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Look, I’ve been burned many times. So have you, most likely — we all have. There is nothing like mopping up the blood from a fresh breakup (not real, I hope) and trying to move on with your life.
And one of the hardest things to see when you’re single and alone is the adorable, saccharine, kill-me-now love of another couple, right in your grill.
But of the four new FaceTime ads by Apple, all of which appeal not to the technology’s uniqueness or brilliance, but rather to its ability to forge greater emotional bonds between people, there is one in particular that I like. It’s the one where the girl shows off her new “pixi” haircut to her boyfriend who says he likes it, but in reality, not so much (see it embedded above).
The ad is brilliant, not only for showing off one type of conversation we as users of FaceTime hope to eventually have on our iPhones, (and who wouldn’t want to be young, white, and good looking?) but for the first time, even if the person is down the street, we are accountable for our faces over the phone. And that is a huge problem.
I cannot tell you how many fights I had with my ex-girlfriend over BlackBerry Messenger. BBM is a cesspool of vague intent and half-formed emotions. You can’t see the person’s face; you can’t hear his or her voice, so it becomes, at times, a guessing game, and you engage, as a result, in lots of self-doubt.
Now, IMing is unlikely to decline because of the advent of FaceTime. Even if everyone in the world had an iPhone 4 right now, the feature will likely only be used on specific occasions, where you don’t mind your face to be seen. But if you’re a romantic guy, and I would like to believe I am, there is nothing better than showing your girl that you’re giving her your full attention. How many times have you been caught with the, “are you typing right now?” as your significant other overhears the key presses and senses your lack of full attention. FaceTime should, and likely will, be a relationship test of sorts. Guys with attention span deficits; those who like to roam the net during a nightly conversation; or those trying to mask his location have no excuse anymore. Sure, at the moment FaceTime is WiFi only, so lack of WiFi signal is still a valid excuse. But give it time and Apple will allow its use over 3G, and guys are going to have to start behaving themselves, or FaceTime might just reveal them to be somewhere they’re not supposed to be.
I’m no cynic, only a realist. On the other hand, FaceTime is a lover’s dream. There are dirty things one can do with the technology that, I’m sure, companies are already hard at work producing. But there are other uses that are equally as exciting, and not X-rated. The above ad is just one of the many ways a couple can communicate using FaceTime to hopefully strengthen their relationship by speaking and acting like they would if they were in the same room, wherever in the world they are. It’s an exciting, and possibly scary notion, especially for those men who don’t like to open up, and those that don’t lie very well.
What do you guys think of the latest batch of Apple ads?
Although the release date is up in the air, the Rogers online training deck called “Fast Track” has recently been updated to include how to sell the iPhone 4 and a short introduction to the new device for employees to start testing on.
Could this mean Rogers is still on track for an end of July release? Nothing is certain, but it is exciting news for both Rogers iPhone users anxious to get their upgrade and Blackberry users patiently waiting to take the leap.
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YouTube today revamped their mobile website for WebKit browser-equipped devices, specifically the iPhone and devices running Google’s Android OS. The new site uses HTML5 for video viewing which allows mobile browsers to view YouTube videos without the need for flash capabilities. With the new version of YouTube’s mobile site, even the native Android YouTube application seems unnecessary and outdated, not to mention the iPhone’s app, which hasn’t seen a significant update since it’s introduction on the original iPhone. The new mobile version of YouTube also allows high quality video to stream over 3G, whereas the iPhone’s YouTube application limits this functionality to WiFi connections. The mobile site also allows users to subscribe to user’s YouTube channels from the browser, as well as like/unlike individual videos.
Check out the video of YouTube’s new mobile site in action on both the iPhone and Nexus One after the break, and feel free to give m.google.com a looksy if you have one of those newfangled iPhones or Android handsets.
Last week, hundreds of people around the United States, though online in certain areas, reported a drastic downturn in their upload speeds on AT&T. What was once upwards of 1Mbp/s had maxed out, overnight it seems, at 100Kbp/s. Rumours abounded that AT&T had intentionally capped upload speeds to alleviate the impact of the HSUPA chip found in the iPhone 4, which can increase upload speeds by up to 10x on the same 3G network.
Today, the carrier has informed TUAW that it was a problem with some Alcatel-Lucent equipment, and affected only 2% of their customer base.
AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent jointly identified a software defect — triggered under certain conditions – that impacted uplink performance for Laptop Connect and smartphone customers using 3G HSUPA-capable wireless devices in markets with Alcatel-Lucent equipment. This impacts less than two percent of our wireless customer base. While Alcatel-Lucent develops the appropriate software fix, we are providing normal 3G uplink speeds and consistent performance for affected customers with HSUPA-capable devices.
Glad to know that this is not a permanent policy change in light of added load on their towers. The improvements, apparently, have not been seen yet, and according to many posts, the problem seemed more widespread than just 2% of the customer base.
