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Re: Sounded really promising
Unlikely, the T100 is one of the first with Bay Trail and certainly the first Transformer, I suspect you might be thinking of Clover Trail. Bay Trail is quad core as opposed to Clover's dual and significantly better in almost every way.
I think you've been wooshed. I'm assuming it was a popular culture reference to a movie series...
Re: MicroUSB Charging
I had a T3000 for a couple of weeks. That was as long as the charger lasted. I love the concept of the product and it's good to see they've finally released an x86 version. Hopefully it won't be too difficult to get Linux running on one of these things
I agree with you I got an advert on facebook before (I know I know) from a company I won't name (lets just say they sell carphones from a pretty big warehouse) and they were advertising a 'Samsung Galaxy Fame' and a free Samsung 7 inch galaxy tablet for only 16 quid a month and you didn't have to pay an upfront cost.
Fantastic I thought then it hit me. I've seen loads of promotions where Samsung are literally giving away these tablets and I've never came across anyone who owns a Galaxy tablet. The Galaxy Fame didn't look that decent too from what I could make out the screen looked on a par with an iPhone 3G, but for 16 quid a month for both someone will get a fantastic deal, but it did make me think that they are spreading this Galaxy line far too thin.
I went with the Galaxy S4 last time round purely because it was the phone that fitted all my needs rather than marketing hype. I must admit it is my first Galaxy phone and it will be my last. After going from a Nexus 4 to this the Android 'experience' is shocking. I just wish I could be bothered to back it all up and put the Google Play Edition ROM on it
Re: To put it into perspective ...
Put another way, they are spending the equivalent of the entire gross domestic product of Jamaica (or Iceland) on adverts. Or the arms budget of Israel, or the UK foreign aid budget.
Well done your subliminal advertising has worked. I want fifteen pints of Red Stripe now
Samsung Galaxy S5
The reason they are having a crisis meeting is because they need to figure out how they can implement a finger print sensor on the Galaxy S5 when it has a rectangular button... And I own an S4
Surface RT is NOT a laptop, but a TABLET first of all which you can attach a keyboard to
I know which is why I quite clearly said - "This Surface RT isn't a real laptop,"
Do a google image search on surface RT. Sorry do a bing image search on Surface RT... With the Google one 95% of the results returned show it with a keyboard. It is a tablet masquerading as a laptop
I loved my netbook, but regardless of what distro you put on it this will be the falling down point -
1024 x 576-pixel 10.1-inch screen
EasyPeasy was one of the better distros I came across, but it's been discontinued and despite being aimed at netbooks there was an issue where the menu wouldn't fit on the screen fully.
I don't understand how the likes of Google can produce the Nexus 7 with a fantastic screen resolution that you can touch, but no company could turn out a netbook with anywhere close to a 'retina' screen. Shame they've been killed off I thought they were brilliant little machines
"This Surface RT isn't a real laptop," one says. "It doesn't have Windows it has RT which uses a titled interface, it has a half assed Office that runs like a dog. Without Wi-Fi those pretty tiles don't do much at all unless you suffer from epilepsy and when you are online, Microsoft sends you to bing and outlook. That's how you get Microshafted"
Joking aside though I think this is a pretty pathetic campaign. Chromebooks are aimed at people like my dear old ma who doesn't want to have to contend with AV scans / malware scans and installing Windows updates she just wants to be able to browse the web and use email and keep in touch with the grandkids.
Yeah it's a brick without a broadband connection, but in the last two years I can safely say I've lost less time to broadband not working than I have to Windows updates and all that other rubbish. Windows is just too complex for the average punter that the chromebook is aimed at and while a dumbed down RT went some of the way to resolve this issue it appears that it is about to be taken out the back and shot.
Actually I think the opposite. I think a company that does name their competitors in an attempt to belittle them is a company that is acknowledging that their competitor is far in front saleswise,
I agree. Instead of just ripping Apple / Google in their adverts give me a compelling reason to buy a surface give me a compelling reason to switch to live.c sorry outlook.com. Don't just say 'Google reads your email!!' and hide the fact that they hand over your data to the NSA without a fight...
It's pathetic behaviour of a company that's struggling for ideas. I like the concept of the surface and briefly had a Asus Transformer, but the hardware was poor and I took it back and I was tempted by the original surface, but the weight and the amount of space Windows took up on the basic model put me off straight away. Yes I know it has USB ports, but that makes it less mobile in my book.
Ah yes the iPad killer that requires a kickstand and a cover come keyboard to be of any use...
