Re: What 'app gap'?
Yeah but FOMO is a real thing.
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Yeah but FOMO is a real thing.
A lot of reviews on other websites are slaging off the keyboard saying that it is too small.
I still think Blackberry should produce versions of this phone exactly the same with and without the slider option. That way people who just want a better galaxy with Blackberry's software on top can have their option.
And it should try and do the same for the passport. I use a passport and the best thing about it is the width of the screen (yes you can turn an iPhone sideways but then the screen is ridiculously short).
Well done to Blackberry on creating a slider that is only 9.4mm thick, that is well and truly 'have your cake and eat it' territory.
Just buy a giant mechanical powered hamsterball and stick in in your garage.
So my laptop has made my boyfriend infertile, we'll see about that!
Yes I think Blackberry should try and use a forked version of Android rather than just stock android, focus on security, and skin it so that it looks and works like BBOS 10 (which I find really good). Although they probably shouldn't try and use Cyanogen OS, as El Reg's past reporting on the Oneplus 2 debacle in India shows that Cyanogen OS may just be a clever way for google to discourage anyone else from trying to produce a version of Android without google's apps pre installed on the device.
It depends on whether or not Blackberry have the software development resources to do this though. None of the Android handset makers seem to be able to produce a decent skin for some reason.
I'm not sure about this slider phone, yes a slider does solve the "smaller screen" problem that the classic/passport have, but slider keyboards never seem to be as good as the keyboards on the classic.
Also Blackberry had a good idea in making the keyboard capacitive, then bollacked it up.It should have worked like the capacitive trackpad on the classic or bold - you use it to move the cursor around like you do with a mouse to edit text. Instead they used it to scroll the screen up and down, which you can already do with your finger on the screen. I slapped my forehead when I got my passport and realized that the capacitive keyboard was used for scrolling and not placement of the cursor(chicklet) in text.
Hopefully they can skin Android so it looks and runs exactly like BBOS 10 on the Passport.
The real problem is the lack of a complete app store. Reading this article I thought "Oh, I might give Here Maps a try". But then it wasn't in the Blackberry World app store, or in the Amazon app store. I went to the play store in my chrome browser on my PC, and there it was.
Yes I've read that there is some way to "side load" apps onto blackberry 10 by downloading apks, but screw that.
All android phones seem to have the same slightly shitty User Interface. What I'd like for the Blackberry Priv is for the user interface to work exactly like that on the Blackberry passport, hub included.
So the questions:
(1) Could you make a blackberry phone running android with a user interface exactly like that of BBOS 10, or is there some way that android restricts/prevents this?
(2) Why isn't Nokia Here Maps in the Amazon App store??
How is it that New Zealand has already managed to build out fiber to the premises for most urban centers, yet Australia can't seem to manage this?
Oh that's right, the NZ government saw as a key obstacle the former state telecoms monopoly (called Telecom) and set about playing hardball with Telecom to force it to 'voluntarily' split itself into a consumer retail company and a separate infrastructure wholesale company.
Why was similar political will lacking in Australia (usually a fairly radical place that takes a dim view of monopolists)?
So what is superior OLED Hdr or LED LCD Hdr?
Apple didn't delay the release of the iPod just so that they could sign up content deals with music companies, they just went ahead and released a device that was more than capable of playing everyone's entire (pirated) digital music collections. All you had to do was import the mp3s into iTunes.
Why not make Apple TV the same for TV and movies? Right now there is a lot of faffing about as your Apple TV needs to connect to an iTunes library on a local mac/pc, but surely it is not beyond Apple to put iTunes as a built in app on the Apple TV device itself that then seemlessly pull any content stored on Nework Accessable Storage or iPhones in the vincinity?
Or they could have whacked a 2TB 2.5 inch hard drive in Apple TV, or allowed it to stream media files stored on iCloud.
The Dearman engine runs on liquid air/nitrogen, which is a better for automotive engery storage than either batteries of hydrogen.
