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Adobe's revenge on Steve Jobs: HTML5

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Re: Doing What Jobs Urged Them To

Jobs is the one having the last laugh re Flash. He would be very pleased to see how right he was about Flash (dead on Android, dead on Linux, dying on OS X and Windows),

Yes and no - I mean yes, he was right that it would one day die out, but this was not a difficult prediction - it was clear that HTML5 was planned, and this was clearly the better way forward long term. This was what almost everyone was saying.

But it's also worth nothing that with the IOS devices, it wasn't about dropping Flash to embrace HTML5, but instead to support "apps" as their lock-in. So like, we went from sites that required a closed proprietary application that could run on most platforms, to sites that now require a closed proprietary exe that only runs on one type of hardware! Hardly an improvement - out of the frying pan, into the fire, I'd say. Furthermore, Jobs's actions did nothing to kill Flash, as the response from websites was to make the closed exe for IOS devices, and still use Flash for other platforms; it wasn't to move to HTML5.

Compare this to Google who more recently removed Flash from Android, but they also updated Youtube to use HTML5 (as opposed to requiring you to use an Android-only app).

Flash may be dying, but we should hold off cheering until websites can be accessed through any device, including all mobile devices, using HTML5 and not platform specific closed exes that might or might not work on your device.

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Apple's new 'Assembled in USA' iMac a bear to upgrade, repair

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Re: umm, this IS a laptop

"You could not make a PC that thin, with a display as good that was as quiet in running as the mac. "

Given that Macs *are* PCs, this is complete nonsense. Certainly there are all-in-one PCs from companies other than Apple. I don't know off hand if Apple make the thinnest - if they do, it's more down them choosing not to for whatever reason, rather than it being impossible because of the semantic issue of labelling it a "PC". There are also plenty of silent PCs.

And the obvious example would be PC laptops, which exist with far smaller volumes than this Apple all-in-one PC, as well as often being silent. As noted, the imac has laptop components anyway. So yes, it is clearly possible to make a PC of that size.

As for cables, what powers an imac, hot air? There are two less cables (monitor to PC, and extra power cord), but that's it. The only option for zero cables is a laptop running on battery. But for the niche purposes where an all-in-one is useful (I admit there are a couple), there are various PCs to choose from, not just this one.

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Re: fuss over nothing

A Mac *is* a PC these days, just a brandname for one company's computer.

I've had no trouble repairing PCs or PC parts from various companies, though to be honest this is an extremely rare thing when buying complete systems.

The "repair things for free" seems either a myth, or very much a matter of luck. I've experienced the case where they refuse to repair something, despite us paying for the insurance (I guess it doesn't cover everything, after all, despite what some claim).

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Apple plants flag on wireless power-supply map

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Re: the charging unit will only work with identified devices

The worse thing is when the industry goes along with them - it frustrates me that so many audio devices cater only for ipods or the minority of Apple phone users. What if like most people I want to plug in an Android smartphone, or I just Think Different and use something like my Sansa? (I'm amused that my LG smart TV actually makes a better audio player than most dedicated audio equipment, because it uses open standards like USB or network playing - plug in or stream from any kind of device.)

Of course they've been hoisted by their own petard, now that the iphone 5 is incompatible with this apple-only system, messing the whole system up - if only they'd used open standards...

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Samsung: Demand for mobes forced 16hr days on factory slaves

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Since Samsung make much of the hardware in apple devices, your point is irrelevant anyway.

And it's a proven fact that apple have far higher profit margins. The extra money you give to apple isn't going to the workers, it's going to shareholders.

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Google Play revenues leap 311% in 2012

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Re: It will be an uphill struggle for Google

Yes it's so terrible that my platform has loads of top quality software for free, where as you pay for stuff. A struggle indeed.

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And what about other stores?

It's flawed to only look at Google Play - as Apple have the advantage, as that's the only place you can download from for IOS. What are the stats like for Android in total?

For developers, this is a circular argument - revenues are likely higher, because ios gets so much more support than other platforms, despite never being the most popular. Maybe Android revenue is rising because finally we're getting software support for it? Saying "We're not going to port to Android because they don't pay" reeks of the old "Linux users don't pay for software" flamebait, except this is a world where Android has a staggering 5 times the market share of ios on phones (and presumably still easily leads overall even with tablets included).

