335 posts • joined 31 Jul 2009
Apple patent the obvious and existing again
Once again Apple issue a patent for something that its competitors have not only already thought of but actually implemented.
Re: Aspect ratio > resolution
are these american based books per chance? the Imperial page sizing favours the squatter 4:3 ratio whilst the european sizes are more rectangular, making them more suitable for the 16:10 ratio.
Re: Good hardware companies have always gotta crap on the software
probably because it allows them to offer core features that vanilla android doesn't support such as multi-window and contact merging from multiple sources.
Re: Storage costs aren't always commutable
have you tried switching the phone from MTP (Media Device) to PTP (Camera) in the USB options? That should in theory work like a normar external storage device.
I was under the impression that as long as you don't create an account (facebook, twitter etc) you won't be bothered with it. I don't use twitter and my Note3 hasn't once bugged me about that and facebook or linked-in didn't say a peep until i created an account for them on my phone.
unfortunately I am not aware of any networks here in the UK that support two sims on one contract let alone one number unless it is some kind of business plan.
Re: Can I get it w/o the pre-installed bloatware?
You would also be throwing out a lot of additional features such as multiwindow support. Stick a custom loader on it like nova and you will hardly notice the difference with vanilla android other than it can do more.
Re: They still run Android, so they're useless as their iOS counterpart.
the quantity and quality of work you can perform on both mobile OS's has improved quite a bit. Not as extensive as a Surface pro or equivalent windows tablet, but still pretty impressive.
unless liquid metal has the same thermal expansion coefficient as sapphire glass it won't matter how tight you fit it, either a gap will form under heat (if it is higher) or it will crack (if it is lower)
Re: KNOX is a buggy piece of shit.
funny, I have the same unaltered Note3 and haven't heard a peep from knox nor have I bothered to activate it either. Sounds like operator error more than a problem with the software to me.
Re: Off the cuff
well that hasn't stopped Apple with the majority of their patent lawsuits, so why should they change now?
storm in a tea-cup
So basically Google are slightly expanding the nexus concept and rebranding it. How on earth will this affect Samsung or HTC? It will simply add another Brand into the top tier range of phones to compete with what the current top brands are producing. Good for everyone in the long run. If people don't like the modifications that Sammy and HTC etc make they now have another choice. The thing is, the vast majority of users couldn't give a toss about a "pure" Android experience and will still end up going where ever the marketing dollars are spent which is with Samsung and Apple.
All this talk about who invented what first and whether the iphone had specific tech first or not is missing the real reason why it took off - marketing. Apple were the first company to market a smart phone to consumers outside of the the business sector and do so heavily and for a prolonged period. Combined with the concurrent development of a more robust data infra structure and improvement in tech completely independent of apple they were able to show that demand could be created in the much larger consumer market. Whilst apple acolytes love to think that their saviour invented the wave and the ocean they surfed in on, all apple did was pick a decent surf board and a better spot on the beach to start riding into success.
Re: Oh Gawd
There is nothing fiddly about it. I purchased an aftermarket qi coil for my note 3 and it simply gets stuck on the battery with the contacts lining up with the 3 contacts on the back of the phone. Works without issues, only cost a few quid and barely bulges the existing cover.
How on earth did you manage to find a note 3 at launch for £425? I searched high and low for one and the cheapest I found from a legitimate source was £595 at launch. Even now it will cost you at least £420 incl vat
If it truly was a risk to the app store Apple would simply ban it with the excuse that it is dangerous/ laggy/ battery consuming and whatever else they accused flash of being.
don't see the issue
If I was a user of Phone X and was given a Phone Y by the sponsor I would still end up using Phone X for all personal exchanges, calls tweets etc as it has all my account logins, details, contacts, photos etc. Not a big deal really.
Re: Silly Question...
Readability in direct sunlight is a good option for one. I found my S2 rather poor in that respect. Much better camera is another good reason. Having a much better screen resolution is anther good reason, it makes reading websites a lot easier. Being water and dust resistant is just the cherry on the top.
I agree on the HR monitor
I agree on the HR monitor built in. This seems to be of more use to hypochondriacs than anyone else, but the using the term "water Resistant" vs "Water-proof" is found on the vast majority of products on the market, especially watches. You will find only a small minority of those are actually water-proof. This means the phone will withstand short periods of complete submersion in water down to 1m. In theory it means you are guaranteed you could strap it to your arm and go for a 30min swim without any issues, however the actual protection will probably last longer.
Re: think ill pass
try one out when they become available, you would be surprised how big the difference actually is. Whilst the S3 is a great phone, the compounded changes in the S5 will mean better screen quality and readability, especially in daylight (the equivalent Note 3 works brilliantly in bright sunlight) increased durability and much better camera.
Re: Excellent review; but "flaunting"?
you would be surprised how portable even a phablet like the Note3 is. I can happily fit it (inside a spigen case) into my jeans front pocket without it feeling bulky. It doesn't even feel anymore bulky than the old Galaxy S2
"My old man still asks to this day "Is that an iPhone?" " That is nothing but an indicator of apple's marketing genius. They managed to embed themselves in the public's consciousness and therefore became synonymous with touch-screen phones.
