Just had a quick look at the store at both the watch and the charger, I cannot see it stated that the wireless technology used is Qi so not really sure what the fuss is about, if they stated it used the Qi charging standard I could see a problem, but right now, its just an expensive charging plate that too many fools will gladly part with their money for, I see they do have a lovely replacement rubber strap for their watch for "only" $49, the prices after that are not even worth quoting though.
185 posts • joined 12 May 2010
Had to go back to 8.1
The battery drain on my 625 was terrible, I only use it as a tablet/camera but switching it on in the morning, leaving it at home and coming back I'd find a dead battery, having gone back to 8.1 the phone has been on all weekend and still at 77%, also syncing photos with the OneDrive was just not happening on the preview, but again on 8.1 it is instant. Feedback was submitted before reverting back, hope it gets fixed soon as everything else seemed to work great.
Re: Too... much... unification...
Because as awesome as controlling the Xbox with the kinect is, we're still a few years away from being able to voice control your character in Halo 5, "switch weapons" "reload" "Throw grenade" would be nice, but until then we're stuck using our hands "like a baby's toy" to quote a certain Frodo Baggins in Back to the Future and so using a controller, its nice to have a battery icon.
Why is there a photo of Stephen Colbert with Paul O'Grady though?
and people are worried about Windows 10?
With more and more people using their phones and tablets for internet access (No I don't have a source) Windows 10 and its tracking is nothing compared to using Facebook and its Messenger program and what pictures you look at (Facebook own Instagram right?) or allowing Google to know what you search for, what videos you watch, what apps you buy and where you go oh and having access to your emails. We are all well and truly tracked, tagged and bagged and we don't even realise it.
"Sarah had said she was a web designer, for some dating sites, this was enough to find her a match"
"Where's my Head & Shoulders!? This dandruff has legs!"
Re: Dunno about other banks...
I think the only banking app missing from the Windows Phone is HSBC and when I asked them last they had no plans to produce one, which is another reason for me really get myself in gear and move onto someone else.
Re: S missing in action
Nice one, thanks for the advice, I have the original Encore but am still restricted by the micro USB, only picked it up as it was on sale from Argos for £150, great little device, runs hot while playing Project Spark though. I was just looking at the recovery partition at the weekend, thinking I could delete it soon and give myself an extra 5GB, but a backup would make sense, thanks again.
Thanks also for the thumb down who ever that was always encouraging to see such things.
What model is your Toshiba tablet? I have an Encore to update and after doing my very very old laptop and desktop without a hitch I was going to do the tablet next, but if it is causing issues, I might wait.
Re: Watch Out for Flat Battery Syndrom
I wonder which is higher, the fine you'd pay for not having enough charge in your phone to bump or the fine you'd pay for charging your phone enough so you could bump your ticket.
Bump to pay? bruised Apples? I wonder if anyone breaks their phone tapping the NFC device?
If the special chip on the device holds the unique device account number, does that mean users need to enter their credit card details on to each device separately? but if one device is lost or stolen then the actual account details are still safe due to the secure element? That seems pretty good, but, I thought the Apple Watch (Do we capitalise that because Apple invented it I forget?) was not much more than a screen that needed to communicate with an "i" device? It still has the secure chip inside?
Re: Latest version is "Fine"
Its Firefox on my laptop, I think I actually switched to Youtube.com/HTML5 before I removed Flash a couple of weeks ago. More than likely though, its just the age of my laptop, Core 2 Duo, I keep trying to watch stuff in HD and it fails miserably most of the time and the fans speed increases.
Probably time to upgrade, roll on Black Friday or maybe even Amazon Prime day!
Latest version is "Fine"
Just update to 18.104.22.168 and it runs fine again, the previous version 22.214.171.124 brings up the security warning. I have removed Flash from my laptop at home though, I just miss "Comedians in cars getting coffee" but nothing else really.
Is HTML5 more hardware intensive? The fan on my very old laptop does pickup when I go to Youtube now.
Did they send you your BBC Micro back in 1985 as well?
Re: It's gone
BBC i Player I could manage without, the Youview box or Xbox can take care of that, Twitch is not something I watch, but having just bought a couple of CDs from Amazon (Yes I know CDs!) the player said something about wanting Flash player to download then, although it is streaming them easily enough. Also, does anyone know of a broadband speed tester that does not use Flash? Anyone still reading this article?
I've removed Flash Player this weekend from my laptop, I think it'll probably be a week before I need to put it back on, although the only sites that don't work at the moment are the connection speed testing sites. The fan kicks in watching Youtube, but that's just the aging Dual Core struggling with HTML I'm guessing.
