375 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009
I did wonder if it would be an upgrade too far
For my first generation Nexus 7. I let my 5 upgrade, last night, and it seemed very laggy before I tried a reset. With the 7, I'll wait for them to work through the issues.
I have mixed feelings about the email/gmail app.
I think Microsoft's critical strategic misstep
Is actually with the development tools and APIs. Clearly, they've not made it easy to target both traditional desktop and Metro/Modern. Because of this, a lot of apps are missing; Spotify, for example, and those exiting desktop apps that have made the transition to Metro/Modern are often poor (Evernote springs to mind).
Windows 10 addresses the problem of those users who can't or won't adapt, but I don't think it will help Microsoft in getting more tablet style apps developed.
Re: But when will Apple Pay be coming to Blighty?
So how does that work without an app of some sort? Unique ID of phone associated with Oyster account?
But when will Apple Pay be coming to Blighty?
Will it ever reach these shores? My Nexus 5 has NFC, and I have a single app that uses it; an app that reads the chip on my passport. It's a mystery to me why, for example, there hasn't been a
pay by bonk Oyster Card app (for London).
But what about the phones? Had Apple released a 4.7" phone a couple of years back, they might have tempted me back. Now I'm not so sure. Android has come a long way since then. Apple Pay could be the killer app that tempts me back.
In other words, Auntie doesn't like Aussies
Using VPN to access iPlayer. It's not about piracy per se, since iPlayer downloads can only be played in the place they were downloaded to, and are time limited.
Ooh, a patent
For a round thing, with a curved display, and a strap. I guess they'll be suing Rolex.
Just to be clear here
And I say this is an all round Mac head and general purpose fanboi.... Apple has patented a method of producing a store that is functionally unusable at the weekends and on holidays, when it is too busy to be able to attract the attention of the staff. Even for things you can pick up off the shelf, there's no checkout as such. Instead, you have to find someone. I know check out queues are terribly old fashioned, but at least you know where you stand with them (and get service in accordance of when you arrived).
Re: HMS White Elephant Vs Torpedo?
Re: It'll not work in the real world
It's worth doing. In Southern Africa this is very commonly used. Personally, I prefer not to have anything worth liberating. This affects my choice of airline. BA, Air France and KLM are all good - they let you carry on a small case, plus a laptop bag. I avoid the big, Middle Eastern carriers (usually one piece, with a 7kg weight limit).
Re: It'll not work in the real world
Yes, I've heard of that one. I'm guessing the £300 Samsung case, they broke, must have been biro proof. That, of course, is the other lesson; if it's going to get broken, you might as well buy it cheap, from M&S or Primark.
It'll not work in the real world
I've had my baggage felt up, by the Johannesburg baggage handlers, often enough. No one takes a look inside your case; rather they open it slightly and have a feel around. They're quite skilled, working entirely by feel; for example, they can locate a DVD box, and liberate the DVD, such that you may not notice immediately when you unpack. Locking the case doesn't work; they'll break the case or the lock, whichever is easier.
I learned the hard way that the best solution is the leave the case unlocked, with nothing worth pinching, though they will liberate still sometimes surprise me. Last time I transited through JNB, they liberated a bar of soap.
Re: Google voice recognition needs improving
"1440 seconds, as per Google voice recognition.
Admittedly, I did say "36 minutes", not just "36". Math requires units."
Ok smart arse, that did actually work :-). Thanks.
Google voice recognition needs improving
Ok, perhaps I'm being hyper critical, as it is actually very good (I use it often). One thing I'm noticing over time, though, is it doesn't recognise words and string them together; rather, it recognises phrases. Come it at from the left field, with something it doesn't often hear, and it will likely screw up (try "Twenty hours minus nineteen hours thirty six, in seconds"). Still, I find Google Now more accurate than Siri (though, thanks to big data, both represent a step change in voice recognition tech).