The reception issues plaguing the iPhone4 have been the talk of the town since the problem was discovered upon its release. But, what if the reception isn’t ACTUALLY the issue? Apple was recently quoted saying that the reception formula calculated by the iPhone has been wrong since day one and actually exaggerates the devices signal. For example, the iPhone may mistakenly display four bars when it should be displaying as few as two bars.
“Users observing a drop of several bars when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don’t know it because we are erroneously displaying four or five bars,” Apple said in a statement. “Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place.”
Apple goes on to say that a new software update may fix the perception of how much signal is available, but won’t fix any reception problems associated with holding the phone in the “grip of death” that the media is focusing on.
The issue with the number of bars displayed and the reception issues associated with the iPhone 4 are two separate issues. With a digital radio such as on EDGE or 3G (or anything other than old analog signals) you either have a signal or you don’t. Yes, there are degrees of quality, but ultimately, holding the phone around the antenna will either block the signal enough to end the call, or it won’t.
I was listening to the latest episode of TWiT (This Week in Tech) with Leo LaPorte, and he had on several RF and antenna experts. They concluded not that the hand was a conductive surface and therefore lowered signal quality, but merely that the closeness of the hand to the antenna essentially smothers the antenna’s ability to receive signal. The reason a case or Bumper works to alleviate the symptoms is that it keeps any large object from directly covering the antenna. It’s pretty basic. You can do it to any phone; it is only the iPhone 4, however, that has its antenna right where most people grip the phone.
Has this been a problem in the four other countries in which the phone was released? Because AT&T is the main culprit here, as their signal in the US is weak regardless of how you hold the phone, I’d imagine the problem is exacerbated by the network’s wavering infrastructure. In Canada, I don’t see Rogers or Bell having that same issue.
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So you are a Canadian wireless user, and like me have been patiently waiting to renew your vows for another 3 years and get that hot piece of cell phone we adoringly call the iPhone 4. With its affordable $199 and $299 subsidized pricing, yes all is good in contract country. But what if you aren’t eligible for upgrade? And, are dreading the release date because impulse will force you to pay that astronomical retail price being implemented by Apple?
Well, I have an answer for you, but you may not like it. To pour salt in the wound, Business Week has dissected the device, part by part and released the proposed price it costs Apple to mass produce it. Are you ready for this? $188 US, that’s it. For a device that easily sells for $500+ even used, this speaks volumes on Apple’s ability to sell, mass produce, and market generally low cost products.
So for any of you who are in the full retail cost category; I do apologize for posting this, I just had to.Follow me on twitter
Good morning to all; In wake of the G20 summit (which shook up Toronto over the past weekend) I felt like sharing some destruction as well, this time of the cellular variety. The victim is the most abused cell phone on the market today: The iPhone 4. This thing has been out less than a month and has been not only plagued with criticism, but it has also been blended, dropped, dissected, and now in true anarchist style; shot.
Take a look at the video
What’s funny is that the damage to the phone isn’t far off from the damage incurred from the drop test a few days ago. Wonder what further abuse this thing can take? Guess I’ll just have to sit back and wait on the video.
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Engadget got the skinny from Apple on the iPhone 4 reception issue. Surprisingly Apple acknowledged the issue but basically stated that it is user error. Apparently, if you cover the bottom left corner of the iPhone 4 with your flesh, bridging the gap between the notch will cause signal degradation or loss. See Apple’s official statement after the jump.
Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.
Sounds kinda crazy, huh? Somehow Apple completely missed this issue while constructing the iPhone 4. There’s no way they would have pushed more than 600,000 devices out with this issue. All in all, making the bezel double as the antenna, may not have been such a great idea. Using a bumper has been found to alleviate this issue but that’s really more of a band-aid than a fix. You shouldn’t have to use a bumper or case on your phone in order for it to work properly.
The release of the white iPhone 4 has already been delayed until Mid-July for unknown reasons. Apple obviously isn’t going to halt shipments of iPhone 4′s altogether. Do you think Apple will fix the antenna issue or just stick with their answer listed above?
Everyone’s given their interpretation of how they received their iPhone 4. A day or two early doesn’t hurt the hype, either. Officially released tomorrow, our friend @gangstajew got his phone today, and went to work snapping some photos.
The phone looks incredibly sharp, and I have to say that the screen, just from viewing screenshots, blows away the Nexus One’s AMOLED screen.
Hit the break for more goodness.
This makes sense, but it’s nice to have a confirmation. Apple has confirmed that due to the Wifi nature of the call, and the fact that the call is using data to transmit both picture and voice, FaceTime calls will not count towards your monthly minutes allotment.
An Apple spokesperson said to Business Insider, “The voice call ends as soon as the FaceTime call connects. The FaceTime call is over Wi-Fi so does not use carrier minutes.”
In the next version of iPhone, the “2011″ version, Apple will likely turn on the 3G capabilities for FaceTime. At the point, it is not known whether those calls will count towards your carrier minutes, but it also seems unlikely. Rather, there will be a growing number of background apps alerting you as to when you’ve reached a certain data limit, so as not to go over your 2GB monthly limit on AT&T.