2747 posts • joined Wednesday 21st July 2010 13:57 GMT
Sounds like Nokia could do well to ditch the phone components and repackage it as toughened, waterproof 'action sports' compact, possibly retaining the satnav optimised for mountains. It's got to be easier to make this design of camera shockproof than it is a camera with moving lens parts.
>the next generation of laptops will probably be touch screen anyway.
Yeah, they are capacitive multi-touch screens for using with your fingers, this Modbook is an accurate digitiser system. They are different things.
>But why... you may as well just have an 'Air' or an 'iPad'
You can't get full-blown Photoshop on an iPad.
Re: Mega-forcings of a few cooking fires.
>You greenies just hate the idea that it ISN'T our fault, don't you?
Scientific findings, and the political ramifications of said findings, are separate issues. Views like yours are expressed in a journal called The Spectator (a vehicle for advertising £20,000 wristwatches and art auctions) by a man called James Delingpole.
This is him being gently interviewed by the current president of the Royal Society, Sr Paul Nurse PhD:
Delingpole: "I haven't the time to read peer-reviewed papers", "I haven't the scientific expertise", "I am an interpreter of interpretations"... and afterwards, he said the interview amounted to 'intellectual rape'.
It wasn't poisons added by nefarious enemy agents, but by products of dodgy Soviet distillation. The episode suggests Bond has had experience in that part of the world.
Re: bond bike
the above Bond Bike film is reminiscent of those BMW adverts, each about ten minutes long and directed by the likes of Ang Lee, Guy Ritchie and Tony Scott, presented as a short story. The Tony Scott one with Gary Oldman and James Brown is a cracker.
The Guy Ritchie one features Clive Owen in a very Bond-like role, humiliating a version of Mr Ritchie's ex wife, played by herself.
Re: Of course my favourite one has to be the 1967 version of Casino Royale
"My doctor says I can't have bullets enter my body at any time"
"Don't worry about that chair with a hole in the middle. It's merely waiting to be reupholstered."
Close, but no cigar
... the Modbook Pro can run Windows, too (like any Intel Mac, and Modbook will pre-install it for you as an option). Your bundle solution is certainly one to consider, but isn't a 'use it anywhere' package. Your suggestion is a viable alternative, and possibly better solution, for many situations, but not all. Its not only accountants who want to spend their time on trains productively.
The software you mention, 3D Studio and AutoCAD, as well as much of the rest of the AutoDesk stable, are available in OSX-native versions. Your point does stand, though: most mechanical CAD software isn't available for OSX, and even in Windows via Bootcamp certain other packages might not like the graphics hardware (Intel HD 4000).
Before AutoDesk bought Alias, their Wavefront Studio software had a digitiser-based component, the idea being that the designer would start with freehand sketches before further defining the design through curves and into 3D. Presumably, this feature still forms a part of the package.
>Dumb, dumber and Apple buyers I guess?
Flippin' hilarious! The real ToddRundgren, guitarist and producer, is an Apple user, and even created his own Apple-based digital painting system:
Re: If you have the money, why not?
Jobs was talking about a UI for a general mass market consumer device... selecting telephone contacts, tapping out a an email etc. This is a tool for digital artists.
Various trades have their own input devices, from CAD jockeys' SpaceNavigators, to musicians and MIDI keyboards, video editors with their shuttle wheels, to those guys in Nevada who use a XBOX controller to pilot drones. Digital artists might use a pen digitiser. Anyone who has been to the cinema in the last decade might note that the sector has a bob or two.
>Dumb, dumber and Apple buyers I guess?
Its a niche product for people doing a specific job. It is basically an excellent portable Photoshop device. People (or more likely, their company) wouldn't buy it if it didn't save them time and money, and it will anyway be deducted from their tax bill. If you can point us towards an alternative device that does the same for cheaper, please do let us know.
- Etched surface for paper-like feel
- Low-sparkle, non-glare glass
-Wacom® pen tablet digitizer
- Pen pressure: 512 levels
- Recognition rate: 133 points/second
- Recognition resolution: 0.01mm
Re: Hello!? Standards!?
You could, but not all devices stream the original MP3 (or AAC, ATRAC or Mpeg x whatever), but rather subject it to another compress-decompress cycle with the SBC codec.
Re: Live music
Trouble is, often a talented and hard-working musician goes the effort composing and arranging tracks, recruiting a band, bullying them into rehearsals, driving them to gigs... eventually getting some favourable reviews in the national music press. At which point some established producer comes along and steals their lead singer...
