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Sony has a couple of tricks few others emulate, and definitely NOT Apple
Rain proof/splash proof and waterproof features.
Put here in the Tropics iPhans have to carry their Apple toys in cheap sandwich bags as our typical 'shower' is very effective at killing protected electronics.
Sony, and a UK company, are two of the very few offering this essential feature which is so necessary in much of the world and, increasingly, the US of A with potentially climate change induced storms.
Anyone who has lost a cell handset through a brief exposure to water learns just how useful the Sony feature is!
And, I presume Apple, does nothing "gimmicky"?
Little wonder you don't use your real name - and how ignorant you are of others needs.
I know a person who has spent most of his life with a stick, dripping spittle, picking away at a Saran-wrapped keyboard. He had/has no meaningful movement in his arms.
The day he acquired a rudimentary voice/text software package was the first day of the nest stage of his life, Dragon Dictating has improved by leaps and bounds, as has my acquaintance's abilities and work output.
To someone, what you call a gimmick, is another life-changing happening.
Stephen Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA, the UK theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author has achieved more success than many fully able people. And he had technology make his life that more easy.
Now, with Samsung's technology, and likely quite unintentionally, yet other physically challenged people have gained yet more independence.
Can anyone explain why ...
the Apple cable that can be plugged in any which way needs a chip?
Much better to use a standard connector ... but Apple couldn't screw it's customers USD$39 for the thing. ($5 in China)
@DougS: The difference between Steve Mann's glasses and Googles version is ...
not to do with the guys face, shaven or not, dressed or not. You seem to be ignoring the point of the pictures - the optics.
Look at the position of the U of T glasses is in front of the eye, which I saw at a Toronto demonstration. There position over the eye requires additional head movement to compensate for this. Other electronic optics don't suffer from this impediment.
The Google Glasses, I understand, project the image on to the eye - far more practical as there is no contact. If having a single lens on your face causes you so much angst, simply add a neutral lens to the other side.
I trialled some optical display glasses a couple of years ago and the over-sized temples (the parts that go over your ears) were so unwieldy that almost every tester found them uncomfortable due to the size. Google appears to have reduced the electronics considerably.
Likely you are upset that Cupertino isn't matching MS, Google, Oakley, etc. but no doubt they will become adaptable to your electronics.
The difference between Steve Mann's glasses and Googles version is ...
they are practical, don't have to be screwed to your head and don't make the wearer look strange.
Re: The terrorists need new cash flow.
In Afghanistan they ship billions into the state bank and then officials do some creative printing and loan out all sorts of money to friends of the government.
Time that Switzerland really opened up the accounts for near failed states and their citizens.
Great fun, but impracticable ...
Many regions of the world are wood-adverse.
Take the Asian Longhorned Beetle is a large wood-boring insect native to China, it will chow down on any wood remotely soft. Now, thanks to softwood pallets there are large colonies in the USA, Canada, Europe and elsewhere.
The only answer to these pests are hard-wood or concrete.
Then there is the bureaucracy. They are the architects friends who seem to have but a single purpose in life - to generate business for architects. Then there is the construction trade who think everything but everything is beyond the intending home building plebs. Seemingly only the building trade can employ unskilled labour and produce a building.
Unfortunately, these designs in wood are impracticable for my part of the world, well entrenched as it is with Asian Longhorned Beetle, so we create in concrete. I have constructed three buildings, now, one being my home and the other two what government calls 'mini-hotels' (which have over thirty rooms each.
Being a pleb builder, I studied very hard. I did unusual things such as making all 'techno-structure' (pipes, wires, etc) accessible with the minimal of bashing concrete - unlike professional builders who bury all such infrastructure under mounds of concrete. I used insulating concrete forms (ICFs), factory made rebar forms, welded window inserts into which windows (or doors) can fit knowing the frame is dead square.
