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Acer: The big question remains support and honouring warranty!
With near custom devices as pads are, very important factors will be hardware support and honouring the warranty.
Acer's historical record hasn't been, in my experience, exactly valiant in these respects. For example, when a rubber foot fell off one of their better computers, the purchase of a case was required to effect repairs. Real wastage of material and money.
Make Money, Not War: ancient Chinese fortune cookie saying
This is typical pragmatic Chinese thinking. Let others fight the wars and HTC will continue making money.
Hard to argue with success.
All phones imported into the States require GPS
Given the low price of integral GPS units and that Google covers more of the world than most on-line maps he chances are good that it has GPS.
No need to hold your breath
Stores in HongKong and southern China are all showing new products from substantial companies.
Personally I think Korea will score big time as supply lines are often integrated within one industrial group.
Note? We don't allow drinking in the office.
A little more patience, please
The flood gates on the tablet/pad market are about to open and your eyes will start watering.
And iPhans will even question whether it was smart to buy the Apple door stop.
Pity they won't be here for Christmas but they say Patience is a Virtue ... just wait until the goodies out here in the Far East arrive at your place.
Yet another reason to jettison Facebook - and using it for work!
She should move her groups to another service immediately.
Obviously FB is ill equipped to deal with basic sort of problem.
And that idiot who allegedly owns FB thinks he is going to conquer the world?
The difference between Google and Facebook is ...
Google has class and reliability and track record to prove it (and is trusted by governments) whereas FB lacks class and reliability (and is trusted by few).
Watch for 'Consulting', 'Opinion Polls' - big money items
If other governments are anything to go by, lowered government employment leads to ramped up retention of consultants and their ilk.
When governments have been in office longer and they seek programs that resonate with the taxpayers so watch the amount spent on opinion polls!!!
But this information is at least shaking up those civil servants with questionable relations with suppliers.
Only a dummy would cross an international border with hot data these days
Can't have been too well read, our friend Poo, otherwise he would have travelled with clean laptop on downloaded his stuff later.
If he flew to the U.S. just to sell CC numbers, that makes him even more dumb, as most card dealers trade on-line.
Still, he will likely to get his visa extended by 10 or 20 years spending his time reflecting n his business plan, in a federal jail with all needs - other than keys - supplied. No time off in federal jails - time given = time served.
Ah, those Texans: Bent courts and bent 'law'
Obviously this troll, and his lawyers, don't realise how many links actually stored the message contents en route. These days we also have to remember the U.S. NSA has copies, too.
Besides, once delivered to G-mail surely what happens to his prose is between G-mail and their subscriber.
Producer: "was passionate to take this challenge of the role to task"
I wonder if this was based on a personal demonstration on his couch?
You know what they say about those couches!
Does this mean the end of ...
all those cheerful red boxes Novell software was sold in?
When searching for some misplaced software, red made finding Novell so easy.
Says it all: Heathrow has ... decided not to go ahead. - as dumb as ever
Little wonder that Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is way ahead of of Heathrow in almost all respects - except for that officious little woman baggage inspector always give a hard time.
Heathrow, the perpetual construction site that mixes passengers and planes together in the most inefficent, hostile environment ever devised.
And this is the gateway airport to Britain? A sick, sick joke.
And your cell phone number stored in databases around the world including ...
Sabre.Amadeus/Appolo/Galileo GDS; Various marketing databases - including the airlines; Us homeland Security/TSA, etc.
And you thought they were doing you a favour! Suckers!
And just to think amidst all this high falutin' technology, a few yards away ...
are multi-million dollar/pound aircraft that communicate with the ground using Amplitude Modulated VHF radio's!
Kind of ironic.
Bush' America gave business all sorts of tax breaks ...
and look at America now.
TSA: Another American exercise in futility
"The TSA is reported to have organised several series of tests using undercover agents to put dummy bombs through security scanners at US airports. One such test, in 2007, was said to have resulted in 75% of the fake bomb parts passing through unobserved." Source < http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/19/fake-bomb-us-germany-terror-alert >.
I appreciated TBL's viewpoint; our corporate decision justified
We have just completed a POS for a service company. It involves providing drawings and text for their technicians to service equipment displayed on a 7" pad.
One sticking point was whether to provide the access through a pad App or a browser. After several meetings it was decided to go with a browser - and TBL succinctly stated the reasons why our decision was correct - even though we didn't express it coherently.
Another of our teams has just completed a travel guide for VietNam for both pad and smartphone - again browser based. We have the complete map of VN, as well as key tourist cities - street maps, tourist guides, hotel reviews, etc.
This shows, I believe, careful thought should be given before commissioning yet another App as to the most effective way of presenting content. Browsers, of course, are an escape from Jobs' ring fenced garden.
