219 posts • joined 17 Nov 2007
So, did the good value have a knock on effect
I can hear telcos screaming that if something like Iliad happened in the UK they would never be able to invest in 4G.
Has the rush for cheap prices in France damaged the 4G rollout?
Oh, and the right package to buy for old relatives in France is : Bazile.
Why does it need an autopilot
When it has a Playmonaut to fly the thing?
Can I order..
A slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick?
4G is 3G (ish)
The official name for what we call 4G is 3G Long term evolution. This is because the 3GPP committee which set the standards only had a 3G remit. What came beyond 3G wasn't to be discussed.
So they called it a flavour of 3G just to be allowed to talk about it. 4.5G is just something we made up for a good headline.
Can you listen to music on clock radios?
I thought they only did The Today Programme.
Let's ask bankers
If we should use a technology which helps us avoid using bankers.
Next we'll ask the church if we should abolish blasphmey laws and the music industry if The Pirate Bay should be allowed to operate freely.
Re: The other grey market
There is senior oriented tech out there if you look for it but you have to look pretty hard.
Part of the issue is that while consumer segmentation types will happily have separate segments for 0-6, 7-11, 12-16, 17-24, 25-34 and so on they will segment 60+ as one big group (while telling you that 60 is the new 40) so you have a good 30 year span all lumped together.
Japan, which is much more respectful of seniors has lots of good senior tech, notably Raku-Raku a range of big button phones which goes from simple clamshells to the Fujitsu mentioned here.
Don't under-rate placebo
There is a great New Scientist book on "Nothing" one of the chapters on Placebo says that in tests where they told people "You are getting a placebo because we've found that although there are no active ingredients, the placebo effect still makes a difference", and it stil worked, even when people knew it was a placebo.
Not a chance
TTD is on the same frequency
Or at least it can be, but not at the same time - it's time-division. This is more cocktail-party effect of everyone talking at the same time and filtering out the bit you want to hear,
And no use at all as an index
Because the price is skewed by the meaningless Mt. Gox figure.
Buying a car company would fit the Apple vibe
We are just past Peak Apple. The company has tons of cash and no idea of what to do with it. The growth rate cannot be sustained - 5c failed to do that and it's clear Apple doesn't know how to, or doesn't want to do cheap.
Remember this is a computer company which became a music player and content company which became a phone and apps company.
Investing in something which looks as though its at the very start of the growth curve would be a logical way to keep up the rate of growth.
Tesla is however much closer to the Apple curve than they think. I can see Peak tesla being not that far off, they clearly saturated the market with the Roadster and didn't build as many as they had commissioned from Lotus. The model S is doing well and the Model X looks interesting, but one day, and I suspect that day is closer than Tesla thinks, everyone who wants and can afford a Tesla will have one.
The maintenance on a roadster is horrendous there are stories of loads of non-warranty covered failures. In the main Tesla has been good about covering them but if the Tesla S suffers in the same way it either wont be possible of could break the financial model.
Re: I still think
Excellent, someone got my Random quote.
Protext was great
I got them to put a feature in for me which I've never seen in any other wordprocessor: A hotkey for delete to end of sentence. I'm still amazed that word processors don't understand how to handle text like a person does.
Re: A book
I thought that book was rubbish. I nearly got sued for the review I wrote of it in PCW.
Re: Simon Rockman
I do know the correct quote, the point is that because with this one you don't need a battery you can press the button again and again.
I've been playing with a 4G phone which is dual-SIM. It has two IMEIs and is really two phones in a single device.
I got to wondering if I had 4G SIMs form two different networks could I aggregate the two concurent connections to get one super fast connection.
If I remember correctly Cobras only need miking every three days.
The footprint is the same
I wrote the piece and spoke to an engineer on the rollout. I got the assurance that the footprint is the same - athough capacity might not be - if two networks share the sites. Of course with WCDMA the cell breathes with usage so the coverage will be dynamic but radio planning being what it is both networks will come up with the same answers when they do the same sums.
I don't want Gates to save Microsoft
I want him to run for president and save the world.
