4813 posts • joined 28 May 2010
Re: still no touch on the pros and air?
I am slightly surprised Apple haven't "invented" touch-screen PCs yet.
Where do you buy RAM that is small enough to fit in an iPad for comparison?
Re: Some Simple Maths
It also depends a lot on what the app is doing. A 3D game rendering at full resolution will need 4X the GPU power to get the same FPS (approximately) but pretty much any other app will not be maxing out the GPU. And, 3D apps don't have to render at full-resolution... they can still render at 1024x768 - which is just fine for 3D gaming on a small screen - and use loads more detail. It means you can render scenes at decent FPS you simply couldn't before.
And the CPU improvement is relevant in either case too - your game can have much better AI or whatever.
Re: more or less the same size and resolution as any competing 7-8" tablet.
Meh, I have an iPad2 and the resolution on that is in no way a problem, let alone an embarrassment. It looks sharp and clear. When I use a retina and non-retina side by side, I'm hardly bowled over.
>>Meanwhile, the rest of the industry decides to stick with tradition and continue to incorporate incremental improvements without making up kiddie-talk names for them.
Yeah, tech companies never make up stupid names for their new refinements. Only all the time.
Most people bulk out the iPad with a protective case
Do they? The smart cover seems more common and that is also very thin. If like me you have a full case which protects front AND back, you have a point, but most people seem to eschew such bulky cases.
Based on iPad3 & 4 benchmark results, I see no reason to disbelieve them. iPad2 smashes iPad1, iPad3/Retina smashes iPAd2, iPad4 smashes iPad3. The stats are on the web for all to see.
Whether all this power is of any use is a different question - the other manufacturers are increasing the grunt of their devices just as quickly.
Re: @SuccessCase (much enhanced gaming potential)
iPad is already more powerful than a gaming rig from a few years ago, so I'm not sure what your point is. A console is always far less powerful than a gaming rig but consoles are where the majority of non-casual games are played.
The issue with iPad is the UI, not the processing grunt.
Can you stack them?
If they act as batteries and wireless chargers, can you stack them 12-high on a wired charger to charge loads at once?
Re: The new Microsoft
They will have been doing this for years.
Re: Windows RT
Because the hardware to run full Windows is either too expensive or too battery hungry to pack into a tablet form factor at a price point competitive with iOS/Android.
You might as well ask why anyone is still bothering with iOS and Android when OSX and Ubuntu are so much more feature-rich.
An iPad costs more than many laptops - as do top-end smartphones. In fact an iPhone5S or top-end Android cost nearly the same as an ultrabook, let alone "a" laptop.
If you don't feel a very portable device suits you, then it isn't for you. But the tablet phenomenon shows clearly that many many people DO want it.
NO. the 2520 just a f***-off big battery. I still think it looks like a great bit of kit though, that's not a criticism.
Re: Not to hard to figure out
Don't be silly Robert, it absolutely has to load every single device driver in the known universe and run them all at once just in case.
Re: Need better power numbers for uptake
If it's only 14% less than an iPad 4, it's in the same ballpark though so not really a huge news story. If it was 50% less... although how iPad4 compares to iPad3/2 would be interesting.
Move, delete, etc. ANY other operating system would do the same thing in a fraction of a second.
Well OSX doesn't - it takes a noticeable amount of time for me.
A new tab shouldn't take 4s, and it doesn't on my several-year-old PC which only cost me £300 when new. So more likely something is weird on your machine.
Re: I avoid anything that's cripped with:
Nice to know what an anonymous poster thinks, thanks.
Re: This is what the Surface RT should have been
Thanks for the correction, I must have missed reading what I didn't want to see!
Re: This is what the Surface RT should have been
This actually sounds pretty attractive. It's much more like the price people are saying the Surface should have been, AND it includes the keyboard at that price?
Depending on full spec, they might have something good here - what fixed and removable storage options for instance? Battery looks especially impressive following the story today about Windows power issues.
I don't see MS/Nokia merging these things any time soon, Nokia will probably carry on as before for some time. The sale presumably won't even happen for several months?
Re: Set up a charity in a country that respects human rights for all humans
What a stupid argument. It's like lambasting a billionaire who gives 10% of his fortune away.
Re: Is Cloudfare under the NSA too?
It would be really terrible if the NSA could see what was on your public website?
Re: Surprised they haven't already
Good point but I'm sure there's a clever workaround. Use the metal iPad body as a conductor or something - the power need is so minimal - or maybe build a tiny connector on the iPad5 and up. Making it a feature of the iPad5 would give people a solid reason to upgrade, when there is little reason otherwise to anyone with an iPad3 or newer.
Surprised they haven't already
It seems to be one of the things about Surface that's actually done well... Surface looks so much thinner and slicker than other Windows tablets which tend to be chunky and bland.
An Apple take on the concept, presumably with their normal level of slick design, would be rather welcome to me.
Re: Multiple doc formats
Exactly what monopoly does Internet Explorer command?
