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iMessage, iCloud services down for some users

Has to be one of the most unreliable email services I have ever used. I thought that MobileMebbe was bad but this is taking the mickey.
Thankfully I am not paying for it like I was with .mac/MobileMebbe.
I have other webmail accounts that manage to work without the problems that seem to plague Apple’s attempts.

Must try harder Apple - 1/10…

Posted by Bob Levens in UK on August 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM (PDT)

iMessage, iCloud services down for some users

Wow. So many outages. iCloud is nice and all, but I find Dropbox to be a lot more reliable, because, even if the webservice is down, I still have access to ALL my documents.

Posted by ahMEmon on August 22, 2013 at 8:10 AM (PDT)

Apps: Google Maps + Waze, OverDrive 3.0, Procreate 1.9 + Sonic Dash 1.5

Oddly I’ve given up on Google Maps which I’d made my home page maps app for some time now, and returned to using Apple Maps.  First there were too many times when I’d search for something like Kohl’s and Google Maps would show me only one store, not the multiple stores around me in San Jose which might allow me to pick the one nearest to me given traffic conditions or whatever.  Apple Maps works like I remember Google Maps used to work here.

Then there were the times it kept suggesting places in cities hundreds or even thousands of miles away when there was a place around the corner.  Odd.  Not problems I’ve run into with the web version, but whatever, I’ve punted Google Maps off the phone again. 

We’ll see if Apple Maps is sufficiently improved to keep its new place.

Posted by Glenn on August 21, 2013 at 10:47 PM (PDT)

Apps: Google Maps + Waze, OverDrive 3.0, Procreate 1.9 + Sonic Dash 1.5

Version 3 update for Overdrive is terrible. Don’t take my word for it! Go to the reviews on iTunes and see for yourself. Partial list of issues: they Broke the page turning functionality. The app is buggy and crashes thru some features. When you come back to the app you don’t go straight to your current book like it used to do, you must now tap again to continue reading. Who thought that was a good idea. Also, there is no way to easily send a comment from the app. Guess they do t care what the end user thinks!
Former satisfied user…

Posted by Carlyle on August 21, 2013 at 8:51 PM (PDT)

iTunes Radio to debut with select major advertisers

@decafjava (#3): Being in Canada, I hear you on that one. Fortunately, Apple has usually been pretty good at rolling out things internationally in a much more timely fashion than pretty much anybody else in the market. iTunes Match, for example, became available in a number of additional countries only a month after its U.S. launch, and the iTunes in the Cloud features—for music at least—were available internationally as soon as the service came out of beta.

I’m actually hoping that iTunes Radio will follow a similar pattern in that regard. I think the real issue is that many of these services like Pandora just don’t have the experience or the “muscle” to negotiate as far and wide as Apple does.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on August 21, 2013 at 11:25 AM (PDT)

iTunes Radio to debut with select major advertisers

Well, given I have long been deprived of Pandora and other similar services (except Spotify which I don’t use) living in Europe, I just want to know how long it will take to get iTunes Radio here. I presume it is location sensitive, I also imagine the issue of rights would affect its roll-out overseas. Proter and Gamble have their European HQ in Geneva as it happens.

Posted by decafjava on August 21, 2013 at 8:28 AM (PDT)

iTunes Radio to debut with select major advertisers

The original source report indicated that it would be based on things like starting playback or changing tracks from the screen.  Based on that, I’m guessing the idea is a maximum of once per hour—meaning that it might be two or three hours before you see an ad on an iOS device, but it would never be less than an hour.

On the other hand, I would imagine they might come up more regularly on something like an Apple TV.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on August 21, 2013 at 6:11 AM (PDT)

iTunes Radio to debut with select major advertisers

“...while video ads will appear once per hour, at times that users are likely to be looking at their device‚Äôs screen.”

Why would anyone make such an assumption about when users are looking at their screen? Unless they’re trying to time their ads with Calendar notifications, I don’t think people will be thinking “Ooh, it’s top-of-the-hour, let’s see what Proctor & Gamble is going to advertise!”

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on August 20, 2013 at 4:08 PM (PDT)

Wacom debuts Intuos Creative Stylus for iPad

Cool, I guess? But it’s not more accurate than the Pogo Connect, and not nearly as accurate as the Jot Touch 4. And the Touch 4 is cheaper.

Posted by chickenbiskit on August 20, 2013 at 8:57 AM (PDT)

Apple releases iTunes 11.0.5, iTunes 11.1 beta 2

Man, iTunes has been acting up A LOT since the last update. I’ve had albums in the cloud not let me download them because it recognized that they had already been downloaded, which they had. BUT when I clicked to play them originally, their song info literally changed right when they started playing. So, I have no idea what they are labelled now and will not be able to download them again until I can delete them. ALSO, when downloading or playing a few purchased videos, they would download under a different name (as something else I had purchased), like the movie Sherlock Holmes being downloaded and labelled with the info from a Ghost Hunters episode I have in the cloud. Either iTunes was completely out of whack or because of iTunes’ problems it screwed with my ITL file. Thoroughly disappointed in these last few months. Hope this fixes it!

