78 posts • joined Wednesday 22nd February 2012 09:43 GMT
I remember once Christmas - probably 1988 or thereabouts I must have been 10; I'd had a BBC B which was showing its age and I desperately wanted an Atari ST, several of my friends had one. (Mum: Why do you want another computer, the one you've got works fine!).
I was told several times I wouldn't be getting one, but still that disappointment on Christmas morning when it didn't arrive :o(.
About 6 months later my Dad went and got me a PC instead, 286 12Mhz! I got into upgrading etc and it's probably why I'm now a sysadmin!
Given that mobiles are the primary way for most people to make calls these days, it's time the differential pricing stopped. This is a good step in that direction. I remember the days when if you called a mobile number, and you didn't get through or there was no answer - you'd still get charged!
Re: Except Apple aren't giving it away for free.
Quite; the author misses the point that Apple makes it's money from the sale of the hardware so can afford to give the OS away for free. Microsoft does not have this advantage.
And Kudos to the scammers who quickly turned around a new spam email which asked me to download a utility to verify my account:
"Dear Card User,
We urgently wish to inform you that your
RBS card could not be verify due to some
systematic error. therefore we urge you to
download the security file and follow the
Thank you for choosing RBS
Royal Bank of Scotland
Agreed, at least in the UK google has street view on pretty much every road in the UK which is open to traffic. Even the tiny single track country lanes you would think most wouldn't bother with; they're there.
I hope Nokia have similar ambitions, as just mapping cities and major roads won't cut it.
Re: 30% seems high to me
We have a couple of DAB radios in the house, but on the main one we still listen on FM because the DAB reception was terrible. The other one upstairs my wife listens to 6 Music while she's working. The rest are in the car which are FM.
I recognise this app! Mostly because it's an obvious rebrand of iTap RDP, except this one is free. Not a bad thing as iTap RDP has always worked well.
I currently have a 4S and watched the 5S and 5C announcements in detail, and looked at the price. I've come to the conclusion I want a Galaxy S4.
Re: The problem...
""Horrible as it sounds, war would be about the best thing for North Korea, with the leadership overthrown, the seriously oppressed people of the country can be brought into the international community, helped, fed and allowed to grow prosper like their southern counterparts.""
Ultimately it will be the best for all concerned, especially South Korea - or just "Korea", the only question is how many deaths and how much damage is done in the meantime. The worst thing that can happen is the use of nuclear weapons, a bitch to clean that up.
Re: Air Power
An ex US joint chief was on Radio 4 the other day and talking about the Nork's artillery capacity, he said that even compared to 10 years ago the precision weapons available to the US mean that systematically destroying the artillery pieces will be pretty straightforward.
They won't be popular until...
Like most cars like this it's another step in the right direction, but..
They won't make sense until there are significant financial advantages in owning one. Firstly the purchase cost has to be no more than the equivalent petrol/diesel equipped car, then the running costs must be far far lower.
At the moment you'd have to be doing a lot of miles in order to justify the high up front cost vs buying a petrol car. Unfortunately doing a lot of miles is what electric cars are worst at.
So at the moment there's no real incentive to buy one.
Re: Sony have dropped the ball
Because Apple have devices which people hold in their hand and carry around, the device and how it looks is important. The PS4 is a box that sits under the telly. What it looks like is of little consequence.
That's the main point of having a console. You buy a game for "PS4" and you know it's going to run well.
Re: American Broadcasting Corporation?
Perhaps the same way that whenever US dollars are quoted the conversion to Pounds is omitted unlike with every other currency.
I'm completely outraged at their decision to show this! As I am every time the Tweenies is on cos it's total crap.
Re: They have a signed a deal with a big partner
Yep, and the best part is it just logs you in, no messing on with the settings.
Re: Leave it alone ofcom
Quite so, you sign into a contract - even for 2 years the cost should be fixed for the duration - no question. If the operators want more money - tough! If their costs go up - tough!
If you can't forecast for 2 years ahead don't offer 2 year contracts.
Worst graph I've ever seen. It would have been too much trouble to put the names next to their starting position on the left and then you can trace them through. Rather than having to guess which exact shade?
Easily done. Like my Mum saying her cousin got an iPad or iPod 'or something'... yeah very informative thanks.
