News that Apple's new podcast subscription service is being delayed until June because Apple needs to tweak the Apple Podcasts app is a good reminder of how important the user experience is and ensuring it delivers on expectations. It's also a great illustration of how a market moved. In the early homebrew days of podcasting, it was common for many podcasts to sound like they'd been recorded in the back of a garden shed on a rainy day, or the recording was somehow transmitted from the far … [Read more...] about Moving the podcast market
I subscribe to a lot of podcasts. Until now, I've never thought much about the word 'subscribe' and its meaning in the context of podcasts. To get a podcast, you subscribe to it. That's the way it's been since the dawn of podcasting back in the early 00s when we spoke of using a podcatcher to get your content. We needed to know about things like RSS feeds, the prime method for enabling your podcatcher to get a podcast each time one is published. While these things made it relatively easy … [Read more...] about Subscribe or Follow a podcast: What’s in a word?
There's been quite a sense of anticipation, if not excitement, among podcasters about Apple's announcement last week on some significant enhancements the company is making this autumn to its podcast app for iPhones and other iOS devices. The big change in the app is potentially a game-changer for podcasting as it will provide podcasters with basic analytics functionality to offer evidence of listening behaviours by subscribers (where they paused in a podcast, how much of it they listened to, … [Read more...] about Is podcasting about to get its tipping point?
Barclaycard is to roll out a range of wearable payment devices that can be used to make ‘touch and go’ contactless payments across the UK, following the launch of its bPay wristband last year. The card issuer's announcement yesterday notes that each device - an updated wristband, key fob and sticker - will use contactless payment technology and be powered by a secure digital wallet. Barclaycard - part of Barclays Retail and Business Banking - is a global payment business. The devices can … [Read more...] about Barclays expands contactless wearables
I don't think many people would disagree that Apple creates some of the most beautifully-made products in their range of mobile devices. None currently is more desirable than the iPhone, a smartphone that is held in high esteem by the millions of people around the world who have used one or more of the evolving models since the first-generation device was launched in 2007. The iPhone and Apple's iOS operating system, together with smartphones running Google's Android operating system, … [Read more...] about iPhone 6 review: Is this the most desirable smartphone in the world?
Whether you're an iPhone user or not, you can't have missed the headlines in recent days reporting on the fiasco resulting from Apple's botched operating system update 8.0.1 for iPhones and iPads, released on September 24. For the first time in some years, I have an iPhone courtesy of Arena Media, mobile operator Three UK's media agency, who sent me an iPhone 6 for review (that review is coming soon) which arrived on the 24th - the day of the 8.0.1 software update. And so I did: allowed … [Read more...] about The Apple iOS debacle and PR consequences
Until last week, "iWatch" was the name widely and wildly speculated about for months if not years for what Apple's expected entry product into the wearables market would be called. As Apple's announcement on September 9 made clear, "iWatch" was just so much fancy by all and sundry as the firm broke with its use of the letter 'i' starting a brand name and announced the launch of Apple Watch. Such name-guessing reminds me of what happened in the lead-up to the launch of the iPad in … [Read more...] about The Apple Watch is very much in the fashion game
When Apple posted an apology on its UK website last month as part of the price it paid in losing a lawsuit brought by Samsung, it didn't endear itself well to the High Court. The lawsuit was filed by Samsung seeking a legal declaration that its Galaxy Tab tablet design did not infringe an Apple design patent for the iPad, of which Apple had accused Samsung of infringing. Earlier this week, the high Court judge ordered Apple to take down the notice they did publish on October 25 within 24 hours … [Read more...] about As it turns out, Apple isn’t above the law (and which is a bit behind the times)