One can start to understand why then some musicians have started to use things like the Boss Loop-station - effectively laying down their own backing track in real time (nothing is pre-recorded), or otherwise seek a way to provide a good live show without reliance on other individuals.
I guess when booking, you can ask the person you are interested in if there is a Youtube video that is representative of their live act?
I was also impressed by a pub in Penzance that had a collection of guitars on a wall otherwise covered in gig posters... along with a notice: "These instruments are provided for you to pick up and play. Please do. Please ask behind the bar and we will turn off the CD player"... hopefully sowing the seeds of future live acts.
I think when the OP said "this kind of trash", he was referring to kind of cheap device featured in the article, not high-end digital studio equipment.
High quality audio tracks within the reach of most listeners if they want it, and because in this age of downloads record companies don't need to press umpteen thousand physical copies to make a return, 192Khz/24bit recordings are made available to those who want them.
I would imagine that for most people, 24bit high sample rate music on a portable device is a waste of time, what with ambient noise etc, but there options: specialist players, including the Colorfly C4 (reviewed by Reg Hardware), iBasso DX100 and HiFiMan. Less elegant solutions include a custom ROM on a Samsung Galaxy player (Wolfson DAC, Android gets in the way), using an iPad with an external DAC through the Camera Connection Kit, or using a portable digital recorder such as a Sony D50.
There seems to be a resurgence of folk in the last couple of years, and before that young women singing in the style of 60s pop divas... with an interest in the sound and production. Look beyond the charts for 12 year olds, and you might see that your pessimism in not entirely warranted.
This doesn't look like a good product though. Looking forward to more audio kit for Android devices, now that Jelly Bean has addressed the latency issues.
Can anyone estimate....
... how long it will take them to get their maps to the standard users expect? Just how messed up are their maps? Without delving too deep, it would be my assumption that it would be quicker for Apple to buy a working solution from a third party, or at least buy a years license for third-party map app for all iOS6 users- tiding them over til Apple have got their own maps fixed.
Re: "With a 1.6GHz...quad-core processor...the Note 2 has a superbly sweet and fluid UI".
I still have no idea what " retrogrouch baby jesus" means. For the benefit of late comers, J Latham's post was previously at +2-1... now he's on minus... so obviously someone has the drift of what he's saying.
Re: Slow SunSpider Performance
From Anandtech http://www.anandtech.com/show/6324/the-iphone-5-performance-preview:
"As we mentioned in our earlier post, SunSpider is a small enough benchmark that it really acts as a cache test. The memory interface on the A6 seems tangibly better than any previous ARM based design, and the advantage here even outpaces Intel's own Medfield SoC."
Re: Spamming Vodafone
> I can only guess you're the clueless fool who works on the other end of Vodafones customer service desk.
Is a strong possibility. Call centre staff tend to amuse themselves by looking at the internet in-between calls. A good number of websites are blocked, but the Reg is usually allowed.
Re: 4G/LTE is missing
It has USB OTG... with microSD cards (and the tiny little adaptors that make them USB thumbsticks) being about £0.50p per GB at the moment, I personally am not too fussed about the internal memory. You then have the advantage of being able to drag and drop your files from any machine (WinXP/OSX/Linux)* without installing any software.
Okay, it might fiddly, but you only have to do it after watching all the movies you have on your internal 32GB...
*Android devices show as as being MTP, not Mass Storage Class devices, so XP and Mac can be tricky. Presumably Linux too. Using Sony Bridge on MacOSX to transfer files to the internal memory of my ICS phone is very slow.
Re: but don't want the phone part of it.
Any tablet with 3G radio and SIM is likely to have loudspeakers and a microphone, even if the microphone is primarily intended for VOIP or voice search functions. Therefore, it has all the necessary ingredients to be phone. Providing all this but then not allowing it to act like a phone would at best look like stinginess and 'hardware hobbling' on the part of the manufactuer, and at worst might open them to lawsuits should someone require it to make an emergency call (which all phones can do without a SIM- its part of the GSM standard).
I really don't get your question, so I feel I must have misunderstood you. Can you clarify?
Re: Not one for the ladies?
>It's a rare beast to find a woman genuinely lusting over technology.
Gross over-generalisation that might contain a grain of truth:
Man "Wow! What does it do?"
Woman "Meh. What does it do for me"?
Though purely anecdotal, one piece of tech that I saw more women use than men is the Kindle e-reader. Professional ladies who work hard, then want nothing more than to sit on hot beach for a fortnight reading books. At home, libraries and charity shops can cater to their reading needs, but come holiday time two dozen paperbacks takes up a fair chunk of suitcase.