Oh, and I think these watches are priced keenly enough for punters to take a punt. When I get back to the UK, I'll likely order one out of curiosity (or wait for the Motorola 360, if I have the patience to do so).
Well might think they'd want to promote their own platform
And produce a knock-out presentation, in Google Slides. Oh, hang on a minute....
I suspect Hudl Phone will beat it to the market, in the UK
I think the Hudl Phone will beat this device to the market, here in the UK. The Tesco product will not be as well specified, but it will be on the shelves of your local supermarket, be keenly priced and come with Google Play's superior app store. Last time I checked the Amazon App store, they still didn't stock 4OD, for example.
So is this similar to what Starbucks do?
When they sell their magic* coffee* from their Swiss subsidiary to their British subsidiary, at an inflated price, causing the British subsidiary to show an operating loss on their books?
* It's not magic.
** I'm not entirely convinced it's coffee.
So three of those American billions, some mediocre cans, a streaming service that isn't as good as Spotify , and two sweary former owners. What's not to like?
I have this strange urge to go into Daily Mail mode....
String 'em up!!!!!
Pre Installed Office is nothing new
Plenty of the cheaper tablets already come with the older Home/Student license.
Can it be changed? Just download Google from tbe Windows App Store. Alternatively, just type DuckDuckGo in the address bar, if you find the commercial suppliers a bit intrusive.
Re: Would someone PLEASE explain to me...
Mostly because they can't tell the difference between a bog standard consumer and someone who does real work with their equipment. The day Apple forgets this distinction, it's next stop Linux for me*.
* Ok, better to say 100% Linux for me - I already use a couple of Mint VMs for many tasks.
But thanks for the explanation. I've only one user so probably wouldn't have noticed, as long as I can get to my work. Annoying now I know about it 8-).
I'm guessing his novels/scripts have never been hacked and leaked
That's the beauty of an off net DOS box. As for Wordstar, well why not? I doubt someone who writes novels and scripts cares about what style to use for the next paragraph. Then again, we have a very modern problem. Too many people no longer understand the distinction between content and presentation.
Re: Form factor
Albeit one you can connect to a monitor, keyboard and mouse (or even use as the primary touch device, in lieu of a mouse, when connected to a monitor and keyboard). The possibilities are interesting. Windows itself isn't quite there yet :-).
In my experience, smart TVs
Work best with a bit of Ethernet cable.
You've nothing to fear from Lion, Mountain Lion or Mavericks. They've merely made the OS make sense with a trackpad, and added some features that make performing complex tasks (many apps/windows) easier to make sense of. They can still be configured to work well with a mouse. That said, unless you:
- Rely on Apple apps that need a newer version of the OS
- Or have a camera not supported by the current version (moot, if you use Adobe's tools).
Then Snow Leopard remains one of the finest desktop operating systems ever made. I certainly wish I'd left the older of my Macs (2008 White MacBook) on Snow Leopard; Lion proved an upgrade too far.
I actually like the iOS 7 aesthetic
But then again, I like the OSX aesthetic too.... So what will it be? iOS or OSX? OSX or iOS? Well there's only on way to fine out.....
Fixed on Sky
Unlike the Beeb, who applied a server side solution, Sky's was client side, with a new version of the Sky Go app, last night. I'm guessing one or more software types earned a little overtime, yesterday.
Sky Go = no go.
Re: Fixed on iPlayer?
I'm guessing Sky will not be resolving the issue this side of Easter......
Fixed on iPlayer?
I can stream iPlayer videos on my iPad at the moment, but if I load Sky Go I get a service message about the outage.
U Boat Commander would also qualify.....
I have a 2011 MacBook Air
And I still don't have a single Thunderbolt peripheral. I want one of these; it should improve the performance of Aperture (library currently on a 1TB USB2 disk) quite nicely.
Re: Will it understand buses?
Not for Manchester!
All web driven bullshit booms come to an end, eventually.
Re: History says otherwise
My reference to Linux was with respect to its success outside of the desktop. For back end systems, doing the grunt work, it has been wildly successful - thanks to the absence of complex licensing.
