608 posts • joined Friday 15th August 2008 13:15 GMT
Sphero 2, from the gosphero.com shop, including shipping (to UK) and taxes, ends up as $189, or £115.
I got a sphero1 for christmas last year, and it's good fun, for a few weeks. The new one is supposed to be much quicker, which should make climbing obstacles (ramps etc.) easier, and you get two ramps in the box as well.
My main issue with the sphero1 (which i guess would apply to the 2 as well) is that to get the most out of it, you need a reasonable amount of space, as is true with all RC toys, which I, unfortunately, don't have.
None of the planets are candidates for immediate colonisation either, as all five are...
really, really far away
Re: Maybe if you get drunk again when you need to support it
State dependant memory, works for me
Re: cloud cover
one of these days, the thick cloud that surrounds this land will part, and we will look up and see the heavens in all their expansiveness, and on that day (being the xenophobic bunch that we are) we shall proclaim...
'It's got to go...'
Re: Of course they can make a difference !
your not going to catch me out with that 'gold' nonsense again, I've got the real deal now, was assembled in space, by unicorns. works a treat
the thing is, that i have just picked my phone up and held it as i would in a phone call, and i find that i have thumb on one side of phone, second/middle and to an extent 3rd and 4th fingers down the other side, with my index finger, pressing into the back (roughly where the apple logo is on an iphone (for reference)).
This is just how i hold a phone, mobile or otherwise. Maybe that's weird, i don't know.
i'am all for moving things around, and trying something new, but i think in this case i would find myself having to actively avoid the controls while just, using, my phone.
home automation is fine
but how about they work on more location aware services on their phones first.
Geo-fenced reminders are great and all, but how about some location specific settings / profiles. (leave office, turn off work email and wifi. arrive home turn personal email on, set ring to loud), that sort of thing, can't be too hard, can it?
Re: underpowered but consistant hardware
i think part of the problem is that the last generation of consoles (x360, ps3) has actually had many more consoles, with different hardware than people think.
Time was, an N64, was an N64, but ever since the PSX (at least) things have changed mid-generation, with things like the PS1and halfway through the PS2 life cycle, the PS2(slim).
Even at launch, the x360 was available in 2 configurations, admittedly, at that point it was largely cosmetic, but then not much later the x360 elite was released, then the slim, and now they are gearing up for another x360 shortly after (?) the xb1 is released.
The PS3 has also been through many slight changes while staying in the same 'generation'.
While most of this has been cosmetic/aesthetic, there will have been changes under the hood as well, even if it is only using different chips to allow them to make the whole thing 'slimmer'. I'd be surprised if this had /NO/ impact at all on the way the software (games) runs on them.
Re: neither plants nor animals?
like hyper intelligent shades of the colour blue?
last inkjet printer i had anything to do with cost less than a replacement set of inks.
i like the prospect of being able to have a full fold out keyboard, that when not required could be swapped for an extra battery, or maybe a better camera with an sd slot.
not going to hold my breath though.
So 'London's Hero' is a sodding umbrella.
Good to see that national stereotyping is good and dead
Re: This looks to be a better idea:
so its a second mini-phone to use with your mega-phone that you cant use as a phone (/mp3 player/ whatever) because it's too big...
A bit like having a normal sized phone, and, maybe a tablet or laptop.
How long before this 'mini-handset' gets upgraded with a bigger (better?) screen, camera, and other goodies, to the point where it's too big, and you want something small, like a watch, to let you quickly and easily see the information from your mini-handset, that you use because your 'phone' is so big you have to carry it around in a rucksack?
Re: Browser choice
You do get the choice, but IE is already installed, and i reckon a very large number of 'normal users' just click close on that, every time it pops up (along with all the other start up errors on a windows PC). every time they switch on their PC.
windows doesnt have any malware. really? Since when?
Re: i was expecting this
not quite as bad as it seems
firstly, to get Siri to call someone, you need to know that the person you are trying to call is stored in the contacts. Yeah, i suppose you could try "siri, call Mum" but you can't guarentee that will work.
secondly, the number you're calling from step one, has to have facetime available, so either another iOS device, or a Mac.
Lastly, you need access to that other device to be able to end / cancel the facetime call.
So, yeah, while possible, not exactly plausable. It's not like i can walk through an office, grab someones iPhone off their desk, and use this to get access to their phone / contacts.
Re: Maybe a MONSTER...
"they prefer to obsolete kit the day after it gets sold"
Which would be why i was charging my 4s with the same charger and cable that i used with my 3G, from I can't remember how many years ago.
Re: Music Magpie
good idea for a service, but from my experience they are pretty tight with their money.
