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I think I read somewhere that they've also made it available to registered iOS developers rather than just registered OSX devs.
Yes, but reality how many people have flint-gravel drives and how many of them regularly drop an unprotected phone onto them?
I'm reminded of talking to a friend many years ago when I bought a ruggedised torch to replace one that had broken when I dropped it while up a step-ladder.
"Ah", he said, "but it wouldn't survive a 100 foot drop onto concrete, that's how most of my torches die.". (He worked for the National Grid at the time.)
Do you know what? He was probably right, it wouldn't have survived that. But then I wasn't planning on putting into that situation and never did. All I needed it to do was to survive a drop of around 6-7 feet onto carpet or possibly lino, and it did that.
Eventually it died the usual torch death of being left in the back of the drawer and then eaten from the inside by its own leaking batteries.
Point is, if you have a flint-gravel drive that you regularly drop your phone on to then an all-glass phone is probably something you need to avoid, or maybe buy a case for it.
Re: Noggin Silly sod
I see that you're taking the Daily Fail approach of assuming the diagnosis was given during the judicial process.
The story makes no mention of when he was diagnosed, would you have made a similar suggestion if he had been confined to a wheelchair?
As has been pointed out, we are getting better at diagnosing mental conditions, which leads to more people being diagnosed (and treated) than would have happened in the past, which in turn leads to a greater percentage of people in the court system who have been diagnosed with some kind of problem.
Implying that it is purely a ploy used to get obviously guilty people off the hook is offensive to people who have these problems, those who live with, work with and care for those people and to the justice system itself.
Re: Enthusiastic, pumped and hardened.
>Vibrating Alert Function.
Re: Easy access?
Agreed, on iOS there's a PIN protected area in settings that allows you to enable and disable access to a loads of applications and functions, including in-app purchases, as well as setting age restrictions on media (or disabling a specific type of media altogether like music or TV shows).
You can also decide if a password is required every time a purchase is made or only after 15 minutes have elapsed from the previous purchase.
On top of that lot there are other settings for privacy and stopping someone from changing various system settings (such as when mobile data can be used).
Overall, pretty comprehensive.
And if that lot isn't enough, you always have the option of setting up an account that has no credit or debit card linked to it so that it needs to be pre-loaded from gift cards.
So, yes, I will also call BS on the "Amazon offers all of this protection and the others don't" statement.
Re: Let them come
If even the commentards are getting Samsung and Apple mixed up, maybe those design lawsuits had merit after all.
Everything OK now, you say?
::checks VPN access using DDNS::
Nope, still not working, 09.20 BST.
I see the MS helpdesk still operates on the same principal of telling you something is fixed so that you have to go away for a bit to try it and find that it isn't.
Re: History repeating...
Android, Inc. (Founded 2003) _created_ Android. Google _bought_ Android, Inc. in 2005.
Android was originally meant to be an OS for digital cameras until they realised the market wasn't big enough at which point they switched to developing a smartphone OS intended to take on the awful Windows Mobile and ageing Symbian (this was before the Google buy-out). Early prototypes had no touch-screen and a QWERTY keyboard, like a Blackberry.
Google open-sourced Android in November 2007 at the same time as the Open Handset Alliance was announced, it's not clear if that was their original intention or not.
The first commercially available Android handset was the HTC Dream, launched November 2008.
For historical perspective, the first iPhone was announced in January 2007 and went on sale in June 2007. Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, was on Apple's board of directors from August 2006 until August 2009.
Re: Good thing...
As far as I am aware all of these sites have an audit trail, they'll record each change of dynamic address, both the new end point and the address of where it was changed from.
I think it's highly likely that someone up to no good will avoid paying for a service with their own money don't you?
And they've borked my No-IP lookup too, which means they're not sticking to the remit of only taking down malware domains.
I'm sure that's already available somewhere. It's a while since I placed an online order, but the last time (Sainsburys, I think) offered me tiered delivery prices based on other deliveries they were already making, if I remember correctly I was offered a £3.50 delivery for one slot as they were already in the area in the same slot, £5 for one where it was "close" to another delivery and £7.50 for the slot where no other deliveries were happening nearby.
That reminds me, I've always quite liked the idea of inviting a load of my friends over for a Peruvian Dinner Party and then serving marmalade sandwiches.