Classic Microsoft they just miss the point completely. They make a tablet and then recommend putting it on it's kick stand? I may as well buy a better spec'd laptop for the price they want for one of these things.
Doesn't look good
Just checked amazon and while they have 96 five star reviews for the console they also have 50 one star reviews out of 187. Lots of people reporting faulty units that need to be returned. By the time they get a replacement a free game might not appease them.
Be interesting to see how that fairs compared to the PS4. I really don't know what console to go for in this generation. They seem quite similar in specs, but it seems like the Xbox has more media and extra features compared to the PS4, but the PS4 is cheaper.
It's a shame both of them seem to be suffering from quality control issues. Smacks of them being rushed to the market too quickly. I wonder how long it is before Sony revise the design and release a console that irons out their rumoured issues...
Would microsoft have even paid tax on that 100k? Or would it have been creatively managed to the point where we'd be no better off than we were with the criminals shifting these products
I fully expect Samsung to give away the Galaxy Gear watch with their next generation of devices. They reacted to the rumours of the iWatch too quickly and put together a product that doesn't solve any problems just yet.
I like the idea of a smartwatch but I see nothing out there that is compelling enough to put up with poor battery life and a screen that won't be all that in direct sunlight
If it looks like a bubble smells like a bubble and tastes like a bubble it's usually a bubble...
that conceptually resembles Chrome OS, inasmuch as offers not much more than a browser and a persistent desktop that offers shortcuts to, and a launcher for, your preferred web apps.
I used this around 2009 / 2010 it also had a spotify client which you could install using the help of WINE. It was a brilliant idea and a godsend for my netbook, but there were just too many rough edges that never looked like getting sorted.
It's a shame as I'd really like something which lets me access all of my cloud Apps in SSB's but also lets me keep some things installed locally. Chome OS doesn't cut it and I can't find an up to date SSB for Linux or OS X that is any good. Mozilla Prism was great, but that was discontinued
Goobacks is the greatest episode ever. A fantastic satirical piece on immigration that somehow manages to make people see sense over the whole issue despite is going from the obsurd (time portal) to the brilliant (their spoof of rolling news channels where everything is micro analysed by a different reporter in a different location) to the downright ****ing hilarious - EVERYONE BACK ON THE PILE!!!
In fairness, while CCTV doesn't directly make you safer necessarily, it does help secure conviction against criminals, which indirectly drives down crime in the long run
What a load of rubbish. Any convictions it secures are negated by the fact that the sentancing is a joke and more and more serious crimes are seeing jail time served reducing rather than increasing caused by amongst other things overcrowded jails. Crime isn't been driven down the jails are overcrowded and the government statistics misleading and that's before you take into account the amount of people who feel it's not worth the stress or hassle to push for a conviction because they are being made to feel like the villain by the likes of the police
"Just take a look at Xbox One… no other company could have delivered what we are delivering with Xbox One. It is a reflection of what’s possible.”
Apart from Sony....
He should feel queasy about the Skype acquisition too. Some of their purchases smack of 'well we have the money so lets buy it and we'll figure out how to make money from it down the line'.
Bing needs to be spun off and they need to pick a path. They are stretching themselves too hard to cover hardware and the Google service / software model. He says they are working together as one big team under a single strategy, but the sad truth is their strategy is all over the shop there is clearly no direction. How many re brands have their products and services gone through and there is still no unified and easily identifiable portfolio
And I'm probably missing a few not forgetting Windows Live Search then Bing!
Wow. It's been several years already and there are still people who have yet to learn that an iOS/Android platform is not the same animal as a full OS. And no, making a screen bigger is no substitute. Perhaps it will take a few more years for reality to sink in.
Apple are good at one thing it is letting other companies take the first steps and then slipstreaming them with a better more refined product - iPod, iPhone, -iPad
Where can they go from here? The iWatch won't happen as the market is still in it's infancy. I think they will take the idea of a hybrid device like Microsoft, HP and Asus have all tried and blow them out of the water again. A Retina Macbook Air form factor with a 12.9 inch touch screen running on an ARM chip with incredible battery life that can detach to become an iPad would sell like hotcakes.
You say that iOS is not the same animal as a full OS and I totally agree. Apple could easily compile OS X for ARM and I've no doubt that it is already running on ARM in one of their R&D labs somewhere. They have added lots of features to OS X to make it more iOS like and stuff like the launchpad gives OS X the touch screen interface it would need to make this useful on a tablet.