The real problems with hydrogen fuel cells are:
- Cost of the hydrogen, sure industrial hydrogen can be cheap, but fuel cells require 99.99% pure hydrogen to avoid fouling, and the cheapest way to produce that is (expensive) electrolysis (cheaper than filtering dirty hydrogen).
- Expensive storage and transport of the hydrogen (requires specially lined pipes as it embrittles steel).
The Dearman engine also provides 'free' air con, and is being trialed in refrigerated trucks in London.
I'm more excited about traveling from Sydney to London in only 4 hours.
I have never used the Capacitive keyboard other than as a physical keyboard. I imagined that it would be used to move the cursor around in text like the 'trackpad' on the classics. But this never seems to work in any applications.
What really surprised me is how much I like the wider screen. Yes you can turn a galaxy/iphone sideways, but then the scrolling real estate is reduced to less than that of a passport.
But I can't see the Passport ever selling in large numbers due to it's weird size and shape. Also the rubber back is actually really good, but will initially put people off in shops.
My layman's wish is that Blackberry would produce 4 phones each year:
- Budget classic with the same screen, but everything else cheaper parts.
- iPhone/Galaxy alike with a capacitive trackpad/nub combo home button.
- Slightly thicker version of the iPhone/Galaxy alike with a somehow decent slide out keyboard.
My other wishes are for a metal back that is somehow dimpled so that it is not slippery, but is still cool to the touch (the iPhone 6's are ridiculously slippery). Also for the classic and slide out to have two or more LED lights under each key, lighting up different characters on the key, allowing for a contextual keyboard.
The Economist has already called it, a better way of storing energy for motive power is a Dearman liquid nitrogen/liquid air engine.
I think Nintendo's next console (the Nintendo NX) is coming out a lot sooner than 2020 given the failure of the WiiU. Although XPoint will probably be too expensive.
Can someone explain how XPoint will lead to better games?
Typical blogger comment here, but they should just do four phones per year. An iPhone alike, a slightly thicker version of the iPhone alike with a slide out keyboard, a classic device, and a cheap materials version of the classic device. The home button on the iPhone alikes should be raised rather than recessed and able to act as a trackpad like that on the current classic.
It is a shame that they don't seem to be able to get all Android apps working in BBOS as there are clearly benefits to making both the hardward and OS.
Is it really beyond human ingenuity to build a device that attracts and then kills mosquitos? Do the bastards adapt to all attempts or something?
@LeeMing - Aren't you a copy of yourself though? Have you ever been knocked out? If they could grow a copy of you, and the copy woke up and didn't see the original, it wouldn't know that it was a copy.
This will probably never be possible, but it makes for some fun thought experiments. See the Christopher Nolan's film "The Prestige" for a good example of this in fiction.
I really want a mod that skins cortana into Clippy. "Looks like you're trying to open a word document...". Some of the most annoying words in the English language.
Nuscale power have an interesting SMR rector that uses standard uranium oxide fuel rods. The big innovation is that they have designed the rector so that there are no powered pumps or moving parts, and the whole thing sits in a giant pool of water. If the plant loses power then the magnetically suspended control rods drop, and the thing winds down to a power level where it can air cool itself forever long before the water pool evaporates.
Because it is small the rectors can be factory built, avoiding cost overruns and long in field construction times.
Because it is small the complex can be built in a hole in the ground (basically a bunker) rendering it earthquake and airplane proof. And if you stuck it on a hill it would be Tsunami proof too.
I have a feeling that Pseudo Holograms might be the next big thing for TV, while VR might be restricted to solo gaming. The other thing limiting VR in the near term is that you need an enthusiast level PC to run a headset with enough FPS.
On the other hand Dolby Atmos for sound looks absolutely awesome for regular TV as well as VR. Although not that many people have a full 5.1 speaker set up in their living room. The main problem is plumbing in all the power wiring for the speakers. And these cables get dusty and horrible. Perhaps if wireless power over 2m takes off (Witricity reckon they can do it) then people will just be able to stick speakers to walls and place them on stands behind the couch.
I wouldn't mind an updated version of this with windows phone 10 on it.
