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>My rather basic concern is, can this thing actually fit in your trouser pocket ?
What Grant said. Your Pockets May Vary.
Manual scrolling with eyeball-triggered screen brightness seems a more subtle and useful way of using the tech... as long as it results in a net battery saving.
Re: Where is the innovation?
>My phone still can neither make me a cup of tea, nor a bacon sandwich!
Depends if you have a model with an overheating (or self-combustible) battery!
>So would this leave me unable to watch video, and with the screen auto-scrolling around like a flea on speed?
No, it wouldn't. Turn off the 'feature' in settings, or install a 3rd party media app which doesn't use it. Otherwsie just stick some tape over the sensor.
You'll probably want to install a 3rd party media app anyway, just to extend the codec support.
Re: 8 processor core? 8?
8 cores are to save power, since they can be individually turned on only when required. Not all of the cores are the same, some will be optimised for keeping the phone ticking over on standby, some will be for specialist tasks such as decoding video. Anyway, the sooner the phone accomplishes a task, the sooner the user can pop it back into standby and turn off that thirsty screen.
That's the concept. Since many phones today have at least two cores, and the manufacturers are competing on battery life, one assumes there is some truth in it.
Re: More adverts, everywhere.
>The funny thing is I had to turn Wifi off otherwise the crap Android phone's battery wouldn't even last the day.
Upgrade to ICS if you can, and you will find 'battery saver mode' that turns off Wifi and background data when the phone is in standby. It certainly solved the major gripe RegHardware had with the Sony Xperia P when they reviewed it with its original Android version.
Re: the red-headed stepchild of desktop operating systems
The image your metaphor bought to mind was of a red headed boy driving a fancy car - the car being a Chromebook Pixel- i.e Ron Howard accosting Homer Simpson on the street.
'Prejudice' (AKA 'Only a ginger can call another ginger ginger') by Tim Minchin:
Re: Trying to catch up with the Leap
Most views from people who have used the Leap I've read are amazed by the accuracy of the technology, but question whether they could use it for long periods of time. I look forward appropriate software and plugins being developed for it.
Anyway, it is a very different beast to the Kinnect- the Kinnect can make real-time scans of rooms, for example, the Leap is better for finger-scale input.
I think it depends upon the version - there is an XBOX version, and a PC version. There isn't much difference in hardware, but I believe the PC version is more accurate at nearer distances. The PC version is also more expensive but works with the official SDK (there is a 3rd party open source alternative) whereas last I looked the XBOX version didn't. I don't know if this announcement changes that.
Re: Great article
My old man has never got on with his iPod- gets confused by connecting it to a PC- but he loves his Brennan JB7. He puts in a CD (of which he has hundreds) and three minutes later it spits it out, having ripped it to its internal HDD and compared it to its internal database for track titles. It's probably not of interest to Reg readers (some of you would use a RasPi and networked storage, I'm sure) but it really is a well thought out device for its intended market.
He has recently discovered Spotify, but stupidly it only works in 'portrait mode' on his tablet.
Re: OK, I want to add
>Arrggh no .. not A.I. I think a kubrick solo project would have been much better, the heavy hand of Spielberg saccharine schmaltz ruined it for me.
That was Aldiss's view of the final result, but Kubrick, who was in awe of the success of E.T, wanted to 'do a Spielberg'.
Re: OK, I want to add
Read the book; In the forward to a collection of related short stories (collectively 'A.I' but the short story the film was based on is 'Super Toys Play All Summer Long") Brian Aldiss was concerned that Kubrick doubted his own ability, and was overly in awe of the Spielberg's commercial success- which is why Kubrick wanted Spielberg's input on the A.I project. Aldiss was pretty dark, but had the ring of truth... if man succeeded in making truly realistic androids, then the sex industry would be at the front of the waiting list.
Re: Any love...
>is based on the Athur C Clarke book of the same name and so like everything else he wrote is crap.
So geostationary satellites are of no use to you, then, Irongut?
Re: More films...
