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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.
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".
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft... burn baby burn...
She has jump the shark
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: 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: 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.
NT 3.x wasn't ready for the masses... with over 90% PCs running MS-DOS, NT wouldn't work. WIn95/9x was a stepping stone. So yeah, Win9x was crap - it always was. But it was their first consumer GUI OS.
WinNT4.0 was sloppy with many many service packs. Installing a driver would KILL a SP, which prevented an application from running.... install SP again, then the hardware driver would fail. This is the kind of crap you didn't see in MacOS, Amiga or Linux.
"OS Wars"?! There were quite a few. Okay, 1990~95 were the "PC OS Clone wars", kinda of. It was really only between IBM and MS - Apple Macintosh wasn't in the picture with its 5% or so market share. You would have thought that IBM learned their lesson from the 80s. WinNT was ONLY able to come about with MS working WITH IBM on OS/2. NO OS/2 = NO NT. MS worked on NT, IBM became pissed - the crack got bigger until the partnership broke.
IBM was content with MS making their junky MS-DOS and pure shit "Windows 3" which was never an OS.
OS/2 was supposed to go hand and hand with their PS/2 line of computers. But it simply didn't offer much over the clones and really were not targeted to small business or home users. (IBM never did well with the home market)
The original Computer wars was in the 80s.
1979~1985 = AppleII / Commodore 64/128 / TRS80s / Atari / PC/MS-DOS and CP/M
1985~1990 = Macintosh / Amiga / Atari ST / MS-DOS.
If there was NO CLONE Market, MS never would have become big and would have died with its garbage MS-DOS. Yes, Microsoft is excellent in marketing and business - that was it.
Mac had the desktop publishing and artwork. It was easiest for people who didn't understand computers.
Amiga had video, gaming and home market with its power Multi-tasking OS (not properly going after the business market because Commodore was a stupid company)
MS-DOS had the business market - to run WordPerfect and Word, Excel, Lotus 123... yeah, a CLI interface when Mac and Amiga had GUI!
Atari ST had some games, but more support for the music industry. But it never had a real future. Lets see: Amiga type hardware with Macintosh looking GUI but with an MS-DOS limited OS with 8.3 file names and single tasking operation. Basically, Windows 2~3.x but from 1985~1992.
WinXP in operation in 2001 finally caught up to Amiga in many ways (not all). Every time I installed XP on a computer, I'm reminded how low-tech it was compared to a 1990 Amiga OS 2.0~3.0... and people thought XP was the best thing since slice-bread.
Windows7 is the first Windows OS I actually enjoyed using and is mostly modern inside and out.
Windows 8 made me installed Linux full time onto one of my notebooks which get uses almost daily. I will never ever use Windows8. There is no reason to do so. If I need to play games, Playstation 4.... otherwise Windows7 and Linux. I expect to have Linux as my MAIN OS in the next 2-3 years.
From what is going on, the Microsoft empire is on the verge of collapse. PC sales are hitting about 25% less than a year before. Tablet sales are surpassing desktop sales and very few of those are MS-RT/8 units. Smart phones are Android, iOS with WP8 being a very distant 3rd. Will Microsoft die? No, I doubt it. But they will change into a service company and live off their IP for decades.
They should have been selling these well below costs, using the book sales to subsidize the hardware.
Most scientist, who knows FAR more than you - all say the same thing based on research. Its science that allows the computer you just used to type your message.
The only scientist who say "there is no climate change" are in the back pockets of Koch Brothers and other oil companies. So please, for your position, please share us the GOOD things about pollution.
- What taxes do you think are going to be effected?
- Do you know your taxes pays for the very things YOU / WE use? Next time you drive your car on a public road, that was paid for by TAXES. Any time you called 911... that is paid for by TAXES. When Soldiers get paid for their service as well as their medical bills from combat... that is from TAXES.
The yearly cost of Air-Conditioning in Iraq for US Troop's a few years ago was much much more than what NASA gets... which is almost nothing.