I also not it is the OS that runs most of the world's smartphones, thanks to Android.
Re: History says otherwise
I would argue Apple's lack of success in the desktop field, in the 90s, was due more to the lack of a modern OS more than price. Apple is certainly successful on the desktop now, in spite of a an entry cost that is (IMHO) higher than need be.
Back when Apple was being unsuccessful, anyone wanting a modern desktop OS, at a reasonable cost, had a choice of NT, OS2 or Linux. OS9, with its co-operative model of multi-tasking was not really an option, I this respect. OSX was a game changer for Apple, at least for the consumer and creative markets. Outside of the desktop, the big winner has been Linux.
Re: There's a serious error in this article everyone has missed
I'm not sure about the paid bit, but writing anything not critical of Microsoft may well lead to accusations being levelled at you.
Back to the subject at hand, I vote ODF, with a rigorous approach to styles, ensuring that even if you can't make documents look identical across suites, you can at least make the differences predictable and presentable.
Re: Chihuahua TERROR?
Chihuahua vs Sharknado?
Copeland, Taligent, BEOS etc....
I think the history of these is pretty much inseparable from the history of processor development. They were designed to be modern, multi tasking OSs with the processors, and memory constraints, of the day in mind. There came a point where processors were powerful enough, and memory cheap enough, to run UNIX plus nice graphical front end. That killed pretty much everything else, other than Windows.
I think we're now seeing a similar dynamic with Windows 8.1 vs Windows 8.1 RT. Surface RT may look good but, as Asus is proving, what's the point of RT when full fat Windows 8.1 runs perfectly well on Intel's Bay Trail processors? I suspect RT isn't long for this world!
Re: And ...
"Who? People, like Cypriots, who don't trust their governments and financial institutions."
Better a few gold coins in an Oxo tin under the bed, than placing one's wealth in the latest web driven bullshit boom.
More likely the UK will license the IP, rather than try to build its own space program from scratch, I think. Unless, of course, there's a joint play with Australia (who have the land and the money).
That's rather silly of him
I'm told that when you're in a minimum security prison, in the US, you count your blessings. His next stay at Club Fed will not be as comfortable!
I suspect they will start blocking VPN services
The commercial services, like Expat Telly, should be easy enough for BT and friends to block, while still allowing access to corporate VPN. Of course, the filter needs to be opted into (or out of) for now, but it hardly takes a tinfoil hat to get to the obvious next step.
As I've commented elsewhere, it appears to be customary to also assume anything with a forum is harmful. I think the Daily Mail herd are in for quite a surprise, when they all opt in, because there is no way this filter will be exclusively used to block sites showing a bit of flesh.
"The system will censor clumps of the web - such as pornography and self-harm sites - from the prying eyes of youngsters."
Yeah, right. And if my experience with those morons at Orange/EE is anything to go by, then also anything with an Internet Forum".
I still have the Handspring Visor Deluxe
Lying around somewhere - I must find it. I bought an Bluetooth module for it, and used with an Ericsson T68 phone to do email over GPRS. The T68 remains one of the best phones I've ever owned.
A lot more complex than that....
"Apple also didn't use the ARM chip for their move to RISC when they moved the MacIntosh range to Power instead, again an odd choice for a company said to be the saviour of ARM."
The Power PC decision was part of an unholy alliance with IBM in the 90s, in a futile attempt to thwart Microsoft. This included the object orientated Taligent OS. Power PC was as much about politics as it was about pragmatism (though it wasn't an unpragmatic choice, at the time) .
Re: Touch? Meh.
I'd assume Haswell, like the C720, so perhaps not. It's tempting, but it's time Google built some encryption options into its cloud.
Re: You are not getting upscale regardless of what you want
To be fair to Google, even without an adult OS you should still be able to use it as an in flight typewriter, since the apps do allow offline editing. The Google office apps are more than good enough, for most users.
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