165 posts • joined 18 Sep 2012
Howdy from Texas USA (no, not all of us wear boots and make love to a bottle of Maple Syrup) where we have the Moto Maker (The phones are assembled & shipped out of Texas so I got mine in 3 days). I went with the Turquoise rear body, orange-chrome buttons & camera ring with a black front... it LOOKS GREAT. In many of our local stores, they have a sales setup that allows you to see ALL the colors and feel the textures available. Some colors like Black and Red have a rubber feel. Most have a smoother feel. Those with a pattern have an older Moto texture feel (shown in this review).
Why I choose this phone, when my previous Motorola has such a poor camera? Size & feel. Its 4.7" screen in a body that is smaller than my previous 4.5" phone. Most of the other phones are simply huge and getting bigger, harder to fit in my pocket. My Moto X is barely bigger than my OLD Samsung Galaxy S1 with a 4" screen. I don't use protective cases because I don't destroy my phones, I want them small as possible and whats the point of a nice looking phone that you can't see or touch? I cannot stand the feel of the cheap plastic glossy backs on Samsungs and LG. But as we see, newer Samsung and LGs are coming out with NEW phones with a nicer feel. I considered the HTC One, but the beautiful metal body is generally cold, but on another personal level, I can't stand having the power button on the top. HTC still takes the best photos of any Android phone. LGs have moved the power/VOL to the back, I simply don't like it. My wife is okay with it and may get one soon.
The camera is the weakest feature on the phone... best from Motorola, but it doesn't compare to Nokia 900/1000 Lumias and is lower-middle range compared to Samsung S4/LG2/HTC One. But its FLICK to Camera mode does WORK better than I thought it would and it CAN be turned off. There is almost NO options for the camera. Other than FLASH / HDR / Slo-mo / Shutter sound. Its UI is super simple. Camera defaults to STILL mode... pressing the Video Camera = REC video mode. Press STOP, and it reverts to Camera mode... which MAKES great sense. Pressing anywhere on the screen = Focus & shoot. The Moto-X camera doesn't include styled shots (B&W / Exposure / etc) *BUT* those features are part of the gallery instead.
I do with the Moto X had a removable back like the G so that I could replace or change out the backs when I want to. The G's back covers sells for $15USD. In the USA for the Moto X, they *JUST* came out with 9 new back covers and 3 new accent colors. ARGH! 4000 possible combinations! 31 rear colors / styles. I like that I DO NOT have the basic black phone, my phone will stick out more when I lay it down.
PS: I named the back of my Phone "AMIGA"
PS: Thanks Register for making these articles on ANCIENT computer technology... most of today's computer users - especially those who grew up on iPhones don't know how GREAT they have it today.
Lets compare my Motorola phone that I paid $100USD for. It has a 1.4Ghz dual-core CPU, 8GB internal RAM (16 add-on card). 1280x720 resolution on a 4.5" display. Its a PHONE, its a camera, its an HD camcorder, it has GPS, a flashlight, can get onto the internet... without wires.
Then, lets go back to 1992 Amiga technology: The Amiga 3000 25mhz (which I own). Its price was $1500USD ($2500 in 1990). It has a 25mhz single core CPU, a 50MB HD and 5MB of RAM (not GB). Its display output (with a $400 SVGA Monitor) at best, could do 720x480x16 colors (AmigaOS 3.0). The computer *DID NOT* include a DVD-drive or any optical drive. NO modem, NO cameras. You got the computer, HD, Floppy drive and a keyboard.
Go to 1986 and you have the $1200 Amiga 1000 which came with 256K / floppy drive and a keyboard... HD, memory, additional floppy drives were external.... its still a sexy little computer.
What an amazing thing made for so cheap... it never really competed against the C= 64/128 thou. But for the price, you did get a lot.
Re: Protext was great
Press and hold SHIFT KEY, press the END key. Then press DELETE.
Or... set up a macro on any decent text editor or word processor. This function has been available for decades.
Nobody is buying the consoles.... there is NO reason to spend $300US for a console with NO 3rd party support, that is no better than the $200 PS3 which has a huge library.
Without 3rd party support, each console is a LOSS. Yeah, the PS3/PS4s are sold at a loss - but the money made from 3rd party sales pays for it.
Good article. But here is the thing, the Wii was the right console at the right time. It was about $200~225 compared to the $400~600 360/PS3. HDTV was still a very high end product and blu-ray wasn't a standard. The controller are not accurate but they did work pretty well for the games my kid plays.
