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Joining the dots

As an Apple fan, I was intrigued by the latest WWDC invites, which show a series of rounded edged squares which leaves an impression on the white background, which looks like the top of that Apple logo.

As usual there is a lot of speculation about what “clues” are hidden in the invites. As usual I don’t care.

But it got me thinking, but not about the usual Apple rumours.

Firstly I started thinking about my past postings and the invite reminds me of old dot matrix printers, that used rows of pins to form images on the paper. modern ink jet printers USA a similar process but instead of pins they use little jets that push droplets of ink onto the paper. Could this be Apple stepping back into HP’s pool and updating printing technology? As much as I would personally love this, I doubt it (although it would be a bold move, that could just work considering the creative background of Apple and their users, not to mention the number of photos that are taken on iPhones)

So, if the invite isn’t something as mundane as the current range of rumours about improved Displays or improved Apps, what could it be about?

I suddenly remembered rumours that surfaced about Apple’s introduction of the iPhone. The rumour was that Apple wanted to produce a device that didn’t rely on The usual cell phone (mobile phone) companies. There was talk that Apple were intending to roll out their own network of some sort.

Recent changes to FaceTime, to allow voice calls over 3G and 4G networks as well as the “Personal Hotspot” option and other sharing options could hint that Apple haven’t given up on their ideals.

If Apple did take the bold step to allow iPhone users to share their Wi-Fi and cellular network ( which I’m sure the Mobile [Cellular] companies wouldn’t be happy with ) it could be really good for everyone. No more poor signal quality, no more slow download speeds just one big shared network. loads of iOS devices all connected together to form an independent network of devices.

As much as I believe it’s a great idea and I’d love to see if the concept could work, but I suspect that in the UK the lack of public WiFi and I suspect the Mobile companies clamping down on “tethering” as they call it, could stop the concept from taking off this side of the pond.

A mesh network of loads of individual networks, if it’s possible, could change the future forever.

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saying yes

As you grow up you are faced with decisions, choices that shape you and your future.

Whilst these choices may lead you in directions you may have never thought about at the time, they are part of everyday life for amost everyone, part of our joint existence in this world.

Many of these choices are major steps in most people’s lives: asking the person you ‘fancy’ out for the first time, choosing a career path, college or university, deciding to drop out, balancing studies / family life / social life / work, proposing to our significant other, accepting such a proposal / or not, getting engaged, getting married, applying for a job, accepting a job offer, getting a personal loan, learning to drive, getting a car, getting a mortgage, finding your dream home, and so many more decisions that people take every day of every week, every year.

Most of these decisions will affect your life in a big way, shaping your future as well as ourselves in the process, often in ways we had never considered and which, at the time, could not have been foreseen.

These decisions are sometimes tough decisions, with lots of feelings, thoughts, considerations, research and soul searching, but most are just part of being an adult and being in control of yourself, your future & your destiny.

So this leads me on to possibly one of the biggest decisions of my life.

The Scottish Referendum.

From a purely personal view, Scotland has had it’s own legal system, with it’s own police force(s), laws and judicial system, it has health and education systems that are vastly different from the rest of the UK and in recent years we have had our own parliament to make some decisions about how we live our lives.

Unfortunately, we are presently run, on the whole, by a Government in Westminster, that we did not vote for, who are making decisions about The UK that appear to be based on what certain parts of England want and not what the whole of the UK actually needs.

When I was growing up I remember the Conservative government at the time, bringing in things like the poll tax, which hit Scotland hard, at a time when the main industries of the country had been brought to it’s knees by the Conservative government, lead by the then PM Margaret Thatcher. Since then, I have found the thought of the Conservative Party ever having power over Scotland again to be the most abhorrent thought, unfortunately it has happened again.

I the last General Election in 2010, only 16% of the Scottish population voted for the Conservative party, with only 1 out of the 59 Westminster seats going to the Scottish Conservative party, with the majority (41 seats) going to the Scottish Labour Party and yet The UK is controlled by a party that the country of Scotland did not want, or vote for.

In order for Scotland to grow, develop and have a future, I believe, we have to vote YES for independence from the rest of the UK. I will be sad to leave the UK, but if a relationship is not working, what’s the point in dragging it out and making things worse.

