541 posts • joined 20 Aug 2009
Re: I feel a little sick
Pretty sure it is supposed to say "SWOT" team. That is what the Strategy department does.
Re: The shape of things to come?
If you're not familiar with MBA terms, you're not going to have a good time in corporate strategy discussions.
Re: Siri in a Ferrari ?
Well it does say at the end that Ford is on their list of companies to do sometime. Would be odd since Ford just switched from Microsoft to Blackberry (which is Android compatible).
Well, you see, Apple sued claiming they owned the word "App" because it was short for "Apple" instead of "Application".
Google doesn't do that kind of nonsense.
I don't know if they have this over the pond but in America we have a car company called Hyundai. They had been around for years until they had a "Hyundai like Sunday" commercial that explained how to properly pronounce their name. Most say hun-die instead of hun-day.
Re: Does this mean ... ?
"The only way the AOL story would repeat itself is if another broadband ISP were to roll out nationwide and have better service than Comcast/TWC."
Have you never heard of Google Fiber?
"Ok I was trying to avoid this but...
Give me a walled garden over an open sewer, any day."
How does one get started in the paid shill industry, anyway? Seems like a viable side job for those of us with desk jobs that offer some free time.
Re: No, for one very good reason...
"We (the consumers) need to have some kind of competition in the phone operating systems. If Apple did the unthinkable and adopted Android, it would remove competition from the market"
If Apple offered an Android phone, it wouldn't remove iOS from existence. This would be a supplemental product for Apple, not their flagship. This was clearly stated in both the Woz quotes and the Reg article. I suggest English lessons.
"I can see his point. Apple's hardware isn't bad, but I loath iOS with a passion."
Part of the problem is how Apple sells the same hardware as Samsung, just with 50% margin though.
This Apdroid phone would have to have a fair pricepoint, unlike the iPhone.
"Ive never been a fan of android. maybe its the devices that I've had in my hand, but when I've had them in my hand I've always found the interface to be frustratingly slow to open things and otherwise respond to me."
If that is true, then a supposedly superior Apple hardware build running Android would change your mind.
But since Apple devices have basically always been Samsung hardware with an Apple case on it, your perceived difference is really just that, your perception.
Re: That "whooshing" noise
"There's an old adage: people don't buy hardware, they buy software. The hardware is just something to run it on."
The average Apple user couldn't tell you what "iOS" was. If you ask them what they run on their iPhone, they get confused. Just like how Motorola users don't know what the difference is between DROID and Android.
"If you're after premium feel phone running Android, why not the HTC One?"
Because HTC is stupid. Their whole "frontside speaker" ad campaign showed they really have no idea what they're doing. The speaker goes on the back lower corner of the phone, because your hand is there holding the phone. The cupped shape of your hand amplifies the acoustics and directs it toward your face.
At some point Samsung will probably make a metal/glass phone, but they're more concerned with durability right now. Their phones don't shatter when dropped like an iPhone and metal shows oil and scratches more.
"Bill Gates and Microsoft do deserve considerable credit for the the innovative and shrewd business agreements and contracts negotiated with hardware OEMs"
Sure, take those accolades away from Microsoft in the media. We can do this right after the media publishes that all Steve Jobs did was sell reboxed Samsung hardware under the Apple logo, because that is also a correct representation of reality.
Re: More like a PR relkease then a serious review
" I tend to use Google more, and use BING when I don't get results."
Wow. I haven't switched search engines for "lack of results" since high school. If you can't find something on Google, it simply does not exist or you're using it wrong.
"Tablets and Office on Android did not compute"
Bill Gates basically invented the tablet. He demoed an "ipad" years and years before Jobs did. Microsoft had moved on from a tablet strategy, because the market had resounding responded that they DID NOT WANT TABLETS.
People changed their minds. That isn't Microsoft's fault. They had moved on to other things. Windows Vista would have been touch-centric like Windows 8, had consumers not rejected tablets the first time they were offered.
How is this up for debate?
There was a post on tumblr or slashdot or whatever a while back about what IP ranges to block on your router to remove throttling of Netflix, YouTube, etc. They worked. It is an indisputable fact that Verizon and others are throttling streaming media services.
Re: Their market
"As a desktop user I am not a laptop expert, you do not do self builds.
