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It's all to do with the potential to watch TV
TV Licencing is so that you can enjoy the "Wonderful" programming provided by the BBC. If you have no interest in BBC TV you cannot still own a TV and promise not to watch any BBC Channels. Because you have a device that has the capability to receive BBC signals. Apply the same logic to computers. There is no measure in place that stops you firing up iplayer and Getting free entertainment without the licence fee.
Until some form of IP blocking is put into place that restricts use, you will be stuck having to pay the licence fee even if you don't own a TV.
Though it will be easier to abolish the fee and just have adverts instead. But that would mean many big wigs getting a pay cut.
Sadly no longer the case, having a computer requires a TV licence now...
Users, Users Users!
Not really apple maps fault. Sure they could direct users to the car park or drop off point (google maps does) but why should they. If you asked for directions to a shopping mall, it would probably direct you to the middle of the complex. Does that mean you drive your car into the building like some kind of hollywood shoot 'em up? No. You use the sat nav to get you to the general location then follow the signs for car parking. If the signage is poor then that's the fault of the airport or local authority.
If you are expecting these things to take you to the door every time may I suggest taking the bus. Or wait a few years and take a Johnny Cab as suggested elsewhere in this thread
What I'd Love to see is....
Android devices that must use a similar feature MS had to put into their OS,... Browser choice..... or in this case.... Launcher Choice.
So When you buy a Samsung device, for example, the first thing you are prompted for is Would you like the Touchwiz overlay or Vanilla Android..... If they choose vanilla android they will get updates in the same way as any nexus device.
Lets face it, not everyone who owns a smartphone is smart.... the world isn't populated solely by geeks who want the latest features, latest updates, etc. Some people just want to facebook, twitter, WhatsApp and..... help me out here guys what else does a phone do... oh yeah and phone calls. If their phone does all that they won't care how up to date it is as long as it does it all and maybe looks flashy while doing so.
So your non geeky types will probably adopt the manufacturers overlay whereas the geeks of the world will probably go for the nexus experience. Of course the manufacturers will never allow this.
Words like this will get forgotten
I was told about this by a young girl in the office.... being a man of the world I already knew what they meant.... I in turn picked a random word from the early 90s. I asked her what the word todger meant.... She did not know. I advised that she look it up and I now have an email from HR requesting a meeting this afternoon. Maybe they don't know what it means either.
A quick office poll of the sub 25 year olds proved that no one knows what todger means, In 20 years time the same can be said for twerk.
Terms of the trademark
Yes, Apple and Windows are trademarks. But they are company names and not trademarked based on Fruit or those sheets of glass that allow light to enter your room.
Startup, however is being trademarked under many sweeping computer based terms, and the problem with this is that startup is already a term in the computer world. You'll notice a startup folder in your windows start menu. If you open a run prompt in windows and type MSconfig you can control what starts up when you boot windows using the startup tab.
It is a good idea
I hate apple as much as the next guy. But I think, if well implemented, this is a very good idea, albeit not an original one.
Best usage scenario, you are involved in a car accident and are Knocked out, the paramedics/Good Samaritan recover your phone. Should it have a PIN/Pattern lock on it it would be no use to them, even face unlock requires you to blink. But with a fingerprint sensor they can use your finger (assuming it is still attached) to unlock it (if medically safe to do so) and contact your loved ones to let them know sooner than having the hospital staff do it when you're admitted. They can also use your phone to identify you in lieu of any photo ID.
Obviously one would hope that such an accident is a rare occurrence in your life and you would primarily be unlocking the phone yourself. As such it is important that the fingerprint unlock works as fast or faster than using PIN/Pattern. This is where Face unlock failed. The gimmick was great but it took longer than conventional methods.
Pass those savings one British Gas
Wow, with all that money they are saving, how about the reduce the unit cost of electricity and pass the savings on to the consumer. Radical I know.