Re: It's MOAR! The shamsung school of design
The Samsung Tab 2 10.1 3G will work as a phone. It's bigger than this Note2.
It depends upon an individual's definition of 'phone' and 'tablet', so who's to say your statement is right or wrong.
Re: Voice and Handwriting - again
Hiya, AC 101,
Just to clarify, you're talking about JB's built-in voice recognition that doesn't require a data connection, I take it?
The ICS voice recognition (done on Google's severs) works for me about 75% of the time, but that might be because my voice approaches 'received pronunciation' or because I only use voice search for phrases I suspect it will guess correctly (eg, 'Rail timetable Paddington' not 'coque au vin recipe')
> if we all had AC and DC supplies in the house.
I've often had similar thoughts, but trouble is you get a drop in potential difference ('voltage') over distance. You could put out, say, 24 v, in a ring around your house and then regulate it down to 19v,12v or 5v where required, but I don't know enough to know if this would be any more efficient than the current situation.
A Reg review round up of the top ten Bluetooth keyboards is overdue, nudge nudge.
A quick look at the internet suggests BT keyboards made for iDevices works fine with Android, if you're okay with the the usual Apple @ " swap.
Re: To wit
If you did devise a way to contain a sustainable fusion reaction in a mobile device, I believe you should be able to patent it.
You would have also have solved the issue of smart phones running out of power, as long as you have an fizzy drink can and a banana skin to hand (if Back to the Future has taught me anything)
Re: "I will dignify it only with a downvote."
He has a point? Strange way to express it, on a thread full of devotees of the genre. It ain't my sort of game, but if he proposed what he would like to see in a modern 3D video game, his post might have been interesting. Instead he leaves it for us to infer what he is after... maybe he's a PacMan Space Invaders kind a guy, maybe he likes 3D games but feels that there isn't enough innovation- but we don't know cos he merely expressed negativity.
"Grand Theft Auto meets WipEout and PlanetSide" would be my pitch... hoping this is what Bungie is currently working in.
>El Reg is planning a bit of a Bondfest
Let me guess... a reader poll of the best Q gadgets?
I enjoyed Casino Royale (the new one, not just the David Niven, Woody Allen, Peter Sellers version), Quantum of Solace was just confusing... fingers crossed this new one will make a bit more sense.
Putting aside the negative thoughts Mr Cowell inspires in us all, I just can't see how the IP side of this will work. Will the show provide a patent lawyer to each 'contestant' to draft and submit an application months before the show is made?
In any case, I can't see how Cowell will be able to offer better terms than traditional VCs, since he has the show to finance, and profit to take. The only advantage he can bring is exposure and marketing...
Any one remember...
... magazine cover CDs called "Don't Play Track One"? The first track contained 'multimedia' readable by your computer, the other tracks would play in an audio CD player.
And I think it was the Rolling Stones CD single, a cover of 'Like a Rolling Stone", that first had a music video included on it, at least that was the claim at the time.
Re: time flies ...
Thank goodness BluRay won over HDDVD... because the BluRay standard makes a scratch-proof layer mandatory, the Microsoft-backed format didn't (amusingly, XBOXes tend to scratch DVDs yet MS claim you have no legitimate reason to copy your XBOX discs... if they merely charged cost to swap a damaged disc for a new one, I would take their point).
I remember those Tomorrows World demonstrations... Wasn't it supposed to be the case that a CD can suffer a 1mm radial scratch and yet leave all the data recoverable? There was also a TW feature on the MD player: the Sony rep removed the disc and reinserted it without a break in the music. This was presumably to demonstrate the anti-skip buffer, rather than being a feature in itself.
Buying second hand DVDs is buying eggs... have a peek inside the box before you part with your money.
CDs could always be ripped to a digital device... if you had a digital format to copy them to, but hardly anyone did until the late nineties. Most of the Sony devices which could record a digital input wouldn't then allow you to make a digital copy of the copy. This was certainly true of MiniDisc Recorders, I'm not sure about DATs (but only Japanese kids had those). It seemed fair enough. Where Sony took the piss was introducing errors into the TOCs of pre-recorded CDs so that whilst they would probably work in an audio CD player, they would never in a CD ROM (including many car CD players that used CD ROM drives). And then there was that Sony rootkit on CDs ('XCP')... and thats before we even mention their SonicStage software. My favourite is from New Scientist in 2005:
We can only speculate on the acrimony of the dialogue between Sony and Microsoft that produced this message, because we have never seen one like it: "Error Caused By Sony Corporation: No Specific Solution Found...An analyst at Microsoft has investigated this problem and determined that an unknown error occurred in OpenMG-SonicStage Jukebox. This software was created by Sony Corporation:Microsoft has researched this problem with Sony Corporation, and they do not currently have a solution for the problem".
