, cable cutters are spreading in the States choosing connected devices over cable companies. We've ditched Sky for Freesat and use our AppleTV to buy TV series available on Sky. It works out cheaper than ponying up to murdoch each month for puerile content we don't watch. Free to Air + one off purchases is the way to go IMHO.

GCHQ code-breaking challenge cracked by Google search


The passcode was 55378008


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