With the Wii-U, Nintendo tried to recycle the same plan.... use OLD tech, make it slick looking... but they sold it at a very high price with a stupid name. For the most part, there is NO reason to buy the Wii-U. In the USA, the PS3 sells for $200 (with 12GB card) $250 with 160GB HD or $270 with 500GB HD and a game. Meanwhile the WiiU sells for $300 with an 8 or 32GB ram card and game!?! (use to be $350+)
The Wii-U graphics horse power is on par with the 360/PS3 (maybe a bit worse but very difficult to tell)... so its LAST GEN tech and a very high price.
Lets compare the feature set. of a $300 PS3 vs a $300 Wii-U (And of course the PS3/12GB is a $100 cheaper and is UPGRADABLE to a regular HD)
Huge software Library = PS3
Plays DVD = PS3
Plays Blu-Ray = PS3
Storage size = PS3 (500GB vs 8 or 32GB)
There is NO reason for 3rd party companies to support the WiiU. Now, if the Wii-U had a better name, ditched the stupid huge tablet-controller (not kid friendly) and went with a regular control and sold for $200~250 as its introductory price TWO years ago, then it would have done very well.
But WHY pay so much for so little?!
The ONLY thing that will save Nintendo *IS* to kill the Wii this year (There are talks of MS to sell the XboxOne to Nintendo - doubt that). Unlike SEGA, Nintendo has a lot more IP characters than SEGA. And with all the REALISTIC games, there *IS* a market for kid-friendly color-fantasy games.
It would be great to have a Mario-World type game for the PS4... and Nintendo would support the PS4 over the xBone. Sure they lose the money from hardware licences... but they''re losing money on the Wii-U hardware... and cannot sell as many copies of their games for the WiiU as they could on the PS3 and PS4.
Nintendo... you need to piviot while you can. There is no market for a FITNESS-only console.
Re: Selling Microsoft only out of necessity
How would you "sell" LibreOffice? Its free. But you can charge for your time... :)
I would actually recommend OpenOffice as its supported by Apache. The only reason why we have the Libre tree is because Oracle screwed with OpenOffice - screwing over everyone and so pretty much everyone left to make Libre, and OpenOffice quickly started dying. With its value almost nothing, Oracle gave it to Apache.
Many of the developers went back to OpenOffice which IMHO is the one to go with. Open Office is more up to date and supported.
Its amazing that ANY company would trust MS with their data... Sooner or later, 365 is going to be cloud only... And course, if you don't like a newer version of 365, too bad. While others still continue to use Office2003 or 2000 on todays computers with no problems or re-training. I do like Office 2010, but 2013 is blinding and ugly, not worth the purchase.
So, I still push for other alternative - which of course will not work for everyone because Excel has decades of history and features that are unmatched... but still, for the price - they aren't bad. Open Office is great because its multi-platform compatible (Windows/MAC/Linux) and another is Kingssoft office. It comes in free and $70 pro versions. The UI looks like a cross between Office 2003 & 2010... its pretty slick and very clean interface. Apparently they have been around a long time, but have been buried under MS and Open.
Oh, Kingssoft opens and edits Office 2013 files... works on Windows, Android and Linux. I have only started showing them to friends to try out and see how they like it.
Google is less evil than Microsoft... by a long shot.
Where is John Cleese?
Tech People: Never mind that, my lad. I wish to complain about this Blackberry what I purchased not half an hour ago from this very store.
Blackberry: Oh yes, the, uh, the Blackberry Z-10...What's,uh...What's wrong with it?
Tech People: I'll tell you what's wrong with it, my lad. 'E's dead, that's what's wrong with it!
Blackberry: No, no, 'e's uh,...he's resting.
Tech People: Look, matey, I know a dead Blackberry when I see one, and I'm looking at one right now.
Blackberry: No no he's not dead, he's, he's restin'! Remarkable phone, the Z-10, idn'it, ay? Beautiful surface texture!
Tech People: The surface don't enter into it. It's stone dead.
Blackberry: Nononono, no, no! 'E's resting!
Tech People: All right then, if he's restin', I'll wake him up! (shouting at the phone) 'Ello, Mister Polly
Blackberry! I've got a lovely fresh 4G for you if you connect to...
(Mr Blackberry hits the Z10 to the table)
Blackberry: There, it moved!
Tech People: No, he didn't, that was you hitting the phone!
