If you want to see an old Apple Store as you’ll never see it again, you’ll want to head to that store today. Remember Apple’s head of retail Angela Ahrendts saying that changes would soon come to Apple stores overnight? A friend in retail tells me that tonight is that night. “Hit your on May 17th” is what he or she told me. If you want to do a compare and contrast/before and after, it looks like today is your last chance at the “before.”
I know someone who wears a t-shirt to work. It’s part of the dress code, actually. It’s a t-shirt with an Apple logo. Different colors different times of year. He or she works in Apple retail, and he or she has news for us this week.
“... on one night in the near future,” said he or she, “ALL STORES that are not yet the new design will go through a ‘reinvention!’ Updates to interior. Updated stools. Updated LOTS!”
My friend gave me no indication as to what those changes will be, nor did he or she say when exactly. I will say, I was recently in one of the stores that’s not been updated and it could certainly use something. It does make one wonder how much they can do “on one night.”
I’m looking forward to seeing the changes.
A friend forwarded this too me on Wednesday 27 July.
Cisco WebEx: End of Support for BlackBerry
You are receiving this announcement as the currently primary account contact for your company's Cisco WebEx meeting services. Please distribute this announcement within your organization as needed to ensure changes are completed in advance of the deadline.
Due to the decline of BlackBerry’s market share to less than one percent, Cisco has announced the end-of-support and sales of the WebEx Meetings for BlackBerry app, effective January 4, 2017. This includes BlackBerry 10 OS.
By January 4, 2017 Cisco will:
* Remove their app from BlackBerry World and other distribution spaces
* Discontinue technical support and help page support
* Allow existing BlackBerry app users to access WebEx meetings until the end-of-use date
On April 4, 2017, Cisco will completely disable BlackBerry access to WebEx meetings. We recommend users switch to Android or iOS platform to continue using WebEx from a mobile device prior to April 4, 2017.
Thank you for your continued business,
Your West Unified Communications Services Team
My friend's summation: "I think we can declare BB dead now."
We heard the rumor a few weeks ago. Now it's official. Here's a copy of the email AT&T is sending to customers on the grandfathered plan for unlimited data.
I had the pleasure of speaking with professional photographer and author Rick Smolan recently. His new book - "Inside Tracks" - is pretty trippy. First, it's his telling - in words and pictures - of a journey in which he got to take part in 1977. Robyn Davidson decided to elk across the Australian outback with four camels and her dog. Rick was the photographer National Geographic sent to document her trip. The second part of the book documents truing that story from the seventies into the movie Tracks, released in 2014. Where those lines get blurred is in the technology.
"Inside Tracks" is a smartphone enabled book. Using an app produced by HP (and available in the iOS App Store), users can point their smartphone or tablet at various pictures in the book from the original journey and see how those scenes played out in the film. Whether one goes for the experience provided through the free app or just goes for the words and pictures, "Inside Tracks" is stunning and impressive.
Amazon is featuring the $45 book as their #1 Solo Travel book for only $20 including free Prime shipping using the code BOOKDEAL25 through the end of December. Go for that by clicking/tapping here.
"A Magical Book” -- The Wall Street Journal
"A remarkable approach to an incredible story" -- Publishers Weekly
"INSIDE TRACKS is a stunningly good book and should be at the top of your Christmas list" -- National Press Photographers Association
"INSIDE TRACKS is an amazingly beautiful coffee-table book, high above the average holiday gift" -- The Oregonian
"A beautiful document of a beautiful woman who trekked across beautiful Australia with four nasty camels and a loyal dog" -- Library Journal
With the unprecedented speed of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus rollout, one might think the grey market for iPhones had dried up entirely. One would apparently be wrong.
Leung in Hong Kong wrote in over the weekend, with pictures of two guys set up pretty openly and brazenly selling iPhone Sixes “around the corner from the Hong Kong IFA Apple Store.” The selection was limited. Each had only the 128GB iPhone 6, according to Leung. Then again, they had iPhones. Leung says only a few iPhones are available for reservation online for store pickup every day and they’re not available at the online Hong Kong Apple Store. But around the corner, dudes have stack of them. Well, one picture of one seller shows about 20 in a stack. The other pic of the other seller only shows about six iPhones sitting out, though they’re next to a bag and a couple of boxes that could easily house more of the phones.
So what’s the going rate for not waiting? The 128GB iPhone 6 normally sells in Hong Kong for the equivalent of US$1,035. One of the scalpers with whom Leung spoke is selling the phones for US$1,218, while the other is going few buck higher, selling for US$1,256. For his part, Leung refuses to pay scalpers so he doesn't have one yet, though he says he’s hoping to get one through legitimate channels before Christmas.
That moaning and groaning you heard in the middle of the night was Apple’s website buckling under the strain of countless people trying to order an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Either that, or it was the countless people devolving into monosyllabic communicators - ugh... errr...
Pre-orders were supposed to start at midnight Pacific/3am Eastern. While countless online posts said that that had happened, it seems likely that most of those were set to fire off at one minute after midnight on the west coast while their authors were tucked gently into a dry martini or - who knows - maybe bed. Can I tell you when Apple’s online store came back up? I cannot. For as of this writing at 3:49 am on the east coast, it has not. Still, orders could be made. The Apple Store App for iOS had a bit of the buckling Apple’s full site saw, though it held up a a lot better. I was able to access the store through the app by about quarter-past three. Once in, I did hit more than one stumbling block, though by 3:29, I had confirmation that I had placed an order for a 64GB, Space Grey iPhone 6.
