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Apple catching up with Android!
Finally Apple has taken another step in matching Androids attributes. Strangely Verizon's users won't find preloaded cellco software on the phones, and are limited to downloading carrier-specific apps from Itunes.
Maybe someone will jailbreak the device.
Any news whether they will be shipping in white, yet?
CDMA is now extant in the U.S.A. and China with most carriers switching to good old GSM. Hardly worth making a CDMA/GSM version.
That slapping noise to be heard in Cupertino is ...
Jobs expressing his frustration for not having thought of these first.
He could have called them the iCans.
Once upon a time Canada launched an earth resources satellite ...
and during it's validation tests pictures would be taken of anomalies, and other data of interest. For example, different forestry diseases emit different 'signatures' as do trees of different species.
Ground crews were sent out all over to correlate the data for when the satellite went into full service.
One anomaly had them stymied - a hot spot way out in the prairies. Out went the crew and they confidentially determined that it was an illegal still making hooch the old fashioned way.
All was well until some scientist wrote up their experiences with this wondrous new satellite along with all of it's capabilities. He also mentioned. light heartedly, the discovery of the still.
Some time later the RCMP caught up with this item and dispatched a cop armed with a search warrant.
This was the first satellite bust of an illegal alcohol still occurred
The NSA will make it profitable
The NSA, in dealing with ever increasing streams of sigint, is bound to buy a few of these so it can cover all the bases, which should make the venture very profitable.
The U.S. government is good at sleight of hand financing - ask Boeing.
H.264 is not 'open', use involves paying bills
Open means open: open and FREE for all to use.
Little from Apple. or MS, is truly 'open' unless there is a benefit from them making it open, which happens on occasion and sometimes only under duress.
Apple trying to recover their market share?
Apple/Jobs must be getting a little excited as it is now behind Google's market share in the latest sales surveys.
The main reason to switch to Verizon, from AT&T, is because Verizon has used the intervening time to beef up it's network facilities whilst AT&T's network weaknesses have been exposed very vocally by disappointed users.
CDMA handsets don't have SIMs, other applications do
None voice/SMS communications applications, as in for remote control or data acquisition, occasionally do use physical plug-in memory chips so that in the event of a module failure, the 'SIM' data can be easily transferred to the replacement unit in the field.
Amazon, Strange morals: hacking - OK; Wikileaks - NOK?
Amazon needs to sort out what it is offering.
Either is like a Common Carrier who has no interest in what it's services are used for OR treats everyone equally.
Long past due, but still welcome
Google, in supplying this service, offers a virtually guaranteed reliable service that is unlikely to disappear, as others have on occasion.
Use with confidence.
Defective cable TV wiring can even block air traffic control frequencies
In some countries cable TV systems use signals in the RF aeronautical band and a cable defect, such as a shallow buried drop to a house getting 'shaved' by a grass mower, is in the vicinity of an airport this interference can be quite severe because of the decreased land/aircraft separation.
Guard bands have a purpose and in selling them off in the interest of enriching a countries treasury may prove to be a dangerous/expensive thing.
Apple warranties are like Allstate - The Good Hands People - Rarely On Your Side
Apple is always cheating someone of their warranties, just like the reputation of Allstate, whose adverts show a pair cupped hands purportedly to save you but as the late Allan King demonstrated, the 'safe' hands evaporated when an insured submitted a claim.
Apple has demanded non-disclosure agreements of claimants, denied there are battery problems (except in Japan when the government knocked on Apples door), refused to repair equipment subjected to smoking environments, etc., etc.
In two words, Apple is a "fraud artist".
Balmer eliminating the competition
Balmer's performance, of late, has been somewhat lacklustre.
By dumping all the bright sparks in MS he is ensuring no one, internally, will be fingered for Balmer's position.
UK Plod are becoming freedom of expression suppression experts!
Once again, undoubtedly, Plod is busy readying cameras, shields and Tasers whilst dirtying or loosening their ID tags, in preparation for yet another go at suppressing members of the public who wish to exercise their charter right to freely express their opinions.
The rhetoric against funding cuts will rise as Plod tries to maintain the status quo.