I understand that they probably can't fit a full sized Nvidia 980 or AMD R9 290X card into an all in one PC. But you might be better to wait for the next refresh as AMD will by then have greatly reduced the size of their card through the use of High bandwidth Memory (HBM).
On the other hand if you wait 6 months you can almost always get a much better computer...
Hyperloop - could actually work. But will need Billions to develop and Musk has already maxed out his credit trying to get into space.
Graphene - Is still a manufacturing breakthrough away from being practical. I hope it doesn't take 10+ years like OLED Televisions.
AI - So many predictions about this it is boring.
OK I see that the Roku 3 New can do DLNA streaming from a local storage device/NAS by installing the "Roku Media Player App". But why not just have that functionality installed out of the box?
Also another add on that seems to be fairly obvious to me is some kind of rudimentary social network so that I can have a recommendations stream based on what my friends are watching, or what my friends share or hit the like/love/recommend button on.
...a lack of wires has got to limit the graphical power. And as an early large function of the Hololens and other headsets seems to be gaming, surely this is an Achilles heal.
Still Witricity have been promising to make wireless power over a few feet real for some time now. It if is not vapourware then perhaps MS could use or buy their tech. Even in that case though it would be better if they figured out how to screen share the output of a desktop PC's graphics card to the Hololens. I know that current screen sharing introduces lag, but surely there must be some way around this? We're not talking Gaikai over the internet streaming of 3D, just streaming in the same room.
I'm going to guess that wearing a VR headset to watch the football will be too much hassle. People don't wear 3D glasses, and they are lighter and more convenient. I think large pseudo holographic TVs are the future.
I think Apple TV can't play (potentially pirated) media files on your NAS drive (at least my flat hasn't been able to figure out how to do this with Apple TV). I tried to read if Roku could do this, but got lost in walls of text in review focusing on its Netflix support.
I think this is the main difference between Slice and Roku/Apple TV? Please correct/abuse me if I am wrong?
Not to sure about the dual curve, just seems like another gimmick from Samsung in their "throw everything against the wall and see what sticks" strategy (still it worked a treat with phablets).
But a querty slider looks pretty tasty. The only thing I am worried about is that the keyboard will be horribly compromised like the keyboard on the old torches.
It wasn’t me:
How many times have you loaned your car to a friend, only to have him use it to rob a bunch of banks while wearing a mask that looks remarkably similar to your face -- too many times to count, probably. And then when the police come knocking at your door to ask you about some crimes, you say, "No, it was my friend wearing a mask that looks just like me." Then the cops are like "Whoa, sorry to bother you!" and they leave.
There actually needs to be something specific in the law saying that if you set up a wifi communication network, then you are fully responsible if anyone is able to use it to copy IP. Ignorance of how to secure your network, or how to prevent your children from accessing certain websites cannot be allowed as a defense unfortunately.
But then there arises a bear trap. What if a 14 year old uses his pocket money to buy a prepay mobile sim with a few GBs of data downloads and goes ahead downloading the latests pop songs. Is the parent responsible in that case??
Pseudo Holographic Displays require about 10 times 1080p resolution to work according to Seereal Technologies. Of course a telly manufacturer still has to put some king of beam steering oil filled block or whatever in front of each pixel to make a lightfield display.
Ultra D also seem to be doing some work in this area:
I think Microsoft's purchase of Minecraft for 2.5 Billion falls into the same category as Facebook paying 2 billion for Occulus. They are both massive overpayments in a fairly frothy market, and now analysts are struggling to come up with rational justifications for them. The real explanation is the simple one - it is probably a bubble.
There were a few winners from the first dot com boom (Amazon, eBay, Paypal, Skype). I think a few current giants are just spraying money around hoping to buy the next big thing. But I think marketplaces and social networks are natural monopolies, as the more people who use them, the more valuable they are. I am not sure that either minecraft or occulus have any network effects however?
I wonder if the front of the glass display could be made to go dark when playing an Occulus VR type game to block out the outside world, and then switched back to clear for AR? Perhaps objects could be selectively displayed in VR mode so that when you walk within 1.5m of the coffee table or family dog they appear preventing accidents and the "Trip anxiety" that goes with VR?