Avalon - a live action Polish Japanese production from the director of Ghost in the Shell...
Re: Also missing
Just for the bit where the hero remarks on the sexiness of the installation's recorded voice, and his host responds:
"Oh, you want to meet her? The lady we got to do the voice lives about five miles away, but she's sixty-five"
Re: Harrison Bergeron
There is a more recent 20 minute version that is rather good:
Re: No love for Dune?
And based upon a book written as an ecological parable- the same criticism levelled at Silent Running.
Damned right - more serious than half the films in the article, fully realises its premise (and then some) and delivered in a realist style that reminds me of the real-life young scientists and engineers I've seen in their places of work. Confusing as hell though, but by necessity.
A scandalous omission for the Reg, especially as the first act resembles a documentary about a silicon valley start-up.
The creators of Primer have a new film out this year- 'Upstream Color"... IMDB can help you out.
I time travel movie that I can't get my head around, even with the help of a flow chart. The depiction of working scientists and garage start-ups has the ring of truth about it, though.
Re: A whopping 85 per cent of smartphone users reckon local apps are better than websites
"They're all twats"
You might very well say that. I couldn't possibly comment.
Re: Just say no.
>I fail to see how, after you explicitly remove locally saved data, that it is a failure of the websites that their locally saved data has been removed.
I didn't say it was the fault of the website, just of the website model. If you are to infer anything further, it should be that an option to 'delete all cookies and cache except from websites x, y and z' would be quite nice to have in a browser, but that it would be still be effort to administrate.
Re: Are you serious?
m.theverge.com does a mobile-optimised site quite well. The rotation of Top Stories at the header can be swiped through, and stories are loaded in a list form, with the option to 'load more' rather than move to an 'older stories' page.
The Reg is okay to browse on a 4" screen, but depends on the browser re-flowing text. Comments are tricky, though.
Re: Just say no.
I'm getting bored of websites that throw up a "Would you like to download our app?!!". For looking up a film, for example, I might want to look at its IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Wiki or Showcase entry. If anyone knows of a way of setting "No, %&^ off, just show me the &%$ing website like I asked you" to be the default response, please do let us know.
That said, and at the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, specialist apps will require less data to be transferred and are often better formatted for my device. The app will continue to remember my preferences (my local station, to use the Rail Enquiries as an example), if I decide to purge my browser's cache and cookies.
Re: Type A and B ports
A good number of, but not all, tablets and phones can act as host- 'USB OTG'. You notice that micro USB has 5 pins yet USB A has 4? Shorting two of them together will instruct a compatible device to act as host and read memory cards, USB HDDs and keyboards etc.
Check online for '[your device] USB OTG' before buying a cable. Making one yourself is a good test of your soldering skill and patience, though.
Less of a holiday and more doing some work on a house. Still, the food was good, simple and plentiful... have been on a mostly soup diet since returning to Blighty!
Just been in France... the builder's merchants stock 15 Euro colour-changing LEDs, with a credit-card sized IR remote. And in a French Lidl there was a 'TV simulator', an array of LEDs that gives the impression of someone watching tv, if viewed through some curtains by a would-be thief.
Re: expandable memory
If its important to you, then you should research it more. XDA Developer forums are usually a good place to start. People used to use an app called 'App2SD' to move apps onto removable storage, but it appears that it doesn't work with all versions of Android or every device. However, it might be that you don't require so many apps that it becomes an issue.
Personally, I have a fair few apps on my ICS phone, only some of which are really useful ('Gstrings' guitar tuner is great, unit converters, calculators), many I never use, and I haven't loaded too many games on it- so I have never run into any app storage limit.
> Any link in email or another app therefore opens in Safari, even when Chrome is present.
The Android approach is to present the user a choice every time a relevant link or file is tapped... ie, click a link, and asked which browser to use. Is there any way to set a 'default action' in Android?
In a similar vein, I'm sure some of you will enjoy this 10 minute BBC podcast about Dame Mary Cartwright, whose work as a mathematician helping wartime radio engineers laid the foundation for chaos theory- though into her nineties she would write letters bollocking those she thought overstated the importance of her work.