Blackberry: I never!!
Tech People: Yes, you did!
Blackberry: I never, never did anything...
Tech People: (yelling and hitting the phone repeatedly) 'ELLO POLLY!!!!! Testing! Testing! Testing! Testing! This is your nine o'clock alarm call!
(Takes Blackberry and thumps its screen on the counter. Throws it up in the air and watches it plummet to the floor.)
Tech People: Now that's what I call a dead Blackberry.
Blackberry: No, no.....No, 'e's stunned!
Tech People: STUNNED?!?
Blackberry: Yeah! You stunned him, just as he was wakin' up! Blackberry Z10 stun easily, major.
Tech People: Um...now look...now look, mate, I've definitely 'ad enough of this. That Blackberry is definitely deceased, and when I purchased it not 'alf an hour ago, you assured me that its total lack of movement was due to it bein' tired and shagged out following a prolonged update.
Tech People: Look, I took the liberty of examining that Blackberry when I got it home, and I discovered the only reason that it had a display on its screen in the first place was that a picture of a display was NAILED there.
Blackberry: Well, o'course it was nailed there! If I hadn't nailed that screen, it would have overheated and VOOM! Feeweeweewee!
Tech People: "VOOM"?!? Mate, this phone wouldn't "voom" if you put four million volts through it! 'E's bleedin' demised!
Blackberry: No no! 'E's pining!
Tech People: 'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This Blackberry is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im it'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'history! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-BLACKBERRY!!
Blackberry: Well, I'd better replace it, then. (Hands over an iPhone)
what was that other object?
Smells more like desperation from microsoft.
When you have fools voting in complete morons who think the world is flat and that its their duty to cause the Rapture (About 30% of the US population) - we're going to have problems.
Doctor Who is quite popular in the USA, even in Texas. SciFi stores carry dolls / action figures, tardis, books, comics, sonic screw drivers, etc. I've even gotten my wife into the (new) series. There is even a small anniversary Doctor Who convention in Dallas.
Since I am of the not-so-young age... in which I was watching the Tom Baker episodes before I owned my first computer... Tom Baker *IS* my favorite, easily. Sure the special effects were not up to Star Wars (or Space 1999 in many cases) - but the the stories and characters made up the show great.
Colin Baker was an excellent Doctor as well... I'd put him behind David Tenet thou. I'd still like to see deeper stories that take 2-4 episodes to finish.
10 year life span?
I'm not seeing it... The PS3 is 8 years old. The PS4 is already using $150 GPU class graphics. uHDTV 4K should be standard in about 4-5 years.
As LONG as they use the same X86 class CPU again... then development costs will be almost nothing. Just take what AMD has off the rack and tweak it a little. In 5 years... they SHOULD release the PlayStation 5 and it will be 4x faster than todays console. But may need 10x in order to do 4K games properly.
Re: Problem: Kickstand!
And there lies the BIG problem regarding Surface/Windows tablets... You MUST have the keyboard?!
A person spends $1000+ for such a device... when in the end, a $500 14" 3lb notebook would be faster, have a larger screen and keyboard... and a much lower price.
That is WHY Microsoft is a failure today. They failed the desktop with a TOUCH-tablet UI... they failed the mobile market with over-priced devices that don't or rarely add any actual value.
Let me take an educated guess...
Could it be that Windows 8 sucks on top of the fact that most people NEVER liked using PCs/computers anyway? Tablets are far easier for most people...
Re: El Reg, there IS a choice about IE11 upgrades, many have made it already!
A good long post... Only have to respond to your "XP users love Quick Launch, now in Windows 7 it's gone"
- er... not really. In a good sense, its been updated/replaced with "pinned" programs. Where ever your prog is in your start menu, right click and select "Pin to Taskbar". Its the same thing, but better. You can pin a desktop icon to the task bar by dragging it (Just like QuickLaunch). And it doesn't come off by accident.
Really, this is the least thing to bitch about. You can arrange these the way you want (just like QuickLaunch) and they won't move around.
An annoyance is the removal of the UP button from Explorer in Vista/Win7. They brought it back in Win8, but that isn't worth it. But of course, you can simply click on the DIR name in the address bar to go back... but the UP button was simply easier and more consistent as it was always there... rather than you having to read and click on the folders you want to go UP from.
Re: Imagine for a moment...
And think of how much money and time they would have saved with Android rather than buying QNX (which is an excellent product)... They already had the tablet... they could have gone Android 3 years ago!
