Re: I wonder if any can be programmed to short out the battery and explode
Something Android manufacturers know plenty about
113 posts • joined 15 Aug 2009
Something Android manufacturers know plenty about
Yup. My girlfriend has a iPhone 5S on contract from O2 which stopped charging on Monday. She took it to O2 who said they'd need to post it off for repairs and she might get it back in a week. She took it to the Apple shop in Covent Garden and they gave her a new one on the spot.
The phone was supplied by O2 and was over 12 months old. O2 couldn't have given less of a shit and were happy to leave her high and dry. Apple demonstrated a considerably higher regard for her custom.
... if the photo which was sent wasn't of his own member?
iMessage works over wifi or cellular data.
You mean something like this?
I believe BBM identifies are primarily your BB pin, which is a unique identifier with no connection to your phone number.
1- Phone out pocket
2 - Phone against card reader
3 - Phone back into pocket
1 - Wallet out of pocket
2 - Contactless card out of wallet
3 - Contactless card against card reader
4 - Contactless card back into wallet
5 - Wallet back into pocket
So I make that a 40% reduction in terms of the number of steps needed to pay, and a slight bump in security too. What's not to like?
And before someone suggests leaving my intended payment card in my wallet and holding my wallet to the reader, I am not the only person with more than one card in my wallet.
I agree with much of what you say... I have the same generation iPad that you do and it serves it's purpose brilliantly as a casual sofa surfing device, a Netflix viewer for my girlfriend when she is getting ready in the morning and a very occasional gaming device. A few games stutter slightly, but it's the smallest of niggles, and I do quite frequently momentarily wish it had Touch ID when I absent mindedly leave my finger on the home button waiting for it to unlock like my iPhone. I hand off to my mid-2010 MacBook Pro when I need a proper home computer which is maybe a couple of times a week, a device which increasingly shows it's age but continues to serve it's purpose. Both are devices I fully expect to upgrade, but both only on a 5/6 yearly basis unless technical failure happens first or unexpected incredible technical innovation occurs.
My iPhone though, perhaps due to it being used much more than either of these devices and the limited life of lithium ion batteries being more obvious on a device that is outside the home far more frequently, has always been one a 1/2 yearly upgrade cycle and I imagine this will continue. I don't know how typical a customer I am, but I would hazard a guess there are many of me about.
Presumably it was enough of a shit to decide that you had to tell the rest of us how little shit you give? Marble sized perhaps, like a rabbit dropping?
"Eventually one works" - The thief better hope it is one of the first three.
The market was created when the first supplier sold to the first customer. Again, this pre-dates Apple's involvement in the tablet, MP3 player and smart phone markets.
"Apple doesn't have a great track record in markets it didn't create in the first place"
Apple didn't create the smart phone. Apple didn't create the MP3 player. Apple didn't create the tablet computer.
But you'd presumably agree that paying say £15 a month for service 95% of the time was preferable to paying €50 a month for service 96% of the time? So price is a factor - no one is saying the networks are perfect overseas.
"Even a broken watch is right twice a day" - I've a broken F-91W in my bedside table thats begs to differ.
Makes me chuckle that in the comparison table, for the EE product, alongside 'Premium sports' it states 'N/A'. That's a 'no' then in anyone else's language.
I've recently purchased a phone with TouchID and whilst it quite obviously isn't panacea from a security perspective, I think it's a fantastic feature. It works quickly and reliably. I've gone from a 4 digit pass code on a 5 minute time-out to my phone now requiring my fingerprint for every unlock, with a much longer pass code needed if my fingerprint isn't available for any reason. More security for less inconvenience. I'd go as far as saying it's my favourite feature on the phone.
You called EE out for their HD voice service, but a quick Google suggests Three and Vodafone both offer this as well.
Lost data signal on my commute from NW London to the City at about 9am. Emails started flowing again by 10.30am.
Are you sure the quality of the streaming isn't more a factor of your lack of bandwidth? Streaming quality is absolutely exemplary on our setup.
You were sold down the swanny my friend - £15 from Three buys me unlimited data.
In their defense, I can't think of many people who will do their job without being paid.
Phew that was close. I was just missed by an out of control bandwagon.
Looking forward to BB10. I'm due a new work device and whilst Android and Apple handsets are available, access to our work Exchange Server on this devices is limited to an application called "Good" to keep the lawyers and risk/compliance guys happy. "Good" is anything but.
I'm not sure they've ever had 'loads' available on Google Play. Stock availability has been limited from the beginning.
I can remember very clearly sending my first ever SMS. It was sent in December 1998 from Cheltenham on a BT Cellnet PAYG phone to my dad's Saudi Arabian mobile. I had only been messing about with the phone's menu and exploring what I could do. I had no real idea what I was sending and no expectation of is actually working. I was amazed when, ten minutes later, I received a reply from my dad who was baffled by the fact he'd had a message pop up on his phone from me.
Fast forward a couple of years and I remember switching my mobile phone to a MVNO called Genie, later BT Genie. They were the first network to offer 'unlimited' SMS messages and I was hooked, getting through up to 2000 messages a month in my teens.
