Re: Remote Power Control Interfaces and their Shortcomings
Short ARM? I thought it used a Power chip!
5253 posts • joined 21 Jul 2010
Short ARM? I thought it used a Power chip!
Xiaomi are on the rise. They are pushing their brand in the US with a media tour, but aren't selling their phones there just yet. One review describes their new flagship as a cross between an iPhone and a Galaxy Note, with very good tolerances and build quality:
I've heard good things about Xiaomi's MIUI version of Android - it's available as a ROM for handsets from other vendors - but I've personally never bothered unlocking my bootloader and messing around with custom ROMs.
Heck, it wasn't that long ago that few of us had heard of HTC.
We're agreed then - Sony make an excellent phone! You'd do your battery life time a favour by topping it up daily, ideally (but unrealistically) keeping it between 80% and 90%. The beauty of the long battery life is that it is easier to avoid deep cycling. I've had a look at the Z3C on iFixit though - eventual battery replacement is gonna be a PITA.
Very much so, but Sony sell more in Europe than they do in the US. They have very good battery life, waterproofing, SD card storage and an Android skin that isn't far from stock. More niche features include integration with Playstation, and a 5-ring audio jack which allows the use of stereo microphones and on-phone noise cancelling with some headsets.
HTC's USP is large speakers.
Samsung's USP is a removable battery... Oops, scratch that!
LG's USP is a power-hungry quad-HD screen. Oh, and a 192Khz 24bit DAC. (Dear LG - you're making a phone, not a home cinema system!)
>Other facts missing is that the M4 has a plastic case, not glass + metal, and a lower spec CPU
C'mon Petur, the article did say the M4 had 'slightly less swanky components'. I don't think the article was incorrect in any way. Regarding battery life, I'm very happy with my Z3 Compact, but the largest single factor is how much an individual user uses their phone.
I use the less aggressive Stamina mode all the time (I won't get email notifications etc until I unlock the phone but I see that as a bonus). I think I have the very aggressive power savings set to kick in at 25% - though it doesn't realise if you are actively using the phone for navigation and will turn off the GPS anyhows.
>The pro version is designed to fold into a Transit van with the wheels removed.
What, so if you don't remove the wheels from the bike then you can't fit it in a Transit? Just how big is this bike?
The competition have more features. If you want a connected watch with fewer features than the Pebble, there are Bluetooth watches that last over a year without charging or a battery change.
It's up for consumers to pick their own sweet spot on the features against battery life graph.
You've found yours at five days - and I agree that only charging every couple of days (so leaving yourself a couple of days margin) doesn't sound like too much hassle - and that's good.
Agreed - this Pebble just reminds me of a c.1984 CRT monitor.
If you don't mind the 'Sports Watch' look, and you only want some limited functionality, you might look at the Casio Bluetooth Watch or the Citizen EcoDrive Proximity. Battery life is 1 year for the Casio and forever for the Citizen.
...but I just can't get on with the sharp cornered screen within a rounded black rectangle design. It looks like something from a mid-nineties tech demo video. Oh well.
Off topic: *This* is a watch:
And of course a USB plug would be integrated into the strap buckle...
The downsides to having the battery in the strap are:
- Prevents customisation of the watch by using different straps
- Limits the strap design - So NATO, leather or Milanese straps are out.
- The volume available for a battery is fairly small.
Overhead lights. The photo was taken at the World Mobile Congress - a trade show.
AMD are likely to back this because, like Mantle, it reduces the load on the CPU. This suits AMD because their CPUs aren't as quick as Intel's.
>Not many people care about Linux when Open GL runs faster under Windows with identical hardware.
That's likely to be a GPU driver issue. Vulkan should make it quicker for AMD and nVidia to get drivers out, because Vulkan asks the game engines to do what used to be the job of the graphics drivers.
>. Sony are out due to rootkit
> Samsung are out due to ad injection & voyeuring via your TV
Sony stopped making laptops last year and sold the VAIO brand. New VAIO laptops are coming soon.
Samsung stopped selling laptops in Europe last year.
>Because designing my own watch face would be great fun, besides, nice looking watches cost a lot of money.
It seems to me that you'd be better off with a colour e-ink display, since they only require power when changing state. The only issue is that they only seem to boast 150 Pixels Per Inch (modern phone screens have PPI above 300). An LCD or traditional watch hands can be placed above the e-ink display.
An illuminated LCD display would consume too much power - a Bluetooth LE chip can be powered by normal user movement. Citizen have Bluetooth watches that are powered in this way - no battery charging or battery changing required.
> battery sucking smart watch... ...not some cheap bit of tat with a plastic strap or plated metal that wears off.
A Bluetooth watch that never needs a new battery or charging, has a leather strap and stainless steel case:
>essentially serves no new purpose.
You see no benefit that is worth the cost (cost being daily charging, bulky size, and money etc). So we're looking at a cost benefit analysis.
