2377 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007
Re: Innovation doesn't mean new gimmicks...
The Nokia circular keyboard was indeed weird, but don't forget that that was only one of a wide selection of phones they were producing at the time. Often with very similar internals.
So if you wanted a circular keyboard, you could have one. If you didn't, you could have a standard layout too. Consumer choice.
I'm rather partial to the Icy Box enclosures. I've been using them since the IDE days and now have several of the SATA cases too.
The nice thing is amongst their huge range, they also seem to offer the old design cases with newer internals, which means the USB 3 IB-351StU3 model matches all my old cases (although the IDE one I have is silver).
Plus they're only about £24 inc VAT.
They'll be animating in a far more frustrated style when the entire world hits one call centre and is "Held in a queue" even though their call is "very important to us".
It's a rather stupid plan to be honest... Time zones are a great leveller of call volumes. They could go as far as to say that the lines will be open from 12:00 to 12:59 local time and give everyone a one hour window, a window that slowly scans round the planet.
But no, they want to appear to be fair to the entire planet (at least that is probably what they say) and will cause chaos in the process.
It's almost like Apple want to cause stories of jammed lines... No they wouldn't deliberately create a story like that would they...
The legal venom spat at Samsung now just looks like good old jealousy.
@Charles 9 - was Re: Lightning?
The Nexus 7 uses a standard micro USB connector and has a 2A 5v charger.
You're right about the drain though, when connected to a standard 500mA 5V USB socket, the N7 only charges when you have the screen turned off and you leave it alone. If you sit there fiddling with it then it doesn't manage to put any charge back.
SanDisk Mobile Ultra 64GB Micro SD XC Memory Card Class ...
£59.99 - Play.com
And that's not the cheapest.... Now I wonder why Apple don't install a slot.... Hmmm...
I think I'll wait for the first tear down and then see if the missing RAM can be added... I have reflow and hot air soldering equipment and I'm not afraid to make a huge profit converting 16GB to 64GB models!
Sorry, say that again...
"$199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB, all with a two-year contract."
You owe me a new keyboard!
If I cough up that amount of cash, I'd expect it to be mine instantly and delivered by Swedish identical twins who deliver it wedge between their ample cleavages, and then stay for a coffee.
4G? I barely use 3G!
My phone is currently set to 2G... In fact that's how it spends 90% of its life.
If I really need some data I switch it to 3G, then curse the crap signal, hang out of the window, grab the data, and then go back to 2G.
That's when I don't have access to wifi, which isn't many places to be honest. Home and work are covered and I'm on all my friend's APs. The pub and local high street are all covered by the cloud, and having a BT internet connection at home gives me access to all their wifi points too.
Re: "the communications equivalent of the change the jet engine made over steam".
Don't forget that a long haul train journey in the days of steam was generally faster than it is today!
Re: It might work in NL,
For some reason local authorities can't seem to see the stupidity of excluding commercial waste from council tips (or charging them huge amounts) and then having to employ clean-up teams to patrol the area, find fly-tipping, dig through it trying to find something to link the rubbish to someone, failing, and then having to pick it all up and dump it properly.
I guess not enough fly-tipping occurs near their homes, maybe a list of addresses should be published (assuming that publishing that kind of thing isn't a terrorist threat these days?).
Re: @Steve Evans
I'm sure there are a few other companies, and probably the EU lawyers who would regard that as US protectionism...
Queue different crowd of lawyers to the feeding trough!
WP8 may not be Android...
But if they have icons with round corners, or one of the other ridiculous patents the US patent office has granted Apple, they will have Apple coming for them.
If Apple don't defend their patent, they risk losing it.
Unless MS pay Apple a large chunk (see quoted rate from Samsung trial) for each phone of course.
In which case why should Apple care? The iphone might have a good margin, but I doubt it works out as well as getting $40+ per device out of MS and not having to do a cent's worth of work or support in return.
Re: You say false advertising, I say lack of understanding of technology.
The shit's really gonna hit the fan when he discovers his 2 litre car is really a 1996cc...
Life not malfunction!
@Avatar - Re: So...
I hadn't thought of it like that, but they certainly do have a track record of some great camera phones (and the first IIRC).
The old N95 with 5mp camera I still have as a risky activity backup camera still takes superb pictures, easily surpassing a lot of modern 5mp camera phones.
@A/C 18:04 - was Re: some extra lighting...
Nice one, everyone loves to be right :-D
An entire teaser to show off the camera... Nothing interesting to say about the OS then?
