Notes on Apple’s iPad event
The computing power of the new A8x chip seems off the charts. Impressive. Which goes along well with the reports about the new Nexus 9 scoring on par with a 2012 Mac Pro in a Geekbench benchmark. This kind of power will bring new usage scenarios and opportunities for tablets. 
The thinness of the iPad Air 2. Cool. And useful. Thinness and lightness is a big deal for my tablet usage habits. 
The not so impressive iPad mini 3. I’m sure its a good tablet, but it’s more or less an iPad mini 2 with touchID, so save yourself 100 bucks and buy that one instead for $299. Which in turn looks like a good deal. Also, in the sake of progress, customer satisfaction and developer sanity, I think Apple should have scrapped the original iPad mini which runs on the old A5 chip from the lineup. 
The new Apple SIM card comes preinstalled on the iPad Air 2 cellular models. The new SIM lets users choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK directly from the iPad. This is a pretty big move in the slow moving telecom industry which will pave the way for other vendors and devices. This model will also bring new opportunities and increased usage of embedded cellular in the Internet of Things era.
The new retina iMac. Nice. But at $2,500, it’s way out of my league
New internals and a new lower starting price ($499)  for the Mac mini. Finally.

Notes on Apple’s iPad event

The computing power of the new A8x chip seems off the charts. Impressive. Which goes along well with the reports about the new Nexus 9 scoring on par with a 2012 Mac Pro in a Geekbench benchmark. This kind of power will bring new usage scenarios and opportunities for tablets.

The thinness of the iPad Air 2. Cool. And useful. Thinness and lightness is a big deal for my tablet usage habits.

The not so impressive iPad mini 3. I’m sure its a good tablet, but it’s more or less an iPad mini 2 with touchID, so save yourself 100 bucks and buy that one instead for $299. Which in turn looks like a good deal. Also, in the sake of progress, customer satisfaction and developer sanity, I think Apple should have scrapped the original iPad mini which runs on the old A5 chip from the lineup. 

The new Apple SIM card comes preinstalled on the iPad Air 2 cellular models. The new SIM lets users choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK directly from the iPad. This is a pretty big move in the slow moving telecom industry which will pave the way for other vendors and devices. This model will also bring new opportunities and increased usage of embedded cellular in the Internet of Things era.

The new retina iMac. Nice. But at $2,500, it’s way out of my league

New internals and a new lower starting price ($499)  for the Mac mini. Finally.

The Google Nexus 6

It’s a mammoth. With roughly the same footprint as the iPhone 6 Plus, although thicker. But it has a larger screen (5.96” vs 5.5”) and higher pixel count (1440x2560 vs 1080x1920) than the Apple device. The Nexus 6 departs from previous Nexus phones which always substantially undercut the competition on price. The Nexus 6 will retail for $649 for the 32GB version without contract which is on par with, or slightly lower than other large high-end phones (the iPhone 6 plus costs $749 for the 16GB version). You’ll also be able to buy the Nexus 6 subsidized from your carrier. The Nexus 6 is definitely not for me, but I know many who are interested in really large and powerful phones. This is it. Personally, I still hope there’s an upgrade to the cheaper and smaller Nexus 5 in the works.

The Nexus Player
A $99 connected puck for your TV running Google’s Android TV platform with Chromecast functionality, voice search and game controller support. And it runs Android apps*. My current solution with a standard Android box connected to my TV controlled with a wireless mouse works great. The Nexus Player looks even better. The ability to run Android apps on your TV is much more fun and useful than I would have thought. Will Apple match this with an Apple TV app store? Let’s see if the company has something to say about that at the Apple event later today.
Picture from PhoneArena
* Update: The jury is still out on whether or not you’ll be able to install/sideload standard Android apps on the Nexus Player. Damn.
Update 2: Developers must add a code snippet to existing apps as well as meet usability requirements before they can qualify as TV apps on Google Play. If sideloaded without the code snippet, apps will not appear in the TV user interface.

The Google Nexus 6

It’s a mammoth. With roughly the same footprint as the iPhone 6 Plus, although thicker. But it has a larger screen (5.96” vs 5.5”) and higher pixel count (1440x2560 vs 1080x1920) than the Apple device. The Nexus 6 departs from previous Nexus phones which always substantially undercut the competition on price. The Nexus 6 will retail for $649 for the 32GB version without contract which is on par with, or slightly lower than other large high-end phones (the iPhone 6 plus costs $749 for the 16GB version). You’ll also be able to buy the Nexus 6 subsidized from your carrier. The Nexus 6 is definitely not for me, but I know many who are interested in really large and powerful phones. This is it. Personally, I still hope there’s an upgrade to the cheaper and smaller Nexus 5 in the works.