Higher revenues for developers shouldn't be spun as a good thing anyway - from a user point of view, I much prefer a platform with more free software or lower cost software.

(Though it's still interesting to see that Android is growing so rapidly - especially as this is presumably due to growth in userbase or more people using software, or more software being released, rather than software prices increasing.)

Developers should look at other factors too - it's downloads or revenue per developer or per application, rather than total for the platform. So a platform with smaller share can still be viable if there's less competition (though iphone is both smaller and with more competition - but I'm thinking of other platforms too. I still get 100x the downloads on Symbian that I do for Android, for example).

"It should be interesting to check the China v US figures in a few months, now that Apple has announced that the iPhone 5, iPad mini, and latest iPad will be available in the Middle Kingdom in the next two weeks."

Because it's not like there'll be any new Android devices(!) Why does any stat that makes Apple look bad have to end with "But there'll be something new out from Apple to change it, honest!"? For Android we've got the high spec and low cost Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, Nook HD, Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy Note 2, not to mention rumours of a Galaxy Note 7, as well as loads of new Android phones on the way.

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Oi, Apple, stick to phones, forget about TV - Time Warner CEO

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Re: Could be a much needed kick up the arse...

You're not an Apple fan, but you're sounding like one...

My LG TV's interface is just fine. And it streams with any OS I like, any device I like, using any software I like, using open standards.

The Apple world is to make you use itunes (which I find horrendous - and even if you don't, the point is that people should have a choice), and be optimised to work with Apple idevices. Just look at the fiasco in the audio industry where so much stuff only supports being physically connected to an Apple only idevice. And then that gets stuffed up when Apple change the connector - serves them right.

Loads of manufacturers are already competing to build even better systems. And Google are moving in with Google TV, which is gaining support. Apple would be just yet another company, coming late to the party.

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Re: Just trying to protect their balliwick

Quite - the thing is that if Apple do make a TV, then even though Samsung, LG etc may remain bigger sellers of "smart" TVs, we'll find that suddenly TV companies will drop support for them, and only make it available for the minority of Apple TV users. The same happened in the phone market, and the industry's idea of moving the press, TV and film online is to make it so you can "watch on your ipad" that most of us don't have. Usually it's the case that they love Apple - a match made in heaven when it comes to controlling and locking down media, and blocking out the more popular platforms.

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Dell launches Sputnik Linux Ultrabook

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Re: @AC 16:30GMT - I like that it's certified Windows 8 compatible!

OOI, how much easier is it to install Linux on an Apple tablet, or install GNU/Linux on an Android tablet? Is this something that MS made harder - or is it that MS ARM tablets are no different, but as always, MS get criticised when Apple got a free pass?

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Re: No, they aren't

PC Specialist offer lots of customization (SSDs, discrete graphics, Full HD, matte screens), though they're mostly geared towards larger/heavier laptops.

Note though, you're possibly restricting your choice if you want something that's light and has discrete graphics (it's not just the weight of the card I imagine, but also whatever's needed for extra cooling). To be honest, Intel integrated graphics is a lot better than it used to be, with HD4000 probably being good for most purposes except high end gaming (and if you want a high end gaming laptop, it's not going to be light).

I do agree the choices seem odd - why do we have super high resolutions on phones/tablets, but not on phones/laptops? Why can't we get more laptops with SSDs (where speed is useful) and tablets with hard disks? (Which seems an obvious option to me, given their usage for media playing - if you can get hard disks into small mp3 players, it should be possible in a large tablet - it seems pointless having Full HD tablets, considering that one Blu Ray quality HD film is 25GB, and many tablets only have 16GB!) Why did I have the option of matte on my 17" Clevo which I use indoors, but all the phones/tablets that get used outdoors in sunlight only have glossy?

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"Apple landed an important punch against Microsoft some years back by becoming a popular platform among devs building new applications."

In your Universe, maybe. Vista is old news. And if you don't like Windows, there's Linux - better that than to restrict your choice to only one company (that is trying to destroy Open Source operating systems with software patents).