At least Microsoft responded. Perhaps these mystery transmissions are App makers ...
back-channel communications that enable them to sell data and provide appropriate advertising.
Or is it a 'cloud' back service?
Apple's board just a bunch of sycophants who follow, not ....
Apple is pretty unique in that it is a public company that is run like a private fiefdom.
Jobs' challenge is to pull another 'magical' trick out of his bag every year and one big enough to generate income of sufficient size to satisfy the ever increasing expectations of shareholders avarice.
Every market Apple creates, or develops in the case of pads seeing how the Chinese and Japanese were first, will always shrink as others exploit the weaknesses/omissions of Apple offerings. Jobs fetish in maintaining control will always result in opportunities for others as potential customers opt for freedom of choice.
The union who is using it shareholding to push for transparency is right in it's demands as it will hopefully focus the board on it's fiduciary obligations.
How poetic: Ellison foisted on his own petard!
Ellison, who demonstrated such a Gotch Ya! attitude after winning against SAP, deserves this 100%!
Hope the award is as great as SAP, too.
Wasted energy ... few people have InterNet access in North Korea
along with food, telephones and freedom of thought.
'Skin' affectionados needs met by visiting ...
Glodok, part of Jakarta Old Town, also known as Pecinan or Chinatown. I saw numerous shops selling DVD's featuring lurid pornography.
The 'catalogues' only contain DVD covers. When you make a selection either a cell call or a runner will result in the affectionado receiving his satisfaction after a few minutes. You'd be surprised just how many 'liberal' Muslim viewers there are!
Finally, it's sinking in - the U.S. is bankrupt financially and morally
The global 'empire' of the U.S. is fading, just as those of the Romans, Greeks and British did before them. America needs money to work it's magic and it's credit has about hit the buffers.
Previous empires left benefits be it long, straight roads, democracy or bureaucracy and right-hand drive. They also enjoyed a certain amount of good will and appreciation.
What will the U.S, legacy be? Israel's Teflon coating thinning out, substantial drops in standards of living and far less effective sabre rattling, no more invasions and undeclared wars.
Let's hope they realise it soon, so their demise can be orderly and minimise collateral damage.
Any cachet with owning Apple disappeared when they sold them at Walmart
Walmart is today's Woolco/Woolworths and has as much class as they did in their hey days, long ago.
They were known for selling the worst or cheapest of things, which is Walmart does.
Likewise Apple's cachet has been tarnished, especially when they are discount.
The "employee who bought the stolen goods has died since the thefts ceased"
One thing for sure, he won't be charged or convicted and the company will be able to blame everything on him and get away blame free.
Not even the U.S. government can bring back the dead.
@ already half way to being a police state, the UK IS a POLICE STATE
You sound too light on this number, more like 90%.
Passwords or prison; ACPO thinks it IS the law and makes money by selling various law related items; check/delete those photographs; train-spotting in supporting terrorism.
You name it and British Plod is busy organising your lives.
Why do we elect a government?
Sounds like great case for constructive dismissal
Why should the CFO be fired - he only used Apple computers to do the books. (Maybe he bought an Android phone?)
Courts can 'tax' claimed costs to regulate excessive claims
Denying costs to a successful plaintiff is denying justice. Courts can examine claimed costs and adjust them to a reasonable, proven amount.
Just because business finds it hard, too bad, most of the circumstances giving rise to claims can be avoided if businesses chose not to cut corners.
Plain, ordinary, non-kiddie porn is largely a 'victimless' 'crime'
Why are Plod wasting so much time and money on adult (as in the 'model' being over 16-18) entertainment/pornography?
Way, way back in the early days of 'local' TV, in Toronto, Channel 79 - the highest UHF channel on the dial, so that a minimum area of viewers could see it in case of 'problems' - was permitted to run soft porn.
Every Friday they ran 'Baby Blue Movies' just before midnight. Some were so 'hot' for the time the Plod used to search all over for the telecine that was being used to produce the pictures. Both the station - to keep the programming going, and the police - to stop the movie, went to extremes.Unfortunately the Plod couldn't seize a remote feed cable.