Blackberry/RIM cannot be sold as a whole... they are losing value big time. This was seen a year ago... BB10 should have been out 2 years ago.
They can try to survive as a much smaller private company.
What may save them at this point: Go Android, re-skin it to look like BB10, make their own skin/movement functions and include some of their own apps. They already have very good hardware... which CAN run Android.
Gravity is a very cool movie. Awesome effect and very tense from beginning to end.
But, I don't think the new Thanksgiving time-traveling turkey movie will do well, it looks like typical direct-to-video trash.
Wait, are we talking about rimcloud?
When Apple says "We are sold out of iPhoneX / iPadY" - they post their numbers... usually 2~5 million in the first few days. But here is the official number: $9 million iPhone 5S/C in 3 days.
Saying "we sold out" means nothing. Let see... they sold maybe 1-2million Surface1 over the course of 12 months.... maybe. Many are give-aways, many are discounted. Many are still collecting dust in a warehouse.
MS might have made 100,000 Surface units... that sounds reasonable. Hell, in another 12 months MS may have sold another 500,000.
Microsoft = irrelevant.
I can see the Surface 2 (RT version) having more returns than normal when what few people who buy them find out they can't run any actual Windows software on it.
Here is what we know:
1 - Windows8RT is dead... even thou MS kind of NEEDS it. Unlike Apple and Google who made their tablets able to run their Phone Apps, MS did something quite stupid.
2 - SurfacePro / X86 tablets at the $1000 price range have a limited pro-market. Where a tablet form factor with WIndows 7 compatibility is needed. It can't not attract the home market... its too expensive. The new Kindle 8,9" XHD starts at $380 with 2500x1600 res. Under $300 for the 7" model. Other Android and of course iPads are easily out selling at $400 and less.
3 - WinX86 Pro Econo-tabs : Asus / Acer tablets running ATOM CPUs... sure they start at $400, but they are not selling like hot cakes... maybe because Metro is ugh, Windows 8 is ugh...
4 - Window 8 on Desktop = Can't say fail enough about this one.
5 - Windows 8 Phone.... doing better than Blackberry, but rated as a worse MobilePhone OS.
6 - Xbone = so hated, so over-priced and under-powered, it may say 2 to 10 to the PS4... which means death pretty much.
Re: Nothing changes
"The Olympus is 7 megapixels, the phone is 8. Guess which one takes the better pictures?"
Actually again, its NOT the megapixels. The lens, bigger sensors and more can and WILL effect picture quality. I have 3 cameras... a PRO DSLR $2500 (6MP) a Mid-range Canon that was $600 7 years ago (8MP) and my pocket camera I recently purchased (16MP) $100.
My DSLR is far better than my 8MP camera... but its heavy, more complicated. But I'll use the 8MP camera for crowded location since its more portable. For family and doing quick and easy good photos, it'll be my $100 camera. Again, its the weakest of my cameras. I also have it set to 8MP to save space... as I don't use such photos for printing. My 24" monitor is 1920x1200... so for MOST people, anything over 6/8MP is overkill.
My 8MP camera on my phone gets the MOST usage. This is why P&S cameras are pretty much going out of style. But phones still have TINY TINY censors and TINY lens and cannot compete with any real camera over $100. But for most people - a camera phone will and does work fine.
Re: Nothing changes
No, not really. The 68000 series chips were better made than the intels in that era. With bigger demands and more budget - Motorola would spend more to develop faster CPUs. AMD is weaker than intel because they have far less R&D resources - partially due to Intel's anti-competitive practices and AMD's own inability to meet demand. During the P4 era, AMD was clearly the much better CPU - but the market pushed for intel. Just before Core2, AMD sales were very high... stepping into a computer store and you would have found 4 out of 5 PCs with AMD CPUs.
An Amiga 500/1000 with a 7Mhz 16/32bit CPU that would run circles around a 33mhz 386 using Windows 3, even with less memory.
(Amiga was always a 32bit OS, which MS didn't have a common 32bit OS until Win95 and NT4)
Re: Because Samsung and Apple make quality standard products.
Agreed on many points. Headphones are best for music.
But speakers Facing the user is very helpful for the phone in speakphone mode. My previous SONY Slider has stereo speakers. It has strong base and better sound quality that most of todays smart phones.
Because Samsung and Apple make quality standard products.