Even crazier, according to the local 'construction experts' was my use of large-diameter plastic pipes as concrete forms instead of using tatty-looking things made from wood and nails. I simply split piping longitudinally and used packing bands to hold them together whilst the concrete dried. Strangely several 'professional;' builders are now copying my technique in the area.
My first mini-hotel used containers (surplus or 'hot' units costing me USD$300-400 delivered) and it took an engineer to explain to the planners that a container will support many, many times their weight and that my height of five-seven containers wasn't a challenge.
I wish Wikihouse every success, however I fear they will best succeed in places such as Africa for 'advanced' countries throw up to many obstacles to make this practical. I must admit, there are many authorities in Canada, outside the larger cities, who will happily accept DIY home plans, and offer technical help in making the plans meet 'code'.
has zero credibility, especially after he backed the SEE-ALL AIRPORT SCANNERS which have recently been withdrawn from service by the TSA.
One benefit is ...
that even legislators will be able to see the stupidity of accepting some / most of Apples 'patents' which will eventually lead to the much needed revamp of the whole system.
The problem with HP lies within it's ...
board of directors who must number amongst the most inept in American corporate history.
They have totally abandoned the principals of the founders Messrs. Hewlett and Packard. The resultant mess and corporate meandering totally vindicates the concept used by the founders from the beginning.
Apple loses, again - American corporate law prevails
The simple fact is David Einhorn and his hedge fund Greenlight Capital won - and Apple capitulated - after the SEC gave them the boot.
At last, justice prevails
After all the trials and tribulations of the first trial, at least a semblance of justice is entering into these proceedings.
The trial made a mockery of American 'justice' notwithstanding how warped it is.
For the technically minded ...
< http://www.uk.amsat.org/ >, < http://www.360app.co.uk/ >, < http://www.screaminspace.com/ > (terrible web site contrast), < http://www.sstl.co.uk/Missions/STRaND-1--Launched-2013 >. Also: < http://amsat-uk.org/2013/02/26/radio-amateurs-asked-to-collect-strand-1-telemetry-data/ >, < http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/strand-1/strand-1-videos/ >, < http://amsat-uk.org/2013/02/07/isro-plans-sarl-and-amateur-radio-satellite-launch-for-february-14/ >.
You can use SkyGrabber software < http://www.skygrabber.com/ > (works with PC card or Dongle) and an appropriate antenna.Orbit map: < http://www.uk.amsat.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Initial-Pass-of-STRaND-1-640x451.png >.
nobody can hear the cries for help
you must be confused and thinking of the Apple product that kept on dropping calls.
Gyproc/plaster board/drywall has gone high tech
Innocent looking is often the cause of signal reduction as you can get it with rear lines in water proof, steam proof, foil covered and even ballistic - the latter capable of stopping bullets - kind of handy if you live in an American 'hood which have a high frequency of bullets.
Then there are the metallic 'tinted' windows such as the Royal Bank Building in Toronto which is also a very effective attenuator.
But you do have peace/freedom from cell rings.
If India has rockets for rent, how come Cameron is ...
sending them aid money?
No wonder the UK is broke.
How little you know about Canada.
In some places population densities exceeding one live body per square kilometre seem crowded, and objects from space don't come down vertically but leave a long trail of debris.
In southern Ontario we have the Southern Ontario Meteor Network since so many make landfall around there. Go visit < http://astroengine.com/2008/10/25/rare-meteor-fireball-captured-by-seven-canadian-cameras-videos/ >, < http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/12/14/science-meteor-meteorite-toronto.html >, < http://www.universetoday.com/91816/meteorite-alert-remote-cameras-capture-slow-moving-fireball-near-toronto/ >.
Re: Blocked worldwide
"impartial and accurate information to audiences around the world"
This USED to be the case but now the BBC has a new slant on things following the F.O. financing review - I even noticed it before I read about it is a UK document.
The broadcasters should bear in mind that radio receivers are predominantly FM and ASEAN has a target date to make all broadcast TV digital.