What if someone could offer you an EcoDrive watch that was the same as yours, but just had a button to help you find your phone? Citizen do:
Introducing Proximity, a perpetual calendar chronograph with second time zone, 12/24 hour time, power reserve, sporty leather strap with a nylon backing, 46mm case & 100M WR. This timepiece is Bluetooth 4.0 compatible and just like the watch this low energy Bluetooth is powered by Eco-Drive technology. Through the Bluetooth 4.0 connection with your iPhone®, you can be alerted to incoming calls, emails, messages, reminders, and alerts.
>A face that's always on, and it's design can be changed via a USB connection. Just a simple watch.
Why would you want that?! If you want a different watch design, just put on a different watch. Seriously - accurate, reliable quartz watches are available for so little money.
The connected part of connected watches isn't a major power draw, as Casio and Citizen have shown.
>Another big plus with a removable battery is you can hastily yank it if your (non-waterproofed) phone goes pint-diving or takes a spill, and if you're quick enough you may just save it (managed that with an accidentally inundated laptop recently).
That's one solution, I guess - though not necessary for some Samsung and Sony phones. I'd rather waterproofing was a standard feature across all phone vendors (as it is on wristwatches, more or less).
>It should be no different to iPhone, where if the battery starts to show its age then you just get a £20 replacement which takes less than 5 minutes to install.
Let's wait for the iFixit teardown and 'repairability score' before we pass judgement!
>I needed a new battery after about 14 months with my note.
The lifetime of batteries is a factor of how many recharge cycles they have gone through, not months. If a phone goes two days between charges instead of one day, it will take far longer for the battery to degrade.
>Honest question, who does a phone these days with a removable battery, SD card slot, decent hardware, and good build quality?
Samsung still do make the S5, k'know! They also make the S5 Active, a waterproof variant with a rugged mae-over.
What do you mean by 'build quality'? Materials, tolerances, proven durability, stiffness?
>It's the Sony phones that all have waterproofing, not the Samsung.
Samsung do make 'Active' versions of the S4 and S5 that are waterproof, but they have been given a rugged style in addition.
But yeah, waterproofing is Sony's way to distinguish themselves from other high-end Android phones. Samsung's has always been, until now, to be throw all the latest technology together along with removable batteries and SD storage. Now, it seems Samsung are going all in for style and thinness - and I suspect they do have to shed their reputation for plastic.
Perhaps Samsung will release a variant of the S6 with a removable battery, or simply a fatter model with a bigger battery.
>I will never buy another piece of Sony hardware again, period.
Are you sure? I mean Sony camera sensors are used in kit from quite a few vendors.
The developers have to have some hardware before they can really get stuck into creating some great AR applications.
Sony have taken the approach of making some developer-only AR goggles.
I use an Android phone. That said, it seems that 80% of the time, only 20% of the Apps are used.
Really, I like the home-screen on Windows Phone - Phone, Email, Maps, Text, Internet.
A watch probably doesn't, but that doesn't mean that there aren't applications that sit in the region of the graph defined thus: Medium resolution, high frame rate 2D interface, low power consumption.
>This lawsuit is nice, but better yet, someone needs to go back to ~2001 and figure out how a company that had almost shit for spending wound up spending so little to create so many products so quickly
Basically, Apple read Wired.com's advice '101 Ways to Save Apple', and did the opposite on almost every point:
But seriously, Jobs returned to Apple in '97, the iMac was announced 18 months later. The iPod was released three years later in 2001, the iPhone 6 years after that... that's not a breakneck speed.
Remember that Apple's problem in the mid nineties was too large a product portfolio. They already had a talented design team - with experience of ARM-based hand-held devices - that wasn't being fully used by upper management.
The rounded corners thing was a 'Design Patent' - which is not what we would think of as a real ('Utility') Patent - it's more akin to Aston Martin protecting the shape of the grills on their cars, for example. Whilst a Design Patent has been granted to Apple for the specific corner radius and ratios, it may be too broad to enforce and it hasn't yet been tested in court.
If you buy outright, then you are covered by the Sales of Goods Act, so you can demand a replacement or a refund (your choice) if the phone proves unfit for purpose.
>"Judging by the comments often made on Reg articles, we suspect It'd have a winner on its hands if it did the same again now."
Isn't that idea the norm now, separating the panel, sound system and 'tuner'? The tuners and speakers of many LCD sets go unused by many owners. The inclusion of speakers in LCD sets rarely makes the set bigger - instead the compromise is in the sound quality because the expectation is any user who cares audio will use multiple external speakers.
Satellite and cable receivers, PVRs and streaming video boxes are often used instead of the TV's internal tuner.
So you can put the Bluetooth dongle on the end of a USB extension cable to improve its range, maybe. My PVR benefits from having its WiFi dongle on an extension cable , just to get out of the WiFi shadow behind the TV.
>Cookness will in fact relaunch the Pippin.
i.e Let 3rd-party devs create 'casual' games for the Apple TV.
Maybe a new alloy that allows a coiled spring to store far more energy than a battery of Li-ion cells...
Okay, you're right; it'll be about watches.
