Alexander Robinson

374 Flips | 5 Magazines | 12 Likes | 14 Following | 62 Followers | @xander123 | Product of the analogue era, advocate of digital, including social, mobility, IoT & emerging tech. Some hockey, wakeboarding & skiing too.

5 Samsung Gear VR games you need to try right now

If you think you need to spend $600 on an Oculus Rift or $800 on an HTC Vive to enjoy seriously good virtual reality (VR) games, think again. All you need is a $100 Samsung Gear VR headset and a compatible Galaxy smartphone.<p>Make no mistake: I've tried the higher-end stuff, and it's awesome. But I …

'Bank of Apple' Moves Closer With New Patent To Kill PayPal, Square

Apple has quietly filed for a new patent which details a person-to-person money transmission method which could potentially grab market share from PayPal and Square, and hit the already beleaguered banking sector struggling to keep up with FinTech.<p>Apple is already banking on consumers using the …

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Apple Watch launch puts Swiss Watch exports in a slump

The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FSWI) has announced today that for the first time since 2009 exports of traditional timepieces are down, and it looks like Apple Watch is to blame.<p>Wristwatch exports from Switzerland fell almost 9 percent between April and May, according to the FSWI …

Apple invented a new type of viral advertising that can track users in social media

This does <i>not</i> mean that Apple is going to launch a viral advertising product — the company has a long history of focusing on devices and apps, not advertising. Nor does it mean that Apple is going to start tracking your consumption of social media.<p>But it is interesting that Apple is even thinking …

10 rules for classy apps – a developer manifesto

If you ever dig into the privacy policies of app developers, be prepared for a shock. This is where they confess their sins: invading your privacy, selling your data, and pestering you with popups and unwanted ads.<p>As the App Store becomes increasingly crowded and competitive, many developers …

How to Remove Split Screen in Landscape Mode on iPhone 6, 7 & 8 Plus

When you tilt your screen on iPhone, it automatically rotates. This is helpful in many different scenarios; but on iPhone Plus models, a horizontally rotated phone makes certain stock apps look slightly different—this is called Landscape mode on iPhone.The larger screen on the iPhone Plus models is …

Why Apple Watch apps are about to get awesome

Last month, my colleague Steve Kovach made the argument that the biggest thing holding the Apple Watch back from its full potential is exactly what makes the iPhone so great — the apps.<p>Now, after using an Apple Watch for the past week, I too can attest to how underwhelming its apps are. Very few …

WWDC 2015: Tim Cook's Apple and Eddy Cue's music

In 2013 it was the radical redesign. In 2014 it was the functional revolution. This year it was more than pixels or bits. It was about showing what …

Europe opens antitrust investigation into Android

The European Commission has been examining Google’s Android operating system for nearly three years, and it is now ready to launch a formal investigation into claims of unfair app bundling. Google services and apps like Maps, Chrome, and YouTube are often bundled with Android devices, and …

Chinese Apple Pay launch delayed by stalled bank negotiations, maybe UK too

The launch of Apple Pay in China, originally expected to be part of iOS 8.3, has been delayed by stalled negotiations with both the state-owned card processor UnionPay and Chinese banks, reports <i>MarketWatch</i>. Developers had originally been told that iOS 8.3 would support UnionPay, but found that …

A quarter of UK businesses think digital is irrelevant – they're wrong

The 1.2m small and medium sized businesses that lack basic digital skills will continue to lose out on new business unless they invest in their employees

The Rationale Behind Soaring App Development Prices

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ashwin Ramasamy is the founder of ContractIQ, a marketplace that matches enterprises and startups with agencies for app development, product engineering and analytics services.</i><p>During the last quarter of 2014, we were approached by a funded startup based in Boston to identify an app …

13 features we'd like to see in iOS 9

Apple will reportedly focus on under-the-hood improvements, mainly for the sake of refining and polishing the current experience on its mobile devices.<p>According to 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, Apple is placing a big emphasis on bug fixes and performance enhancements to make everything run faster and more …

These Brutally Honest Push Notifications Will Make You Rethink Your Life

This is hilarious, and sad. We didn’t evolve to live with phones in our hands. We’re still getting the hang of managing our instincts and odd behaviors in the face of instant communication. This set of humorous push notifications proves that we have a lot to learn.<p>Big thanks to Distractify for …