So they made nice looking laptops with a premium feel.
What would people recommend for premium laptops now?
My daughter bought one, partly due to being nice looking, and she could play with one, and it was NOT PC world.
My sons will want laptops soon, they are thinking of Alienware but they are expensive"
I'm really confused here. Just because you like building desktops that should not at all limit your knowledge in the laptop world. It is the same parts.
If you are buying a VAIO/Macbook/Alienware, then you're wasting money, for one. You're paying for the "case" to be metal instead of plastic, or to have more LEDs decorating it, nothing else.
Alienware is owned by Dell. Never buy Dell. They're practically going out of business for a reason. The typical ranking these days is:
Re: Not surprising
"Logically then Apple will shutter the Macs (servers gone) and release a 13" iOS tablet with Bluetooth keyboard.
Apple unlike Nokia, Google, Intel (ARM to Marvell), IBM or Sony has too much ego to actually sell off a division."
Came basically for this. The only difference between a VAIO laptop and a Macbook is the logo on the back. Apple will continue with their 2% marketshare though.
Re: Stock Android
Agreed. I like the Samsung UI better than the stock Android stuff. I know TouchWiz was a 4 letter word for some reason, and Samsung is moving away from it anyway, but their icons and color schemes look much nicer to me than stock.
Smartphone is a potential market for Lenovo, and a crucial part of their strategy. Here's why:
The PC+Tablet market is currently this:
What do #1 and #3 have that #2 does not? A smartphone practice. The global smartphone market is oversaturated, but what it the key market left everyone (especially Apple) is trying to crack? China. Which of these three companies is a Chinese firm? Lenovo. Lenovo doesn't need a foothold in the USA/Euro market. They're going to own the China market. They will introduce a fully functioned, low cost Android phone and take the market by storm.
Google kept the patents when they sold Moto to Lenovo, because Lenovo WILL sell Android phones, not Windows Phones (sorry MS). This is important to consider when you look at Apple's foothold in the "PC" market: tablets. The Lenovo Yoga tablets have mostly been MS Surface type ventures and have been growing decently. The Moto biz will allow them to dive right into Android tablets and take Samsung to task overnight, before Samsung takes the #2 spot from Lenovo. Then all eyes turn to Apple, where the #1 spot is fated to fall to Lenovo as Apple shrinks away from the margin closing mobile market, doomed to their 2% bit player share like they see with laptops.
iOS share has fallen from 49% to 35%, while Google OSes now rank in at 61%. Windows 8 is forcing Lenovo to leave the ChomeOS window open, as Chromebook sales skyrocket in our increasingly cloud world.
Apple and Microsoft are on notice. Google+Lenovo+Samsung is a force to be reckoned with. Microsoft is fleeing into enterprise software and clinging to the gaming market. Apple has no where to hide (other than music sales, which is somewhat platform dependent). Expect the next 5-10 years to change the IT landscape a bit, possibly leaving Lenovo the king of hardware from PCs to tablets to phones to servers.
This App is a Scam and Obvious Malware
I'm actually really disappointed in El Reg for posting this article. On their recommendation, I downloaded the app. Huge mistake.
1.) This app turns your Wifi, Bluetooth and NFC antennas on all the time. If you try to turn them off, it turns them back on automatically. This will reduce your battery life to basically 2 hours on any top end phone.
2.) This app is unable to be uninstalled or prevented from running. It makes itself the admin on your phone. If you try to uninstall it, it fails with no message as to why. If you go to manage the app, the buttons to kill it are grayed out. When you go to Google Play to try to get rid of it, the uninstall button is replaced with a "deactivate" button. Pressing that button does nothing except pop an error message that it must be deactivated before uninstalling. Googling "how to uninstall Snoopwall" returns basically no usable results. Luckily Googling "how to deactivate apps" returns some useful data.
3.) As some others have mentioned, the app has something like 500 fake reviews on the Google Play store. Some of them have "Mickey Mouse" type names, others are designed to look more real. Basically every review after the first 500 or 600 are 1 star reviews. There were 60 some at last count.
Please, everyone in this thread, go report this company and app to Google. This kind of scam malware shit should not be tolerated. In my opinion, El Reg should retract this story and publish an apology for it.
Basically my thoughts as well. No way you have a USB drive stick out of your phone without damaging the drive, port or phone.
