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"Under the wholesale model, Amazon was selling ebooks at knockdown prices, sometimes not even at a profit, in order to entice customers to buy its Kindle ereaders."
Why didn't this warrant an anti-trust investigation as well? Surely this is blatant misuse of their, then, monopoly on the online book market?
I'm not saying it's the same as the alleged price-fixing, but surely it's much the same as forcing Internet Explorer to be present on all installations of Windows isn't it?
I think it would be 10% of Apple's turnover from the eBook market, not from their entire profit. I seem to remember that wasn't a very large part of their quarterly earnings report.
there was another of these sleep monitoring apps. it would monitor your sleeping and adjust your alarm time so that it wouldn't interrupt you in the middle of REM sleep and so ensure you woke up refreshed rather than groggy. But it only works on standard mattresses. These funky and comfy memory foam mattresses that are all the rage these days dampen and absorb your movement, so the phone can't monitor your sleep patterns. I imagine this app will also fall foul.
Re: Which is it?
the answer, of course, is that no one has a clue. but everyone knows that you'll get plenty of click-through rates if you write articles about it and analysts will continue to get paid if they make predictions that are sufficiently far into the future (i.e. more than 6 months) that no one will remember what they said they the time arrives.
Who loses? Us poor mugs that read this gumpf in the misguided hope that we might glean some useful information from it.
There's no fate but what we make for ourselves
I, for one, etc etc
1.5kg is not going to be a comfortable way to read magazines and e-books, good luck with that.
Why would you want an ultrabook to act like a tablet?
Or a tablet to be able to act like an ultrabook?
I don't see those two form factors appealing to the same demographic. Surely it's a one or the other type of deal?
Re: not an issue for me
4g3g here - also no problems that i've found when compared to my old iPad
problem with magazines on tablets
the problem, then, is that these digital magazines are trying to cash in on the lucrative tablet user market, without putting any effort into their apps.
I've downloaded a few issues of Edge and guess what, they look rubbish on the old iPad too. Pages are forced to the same size and shape as the printed magazine. You have to zoom in on the text anyway to be able to read it. And then have to scroll around. It doesn't remember which page i was reading before. They include the contents page, but i can't tap on the article descriptions to get to them.
In short, these magazines are not better than a pdf scan. And for that, why bother paying for them, why not just torrent them?
If the publishers are serious about this new medium for their product, they should put some effort into leveraging the strengths of the medium, instead of just giving us a carbon copy of the printed version.
When can I get one for my kitchen??
hardware social network?
I'm not sure how the idea of a hardware based social network would work?
I use facebook and occasionally twitter because I can get the client apps on my phone. If I change phone, I'll re-install the apps. But I'm not so bothered about being on a social network that I'll go out and buy a piece of hardware specifically. And even more so if that hardware doesn't provide any other functionality.
no issues noticed on mine
i've got a
4G 3G + Wifi model here in the uk and haven't noticed any problem with the wifi signal.
so i guess perhaps it's just a bad batch in the production line?
something like FRAND but for medical or assistive inventions?
There should be something like FRAND then, whereby an invention that is so obviously of benefit to unfortunate, disabled and kids, should be forced to be licensed at very reasonable rates. Something like this is for the greater good of the species*, surely, not just to line some one's wallet with cash. Instead of being able to shut down the company making the iPad software, they should at least be able to license it at a reasonable level.
Am sure they'll sell 50 of these apps for every one of the hardware that gets sold. So a 5% license fee would provide them the same income.
*Darwinian views of survival of the fittest and most eloquent aside....
does it really correlate with the predictions from February? or is it not more likely that he's gotten the June date from those analysts'
random guesses predictions
suddenly struck by a desire to nip out and buy a couple of Creme Eggs
I'm sorry to say, Lester, but you are obviously something of an amateur when it comes to cream egg eating.
Some of us have been eating the 2012 batch of cream eggs since they appeared in shops, at the start of the year. And during the last 30 days or so my consumption has only increased. If there's less than 6 eggs in the fridge, then I need to go and stock up - you can never tell when you might need to accompany a cuppa tea with a cream egg, and it's a terrible thing to be caught short unexpectedly.
Cream eggs are for life, not just for Easter.....
"Naturally some aspects will need to be refreshed"
I guess that is where the fear that this won't do well comes from.
Instead of re-envisaging the characters to fit today's political world, it'll just be the same but using modern terms and events.
But equally, is the current way of politics that interesting or funny?