Satellite receivers in both China and VietNam require 'operating licences' and, in China, a demonstrated 'need' for viewing overseas broadcasts. Visitors to China will notice a sparsity or satellite dishes and even WiFi access.
VietNam only allows satellite reception from it's own satellites, which also include crap such as AXN, NatGo, Discovery, etc. Cable TV systems (soon to be trimmed to three national systems and four regional from the present forty systems) are fed through the Ha Noi 'monitoring'/censorship centre with a 15 MINUTE delay (the world ends at midnight - 15 minutes later in VietNam).
As from later this year VN subtitles re to be provided on all foreign broadcast services in to the country.
Access to BBC Vietnamese is easy and has minimum censorship here, locally.
BBC, CNN have been eliminated from 'free view' on cable although Deutsch Wella, Australian Broadcasting and a French news channel continue. I guess they are 'politically reliable'.
We have fibre optic cable feeds in larger centres and more remote areas can easily obtain satellite dish permits. A unit of the Cong An (Peoples Police) goes around checking on the direction of dishes to make sure you are pointed at the VN satellites!
My salt and pepper shakers ...
though only two or three years old and made of nicely finished stainless steel, are Dalek imitations - bought in Singapore!
Darleks are celebrated the world over! Still!
"monstrous libel on a public figure based on the flimsiest hearsay"
This applies to Savile, too. No judicial authority has ever made a finding as to his culpability.
We have plenty of Plods proclaiming their thoughts, an ex-Plod holding himself out to be an expert on child abuse and we have a group of adults who saw fit to withhold their allegations until Savile was in no position to defend himself.
I make no judgement about what Savile may, or may not have, done but only of the wagon train that rolls out more and more accusations. There are legal procedures that could be implemented, should the government wants so to do.
If this is British Justice it sure has fallen pretty low.
Re: A modest proposal V2.0 - Exchanging for body parts?
Selling body parts is illegal in China.
Although the Chinese government does, 'harvesting' spare parts from all the people they execute, by lethal injection [for the living] but safe as houses for the spare part recipients.
The CN government doesn't like competition, either.
Old media, and a new player
ELP has the new LT-500 model laser player, the perfect thing for zero wear on your old 33.5RPM discs/disks, and the perfect instrument to play noise caused by dust. Only $8,000 - a bargain.
And you will need a wet LP cleaner, with a vacuum system, to clean the records - only $140!
No needle was as good as this.
Whoops! There goes another ...
Apple screen supplier.
It might have to buy screens from Samsung yet. How humiliating would that be?
California Cool tossed by East Coast Partypoopers
That noise emanating from Jobs box in Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto, is most likely the response to East Coast people interfering in his former fiefdom.
Good to know Apple still has to kowtow to some laws.
A certain Pin/Chip reader manufacturer ...
who manufactures motorised card reader/writers had a test ROM that allowed for duplication. The cards have no logo's (i.e. blank) and are intended for test and production purposes.
A technician friend works there and I made my own machine and he supplied the ROMs. Cost was around $320 - using my own PCB. The quick copy procedure is called a 'Yes' card. The version that takes longer yet to copy, with multiple read/writes of the 'master' card, which is because it has to test some code in a card being copied.
My wife has a copy of my card, the codes are contained in a small safe in our house. In the event of my death she will be able to continue to transact ATM business.
Banks seemingly don't do sophisticated checks as I was in the UK last year and used an ATM and then, receiving a SMS/text from me, my wife used her card in an ATM physically thousands of miles/kilometres away successfully within minutes of my use. Obviously banks believe in fast travel.
Even more susceptible are the PIN/chip readers in stores - they are designed to be remote programmed. The 'floor' levels are often changed at busy seasons. Leave the power off on a terminal overnight and see what doesn't happen.
We can also clone cell SIM chips, the easiest is a 'virgin' chip that has never been used, which can be obtained quite easily.
