307 posts • joined Friday 31st July 2009 14:21 GMT
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if you are spending $199 on contract, why would you waste it on an outdated piece of tech like the 5c though?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.
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.
the sky is falling
So basically a bunch of mediocre, mostly Russian, dodgy apps and poor rip-off copies potentially contain malware. What a surprise. Next thing you'll be telling me that the bloke down in the market called dodgy dave is not selling legit DVDs.
The same can be done with Android. The one platform where you can't change the search provider however is Windows Mobile. I wonder if Microsoft are familiar with the definition of "irony"?
Re: Bullet proof, but not B.S. proof.
except for all the palm and windows mobile and nokia smart touchscreen phones that did all the things the iphone "innovated" just several years earlier without the massive amounts of marketing and hype behind it. That is why they are considered obvious, all apple did was make them popular.
at 500kb/s it would take you all of 5.5 hours to download 10GB worth of data. hardly a major inconvenience. let it run overnight and you would have the software faster than ordering the dvd online.
NFC has been standardised (ISO / IEC) for since 2003 and NFC has been used around the world for many years with largescale rollouts since 2011. There is still a long way to go, but it is moving along at a fair pace
Re: >Having to physically bonk phones into stuff seems so outdated in 2013.
NFC has many more uses other than payments, particularly when used with NFC tags. You can use it to automate processes such as turning on your wifi when you step into your house or office, upload contact data or web links with NFC enabled business cards, initiate wifi downloads or transfers between phones (what Samsung label as S-beam) to name a few. Bluetooth can't do a fraction of that.
Re: I really wish...
TFL have supposedly looked at it but found the current NFC standard to be too slow compared to the oyster card.
Re: Sad, but...
"I wonder when all the high street competition is gone what will happen to online prices... hmm.... tricky one..." - nothing really as they would still have to compete with other online retailers. The highstreet lost its role as setter of prices a long time ago.
a bit harsh
I wouldn't say that. The iPhone 5 is a good device and certainly good enough to pay for (if not for quite that much). It just isn't as magical as it was made out to be and hardly deserving of the sales figures it had achieved. Maybe some sanity will return into the market.
That has been suitably debunked as a myth. Firstly because the source of that element is the carbonation, so even sparkling water would cause the problem, and it is also in such small quantities that it has no effect. The myth that is leads to bone density loss is based on a single flawed study. Further studies have shown that carbonated drink consumption does not lead to an increase in calcium excretion.
that may have appeared as an incentive on paper, but it was actually poor value, as it required you to trade in a phone that actually had a greater resale value in the second hand market. Plus giving away devices doesn't normally boost your profits, so either way that wouldn't have worked.
Re: Whoo There It Is!
Not really, as they haven't actually been found guilty of anything yet. A more accurate analogy would be that of a shady looking character who has promised not to set foot in the shop, but will still be investigated for prior shoplifting accusations.
I think the EU regulators should not let Samsung off the hook and make a thorough investigation, providing they do the same for Apple, Nokia and everyone else out there who has been using the import ban as a trade tool.
Re: Trying to draw a line under the issue?
Still won't happen, Samsung still have the option to appeal the original case, and they have a very strong case in their favour for the appeal.
why would they bother?
I could imagine Apple releasing a TV set, but it would be primarily targeted at the Bang&Oulfson or Loewe Crowd, who are willing to pay a significant premium for aesthetics.But this would simply be as a token, much like the 8series for BMW or the GT for Ford. Going after the mass market would be utterly pointless. The margins would be way too small without the benefit of making more money back on the content than they could with a settop box. This is a cut-throat market where profits are made from minuscule margins which has led to several old school TV manufacturers to leave the game. As for this survey, saying you would buy something and actually doing so is a big difference. I would be surprised if 1/10th of the people claiming they would buy an Apple TV would actually do so.
not quite true
The court has given Samsung 8 weeks to implement the changes before they impose the fine. Damages are still to be decided depending on the profits Samsung made on the affected devices since 2011 Android Authority have a more accurate coverage of the case http://www.androidauthority.com/apple-beats-samsung-dutch-courts-awarded-129000-day-under-certain-conditions-135036/
"You claim Apple does this yet don't seem to care that Samsung widened their claim to take an the iPad and other devices?" - in reaction to apple's injunction attempt should be noted. from what i could tell they were the first ones to swing the injunction hammer. i would say samsung are simply defending themselves. lets not forget, whilst there has always been plenty of lawsuit action going on in the tech world it was apple who escalated things to the ridiculous headline grabbing scale we are now facing. if you want to blame someone for this you should look at the fruit logo firm.
I've actually always preferred Brian Johnson's vocals. They just seem more balanced and gruffer.
they should just implement a "use it or lose it" clause. You have two years to implement a patent otherwise it expires. and once implemented you need to continue using it otherwise it expires two years after the last product to use it is released.
Re: Want to wait?
or £239 for a 32GB nexus 7 with 3G? Although you will have to wait for that one too as it is currently sold out
sure, but what if you wanted to run it on any other machine not manufactured by Apple. That is what he is referring to. Oh, and good luck installing the latest OSX on a mac from before 2005. Windows or Linux don't lack that sort of legacy support. That is hardly true to the definition of choice.
considering it is roughly 70% faster than the ipad 3 I would call that pretty damn quick. And Jellybean is just as slick as iOS. Quadcore? well that would be for those people who actually want multiple processes running at the same time, something iOS is rather bad at.
Re: @ Dave 126
I think the future lies in the development of augmented reality (google goggles etc) and hands free use (kinect, google now/siri) combined with portable computing platforms that serve multiple functions (asus padphone)
" iPhone sales have been held back because it's so innovative" - innovative would have been developing a design that is manufacturable and robust enough to make it to the point of sale intact. Which the iPhone 5 clearly isn't. If you want innovation you should look at the people who actually have a mountain of real patents such as LG, HTC, Sony, Samsung and even microsoft. People who actually invest in R&D instead of lawyers and marketing
Re: Called it
if you read the ruling it clearly explains that due to the high profile of the case and the ambiguity of trial and appeal verdicts from other European states Apple's accusation has harmed the image of Samsung and their ability to sell their product. That is why they are required to make a public apology. Dyson are at an advantage that their case wasn't widely known, so there was no damage done to Vax's image.
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