"the power of MacBooks"

Oh dear - is this an Apple advert. "Macbook" is just a trademark for their PCs. They use the same components of any other PCs, and that power comes from companies like Intel. I've plenty of power in my Clevo, thanks.

"saw Microsoft lose its grip on an influential"

Oh dear, it's the new "Apple are going bust". Wake me up when it's Apple who have 90% market share.

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Unlocked iPhone 5 on sale in US, cheaper than UK - but not cheap

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Re: Jai

But you don't get more support, as even if the newer OS is available for your phone, features are still restricted if the phone doesn't support it. Plus, you can't fix the old hardware.

If you're happy with a 4 year old phone, fine, but there are loads of people happy with old Android phones too, so you're comparison isn't fair - we might just as well compare someone using an old Android phone, to someone who upgrades his iphone every 2 years.

(The still large market share of Android 2.x shows there's a lot of older Android users out there too. The same is true of other platforms - e.g., my downloads for my Symbian applications show a significant portion, perhaps at least half, coming from 4 year old phones like the Nokia 5800.)

And buying unlocked can often be cheaper than contract, that's nothing to do with the platform.

Your price comparison isn't really fair - sure, using a 4 year old iphone may now be cheaper than the Android users you know. But, you have a really crap 4 year old iphone, compared to your friends with up to date high spec Android phones... It's not comparing like with like. We might as well say that someone who uses a £30 "feature" PAYG phone has it even cheaper than you!

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Chinese buyers falling out of love with iPhones

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Re: Are the Chinese exceptionally patriottic ?

Even without being "patriotic", companies tend to do better in their own markets - e.g., the US is Apple's best market, and S Korea is Samsung's best market. Nokia's Symbian was the number one worldwide platform until 2011, but virtually unheard of in the US (which perhaps partly contributes to the ridiculous "Apple invented 'smart' phones in 2007 [even though the 1st iphone wasn't a smartphone]" from the US media, though there's no excuse for the UK media).

There are factors such as language of the documentation; distribution - whether you can buy it at all, and whether it's available on networks with contracts, which is how most people buy phones; brand awareness (people tend to be more wary of brands that they don't know); and simply being aware of the product in the first place.

E.g., one of my friends was asking about whether Symbian phones still exist to buy - they still today sell around 4 million a quarter (i.e., still better than Apple managed back in 2007!), but it'd be hard if not impossible to get one in the UK on a contract.

Or I'd love to have one of the Android tablets from Chinese company Ainol, which have excellent specs at low prices, but the only way seems to be to mail order from a company that ships from China, and hope I don't get a load of Chinese instructions or power supply. And most people won't even be aware these devices exist, with the media only covering the tablets from Google, Amazon and Apple Apple Apple (even Samsung get little coverage).

Though this is one of the many strengths of Android - it will do well worldwide, as even though different companies are successful in different countries, they will all use the common platform of Android. With IOS, you're stuck with Apple, who will struggle to have a worldwide presence.

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Re: iPhone 5 still isn't released in China

Ah yes, standard Apple fan excuse - "but the next one will be more popular!" Sure, and by then all the other companies like Samsung and Nokia will have newer models and improved distribution too.

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Re: How many?

Possibly due to this - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_mark#Digit_grouping - in China, the comma can be used for groups of 2 digits. So I suspect it's 20,000 - though it's a bit sloppy of the Register to not use the UK style, since this isn't a quotation.

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Apple sticks finger in dyke, cuts off Dutch flood of Galaxy S, SII, Ace

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Re: Invention

"i don't think it's a pretty obvious invention at a time where touch was in its embrio phase, be honest would you have thought about it? why wasn't it invented for the windows mobile os already?"

It's more that it's not a particularly useful feature - personally I hate "bounce back". So that's why not everyone would have done it already, but it still doesn't follow that just because someone was first, they should have a monopoly on it. I mean, a grid of coloured icons was done by Amiga in 1985 (and possibly before), does that mean no one else should have that? And it was done on phones before, too (my 2005 feature phone had it, at least).