BTW, my inner photographer is looking at the still night shows and suspecting a fowl in the shape of some extra lighting on the girl in the "good" pictures.
Re: They seem fragile to me...
Apple attention to detail is all about cosmetics and appearance. It rarely strays into the real world.
Remember the G4 cube that looked nice, was quiet, but you could murder simply by putting something on the top of the case (as you do, my phone and N7 are sitting on top of my PC right now) and accidentally blocking the air-flow?
Re: Back to Front
I do see a lot of broken glass on iphones, in fact I can't remember the last broken glass (front or rear) I've seen which *wasn't* an iphone (this excludes an acquaintance of mine who is on a mission to get an upgrade via his phone insurance and has been whacking his old HTC against a wall!). Glass is broken, phone refuses to die much to our amusement.
There might be more success if someone tried the UK trading standard regulations. Unfit for purpose, aka badly designed.
I hope their forensic markers are tough, as the standard way to liberate the valuable metal from their protective plastic wrapping is a good old bonfire.
Re: BitTorrent = Honeytrap
Not only that, but unless they actually download from you, all they've proved is that you have an interest in a particular torrent hash... In exactly the same way *their* system has expressed an interest in the torrent hash so it can join the swarm and collect IPs.
If you're a student doing an IT course, you have the possibility of claiming you were monitoring (exactly as they were) for a paper you are writing.
Re: no iPhone rumours?
If they feel the need to do that within 24 hours of announcing the iPhone5 then it's tantamount to admitting the iPhone5 is a stop-gap you shouldn't bother buying...
They couldn't do that two years running could they?
Or maybe they'll announce Siri actually working outside the US of A?
You don't honestly think the rumour mill is fuelling itself do you?
Bring on September 13th... A day with zero iPhone rumours... From the 14th it'll be downhill all the way to the next (cr)Apple event.
Don't trust their grammar obviously.
Re: Next week's announcement from Apple...
Beat me to it :-)
Re: Appe* -who ever he is- might be scared but I don't think Apple are
Oh do take off the rose tinted specs.
Innovation has always relied on taking an existing idea and improving it. Vague patents are just a stupid recent idea permitted by a government which is bankrolled and pushed along by big business.
The only reason consumer might thing Samsung are copy cats is because of the almighty fuss and tantrum Apple has been kicking up. To be honest most don't give a sh*t.
If you really want to talk about mobile innovation you need to talk about Motorola (who invented it) and Nokia who then picked up the idea and ran with it. All their patents, which have real innovative technical content, are covered by FRAND, so they have to be licensed at a reasonable rate because you can't make a mobile phone without them.
Apple come along and patent rounded corners and menus that "bounce" when you hit the end... Hardly ground breaking stuff. All Apple did was make is a tarty UI that looked pretty. Underneath all that there is nothing special. Hell, the Iphone1 could barely call itself a GSM phone because its implementation of the standards was so lax (group messages and MMS for example).
As for "profiling" by google, at least Android pops up a box warning you, and asks if you want to share data with google, which you can decline... Haven't seen much of that from Apple, and given the closed nature of the Apple world, you'll be hard pushed to inspect the source to find out what is actually going on.
Android is open, you can inspect it, and if you don't like it, you can change it!
If you want security from 3rd party apps, remove the play store from the phone. Easy. This is exactly what Amazon did, and replaced it with their own instead.
Re: From now on, I'll avoid Apple on principle.
It's only cutting off your nose to spite..... if you end up with settling for an inferior product.
From what I've seen of the G3 (and Jelly Bean on a similarly well spec'ed device like my Nexus 7) it is not inferior by any means.
Re: Appe is scared
I suspect you might be right.
I've seen a lot of S3's in the wild recently. The iphone has become a bit common. So when someone is sitting on the train with a non-iphone and a screen the size of the S3's, you can't not notice it, and many seem to do just that.
Non techies seem to be turning up with them, including a 22 yo girl I was chatting to the other day (calm down, she was a friend of a friend). She'd had blackberries, iphone and now the S3. She waxed lyrical about it (I think she likes it).
I think I might have to have one myself too... Although being in the UK, where judges have recently shown an unexpected dose of common sense, I don't think there is an immediate rush.
I can't help but be amused at the idea of an N7 with a SIM... If it's not limited to data only, and supports voice, you can all look like Dom Joly!
BTW, I'm completely happy with my non-3G 16gig N7. Still got 12gig free because I remembered it isn't an mp3 player!
Re: I am all for choice, but
2 people don't like PvZ I assume?