I've had a box sitting around for months with CD's and DVD's waiting to go off to them, but I cant bring myself to let them go for such a paltry amount. The main reason for wanting to sell them was to free up some space in bookcases, now they are in a box in a cupboard, problem solved.
It seems to be something like 10p for a CD and 30p for a DVD (on average). If you have lots of big sellers, you are likely to get less for them, than if you have loads of hard to find stuff (which you probably wouldnt want to sell anyway).
My guessing is that they get hundreds of copies of the 'big sellers' so don't want to be giving out the big bucks for extras, but are happy to give out a few extra pence for another copy of something that they only have one or two of.
What I'd like to know is what they do with the stuff once they have it.
I was told by my local o2 store mid week (last week) that they weren't getting any 5s' for launch day, but would have loads of 5c's. You could place an order in store from Friday, and you would get it when you get it.
Or, you could order one (5s) online from the o2 site Friday morning, and get it Monday morning.
Slightly off topic, for all the people saying its (5s) not much of an update from the 5, they're right, but it is quite a step up from the 4s that I was using previously.
Re: no queues on-line
Ever tried getting tickets for Glastonbury?
Sitting in front of a PC for an hour, waiting to be served before being told they have sold out, sure feels like a bloody queue to me.
Re: Twas ever thus
"who are unable to enter University as they lack the required mental capacity. It would be wasteful to under-educate people who can benefit from a full education."
Yeah, it's much better to over-educate those that can't benefit from it.
Better to encourage all the clever clogs to go to uni, and get their psychology degree, so they can bugger off to work in a coffee shop, like a lot of people I encountered in my younger years, while I was off, learning on the job, and not running up a lifetime supply of debt.
Most people i know that didn't go to uni (myself included) instead spent their time doing an apprenticeship (or similar) and is now gainfully employed, where as many people that I know that did go to uni are now knee deep in debt and (some 10 years after leaving) are still not really sure what the want to do with themselves, and spend more time looking for jobs, than actually in them.
I'm not saying this is the case with everyone who does go to uni, I'm just telling it how I see it.
oh, and one more thing
I'd quite to see a 'one more thing' moment on Tuesdays announcement, for an iWatch, coming in at around $195, 1 week+ battery and works with all iOS7 devices. I can imagine Samsung wouldn't be too happy.
Not that i'd buy one if they did, i'm quite happy with my Pebble for now
Ethernet over HDMI
I saw such a thing in Game a little while back, as a PS3 connector cable, and was puzzled.
Long term, I can almost see the point to it (AV receiver as router, maybe), but surely, currently, there is no use case for sending networking information from say, a games console or blue ray player, or even a PC, to a display? What is the display going to do with said network information.
Surely, all the grunt work is being done by the device, and the Display, is just, you know, Displaying, what ever it gets sent down the 'video' cable.
Or am I missing something incredibly simple and obvious?
anybody know what the devices were that were 'on offer' and what he was 'up-selled' to?
Just curious as there is a bit of a difference between. 'Sorry sir, we have no nexus7's how about a nexus10'
'we are sooo sorry sir, but we appear to have run out of the landfill android tablets that we had on offer, but we have plenty of these 64gb iPads knocking about
Re: Screw 0871, 09xx is where it's at.
I have a growing amount of numbers in my Spam contact (PPI cold callers and such like) , might be worth putting a few of them to use
Re: I wish them luck and good sales
but when you take into account how many (current) phones apple have on the market compared to how many samsung have (iPhone 5 vs s4, note2, mega, and i'm sure many others that i cant name) you get a different picture.
The may be selling 'more than twice' as many, but they also have many more than twice as many to choose from.
That is however, far from the point of the article, and i would also like to wish Jolla the best of luck
Re: Why don't phones display the URL..?
NeoReader for iOS does.
After scanning opens a screen with fields for 'title' (usually empty) and 'content' (usually a URL), and the options to Open, Share or Copy to clipboard.
The problem is, the URL is often a tinyurl or similar, so although you can see it, you don't necessarily know where it is going to take you.
Nobody else care to mention that The Galo de Barcelos is the logo / mascot for the Nandos spicy flamegrilled chicken emporium, and that the legend as described is scrawled on their walls (at least in every one I've ever been to)
(shame the XXHot sauce isn't as hot as this -->)
Re: Will the 5S still have a 4 inch screen?
Not everyone who wants a 'higher end' phone, also want a massive screen.
If you want a phone the size of a tablet, great, go buy a Samsung Mega. Leave us who like a phone that (comfortably) fits in a trouser pocket with something less brobdingnagian.
The choice of higher end handsets, with reasonably (read <5") sized screens are getting fewer and further between.
Also, a 'loyal user base' are surely more likely to buy what ever they release, regardless of screen size, because they are 'loyal'
Don't start at £26, it's £22 for 1gb. £27 for 3gb.