And even if you argued that if it's not really useful, it's okay for others not to have it, the problem is that that's not what happens. What happens is products getting banned, and Samsung having to give money to Apple. That's less money for our favourite Android devices, more money for future court cases.

(Also note that the other issues discussed in other cases are reasonably viewed as trivial imho.)

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Re: True Facts...

The ipad was a _larger_ tablet, rather - handheld touchscreen devices existed for years (we called them other names, like PDAs, smartphones, media players). The thing that Apple did first was make one that was 10".

(If you're comparing to the older tablet PCs, that's an entirely kettle of fish - those were full blown PCs, not oversized phones. It's only now in 2012 that we finally see full PCs with the portability of a tablet, e.g. from the likes of Samsung, and even then, IIRC they're still understandably slightly heavier due to the extra functionality and power.)

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Re: I love my Mac, iPad, and iPhone....

What patents are those, though? I mean, there's an argument against patents in general, but I think the particular problem here is them being due to trivial software and "design" patents. (I'm sure Samsung have plenty of patents too, but that's not the issue.)

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Wish I could go back in time

Usually with inventions, people say "If only I could go back in time with that idea". Here, it's not the idea - rather, I wish I could go back in time, with only the knowledge that trivial UI behaviour could be patented.

Then without even knowing what these particular ideas are, I could simply patent every trivial UI thing I could think of (or rather, more responsibly, simply document it as prior art).

It's certainly one to add to the UI programming workflow from now on:

1. Add GUI element.

2. Write functionality.

3. Link GUI to to functionality by pre-existing standard mechanism (e.g., drag, double-click).

4. Go to the patent office.

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Android seven-inchers swipe rug from under Apple

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Re: Size of market isn't mentioned

"With a couple of mis-starts (I've got an old HP tablet lying around somewhere), the modern tablet market was pretty much started by Apple."

False, the ARM based tablets were around earlier, including Android based ones in 2009, we just called them other things like "media players" or PMPs. The only thing about the ipad was the vast amounts of media coverage it got, and that appeared *before* it was even announced, so this wasn't in response to anything about the product itself. The only other new thing was making a 10" tablet. More generally, handheld computing devices have been around for years, we most commonly call them "smartphones".

You're right about the market share issue, though this is the same problem that unfairly plagued Nokia for years too - although their share fell, their smartphone sales actually increased massively, and they continued to lead.

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Re: 7" tablets an easy upsell

"Plus, I think with the tide turning from iOS in the phone space (have you noticed how many S3's are about?) means that Android tablet "

Just to nitpick, note that the tide turned with Android outselling iphone several years ago. And in fact, iphone was never number one - it was Symbian until 2011, then Android.

The S3 is so popular, that it is now the single best selling device (Q3 2012) - that's right, even though Apple only has one phone per generation, their one flagship is outsold by just one of thousands of Android phones.

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Indeed. I mean, I recall the story of Nokia, who in the early 2000s had something like 70% share of smartphones, but this dropped as the decade went on.

In fact, their fall only actually came after 2011, with the Symbian to WP switch. Until then, Symbian was the number one OS. And it wasn't simply that sales were falling - in fact, in many years, sales continued to increase, despite market share falling, because market share is a flawed statistic to compare platforms in a growing market. In fact, even when the sales were increasing by a larger number than competitors (in absolute sales), it is still possible for the market share figure to fall, whilst those competitors increased their share.

But no, that didn't stop years of doomongering from the media about how abysmal Nokia were, and how wonderful Apple were for increasing their market share (ignoring that they were in 4th or so position by platform and by company).

So you know what? I say, fair's fair - now that Apple's in the position of being number one, having increasing sales, but having falling market share, it's only fair to ignore the first two points, and focus on how rapidly their market share is falling.

(Pedantically, they would never have had 100% market share, as tablets existed and were in mainstream use before the ipad, we just called them "media players" instead - indeed, even the first Android tablets appeared in 2009, but weren't called tablets by the media then.)

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"a trend given extra momentum"

Rather, a trend given extra momentum by the media continuing to give vast amounts of coverage to the ipads, whilst any others were ignored. The problem is that most people don't even know there are other devices to buy.

