Posted on 29 October 2014 by Couchy
Apple is all about the latest coolest tech gear, yet they also veto some great things that could make our iPhone more useful in the name of protecting their customers experience.
The Google voice saga so far:
- Google submits app to Apple.
- Apple does not publish app. Removes related third party apps. No reasons given.
- Speculation AT&T had a hand in blocking the app.
- FCC issues questions to Apple over decision not to publish and AT&T’s role if any.
- Apple claims hasn’t being rejected is still being reviewed, they are trying to understand exactly what it does. AT&T puts up a similar smoke screen.
- Apples official response. AT&T’s official response. Googles official response.
Will be interesting to see what unfolds, likely Apple will eventually allow the app in some form. I doubt AT&T vetoed the app but i’m sure Apple had them in mind when they knocked it back, making the actual point of who exactly said what rather irrelevant in the eyes of the FCC. They inquire into the relationship “Are there any contractual conditions or non-contractual understandings with AT&T that affected Apple’s decision in this matter?”
It’s an interesting argument just because you make the hardware should you be allowed to dictate everything that can run on it. Modchippers and those who jail break their iPhones obviously think they should be able to run whatever they want on the device they have bought, I tend to agree and the law in most countries allows for modchips in this regard.
It’s rather ironic in Apples reply that they throw in a jibe at Google/Android based phones “Google is of course free to provide…..” we probably don’t need something so obivious thrown out there the enquiry is into why Apple is blocking it not other options for Google to distribute. The end of the statement is even more puzzling “and let consumers make their choices.” Did they miss the whole point? Consumers can’t make a choice because you are blocking this app from your marketplace. Or more specifically consumers have a choice on what phone to choose, but once they are on our platform then they follow our rules, use our network and don’t bypass our carriers revenue stream (ok maybe a bit much but you can read into it quite a bit).
“Apple does not know if there is a VoIP element in the way the Google Voice application routes calls and messages” wouldn’t it be a good idea to kind of find out before you firstly block the app and secondly reply to the FCC about blocking that app!
Will be interesting to see what unfolds will keep you all posted. Are you happy about not being able to choose what apps you run on your iPhone?
Posted on 25 October 2014 by Couchy
At Optus Happy Place amidst much speculation Whirlpools Creator Simon Wright has announced there will indeed be a Whirlpool App coming.
He showed a slick looking preview version which supported whims via push notification and kept track of unread whims across the online version of Whirlpool and the iPhone. It will also feature a news section and the forums.
In broader terms he talked about how he would like to see the quality of discussion improve and that he considers the site under moderated overall.
He also showed off his new Lingopal application.
Posted on 22 October 2014 by Couchy
We have recently seen wave of activity coming from the Motorolla Droid camp aimed at the Apple iPhone, more accurately aimed at Verizon rival network AT&T.
Posted on 27 September 2014 by Katie
Rumor has it that Apple has changed the spelling of their newest iPhone just days after its release.
Following some controversy over the initial spelling which was 3G S, Apple has now changed its material to fit the new spelling 3GS. Not a big deal, but makes you wonder what was the reason behind this sudden and silent change. Is it for legal purposes or for the name to be more search engine optimized?
What do you think is the reason behind this change?
Posted on 25 September 2014 by joseph
Posted on 19 September 2014 by Couchy
Announced by Steve Jobs the anticipated new iPod Nano will include a video camera, Mic and speaker. Continue Reading
Posted on 17 September 2014 by Katie
If you feel like having some fun and getting creative with your pictures, a must try is Shape Collage 2.1. It is a free collage maker that arranges your photos in all kinds of shapes in a matter of minutes. To achieve this, it uses a machine learning algorithm that impressively makes your pictures into well, um another picture.
Posted on 13 September 2014 by Katie
Apple has recently released EFI firmware updates for their June 2009 MacBook Pro and early 2009 iMacs, in order to rectify a mistake.
How many of you have found that your SATA drive interface has been running at 1.5Gbps instead of 3Gbps?
Posted on 05 September 2014 by Couchy
Foursquare may be the next Twitter. This location based social networking application, was initially rejected by Apple but after a second submission by its founder, Dennis Crowley, it is now available for your iPhone.
It comes with an innovative design which allows users to interact with friends while discovering their city. You get points and badges for special achievements by checking in with the application wherever you go which includes: restaurants, bars and nightclubs. For now the database only extends to the U.S. and the 12 larger metropolitan areas like Chicago, Portland, Seattle, Austin, Boston, New York, San Francisco and LA.
So while you do your usual friday night drinks with the boys/girls this cool application rewards you for it!
Who has it and what city are you in?
Posted on 20 July 2014 by Couchy
All you have to do to be in the running to win a MacBook Pro is include #moonfruit in your tweets.
Follow moontweet to find out who the 10 lucky daily winners are. View the original blog post.
Competition is fierce though in the last 5 minutes I count 100′s of entries!