510 posts • joined Thursday 20th August 2009 17:12 GMT
"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.
Re: Life formed in clay?
It could happen today, but mutations involve a terrible amount of luck and the correct environment to survive.
Re: SCIENCE and RELIGION AGREE! LIFE and mankind ARE from CLAY
Probably shouldn't try to be a "pendant" when you're wrong.
"Are made from clay" would mean you could chop them up and you'd have pieces of clay.
"Are from clay" means there was some kind of process that started with clay and ended up with people.
Befuddled by Choice
"After all, do you really need Samsung’s S Planner when the basic Google Android calendar app is, in my opinion, better? Or two web browsers? Or S Translate and S Voice – both of which I think lack the polish of Google Translate and Android’s built-in voice command. On the plus side, the Samsung media playback apps are impressive if not quite up to the standard of Sony’s."
It is always amusing to me when people complain about choices.
Do you really need that car to come in 13 different colors? Why can't everyone love the same color you do! Conform!
Re: This is why I am leaving Android
Based on your talkingpoints there, I'm pretty sure you've either always been on Apple or are one of those people Apple pays to go post positively about them in forums.
Re: What's the point?
Rooting your phone is essentially installing a custom ROM, just with less drastic tweaks.
One of the big reasons people switch is some people don't like touchwiz. I happen to like it. I dislike the stock icons and think Samsung's look much nicer.
Not saying I agree with the person you're disagreeing with, but mostly the investors are buying market share and brand equity, not code. If they wanted the code, they would just license it, not buy the firm.
The article seemed to miss a key point
New users made up a surprising majority... because a growing percentage of Apple users are ditching iPhones for Android phones.
Since Samsung makes the Apple processors, shouldn't they be claiming the performance there as well?
Anyway, didn't we just hear not too long about about how the benchmark tests are optimized for Apple's architecture to screw over Android anyway?
There are a lot of very misguided conclusions in this blog post.
One of the ones that jumped out at me the most is the whole blackberry user satisfaction thing. The only people left using blackberry are utterly brainwashed devoted fanboys. They're never used an actual smartphone and have no idea what they're missing out on. Poor farmers in China are as happy with a bowl of rice as a NYC socialite is with caviar and champagne. That doesn't mean the two are in any way equivalent.
I've never met a single person with Android malware. As long as you aren't downloading "meet up for sex in your area" apps, I think you're safe.
Also I guess they ignored Samsung's "easy mode" when running the test. If mouth-breathing morons can't figure out the phone, Samsung has a setting to help.
So when the App store has more apps, that's a pro for Apple, but when the Samsung phone comes with more apps, that a con for Samsung?
Sounds like this "study" was the best money could buy.
Re: Margin of error?
You made good points with the stats angle, but there are even other factors to consider here.
I didn't see Lenovo and they passed HP for the #1 spot in PCs last quarter. Excluding Lenovo makes sense if this is a longer standing list as Lenovo only rolled into the PC game recently. To that point, so did Apple really. Apple's marketshare has only started growing recently, so people are more likely to be happy with a 2 year old macbook than an 8 year old HP.
All of that being said, if Apple users are only 6% or 7% happier and pay twice as much, that is a pretty damning statement against Apple, not something to boast about.
1. 2. 3. 4. 5."
You know that Android phones do all those things essentially, right? I figured you were making a joke, but in an Apple thread one never can tell.
Re: @Dave 126 You beat me to it.
Agreed. I'm afraid of if/when Samsung tries that. I hate their app stuff on SmartHub for my TV. Every app dials home to the Samsung server before running. If the server is down, no app for you.
Re: Does it matter?
Uh, exactly the opposite. The manufacturers/carriers do not want to push out new updates because it will disrupt the user experience on their devices. The hardware was built for one piece of software. Running another on it isn't really a good idea.
I don't really get all this emphasis on "fragmentation" and why it is a problem. If you have a 486 Packard Bell computer that is still plugging along, it isn't a problem that it isn't running Windows 8. The phones that are using Android 2.1 or 2.2 are utter shit that would break if forced to run 4.3. If you don't like that or don't understand that, then technology is the wrong industry for you.