Whilst on the subject of unit costs, why have so fraking many?! The amount of energy suppliers is mental and each of those suppliers have an elaborate array of tariffs. Since the quality of the Gas and electric is constant regardless of tariff why even bother with different fees?
One could argue heavier users qualify for cheaper unit costs in the same way as buying goods in bulk gets you a cheaper per unit prices, but I seriously doubt it works that way. The Gov. have been on about regulating this for a while, but I see nothing happening.
Probably just going to gush for 30 minutes
I doubt she will complain about the paying £65 for a charger. Anyone who has $610k to spend in half an hour probably wouldn't notice the cost of a charger.
It's all for charity so we shouldn't really grumble. But I can't help but think Tim could have raise more if the prize was to push the button that would dunk him as a witch.
Upper left side?
I'm sure one of you clever people can correct me, but where is the upper left side of the Sun???
My last Science lesson was some time ago, back then the Sun was a spherical mass not a 2 dimensional circle in the sky.
Draw a circle on the ground and I will show you its upper left side. Hand me a football and its upper left side will depend on which way round it was facing.
There's another issue
If it is a hack/data breach then there is something else to consider. These thieves will also have your data. A database of Tesco shoppers names and addresses can be sold for a fair wedge too.
Careful, you could get sued
Phil Collins had a song in the 70s along those lines...
I can feel them piddling in the air in delight.... Oh Lord
Mines the one with the kick ass drum solo in the pocket.
I know its basis is an Internet meme but....
I really don't want to live on this planet any more.
Pipping android to the post
I believe multiple user log ons and been put on the wish list for key lime pie update. Not sure if switching users will be as easy as swipe on swipe off but the concept is there.
It is a good feature, but the hardware needs to also support multiple sim cards so that this can truly run effectively.
Take responsibility for your own security
There are free apps available for both OS that will locate a stolen phone. Install one and if it gets stolen the Boys in Blue will have a nice easy collar (We hope)
Apple a Victim of their own success
Is it not simple, thieves are stealing to sell and iPhones are (rightly or wrongly) more desirable amongst the general population. IMEI blocking only works to block the phone in the country of origin, so until this goes global, mobile phones will continue to be targeted by crooks.
Unless people are looking to buy an elaborate iPod touch.......Lets face it, not far from the truth if you buy it from the Apple store.
Apples and Oranges
I hate Apple as much as the next guy, but this truly is headline grabbing stuff. If you were comparing samsungs mobile arm against apple then fair enough, but if you are looking at Samsung electronics, then compare with LG, Sony, etc. Someone that has their fingers in as many pies as samsung (mobile, TV, Home appliances, etc)
I think we are far from Internet as being a human right
With most of us working in IT it is easy to find yourself in an IT bubble where everyone has a working understanding of computers and their application.
In reality, however there are certain people that exist who are in the 80s and 90s and simply don't know how to or don't want to use a computer. Hell, the same can be said for some people in their 40s and 50s. If they didn't grow up with it, they might not use it.
as such most companies will always offer a face to face, telephone or postal alternative. Sure its less convenient for all parties involved but it is the norm for some people. If a service is only available online then these types of people will just do without.
I would say that we are a long way away from the internet being essential to your existence.
very clever but
wouldn't a bluetooth keyboard take up the same table real estate, be far more accurate and not sensitive to unwanted vibrations..... this seems a lot like using a sledgehammer to crack a walnut
In addition to this, in a normal typing position your screen will have to be flat and you would look at it from a 45 degree angle, so not overly optimal, in the bluetooth keyboard scenario you can pop your phone on a stand.
Don't get me wrong its very clever but not overly useful.
I also call bullshit
If you lined up 10 Samsung Galaxy (x) users and 10 iPhone users and asked them
"What do you think about the result of the recent Samsung Vs. Apple patent lawsuit?"