Re: Only one?
They don't have just one phone, they are currently selling iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5.
Especially as the iPhone 4/S and iPhone 5 have different screen sizes. Granted they have only one 'latest' model.
But their market share is small these days; this is important if you are wanting to attract app developers, who often only have time to develop one platform, they may well choose Android due to sheer numbers.
What Apple secrecy?
Nearly all of their recent products had been widely leaked well in advance of their launch anyway.
Give up Apple!
Apple should outsource their mapping to a company that knows what it is doing! Google for example.
You never know, that might be why it's momentous.
It most likely formed around a star and was ejected into space. If the earth was to leave the orbit of the sun and travel off into interstellar space - it wouldn't just stop being a planet.
Re: Oh FFS!
I wouldn't be surprised if 'iPhone 6' is the working title for whatever the next iPhone is, and I would be very surprised if they hadn't already been working on it for at least a year already.
Just because they are using iPhone 6 as a working title doesn't have any bearing as to the final name.
Re: Good luck Apple
Which is exactly why an iTV won't work. Apple relies on people replacing their devices every 2 years or so, whereas you replace your TV more like every 5 years at the most. They would be much better off making their current 'Apple TV' system something actually worth buying; rather than having to pay to get a box which lets me pay again.
The ASA just like most watchdogs are useless. They should have the power to impose serious fines on companies repeatedly found to be in breach. This would certainly focus the mind of the marketing department. Other than being told not to do it again.
Someone seems to have forgotten Wogan isn't British.
As a general rule there should be at least 50 years between the death of a person and them appearing on a note.
The new new iPad (or 4th Generation iPad) was announced yesterday, complete with smaller adapter.
The reason you have to get a cellular one for GPS is that the GPS system relies heavily on data downloaded over the mobile network. Yes you could have GPS without mobile data but Apple don't want to diminish the experience or other such marketing slogan.
Re: 3rd generation iPad
>For me, the biggest announcment today was that they've released a 4th generation iPad after only six >months. Is this a sign that they are changing to two new versions a year? I own a 3rd gen. iPad* (yes I >know... ) but to me this seems more likely to upset people than the poor 'mini' version.
No, it just shows they are switching to an October release for new iPads. Which is much better for the Christmas market than March - as then by the time you get to Christmas you're thinking - I won't buy an iPad now because there will be a new one in a couple of months.
I've always thought the iPad is too big and too heavy, so I'm looking forward to trying one of these. It'll just be a replacement for using my phone on the sofa.
Of course there will be a retina display version launced in October 2013 - but then isn't there always something better on the horizon?
The government should either put VAT on books to 20% or zero rate e-books. Having two different rates is silly indeed.
If you want OS maps on your iPhone look for the map called 'Outside Maps' you can view online plus download tiles for offline use.
Could be worse
Amazon 'delivered' some books to us by pushing them through the back gate but didn't leave a note. So they got rained on for two days before we discovered them.
Re: Not quite the first
Yes, I was watching downloaded iPlayer videos on my N96 in late 2008.
It would be good if they would stop sending spam text messages too.
Yes, because you agreed to a certain price for the term of your contract. Now if after the contract ends they want to put the price up in line with CPI, or the phases of the moon - that's fine.
5 years ago there were the number 1 place to go to for all my tech stuff. Now more often than not they don't have what I need, or are very expensive. So I order from the likes of Amazon.
Re: Just like
It is or was free to granny during the digital switchover. My granny got hers for £20, but that was for FreeSat.
But some of us don't have to connect via wifi. My TV, Sky box and DVD player are connect via plain old network cables!
This kind of nonsense was one of the things that did for Nokia. Nokia comes up with a perfectly good firmware update -- only for nobody to be able to get it because it hasn't been 'approved' by the carrier.
Re: Obesity dumb bomb
You make a good point. I did read somewhere that people who smoke are actually less of a burden to the state than those who don't. Partly because they contribute with tax on their purchases of cigarettes, they will likely have severe health problems which does cost the NHS, but they are also likely to die much earlier than non-smokers so the amount of care required in their old age is less, cos they're dead.
Re: The problem with NFC in the UK
Presumably you'll have to type a PIN here too..
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