They should really have a separate app for WiFi settings on the iPhone. Especially with folders coming in iPhone 4.0. I hate going into settings each time to get to it (and I hate the auto pop up notifications more).
I’m going to write about this further — maybe tomorrow, on TechCrunch. But basically, I’ve been using the EVO 4G a lot over the past week or so. The device itself I’m not too fond of, but I would almost consider buying one just because it’s so damn easy and useful to turn it into a WiFi hotspot and tether it to your laptop. In fact, that’s how I’m writing this post right now in a cafe in New York.
And it’s fast. I’m not even using 4G (which doesn’t work in NY yet), but the Sprint 3G is about as fast as the WiFi in this cafe.
All of this just reiterates what a piece of shit AT&T’s network/feature set is.
Shocking that an analyst would be wrong yet again about something. Particularly with regard to Apple.
Does anyone else notice that many of these analysts are sort of like bloggers who can get away with saying more outrageous things and yet no one really complains about it when they’re wrong most of the time?
Not only that, they keep getting cited despite their awful track records. It’s pathetic.
If I ever stop blogging, I’m going to become an analyst and just make shit up. And get paid to do it.
God I love this bullshit spin. First mention the lowering of the ETF for the phones that basically no one breaks their contracts with because they don’t care which phone they have. Then mention you’re jacking up the fee for those more likely to cancel a contract.
And it’s bullshit to spin this as “fair” since they subsidize phones — they’ve been doing that forever, and making plenty of money.
So what’s this really about? I think it may be the most tangible sign yet that AT&T’s iPhone exclusivity is set to end — and they know it. This could be anytime over the next two years, but AT&T has to enact this now, before the new iPhone comes out and people sign their new contracts or they wouldn’t be able to jack it up for those customers retroactively.
It’s all about getting customers to stick around (or getting something out of it if/when they don’t). And I believe they’re making it more expensive now because there will be a big reason to switch sometime in the next year or so.
They say it’s not about one phone. Sure. It just happens to be a few weeks before WWDC where Apple will announce the new iPhone. Total coincidence.
“It occurs to me that the App Store’s restrictions and control are to this coming mobile era what Windows’s inferior user interface was to the PC era: something that offends some critics to a degree such that they will insist for years, despite the success and popularity of the platform, that it’s a fatal flaw that will ultimately doom it.”—
The EVO was much faster than an iPhone using AT&T’s network, which in Baltimore never got to even 1 mbps downstream and in D.C. averaged about 1.8 mbps. Verizon’s new Droid Incredible, another HTC Android phone, did well in both cities, averaging about 2 mbps downstream, but that was still slower than the EVO.
Basically, AT&T’s network sucks every which way. Sucks compared to the new Sprint 4G network. Sucks compared to Verizon’s 3G network. Sucks in big cities. Sucks in small cities. Just sucks.
“We were valued at over a billion dollars last September, so we’re going to live in a world where we need to be generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. We’re thinking about big, big numbers.”—Twitter COO Dick Costolo talking to Reuters
Heh. I like Mozilla’s CEO suggesting that the founder of Firefox ripping Mozilla isn’t newsworthy. I’ll be sure to take that passive-aggressive advice into consideration.
In case it’s not clear, there seems to be a direct correlation between some of the most interesting posts and people (with some stake) getting worked up about those posts. That, in turn, makes those my favorite posts.
I’ll write what I please. I am not your PR agency.
So, I bought a new 15-inch MacBook Pro. Intel i7, the new high-res screen, and an SSD. Ever since last year I’ve been waiting to get one of the new sealed battery MacBooks to benefit from the huge battery life. This one promised 8-9 hours.
Over the past few weeks, based on my regular usage (web surfing, a little iTunes, some chat, etc) I was seeing only about 3.5-4 hours of battery life. That’s awful. Well, maybe not awful for a Dell, but awful for a brand new Mac that’s supposed to do the 8-9 hours.
I thought one of two things: either Apple is fudging the numbers more than usual — or I have a defective battery. After some online research, I came across a tool called gfxCardStatus. If you have a new MacBook Pro with graphics switching, you have to get this right now.
Basically, it seems like there is a major problem with battery drain caused by the graphic card switching. The problem may be related to the fact that the switching is occurring way too often, when simple programs that don’t need the NVIDIA board think that they do. With this gfxCardStatus tool, you can see exactly what is going on — and more importantly, stop it.
With it, you can set which graphics card you want your computer to use. When I set it to the Intel card, I’m all of a sudden in the 6 to 7 hour battery range. Considering Apple’s 8-9 hour target is with WiFi turned off, this seems about right.
I haven’t tried with with only the NVIDIA card turned on, but from my understanding, it should be only slightly worse. Again, the issue seems to be the constant switching, not the cards themselves.
I imagine Apple will have to fix this in a future firmware upgrade. Based on my research, I’m hardly alone with this problem — graphic switching is giving these machines less than half their stated battery life.
Gruber hinting that the new iPhone will have video chat. (As if it weren’t obvious from the front-facing camera.) My question is: will this be baked into the Messages app, or will we see a new Apple-made iChat iPhone app?
I’m hoping for the latter. Meebo for the iPhone is pretty good, but I need a better IM experience. One that runs in the background, of course.
“Now when first time users sign up for Tumblr, they don’t see many of the newer things. They get a focused Tumblr dashboard that gets them engaged. Then after a few posts the social features start to elegantly appear.”—