570 posts • joined 21 Aug 2009
Re: Bland rehash
If it was my tablet or even a family friend's tablet I'd have it updated in no time but this is someone who is new to tablets and Android that I'm helping where I do voluntary work so that isn't an option. As for your insinuation that it would take a great deal of effort to update with unofficial updates I'd have to disagree strongly. Custom ROMs may not be for all but they are far easier to install than you make out.
Why do they bother with these tiny annual releases? I know why (money) but they offer so little over the previous years model and the year prior to that ad infinitum. I know someone with a Galaxy Tab 7 - 3 and it's stuck on Android 4.1 but only came out last year. The specs for it are underwhelming at best and it just feels like Samsung are the landfill Android manufacturer that I keep hearing about.
Wasn't there supposed to be an update to the pretty decent Nexus 10? The new Nexus 7 was great but not for me and I'd rather not spend money on the Nexus 10 given its age now.
"Cortana .. powered by Bing"
I had such high hopes for it but they were dashed by the latter half of that statement.
In relation to the update though I am hopeful that the keyboard is vastly improved. It's the one major hurdle that I just could not ignore on WinPho8.
Re: Can I take issue with the notion that Three are "well run"?
This is the primary reason that I have not jumped ship to 3 sooner. Anyone I know and everything I read says if you get signal then it's great and prices are reasonable but if you ever need to contact customer support you're ducked (sic).
iOS..... Stocks? Newsstand? Can you remove those? Until recently you couldn't even hide the latter in a folder. Can you remove their awful Maps? It's easy to point out flaws in something you dislike but you should take a closer look at your preference as well. Each platform has limits and restrictions. The price you pay for getting a subsidised* handset is potentially being stuck with their crap. If you're savvy enough to install a custom ROM they may appeal to you.
*I use the term 'subsidised' loosely because unless you're paying £35+ a month they want pretty much full price for the phone. For sake of argument I'm only talking about when you go through the networks direct and not when you use a network reseller.
"In the interests of research I discovered that ImageFap wouldn’t show anything, YouPorn was quite happy to relay video from a Google Cast tab and xHamster slideshows would also play out nicely. You’ll have to do battle with pop-ups though."
Battling with pop-ups while browsing porn? Not a problem >_>
By not having them in an area you can easily get to while in the air. I'm not talking about smashing the equipment or anything like that I'm asking about why the ability to turn the thing off exists while it's in the air.
If the transponders are vital to keeping track of the plane then why can they be disabled by *anyone* in flight? I can understand being disabled while on the ground for maintenance but is there some reason I'm not aware of (highly likely) they can be disabled while airborne?
Re: Multiverse? So 1990's, THIS universe is someone's simulation
If this is a simulation then I must ask why I'm tormented more than the other simulations in areas of life? Please, oh great simulation runner, bless me with a few million £ so that I may be accepted as living in this world.
"the god known as Zuckerberg"
You spelled "dog" incorrectly.
I tried, and failed, a dozen times over a month period to get my card information to store so I didn't have to keep paying at the door. Not once did it work and their help was not very helpful at all. I gave up trying and that is my experience with them to date. I don't understand how it was such a big mess and wouldn't work at all.
Where are they? I remember reading a while ago about colour e-ink and higher refresh rates that might help increase battery life. Since then I've seen nothing and it's still the same black and white displays everywhere with AMOLED, LCD etc being used mostly. Has it all been forgotten about or am I missing it?
Re: quote of the... uh...
"Wow, that's brainless. Real 'Miss World' stuff. Does it go on to say that he loves kids and animals and would like to help people all over the world?"
Yes it does. Right after that an off the record bit adds, "so they can buy my fruit machines."
That seems to be about the right length of time for the interesting bits in your average porn flick.
Cue* unless you intended to suggest there is a queue of people but that's also bad grammar.
Nice one Apple...
I'm sure that timely reminder that the security is used to find lost devices etc has nothing to do with the negative press this will get them. A copy of the death certificate AND the will isn't enough? What do they want, to be present at her grave as they dig her up with Apple's own doctor?
New Shareholder Clause
You may not buy shares if you are a respresentative of, for, or are Carl Icahn.