Around that time I knew a 'sex squad' detective and he said that the police actually liked the transmission as all his 'clients' would be watching and offences (in real life) would drop on Fridays. Electronics stores would actually leave their demo TV's, in their display windows. turned to Channel 79 and many of the 'street' people would gather around and watch.
These transmissions were so popular that viewers in Buffalo, New York State, made significant investments in Yagi antennae so they could see them better.
I have yet to be persuaded that adult sex video's actually cause crime. It seems that viewing this material crosses all social strata (I seem to remember the husband of a Labour MP charging his habit to her expenses).
There was a church convention at the former Westbury Hotel in Toronto, also years ago, the local cable company (Rogers) provided pay-TV to the hotel. One of their technicians told me that this convention hit the No.1 spot for adult viewing during this convention. Better to entertain themselves in their rooms than on some poor choirboy.
The laws dealing with 'porn' seem intended not so much as to eliminate it but rather to pander to the prurient voters to satisfy their thirst for 'action'. The 'do gooders' try to force their narrow standards on the rest of us - with little effect.
Chasing down child pornography viewers seems equally pointless - the REAL problem is in the producers of this material. Please don't tell me they only do it because there is a market for it, the images appeared before the market was developed.
Children, unfortunately, have long been subjected to sexual abuse by real people for centuries - not viewers - so why chase the viewers?
Better that the Plod do so real work like disrupting drug supply lines rather than trying to score headlines with a pornography 'bust'. What of all the 'white collar' criminals that stole millions from people by devaluing their bank accounts and pensions.
Is RIM the answer for corporate "iPhan" equivalents?
It's interesting, if RIM is to believed, that corporate IT types support their pad/tablet against those of others in the marketplace.
It seems that RIM is a corporate 'fan' winner. It would be interesting to know why: Quality; Security; RIM compatibility?
E-books break down traditional 'borders' and encourage reading
Living overseas limits access to books I wish to read so the advent of e-books has opened up a new source.
Being a member of a Canadian city library (free) allows me to select a book which is then sent to me when it becomes available (they only purchase so many copies). The benefits to me are that I can browse the catalogue at my convenience 24/7, distance is not a problem, and the ability to view books from many, ordinarily incompatible, sources.
As an part-time ESL teacher I can introduce fresh subjects to my students, rather than the same old-same old school texts, making learning interesting.
For cash strapped libraries e-books are a God send as their staffs are freed from mundane work; no 'late' returns (the life of the book is two weeks unless extended before expiry).
A win-win situation for all.
Herding instincts at work?
Purchasers of mobile products tend to fall in to well defined groups. Equally their general buying habits form similar groupings.
It can be seen that notwithstanding a well publicised product having many 'compromises' AKA defects, it's support group has continued to purchase this defective product, seemingly armed with the knowledge that it has problems.
Since this particular group, and possibly others in support of alternate equipment, has shown such a predication for 'herd' purchasing it should not come as a surprise that they, too, show similar responses to other purchasing offers.
I don't think 'instant' mail is much of a factor since similar mail systems exist for laptops. It is the mental attitude that has the greater effect.
Now that many mail processors offer free and charged mail filtering mail attacks should decrease.
Of course if the OS authors made information access less automatic mobile terminals would be more secure.
Rackspace USA (188.8.131.52) has terrible service today!
I hope that today is not representative of Rackspace 'performance'.
Even though I have InterNet feeds through HongKong and a direct one terminating in the Seattle area, as well as a selection of VPN's terminating in several diverse locations, Rackspace has problems - today.
Better put more water on the string to improve transmission.
We know this but it is bad manner to push it in iPhan faces
Apple PR doesn't like comments like yours.
No doubt their PR trolls, and others, will be out hitting that red button, again and again.
Does Skype really need them - it's video service is tops already!
Skype video has always proved a winner with easy configuration and operating when other systems failed to communicate.
Skype is such an asset - we couldn't do business without it.
I have been using Skype for years in my mini-hotel instead of a telephone system. All our rooms have computers (no TV's) with handsets to communicate with the front desk.
Soon, with some luck, we shall replace this system with a e-pad system.