The £26 a month is on simplicity.
ahh, meteor shower
cue loads of massive clouds as usual
Re: Sorry, but no.
Quite near the bottom, £300. Style and Zetec only.
Re: Does seem odd
from this (from your first link)
"Digital radio offers more stations and improved sound quality, and is already standard on all Fords bar the Fiesta and Ka. It will be fitted to these car in the summer, and to commercial vehicles over the next 12-18 months."
Printed 2011, you would imagine that to be the case, but unless it is very, very well hidden, I can assure you it's not there. FM, and AM (I think) long wave (good enough to get test match special at least), but no DAB.
I'm actually tempted to print a few of these off and head down to my dealership and see what's going on
Re: Sorry, but no.
Definitely not standard in all fords.
Very recently brought a new fiesta (zetec, so fairly high up the spec list). No DAB. USB, Bluetooth. SYNC, but no DAB.
Was an option, for several hundred more pounds.
From what i saw, none of the models, except maybe the Titanium (highest end) mondeo had DAB as standard
Re: Peter Capaldi
Could be good, but I'd prefer Malcom Tucker.
It might be just me, but off the top of my head, I can't think of anything that would actually be able to use that sort of throughput. Surely it's just moving the data bottleneck to somewhere else.
Can any disks write that fast? Even if they can, if you have an external disk, the connection to the host PC might be USB, but the actual connection to the disk is still likely to be SATA, which is slower, right?
I might be missing something really obvious, but other than external disks (and networking, bust as mentioned above networking over usb has it's own issues), I cant really see the need for that sort of throughput on an external bus.
Printing? Mouse? Keyboard? Web cam?
Just because everyone loves a car analogy. To me, it seems like having a car that can go 500mph. Great, you have the fastest car in the world, but there is nowhere you can drive it at that speed.
complex lock screen passwords
I used to use one, but got bored of spending half my day unlocking my phone, so changed it to something much quicker, all be it less secure.
What's needed is something simple to use, but very secure, not persuading everybody that they need 10+ random character alphanumeric passwords on their phones.
4g iPhone in UK
Just looking at this
And also looking at the comparative phone ranges linked in the article.
Now, obviously, the iPhone 5 is only available on 4g on EE currently, because it is the only 4g service available, but the way things are when the other networks launch their offerings, it will still only be available on EE. (in fact, O2 were recently offering a refund for people that had brought a iPhone5 before their 4g bands had been purchased)
I wonder if Apple will fix this in the next phone, or if we will see a return to the iPhone being available only on one network (or at least at full spec, as I'm sure all the others would still sell it, even if it's not 4g on their network)
Re: almost one in two
I got a little hung up on that also.
almost 1 in 2, is that like 4 in 10,
or more like 49 in 100
or even, like 499 in 1k?
or even smaller margins than that?
Apple vs google
just realised i haven't used either of these on my iphone for a while, so fired them both up.
Apples crap map app, loaded instantly, gave me my accurate location, on a clearly visable map.
Googles crappier map app, showed me a splash screen for about 30 seconds, then a blank screen with a little blue dot on it, for ages. Finally resolves after about 3 mins, with very (almost unreadably) badly maps, switching to satellite view no better. No way near as good as the old inbuilt iOS version.
Using strong WiFi connection for both.
Agent watch / wireless charging.
Doesn't look any more wireless than the method I use to charge my pebble.
1) take off watch
2) put watch down close enough to cable that it magnetically connects to watch
3) charge watch
4) pick up watch when charged, cable falls away effortlessly.
Agent watch, repeat as above, replace 2 with,
put on charge pad that is wired into somewhere else.
Is made by Microsoft, and is great, when it works, which mine currently is not. In my less than a month old car. The suggestions in the forums are to unplug the car battery, or pull the stereos fuse out.
Yes, technology has evolved to the point where you actually do need to re-boot your car. Great.
As for not getting the car because you don't like the dash, true, but annoying, when it is everything else about the car that you do like, (including the price). Or you could get a car you don't like, because it doesn't have a crap audio system.
Re: Well, to a point, Lord Copper.
and now, due to the extra voice that people get from access to the internet, via word of mouth I now have two new artists to go and check out, who in turn I may (if they are good enough) pass on to others.
Thanks, I've been after some decent new music for a while
please someone tell me i wasn't the only one to read that as 'on top of Prague Hotel'.
Re: "The project leaders never wanted this data, and didn't use it or even look at it."
in case someone else wants it ?
Re: Or are they hiding something?
my response to the Kinect issue is, just unplug the camera when your not using the console. Not that difficult, but not something you could do to get round the DRM.
The idea that you have to have it plugged in while using the console sucks a bit, but not anywhere near as much as having a camera (and microphone) watching me all the time im in my living room.
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