Why Apple And Google Can’t Sync Right—And Don’t Care If You Suffer

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Matt Asay Related Posts center_img Tags:#Apple#gmail#Google#iOS#iPhone#sync There’s a mobile ecosystem battle raging, with Apple and Google racing to build end-to-end mobile monopolies. According to VisionMobile, “The triumph of iOS and Android is a testament to the superiority of ecosystems economics over legacy business models.” Sadly, this triumph has a casualty, and that casualty is you.It all worked great when Apple was a hardware company that dabbled in software, and when Google focused on cloud services but didn’t veer into hardware. Now that these companies are encroaching on each others’ turf, some essential things are getting lost in translation.Like sync.Apple Sinks On SyncWe live in an increasingly mobile world, which requires correspondingly tight synchronization between these devices. Sadly, even when buying into one vendor’s end-to-end stack (hardware, software, cloud), sync is not guaranteed. At least, not with Apple.I’ve written before about Apple’s hit-or-mostly-miss approach to cloud services. Perhaps once a year I take up the topic, and each year the story is the same: Apple sync always feels like a kluge. This isn’t because it hasn’t had smart people working on the problem. I’ve worked with a number of people from Apple’s MobileMe/iCloud team, and they’re exceptional. But Apple never placed a premium on the work they did. Apple’s DNA is amazing industrial design with elegant interfaces. Cloud? Not so much.So I’ve dumped iCloud for everything but synchronization of Notes from my MacBook Air to my iPhone and iPad. It mostly works. Sometimes. Cloud is Apple’s Achilles Heel.Google’s “Standard” Approach To SyncWhich is why I have turned to Google to handle synchronization of my most important data across devices. But even Google’s sync has started to falter, though in its case the problem seems to have less to do with technical ability and more to do with political maneuvering. If you’re an iPhone user that depends upon Google services like Gmail, Google Calendar or Google Contacts, life was great when Google supported Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) technology. You’d make a change on your phone and it would immediately be reflected on every other device. Brilliant.But it also made life easy on rival platforms. So in a move ostensibly to embrace open standards like CalDAV and CardDAV, but very likely done to burn bridges to rival ecosystems, Google announced that starting January 30, 2013, new users wouldn’t have access to EAS, and instead would need to use IMAP (email), CalDAV (Calendar) and CardDAV (Contacts). Suddenly, syncing Google’s services with Apple’s products doesn’t work nearly as well. I can use Google’s Gmail app, but it’s not deeply integrated into Apple’s iOS experience. If you want the premium integrated ecosystem experience of yesteryear, you’re out of luck. Or out of sync, as the case may be.Sync At A Snail’s PaceThe genius of EAS was that it was push-based, rather than Google’s pull-based approach (or “fetch,” in Apple’s iOS terminology). In an iOS fetch world, things get around to synching every 15, 30 or 60 minutes, or you can arrange to only sync manually. This sounds like a minor thing until you move from a push-based world back into the fetch-based Stone Ages. I’ve been experimenting with Google’s CalDAV and CardDAV today, and have found it somewhat infuriating. I made a change in my browser then had to run out the door to an appointment, and waited… and waited… and waited for the appointment to make its way to my device. There is a refresh button which I repeatedly tried pressing to get a manual sync moving, but it didn’t seem to do anything.Almost as bad, for those of us who use Google’s services for both work and home, Google’s sync has a range of known issues with iOS, including serious limitations in how it handles managed calendars. That is, in order to avoid jumping back and forth between tabs for home and work calendars, both of which are stored in Google, Google lets me manage my home calendar from my work calendar. But not on my iPhone. And enabling my work Google account and a separate personal Google account results in Google sending me double alerts for every event (I can’t seem to turn one off). So not only is Google’s new and improved sync terribly slow, but it’s also overly chatty.Can’t We All Just Get Along?Third-party tools don’t help. I bought CalenMob to help me tame sync by completely bypassing Apple’s iOS calendar app, and I almost as quickly decommissioned it. The interface is pretty, but the functionality is lacking. CalenMob entries make it to my iPhone Calendar app, but not to the Google server. (Bizarrely.) SMS notifications get turned into standard pop-up notifications. And so on.Has anyone else found a way to live happily on Apple’s hardware using Google’s cloud services? Don’t tell me, “Android comes with native integration of its services.” I know that. But the point is that I, and much of the market, isn’t interested in an end-to-end, cradle-to-grave affiliation with one particular ecosystem. We want choice. And right now our only choice is broken-by-design sync. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

