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Re: increasingly @AC
>whereas health bands are probably a fad,
For younger people, maybe... but for older people with, say, heart conditions, 'tele-medicine' is going to pushed ever more by the NHS (and insurance companies) on cost grounds.
Re: increasingly @AC
>So the watch can wait... Besides, who really wears smart watches anyway?
Not many people at the moment. Still, before iPads and Android tablets I hadn't seen many people using touch-based keyboard-less computers (just the occasional surveyor or mechanic.)
Re: Does it matter??
>Put a dog turd on a strap, slap an Apple logo on it and the fanbois will still buy it, claiming that it's world changing technology.
If that were true, Apple would have just bunged some Bluetooth chip in the iPod Nano, and enjoyed some sales for the last few years.
Re: Quick Reader Poll:
I'd probably consider a monthly charging interval to be acceptable, though of course this depends on the usefulness of any 'smartwatch' features. This would allow people to travel without packing extra charging gubbins.
Quick Reader Poll:
Genuine question. What kind of charging interval would you consider acceptable for a 'smart-watch'?
Weekly, monthly, biannually?
Let us know!
Re: If Samsung can do it then surely Apple can...
My current watch:
Small, looks good in a plain way, tough, waterproof, years on batteries. Days, hours, minutes.
So, what 'smart watch' features would I find useful? And what comprises would I be willing to incur in order to have them?
Some features could be implemented without drastically affecting the appearance of the watch. I wouldn't want a Galaxy Gear, but a conventional watch that had a RGB notification LED or two, plus some simple media playback controls could be good. For that I might trade a 3-year battery life for a 6-month battery life, perhaps.
Citizen and Casio already make simple connected watches, but the implementations appear to be in the 'close but no cigar' territory.
Indeed, Citizen's effort is solar-powered:
Re: Reading the instructions = cheating??
>I had significant problems copying Spectrum games.
You needed a 'Romantic Robot' module, mate. It was designed to dump the Speccy's RAM to tape, so progress in games could be saved, but it had a side effect:
>which means that to get acceptable accuracy the calculation may have to be performed many times in either parallel or series, which negates some of the advantages.
At least it's easy to check the results of the factorisation with a classical computer.
Re: I wouldn't say it is Peak Apple
In support of your argument, I'd also suggest that people are more willing to overlook shortcomings in their tablets than they are in their phones. Most tablets tend to reside in the home, so are closer to a power point.... battery isn't as important. Weight isn't as big an issue, since they aren't carried around as often as phones. Because phones are carruied out and about, they are more likely to incur damage, cosmetic or otherwise.
If a phone runs out of battery, the user is put out of touch with friends and family. If a tablet runs out of juice, a phone can pick up most, if not all, of the tablet's duties.
or a reference to:
-The Ring - Japanese horror film in which anyone who watches a certain videotape dies a week after watching it.
-Monty Python's The Funniest Joke in the World sketch, in which a joke is penned that causes anyone who hears it to die of laughter.
>Who's going to get off on a 48x48 icon...
Not that this changes one's impression of this case, but on a technical note:
What'sApp downloads a full-size picture to the phone when it is viewed in What'sApp.
Re: -Why did they not have solicitors?
Possibly due to cuts in Legal Aid. Dunno.
Re: Battery capacity
Even if you had a technically correct measure of the battery, you would of course still need to know the power consumption of the components to form a useful impression of the phone in real-world use. Although this phone uses the same SoC - Snapdragon 801 - as competitors, some manufacturers have implemented software and hardware features to extend battery life.
If it is really important to you, you'd do better to consult a site that measures how long it takes the battery to run flat under various standardised tests. i.e, Looped HD video, web-browsing, calls etc. Take these Anandtech benchmarks of the LG G3 phone as an example of this approach:
(Graphs. Lots of graphs).
If nothing else, you can compare the battery life of new phone Y, against your existing phone X whose battery life you already have a feel for.
Re: " we do not know how the human body reacts to different gravitational fields"
>The men that went came back fine and their entire trip was monitored, if I am not mistaken.
MachDiamond was talking about years on Mars, not a few days. However, there have been a fair few astronauts and cosmonauts who have spent extended periods in orbit, so NASA and other agencies have a fair bit of data about the effect of microgravity on the body, and the physical exercises the crew do to mitigate them. Most of the issues are related to muscle and bone density, and to the distribution of fluids in the body.
