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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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Re: Repetition and paddding

Cox has done some great work. Wonders of Life was outstanding.

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I have an Apple TV

...but I'd hardly hold it up as an example of UI brilliance. If only Apple would free the bloody thing we might get some innovative apps on there.

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4:3 is just as superior in the 21st century as it was in the 20th

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Let XKCD's Randall Munroe satisfy your curiosity in this excerpt from his book, What If

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Re: Huh?

Google fuck with Apple apps all the time - just try using gmail via IMAP from Mail.

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Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

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Re: Which is worse?

On balance, it has to be Shoreditch.

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Re: Ahhhhh soooo tempting

If you want a job, Slough is one of the best places to live in the UK. Simple. If other towns followed Slough's example the IK would be a more enterprising and wealthier place.

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

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Re: Err...

Bullshit. Smartphones in Europe were blown away by the iPhone because it was a massively better product.

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Re: Err...

…but it IS falling in cost - you get more compute performance, a better camera, superior radio tech and a bigger screen for the same money.

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When I signed up for my iPhone 4S with vodafone, I compared the price of handset + tariff to the all in one deal. All in one was cheaper by about £50 and also had a better data allowance.

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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Re: Cheapskate on the screen

1080p on a sub 5" screen is idiotic. Even 720p is beyond what's needed.

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Re: It's all about the screen size

The difference in not needing to carry the wallet at all.

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...

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Non de plume

I usually go with Maurice Ital, though Colin Grigson and Vim Fuego have also been known to register various products and sign for various deliveries.

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'iPhone 6' survives FRENZIED STABBING. Truly, it is the JESUS Phone

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Re: Fantastic!

Glass is a relatively poor heat conductor, so making a whole phone out of it might cause some cooling issues. I love the glass and stainless steel sandwich design concept, but Apple seem wedded to their unibody aluminium technique now, and you can't deny the advantage to size and weight.

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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Re: The ear can't hear square waves.

To reproduce a square wave you need infinite frequency response and instantaneous rise time. Not gonna happen, not useful anyway.

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Re: The ear can't hear square waves.

Yep, square waves are fuck-all use for helping to design equipment meant to reproduce music. We already use DSP to correct phase response, flatten frequency response and disrupt standing waves. Not much point trying to improve stereo image at this point, the industry gave up on two speaker solutions years ago.

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Apple ships security fixes for iOS, OS X, Safari ... basically EVERYTHING

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I think this refers to the Apple TV - the logo is slightly squeezed on restart sometimes. About the most innocuous bug I've ever seen, but Apple are quite precious about these things.

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

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Wilfully naive

The problem is that it's far easier for governments to gather data on us by raiding Google, Facebook, Apple et al than bothering to do it themselves. Look at the road pricing / car tracking installations slowly being built all over the UKs major road network. Before it's finished, it will be hopelessly outmoded compared to the data extracted via Android and iOS mobile phones. And the CIA could have never dreamed of profiling the population to the extent Facebook does.

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Glacier's hot butt melts ice, boffins say

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Re: I can just hear the GW deniers ....

Wow, you AGW proponents are a paranoid bunch...

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NOT APPY: Black cab drivers enraged by Hailo as taxi tech wars rage on

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Under UK law they are allowed to charge extra for CC transactions, and mobile data is hardly prohibitively priced these days. You can swipe a credit card on a smart phone for a few quid.

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Fanbois Apple-gasm as iPhone giant finally reveals WWDC lineup

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Re: "And life will be different as a result."

Yeah! Why would any Reg reader give a shit about the worldwide developer conference of the world's largest computer company?

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A first-world problem solved: Panoramic selfies, thanks to Huawei's Ascend P7

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simultaneous invention

amazing that they came up with a design that looks so much like an iPhone without ever seeing an iPhone.

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Apple rakes in 60% of profits in still-surging smartphone market

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Re: The plural of anecdote is data. ;)

I don't see a practical difference between placing a phone on a mat and plugging it in. Zero benefit. I wasn't aware that people broke their sockets, never seen that. Never seen an inductive charge pad in the wild, either. I'm sure the option of inductive charging will help Nokia unsink their Titanic.

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Re: The plural of anecdote is data. ;)

Did you have to plug the disc in?

Do you have an extra lump on your phone?

Is the inductive charger much more expensive and much less ubiquitous than an iPhone charging lead?

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Re: Massive profit margin.

Non sequitur.

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Re: Strange and Wrong

Apple are doing best out of the smartphone market because they're making the best products and are resisting commoditisation. As long as they do that, they SHOULD win.

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Re: Don't care.

