Federico Viticci Gets It

In another fantastic post,‘s Federico Viticci explores document management apps in iOS 8. He does his usual exemplary job. Head over for a thorough discussion of document pickers in iOS and the apps that allow (limited) file management.

If (somehow) you’re not familiar with Federico’s site, get over there ASAP. Bookmark it.

Anyway, with iCloud Drive, we have access to the iCloud online file system (like in Yosemite). The problem is that each app (in iOS anyway) can only access the files it is supposed to access according to the file type the app creates. In other words, Pages in iOS accesses .pages documents. You can’t open a .pdf file in Pages. In fact, as far as Pages is concerned, those other file types don’t exist.

I know Apple has tried hard for years to shield us iOS users from a directory tree and other types of file management. That may be a fine goal or ideal for an inexperienced user, or simply a user that doesn’t care about file management and has no need or desire to poke around for other file types.

But what about the rest of us?

I know I would love to have a Finder app open files in the reverse order: find the file, then double tap it to open the file in the appropriate app. Sometimes I search for flies by name (or date, or…), and I don’t want to have to decide what type of file it is, then launch the associated app, then “Open” (or its equivalent).

We need a, iOS Finder analog. I promise, Apple, we can handle it.

This is all accessible from a desktop (Yosemite, Windows iCloud Drive), but if Apple really wants users to grab their iOS devices as a laptop/desktop replacement, they have to allow us laptop/desktop functionality. Users who don’t  need file-level access don’t have to use it, or it can be a toggle in Settings.

For me, iCloud Drive looks like a Dropbox killer in that it’s so deeply embedded in the operating systems of Yosemite and iOS 8. But I need to have file-level access.


Yes, AT&T Doubles the Data for Some

Yeah, AT&T announced that they are doubling the data allotment for customers with Mobile Share plan at 15GB and above.

Us with 10GB?


My iPads are on grandfathered unlimited plans, so there’s no way in hell I’m giving those up. That means I only have 2 lines on my AT&T plan: my iPhone 6 Plus and Mrs. TechSHIZZLE’s iPhone 6. We average between 7 and 8 GB of data per month between us as we do the bulk of our bandwidth hogging with our grandfathered iPads.

But the new promotion doesn’t apply to us 10GB-ers. Thanks, AT&T.

However, with the Plus’ much bigger screen, I find myself walking out of the domicile sans iPad much more often; I just don’t seem to need it as much since I Apple-camped 23 hours to get the Plus.

So, I assume I’ll be using more data with the Plus. Thus, I went ahed and upgraded to the 15 (30GB) plan in the hopes I’ll make use of it.

Funny how AT&T has been complaining about the stress on their system with all these damn data hogs to justify their data-throttling.

I guess with the doubling of data from Sprint and other competitive moves by the other carriers, AT&T is over their bitching about so-called data hogs.

Did AT&T just double their bandwidth, or was it just a bullshit reason to throttle people when it suited them?


Idiot Hit-Whore: “iPhone 6 Sales Record Disappointing”

Paul Ausick, 24/

Apple Stock was trading at $103.02 about 15 minutes before Monday’s opening bell. The stock’s 52-week range is $63.89 to $103.74.

To say that this is a true disappointment may seem like it is “fire for effect.” The problem we have with the press release is that if it was truly phenomenal news then the stock would be up several percent and hitting new highs yet again. So far, that is not the case Monday.


Clearly this joker hasn’t been watching AAPL very long. Most of the time there is a dip after a a major event like this (keynote, preorders, product release).

I challenge this guy to show when in Apple’s history its stock went up several percent after “truly phenomenal news”. I would say 4 million preorders in 24 hours is “truly phenomenal news-no matter what company announces it.


My iPhone 6/6 Plus Preorder Fun

With the preorders allegedly going live early today (12:01 AM Pacific), I was prepared for a long night of CMD + R in several different browser tabs. I say “allegedly” because I have yet to see an iPhone/iPad preorder night go smoothly. And I’ve been doing this every year since Apple adopted the preorder system.

Every year Apple’s website crashes, and so do those of the wireless carriers. This year was no different.

What the hell can’t they get their shit together?

By now, Apple, et al, have got to know there will be a crushing demand for the latest iDevice, and their sites will be inundated by the traffic of rabid buyers. Yes, I’m one of them every year.

So knowing this is coming, why can’t they properly and adequately prepare for the onslaught?

So Mrs. TechShizzle and myself dutifully hit the inter webs hard a few minutes before midnight.

The Apple Store site is down. No problemo-we were early.

But as the minutes ticked by, it became painfully obvious that we had another clusterfuck on our hands. Knowing that if we didn’t get onboard now, it could be well into November or even December before we obtained our Precious. And while I don’t mind spending the night on the sidewalk of our local Apple Store, that has proven fruitless on more than one previous launch. And I really didn’t want to do it again this year. So we soldiered on.

