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Apple News+ struggles to add subscribers

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I wonder why that is? Oh, that’s right – it’s because Apple News+ is garbage!

Every single day, I mark all the click the “Suggest less” link on “royal” stories, British news stories, cricket stories, pro-feminism stories and stories relating to television… And every single day, I continue to see my “Today” newsfeed filled with stories about the “royals”, the British, cricket, pro-feminist topics and television.

Not only this, but maybe one in every fifty stories is about the Gold Coast or Queensland – despite the fact that I clearly “follow” both topics.

Nope, I won’t be paying for Apple News+… Not now, not ever.

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#ThrowbackThursday: When a small Pebble was a big deal

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Many years ago, my wife bought me a (original generation) Pebble for Christmas, because she knew that I had wanted one badly since they first became available to the public… And whilst I actually had problems with it, Pebble’s customer care was unrivaled – not only did they quickly replace it via a simple process, but they “reset” my warranty period anew.

A couple of years on, and I was ready to upgrade to the upcoming Pebble Time 2, which introduced a color e-paper display and exciting new functionality, whilst offering (Real World) usage times that still cannot be matched today.

Then Fitbit bought Pebble and exactly as I anticipated, they killed off the “Pebble” range, whilst failing to offer a similar product.

That leaves me with the Apple Watch (Series 4) I use now – it’s a fantastic “smart” watch and I use the “advanced” functionality (such the ability to make / receive calls)… But it’s “just a smartwatch” and I just don’t feel the loyalty to it that I did my Pebble.

With regards to my Pebble, not only did it have stellar usage times, but I could make my own watches faces, the applications were waaay more useful than anything offered for my Apple Watch and importantly, that e-paper display was just so much better to look at than even the very best LCD or OLED displays available today.

Maybe someday somebody will release a “spiritual successor” to the “Pebble” products… Until, I will remember the company fondly, as the best smartwatch manufacturer to date.

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Xperia decline accelerates with just 0.6m units shipped in last quarter

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Sony always had it coming… Sporadic releases here in Australia and when they were released, we usually didn’t get all of the colors or storage capacities that a particular model was produced in overseas.

Furthermore, I still firmly believe that if Sony had jumped on board with Ubuntu Touch / Ubuntu Phone, both Canonical and Sony could have made a powerful product that would have been able to compete with Google’s Android operating system head-on, whilst offering modern functionality and superior privacy.

In the end, limited vision and a reluctance to step away from Google’s Android led to the decline in Sony’s products… These aren’t the only reasons for Sony’s downfall in cellular telecommunications of course, but they played an awfully big role.

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