"the phones Samsung released after the introduction of the iPhone looked very similar to the iPhone, since they sported the same radius of corners as the iPhone, whereas Sammy's previous efforts hadn't." Ignoring the fact that Samsung was proven not to having the same radius, this was a classic example of selective image choice, ignoring all the non touch screen phones samsung released after the ihpone and ignoring the touchscreen phone samung released before the iphone. Sure the Galaxy S (http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i9000_galaxy_s-3115.php) bears some resemblance to the iPhone 3, but it actually bears more resemblance to the Samsung F700 (http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_f700-1849.php)
Re: Something else I won't be buying from Samsung
Why, because they are sick and tired of being called copycats by every blind fanboi with an opinion and have decided to fight back?
isn't this basically what google wallet does? or would it go further?
rather delusional and not by a long shot.
Re: Someone in the US needs to grow a brain and actually use it
"Samsung's idea of competing was to copy a whole bunch of that design (and they even wrote a manual which said precisely that, and was shown in evidence in the trial"
Great another clueless amateur who has no idea how design development works. This is a type document that can be found in every company on the market as it is a critical study of the competition and how to improve one's own products. The only difference is that Samsung had to show theirs whilst Apple were able to hide their document.
"They can also regularly dictate to ISPs what IP addresses and URLs should be blocked" this is probably the most dangerous part. It allows wholesale blocking of critical voices under the thinly veiled guise of "copyright" protection by anyone complaining loudly enough, be it government or much more likely corporate entities. For example: if the Daily Mail doesn't like a website because it points out their rampant racism they can have it blocked because it had a link on there pointing to an old YouTube clip that was blocked because it and an old Elvis track playing in the background.
i doubt it
The fact that the Iphone 5C and the Note 3 are in 4th and 5th place makes the accuracy of this report very questionable. We would be better off comparing the shipped/sales figures from manufacturers than this nonsense.
In other news reports say the sun will rise in the morning and set in the evening outside the Arctic circle. Apple didn't invent 64bit, they are just the first to make the step.
Re: See .....
if you are spending $199 on contract, why would you waste it on an outdated piece of tech like the 5c though? You would be much better off with the LG G2 or save yourself even more money and get a Lumia 925 for $0.99.
Re: Shouldn't be hard for apple to break into the lower end of the market
the iphone 5S has one of the most benchmark optimised processors on the market, but it is still outperformed by a significant margin in some benchmarks that test the whole system by processors like the Snapdragon 800. 3D Mark in particular is a good example. Here the Snapdragon has about a 30-50% margin over the A7.
Re: No surprise
That isn't really true. iOS7 isn't any more of a copy of Android than a Tonka Truck is of the real thing. iOS7 is little more than a app drawer with a wonkey, vertigo inducing background and a snazzy media player that appears on the lock screen. ITo be a copy of Andoid it would still need to add:
- widgets or other methods of adding live information for instant display
- customisation ability beyond changing the wall paper and ringtone and sorting apps into folders.
- ability to integrate third party apps such as launchers, browsers or keyboards that override the stock ones.
- ability to sideload apps (even if that introduces a massive potential risk of malware)
- the ability to browse the file system and save files from any source or program without having to rely on bouncing back and forth through cloud servers and providers.
- google Now = Siri done right
- real multitasking including the ability to have two app windows open at the same time (thanks for that Samsung)
Jailbreaking iOS does get some of these features right, but that isn't really the answer
Let me know when they actually implement some of these features and then it might be worth taking seriously.
Re: No surprise
as long as that Apple Genius actually lives up to the name. The ones I have had the delight of experiencing make a shop assistant in Currys look like the font of all technical knowledge in comparison.
This has been blown way out of proportion. Samsung have officially stated that this lock only applies to the very first activation. A EU phone would need to be activated in the EU etc after that it functions like any other unlocked phone. For those that still want to import one from a different region you can still do that but you would need to get it unlocked at your local Samsung Service Centre (for free). So the sticker is correct.
This isn't so much a walled garden as it is a thin paper ribbon.
Beats are brilliant
they are a great way to spot people who are suckers for a con. Considering they were made by monster until quite recently, it isn't surprising they are highly overrated, overpriced crap. Great branding and advertising though. They seem very attractive and desirable.
The title might be misleading
At first glance this sounds like a typical Apple brad spectrum patent grab, but I suspect this is only really a patent that is relevant to how itunes specifically would handle this sort of interaction and would have little or no affect to anyone outside of the itunes environment and isn't really affected by prior art as it applies to how the interaction is handled, not the concept of the interaction itself.
In all these Post PC doom and gloom articles where does the custom PC builder come into the equation? Are we in anyway significant to the market figures or just too few in number? My last branded desktop purchase was made back in 1996 , after that I have built all my rigs (I guess about 8 or 9?) How many retail CPU's are actually sold?