Whilst I understand that the decision, for most people, to vote to break away from the rest of the UK is one that could be seen as one that has many risks, uncertainty and it may feel scary. I believe it’s no different from any other big decision in life. It comes down to if you want to be able to choose your own path, if you want to be an adult and to take those tough choices yourself. It’s like deciding to move out of your family home, to become and independent adult. The Scottish parliament was Scotland’s equivalent of going to College or University or getting your first apprenticeship / job, it’s a good move but ultimately you have to move on, get your own space, be yourself, instead of being confined in the bubble of family life. Moving out doesn’t mean that you won’t keep in touch, that you will loose everything, that everything suddenly changes. No. Moving on is good, healthy and helps everyone, going on your own is part of life, part of the path we all must tread.

Making tough decisions is about looking at where you are now and where you you think your future lies and making the choices that you feel comfortable with, that will take you to where you want to be, where your heart lies. Life is rarely easy, and big life decisions often come with great risk and great struggle, but ultimately, they are worth every moment of that struggle, just to come out the other side stronger, happier and look back on what you have achieved, the lessons learnt and realise how you have grown from the experience.

I look forward to the future and hope that Scotland makes, what I believe to be, the right decision later this year and votes YES for independence.

Disclosure: For as long as I can remember I have wanted to live an independent Scotland. Throughout my adult life I have consecutively voted for the SNP [Scottish National Party] because they were the only party offering independence as an option and during their time in power both in the UK government and later in the Scottish government, I feel, they have delivered time after time, where other parties have failed to deliver for Scotland.
Whilst I do not always agree with some of their decisions (i.e. The Shore Energy Coatbridge plant see Monklands Residents Against Pyrolysis Plant on twitter and on Facebook ), in general they appear to stand for similar principals to my own.

History: I’d like to point out to readers who are not aware that a Scottish and Welsh Referendums on independence were also taken in 1979, where the majority of voters (51%) voted for Scotland to be independent. Unfortunately I was too young to even remember this event, let alone participate, but I understand that the wording of the referendum was confusing and ‘It required the Secretary of State to lay before Parliament an order repealing the Act unless at least 40% of the eligible electorate voted “yes” ‘, with less than 33% of the voters, voting YES, the act was then repealed.

Taking the next step

I have been looking around for a new role over the past few years but have newer found the right fit that would persuade me to make the move.

I have a LinkedIn profile and have been approached quite a few times with roles that don’t tick the right boxes for me in some way or another.  Some of these roles have ben with some big organisations such as HP, Sky or GE but they just don’t have the right feel about them so I’ve not made that move.

Probably one of the more interesting approaches was a UK based company, with an office in Edinburgh, that deal with constantly developing and expanding cloud computing market and appear to have a bright future but at the same time realise that they need to provide the dull and boring grey IT services such as Blackberry integration into their offering.  I have noticed that the organisation is again hiring in Edinburgh after successfully opening a new Amsterdam office in 2013.

Despite all these approaches I’ve failed to find that fit. As some readers will know in 2013 I unfortunately missed out on a role that I had hoped that I would have been able to finally secure.  The role is one of the hardest roles to secure in IT support, but I still took the plunge after finding out that the organisation in question were hiring for a new Scottish location (which is still in construction, after several years of rumours and over a years worth of structural work to the existing building).  One of the organisation’s recruiters even ran through a screening telephone interview and I was very hopeful to secure the role, but alas it was not to be.

 I am now faced with yet another dream role, which Unfortunately I can’t take… I have approached by two separate agencies (actually one agency has had three different members of staff try to contact me about the role as I appear to be such a good fit for it !!??)..  The role is a Apple Server role, with Mobile Device Management (MDM), Active directory / Open Directory / LDAP, iMacs iPhone / iPad and soo much more..

This amazing role is for a very solid (and prestigious) organisation, the pay level is amazing and the location is pretty good as well.  Looking at the description of the role it is the sort of dream role that I would love, it even appears to be one of these amazing roles that you could take and develop with as it grows and changes, it has challenges, new skills to learn, old skills to update, and it appears that there is a real desire within the organisation to invest in Apple technologies and systems.

So what’s the issue?  It’s a 3 month contract role!! I’d have to give up a full time permanent role in order to take a bucket load of money for what could be a short term contract (there is mention of extension but there is no mention of a permanent position) and then what? 