DVDs couldn't be ripped until the CSS was broken.
I call App Britain!
Suggestion: Can the new Reg app include a unit converter... the one I use at the moment is alright, but is a bit light on Wales, whales, brontosaurs, Olympic swimming pools and London buses.
This Formlabs system doesn't work in the same way as traditional SLS systems. They can add material to the model at any x,y,z point in the tank of resin, since they rely on two intersecting lasers to polymerise the resin (one laser leaving the resin unaffected). However, two lasers, a tank of resin and correction for refraction as the lasers cross material boundries are required.
Formlabs build layer by layer, using supports, much like sintering or fused material deposition (FDM, the most common '3D printing') only upside down. Pictures here: Formlabs printer
Maybe, but the associations of [no keyboard - ARM] and [keyboard - x86], are a legacy of how we got here, a legacy continued in software [ARM - toys, media, communicate] and [x86 - serious stuff, immersive games].
An x86 tablet with extra keyboard is actually the most versatile device- with an appropriate stand on your desk, you will enjoy a more ergonomic working position than you would with a traditional laptop, because both its screen AND display are in the correct place relative to the user. And if you wish to retire to a sofa to proof-read your latest literary masterpiece (in portrait), you have that option too.
Meaty processors are finding their way into ever slimmer devices, too. Obviously there will always be those who benefit from THE FASTEST thing available regardless of other considerations, and they will continue to be catered for -See gaming laptops, Crazy dual-screen Lenevo mobile workstations, esoteric toughened beasts for the military and geologists. (Strikes me though, that gaming laptops could be better cooled if their keyboards were removed to reveal a mesh.... heat rises, after all)
Re: most likely a lot.
This is actually been an object of scientific studies... basically, those in management aren't more competent, they just believe they are. More competent people are likely to underestimate their own abilities, incompetent people don't know enough to realise that they don't know much.
The study basically confirmed Bertrand Russell's observation that "The ignorant are cocksure whilst the intelligent are full of doubt"
Re: "a 30Wh cell"
>So definitely aimed at tablets rather than smartphones.
Well yeah... the previous clue was the line: "The chip giant claimed the Z2760 will enable gadgets as "thin as 8.5mm and as light as 680g".
Re: Cheaper Nexus 7
You can download Google map data for offline use, but it is a but clunky. You have to zoom in until a red square turns blue, (no more than, roughly, 60Mb) and that square is then stored. You can store around five of these squares, so could store an area the size of Brittany*. It's fiddly and doesn't always work, but is an improvement on the previous 'Labs' incarnation, where you had to trust the cache wouldn't be over written.
There are also apps like Mapdroid, which allow for entire regions of countries to be downloaded in advance (by name, rather than on a map), though my old man was distrustful of it since it showed a road in a lake.
*I cite Brittany from experience, not because I'm trying to displace Wales (or whales) from the list of approved Reg Standards.**
**Hey Reg! Why haven't you put your units into a convenient app yet? What is this, the Twentieth Century?! : D
Re: "Google Play shop to which the Nexus 7 is tightly tied"
The Playstation 3 was initially sold at a loss, possibly the XBOX 360 too. But there is only one source of software for them, and in the case of the XBOX, a £45 / year subscription for those who want to get the most out of their purchase.
The Nexus is not like these devices.
>Shirley the only protection they can have is Copyright
@Mage. If you had actually read the patent before commenting on it, you'd see that it outlines a manufacturing process for a novel form of enclosure that is composed of a thermoplastic spine and CFRP laminates. That is firmly in Patent territory, not Design Copyright.
Read the thing you're commenting on, otherwise you risk looking like a tit. (Not that anyone here would notice, they haven't read it either)
>Yeah, because a laptop case is the cutting edge of carbon fibre lay up. I can't help thinking the F1 and aircraft industries are looking at it and thinking it's all a bit last century.
@SkippyBing... even if you are using the same materials, the processes you would use for a F1 cars and aircraft would be different to consumer devices. F1 cars are hand-built in very small batches. Consumer goods often in the hundreds-of-thousands. If you used well used, tried and tested F1 and aerospace CF laying techniques to make consumer goods, you would go bust.
Additionally, a small device case is very different to F1 car parts- its function is to protect its contents. Carbon fibre in a F1 car is mostly designed to shatter. Had you actually tried to read the patent, you'd note that it isn't a homogenous square box with rounded corners. The corners an edge are a different material to the main back- if you knew anything about carbon fibre, you would know why this is.
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