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And it's optional
(b) isn't much of a prediction, since MS have said it from the start and this article stated it in no uncertain terms ;)
For (c) & (d), my understanding is the the native "Metro" apps will work on both platforms or have some kind of one-touch compile in order to support both (very conceivable, since these are almost certainly .NET-based, so technically architecture-agnostic).
(a) and (e) sound spot-on to me. I think MS will go much more for the Apple walled-garden approach, with a little of Google's "run unsigned apps" option - mostly for developers. This would fit in with an evolution of WinMo and WinPho.
Definitely interested, though. I think a light, low-powered, "true" Office tool has a market waiting for it.
They've got the wrong people working on it
True, they probably have an updated version of Sense to implement and integrate, but the CM and xda-dev lot have even got ICS running satisfactorily on the original Desire.
Fine, it's not entirely in HTC's interest to update all of their models to ICS, but they're clearly making slower progress that the opensource community.
Biases aside, this is the perfect example of why everyone should get the information from multiple news sources.
That and taking any journalistic-rehash of a scientific paper with copious volumes of sodium chloride.
Market leaders? I'll give you Skype (which they bought) and Office, but I'd be shocked if Hotmail and Messenger are still receiving anywhere near the traffic from the 90s/00s (it's all WhatsApp, BBM, Twitter, G+, Facebook by now) and every individual and company I know (yes, yes, anecdote != data), is using Dropbox, Livedrive, or Spideroak, based on their needs.
I tried Skydrive a couple of years ago and found it to be really poor at getting data on and off it, compared to Spideroak and Livedrive, that is.
I'm not disagreeing with you entirely, but apart from XBox and Winpho (separately), I don't really believe MS have a homogeneous ecosystem. Win8 might address that, but their previous attempts to tie in the desktop with Games for Windows and Windows Market are absolutely abysmal, to the point where I now refuse to buy games with WfG because of how seriously it ruins the whole experience. (Have I gone off-topic?)
Look at what Google did with Android and then Apple with iCloud. If I'm at my Transformer, I automatically have every photo, contact, calendar entry, paid app, etc., waiting for me from my phone. I don't see that with MS.
Sony seem to have done well with the PSP/PS3 relationship, but the PSP is a pretty niche solution compared to laptops/tablets.
Not sure what the hate is against you. I understand your point about having a common interface, but for me a common eco-system is more important.
I couldn't really care if the way I interact with my touch-screen phone and keyboard/mouse desktop was different, as long as getting data between them is easy and it can be opened on both. Things like Opera Link and Evernote, for instance.
When someone with an iPhone asks me what tablet is best, I point out that I'm a fandroid and say a Transformer but that the iPad would fit better with their phone.
I don't even run most of the same apps on my Desire to my Transformer - they're different solutions to different needs.
It's just the old "vertical"/"horizontal" knowledge term.
You've got lots of stacks of data (vertical), which if fully anonymised don't allow you to cross-reference people's (for instance) average tab count to their daily crash total. Adding a UUID (but not necessarily being less anonymous) allows them to add that horizontal connection.
True, it's nasty marketing talk, but I can see why they'd be interested in considering it.
As long as Fx users are able to see what is potentially sent about them, it seems harmless. Although, I personally always opt out of "anonymised usage collection" schemes.
I'm a long-time WaveSecure user and use DroidWall, but maybe Avast! is a good way of getting all this in one...
One question: free with no ads - what's their longterm business model for this? I don't want to switch to an app that's going to disappear without notice.
Actually, this is where the Barclay's system works and the HSBC system doesn't
With the HSBC system, the device gives you a completely random number that you type in to yet another box during login - at EVERY login.
But the Barclay's system means that the device generates a number based on a sequence you also repeat on the website (account number, etc.). So, unlike the HSBC method, the MitB attack would need to somehow trick you in to entering an account number and amount that you otherwise wouldn't. Plus, this is only for new recipients, so users should notice if this happens at an unusual moment.
The weakest link in this approach is obviously still the user understanding what the device they have is for, but the HSBC system is definitely far from secure (and bloody annoying).
Lloyds/HBOS provide a unique code (again, only on new recipients or large transfer amounts) on screen that you must then enter in to your phone when the automated system calls you. I can see how a MitB attack could trick someone to do that, but the user would have to ignore the voice reading out the account number and transfer amount.
In other news...
Seller in outdated consumer market is failing.
I doubt anyone's that shocked. Even with their sales, it's cheaper to shop online. Only truly impatient people and those that will be sad to see such shops disappear still visit Game.
I pop in to them whenever the other half has convinced me to visit a centre of shops, but I haven't bought anything from them in years.
Farewell Game, we knew thee.
What about banning sales of the product advertised during the offense? Any false publicity they've gained is then moot.
Stuff the pictures
when will they be held to account for the fake "science" and "vitamins" they spout?
