Tech Was The Week That Was… iPhone Showers, The FCC, Google TV Service…

A review of the some of the Tech Stories from the week,  no we’re not even going to talk about the DDoS, everyone seems to have talked about it,  I never experienced any issues and neither did many others but we don’t sit all day on the internet.

Showering with your iPhone 7…

WTF, why are tech news sites and normal news sites raving about people all going on about showering with their iPhone 7.  The rest of the world does not give two hoots (replace that last two words for an expletive).  We certainly don’t want to see video of you showering or any porn photo’s taken while showering.  Keep your smut to yourself and your excitement inside the shower stall.
Phone cases mocking Samsung Note 7…

It really takes a sad person to not only want to make fun of Samsung’s exploding phone but to put a case on their phone that gives that burnt and charred effect but there seems to be some people out there that do and have.  
Was there a one handed keyboard for the iPhone?

Many love the smaller iPhone SE because it has a nice easy to use with one hand keyboard.  It seems that developer discovered such a feature to make using the larger iPhone models but it is switched off on the iPhone and he could only get it to appear on the emulator supplied by Apple for testing app etc.
Oh well sad for those that really would have loved it, I never could manage one handed use of the touch screen so for me it makes no difference.
The FCC still fighting to get Set Top Boxes for Cable TV on the same playing field as the Cable Modems!

After many years Cable companies finally allowed customers to buy their modem if they wished and connect it to the network and avoid paying the monthly lease fee’s.   The FCC has tried and tried to get the same access to the TV service as the Cable modems but alas the operators have fought against this.  Particularly since the bulk of their income from operating the TV service is the lease fee’s on those set top boxes.
They just don’t get it, cannot come to the realization that people would pay a little more for their actual subscriptions if they could buy set top boxes.  Heck many would pay for their TV to be streamed all the time rather than have those antiquated set top boxes but the cable operators just will not budge on this.
This week it was back in the news that Tom Wheeler is still trying to get operators to come to an agreement.  Do I think it will happen? Not any time soon, I’ve got a fairly heavy opinion that Cable TV should only be supplied through streaming media and the bandwidth expanded on the cable system to accommodate higher data traffic to compensate and customers given higher speed data packages to compensate for the higher data usage and TV traffic maybe not counted against any data caps when it is supplied by the cable operator.  
We should continue to hope and pray and watch the news for updates.
Talking of TV…

Apple’s Eddie Cue gave a big hint that Apple are maybe looking at a decent intelligent platform for TV guides.  Again he merely made a statement and a tech media site made a deal out of his statement.  We know how easily Apple can kill a project so it’s a case of waiting and seeing.
Google thinks Android users need an app for wallpapers…

… or do they feel that there is another way to siphon data from the users, either way, good for them.
DNC Hacks…

I try and avoid the political crap but this was interesting if The Register are accurately sourcing information that the hacker that stole the emails from the DNC used 6 zero day vulnerabilities to get access to those emails.
Whether it was state sponsored or not I don’t really care that much, nor do I care about the contents but having 6 zero day vulnerabilities to use to get into and remove data from the servers is really incredible.  
Tesla has self driving technology…

…but they aren’t going to let you access it any time soon even when it is embedded in the vehicles currently coming off the production line.
I think that they have trust issues with their customers, they don’t trust them enough to believe that they would be responsible users, never mind.  One day Tesla will trust them again!
Apple sues Amazon…

This came as a surprise to some but Apple went after Amazon and Amazon literally handed over stock they carried.  Turned out that so called OEM genuine Apple chargers, Cables and other adapters etc, purchased by Amazon and sold on their website were not Genuine even though their vendor had claimed so.  Apple purchased 100 units randomly off Amazon and over 90% of them were fake, were dangerous and were fire hazards.  
I guess we need to watch this space.  I did write something about this at the time suggesting that Apple starts looking at eBay and especially eBay wholesale outlet that allows bulk sellers to sell to smaller sellers on eBay giving them product stock and can be read HERE.
When do you draw the line, the antenna line that is?