Re: Apple copying again! - Android's Pry-Fi
It's almost impossible to tell, Chainfire seems to have announced Pry-Fi at the end of January, which would theoretically allow Apple sufficient time to add the functionality to iOS8 in time for launch roughly four months later.
However, iOS8 will have been in development for well over a year before the recent launch and we have no way of finding out if they had already included the functionality.
In addition to that, Apple started adding anti-tracking options (for advertising) as far back as iOS6.
Given that public wi-fi probably wasn't being used to track movement until last year, there would not have been any need for this solution and all we may seeing is two seprate entities trying to resolve the same problem and coming up with the same idea - not a great strech of the imagination once you know how the tracking is taking place and the way the protocol is operating.
TBH, Pry-Fi requires a device to be rooted in order to function, I'd much rather than Goolge (and MS for that matter) "copied" this idea too so that it's part of the OS and then we'd all be better off.
Re: Did anyone else see the enormous u-turn here?
It think they're slightly different offerinings, but it certainly suggests a short memory from everyone suggesting that it's a new foray into cloud storage that will have people like Dropbox worried.
As you say, they offered something similar that was discontinued two years ago and they've now brought it back, why are people getting in a flap?
Re: Welcome to 2009
Erm, all of that stuff existed in other places *before* Android was even bought by Google.
Are we to live in a world where an advancement from one company cannot be added to anyone else's products?
Good luck getting that idea to fly, because you can't put any wings on it as they've been used by someone else.
>$15M taken from iOS users by ransomware and banking exploits in the last month
Re: @ chr0m4t1c
As I inferred, and you have ignored, I am not standing up for Microsoft and Apple per se (or is that too pretentious as well?). I was simply pointing out that your assertion that Apple and Microsoft are against the reform is incorrect.
The "for" was quoted (like that) because, during my educational years, it was the convention to write "for" and "against" when referring to the arguments. You may think of it as a non-verbal tick if you wish.
I wrote "evil" because it is the convention within the comments of The Register to refer to companies as evil when they do something that hurts the delicate sensibilities of the gentle readers. Evil is a concept that is in itself open to a broad debate, but ascribing moral values to any given company is simply pointless and serves no useful purpose; once you have decided a company is "evil", then you are highly unlikely to take a balanced view of any activity they undertake.
Hence, whenever Apple wins a court case there are people in this forum who are absolutely convinced that they only won because the case was held in America or because Apple had paid off the judge and/or jury.
The patent system (in the USA) is broken because when the law was created it simply didn't occur to anyone that the entities we now refer to as "patent trolls" might come into existence and mess everything up.
Re: who are those companies?
You need to stop guessing based on personal bias and predudice.
The patent reform bill is supported by 400 companies, you can find their names here:
Apple and Microsoft are both in the "for" camp.
You may now proceed to use congnitive dissonance to downvote this post because we all know that pointing out that Microsoft and/or Apple are not being "evil" is exactly the same as being a mindless fanboi that will buy any old crap they happen to sell.
Re: Please confirm...
(a) Yes, it does. But if you do that *first* then why would anyone pay you the ransom?
(b) Also true. But our hacker has to cunning enough to change your password so that you can't just re-authenticate the device. It appears our hacker was not cunning enough, or not motivated to do that for some other reason. One problem with that is that when you change your password Apple will immediately email you to say you've done it, so that would at least ring alarm bells for some people. Although, given that this appears to be a case of re-used login credentials from somewhere else, that may be wishing too much intelligence on the users.
IIRC, in order to delete iCloud backups you have to use an iDevice authenticated to iCloud, I don't think you can use a web browser, so that would be time consuming.
(a? again?) Two factor authentication is available for account access, but it is not turned on by default and as one of the options is to have a code sent to a mobile number as the second stage, this would be problematic when trying to wipe a stolen device. Think it through. You would need to be able to securely change the second phase of two-factor authentication to something else. Answers on a postcard, please.
(b? again?) No, it doesn't, for the reasons detailed above.
Re: "Neil Barnes and missus Anita"
And for extra geek points, it's worth pointing out that one half of Barnes & Barnes was in fact the actor Bill Mumy, best know for playing Will Robinson in the 1960's Lost In Space series and less well known as the Mimbari ambassador's aide Lennier in the 1990's classic series, Babylon 5.