Now some IT guys will probably think I’m crazy, some of these guys go from contract to contract, taking the work wherever it is and that’s fine for them. I’ve know some guys would take the money and run (even if they didn’t have the skills and knowledge they would sell and BS their way in to get the pay off and worry about the consequences later ). Personally I’m not one of those guys. I like to take on a role and grow with it, develop with the oganisation to create something. I have a mortgage and I don’t mind turning down the big cash payouts in order to keep a steady pay check, a roof over my head and some form of stability in my life at a time where I have enough stress in my life.  I gave up contract work over 13 years ago (when I was single, had no commitments and was free to take stupid gambles on my future) got married, got a mortgage and moved on with my life, I’m not willing to risk it all for a short term dream role, no matter how amazing that role looks. 

So maybe 2014 will be the year of that elusive role that ticks the right boxes without all the negatives, I hope so?

12 Days

For the past few years, those in the know have managed to get free treats from Apple via the “12 Days of Christmas” App for iOS devices (available in the App Store)

With this App Apple give “gifts” from the 26th December to the 6th January (12 days). These gifts can be in the of Apps (games, tools and utilities), Music or Films & TV shows.

In the past they have (in the UK at least) given away a Kyle EP, BBC Top Gear TV episode, Father Ted XMAS special, part 1 of BBC Doctor Who XMAS special, Top
selling Games such as Mirror’s Edge and so much more.

For those in the know it’s a great way to get free stuff for your iOS device every year.

Apple are a bit sneaky about the software, Each year (for the past few years) they have released a new version of the software that you have to download (ie if you have last years version you don’t automatically upgrade to this years version).

If you are lucky enough to have downloaded the App before the start of the promotional period, Apple have ,for a few years , Provided an extra gift as a special ‘thank you’ so it’s worth getting the updated app as soon as it’s available.

So when’s this years App due to be released? Well I just checked and this years “12 Days” (full name this year is “12 Days of gifts” ) appears to have arrived in the App Store on the 10th December.

I’ve just downloaded it and this years app opens and asks for your region for the iTunes Store (incase people are traveling over the festive season?). The app has moved from the blue and white winter theme to a black and gold theme, making it look more like a high end present, rather than a winter gift.

I’ll keep you updated when I know more…

MacWorld (UK) recently wrote an Interesting article on the 12 Days App for 2013 (and a recap of last years “Gifts”)

Curveball thinking

As readers of this blog know, I sometimes sit and think “what next”, especially when it comes to Apple.

Now I don’t like to think small, or conventional so it will come as no surprise when a few ideas that I’d read online and some stuff I’d seen on TV just came together and I got one of those “What if?” moments.

First off, there’s been a few internet articles on the possibility of a future version of the iPhone having some sort of “curved” design. When you think about most land line phones, from
the humble public phone booth to your home phone, all have a standard L shape. The standard phone has a straight body which houses the earpiece and a short microphone jutting out at an angle, so that it sits close to the mouth.

Mobile phones, in the last few years, have become flat slabs, which is handy when they are in your pocket and as mobile apps and touch screens have taken over, the “flat” design has ruled the roost. But these “flat” phones do pick up a lot of background noise (and wind) and have had to have noise cancelling technology added to improve the call quality.

So, is the answer to move to a smoother, more ergonomic “curved L” shape? Is the answer to move to other ways to detect speech? If anyone can reinvent, it has to be Apple. With Ive’s feel for design, his thinking about form and function I would not be surprised if similar ideas have not been discussed at Apple.

So, If you start thinking about the microphone, why not think about the speaker… Is there a better way? I remember seeing something on TV about headphones that could be used whilst swimming as they used Bluetooth and used vibrations that transferred the sound instead of using in-ear speakers ( I believe that Google’s Glass uses a similar concept). Could Apple use something similar, could something like this help people with hearing issues make better use of mobile phones?

The other advantage, of changing away from older technologies, could be that there may be fewer openings for watter, dirt and possible flaws, which could lead to cracks in the glass or other failures.

iOS7

I had added some of my initial thoughts, after my initial upgrade, into an old posting but it’s becoming clearer that Apple have made quite a lot of changes in iOS 7 and an addition to an existing post is not enough..

So what’s the deal?

Keyboard: The keyboard has changed, it feels slightly bigger, less polished but easier to use, cleaner and crisper (dare I say more accurate?). Initially I didn’t like it but after using WordPress’ iOS app (which uses the old keyboard look and feel) I have come to appreciate the changes and it’s growing on me quicker than I had expected.

