384 posts • joined 30 Jun 2009
An alternative strategy for phone makers would be to provide official slide-out QWERTY cases (I think Samsung might have one for the GS4, but didn't look great). The problem with most 3rd party accessories like this is that they are bulkier than they could be if they were properly designed together, and usually require separate charging for the keyboard.
e.g. Sony could design a Zx (Compact) landscape QWERTY "Pro" case that used their magnetic dock ports on the side to also provide power to the keyboard.
Unfortunately, mine got water damaged in last month's storms that we had across the UK. :-(
Needed a phone immediately, so replaced it with the excellent Xperia Z1 Compact and love the much needed spec-bump. Though, how I wish for a Z1 Compact-sized device with a slide-out keyboard! (they could call it the "Z1 Pro").
Last September there were also leaks of a Motorola DROID5, though haven't heard anything about it since, and Motorola has a horrible habit of not releasing its QWERTY devices outside the US.
Re: Sony - confused technology firm with brilliant products
If Android were actually FOSS, and not merely an a insidious attempt to harvest data and push lock-in towards proprietary Google services, you might have a point.
Just got one mail order without seeing it first, and it is impressive beyond what I was expecting!
The greatest threat is more phones like the Xperia Z1 compact than the humungous S3. Absolutely destroys all crApple devices.
Re: He previously complained bitterly about the lack of hand lotion.
Do you really think he is making these petty demands seriously? More likely, I would have thought they were a tactic to rub the faces of those in charge of the liberal system when they pathetically grant everything the prisoner demands.
Re: Whatever happened to Win7's "XP mode"?
... especially when if an old app is so unmaintained that it won't run on a modern operating system, do you really think these old unmaintained apps have the best in modern security hardening in mind either? To me, I would have thought this Microsoft "support" tax which they seem to be foolishly going to pay would have made little difference as any solution for these old unmaintained apps is going to be an insecure interim solution anyway.
Re: Whatever happened to Win7's "XP mode"?
That is exactly what I'm talking about, yet no one wants to answer the question. Is there really such a security risk or need for "support" if you run specific apps sandboxed in the integrated VM and copy of
XP included with Windows 7?
Whatever happened to Win7's "XP mode"?
And, providing the hardware can run win7, is there really a significant security risk in using "XP mode" only for specific apps in the interim?
Sinofsky 's victims keep piling up!
Re: What they don't tell you...
Android x86 does not suck. Since most Android apps are just Java they run out of the box. We have a Motorola RAZRi (Intel x86 phone) in the household and almost every app you would want is available (including numerous NDK-based apps which have simply been recompiled for x86).
Re: At different times...?
BlueStacks has been around for a long time already. It's just Android x86 running in a virtual machine. It runs quite well (much faster than the emulator in the Android SDK) and you can download it for yourself to try it out, though it will probably try to install some annoying game or another every day.
Re: This is just as dumb of an idea as the micro USB "standard"
The microUSB standard isn't dumb, and the new reversible connector will be compatible where it matters -- electrically.
I'd also expect upcoming USB charging standards to be used for routers etc. too due to the ability of the protocol to negotiate a DC voltage/current requirement between charger and load device. Agree though that it can't come soon enough, as I'm fed up having to do soldering jobs for router extension cables!
Re: Yet another failure?
MicroUSB is not a failure as it has electrically defined a standard for phones. Sure, the connector itself is a bit rubbish mechanically, but that is a problem hopefully soon to be solved with the upcoming C-type connector.
Re: No, you couldn't pay me.
Surely you can use the Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 Pro to run your old software?
Thomas Whipp, have you got a source for that claim?
"GNOME works seamlessly on OpenSuSE 13.1 (click to enlarge images)"
That's an odd caption to have with a KDE screenshot!
Re: Name Change?
They should just call it Windows Mobile again. Windows Mobile 9 could be the next version, and it isn't confusing at all with the version number at the end.
Re: Wintel irrelevance == x86 irrelevance
Intel have been fabbing ARM designs for some time via what was Infineon's Mobile SoC business.
exactly, removing the status/add-on bar forces everything to be forced into the top-right corner -- this is one of the primary reasons I DON'T use Chrome. Such stripping down INCREASES clutter, it does not remove it.
None of these compare to Ulster brands such as Punjana (Thompson's) or Nambarrie. The former is available in Tescos across the UK.
All Sony phone comes with a shatter-proof screen protector out of the box. The screen that you are complaining about being scratched isn't actually the screen at all, but instead this replaceable layer of film.
If it's a choice between a shattered and permanently damaged screen or a slightly scratched but cheaply repairable screen, I know which one I would choose!
Re: "Like all Xperias the battery is fixed in place."
I disagree that there is any positive aspect to a sealed battery though as stated with the "but on the other hand the handset doesn’t disassemble itself when you drop it" comment in the article. There was a Z1 drop test video published by someone showing internal damage to the phone -- at least when you drop a phone and the battery flies out, internal damage is not being done due to the energy being dissipated by the flying battery.