You would probably get 80% blank expressions followed by getting their phones out and Googling "Recent Samsung Vs. Apple Lawsuit"
You must remember that most IT professionals have smart phones but most smart phone users are not IT professionals. As such, don't know and don't care about these things; they just want to instagram their roast dinner and tweet about the latest pregnant celebrity.
When will this end.
Yes there are similarities, but the same is the case in the reverse. Originally Apple had a very poor notifications interface, untill they copied that found in the Android OS; using the pull down notifications drawer.
I run both iPhone and Android for work/personal respectively and with with one click of the home button I could see any and all notifications on my android Device, whereas with Apple I would be forced to unlock the phone and check for red notification numbers. Now, since whatever update ages ago Apple have the app drawer.
I am waiting for Apple to adopt the widget interface too, as it simply makes for a better user experience.
As for Apple playing dumb with regards to attention to detail, is this really the same company that once asked Google to fix the shade of yellow in the second o in google as it was simply the wrong shade.
This they notice, but one phone icon looking like another makes them cry heretic!
On the map of europe in the background..... Since when has Slough been near Carlise?
It's been said already but its down to interest
Women are generally not interested in Tech and IT. Always been the case, maybe it will change but thats for future generations to decide.
It's got nothing to do with "Certain types of Men" in the profession. I remember my college days the beaty therapy block was filled with beautiful young women, and while I would love to have been locked in an elevator with a few of them. There is no way I would endure waxing and facials (not that kind) because I would like to work with them because I have no interest in beauty. I would shave, sometimes, but thats about as far as I'd take it
If there is a drive to strong arm women into IT then it is wrong. If they want to do it then they can. If they are made to do it then they will end up hating their job and retraining for something else, thereby simply wasting their time.
Much in the same way as if there was a drive to get men doing beauty, if they want to do it fine, free choice, have fun.
End of the day, give kids all the options as to what they can do, what they enjoy and then give careers advice based on that. Don't pigeon hole people based on their gender, its just as sexist as discriminating imo.
Can anyone clarify the Science behind the comparrisons
OK basic Scientific principles here. How the hell are these comparisson tests being conducted.
I have a horrible feeling that they are looking at the bars and damning the thing as faulty.
Take an iPad 2 and and iPad 3.
1. Turn on ONE of the devices.
2. Find a ping testing app (I am an Fandroid but I am almost sure such an app must exist)
3. Perform ping tests on several web sites measuring the response times on each one and record them.
4. Turn Off the Device
5. Repeat steps 1-4 using the other device and record differences.
6. Take another iPad 2 and iPad 3 repeat steps 1-5
7. Repeat step 6
8. Display your information in a usable form to gives the best comparrsion and conclude whether or not the problem exists.
I can't stand Apple and will choose Android every time... But I hate inaccurate science even more.
No usually a defender of the fruit but
The Data Plan issue is the end users own fault. You surely know that you have a data cap and the faster your connection, the more you use the more expensive it becomes. Maybe there should be a minimum data cap if you even want to entertain the idea LTE say minimum 20GB Data cap.
Its the same as buying a Ferrari, driving at 100mph everywhere you go then complaining about your fuel bills, you should know what you're getting in to.
The Wireless issue I also belive to be a bit hit and miss. I mean you laptop could show 100% signal @54Mpbs, whereas the iPad could show 50% signal and also be connected at 54Mpbs, because that may be the limit that your router has, So the iPad is showing less signal because it has the potential to go faster but is limited by the router.
The Guy that was compaining about choppy Wifi in his Cafe. No Shit, you're sharing a connection with 20-30 other people, and the connection could be a low (4-6MB) to begin with.
If this is really an issue proper testing needs to be done.
Geeky is the new Sexy
Actually I find that the more common one appears to be "I got Pumped in 6 weeks by following this simple rule" Ads more apparent.
It appears as though us Geeks can now get the girl owing to the fact we can install printers/sounds systsems/teach them how to use their smart phones.
The problem is now, how to stop getting beaten up. Hence the evolution of the scam.
