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ABC iview is finally going HD (almost)

Exclusive: At last. ABC iview will upscale to High Definition in the first half of this year.

Head of Programming and Digital Rebecca Heap recently told TV Tonight, “I’m pleased to say it’s approved and currently on the worklist of the team. It will be coming in the first half of this year.”

But while it won’t quite be a true 1080p resolution due to costs, Heap says viewers will definitely notice the improvement.

They straight up admit that the stream wont be 1080p, which is what everyone wants (and should rightly expect). Instead it will likely be a 720p stream with a much lower bitrate “upscaled” to a faux-1080p resolution in order to save on bandwidth costs.

Still; even that would be a notable, albeit extremely behind the times, update for the ailing government broadcaster.

Source: ABC iview to upscale to HD

Apple’s “Planet of the Apps” looks like a bad, celebrity filled Shark Tank

Apple is making a TV show. It’s called “Planet of the Apps,” and it’s literally celebrities telling app developers why their apps will never be profitable and will never be used by anyone. The apps are judged by a star-studded panel: Jessica Alba, Will.i.am and Gwyneth Paltrow, among others.

The only way I’m watching this pile of crap is if Silicon Valley’s “Big Head” goes on and pitches “Nip Alert“.

Source: Apple’s new TV show has Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow and Will.i.am telling people why their app ideas are terrible – Recode

Review roundup: W1 equipped BeatsX wireless headphones

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AppleInsider – 4/5:

Overall, BeatsX is a well-made, decent sounding earphone that works in a variety of environments. Add to that an easy pairing process and solid wireless connection thanks to Apple’s W1 chip, and the package becomes even more appealing.

While we would not recommend the earphone for strenuous workouts, it is more than capable as a running companion, especially paired with Apple Watch. In that respect, BeatsX outperforms its Apple-branded AirPods sibling, fitting more ear types with its interchangeable ear tips and wing tips.

BGR:

Overall, though, the Beats X are the closest thing I’ve ever seen to the perfect exercise headphones. Comfort and fit is exceptional, audio quality is more than good enough, and tiny details like the quick-charge make me more likely to reach for them on a daily basis. If you’re an AirPods sceptic who wants to get in on Apple headphones that do legitimately “just work,” they’re perfect.

CNET – 8.2/10:

The slickly designed BeatsX is an appealing neckband-style wireless headphone that offers a lot of the “magic” of Apple’s AirPods in a more conventional, sports-friendly design.

Wired.co.uk

In conclusion, we like the Beats X very much. They sound great, look good, are comfortable for hours at a time and last a very long time on a single battery charge. If Apple had added that auto-stopping magnetic feature there would be little to fault these earphones. We’re also sincerely hoping Beats manage a noise-cancelling version.

TechCrunch

You’re certainly paying for branding here, though the inclusion of the W1 chip is a nice addition for any on iOS. From a pure form-factor perspective, I prefer the Powerbeats, which do a better job staying out of the way and keeping in place when you go for a run.

I’m not running out to get them. I’ve never been a huge fan of Beats’ sound quality and by the looks of early reviews they’re good but obviously not as great as other options out there.

The biggest selling point seems to be the W1 chip, which everyone cites as being convenient and working well to pair the headphones with your iPhone. As great as that will be for the future and adoption of wireless headphones right now Bluetooth pairing works just fine for me and I’ve never had an issue that has left me frustrated enough to lash out and spend decent dollars to solve the issue.

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Apple joins Wireless Power Consortium/Qi, iPhone 8 expected to introduce wireless charging (finally)

Long-running rumors that Apple will add wireless charging to the iPhone 8 have been lent additional weight with the news that the company has joined an industry group devoted to wireless power.

While early rumors suggested that Apple was holding out for long-range charging, without the need to place the iPhone on a charging pad, those hopes appear to have been dashed by more recent reports. These suggest that Apple will, like other manufacturers, use simple inductive charging.

I get the hold-out for long-range charging. It’d be cool and if Apple did it first would be a tent-pole feature they could bark on about for years but they’re seriously lagging here doing nothing but playing catch-up.

Source: Apple joins Wireless Power Consortium/Qi, lending weight to rumor of wireless charging for iPhone 8 | 9to5Mac

Apple almost opened the world’s dorkiest internet cafés

The “Apple Cafe” as envisioned had food service, paraphernalia retail, user support, and computer sales all rolled into a common gathering place.

Sure for 1998, when the plans were shelved, these may have seemed visionary but I think ultimately when Steve came back in and put them to rest we’ve ended up with a better result.

That said, I spent an hour waiting for a Genius the other day, a sandwich would’ve been nice!

Source: ‘Apple Cafe’ from 1996 shows early work on branded retail presence

Apple Pay boss fires back at CBA, NAB, & Westpac

The global head of Apple Pay has put three of Australia’s big banks on notice that the technology giant’s global payments system will steal their customers and they risk being left behind in the development of digital wallets.

“While initially, in many markets, there have been banks that have initially been wary about working with a company as large as Apple, once they begin to work with us and understand the Apple Pay platform, they see the benefits of it. That hasn’t fully happened with the ACCC applicants, because the conversation is happening through the ACCC process, compared to what normally happens, which is we have the conversation bilaterally.”

So basically stop being little cry babies and just swallow the bitter pill like every other bank is doing around the world.

I completely understand why they don’t want to pay Apple for the privilege of using their system and would instead prefer to keep the profit in their own pockets. That’s how banks and business works.

The thing is Apple is a much, much bigger and more substantial bully than the banks when they’re the ones used to being the biggest baddest bullies in town. They’ll learn the hard way as customers continue to churn to other banks (or credit unions) that do offer it.

Source: Apple Pay boss says CBA, NAB, Westpac risk missing the future of payments

NBN CEO completely out of touch with Australian internet users

Image supplied: @michaelmeloni
Image supplied: @michaelmeloni

NBN CEO Bill Morrow:

“Even if we offered it for free, we see the evidence around the world that they wouldn’t use it anyway … we know there are things on the horizon that are going to increase the need for further demand.”

Jesus H. Christ! What hope does the entire project have when its own CEO has no understanding of the product, how starved the population is of
a) internet access at all and
b) speeds comparable with any other developed nation.

What a joke.

Source: Aussies ‘don’t want fast internet’ – Courier Mail