950 posts • joined 22 Aug 2011
Unlike the HP deals, where you could get a cheap tablet and run Android on it, the playbook is dying on it's arse for two simple reasons.
1/ Buisnesses would never buy them as it's got "play" in it's title.
2/ Consumers would never buy one because it's a dead product with a locked bootloader.
Really, whatever idiot decided to call it the Playbook when their primary market was business, really needs to be flipping burgers right now, as I wouldn't trust him with much else.
They didn't help themselves either, with their mis-selling of their Android "compatibility", which got people's hopes up, only to be destroyed when the reality struck them that it wasn't runtime emulation of Android, it was compile-time...
for fanboys to be disappointed when there is only a dual-core CPU, and still a sub 2MP cameras, and a "retina display" that's only really the same as the forthcoming and already announced Asus Transformer refresh,
Expect more lock-in, more DRM and less control.
Re: Good lord
I don't recall everyone companining when Nintendo did their proprietary memory cards (cartridges).
I will explain how it work.
The Vita accepts store bought games on memory card, and downloadable games onto bought memory cards.
Sony were forced to use their own proprietary memory card because they needed to add copy protection mechanims to the store bought games, and SD did not allow that (without making it a non-standard SD format, something they would have also got beaten up over)., If you want to get technical, there is a revised version of Sony's MagicGate card encryption going on there.
If Sony had used SD Cards as you wish, how would they prevent people simply copying them???
Don't think of it as a memory card, think of it as a game cartridge, but one that you can also buy a blank version of so you can download your PSN bought games.
Re: Re: Easy
They didn't load the launch day patch that fixed the loading times.
The usual sloppy El-Reviewing.
So let me get this straight...
Superstardust Delta was given a Recommended badge and a 85% score when it was listed as a £35 game.
Now you have corrected the price to it's £6.50, it still gets the same score?
How does that work? I knew EL-Reg's scoring system is pretty meaningless when it's paired up with sloppy journalism, but this is taking th biscuit surely.
Re: far too expensive
You know there are games like Superstardust for Vita that are around the fiver mark, and more comparable with what iOS and Android gaming are at?
Re: redundant code?
What I find interesting here, is the inconsistency of the media's reporting.
One week it's Android Malware scare stories, they next week, they are pointing out how the permissions based system on Android highlights how some apps have dodgy permissions.
Surely this story should be highlighting the benefits of Google's permissions system over the "Apple will deal with it" iOS system...
Hasn't Opera been promoting this for years????
You write your apps and sites to Web standards, and everything magically works in a browser that conforms to web standards....
Unfortunately you cant do much about moronic pack mentality.
Re: Elop wrong?
Elops a fucking idiot. Everyone knows that the number of cores has nothing to do with how much heat it kicks out. TDP is what is responsible for that.
Right now many of the dual-core phones are 800Mhz and the single cores are 1.4Ghz, and both punch roughly about the same...
Many of the ARM devices can turn off cores, for example the Tegra3, which has a 5th ultra-low power core for when the device is not doing anything, all the other 4 "proper" cores are all turned off.
Elop, you really are the wrong man for the job, when Barry Shitpeas can out-talk you technically.
Does this mean
That's Apple's much touted "we review every app" process is just more Apple hot air?
it sounds like it is....
Looks an absolute mess.
80% really? What's wrong with the Google Market? I find it a doddle to find what I want. You do know you can sideways slide to see whats trending etc???
Apple fanbois worried clearly.
As every article seems keen to point out the state of the ProView company.
However trademark infringement is trademark infringement..
I bet Chinese officials are already getting their Apple promotional "gifts" in the post as we speak, as that's how Apple works.
So Safari and IE are shit
and privacy settings are trivially bypassed, and that's Google's problem?
Who wants to bet for every Google using this, there are 1000 less trustworthy companies doing the same.
Re: Don't get it
Isn't it the same reason as always.