Technical difficulties were one problem - or one type of problem really. A perceived problem with Passbook was another. I’ve had an Apple Gift Card in Passbook that I have been holding onto for a while now specifically to put toward a new iPhone. When I went to pay, applying that card was not an option. Maybe it would have been on the full site, I cannot say.
Had I not been trying to apply the gift card in Apple’s store, I might have had an easier time going though my carrier. Twitter user @deverelle let me know that she “went through (her) carrier and was checked out for two 6+ in under 5 min, (while) Apple was down.”
3:57 in the A.M. by the way and Apple’s store appears to still be down. Cold be worse. Remember standing in line for 12-hours or more for your iPhone 3G? I remember the first six-hours. Before 4:00 a.m., word from another Twitter user - @JSandefer. He says “Apple Store App showing all iPhone 6 4.7(inch) 16GB models as unavailable. Others ship 9/19. (He) was able to buy through AT&T site.”
War stories: these are nothing like them.
Glad I looked up when I did.
If you want to hear as much as Apple’s had to say about the $3 billion acquisition of Beats, get thee to Re/code.net. In a turn around time that feels like something close to a record for Walt Mossberg and company, the site has posted the full 59-minute Code Conference interview with Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine talking over the biggest buy in Apple’s history.
Tuesday was a bothersome day - at the very least - for a number of iOS device owners in Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald says people all over the continent received messages on the iPhones and iPads that control of their devices had been taken by "Oleg Pliss," and if they wanted control back, they'd have to deposit $50 into a PayPal account. Luckily, Apple's support forums seem to have found a way to regain control without paying the ransom. Click here for that. And thanks to Joel for sending the original story my way.
I am posting this from my iPad. I can do that with the new Squarespace Blog app for iOS. Here's a picture of huggy Kirk I have saved on my iPad.
And here's one of huggy Spock.
It is said there is no sound in a vacuum. And Wall Street abhors a vacuum the way dogs abhor vacuum cleaners. Which, ironically, make a lot of noise.
Apple Insider had investors reacting poorly to Apple’s lack of noise about iPhone 5c pre-orders on Monday. Shares in the Cupertino-company took a beating the whole day. According to the piece, market watchers attribute the beating to “the fact that Apple did not publish a press release touting preorders for the iPhone 5c,” after three full days of preorders.
They would be the ones who don’t assume the best.
The piece is willing to accept the premise that preorders for iPhone 5c are relatively weak compared to preorders for iPhones from years past. “While the iPhone 5c is a new model,” it notes:
...it includes many of the same parts as last year's iPhone 5, while lacking key features of the iPhone 5s such as the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, new A7 chip, and M7 motion coprocessor.
And there’s the potential thing. Or, “therein lies the rub,” if you wanna go Shakespeare. There’s a second phone coming out this week - the premium, iPhone 5s. For which preorders are not available. If it goes the way the iPhone 5 did last year, as well as the iPhone 4S the tear before that, iPhone 5s will likely sell out by the end of next weekend, then play hard to get for weeks to follow.
For a lot of investors, though, the silence was deafening and they had to get away from it. Apple shares closed at $450.12, down $14.78 for the day, or 3.18%. Shares of the company were trading just over $500 before last Tuesday’s iPhone event.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 was Apple's first full day of trading after the introduction of iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. Not. Pretty. (Chart via Yahoo! Finance)
Seriously, I'm not worried about you. But please make sure your mom, your dad, or whoever can spot the differences between a real email from Apple and a fake. Come to think of it, just give them tips on potential fakes. Use this as an example. And thanks to Michael for sending this one my way. At least he said he was Michael...
... looks and sounds like something for the big screen. But it's on YouTube now, too. So here it is. Sit close to the screen, though. And crank your headphones.
More clips from the movie we'll all likely see, even if we're not sure we want to. It's like "Sharknado," but with fewer "nados."
Rodger, a listener from South China, wrote to say after he updated to iOS 7 beta 4, his iPhone 5 (the official retail model in Mainland China) was giving him the option for a T9 Chinese pinyin input keyboard. What he doesn’t know is whether this is only available as "special feature" for the Chinese market, or something that’ll be available everywhere. I can see why he might think it’s a far-east only thing, though, since I’ve not heard word one of it here, though he says it has been posted on several IT sites in China, including WeiPhone.com.
Pinyin is most easily described as “a system for writing Chinese words with the Roman alphabet,” according to a website called WiseGeek. Hard though it may be to imagine anyone trying to sell a smartphone in China without that, Rodger says, before this beta build, if a user needed T9 Chinese pinyin input keyboard, they had to go a jailbreakin’. Assuming this feature makes the leap from beta to public release, they’ll no longer be required to do that.
In other news, I love when I get email from China. Thanks for the information, Rodger. You rock.
Here's the DetroitBORG video mentioned on Mac OS Ken: 07.25.2013. Whether it stays may tell us whether it's legit.