But the apps! They won't work!
I don't expect Office 2010 to run on Windows 95, and you shouldn't either. When software stops working on your device, it means you need a new device.
"bizarrely perhaps, two separate displays: one 3.5 inches, the other 3.0 inches"
"the 2DS runs 3DS and DS titles"
So not bizarrely at all then... they kept two screens so it could play the other games.
I couldn't figure out why someone was complaining that it "shouldn't be allowed in the store" and then I realized this is about an iPhone app, not a real app.
Is this new for Apple snapchat users? Do they not know that Android has had this for a while?
Why would Samsung want to build the Nexus 10 to complete with it's own Galaxy products?
Samsung needs no help from Google to dominate the Android marketplace already.
If I had a choice between two identical tablets, one call the Nexus 10 and one called the Galaxy 10, I'm going with the Galaxy.
Re: Fiduciary duty
"Fiduciary duty means the executives of a company must work in the best interests of the shareholders... that does not mean they have to use all possible methods to maximise profits."
I really hope you don't vote or have kids... that's a special kind of derp right there.
The best interests of the shareholders is maximizing profits.
"There is no other reason for their Corporate structures - they are inefficient, complex, and just there so as to not pay tax."
If that were true, you'd have created a small company of your own and driven them all out of business by now.
"Yes, it's really true. The argument is about the shape of the curve, not its existence. "
I'm not sure what the author is getting at here. Do some people refuse to believe in the existence of graphs? Even if you got the same tax dollars at every tax rate, the curve would still exist, it would just be a straight line.
I click through that security warning two times a day every day on my phone. The guest wifi redirect at my place of employment has a bad security certificate. Every day I tap the proceed anyway button and log in. No malware.
At home I've seen it from time to time and turned back.
I'd wager a lot of the people using Chrome are smart enough to know when it is a valid or invalid warning, and many of them probably have strong enough security software that they're confident if their browser gets pwnd it won't hurt them anyway.
Re: Mac sales are down by a million units
"It won't be Mac or Chromebook that challenges Windows. It'll be iOS and Android. If you consider a smartphone to be a "computer", they already outsell Windows. If you only count tablets, they'll likely outsell Windows in a few years. 2013 is already predicted to the year when tablets outsell laptops."
What is a "saturated market" and why have you never heard of one?
Re: Competition is good.
"My Atrix was effectively "end-of-life'd" by Moto only a few months after I purchased it."
Probably shouldn't purchase end of life products then. Motorola has no control over when you choose to buy a product.
"Its replacement, a HTC, is stuffed with gimmicks and bloatware that cannot be uninstalled."
Ignoring the fact that you'd obviously not doing any research before buying phones, it can be easily uninstalled if you root your phone. The "bloatware" is installed by the carrier, not by the phone manufacturer. It is not HTC's fault that the carrier YOU selected puts crap on the phone.
There is a lengthy list of apps that cannot be removed from Apple products, and further you can't even delete the icon off your home screen.
Re: Mac sales decline is the problem
Apple is losing share compared to Google. Claiming they aren't is simply moronic.
Re: Can apple buy Foxconn or some other manufacturer?
Foxconn isn't a manufacturer. They assemble things.
How do people know this little about the world and business? Scary.
Re: This is a decade that will live in history..
"Biggest load of tosh I've heard in ages. 'End of Apple'? Give me a break - I've been hearing that crap for the last 20 years. Remember how Microsoft would eventually do for Apple? And yet who's the biggest tech company in the work by market cap right now? That's right - Apple. They're worth more than Samsung, Microsoft, Google and any of the rest."
Are you retarded?
You know that Apple only exists today because Bill Gates gave them billions in free money so that Microsoft wouldn't get 100% market share and get dismantled by the government, right?
Re: I wonder..
That $1B was the retooling that has to be done every year or two. Upkeep. Startup for a single location is over $4B, yes.
Again, Apple doesn't know anything about engineering. Their business model is akin to taking legos and plugging them together. They can make some shiney castles and crap, but they have no idea how to make new bricks.
Re: This won't be related to the lawsuit
Agreed, but unfortunately since Apple has over 50% margin on their products, they won't feel much impact at all.
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