Apple iPhone 6 & iOS 8 Fails: A Chronology

  1. U2 album stunt becomes a cake flying back into U2’s and Apple’s faces.
  2. iPhone 6 Plus — a $1000 device — bends (too) easily.
  3. iOS 8.0.1 update gets pulled back after release because of serious bugs.

To be expected next: free iPhone 6 Plus case that protects the phone from bending, or a new built of the device with another material than aluminium (or another aluminium).

This post gets updated whenever new things happen. Shouldn’t take long.

(Not mentioned here: #AntennaGate and #MapsGate of previous i-devives and OS’s)

Bendgate: Apple iPhone 6 Plus not a Hipster phone

Bend-gate: Apple iPhone 6 Plus found bending in pants pockets. Obviously, the new iPhone 6 Plus is not a Hipster phone, not made for tight pants.

I’m sure, those are the reasons (when you ask Apple fan-boys or Apple itself), and all of this is easily avoidable:

  • You’re sitting wrong.*
  • You wear the wrong pants.*
  • You enjoy the wrong activities.
  • It’s not a bug, it’s a feature: the bent phone.
  • Putting a smartphone in your pocket is irresponsible and reckless abuse.*
  • It happens to all smartphone of that size and an aluminium body.*
  • That’s what you get for carrying around a phone of that size. Get a purse or a murse to solve your problems.*
  • It only bends when only a nominal amount of force is applied.*

*Actual real comments read on the web.

Feel free to add your reasons, explanations, excuses in the comments below.

Apple has been contacted for comment. I’m sure they’ll come up with an amazing, awesome, incredible, fantastic and ground-breaking excuse. 😀

OMFG Of The Year: Pink Floyd – The Endless River

Pink Floyd is coming. My excitement knows no limits. 😀

Pink Floyd has revealed details of its upcoming album, The Endless River, which marks the band’s first new release in 20 years.

According to a new interview in Uncut (via SteveHoffman.TV), the album has a release date of November 10th. David Gilmour and Nick Mason began the recording process in November 2013 and spent 30 days overdubbing guitars and recording drums. Roxy Music guitarist and producer Phil Manzanera was also heavily involved in the creative process.

Pink Floyd’s website has revealed the album’s artwork (above) and tracklist (below). Spanning 18 tracks, the album will be available on standard CD, double vinyl, and as a deluxe box set that includes 39-minutes of extra material. Pre-orders are now ongoing.

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The cover artwork: “Life Of Pi” above the clouds?

Interview mit Dieter Meier (YELLO)

Dieter Meier von Yello hat eines der klügsten Interviews gegeben, dass ich seit langem lesen konnte. Darunter Statements wie dieses:

Ja, es gibt Streamingportale wie Spotify. Da macht die Industrie auch wieder den Fehler, dass sie nicht transparent ist. Man weiß nicht, welches Geld woher kommt und wie es verteilt wird. Wenn du eine Million Mal gespielt wirst, verdienst du zehn Euro. Man weiß also nur eins: dass man im Grunde nichts bekommt. Es wird oft gesagt: Heute wird mit Live Geld verdient. Aber wenn du unterwegs bist als neue Band und 300 Leute sind im Publikum – und da hast du es schon ziemlich weit gebracht – dann rentiert sich das nicht. Dabei ist Streaming eigentlich ein wunderbares Medium und es wäre ganz einfach, die Einnahmen transparent zu verteilen. Es ist einfach ungerecht, mal abgesehen von der Geldverteilung: dass der Musiker nicht einmal weiß, was er überhaupt für einen Mehrwert schafft!

via 08.09.2014: Demokratisch heißt nicht gratis (neues-deutschland.de).

Ich bin auch auf Spotify vertreten, sowohl als Künstler — gleich 2 mal, als “Vogelmann” und “Ingo Vogelmann”, was ich selbst Schuld bin, übrigens — als auch als Label. Als Label werde ich meinem Distributor sagen, er möge dort nichts mehr veröffentlichen, weil ich Spotify für Verbrecher halte. Präziser: Betrüger und Diebe.

U2 & Apple: Probably The Biggest PR Stunt In The History Of The Music Industry

Bono reiterated that Apple bought Songs of Innocence to thank their users for their patronage, and that the band was appropriately compensated.

Of course they did. I said that in the moment I heard the news of Apple acting as a major label, because this is what major labels do: pre-paying for a deal like that, regardless of later royalties.

This is probably the biggest PR stunt in the history of the music industry.

My opinion? This is what brought the whole whole world of music into trouble in the first place (greed). I’m zero interested in listening to that album, and I won’t. I don’t give a fuck, to be precise. To me, Bono is nothing but a hypocrite, and a brilliant business man. As a musician I lost all respect.

“Songs Of Innocence” is exactly not this: innocent.

via Bono Talks ‘Songs of Innocence’, New Music in Letter to Fans | Rolling Stone.

Why Frank Sinatra Was The Man

Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra gave an interview for Playboy Magazine in 1963, and it’s pretty stunning. During the interview he was asked:

If you think you’re stepping over the line, offending your public or perhaps risking economic suicide, shall we cut this off now, erase the tape and start over along more antiseptic lines?

And he said:

No, let’s let it run. I’ve thought this way for years, ached to say these things. Whom have I harmed by what I’ve said? What moral defection have I suggested? No, I don’t want to chicken out now. Come on, pal, the clock’s running.

I have to say, I never liked his music, but this man has become one of my heroes today. Because he’s absolutely right, and he’s had some balls.

But here’s what the interview is about, actually:

I don’t believe in a personal God to whom I look for comfort or for a natural on the next roll of the dice. I’m not unmindful of man’s seeming need for faith; I’m for anything that gets you through the night, be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniel’s. But to me religion is a deeply personal thing in which man and God go it alone together, without the witch doctor in the middle. The witch doctor tries to convince us that we have to ask God for help, to spell out to him what we need, even to bribe him with prayer or cash on the line. Well, I believe that God knows what each of us wants and needs. It’s not necessary for us to make it to church on Sunday to reach Him. You can find Him anyplace.

And:

There are things about organized religion which I resent. Christ is revered as the Prince of Peace, but more blood has been shed in His name than any other figure in history. You show me one step forward in the name of religion and I’ll show you a hundred retrogressions. Remember, they were men of God who destroyed the educational treasures at Alexandria, who perpetrated the Inquisition in Spain, who burned the witches at Salem. Over 25,000 organized religions flourish on this planet, but the followers of each think all the others are miserably misguided and probably evil as well.

But read for yourself.

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