There are no more surprises for phones... for now. Apple wasted a lot of time and energy suing Samsung over "rectangle with rounded corners"... now, years later... who gives a crap? They both spent hundreds of millions of dollars over a GENERIC Shape of a phone. All past flip-phones were pretty much the same - but they had more style, especially SONY. You wouldn't mistake a Sony phone for a Samsung.
But with a huge-screen slab on todays phones, there is not much you can do for "style" other than the back.
iPhone 5 is a stretched iPhone4, none of them bad. Still a nice looking product. It works.
Galaxy S4 looks 95% the same as the S3... I think with a simple glance, nobody could tell the difference.
I don't care for Samsung with its cheap plastic and generic look since the GS2. (They made about 10 different looking GS1 phones). Hence, I went with Motorola since it has better quality materials that FEEL better in the hand and don't look as boring (to me).
So today, with have HTC with a great looking phone... which hopefully will save their company. LG's phones are quality QUITE good with their own feature sets. I'm still looking at getting a next gen Moto-X phone as I still have a year left on my AtrixHD which is a fine phone to me, even thou its not quite as good as the HTC OneX.
In the USA, I am hearing and seeing ads for the GS4 going for $100 already... holy smokes!!! Carriers were selling the GS3 for $200 until 30 days before the GS4 announcement & release.
I recommend HTC One over any other phone for the most part. It has stereo speakers, great metal body. But I personally prefer how the Motos feel, so I am going that route. It'll be a long time before I'll think about getting a Samsung phone. (PS: When it comes to Monitors, Samsung is top on my list)
Really?! Funny, when I want to sit back and consume media. I use an ipad... it works quite well, its about $300 for the older 10" model. Does everything I need as a tablet... and its $600 cheaper than a SurfacePro.
Then when I want to work, I use my Win7 quad-core i5 / 16GB ram on a 24" display.
Most people don't need or want WInRT or Windows 8.
Re: Best Solution to Windows 8
2nd best Solution to Windows 8:
There is no activation
It looks much better, not some 80's Window 1.0 crap
Its easier to use than windows 8
Its bloody works.
Unlike Windows 8 lovers, nobody says "Its not that bad".
Re: Windows 8.0?
That is because Microsoft is STUPID.
But here is the thing... Win2000 is vastly different from WinNT4. XP is noticeably different than Win 2000.
In PROPER Software versions, a major release gets a new number. The SP = sub numbers.
So... Windows 2000 = Win 5.0. With 6th service pack = 5.6.
Windows XP = 6.0 (SP3 = Windows 6.3) well, doesn't that make much more sense?
Vista = 7.0 (but theres 2 SPs)
Windows 7 should be Windows 7.5... because its really a major UI and memory bug fix from Vista.
Windows 8... its 8... It'll always be crap.
Best Solution to Windows 8
Its very simple: Windows 7!
It costs the same.
Its more compatible.
It looks much better, not some 80's Window 1.0 crap
Its easier to use.
Its bloody works.
Its 100% compatible with ALL Windows XP+ software.
Unlike Windows 8 lovers, nobody says "Its not that bad".
Re: The RT-Joke
And WHAT makes it any better than the Windows 7 tablets from 2 years ago? A 2~4hr batter... okay... thats an improvement.
Again, for MOST PEOPLE - a full-powered OS-Tablet is simply not needed. Its far to crumble-some and expensive for what YOU think is going to sell. Is there a place for such a device, yes. But not mainstream.
A basic example how software can make or break something... and how WInx86 on a tablet... blows.
GoogleMaps 6.0: Been around for a few years. Works. Its two separate APPS that are connected. MAPs and Navigation.
Then a few months ago, GoogleMaps 7.0 comes out. The UI is cleaner. Its a single APP, it has very nice looking 3D buildings for everything, the colors look great. All good things. But the UI sucks balls, its very frustrating to use and useless to many people now. It doesn't save map info, it requires WAY to many finger presses to use, rather than SIMPLY start navigating with a single press. Rather than locate food or gas stations near to you, GMaps7 shows featured locations first... even if they are CLOSED.
I was so happy to revert back to version 6... Even thou it has more clutter, it was far easier to use, less button presses.
Windows 8 is a failure... it makes Vista look "good". The Surface tablets are a joke... over priced and out-dated. WP8 is so-so... with Nokia living off of MS's money. Gee, wonder why Nokia got 80%+ of the WP Market while Samsung and HTC got almost nothing. XBox1 is failure before launch.