Fuck off

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Frenchman eyes ocean domination with floating, mobile Bond villain lair

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Re: Rolex?

Seiko watches are far superior to Swiss man jewellery. Kinetic is better than any Swiss perpetual.

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Apple Safari, Mail and more hit by SSL spying bug on OS X, fix 'soon'

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Re: Test-Driven Development

Who hurt you?

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

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Re: iPhone 4S

I don't see how - Apple are all about unibody construction now and it's an elegant method, but it does rather limit changes over what's available now. Presumably sapphire screens won't alter the aesthetics of the phone when they finally ship - my best bet would be more colours, faster CPU, more memory/storage, lower power draw.

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Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that

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So you've never used an Apple iPad with a Smart Cover then? They've been doing this for years already.

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Re: Confused

You are aware that GPS allows measurement of speed as well as position? Not only that, but most widely used road databases include speed limit information and that car speedos are typically inaccurate by about 10%?

What you're suggesting was common 5 years ago.

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Facebook gobbles WhatsApp for SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS

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Re: Oh great

Yep. Lot of apps deleted recently - Angry Birds, Google Maps and now WhatsApp. Doesn't matter much, nearly all my IM is iMessage now anyway.

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Mac Pro fanbois can rack 'em and stack 'em like real sysadmins

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Re: Why does it feel...

This crappy shelf isn't made by Apple, genius. Apple don't want their new box racked, they want it on the desktop.

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Re: GUI?

The 1980's called, they want their platform war back.

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Re: render farms

If you're actually using Compressor like that then do yourself a favour and have a look at Episode, your productivity will skyrocket.

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Play.com tech titan snaps up 'VoIP-tastic WhatsApp' firm Viber

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CANT buy from play.com

Anymore, even if you want to. The site is borked beyond belief.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Re: Apple's are oranges

Windows sales are down. Mac sales are up. MS is dying.

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Re: The answer to the universe is 99?

In the rabid anti-Apple world.

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Re: Oooo, the shiny!

There's always one. Spec it out properly. I'm sure you can build a faster machine for less money, but you can't build an equivalent machine for the same, Apple always make sure of that.

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Apple pushes back release date for 'dustbin chic' Mac Pro

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The thing is...

We wouldn't buy those, as our SAN is FC. But it would be nice if Apple helped us on our way to our future 10GigE infrastructure.

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It's depressing for us long-time MacPro users - the machine you want Apple to build isn't the machine that makes Apple money.

I still think they dropped a clanger by shipping the new MacPro without 10GigE - we wouldn't care about the lack of slots if it only had a pair of those on the back. A coupe of extra USB3 ports wouldn't hurt, either.

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Apple marks '1984' anniversary with iPhone-produced un-commercial

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Nokia must feel sick

They've been trying to make an ad like this for years now, and every one has been a fiasco. What Apple seem to have realised about smartphone photography is that the EXPOSURE is the crucial factor in determining the quality of results. Nokia still believes that sharpness is the vital ingredient, and that's why they can't make an ad like this.

Trust me on this, I've been involved with FOUR attempts by Nokia to do this now, and each one has failed.

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Apple's Tim Cook: Fear not, worried investors, new product salvation is 'absolutely' on the way

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Apple TV a joke?

I read recently that it had the highest market share and was the most desired TV streaming device. How does that make it a joke?

I have one, it's quite useful.

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Our Milky Way galaxy is INSIDE OUT. Just as we suspected, mutter boffins

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Horrible Infographic

yes

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4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?

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Re: 2K intermediate

Hardly any post is done at 4K. Most films and a lot of TV is now shot at >>2k/HD, but onlining still usually happens at HD/2K.

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Ban-dodging Mac Pro to hit Blighty's shops as Apple bows to fan fears

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Re: The only fruity computer which allows any sort of upgrading.

Because they don't have a monopoly on PC hardware or software?

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Re: The only fruity computer which allows any sort of upgrading.

Fusion IO boards are incredibly overpriced compared to a RAIDed set of 6G SATA SSDs. We've testeed precisely that and both IOPs and bandwidth were better with the SATA RAID. What was this magic PCIe special sauce again?

Apple made the right choice going with PCIe, but let's not pretend that changing your flash disk interface is some huge quantum performance leap. The flash itself just isn't that fast.

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Google's Nest gobble: Soon ALL your HOME are BELONG to US

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Re: But..

Decent prices from MS? When was this?

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Re: But..

Apple's business model is rather more traditional - they expect payment for their products and services in cash money rather than by sucking every scintilla of your personal data so it can be auctioned off to all and sundry.

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