Tech Giants Call For “Clear, Strong And Effective End” To NSA’s Phone Metadata Surveillance

As expected, technology companies, tech trade groups and privacy organizations sent a letter today to the President Barack Obama, various members of Congress, and governmental security officials, urging reform of the U.S. government’s surveillance practices.<p>Tech companies represented by groups that …

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Aurora Borealis dazzles in the night sky over the UK

LONDON — They're a more regular sight at this time of the year for people who live in northern parts of Europe, but seeing the Aurora Borealis or …

Demand for Apple Watch could use up third of world’s gold

We’re still waiting for the final pricing details on the Apple Watch, but if recent reports that Apple plans to sell one million gold Edition units a month are true, Apple Watch could wreak havoc on gold prices and do who knows what to the global economy.<p>Josh Center at TidBits has done some math on …

Jony Ive laments 'shocking' state of modern car design

But he still loves his Bentley Mulsanne<p>With rumors of an Apple car still swirling, it's interesting to consider what the company's top designer thinks of the current auto industry. Not a lot, is the short answer, with a recent <i>New Yorker</i> profile of Jony Ive revealing that the British designer thinks …

Why Apple Is Spending $1.9 Billion To Open Data Centers In Denmark And Ireland

Apple follows Microsoft and Google by opening data centers in Europe. Whether that’s NSA-motivated is unclear.<p>Apple said Monday that it is investing $1.9 billion to open data centers in Denmark and Ireland, according to the AFP. It is a move likely to comfort European politicians and security …

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Tech Vision 2015 Trend 5: Workforce Reimagined

Deep dive into the Trend 5 of the Technology Vision 2015 - Workforce Reimagined - and discover as the digital revolution gains momentum, humans and machines must do more together.

Apple will spend almost $2 billion on its biggest European project yet

Apple on Monday announced plans to significantly expand its operations in Europe, committing to its biggest investment yet in the region.<p>The iPhone …

Samsung Releases Galaxy S6 Teasers That Appear To Confirm Metal Design And Curved Displays

Samsung has recently posted two teasers for its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6. One teaser is a 45-second video on YouTube and the other is a profile photo on Instagram. Both of the teasers appear to confirm some of the rumored Galaxy S6 specifications.<p>The profile photo of the Samsung …

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Microsoft beefs up Outlook apps for iOS, Android

Microsoft has polished up its Outlook apps for iOS and Android just two weeks after their debut.<p>In a blog post Tuesday, Microsoft's Office 365 Team outlined the features available in an update to the mobile email apps. Some of the new features and changes affect only the iOS app or the Android app, …

Apps

Google Quietly Rolls Out An iPad Version Of Inbox

Inbox by Gmail (Google’s still-invite-only email client) seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it sort of thing, but in case you happen to fall in the “love it” camp <i>and</i> use an iPad: good news! Inbox is getting a proper iPad app.<p>It seems Google is trying to keep it under wraps for the time being (they …

Samsung Acquires Payments Startup to Compete With Apple Pay

Samsung was already an investor in the Massachusetts-based startup LoopPay.<p>Samsung thinks it has found its Apple Pay competitor, and it’s acquiring the startup to make sure no one gets access to it.<p>The giant phone maker said on Wednesday it has acquired LoopPay, a U.S.-based company whose …

Apple Pay

Samsung ordered to pay $16 million to a guy who admits he didn't invent Bluetooth

The most recent case is a $15.7 million verdict against Samsung over Bluetooth — even though the winner admitted in court that he had nothing to do with the invention of Bluetooth.<p>The man, Gordon Bremer, and his employer, Rembrandt, won the lawsuit even though Bremer said he was not involved in the …

Why Is Apple Killing Its 16 GB iPhone?

With the announcement that Apple is lifting the size limit of application bundles from 2GB to 4GB, developers will be eager to ship more multimedia, more graphics, more video, and more content, in their applications – especially game developers. As Apple gives with one hand, it takes away with the …

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This Is What Apple’s ‘Titan’ Car Could Look Like

Ford 021C concept car<br>Ford<p>1 of 6<p>iGiant Apple is reportedly working on a much bigger smart device: a car. After rumors of such a project began making …

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