Posted by Curtis R. Shideler on August 20, 2013 at 7:28 AM (PDT)

Apple offers deep discounts on iTunes movie, TV bundles

It was real! I was lucky enough to snag the harry potter movies for $9.99 before the price went up! Glad I jumped on it while it lasted!!

Posted by Graham Lutz on August 14, 2013 at 10:21 AM (PDT)

Apple offers deep discounts on iTunes movie, TV bundles

FEH! Not one of the bundles is worth the prices they are ACTUALLY charging.

Sorry to miss this one, if it was real.

Posted by rebo on August 13, 2013 at 4:42 PM (PDT)

Apple offers deep discounts on iTunes movie, TV bundles

Yeah.  I saw the same thing.  This thing seems to have been an hour sale or some foolishness like that.

Posted by DadzBoyz on August 13, 2013 at 2:22 PM (PDT)

Former Board member Ellison predicts Apple's decline

Apple needs new blood. A new and exciting Board maybe? Microsoft! Ugh! I started working on MS based programs in 1976. They were tedious then and are tedious now. I’ll stick with Apple, unless eg an “Apple+ comes along wink

Posted by Gil on August 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM (PDT)

Former Board member Ellison predicts Apple's decline

As much as I hate to say it, Ellison has a very good point. Since Jobs death, Apple has not released anything close to groundbreaking. Modest upgrades are the current path. I am excited to use iOS 7, and I would love to see a new PowerMac in action. But where is the next big thing? Even without anything major, I still prefer my iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air to the competitors. The “whole package” concept is still ahead of Microsoft and Google. The integration of all things Apple is a strong selling point. Especially for those that have invested heavily in iTunes media.

After all is said and done, I do not see Apple declining at a steady pace. I see them leveling off and maintaining as long as they at least stay consistent. But to get back to “King of the Hill”, they will need to produce another game changer (or two).

Posted by Mitch on August 13, 2013 at 10:19 AM (PDT)

Apple offers deep discounts on iTunes movie, TV bundles

I went shopping and decided on the Harry Potter bundle. I tried to buy it and it timed out. I tried again and it said it was being updated. I tried one more time and the price was at $59.95.

Posted by Billy on August 13, 2013 at 9:38 AM (PDT)

Apple offers deep discounts on iTunes movie, TV bundles

Weird. It worked for me once. I was going to buy the Harry Potter bundle so that I could have it on digital for the kiddos…

Then for whatever reason I closed iTunes, now when I click the link they’re all $59.95 again… Now, when I click the link yet again, the bundle is $9.99 again!

Unfortunately when I try to buy it I get:
Purchase of this item is not currently available.
This item is being modified. Please try again later.

Posted by John on August 13, 2013 at 8:51 AM (PDT)

Apple offers deep discounts on iTunes movie, TV bundles

I also cannot seem to find the $10 iTunes movies. They ar all at regular prices.

Posted by Chris on August 13, 2013 at 8:23 AM (PDT)

Apple offers deep discounts on iTunes movie, TV bundles

This promotion doesn’t seem to be going on anymore. I checked my phone, and these prices are not reflected there.

Cheers,
Aaron

Posted by Aaron on August 13, 2013 at 7:58 AM (PDT)

iPhone 5S: gold, new Home Button, dual flash confirmed?

Nice.  Wonder if apple will sell our fingerprint data to the NSA

Posted by Jay on August 12, 2013 at 6:46 AM (PDT)

Report: Apple board worried, pushes Cook to innovate

As they SHOULD be. All this waiting is costing them marketshare, ESPECIALLY since Android devices have pretty much caught up and surpassed iOS in terms of usability and features. People aren’t willing to wait for the next best thing from Apple anymore, with so many attractive Android devices on the market. You would have thought Apple would have learned their lesson by now; as with Windows ‘95, people are more than willing to spend their money on “good enough.”

Posted by ahMEmon on August 9, 2013 at 8:54 AM (PDT)

Report: Vevo developing Apple TV music video app

I don’t know why someone hasn’t done this sooner!

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on August 8, 2013 at 4:14 PM (PDT)

Facebook app causing iPhone battery issues?

This is precisely why I deleted the app and only use the web page app in Safari. The app was lazy - it was designed with a 100 features and none of them bothered to check if they worked properly or bug free.

Posted by Alan Clarke on August 8, 2013 at 11:20 AM (PDT)

Publishers object to agency ban in proposed Apple remedy

“Please Mr Judge! Give us back our closed-door monopoly. Without it, we can’t gouge customers!”

My heart bleeds for them. Not. At. All.

Posted by Arithon on August 8, 2013 at 7:22 AM (PDT)

Apps: Bento, Bloodmasque, Hipmunk 3.1, Peek-a-Zoo + Temple Run 2 1.4

So Sad To See Bento Go, But what to do for Alternative???

FM to expensive for me :(

Posted by Bye Bento on August 5, 2013 at 12:43 PM (PDT)

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