I'll be you, about 6 months after the SurfacePro2 ships... it'll be south of 1m units.
Its important to remember the stupidity of Microsoft when it comes to RT8.
It comes with a half-ass version of MS-Office for "free", but RT8 tablets are NOT SUPPOSED to be used for business purposes. Its in the EULA! For personal / home / education use only.
So... a $300~500 Android or iPad which are already used in business end up being more cost effective and just as functional for a tablet-device than the $1000 SurfacePro which still has crappy battery life and much heavier weight.
Be sure to let us know how well its working out... in reality.
"These 'things' are way more powerful than an iPad and have a full and relatively secure OS - full USB support - and a proper Office version. They should do well If the public ever realise that...."
That's funny as hell. Many geeks don't GET IT. The typical human being CANNOT/WILL NOT learn how to use a computer such a Windows or CLI. When they get infections, data all over the place, network config issues, etc... they NEVER EVER LIKED MS-DOS or MS-WINDOWS! It was just a way to load up MS-WORD, a web browser and play DOOM.
With Android & iOS tablets and phones... THEY DON'T NEED or WANT MS-OS!!
A decent running full blown x86 Surface is still $900+ and they still typically need a $120~150 keyboard to be useful... wait, some companies make a computer that is just as powerful for $300~500, its called a NOTEBOOK. A $400 iPad does what most people need. Without the headache of a PC.
So what typical human is going to pay $1000 for a TABLET that has all the crappy issues as any other $300 piece of shit Windows 8 notebook? The sales show this already. When MS sells 1 million tablets, 100+ Android and iOS tablets are sold.... worse, most of those MS-tablets were sold when they first hit the market.
I predict the following: Surface Pro 2/RT2 sells for $1000 / $500. After 6 months, they would only have sold about 200,000 units combined. Only MS is selling RT-tablets and WP8x Phones. HP and Samsung may still be selling x86 Win8 tablets... in laughable numbers, but to the corp./health sector as they have been for years. Nothing more.
Meanwhile... Most people will be excited by Win8.1 about half as much as 8.0.
I, like many others.... have bought our LAST Microsoft Operating System, Windows 7.
Need to use an office suite? Google Docs or Open Office - both are cheaper than Microsoft.
Need to play games? PlayStation 4.
When the corp. world figures OUT that Microsoft is garbage... it will be a good day.
Why feel sorry for Microsoft? They have raped the computer industry for decades... the worst OS of the 80s dominated the computer market that has effected us through the 2000s. MS-DOS was crap, but yeah - anyone and their uncle can and did open a PC Shop.
Windows 9 will be nothing but TIFKAM.
We need to get folks over to Linux. Windows 8 finally drove me to start using LinuxMint (to be exact) and its "learning curve" was far better and logical than the turd known as Windows 8.
Not sure why its called Windows when there are NO WINDOWS in TIFKAM.
Oh, imagine the small software company that has these issues of trying get their software to work on Win8 on a client if it costs $1000 and MS gets its standard 1/3rd cut.
In what way does pressing the BACK BUTTON harder than a hand movement which could be confused with another action?
Opera on desktop has Mouse gestures... and they are a pain in the ass... really fun when typing in a long entry in a blog and all of the sudden the web page changes because of what you did with the mouse.
Is Opera going Metro? (Think Wreck It Ralph's "Going turbo"?)
Re: Smart phone from dumb people
If we were in that world, we'd be using Amiga computers. MS & PC would have died out in the 80s... mostly, with MS being a software programming company.
Microsoft... burn baby burn...
She has jump the shark
Just so you understand why you are considered a fool...
A) The dumb phone market is dying, period. In the USA - you get get a smart phone for $80... so the only uptake of WP8 in Europe are the bottom end models.
B) In terms of total OS system in use, Android and Apple are now dominate. Apple is a major player, period... Samsung sells more phones, but Apple makes far more money. Also, Samsung makes money off of iPhones.
C) ""Surface has flopped." One million sales is a runaway success for Apple, but several million is a flop for MS? " LOL, you're funny. Over the course of a year - MS has SHIPPED about 1.7 million Surface Pro/RT tablets with losses, and thats before reducing the prices by $150 on the RTs. MS has lost about $2 billion on the Surface when you include the loss of sales and money spent on marketing that DID NOT generate sales. The only people who bought the Surfaces were fan boys, for the most part.
