The iPhone 5C doesn’t appeal to me

I was perusing Josh Kerr’s blog article and was in agreement until the point where he started to mention some features of the iPhone 5C like they were new.

The iPhone 5C ships with iOS 7 pre-configured to use background wallpaper that matches the color of the Phone. Little touches like this really differentiate Apple’s products from its competitors and Jony Ive put a lot more of them into the 5C than the 5S.

The statement in bold (highlighted by me) got me angry. Not so angry, but pissed. Lumia has had this since the days of WP7 and Moto X allows you choose your casing color and the wallpaper you want. How does this “differentiate” from the competitors? I understood when I got to this line:

I’m really happy with my iPhone 5 running iOS 7.

All that went through my mind was “Apple Fan Boy”.

Was Microsoft right to buy Nokia?

Before going into the phone business, Apple already had a reputation for producing premium devices. They could utilize that leverage to sell their phones, at premium prices. As at today, there are rumors of Apple working on a less expensive iPhone.

Google did not have a history for producing devices, so they focused on the software. Knowing that you can’t bring a knife to a gun fight, they focused on the software while they left other players (Samsung and HTC) produce the hardware. The current boom enjoyed by Android is due to the influx of Chinese devices that could afford to sell at very low prices. You can’t afford the iPhone experience? There is an Android for you. Now, Google, after gaining enough market share, stepped in to set a standard for their devices. The Nexus devices and the eventual purchase of Motorola, leading to the Moto X. Possibly the most perfect phone ever created. Continue reading “Was Microsoft right to buy Nokia?”

Tecno Phantom F7

A visual walk-through. I will follow up with a usage review.

Blackberry announces the Blackberry Q5

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From GSM Arena:

The start of the BlackBerry Live 2013 annual conference today in Orlando, USA, saw the announcement of the BlackBerry Q5 – a QWERTY device for emerging markets.
The Blackberry Q5 revolves around a 3.1-inch touchscreen and one of BlackBerry’s classic physical QWERTY keyboards.

The new BlackBerry Q5 will be available in selected markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia (including the Asia Pacific region), and Latin America, with availability beginning in July. The smartphone will be offered in black, white, red and pink.

Another announcement that came from the today’s keynote is that the BlackBerry 10.1 update is now ready to seed to the BlackBerry Z10 (later this month in the US). Not only that, but starting today, Skype will be available to all users who update their Z10s to v10.1.

Will this phone be popular in Nigeria? That is likely. A budget phone with cheap reasonably-priced data plan, sounds like a winner.

So you don’t get hacked

I love comics

I am an avid comic reader. I have been reading comics since I was a little boy. I started with web comics since 2003. I have never missed a day since then. Any day that I miss reading the comics, I make it up. Sometimes, I might not have a chance to read them up to 2 weeks depending on my engagements, but recently, I always have time for them.

I came back from church today (12-May-2013), opened my laptop and engaged my list of web comics. Cyanide & Happiness was not available. What could the problem be? They that been hacked. Which kind of sick bastard hacks the website of a web comic? Really? What type of publicity stunt is that?

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The horde of Cyanide & Happiness readers have flocked to their facebook page reporting the hack. The page should be restored in no time.

How to ward off hackers

If you run a website, how can you prevent this happening to you? Or remedying it quickly, if it does happen. I will reveal a particular set of activities I perform on my sites. My major activities include:

  • Monitoring my sites as close to real time as possible.
  • Ensure I am using the proper file permissions across installations.
  • Use the latest security plugins.
  • Monitor the content generated by users of the sites. Sometimes, malicious links can be sent in through comments.

Continue reading “So you don’t get hacked”

If Samsung copied Apple…

apple-vs-androidA typical conversation between an Apple fan boy and an Android fan boy

  • Apple Advocate: Samsung COPIED the iPhone completely!
  • Me: So a Samsung Galaxy Series phone works just like an iPhone?
  • AA: YES!
  • Me: So I get the same experience with Samsung that I get with Apple?
  • AA: No. Android sucks, Samsung phones are horrible to use!
  • Me: So Apple’s phones suck and are horrible to use too?
  • AA: NO! Apple’s phones are awesome.
  • Me: But I thought you said that Samsung copied Apple’s phones. How can that be, if they’re identical as you say?
  • AA: Uhhhh…
  • Me: Do Apple phones have LTE?
  • AA: No. You don’t need LTE, 3G EVDO is good enough!
  • Me: Do Apple phones have screens larger than 3.5 inches?
  • AA: No. 3.5 inches is enough for anyone.
  • Me: Does Apple offer a removable battery?
  • AA: No. Removable batteries are terrible!
  • Me: Is Android a comparable operating system to iOS?
  • AA: No. Android SUCKS!
  • Me: Does Apple make its phone with a plastic case and back?
  • AA: No. It’s all glass.
  • Me: Does Apple make a phone with an AMOLED display?
  • AA: No. Apple uses LCD, which is good enough.
  • Me: So, basically, what you’re saying is, other than the user experience, screen size, color, backplane, form factor, operating system, data speeds, look, feel and usability, the phones are exactly alike.
  • AA: YES! SAMSUNG COPIED APPLE!
  • Me: *shakes head*