There has been much to say about Apple’s Antenna lines on the iPhone 6, 6S and 7 model.  Many have emulated this method of using a metal case to allow radio signals to penetrate the casing of the phone.  Oppo have, according to The Verge, gone even better with 6 separate lines of just 0.33mm which makes them almost invisible.  Go find the article, it does look nice.
Intel Chips are easily hacked according to Boffins…

According to http://www.theregister.co.uk boffin’s have found that Intel’s x86 chipset can be easily hacked bypassing all the security features.  Go read it there.  
Is Google Getting into TV provision online…

If all the rumors and stories we have read this week are true then it looks that way.  Personally unless they can get it to us for a price cheaper than having it through coax for the basic channels then it’s just not worth having.  CBS allegedly have signed up but they already stream and charge $5.99,  if they want that some of dough from Google to provide TV then we may just see yet another over priced streaming channel package.  Watch someone else’s space for updates.
Apple having another ‘event’…

Looks like it’s that time again on the 27th when people that bought their macbook’s etc all suddenly feel like they’ve been screwed as new devices are introduced to replace those they bought.   We’ll just have to wait and see if it was worth waiting for an upgrade or the if the older models are the new great deal.
Apple Airplay comes to the XBox…

A third party has written code to allow an XBox to be seen as an Airplay device.  It costs $14.99, if you need it then it’s cheaper than an Apple TV. Go to 9To5Blab (whoop 9to5Mac) for more information.
My iPhone 7 is faster than your iPhone 7…

According to multiple outlets, mostly sourced via the Chinese Whispers story spreading system that the Media has attained the 32GB iPhones are slower, due to memory being slower, than the higher capacity models!  Rene Ritchie at iMore tried to put this to rest by explaining it’s all about how the memory is accessed.
Personally it’s pretty hard to notice the difference in real use unless you are a curmudgeon,  most of us won’t really notice and certainly won’t notice if you aren’t comparing.  
Either way most of us that buy will probably buy the higher capacity models anyway if we tend to do anything of worth.  I wish I had paid for the 128GB model like I had with the iPhone 6 when I switched to the 6S, I dropped to 64GB and I tend to be low on memory a lot,  I could never manage on a 32GB iPhone or any phone when it comes to memory.
Either way, just don’t compare it and you won’t notice.
Samsung looking for a new phone battery maker, turns to LG…

According to Reuters Samsung have turned their back on their own manufactured batteries for phones and looking to LG to supply them. Are they still blaming the battery or is it just a face saving change so they can continue to blame the battery supplier.  Who knows, who really cares.
Meanwhile, South Korean’s are stunned by the forced recall of the Note 7…

Yes it seems that they feel there is nothing wrong with the note 7,  I’m sure it’s because they haven’t really had a major issue or any reports of issues in Korea with the phone or they are used to the phones exploding as an everyday occurrence.  
The creator of the PC declares that Apple’s Mac’s are cheaper over four years to own than Windows PC’s…

Many, including myself have always said that the longer term ownership costs of a Mac is far less than owning a Windows PC.  We used to replace 3 PC’s every 2-3 years.  Switched to Mac’s in 2012, 4 years on we are still using and still happy with them.  Each Windows PC cost us $1,300-$1,600 each so we really saved on the purchase cost.
We also saved with repair cost.  The last PC I used personally suffered a complete failure in months, it’s replacement failed at month 13 and was repaired, when it died again and the other PC’s had also had typical issues with components failing just past warranty we switched and paid for the Applecare.
We saved a lot of money over the four years and since we won’t be upgrading this year, the hardware is still working well, we are saving potentially more money and will only replace if the hardware becomes overwhelmed or something happens that requires a replacement then we will consider replacements.
According to Verizon the 128GB Pixel is sold out…

Yeah, seems it was sell out, though it depends on how many Google had made for the launch,  if you want a fairly high specification device and willing to wait then it’s sold out both on Verizon and at Google.  
Is Apple Going to Mobile World Congress next year?

Seems someone let slip and then erased the evidence,  Apple have not had a presence in many years at any of the trade shows, why would they bother?  We will have to wait and see.  I think it’s one of those things that maybe they are going to push harder or want to be there to antagonize Android manufacturers, who knows, we will have to wait and see.
Finally, as you sigh in relief, Apple’s Angela Ahrendts’ plans for the Apple store’s…

is literally to be the center of the community.  A place to meet, a place to learn.  I think it’s a little optimistic but certainly by becoming more community orientated it makes keeps people thinking about buying Apple before going to a Best Buy.
Anyway, it’s that time now where I bade you farewell, all two of you, the summary of the notable stories I spotted over the past week that I cared and sometimes didn’t care about have been spread and as usual, Leo do you own footwork and search the stories yourself.  TTYL kids.
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