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Opinion

Here’s why the Apple Maps screw-up isn’t just a minor issue

See that image there? It was tweeted by Tomi De Lucca earlier this morning. This is the sort of thing that’s going to fly around the world and continue to demand the attention of the mainstream media. Not only is that text there hilarious… it’s also rather accurate. (Nice spot Matt Radford!)

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Applications Services

Panic Stations at Cupertino: Why Apple’s iOS 6.0 Maps is a multi-billion dollar problem happening right now

So, that’s a long title. But it’s entirely accurate. You will no doubt have noticed a wide array of publications talking about the utter horror that is Apple’s new iOS 6.0 proprietary mapping application. Like me, many of you will have installed the upgrade of iOS 6.0 overnight and you’ll probably have noted the new […]

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Opinion

iOS users: Are the switching costs just too high now?

I’ve got a question for the legions of readers running on iOS. Are the switching costs now just far too high? In an email conversation with reader Reuben Raveendran, the issue arose and I asked his permission to publish his perspective on the whole ‘platform’ issue. [Consider…] the “switching cost” that may prevent consumers from […]

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News

140 million iOS users are sending 1 billion iMessages every day

I wanted to document this one from yesterday’s WWDC keynote. I’ve been looking out for some statistics from Apple about the adoption of iMessage. 140 million iMessage users is a highly impressive number in itself, given the platform only launched last year. (Interestingly, RIM’s BBM site reports over 50 million BBM users who send 100 […]

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Applications

Fancy a native Outlook app on iOS for accessing Exchange?

Well this is reportedly on the way. If this is accurate, I think it will be a smart move for Microsoft. Indeed I reckon if they price it correctly, they could make a nice bit of revenue from the millions upon millions of iOS users who are (still?) using Exchange at work. Another alternative would […]

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Applications Operators

TextMe turns your iPod Touch into a phone

Very, very interesting move this. If you live your life in-and-around WiFi you wouldn’t need a mobile operator… Given the chance, you would probably turn your iPod Touch into a fully working iPhone, right? TextMe is launching in the U.S. today with an app that will get you close to that dream. “The real vision […]

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Devices

Cannot access data network! The iPhone’s stupid notifications need updating

I travel on the train often so my handsets regularly drop their network connections. It’s no biggie. This has been happening since 1986 and it’s factored in to the occasionally frustrating mobile experience. What’s utterly perplexing, though, is the iPhone’s panicked “Cannot access data network” prompt whenever the network drops. It doesn’t matter what I’m […]

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Opinion

Bad news: Almost everyone at MWC had an iPhone!

[Note: This post was originally published as the main editorial in the Mobile Industry Review newsletter. Would you like to receive it in your inbox now-and-again? It’s free to subscribe.] Bad news. Or, is it good news? Let me know what you think… I arrived into Barcelona as the city bathed in glorious, glorious sunshine. […]

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Services

Urban Airship is absolutely flying: hires former Skype CSO Christopher Dean

I’ve been following Urban Airship for quite a long time. They first originated, if you recall, to help service app developers who wanted to be able to send push notifications via iOS easily. That was back in 2009. More than 9 billion push notifications later and the company is now absolutely flying with 25,000+ customers […]

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Applications

Introducing the Gmail app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and killing the BlackBerry app

Right then, have a read of this — it’s direct from the Google blog post announcing their Gmail apps for iOS: Waiting. Walking. Watching TV. Working out. Winding down. Waking up. We check email pretty much everywhere these days. And when we do, we want easy access to our important messages so we can respond […]

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Devices Services

Wait, you can’t DELETE photos from the iOS photostream?

I do have to wonder at Apple, sometimes. When the company introduced the reverse scroll in OS X Lion, so that all of a sudden I had to drag downwards instead of up (or whatever), I did have to think twice about the validity of it. I eventually trained myself, but I know quite a […]

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News

This iOS 5 update will delete all of your apps, media and purchases… thanks

This is not quite the message I wanted to receive when I clicked ‘update’ on iTunes here in Houston this afternoon: Apparently it’s going to kill everything on the phone apart from the contacts and email messages. Joy. Hardly useful when I’m thousands of miles away from my main computer. I think I’ll need to […]