The enjoyment of the original shows is the clever language and arguments, the intellectual mind-games that went on between Sir Humphrey and Jim Hacker. My worry is that, as politics these days seems less high-brow, so too will the new version of the show be dumbed down. And with that, it will loose its appeal.
got to follow the rules
Rule #1 - Cardio
Rule #2 - The Double Tap
Rul3 #3 - Beware of Bathrooms
Rule #4 - Wear Seat Belts
Evidently they didn't follow Rule 2 the first time around...
so, can we look forward to a 50" Retina Display(TM) telly then?
At no point in the whole article does it ever state that iTV is the name of the product.
That's just El Reg trying to stir you guys into making a post that'll stir people like me into replying to it.
bows and arrows against the lightning"
This is awesome! Those Martian feckers in their tripodal fighting machines don't stand a chance now that we have thermal cloaking tech. Come on then, you red planet smegheads, if you think you're hard enough!!!!
What's the battery life like in the touch?
The 4 has half the battery life on the Keyboard. Amazon says it should last a month on the 4, but that's only based on 30 minutes of reading per day. My other half reads for hours a day and has noticed she's charging it nearly all the time compared to the Keyboard.
If the Touch has more memory, does it also have better batteries?
shame this wasn't around when CDs and DVDs were all the rage
you wear plastic socks? it is for incontinence or just a fetish thing?
that's weird then, i must know AC, because he seems to know all my friends too (and me, tbh, as i got a Wii last summer when the missus decided she wanted to use it Wii Fit and Zumba, used it for a month, haven't switched it on again since).
the Wii serves a specific need - that of multiplayer gaming, and light-weight, kid-friendly gaming.
i think the critical thing is, now that world+dog has a Wii in their lounge to fulfil those needs, why would they bother to spend so much cash again on a WiiU? if you're having a party, you'll wheel out the old Wii.
Re: "I had this idea that life would adapt to the deep"
There's life, Jim (Cameron), but not as we know it...
That's weird that files that incorporate a compression in their format, will copy slower. Is it trying to double compress them? You'd think they could detect already compressed data and so skip the compression process, speeding up the transfer speeds.
<spoiler>i agree with this request for spoiler tags</spoiler>
at the very least, perhaps a way to make text white so that you need to highlight it to view it, that would work just as well, but there must be a fairly simple piece of css/js tricky that could be done, no?
east bound and down
woohoo Jerry Reed!! oh wait, wrong Snowman....
Re: "When I examined the page, ..."
quote I found that each of the videos
sounds like he examined it very very thoroughly indeed
it's the ease of access.
i'm switching my subscription over to download only this month.
that said, most of what we've been watching has been via Netflix. Lovefilm just doesn't have the right kind of stuff and the interface on the playstation and the samsung smart tv is much much easier to use on Netflix than Lovefilm
Re: My obligatory comment to see if I've reached 100 posts yet.
quote: Tags: Please could we have <pre> and some way of quoting other people's posts?
i was going to put "+1 for <quote> request"
but then i realised that it is really a bbcode type tag, there isn't an equivalent html tag that could be used is there.
best i can think of is to italicise the quote.
I think, if you have to manually format your quote, that's a good way of stopping some quotetard from putting gobloads of a post's text in a quote and then just typing "me too" afterwards.
now that El Reg is an official forum website as well as a news site, i wonder how long before it gets blocked entirely by our office websense filtering :(
i really hope not
i think 4 inches is the max for a phone. if you want a bigger screen, get a frikken tablet
i quite like the 3.5 screen on the iphone - the phone looks neat and compact these days compared to the oversized ugly Androids. I remember when the first iPhone came out and it looked huge against the skinny candybar feature phones everyone had back then.
Re: Too bad...
Surely coders are going to be amongst the most technically literate people in the country. And therefore, the best equipped for switching to a work-from-home model.
who can benefit?
Do you have to be registered then as working for a games development company, in order to qualify? Is it just the companies that qualify? Does it apply to one-man-band type companies?
Or can I get a tax break just for programming some basic and/or rubbish game and punting it on the mobile app stores?
i liked the music, but was still way too much for a podcast format. at the very least, if you're going to put that music dead time at the start, have someone introducing the show over the music or something.
also, try and equalise the volume on the two vocal inputs. Gavin's speech was a bit quiet, so i tuned up the volume, and then Mary-Jo was shouting in my ears, so i had to turn it down, and then couldn't hear Gavin.
friend of mine also agrees that it's a fake:
"On the 13/14 video of his you can see around 1.30 there is a sun design on the right hand wing, then the camera looks down, then looks up again. The sun design has a large dot that wasn't there before. Very clear and obvious evidence of digital manipulation on at least one of the videos for sure."