Once us Geeks have beefed up we just need to do something about those personalities.
Soon we can all be jedi
Imagine having that on one of the tarten trollies then simply casting it aside with one swipe of your hand. The possibilites are limitless.
Though military or construction implications would be far fetched. I wouldn't put this kind of tech behind the weel of anything heavy enough to cause a fatality.
But the question on everyone lips is....
Will it Blend?
Auto-correct/predictive will always have flaws
Even back in the day of texting by numbers on mobile phones. I remember once having a saucy conversation with a girl go sour when I suggested to "Kick her Puppy"
But thats a story for another time children
In addition to that....
I wouldn't call 16 stores across a nation a top reseller. When you think how many Currys/PC World/etc there are in the UK selling electrical Goods.
It sounds to me like the execs had a blamestorming session and decided that it wasn't their ineptitude that was the result of the 30% loss it was the Apple supply chain. As a previous poster said, if 30% of their sales come from Apple products they should really look at pushing alternatives to their customers, it shouldn't be hard to sell someone a laptop that is a third cheaper than a macbook, Or an all in one PC from acer/sony that is cheaper than an iMac.
It does surprise me that Apple are undercutting at their stores though. The only real comparisson I can make is the Sony Centre Stores. Everything in there is well over priced!
Please don't take me as pro Apple, becuase I'm really not. But in this case fair is fair. Sure the supply chain throttling could have had an impact on their business, but 30% seems outlandish to me.
The Moto Story was a scam, trying to get money out of them after he dropped his phone
I Prefer Touchwiz tbh
Sense was a bit of a hog on My Hero and the day I rooted it and put Cyanogen mod on gave it a new lease of life.
I have since moved on to Samsung Galaxy S2 and am enjoying Touchwiz.
Although its name does suggest its something Dumbledore would get into a lot of trouble for.
I agree completely
Bluetooth works fine for both making and receiving calls. Linking to the phonebook is a good idea, I have that and works fine. I think that doing anything else specific to a smart phone is dangerous to do behind the wheel.
OK fine voice recognition has come on leaps and bounds and maybe replying to an email or text message through your car would be quite good. I know the likes of Siri and similar Android products have this feature but you still need to envoke the app and review what it has written prior to sending, whether you are doing this on a phones screen or a screen in the car it is still dangerous.
The Plane did it
If it was glowing and smoking as the aircraft touched down then the passenger should have had it turned off. Even when using flight mode phones should be tuurned off during take off and landing. Clearly this was the plane's self defence mechanism. In my head, something like...
"I'm Sorry Dave, you cannot let you play Angry Birds.... Stop.... I'm aftraid I can't let you do that Dave"
On a more serious note, as Both an iPhone 4 owner and a Samsung Galaxy SII owner, only one will remain in my jeans pocket inches away from my balls.
I would be interested to know what he was doing at the time of the smoke out too. I hope for Apples sake that it was not just sitting idle.
OK Judges are supposed to be fair and unbiased... it's in the name.
iPhones are very popular.
So if a judge owned an iPhone, would he really rule in favour of banning sales of it in his home country?! Would he really?
I half wonder if he didn't own an iPhone when he made his inital ruling, then one appeared on his doorstep the following day signed. Lots of Love, Hugs and Kisses from all at Infinity Loop.
My 2 pence on Virgin Media Support
On Noticing my router (VM non-Super HUB only on 10Mb) had no power I thought oh well I suppose I'll call them and get a replacement sent out, one of the beauties of their support infrastucture is that you do not own the equipment, therefore its their responsibility.
So I call them up and its like this....
Me: Hi My Hub won't power on I would like a replacement
VM: So your Internet is not working
M: No of course it isnt
VM: Have you tried rebooting your hub?
M: Yeah, tried the switch on the off chance and also tried another power source but still nothing
VM: OK so If you open a web browser on your computer and type.......
M: There are no lights on the router. It does not power up
VM: Oh there's no lights on it at all?