It's complicated, but if you take all the default user options you still don't get everything backed up in the cloud, apps can have a temporary data area that isn't backed up, usually it's used for things that can be downloaded again and are large so you don't want them backed up because they just fill your backup space (iOS will default to backing up application data). Financial apps normally use this area for authorisation data, so that if you restore a device the data is not present and you have to re-authorise.
That's the default position, so already not all of your data would be in the cloud, although you should still be able to recover a device; you just re-download any content from the relevant provider after a restore. Even with this option you can still have calendar entries and contacts that are only stored on the phone if you wish.
After that, you have options. Most secure thing to do would be to simply not configure a cloud account if you're worried about security.
Next thing you could do is to disable backup of specific apps to the cloud, which should work quite well given the sandboxed nature of iOS.
After that, depending on the data you want to keep secure, you could use a specifc app that provides the security you want, they normally feature an additional level of encryption, so that even their backup data can't be easily breached.
And, of course, there's always the option of either writing your own app or paying someone to write one for you that has the features you want.
Re: You need to remember...
I don't think so, USB was designed to replace things like Centronics (IEEE 1284), RS-232 and RS-432 type connectors that were in use at the time.
USB was meant to be as fast as the fastest of those, smaller than the smallest and a standard size as well as more robust so that is could be regularly connected and disconnected without bending or breaking pins.
In addition to that, USB devices were all supposed to be hot-pluggable (not recommended for some devices using the previous standards) and it made it standard to put sockets on machines and peripherals so that all cables were plugs. In the olden days there was no standard, so every IT person in the land had to have a drawer full of M-M and F-F adapters for emergencies.
You youngsters don't know the half of it :-)
Now you basically have USB as A-A or A-B and a length.
Back then an RS-232 could be 9-9 pin, 24-24 pin, 9-24 pin and then the gender connectors on top of that - 10 combinations before you even get to length. And then on top of that, not all pins had to be connected or even in the same order, so you had to have all of those combinations along with further ones for things like pass-through and crossover.
Some places I worked at had entire stock rooms full of the various cable combinations and nothing else.
The current screen is supposed to be the perfect size for using with one hand, which it probably is for a surprising large number of people.
The earlier screen was pretty much the industry standard size when it launched.
Now that the balance is - or has - tipped from dumb phones to smart phones, most people don't use their handset with only one hand for a lot of operations, they've become accustomed to using both.
That opens the door for larger screens, but they may want to tweek OS an application style guides to allow some things still to be done one-handed.
Whatever eventually arrives, we'll still have the usual internet flame wars and click-bait news stories to keep us all going.
Re: It must be a *Design* patent (on design and appearance)
US patents 7,629,964, 8,162,552, and D685,775 apparently.
Only the third one is a design patent, the first two are for physical keyboards optimised for mobile use (broadly speaking).
Yeah, I was wondering about that bit too. RootMetrics themselves have a link to their app on both iOS and Android on this page: http://www.rootmetrics.com/products
I have it on my handset too, and I'm reasonably sure it was a story right here on El Reg that led me to it in the first place.
Re: Are any of the earth-sized planets NOT tidally locked?
I don't think you've fully appreciated the science being used here.
"Verified" does not mean "seen". They know the planets are there by the way they effect the star they are orbiting, but there is no data about basic things like planetary rotation or atmosperic composition at this point.
Given that we haven't even put people on Mars yet, it's probably a little early to worry about colonisation of favourable exoplanets.
You're talking about moving house from London to Sydney by walking before you're capable of walking to the end of your own garden.
Re: Much as I dislike Facebook, I wish...
>You mean like gmail's Report Phishing option..?
Yeah, those Google reporting tools work really well.
I've had a GMail address almost since the service became available and I always report false positives when asked, yet it still sends every single email I get from PayPal, Amazon and my bank into the spam folder.
In the end, I got so fed up that I specifically set up filters for the more common cases to stop it putting them in the spam folder - at which point it helpfully displays a message above every one of these messages insiting that it *is* spam and that I should change my filters.