Though the gravity on Mars is less than that of Earth, at least exercise would be easier (less need for crazy-looking elastic gym machinery) than in microgravity.
Personally, if I were to be sent to Mars, I'd place the gravity issue fairly low down on the list of things that were bad for my health... behind radiation, stranded by drive failure, life support system failure and being skinned alive by a crew mate who has succumbed to SPAACE MAADNESS! Okay, not sure about that last one...
To borrow the back-of-an-evelope calculations of "Arnaut the less" above, the thrust wouldn't be enough to simulate gravity in any useful way. You'd be better off with a spinning design, a la 2001: Space Odyssey.
Re: Bugger solar panels!
It wouldn't help you get into orbit. It provides a bit of thrust indefinitely (if you have electricity) rather than shitloads of thrust for ten minutes.
In a vacuum, a bit of thrust sustained over a few days or weeks will get you going very fast indeed.
Re: I'm wainting with baited breath...
Read the abstract of the paper, linked in the article. The concluding paragraph of which is:
Test results indicate that the RF resonant cavity thruster design, which is unique as an electric propulsion device, is producing a force that is not attributable to any classical electromagnetic phenomenon and therefore is potentially demonstrating an interaction with the quantum vacuum virtual plasma. Future test plans include independent verification and validation at other test facilities.
The last sentence is in keeping with the scientific method.
"We did X and observed Y. We were surprised by Y. Can anyone help us confirm that we didn't overlook unknown factor(s) Z? Thank you!"
>For instance, the following is a clean, virtually free, and super abundant energy technology (LENR) which has been verified (more than once by the way) by an impeccable third party:
f''k's sake. If what you say is true, why hasn't it been taken up by any commercial company that wishes to cut its energy bills?
Also, why haven't they claimed the $1 Million USD reward offered (by the marvelous Dick Smith) to anyone who can prove LENR works?
In February 2012 Smith expressed himself skeptical of the purported Energy Catalyzer Cold fusion device. On 14 February, he offered the inventor Andrea Rossi one million US Dollars if he were to repeat the demonstration of 29 March of the year before, this time allowing particular care to be given to a check of the electric wiring of the device, and to the power output. The offer was declined by Rossi before the lapse of 20 February acceptance deadline that had been set by Smith.
Smith has subsequently offered one million US dollars "to any person or organisation that can come up with a practical device that has an output of at least one kilowatt of useful energy through LENRs (low energy nuclear reactions)." The offer remained open until January 2013.
Re: meet the new iPad ...
>meet the new iPad ... ... same as the old iPad ...
Indeed. Or at least as close enough to the previous models to give people no big reason to upgrade their existing device.
Older tablets tend to do all that is asked of them - web browsing, video and maybe some games. Assuming that most people who want a tablet have already bought one, there isn't a pressing need for people who already own a tablet to upgrade to a new one.
>How long before a TV comes with a tablet for a remote?
That's a solution that works well. Current implementations include:
iPad + PS3
Android tablet + Chromecast dongle
Of course these solutions aren't fully intgrated (i.e, you can't use tablet to swtich aspect ratios, switch input, or adjust the picture settings etc).
One stupid TV 'feature': Sony TVs that turn themselves off after an hour if they receive no input from their own IR remote... we actually use the remote for the FreeSat box / BluRay drive during use.
Sue them? On what grounds?
>If there is a real market for this Apple will do it.
Like truly ruggedised laptops, it's not a big market - but it does exist.
If Apple wanted to sell such a machine themselves, they could easily undercut the price of a Modbook, and possibly tweak the OS to give themselves a competitive advantage. Apple can't be bothered with a diverse product range, and so are quite happy for Modbook to fulfil this small niche.
You don't hear Harley Davidson complaining that people keep buying their motorcycles at full-price before chopping them up.
Re: Apple legal department behavior pretty much is, though
Apple are happy for you to do whatever the hell you want to a Macbook, as long as you buy it from them first.
Re: Those prices seem reasonable
If it were easy, Modbook would have sold enough of their previous version to not require Kickstrarter now.