M: That is correct.
VM Oh you need a replacement then.
M: Thank goodness you were here to diagnose my fault.
A Good support rep would have listened to my opening statement then followed the RMA Procedure.
A script reader would have sent a lesser mortal round the houses for about 20 minutes before finding the problem.
The Key would have been Organisation
Assuming this is a large chain of convenience stores. Find a Volenteer to be fired.... We'll call him Steve.
If 100 employees put Steve down as the one to be fired, Steve can then have some fun getting fired and the horrible boss' scheme will have cost him $1000
Just an idea.
Anyone Know the rules on post Sales Updates
What would the rules be on Samsung releasing an Apple approved version of the Tab in Australia and hosting a FW update that will bring it back to the original on their servers in Korea?
After all this is all down to whether or not you can SELL a product that infringes patents. Once the product has been sold the end user can do whatever he likes with it. and given the fact that the offending FW will be stored in another country which is allowed to use it. It would be a free update so no money will change hands, therefore Apple can't claim that Samsung are getting rich off their apparent ideas.
So any legal minds know?
I'm either really Stupid or I've shortend the war by 5 years.
Just a Small point....
iPhone 4 launch date - 24th June 2010
Samsung Galaxy S launch date - March 2010
How can they copy a products form factor which was launched after them?
As for UI, anyone with eyes can see that Apple and Android handle things in very different ways from the get go. There will be small things like photo browsing having the same "sweeping" gesture to browse but I don't think Apple invented that.
Those Wheels are horrible
They look after market and cheapen the whole look of the car.
My Renault experience stems from a clio that did far too many miles for its own good. Electrics were fine, but the wheel bearings seemed to be made of chocolate and were replaced twice within 40k miles. After the second time I replaced them I thought there must be another more expensive problem afoot, so it was sold.
Renault ownership is a lottery, sometimes you get a great reliable car, other times you get a nightmare. Sadly you don't often hear from the happy owners.
Ahhh Adjectives thou art a Heatless bitch
What does powerful mean? What does cabable mean, hell what does fastest mean. Jean-Paul has clearly attempted to wave the red rag to the bull at Android users but is did get me thinking. OK so lets say I buy into the premise that iPhone 4 is the fastest. Fastest at what? making a phone call, sending a text message, loading angry birds?
It is not quantifiable. What is quantifiable are benchmark tests. They test different aspects of the phone. Which if you do google, I think you'll find the iPhone 4 fairly low down in comparrison to the equivalent Android devices.
Head... about.... to.... explode....
Wang is Cooling Down
HP has Pulled Out
Levono is Pushing forward?!
I've not been a fan of tablets... they are a luxury for a quick search and status update here and there but not practically useful for what I currently use a laptop for.
I welcome the change. Now to the Gutter, in order to retrieve my mind.
It's a respect thing....
Us Apple Haters, may dislike everything the guy stands for and has done, and sure if the headline read "Steve Jobs Axed amind patent lawyer bribery charges" Then Yeah we would all be cheering like crazy.
But the man has had a battle with cancer and it's best to leave our comments on the matter to ourselves. A man stepping down from his role for the sake of his health to enjoy his life and family rather than run himself into the ground is not a thing to celebrate.
But how will apple succeed now
Without someone in a roll neck telling us how to hold a phone. Whatever happens I hope his successor wears a roll neck. I feel it is important as part of Apple branding.
Saw this a while back
And I was on the cusp of getting a moto Attrix because of it.... untill I found out the price.
Whatever happens my phone will come with me when I go out, so carrying a phone is no hardship. I can just as easily carry a netbook and phone and connect to the internet via USB tethering, or better yet wifi tethering.
Same result. Much cheaper. The only way this would work is if it was around the £100 mark, It's a screen, keyboard, touchpad and battery. Sure the screen and battery cost a fair whack, but most of the expensive laptop parts are absent, so the cost cannot be justified.