Re: "contact centers and local Nokia Care points."
Amazon have world-class service and they don't have much physical presence. The two are separate.
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Amazon have world-class service and they don't have much physical presence. The two are separate.
When your government is spending almost 60% of GDP, and has done so for years, then it soon runs out of useful things to spend money on, but you can be sure as eggs is eggs that it isn't going to decide that maybe the citizens should be allowed to keep more of their money to spend as they see fit
Or as a counter-argument, when your government is spending 60% of GDP, you'd expect their remit to extend far beyond traditional "government services", into research and stuff normally done by private enterprise.
It might happen in the UK, but the papers would be seething about how much "taxpayers' money" was spent on it, and how many disabled toilets that could have been spent on (they have their own bespoke units of measurement just like El Reg does).
Teenagers usually know far more about current tech than anyone else.
I used to have a Sony Walkman. Even if it still worked, I wouldn't refuse to get an MP3 player instead.
Bluetooth headphones are only relevant for those who use headphones. Ear-buds are more popular and crucially, introducing ANOTHER thing you have to charge up isn't great.
As I said above, size-wise a watch could supplant shuffle/nano quite well. But wouldn't it be impractical to plug a set of headphones into your watch and have the lead flapping around? Since Apple are obsessed with style and usability they must have a solution for this?
iPod has 4 models - shuffle, nano, touch and classic. Only one of those has a large screen... the nano/shuffle could definitely be replaced by a watch. The classic is a niche product and you can tell Apple want to push you away from massive local storage to iCloud. Touch is a subset of iPhone but I don't know if it's a big enough seller to be safe.
It's also possible the writer didn't include iPod Touch in his analysis but was referring to more traditional iPod models which are focused on music rather than video/apps.
Seriously? How shoddy.
Excellent and sensible discussions in an Apple thread!
>>They've got a good product and it's brainless easy to buy from them.
Sums it up perfectly. The iPhone and especially the iPad remain excellent products at the top end of the market. I think they don't really have an edge in phones any more except in marketing, but the iPad is just so slick.
And no I'm not a fanboi... I only own an iPad for work use and I use a cheap Nokia phone... but these seem rather objective facts for the massive majority who don't need to customise their device. Obviously Reg readership has a disproportionate number of people who DO want more control.
If I wanted a decent camera I would buy a Nokia 1020.
I'm not saying this isn't an amazing phone, I'm saying 4k video recording on a phone is a pointless gimmick which only serves to fuel the demand for faster chips, more storage and greater power use.
Great, so now the shaky terrible videos you take have far more detailed blurriness and take up masses more space.
StreetView is pretty incredible when you stop and think about it, how quickly we've taken it for granted.
85 full time jobs. Plus about $1b spent in the region, hiring builders and so on based in Iowa.
Why in a country with so much space as the USA, and especially in a state empty by American standards, do they end up having to build the thing on top of something like a golf course in the first place?
Not a lower gun-crime rate!
If you don't have money to pay for software, you're important to nobody :)
Although I'm interested in the earthquakes.
Obsolete versions of Linux don't get updated either, enterprise Linux versions also surely have end-of-life/end-of-support just as Windows versions do?
Just because it's open source so you can in theory jump in to the code, doesn't remove the problem... pretty few companies want to be coding their own custom OS tweaks (do they?)
Presumably since Christianity and many other religions actually originated in the East, by "exotic lands" you mean Europe?
Not to mention all that good food thrown in bins, or kebabs dropped on the street by drunk people after closing time.
"better" tea doesn't neccessarily taste "better" - it's all about preferences and taste. Many people actually prefer the taste of Fosters to some £5-a-bottle craft lager!
Um, so buy the things you CAN get cheap locally.
But you do have to pay for the salary of people running a very small shop.
Plus, it's a novelty - buying directly from a farm is not best done in a fancy "farm shop".
Knowing the best time to visit when they dump loads of food in the reduced aisle, you can get crazy deals - as long as you don't mind eclectic dining.
An in-mug infuser would use up his whole budget, you mug.
Also, it won't really taste better unless you buy expensive tea. Which is rather not the idea.
Didn't/doesn't Google already offer totally free calls to phones from their chat service? I definitely remember being amazed by that a few years back but IIRC I was in the US at the time and never figured out if it was a short-lived trial, or a US-specific service.
Every time I watch video on my iPad it is set on a surface at arm's length (ish).
I thought they introduced charging by the Mb for files transferred by 3G.
Hopefully the time it takes someone to do this is longer than the time it takes to report your phone stolen and have it deactivated.
Not really, you can get a 3rd-party one for £5. Although you can use it to 'side-load' videos onto the device, it's a bit slow and cumbersome from my tests unfortunately.
Is that a new addition, or just a standard WP8 feature not included in 7.x?
I guess all of you downvoters buy into Cameron's drivel about India as a massive source of hi-tech excellence, rather than actually having worked with the kind of developers their outsourcing companies provide.
My comment is nothing about MS/Linux, it's about Indian IT skill levels. Companies like Tata have terrible reputations for sending over incompetent workers and abusing foreign work visas.
You don't need a 3-year refresh cycle with Windows. The fact people are still running XP on the machines that came with XP is testament to this. Business support for Windows7 runs till at least 2020 so that's a 6 year refresh cycle right there even if you didn't already upgrade - longer if you did like you should've done.
If you buy into the sales pitch to upgrade every version of the OS you might lose out, but business has no problem skipping versions of Windows.
I mean they have at least a week.
I sense this might end up being referred to by pro-MS authorities as "look what happens when you try to ditch Windows", as a counter-argument to whichever European government went Linux a few years ago (Germany?)
Seriously, you're taking notes from Indian IT?
You do not have to upgrade if you don't want to. MS is under no obligation to support their ancient products.
There's bound to be some big scare story about gaping vulnerabilities found in XP, as soon as some business gets targeted. Probably blackhats already have stockpiled exploits, hoping that as long as they don't get discovered before the deadline, they will remain unfixed in XP. So maybe we'll see a wave of malware launched within a couple of days of EOL.
Sorry, either you agree with free speech and democracy, or you don't. If you do, you have to accept others will hold views you don't like.
Accusing anyone who doesn't share your viewpoint of being a homophobe is exactly the kind of twisted bigotry the gay community has demonstrated against Eich.
It's not peculiar to the public sector.
Since MS are already selling much cheaper Lumias, with reasonable success, how would cutting the price on top-end ones work... they'd collide with their budget-end models!?
Again, HTC. I don't see them selling their top-notch phone for a bargain.
Also, setting a high price gives the impression of a premium product. If MS sold all their phones much cheaper than their rivals, the risk is Joe Public thinks they're cheap because they're budget products.
You're screwed whatever you do :)
Well considering HTC are struggling to sell great devices running Android, maybe offering a different OS isn't such a bad move now Samsung is becoming such a behemoth. For top-end phones you'd then have one manufacturer for each OS...
Apple - iOS
Samsung - Android
Nokia/MS - WinPhone
That was definitely worth writing in response to a 1-char typo.
That is good news. I keep thinking about upgrading my 610 (WP7.8) to a 620 but it seems I'd be better waiting a little longer.for one of these, or for the prices on the 720 to drop as a result.
Note these are still "Nokia Lumia" - do we have an official announcement what the brand will be once the sale goes through? MS Lumia? Windows Lumia? WindowsPhone?
A little background on WTF a D-Wave chip is would have been nice, even a single sentence!
How much would wholesale upgrades to W7 and Office 2010 (or newer) cost? Far more than £5m.
For all we know, delaying this long also allowed greater negotiation over a wholesale migration license agreement.
£5m is nothing for the number of computers involved.
Since uptake has been so poor, MS are actually in the position they can make fairly bold changes quite easily, which is definitely unusual.
Only by people who simply see A has X, B doesn't have X and count that as a down-mark, irregardless of what X is and if it is useful...
Based on outside appearance and weight, desktop PCs today are pretty much identical to an old Pentium 90. Surely the whole point of a tablet is the minimalist design, and it's what's on the inside that matters as long as the outer case is half-decent?
Just like when you're not wearing the lenses then.