Monthly Archives: December 2012

Sprint: The iPhone is a piece of shit, and your fingers are too fat for it

Yes, that’s exactly what a Sprint representative told a potential client when he walked inside a Sprint store and tried to buy an iPhone. According to BGR, it’s not news that carriers tell representatives to try and push other devices to potential buyers, so they don’t have to spend so much subsidising the device. But this Sprint representative should get some sort of an award.

First, he told the client that the iPhone was ‘a piece of shit that breaks too easily and is too small for many users’. Next, after the customer insisted on the iPhone, the representative said the guy had fat fingers and that he needed a phone with larger screen, like a Samsung Galaxy S III.

Shame on you, Sprint.

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5th generation iPad on the horizon? Unlikely

MacRumors brings the news that a japanese blog defends the idea that a 5th generation iPad is scheduled for a March 2013 release.

I think that’s unlikely.

When Apple released the 4th gen iPad, there was an overall negative reaction due to the fact that the release gave such short lifetime for the 3rd iPad. The counter-argument was that Apple couldn’t stop developing and improving the product technology just so iPad 3 users could feel good about themselves, and that regardless, the iPad 3 was still a great device.

Ok. But releasing a 5th gen just less than 5 months after this whole thing would make me think that the release of the 4th gen could have been skipped, and would give Apple another headache with users and press whining over them not owning the latest model anymore.

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“iPhone 5 sales could be 5 million units below expectations.” Below whose expectations?

BGR brings the news that according to Christoper Caso (who?) from Susquehanna Financial Group (where?), the initial expectations from 40-45 million iPhone 5 units sold was pushed back to 35-40 million.

Analyst expectations? The only expectations that matter are the ones from Apple, and these ones nobody will ever know. But I’m sure they are way closer to reality than these random numbers guessed by so many ‘analysts’ across the planet that fill news sites across the globe.

Infact, I can’t remember the last time I read “Analysts get it just right and the iPhone sells exactly as predicted”. Says much more about these ‘analysts’ than about Apple sales figures.

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Shocking: Reports of iOS 6.0.2 update bringing battery issues

Some news you just know will come out.

Cult of Mac brings a story reporting how users appear to be having battery issues after updating their iPhones 5 and iPads mini to iOS 6.0.2, “even when the devices go unused for long periods of time.” Long periods of time? The update came out 2 days ago!

The story brings the information that if you look up “iOS 6.0.2 battery” on Twitter, you’ll see several people reporting problems. I did the same on Google for 6.0.1, 6.0, 5.1.1, 5.0.1 and 5.0 also found users reporting how their batteries are doing worse compared to the last update. On the other hand, I also found people saying that their batteries are better after these same updates.

Towards the end of the story, Killian Bell writes something that I think is fundamental to understanding these update/battery issues that keep coming up:

“Personally, I haven’t noticed this issue on either my iPhone 5 or my iPad mini, but to be honest, I haven’t been looking out for it.”

Yeah.

To be clear, I don’t deny that there may be a battery issue with iOS 6.0.2. Since I don’t have an iPhone 5 or iPad mini, so I can’t test it for myself. But it’s curious to see how every single iOS update brings the same problems, the same news, and how the problems seem to disappear as the news about them start to get less pageviews.

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It’s not just the iPhone. In the 90s, Gradiente registered the PlayStation brand

Kotaku brings the story of how Gradiente filed to register the PlayStation brand back in 1997:

“Gradiente purchased the brand in 1997, claiming interest in releasing a domestic computer line called “Work and Play Station”. But this purchase happened 2 years after the PSOne was released, when Gradiente had already become the official manufacturer and distributer of the Nintendo 64 in Brazil, after taking over Playtronic’s responsibilities. A bit suspicious, maybe?”

The text goes on to report that in 2002 the brand was transferred to Sony without too much effort. Contrary to what they said will happen with the iPhone in that bullshit and confusing press release of theirs.

The worst part is that every international story about this ran along the lines of “Brazilian brand releases a phone called iPhone. Claims to have the rights for it”. After all these years of work and effort, all it took was an idiotic move by one company to throw the name of the country right back to stories discussing honesty and piracy.

Congratulations, Gradiente. Thanks for that.

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Time: Tim Cook could be an Apple product

“Jobs was loud, brash, unpredictable, uninhibited and very often unshaven. Cook isn’t. He doesn’t look like the CEO of Apple, he looks more like an Apple product: quiet, tidy, carefully curated, meticulously tooled and at the same time strangely warm and inviting. He doesn’t look like Jobs, he looks like something Jobs would have made. Cook’s flawless cap of white hair could have been designed by Jony Ive and fabricated in China out of brushed aluminum.”

One of my favorite parts (certainly the funniest) of the excellent piece on Tim Cook written by Time Magazine. It’s worth your time.

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Instagram apologizes by giving an excuse

Instagram screwed up. Big time. They managed to piss off every hipster across the globe yesterday by issuing the new privacy terms that made it very clear that the photos and user information would be used as products for sale to partners or sponsored content.

