59 posts • joined 12 Oct 2012
I'm not the pheasant plucker ...
... I'm the pheasant plucker's son
But the real prize goes to ...
... anyone who can say "Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel" ten times in succession without doing themselves an injury.
So ... does my car's integrated Bluetooth system infringe Apple's patent?
I have a 2012 Mazda with factory-integrated voice-activated Bluetooth control over my paired "electronic device". It seems to me that Apple's patent would seek to retrospectively apply to this system.
The user request may be a request to utilize one or more services, applications, and/or functionalities of [the] portable electronic device such as placing a phone call, playing multimedia content ... sending a message ...
Yep! That's exactly what my car's Bluetooth system does!
And you can voice-control it by saying ....
"Okay Toupee" ...
But I'm really waiting for the inevitable "Smart Merkin"
Re: Still, there's naught wrong with high explosives as a debugging tool.
End User: "Yes, I've turned it off and on again."
BOFH: "Have you tried blowing it up?"
Gotta love "The Wonderful Land of Oz"!
Giant toothed platypodes, killer koalas ... http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/31/drop_bear_killer_koala_science_fun/ ...
Re: I suppose...
The last flight I took, my company put me back in cattle class, so my company-supplied laptop stayed in its carry bag, and I got out my N7 (perfect for those tiny fold-down flaps they laughingly intend you to work on and eat your meal from!) and read books and magazines, watched movies, and played games. If my company wants me to work on flights, they can darn well put me up front in Business Class, where there is enough room to work with a "proper" laptop!
(Oh yes - If I really feel the urge to make last minute edits on a PowerPoint presentation, Word Document, or Excel spreadsheet, I can do that with QuickOffice on the N7.)
Re: more or less the same size and resolution as any competing 7-8" tablet.
The original iPad Mini had more or less the same size and resolution as any $200 (or cheaper) 7-8" tablet, (Fixed it for you.)
The "competing" 7-8" tablets (think Nexus 7, Kindle HD, etc) had much higher resolutions - and are considerably cheaper than even the old iPad Mini.
... said Apple CEO Tim Cook ... adding that "these amazing products are examples of the type of innovation that only Apple can deliver."
Yep, that's officially "Innovation" (TM) from Apple.
RE: Battery Life
Yes, including battery life in the reporting of benchmark scores is the way to combat this practice - just include battery life as a weieghted part of the overall test result scores (e.g. include battery life as a 50% weighting in the "Overall Score"). After all, battery life IS a big issue for real world buyers! To get the best possible benchmark score, the OEMs would then need to target a balance between raw computing / graphics speed and battery life - and isn't that what most of us REALLY want?
If the OEMs turn up their processors to 11 to get 20% better performance, I'll bet the battery life takes a bigger hit than 20%. Who wants a phone that is the fastest beast on the block according the popular benchmarks, but will only run for a hour and a half according to the same benchmarks?
RE: "All this global warming we aren't having"
I know you shouldn't use local data and anecdotal commentary as evidence for or against global trends, but I can't let the assertion of "global warming we aren't having" go unchallenged.
Australia has just gone through the warmest year on record (our "climate year" goes from October to September - spring to spring), including an extraordinarily warm winter. (And you don't need access to Bureau of Meteorology databases to know that, if you live in Brisbane - the simple fact that we only needed our winter doonas for about three nights his year is evidence in itself!) Maybe all of the northern hemisphere's "missing" global warming has migrated to Australia?
It's even been reported in Murdoch's "The Australian", which usually runs a pretty solid anti-climate-change agenda:
Re: Apple's not the bad guy here
Probably more than "2.675 old Nokia chargers* in the average household (or did you mean "2,675 old Nokia chargers"?
"Optimal mobile experience"
Yeah, right! "Customer service" at its finest!
I guess you missed the memo!
"Can Android match this kind of update?
Doubtful and that's down to fragmentation ..."
Google has separated an awful lot of what used to be "core" OS functionality out of the OS itself, and put it into the Apps, which can be maintained by user updates from the Play store, even on devices which are stick on older OEM / Telco "skinned" versions f Android.
All this talk of "Android Fragmentation" is massively overblown.
Seems it's not just the Galaxy Note
According to Android Police:
The new policy, at this point, applies to Galaxy S III, S II, Note, S4, S4 Mini, and Note 3 devices produced after the end of July 2013.