I hardly ever send an SMS these days as most of my text messages are delivered over either WhatsApp or iMessage. But SMS's remain often the only affordable way to use my phone when roaming, and it is a piece of technology that had a huge bearing on my teen life.
Two thoughts. 1) Morality is irrelevent unless you are a signed up member of a cult, sorry, religion, where there is a book in which 'someone' has codified morals. 2) Much of the coverage I've seen, and indeed this article, talk about the tax rate against revenue. I may not be a tax advisor, but I am quite certain tax is charged on profits, not revenues.
What have PwC got to do with things?
Did you also spot the word 'theoretical' in the article?
You can use VoIP apps fine, as in the US. However VoLTE relates to how the phone handles calls with the inbuilt phone dialler, e.g. the type of calls which show up on your phone bill and which can be billed for (depending on your tariff).
A quick Google suggests AT&T doesn't have a VoLTE service and won't until some stage in 2013.
Your dongle has a screen, keyboard, and an appropriately well stocked app store? I'm sold!
Personally, I assign practically nil value to bundled text messages or minutes. Just give me a big, fat, fast data pipe and I'll route my own calls and mesages.
"...to make switching it off really quite difficult..."
Settings --> General --> About --> Advertising --> Limit Ad Tracking. Difficult indeed.
So EE "argued that the lack of 4G was damaging the UK economy and fast deployment was essential for the country". What they really meant was "we want a minimum 12 month monopoly to damage competition, and fast deployment is great but only if it is limited to us". They could just sell the spectrum to Three and compete, except they are obviously scared of competition.
Seriously, where is the EU or the CC when you need them?
Haven't they heard of Dropbox?
It evidently wasn't a "good old TV" given the analogue service in London was switched off just a few short months ago.
Are all iPhone customers fanbois?
Yes that's right, it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that an update in the next few months would fit with an annual update.
Here's something else that might interest you... the Samsung Galaxy S4 will probably be announced in 10 months.
... about the rumours of it being made from some ceramic material. Turns out it's Samsung's standard plastic fantastic shell. Shame.
My dad was a fast jet pilot in the RAF. He has never been easily excitable, but he doesn't half wax lyrical about his days at a Lightning pilot. His favorite story is that when he was based in Cyprus there'd occasionally be Friday's where they hadn't got all their flying hours in during the week. They used to light cigarettes in the crew room, jump in their jets, point the noses to the sky and engage the after burners. It was possible to empty the tanks, land, taxi back and still be able to finish your cigarette before it burnt out. Legend.
Would you like a medal?
A HAV? I'm shocked and appalled you'd spend any time at the house of such a person.
To my mind this article glossed over the main selling point of the ATV, namely mirroring from any iPhone or iPad. The ludicrous ease with which I can mirror the screen of an iDevice to the TV is excellent. It's a very capable, quiet and energy efficient Netflix player too, unlike the noisy PS3 which the ATV shares a shelf with.
Some more UK specific services wouldn't go amiss but for now I have access to a plethora of UK on-demand services through my Virgin Tivo box so no great loss personally.
Google effectively reinvented free web-based email when they launched Gmail. 1GB of storage, at the time, was an epic offering.
They are clearly losing their mojo if the mythical G-drive launches with a frankly pathetic 5GB. It would be miles off being a market leading proposition. I'll pass.
How many times with El Reg readers publish comments along the lines of this one?
An Apple iPhone article! The iPhone X (insert model number here) which I have no interest in ever purchasing due to (lack of function, an excess of form, popularity, because I'm 'special', because I'm odd, because I worship at the altar of a different corporation). However inspite of my aforementioned extenuating circumstances (which, I hope made suitably clear to you dear reader, mean I don't like Apple) not only did I have the urge to read the Apple iPhone article, but write a faux angry comment!
Please stop it. All that you are doing is continuing to prove to every man and his dog people care more about Apple articles (and speculation) than for other manufacturers. My page impression and associated comment in no way prove that your 'digital entertainment' are a vital source of page hits and revenue. I urge you to cease and dessist.
Just a shame the current generation of Sony and Microsoft consoles don't output at 1080p.
They are also the only network with decent data tariffs so frankly... I have no idea what you are talking about.
Ultimately all this iPad upgrade does is upgrade the screen. However this is the upgrade I've been waiting for having held off on purchasing a tablet to date. I ordered a 32GB Wifi version last night. I do not think the current generation of Android tablets can really compete with Apple's offering and the fact apps such as Sky's new F1 app are iPad only really emphasises the point.
Also on the plus side, given I will have a second iOS device this represents a nice way for me to look at changing my iPhone for an alternative. Having spent more on iOS apps than I care to admit to myself it becomes a far easier sell to look beyond iPhones when I have a device that can run all those apps anyway. Galaxy SIII perhaps?
I don't buy shares for the management of said company to make charitable decisions - that isn't what they are paid for and it is unlikely to play to their skill set. I buy shares I think will maximise my personal wealth. Any philanthropic decisions should be made by the ultimate owners of the wealth when it has been returned to them either via capital gains or dividend income.
You mean Garlic Shrug, surely?