So much for security. As long as the banks are satisfied PIN/chip is secure. their smugness will allow us to continue copying cards. I even told a bank manager cards could be copied - he said that his information is that they are totally secure.
These unique "unpredictable numbers" aren't so unpredictable. My SecureCard is so secure I have a list of numbers in a file on my Note 2 which I can use to fool the HSBC computer. Usually it makes a request for one or two entries, just as with the real 'Secure'Key. Go figure.
What is secure is the password to the file!
"is getting more than a little press"
which means that Google is learning from Apple who can spin air in to a story to keep their name in the papers.
At least Google has working models.
In other words ...
MS wants the crooked, bribe-accepting politicians to skew the rules their way.
WHAT the world really needs is a global patents law so every country handles things the same way. And this doesn't mean the American way, only.
This is called ...
moral turpitude and is a United States legal concept in the that refers to "conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty or good morals". It appears in U.S. immigration law from the nineteenth century. In other common law jurisdictions it is dated or obsolete.
I wonder where murdering your own citizens or innocent children overseas with drones fits in this?
Better charge Obamarama, Bush and the CIA.
And is it waterproof?
Many people, when washing their hands, include, in the process, their wrists. This means the proposed device should be waterproof. Then there is the concern caused by deluges of water be it bog standard UK rain shower or tropical downpours.
And Apple has taken the opportunity to include a power connector with a different form factor. Another $40 attachment?
And what of burning batteries? Perhaps they could put a logo on the case adjacent to the battery so overheating batteries will brand the sign of the Devil (Jobs) on a users wrist as it fails.
And, meanwhile, in the Far East ...
many governments have decreed all cell phones shall be sold unlocked and without any restraints! And governments generally own one of the networks in most countries.
And no Carrier IQ (remember that).
New SIMs (plus start off air time) costs USD$5.00; replacement SIMs USD$0.15 (15 cents) with old number retention. No monthly top ups - my SMS phone has not had any money added since the original USD$50 for almost 6 years!
Church of Scientology's gravest threat is the US IRS
The term "Christian entertainment television series" best sums up all these 'religious' entities.
At least many governments are waking up and denying Scientology a religious status.
As someone who lives in the Far East I am amazed at how much electrical energy is consumed, primarily in the Philippines, as this mob broadcast using multiple 500, 000 watt transmitters, beamed at China and other nearby countries and how the funding just keeps on flowing in from their sucker supporters in the USA.
The joke is that it is extremely hard to buy domestic receivers with AM bands any more - FM with MP3 players be far more popular!
More grist for the ...
Discovery Channel Zombie shows.
Next they will have it recorded live.
"I bet the make up sex was hot." - pretty pathetic line of patter
Not far removed from the cave man with his club, either.
My company has a blatantly discriminatory HR policy: Employees: Single mothers, must speak English. Three (Western) male owners/partners have employment contracts: No personal relationships with staff. All staff: No fraternisation (or smart talk) during work hours.
In return: Company pays well over the average salary; 50% cash under the table (non-taxable); company pays all deductibles (tax, social insurance ad pensions); we supply twice annual dental checks/treatment. We also pay 50% child care/school fees.
Worked for fifteen years and most employees are over the 10-year point in service. Very low staff turnover. And we have employee harmony!
I actually know someone who now works in a middle management position at Oracle Australia and to my knowledge their employment standards are pretty well enforced. She has worked for Oracle in three countries so she has a pretty wide experience in Oracle.
Muggers are going to love them ...
In Bangkok, the bar girls outside on the sidewalk get 'volunteers' to join them in the bar by snatching peoples glasses.
A simple 'granny' cord, bought at a sports store, slipped over the ends of the temple tips (arms of a frame), stops all but the most aggressive troll.
Should work well on Google Glasses, too.
The MS glasses might have larger viewing areas but the contrast between the real scene, in front of the wearer, and the superimposed images will be tricky at times.