Re: I am all for choice, but
He does seem confused about the two versions of all the Angry Birds (free - with adds and paid for without add). Yup, free app of the day yesterday was original Angry Birds with no adds... Thank you very much!
Today was plants vs zombies - well why not, give it a go... Cheap at twice the price... etc.
However, the OP was right about one thing. The Amazon app just grinds! And that's running on a Nexus 7! God only knows how painful it would be on an original Kindle Fire!
Now if you don't mind I've gotta go sort out some zombies...
Re: Ibrahimshah Shahulhameed
Up vote for not succumbing to political correctness and making a joke that made me chuckle.
Are you seriously calling Mr I.Am's electronically retuned waveform "Art"?
Why did they have to use a new track (apart from the publicity Mr Am gets)? There are plenty of far more musical pieces which could have been played.
Personally I rather like the idea of the rover trundling over the Martian surface with "Ride of the Valkyries" blasting out.
Or maybe Monty Python's universe song with a few re-edits to allow for the different orbital and rotational speed of Mars.
"And yet... and yet... I can't stop buying into the Apple experience"
I'm told the experience of taking heroin is also very calming and pleasant.
Don't be silly...
You can't find Magrathea by just waving a telescope about... The odds of finding it that way are almost infinitely improbable.
This is going to drag on for years!
Progress is always built on the shoulders of others. Trying to prevent this through dubious patents is pure protectionism. The entire Japanese motorcycle industry was built on the back of European motorcycle designs, and then improved upon.
BTW I couldn't help notice that a drag down notification bar put in an appearance on the iPhone in IOS4... I wonder where they got that idea from *cough* Android *cough*. Mind the dismount, those high horses are a dangerous thing to ride.
It's all a bit silly really.
Of course mobiles are dangerous. This is proved by the huge volume of wrecked planes laying about all over the world which just dropped out of the air because somebody left their phone on.... We just haven't found them yet. Must be in the Oceans. Damn this 66% water planet.
Basically it's to get people to pay attention to the evacuation drill... And the offers of drinks, lottery tickets, duty free and something they jokingly call food.
Or maybe it's to prevent occupants of a row discovering they're Android, IPhone, WinPhone and BlackBerry...
And then the fight started.
The only reason Mr I.AM likes technology is that it has advanced so much that it can even pull his vocals onto a known musical pitch!
That explains it... I noticed some weirdness yesterday, but given it was on a friend's Talk-Talk connection I didn't realise it was anything unusual!
So where's the Sun headline...?
Undersea internet cable severed, Europe cut off.
A mention of the RAM is almost as important as the CPU speed. Many manufacturers cut corners (and cost) by designing in the lowest possible amount of RAM they can get away with. As soon as you use it for more than a few minutes (and have background apps either running or on idle) the phone can slow to a crawl.
From my experience I'd say you want a minimum of 768meg for Froyo or Gingerbread... You can get away with 512, but you take a performance hit.
Curious contrast to the findings of the S. Korean court, which found the both partly guilty...
Can I suggest...
Can I suggest a Polish dish for the day after the pub?
Rosół - It has revived me from the dead on many an occasion. Leaving me in a presentable condition and ready to re-enact the previous night all over again.
And add fried bacon bits - mmmmmm
Re: Great artery-clogging food
Whenever I've had pierogi - usually the meat variety - it has not come with chopped fried onions, but with chopped fried bacon as a garnish.
As I usually consume them in Krakow, I suspect this might just be the proper way ;-)
BTW, if you are little worried about your arteries, you can just boil them, garnish with fried bacon and eat them. The last frying stage optional.
Maybe the very small Icelandic gene-pool and remote location means everyone is now interbreeding with their distant cousins?
I have pseudocode for this:
- If article subject = AV_scare then scan article for study author.
"Host-based intrusion prevention firm Carbon Black" - Check
- If author in interested parties then salt=salt+10000
Are they applying this just to Facetime, or are they also including the cross platform industry standard video calling feature Apple chose to ignore (can't have fruity users see the non-fruity weirdos can they!).
Re: Bad form Lewis!
Don't worry GettinSadda, you still spent more time on your post than Lweis did!
Are you really going to need/use 4G, or do you just want it because it is new and shiny?
Personally I often leave my phone on 2G, trading data-rate for single strength and battery longevity.
Re: Idiots shooting themselves in the feet
Correct, with only one minor flaw...
All those in a position to challenge the US patent office (aka lawyers) are making way too much money from these crazy trials to want to change the trough.
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