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>Similarly, Android 4.3 introduces support for Bluetooth Smart Ready – aka the Low Energy portion of the Bluetooth 4.0 spec – but only on supported devices, which so far include the Nexus 4 and the new Nexus 7 only.
According to the wikipedia Bluetooth entry, some Samsung devices such as the Note 2 have Bluetooth LE hardware, so presumably Samsung will support it their next software update - especially if they plan to release a 'smartwatch'. Ditto some Nokia phones and Microsoft tablets. The previous lack of BLE in Android might be why some of the existing smartwatches (such as those from Casio G-Shock and Citizen) currently only support iDevices.
Re: Good so far
Old Nexus 7 took some XDA malarkey to have it read memory sticks, but worked with keyboards etc. Old Nexus 4 was made by LG and didn't have USB OTG in any way. Some AMA on Reddit suggests that the new Nexus 7 has OTG - at least in hardware- since it appears to be supplying power to connected devices.
for what looks like a reasonable covering of Slimport basics...
is a $35 device that allows you to stream video over WiFi from a avariety of platforms.
>would have assumed that a phone that can run Linux could be tweaked to run other distros fairly easily.
Oops! I meant that i assumed that a phone that could run Ubuntu could be tweaked to run other Linux distros fairly easily. No matter!
Re: So what happened with Ubuntu on tablets then?
"Man-made sapphire could replace Gorilla Glass as the material of choice for scratch-and-crack-resistant mobile phone screens in the near future, according to a recent speculative piece from MIT Technology Review.
"Having had a little wander around the relevant places and a few chats with people who would know, I'd say that it's actually not just possible but highly likely. "
>Does stuff I do in Android seamlessly integrate into the Ubuntu side?
Probably yes, seeing as such techniques have been used for some time on virtual machines. If you download VMWare Player (free as in beer) for example, you will be given the option to download the VMWare 'Helper' tools, which allow you to do things such as copy-paste between windows, regardless of whether said windows are programs running on the Host OS or the Guest OS.
I do have a little sympathy for your cynicism- this proposed Ubuntu setup requires the user to carry a micoHDMI or USB MHL cable, plus Bluetooth mouse and keyboard- which are bulkier than the actual phone. If you're resigned to carrying those odds and sods, you might as well carry a separate Linux machine too- perhaps one of those little 'inline' jobbies the size of a USB stick.... that way you can still make phone calls whilst editing your spreadsheets.
Re: I suggest you read the crowd funder campaign again
There was a recent Reg article about sapphire production methods falling in cost (just as silicon wafers for semiconductors have done). Only today I saw some quartz watches for sale with sapphire crystals (the see through bit above the watch face) for £125, so much materials are no longer the preserve of higher-end man jewellery.
>Anyway, the last thing I want is a Ubuntu phone (or a Unity desktop), so I'm not giving them a penny
I'm no Linux expert, but would have assumed that a phone that can run Linux could be tweaked to run other distros fairly easily.
Besides Unity (and arguably Android) there any other small-screen touch-orientated Linux desktop environments being developed at the moment (such as might have fallen out of Nokia)?
Re: "interact with Mac OS X and Windows"
Check the LeapMotion Linux forums, Thad!
"Hey guys, I'm really sorry about . I've asked our guys to put our link back up [ to the beta Linux drivers] on the developer portal as soon as possible. It should include the latest software daemon package as well as a SDK. Unfortunately; there is no Airspace support for Linux at this time."
-DavidH Co-Founder & CTO
As well as paid-for software, there are also some open-source efforts for the Leap such as Solidworks (3D CAD) integration. The Leap forums were interesting, but I haven't checked them in a while.
I wonder if anyone is working on a sign-language > text application? : D
>Tactile feedback, and the way the inertia of physical peripherals helps keep your hand steady, count for more than you realise when you’re trying to be precise.
Other online reviews of the Leap make much the same point as Mr Smith. Maybe Leap have missed a trick - rather than just software developers, perhaps they need hardware partners, in the same way that a Wii controller can be fitted into a dumb 'steering wheel' or 'fishing rod' accessory. Existing 'digital clay' systems use an expensive articulated arm to provide XYZ + vector user input, and haptic feedback.
Inexpensive hardware accessories could make the Leap pretty handy... just add a glass sheet and pen to make it an ersatz digitiser, for example.
Re: Windows Phone
My old man's only reason for wanting a smartphone was for maps... now that Google, rather than improve the 'offline maps' feature it only introduced a few versions back, has decided to hide it instead (type in 'okay maps'... WTF?) a Nokia Windows Phone would have been a better choice for him than Android- especially since he spends time driving in Europe.
As it is, he's gone back to his old Nokia candybar- he never got on with 'swiping' to answer a phone call on his Android, or the relatively short battery life. I dare-say he would find any smartphone just as confusing and infuriating, though. Doesn't help that the fag-lighter is his Transit is buggered.
