* Posts by Alan Watson

23 posts • joined 1 Jul 2008

True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

Alan Watson

Given that phone cameras don't yet even have adjustable apertures, I don't think that SLRs have a lot to worry about yet.

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

Alan Watson

Re: It's not phone calls, it's data

But let's be fair, most people wouldn't want to get hit for €50 because their phone was updating weather forecasts in the background, so it's safer to disable data roaming altogether.

And as you can generally get WiFi at airports and hotels, often free, it's probably no great hardship for most either. The big threat is that if people realise it doesn't matter that they aren't instantly notified when a stranger makes an inane comment about their rather dull photo on facebook they might re-engage with real life, and then where would we all be?

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

Alan Watson

Re: I just wish I could remove the ****ing Facebook app

Disable it (Settings > Apps > All, select Facebook, press the "disable" button). Assuming you are running Android 4.x, that is.

Then it can't run, disappears from your app drawer, won't update. It's still in the /system partition, but then as user apps go to a different partition you'd not gain space for your own apps or data by removing it, so for all practical purposes the result is the same as uninstalling.

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John McAfee declares war on Android

Alan Watson

There are already plenty of apps which can do this.

So what's the difference? The McAffee name?? For anyone who's experienced their PC software that won't be a selling point...

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Rotten to the core: Apple’s 10 greatest FAILS

Alan Watson
FAIL

Early '90s "pre-internet"??

The internet didn't start when journalists got connected.

Pre widespread domestic internet would have been acceptable, but for a tech site this was a bit of a fail.

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HTC looks to cheaper phones as revenues wane

Alan Watson

The MTP thing isn't HTC's choice: Google did that several Android versions ago.

Of course if you have a removable SD card you can take that out and put it in a card reader, but don't expect the phone itself to work as a USB mass storage device whether you have a removable card or not, whoever makes it. Unless, that is, you can persuade Google to change their policy, but they are not famous for listening.

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Mobe-makers' BLOATWARE is Android's Achilles heel

Alan Watson

Why list by manufacturer?

If the problem is carrier bloatware, surely listing vulnerabilities and excessive privileges by carrier would be more relevant than by which handset/manufacturer they've put them into?

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Boffins create tabletop ANTIMATTER GUN

Alan Watson

Re: "doesn't actually risk the earth-shattering kaboom of a matter-antimatter annihilation."

Given that it takes a lot more energy to make the antimatter than you get out of it annihilating, you're not likely to see an antimatter reactor ever.

If you have unlimited energy to spare, antimatter could make a very intense energy _store_, but it will never be an energy _source_. Coal and uranium work for that purpose because you can just dig them out of the ground - if you had to make them yourself first it would be a different story ;)

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Alan Watson

Re: "doesn't actually risk the earth-shattering kaboom of a matter-antimatter annihilation."

The laser itself would do a pretty good job of that...

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Android is a mess and needs sprucing up, admits chief

Alan Watson

Well Google don't make their money from licensing (as Microsoft do) but from advertising.

As for the Intel comparison, how are ARM and Qualcomm doing out of Android? I suspect not too badly.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S4

Alan Watson
FAIL

No Exynos in the US

Actually the US only have the same Qualcomm model as the UK (with variants for different networks). No Exynos models there apart from grey market imports.

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Brit physics student debuts zombie flick shot inside LHC

Alan Watson

The real inspiration

http://xkcd.com/564/

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7in Android tablet review

Alan Watson

Not actually cheaper

You finish by saying that it's cheaper than the competition and offers twice the storage. Well if you define the competition as a 16GB iPad Mini that is correct. But if you take the obvious comparison - the Nexus 7 - it's the same price and has the same storage.

The only reason I can see why this will sell is that the front-page promotion on Amazon will push it to people who've never heard of the Nexus.

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Samsung says 'yes' to iPhone 5-sized Galaxy S III

Alan Watson

The obvious comparison for a 4" Samsung would be the Nexus S rather than the iP5. But 4" is just the new budget-to-midrange size right now: HTC started selling the 4" Desire X this week, for example, though sounds like Sammy are claiming this one will be higher spec (not yet checked that Engadget link).

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Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

Alan Watson

Pros, cons and corrections

The article cites 4.1 as a possible drawback, but fails to mention that most apps written for earlier Android versions will work perfectly well on it.

Comparisons with the Kindle Fire and Amazon's content library miss the point. Sure, Google *want* you to get your media from the Play Store, but there's nothing to stop you installing Kindle apps or even (if you live in the USA) the Amazon App Store on the Nexus. In contrast you need to root the Fire to get past the Amazon lock in. So I don't see any advantage to the Fire here.

Having said that, some of us do need more than 16GB, which is where Google seem to have a blind spot (the Galaxy Nexus is the same).

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HTC stimulates Sense with snap-happy One series

Alan Watson

Screen

Actually the S has an AMOLED, at least according to the reports (HTCs own site seems not to want to discuss display technology), The X however is TFT.

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Alan Watson

Re: Ville?

The "S" is the Ville.

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Alan Watson
FAIL

User storage...

No card slot in any of them, so just the built-in storage. Could probably cope with the X's 32GB, but 16GB for the S is too little (I'm using a 32GB card in my Desire), and 4GB in the V???

They've cut a deal with dropbox, but that's not the same as having stuff actually on your phone (when you are in a weak signal area, have a limited data bundle, are abroad, or just plain don't want to wait while you shuffle music between phone and cloud). Seems to be a trend with a lot of recent androids, and not a good one.

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Laptop display pixel counts to quadruple in 2012

Alan Watson

15' Macbook Pro displays max out at 1440x900 do they? So the 2 year old 15" 1680x1050 I'm using must be a fake then...

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Vote now for the best sci-fi film never made

Alan Watson
Happy

Best Mini-Series Never Made

Some of these could work well as films (Altered Carbon for example), but many really need a bit more space to breath and not be compressed into an incoherent rush.

So if anyone from HBO is reading this, how about a 6-10 episode version of Consider Phlebas?

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Pictures of Ubuntu: Linux's best photo shots at Windows and Mac

Alan Watson

Not just for linux

RawTherapee is cross-platform - I also run it on an old Windows XP box.

It's free, but if you use it do make a donation to the developer (who I have no connection to).

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Slimline iPhone pictures unearthed

Alan Watson
Thumb Down

Early April Fools

That's my guess - someone's playing a joke on the gadget sites and it's got out a day early.

Though it would be in line with Apple's attitude to comments on their products:

"You don't give enough mouse buttons"

- we'll get rid of them completely

"We don't want a phone with a fixed battery"

- you can have laptops with fixed batteries as well

In which case this model would be the answer to complaints that the iPhone 3G doesn't have enough battery life - a version which has no battery life at all..

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Nikon unveils mid-range pro-friendly DSLR

Alan Watson

D300 "Entry Level"???

Nikon's "entry level" SLRs are the D40 and D60 - the D300 was one from the top, below the D3, until the D700 was announced (and still is if you want to buy one this month).

Now if you are offering to sell one at an entry level price, you have my email address :)

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