Wow! One more reason to buy a Nexus instead of a Samsung, if you weren't already convinced!
Would LOVE to see how "vanilla" Android 4.3 fares!
So - OEM bloat-ware degrades the user experience?
Well, THERE'S a revelation!
"I'm not dead yet"
"Dead" Man: I'm not dead!
Dead Collector: 'Ere, he says he's not dead.
Large Man: Yes he is.
"Dead" Man: I'm not.
Dead Collector: He isn't.
Large Man: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.
Why does there have to be "one device to rukle them all"?
Look, I'll admit that I'll be thrilled if / when I have a single device that does EVERYTHING that I can imagine, from being a pocketable phone with passable web browsing and e-mail, right up to a full immersive 3D gaming platform and "content creation" workstation - but I think we're still a way off yet.
My current mix is a phone (Nexus 4), a compact tablet (Nexus 7 2013, with a compact Bluetooth keyboard for those increasingly rare occasions when touch-screen typing just isn't "good enough"), and a 15" Windows 7 notebook (with a full-size keyboard, mouse and a secondary 22" monitor when I'm at my desk), which is my machine for doing "real work". Interestingly, this machine spends an awful lot of time gathering dust these days - because it turns out that most of the time, I just don't really NEED a full-on heavy-duty content-creation workstation! It's actually a bit too big and cumbersome for everything other than really serious work - it's become more of a desktop-replacement machine than a true portable device, especially since I got a tablet that does most of what I want. I'm contemplating moving over to something much more compact (such as a Chromebook or similar) for this "mobile desktop" work.
I'm afraid Microsoft has pretty much missed the boat on mobile computing for me - they haven't noticed that for many people, something that is compact and cheap (or better yet, free), and "good enough" meets most of their needs. Microsoft want me to buy a subscription to MS-Office 365, but I'm sorry - for my limited requirements for truly mobile computing, the cheap / free alternatives (Docs to Go, Quickoffice, etc) on an affordable tablet are plenty good enough - both with respect to the somewhat restricted feature set of these "Mobile Office " software packages, and the general limitations of mobile devices compared to "proper" computers. When it comes to "mobile computing", the mobility, convenience, and low cost are more important than 100% MS-Office compatibility and functionality.
There's a huge difference between queuing for tickets for a concert vs queuing for an iPhone:
Once the concert is sold out, it's sold out. If there's one show, and you don't get tickets for it, you don't get to see the show.
If you miss getting an iPhone on release day - just go back the next day - or next week - or next year. (iPhones don't actually change all that much from one year to the next anyway!)
(Paris because I'd queue overnight to see Paris Hilton's next "home movie"!)
Trading in a Nexus 5 already?
"One chap we met in the queue, 28-year-old software engineer Ajeya, brandished a Nexus 5 he intended to replace with an iPhone 5s. "
Wow! Didn't take him long to work out the iPhone 5s is "better"! Already trading in a Nexus 5 - which doesn't even come out until next month, if the rumours are to be believed!
And suddenly Apple's strategy for the new iPhone models makes sense...
iPhone 5Cadbury and iPhone 5Snickers
RE: "No need for mals here"
Looks like you could use a good spell checker though!
Another happy camper here
I have had precisely zero issues with both my Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2012) on stock 4.3. (But then,I didn't have any problems pre-4.3 either.) I don't know what circumstances / applications cause the instability issues (and I hope Google fix it for those who are afflicted), but I suspect the 4.3 problems affect a vocal minority.
I do know that an awful lot of Nexus users couldn't wait for the 4.3 update to be progressively "pushed" to them via OTA, and were using "the old Clear Google Services Framework trick" to try to force it onto their devices immediately, and this then caused a lot of issues for some people, which could only be resolved by deleting their Google account and then re-activating it. I wonder if there is any correlation between those who tried that trick, and those who have 4.3 stability issues?
(Big Brother icon coz' I'm starting my own conspiracy theory here ...)
"Champagne"? I think not
It'll be "Cider", surely?
"Those who say 'you are holding it wrong' are just as bad IMHO."
Wasn't that His Steveness?
Re: Fatal flaw, hyperloop is DOA
Re: Yeah, good luck.
If this is technologically viable, the Chinese will have one working before anyone else. They have the ability and the will to mobilise "whatever it takes" to do just about anything.
