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* Posts by Michael Langner

23 posts • joined 4 May 2007

Samsung Galaxy S5 in El Reg's claws: This time the 'S' is for 'sensible'

Michael Langner

So... They incorporated even more features the old Sony phones had, and used the same partially-sealed waterproofing as the old Sony V...

Eeeeh innovation, where?

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Samsung whips out 12.2-inch 'Professional' iPad killers

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Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Michael Langner

Not the Singapore units...

Over here they are completely unlocked, as per regulations. I've plugged in SIM cards from 6 different countries and it works fine. This seems to be specifically Clove locking down the phones.

I have a feeling the local sets will have a very high resale value. :P

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AT&T may charge fanbois for FaceTime vid chat, hints iOS 6

Michael Langner

What's so special?

I've had video calls on my "dumb" phones for many many years now... Same cost as a normal call too. Or is this just some weird american thing where they're 10 years behind the rest of the world?

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Sony Xperia P mid-range Android

Michael Langner

WhiteMagic

This phone also has the WhiteMagic screen...

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Asus: We are NOT killing off Transformer Prime

Michael Langner
Facepalm

3G is the dealbreaker...

I enjoy using a tablet to read news on the train, and not having 3G broke it for me.

But I admit, it is absolutely droolworthy.

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Apple vs. Samsung: next round today

Michael Langner
Go

Notification method...

I wonder, once iOS 5 is out, will Google sue Apple for copying the Android notification method?

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AMD slips into desktop RAM biz

Michael Langner
Thumb Up

Enterprise vendors...

...will like the fact they can get the CPU, GPU, chipset, RAM, etc, all from the same vendor- this improves the image of "compatibility and reliability" which is what Intel has enjoyed.

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Canon EOS 600D 18Mp DSLR

Michael Langner

That's it? 600D or a D5100?

I'd compare to the Sony A580, A33 too.

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Apple patent: 'Pour' your data from iPhone to iPad

Michael Langner
Thumb Down

Bump?

This really reminds me of Bump, which is a handy piece of software. And Hawaii 5-0 (the new series) where they would just flick images from their phones/tablet PCs onto the big screens in the office.

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Sony unwraps Android 3.0 tablet pair

Michael Langner
Welcome

Playstation icons...

If you look at the S1 and S2, you'll see the Playstation icons... Could these be more of the "Xperia Play" compatible devices?

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Communicate

Michael Langner
FAIL

Fail

Nice try, but the example German translation is whacked. We're still a long way off from a Babel Fish, right now it's more like babbling guppy

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This year's DSLR stars

Michael Langner
FAIL

A55?

Why no mention of the A55, the new Sony camera that was the only camera in Time's 50 best inventions of 2010?

Not to mention all it's advantages....

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F*ck you, thunders disgruntled fanboi Apple user

Michael Langner
Joke

I can't jump because...

If I land in the ocean, the moisture sensor on my iPad will void my warranty!

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Jobs to iPad skeptic: 'Are you nuts?'

Michael Langner
Pirate

iPad shortages due to grey market?

The so-called US shortage may be because of the large amount of smuggling. In a single (non-IT0 mall here in Singapore, I counted over 600 iPads on sale. In the main IT hub, that number is exponentially greater. And that's just here in 2 malls (out of, ooooh, 100 or so), and not counting Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, etc.

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T-Mobile bribes fanbois to trade iPhone for...Windows Mobile 6.5

Michael Langner

SE are doing the same...

SonyEricsson are doing the same in Singapore. They'll give you 650 SGD (about 400 USD) off an X10 if you trade in an iPhone 3GS 16GB. Lower model iPhones get less discounts.

I'd rather have the X10 than the HD2. :)

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BlackBerry maker dials in to watchphones

Michael Langner
FAIL

SonyEricsson MBw-100

This is EXACTLY the same watch as the SE MBW-100, which came out in 2006!!! So RIM is a generation behind SE on this front...

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Seagate closing Singapore plant

Michael Langner

@ Chris C

Well, but you do need to remember that a Singapore staff will cost about 5-8x the amount of a mainland china staff...

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Sony DSLR-A900 Alpha 900 digital SLR

Michael Langner
Flame

@ Michelle Knight

So, that means that Hasselblads, with ISO400 as the maximum, can't take decent pictures? What makes you think that High ISO is needed to take decent pictures. I primarily shoot available light portraits and landscapes. I've used many cameras before, and charted my ISO usage - 92% of my shots were ISO 400 or below. The rest were 800 and 1600.

I used the A900 for a week on loan, and traveled using the CZ 16-35 and took some portraits with the CZ 135mm lens. In all cases, including 2 test portrait shots at 800 and 1600 ISO, the detail was astounding, and very very very faaaar from "unusable". In fact, the noise profile seems better to me than the 1DsMkIII, and has higher detail too.

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Michael Langner
Paris Hilton

16-105 lest is APS-C

The DT moniker makes it APS-C. Which means you were only shooting at 11MP. Also, the 16-105 is a nice walkabout lens, but it's far from a great lens.

I think you guys would be astounded by the detail you would get if you actually uses a 24-70 on there, or any actual full-frame lens (such as the many minoltas available everywhere).

Paris H for using an APS-C lens to review a full-frame body.

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Bank turns London man into RFID-enabled guinea pig

Michael Langner
Go

RFID visa cards

These have been in use here in Singapore for ages already. But, much like londoners with the Oyster card, we're very very used to RFID systems and paying with RFID systems so it's no big deal here.

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Oyster-Barclaycard hybrid passes first technical trials

Michael Langner

What's so innovative?

What's so innovative about this? How are they on the "forefront of technology"? A system like this has been in place in Singapore for years now, and they even have Visa Credit Cards with an RFID chip built into the card so you can swipe or tap at many shopping outlets, post offices, coffee shops and mcdonald's. The card (which usually stays in your wallet) is tapped to the reader to use on all public transport.

They're even starting cardless payment now using biometrics (fingerprint reader).

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