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Sep 11



They have 2 hours to fix it, otherwise apple fanboys are going to be very unhappy ! iPhone6s and iPhone 6s plus to be released today.

Feb 20

iSmooth 3ft lightning cable

In the May of 2014, I had bought a lightning cable (ignore image, for representation purpose only) from this seller  called AFFLUX on Amazon.com. Incase you get bored and don’t read further, don’t buy anything from these guys. They are a third party seller on Amazon.com

It was an iSmooth iPhone 5s charging cable (3ft), not very expensive, however the cable was always very buggy and often would complain that the accessory is not supported. I battled through it, standing on one leg, re-attaching the wire etc. every time it would happen. However as time passed the wire became more and more unreliable. So much so that it became impossible to recharge using this cable.

I remembered that the cable was iSmooth’s and on their website they claimed a 10 year warranty on their cable products. So I tried to get in touch with AFFLUX through Amazon asking them if they can help in this matter. To my surprise they did not even reply to my complaints.

Next, I contacted ISmooth who offer the warranty, they asked me for the invoice from Amazon and promptly told me that they will not honor warranty as AFFLUX is not an authorized reseller and they are following up with Amazon and AFFLUX. I am currently following up on them regarding a replacement since their warranty terms don’t mention anything about purchasing from them only. However not much I can do if they refuse since its too small for small claims.

I filed a return request with Amazon and this time AFFLUX was super fast, they immediately declined my claim and as the return period had passed Amazon was cool with it. So I am in this bind, the manufacturer says the sale is unauthorized and the seller is AWOL and only responds when I file a claim. That too in the negative.

Anyway I contacted Amazon and they told me since this is by a third party seller they cannot refund me the money but have offered me a promotional credit. I will follow-up with ISmooth and update the thread on that replacement. They have however claimed that the super buggy cables are bound to go bad again.

In the meantime, be careful when buying stuff from Amazon’s third party sellers. This was a fairly low price item but I doubt Amazon would refund $500 after 9 months in such a situation. So that’s the lesson learnt.

Feb 16

Apple Pay on Iphone 6

I love my Fidelity Amex card, its one of the few cards that gives ungazilimited 2% cashback everywhere, all the time and without any annual fee. The cashback is yours as long as you withdraw into a Fidelity finance account.

I was reading an article wherein someone wanted to force FIA Amex to use Apply Pay, now why the hell would you want to do that. Not only is the Iphone not the defacto standard for CC carrying people, its an extra hop and extra money. This money has to come from somewhere. Apple claims that users, developers and merchants don’t need to be worried. So it leads me to believe that banks will be paying the x% extra on each swipe.

Now I am sure Fidelity is not making a lot of money at the 2% cashback they give me, they anticipate future investments into FIA hence they are providing the 2%. The extra estimated .15% makes it a bigger loss making proposition.

So if you love your credit card cashbacks and want to see them continue, lets appeal Apple to drop the fee on Apple Pay, otherwise I for one will not promote Apple Pay and will never use it and I hope you do that too.

Image: Apple Press

Apr 05

apple-ipad-2010-tablet-pc -300k

It must be so satisfying being Steve Jobs, you made a product, make it all jazzy, have a keynote where thousands come to attend just because there is a fruit name attached to it and later on all of these thousands of fans and more actually buy the overpriced electronics device you are peddling like soaps and toothpaste.

A recent Techcrunch article pegged the sales of the Ipad at 300k items. Not only that apparently the Apple fanatics downloaded 1 million applications from the Apple app store. Thats around 3.33 applications per Ipad (lots of money these Apple target customers have).

Its one great day for Apple but another sad day for consumers who buy sensibly and do not buy anything that shiny and has a fruit drawn on it Open-mouthed

‘The product is yet to be released in India till now, but we can already see many import websites wagging their tails with the prospects of the rich brats ordering their Ipads asap and also those with rich uncles will get their Ipads on their next trip.

Is the Apple Ipad a game changer ? A new killer device inbetween a cellphone and a laptop ? , only time will tell.

Oct 09

Microsoft seems to have taken Apple’s I am a Mac campaign and turned it into i am a PC campaign. While the MAC ads always show a fat portly man, the I am a PC campaign showcases the wide variety of people who use PCs. In comparison people who use Macs are infact usually stereotype wannabe Apple fanatics and fanboys.

The Apple campaign although humorous at places was never like by me as it demeaned everyone who used PCs. this campaign helps in turning the tables on the I am a Mac ads and from my friends in US is being widely appreciated in USA.

The ad also features people like Deepak Chopra, Geoff Green etc.

P.S. The ad also features Bill Gates :)

And for the record, I am a PC too

Sep 25

The HTC Dream which will be manufactured by High Tech Computer Corporation is going to be the first Android phone to be marketed and released. Android as some of you may be knowing is Google’s mobile platform. The Dream will cost $179 when purchased along with a T-Mobile plan. The good news is that HTC has a very strong base in India and might launch the phone pretty early in India at a very competitive price.

The Android platform is designed to take on the likes of Windows Mobile, Symbian and other generic and specific mobile phone OS manufacturers. However this particular phone is intended to compete head on with the Apple Iphone. The Apple Iphone has been a moderate success in the US and a complete failure in India.

The HTC Dream features a capacitive touchscreen interface, GPs, 3.1 MP camera, Accelerometer and a Qualcomm 528MHz processor. Its interesting to note we dont even know the processor used by Apple.

On the software front too, the phone is pretty good. As you can see in the video, it has built in Gmail, Youtube player. It features multiple desktops like most Linux systems and allows drag and drop for icons (How cool is that). The menu is brought up with swipes.

It also has a full QWERTY keyboard, gotta say looks pretty promising.