Wonder what Apple is dreaming of?
Oakley glasses are massive with all sorts of junk hanging off the temples.
Perhaps the should patent it and sell it to HSBC-CA
HSBC-CA uses a very 'secure' system: DoB and Mother's surname. If you forget them, simply look up your genealogy on a certain massive web site and give them a call.
And the last 10-digits of your plastic is all that is required to open up InterNet banking - the cards, of course, contain the full account name just to make it that much easier to hack the accounts.
Who actually reads or even cares about licences?
I stopped buying originals after sending a defective OEM version of Windows back to MS and they 'lost' it.
Our local copy shop, only kilometres from MS VietNam, always laughs at the 'suits' from MS who regularly visit and tell him he is illegal or asks he want to sell legal MS products. The 'copyright' squad of Vietnamese Plods hasn't been around for a couple of years now - I guess their inspection 'sting' has faded, ever since they were forced to issue Notices advising when they were coming!
His prices are unchanged, USD$1, for a DVD crammed with all manner of MS software starting with the latest versions.
Really free enterprise rules!
Re: Tricky balancing act: "later versions are hand-cranked generators that charge batteries."
We had hand-cranked and pedal cranked generators in the British Army and the manufacturing date on the labels indicated they were made well before the latest version was 'invented'.
As for criminalising copy cats, would this include Apple or Microsoft? Didn't think so.
You will rarely beat the Chinese replication industry. Is is far too advanced, and some of their 'copies' are improved versions. The Chinese have the capability of copying all but the latest, very fine traced, silicon chips. And they find making 500-1,000 copies economically viable.
The West can only implement it's rules in the West, and in countries where Western 'niceties' are observed. The rest of the world is uncontrollable.
Take the 'Gucci' and 'Burberry' copy market. One of the driving forces is that this type of company, like Apple, makes exorbitant profits and thereby affords a opportunity for copycats to operate.
Recently, two high-end shops, Mondo and Gucci, who have flagship stores on Dong Khoi Street (our Regents Street) in Ho Chi Minh City, were raided by VietNam Customs. These officials weren't in the least bit interested in the product - only the missing duty and taxes.
Ironically, the imported goods were genuine and had been rerouted through HongKong for relabelling as they were in actuality the REAL goods and not off copies! The re-labeling was intended to support a claim they were made in China and therefore had a lower duty/tax rate.
All Apple has done, in China, is to create a market for Apple knock-offs that sell for around UAD$150 - genuine copies that are so close to the real thing they run iOS!
Apple, and others, could cut into this market if they weren't so bent and determined on maintaining their 47% mark-up.
Cameron is a techno-idiot - it's all off-shored for M-O-N-E-Y
QUOTE: “Other countries securing their data is effectively helping us secure our data. I think this is an area where Britain has some real competitive and technology advantages,” said Cameron.
Companies only use foreign entities to save money.
HSBC hires a special sort of company, one with no intelligent employees who's abilities could be replaced with a screen reader. One female was happily reading the standard response when she missed a word. I told her she had missed a word and asked that she re-read the paragraph all over again!
And most of these sweat shop call centres are owned by an American company based in California.
We should expect our British business be conducted in Britain, not in some slum in India where many are tempted to make money on the side by selling data. THE LEAKS ARE NOT IN COMPUTER SYSTEMS, the leaks are by foreign employees who are simply trying to make a few extra Rupees on the side.
I refuse to deal with these entities, in fact one refuses to deal with me and simply bounces the call back to the UK - which is what I want. If you want the same go learn some 'bad words' in whatever language they speak in the call centre location - you can end up dealing with your British company in the UK.
intellectual property lawyer for Texan legal firm, and describes himself as PSF's counsel
Does he even have a UK lawyers operating papers.
Some Americans think just because they meet US requirements they can practice anywhere.
Re: $100k for a glass door?