Lock Screen: With the release of the iPhone 5s with it’s fingerprint recognition sensor, it must have been an obvious choice for Apple’s UI team to change the lock screen to use circular buttons to mimic the home button (and fingerprint sensor). To
me it makes sense and moves away from the metallic,ATM like, buttons on the previous lock screen.

Safari: I’ve not used it much, so far. But I like that the address bar disappears and the page description shrinks down to a smaller font. to make more space for the web page. Maybe it’s me (or just the perception of a change & something new) but web pages appear to load quicker on my iPhone 5.
I like the new layout when you want to
switch between pages that you have open, which takes a similar look and feel as when you use iTunes to flick between Tracks and albums (very reminiscent of being in a record shop and flicking through all the vinyl, looking at all the cover art). Could Apple bring this concept back into iTunes (I’ll have to look at that later).
The password keychain appeared briefly when I logged into a website and I’ll have to look at how that integrates with my MacBook Pro later, it looks like it could be a nice addition especially with the number of different sites I log into and all the different account names and passwords.

Apps: OK not really apps themselves, but switching between apps.. This has changed so you don’t need to press and hold the icon. Instead you get a ‘snapshot’ or ‘screenshot’ of the running app with the icon below (similar to the old way that Safari showed open web pages). To stop a running App you now swipe up and it’s gone. I find it strange that the same interface wasn’t shared between Safari and these running apps.. Maybe it’s the swipe up that’s the issue here? Will that change in a future upgrade?

Mail: Mail appears (there’s that perception again) to be quicker. I have struggled to get used to the new way to delete mails from the mail list. To delete you have to swipe to the left (previously I’ve been swiping to the right [being right hand dominant]) which takes a bit of getting used to but works quite well after a bit or retraining.
Overall mail is working well ( I have multiple MAPI accounts set up) for me and there doesn’t appear to be a lot of obvious changes.

Messages: There’s been a lot of small changes, nothing that’s put me off so far. There’s a bit of fun animation and movement to what was a pretty static app. I’m site there’s more ‘under the hood’ to explore ( trip to my local Apple Store, to visit the Creatives, soon then )

Siri: I was a bit disappointed with Siri at first as it seams that it’s still not picking up what I’m saying very well. This could be because I’m using an old Bluetooth earpiece or because I don’t use it that often. My ‘one big thing’ moment was when I forgot to enable Bluetooth and took a gamble and ask Siri to do it (something I’ve wanted it to do for a while), in iOS7 this now works and you can also switch on Wi-Fi ( and switch them both off) by asking Siri.

Unwanted attention

So I decided to upgrade my iPhone to iOS 7 this morning…

(for my thoughts on the changes see my existing blog posting about what I’d like in a future iOS release).

One of the things I was really wanting to try (it sounds silly, but sometimes it’s the simple things) was blocking unwanted and unsolicited Sales calls.

Until this morning, when I receive one of these annoying calls, I have added the number to an existing contact called ‘Unsolicited Sales Call’ and set it to a ring tone that I could easily ignore.

Now that I’m on iOS7 I received a call that I didn’t know the number and I remembered hearing about this feature so I thought I would try to find it…

To block a number I went to ‘Phone’ and then select ‘recents’ to get a list of all the most recent calls. I then selected the Information icon ( circle with a lowercase i inside) on the right of the entry I wanted blocked. Once there I scrolled down to the bottom of the page and found the ‘Block this Caller’ option [this changes to ‘unblock this Caller’ so you can undo the change if you’ve made the change in error].

Since I’ve already added calls that I’ve received from sales organisations into the one contact name all I needed to do was block this user and all the calls will be blocked in one go. Any new calls I do get can just be added to this user and they will be blocked from then on. So no need to block each individual number!!

Very handy, Thanks Apple 🙂

Cisco / Linksys E4200 router (Update)

For those of you who read my original posting on My home network setup and my upgrade to the Cisco Linksys E4200 may be wondering what has happened to my further testing?

Well I’m glad to say that I have some positive and negative news.

After purchasing a Virgin Super hub on e-bay and spending over an hour on the phone to them, only to find that Virgin Media won’t connect Virgin Super hub devices unless they supply them directly (some legal and technical reason that appears to me just to be a reason to try and force people to pay for an upgrade). I managed to get Virgin Media customer services to send out a super hub for free (which is better than the £20 they wanted to charge, better than the £4.50 per Month upgrade price and better than the £70 fee they wanted to charge only a few months ago.)