And they're not too fussed about whether it is economically or ecologically viable - as long as it would be seen as "world-class". E.g. consider the Shanghai MagLev train from the airport to down-town - 30 km in 8 minutes, running every 15 minutes, with a top speed of 430 km/hr. I can't for one moment imagine that it is remotely economically viable - but it is undeniably cool!
If you like RadioDread, you really MUST now create an All Access "Radio Station based on Easy Star All Stars (or better yet, just seek out and listen to "Dub Side of the Moon") - best Pink Floyd cover EVER!!!
Re: UK vs Euro pricing
It's AU$11.99 in Oz (AU$9.99 for the early adopters). At current exchange rates, AU$11.99 is US$10.93, €8.17, or £7.03.
This would be the first time in living memory that Australians have had a good deal for buying ANYTHING on-line - we usually pay a substantial FUYAA Tax* of 20% - 50% or more on software and hardware purchases. (Maybe you Euro / Brit music lovers should get an Australian VPN account?)
(* F#%k You, You're An Australian)
Of course, if they've got access to your desktop and browser, they've got your Gmail, Email, etc, along with all the documents stored on your hard drive, the Word document you store all your bank account details and passwords in, your DropBox account, ...
Nevertheless, it would seem to be a no-brainer that a master password should be required to access any security-related data.
I haven't watched Doctor Who since I was a kid ...
But I'll be a massive convert if the script-writers give him Malcolm Tucker's vocabulary!
... coloured plastic and offer 13 flavours!.
Brilliant! They could call it the iiPhone!
A couple of enhancement ideas ...
They should face the solar cells inwards instead of outwards - that way, whenever the screen is turned on, the phone would self-charge from the light generated by the screen!
But on a more serious note (and assuming that solar cells of this size can actually generate enough charge to be useful) - why not put solar cells on the back of the phone instead of over the screen? I could certainly learn to live with keeping my phone face-down on my desk rather than face up, if that is all it takes to avoid needing to charge it!
Re: People forget: Icons should be iconic!
However, it gets very tricky to design an iconic icon, especially when you remember that part of the goal seems to be to rid iOS of all vestiges of skeuomorphism. Think about it:
A piece of 35 mm film with sprocket holes is a pretty standard icon for a video app - but when did you last see an actual piece of film? (Does that icon "mean" anything to today's kids?)
A paper bag with string handles for a "store" app: What's a "shop"? And what do you need a bag for? (Don't we buy everything on-line, and a courier delivers it in a box to our front door.)
An envelope for e-mail - what's an envelope?
And what's that funny thing on the icon for my my e-reader app? It looks like a bunch of pieces of paper which are bound together along one edge - I have no idea what that is supposed to represent!
Re: Put an iPhone beside a...
but that is exactly how a typewriter (or keyboard) works, and the idea was to emulate something else, not invent something new.
But isn't one of the the big point of the iOS7 "refresh" supposed to be that they get rid of so-called "skeuomorphism"?
Why make your on-screen keyboard emulate a dumb physical keyboard when it can actually show you exactly what character it will actually place? Should it use "Alt" codes (like a physical keyboard) for "smilies" and other emoticons as well?
"Parallax View" wallpaper - an iOS7 innovation?
"Even the parallax view – fluff that shuffles the wallpaper as the phone tilts – is vitally important as it marks the iPhone out from the crowd. It’s the feature that will be shown off in the pub to prove the owner's superiority."
What, you mean like "3D Image Live Wallpaper" https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=opotech.image3Dlwp or "PhotoSphere Live Wallpaper" https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fishnoodle.photospherewp_free&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImZpc2hub29kbGUucGhvdG9zcGhlcmV3cF9mcmVlIl0. on Android?
Gee, it didn't take long for Android to rip-off all the latest "innovations" in iOS7, did it?
At least Windows Phone users got a Qantas app!
Android users are still waiting for the loing-promised Android App - it's been 'coming soon" for years now!
Oh, the irony!
Anyone else think it's about time to put a stop to these patent wars?
Re: Ota tuo, vihreä robotti Google!
"Ota tuo, vihreä robotti Google"?
Wouldn't "Ota se, Microsoft ja Nokia!" be more appropriate?
"Would it have been a 404 and not a 404 AT EXACTLY THE SAME TIME?"
