Category Archives: iOS

iOS 9 And PDFs

iOS 9 includes a share action for saving PDFs to iBooks

The option is limited, however, as once the PDF is saved to iBooks, the only export options you have are Email and Print. That said, this is still a definite step in the right direction for iOS. Archiving webpages will be much easier as a result, even if iBooks isn’t the most ideal option for storing PDFs.

Not only will users be able to save webpages to PDFs, but the option shows up in first-party apps like Notes and Photos as well. Being that it is a native sharing activity, it would seem likely that third-party apps would gain access to the feature as well.

That is interesting.


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Hound, Siri, Google, Cortana: The Road To Box & Her

Thanks to Dan Miller for pointing me to the video after the break.

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iPad Pro: 12.9 Inches

Previously here:

iPad Pro?
iPad Pro Plus Doubleplus WTF
The Rumored iPad Pro
The Not-So-Surprising Use For A Tablet

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Apple Invents MultiBullshit

Bitch, puhleeze!


People who have been reading this blog for a while will understand that I snorted and laughed my ass off at the MultiBullshit Apple showed off at WWDC.

Samsung offered it first. Rockchip did it better.

Now Apple offers it lamely — and only on the iPad Air 2.

Criticizing Apple’s MultiBullshit point-by-point is not worth my time.



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June 8, 2015 · 1:48 pm

Bob Lefsetz Versus The Apple Watch

More Apple Watch

I’m thinking about returning it.


Sometimes you’ve got to say no. Maybe Apple shouldn’t have made a watch.

Sometimes you’ve got to break the paradigm. They were so busy making it look like a watch, they should have begun with a blank slate.

I keep thinking the leaders of Apple were goaded and self-goaded into doing it. Goaded by the outside world of press and goaded by each other to show they could be Post-Steve with something new and succeed.

I still see no need for me to own any smartwatch, although the Pebble Time and the weird ones from China make me curious.

Previously here:

Bob Lefsetz And The Apple Watch

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Siri: For Science!


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June 3, 2015 · 1:56 pm

Two iPhone Articles

People around the world are misusing their iPhone because they’re afraid of breaking it

After 3 weeks of using an iPhone, I’ll never use Android again



This makes a huge difference. Maybe one of the biggest differences of all. I tried multiple camera apps on my Android phone, and they were all awful.

Maybe the worst part about them was that they all took forever to load. The whole point of taking pictures with your smartphone is convenience. I want to snap and go and that’s it. If it’s super beautiful, that’s a bonus. This never worked out for me on my Note 3, and as a result I took fewer pictures.

This was especially tough moving from an iPhone in the first place. I use my iPhone camera for all sorts of things other than just taking pictures with friends or at events.

It serves as a digital scanner and a note-taking app because it can snap a picture so quickly. All of that functionality was lost on me when I was living with the Note 3. It doesn’t open up fast enough, and the camera app both by Samsung and the Google substitute I used were not good.

While Samsung and others take their time getting the camera right, Xiaomi understands how damn important it is and always uses it as a top selling point for their phones. (And the Xiaomi MiPad camera isn’t bad, either.)

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Tablet Revolution? No. Pocket Revolution.

Tablet PCs exhibit negative growth in India, 1Q CY 2015 shows 13.9% decline in shipments

Since there isn’t much value addition coming in the shape of specific solutions to enhance device usability at the moment, Tablets are only becoming devices of convenience, essentially larger screen versions of smartphones. This has resulted in lower priority in the list of ‘must have’ devices for the average user. Tablets only make the ‘nice-to-have’ grade. To prevent the Tablet form factor from dying out, vendors must position their offerings as a distinct category, rather than just an also ran device at the cusp of a Smartphone and a Laptop PC.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

More evidence that China tablet makers are going to face increasingly straitened sales.

I now understand why some have ventured into TV boxes, game controllers, even Roomba clones. At least they understand they’re manufacturers of electronics, and not just tablets.

Jumping from tablets to phones is no easy transition. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with Ramos and its phone ambitions. With the phone market in China seemingly saturated, I can’t see any domestic tablet makers making the necessary leap into the international market they need to survive. Even powerhouse Xiaomi is doing it step by small step.

Previously here:

The Not-So-Surprising Use For A Tablet


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The Not-So-Surprising Use For A Tablet

The Tablet Story Isn’t Over — But It’s Changing

Android Tablet Land

Flurry’s data regarding Android tablets reaffirms the many Android tablet observations myself and others have been making based on our research of the segment. Consistently, we find tablet usage and engagement is weak in Android land. Android tablet sales, going back to the beginning of 2013, have an estimated total of 340 million units. Tracking that against my Android installed base estimates, it puts active Android tablets via Flurry’s data at roughly 120 million units if we just focus on the past few years worth of sales. Meaning that approximately 220 million Android tablets are no longer in use or not accessing the Internet via apps.

The latter is not surprising. We know that low-end Android tablets do not drive heavy app or Internet engagement and are mostly used, globally, for entertainment media like video. What is surprising to me from this estimate is what appears to be a very short life for Android tablets. If my estimates are correct, or even in the ballpark, it suggests a much shorter average life cycle for Android tablets versus iPads. Perhaps chalk that up to the fact that the bulk of Android tablets being sold cost less than $150 and are relatively poor quality, or that there is little value found from the end users, therefore they are bought for cheap and then discarded when value was not captured or the hardware failed.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.


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