The only time I've ever heard of this guy is when he's sticking his nose in and causing a fuss. If he gets so uptight perhaps he shouldn't invest his money at all.
Well that's a big surprise, isn't it? A company trying to sell something by telling you what people like. I truly hope the author did actually say, "That's bollocks." I can almost picture the shock at someone telling him the truth instead of cooing and nodding.
Thoughts summed up
I came here to post but practically all that I was going to say has been covered. One thing I didn't notice in my skimming over comments is how similar call centre work is to prison already. You work in a small space for a large part of the day doing very little, helping nobody and for very little pay. The only difference I can see is going home at the end of the day versus still being in that small space.
Re: Aggressive and smart move
@Al_21 I was really surprised when they said it would be left on 4.1 considering it should really have launched with that. The phone can easily handle it but they were already moving beyond it and onto the One for a big (by HTC's standards) marketing push.
Aggressive and smart move
They may be having trouble in terms of revenue and customers to a degree but this is a very big trump card. No other company currently offers anything like it. Google may push out updates to the Nexus line for a while but as we saw with the Galaxy Nexus it doesn't always work out as long. This may only be a US initiative for now but I can easily see it being pushed to other markets.
Despite being an HTC fan I've been seriously looking around competitor products for my next phone mainly because of the updates. After failures to deliver an ICS update to my Desire HD and then only offering one major update to the One X I was ready to throw in the towel and go elsewhere. I may still do it depending on what's released but if this goes worldwide I will have to carefully consider all options.
Uninspired design, barely an upgrade
I'm struggling to see any real benefit of the S5 over the S4 which itself wasn't a massive leap over the S3 and so on. Incremental upgrades are fine if it's a six month refresh but not for your new flagship. Are Samsung starting to lose their way? The back of the phone reminds me, and others, of the first Nexus 7. I didn't like it on that and tolerated it for the device at the price it was available but this is supposed to be a premium product.
Re: think ill pass
I'm going to seriously look at the Z2 as well but I'm very curious to see what HTC pull out in March. The USA only (currently) 2 year update promise would be a massive pull for potential buyers if they could just get a removable battery in there and SD card to shut up those that care about such things.
Phone manufacturers are stuck in the belief that the trend is for thinner devices and that people would rather have a thinner phone than one that's a bit thicker with a larger battery. Slowly, very slowly, they're starting to realise this is wrong.
All of the flagship phones around currently have batteries above a 2000mAh rating. That would be fantastic if phone technology stood still but it doesn't so it still seems lacking. For the current crop of SoCs used 2500 - 2800mAh feels just about adequate.
Does this mean that Microsoft will be suing itself because Linux / Android uses patents that they own? If not then how can they sue other companies?
"We chose not to sue these guys, they don't use Li.... ah crap.. erm.. hey look over there! *runs out of court*"
@ Suricou Raven
"A somewhat poor quote"
It's a quote from arguably the best of the Star Trek movies with the original series crew and you call it "a somewhat poor quote"? Books may be popular but I guarantee you (internet guarantee!) that more people have seen the movie referenced than have read the book you're talking about.
WP8 - Microsoft's failure
The most distressing (from a WP8 owner's point of view) thing is that WP8 is really not that bad. I've likened it a lot to early Android but with more polish in some areas. Unfortunately Microsoft dropped the ball in a massive way by updating at such a slow pace. They needed to come out with WP8 and then aggressively update it so it was at a similar state to both Android and iOS within the first 12 months. That might sound too fast but they've already had a year with their other failure - WP7.
The notification issue is a massive missing step but overall there are a lot of minor niggles that really make using it a pain. I've tried many times to like it because I have a really nice looking phone but when I feel like I'm fighting the phone to do what I want it's more trouble than it's worth. The biggest annoyance for me continues to be the awful keyboard. If I press "i" as a first letter then both Android and iOS offer the word "I" as a suggestion first but WP8 has it a scrolling bar away. It doesn't learn at all and sometimes it will offer the correct word but without bold meaning you have to tap it instead of just pressing space to continue. It really feels like a kid at school scared to do anything without asking the teacher first.
