* Posts by Peter 48

352 posts • joined 31 Jul 2009

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

Peter 48

Re: Where Pebble fails?

not any worse than the sony clone that apple are pushing though

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Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU

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graphic

I presume the posture on the left is someone using a large screen phablet like the nexus 6 and the one on the far right is your typical iphone 4/s user?

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Samsung to boot out Shin after Galaxy S5 tanks – report

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Re: Expensive and riddled with bloatware

The G3 is only 1/3 cheaper and aside from the screen resolution is a step down from the Note 4, with a slower processor, lesser screen quality, less onboard memory, lesser camera and smaller battery. Plus it is missing the raison d'etre of the Note series: the digitiser and stylus. To call them "mid-range" is nonsense, considering the Note 4 has the highest spec kit available to them at the time of launch and the S5 had the same high spec.

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How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other

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Isn't that the very same sim that AT&T managed to lock down to their service requiring to you to get a new one if you want to switch?

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Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET

Peter 48

rivals?

The article seems to ignore the rise of alternative purchase sites as well. Amazon MP3 in particular has been doing exceptionally well, increasing their marketshare considerably over the last few years. Then you have Google's play store that has frequent deals and 7Digital who are/were the backbone for several vendors such as Samsung or LG.

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Peter 48

Re: @werdsmith

you obviously never heard of online retailers like Amazon, WowHD or Zavvi?

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

Peter 48

kindle hack?

Is there any way to hack this so I can access kindle books as well?

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Jony Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

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irony is rife

It is a bit ironic coming from the man who's entire design language was a carbon copy of what Braun did many years ago and continues to nick design ideas from everyone around him such as the Apple watch scroll wheel stolen from Braun's watch or the back of the iphone 6/+ a flattened carbon copy of the HTC M8 back, right down to the exact position of the antenna lines.

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 SHUNNED by refusenik fanbois

Peter 48

Android has nothing to do with controlling which devices are updated, in fact KitKat was specifically designed to improve performance on older units. The blame lies with the manufacturers and networks.

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Peter 48

irrelevant

as a percentage of units maybe, yet there are actually a lot more Android KitKat devices than there are of all iOS variants combined, let-alone iOS8.

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

Peter 48

I wonder how long your smug look will last once you are faced with trying to find a parking space or even navigate side streets in a Yank Tank here in Europe.

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Peter 48

Re: Twin-Air.

That was most likely because you had it on eco mode which drastically cuts back on the torque. Switch that off and even fully loaded it will happily skip up and down hills.

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Peter 48

Re: Real mpg?

the disclaimer thing is utter nonsense, however, due to the small engine, unless you only drive on completely flat land it uses more fuel than normal. My 500S with 1500miles on the clock currently manages about 45MPG overall driving around Brighton and the south downs.

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Peter 48

Re: Uh?

wasn't aware you could fit full size adults and some hand luggage on your bike. what model do you have?

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Peter 48

Re: NEVER buy a Fiat

sounds like you had a dodgy model as my first 500 only ever had to head in between annual servicing because of a mandatory recall. On my second one now and this one seems just as reliable (fingers crossed)

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

Peter 48

so rare yet...

so of the 9 people that have supposed to have suffered from a bent phone at least 2 are writers for tech websites? what are the odds of that?

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Apple is too shallow, must go deeper to beat TouchID fingerprint hack, say securo-bods

Peter 48

deep scanning finger print scanner

Isn't this the sort of thing that Barclays are looking touse: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-09/05/barclays-finger-scanner

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End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

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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.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

Peter 48

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.

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Peter 48

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.

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Peter 48

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.

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Peter 48

Re: Facebook

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.

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Peter 48

nice idea

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.

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S is for SMACKDOWN: Samsung takes Galaxy Tab slab war fruit-side

Peter 48

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.

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Peter 48

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.

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Come with me if you want a lid: Apple bags Terminator-esque LiquidMetal mobe patent

Peter 48

thermal movement

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)

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GCHQ grants security clearance to Samsung's Knox mobe security

Peter 48

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.

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Chinese iWatchers: Apple's WRISTPUTERS ALREADY in production

Peter 48

Re: Off the cuff

well that hasn't stopped Apple with the majority of their patent lawsuits, so why should they change now?

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

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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.

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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

Peter 48

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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