After a day-long shitstorm, that even counted with National Geographic suspending the use of their account, Kevin Systrom, Chief Executive, issued a statement saying “look… well… it’s not like that… the terms are too broad… you got it wrong… we’ll put it another way soon, so.. uhm.. yeah.”

That’s odd. The terms seemed pretty clear to me.

“…display your user name, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content promotions, without any compensation to you.”

Reminded me of the Soup Nazi.

Up until now we havent seem the new terms, which seems to me like they have a lot of people trying to come up with a solution that may still do exactly what the old terms did, only presented in a prettier package. Because the apology made it very clear that they still will use Instagram to make money out of it. Out of you.

But even if they change their minds and decide to keep Instagram just a very cool U$1 billion hobby, don’t you think that the cute filtered photo of your cat will be safe. Especially if you use other services such as Google Drive, for instance:

“When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.”

It’s getting old, but the whole “If you’re not paying for a service, you’re the product” thing is still in pretty widespread use.

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Gradiente is either stupid, or dishonest. Probably both

Blog do iPhone ran an intersting story that shows how this whole Gradiente thing is bullshit to try to gather at least a little of attention to their new product.

Despite trying to promote the idea that Gradiente owns the brand in Brazil (the press release never says iPhone, but actually IPHONE), when you take a closer look, you notice that the story is not quite like that:

“What Gradiente actually owns (as noticed by our readers Rodrigo and Felipe Dias) is the rights just for the G GRADIENTE IPHONE brand.  So they can’t make Apple do anything.”

Idiots. Up until today I thought of Gradiente with a certain nostalgia, because of the My Frist Gradiente toy that I had when I was a kid. From today on it’ll just join the long list of brands that try to steal some attention and get some spotlight by cheating, instead of actually promoting the innovation they all promote with such regard. Hypocrites.

Via Blog do iPhone

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Brazilian company Gradiente releases a product called Iphone. Try not to laugh

Yep. In a sort of surreal decision, brazilian company Gradiente decided to release their new smartphone, Neo One, under the name Iphone. They claim they filed a petition back in 2000 for the name, and since 2008 they hold exclusive rights for it in Brazil.

In a press release (sorry, they only put it in portuguese), Gradiente tries really hard to convince everyone that this decision has not been taken out of idiotic opportunism, but actually out of a very well-planned, well-studied business strategy. I translated a few segments:

“In 2000, Gradiente envisioned that a technologic revolution was under way for mobile phones, with the conversion of voice and data transmission through mobile internet. In that same year, the company filed a registration petition for the brand IPHONE at INPI (National Institute of Industrial Property). On January 2nd, 2008, the company was granted the registration rights by the federal organ and proceeded to detain exclusive rights for production and commercialization of the brand until 2018.

 

Gradiente has not used the brand IPHONE up until now because the priority was to promote the restructuration of its operation and to allow the retake of its businesses. This return of activities happened in early 2012, with the announcement of the Brazilian Digital Technology Company (CBTD), responsible for the lease and management of the Gradient brands. CBTD is producing and marketing actively its product lines – mobile phones, tablets, audio and video devices, photographic cameras, monitors, and others – and plans to expand its activities for 2013. Between CBTD stockholders, 48% belong to Gradiente Stockholders Holding (HAG), created to gather the 2.000 stockholders of IGB Eletrônica.

 

With its consolidated business model, the company decided that it was the ideal moment to work with an adequate brand, which is rightfully owned. The launch of the IPHONE family, licenced by the CBTD, happens as Gradiente begins to rollout its mobile phone portfolio into the cutting-edge smartphone segment.”

 

Towars the end of the press release, they indicate that legal action will be taken towards Apple to ensure their rights:

“Gradiente is confident in a broad acceptance of the IPHONE family by brazilian consumers, allowing the company to gain product share in the smarphone business in the country. As Gradiente, in Brazil, detains the exclusive rights for the brand IPHONE, in phones and respective accessories, the company shall adopt every legal means taken by companies across the world to ensure the preservation of its intellectual property in our country.”

Samsung has just fallen to the second place in the Companies Making Idiots Out Of Themselves As They Try To Get A Free Ride On Apple’s Success list.

Sham on you, Gradiente.

Via Valor Econômico

UPDATE: Oh, yes. Gradiente’s Iphone will run Android. Shocking.

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Google diving right into the iOS. Winning? Where?

It’s at the very least curious that while Eric Schmidt says that in the war between Android and iOS, Android is clearly winning. Because since Google was kicked out of the iOS, they’ve already released back the YouTube app, Google Maps and now the YouTube Capture so people can record and put stuff on YouTube from their iPhones. They’ve also revamped Google Search and the Gmail app.

You know, for someone who see the adoption of systems as a war and is so confident that they’re winning, Google seems pretty worried about not staying out of the ‘defeated’ iOS. Meanwhile does anybody know of any efforts by Apple to move into Android?

Oh, yeah. There was this one time when Garage Band, iPhoto, iMovie, Keynote, Numbers and Pages showed up on Google Play, right? All of them malwares. Oh, the irony.

Victory appears to be quite a broad term for Google.

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