In the time frame that MS sold/shipped 1.7 Million Surface units, Apple sold about 30 million iPads...! Apple sold 3 million iPads in 3 days when the Surface went on sale.... ugh. Surface = fail.
"Unless it's okay for me to go around calling the iphone a flop based on its early sales."
Again, Apple sells more iPhones in a day than Nokia sells Luminas in month. When Apple sold 37million high end iPhones, Only about 7million $1~100 Luminas we sold in 2013... mostly entry level models. In the USA, Lumina 925 is a $100, the 920 a $50 phone... meanwhile the Samsung, HTC and iPhones remain as $200+ phones. That makes the WP platform not as good as it sounds.
Xbox360 did very well... the XBone is another story already. People will buy it... but many more of us will be buying the PS4.
That's easy to do... with so few people wanting to actually own an xbox1, giving away a phone is easy.
Re: Sure Nokia has been hardware innovating in the last 2 years
If Nokia sold Android phones... they would be more profitable, of course.
Still, when I go into an AT&T Store... its people buying iPhones, Samsung and HTC. BB and Nokia is in dusty corner.
Re: Oh, great!
DUH! Look it up on various tech-sites. Various projects canceled by Nokia, Nokia phone market share shrinking, etc.
This is not really a shock... we kind of forgot about it. Nokia was already working on tablets too, so we will see how that pans out. So do they still remain as "Nokia Phones" or become "Microsoft Phones"??
I see HTC and Samsung (pretty much the only WP makers besides Nokia) dropping WP all together. They don't need MS. They don't need to pay for the privilege. They'll go after MS more so, if any thing. The big difference between Android and WP for other phone makers is that they can do pretty much what they want and not pay for it... compared to WP.
For the most part... as long as MS is in 3rd place, they will be somewhat happy. Blackberry will continue to go down, even thou they do make very good phones.
Re: two words for Anne Wojcicki: Community. Property.
To be fair, she could get 1% of everything he has and still never have to work a day in her life, while still enjoying a ridiculously luxurious lifestyle. ~~ If they get through this amicably then she's still set for life.
She already IS SET for life! She is was part of google in the early days and is a multimillionaire herself. If he gave her $10million, she wouldn't notice it. They will go their separate ways.
Not a midlife crises.
Rosie said: Man of 40 dumps wife and shacks up with woman 14 years his junior. Aren't they usually called mid-life crises?
Not really. Most men prefer younger women... most men die younger too. Older men have money that boys don't have. Older men can be better lovers too... (not always). Even before I meet my future wife, I had a few dates with a 40yr old woman, before her a 21yr old... My range is usually from 21~33.
We don't know these people's private lives (like the poster talking about the broken home and poor children) - there is still a professional and positive relationship between him and his "ex". Mr Google might have already separated from his wife before he had any relations with Rosenberg (who is very cute). I have a son with an ex, she is on good terms with me and my wife. (The EX is a few years younger than my wife)
Guys (and some women) with money will and DO get a lot of sex from women. Sexuality sells. A guy with money can woo a girl with adventure, eat at the best places, etc. Look at Hugh Heffner; he's like 90 years old and still has some-sort of sex with 20-something year old girls. And you know what, he doesn't force them to do anything. Money talks...
PS: Rosenberg has a job at Google... she has skills that got her hired. Doesn't make her a bad person or a gold digger. The Bigman might have said "Hey, lets go out for drinks"... and it went from there.
A relationship starts with someone saying "hello".
I'm almost 43 and my wife is 30... its not uncommon. Hehe, I already lost my virginity when she was born.
She is 5-3" / 105lbs, nice body - cute smile that melts me. The girl I dated before her was 21 years old... had my fun - nice girl. She was 5-0", 95 lbs - too small, but very energetic dancer.
Oh... I also don't have the $22+ billion.
Re: Developers Developers...
And throw in the Xbox1, and its another major MS product that has pissed off their own customers.
My home, it'll be a PS4 period. A friend of mine has ALL consoles - but there is no future in his home for the xBoxOne. I think the only (or most) PRO-xBOX1 folks on line are paid employees.
Even with all these Start Menu replacements... none of them fix the ugly skin job that Microsoft shatted out for us to use and live with.
Remember back when the PS3's first year or so when Microsoft boosted "The 360 is a pure gaming machine, so its better than the PS3 which wants to be a entertainment system"... hmmmmm.
This is mostly in response to the PS3's blu-ray player, Linux option and other features that were not geared for gaming.
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