This price most likely includes Apple's profit margins - somewhere north of 52% - after all they screw all their customers, why not insurers?
Perhaps they should also invest in some alarms, as well, something like the < http://burglarbomb.com/ > which fills the protected area with pepper gas spray.
Re: I still don't get the point of Twitter
Facebook is an even faster way to ruin your career/life/bank balance, specially if you were stupid enough to buy shares.
Changing the Z to S in the principles name far better describes shareholders.
Concentrate on the camera
If the concern is about pictures, simply designate camera characteristics.
The GoPro camera shown above has very poor response to dimly lit scenes I teach young men and women English in my apartment and, for my own security, when no one else is in the apartment, I run GoPro's to record training sessions in case any accusations might be made.
I have found the ambient has to be quite high, so any aerial Peeping Toms would likely be disappointed.
Even running at a high frame rate GoPros exhibit quite a bit of blurring, not to mention the lenses fogging up from the heat of the camera.
Of course, surrounding your property with lightweight fish nylon netting would likely win you a few cameras and aircraft.
Shouldn't be hard to design ...
since Apple filed a patent for their shops.
Google can surreptitiously see the weaknesses and change the layouts and then they are ahead.
They could even pick over the 'genius' shop hand training manual - except they should use a name people can relate to.
There's a new rail station being built in NYC - great place for a Google store to bug the hell out of Apple.
Re: RIM security is good BUT it needs/uses servers? Silent Circle!
Silent Circle uses encryption/decryption performed at either end.
You can now even send 60-Mbyte encrypted files, should be long enough for even the most verbose correspondent,
The file is held encrypted until the recipient opens it, at which time the key is deleted.
Can you blame the men? Check out a Singaporan wife - enough to make a freezer look hot
I was based in LEE Kwan-Yews dictatorship, Singapore, for several years and was well integrated in to the Chinese community knowing many people on a family basis.
Ignoring the fact that Singaporean males are somewhat childish around the subject of sex, having met many of the islands 'matrons' I can well understand why they might fall for this trick.
If the women loosened up more, there might be fewer 'spare tyres/tires' in circulation. The mainland Chinese are much more liberated - although there are still a fair number 'spare tyres/tires' around.
I wonder why the Singy police never intervened, given that residential computers are restricted by a fire wall and subject to active monitoring.
"label patent trolls as leeches who extort money" - so there goes a good chunk of Apples income
Older readers, with a good memory, will likely recall all the 'adopting' (plagiarisation) Apple has done over the decades starting with both the corporate logo and name, followed by purloining Xerox designs, Japanese connectors, Creative of Singapore, etc.
Not all the problems are of Apples doing, many stem from the poor law that implements and governs the USPO activities. What stupidity awarded a patent for corners and curves? And pixel formations in icons/avatars?
In areas of fast development, where inventions have short Best Before times, they should patentable duration of five years.
I remember visiting George Barnes Boot Factory, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, and there were all these ancient machines for boot and shoe manufacturing. I asked why not more modern machinery and was told they had to rent the machines from an American company dating back to the 1800's.
They couldn't improve the designs as every which way was covered by patents.
No wonder the Chinese don't pay too much attention to patents. Can't really blame them.
Americans don't speak English, they speak American and drop the 'T's and truncate the ends of words.
Obama seemed to be a fine example of US 'English'.
MS copying Apple construction techniques, only more so
Many Apple products are glued together that save screwing in strange screws AND it is even more successful at keeping out would-be DIY artists out of the goodies.
Time the EU passed legislation requiring all electronic assemblies be serviceable. That would end the era of glue.
Brazilian electronics maker Gradiente applied for the trademark "iPhone" in 2000
So who says Apple doesn't plagiarise repeatedly?
Apples logo and name were 'borrowed' from competitors when it could only afford half-page adverts in the BYTE magazine.
Now a COUNTRY has proved that Apple missed the mark by several years.
They should have done a Walmart - paid off officials in South America.