Not to mention it probably won't fit if you have a case on your phone. All accessories should be designed around the idea that the phone is in an otterbox defender case.
Re: Touchscreen Bias ..
"No. It is clearly the additional time to move your finger around the giant screens on the Samsung"
That's a really good point. I hadn't considered that.
Why would HTC, Blackberry, etc be slower though then? I guess if the Blackberry people were using a trackball that could slow things down.
Re: Not really a surprise
Apple makes one product, everyone else makes multiple. It is possible that the Android phones polled here were low end/slower models, thus making the questions render more slowly.
"Theres a strategy to follow in TDS?"
One that everyone left off here is that you should always try to keep all of your apartments short one person. When that person arrives, give them their dream job. This earns you one bux. Then evict them. Rinse. repeat.
You should have roughly 50% residential, which means any time a person arrives you basically have a 50% chance of earning a bux. People arrive, what, every minute?
If you need to buy bux to play, you're doing it very wrong.
Re: Developers take note!
"Clearly they do, otherwise they would be pricing them at the lower level. If people didn't buy them at the stoopidly high prices then they wouldn't price them that high. Since they do price them that high then I can only assume that there are punters out there with more money than sense who will pay for the stuff."
Everyone is working toward the WoW model. $60 a game, every 2 years, plus $15/month. I played from TBC to Cata, so that was $40 for the original game, $60 for TBC, $60 for WotLK, $40 for Cata (I took a break) which totals $200. $15 a month is $180 a year, times 5 years = $900 + $200 = $1,100.
But the question devs should be asking is: is it worth a small number of gamers who are willing to pay high costs, or a larger number of gamers who won't pay as much? Many games start with the former because they don't need to support as much server side with fewer gamers. They make their money, then can scale out to more gamers and lower costs down the road (if they last that long, many don't).
"In an ideal world, I would imagine that only charging for cosmetic changes would be the Utopian vision for free to play games."
This is basically what Tiny Death Star does. Bux are very easy to get (you get one every time someone moves into your tower and you assign them the right job, then kick them out and wait for the next person) and they serve 2 real purposes:
1.) Cosmetic Changes
2.) Upgrading your elevator to make it faster
The rate of bux is basically just right that as your tower gets taller and it takes longer to get to the top, you have just enough bux to upgrade to the next one.
But, as someone mentioned, it is just grinding. In most games these days, stats scale. Your gear/whatever gets better, and the difficulty increases proportionally. The game never gets easier or harder if you play properly. That gets boring for hardcore gamers. In Mario or Sonic games, you never got more powerful really. Your stats never increased. The game got harder as you went on. That barely exists in gaming anymore.
"The freemium model is designed with kids/teenagers in mind, not you."
This decades outdated mindset is laughable.
The average "gamer" is a woman in her mid 40s. That is the target everything from Farmville to Tiny Tower to Temple Run or whatever the flavor of the month game is.
"This legislation is the result of the likes of Samsung never releasing two phones with the same connector."
Uh oh, we found the Apple Fanboi.
Everyone else except Apple has been standardized, for what, a decade now?
So which "standard" of connector are the EU suggesting everyone conforms to? The existing cables of today that'll be outdated by 2017? Or some as-yet-unknown standard that they'll think up over the next year, meaning that EVERYone will have to buy a new charger?
No one will have to buy a new charger, one comes with your phone when you get it. Just like the USB Micro/Mini transition, there will undoubtedly be another transition by 2017. There were no problems last time, except Apple being a twat.
I cannot see how such a "kill switch" could ever be abused by a socialist/dictator president. No sir.
/this is seriously a bad idea, 1984.
"The company notes that its technology could help to eliminate the need for users to constantly "remind" their device that it is in use."
So basically they're copying the eye tracking tech from the Samsung Galaxy S4?
"I guess Microsoft kind of lost the plot and are possibly the first software company to name their software with a number different to its actual version number. And they wonder why the world is buying Apple and Google?"
I'm assuming you're being sarcastic given that Apple misnumbers basically all of their hardware...
Besides, if you got really good at murdering hookers you'd probably have a good political career if you changed your name to Kennedy and signed up with the Democrats.
"Saying Samsung can compete with Apple and leaving out HTC is stupid."
