16 posts • joined 2 Mar 2010
Yes! HD Voice has come about. After watching a couple of YouTube videos illustrating the massive difference the HD codecs bring, I changed operator, as O2 and Vodafone have not implemented it, and have no plans to do so. EE and Three are the only ones who do. Most modern handsets now support it, and I for one think it's such an important fundamental function to improve in mobile telephony that I put my money where I want my HD mouth to be.
Round pegs into square holes
I also have pondered the bad attitude of these little swines! I DO agree that they are wonderful for their popularity across the board, but they just need to damn well stop putting their arms out when you're trying to slot them in.
My main thought is whether USB connectors could be made round, simlilar to phono leads, with several separated contacts.
Hmmm...that dev wouldn't be 'JB Solutions' as in 'Jelly Bean Solutions' now would it?! An Android fanboi's way of taking a swipe at 2 glaring omissions from the best phone OS in the world, brought to you by the patented shape 'rectangle'. I have no idea what you mean - I'm completely impartial.
Re: Android users, don't fear
Hmmm...I've got the Odeon imported to PassWallet, but there's a distinct lack of scanable barcodes to present.
What about starting off with some nice Principles, lad!
"what is it that Firefox OS plans to bring to the table that Android doesn't already provide?"
Principles, ethics, morality, openness, freedom.....all the things which corporations whose ultimate goal is to monetise everything care nothing for beneath all the hyperbole and posturing.
I applaud and adore Mozilla's non-profit, benefits-for-all ethos. As they are definitely not in it for the money, you know you can trust them. At a time when we are expected to nervously swallow down the surrender of huge swathes of our personal data in exchange for the techno-delights our gadgets bring us, I think the value of a genuinely trustworthy organisation is absolutely priceless.
I'm an Android boy, I don't currently have any issue with Google, but I'm increasingly uneasy about every bit of my private data being hoovered-up by them and converted into cash. If that data was being handled by Mozilla, who aren't trying to make money out of me, I would feel way more comfortable.
I am keenly following the development of 'Firefox Mobile OS', and think that web apps sound like the liberation of phone apps from the clutches of the likes of Google, Apple etc.
You know what, I'm forever complaining to my wifefriend about rude/crap shop servers, but as I watched this vid I thought to myself that I would rather have someone be bored and unenthusiastic because at least that would be real/genuine, not like this plastic crap.
Apple stealing Google innovations
It makes me chuckle that in their bid to shove Google away from the toys, Apple has aped Google behaviour by releasing an unfinished half-baked application.
Everybody knows Google 'invented' that.
Chicken and egg
"the industry firmly believes that the only thing preventing the use of contactless payments is lack of familiarity with the process"
Er, no...the barrier to widespread use is a cronic lack of opportunity to use contactless payments.
I've been waiting to be able to use this tech on my phone for literally YEARS! I wasn't able to take advantage of the capability on my last handset, and there's a fair chance my current handset will reach retirement before taking part in any public bonking for money.
I'm really tired of reading about how the industry doesn't understand why adoption is so low. Until not that long ago when McDonalds implemented it, (and did it properly by doing it in every store, not just a few select flagship stores where it's been trialled), there was practically nowehere for me to use my lonely contactless enabled Barclays card, the account which I opened PURELY to get a contactless card. Yes, I'm a nerd, so what.
If you happen to live in just a normal market town, not London, and aren't an Olympic athlete, you will struggle to find many places that have the contactless terminals. Beyond that you have to wrestle with checkout operator ignorance and faulty kit.
So please, everbody, only once the entire realm is carpeted in enabled, working contactless terminals, and all staff have at least had the concept explained to them, then, and only then, will it be fair to make judgements about popularity and adoption.
And I for one think that once we're at that point, contactless payments will be ubiquitous.
Right! I'm off to drive 21 miles to a McD's just to spend 99p by contactless, whilst consoling my phone with some mobile banking.
Have to say I agree with this point. I couldn't give a monkey's about most of the objections to the cabinets, but the one round the corner from me (providing it's the one's we're talking about) does give out quite a noise. I'm a major Peace'n'Quiet fascist, so if there were one the other side of my garden wall spoiling my quiet I wouldn't be too impressed. Apart from that I agree with all the other vermently held pro-cabinet views, whose existence from a readership of techies is no surprise at all.
Agree with Ofcom for once
For once I think Ofcom is doing the right thing. With the upcoming 4G auction previously looking to be indefinitely deadlocked by legal whining, by giving EE an unfair competitive advantage, it will hopefully shut the other networks up by providing incentive to embrace the auction and get things moving as swiftly as possible. A little unfair, yes, but a necessary manoevre to get the rival networks aiming forwards instead of backwards. The networks don't get a lot of sympathy from me, and whilst it's hard cheese for them, it's great news for us the customer.
Hang on a frikin minute! Is that Steve Jobs himself climbing the stairway to heaven in the middle picture?! Enquiring minds want to know.......
Re: Nexus S
My network is irrelevant. I too got the update notification which I downloaded, JUST before I was about to go into a cinema screening. So I reluctantly put my phone away, the better to enjoy the installation once home and undistracted.
But Google pulled the update, due to a plethora of reported bugs, so I never got to install it.
Totally agree with chap suggesting Google simply communicate better with users - it takes the frustration of being ignored away, and helps to appreciate that ironing-out bugs take time and testing. But no, keep blaming my network, it's bound to be because you're on the best one there is!
Still hugely dissappointed with the way Google has failed to give the Nexus S (the previous flagship Android device) any ICS love to date, as promised. "Yeah, yeah, yeah, the Nexus handsets are always in line to receive the latest updates before anyone else". Really Google?! So how come there is now a huge swathe of handsets enjoying ICS whilst the Nexus S still sits unloved? Couldn't be because you don't give a damn about the eager buyers of Nexus handsets once the spotlight moves onto THIS years bright happening handset, could it? Harumph!
Bad luck breacher's
Unfortunately for everyone commenting, I patented 'communicating with others via some kind of sign or sound' a little while ago in the US.
See you all in court.
Hear Hear! I agree. I would like to see data sellers put in their place, and legislated to accept the position of so-called dumb pipes they are so resistant to becoming. Why not? Data is just another consumable like electricity or gas, and you're not telling me the companies that sell these aren't making millions. I would like to see data sold to consumers just like electricity - extremely high bandwidth capable lines into each property, then you pay for what you use, in units on top of a fair standing-charge. Just like leccy, no judgement on what you connect, or how many, for however long, because you pay for what you consume. Same with mobile - on top of a fairly priced standing-charge, classify voice as simply a flow of data and charge for units used.
This wouldn't have anything to do with HTC being the first off the blocks with a mobile hewn from a single piece of aluminium (HTC Legend), now would it?!
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