"internet sites could no longer shirk their responsibilities and achieve illicit financial gain"
so what about if you're hosting the files for zero profit? charges to users are adjusted constantly to ensure they only cover monthly costs, and once done.
yes, a major headache to do, because the cheaper the site is, the more popular it will be, so the higher the bandwidth costs required, but i don't think it's impossible.
and then, there are no financial gain, illicit or not. would that be acceptable to the court?
Digital distribution. Just like mobile gaming, you buy the game online, download it, then you can't sell it on to anyone else, because there's no physical media to re-sell.
That said, I don't look forward to having to download a blu-ray's worth of data on the next games like GTA5 and Max Payne 3. But possibly the solution is you open the games up to pre-ordering, and users can download them over a couple of weeks, and then on the release day, the copies are unlocked when connecting to their servers.
Or, commit more to DLC. So you can buy the physical game, but you'll need to keep the disc around if you want to play the full game, as 70% of the single-player gameplay, and the multiplayer, all gets downloaded from online. The disc can hold all the music and the high-def textures, but the gameplay content gets downloaded and only works keyed to your account, or something.
I know the 2nd hand market is a problem for the game developers. But I don't think many of them have done much about it other than whine "it's so unfair!!!"
There are definitely ways around it, they just need to get us players into the habit of downloading more of our content in a means that makes it very complicated to then re-sell on.
Just what sort of party is this room intended for?
that scene out of Boondock Saints when they come in through the air con vent in the ceiling, twisted up in the rope, and spin round firing the 9mm's and waste all the russian mafia types that were sitting in there
a google search suggests it happened in 2005 and 2010 too
always been a big fan
there's something about the genre of cars-with-guns that i really enjoy, and Twisted Metal's always been the most enjoyable of them. can't wait to play this!!
i agree with the review though - seems a shame they switched it to being a full blown game, i guess they wanted the money, but the game is perfect as a PSN download.
nevermine, Wrecked: Revenge Revisited is rumoured to be (finally!!) getting released on the 28th, and that's going to be more fun than anything, ever!
even as a kid....
i preferred my Apple ][e to my bbc micro
but i can't for the life of me tell you why - it's not like it was more shiny or anything. and it's hard to argue that, both being command line driven devices, the user experience was better on the Apple than the BBC, but i definitely preferred it
glad to see Mark Hamill got the award. Batman AC was an terrific game, but his performance in that and the previous game was absolutely spot on. Really quite sad at the thought that he's not going to do that character any more.
but it's not like the hi res screen is a surprise though, is it? it was long rumoured for the iPhone, and when it arrived, it was obvious that the iPad was going to get it too.
so WHY hasn't the competition already got higher res screens? it's impossible to think they weren't aware this was going to happen, so why haven't they already got a tablet in the market with at least the same spec screen?
instead, they're all just sitting on their hands, taking a back seat, happy to give Apple all the market share and the publicity. Sure, they'll probably rush a product to market now, and it'll be obviously rushed and critically, later than the iPad.
for the competition to be competition, they've gotta start getting ahead of the game, not just content to constantly play catch-up
more detail please
can you expand on how "the iPad continues to 'cut across' different market sectors" leads to "iPad bludgeons to death two UK Apple reseller shops"?
are you saying that they based their business model on being able to sell iPads? and that all iPad purchases were online and so they failed?
Or that so many people have iPads now that they don't go out to the shops any more looking at new kit or to buy support, instead they stay at home and surf web shops and look up how to fix their problems themselves?
fans wise up?
Speaking from what we've seen in the UK - looks like a lot less people queued up, but i think that's because the majority pre-ordered instead, not that there were significantly less people ordering the new one.
From what I can tell, in the UK Apple were using three courier companies to deliver. and all of them still had undelivered orders outstanding at 7pm tonight. That's got to be a lot of deliveries to overload the likes of TNT and UPS. UkMail is the 3rd one, but I dunno if they're a 'big' courier company like the other two.
quality - i needed something amusing to cheer me up today and this hit the spot nicely
Trouble is, I see TDK and I just think of the old cassettes and VHS tapes that we used to have in our house in the 80s and I have to put some real effort in not to dismiss them out of hand.
But the review does sound very good. Am sorely tempted as the last earphones I bought (Reid and Heath MA-350s following their favourable review by El Reg quite a while ago) have just stopped working in one ear (the nifty braided cord that did not get tangled unfortunately frayed at the connector end eventually and so broken the wires inside).
How about a comparison of PAYG prices?
From what i could see when i looked, Three was also wiping out the competiton for value (10gb of data for £10 i think it was, whereas all the others were offering 2gb for the same price) but I don't know how good their network signal in my areas.
For a data only device like an ipad, i'm thinking PAYG might be a better option than being tied to a two year contract.
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