77 posts • joined 3 May 2013
@Alistair - Re: Once some players drop out then....
So still profit then, just expected rather than current?
Apple were late to the mp3 player market and it didn't seem to hold them back.
Not that I'm not sceptical, I reached the point years back where my phone had replaced my watch.
Jokes aside, this does look like the mother of all vanity projects
I'm sure there's a business case for a big campus site, but not for one that's as much form as function.
History records many examples of hubristic companies who massaged their own egos out of existance. BSkyB took on the undeniably chic Marco Polo House as their (expensive) head office, while Sky took on a functional "shed" somewhere near Romford. Both were suited to the companies needs but one was built to a reasonable budget while the other was more or less pure excess.
Activities like these don't condemn a company but they do signpost the management mindset.
If I were Cook, I'd be spending less on head office and more on testing/R&D or other activity that benefits end customers and therefore Apple's competitive position...
Re: One as bad as another
I have EE4G on my iPad and Three on my phone.
To be fair to three, while their customer service is less than great, so long as you grit your teeth you can *usually* get away with just the one awful testing call.
EE on the other hand seem able to set new levels of incompetence at every turn. I've *never* had a first call fix with EE.
Now, compare that record to the consistently stellar performance of Orange Customer Services in the early-mid 90s. What on earth went wrong? Oh yes, I remember, France Telecom...
Re: they already destroyed the evidence.
Or do "they" just hide it better now?
Would foil wrapping my handset help? :-)
Even for a consumer machine.
I quite like the iMac form factor as most if not all it's target market won't upgrade much at all, but memory and storage are the two most likely upgrades so it seemed logical and sensible to leave an upgrade path.
It's a bit...
... 80's porn mansion for my taste.
Re: Not so smart; desperate housewife is desperate.
Jobs wasn't ever averse to sticking the boot in. Endless references to cheap plasticky buttons slides of BlackBerry keyboards and such. The BSOD on the OSX windows share icon too.
Oh yes, he could mix it with the best (worst?) in the most childish of ways...
Re: Really Voda?
Let's not forget the then market leader Vodafone UK were overtaken by orange when it was run by Hutchison so my guess is they're running scared.
Re: The Disabled, Sitting at Home
That's just Sour Grapes. Who are you to criticise the authors "I'm all right Jack" approach. Your independence obviously isn't worth 5 minutes on his or anyone else's journey time....
To be fair, the whole article is a crock, if this had been written 100 years ago, it'd be claiming the Wright Brothers were insane and Henry Ford would do better using Eugenics to breed a faster horse. :-/
Google are experimenting which is great. And while we're on the subject of Henry Ford these critics who scoff might well remember his quote - "if you think you can, or you think you can't, you're probably right..."
Re: For added irony, on the story's page
> btw, how do you encrypt a pigeon?
With a blender? No, actually, that may introduce a degree of latency to delivery of messages.
Re: Bloody hell, they sound determined...
So per second billing goes by the wayside?
Not quite sure what to make of that, Orange used it as a fantastic launch gimmick, but I guess in these days of inclusive thirty-day contracts with hundreds or thousands of minutes included It's a bit of a moot point these days.
I think the bigger story at the moment are the new EE tariffs and mobile broadband. Now that contracts from the other networks are available, it looks like the margins are finally being squeezed. I spoke to them this morning and they trebled my 4G broadband data allowance whilst simultaneously cutting the monthly cost by £2. Whilst that still doesn't make it be offering quite as cheap as Three, it does bring it into the same ballpark.
Re: GPS is shite ....
You're dead right, GPS lacks local knowledge and experience. But...
What GPS does do is give a consistent arrival time, maybe not quickest or easiest, but consistent.
I guess it's the McDonalds model, the food will be bland and you can easily do better if you know the local area but a Big Mac will take your hunger away and the loos will be guaranteed to be clean...
Also, FWIW, for medical reasons, I've started regularly using black cabs over the last 6 months and I've found the drivers generally OK. On the other hand, perhaps I'm just as bigoted as them? :-)
Re: Unfortunate turn of events?
Well, looking at it objectively, Apple here are the common denominator and the most litigious, so my guess is they've decided to draw a line.
I guess the more interesting question is why? A number of options spring to mind - in no particular order:
1.Fear of defeat - possible and with the precident it would set potentially very damaging.
2.A genuine waking up and smelling the increasing expensive legal coffee - again possible but I think probably the most unlikely reason.
3. Management time - Cook has talked about the next big thing being imminent and time spent in litigation is time spent away from what has to be more important stuff for Apple. Irrespective of the merits of whatever it is they're talking about launching, and it good be "insanely great" a turkey or anywhere in between, one thing I am sure of is that Cook won't want any distractions from it either internally or in the press, so by winding down hostilities he gets the most benign environment he can engineer to launch into.
