Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cable Industry Opposes Faster Internet

If you regularly watch broadcast TV, you've likely seen the war between internet service providers over speed. FiOS, from Verizon, will claim the fastest speeds, while Xfinity from Comcast, will claim the "fastest in home WiFi" (whatever that means). However, if you listen to the lobbyists these companies hire, the internet doesn't need to be any faster in the US, and consumers don't want or need it.

Do you remember being asked about this? Because I certainly don't. In fact, offering people faster internet is a bit like offering them free money. No one would say no to it. Do these cable companies really think they can pul the wool over the eyes of the FCC? Maybe with enough money they can.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Study Shows Disturbing Number of iPhone Users Need More Storage

I've stated (rather recently) that 16GB is just not enough storage space for a modern smartphone. For a heavy user such as myself, 32 GB isn't even enough, and 64GB is only close to enough. I love the 128GB on my iPhone, and my next iPad will have at least that much. I often don't practice what I preach when it comes to storage. I have many apps I don't use, and photos that are in iCloud and therefore don't need to be on my device. That's pretty basic behavior though, so for most users, 16GB isn't enough. A recent study proves that for the average user, the space they have isn't enough, although the study has a few flaws.

iOS App Developers Made More than Hollywood

This year, there were quite a few good movies, but box office ticket sales have been dwindling. Hollywood continues to put out sequels and Michael Bay movies, and people just aren't as interested in going to the movies as they used to be. Blame the lousy movies, blame high ticket prices, blame the fact that theaters are playing the same Hollywood junk instead of taking a risk on more unique movies, or blame piracy. Hell, you might even be able to blame Kim Jong Un and his band of hackers this year.

Meanwhile, iOS app developers have been putting out great apps, as well as some very lousy games that still make money. A growing number of people are getting smartphones, and this holiday season was an excellent one for top smartphone manufacturers, Apple and Samsung. For those that have been keeping track, App Store developer revenues have actually surpassed Hollywood box office numbers. Developers are beating movie producers.

Amazon Prime $72 for Today Only

For today only, you can get Amazon Prime for a whole year for jsut $72. It's a promotion to celebrate the 72nd Golden Globes, for which Amazon took home two awards for their amazing show, Transparent. Speaking of Transparent, for today only, Amazon is offering the entire season to stream for free. Finally, Amazon is even selling their Fire Phone for an extreme discount, just $199 for the unlocked 32GB version. Amazon has some fantastic deals to celbrate their wins with Transparent, but they'll be gone by 11:59 tonight.

Half of All Smartphones Purchased in Q4 2014 Were iPhones

According to the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the final quarter of 2014 was a good one for Apple. 50% of all smartphones sold from September 2014 until the end of the year were Apple devices. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were introduced in September, and likely drove this increase in iPhone activations. The new iPhones brought something smartphone users have wanted from Apple for some time now, larger screens. Many Android users cited the large screens on their devices as their key reason for buying an Android device instead of an iPhone. With Apple's larger phones, more smartphone users may make the switch to iOS. However, Apple's amazing fourth quarter may not be due to users switching in droves. Sales of Apple devices are at their highest when Apple releases new versions, especially when the new iPhone comes with a plethora of desierable features. Many iOS users may have been waiting until Apple released the new iPhone to upgrade, which would boost sales temporarily. Regardless of the reason, other smartphone manufacturers find themselves again fighting over Apple's scraps.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Apple iPhone 6 Silicone Case Review

My iPhone broke and was repaired in less than an hour. It was a nice experience, as far as repairs go, but I don't want to do it again. That's why I decided to buy a case while I was aat the Apple Store. I was already considering the Apple cases going in, and was interested in them since Apple released first party cases for the i9Phone 5 and iPhone 5s last year. Those leather and silicone cases were updated for the iPhone 6, and I grabbed a silicone one. I've had it on my phone for the past two days, and I've really enjoyed it. There are some products that I have to use a long time before deciding whether or not I like it. This was not one of them. Apple makes a decent case, and that's coming from someone who doesn't like cases.