UST averts winless season, beats UE

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas avoided a winless season after pulling off an 88-85 victory over University of the East for its only victory in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Growling Tigers finally came through in the endgame, making pressure-packed free throws and a defensive stop in the waning seconds of the game. ADVERTISEMENT Regie Basibas topped UST with 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals, and a block, while Cameroonian big man Steve Akomo posted 18 markers, 20 boards, three assists and six blocks..Eric Caunan also got a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds with two assists to boot, while Lee had 11 markers, five boards, and three dimes.“It feels like we’re champions,” said Lee as UST halted its 17-game losing skid dating back to last season.Pasaol paced the Red Warriors with 18 points, five rebounds, and five steals, while Jason Varilla had 16 markers and three boards, and Maloles collected 15 points, five rebounds, and two assists in the defeat.UE wrapped up their campaign on a four-game slide to end up with a 3-11 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next The scores:UST 88 – Basibas 21, Akomo 18, Caunan 14, Lee 11, Garcia 10, De Guzman 6, Sta. Ana 4, Escalambre 2, Macasaet 2, Romero 0, Huang 0, Faundo 0.UE 85 – Pasaol 18, Varilla 16, Maloles 15, Conner 10, Acuño 8, Cullar 7, Manalang 7, Bartolome 2, Olayon 2, Derige 0.Quarters: 23-15, 43-39, 63-61, 88-85. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The win gave the school something to celebrate despite having its worst UAAP season ever, ending the year with a 1-13 record.“We’re glad that we weren’t zero [wins] and at the same time, this is part of our rebuilding process,” said UST coach Boy Sablan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe victory, though, didn’t come easy for UST as it lost a five-point lead, 84-79, with less than a minute remaining. Philip Manalang and Mark Maloles kept UE in the game, trimming the deficit to one, 84-83, with 19.7 ticks left.Marvin Lee and Oliver de Guzman sank four free throws before the Growling Tigers secured a huge stop in the final 5.5 seconds, swiping the ball off Alvin Pasaol to preserve the win. Fowler has share of lead at OHL Classiccenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments MOST READ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:13UAAP Season 80 preview: UST Growling Tigers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

10 months agoEx-Real Madrid defender Pepe leaving Besiktas after contract release

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Real Madrid defender Pepe leaving Besiktas after contract releaseby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePepe is leaving Besiktas after terminating his contract by mutual consent.Marca says an official announcement has not yet been made but the Portugal international, whose deal was due to expire in June, is now free to sign for another club.Reports in Turkey indicate that Besiktas are going through economic issues and have been unable to pay the high salaries of many of their players, including Pepe.The 35-year-old played 17 league game this season and managed an impressive five goals, with three coming in domestic action and two in Europe.Pepe moved to Besiktas from Real Madrid. last_img read more

CTV and CTV2 Fall 2018 Premiere Dates Announced

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2018 /CNW/ – CTV truly has something for every viewer this season, as the network confirmed today its fall premiere dates, featuring a primetime schedule filled with Hollywood’s hottest, big-buzz new series and returning, can’t-miss, fan-favourites bursting with compelling stories and unforgettable characters. The 2018/2019 television season kicks off with the THE 70th EMMY AWARDS on Monday, Sept. 17, live across the country at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, exclusively on CTV. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: This fall, Monday on CTV is solidified with MAGNUM P.I. and THE RESIDENT, while Tuesday is home to this season’s biggest new drama THE ROOKIE and highly anticipated new family comedy THE CONNERS, a spin-off of this year’s hit revival ROSEANNE. In addition, Canada’s favourite TV programs THE BIG BANG THEORY, YOUNG SHELDON, THE GOOD DOCTOR, THIS IS US, and more return to CTV’s primetime slate.FALL BASE SCHEDULES: CTV and CTV2center_img Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Erosion at Site C Dam said to be stable

first_imgConway goes on to share, localized erosion is typical during excavation activities of that size and nature, and it’s something they have been monitoring since the start of construction.With work continuing on the drainage channels that will manage future water runoff on the north bank slope. Conway said, “We anticipate this work will be completed in the coming months.”Photo by Laila Yuile FB photo FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Recent images posted to FB show surface erosion and a crack line down the north bank.Photo by Laila Yuile FB ImageDavid Conway, Community Relations Manager of the Site C Project shares with the recent rain in the region some surface erosion has occurred on the north bank of the dam site. There are no stability or safety concerns as a result of this surface erosion.last_img read more