On the other hand it could just be coincidence.,.
"One can imagine no greater sucker..."
Top quality statement - The Reg at its best!
Re: So, let me get this right...
I agree. I'd have thought failing gracefully to unexpected input is always important in any process.
I struggle to understand why you received down votes.
I have to say I think a defence of "we were working on it pre-patent" sounds quite desperate. As far as i'm aware (and no doubt if I'm wrong I'll be corrected) prior art needs to have been demonstrated and maybe even taken to market? "it was in the labs, honest" doesn't, I think, wash.
You invent something and I just claim under oath I thought of it first? Doesn't sound good....
Surely a better idea would be to just rubbish the patents with genuine prior art?
Re: Waste of space on the phone.
TuneIn on IOS on the other hand really is great.
Seems a shame to tar all versions with the same brush?
The P is also silent as in swimming...
Re: Still better
Agreed,, in comparison Apple Maps still leave much to be desired, but Cupertino have the advantage that they don't rely on ad income and offer software to sell hardware.
If Google over egg things in the ad space, there will come a tipping point at which G Maps become too much of a faf to use given the layering of ads.
Not there yet granted, but things seem to be starting to go the same way as all that "value add" bloatware on windows PCs.
It's a delicate balancing act for them.
Re: "Apple made no promise that Siri would operate without fail"
So by that reasoning, if your mobile drops a call you expect it replaced? Likewise storm clouds impair your Satellite TV twice a year, so you want the dish replaced? That's what working without fail would mean.
The fact that something is software is a red herring.
In the UK at least a test of merchantable quality applies, not perfection. If perfection was the yardstick, we'd still be banging the rocks together. And love it or loath it, I don't think anyone could argue that the iPhone 4S was of merchantable quality. These litigants were chancers who got caught out.
Re: I struggle to see how Office could be useful on a tablet
I suffered a stroke last summer and it's left me with issues typing with my left hand.
Siri, Dragon Dictation and iWork have literally saved my career.
This is being dictated using a quality Plantronics headset in a quiet room and I've deliberately not corrected any mistakes there may be. Having used it all for a few months, there's an approach to dictation that allows software tools to get it right pretty much ninety nine percent of the time,
If Microsoft can arrive at this level of usability with enterprise integration, I'm sold.
Re: I struggle to see how Office could be useful on a tablet
That's pretty much the model with iphone office.
Bundle the app with a 365 access plan and authenticate against that.
I wonder if MS will make some sort of mobile centric plan though, say 375 on one desktop and a handful of devices?
Actually,I'm quite a convert, I always sneered about this kind of app on touch, but numbers in particular has converted me for general use. The operating UI (especially losing legacy controls) is the key and MS don't have feel to have a great track record there...
Half a job...
100 million screens, ok, over how long?
A year? 100 million years?
Re: What to do?
How would a phone or tablet innovate?
Jobs did well at Apple because he took existing under developed segments and turbocharged them, moved them on in some way. As has been noted many times MS could never get tablets to sell, jobs worked out why not and the rest is history.
Just copying with with any old "me too" phone or tablet will only work if MS or Windows have a big pull as brands. Which I don't think they do.
Win phone and surface only really look to be capable of being minority players in their markets.
Re: not true
So partnering with Dixons AND CPW?
Can there ever have been a more mediocre retail strategy, heh heh.
Re: Leaps and bounds?
Actually, I'm returning to iOS after spells with Android and BB10.
For me BB10 wasn't the right choice. It's a bit sad really as I wanted it to be, but it wasn't. :-/
Leaps and bounds?
Yes, BB10 has come on nicely but as the article says it's becoming niche. Nothing wrong with that of course, but I took the plunge yesterday and abandoned my Z10 in favour of an iPhone 5S with Good Technology for work mail.
Nowt wrong with the BB that NATIVE apps wouldn't solve, but droid cast offs just muddle the UX.
By all means look forward to trolling from fans of other platforms. You can smile and sit back knowing you've made the right choice for you. Unfortunately it wasn't the right choice for me.
Re: RE: Jesus give it a break with the rootkit nonsense.
> (I'll buy their headphones.
> They make good headphones,
> and they don't contain code.)
Nah, Sennheiser and AKG beat them, hands down...
North American market share.
Dipped to 43% market share. You say poor.
But that my business had such a poor market share.... Presumably at "only" 50% android makers are just barely treading water too?
It seems to be the same old problem, regardless of company, analysts and journos are always doom laden and expect actual results + 20% every quarter.
Re: Ah, the QL—fond memories!
It's very very we'll emulated on Windows and OSX.
I boot an MG machine up more regularly than I should :-)
All our yesterdays :-)
To complete the journey down memory lane/amnesiac's avenue.
Not really bothered....