Great article, thanks Register!
There are, already, CDMA SIMs deployed
There are, in existence, CDMA SIMs, actually called the R-UIM (Re-Usable Identification Module) and have been available in China in 2002. There are even dual-mode double SIM/R-UIM cell hand-phones available on CN. Ordinarily the CDMA's 'SIM' data is held in memory.
GSM is a truly international standard whereas CDMA is a system developed and promoted by Qualcomm.
Obviously since there is only one party determining CDMA's future development path I guess Apple will be happy seeking a deal, and vice versa.
Knowing Jobs reputation he is more than likely thinking of using these SIM variants to further exert control over his flock, just as Jim Jones did those so many years ago in British Guiana.
Jobs hasn't fixed the Lemon 4 yet!
It says much about Jobs and Apple that they have, technically, abandoned the Lemon 4 obviously not intending to do anything about the outstanding problems.
CDMA, whilst a good technology at it's inception, is dieing. Many S.E. Asian cell systems are junking their CDMA systems and replacing it with GSM.
China is a marketing challenge: Apple products are really too expensive for the mass of the population and only a few places like BeiJing or ShangHai have citizens with sufficient disposable income.
In most of the country, where the farmers hang out, they have different priorities like running water in the houses, sewage systems. In many places they still live in houses made from grass sod - hardly places you would find a market for a smartphone.
Same pigs back at the same trough
I see some £3.3-billion was paid to Capita, the governments IT service leach.
Some cut backs!
What about the modular cavity?
One interesting feature is the 'modular cavity' which sounds as if field upgrades or function changes will be possible which is a very effective way of keeping it current whereas other competitors would have potentially bring out a new model.
Of course, annual 'amazing, magical' releases are a way one California company apes the automobile companies marketing strategies.
Anti-piracy lawyers 'knowingly targeted the innocent'
Why are people so upset when all they have done is what they do as SOP? All Davenport has done is to confirm what people think of lawyers, bottom feeding scum.
And why did the watchdog have to wait for complaints when Davenport's trickery was up front for all to see? Any decent watchdog outfit would sniffed this out way before.
Hope Davenport have to refund all ill-gotten gains plus plus interest plus a big penalty, to boot.
Well, like, er ....
I used to get anonymous cell calls from a guy with an gravelly Australian accent, and next day a brown envelope would appear through my letter box.
Never did catch the guys name ...
Forgetting is not an excuse: too cheap to buy 5 or 10 years
All my web sites terminate at least 15 years from initial registration. Mind you the .CA mob have a reminder system that would have likely have avoided this, plus a one-month holdover that almost guarantees people like sleepy Boris never forget to renew.
In some domains names can be acquired with seconds of expiry of former registrations.
One thing about the 400M are the ...
sexy looking propellers.
Little happens, especially gatherings, without government consent
Allowing workers of foreign companies strike for more of anything doesn't cost the state any financial penalties and allows pent up feelings be dissipated.
The whole Foxconn food chain is self-sustaining and any added costs are just passed up the line. Besides what other country is going to permit it's workers deteriorating health continue to support productivity?
VietNam certainly won't as the $5 monthly health insurance premium is barely sufficient to cover health costs now. Our workers suffered years back when Korean shoe manufacturers failed to adequately ventilate glue application areas.
There should laws requiring workers where manufacturing occurs have no lesser working conditions than apply in the country of destination.
The Apples of this world couldn't survive without the nimble fingers and the low production costs of the Far East.
To the guys the Feds are blowing their wad on, use a different cafe/computer each time!
No finesse with American security, they just trot down to the search engine offices whilst someone gets to publicise the fact.
Any half-witted would be terrorist (excluding 'Shoes on Fire' Reid) would get the idea they should circulate not only between machines but also InterNet cafes to spice up the Fed's boring work routine.
Better still, check out all the freebie WiFi's, that will /really/ grab them.
The rest of us can help Google's profits soar by searching for IUD plans, shaped charges, cell phone timer circuits, Al Quaida training manual (not in the UK), how to 'cut' heroin, etc. so when/if Plod comes around to ask questions you can tell them you were testing them to see of they were spying on you.
As for Microsoft, I am sure they're not doing without some quid pro quo from some branch of government.
Ellison: The equal opportunity arsehole
Even for Ellison it seems seems a strange way to nurture Sun's existing customer base.
Still, the DoJ has bigger sticks than Ellison has and even business bullies listen to it.
Very interesting judgement and equally interesting implications
Given that US has decided it is the arbiter of everything and as such all disputes it deems fit will be heard in it's courts there are interesting ramifications. Both Canada and the US use the Common Law principle of justice and often reference is made to rulings in other similar judicial systems.