Damn you, Google Mail Team! ::shakes fist impotently::
Re: A taste of things to come?
I have an uncle who used to be a funeral director, he uses churches as reference points for directions, it's *really* weird the first time you encounter it.
Re: "Banco di Mesa Verde"
No, $79bn would be a fair price for Samsung's brand value. $104bn for Apple.
Brand value is the intangible bit that makes people pay more for your products or services than they would for an unbranded or unknown equivalent, it's entirely based on perception.
For example, it's the reason why Ford were able to sell the Mk IV Fiesta at a higher price than the Mazda 121, even through they were the same car made in the same factory, just with different badges.
Nah, the norm is to somehow imply that Apple are involved in some evil way.
Still, it'll be interesting to see CERN turn the LHC into the first warp coil and blast itself and a good chunk of Switzerland into space.
If they time it right we might have the first people on Mars much sooner than currently anticipated.
"Normal" companies don't pay their tax bills judging by the stories of the last few years.
Show me a global company that's paying the taxes that people think they should be paying and I'll show you a global company that's not managing its finances properly.
None of these companies are acting illegally, they're playing the rules to maximise profit and the situation will continue as long as you continue to have a situation where companies can be global but taxes are only national.
Isn't the real story here the fact that Apple responded to a question from El Reg?
Well done those peeps
I'm sure I read a few years ago that scientists expected to discover an exoplanet with life by the end of the decade, but this makes me think that we might have that discovery by the end of the year.
I think the markets might be slightly different in both size and target demographic.
Sure, I replaced my iPad with an A380, but then I'm not a normal consumer.
Re: The rich get richer ...
"Never forget that there are three things you cannot buy with dollars*: happiness; the respect of your colleagues; and the love of a good woman."
Four, you forgot abject poverty.
>I can't imagine how bad a 48Kb/s music track will sound.
Ever used an old AM radio with the analogue tuner? You know when searching for a station you sometimes hear a little bit of music under all of the static?
It sounds like that, only worse.
>Everyone else except Apple has been standardized, for what, a decade now?
Not even slightly, the last two Nokia phones I had (around 2006 & 2008) had different chargers from each other and they are both different from the Nokia that someone I work with has from earlier this year.
In fact, Nokia still don't quite have a standard connector across the board right now. Most of their handsets use micro-USB, but some of the cheap ones they still sell (like the 105) are using the older Nokia 2mm power supply.
NB This is not a defence of Apple, I'm just pointing out that other manufacturers have not been standardised for a decade, they aren't even standardised now.
I'd also like to point out that those that are standardised on microUSB still haven't standardised on power requirements, I have cables that will charge one handset and not another. In short, it's still a blooming mess.
While I'm not a fan of BT, surely the reason why they're missing targets is due to underinvestment somewhere in the business (e.g. number of engineers).
How will taking money away from them help? Isn't likely to make the situation worse, not better?
It seems that an alternative to fines is needed, perhaps OFCOM should have the ability to cap profits and force re-investment of any excess rather than taking more money out of the system.
Feels like there should be better options.
BTW, I'm not saying fines should not also remain as an option, just that they shouldn't be the only option.
Re: Report offending spam texts to your network operator by sending them to 7726.
They did tell people, but only by sending a text message to their own customers at the time they implemented it, meaning that as not all networks implemented it a the same time it was easy to miss it if you happened to switch from a network that hadn't implemented it to a one that had.
So, for example, I was on Orange when they made the service available and had a text, but O2 had already rolled it out when I switched to them, so I knew about Orange's service but not O2's - at least not until I looked for it.
It'll be by browser and app.
Adblocker for browser and with any luck it will be possible to blacklist a URL on my router to prevent it on the app.
Alternatively, report every advert as ether sexually explicit or spam. Or leave Facebook.
"Governments will never take a financial risk that is obvious as such to the electorate, and, as taxpayers, should we really expect anything different?"
Generally I'd agree with you, but this was money specifically put aside to try and kick start inventions an innovation.
I'd rather they put the money into projects that had a 5% chance of success than give it to moochers after an expensive holiday. But that's just me, it seems.
Has the bloke who was give thick end of £40k to go to Vegas made back even 1% of that money in any way? I would hazard a guess that we would have got better value from sending him to Blackpool to play the penny falls with it.