According to a report in the Korea Times, Apple has placed an order for 12.9-inch high-resolution panels with a South Korean display manufacturer
Couldn't be for a 12.9 inch Retina Macbook Air running on an ARM chip could it?!
What a joke
"TV compatibility issues"
My HD TV is about 6 years old and not a sony and I almost bought a PS4. Glad I've waited now because I'm fairly certain I can't upgrade the firmware on my TV and if it didn't work and I was essentially told you need a new TV for a device that might not even do 4K gaming I'd be furious.
This looks like a major screw up on Sonys part and it would take something monumentally bad from Microsoft to top this. It looks like despite being bigger bulkier and worse on paper that the xbox is going to win purely based on PR spin. This bad publicity could damage sony
Re: On the spectrum of coolness
And much lower on the spectrum, there are people who make fun of him because he uses a bum bag.
I think you'll find it's pronounced fanny pack
What the BBC could do in the 70s and 80s.......
Obviously borrowed the affected profiles, but someone forgot to put them back.....
Head over to Bing Videos Jawed
While you count your money....
People who were going to be affected by this should start looking at credible alternatives because Microsoft will kill this one way or the other. They buy companies and then just run them into the ground or alienate the people that made the companies worth buying whether that be the employees or the userbase behind it..
I use Skype quite a bit and I've recently been trying hangouts and it's not as bad as I expected it to be, but it is nowhere near as fully functional as Skype. Hopefully google can add more features or someone can name a better solution that has all these features of Skype and more
Never ceases to amaze me
Trendy company that makes massive losses floats on stock exchange.... The usual suspects pump and dump and take their cash and someones pension fund goes belly up because they've backed the wrong horse. Reminds me a lot of Entertainment 720...
They will have to
buy alternatives instead. Don't worry MPs as a taxpayer I'll fund this one. Turn that heating up a couple of notches too after all you don't have to pay for it.
Par for the course
It seems the only unexpected thing about Apples announcement was the fact that they called it the iPad Air...
It was nothing we didn't expect, the iPad mini design, which was lighter and thinner. I don't blame Apple though and I think it will be a big seller. They are taking the same approach that they use with their Macbooks and the fact they called it the iPad Air seems to point to them going down that route too.
Who can blame them for making revisions to a winning formula? I don't own one (I prefer Android personally) but this is a successful product that they've made thinner, lighter and faster. Yeah you could add a USB port or a HDMI out, but that's not their plan their end game is to get you on the iTunes and AppStore gravy train so your content is all in the cloud and you use Apple TV if you want to view things on the big screen..
I think we will start to see another model next year onwards being realised where they'll do a pro version alongside the Air version. Maybe the pro version will run OS X and be aimed more at people who design and do computerised drawing and include a stylus
For a bunch of 'celebs' uploading inane drivel and stupid photos with cleverly placed product placements and a bunch of rubbish from Belibers and One Directioners...
The worlds gone mad
Put him in at the coalface
Then stack rank him to HELL!!!
The payout was revealed in proxy materials for the Finnish firm's "Extraordinary General Meeting" to be held on November 19,
25 million to a pillock. Extraordinary indeed
No surprises really
I'm not surprised by this. Techies in India appreciate badly coded products. It's what they are good at
I don't get it
There are these and I've seen a few previous videos from American TV where Microsoft make reference to the iPhone and even show it in one commercial where someone is trying to take a photo at a Wedding with an iPhone.
I've never understood why anyone would think it's a good idea to show rivals products and refer to them by name in an advert because all you are doing is spending money on airtime and helping promote a rival. Even if the advert is trying to put the Apple product down people will remember that advert for Microsoft where the woman had an iPhone in the church.
Say what you like about Apple, their business practices and their products (especially the crappy WiFi) but they have the best marketing team in the world. Their commercials and marketing can't be beaten except for maybe Stella Artois...
But it's not like the ipads are pushing the RAM limits of 32-bit now, so if RAM is so important and you're expecting them to whip out a 4GB device, why don't they have 3GB devices out now?
They might put it in their tablets or laptops in future, but it's just as true that we'll see 64-bit on Android devices when they ship with more RAM.
It would be interesting if they try a switch to ARM, but they have the same problems of breaking compatibility that MS has had - and with the increased battery of Haswell, and the upcoming increased performance of low cost Bay Trail, one can already get 64-bit with Intel just fine. Indeed, I was wondering whether the existing Intel Atom CPUs are 64-bit - surely there have already been Android phones and tablets that have 64-bit CPUs, namely the x86 ones? Again it's a bit irrelevant with 32-bit software and lower amounts of RAM, but that's true of the iphone too.
