PC World has grabbed some PR gurus and canvassed them for their opinion on "antennagate", with the overall results being reasonably positive in Apple's favour. "I think after a real slow start, they've done very well," crisis management specialist Jonathan Bernstein told PC World, adding that although Steve Jobs initally came over as a little uncaring, in his opinion, in the end Apple manage to limit potential damage to its image by finally being frank about the problem and providing a solution. Bernstein also told PC World that it helps that Apple already has such a positive public persona: " The best defense against it is to have a strong cushion of good will already established. Apple has that." However, Bernstein was less impressed with the way in which Apple tried to involve other phone makers, actually naming names in the process. "Pointing fingers at other people is never a first line of defence unless other people have deliberately and directly harmed you."
PC World also spoke to Jim Lukaszewski, another crisis communications and PR expert, who was of the same opinion as Steve Jobs, i.e. that the whole antenna incident had actually been blown out of proportion. "This company is really a model in handling these kinds of problems, because they do what they're supposed to do as soon as they're capable of doing it," commented Lukaszewski.
Bernstein's final point is actually a very good one. He said that people have such high expectations of Apple products, that when something does go array, people are more shocked because it's so unexpected.
Pocket Gamer reports that Disney has just released a free Tron game for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad in the US iTunes App Store. The free app is part of the promotional campaign for the forthcoming Tron: Legacy movie and console game, both of which will be out this December.
According to Pocket Gamer, the binary code featured in the iTunes "Description" section for the app actually says "This TRON app will evolve. ComiTRON coming 072210", which Pocket Gamer takes to mean that the app will receive a content update presumably during Comic Con in San Diego, on July 22nd. Currently the game only features tank shooting gameplay and some multiplayer features, but previous reports on the game have mentioned lightcycle gameplay, so maybe this will be included in tomorrow's update. Disney is apparently planning to continue updating the app right until the film's release, with both free and premium in-app purchase DLC.
Here in this video I will be teaching you guys how to use some cool camera features that will allow you to slide you "silent" button to take a picture. This app is really cool, but need work. Camera+ will do great once it is updated to 1.2 and then you can press your volume up button to snap a pic! I've been waiting for this a long time, hopefully other apps will follow as well.
In this Vlog I talk about whats going on in the unlock and Jailbreaking world. Meanwhile, Steve jobs dukes it out in a lightsaber battle with Bill Gates, Best Week Ever? iChatr gets removed from the App Store for being inappropriate and more!
Whoopi Goldberg has publicly declared her frustration at her iPhone 4 on The View this morning, confessing that she has "murdered" it!
"This was far more than some antenna problem," she told her fellow Viewsters, according to a report on CBSNews.com's "Celebrity Circuit" blog. "It threw away e-mails that I got. It didn't take stuff in. I took that bad boy, I opened the car door..." she then mimed smashing the phone on the sidewalk. Possibly a little drastic, even though she explains that it actually cut out while she was doing an on-air interview!
Although Whoopi says that both she and fellow The View co-host Joy Behar have iPads which they love, clearly one dropped call too many has finally pushed her over the edge, and obviously she didn't want to wait to get her free case! Just wait until she discovers that email sometimes disappears from the iPad too - we could be looking at a double Apple device "murder"!
Zed Worldwide has today announced, to a chorus of funny voices and silly walk demonstrations, that it has acquired the worldwide mobile rights to the classic British comedy, Monty Python. Monty Python recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary and remains an iconic brand across TV, movies and video games, even spawning a broadway musical, Spamalot. The movies Life of Brian and Monty Python and the Holy Grail alone generated over $300 million in DVD sales. The TV shows and movies made stars of Monty Python team members John Cleese, the late Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam, all of whom have gone on to have their own individual highly successful careers as actors, directors, writers and artists.
Fans can expect Monty Python's Flying Circus to be appearing on the iPhone, and possibly iPad, although there's no confirmation of that as yet, in Q3 2010, with exclusive games, apps and personalization content, including video clips from the classic series and movies. Dead parrots optional.
3 reports today that the manufacturers of the phones mentioned by Steve Jobs at the Apple press conference on Friday have reacted angrily to his singling out of their devices during his presentation. Jobs mentioned RIM's Blackberry Bold, as well as Nokia, Samsung and HTC handsets, and even showed photographs of the various devices to prove that it's not just the iPhone 4 that suffers from the "death grip" issue. Clearly very annoyed, RIM co-chief executives Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsille issued the following joint statement:
Samsung and HTC's responses were a little more measured, with both simply pointing out that they have had very few complaints regarding antenna issues, but Nokia, like RIM, was a little more forthright and pointed, responding:
Meanwhile, UK Apple network O2 has begged customers not to bother staff in O2 shops or on their customer help-line asking about free iPhone 4 cases.
Check out this crazy video guys, I don't even really know what to say about this. This is a 3D video on YouTube that popped up and basically shows Apple as an abundance of metaphors for its stereotypes. One thing that got me in this video, is when Steve Jobs and Microsoft(might be Gates) duke it out in a lightsaber battle. In the end *spoiler alert* Jobs slaughters Microsoft and takes away its metaphorical crown that is the Darth
Vader helmet. Anyway, everyone, check this one out, its a bit of a trip.
The second segment and episode of The AppTastic Voyage. Here I show more useful apps that I use on a daily basis. These videos can help you decide what you could and should be using. In the next episode I will be show all of the game that I have and play on my iPhone 4.