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Episode 48 – Google io 2015

Well after a humongous break and pods that I have not got round to writing up we finally managed to update the blog with a post and in the same week we produced a podcast. Wonder will never cease.

Anyhow not much point in beating around the bush here as Imtiaz wrote up good review of Google io which you can find here:

https://tektalkv101.wordpress.com/2015/06/05/thoughts-on-google-io-2015/

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http://www.t3.com/features/googles-project-brillo-and-weave?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11944&utm_term=2819055&utm_content=31497

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Episode 42 – It’s Oh So Quiet (until the Black Friday Riots)

So this weeks pod was delayed by really slow internet connection on Friday which was funny because the way the news showed it the world was down the high street battling it out for a product that the rioters did not know they even needed and not trying to do any internet shopping at all.

This pod was recorded on Black Friday eve, or Thursday night and apart from the Ubisoft apology over Assassins Creed there was very little in the tech news department. Many sites even started talking about the iPhone 7 such were the thin pickings of real news to talk about. So what nugget did we talk about? Well news that the tablet market is in retreat struck us a good one to rattle one about and so we did. Tablets, the good, the bad and the devolution of consumer from pc to tablet and the evolution from tablet back to pc. Oh how we are a fickle lot.

EPISODE 42 – http://tektalk.podomatic.com/entry/2014-11-30T13_56_05-08_00

Episode 41 – It’s only our first bloody birthday!!!!

Fanfares, fanfares, fanfares. Last week we turned one. Ok so essentially 41 weeks does not make a year but a year we have been going and I guess 41 weeks out of 52 doing a podcast is not too shabby for our first year.

Apologies for the badly timed sound effects. Comedy timing at its worst. Speaking of worse, in this weeks pod we discuss that crap that is being delivered as a final product. Recently we have had iOS8 launched with glitches and bugs and then of late we get Assassins Creed Unity

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Assassin’s Creed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

launched with a whole host of issues, most notably bodies that wrapped around themselves or even faces, well without the faces.

 

It seems that software companied seem to think that they can deliver a product unfinished and then patch it at a later date. This serves no one any good, the reputation of the company gets damaged and consumer confidence falls in that company too.

However, consumers must take some responsibility in this, we must learn more patience as its partly our crushing needs that push for a quicker release. Look at Drive Club, when it was delayed for not being ready then social media erupted in fury at how consumers could be treated like this. But I salute any company that has the balls to wait until a product is ready before it is launched. Why we are like this for tech I don’t know. if you got served under cooked meat in a restaurant you would send it back. Let companies have more time to work and deliver a better experience and everyone wins.

Episode 41- The Birthday Edition

Episode 40 – Spotify vs Taylor Swift

 

In the past week we discussed how no one album had sold more than a million in 2014. Well Taylor Swift has just managed that in the same week that she pulled her entire catalogue off Spotify.

Music is a fickle beast and Soundcloud too is having its own behind the scenes issues as deals are being done to licence music from Warners.

Episode 39 – Fitness and unlimited storage, Microsoft excels this week (excel! get it?)

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/157497388

Microsoft get fit and US retailers get nasty against NFC! Seriously why do American retailers hate Apple Pay. It’s insane and bears the ugly history that was the luddites. 

Episode 38 – Either music in 2014 is poop or streaming is killing sales

No album sales of more than a million or to put it another way no platinum selling albums for the entire 2014 which is pretty big news, or is Spotify the devil of the music industry?

In other news a mahoosive phone was released and we ask the question of is this new Nexus too big and will the scale of phones finally stop going larger.

I also get a bit excited by SMS messages appearing on the Macbook via the Yosemite update and I kid you not its like magic.

Episode 37 – We are back

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So I got the iPhone 6 two hours before leaving for the airport for my honeymoon. Two hours was not enough to set up a new phone from the old backup from the 5. For two weeks limped through a Mexican beach resort with a phone desperately trying to update itsself over free hotel wi-fi.

Listen to the woeful tale and more as we return to the pod after a long break.

Apple and the disappointing new iPhones and Watch and Pay

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So Apple on the 9th September did the big reveal (well I say big reveal but more later) and I am writing this on the 14th September. Why the delay? Most bloggers and tech sites have already swamped your eyeballs with enough information to sway your opinions and impress your mates with an abundance of information relating to iPhone(s) 6 & 6 Plus, Apple Watch and Apple Pay but here I am only just about to start my write up.

Why? well Apple often is accused of having a distortion field around its products and to this I have regularly scoffed at these nay sayers and doubters, but this year from the off I was left frustrated and disappointed from the moment I tried to watch the stream on my Apple TV. To put this into context, I regularly watch the Apple events in gleeful excitement of delights to come and as I thought, as I raced home to be back in time for the 6pm (UK time) September 9th event which would not fail me either.