Watch some his TED talks, his views on education, traveling wave reactors, poverty, famine and disease. He gets technology, development and philanthopy. He'd be a much better president than anyone who wants to be a politician.
Of course costs multiply
The spectrum is what the company sells, the raw ingredient. Crisps cost a multiple of what potatoes do. If the cost of a potato goes up 1p the cost of one potatoes worth of crisps doesn't go up 1p it takes into acount the other costs - such as sales, marketing and the like and goes up by a multiple.
If you've bought a company whose only asset is a bunch of briliant minds
You are going to have to make damn sure you have a way to stop those minds from wandering.
Re: And ...
Who? People, like Cypriots, who don't trust their governments and financial institutions.
I couldn't pin them down on prices, and as to 50Mb for a whole plane the view was "that's SO much more than we have at the moment it's not an issue". Which I guess means the want to charge so much no-one will be streaming a whole movie.
Two fish in a tank, one turns to the other and says "Do you know how to drive this thing?".
Don't underestimate the power of pink
When Carphone's Charles Dunstone ordered 250,000 Pink Motorola Razrs and I was at Moto, we thought him mad - but knew he was clever. Remember this was a phone where the entire world production run was initially set at fewer than 500,000. This was the Christmas where Nokia, which had been late to the 3G party cracked 3G. Before the pink Razr they had 80% market share in Carphone.
With the pink Razr Motorola's market share in Carphone went to 80% ousting Nokia and Samsung. They sold several million of the things and we, as Motorola, had given them an exclusive on pink. We ended up negotiating to buy the exclusive back.
I've never got my head around pink. Is it dull tech companies waking up that there is a female market or is it lame and patronising.
It's all about national pride
Nokia, even in the strongest of its years, never had the presence in the US that it did in the rest of the world.
Neither the Nokia or Microsoft brands will warm the hearts of the Chinese, but the Microsoft/Windows brands will appeal to Americans. It's a very simple decision for them. Use the Nokia brand in China - where at least the distribution gives them the edge. Strongly use the Nokia brand in India (where the word "Nokia" is a colloquialism for mobile phone: "I'll call you on your Nokia", even if the phone is a Samsung), but push the Nokia name right to the back in the US and promote the Microsoft name. Even on the S40 phones.
This regionalism is completely normal. Look at how - when there were plenty of players - Ericsson dominated Sweden, Siemens Germany and Sendo the UK. Hmm, perhaps not that one.
It gets really interesting when Zynga accepts it for their online poke. Bitcoin and gambling starts to look like regulators scariest view of libertarianism.
Nokia (Microsoft) has 10% of the smartphone, market, it has very much more of the phone market.
It will be interesting to see the split between 5c and 5s
I suspect that China will be the same as the rest of the world.
Rich people who can afford whatever they want will buy the 5S
Poor people who don't want others to know how poor they are will buy the 5S
The only people who buy the 5C are those who want an iPhone, iTunes and all that goes with it, are on a tight budget and don't care about the impression it gives. It's buying into the ecosystem and not the culture.
Many more - especially in the emerging world - are the other way around. They buy an iPhone because of "What it says about them". I recently met an unemployed single mother who was living on benefits. She still had an iPhone.
I've only ever seen one 5C in the wild.
It's not new
Celnet/O2 had similar commitments to Compaq and Blackberry, but when the devices failed to sell in 15 years ago the suppliers took them back so as to have an on-going relationship.
Or get this..
Am I better off not hiding
If I install one of these : https://pogoplug.com/safeplug
Will my ISP suddenly think "Hmm, he's up to no good we better watch him". Or will they not know about it?
The question was "3D PRINTING: 'THIRD INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION' OR A LOAD OF OLD COBBLERS?"
The answer is: Both.
Culturally it's great
The 3D printing world feels the way computing did in the 1980s, with bedroom hobbyists alongside huge multinational companies.It's great fun to be around and well worth poping into iMakr near to The reg office to have a tinker.
Because buying an eponymous company is a dumb thing to do
Or indeed any company without the figurehead in control. Sky bought Amstrad. How have their set-top boxes done without AMS?
Ah, but why did they sell the dumb phones?
