812 posts • joined Friday 11th May 2007 19:43 GMT
I dont mind the fact that, for instance, Samsung is filling their tellies with patented gesture controls, as it makes it easier to know what make of telly to avoid.
Dumb tellies forever!
Re: I really don't like the idea of gesture TV
"How does the TV know the gesture was mean for it and you're not simply swatting away a fly?"
Obviously, you pick up the remote, press the "expect gesture" button, then put the remote down and perform your gesture before the timeout.
I tried it recently, and i love it, it reminds me of the later versions of AmigaOS.
Yes, the default floating folder of a few icons is rubbish, switch it to the Search & Launch interface and its far better.
And activities are great, flip between my Emulation, Games, Office, Images and Video desktop with a quick win-tab. The lack of multiple desktops is one reason why Windows is always lacking for power-users.
Re: And yet, and yet ...
Mint KDE, with the Search & Launch desktop is far nicer and easier to use than Win7.
Probably not Win 8, but then thats never going in an office.
Who are we kidding, MS will never get displaced out the office because they have influence, money and PR-style brashness to hound any barely-capable IT purse-string holder into thinking that they will always SAVE companies more money than anything else.
Try not to laugh.
I'd like a gesture where you can change channels, and volume, simply by moving your thumb tiny, effortless amounts.
Might be a bit hard to pick up with current cameras, so a small device might need to be held in the hand to relay the gestures. Might have space for a few dozen more commands too that can be performed similarly effortlessly.
And The Reg's spiral into becoming the new "Weekly World News" type of comedy tabloid continues.
Re: Already debunked?
I did wonder why no other sites appeared to be reporting this, which would be one of the most historic finds in human history.
Shame. Oh El Reg, with this and the yank-baiting climate change articles every day you are getting worse.
The few business owners i know who've used Groupon all regret it, never again.
More trouble than its worth, with lots of leechers trying to take advantage, phone going all day, fraud attempts, etc.
Nokia NEVER learn
Part of the reason for people to move primarily onto, then stick with, the iPhone range, and Samsung Galaxy models is because you know exactly what you are getting and upgrading barely involves thinking about. iPhone 5 is better than 4, Galaxy 3 is better than 2, etc.
Now with the Lumia's you have, in order of release:
Which is better? Fuck knows, and cares enough to even bother finding out.
"Can i have one of those new Wii controllers please?...........
£300?!? For a controller?............
Whats a "console"? I thought it was a controller?"
Nintendo have only themselves to blame, naming it like they've named every other peripheral (Wii Fit, Wii Wheel, Wii Zapper, etc), branding it identically the same, and so barely registering on the consciousness of an easily-confused, bored-with-Wii, customer base.
You didn't answer the only question required:
Is it better than having a good laptop for work, and a tab (like a nexus, say) for couch time?
Its certainly more expensive than those, almost by a factor of two, so it had better be.
Re: Three simple bits of information:
Thats the Paleo diet.
I read "The Paleo Solution" last week, nice sciencey info about how badly carbs can fuck you up, truly horrifying and amazing how everyone still focuses on high-carb/low-fat diets..
Am now eating like a caveman, and its a damn nice way to eat.
The reason is to try and flog Tegra 4 and new Nvidia GFX cards, nothing else.
They'll lock this shit down, and make out like streaming is amazing super tech, conveniently forgetting that you can do this on current tablets with Splashtop2 for precisely no money at all.
I use my Nexus 7 to streamplay games from my PC with no issues at all. PS3 controller can still connect to the PC through a few walls, though mouse controlled turn-based games work much better.
Never being separated from Civ 5 or XCOM is one hell of a time-burner.
Now its all clear
Todays story about the Ubuntu phone, now the crazy Shuttleworth traincrash makes sense.
The moron believes he can take on Google, MS and Apple via the Unity backdoor.
What a nutcase.
Re: What are they thinking/smoking?
It doesn't matter how well they do this, or how good it works, all it will take is one update from Google to kill this off instantly.
All they need to do is make Android do TV/VGA out through a dock, so turning it into a mobile Chromebook, at the very least. Some would say that Android can already do this, as the new HDMI Android stickcomputers prove, simply pair it up with a bluetooth mouse/KB, some apps to allow access to the underlying system/cmd line, and its a fairly functional computer already.
Its not the High St thats the dead weight here, its those retail park stores.
Crippling rent and energy costs, and staffing those fucking barns, is going to be the death of PC world next.
Twinning with Currys won't save them, people aren't buying TV's.
Re: Some users are threatening to quit the site
I've been watching people bin their accounts on Twitter all day, the pro/semi-pro photographer community is abandoning ship en-masse.
All it takes is a tweet from Beiber or some other celeb livid about the possibility of Facebook harvesting their image for adverts and the shit will truly hit the fan.
Excellent little WTF bit.
That last sentence........robot fighting league? Combat-focused bar & grill?
OK, we need more info on this.
I know that anecdotes don't count for shit, but tons of people i know have been asking questions about, Nexus 7's and Kindle Fires recently.