The Nexus Player

A $99 connected puck for your TV running Google’s Android TV platform with Chromecast functionality, voice search and game controller support. And it runs Android apps*. My current solution with a standard Android box connected to my TV controlled with a wireless mouse works great. The Nexus Player looks even better. The ability to run Android apps on your TV is much more fun and useful than I would have thought. Will Apple match this with an Apple TV app store? Let’s see if the company has something to say about that at the Apple event later today.

Picture from PhoneArena

* Update: The jury is still out on whether or not you’ll be able to install/sideload standard Android apps on the Nexus Player. Damn.

Update 2: Developers must add a code snippet to existing apps as well as meet usability requirements before they can qualify as TV apps on Google Play. If sideloaded without the code snippet, apps will not appear in the TV user interface.

Analog Keyboard for Android Wear from Microsoft Research

Prototype of a custom keyboard for the Android Wear platform that lets users enter text by drawing handwritten letters on the watch face.

Very cool. It may look a little bit fiddly, but it’s nice to have different input methods to choose from on those small smart watch screens.

More info: Microsoft Research,  Download link: Microsoft Research

The average user now picks up their device more than 1,500 times a week | Daily Mail
That’s over 200 times a day. A wee bit too many, don’t you think?

In an average week, research has discovered that the average user pick ups their phone more than 1,500 times a week. The average owner uses this device for three hours and sixteen minutes each day - or the equivalent of almost one full day a week. Many owners also confessed to finding themselves using their phone without realising they are doing so, with two thirds saying they have managed to log in and browse Facebook without thinking.

Photo: Microsoft

The average user now picks up their device more than 1,500 times a week | Daily Mail

That’s over 200 times a day. A wee bit too many, don’t you think?

In an average week, research has discovered that the average user pick ups their phone more than 1,500 times a week. The average owner uses this device for three hours and sixteen minutes each day - or the equivalent of almost one full day a week. Many owners also confessed to finding themselves using their phone without realising they are doing so, with two thirds saying they have managed to log in and browse Facebook without thinking.

Photo: Microsoft

Microsoft introduces Windows 10 tech preview

With Windows 8 and its focus on a full screen start menu, full screen apps and touch input, Microsoft took two steps forward in a direction which was awkward for many people. Windows 10 takes a few steps back and introduces a hybrid start menu of old and new, as well as windowed “metro” apps in order to better combine the use of mouse, keyboard and touch. There were definitely a few good things with Windows 8, but with that said, my workplace still just buys Windows 7 machines and it was a puzzling experience for many who bought a new computer with Windows 8 and couldn’t figure out, or where put off by, the secret handshakes and gestures needed to get things going.

So the Microsoft Windows version equation looks something like this:

7+1+X=8

(7+8-Z)/2+1=10

Let’s see if Microsoft has found the secret formula needed to regain the confidence from users and enterprises.

Why the iPhone 6 bends and why it wouldn’t be an issue if Apple addressed it properly | 9to5Mac
Dom Esposito from 9to5Mac goes into details on why “Bendgate” is not the end of the world, but also why it’s not just bullshit which only happens to pundits.   
Photo: instagram - @jnathan

Why the iPhone 6 bends and why it wouldn’t be an issue if Apple addressed it properly | 9to5Mac

Dom Esposito from 9to5Mac goes into details on why “Bendgate” is not the end of the world, but also why it’s not just bullshit which only happens to pundits.   


Photo: instagram - @jnathan

This is Motorola’s and Google’s upcoming Nexus 6/X | 9to5Google
9to5Google:

If any smartphone is really a phablet, this is it—shipping with a behemoth screen that’s a massive 5.92-inches diagonally, with the device’s body being just a bit larger than that.

Google’s phones and tablets nowadays get named after the screen size and not after device generation, so I hope the company has planned for an updated version of the more conveniently sized Nexus 5 as well.

This is Motorola’s and Google’s upcoming Nexus 6/X | 9to5Google

9to5Google:

If any smartphone is really a phablet, this is it—shipping with a behemoth screen that’s a massive 5.92-inches diagonally, with the device’s body being just a bit larger than that.

Google’s phones and tablets nowadays get named after the screen size and not after device generation, so I hope the company has planned for an updated version of the more conveniently sized Nexus 5 as well.

Perspective
2010: Geely acquires Volvo Cars, the industrial crown jewel of Sweden with 20,000 employees for $ 1.5 billion.
2014: Microsoft acquires Mojang, the 40 employee strong swedish indie game developer studio behind the Minecraft phenomenon for $ 2.5 billion.
I’m not saying either one is good, bad, right or wrong. It’s just a mind boggling comparison. If I’d written about user numbers instead of employees, the balance between Mojang and Volvo Cars would have been reversed.
Picture from Planet Minecraft

Perspective

2010: Geely acquires Volvo Cars, the industrial crown jewel of Sweden with 20,000 employees for $ 1.5 billion.

2014: Microsoft acquires Mojang, the 40 employee strong swedish indie game developer studio behind the Minecraft phenomenon for $ 2.5 billion.

