The Palm phone

Really hard to know if this idea is silly or if it make sense, and then the price appears ($350) and I go for the former. If you need contact when on a night out or somewhere away from home I would guess that a series 3 Apple Watch makes more sense, although you would lose a lot of style points…

Simon Cowell ditches phone for 10 months

Simon Cowell has revealed he hasn’t used his mobile phone for 10 months – saying the change was “so good” for his mental health.
The media mogul told the Mail on Sunday he became irritated with how often he was using his phone.
The 58-year-old said he has “become way more focused” and “aware of the people around me” since giving up his device… More at the BBC.

Not a compelling story as such, but imagine doing the same. I suspect the benefits would be more positive than expected and much more wide-ranging. I’m not doing it though.

Apple’s hollow iCloud offer

You don’t need me to explain how obvious this ploy is. Much like any free trial, Apple is hoping that you’ll sign up, and either forget to cancel or enjoy the extra space so much that you’ll want to continue paying. But what’s offensive is how Apple treats cloud storage as a whole. It only needs to offer this trial because it doesn’t offer enough storage to consumers to begin with… More at The Verge.

Absolutely agree. Apple’s limited free storage remains a big blip in a system that makes it one of the most profitable organisations in the world. It’s derisory.

Sailing to $61.1 billion

Cupertino, California — May 1, 2018 — Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2018 second quarter ended March 31, 2018. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $61.1 billion, an increase of 16 percent from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.73, up 30 percent. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue… More here.

The rumours of probable disastrous numbers for the iPhone X proved to be somewhat inaccurate and taken as a whole this is an extremely good quarter for Apple.

Complaints about the pricing, battery performance and a general dislike of the company in some quarters do not hide the fact that the products are very well made, they work as they should, the support is visible and available, and they tend to outlast rival products by a clear distance. Loyalty builds slowly and Apple is reaping the benefits of that.

Fake reviews everywhere

Fake online reviews are being openly traded on the internet, a BBC investigation has found.
BBC 5 live Investigates was able to buy a false, five-star recommendation placed on one of the world’s leading review websites, Trustpilot.
It also uncovered online forums where Amazon shoppers are offered full refunds in exchange for product reviews.
Both companies said they do not tolerate false reviews… More here.

I see fake reviews in all sorts of places from Amazon to the iTunes App Store to literally everywhere else.

100M Prime users / 250M Apple subscribers

Apple now has a customer base of more than 250 million paid subscriptions across its Services offerings of Apple Music, iCloud and App Store continuing payments. Viewed against Amazon’s recent announcement of 100 million Prime members, that figure is substantial. But Apple is also adding around 30 million new subscriptions every quarter… More here.

As we start to feel more comfortable with the monthly outlay for online services it would appear that the market is only going to expand further. The potential here is unbelievably huge.

Phubbing is the new snubbing

The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often …

Sadly, the way we’re going, in another generation or two, online sharing will be the norm, and those of us who don’t or who aren’t all out there, will be seen as weird luddites. There’s lots of science fiction about people being plugged in 24/7.

I just read an article about research done on phubbing, a combination of phone and snubbing. You get the idea. And the results are no surprise. It’s detrimental to relationships. But that won’t stop anyone from phubbing. It’s an addiction just like email, although that’s now old hat. How many articles have you seen about how to control email addiction. Now there are similar articles about smartphone addiction. We crave human contact. It’s built into our DNA. We’re a social species. And yet, we also crave attention from outside of our immediate circle to the detriment of that circle. Once again technology can be used for good and bad. Bob.

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Have you ever been phubbed?

Chances are, you have.

You know how it goes. You’re in the middle of what you think is a scintillating conversation with a friend, a neighbour, the plumber — and that’s when you notice it. You’re being ignored, in favour of a mobile phone.

In this age of technological gadgets and gizmos comes the annoying phenomenon called
“phubbing,” a combination of the words “phone” and “snubbing.”

“It’s almost become the norm,” says University of Kent psychologist Karen Douglas.

In her new research the U.K. professor shows that phubbing can have a negative impact on relationships. She compares phubbing to social exclusion that can threaten people’s human needs such as belonging, self-esteem, and meaningful existence.