I'm just looking at the Dell UK site at the moment and I cant see anything above 3840 x 2160, as nice as they look, its well below the resolution for this iMac, do Dell do a monitor that matches this for resolution?
Edit: Okay, I found the UP2715K on the Dell US website, seems to be the same spec as the iMac screen except the price is $2,499 which is around £1,600? so, to get the very lovely monitor I have already spent the iMac price and now need to buy the PC box on top, how are Apple managing to offer what seems to be quite a good deal or have I missed something?
Re: Good idea
We really need some kind of subtle sarcasm icon please!
Pretty good price and you get the great screen, then after a couple of years a RAM, CPU and graphics upgrade keeps the machine on top form.
Wasn't that the plan originally way back when, Intel were pushing optical fibre cables as a new Ethernet standard but due to the cost dropped the idea, so now they are back trying again?
Re: No gadgets?
I thought Gadgets had been pulled from Windows 7 as they were a security risk?
This is nothing new, both Microsoft and Sony and probably Nintendo have been able to block the online features of console users who break the ToS or in this case two guys who got a bit to excited about the remastered Gears of War game they were testing and broke the NDA. I am pretty sure Steam would also block you from their service if you broke their ToS and yes your games would still be playable offline as they are on the two consoles, MP has gone for you. Although Steam just needs a new account to get yourself back online, bans from Sony and Microsoft would require new consoles.
Preordering I can agree with, the temptation to get the game on launch day can be high, but wait a few days, let the now mandatory day 1 patch be issued and then updated and grab a copy a little cheaper in a few weeks.
More than 4 catup services...
Quest and Dave also have their own CatchUp TV now and I think they both have the apps on my BT/Youview Box.
Any news on the slow updates?
I have a Lumia 625 and I'm signed up for the program but only the slow release schedule.
Re: No no no no no no
Oh I saw that one the other week Will and Ashley Judd (Thank you IMDB) I guess that's the end game, get us all hooked up to Hololens and start playing that game next!
Re: No no no no no no
But it's there, its installed, I'll just have a quick go, what's the harm right? A quick 5 minutes to see what all the fuss is about, it won't harm me, I can handle it, I can quit at any time, honest!
No no no no no no
Nope, no, no thanks, nope.
Okay I'll admit I have only skimmed through this at the moment, but my view as someone who doesn't mind paying the license fee is;
I do not expect the BBC to produce a show every day for me watch and enjoy, off the top of my head, my favourite BBC shows are F1 Grand Prix, The Musketeers, New Tricks, Peter Kay Car Share, Jools Holland, any of the Simon Reeve(?) travel documentaries, Coast and in the past they have brought us Seinfeld and The Wire and the Simpsons, then there is Radio 2 and 6Music.
Not a huge number of shows, but pretty good value for money I think.
Moving to a subscription service would in theory force the BBC to produce high quality out put, but would I think lead to less people subscribing as and when they needed to tighten their belts for whatever reason.
Introducing the payment through a tax would just lead to the government being able to have more control over the BBC budget, they are hardly independant as it is, this would only make it worse.
Having a license tied to income just seems unfair on those who earn more and is only going to piss off high income workers.
If anything I'd prefer to see even more distance between the government and the BBC.
For the record I am white, 37, male, earning 20k.
And you think Google is going to allow ad blocking in Chrome for ever and ever?
Re: "early development hardware"
The 3DS has fantastic 3DS especially on the newer model with the face tracking, you do need to be looking at the screen dead on though, if you turn your head away, you can see it flicker as you look back. The AR on the 3DS is also a lot of fun, but in a way is limited a little like the Hololens, you need to keep the character in the middle of the screen to get the best effect, its pretty cool being able to move "around2 the object on the screen as well, the fishing game is great!
Re: "early development hardware"
I think I read somewhere else its not expected out this year, but possibly 2016, (although maybe that was Project Morpheus)
We are obviously still in early prototype mode at the moment though, they really need to sort out the FoV, the on stage demo gave a lot of people the impression this was what the user was seeing, where as you are currently looking through a letter box, moving the angle of your head shows you a wider angle to one side of that world.
As the article states its a standalone product, the full unit is basically an odd shaped PC strapped to your head, it sounds, you need nothing else to use it apart from an understanding of .Net to create the apps, or a guide for the app you want to use.
The idea of it being able to "map out" your room or maybe house sounds fantastic for a horror game, maybe some kind of Friday the 13th horror, with the killer wandering around your house, walking into your field of view as you try and escape, unfortunately I would imagine the first generation commercial release will be hugely expensive that it will only find a market in industry with designers and engineers. Version 2.0 will hopefully be cheaper and available for the home user, maybe.