The execs that made the decision all owned iPads, so it was the logical choice in their closed little minds.. Who cares what reality is... From their boardroom 100% of tablet owners were iPad owners....
Re: You don't need Sky Sports...
And of course the £20 a month under the £10 HD pack....
And if you think the £10/Month sweetener will be there next season, and it's nothing more than a move to ease criticism, then you are a fool.
Next year you will be paying £40/month for Sky + SkySports to watch F1.
I told them where to stick their telly, I paid £100 for an installer to stick up a dualLNB pointing at RTL and will be watching the free RTL feed and listening on R5Live (if you listen on DAB, the sync between the two is pretty close).
Will get thrown out..
As, correct me if I am wrong, prior art still applies...
Apples patent was granted in December 2005, and there are several examples of prior art, include the Neonode N1m from 2001.
All this shows, is Apple's desperation..
Seems Apple must be really concerned about this, if they do to this extent to try and discredit it.
"Maybe Google can use some of these ideas?"
Errm, you can already do this in GTalk...
Infact GTalk will always be superior, as I can use it to message pretty much anyone with an computer or mobile, regardless of what it runs. GTalk is available universally and platform agnostic, using open protocols.
Of course none of those words will mean anything to an Apple owner, as they are clearly too thick to understand the importance of open protocols. I'm guessing they will be content sat in their walled garden where they can chat with their locked in messaging app to 1% of the world who also feel the need to demonstrate in public that they have "made it" by carrying an Apple product on show.
Not going to happen...
If it does, then it's nothing more than a disruptive move my Google to thwart Windows 8 on tablets (not they they need to, as that strategy is doomed for failure without any Google intervention).
at all the idiots that think this was some kind of manual decision.
Clearly it's a dynamic pricing system that sets the price based on demand (or some other factor like media noise....) However when something happens on a weekend, there is nobody there to push the cancel button.
But then hey, it's Sony, so knock-yourself out,, we all know how fashionable Microsoft's made it to hate Sony. Even El-Reg love to jumpaboard the bandwagon, posting totally non-IT stories like this...
If only Apple had Android-like permissions...
They wouldn't be in this PR disaster....
This is only Google Android devices. There are in addition millions more of non-approved Android devices. You know those £99 Android 2.2 tablets that take up supermarket space...
Comescore != traffic.
New signups can only be claimed by the host themselves.
As anything Murdoch related, I would think it's safe to say it can't be trusted.
Can anyone validate these numbers?
Or is it just lame PR stunt to try and change everyone's opinion that MySpace is dead.
My feeling that is there are almost as many fairytales going on here, as there are Microsoft's unvalidated sales numbers is spews out on a regular basis (only to look fishy months down the line when official numbers make Microsoft's claims look total BS).
The iPad is a fashion statement, nothing more, and SE Asia is an emerging market, where the "haves" want to show the "have nots" that they have made it. What better way to do so that sport the latest fashion accessory?
Not being able to boot Internet Explorer?
That's surely an upgrade then....
If they want a faster, more featured and more secure browser, they could always download Opera...
Start, Run, ftp -A ftp.opera.com
Job done :-)
"existing x86 apps won't run on Windows 8"
That should of course say.
"existing x86 apps won't run on Windows 8 tablet"..
In simple terms (and Microsoft have been avoiding putting this in simple terms, for obvious reasons, as confusion is how they are hoping to sell this)
Windows 8 on the PC will run "Legacy" Win32, .NET + WinRT/Metro apps.
Windows 8 Tablet will run Metro Apps + Office/IE.
The Windows8 trainwreck justs gets funnier and funnier.
This is epic...
two versions of Windows 8 that are totally different and totally incompatible with each other.
Do they REALLY think consumers will be able to work this out? (or perhaps they are just hoping they find out after they open the box that says "no refunds")
"But Google may also get new problems with Android as part of the deal. Several manufacturers have expressed misgivings, feeling that Google will give Motorola preference with the latest builds and tweaks for Android and leave them playing second fiddle."