Failure to launch

But how wrong was I?, gone was the smooth start and professional polish of the event, I was faced with network issues and then when the picture did work  I was listening to both Tim Cook and what was quite possibly a lady speaking Cantonese over what Tim was saying. I logged out and back in, same thing, turned to the iPad and the stream and that would not work either. Seriously, what the flip was going on? Twitter was turned to as Twitter is always turned to in times of crisis and yes indeed the world too was melting down at the lack of usual Apple sheen and polish.

Patience of a saint was needed

30 minutes – NO: 40 minutes – NO: 45 minutes – NO: and then at 50 minutes the stream finally returned and wait, what! I had missed the entire iPhone launch and was now being treated to Apple Pay. But lets concentrate on the new iPhones first. As we had seen and heard for months we finally saw (officially) the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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But here is the thing, there is a fine line between whetting an audience’s appetite with leaks of tidbits of information and what now appears to be purposely or blatantly piss poor management in allowing the audience to be so full of information before the event that at the time of the event they become merely bored at yet another rectangle of glass and metal is presented as if its the saviour of mankind.

Long for the days of accidentally left behind phones in bars

This year was by far the worst year we have had for leaks and by leaks Apple is in full flow of flood damage as we knew size and that there were would be two varieties of size too. As the launch date neared we heard even more about the NFC chip but granted the rumour of the sapphire glass screen was a total dud. The thing is a leak was not even required to guess that this year we would get the A8 chip. Hell, in our podcasts we even talked months ago what Metal would be like with the A8 powering it.

Distortion field down

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So what did we actually get, yes bigger screens at 4.7″ and 5.5″ for the 6 and 6 Plus respectively. Sharper screens too and now Retina HD but if the human eye cannot perceive more than what Apple claimed when it brought out the retina screens a few years back, what is the point of Retina HD apart from shutting Samsung and their faboys up. For the record I have over the past few years thought that Samsung have had beautiful screens so I am intrigued to see what Apple can do here. It also begs the question of do we now expect the next iPad and Mac lines to come with a higher price as we are led to believe that we need to update to these screens that rival the miracles of the universe.

The camera got a boost yet is no more than the 5s and the slow mo feature is now double that from the 5s too.  So you get the point straight away that Apple did not have a revolutionary device again this year but another evolutionary step. Apple too seems to be having trouble too in describing the phone as its succinctly described as being:

  • Bigger than bigger ( what the hell does this mean apart from marketing bollocks?)
  • At its largest and thinest
  • A better display
  • Hugely powerful. Enormously efficient
  • The camera is shit hot. Ok so it does not say this but instead the more palatable “The camera that changed photos now does the same for video”
  • Faster speeds. Yawn, heard it al before.
  • Security. Right at your fingertip. Er haven’t we been here before like 12 months ago.
  • Your wallet without the wallet. Unless of course you live outside of the USA. More later
  • IOS8

That’s it! That’s the whole fucking 9 yards. I raced home for this shit expecting the next big thing. THE phone to have and the one to be proud to own. What did we get apart from a bigger, yet thinner slab? Not much really and as Android fans have been eager and justified to point out they have welcomed Apple to 2012. Yes Apple you got told over this and deservedly so too. Apple you used to innovate but here it just seems like this year you actually are playing catchup.

What also makes no bloody sense is in Apple and design we have trusted and when they moved away from the curves of the iPhone 3Gs to the more blocky 4, 5, 5s and 5c (less so) we thought they must know what they are doing, curved lines were wrong on a phone and Jony Ive must know what he is doing. But now we get bloody curves back, so were the blocky lines wrong or are we now to assume that the lines of a phone are now slaves to fashion and whatever has the eye of Mr Ive?

At this rate get ready for the introduction of a skeuomorphic iOS in around 3 years. Still what goes around comes around I suppose.

Apple Pay – No way outside of the USA

And so we come to Apple Pay where a confused world watched as Apple went on to showcase the “revolutionary” wallet that is secured that you don’t need to carry a card around. Ok, the tech behind it is very very clever, the number crunching and generating that totally protects your bank details (well until the next hack) but this came at the time of iclouds largest ever security breach so timing was piss poor, yet not Apple faults that rudie nudie pics of the stupid famous people were leaked online.

But the rest of the world laughed as unlike the USA we have had chip and pin for years and the days of signing for your purchase and having to show ID are long behind us, so what Apple was showing us was not really all that new for us here in the UK (or quite a large proportion of the world)

USA launch and the rest of the world to follow

Sadly Apple we have heard this before and I genuinely don’t believe you that Apple Pay will make it to the rest of the world. If iTunes Radio cannot make it to the UK or Europe almost 2 years after you announced it then I am sorry it’s another part that has broken your distortion field. Ok so Apple is an American company and plays heavily on that feature but if sales were just limited to the USA it would not be the multi billion $ company that it is today . Global companies need to address this very quickly that if you operate at a global level then you have to treat everyone as the same consumer and not leave some of them feeling like second class citizens.  We are  expected to pay the same for a phone or device that does less than our American counterparts. Fairness or more likely  bullshit says I.