Hiya Trevor, you've probably missed these because they are very expensive and niche, so haven't received much general attention:
Wacom released a Win8 Tablet and an Android Tablet in the last year, the latter doing double duty as a screen/digitiser for 'proper' computers when back at your desk.
Re: Mobile-specific web pages are usually a UI travesty
>Others disable pinch to zoom. Really? You've lost my pair of eyeballs, because I can't see what you have to show me!
Android > Chrome > Settings > Accessability > Force Pinch to Zoom (override a website's request to disable Pinch to Zoom)
Re: Google were a convincing cover story for NSA
You're right - who knows.
I'd a thought that that under-sea fibre-tapping devices don't require such a large distraction, though.
Using a commercial company to provide cover for a a purpose-built espionage boat?
formally the USNS Hughes Glomar Explorer (T-AG-193), the deep-sea drillship platform initially built for the United States Central Intelligence Agency Special Activities Division secret operation Project Azorian to recover the sunken Soviet submarine K-129, lost in April 1968.
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Re: "Lack of hit games"
>If only they hadn't been so hostile towards third party publishers...
... or even been a bit quicker about releasing some titles from their own popular franchises.
Core functions?? My car's core function is to travel from A-B safely. Its GPS, remote locking system, alarm and horn etc are secondary functions at best.
Re: Confession time
Unless you are overtaking another vehicle, you should stay in the left-most lane - unless the lanes are leading to different roads, denoted by a solid line. Never undertake - unless, again, you lane is leading to another road. This isn't even a topic for discussion - its always been in the highway code, and as of this year failure to comply is subject to an on-the-spot fine.
Re: I'm curious...
Its a good way of doing this:
Strap: Always on, low power, waterproof, data logging of pedometer/heartbeat etc. Simple alerts.
Extra bit: More advanced functions, bigger display. Removed for charging, runnning, swimming etc. Will charge the smaller battery in the strap when in place.
Re: El Reg... Really?
At OP AC...
just because The Reg published the leaked details doesn't mean you have to read them. I haven't read the article*, but I've skipped to this comments section to get an idea of how spoilery the spoilers are. My choice, as your choice is yours.
*I know, I'm a hypocrite; I normally criticise commentards who comment on an article they haven't fully read.
It would seem that you *do* need to see who authored the article.... it wasn't Mr Hamill.
Re: In a world...
> "Android grew at 127 last year while the market share of iOS shank."
This hot weather is making my brain slow, too - it took me a little while to work out that 'shank' should be 'share'.
Re: Does it still collect data when...
>Does it still collect data when... ...you turn Location Services off? Turning it off is supposed to save battery life so it must be stopping something. I would like to know, because if it continues to leak data, then I'm not buying one.
Turning off location services on most devices will save power by not using the GPS chip, and possibly saving more power by not using the WiFi and cellular chips as much (since they are used to assist the satellite location).
Whether the device transmits this data to another party depends on the OS, the settings, apps installed, permissions, presence of malware etc
Re: Already a bit late to be part of your Gear
Kettle on the wrist? But where's the iTea angle?
Re: Already a bit late to be part of your Gear
Whilst the 'throw in everything but the kitchen sink' concept of the Gear appeals to a part of me, I'd actually prefer a simpler, more focused device. Like a normal wristwatch. Or a normal wristwatch that uses a ring of RGB LEDs to denote notifications and directions to GPS waypoints. Much of what I'd like a watch to do is to control other devices -this shouldn't be an insurmountable challenge to the traditional watch shape, since my existing watch already has a rotating bezel (read: 'scroll-wheel').
Re: I want to be an analyst
Yeah. No analyst makes the point that the company with $20 Beellion in the bank knows what the hell it is doing. Any issue that an 'analyst' can see in Apple's near future, Apple with have already employed a lot of smart people and resources to investigate.
Re: I don't know anyone
@ keithpeter, "health monitoring device "
Agreed. Only a few days ago, the Clinical Director of the NHS was saying that 'telemedcine' will play a large part in the future of healthcare. Our population is growing older. If you compare the resources in transporting an elderly person to a clinic once a week to the resources in monitoring them in their own hoime, it is a no-brainer. Those human resources could be redeployed into making them feel more comfortable and less isolated in their own homes.