Reminds me of "Three Days of the Condor (1975)" (Robert Redford)
In the movie they had a Digital Equipment (RIP) PDP8 scanning books and it had an automatic page turner!
Still, when this manual device hits the market it should do well, so everyone can have their very own :Google" digital library.
Dell should stick with computers ...
they have plenty enough shortcomings to keep them busy for years.
The cellco's have the answer
The Jo'burg traffic guys should have a little chat with their cellco provider.
It is extremely simple to program the Class of Service so that given SIMs can only dial pre-determined numbers. This would eliminate the reason for the thefts - wide open dialling plans.
Another alternative is to use equipment where the SIM data is held within a memory chip - this is used on miniature data collection systems when the luxury of circuit-board real estate is at a premium or where the data capture/transmission systems are encapsulated for weather proofing purposes.
One system in Indochina uses only SMS transmissions - very quick 'burst' data - which can also be controlled by Class of Service eliminating the ability to use voice. Mind you, the Chinese built system has poor reliability, the 'counting' displays often go into reverse - counting up, rather than down, to the next light sequence.
What's the problem? Apple copied Xerox in the first place
Many readers are likely too young to remember that Apple knocked off Xerox Parc Research work years ago.
Since when has creating uniformity been an offence?
Not all that Goldman Sachs touches ...
turns to gold.
In fact they used to bet it wouldn't.
Some have really short memories.
Murdoch must have known: take his knighthood away!
Since Murdoch micromanages his media acquisitions, he likely knew;approved what was going on.
Rupert Murdoch should be stripped of his papal knighthood, received from Pope John Paul II, as he was allegedly of (don't laugh) of "unblemished character". Character yes, unblemished - you have to be joking! He's not even Catholic but it appears he was honoured purely for donating large sums of money to the church.
Is this what they call an Arse (S)Wipe ....
motion on a touch screen?
More importantly, Jobs hasn't patented it (yet).
What a pity ... no phone or SMS?
Having gone so far it would not have cost that much more to make it a handset.
Good to see Samsung is using a standard audio connector instead of the multi-pin things it used on it'd earlier handsets.
I think Archos will have to take a pencil to it's price list.
John P. Wheeler III: Moving force behind the VietNam Memorial
John P. Wheeler III was a major mover behind the VietNam Memorial, (see: < https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Vietnam_Veterans_Memorial >) a memorial that brought out the best and worst of America.
Maya Ying Lin, although Chinese(-American), was the controversial winner of a public design competition for the Memorial, beating out 1,441 other competition submissions. aged 21 and still an undergraduate, not so much because of her design but her ethnicity vis-a-vis VietNam are of the war. See: < https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Maya_Lin >. One of her detractors was the Texan Ross Perot who called her an 'egg roll' referring to her Chinese Heritage.
John P. Wheeler, and his supporters stood behind the competition winner, notwithstanding significant veteran opposition, a decision that was later confirmed by visitor counts now around 3 million visitors annually. Up yours Perot!
Wheeler has been trumpeting cyber war for years and was a consultant in the establishment of the Pentagon's cyber war efforts earlier last year.
Really, really in the clouds - more Apple Tosh!
This concept is so bloody old it ranks with the Stone Age.
Dumb boxes for loading OS + features pre-dates even Apple's 1999 patent - well before Apple was recognised as a serial IP plagiariser.
Guess Job's wants to get his name in early - maybe there is a competition running somewhere to see who can score the number of patent applications in one year.
Could it be now that Novell has sold off it's IP, Jobs knows the new IP owners won't complain about his tosh, seeing how Apple is one of the new owners?
Israel: Serial passport fraudsters sand inveterate agreement breakers
Israel has, repeatedly, and over many years, used forged passports from other countries which places passport holders at risk as well as devaluing the passports worth. Israel has repeatedly undertaken never to repeat these offences, yet it has, to the very same countries, time and time again.
Israel receives generous annual governmental donations, who knows what for, from the U.S.A. AND the U.K. yet passports from both these countries have been exploited. Israel has even attacked U.S. warships and murdered it's citizens. It can do no wrong - no doubt because of guilty consciences dating back 60 years.