"There are a number of reasons for this. We have a long history of catalogue shopping in the UK.
What this has done is that we trust people to deliver parcels, and we're used to getting parcels delivered to our homes and we're used to using credit cards."
I'd add that we also have quite good consumer protection laws, particularly those dealing with distance selling.
<Looks at silver+black plastic laptop with cream keyboard on desk>
Nope, laptop keyboards have not always been black. This one I have here is around 8 years old now and I think I have a Sony one with silver keys from about 13-14 years ago in a cupboard somewhere.
I don't know which models the earlier poster is referring to, so I can't say if they have any significant resemblance to either each other or any of Apple's offerings - similarly I can't say that they definitely don't have any resemblance. You need to try to keep an open mind about these things.
Re: BALLMER: 'WE MADE MORE MONEY THAN ALMOST ANYBODY ON THE PLANET'
>Apple's Newton was a PDA, not a tablet.
While technically true, it could also be argued that the "tablets" spawned from early MS efforts were just laptops with touch screens and were also not tablets by today's definitions.
IIRC, the Newton was the first device to be referred to as a PDA and those early touchscreen laptops were the first to be referred to as tablets, but in reality there are a lot of semantics and fine lines between the definitions of these devices.
In fact, these days, I would tend to say that a tablet is a touchscreen device with no permanently attached keyboard (this is not intended to be a complete definition, sit down at the back) and that would exclude those early laptop derived machines.
>Of course some 7.0 users are new installs, but Apple has sold perhaps 35 million phones since 7.0 came >out, so around 90% of the 7.0 users must be upgrades.
600 million iOS devices in use worldwide by June of this year according to CNet, those 35 million phones account for about 6% of that base, probably more like 5% now as I expect the base has grown in the last 6 months.
So, no, 90% of those 7.0 users are most definitely not upgrades, at best upgrades are likely to account for 10%.
According to IDC, Android's install base is about 2.5x that of iOS, which would make around 1.5 billion (in American units) installed devices and it's growing faster.
Relax, Android already won. Make up your own reasons for this if you feel the need to belittle someone who bought something else, naturally.
Re: "qualified to judge"
You've missed the point of the case, which was not whether the patent should stand, but whether or not HTC infringed on a patent that Nokia owns.
The merits of the patent are irrelevant to the case and as HTC themselves have not attempted to have the patent invalidated, then I would suggest that your supposition that the patent is rubbish and that the legal parties are stupid is probably incorrect.
Re: Deja vu?
That's fine, 'cos it's not what the patent is about.
The patent is for a couple of things, first deciding if someone is sat in front of the device but not actively using it (reading a book, watching a movie for example) and having the device not do things like switching the display off and second, if someone is in front of the device then modifying the behaviour depending on them being an "authorised user" or not.
In other words, if you give your device to someone to watch a movie (or whatever), the device won't then go about showing them all your incoming messages or allow them access to your photographs or the device settings.
It's quite similar to what the XBOne does with Skype once set up, if it recognises one of the configured Skype users in the room when a call comes in it can bring up an incoming call to be answered, but if they're not present then it doesn't.
>>I honestly wonder what advantage Google sees in all this
>Nobody does - it's called speculation
You don't think Google could make use of a device that can actively follow you around all day making note of your movements and buying preferences?
GOK what they might do with that data.
I can't imagine, for example, wandering into a café and my "plastic pal who's fun to be with" telling me that it's talked to the servers of all of the other eating places within 100m and that I have a voucher I can use two doors down. Then again, maybe I can imagine this.
Share and enjoy!
Re: Negative marketing worked really well for Apple
And Samsung's. And Nokia's.
Of course, the difference here is that it's someone bashing Google instead of Apple or Microsoft, which might be the reason for the vitriol in the comments.
Personally, that mug is the first MS product I've actually wanted to buy in years. And yes, I use Google services, I just like the humour.
Re: copyright clowns
There's a nice mathematical breakdown here:
Re: They are successful...
Comet's biggest asset was it's staff, I'm not sure I want to see them stripping...
- Updated Hidden network packet sniffer in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
- Students hack Tesla Model S, make all its doors pop open IN MOTION
- BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
- PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion
- US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account