Also these things will probably need some kind of ranged wireless power like what Witricity is proposing to ever be used wirelessly.
It does look pretty good, at least in this photo:
Although that is without any dusty cables sticking out of the back.
I don't know why TV manufacturers don't go after the gaming market? Bring out a 5k set (4 times 1440p) with g-sync and free-sync.
Will Blackberry ever be able to square the circle and produce a phone with a decent slide out keyboard, avoiding any compromise on screen size?
Blackberry is still caught between a rock and hard place. Their devices have smaller screens due to the space the keyboard takes up, and even Apple has thrown in the towel and given people larger screens.
They could try to get around this by making a slide out keyboard phone (e.g. the Torch). But in the past these have always been fat, and the keyboard has been rubbish compared to those on the standard candybar Blackberrys. Unless they had do some engineering alchemy and produce a slider that is under 9.5mm thick and has a decent keyboard I think they are toast in the long term too, as the market for candybar Blackberries just isn't large enough on its own.
They should have three devices - a candybar phone with keyboard, a unicorn slider, and a iPhone alike without a physical keyboard (but with that trackpad button that the new classic has for placing the caret when editing text).
Nobody will want to swap their brand new battery for a dogdy used one on its 800th charge cycle... unless they get their original back. Or Telsa throws in some "minimum range" guarantee on the swapped batteries so people basically buy the car and then rent the batteries.
Battery swapping does make a lot of sense as it solves the recharge time problem. Then you just have to get the cost and the weight of the things down. Musk's "Gigafactory" should get the cost down a bit. But he's still gambling on new better battery tech emerging to get the weight down.
3 minutes is not a problem, particularly if they automate the payment as someone else said. I think service stations are resisting this only because they want to march you past the temptation of diabetes causing sugary drinks and chocolates on the way to the counter. 3 minutes would give me time to wash and wipe the windscreen anyway.
Somehow with a decent slide out keyboard.
Could make good use of this tech without having to wait for standards to be finalized.
Which would neatly solve the problem noted by Iain that in a lot of cases outside of cars, coffeeshops, and aeroplanes we'd still be lugging around a wireless charging pad and cable.
I'm guessing that in the future a lot of lights in the middle of ceilings will get a large Wtiricity solenoid placed above them so that your laptop, mobile, and even TV don't need to be plugged in with only really power hungry appliances such as kettles being plugged into the walls.
The Chinese are now research molten salt nuclear power plants in earnest. These things cannot melt down in the event of power loss to a plant, run at atmospheric pressure, and don't need massive expensive steel pressure vessels which take years to build properly on site. The real cost saving would be that you could build them in a factory and ship them to where needed on the back of a truck. The thorium versions (LFTRs) are even super difficult to use to make weapons.
There is a cross party group of politicians in the UK who have created the Weinberg Foundation to try and promote research into these reactors:
Jolla's interface looks way better than that Z-Launcher on the N1 (admittedly I have only seen each in pictures/videos).
Because without apps I don't think it stands much long term chance.
Also, it is just a theory, but device makers seem to make better devices when they control the hardware and OS. The most notable example is of course Apple, but then you have to pay the Apple tax. On the Android side, Google seem to bring out features around 12 months after Apple. But that is not really red hot competition for Apple, and I don't imagine Google have loads of incentive to do more than match Apple, as forcing Apple to spend more on R&D would just force them to do the same.
I am rooting for Sailfish and BB OS as I think the future mobile computing world could do without being dominated by only 2 companies.
Yeah this article doesn't really make clear whether the laser is onboard the rocket, or ground based and pointed at the back of the rocket?
I think this is an interesting hybrid between a normal chemical rocket, and proposals to just use a ground based laser to heat a fairly inert mass such as helium or nitrogen.
An onboard laser would probably require an incredibly dense power source such as a molten salt thorium fission reactor or fusion reactor...
I think fission reactor powered rockets would have the same controversy of what happens if they crash as did the proposed nuclear powered drone aircraft a few years back.