And their vague concepts of "clinical trials" needs to be regulated, too.
Mint is definitely the no-hassle desktop I'm touting more than Ubuntu recently.
I love what Ubuntu has done to the "consumer" side of GNU/Linux, but the way they're going with UI is best described as "experimental" and is definitely causing some confusion with their original target market.
Just makes me think of that Black Mirror episode where everything was gesture controlled.
The same as desktop touch-screens: until they can come up with a HID that requires less input for more productivity than a keyboard/mouse combo, it'll never work.
Waving at my screen to go to the desktop is not quicker than Win+D, especially when my left hand is normally within a few centimetres of that part of the keyboard anyway.
I'm on GiffGaff and it doesn't include the header for me...
Not aware I've used any unusual settings, so unless O2 have fixed it since the article was published, it doesn't affect everyone.
Ahhh! So when Lucas said he was done performing unsanitary acts on the films, he didn't mean merchandise tie-ins ;)
When does the axe become a different axe?
Not to belittle Nokia's achievement (their early phones are certainly worth high praise), but apart from the "S40" name, how similar can they really say the original 7110 OS is to the current handsets?
Obviously, the interface (now in colour) is not the deciding factor; but I'd be a little surprised if they still used the same memory control and general libraries after 13 years... If they are, they hats off to them.
If I ever meet you, I owe you a beer.
It might be £120, but that's a darned sight cheaper than my other options of replacing the whole kit.
I've tried so many things to fix it at the Windows-level, didn't even consider a PHY solution.
I'm looking to replace my custom HTPC due to Windows not handling HDMI handshake on resume properly (forgets to reconnect sound or screws up the resolution A LOT), but my needs are apparently unique in that I have yet to see a pre-rolled box that fits my needs.
The PS3 comes absolutely closest to what I want, but the 4od and ITVPlayer "apps" are just links to the website and shocking to use, and it looks pretty certain that Sony won't release a DVB-T2 tuner (of which I want a dual anyway)...
I know, pointless mostly off-topic moaning, but I've been trying to find a replacement for months and all of these IPTV boxes are tantalisingly close - the WD TV Live looks great (assuming WD start supporting more UK services), but I'd still need to buy some kind of Blu-ray and FreeviewHD PVR on the side, which puts me back in the switching inputs situation. (My better half wants the most hassle-free solution)
Suggestions strongly welcomed.
This was great when I was in Paris on business, as it doesn't check your location so I could watch UK telly in the hotel (Transformer with HDMI to hotel TV).
I've used it on and off for ages; it's always had that dirty "is this legal?" feel, but it's always worked. Can't see why the commercial channels would complain since you still see the ads.
I came on to say the same: they made it very clear that looking up the case details online was a big no-no.
"Do you really think that Vodafone plc completely avoids paying all tax in the UK?"
Yes, because they happily admitted to doing it for years - putting aside the tax they legally owed in this country in offshore accounts so that they could "work" it until it was asked for. Off the top of my head, they did this for something like six years before HMRC got up the courage to approach them about it.
Where the tax was "earned" is irrelevant (most of it was on-shore anyway); the laws on this country required them to pay that tax.
"Do you believe that one man's decision to "let them off" would be vindicated by the Chancellor, the Treasury, and the Supreme Court, if they actually legally owed £4/5 billion?"
Again, yes, because no one looked in to the deal at the time. Dave Hartnett was forced to declare how cosy the deal had got /after it had all been signed off/ (it was a little more than a few lunches).
His job was to chase and close large tax avoidance schemes (to rhyme with scams) such as what Voda were doing. True, there's the possibility that the contract will be retrospectively annulled, but I won't hold my breath.
Voda ended up agreeing to pay less than a quarter of what they legally owed (and knew they did), but DH let them off the rest and considered it a "good deal" (his words).
They haven't covered it in a while, but the Private Eye did some very in-depth coverage in to what Vodafone owed, why, and how they got away with it.
Not that they are the exception, by any margin.
This is where I want to see games like TF2 heading (obviously, with different maps).
The 16/32-player limits were fine in the '90s, but devs need to be supporting more massive games now.
Looks like both your example and the one in the article suffer from the usual "have your cake and eat it" style of government maths.
On the one hand, they're touting the tax as a way to reduce people's consumption of bad_product_A; but on the other they're extolling the financial gains of such a tax based on the initial figures... go figure
But hopefully she has some evidence that this is what has happened and isn't spuriously throwing claims around.
Seeing as she is a registered actress, is it not also possible IMDb got the information from more public records? (I don't know)
"plugging in a microUSB charger in the dark"
Why, oh why, couldn't they have made the plug reversible?!
What Alex is getting at is that observers can obverse that your event is unobservered.
The article is describing a situation where observers are none-the-wise about not observing an event. However, they may observe the feck-off big machinary that is preventing them from observing said event.