Re: I don't see the point...
you seem to be missing the point. A smart watch should be an extension of your phone, not a substitute. I can see incoming messages at a glance regardless of where in the house/office my phone is or what surroundings I am in. It offers discretion in meetings or in areas where you might not want to flash your phone about, at-a-glance info whilst driving, notifications whilst exercising or in crowded environments. Add to that the ability to change music tracks and see what is playing when your phone is in your bag or playing at a party. I have used mine whilst teaching a dance class to pause and start the track playing. I have used it during presentations and meetings to notify me of if we are running behind. And I love the custom watch faces that I can choose from.
Add to that the music player control I use every day walking to and from work.
Re: Tim Cook seems not to understand the market
you miss the point, simply being readers of El Reg shows we are not representative for the vast masses of existing and potential customers, so our buying habits are pretty much irrelevant. The fact that Apple even introduces new phones by their with-contract price and not their full price shows that purchasing a handset outright is pretty much limited to the budget PAYG segment and quite a rare occurrence. In my entire circle of friends and family I can't think of a single person who would be willing to stump up £500 for a new handset when they have the option of getting it for free with a contract.
" With more than 900,000 apps and 50 billion downloads, customers know where they can purchase their favorite apps."
TRANSLATION: we don't have a hope in hell of winning this so we are quitting whilst we can.
Re: It looks like the technology required to make this work might have arrived
a week (2 at the very most) is pretty much the limit, even using BT4 and that is for devices using e-ink displays. Switch to an LCD and even low-power ones will last no more than a few days on a watch sized battery. What would be a real innovation for these smart watches would be integrating onboard power generation through motion like the Seiko Kinetic watches was well as solar power generation like Tissot and Casios watches. This wouldn't be enough to fully power the watch, but it could trickle feed it to increase the periods between full charges.
Re: Welcome to the death of apple
Well the Pebble can do most of that and I am pretty sure there are some smart watches out there that also offer you "dick tracey" features. Not sure why you would want it to act as a screen for your camera though.
check out http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kreyos-the-only-smartwatch-with-voice-gesture-control that they seem to be plugging on facebook all the time
Re: All fugly except the mac
you do realise that if your style is absolute minimalism then every other design that wants to have a functional, minimal look will inevitably look similar. A design language that they "stole" from Sony, and before that Braun for that matter. This has nothing to do with wanting to copy Apple, as much as deluded apple fanbois want to believe. This is an industrial design necessity and every one of the alternatives do a good job of differentiating themselves despite having to work within these strict requirements. How exactly else would you design an all-in-one solution?
Personally I thing the HP is the best looking one, whilst the toshiba, acer and apple all look rather clunky and unbalanced.
Re: Silly money grabbing Adobe.
unfortunately not. ever since corel got their hands on it psp has become a basic consumer product with a load of silly filters and automations. maybe someone there will finally wake up and see the potential to develop a more professional version to appeal to all the dissatisfied soon to be ex photoshop users.
Re: Silly money grabbing Adobe.
And clearly nobody at your company was competent enough to bother spending 5 mins reading Adobe's FAQ: their answer to restricting internet access issues is: "Yes, your IT administrators can block users from accessing the online services. The online services and their URLs are listed here.
As an administrator, you will also be able to deploy Creative Cloud desktop applications independent of the cloud-based services using the Creative Cloud Packager. The Creative Cloud Packager is available through Creative Cloud for teams."
As for justifying the spend - if they are happy to take a loss of earnings due to reducing efficiency switching to gimp and other alternatives because they have to spend slightly less than the old upfront purchase and upgrade path then they aren't long for this world anyway.
Adobe has a lot to answer for for leaving us in the lurch by removing the ability to use the product outside of subscription, but this sort of knee-jerk reaction is ill-informed and highly counter-productive.
Re: What about the benefits
think more along the lines of £1300 for the previous version and £2600 for the latest release of the master suite. £850 is still cheaper than either of those options.
then don't even think of using an Autodesk product. AutoCAD Architecture 2014 has an RRP of £5175 incl VAT and the subscription is an additional £753. Suddenly Adobe seems real cheap.
Re: Autodesk have been doing something similar for years
Autodesk's system is slightly, but significantly different. There the subscription you pays if for upgrades. You still have to buy the package in full up front, but by paying a regular sum you get "free" upgrades. Once you stop paying you remain at the package you last upgraded to.However if you decide to restart the subscription you only have a small window to do so other wise you have to pay the full price again. At over £3000 for AutoCAD alone this is very costly. The subscription is essentially just a prepayment plan. What adobe needs to do is implement some of this. It should be the following: You continue to pay the monthly fee but if you sign up to an annual fee you should be able to keep and use the last downloaded update after 18 months of subscription.Essentially similar to a mobile phone contract.
Re: Skipping a version
so you were happy to pay about £660 upfront and £350 for each upgrade of photoshop for a total of about £1350 over 5 years but think paying £1050 (5x12x£17) over the same period is too expensive? You might want to work on your math. There are plenty of other reasons to baulk against the cloud route, but in this case price isn't one of them. As a small business it is a damn site easier to budget for £17 / £48 a month than find large chunks yearly or biannually.
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