Exactly. This is why I don't agree with the "I don’t know about you, but if I’d bought a phone with a 20.7MP camera I’d like to set that as the permanent default." comment in the article. Surely when you take a picture at 8MP it is still using all 21MP for noise reduction.
Media loons love the 140 (or whatever the useless figure is) character limit as it lets them report quick sound bites in the headlines without having to do any research or thoughtful analysis.
You mean no SD card support.
I doubt it's not only financial reasons why Facebook locates there. No doubt there are also plenty of opportunities to slip a brown paper envelope keep the politicians' snouts in the trough.
Re: N97 - the beginning of the end
Their mistake was clinging for the resistive variety of touchscreen for far too long.
Re: Definitely puts an end to the fantasy that America is a free market
Indeed, can't understand why so many of our politicians endlessly such up to this untrustworthy lot.
Anyone following the recent BP fiasco will not be surprised.
Re: M Gale
Mir is irrelevant - - every other mainstream Linux DE is going Wayland.
A crappy 16:9 ratio will not be used by Apple. As much as I dislike Apple this is one area where they always get things right.
No matter how many pixels you cram into a 16:9 display it will always be cramped vertically at this size (you are going to have to increase your OS's DPI setting anyway). Why can we not have 16:10 back Sharp?
Sorry Vince, but while I was initially enthused by the notion of a fingerprint sensor on the Atrix a couple of years ago, upon viewing review videos of it, it did not seem to be very instantaneous and required an awkward and unreliable swipe (as have fingerprint sensors I have seen on other devices).
From watching hands-on videos to date, the new Apple sensor is the first one I have seen on a phone which seems both instantaneous and reliable.
Exactly. Fanboi logic is extremely warped. Ironically, I disagree entirely that Apple aren't innovating. Incorporation of a fingerprint sensor that actually works is about the ONLY bit of hardware that I have ever seen them having innovated on that hasn't been in another phone already.
(Not that I'm ever going to buy one or anything)
Re: Look at NSA-approved crypto
One problem I can see is that, given much encryption is now hardware-accelerated, is the result of an AES encryption operation by your Intel chip the same as what would happen if you were to carry out the operation using only software adhering to the published standard?
... And most of that time probably is due to testing and certification.
Here is how Sony Mobile details what they have to do:
"As has always been the case, slow adoption of the latest Android version is largely the fault of carriers and device makers."
A lot of nonsense. This underestimates the amount of work the device manufacturer has to do to make the AOSP code work on their hardware. They essentially have to fork the code and modify for themselves, and in turn also have to wait for the SoC manufacturer to do the same.
The fault more lies with the poor modularity of the driver model for ARM devices in the Linux kernel and Google's non-out-in-the-open development model.
Re: But with the advent of touch ... we will see a rebound in traditional notebooks
Indeed, and trashy 16:9 aspect ratios. Desperate for a new laptop and will throw oodles of money at any company that is not from Cupertino who will throw in a decent matte 16:10 screen with wide colour gamut.
Unfortunately none exist, so sticking with an old machine from 2006 (but with a better screen than most of the trash I see in the shops today).
Re: Real racing 3
Tilt to steer works really well, and no you don't lose sight of the action in these games because when you tilt one way the game tilts the horizon the other, ensuring that to you the horizon always appears as horizontal.
Re: Your demands are getting ridiculous!
These changes are the least of a Firefox user's worries...
In an upcoming release (as can be seen in the current "UX" build) they are even planning to remove the ability for a status bar /"add-ons" bar and then forcing all your add-ons to be squashed into the top-right corner in an ugly Chrome-like mess.
These customisable toolbars (apart from Google spying) was the very reason I used Firefox and not Chrome. It's almost as if they want to destroy all of Firefox's USPs, with the "user experience" team a trojan horse sent buy Google to sabotage all the excellent work done by those working on the rendering engine recently.
COMPLAIN PEOPLE, BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!!
Is there any difference between this and someone copying a cookie from your web browser's cache?
Re: Thats a lot of people...
These sales are more to do with the strength of the Nokia brand in Europe and little to do with MS.
If Nokia wants to reach its former strength then it needs to go back and do what it was doing before Elop screwed everything up. I.e. an open-source linux-based OS with Android and Qt app compatibility.
Re: Too bad
no, I don't believe that would make a difference. They needed to port the full classic Windows to ARM and offer an x86 translation layer.
You clearly don't understand our Eirish neighbours very well. The "gombeen" politicians in Dublin are have their hands in the pockets of these big American corps.
Permissions Denied is still better for root users as the "App ops" settings at present require the app to try and access the setting before you can disable it (not much good for an app trying to steal your contact sayt etc. !)
I correct myself: Permissions Denied is still better as the "App ops" settings require the app to try and access the setting before you can disable it (not much good for an app trying to steal your contact sayt etc. !)
More proprietary protocols instead of open standards!
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