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Month: September 2015 (page 2 of 3)

Apple News is Buckling Under the Launch Pressure

As everyone is upgrading their phones and iPads to iOS 9 they are all apparently trying out Apple’s News App. The very same one that Tech Cape Town is on.

It looks like Apple’s servers are not able to handle the load. I noticed it slowing down a few minutes ago but now it seems to have stopped altogether.

Apple News Fail

I’m sure it’ll be back up within an hour or two. Doing things at the scale Apple does them can’t be easy but I’m sure the guys at Flipboard are having a laugh.

Stephen Colbert asks Tim Cook about Apple’s Self Driving Car

Stephen Colbert’s show is a comedy show after all, so this interview pokes fun at Siri and a few things Apple. He also asks about Apple’s self driving car, and asks Tim Cook if him being gay is a feature!

I think Tim handled that very well. Nice to see the CEO of one of the world’s most valuable companies joking around and having fun. Oh, and Tim, please don’t give Siri a raise. She still needs to up her game a bit more!

Watch a 5k iMac get Destroyed by a Anti Tank Cannon

Well the headline says it all.

This makes me really sad but it is from the same guy that packed a Mac Pro full of C4 and blew it up!

If anyone was considering doing this, just know it has already been done and you can give me the iMac instead.

Looking For a Free Content (Ad) Blocker for iOS9?

I’ve been beta testing Blockr for a while and I’m very impressed. Unfortunately it is a paid app. (When my beta build expires, I will be buying it)


If however you’d like a free content blocker for iOS, have a look at Freedom. It isn’t currently available in the US app store but it may be available in your location. It doesn’t rely on in-app purchases to grab a hold of your money. It really is free.

If you don’t mind handing over a few dollars, I can’t recommend Blockr enough!

Happy browsing (without being tracked and without adverts)

The Best New Feature on iPads with iOS9

Forget all the *split screen stuff, the best new feature is KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS.

To use the iPad as a genuine productivity tool, you need a decent keyboard. I have a really nice Logitech bluetooth one just for my iPad. It makes typing so easy. Switching between tabs in Safari? No, it doesn’t do that. Switching between Apps? Nope, not that either. Well until now.

iPad Multitasking

Almost all of the keyboard shortcuts you’ve come to know and love are now on the iPad too. And to make it really simple, if you don’t know what the keyboard shortcuts are, simply hold down the command key and you’ll see an overlay of shortcuts.

The fastest app switcher on the iPad is now a CMD-TAB combo. And it makes a big difference.

To me this definitely indicates the future direction of iOS and iPads in general. I wouldn’t be too surprised to see an iPad like device running iOS but with a build in keyboard in the not too distant future.

*Disclaimer: Maybe I want to forget the split screen stuff because I have a shitty old iPad that doesn’t support this.


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