Apple went from PPC to Intel with ease and I'm sure Jobs said they'd always had a version of OS X running on Intel all through it's life. Yes there are performance increases with Intel and power saving benefits, but that leaves Apple at the mercy of the Intel road map and purchasing from intel...
The beauty of ARM is it's their design specifications made to their criteria and if they start shipping ARM processors in the Macbook Air they will save a lot more money due to the cost of dealing with Intel and getting someone in the far east to ramp up production of chips they are already making for the iPad and iPhone....
There is no real reason for the iPhone to have the 64 bit chip other than the fact that the iPad will have it and Apple wouldn't want the iPhone looking 'weaker' with a 32bit chip when the iPad has 64bit.
I honestly think the cost benefits will see it in the Macbook Airs in the near future and even if the new iPad doesn't have 4 gig of RAM or anywhere near it it makes sense for Apple to get the production process going and iron out all the kinks. I've no doubt they'll be testing this 64bit ARM processor on OS X already. Sooner or later they will do a hybrid and a dual boot Macbook air makes sense. The iAir maybe?
iDiots!, iDiots!, iDiots!
In marketing, in R&D, in positions of authority....
Can Microsoft get any more desperate? They are practically giving these things away. I'd be p*ssed off if I was manufacturing a rival hybrid device (although I wouldn't pick such horrible neon colours) No wonder Dell and HP have dipped their toes in the Android water.
Microsoft have the bottomless pit of money, but they don't have the energy to fight Google and Apple and they are going wrong somewhere with the employees because there must be clever people in there who can come up with better than the Metro UI and the surface hardware, but they don't seem to be listening to them or growing their ideas. What was that slate type thing that they had which looked like a book? I'm sure it had dual screens that looked fantastic, but canned for breaking Windows file and rank....
While there is a lot of debate as to whether Apple needs or can justify a 64bit ARM chip in their smartphone it is obvious that this will soon be replicated in the iPads on their next rollout.
While there is the argument that you need more than 4 gig of RAM to see the benefit of a 64bit chip which is unheard of for a phone or tablet I just wonder if they are doing this to test it before putting it into their Macbook Airs in the future. There are rumours that they are testing a bigger sized iPad, so maybe it's a 13 inch Macbook Air running a 64 bit chip that dual boots OS X and iOS with a retina display and a touch screen?
Maybe they've seen what Microsoft were attempting with the surface and have thought hmmm we can refine this. I honestly wouldn't put it past them
I noticed on twitter earlier I was getting adverts for Intel and their new announcement. The thing I found interesting was it was worded in a way that was referencing confectionary and sweets and sugary goodness. I can't remember the exact wording, but it made me think of Android. Needless to say I didn't click on the link and didn't know about their Android love in until I read this article later..
At one point Microsoft and Intel went hand in hand, but now it looks like Intel are 'seeing other people' now that Windows RT has been designed for ARM.
People say Android can't replace a fully featured Desktop, but Android is getting more and more standard PC like with every release meanwhile Windows 8 is getting dumbed down. By the time 8.9 rolls around I think we will just have four buttons. Stop, Start, Yes, No.
I think Microsoft are in a tough position because they want to go after consumers and they want the mobile market, but Google are smart and they've taken the mobile market by storm and they are in a place where they can scale Android to the desktop and to the enterprise. There are people working on a version of Wine for Android too, so it's not too far fetched that at some point in the future you could run your old traditional windows apps on an Android Desktop while Microsoft are too busy chasing a piece of whatever pie Apple are eating to focus on what they built their reputation on - Good OSes
So let me get this straight... They say we are chucking away too many phones, so his idea is to make the whole phone fully customisable, so you just throw away smaller parts of it rather than the whole thing... You make it faster you're going to need a bigger battery - 2 blocks to chuck away. You've made it faster you may as well get a better camera too another block to chuck away. If you've got a better camera you're going to need more storage another block to chuck away..... Hmmm maybe I'll stick to my Galaxy S4. The build quality isn't great, but it's not held together by two screws and the power of positive thought
Re: Sony is making the best kit now
In my opinion, Sony Xperia Z1 out soon is the absolute flagship.
Hopefully they've learned their lesson with the charger port being on the side.... Oh a quick Google image search shows they haven't. I don't own one but I know a lot of angry people who have bought one only to regret it..