Re: Now this is just going to get confusing
I used to know where I was with with Nokia phone names... 3xxx was lower end, students and the like, 6xxx was business, 8xxx were small and desirable, 9xxx were things like the Communicator with a qwerty keyboard.... but that was ten years ago, so I can't help you now! : D
>Crystal-based storage tech could kill the need for backups
Just 'co you can't break it doesn't mean you can't lose it! Just saying! : D
Re: survival of the fittest
Er, 'foot lovers?'
In a Darwinian sense, that doesn't work.
Re: Are they also going to ban
Actually, the Daily Mail printed pictures of an 11 year old girl in her bikini:
[Of Chris Morris' Brass Eye special "Paedogeddon!":] Around 3,000 complaints were received and politicians spoke out against Morris. Beverley Hughes described the show as "unspeakably sick" but later admitted she had not seen it, and David Blunkett said he was "dismayed" by it. He also had not seen the episode, because he is blind. Tessa Jowell, after watching, asked the Independent Television Commission to reinstate censorship to ban similar programmes. There was also a tabloid campaign against Morris, who refused to discuss the issue.
The Daily Star decried Morris and the show, placing the story next to a separate article about the 15-year-old singer Charlotte Church's breasts under the headline "She's a big girl now" and using the words "looking chest swell". The Daily Mail pictured Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, who were 13 and 11, in their bikinis next to a headline describing Brass Eye as "Unspeakably Sick".
- from Wikipedia, but I remember Private Eye at the time drawing attention to the Daily Mail's hypocrisy.
A timely article
I watched the new film The World's End yesterday, which affectionately draws on this sort of classic British alien invasion story... a bit John Wyndham.
If you're using Thunderbolt to connect a $6,000 Red video card to your Macbook, then a $30 cable isn't that much. But yeah, far from mainstream.
Sony's take on it was a very thin n' light VAIO Z laptop with an external Radeon dock... again, far too pricey to be mainstream.
Re: They don't have a chance...
>How to make a smart watch cool.
This looks much the same as many other sports watches:
Re: here is an idea
> Don't lumber us with a phone, just sell us the camera, the smallest, lightest, most capable pocket camera ever.
That would worry the likes of GoPro, but the market for such things is fairly limited.
Re: It is a marvel of modern technology...
There are more Windows Phone devices to be seen amongst the general public (okay, my local's beer garden) than the comments sections of The Reg would suggest. Of the other drinkers, some have still have trusty dumbphones, some have have Androids, some have had iPhones but now use Android devices, some are Apple loyalists... they all seem happy enough, and it seems a lot of people aren't too fussed about the OS.
Other than the immature ecosystem and a distrust of MS (I know that one), why does WinPho get so much abuse?
Re: Oh, not this hoary old chestnut again.
>This statement would only be true if you define "some" as "gamers" because the only reason to dual boot, which for anybody who does it regularly is extremely annoying, is to get the full 3D treatment
3D CAD, modelling and simulation software is better represented on Windows than OSX.
I bought a brick the other day. The good folk at the builder's merchants didn't warn me that dropping it on my foot would hurt, even though they must have known this.
Hell, I wear prescription glasses- I wouldn't sue my optician for enabling me to see things that aren't good for me.
Re: Replace N808
As far as I can make out the 1020 has USB OTG, but can anyone confirm this?
Re: There we go, they finally have a compelling product
Micro 4/3 cameras are not DSLRs, Mr Photography Expert AC.
Re: ...torches can be like pencils or tape-measures...
...and as soon as you return from buying a replacement tape-measure the original one comes out of hiding!
Galaxy S4 Active plus a tough case?
Re: I'm surprised it uses a mini-SIM
It's easier to fit a microSIM into an adaptor than it is to take a Stanley-knife to a miniSIM (doable, but a faff)
Re: No led?
You'd have thought so, but torches can be like pencils or tape-measures... "It was here just a moment ago!"
>I like those rugged devices - shame the spec is always lacking.
Yeah, but at least you now get most of the way there with high-end hardware- both the Galaxy S4 Active and Xperia Z are waterproof. Then all you need is a very sturdy case, if any are sold.
Hopefully, toughness and waterproofing will become standard features for phones.
Re: higher sales ?
Thank you for the clarification, Sparky_Boy. A minibus would be the easier solution, though a local pub here in England had to abandon their scheme, due to a change in regulations leading to prohibitive insurance premiums.
Re: I was intrigued up until the point
>I was intrigued up until the point where there may be other people in the car when it pulls up.
Then simply pay a premium to use the vehicle by yourself. Your preference in this matter will probably be part of the profile you create when you sign up for the service- or chosen on a trip-by-trip basis, if some days you are feeling more tolerant.
The whole gist of the article was based on economic factors. If you want to save money by sharing the lift with others, you can. If you want to spend a little more for the privilege of travelling by yourself, you can.
Re: Maintenance cost increase
The maintenance cost per mile will probably be lower; with the vehicle in use much of the day, the engine will spend more time at its optimum temperature.
Re: all I'm hoping for...
