iPhone 6: No Reason To Buy Android

Benedict Evans:

That is, with the iPhone 6 and iOS8, Apple has done its best to close off all the reasons to buy high-end Android beyond simple personal preference. You can get a bigger screen, you can change the keyboard, you can put widgets on the notification panel (if you insist) and so on. Pretty much all the external reasons to choose Android are addressed – what remains is personal taste.

Well, not really. There are still a couple of hardware specific non-personal reasons to buy a high-end Android smartphone: 2560×1440 (LG G3, Samsung Galaxy Note 4) and waterproof (Sony Xperia Z3).

How Easily Someone Can Steal Your ATM Pin Code

True Activist: How? By using an iPhone IR camera case.

Thankfully Apple Pay doesn’t require pins, or physical cards. But to use Apple Pay either an iPhone 6 or an Apple Watch (tethered to an iPhone running iOS 8) is required. Cash is a viable option too.

Apple Watch: Bulky

Benjamin Clymer, Hodinkee:

If I had to criticize the actual form of the Apple Watch, it would be a complaint you’ve heard from me before (most recently with the Habring2 in our latest Three on Three); the Apple Watch doesn’t fit under my shirt cuff without serious effort, if at all. I believe that great design should not disrupt daily life, and a watch that doesn’t fit under a shirt sleeve is missing something. Apple is amazing and building thin, elegant machines, and I was surprised by how bulky this is, especially when the 45 minutes prior to the introduction of the Apple Watch were spent discussing how svelte the new iPhone 6 is. I understand the physical limitations and the required dock on the rear of the watch, but the Apple Watch is bulkier than I would’ve liked.

The right way to wear the Apple Watch:

There, bulky solved.

Apple Watch: Anti-Theft

Leander Kahney, Cult of Mac:

Thanks to sensors on the Apple Watch’s back, the device can tell when it’s being worn and when it has been taken off. When you first put the watch on, you must enter a code. When the watch is removed from your wrist, the watch locks itself and can’t be used for payments unless the code is entered again.

Guess you can’t wear the Apple Watch loose?

Microsoft Lumia XXX Running Windows

Geek On Gadgets:

Of course, the Nokia brand needed to go. And so did Windows Phone; it was a terrible name. But just Windows? Microsoft is unifying Windows: Windows running on the company’s Surface Pro 3 and Windows running on one of the Lumia smartphones will be the same going forward. Good luck with that.

Apple Watch: Asexual

Christina Farr, Reuters:

Roseanne Morrison, fashion director for The Doneger Group, an industry consultant, said the design fell short of her expectations.

“It’s not pretty,” she told Reuters. “It’s very future techno as opposed to feminine sexy.”

Feminine sexy would alienate about 50% of the market.

“The Apple Watch will be a status symbol to carry,” he said. But the design is “generic in the sense of its flexibility and individualization.” With the exception of the bright colors and gold trim, he added, it is “a very masculine watch.”

Note to InStyle Magazine fashion news director Eric Wilson: you don’t carry the Apple Watch, at least most people won’t. I disagree that the Apple Watch is very masculine. The Apple Watch is neither feminine or masculine. It’s not unisexual either; it’s asexual, just like all of its products.

Apple Watch: What Exactly Is The Point?

Ben Thompson, Stratechery:

This is why I’m worried that the lack of explanation about the Watch’s purpose wasn’t just a keynote oversight, but something that reflects a fundamental question about the product itself that Apple itself has yet to answer [...]

What problem is the Apple Watch solving? Good question.

Just a few points.

5 Million Gmail Usernames And Passwords Leaked

Emil Protalinski, TNW:

Aproximately 4.93 million Gmail usernames and passwords were published to a Russian Bitcoin forum on Tuesday, as first reported by Russian website CNews.

Change your password.

Macworld Staff Mostly Canned After Biggest Apple News Day of the Year

Sam Biddle, Valleywag:

The economic reality of running a print publication dedicated to Apple news is a total disaster, of course — blogs run a monopoly on that, and have for years. But squeezing one last grueling day of marathon iPhone coverage out of a team you’re on the verge of firing is not cool.

After all these years, what a terribly classless way to go.

Inside Apple’s Live Event Stream Failure, And Why It Happened

Dan Rayburn, Streaming Media:

Apple’s live stream of the unveiling of the iPhone 6 and Watch was a disaster today right from the start, with many users like myself having problems trying to watch the event. While at first I assumed it must be a capacity issue pertaining to Akamai, a deeper look at the code on Apple’s page and some other elements from the event shows that decisions made by Apple pertaining to their website, and problems with how they setup storage on Amazon’s S3 service, contributed the biggest problems to the event.

Apple’s live stream of iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event started, then I heard a foreign language being dubbed over, then it stopped. I couldn’t get it to stream again and kept on receiving a message stating I didn’t have access permission. I gave up trying after a while; I wasn’t expecting that. So I went to The Verge and read the live blog of the event. I eventually watched the “live stream”, late last night, after Apple posted on its website: www.apple.com/live/2014-sept-event


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