Has the register turned into "The Spectator"?
Better to focus on quality tech news than political opinion.
61 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009
Has the register turned into "The Spectator"?
Better to focus on quality tech news than political opinion.
But everyone knows that longerer passwords are betterer!
Fine here now (17:44 BST), of course the beauty of it for me is that I have a copy of all my files locally...
This is hilarious - as a Vodafone customer for over 10 years I have suffered from numerous handsets weighed down with Vodafone's junk. I now buy SIM free handsets largely for this reason.
Indeed - since my old Symbian mobiles back in the day, it has always been the carriers who hold up firmware updates.
As I type this Sony have had a Lollipop 5.1 ROM out for my current Xperia handset for over two weeks. No sign of it on Vodafone UK anytime soon. Time for the networks to stop their crappy customisations and just do it all via apps.
It's taken them a while to twig that Steve Jobs is dead.
Or maybe to realise that the Apple watch is speeding in the wrong direction....
Apple could have put a strap on a wooden block with a shiny Apple logo on the back and easily shifted a couple of million units.
The fact that the world's biggest (market cap) company which is also the "world's most powerful brand" could only muster support from die hard fanboys indicates the Apple Watch is struggling to gain traction.
I guess it's harder to make a market rather than capture one that is already in existence.
He posted a rant on Google+?
Would have got a bigger audience in the spam folder!
Hey, that's not Grant Shapps...
It's Michael Green!
Hmmm, wait, it could be Sebastian Fox...
+1000 on the "right direction".
I don't want to spend more than a second interacting with a wrist mounted "wearable", otherwise I might as well just get my phone out. I also want something that lasts a long weekend away from home without a charge and can show me the time at a glance.
Beyond how small and fiddly using a watch-sized touch sensitive display is, you can use a Pebble WITHOUT needing look at the screen. I often clear notifications or start a stopwatch without looking at the watch.
The more I look at Android Wear and the Apple Watch, the more surprised I am just how right Pebble seem to have got it.
Personally I won't buy any wearable with a display that can't be read in direct sunlight. Since my phone is hard to read outside, complementing it with something that shares the same problems seems a tad silly.
"Some readers might struggle with the concept of "pure", though, given that the device runs on Android."
Eh? Is that supposed to be funny? Clever?
Bad news - it's neither!
Welcome to the two tier internet!
Privacy available for everyone, who can afford to pay for it.
The strong point of the Pebble is the fact that the display is very readable in sunlight. The most useful application of a smartwatch in my life would be when I am away from my home or office and my phone is in my pocket or bag - so I don't miss notifications and check the time without getting my phone out like a pocket watch.
Battery life of a day kind of kills it for me as well, because you know that there will be a "heavy day" when the battery dies at 4:30pm.
No, I mean presuming that the same interface that was designed to appeal to tablet and phone users would appeal to desktop users, after desktop users have been using a different interface for 20-odd years.
You see that Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.2? That stuff should have come out in Beta testing.
Oh yeah, and then there's IE6/7/8/9 - ten years of pain for anyone who has to build a website because they can't follow standards.
Less relevant != irrelevant.
I don't see how anyone (still in possession of a few marbles) could argue Microsoft or Nokia are more relevant now than in 2004.
Nokia have already imploded due to arrogance, Microsoft have set the course to follow.
Two companies that become less relevant by the day.
“people don't know what they want until you show it to them.”
- Steve Jobs
You argument seems to be that it's all about timing. I'd say the fact that a tiny "piss ant" company that started on Kickstarter 18 months ago has shipped 400,000 watches since then is a sign that there is some demand. Come out with a watch that still looks and feels like a watch, tells the time but also helps them keep their phone in their pocket and that nascent demand will increase.
Google Glass is a niche product.
Smartwatches are a mainstream product.
If you have no friends, don't vary your daily routine or ever travel I can almost see your point.
Personally, having a smartphone makes trips abroad (business & pleasure) far, far easier and helps me keep in touch with my loved ones when I've there. A quick Skype call with my kids from a conference hotel last week made me glad of consumer tech "innovation". My kids were glad too.
Hey, at least they give me something for free before they try and sell me something. Beats, Microsoft, Oracle, Apple, etc.
Watch apps written in C# and a website that doesn't even render properly in Chrome tells me this company may not stick around until next Xmas.
The problem is the constant, almost nervous distraction that people who use a smartphone frequently can develop.
"Did the phone ring, was that a text coming through or just a spasm in my leg?" Pebble got it right in the first instance because they focussed on doing one thing well - notifications. It's still pretty rude to pull your phone out of your pocket and check your email on a first date, in a client meeting, when having a chat a the dining table, but it's much easier to feel a vibration on your wrist and then have a quick glance at your watch.
90 odd years of "convention" means that a quick glance at a watch is acceptable in situations that fishing around in your pocket / handbag for your phone is not.
What little brand equity Nokia have is rapidly disappearing down the plug hole...
Don't think those Lumias will be flying off the shelves without the Nokia name on them, as per today's announcement.
Microsoft are trying to copy Apple and become a software / hardware company by bolting-on a hardware company.
Apple were born as both a software and hardware maker, and Microsoft are destined to fail.
But this deal does make Google's $12.5Bn for Motorola look ludicrously overpriced.
All of your streams are belong to us.
So they made a phone with a back and a front that were glass and it was too easy to break.
Now they suggest a phone made of glass... <sniggers>
Poor fella probably just realised what they did to his lovely hardware by wrapping it in something hardly anyone will use.
Think, I'll be pocketing my Nexus 4 later this month and kissing expensive network lock-in goodbye!
Other handsets are available.
Boggles the mind what they were thinking with this. A huge amount of negative publicity from such a silly mistake. My Nexus 4 will be a way to switch to a nice cheap £10 a month SIM-free deal.