It could be implied if someone in Canada who was caught with plagiarised material downloaded from the UK might have a defence to some charges that can be laid, although Canada has some very indulgent copyright rules.
Another interesting thing to discover is if Fred Bloggs, in the UK, is forwarding material to Big Daddy servers in the U.S. for 'broadcasting' IF Fred can walk away from charges in the UK?
Smells to high heaven - US dirty tricks
Of all the players in the particular round of tricks I tend to side with Assange.
I am just surprised the Swedes decided to help the U.S. in this way.
More prior art being ripped off by Jobs.
Many fibrous materials / laminates are laid counter-grain/ply to add rigidity or strength from my inflatable boat, through fibreglass constructions to carbon fibre constructions used by the aircraft industry.
This confirms the US Patent Office is dumb. Of course, it could some crafty lawyer who is making himself a job for life filing dumb patents which he can defend later.
Choice needed: paid Apps free of ads as well as sponsored Apps
Let's UK privacy legislation catches up with smartphones prohibiting the collection and re-transmission of any location data - unless specifically permitted on a line by line basis.
This privacy should also include info about WiFi's in the area (Google was hit with complaints so why should iAds be able to) or details about the handset other than the telephone number.
An option should be available whereby purchasing an App entitles you to use free of adverts or the collection of data unrelated to the App operation. 'Free' Apps should be allowed to display adverts.
I feel the RIM exec who suggested that apps shouldn't be needed hit a point - smartphones are largely mobile InterNet terminals and many Apps are superfluous.
Capita! If anyone deserves a kick in the n*ts, it's them
Capita, associated with free-loading, leaching, parasitic, and all things bad when a company gets incestuous with a long-lived government, who just got it's marching orders.
If Cameron really wanted to trim the budget he would force re-bidding on all contract renewals and extensions.
A friend leased a small house, out in the countryside, to an elderly woman who was not only hard of hearing but had cataracts, too. The previous tenant had installed an impressive Antiference antenna which was left behind.
Enter Capita who seems to know peoples homes better than the residents. They insisted she had a TV and they could prove it. It took over a year of correspondence and calls to assert the fact in their database that she had no TV and was over 75.
May your demise be rapid, Capita, for you surely deserve it!
How about a two-handed dexterity test?
To circumvent a 'block' they could require the party trying to make the call to complete a keyboard-pushing task that requires two hands as well as the use of eyes.
Similar in nature to those drunk locks fitted to some cars.
@ "... disabling cell phones with jamming equipment was illegal in the US."
UNLESS you get permission from the FCC.
Whenever Obama goes mobile, one of those black SUV's - the one that looks like a slightly bald porcupine - has wide band radio jammers which only skip Federal and local Plod communications, as well as 700MHz LTE First Responders WiFi.
The system was used in Toronto this year, only the RCMP has to publicly file for authorisation. The effective range, dependent on frequency, is about 700 metres.
I guess they have never considered potential UID trigger men might think of co-opting local Plod frequencies to do their thing?
Think POSITIVELY - alternatives offer opportunity
If allowed to continue:
Fools will kill themselves (thinkpopulation control); undertakers - tow truck operators will enjoy continued employment; replacement vehicles generate jobs.
The number of dead fools will decrease; added technician employment modding the cars; lawyers and courts will garner additional work; government will increase their income through fines.
The genii is out of the bottle - it is too late.
I live in a country where motorcyclists text whilst on the move, where anyone caught using a phone on the move is fined about 20% of a month's minimum pay AND the vehicle is confiscated for a month yet they STILL text and phone.
Disabling kids? No problem ...
just place one of those super strong garbage bags with tie strings over the moggies head. Takes about 10 minutes to become effective.
Is the alternative much better?
My ISP has gone 'honest'. I subscribe to their 'Pro' grade of service at my country / summer cottage where they say the standard of service is 12.6Mbytes and their stated minimum is 512 Kbs. (Non-dynamic).
Actually I am about 370 metres from their pole-mounted DSLAM broadband appliqué box even though we are about 62 kilometres from the backbone fibre, they feed a string of villages from a spur fibre.
So my version of 'up to' has figures but still looks bad on the minimum service end. We've had one outage in 4 years that lasted about an hour.
Cable TV is the real con, since most systems are essentially a WAN so when active subscribers increase, especially in the evenings and on weekends, the speed is pitifully low with timeouts commonly showing when loading web pages.
I use Wimax as back-up (we have country-wide coverage) when needed (1.51173 GBP/100 Gigs).
Fitwatch: Is that all there is, is that all there is?
Don't know why Plod got all excited over this web site. It's hardly provoking.
There are several other web sites that really get down to nitty-gritty of provocation; offensive tactics and the like.