And usually when they find out that they do indeed have a Facebook and Twitter app, they get one.
Re: Full Circle Magazine
Oh they are superb, thank you.
Re: Top Notch
I concur. This takes me back.
In my day we used to DREAM of having a megabyte to play with.
Then our dad would come home and thrash us to sleep with his belt.
"But phones sell on the user interface"
Not any more. They mainly sell on contract price of course, but nowadays cool-ness is a factor.
And BB is about as cool as your dads work-tie collection.
Like i saw someone tweet this week "Apple's "slack off while on the bog" campaign is far better than BB's "Work, work, work, die" one."
Don't get excited
It'll be one for the GEOLOGISTS history books, as in they've found a nice type of quartz, or some such bullshit.
Ditch the game reviews. Yes, a lot of us are gamers, but those of us who are have already read reviews that matter on our usual, more focused, gaming sites. They are often out of date anyway.
Pretty pointless, and don't fit in to the site in my opinion.
Also the lack of photos of the thing you are reviewing is annoying, and makes it look like you never had the item, or got 10 mins to play with it at a trade fair.
Seeing a manufacturers CG render, or heavily photoshopped pic, of a phone hovering in the air tells us absolutely nothing about how it fits in your average gnarled, pint-grasping, hacks hand.
Follow up reviews are good, showing how someone has got along with the item while using it for what was intended. Example was the Nokia 808 trip to Stromboli, which convinced me to get it.
Yeah, sure the manufacturers will update their firmware for this.
Or they'll just make new products with WiFox "700% faster!!" labelled on the box and expect us to upgrade.
Yes it has tempted me away from paying £30 for iTunes Match, seeing as this is free.
Also pretty damn fast uploading songs, but then i'm not daft enough to try it from a phone.
Re: Bring back the old ones...!
Another vote here for bringing back the old ones, they were much better.
The angel/devil ones now are awful, the fanboi one makes no sense, troll guy is from 4chan, and we really REALLY need the El Reg gravestone back.
Tails and Liberte do exactly the same as this, and do it a lot better from the sounds of it. Just stick them on a memory key and boot from that, everything is kept only in RAM.
A lot better than this thing.
The days of the average couch potato needing a full laptop are over, these people only ever use email, facebook and twitter anyway, and your £159-£300 tablet does all that just fine, without the headaches of Microsoft OS's.
This upgrade cycle will not be like the last.
Cos they want you to buy more than one.
Also phones don't need multi-user accounts, and these tabs share phone OS's mostly.
Its a big update, profiles are a major plus for tablets that generally get picked up and used by the family at random.
Especially as you can have a, *cough*, private profile. Say no more.
What about the flagship store
Absolutely no-one at Covent Garden earlier, apparently: https://twitter.com/mmalex/status/264296937665212417/photo/1
Cos its Friday, obviously.
"How can you do a spoken-word version of a rap song?"
"He found a way"
Bought one yesterday after the price-drop
Within 5 minutes of opening it i had it rooted, and happily streaming MKV's off my NAS.
Can even play XCOM from my main computer using Splashtop 2.
Utterly amazing thing for £159.
Is that 3.5G?
Because my nokia's have been popping up with that icon in most areas for the past 5 years.
By suddenly limiting it, against all promises up until a few days ago, to Windows 8 devices only they have ensured its utter failure.
Developers will only assign resources to something that has a decent install base. If they had let the iOS version go they would have instantly had 100's of millions of users.
But no, some idiot manager somewhere wanted another bullet-point for Win 8 phones, and doomed it.
"Super, sexy media star about to be killed by cheap tablets?"
What tablet, cheap or otherwise, can you carry in your jeans pocket?
Come to mention it, what handheld/pocket computer even compares to an iTouch, both technologically, and appstore wise?
Seems churlish to even compare it to tablets and phones, its something completely different, with no equal.
Re: "The best camera is the one you have with you"
Also if you've had a great phone camera for a few years you end up with thousands of great shots that you wouldn't have otherwise had, either because you can't be arsed carrying a good camera, or your phone renders all those memorable moments as blurry embarrassments.
Always worth the investment i feel, and being scared off by a perfectly respectable operating system is quite foolish.
Blame the stupid name
They should have called them "MegaComp's", or "SuperTops", like i thought last year.
Lol, one week later
Not a peep of the MIA mini iPad from the shamed worlds gadget press.
Re: What I want to know is...
No, it does not.
In fairness, neither has any other backwardly compatible console.
Its not a simple thing to do, hooking into an existing graphics system and changing the rendering resolution is a million miles away from hardware upscaling. Involves shitloads of testing and coding, for something that stops people buying the new games on your new console.
Re: Wii U
Nintendo announced yesterday that there are no plans, at all, to offer the pad to be bought seperately at the moment.
Partly because of manufacturing capacity, and partly because there are no games on the horizon that even support such play.
""They are forward-thinking IT departments and are early adopters – always have been."
Then everyone in that IT dept needs firing. Only the most ignorant buffoon, and money-wasting morn, overhauls their entire IT infrastructure every time a new bit of shiny is released.
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