Now if you are thinking of getting a super hub (model VMDG480 [made by Netgear]) from Virgin Media I would warn you that it is very basic compared to Wireless routers that you can by online from Cisco/Linksys, Apple, Netgear and other related companies, but it is essential if you want to connect your own wireless router to Virgin’s network. The super hub supports the 802.11d, 802.11g and 802.11n standards but you must choose either the 2.4GHz (older, up to 42Megabits per second) or the 5GHz (more recent, up to 300 Megabits per second) frequencies, which may cause issues if you have a mix of old and new kit in your house (as we do). The router does allow ‘guest’ networks to be set up but these have to be on the same band as the normal network (so no chance of having both 2.4MHz and 5MHz).

After all this is said I would like to point out that in order to be able to use your own router (such as the Cisco Linksys E4200) that you need this (or it’s new upgraded Super hub 2), which can be switched into ‘modem’ mode to allow your own wireless router to be plugged onto virgin’s cable network without loosing some of the enhanced capabilities. In addition to that the Superhub has 4 Gigabit ports in the back which is essential for anyone looking to connect any network kit to the device (including a router), this is a big change from the old Virgin Hub (VMDG2800 By Netgear) which only acted as a 802.11b router and only had 4 10/100 Megabit connections which is, in my opinion, not sufficient nowadays. One big issue is that the LEDs at the front of the router are too bright, with no way to turn down or disable them. this has been such a issue that mine are now covered in electrical tape to make the device bearable.

Virgin do offer the newer Super hub 2, which appears to offer the ability to broadcast on both the 5GHz and 2.4GHz ranges at the same time and has 5 antenna (2 for the 2.4MHz range and 3 for the more recent 5MHz range, which is better than the Cisco Linksys E4200 2 [2.4GHz] and 2 [5GHz] combination) and it’s capable of up to 450MHz (comparable to the Cisco Linksys E4200) however the USB port on the back of the device has been disabled and there is no option to enable it ) *(details from expertreviews.co.uk). Saying all that, it does allow you to at least dim the LEDs at the front of the modem ( the Cisco Linksys allows you turn off the lights altogether, although I haven’t found them to be any issue).

So, this article was supposed to be about the Cosco Linksys E4200, so
lets get back on track.

Well now that I have a Virgin Media router that I can put into Modem mode, I can finally test the functions of the E4200.

Firstly The public wireless, this works at a basic level, where a secondary set of networks are created on the same frequencies that are enabled on the main network. The guest network
is given a different IP range from the main network (strangely it shows in the DHCP Client Table report as a ‘LAN’ connection instead of a ‘wireless’ connection ?), it’s probably best described as ‘temperamental’, this may be because my devices are usually connected to the router so it may be getting confused when I change the wireless to the Guest one (which starts with the same name but tags ‘-guest’ to the end). The settings allow you to restrict the number of uses on the guest WI-FI and you have to specify a password of between 4 to 11 characters. To access the guest network the user has to choose the network and then they should get an Web page prompting for the password.
All In all I don’t like this setup, if you have to have a password I’d prefer to be able to use a longer length ( to make it more secure) and I’d like
to be able to change the guest network
screen to something that welcomes and provides contact detail to friends, family and people that need emergency access (I believe that this is important in today’s connected world – More on this in a possible future post).

Now that I have that rant out of the road, What about the wireless it’s self. Well so far the router (acting in both router and bridge mode) has worked well with the wide range of devices connected to it. Now that I have a Virgin Media Router set up in ‘modem’ mode I can now connect it to my 1TerraByte USB drive, which I can now browse on my 13″ MacBook Pro (retina display) and saving files is easy, however best performance is when I’m connected to the 5GHz frequency (obviously).

The main issue I have is that, despite the drive being connected to the USB port and showing as USB2.0 and the MacBook Pro being on the 5MHz frequency, TimeMachine will not use the device as a backup. Numerous attempts see TimeMachine attempt a backup only to see it fail. Now since I’ve used this USB drive to perform TimeMachine backups when it is connected locally to the MacBook Pro, I suspect that the issue is with the Cisco Linksys router. My attempts
to resolve this issue have been futile as the support site advises that the firmware is the last supported and the software provided for Apple OSX only supports older versions of OSX (which is frustrating as my old imac couldn’t run the software as OSX was to old to be supported by the software ?) , these issues appear to be because I possess version 1.0 of the router. The later version of the router may support TimeMachine better, but I’m not in the position to be able to test this.