One more thing

Oh how we laughed at Tim for bringing us in on the in joke and how quickly did we wish that Steve Jobs was there to kick people up the arse/ass as Apple were not shining in this special event so far.

The big reveal…Oh its a watch and will it be better looking than the Moto 360? Expectedly we were treated to this gorgeous and well designed video:

http://www.apple.com/watch/films/#film-design

The video looked better than the watch

What the hell? its a piss poor rectangular thing that I have slated Samsung for with their bloody awful gear designs. Ooooh its got a crown but its all very well moving a crown on a watch when its not on your wrist but NO ONE has ever tried and succeeded in winding a watch up or changing the time/date when its on your wrist and none of the examples showed it being used on a wrist.

Did I mention they failed to talk about the battery life? No and neither did Apple until around 48 hours later when they announced almost apologetically that the battery may last a day but has to be charged overnight: SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT not impressed, disappointed by the design and when you are more impressed by the watch straps then you know a product has a problem. Still this is the first attempt and as we all know Apple is not the best at launching the product that demands to be bought. Apple Watch II may be more interesting. Think I am being too harsh then check out this video from CNET on the Top 5 reasons not to buy an Apple watch.

However, I do like the fact that the Apple Watch can be used with Apple pay except I live in the UK so I can’t but its something I like the idea of.

The iPod was a disruptive device that sadly the Apple Watch is not

What stunned me more about the Apple Watch was the quite simply failed opportunity that the threw away. Lets be clear, the iPod made Apple a big bag of cash that saved them from a whole world of hurt. The iPod was available to all and this was the genius about it. Got a mac?  it will work with that. Got a PC? it will work with that. Simply put the iPod was shit hot at dominating the market as it worked across all platforms. It’s sad then that at the time of the Apple event the iPod was put to rest and instead the Apple Watch was launched that is locked and needing an iPhone to actually work properly. If I was a an Apple shareholder I would be pissed off as this is a lost market and hinders the wider adoption of Apple Pay.

It’s amazing that in the ten years that Apple launched the iPod that worked across so many platforms and disrupted the entire music and video industry that Apple have sensationally dropped the ball when they could have disputed the financial industry and once again made another big bag of cash.

 Disappointing end of term report

Well you might have guessed that I am fed up and disappointed with Apple that this year at the “Special Event” they failed to deliver and the gremlins that affected the stream have got in and buggered up the people at Apple that are innovative and disruptive designers. They have delivered what was expected and no real OMG moments and maybe that’s what people want as at the time of writing this the iPhone 6 has broken records with 4 million pre-ordered on the first day.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/15/us-apple-iphone-idUSKBN0HA1A220140915

Was I going to be stupid enough and jump in and join the bandwagon and pre-order on the first day. Of course bloody not I’m not freaking mental! I waited and ordered the silver 64gb iPhone 6 on the following Sunday. Yes I may be pissed off but Apple is more than one event and Ive got a mac and an iPad and with the launch of Yosemite later this year moving to any other phone than an iPhone would be ridiculous and that’s why Apple is successful they make products that work and make your life easier.

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Episode 34 – Print and…. no wait, don’t print, e’publish

Hello and yes we know it’s been a while but sometimes life really gets in the way and summer holidays take over.

So whats happening this week? Well we get a mobile with 2 OS’s in one and as this is nothing particularly ground breaking I’ll move onto the more relevant and topical (well it was when we recorded this) summer reading on iTunes and the offering of free digital magazines.  Not crappy titles even,but major ones like T3, Stuff, Total Film etc

This came out just as ABC revealed that print magazines are suffering and the market for magazines is really in decline. For me its’s a no brainer, I love digital magazines, the content is richer,more value for the money and often they are cheaper than the print version.

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Episode 33 – OnePlus one = WTF

Moving on from the what’s up with theme that we have had for the past three weeks, a trilogy of sorts, we shockingly and sadly move on to the OnePlus phone team and their quite awful sexist and really deserved internet backlash.

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Don’t understand why a tech company would stoop to these levels, particularly when the tech press in the UK have recently woken up and realised that you don’t need a semi naked woman to sell a magazine.

Samsung launched a new phone, but to be honest it was a shit week with Robin Williams’s death and even worse when the bastard Twitter trolls came out and viscously attacked his daughter Zelda resulting in her cancelling her accounts and grieving like anyone should be allowed to do. If we can take anything from his death is that Twitter have finally announced that they will look into removing the trolls. Yes it says it will crackdown on them but I do wonder how successful they will be.

An apology

Audio is crap this week (I have no idea why, same equipment, same software, just a co host who sounds as if I have trapped him under a tin bath.

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