Re: First Website Ever?
That would have been the second page on the Internet!
Shortest path from the start of the internet to the end of the internet?
And then there is the “Last Page of the Internet”: http://www.1112.net/lastpage.html
Which raises the interesting “thought experiment”:
What is the shortest path from the First Page of the Internet to the Last Page of the Internet, only by clicking and following hyperlinks?
(No cheating by getting to a search engine and typing in “last page” or some such.)
Well - someone had to try, so I asked Siri on my partner's iPad ...
'What do you think about "Google Now" on iOS?'
And Siri's response?
"I don't really have anything to say about Google now. Or ever."
What a sulky cow she is! (It seems she's not taking the news very well!)
Well, he's right about Blackberry not being a copycat!
Conventional wisdom would suggest that designing and manufacturing products in a market segment that consumers and businesses are clamouring to buy is a logical move. Blackberry have certainly found a "point of differentiation" with a strategy of turning their back on the fastest-growing segment of mobile technology.
That certainly carves out a unique niche that only they will occupy (that of making products that nobody wants, and not manufacturing the products that everybody wants.) As long as there are plenty of customers who are as crazy as Thorsten Heins, they will have the entire market segment to themselves!
It's kinda like the Outlook "Out of Office Assistant" - on steroids!
We're all familiar with "Out of Office" messages, which usually go along the lines of "I am on a wine tour of France for the next 5 months, and will attend to your message when I return (or not)".
But what exactly do you say in your "Out of Existence" message? Maybe something like: "You are receiving this message because I am dead. I apologise for any inconvenience."
Suggestions for naming the service
As you say, such a useful service definitely needs a better "brand". How about:
Google Reaper (or gReaper, or gRim Reaper)
Hmmmm .... might need a bit more work!
I was pretty excited about the announcement that Google Translate on Android can now translate Chinese text from the camera - this will be very useful to me (if it works) when I go to China in a couple of months, as my grasp of the Chinese language is only marginally better than my knowledge of the numerous Amazonian native dialects, so I thought I'd give it a go.
My first test results, while amusing, weren't too promising though.
I did a Google search for "Chinese character images" and found this picture which purports to say "Hello World", which I thought would do for a first trial:
Sure enough, I updated my copy of Translate, and the camera option is there when you choose "Chinese" as the "From" language, so I pointed my camera at the screen, snapped a shot, and highlighted the Chinese characters.
And the result?
Unless "Duke spit-feeding" is a traditional Chinese greeting ("Duke-spit-feeding to you, my good fellow!"), I'll rate my first test as a "Fail"!
(Or maybe the first image of Chinese text that I happened upon is a practical joke to rival Monty Python's "My hovercraft is full of eels"?)
Since "ogooglebar" is in fact found by conducting a Google search for "ogooglebar" ...
... isn't this the 21st century philosophical equivalent of debating how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?
Re: I don't actually have a problem with this...
Oh yes - and I am actually happy to PAY for Apps and games (what a novel concept!) that do what I want, which sorts out a lot of the more obnoxious pop-up ads etc. I'm happy to click-through ads on Apps that I'm trialling, or which are just a bit of fluff for occasional entertainment.
I don't actually have a problem with this...
It's pretty simple to me:
We tend to think of Google as being a search company or a mapping company or a phone OS company (or even a phone / tablet manufacturer, with the Nexus line), but they aren't - they're an advertising company. The only reason they provide all of these free goodies is so they can place lots of revenue-earning ads in front of us.
If their "price" for selling me a great phone (Nexus 4) and tablet (Nexus 7) at excellent prices, which both run a great OS (Jelly Bean 4.2.2) with a great "Personal Assistant" function (Google Now) and "search" and free mapping / navigation that really work, is that they place targeted ads in front of me when I search / navigate / whatever, I can live with that bargain.
The obvious corollary is that if we all block the ads, Google will get insufficient revenue to continue to support the Android platform, and good luck getting products of similar quality and functionality out of an open-source equivalent. How many "normal" Android users (I'm not talking about the "geeks") are "excited" about Ubuntu for phones and tablets, and will be dropping Android to go Ubuntu? No? I thought not.
If the alternative to ad-funded Android is iOS (with Siri and Apple Maps!) or Windows Phone (with what, exactly?), I'll take Google's ads, thanks!
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