I came across this handy list of tips for Evil Overlords. Much of the advise could be useful for system design and architecture in general :
" The Top 100 Things I'd Do If I Ever Became An Evil Overlord
My ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.
I will never build only one of anything important. All important systems will have redundant control panels and power supplies. For the same reason I will always carry at least two fully loaded weapons at all times.
If I must have computer systems with publically available terminals, the maps they display of my complex will have a room clearly marked as the Main Control Room. That room will be the Execution Chamber. The actual main control room will be marked as Sewage Overflow Containment.
Before employing any captured artifacts or machinery, I will carefully read the owner's manual.
I will never build a sentient computer smarter than I am. " continues:
>Steve Baker prefers a point to multi-point microwave approach,
I'm no expert, but I would have thought a Line Of Sight approach naturally fits lampposts, since from one lamppost you can usually see others.
I don't understand your comment.
The only thing that I can find about Bolden's view on extra-terrestrials is:
Bolden said, "J.R, I must admit, everybody that goes into space wants to see an alien or wants to see evidence there is other life in the universe and I am no different. But I am here to report that I saw no evidence. Although deep in my heart I believe there is good potential for other life in our universe."
Sounds reasonable enough.
The best bit is that god creates plants on day three, but then retrofits the Sun on day four...
Who of us here hasn't made a similar mistake in a DIY project?
>If you're using a diamond cutting disk in a way your wristwatch is at risk, it's not the watch I'd be most worried about!!
Ha ha! It's the not the cutting disc directly, but the resulting dust with diamond particles in that can damage watch faces.
>I got rid of my wrist-based, easily banged up watch when cell phones came out.
I still wear a watch - when my phone battery runs out, I am still able to tell the time. Phone battery last longer because I'm not using its screen to tell the time. Watch battery last years. I have an active job and I'm a clumsy sort - yet my watch doesn't get 'banged up', due to the steel bezel and sapphire crystal; I only worry about damaging it if I'm using diamond cutting discs.
That said, none of the current 'smart watches' really appeal to be, though Casio and Citizen come closer to my desired balance of function against form than others.
>I smell... hype. Lots and lots of hype. That or I've missed something. But looking at it more closely - I don't think I have.
Perform a time and motion study on how long it takes to get your phone from your pocket and unlock it, read the time, lock your phone and return it to your pocket. Ditto an incoming notification.
Socially, I don't always want a loud ring tone on my phone.
It'd be lovely to say that Kickstarter used the Amiga Guru Meditation because the Amiga's BIOS firmware was called Kickstart....
... but it's just a coincidence; Kickstarter uses Varnish server which adopted that error message in homage.
There is nothing in the Kickstarter rules to prohibit an established company using it.
Just because a company has sold a previous generation of product to happy customers doesn't mean that the company has the cash flow to tool up for a new product - so the idea of gauging interest and acquiring cash on crowd-funding sites before making a big investment in manufacturing still holds.
If you used it at 100M depth, the smartphone it was paired to wouldn't work anyway. Something to do with water blocking radio signals... and buggering electrical kit by the conduction of electricity by ions.
Pebble Time also has a smart accessory port, enabling hardware developers to build sensors and smart straps that connect directly to the watch. Much more on this coming soon!
-from the Pebble Time Kickstarter Page.
Buy a Blackberry Passport - they run most Android apps without issue these days.
Some older Android phones with QWERTY:
Some Blutooth keyboards for Android Phones:
If you don't see what you want - and you are that confident that other people will want it too - there is Kickstarter.com
To answer your question:
The target for the team was the unique Ki encryption keys baked into each of Gemalto's SIM cards. These 128-bit values are hidden away inside the SIM electronics, and are supposed to be kept secret. Every SIM has one regardless of its manufacturer.
Mobile networks keep a copy of a SIM's Ki key before the card is given to a subscriber. This is so that the carrier can identify and authenticate the device containing the SIM when it joins a network.
Snowden's reputation, or lack of, is largely irrelevant. The powers that be haven't really denied the documents he has leaked are geniune, but rather they have acted as if the documents are real.
i.e They call him a traitor, not a nutter.
>in the event of loss because it represents only a small fraction of the customer's actual worth
Why don't you meet me in a dark alley after work to tell me more about your idea? I'm only holding this lead pipe because I wouldn't want you to trip over it.
[It should go without saying that I'm joking, and I'm not actually threatening Mr Barnes!]
Yeah, I'm generally in favour of cash, but it is not always convenient. For ordering goods and services online, it's useless. For some people, their intended purchases do represent a fair portion of their monthly income. I often do carry cash (ideally, just a little more than I feel I'll need for the day and night ahead) but some of my friends don't feel as comfortable doing the same.
Apple don't collect you transaction history, or share it with retailers. This hasn't pleased some big US retailers like Wallmart, which would rather you use their clunky ConnectC payment system instead.
Strange that retailers weren't mentioned in the article beyond Tescos coupons- after all, these new payment systems depend upon the adoption of Point of Sale terminals.