If the talk of a 'Newkia' company rising from the ashes and selling Android devices with ex Nokia brains designing it then maybe Google will be the winner long term.
I honestly don't understand any of Microsofts acquisitions. Buying the phone part of Nokia and making their own hardware will just annoy Samsung and HTC and lets face it Microsoft need all the friends they can get in the mobile sector. Google have been clever not to tread on peoples toes with the Motorola purchase. Apart from a few phone launches I've seen little in the way of marketing for their own Motorola devices and they've continued letting other partners make the Nexus hardware..
Nokia is a strange purchase for me, but not as bizarre as Skype. I really don't see the long term plan with Skype. I saw an advert for the Xbox one where someone was skyping their friend during an NFL game. I can't think of anything more annoying than someone typing to video call me when I'm trying to watch a sporting event although NFL isn't really my cup of tea..... It's just futuristic rugby
Finally, but maybe not
I've been after a feature similar to this for years and have been using a mixture of Prism on linux (however it's horribly out of date doesn't work with flash) and fluid on OS X, but while they've added the features to chrome OS X is 'coming soon', so probably never like their previous create application shortcuts were and still are coming soon...
"I have done it before, and I will do it again. I'm going to fucking kill Google."
What a quote. Apple have taken their dinner and Google have taken their lunch money. Kids growing up these days don't care about old fashioned IT companies like Microsoft, HP and Dell. They grow up and all they know is Apple, Google and Samsung
The old days
Ah yes I remember the old days of going to Start > Programs if I wanted to run something and installing service packs from Windows update. Now Microsoft have 'apps' and .1 releases and are trying to go to a windowless windows world. Sounds so much more modern and sexier doesn't it?
The RT will stand for Retreat in 12 months when it's axed with little fanfare
It won't take off at least not in the next 5 years
Google Glass is a brilliant idea and a fantastic progression of existing technology and ideas, but it won't go mainstream. Not at least for five years.
Sure it looks fantastic and breathtaking when you've got people wearing it skydiving into the conference centre while broadcasting it on Google hangouts or someone going around a BMX course or just walking around the beaches of California... If you are in London are you going to wear them on the tube? You'd have to be awfully naive to wear them on public transport and in certain places.
Beauty of a mobile phone is you are holding it or you can put it away in an inside pocket or whatever. Damn sight harder to take anyway than some glasses which are resting on their lugs...
Apple and Samsung seem to be taking the watch route at least you can hide that with a sleeve.
Doesn't surprise me
I recently sold my Nexus 4 and went to upgrade. My choices were between the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. I looked at a number of reviews and went in store to have a play with the HTC one since I didn't know anyone who owned one. The hardware was a fantastic bit of kit I thought it looked exactly how the last iPhone should've looked. I think it's the best looking phone on the market, but I went with the S4 because I had this niggling thought in the back of my mind to all the people I know who were stung buying previous HTC phones such as the desire HD etc. I know a few people who vowed never to get another HTC phone again due to their previous approach of releasing a billion models with loads of flaws (granted mainly software) that were never ironed out.
It'll take a few more devices like the HTC one being released to win me around, but whether HTC can last that long who knows. The current Samsung ads remind me of the old Apple ones in the sense that they are simple and strike a chord with the common man and they seem to go off the adverts when buying a new phone. The Samsung ads are effective they appeal to everyone and the HTC ones just seemed to target hipsters
Or is accused of various sexual offences to discredit him, as has been done to many whistleblowers.
Forcing people to blow his whistle is just what got a certain someone else in trouble in the first place...
16 years later, according to an FAQ posted about the closure, "the web has continued to evolve at a breathtaking pace, and there are many new ways to access the internet. Accordingly, we have made the difficult decision to end the MSN TV service on September 30th, 2013."
Should actually say -
the web has continued to evolve at a breathtaking pace, and Microsoft haven't
Place your bets...
Knowing HP it will be released with out of date hardware and while I think they'll go Android they will probably ship it a week before a new version (5?) is announced and the silence from HP regarding updates for it will be deafening.
HP made the right acquisition with Palm, but the hardware they released and designs were dogs dinners apart from the touchpad. Average hardware at top end prices was never going to win, but if they'd got the hardware and pricing right they could've been sitting here now having ate Blackberry and Windows Mobile/Phones dinner. Sadly though they think they just need to go through the motions and release any old tripe and people will be stupid enough to buy it instead of truly offering compelling hardware/software