Coverage of Android tablets has only appeared in the last year (with the Kindle Fire, and now the Nexus line), and surprise surprise, their sales are now doing better.

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Google plans touchscreen Chromebook for 2013 - report

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Re: When will Google realise

"Then something weird and unexpected happened: the iPhone and then the iPad showed how mobile was to be, and it wasn't the mighty Web."

Er no. Most things were done via software before 2007, on phones, PCs and other devices. And most things continued to be done on software after that.

In fact, let's not forget that the original iphone couldn't even *run* 3rd party software. Indeed, all I heard from Apple fans in the early days was how wonderful the iphone was, because it could access web pages! (Never mind that that wasn't anything special, either.)

And by 2010, when ipad came out, Android was the dominant smartphone OS, and with hundreds of thousands of applications.

Yes, there were people thinking that everything could be done on the web before 2007. Just as there continue to be people thinking that everything can be done on the web today. Sorry, nothing's changed, no matter how much you try to revise everything to be all about Apple.

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Apple versus Samsung: everything infringes everything

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Re: But.....

Perhaps. Though I note that this kind of argument doesn't seem to apply to Apple fans when discussing say, the MS Zune. Nor will it apply to the Surface.

Apple get 5%, and it's a "runaway amazing success". Anyone else gets 10%, and it's a "failure" or a "flop".

Also: you're an individual, Apple are a multinational. 5% would be amazing for an individual like you, but it is rather poor for a billion dollar multinational company, after five years of trying, and vast amounts of hype and free media coverage.

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Judge to Apple: You WILL tell Samsung what you got from HTC

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Re: @AC 14:27 - Rule 26

The fact that you just compared an apple shop to a church kind of proves the point...

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Re: Apple are doomed

Because it's made by Samsung...

Neither the ipad or ipad mini are highest resolution. And anything above full hd seems pointless anyway - do you have the gpu power to drive complex AAA pc games at that resolution? How many full hd movies - let alone higher res - can you fit on that 16gb ipad anyway? That's why ultrabooks have lower res, because no one wants it, and it's a pointless marketing point.

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Nokia HERE today with decent mapping on Apple devices

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How good is the version of apple maps that's released for Symbian, wp and android?

It would seem dumb for Nokia to give it away for free. If you want decent maps, pay up and get a better phone - the nexus 4 is a great deal!

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Wang's 'surging growth' to help tablets overcome notebooks in 2013

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So the message from the media is that Windows is doomed because no one wants touch, and we should all throw away laptops because the future is everyone using ipads.

10 years time when all i can buy is an apple pure tablet that only runs stuff from the apple store, and even competing android tablets have been banned by apple, I'll be so glad that Windows failed, what with their attempts to force touch on us, and lock down computing.

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Re: Surface?

That's a good thing in my book - i much prefer a laptop (whatever os it runs) than a pure tablet.

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Oprah Winfrey too late to save Microsoft's Windows 8

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Re: Jumping the Shark

It's not everyone - it's apple shills in the media, apple fans, and geeks who as you say don't count for much. Sorry, i criticised ms way before our became trendy, but that also means i remember how we have this merry go round with every major ms release. It's painful to look back at the claims of how ms were doomed, years ago.

Meanwhile, the real fear geeks should have is that the future will be nothing but ipads, yet that gets a free pass. And even though i love android, i don't want it on my laptop.

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Re: Jumping the Shark

It will be interesting to see what apple do though. For all the moaning ms get for being more touch friendly, even though it still works fine with keyboard and mouse, apple would rather be dominating with ipads. They've been the prime culprit for losing the idea that touch is cool, but where does that leave their mac computers?

And as opposed to building an ecosystem over a 10 year old mp3 player?

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Re: Early buyers are buying non-windows kit

I'd like a source for netbook sales falling when they switched to Windows. My understanding is this only happened later, when the market reached saturation, and hardware wasn't improved (1024x600, 1gb, still?) Plus blame the media obsession of bloody ipads whilst netbooks were ignored or moaned about.

True, ms had unfair advantages in the past, but that's nothing like the unfair hype and support apple get now.