Hope to beat KKR at their own den, says Delhi Capitals’ Morris

first_imgNew Delhi: Their campaign back on track after the win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals are ready to upset table toppers Kolkata Knight Riders in their own den, said the team’s all-rounder Chris Morris. By virtue of the four-wicket win over struggling RCB in Bengaluru on Sunday, Delhi Capitals have moved up to the fifth position in the eight-team standings with six points from as many games. KKR are currently leading the chart with eight points out of four wins from five matches. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhAsked Morris about their next match, the South African said playing at the iconic Eden Gardens against the hosts would be a tough challenge. “KKR are playing some amazing cricket at the moment. They have some great match winners in their team, players with X-factor. We’ve got a few days in between to rest and recover, and to get our bodies strong and fresh,” he said. “Eden Gardens is a tough place to play for the visiting side, but as a team and as a unit, we look forward to the challenge Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterand hopefully we can pull off a win on Friday.” But it would be easier said than done as in their last outing against KKR at the Feroze Shah Kotla here, Delhi huffed and puffed to register victory in the Super Over. “We will of course go back to the drawing board and see what went wrong in the last match against them in Delhi which went to the Super Over. We will look to improve on those areas and make sure we are ready,” Morris said. Morris was happy with Delhi Capitals’ performance against RCB and said the victory on Sunday instilled confidence among the players. “It was a very pleasing performance from the boys yesterday. To go out and win against RCB was something the boys were preparing well towards. The performance throughout the whole game was great, and even though there was a slight hiccup towards the end of the game in our batting, it was very pleasing to register the win. “I feel that our bowlers have been executing their plans pretty well and this win has surely brought back the confidence among the group.” Morris has taken six wickets with an economy rate of 7.93 in the four matches he played for Delhi Capitals so far in this tournament. Besides, he has also bowled a total of 36 dot balls, which has only been bettered by four other overseas players — Rashid Khan, Jofra Archer, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir. “I think all the bowlers have been doing their respective jobs very well. I know that I have the responsibility of delivering for the team, especially in the middle overs and towards the end,” Morris said. “You will always face tough times during a long tournament like this, but having confidence in your own abilities is something that helps you get through that phase and come out on top.”last_img read more

Air pax growth slows to whimper in March… ends 4-year record

first_imgMumbai: Domestic air passenger traffic growth managed to remain in the green in March growing falt or 0.14 percent, largely due to the huge capacity reduction following the troubles at Jet Airways in the month, show the monthly data released by the DGCA Monday. The cumulative traffic of 11 domestic airlines stood at 11.59 million in March compared to 11.58 million passengers a year ago, as per the data. The March numbers are a big setback to the industry which had been clipping at over 20 percent for more than four years in a row. After a record run-rate in high double digits, traffic has been on a lower altitude in January when it grew 9.1 percent, first single digit growth in four years, and lost the momentum further in February when the incremental growth was capped at a low 5.62 percent. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe disappointing March numbers can most be attributed to the troubles that Jet had been facing and the resultant spike in ticket prices across other airlines. The airline was finally grounded last week. Jet Airways, once the second largest airline after no-frills IndiGo, lost as much as nearly half of the market share to 5.37 percent during the month under review as against 10 percent in the same period of last fiscal. Together with subsidiary JetLite, the consolidated traffic of the now non-functional carrier was 6.71 lakh passengers in month, whereas in the same period last year it had flown 15 lakh passengers on its own. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostBudget carrier IndiGo continued to be the largest player with a market share of 46.9 percent ferrying 54 lakh passengers during the month, while its closest rival SpiceJet was a distant second with 13.6 percent of the total traffic pie carrying 15.81 million in March. Significantly, the national carrier Air India, which has a number of aircraft on ground for quite some time now, had the dubious distinction of cancelling the maximum number of flights or 8.94 percent of its scheduled departures, followed by JetLite and new entrant Star Air. The passenger load factor in March has shown falling trend compared to February due to end of the vacation period. SpiceJet continued its spree of highest average seat occupancy across its planes at 91.4 percent while GoAir topped the on-time performance chart for the sixth consecutive month at 95.2 percent.last_img read more