Re: Communication, Communication, Communication
Telcos crapping in their pants? I highly doubt it. To get any of these you still need a data plan of some sort or permanent access to WiFi and you have to be sure that the person you want to talk to has the same. The majority still charge outrageous amounts for data and unless (until?) something like WhatsCrap and data plans are part of every single phone sold they will never replace the utility of SMS.
SMS - they may be short, they may be relatively useless for expressing yourself but they're still part of practically every mobile phone sold on the planet. Suddenly 310 million users doesn't seem that many.
HTC wake up
They blew $1 billion on an advertising campaign with Robert Downey Jr. and I can count on one hand the number of times I saw anything to do with either him or the HTC One on TV. That number is actually zero.
They have to start focussing on one thing, any one thing, and push that hard. Even with the relative success of the One they're second guessing themselves when they have to keep on that track. I don't mean ignore all markets in favour of it but keep pushing the premium phones and eventually people will see that the likes of the Galaxy line are awful quality and maybe switch. If they would consider offering handsets with stock Android in place of Sense I imagine a lot more would look at their phones.
Even as a fan of HTC I'm having a very hard time considering them for my next phone. They just seem to have a giant bowl of bad ideas that they keep going back to like a comfort eater with a bowl of popcorn.
Re: "an open source remake"
It was hardly a new type of game to begin with. I remember a very simple helicopter game where you had to hold the mouse button down to keep it going up and let go for it to go down while avoiding obstacles and the terrain. Is this identical to that helicopter game? No but it's close enough. If it's ok for him then why is it not ok for others?
I can't wait to run all my Windows Store apps like.......
Go to hell mobile networks
"which is exactly what the mobile phone operators - who are looking for a share of transaction revenue - fear will happen."
This is something that may use a small element of a mobile phone and the networks think they deserve a share of all revenue. Why am I not surprised? Oh but it uses their data network perhaps for a few seconds and that costs them money... which you've already paid for with your monthly fees / PAYG allowance.
Am I the only one tired of network operators trying to expand their greed by any means necessary? First they rip everyone off with the extortionate price of text messages and when those start to be bundled in the thousands they move on to charging extortionate rates for data. When that fails they'll use something else but in the meantime anything that mentions "mobile phone" (or cell phone if you prefer) and "money" in the same sentence has them looking feverishly on with ideas of how they can grab a slice of something for doing nothing. Or in this case a slice for trying to force their preferred way which guarantees them income for doing nothing.
Re: Taxation and Business: CEO's Explain
@Don Jefe Any jobs going in a UK office perhaps?
Please don't make us pay
"We believe that enterprises operating long-standing business models, subject to established international tax rules, should not become subject to altered rules on the basis that they have adopted more efficient means of operation."
Translation - we found these loopholes fair and square! You can't change the law to close them because it'd mean we would have to pay a lot more tax. Since we found this loophole in the law that wasn't intended to be used this way we deserve to keep it for being devious enough in exploiting it massively.
Come on guys. This is their first attempt and there are bo... what? Oh, well it's only their second attempt and it isn't like they have a history of writing operating system code which can be diff.... seriously? HOW MANY YEARS?!
Re: Channel use of 4k?
I have the responsibility for advising my family on all things technology related. Luckily they trust me and would take my word over a sales rep with £££ signs in his eyes. It does, however, mean that I have to stay up to date on things myself but that's ok as I do it anyway. I really don't know if people like your aunt are believing what they're told to justify the outlay. Nobody likes to be told they've been fleeced.
Channel use of 4k?
When (hah) all broadcasts are 1080p with a smattering of 4k I'll consider a 4k set, no sooner. Until then I see little point in anything beyond 1080p with most HD channels only doing 720p or 1080i at best. As others Fuzz said above me it just seems like a way to try and sell more TVs to those that don't need them.
The scripted reply to all security issues
"We'd like to be clear: there is no indication that any customer has been impacted"
There never is until you find some.
Re: Apple's Objections of November 27 ..
Quite. I'm sure they'd much rather be investigated by someone who only looks at what they're willing to have seen and paid as much as their cheap labour building iCrap. Unfortunately for you, Apple, this guy seems to be doing his job as fully as he can. The more you try to prevent him looking into things the longer it will take him and the more it will cost you in the long run. All the crying in the world won't do you any good. You were found guilty and now you're complaining that the punishment is too harsh.