It is kind of irrelevant what the sides and back of the phone are made of as the first thing anyone does with their iPhone/Glaxay/HTC/Sony is buy a plastic/leather case to protect it from falls and scratches. Sods law says that if you don't you'll inevitably drop it in the first week and will have to spend the next 24 months looking at the chips and scratches.
I think Nokia had the right idea way back in the day when they were making (plastic) dumbphones, but with the key feature that you could buy another plastic case if the first one got scratched/samaged. They often came in loads of crazy colours and designs.
I don't think it is beyond Samsung to come up with a version of the galaxy alpha with a somehow removable metal rim, and perhaps a dimpled metal back that is less slippery. When these became chipped and scratched you could then just buy replacements (if it is possible to sell these for not too much).
The other benefit of this is that it cuts about 1.5mm of plastic case thickness off your device. But the real benefit would be being able to feel the premium material your phone is made out of without living in fear of perma damage.
Yeah but... then there would be no backlight which is even more essential for a phone keyboard than one on a laptop. Although maybe they could light the keyboard from the sides like a Kobo ereader? Still, I think bright lit up keys are what is needed. I'm wondering how difficult it would be to just stick 2 LEDS under each key, with a blue one lighting up only the top corner of the key where a number (usually dark) sits and this alternate keyboard is activated using the function key. There might be some real cost or technical difficulties blocking either of these proposals though?
The reviewer didn't answer this, hopefully because the new touch qwerty keyboard makes it as easy to place the caret somewhere into position in a body of text as did the old trackpad on the old Bolds.
The was removed in the Q5 and caused all sorts of grief as The Register pointed out: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/10/blackberry_q5_review/
When I got my Galaxy Note 2 with its large screen I imagined tapping in long posts (like this one). In reality the inability of placing the caret back in a body of text to edit it made this too painful. We've got the scrolling ability of a mouse with touchscreens, but not the pointing ability (yet).
I definitely think four rows of keys would have been the way to go. Stick the blackberry logo on the top of the device on the back (like Apple does). Then you'd get a decent width spacebar and function keys.
The next Q10/Z3 iPhone alike from blackberry could or should have a home button on the foot of the device, and it could have the functionality of the old Bold trackpads when typing with the virtual keyboard onscreen (as well as fingerprint ID etc).
Also I don't know how hard it would be in practice, but rather than edge backlighting the keyboard with white LEDS how about having a blue and white LED under each key, with the white LED lighting up the main functions of the keyboard, and the blue LEDs in the top left corner lighting up the alternate keyboard accessed by pressing the function key.
They're just going to have to build FTTP one day anyway, baring some massive totally unexpected leap in mobile data capabilities. All the National Liberal Coalition is doing is ensuring that a decent network has to be built in two phases for a much higher cost.
The government here keeps emphasizing that most households don't need download bandwidth greater than what is available on ADSL, completely ignoring network aspects like latency (that anyone playing Call of Duty is aware of).
They are also implicitally discounting any future products and services that may require more bandwidth or lower latency. 4k TV, 120 frames per second sports broadcasts, Pseudo Holographic TV, proper videoconferencing spring to mind. None of those may come to be popular, but I'd bet that the internet isn't done coming up with intensive services that we will all want to use in the near future...
... it relies on Paley's watchmaker argument that a complex object like a watch or an eye can only have been designed by an intelligent being, rather than by making untold billions of copies and picking those that keep working. This is totally counter intuitive to human innate reasoning (something complex like a campfire must have been created by intelligent other humans - danger!). But that is part of the reason why it was 200 years from the start of the renaissance before anyone figured this out.
Scientifically this movie is just as silly and mildly annoying as one where true love cures mental illness.
I think the biggest problem with home theater is all the wires that you need to run to connect and power the speakers. Witricity are doing some interesting stuff with wirless power, but don't yet have a product on the market. Personally I wouldn't mind getting rid of all wires in my living room if possible.
The second problem as pointed out by the article is the absolute Zoo of content delivery systems. I think it will take something like "Apple TV with Dolby Atmos Beats fully wireless speakers" to sort this out. Or some other company like Google or Netflix could produce there own set top box and speaker package.