Networks as a commodity - the way it should be!
Good idea - actually, screw it I won't bother with a new phone, I'll blow all my money on Chaz and Dave LPs
Errrr, no. You need an operating system to run the hardware, nobody is suggesting your basic hardware interface (drivers, desktop, etc) will be web based, but as people increasingly use applications that are web based, the OS becomes a commodity. There are free OSes available - Linux, etc that will will comfortably allow you to connect to a network, use a local printer, run things off an SSD/HDD, etc.
By forcing silly interface changes on users, the already high cost of implementing a windows upgrade goes stratospheric. Re-training, app upgrades, the windows license itself, all easily avoided.
As a long time Windows user (since 3.0), I find myself being drawn to Linux. Primarily because many of the business apps I use (my accountant is now entirely web based, I use Google Docs for general office type stuff) are not tied to Windows. I certainly won't be upgrading to Windows 8 - as an Android user there is little for me to gain from using a new interface that has nothing in common with either my 20 years of experience or my other devices.
My prediction - Windows 8 is going to flop, big time. It's been conceived to help Microsoft's market strategy (merge platforms) rather than it's users and it comes at a time when people are focussed on the bottom line.
I'm more inclined to believe the Saleforce.com CEO quoted on the reg a few days ago - this is the last version of Windows - certainly the last version any one will care about.
More and more business is done in a web browser, and the OS is becoming irrelevant for 90% of users.
A moment enjoyed is not a moment wasted.
Yep, as soon as few dicks decided to tether their Kindle AND download Gigs of movies, etc. the writing was on the wall for the rest of us.
50Mb seems a bit stingy, but it's about as much as you could bear with the slow nagivation, problems scrolling and tiny keyboard. It's useful as an emergency webmail lifeline.
Yes, my experience was very similar, after around 8 years of buying (almost) exclusively Nokias, the N97 was the straw that broke the camel's back.
The fault that really irked me was the way the lens cover scratched the lens when it was opened and closed due to a design tolerance issue.
BUT, even with all the problems I would have still have been a Nokia die-hard, except the attitude of Nokia was arrogance and denial. I persevered with that phone for 6 months before I realised I'd been taken for a fool and moved onto my first Android handset.
The same arrogance that allowed the N97 to be released and keep shipping is still visible today in the decision to go for a single, unproven platform rather than take a multi-platform approach.
I give them 18 months and they'll be consumed by the beast.
And now nobody ever got fired for offshoring jobs to Asia.
Well, I say nobody, except the factory workers in Euope and America and then eventually even the executives of Nokia as nobody can afford their product.
Woz has always been in favour of the separate software / separate hardware approach vs the integrated "we do it all" approach that Apple has taken since the Mac.
He is however right on the money that Android is actually as good as (and sometimes better) than Android. Apple without Jobs is going to have a tough time over the next decade.
Free publicity... the best kind ;-)
HTC really need someone to sort their handset styling out. More than once I've been put off buying an HTC because of the slightly generic styling. Motorola (and obviously Apple) have twigged that by making a handset look stylish out of high quality materials, you help to make it stand out.
If they can sell it for £150 in the UK, have it loaded with ICS and bless it with a half decent battery life, it will fly off the shelves!
I think the big difference is when I bought Symian software (pre Ovi-store) I was paying £4-8 to find out it was rubbish and full of bugs. Now I can do that for 99p (and get a refund in the first 15 mins if it really blows).
So, a bit like websites you mean?
So the world's poor are rushing out to buy a Blackberry - a device that needs not just a data plan, but a special data plan in order to function correctly?
Is there a SIM free Blackberry available for less than the £89 that the Orange San Francisco costs?
He was already a CBE (awarded in 2005).
I'm no Apple fanboy - not owning a single Apple product - but I have to respect the contribution Ive has made to popular culture and the world of industrial design.
The vast majority of people who receive a knighthood get one for reasons other than charity work.
Also, Samsung would be a poorer company were it not for the work of Ive.
Sainsburys online ordering system has been slightly broken for a while. Things would mysteriously drop off my basket (unnoticed until the delivery arrives), and delivery slots would evaporate. When the driver turned up half an hour early as I was trying to deal with a screaming baby, I had to call time on them.
Now I do my shopping in person, at my nearest local Supermarket. A Co-op.
"Ignoring all the feature phones and all the smartphones *significantly* under £400 we arrive at the following top ten."
Still no Lumia... in the highly contrived, top 10 smartphones *not "significantly* under £400 (I've eliminated anything not over £300, for your viewing pleasure):
1. Samsung Galaxy S2 (Black)
2. Samsung Galaxy S2 (White)
3. Samsung Galaxy Nexus
4. Blackberry Bold
5. HTC Sensation
6. Apple iPhone 4S 16Gb
7. Apple iPhone 4 16Gb
8. Sony Ericsson Experia Arc S
9. HTC Sensation XE
10. Samsung Galaxy Note
Interesting to note that many of those handsets are priced higher than the Lumia, so people are not choosing based on price alone. There are also many Android phones (and some iPhones) that fall under the £300 mark.
@Arctic Fox, in the white hot world of amazon mobile phone sales, things change so rapidly if you blink you might miss them. Now, at 08:43 on 23rd Dec the top sellers are:
1. Samsung Galaxy S2 (Black)
2. HTC Wildfire S (Black)
3. Big button easy phone
4. Big button easy phone (new design)
5. Samsung B2100
6. Nokia 1616 Black
7. Samsung Galaxy Ace
8. Samsung Galaxy S2 (White)
9. Samsung Galaxy Nexus
10. Blackberry Curve
Still, I'll bet Nokia are pleased with those highly profitable 1616 sales (selling for £22 each). I know I'm glad I offloaded my Nokia shares after first using an N97!