I’m not saying either one is good, bad, right or wrong. It’s just a mind boggling comparison. If I’d written about user numbers instead of employees, the balance between Mojang and Volvo Cars would have been reversed.

Picture from Planet Minecraft

A few thoughts on the new Apple products*

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+
They look good. Thin suckers. And believe me, for most of us, the size of the 4.7” iPhone 6 is a non issue. The 5.5” device will also find its audience. I see a lot of business men/women as well as a lot of younger women using 5.5”+ Android devices already today. Spec-wise, this new generation iPhones are pretty conservative and Apple will be able to boost CPU, RAM and camera specs without breaking a sweat with next year’s iPhone 6s with more megapixels, quad-core CPUs and double the RAM. As for the camera in the iPhone 6: Apple is really using the computing power of its devices to bring useful and easy to use features that $700+ enthusiast cameras are having trouble to match.

The Apple Watch:
As a first gen product it looks good. It will most certainly be a well machined gadget for the price and it has an impressive set of sensors which will probably work somewhat better than most competitors. This bulbous watch is not for me though. I waited for the iPhone 4 before I jumped on the iPhone train (now I’m using an Android device as my daily phone if someone’s counting). The digital crown and the zoom-grid of icons look very useful compared with having to swipe constantly through apps and widgets which often is the case with Android Wear. Speaking of which, a lot of aspects of the Apple Watch UI were very similar to Android Wear. Android Wear is not just a shrunken down version of Android as many Apple enthusiasts seem to believe. A note on smart watches in general: They make sense as on-the-go complements to today’s super sized smartphones, both Android and the iPhone 6+, which more often gets tucked away in a bag when on the move. It will be interesting to see the use cases of smart watches evolve going forward. As it is now, the category is not for me. Notifications on my wrist aren’t the droids I’m looking for.

Apple Pay:
Mobile payments using NFC is of course nothing new, but Apple’s take with Apple Pay using NFC in combination with Touch ID is already at the demo stage the most convincing implementation of mobile payments I’ve seen so far. And Apple’s sheer size and user base can give mobile payments in general the boost it needs in order to be widely adopted, which will enable other platforms to scale up their efforts as well.
* Slow-thinker? Maybe. I’ve also been away for a week without tumblr-access.

A few thoughts on the new Apple products*

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+

They look good. Thin suckers. And believe me, for most of us, the size of the 4.7” iPhone 6 is a non issue. The 5.5” device will also find its audience. I see a lot of business men/women as well as a lot of younger women using 5.5”+ Android devices already today. Spec-wise, this new generation iPhones are pretty conservative and Apple will be able to boost CPU, RAM and camera specs without breaking a sweat with next year’s iPhone 6s with more megapixels, quad-core CPUs and double the RAM. As for the camera in the iPhone 6: Apple is really using the computing power of its devices to bring useful and easy to use features that $700+ enthusiast cameras are having trouble to match.

The Apple Watch:

As a first gen product it looks good. It will most certainly be a well machined gadget for the price and it has an impressive set of sensors which will probably work somewhat better than most competitors. This bulbous watch is not for me though. I waited for the iPhone 4 before I jumped on the iPhone train (now I’m using an Android device as my daily phone if someone’s counting). The digital crown and the zoom-grid of icons look very useful compared with having to swipe constantly through apps and widgets which often is the case with Android Wear. Speaking of which, a lot of aspects of the Apple Watch UI were very similar to Android Wear. Android Wear is not just a shrunken down version of Android as many Apple enthusiasts seem to believe. A note on smart watches in general: They make sense as on-the-go complements to today’s super sized smartphones, both Android and the iPhone 6+, which more often gets tucked away in a bag when on the move. It will be interesting to see the use cases of smart watches evolve going forward. As it is now, the category is not for me. Notifications on my wrist aren’t the droids I’m looking for.

Apple Pay:

Mobile payments using NFC is of course nothing new, but Apple’s take with Apple Pay using NFC in combination with Touch ID is already at the demo stage the most convincing implementation of mobile payments I’ve seen so far. And Apple’s sheer size and user base can give mobile payments in general the boost it needs in order to be widely adopted, which will enable other platforms to scale up their efforts as well.

* Slow-thinker? Maybe. I’ve also been away for a week without tumblr-access.

Apple Plans to Announce Wearable in September | Re/code
Both Re/code and Gruber. That should settle it. Apple will most likely announce an iWatch/iTime device on it’s iPhone 6 event on September 9. I wonder if the screen will be perfectly square as in the above patent drawings?

Apple Plans to Announce Wearable in September | Re/code

Both Re/code and Gruber. That should settle it. Apple will most likely announce an iWatch/iTime device on it’s iPhone 6 event on September 9. I wonder if the screen will be perfectly square as in the above patent drawings?