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Re: Early buyers are buying non-windows kit

Oh, and by your logic, ppl have rejected iphone, with android dominating, and they rejected mac os too. Even with ipad apple are losing market share fast to android, and there's increasingly little need for ppl to buy ipods anymore.

See, i can spin market share figures too.

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Re: Early buyers are buying non-windows kit

So you're supporting a company that's pushing pure touch devices, far more so than ms. You're supporting a patent troll that sues android sellers over rounded rectangles. That's not attacking open source? I think that's just a bit more blatant attack that your tenuous link to sco. It's still a big boring faceless company with a closed source os, and worse you no longer have any choice of hardware (i love my clevo, running my choice of os, apple have nothing that comes close), and they push devices far more locked down than Windows.

You criticise ms for being closed, and then say we should love apple? Yeah, i love Linux and android, and have every respect for someone choosing that over Windows. And same for Windows users who don't like the new changes. But if there's one thing i hate, it's seeing ppl spreading fud about Windows 8, and then i find they support apple! There's something distasteful about someone thinking they're supporting openness, but actually they're shilling for apple.

Plus I'm not sure ms were ever cool -certainly not in the Windows 95 days. And no sorry, your ipad or light up apple logo doesn't make you cool either. If you want to be different, at least choose Linux or something.

As for your anecdote, the difference is that normal ppl rarely announce what products they buy, it's only apple users who tell us what some products they have, as if anyone else cares. "Posted from my iphone". I've never known anyone buy Windows - and most ppl but it with the computer anyway, especially these days with diy desktops being rare - but that doesn't change what Windows market share is.

As for crapware, if you buy from anyone decent, you don't get that - saying apple make better pcs than crap pc makers doesn't say much. Plus what's crapware? I'd count any installation of itunes and QuickTime as crapware, and you get that on apple.

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Apple falls as rivals shake green tech tree

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And yet still, they sell more phones than Apple. We've been hearing this about Nokia from Apple fanatics for years. It's the new "Apple are going bust".

With Samsung outselling Apple so vastly, it's looking like Apple will be joining Nokia by 2020 in using nothing.

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Housewife iPhone mules on trial in China

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If it was any other company, the story would just be about phones or whatever. But if it's apple, let's not miss the opportunity for a free product placement ad for them.

Posted from my Samsung galaxy nexus, because i too can give an irrelevant ad.

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Bah humbug! Google cancels Christmas

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Re: I shudder to think how much abuse Apple would have taken if they had done this

Not much at all, since there are far bigger things to criticise, like maps.

Plus now we see the benefits of the staggered rollout. This fuckup affects hardly any devices, and only brand new ones, so existing devices aren't affected. Whilst the new version of IOS gets rushed out ASAP to every existing device, just because they think it makes good for the marketing headlines, meaning any bug messes it up for everyone.

This bug will be fixed soon enough. Is Apple maps back up to Google quality yet?

Not to mention that this is acknowledged as being a genuine bug. The problem with Apple is that they do these things *intentionally* - claiming it as a feature, refusing to back down. That's far more insiduous. No one has a problem with the occasional bug, all platforms have this. It's the "But Apple is better off not having copy/paste, it uses a whole new paradigm" justification from Apple and its fans that just seems odd.

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Google fine-tuning iOS mapping app for Apple submission

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Re: Simplez

How does it work now - do i have to develop separate uis for 3.5, 4, 8 and 10 inch? Having two separate sizes, as Jobs wanted, has some merits, but it's not scaleable if they then switch tactics and want to have many sizes. And why wasn't the first ipad criticised for lack of software? No, all we heard was how wonderful it was that you could run iphone apps on it.

If developers are lazy, they're not going to do well at creating whole new uis for every size anyway.

Apple don't do quality control - I'm not aware they'll disallow something just because it's not that good. Nokia have the better balance of doing checks for malicious software, whilst not banning it just because it's a competing browser or whatever. No the Google model isn't perfect, but I'd rather that then allowing apple decide what i can write it install.

It's hard to get noticed on android because there are so many apps. Apple has less users, more apps. No thanks.

You can keep your feature phone. I'll keep my smartphone platform that gives me the choice of vast amounts of quality hardware to choose from.

