Pure iPhone

Shaun McGill

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Pure iPhone is the continuation of Lost In Mobile / PDA-247 which, under various names, provided news, reviews and commentary on the mobile world for 10 years.

I have been writing about the mobile industry, mobile products, apps and everything else in between and beyond for more than 10 years, and currently write freelance for Imagine Publishing and also undertake one-off projects upon request.

I welcome your comments and thoughts and if you want to get in touch, please do so via the email address or phone number above.

Thanks for stopping by.

Shaun McGill

Twitter vows to improve

“We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter," Del Harvey, Twitter's vice president of trust and safety, said in a statement. "We have suspended a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules and we are in the process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one. This includes expanding our policies regarding self-harm and private information, and improving support for family members of deceased users.”
But the messages that forced Zelda Williams offline are just a sliver of the types of abuse many face on Twitter. Imani Gandy, senior legal analyst at the reproductive health publication RH Reality Check, wrote Tuesday about abuse she said she faces on the service every day -- in general and from one man, in particular, whom she has been unable to stop... More at The Washington Post.

It's hard to blame Twitter for these nasty little people, but it is reaching a level where something has to be done. 

Apple's fear of BitTorrent

Apple has a long history of keeping BitTorrent apps out of the App Store. If you search for “BitTorrent” in the App Store now, only two results show up. Neither of them allow you to actually download torrents.
That’s why it was surprising when an app called Blue Downloader showed up in the store a couple of days ago. It allowed the user to find and download torrents through a few sources chosen by its developer, Tyler Harrison. The restrictions were in place so you couldn’t use it to illegally download something like the newest Expendables movie from The Pirate Bay.
Apple approved Blue Downloader, but after Harrison made a change that allowed searching Google for torrents, the app was suddenly pulled. In an interview with Cult of Mac, Harrison explains how Apple’s response reflects its “innate fear of BitTorent” and his plans to get his app back in the store... More at Cult of Mac.

Interesting topic this one. On the one hand, Apple's conservatism does lead to security and stability, but it is a reason why many stay away from iOS.

Beats: a sense of empowerment

On public radio, I heard about this study. What made me think was, while I know you deride them as overpriced, underfidelity-tastic, and a bit too flimsy for the dough, maybe part of Beats' secret is adding to people's-- epecially young folks'-- sense of empowerment. They're primary goal is not as authentic a music presentation as possible, it's about adding a sense of power to the music you like, and that study indicates there can be a tangible benefits to people's sense of empowerment and ability. Kirk.

An interesting theory (science-based of course) on why Beats headphones sound like they do. I don't buy it personally, but it's a good excuse.

iPhone reasoning

I have the iPhone 5. I skipped the 5S and if the 6 does not have larger screen and better battery life I will wait. I will probably never go back to an Android phone (although I like my Nexus 7 tablet and will probably never buy an iPad). Android is just too much of a gamble for a phone in that the initial phone and OS are matched decently but 6-12 months later it goes to pot. I NEED my phone...it has to work and work well. No resets, no freezes, no lags, loss of information and lack of security. So for me, no more games...it has to work. They'd (Android) have to give me a loner to try for a year to get my confidence back.
On the other hand, I HATE how Apple locks some of its functions out from third party (yeah, I know they will supposedly give greater access to the keyboard). Like clicking a phone number in a text message or email...it only works with Apple's phone app (they keep other phone apps out). And because they're mad at Google, they do their best to thwart a better or missing app (Maps, Google Voice).
But at the end of the day, I gave up the conveniences of Android (like Profiles, Tasker, affordable BT OBDII, etc) for a phone that works reliably and is decent in build and use. Jason.

I think the notion of some tasks being crucial and that the phone 'must' work is what drives some of us to stick with the iPhone over Android.