Tom's Hardware were of the opinion that ARM were efficient when doing nothing - good for smart phones - but when they looked at power conspumption by task, the race was far from over. They did note that Intel were taking greatly pains to invite analysis of their power consumption.
I don't know if this rumour is true, but Apple are x86 customers of Intel's, and having their ARM chips made using Intel's fab processes would give them an edge over their iDevice competitors.
Re: Almost 2 years old?
Yeah, but my 2003 XP laptop did most of the same things as my Win 7 now
machine does, and in much the same way. Mobile devices have been evolving more over the same period, though they now seem to be settling down a bit.
Re: Price Ideas?
A bigger screen only for makes a better phone if that's what the individual user
prefers. Choice is good, though.
Didn't that big tease Google announce they would release GoogleMaps for iOS after all? And didn't Nokia say they were going to do the same with their well regarded map product? Just saying.
Re: And the Winner gets..
It's just you.
Eadon, this isn't the place to just air your prejudices, this is the place to discuss the article at hand. I'm quite sure that Win Pho lets its users post tedious messages on the Reg forums as easily as any other mobile OS - which is all you seem to use computing equipment for anyway.
As if unsatisfied with exhibiting your ignorance by your normal methods, you've employed analogies to really advertise it:
- An institute that used to be a polytechnic would be a university, so wouldn't be attended by a college student, as you put it.
-You don't get Modern Art courses, you get Fine Art courses.
-Saatchi ain't the collector to be impressing these days
- Win Pho looks like the works of Mondrian, who is well thought - or at least encourages a more orderly state of mind than the artless experiments in latex that are the true hallmark of a 1st year Fine Art student.
Re: Not Yellow!
It sounds like it would survive a dunk in some yellow paint, so you have options.
Re: One way trip
Earth, with its ever higher population, population density, communication between populations and human encroachment on potential 'reservoir' species is an ideal place for viruses and bacteria to evolve and spread... Mars not so much.
Er, in reality shit happens... And if not then water, beer or mud happens. Gear is should be there to be used, not coddled in cotton wool and silica gel inside a safe. The gadget should aid the user, not demand their consideration. We've had waterproof watches for decades, and wheather-proofed cameras- so phones are an obvious candidate. Sony's new flagship phone and tablet are waterproof, the latter ideal for consulting recipes in the kitchen with mucky hands. Fortunately, they're not bright yellow like their water resistant Sports Walkmans of yore.
Icon: beverage resistant keyboard, doh.
Re: Intel HD graphics
Ilgaz - I wasn't aware that there were any netbooks with Intel HD 4000 graphics, they came in with Ivybridge CPUs, and can quite happily decode HD video and drive a few monitors. Check the benchmarks online.
Things do get better, you know.
Re: iPod on while doing dangerous sports
Dunno, I haven't used headphones whilst on the piste, but snowboarding takes you in zig tags, and generally you are visually aware of your surroundings. Unlike being on a road, the moving objects that are likely to hit you make the same sort of noise as you yourself are making, and often your ears are muffled by a hood, hat or helmet anyway.
One wearable product that enjoyed modest success- snowboarding jackets with iPod pouch, sleeve mounted controls suitable for gloves, and integrated headphone cables.
Why stakeholders in Android can't sort out a remote control / dock standard I don't know.
The loudness war is sad, since most digital player have to ability to normalise the levels if the user requires it.
What would be good is for more portable players to support 192Khz/24bit playback, since music is available in this format- and a good quality external DAC fgor a PC is relativily cheap compared to Hi-Fi components of old.
There are two or three very expensive 24bit portable audio players available, or you could use a high-end portable audio recorder for output, or you could use an iPad connected to a 24bit DAC... (and possibly Android devices too, with the USB Audio feature added to Jelly Bean... but I don't know for sure)
Re: "stereoscopic sound"?
>I think you mean stereophonic sound, unless you're one of those rare people who say they can see sounds..