So what about the streaming media capabilities?
Well I’m glad to report these appear to be working better.

I can connect to the Streaming media capabilities of the Cisco router using my iPhone 5 ( using the Twonky app, Twonky Beam app, Media Connect or FlexPlayer apps ) which will play back M4V files created using iMovie (it still
has issues with movies ripped via handbrake, Apple iTunes purchased movies or TV shows all of which are considerably larger [?]), Music files (MP3 and M4A [iTunes]) and photos.

So, from my testing it looks like streaming works but is still buggy on Apple devices.

Since the router I have is the original V1 and CiscoLinksys

A slice is nice

I, like most people in Scotland ( and probably most of the western world), like to have the occasional takeaway. In the Monklands area, there is a wide range of places to pick up something to eat when you just don’t have the time cooking or just fancy something different.

So, with such a wide choice, why is it that all the Pizza places ( I’m thinking Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Dimaggio’s and even the local chip shops) always have the same standard offerings?

Surely, with all the competition, these companies would try to draw in customers with something a bit more enticing? I did notice that Pizza Hut had some “gourmet” pizza choices, with rocket and balsamic glaze, but these were only for eat-in customers. The latest ideas appear to be to have cheese burgers built into the crust (not entirely enticing for vegetarians, such as myself) and to make things more bizarre they also started selling “chips” (because there aren’t enough places selling them?! Burger King, McDonald’s, any chip shop or pretty much every other take away !?!)

Even the local restaurants such as Dimaggio’s, who used to produce some interesting variations (such as the four cheese and tomato, which used to have chunks of cheese and tasty big slices of tomato ), now look very similar to every other Pizza place. There doesn’t look like four cheeses, and any chunks are tiny with only the odd pizza having any tomato slices on it at all.

The one restaurant that has always shone above the rest, Guidi’s has also fallen by the wayside as the quality dropped as the business grew. I’d still put them ahead of the competition for style but their quality lets them down and sometimes I feel that their menu doesn’t cater for vegetarians as much as they could.

So we are left with the standard boring pizza toppings, paying for the same bland flavours and choices, when there are so many great exciting possible topping combinations. Why?

Is there room for someone to take up the challenge of creating something different, exciting and tasty? or will the major chains eventually wake up to the opportunities that they have in the palm of their hands?

iPhone ideas

Further to my posting on what I would like to see in the next iOS release, I have spotted rumours about Apple allegedly approaching their Apple store staff for “out of this world” ideas for the next iPhone.

So what would I like to see?

Ability to project images. This could be used to show pictures and films at locations where there isn’t an Apple TV. The problem with this is one of the camcorder companies already used this idea (fairly unsuccessfully I believe), Also there are a lot of companies providing this as an add on for the iPhone and it may use a lot of power?!

I’d love a Virtual ‘floating’ keyboard to allow more space (would work with the iOS concept) for typing but still allowing you to read what you had typed. This would be really handy for filling in forms on websites using Pages and stuff like editing LinkedIn and WordPress postings :-). The alternative would be the laser keyboard which has been around for some time ( or keyboard keys are beamed into a work surface from the phone and it detects which key you are pressing).

For those of you that have read my posting on the future of IT will not be surprised by: 3D display and the ability to take and record 3D pictures. Think of all the extra you could see in 3D. I’m sure I read that there was a camera sensor that could record different angles when taking a picture, and the detail was supposedly really good despite having a low megapixel sensor.

This brings me to an issue with all phone cameras, they are rubbish when taking photos or movies at a music gig. Considering that Apple have always had a link to music (from the early fights with Apple Corp when Apple added sound and the sosumi sound). So why can’t we take really good gig pics and videos? Maybe the sensor I mentioned above may help or maybe it’s because the sensors can’t handle the variation in light produced at gigs (ie dark hall, bright spots in the acts and strobe / light effects flashed at the audience to
enhance the atmosphere.) There have been some recent TV adverts comparing the Nokia Lumia to the iPhone and other smart phones, these adverts compare the pictures taken in dark conditions so this gives me the impression there is a desire for a phone with a sensor that can handle varied light conditions when taking videos and photos.

I’m sure I’ll add more to this
list as I consider the issue(s) further.. keep checking back people..