Is also on the Xbox One.
Re: Why do I get a bad feeling about this...
Huh, it's almost like you are looking at my laptop, Intel Dual-Core T2390 with an Authentec Fingerprint reader! Anyhows, hopefully you are wrong, this is going to be one of two PCs I am hoping will be taking Windows 10, the other being a just as ancient Dual core desktop machine.
Re: Get 'em a decent case!
Same, we sell and use the Griffin cases, great pieces of kit, but trying to tell customers that a big(ish) bulky case on their oh so slim iPhone is a good idea is hard work, not that we mind, we just charge for another repair. Do you have any case suggestions for the Surface? something like a Griffin Survivor would be fantastic, but current models are all leather or leather style folio cases, look smart, but offer little protection.
Get 'em a decent case!
Purely from a protective case point, I'd say go with Apple and get them all Griffin Survivor cases. If they wanted waterproof kit I'd say go with Android and give everyone Sony Xperia tablets and phones. If everything is currently Windows based and you want to keep that then go Windows.
Phones with replaceable batteries, microSD cards, a good camera and a screen that can be used with gloves or a styles/dabber should be a requirement as well.
Sounds like he needed
A Surface, all that unplugging from iPad to laptop and back again would be done with, right?
Re: Apple Engineer Talks about the New 2015 Macbook (stolen from reddit)
I do like this video, it makes me smile no matter the topic its covering. On topic, I'm kind of disappointed the MagSafe has gone, it was the only part of Macbook I liked.
As for the constant upgrading, my Dell Studio 17, which I think was bought in 2009 is still going strong, an upgrade to Windows 7 from Vista resulted in a much smoother ride, either from a fresh install or Windows 7, runs Openoffice very well, just about plays 720p video and Firefox runs okay.
My 625 is ready
The preview app is installed, the option is there, I am just a little hesitant to jump in on day 1, I'll try and give it a week and see if anyone has issues.
Re: In other news…
Or, you know they could design the thing so the owner can use it how they always has, stuff it in his pocket, chuck it on the table, leave it switched on for 5 days, the new designs force users to change how they look after it, so the design is taking precedent over function.
Its all a bit like the calculators...
Has anyone watched the Japanology about calculators?
Casio and Sharp had a race to get to the thinnest possible calculator and upon reaching this orgasmic inducing zenith of design realised it was all a bit pointless and the thin calculators were not as good to use, might be something Mr Ive and other mobile phone designs might want to think about.
Re: So close..
Exactly what he said that I said, thanks Steve, I did have a look at some of the PC World machines, maybe that's a better choice, not in a huge rush to be honest, the Toshiba just gets a bit warm sometimes.
£399 with the pen and keyboard and I think I might of given one of these a go, my Toshiba Encore will last me a while longer I think. Their pricing plan is also a bit to close for comfort to the iPad Air as well, an extra £80 to double the HDD on either model, although the Surface doubles the RAM as well, but how can I scoff at Apple prices as easily now? Maybe they'll have some Surface Pro 3s going cheap at the end of the year.
The self surveillance society
Its almost like we don't need old, low res CCTV any more, almost weekly some super brain criminal takes a photo of themselves taunting the police, bragging of their exploits or laying out their future endeavours, even using a low tech iPhone camera produces better results than CCTV.
The other option is...
They could actually design a phone around functionality instead of form and make the battery maybe 5mm thicker? That would give them room to fit a better camera as well!
Re: Looks f-ing awful
I think the idea is quite sneaky, with these simpler, plainer icons, current PCs with basic on board graphics will seem to "Run faster" when using Windows 10, so you'll tell everyone how fast your computer is now and more people will take the upgrade.
Re: @Roger B Re ".....I did not even think about installing the technical preview....."
I was all ready to go and give it a go, made my way over to the preview site, clicked on the list of supported phones and....no 625, so fingers crossed it gets added soon, but for now I'll be sticking with 8.1. The list of compatible models seems quite small at the moment, Lumia 630, 635, 636, 638, 730, 830.
Re: @Roger B Windows Phone?
I did not even think about installing the technical preview on the phone, great news though, I only use it as a mini tablet, camera and mp3 player, but it will be fantastic to get Windows 10 running on it.
@Paul Shirley, if you could let me know which inefficient apps you create, I'll avoid everything with your name on it to save you any grief, many thanks.
I was wondering how this was going to working last night, the idea of Windows 10 running on my Lumia 625 could be interesting, but surely the 512Mb of RAM is a limiter, it works great right now and if I can get my phone/tablet/pc and laptop all on the same OS instead of the current 3 I like it.