Toronto and Quebec police even have undercovers participating in leading the damage - in Toronto they wore the same boots as police but had socks of different colours on each foot so the riot police wouldn't whack them.
I think american TV crime shows give more 'law perverting' tips than Fitwatch does.
Note: "abused by rogue regimes to spy on US citizens"
This perfect fit for "rogue regimes' IS the US.
The NSA, those guys who own the satellite antenna farm at Menwith Hill spy base near Harrogate in North Yorkshire < http://www.google.com.vn/search?q=nsa%2C+menwith%2C+yorkshire >, already has taps into almost every cell system world-wide < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_telephone_tapping_case_2004-2005 > including those in the USA.
The US Constitution that is so revered by everyone there except for politicians and the security people prohibits spying on citizens. Notwithstanding the so-called Patriot Act allows this tapping even though it is illegal.
Obviously everyone should start inputting 'terrorist' type questions so that the kooks will waste their time chasing down false leads. Same for VOIP or text messaging and use proxies so they waste time tracking from where the call terminates.
The only satisfying thing is in knowing that this business is a failure as many so called acts of 'terrorism' continue unabated and undetected prior to the fact, proving that this waste of money can never succeed.
MS - More (of the) Same
Microsoft seems to have lost it's pizzazz as if it's in mid-life crisis.
Ballmer didn't even his base salary for the last two years given he missed his market slots.
It's that time of life for Ellison
Ellison is a publicity hound who likes to read about himself. Or he has the mid-life blues.
With the SAP trial winding down, he most likely thought it was time to shake up his supplier line.
Wonder if he had even paid for all of the lost items?
NFC, credits cards, etc - rubbish. C-A-S-H is KING (or Queen)
The country in which I reside has no cheques or much electronic banking,
Companies use payment clerks to ride around on motorcycles carrying huge quantities of CASH to pay out to creditors or collect from debtors. The government is just the same, CASH.
But we all have an option. If you want a receipt you will have to pay the 1!)% VAT; likewise if you don't need a receipt, you have the tax waived.
CASH is truly wonderful, in all countries. It doesn't leave a mouse trail for auditors, tax men or Plod to follow. This is the reason why governments love credit cards and, soon, NFC.
These features are what Apple should have had .., next time for more loot
The Chinese pads that beat Apple to market had all of the interconnectivity - plug or radio.
Apple dumbed their version down, no doubt so they can come back next year with yet another fund-raising "magical, exciting" version.
Samsung has the street creds for support and service and, IMO, have set a hardware benchmark. As for pricing, they are too high as they headed into a laptop money zone and parents would likely go for the latter.
SD memory accommodation is essential for this type of device.
We've yet to find Ahmad's alleged blog
Perhaps that's because his ISP had as much guts as the wimpy JustHost.com.
Could it be that West Midlands Plod also has an acting dildo who writes letters alleging authority he doesn't have.
IMO the real culprits are a prime minister who acted like a lapdog to the worlds most belligerent countries president AND who who had some security expert gussy up a report so it read as if Saddam had WMD and when a BBC reporter challenged the then government, he was hung out to dry. (Names omitted deliberately as this is a UK publication)
PROPOSALS published by the government
These are PROPOSALS and all Brits who give a damn should e-mail the lazy bum who represents their riding to get working on this.
Since Cameron has such a small majority it should make him more responsive.
Facebook "believes in openness"
It sure does with the key to that 'openness' being money. He'd sell almost anything.
FB is also 'open' because their security is so lax. And who 'owns' those addresses that FB uses to send endless invitations to join FB? As I've previously stated, I have acquaintances, who must also be idiots, who have donated MY addresses (I own the physical servers) that are in MY web site registrations.
How do we get these addresses deleted from FB?
Then there are the other web sites, such as the Daily Beast, who use some form of FB logon to use TDB. Can't people understand there are many who don't want anything to do with FB? Not only blocking FB make that web site unviewable but it makes all those other, associated, web sites impossible to log into.
I am amazed at the amount of advertising FB does. Living in a country where FB is blocked, one benefit are acres (or hectares) of white space that can be seen.
People should understand that Zuckerberg wouldn't recognise a moral if it it hit him in the face. Likewise, FB, being created as a metaphor for Zuckerberg, is no different. Zuckerberg has only one interest - making M-O-N-E-Y and if, to do that, he has to sell your privacy, he will.
Can you imagine TSA NOT publishing ...
the first person they catch secreting a prohibited object on board?
The Homeland Security guys will having press conferences and releasing all sorts pictures they claimed to 'discard.'
Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations
This the perfect description for Devines former employer.
Apple knowingly selling defective goods must fit in there somewhere.
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