Hearing aids will become more common. Already the latest models can be controlled from a smartphone. If it suits you to adjust the volume several times an hour, then doing so by means of a wrist-mounted device is easier than hoiking a phone out of your pocket. You could also sit with our 'watch' closer to the person you are speaking to, allowing the mature technology of multi-mic noise isolation to improve clarity.
Re: Who actually wears a watch anymore?
>The Sun is a great clock, if you have clues. When it's dark, SLEEP!
Alas, we have to work and cooperate with other people, which often requires being in the same place in the same time.
This came to a head with 'Railway Time', because having every town marking 12:00 Noon a few minutes before the next town to the West made railway timetables a bugger to comprehend.
Nice, but... good, cheap Android hardware is available.
I could be tempted by a WinPho, since I have only had one Android handset before and I know that I'm not too bothered by apps - I'm not really 'invested' in the Android ecosystem.
However, the Snapdragon 800 powered LG G2 can be had for less than £300, and has very good battery life, screen, performance, camera and audio. Not the best in any one category, but amongst the top three in each.
Re: How the...
I didn't downvote you, but someone did maybe because you could be read as supporting the OP, which suggested that the 'hackers' merely took advantage of a "username: admin, password: password" type approach, whereas the article states:
using a "prodigious quantity of tools, routes and servers"...
... the internal network was harder to crack than they had anticipated and added that they'd used proxies in countries that were not friendly to the US.
They were further said to have targeted executives at an unnamed US firm and another company involved in weapons control and "electronic warfare systems".
Glass is routinely recycled, so I'm not clear on what you think the problem is. It would be easy to create an automated disassembly line that smashed the glass enclosure and then sent the internal components on for further processing. Indeed, this would be easier to automate for glass than a similar line for gadgets encased in plastic.
Similarly, things held together with glue can be 'unfastened' in bulk in an oven, whereas a gadget held together with screws requires a person with a screw driver to take them apart - which is labour intensive.
>I've talked to folks who seem to think crowdfunding is a fad that will never produce anything more exciting than a pot of potato salad.
Well, that's the attitude one is tempted to adopt when something is hyped extensively in the media... yet the truth is usually somewhere between the status quo and the disruptive arrival.
Crowd-funding seems to be nowt but a happy compromise between consuming what we are offered and investing in interesting companies in the traditional way.
Who here would watch a pay-per-view manned mission to Mars? I would. Sheeiit, choose the right crew and even the people who watch Big Brother would tune in.
Re: iWatch power
If the charging time could be reduced to seconds (perhaps by using better capacitor technology), then a battery life of a few days would be less of an issue - the watch could be charged without having to take it off one's wrist.
Re: " ... so they don't want to dilute the value of the Swiss name."
I don't think that people who might buy $5,000 mechanical wristwatches took much notice of $50 plastic fashion watches. Not to knock Swatch - their basic shape is pleasingly 'watch-shaped', they are fairly slim, and I'm sure that amongst their myriad of designs are a few that are practical to read.
The small square iPod.... with 3rd party wrist-straps available. It wouldn't have been too hard for Apple to have added Bluetooth and made a vaguely functional 'smartwatch', but the result wouldn't be great.
Re: You had me at "Clara"
Ah, so *that's* why you hide behind the sofa when the Dr Who comes on TV!
Re: You had me at "Clara"
Indeed... I think I'll wait for people to overdub The Thick Of It dialogue over the new episodes.
Re: Which app store?`
"While PrivatOS is essentially Android, it’s Android without Google—which means no Google Play store and no easy access to Google’s collection of apps.
For many people, this won’t be an issue. I ended up downloading and installing the Amazon App Store app on the Blackphone to get a few of the apps I needed—and doing some clever sideloading tricks to get others installed. The Security Center features allowed me to toggle on and off features in some applications that are more difficult to get to from within the apps’ own settings—for example, I switched off Twitter’s access to location services easily from Security Center when I wanted to post a tweet from an undisclosed location....
PrivatOS’ main innovation is its Security Center, an interface that allows the user to explicitly control just what bits of hardware functionality and data each application on the phone has access to. It even provides control over the system-level applications—you can, if you wish for some reason, turn off the Camera app’s access to the camera hardware and turn off the Browser app’s access to networks."
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