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Re: Ads

Google maps has some advantages, but Nokia is still great for offline maps. Why on earth does Google limit me to just a few small areas? It's also annoying that i can't search the data that's downloaded, so i have to manually search for road names etc.

Plus it doesn't have to be about which is best, as I'd gladly have both installed. Use Google most the time of you prefer, but keep Nokia for roaming or when there's poor data connection.

Agree about apple though. And i found Nokia's satellite imagery fine.

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Re: Simplez

An ipad is a scaled up phone. Sorry, you don't get to praise apple whilst criticising android for doing the same thing. This isn't like say my 10" Samsung netbook, which really does run a different ui to a phone.

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Apple and Samsung add iPhone 5, Note, S3 to brewing law-storm

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Re: WHO THE FUCK CARES???

Samsung only retaliated in response to apple's attacks, which is entirely reasonable and correct for Samsung to do - maybe if iphone was banned, they'd get a taste of their own medicine.

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Sony confesses: we can't beat iPhone... yet

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Re: how is the T not 'better'?

I agree - perhaps they mean that can't beat on individual device sales, it's a myth that iphone has ever led in specs, either hardware, or software (where Sony will do fine simply by running android).

Also i note that Sony refer to Samsung and Apple, where as the headline strips this down to just apple's device...

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Brits kept waiting as iPad Mini LTE arrives Stateside

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Re: Want to wait?

Except here we can just as well say it's the Ferrari with the lower price.

Android has 700,000 apps now. As i say in my other post, there is no distinction between smartphone and tablet on either platform. And if Apple apps were each designed for one specific size, then it's no good for this new 8"device anyway!

And even if you use itunes, i don't see why that locks you into apple only devices. Unless you've let it scramble the files into its own format, and they're only tagged via itunes own format, in which case that's your own bad luck, that you now have to pay out £100 extra as a result.

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Sorry, what is tablet optimised? A tablet and smartphone are the same thing, just that one has the addition of a phone. If you're referring to size, then by that logic, there are no apps optimised for the ipad mini yet. If apps designed for a 5" phone don't work well, then apps designed for a 10" ipad won't work either. Just because they label it a tablet doesn't magically make them work the same.

But android has the advantage, since there have long been many sizes of phones/tablets, developers design them to be scaled, as any competent developer does on any platform. On ios, we have apps only designed for a small iphone or 10" device. Also 7" android tablets have already been released for ages, whilst apple said they'd never do one.

Oh, and by your logic, most the iphone apps won't work well on the latest apple phone, as they were all designed for 3.5".

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So itunes doesn't support an open standard, and Google doesn't support an Apple format, and you blame Google?

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Ah yes, the money argument - reeks of the old "But Linux users don't pay for anything" stigma.

The flaw in this argument is free apps - indeed, it's free software that I was primarily talking about. The kind of apps that are given away for a service or website, so there's no money being made, and it's either to advertise a company, website or service, or to provide for your readers or customers. Either way, nothing to do with what people are paying.

I wouldn't mind if Apple had more of the expensive apps, because I'm not interested in those - I much prefer Android where you get it all for free. I'm talking about the free apps you see for websites/services, some of which still seem to be Apple-only.

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Yes, I never understood why companies like Nokia and Samsung downplayed their own products with the "feature phone" designation (though recently Nokia did annouce that Asha was now a smartphone - not sure if they've counted this in their quarterly reports though).

Apple had plenty of earlier platforms in the mobile market too (ipods, Newton), I'm not sure that changes anything when WP is a new OS. My point wasn't about "first few quarters" being significant, I was just referring to the time when it happened, I couldn't have well said "2007-2010". And even if we do say that MS have been rather crap in the past, it's still only the first year for Nokia with WP.

It wasn't until a year ago with the iphone 4/4S that Apple's sales actually became a significant player.

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I don't know the details on what's in 7.8 - are there features being held back, which would run on the older phones?

"You misread an article on how developers decide which platform to develop for and then complain about this based on your misunderstanding."

My comment wasn't based on any article. Though now you mention it - the recent article claimed that developers did pick market share as the number one reason to develop for a platform (and presumably then picked iphone first due to a delusion on which was actually most popular).

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