Nokia still had the best logistics and solid market share with the S40 phones. They should have kept that bit
It's a consumer market not a tech one
This is what killed Blackberry. Over five years ago the rate of growth in the core business market for Blackberries, started to slow. It had been exponential as businesses adopted mobile email. In the tech world it's hard for us to realise how slow some industries can be. There was growth there but saturation was starting to happen.
But just at the same time the teen market discovered BBM. A Bold or Perl became the cool device and if you didn't have BBM you were a social outcast.
This kept up Blackberry's rate of growth. And they started to believe it would go on for ever. That there were always new markets and opportunities. That something intrinsic about Blackberry meant that they would always grow faster and faster.
Of course they didn't seek the teen market. There was an ironic period where chief executives had iPhones and their daughters had Blackberries. Not something anyone in the industry could have predicted or planned for.
But it was all built on straw. The core market was what mattered. Teenagers are fickle and the next new thing was around the corner. While Blackberry bought QNX and desperately wanted to be Apple, the teenagers were getting bored of their devices and moving onto iPhones.
So we saw some rubbish phones such as the Storm, Torch and 9900 which alienated the core. In at atmosphere where the corporate users wanted iPhones it made the decision of an IT department to stay with Blackberry hard to defend.
So both the teens and the suits moved to Apple. The mavens have long since decamped to the Galaxy (note, not Samsung, not Android but the phone to have is an S3 or S4), and they are sniffing around for what next. Lumia smells good.
Blackberry will never recapture the youth market because it was just a fad and they have passed through. It's not about how good the phone is, or the ecosystem but about fashion.
Blackberry needs to play to its strengths: efficient email, security, good qwerty keypads and a short-cut filled UI. They should build something that does this with e-ink and have amazing battery life. Forget music and videos, forget chasing young girls and stick to its knitting.
And while we are here Apple should be watching and learning. When the fashion moves away from you it's impossible to win it back. Nothing is less fashionable that something that used to be hot.
Bing is the reason for buying the entry level phone business
I can't see Microsoft giving up on Bing. It's the reason why Msoft bought all of the Nokia phone business and not just smartphones.
For all the "failure" of Nokia they still sell north of 20m phones a month, and there are plenty of parts of the world where the Nokia lead in distribution makes them the strongest brand. This is many people's first touch with technology. They may have access to internet cafes but putting Bing in their pocket is the way to get them using the Microsoft service before they get sucked into Google.
If Microsoft didn't have designs on this they would have left the Asha/S40 range in Finland.
HGST is not revealing its spin speed - although current high-capacity Ultrastars spin at 7.200rpm – its cache size (64MB in existing Ultrastars), or the sustained data-transfer rate.
That's like a sports car manufacturer selling car without revealing the acceleration times or top speed. Or McLaren not revealing the 6:47 Nürburgring time. How can they sell it without basic specs. I'd also want to know seek time.
I've just had notice of a price increase from Vodafone
Which I have no choice about because I'm still in contract.
Wow the scope for finger pointing when it doesn't work..
When the wifi on my Lumia stopped working on the Underground
Nokia said it was a Virgin Wifi problem
Virgin said to contact my service provider, after all that's who I pay the bill to.
Vodafone (for it was them) said it was a Nokia problem.
With an "open source" phone I can see nothing but problems.
Of course it's not the first time Motorola has been here (and given up)
How can it be the best Blackberry ever..
When it doesn't have a keyboard.
The real star in the current line-up is the Q5.
So if I store the knives well and sharpen regularly I don't need to hand wash them?
It's a contractual and tactical launch
I was talking to a Nokian at mobile world congress - just a chat on a moving walkway bus and , not wearing a Register hat - I asked about the rumoured metal phone "that will come" he said - it became the 925, and the Pureview phone "you'll have to wait a little longer for that", and the table? "We looked at that and decided against launching it".
As good as the Lumia tablets look I suspect that it took the Microsoft purchase to push them out into the open. The cost of development (I guess about $5m-$8m) is insignificant once you commit to tooling, supply chain and inventory. We've waited so long because Nokia wouldn't take the risk. Microsoft will.
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