"Son, what you've got to understand is that in the seventies we took a lot of drugs..."
(to paraphrase and re-purpose a Gary Larson caption)
Re: Introducing a new definition of "a few"
>Also the iPod wasn't originally flash - it had a 2.5" HDD in it until (I think) the iPod Mini in 2004.
The iPod had a little 1.8" Toshiba disk in it, the same as the iRviver H1xx and H3xx machines, as well as some of the Creatice players, amongst others. Then mysteriously, you couldn't lay your hand on a spare drive for love nor money... and everyone but Apple seemed to move exclusively to solid-state. These days, portable HDD-based players are thin on the ground... there's the iPod Classic, Cowon and Archos, but I can't think of many others. To be honest though, a little Sansa Clip+ with a few microSD cards quickly exceeds all but the biggest music collections.
Re: Introducing a new definition of "a few"
Yeah, that jumped out at me as being a very strange paragraph... The cassette Walkman was king for years, then a very few people bought DAT and DCC, before the CD Walkman became very widespread (though wasn't as portable as its cassette brethren). The MD player started to gain a bit of momentum before it was killed by flash players (more portable) and HDD-based players (more capacious).
I miss my iRiver H320, stolen from my car, one of the few HDD machines that had mic and line-in for recording WAV and MP3, analogue and digital recording was a feature most MD devices had.
Re: Busting your data allowance in minutes
250 GB / month sounds much the same as my use... a few times a week I will use it to stream an hour long 25MB podcast, to keep me company as I walk to the pub or drive to the next city, plus a bit of browsing here and there, sometimes some maps... If I were more organised, I would download them via WiFi before leaving the house.
I tried an EEE PC with its stock Linux distro on it... it wasn't great.
Netbooks tended to be second machines, when the user's primary machine most likely ran Windows- so no matter how easy the Linux distros on them were to use, the user would be learning their way around a new-to-them OS (and associated applications) for a machine they only used occasionally. Average Joes found it easier if their netbook just behaved as a 'mini me' to their primary machine. Simple.
The Linux distro that came on EEE PCs seemed pretty limited and designed to point the novice user at a web browser. Many of the concepts required to use Linux (package managers, mounting disks, SUDO) are logical and make a lot of sense- but they still do require a few sessions to get used to if you are a newbie, as does knowing which GNU program is the equivalent of one you are used to using on Windows.
Lack of storage...
There was a bloke that made a lot of money by playing piano at posh parties and corporate events... his 'unique selling point'? Any tune that a guest named, he could play. This ability allowed him to charge top rates for his services, even though most of the time he would only be asked to play one of a few dozen famous songs.
I'm beginning to have similar feelings bout the storage on my laptop, filled up with old projects, and films that I've already seen. The occasions that I'm away from a fast enough data connection are becoming shorter and less frequent. Time for a spring clean and tidy, methinks!
That's not to say that the Chromebook is for me... convenience isn't the only concern; being dependant upon being able to find a working data connection isn't a good idea, and there are security concerns too.... but then I have mates who are issued Linux laptops purely for remotely and securely logging into their companies' systems.
Re: Where do I get one?
Try this, a review of a low-cost Quadropter (about $40 USD, available in the UK too), followed by a discussion thread. Its rivals are mentioned in the thread. It seems well suited for beginners.
I have a conventional Syma helicopter, S105G (more stable than it is agile, so suitable for people learning in normal sized rooms), and I can't believe the number of times it has bounced of walls and ceilings with no real damage... since it was around £20 all-in, I was prepared to be generous. The battery has required soldering back onto the PCB- not hard- after my mate swatted it from the air cos we were buzzing him with it.
Does anyone know...
How tricky it would be for flavours of Linux (and ChromeOS, for that matter) to run Android apps?
Re: Why a DVD?
CDs are about £0.10p each; I haven't seen coasters that cheap.
Re: It's the hydrogen bomb part
If you've already dropped your enemies in a volcano, why waste a nuclear bomb?
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