Errm, like Microsoft and Nokia are then.... Or Nokrosoft as they will be surely called by this time next year, when Microsoft have destroyed their share price and bought them out.
Even Sony stored it's passwords as hashes, so surely this deserves more than 3 months of constant press coverage....
The problem is of course
the amount of bedroom "experts" on XDA that are sure to muddy any waters.... The amount of bullshit that floods out of the XDA bedroom expert mouths is enough to worry a large city....
The issues being.
They were down the pub on a Friday afternoon and really couldn't give a crap if users had to wait a few more days for it...
Come on Asus, this sort of attitude is how companies fall from grace very quickly in the non-tolerant Internet age.
So no compatability with legacy apps then....
Windows 8 on a PC is a totally different OS to Windows 8 on a tablet. And whilst the PC can run tablet apps, the tablet won't run anything from the PC.
A bit shit then....
That's a bit extreme...
They may have lost their way of late, pushing those rubbish Windows Phone things, but they will be back, you can be sure of that. Their Android handsets are still very good.
Good luck with that.
As even in the santised and controlled Apple world, Malware still exists. The media are all iPhone owners, so they rebrand it into something that sounds less scary....
I mean the Android Bouncer article (which was not only very relevant but interesting too) didn't even get a mention here, yet got widespread coverage everywhere else.
Yet something like this comes up, and you are all over it like a bad rash....
Hmmmm, ok then.....
Fucking sucks eh Apple???
They started this patent war, and now it's turned sour on them.
Windows 8 is a total mess.
There are some serious incompatibilities between the tablet and desktop versions, where all apps will work on the desktop, but only metro apps will work on the tablet, with no Win32 EXE, or even .NET compatibility on the tablet....
For this, the tablet side of Windows 8 will fail as badly as Windows Phone has done.
So it's Sony's fault you were a cheapskate and didn't opt for the £150 NEW PS3, but a used one of unknown origin?
appalling year last year
Where they outsold the Xbox360 and Wii at a higher retail pricepoint...
PS3 14,059,943 (+1%)
X360 13,422,253 (0%)
Wii 11,846,601 (-32%)
Yeh really bad..... I used to love visiting El-Reg before the braindead morons arrived...
Bzzztttt - WRONG....
" "Microsoft, Opera and Firefox also push software updates for serious incidents rather than rely on online revocation checks."
Chrome is basically doing when Opera has done for a long while.
As clearly flash runs fine on ICS already, so any changes to make it work on Android Chrome browser will be minor API hook and plugin wrapper tweaking by Google.
Expect a beta of Chrome that supports the existing flash plugin API, or a recompiled (or included) Flash plugin compiled by Google very soon.
Still nice try at FUD, it's not bad, I would rate in 4/10.
I tried many of these before purchasing.
The Humax failed to make the grade because the EPG was slow annd painful to use, it was also very buggy, with the EPG taking minutes to appear when I tried to use it, the UI also looked dated.
The Echostar failed on aesthetics, I don't care what it's got inside when it looks as fucking ugly as that.
In the end, the Samsung SMT-7800 came out on top. Slick UI, all the features I needed, and because it's the newest, it's also getting an update to bring it into line with the G2 spec in May., it was also cheaper than the others and looked better put together.
I don't think ANY of the other manufacturers have committed to their sets being G2-Ready, and therefore, the SMT-7800 gets MY Editors choice award (I can no longer go on yours, as it's based on seemingly meaningless criteria).
that Chrome not only already does this, but logs ALOT more besides....
I wonder how many Chrome users know much much data Google is collecting about their surfing habits???
Me, I don't give a toss, as both products are lame compared to Opera.
Microsoft lost the plot along time back.
That horrible MetroUI that's like it's been teleported from 1990.
The Vista task bar pinning where you can't work out if it's an open application or a pinned one....
So Calibre is a piracy/cracking app then?
As i'm sure the authors of it would disagree with you on that....
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