Uh... I'm guessing you haven't seen a sales/profit/marketshare datasheet in about 5 years.
Samsung sells 40% of all Android smartphones now. Every other vendor is in single digits. Android phones have 81% market share. That means 1 in every 3 smartphones sold is a Samsung. HTC is a bit player like Blackberry and Windows Phone.
Not to mention he's writing a Christmas guide. Do they even celebrate Christmas over in China at anywhere near the scale they do in the USA?
That and you'd be hard pressed to switch someone in China from an iPhone to an Android, because the iPhone doesn't sell well in countries where people understand IT like India and China.
PS3 outsold Xbox One
So... it sold out, right? All that means is there were less Xbox Ones available for sale at launch, right?
In the USA you can't buy either console, so sales are determined by stock availability. I assume the UK is the same way.
No, it isn't the blue light of death. It is the pulsing blue dickpunch of sadness.
Re: This is why waiting is a good idea
"I never understood the mentality of preordering a games console."
Probably related to the "first" concept. (remember when that was a thing? firsting forum posts?)
I played WoW for a long time and competing for world first kills definitely improved the experience.
But lets take a related industry: movies.
There is no reason you couldn't wait for the DVD/BD release and for the cost of 1 movie ticket get a copy to own forever. Yet millions of people go to the movies every year. Why? Because they can. Because we aren't a patient species. Because we have an internal drive to compete with everyone about everything and all times. (Except you lazy slackers).
Re: Silly squabling
"The clinical use of a keyboard/ mouse whilst under the premise you're a soldier on the battle field is what some people find off putting. A totally uninvolving experience."
Ironically the military is moving closer and closer every day to that kind of reality on the battlefield. (see drones, etc)
Re: Silly squabling
"A mouse was designed initially to make selections on a screen right? A keyboard was designed with typing in mind right? Not natural fluid movement within a 3d game space."
If you want to take that approach, then I fairly must point out that video games were initially designed with use of a mouse and keyboard in mind.
Just as software has been repurposed for controllers, mice and keyboards have been repurposed for gaming. Heck, there is a mouse with what, 16 buttons on it now? I personally used a game pad/paw/whatever you want to call it instead of a keyboard anyway.
Re: Silly squabling
"Second, games can be optimized on consoles"
A good point of course, but if I refuse to buy Apple products which gain the same benefit, why not treat consoles the same way?
We get upset about Apple's walled garden, but when will we rise up and tear down the walls of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo?
The Steambox can't come fast enough, IMO.
Re: Silly squabling
"Downvote me all you like but for me a controller wins hands down."
Can't you just plug a controller in to your PC?
I really don't get why this "steambox" transition is taking so long. I've been toying with the idea of building a gaming PC that I plug in to my 60 inch TV with both a mouse/keyboard and a controller.
I don't know why that solution hasn't become more popular.
With all the virtual machines these days, you'd think it would be easy to essentially dual boot a PC to emulate an xbox1 and ps4. (copyright/patents aside of course).
"I would rather that they bring the touchpad from the notebooks to the phones."
They did that. It's called Blackberry. They're not very popular.
We saw this phone demoed months ago now. Side screens for text and email alerts if your phone is face down on the table at a meeting.
"The jury’s still out on flexible displays, although like wearable technology it seems to be an area Samsung is prepared to invest in to stay one step ahead of Apple and advance its reputation as a technology innovator."
Of course Samsung will be ahead of Apple. Apple buys Samsung parts and pays someone to put them together. Anything Samsung does will continue to follow with Apple just as it always has.
Lack of Industry Knowledge
"The Surface Pro comes with two things I thought went out with PDAs from the early 2000s: a kickstand – to prop up the screen into one of two viewing positions (on the first machine there was just one position) – and a stylus."
I guess the author hasn't gone outside in a really long time then. Typical conference swag these days includes phone stands, some of which include dock functions, speakers, etc.
There is also a booming stylus market and they come standard on basically any touch device bigger than 5 inches these days.
"If you believe Microsoft, then the Surface 2 isn’t even a competitor to the iPad at all – the MacBook Pro is the target."
Why would it be competing with the MacBook Pro? It has infinitesimally small market share. It would be competing with a Lenovo Thinkpad or an HP Pavillion.
You think retailers are actually doing shipping in cases like this?
Man, that's rich.
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