Back in the GOOD OLD DAYS - until the 70s, companies DID WHAT THEY wanted. They dumped their trash, their toxic waste into OUR drinking water. People got sick, some died. It was traced to companies dumping their shit into other people's back yards. So laws were made to STOP THAT. That they had to be responsible for their trash. Especially when WE, the tax payers have to PAY for it.
By all means, we NEED OIL today.
But there is a limited supply of OIL and COAL... they WILL run out. In 10 years, the cost of gas in the USA will be $10+ per gallon. And if the majority of autos are still running on gas in 20 years - then it'll be over $30+ per gallon as crude oil is depleted. Airliner fuel will also skyrocket... meaning higher ticket costs.
The fuel we save today, we'll have tomorrow. The billionaires will continue to make their money and take govt. handouts.
Oil, gas and coal is NOT free. Its not cheap and its NOT limitless.
But do you know what is free? Power from the SUN. Wind that blows. The tides from the ocean.
And solar tech is getting better every year. Enough light falls on the Earth in one hour to power everyone for a year... we are not there... yet.
Either way, there is ONLY one planet for us and our children to live on.... this one.
The actions we do today, DOES effect their lives and their children's lives... or death.
Okay, lets go over the GOOD things about pollution? About increase health problems?
A small animal or bug bite can KILL YOU.... so yes, something small DOES effect the planet.
AJ MacLeod said "My 9105 has a battery life that rivals the Nokia brick that it replaced - even now, three years on, it'll stretch to about a week of normal usage (i.e. mainly calls and the odd email/BBM) or a few days of heavier usage (lots of photography / GPS / browsing )"
Sure you can get almost a weeks usage from a tiny 360 x 400 pixels, 2.25 inch screen, with 3G. The modern features of todays phones EAT batteries. 4G, modern internet functions, etc. Try using this site and others on that 360x400 screen.. it blows. When I use my 1yr old Android phone, I view sites in desktop mode in 1280x720 res. GPS on todays phones are more accurate than 3+ year old tech. (* According to a phone site GSMArena, Talktime on the BB 9105 = 5hrs while the Galaxy IV is 17hrs)
What BB/RIM is doing is NOT good. Their OS should be portable for a slower phone (hence, there are NEW cheap Android phones today with single core CPUs @ 800~1000mhz using Android 2.3). Its bad to be selling "new" phones that cannot RUN new software. Think of the Days of Amiga when C= was selling the A1200 with ADOS 4.0, A600 with ADOS 2.2 and the A500 with ADOS 1.3.
A person buying the older phone has not future support, software wise. They will most likely buy an Android that WILL run the software they want or need.
I'm not a Blackberry hater. Their older phones did suck many ways, thou. Their new phones are top of the line... but I'm not seeing much advantage over Android. With newer versions of Android 4.x and 5.0, you can run two APPS on the screen at the same time (certain ones, as they code them). So today, I was able to TEXT and use Google Maps at the same time - which was handy.
BB screwed up years ago, taking over 3 years to release an OS upgrade and have orphaned their tablet owners. BlackBerry tablet is *DEAD*. They aren't even going to try to make a new version or upgrade the OS for their only 2year old tablet.
BlackBerry is a mess and Microsoft is not much better - but they have far bigger pockets.
WP9 is already slated to not be compatible with WP8. Its going to be an improved and incompatible device to old WP8 devices.
Meanwhile.. people with iPad-1s and older Android devices can run most of their software on latest hardware.
Re: The purpose of Surface
The MS-Surface tablets are sub-standard to those made by Apple, Samsung and others.
Slower CPU, horrible slow GPU (RT vs iPad). Weak operation times, especially x86 model.
High prices, low value.
We need more than a click and dance from a tablet. MS still promotes it more as a hybrid notebook rather than a tablet.
Why bother? The value of Dell is dropping.
Re: RE. Re. Martian evolution
I think it would be cheaper and easier to take care of out own planet than trying to bring back another from the dead.
Mars will forever be dead.
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