Body of 28-yr-old woman found near UP highway

first_imgMuzaffarnagar: A body of a 28-year-old woman with bullet wounds was found near a highway in Satheri village here, police said Wednesday. The body was recovered by a team of the Ratenpuri police station and sent for post mortem on Tuesday, Circle Officer Vijay Kumar Singh said. There were bullet wounds on the head of the woman, he said. The matter is being investigated and it seems, she was killed somewhere else, the circle officer said.last_img

Malaysia colourful and unified

first_imgColours of 1Malaysia Festival inspiresguests in Kuala Lumpur. The Colours of 1Malaysia Festival afforded international guests a taste of the unified and celebrated local Malay culture, with a spectacular street parade.Kuala Lumpur came alive over the weekend with the vibrant sights, sounds and smells of Malaysia, echoed through live dance performances and an extravagant  fireworks display.The new Malaysian minister for tourism and culture Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz joined honorary guests, His Majesty Yang DiPertuan Agong King of Malaysia and Her Majesty Tuanku Hajah Haminah Queen of Malaysia, to welcome nearly 10,000 guests.Among the crowd were 250 mega-famil delegates from 24 countries, who are currently touring Malaysia for AEROMEET 2013.The evening began with a bang, as fireworks lit up the night sky to officially open the annual Colours of 1Malaysia Festival.Every aspect of Malaysian tourism was represented, with individual performances highlighting food, festivals, sports, parks and gardens, nightlife, eco-tourism and much more.Special features included live performances by well-known Malaysian recording artists, 200 Porsche’s cruising down the strip, a parade of taxi’s and buses and a ‘Mega Endang’ finale dance.  Malaysia will celebrate Visit Malaysia 2014 next year with an increased numbers of dedicated festivals and scheduled events, while AEROMEET 2013 takes place in Langkawi between 29-31 May.ETB News is in Malaysia as part of the mega-famil from 24-31 May 2013.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. The arrival of the King of Malaysia and theMinister for Tourism and Culture, Malaysiacenter_img The Hop-On Hop-Off KL explorerbus joins the parade.last_img read more

Marriott International and Universal Music Group

first_imgMarriott International and Universal Music Group (UMG) have created a global marketing partnership that will include exclusive performances by established and emerging recording artists, branded video series, social content, music downloads, ticket offers and more.The partnership joins Marriott International’s 19 brands, including The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, JW Marriott, Renaissance and Marriott Hotels, with illustrious UMG music labels such as Capitol Music Group, Def Jam Recordings, Interscope Geffen A&M, Island Records, Republic Records and UMG Nashville.St. PancrasMarriott and UMG are setting out to engage a new generation of experience-seekers, travelers and music fans to deliver unique #WithTheBand experiences. Starting this summer, the partnership will premiere live performances for hotel guests at select properties across Marriott International’s portfolio of brands around the globe. On June 30, 2015, the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel will feature a live performance by pop sensation and ‘The Voice Australia’ judge, Jessie J, kicking off a series of exclusive, on-property performances on five different continents.“Our new partnership with UMG reinvents the way we market to next generation travelers,” said Karin Timpone, global marketing officer, Marriott International. “We are bringing together the global traveler and the universal language of music in order to create and deliver unique experiences. The partnership will also help to amplify the benefits of the Marriott Rewards program for both new and loyal guests.”“We are thrilled to partner with Marriott International as they share our determination to build progressive, creative, long-term relationships with brand partners. This relationship brings to life our vision to develop truly integrated partnerships beyond standard transactional opportunities for our artists and their fans around the world,” said Mike Tunnicliffe, executive vice president, business development and partnerships, UMG.Each Marriott brand has its own distinct personality and through the UMG partnership, the full portfolio will be able to match talent with the unique styles and tastes of each brand’s guests. This will come to life in the form of social content and an online video series that draws from UMG’s extensive roster.In addition to receiving special ticket offers, exclusive downloads, and artist merchandise, Marriott Rewards’ 50 million strong member community will be eligible to participate in more than a dozen sweepstakes to win VIP concert experiences to see their favorite artists. For the first time, Marriott Rewards members will also have the opportunity to attend UMG-sponsored events and after parties at premiere music industry events and festivals such as The Grammy Awards, SXSW, The ACMs, Billboard Music Awards, CMA Fest, MTV Video Music Awards and CMA Awards.last_img read more