Notification bar patent?
Has the patent for the notification bar been granted yet? I imagine Apple would be rather worried about that one given that they blatantly ripped it off when they realised they ancient notification system was not good enough.
Nokia - what have you become?
Once, top phone manufacturer and now being used to run a promo where the first challenge is to make a Windows 8 app.... Oh how the mighty have fallen.
The main use of nearly all TVs is still broadcast TV (case study of myself). How many of those channels broadcast HD? Not many and those that do are, from what I can tell, 720P or 1080i at best. There is very little point in 4k for the foreseeable future beyond selling people something they don't need. I... oh, carry on.
Are Samsung just waiting for a sufficient Apple rumour to decide what they build next? First the awful, awful Galaxy Gear and now this? Assuming Apple never makes a watch and larger tablet I can see a lot of people laughing at how they can bait Samsung into building stupid devices. Coming soon from Samsung, a device that will change your future.... just as soon as there's a strong enough rumour Apple will build one.
Disclaimer: I detest Apple but Samsung are just making this so obvious now that they don't want to be second to the market and are jumping on strong rumours to avoid it happening.
Re: "Latest and most popular qualify for $250"
Well yes, but they're hoping you'll see the $$$ signs and ignore that.
Re: phones other than the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 have 4.4 ?
Those slipped my mind but given they're made by Google owned Motorola I think you can almost throw them in with the Nexus line. It sums up what I was getting at though. Very few devices outside of the Nexus line currently have 4.4 available and it felt like a cheap shot.
They gave the timeframe for 4.4 on the HTC One and they're sticking to it. They gave dates for the Developer Edition and Google Play Edition and stuck to those so calling it out as though it's lagging behind on 4.4 seems harsh. In fact they're pushing harder than they ever have to update 2013 devices to 4.4 and while I don't own one it's encouraging to see them finally tackle the updates faster. Unfortunately as an owner of the 2012 flagship One X I'm not likely to even see 4.3 and that still saddens me.
Conclusion? I'm all for calling them out on abandoning phones too soon or lagging behind on updates but in this instance it isn't justified. What phones other than the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 have 4.4 currently? (Rhetorical question)
Apple utility patents?
What exactly is a utility patent and what utility patent are Apple claiming has been infringed? If it's anywhere near as ludicrous as the rest then it's just .... I'll stop myself there or I'll be here all night.
Re: Embrace and extend?
"Cyanogenmod is a threat to their Android business model, because makes it easier for OEMs/carriers/users to rid themselves of the Google layered software that helps Google make money off Android."
It's no more a threat than Samsung with Touchwiz or HTC with Sense. Both still offer Android and access to all of Google's services which bring in revenue for Google. To get certified I'm pretty sure that CyanogenMod had to remove root as a standard option so in effect they're just another Android version with a few customisations. Frankly I don't see Google caring at all unless / until they partner with someone like Samsung or a major carrier *and* start developing their own major apps like Maps etc to compete.
"Don't ship it with GAPPs, and problem solved! To which Cyanogen to my knowledge has never shipped officially with any GAPPs ever..."
Your knowledge doesn't stretch very far in this instance. It used to always ship with GApps bundled and that's why they got the cease and desist letter in 2009.
Re: Free app hosted elsewhere?
@theodore Chairo here has already answered pretty much what I would have answered. I take the app type into consideration when I see the permissions and if it's extreme then it doesn't get installed, simple as that. Some apps that add extra permissions will explain why the new permissions are needed and again, if I agree that it's necessary and don't mind I'll allow it. If I don't agree then I either stay on the current version or uninstall if it requires the latest version.
Examples? A camera app will obviously need access to the camera and storage but it might also have an account permission. First glance you might wonder why but if it integrates with a service then that's easy to understand. However, if it asks for permission to send email without my permission it gets removed. Yes that permission actually exists and showed up in a recent app updates for something, Blipar I think it was.
I absolutely loved Toca 2. It was a real challenge and the damage made it interesting as well. I spent a lot of time learning the courses just so I could tear around fast enough to win and I remember some races coming down to the last lap or two because of rain related mishaps.
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