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This week, the MacNN Podcast takes a good look at some of the burning issues of the past week, including of course the release of iOS 9. We talk both about the entire downloading experience -- one of the smoothest we've seen in a long while -- and our first impressions on some of the new features and optimization of the release. We also talk about two of Apple's biggest court cases, the Move to iOS app on Google Play, and how useless most app store reviews are.
(Warning: minor film spoilers are contained in this article) Early reviews of Steve Jobs, the two-hour Danny Boyle-Aaron Sorkin collaboration for Universal Pictures that stars offbeat casting choice Michael Fassbender in the title role, are in and are uniformly positive about the film. The movie presents Apple co-founder and former CEO Jobs as "both an iconic visionary and a monster with a silicon chip where his heart should be," but uses history, Jobs' daughter Lisa, and an ensemble cast to create an "astonishingly brilliant" film that even won raves from another co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak.
Technology is becoming hazier and hazier every day. There's tablets, phablets, notebooks, netbooks, laptops, and desktops -- all promising to do different things -- but what if you're torn? What if you want something portable, but full-featured? Then you might be in the market for a convertible tablet. The obvious choice that most people leap to is the Microsoft Surface, but it's certainly not the only option. We checked out the second-generationThinkPad Helix, a two-in-one tablet-turned-laptop by Lenovo -- see what we thought of it!
We like having a Bluetooth keyboard on hand, particularly when traveling or just around the house for when disaster strikes. Unfortunately, we've yet to find one we absolutely love to pieces. Generally, they're made smaller than laptop keyboards, but not quite small enough to make them perfect for lugging around comfortably. Enter the E6700 keyboard from Rapoo, which looks very cool -- but has a rather awkward design choice. Check out our full review for more info.
Reviews are starting to come in on the Apple Watch, but the overall consensus is what might have been predicted: that it is, by far, the best smartwatch in the world; that it redefines the bar for smartwatches in the same way that the iPhone did for mobile smartphones in 2007; that it makes nearly all other smartwatches look like toys. However -- much like the initial iPad reviews -- there is a lingering question of how much need there is for it.
New hotel reviews from TripAdvisor.com and Booking.com are now appearing alongside other local data from long-time partner Yelp in Apple Map search results, even though the two companies are not yet listed as official sources on the Maps attribution webpage. The feature expansion appears to have been implemented very recently, and reports say that some locations now offer additional photos and information on hotels from the two new sources.
Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that would make it illegal for businesses that provide services or sell goods to impose a contract on consumers that would waive their right to make statements against it. Assembly Bill 2365 adds a section into the California Civil Code that makes it unlawful for a business to take action against a customer who decided to voice their displeasure, imposing penalties for each attempt to do so.
Messenger bags are not a one-size-fits-all type of market. From consumers looking for something that is picked from a shelf at random where materials don't matter, to constant travelers that keep their office with them every day -- the variation between the needs of the buyer can be quite large at times. But what if a discerning shopper is looking for a high-quality bag that will take sustained abuse without suddenly falling apart, wants a bag to keep looking good day after day, and is willing to pay for quality? Waterfield Designs, a company out of San Francisco, California which specializes in handcrafted bags, looks to fill that need with a new bag named the Rough Rider.
There is no denying that the introduction of Apple's proprietary Lighting port changed the accessory market. It is becoming increasingly rare to see a company include a 30-pin dock with any sort of home speaker. What originally started out as a 30-pin dock-equipped alarm clock has now been slimmed down into a much smaller package with the shift to Lightning. The question is, have any of these reductions hurt what was originally a standout product? Electronista spent a few weeks with this new alarm clock and have posted our verdict in the full review.
LG, the other South Korean tech giant, finds itself in a difficult position. Namely, it has to compete with Samsung, which has become an absolute behemoth in displays, processors, tablets, and smartphones. As many other Android manufacturers have found, there is really little to be done on the platform in order to differentiate one's handsets from the pack. HTC has taken the high build quality path, releasing the iPhone-quality HTC One flagship to mixed results. Others have gone the super low-end route, but very few are making money. With the G2, LG has decided to switch up the standard form factor while maintaining a solid-but-affordable build quality. How well have they pulled it off? Check out our full review of LG's new flagship in order to find out.