Expelling a Israeli diplomat is an affront to both the United Kingdom and it's citizens. Money matters most to Israel, yet the UK continues to fork over millions/billions annually, as does the U.S.A., yet both countries have finances that are proportionately far worse than those of Israel.
Time that the Israeli puppet, the U.S.A. stood up to it's declared values and treated all countries equally.
Don't hold your breath, Cameron hasn't the guts.
Microsoft's record as serial plagiariser doesn't count?
Microsoft, et al, have a lengthy record of copying and stealing other peoples IP - the name Internet Explorer for starters - but I guess this U.S. court chose to ignore the fact that a U.S. company is a thief.
Talk about bent justice.
If they had done this at Cambridge U they could have claimed it was for their thesis
Messrs VO and VAN might have been just doing studies for thesis work, just as their counterpart at Cambridge was studying weaknesses in card payment security.
Funny how an affidavit is released - part of a larger investigation, Operation eMule, which is presumably continuing - when ordinarily this sort of publicity occurs AFTER charges are laid.
Something fishy here.
A new target for the litigious minded?
Would the 'touch' movements be those within an Android's OS or has Opera incorporated them within it's software, opening the door for litigation?
I guess Chrome will follow, soon.
Yet another reason for personal encryption products?
Obviously personal encryption products are the only answer to circumvent this CA ruling as well as the CALEA compliance requirements that are mandatory in the U,S. AND several other countries.
'Locking' cell/hand phones is a 'nothing' for The Plod as cell/hand phone manufacturers provide the tools/information to unlock telephones, as well as reading SIM content.
Pagers have certain advantages: location can not be determined by network; many pagers have minimal 'cracking' features and clear messages after reading.
Message vocalisation services, where SMS messages are intercepted and converted to voice messages also make a Plod's life harder
Small world - thousands of ex-Canadian computers are dotted all over Laos & Cambodia
Some years ago a Toronto friend was a volunteer in a computer recycling program where large corporate entities would recycle hardware and offer thousands of computers to organisations who used the talents or retired techs to restore them to an acceptable working standard.
The intended recipients were the disadvantaged youth and single parent families.
Distribution commenced and follow ups to ascertain program weaknesses and strengths. It was found that many excellent machines had been set aside as the poor deprived kids complained they were no good for gaming!
There were hundreds of machines looking for a home so I said how about Developing Countries? I rented a 40 foot container and when it was filled it was shipped to VietNam and I personally delivered and installed hundreds of them. The trail of containers was financed at special deep discount rates courtesy of a European shipping line by my employers when destined for VietNam.
This is why you will find names of outstanding Canadian companies emblazoned on computers in Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Ede, etc!
Later the Vietnamese owned national telephone company started a similar scheme so we discontinued ours and redirected the containers to Cambodia and Laos where others are continuing the technology transfer.
There are few things so rewarding as watching the response of children when they are set loose on their very own computer!
How many multi-function machines have you encountered where a function has failed?
My experience is that, like Jack of all trades, multi-functions are as never as accomplished as dedicated, single function, machines. There are always compromises in some function.
Uniform packaging helps consumers compare prices
The lowly loaf of bread has significance in comparing costs of living in a diverse number of countries is usually in 400 or 800 gram sizes which has been fine for years, until some twit of a politician wants to make a name for himself.
Standards exist for good reason for decades, whereas a minister of the Crown is a passing fad.
Garmin: Great for underwater travel, ahem
Not long ago I used a Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx, loaded with Garmin software, and it faithfully recorded all my activities for some 1,900 kilometres.
After transferring the data to laptop it showed, according to the Garmin software, that I had made the complete journey 10-15 kilometres out to sea. This was unexpected as I made the journey by road.
There are only two major roads of any type running north and south, so it is impossible to take a wrong turn. One, called Highway 13, is a good 6-lane highway, clearly defined on maps. Again using my GPSMAP 60CSx recording my journey. Once again there was great satellite signal strength and once again the recorded track was 10-15 kilometres off compared to several maps.
So I acquired alternative software and it proved the Garmin hardware was good but that the software was crap.
So before you go placing your faith in the Garmin App, read the fine print - especially the part where Garmin denies all responsibility!
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