You can remove it, you know?
It only appears as a link below my circles on the left.
I've always thought it was a part of what makes G+ not just another Fb - being able to share and converse with strangers that you don't want to "friend".
Well, ignoring the concept of "anonymising" data that needs to be specific enough to allow them to process it for useful statistics (which I'm a little skeptical of), this data is being offered to *private* companies.
I'm sure there are some well-meaning, private medicinal research companies out there, but I don't think it would be too unfair that a large number of them will be more than happy to cherry-pick/skew such data in order to bolster their own agenda.
Obviously, this already happens even without this data, but the idea that its being sold will benefit the greater good is (in my cynical mind) unlikely.
Too late now, but if you use Steam in off-line mode, it doesn't force the patches on you.
This is a reasonably hack for single-player games, but obviously won't work for online ones (though, arguably, everyone online needs to run the same version for fairness).
I'm waiting to buy Skyrim in the new year - principally because that's when my 3D monitor arrives, but also because historically Bethesda and v1.x are not a good mix.
I had far too many stress moments where Oblivion crashed and saves wouldn't load.
I was very impressed with OnLive when I play(ed) with it, but until it offers 7.1 surround and 1080p (and 3D), I can't see it replacing Steam. I was also surprised with some of the load times - I thought the idea of the cloud approach was to over-spec the server farms and make the whole experience feel faster.
Aside from "media hubs", I think the next step is for a phone with HDMI out (or wireless equivalent) and wireless controllers.
Go to a friend's house, plug it in, and play.
While I don't doubt some of what was said (insert 'shocked' face that Gmail is a marketing tool), some of it comes across as plain bonkers.
Maybe I'm wrong, but it just sounds like too much effort for any potential gain.
"products that will let them change the messages you write" - apart from spellcheckers, how would you not notice that your messages are not what you wrote?
As for the illicit sending of personally identifiable information (photos, recording sounds, etc.), if anyone ever put a proxy in the way and discovered the suspect data (and there are people out there that do this often enough), it would be a media storm to dwarf the current Leveson inquiry.
It really annoys me that American/British audiences always want remakes of good foreign films.
"Let Me In" (or whatever it called) was a cinematic abomination in that it was almost a scene-for-scene remake.
If people are really so scared of subtitles, dub the damned thing! The original is an amazing piece of work that didn't deserve to be sidelined like that.
At least The Ring added it's own twist, even if its idea of suspense was a hammer in your eye.
You must be in America as UK telcos either have no power over what we do on our phones or they just don't enforce.
Sure, if you get an Orange branded phone it will have some Orange branded software pre-installed (and probably unremovable), but buy an unbranded phone and you're good to go.
Even from digging through my gf's Orange San Fran, they only bunged some marketing rubbish on it; Vodafone used to try some awful stuff with their 360 abomination (pre-Android), but they've largely given up with that; and my friends O2 Android only had a light theme applied.
From all of the comments similar to yours, I have to assume it's different with telcos in the USA.
In the UK we have laws that allow us to unlock phones from carriers (they can only charge an admin cost) or bring a phone to an existing one.
Apart from fair-use policies (normally around tethering), I've never seen a telco here bother about what people do with their contract.
From that article: "Carrier IQ is a software package buried deep within Android by Samsung at the behest of Sprint"
But the video shows HTC, so presumably they got the same "behest". Does this only apply to Sprint?
My friend's HTC Sensation on T-Mobile (UK) doesn't appear to be running the service nor contain the IQ libraries listed.
How have you not mentioned a design that (allegedly) NASA have expressed actual interest in producing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starfury#Real_world_interest
Can't find the relevant quote, but it was something to do with the design actually taking in to account the difference in how a spaceship would handle in and out of atmosphere.
Three hours a day
Is that over the whole day? i.e., supporting many on/off cycles in a day?
Even then, three hours is an interesting average when my lounge lamps are probably on for well over six right now; does this affect their lifetime? I realise that they'll be used less in the summer, but if they've not tested the bulbs for longer periods, it will affect their figures.
I can't help but notice...
but they seem to have completely overlooked the 90% of the population that /isn't/ on fb.
And while the majority of these are likely to be direct friends/family of people that are, I have a feeling that there's a fair portion of a small landmass known as Africa that will skew their result somewhat.
Except that, those are translations (mostly from Greek), and some of those uses aren't quite as clear-cut as they seem, when you start looking at the actual words and context.
It would be even weirder if "Hell" (not one of the many towns) was mentioned unambiguously.
So, the usual not-unlimited definition of "unlimited" that all telcoms seem to know
The bigger issue
is that Google didn't really consider the need for OTA security updates initially.
It would be a much safer platform if Google could push security fixes as separate updates, assuming the affected component was "standard".
I try to keep my Desire at the highest OS version, but Desire development is slowing in favour of newer handsets, so I may need to eventually upgrade.
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