AC wasn't using the word 'shaft' to mean defraud (which of course does put up premiums). He was looking forward to a transport system with far fewer accidents, thus greatly reducing the level of insurance required and perhaps the need for many individuals to have to deal with insurance dealers at all.
Should the vehicle you are in break down, you won't have to wait on the roadside for an hour... the vehicle will have already informed the Controlling System that it cannot proceed, and a lift will soon arrive for you - followed by a repair / tow vehicle sometime later.
>The idea that a large portion of people might give up car ownership because a car can drive itself doesn't hang together for me.
It might not cause existing drivers to give up their cars, but it might delay the age at which a young person chooses to buy their own car... perhaps indefinitely.
It's not just the cost of ownership of a car, but in the second-hand market mechanical faults can unexpectedly occur, landing them with a repair bill of a few hundred pounds that they haven't budgeted for (plus the inconvenience of being without a vehicle, and missing whatever engagement they had that day).
>Another idealized vision that lacks a grasp on the realities of living outside of a major metropolis
The article clearly stated that there will be people who will need to own their cars.
Re: So what the author is suggesting is...
>Ah yes, known in France as "coffins on wheels"
Or as "cars for the blind" in one town in Brittany, at least!
Warm engines are more fuel efficient than cold ones... keeping a car in use through out the day makes it more efficient per mile, as well as increasing the life time (measured by distance) of the engine.
Re: higher sales ?
>There are many hard-to-predict market effects.
The survival of the rural pub, one hopes. Though excessive beer duty might still destroy the hubs of our communities...
There was a recent story about a county in Ireland that proposed to give some people living in remote locations permission to drive slightly drunk - it was calculated that the health risks of isolation and loneliness outweighed the risks of driving after a few pints on mostly empty roads.
Young children you would obviously want to escort yourself. However, this system could be used to get older children to a pre-determined location without adult accompaniment (to a rural school, for example, or a friend's house).
Re: So what the author is suggesting is...
Actually, a variant would word well in the countryside. City dwellers have the option of buses, light rail and taxis- or facilities are close enough to just walk or cycle to. Here in a smaller town, public transport is very poor.
The proposed system would allow young people (even those with driving licenses currently face crippling insurance premiums) to travel to the cinema in the next town, for example. (Only this morning, the local paper tells of a coroner's finding that two young men died in a car crash due to the driver speeding so as beat an 11 PM curfew imposed by his insurance company and enforced by a TomTom-manufactured GPS logger. )
In the UK, there have been trial schemes of a service akin to a bus/taxi hybrid... one rings up to with a request to travel from A to B, and you are contacted later with the time at which you can expect a minibus to turn up. The idea is to lump together people to make efficiencies in a time when local bus routes are being cut back. It was aimed at an older demographic, and before adoption of the smartphone (a GPS-equipped device can only aid services like this, if its users have the inclination and ability to use one).
In France, people who never gained a driving licence in the first place (usually the old) may drive a specific model of low powered car, limited to around 30 Mph. Sometimes they are bought by people who have lost their licence due to drink-driving. Also in France, I see that young people are allowed to take passengers on their mopeds.
Re: Very true
I'm glad to hear the Syndicate team are making a game for tablets... I've never understood why people have been so keen to port First Person Shooters to tablets, when tablets seem to naturally lend themselves to games like Syndicate, Cannon Fodder, Monkey Island, Sim City, Worms etc.
Apparently you don't have to update if you don't don't want to - but I'm really a babe in arms with my Android phone, so please do seek out an expert.
Re: You are the Product.... Just accept it
People say good things about Nokia's offline maps. Anyone here care to recommend a good offline Android map app?
I don't know what the hell this 'Latitude' of which you speak is. Offline maps disappearing? Grr. I use it in places like Devon (poor signal) or France (too expensive to use data)- on home territory I don't need any maps. Apparently, the Google engineers weren't happy about it it either, and so it maps can still be cached by typing 'okay maps' into the search box. (I haven't upgraded or tested this myself).
I tried to set my old man up on Open Maps on his tablet, but he was mistrustful after a vector error placed a lake over a road and town in Italy.
Re: Any one remember ...
Those columns of a single row of LEDs? Massive Attack used green ones in their comeback tour a few years back.
Re: "This is no tablet for photographers."
Actually, having a camera on a tablet is useful for things like Google Translate, which can use OCR to translate, say, a French newspaper into English. (data connection required)
"No tablet is a tablet for photographers." is a little ambiguous - as a companion to a real camera, a tablet is a useful device for reviewing photographs in the field... especially since many of them have better screens than those found on most laptops.
Re: Nice idea but
>IR is used in rescue scenarios that don't involve fire because the buildings in the other cases are cool, making human body heat stand out on the person and whatever they touch.
There was a recent example of a IR-equipped quadropter being used by a fire brigade in England this year, to find (and successfully rescue) a person from a fast-moving flooded river.
Re: Nice idea but
Demolition Man was a documentary, damn you!
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