And defending Google is laughable. The primary reason they want to drop support for older IE versions is so they can get those people to switch to Chrome.
If anything, Google are using their near-monopoly position as an internet search site to try and strong-arm people into using their other products - their browser, their email and their social networking site.
Re: Junk is
How do you know Google didn't change something after the release?
Forget global warming
THIS is why moving from fossil fuels is a good idea...
Re: hybrid laptop-cum-tablets demand
Yeah, they'd sell more Ferraris if they put the price down to £50k too. It's about as likely.
To do it based on N versions, rather than features. FF updates every few weeks it seems like and if IE9 supports the features they need...
It removes your anti virus etc and doesn't tell you.....
Considering how deeply AV software integrates into the OS installation, I'm not that surprised Windows doesn't know what to do about it.
Side question; does W8 include MSE the same as W7 does? Always been good enough for me, coupled with the built-in firewall.
Re: When you have nothing left
Yeah, having the world's most technically advanced and innovative smartphone is 'nothing'.
Re: A lot of positive comments for this...
This is exactly why Apple are in no rush. They will sit and wait to see what people are doing and then take all the best bits and blend them into a slick, seamless package which everyone will fawn over.
Re: Goes to show.
MS spend loads of money on wacky "out there" R&D, stuff that might be useful in a decade or more. I guess you didn't know that.
Finally, a practical way to demonstrate a spin-1/2 particle in real life.
Somebody missed the point.
It's amazing how computer-rendered reality can look sometimes.
Don't know how Logmein works technically but there is a big difference between RDP and VNC-based offerings.
Re: It's almost as if Microsoft doesn't want developers
Is it really that expensive though? Not for a full-time professional. I work with arty folk and they have to buy Maya/3DSMax which are much more expensive last time I checked, and then there's Photoshop. FOSS alternatives exist (Blender, Gimp) but people still believe the paid for products are worth the money and personally I think the same is true for VS.
You also have to remember that the VS Express tools are quite capable for serious use, many companies use them for creating commercial products and they are completely free. You can develop in VS without paying anything more than your Windows licenses if you use VS-Express and SVN/Git/etc.
XP is possibly the best OS MS have ever made.
You totally fail to understand. XP is not likely to be compromised, it is GUARANTEED to be. Every time MS release a fix for Vista/7/8 attackers will be seeing if the thing being fixed is a vulnerability in XP.
Nobody should be doing anything to prolong the usage of XP in any situation it is outwards facing.
Dangerous to users
Surely any company who offers support to their products past EOS date is implicitly making it easier for users to stay on XP, giving them false security they are still protected.
The responsible thing to do is for all software companies to pull together in trying to get everyone OFF XP. You know, the way they did with IE6.
Re: Still not enough
Do they? Most regular Windows users (i.e. non-techies) don't really seem to like the classic start menu... nested menus are fiddly and you can never find anything. That's WHY so many Windows PCs end up with the desktop totally full of icons... which is not dissimilar from the W8 start screen.
I've yet to see anyone explain why a full-screen start screen is a bad idea, only to keep reiterating that is. When the start-menu is in use, you cannot use another application, the UI is fully modal. So making full use of the screen rather than force you to look in one corner while the rest of the screen is unused isn't really a bad thing.
You only have to look at OSX, regarded as easy to use, to see this is not some controversial new design. On OSX both the Applications and Launch-Pad thing open a big tiled window. Granted it's not full-screen but it's far more similar to Start Screen than Start Menu.
The Metro UI is clunky on a desktop, for sure, but that is now optional.
Re: the russians
I wouldn't call dropping it and breaking it "first rate".
>>don't the God botherers claim that the Earth is only a few thousand years old?
Well I'm in a church of 200 people which would be regarded as pretty fundamentalist and I know of 2 people who think this, and I know they are considered weird even within our weird church.
So I think the answer is no.
the momentous day on which every phone call on the planet became a "local call"
Like Skype then. We can already call people anywhere on the world for free, hell we can do it with video.
No, this is the reality whenever a town depends on a single company for jobs. Happens all the time.
Yeah, I don't think Apple want a slice of the budget market really. OK they have the Mac Mini and the iPod nano but both seem like nobody at Apple really cares about them.
You don't see Rolex selling a £50 watch or Ferrari a £30k car, premium brands retain their value by being premium.
Re: Want an apple but not the 5c or the 5s
You can still get iPhone 5 on contract brand new, can't you? They were still doing iPhone 4 (non-s) when the 5 was out.
Re: No mention of increased production of the 5S then?
Well obviously if more people are buying 5S rather than 5C, a reporter would simply say "5C selling below expectations". Facts just get in the way of the story.
Re: See .....
Why do you think it costs significantly less to make than the 5[S]?
Re: Shouldn't be hard for apple to break into the lower end of the market
If you think that stating something that is flat-out false counts as a joke, maybe you shouldn't be critiquing others' sense of humour.
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