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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

Peter 48

Re: Meh

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.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 in El Reg's claws: This time the 'S' is for 'sensible'

Peter 48

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.

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Peter 48

Re: Huh?

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

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New WebCL toolkit hooks browser apps into GPUs – and that's not good news for Apple

Peter 48

fear not

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.

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Oscars backer Samsung can't catch a break: Host Ellen snaps stars on iOS

Peter 48

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.

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Samsung brandishes quad-core Galaxy S5, hopes nobody wants high specs

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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.

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Peter 48

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.

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Peter 48

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.

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Peter 48

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

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Apple patents touch-sensitive controls for MacBook

Peter 48

"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)

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

Peter 48

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?

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Apple declares war on PAYPAL: Pay-by-bonk + iTunes = profit, right?

Peter 48

google wallet

isn't this basically what google wallet does? or would it go further?

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Apple CEO on China Mobile: 'World's best' mobe with world's, uh, 'largest network'

Peter 48

world's best?

rather delusional and not by a long shot.

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Apple, Samsung get a room to settle patent war. Forgive us if we don't hold our breath

Peter 48

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.

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

Peter 48

slippery slope

"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.

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Apple iPhone 5s still world's top-selling smartphone – report

Peter 48

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.

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ARM flexes muscle: Forget iPhone 5S's 64-bit edge – it will soon be standard

Peter 48

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.

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Apple slams brakes on orders of (not so cheap) plasticky iPhone 5C

Peter 48

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.

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Peter 48

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.

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Peter 48

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.

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Peter 48

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.

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Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Peter 48

Calm Down

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.

http://allaboutsamsung.de/2013/09/samsung-gibt-statement-galaxy-note-3-galaxy-s-4-und-co-ab-sofort-mit-regionaler-sim-karten-sperre/

https://www.facebook.com/SamsungSwitzerland/posts/600488789993594

This isn't so much a walled garden as it is a thin paper ribbon.

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Dr Dre's Beats plans to drop HTC, hook up with rich mate – report

Peter 48

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.

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Apple files 'Bonk to Gift' near field communication patent application

Peter 48

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.

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PC market hits the ropes, but Lenovo's still standing

Peter 48

I wonder

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?

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Smartwatch makers: You need apps to beat Apple

Peter 48

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.

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Re: Optional

Add to that the music player control I use every day walking to and from work.

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Russian mobile operators say 'nyet!' to Apple, 'da!' to Samsung

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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.

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Apple surrenders in 'app store' trademark suit against Amazon

Peter 48

" 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.

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Apple launches global 'iWatch' trademark blitz

Peter 48

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.

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Peter 48

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

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Seven all-in-ones that aren't the Apple iMac - and one that is

Peter 48
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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.

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Adobe price hike: Your money or your files, frappuccino sippers

Peter 48

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.

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Peter 48
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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.

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Peter 48

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.

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Peter 48

Re: Price

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.

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Peter 48

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.

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Creative Suite cloud lurch crushes beret-wearers' cost-slash bid

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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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BadNews, fandroids: MILLIONS of Google Play downloads riddled with malware

Peter 48

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.

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Microsoft leads charge against Google's Android in EU antitrust complaint

Peter 48

and google

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"?

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Apple handed victory in Samsung text-selection patent case

Peter 48
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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.

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Adobe thinks outside box, nixes retail Creative Suite packaging

Peter 48
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not really

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.

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Apple tech FOUND ON ANDROID: Passbook gets pay-by-bonk

Peter 48

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

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Peter 48

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.

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Peter 48

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.

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Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

Peter 48

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.

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Apple 'slashes iPhone 5 screen orders', tight-fisted fanbois blamed

Peter 48

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.

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Drop that can of sweet pop and grab a coffee - for your sanity's sake

Peter 48
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Re: Deadly

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.

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Bite us, Apple: Samsung hauled in $8.3bn in Q4

Peter 48

red herring

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.

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Samsung still faces EU antitrust charges, says official

Peter 48

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.

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