Between several open Safari tabs, the Apple Store app on both my iPhone and iPad, (and my wife’s same routine), we finally saw signs of life about 2:00 AM. That is to say that while Apple’s site was still down, we could at least hit the “Continue” button on the apps before being timed out and forced to start over.

Finally about 2:30 I was able to get through and get a reservation number. I was trying various combinations of phone and specs to see what would go through. I wound up with a reservation for a 6P/Space Gray/128. A little loopy from lack of sleep and with cramped “refresh fingers”, I didn’t take a screen shot of the reservation page on the iPhone Apple Store app. Was it a dream? Did it really happen? In the debacle, will my reservation wind up lost?

My wife’s 6/Gold/128 got through to a reservation page as well. She went to bed.

I kept going, and was finally able to order the same spec iPhones through Apple’s site about 3:15 AM or so. My wife’s would be available for pickup on 9/19, but mine have to be shipped “7-10 business days” after launch. Damn.

Good enough.

This morning I thought I’d call Apple to see if I could use my reservation number to possibly pick mine up on launch day since I reserved it an hour before I actually was able to complete a purchase. After a 20 minute hold time I spoke with a prototypical Apple specialist who said no one else she had talked to this morning was trying to do what I was attempting. After a brief hold to confer with a supervisor, she came back to tell me it couldn’t be done. Said that even though I have a reserved phone that was reserved well before my actual purchase, if I tried to use it I would be stuck with current shipping delays. WTF?

So I got off the phone and called again to get another rep.

The next CSR was very cordial and polite like the first. He understood what I was trying to do, but said I’d be better off sticking with what I had as the reserved one would have a much longer shipping time, and that I was “much better off than most people”. Ok, done.

But this doesn’t make any sense-what the hell did I reserve? Why wouldn’t the reservation “hold my place in line”? Can I really trust their cloud services enough to keep important files on iCloud Drive? Does Apple have this whole “online services” thing figured out. Signs point to “no”.

So I don’t know how Apple couldn’t prepare for this; it’s not their first rodeo.

Ok, I’ve vented and feel a bit better.

And, yes, I know there are a lot more important things in the world to be concerned with.


Courtesy: The Verge

Flappy Bird Coming Back


It’s Episode XVII of the Flappy Bird Saga, and this time the formerly recalcitrant (he’s on a media tour at the moment) creator of the addictive game is promising the game’s return, eventually, complete with multiplayer.

Nguyen told CNBC’s Kelly Evans the news on the network’s Closing Bell program today, albeit with the caveat that the game wouldn’t be coming anytime “soon.” It’ll also be less addictive, he says, which is great news for people who enjoy their lives and living them to the fullest.

Holy, Christ-why?

Oh yeah-it’s the money.

Courtesy: CNET

China’s Xiaomi Mi Pad is an iPad mini Ripoff


The Mi Pad liberally borrows from Apple’s design. The tablet is clad in shiny plastic that’s very similar to the iPhone 5C, and comes in five vibrant hues. The appearance and shape, however, is similar to the iPad Mini — in fact, the company made several comparisons to the Mini’s features during its presentation.

Does this really surprise anyone?

I think the only surprising part is that it’s not Samsung…

Courtesy: The Oatmeal

Elon Musk Will Donate More Money to Build the Oatmeal’s Tesla Museum


The Oatmeal’s effort to save Nikola Tesla’s old laboratory and turn it into a museum took a major turn on Wednesday, when Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk committed to donating more money.

Led by Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal, the campaign, launched on Indiegogo in 2012, and raised nearly $1.4 million dollars. However, Inman said those funds will only be enough to save the existing laboratory, and that more funds are needed to actually build a new facility to house the museum.

Concerning Musk:

@Oatmeal I would be happy to help

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 14, 2014

This is just awesome!

I think when you look into it, it’s really easy to conclude that Tesla was one of the most innovative human beings to ever walk the planet. The way he was taken advantage of by Henry Ford and others is a black mark on our heritage.

From The Oatmeal:



Parrot Intros Bebop Drone and Skycontroller


Today, after 5 years of development, we are excited to introduce you Parrot Bebop Drone, a ultra-light drone with a full HD camera digitally stabilized on its 3-axis.

Here’s their promotional video:


Parrot also announced the Skycontroller iPad/iPhone add-on controller with amplified Wifi to increase the range to 1.2 miles.



What?! Oculus Rift support?




Well, I have the Parrot Drone 2.0, and love it. It lets me re-live my childhood when I LOVED remote control anything. To think that when I was a kid a LONG time ago, the only remote control planes were hand-built gas-powered money pits.

I eventually grew up and have owned 2 “real” planes (Cherokee 140 and Cherokee 6), so I lost interest in remote control planes, but have really enjoyed my Drone and the videos I’ve been able to take with it.

Parrot says the Bebop will be available sometime Q4.

I have one thing to say to them: