4531 posts • joined Friday 28th May 2010 13:33 GMT
Re: Off Topic, regarding "Retina"
I haven't bought into the hype... I think the retina resolution on the iPad3 and MBP is already TOO HIGH. So while Apple probably did well to raise it higher than it was, trying to beat Apple isn't worthwhile... focus on adding more visible features.
Re: Off Topic, regarding "Retina"
Apple have arguably pushed it (DPI) to the level beyond which improving further is a bit pointless. And remember it's only on the phones others have caught up, which Apple brought in ages ago. iPad3 and new MBP DPI still smash the competition (I don't know it's particularly useful but it's one area Apple have a clear lead, still)
That sounds about right to me.
So this will definitely NOT improve coverage then?
Re: Hey Tim
Maps with cruddy data that you can avoid with a different app or using Safari.
Getting hundreds of millions of people to uninstall in some unsupported fashion to an earlier version. Cue hordes of bricked devices and mass hysteria!
Good Father Ted reference.
El Reg can speak to neither ignorance nor inaccurate reporting
Re: Sorry, but at the moment...
All money is electronic money apart from cash. Your bank accounts sure are.
I was just about to say the same - this thread just shows the hilarious nature of Android fanbois. And much as they like to claim they're simply "the educated ones", downvoting every comment about someone owning a WP device just shows they really ARE fanbois with just as little rational argument as the iTards.
Either that or they're Google shills. Yes, probably that.
Re: satellite broardband sucks is why
It sounds like you speak from ignorance to me. Lag and speed are totally different. If you were playing an online game, a 56k modem might be far superior than satellite. If you were downloading a 1Gb file then things are reversed.
Not the apology, but that they didn't know this was coming. Unless the maps for California are great and they never looked anywhere else (would not be that big a surprise). I mean iOS6 has been out on beta...
Surely they should have at least kept google maps one more revision.
Re: Hey Tim
Yeah that won't lead to a massive wave of problems since it's not designed to work this way.
>>Uhm, isn't that a case of the iPhones GPS not being able to figure out exactly where you are rather than the maps application not knowing where places are?
Surely there is no excuse for GPS not getting your position to within 1m these days?
Mmm, bacon in an English Muffin (awaits pedantic retort) is very classy.
Sandwiches with a massive amount of bacon put me right off. The bread/bacon balance is important, the bread is there to complement the bacon not merely package it.
Yes thieves need a sticker to guess you're not in during the hours 9-5 when there is no car on your drive and the lights are turned off.
You've been watching too much TV. the USA might on average have wider roads but they still have narrow 1-lane roads and busy cities... if a car can self-drive in a city then that's pretty much the ultimate test.
Having good maps is all well and good but people don't need that. Just two squishy eyeballs is all we need to navigate these fiendishly difficult tasks.
Sure on a 1-track road with passing places it will be SAFE - it will not drive into the oncoming car but will slow to a safe stop. But it MIGHT not know what to do, however then you would simply take over; nobody is suggesting these are not going to allow human intervention.
So I imagine the car would safely slow to a halt and then you sort it out until the other guy stops honking at you.
Re: This brings a new meaning to...
>>Can a robot with moving parts that break or wear out, programmed by notoriously-fallible humans do a worse job than human drivers?
Your car is already a 'robot' controlled by software. If the software was buggy you might find things like brakes didn't work.
Re: Quality, quality, quality...
What do you mean, if?
Re: Five years? They're on crack
I do love every time we have a story on auto-cars we get comments along the lines of "it won't handle a junction or something unexpected".
Really, you seriously don't think they thought of those things? You think they're pushing to put these into mass production but didn't do any testing apart from on quiet dual carriageways? Come on get serious, they are already legal in a couple of states.
You massively underestimate the state of modern computing.
Re: This brings a new meaning to...
Add one small risk, take out several bigger ones - the net effect is positive.
@Ben Rose, Test Man
Firstly, does Google make ads money from maps if you search for "restaurants" and then click on one? Do maps use adwords, etc - I thought it displayed everything relevant in the vicinity you were searching based on distance? I never thought about how they monetise maps before, I figured they did it for free to build the brand but am happy to be corrected how it works.
>>No one is going to move away from Apple just because there isn't a Google Maps app on iPhone
I don't think that's a safe assumption. To many people, maps are a must-have tool and for others, using your phone as a sat-nav is indispensable. So I could certainly see people due an upgrade thinking harder about whether they stick with Apple.
Also, there are always new customers looking for their first phone. If they can be headed away from getting into Apple in the first place, they quite likely will end up stuck in whichever ecosystem they go for.
Either way, Nokia have a wonderful opportunity here to sit on the edge and pick up the scraps.
I think Google can re-use the servers easily for Google Drive/Docs.
We don't know what Apple were paying for Google Maps but think of all the ads Google can run for "phones with good maps".
Re: Heres an idea.
Nokia Drive has proved pretty damn good for me so far even on my crappy low-spec Lumia 610. Doesn't even whinge if you turn data off and you get free worldwide maps.
What's in it for GOOG?
Releasing a free Maps app on their competitor's phone is not going to get them revenue. Deliberately not releasing one so Apple get lots of bad publicity for crap maps could drive people away from Apple.
This could actually be good for MS/Nokia too - people upset with Apple just as WP8 comes out, and Nokia already give their free maps and GPS/satnav away on their handsets (which seems pretty decent from my tests). So Google/Android could get a lot of good press by hurting Apple, while also giving WP8 some more users and opening things up in the market more.
>>Let me guess, we encourage the spread of the wasp to combat the Redback, then discover that the vicious little bugger is more of a problem than the spider.
I knew an old lady who swallowed a fly...
Re: Not poisonous
>>"Maybe both" just means you don't remember the definitions, and are hedging your bets
Never mind. if you didn't understand, try reading the previous replies again and see if you can figure it out.
Re: You got that right mate
It's all very well being all idealistic and saying we should only use standards but any fool can see the HTML5 standard doesn't cover enough of the areas of functionality needed to do all the things HTML5 is promised for. Therefore we HAVE to have non-standard extensions, all we can hope is that different browsers copy each other rather than all making their own.
FireFox and Chrome are massively non-standard with all the extra extensions they support, this is no different.
Re: How do they know?
Probably yeah, there will be footprints. For instance if you use a Go library function that probably compiles to an easily identifiable set of ASM/HEX codes.
Fair comment on not writing tools for non-MS platforms
However you can/used to be able to hook VS up against other compilers and toolchains anyway. I remember using VS 2003 (I think) as our IDE and compiler for Playstation 2 development when I worked in the games industry; presumably you could hook in Android tools and such?
What's in it for them?
So it encrypts files on your PC and then what? Are you in some way extorted to pay for the key, or is it simply a vandal program?
China has a one child policy
>>"China has a one child policy," he shouted to the crowd, "which is a problem because we need as many Chinese people as possible, to assemble iPhone 5s."
He's right. The one thing China needs is more people.
Re: 'The thinnest, slickest, fastest iPhone yet.'
Well it's a LOT faster and a better battery.
But otherwise... I guess they already have all the features in the 4S so they don't NEED to innovate. Most of the new features on other phones are just gimmicks, all top smartphones already do all the key things required of a computer which does phone+camera.
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