To be honest years ago I'd have put up with all the crap service in the world for anything over 512Kb but as has been noted, VM didn't bother carling my town (pop 80,000). Much as we might moan about BT and the way the governments broadband spend has been/is being spent, wherever you are in the country it seems you're far more likely to see the arrival of VDSL FTTC via OpenReach or 4G fixed data terminals than ever seeing a new VM connection .
Virgin had a window during which they could have made big inroads but financials and a biblical level of mismanagement (Barclay Knapp anyone?) mean that time has now long passed.
VDSL (and 4G) give improved upload performance and feel like technologies in the ascendency. Add to that a mix of mainstream and niche resellers with USPs that provide service level/cost option and it leaves Virgin's cable network looking dilapidated, under invested, littered with broken ducts and cabs and overloaded.
I don't see VM growing to any great extent, just using the existing deteriorating network as a cash cow to milk punters in the shrinking non-VDSL/4G areas.
Re: Many reasons
... fewer XP installs....
@ACx - Great comment...
Very fair commentary, but the next 50 years will knock it out of Americans in the same way the 2nd half of the 20th century knocked it out of the British.
Time was to many of my countrymen that if it was owner by, occupied by or made in Britain it was automatically sub standard.
The reality of 50 years of being owned by the Americans has done to the UK what 50 years of being owned by the Chinese will do to the USA.
Non-denial denial then...
"Decisions about our products are our own..."
Less than emphatic then? I can only ponder that the legal dept had issues with them issuing a flat denial of a back door.
It's getting to the point now where to remain reasonably secure, popping something in the post is becoming relatively secure.
I've not read anywhere of none Sky connections being impacted, which leads me to ask a question of the Network types on here. As I understand it:
1. Open Reach manage communal infrastructure
2. Sky Manage their core back end and provide a point of presence to OpenReach for the final mile.
Unless I've got this wrong (and do tell me if I have), either:
1. Sky have SPOFs aplenty but other providers have more resilience?
2. It's Sky infrastructure - in which case why are OR involved?
3. Other ISPs are managing their customers expectations better?
Anyone care to help me out?
Re: Android fragmentation
Erm I think the salient point here was that IOS7 hasn't been around for 2 years unlike Android 4.x.
So, the replacement cycle of devices isn't really relevant in the case of IOS7.
Re: What's to stop a US native using this?
What you are missing. From the feel at home T&Cs:
Feel At Home is designed for UK residents who are customers of Three UK and who are visiting other destinations. If you use Feel At Home exclusively for a full calendar month, at least three times in any 12 month period, we reserve the right to suspend international roaming on your account. This means you wouldn’t be able to use your Three device abroad. Don’t worry, we’d let you know before we did this.
Re: 3 are great...
Coverage is always subject to personal circumstances and for me it's great - and I'm semi rural Just the luck of the draw.
I have a phone on 3 and until last month was paying 3 £15 per month for 10Gb of mobile broadband for my iPadl, where I typically used 2-3 Gb.
Last month EE were offering 8gb of 4G data for £16 on the same 30 day contract and being a regular traveller I decided to switch for 4G in more locations.
After three weeks, I'm impressed. When I roam into 4G coverage I'm seeing up to 48 Meg and that's not in a double speed area. Compared to around 12Meg on 3's DC-HSPA network it's much brisker - but if EE hadn't been discounting heavily I certainly wouldn't have swapped. Likewise at the end of the discount period (12 months) I shan't stay if the price rises.
The problem for 4G in conventional use cases is that well managed 3G is plenty good enough, so 3 seem to have the better strategy.
Re: I *want* two phones - I do not want my company IT mess with my personal one
> Until a single phone is able to keep two wholly separated environments...
That'd be Blackberry Balance on BB10 then. But without a commitment from the employer in terms of appropriate MDM I don't think it actually works, so I guess it's a great idea, well delivered but with no mindshare and therefore low take up. Unless anyone here knows of big deployments?
Shame really, the ability to use a single handset in two completely distinct native modes sounds like a great way to manage BYOD.
Re: A fine line between Vision and Arrogance
The problem with shortcut key presses is context. The whole point of a GUI should be simplicity with visual clues and obvious solutions to all major events (closing an application is pretty fundamental and as has been said, an X in the corner is more or less perfect - simple, unobtrusive and intuitive).
Expecting "professionals" or anyone else to learn keyboard shortcuts by wrote is bordering on enforcing a CLI. MS are either in the GUI business or reverting to CLI. Either is valid and both have strengths, but MS have it wrong.
It seems to me that the mess that is/was metro is neither fish nor foul and MS seem to have managed to harness the raw professional power of the GUI and married it to the intuitive simplicity of the Command Line. - Madness!
Re: How much?
Long term that $8 labour bill will rise as China and then other emerging markets develop and sweatshop wages are out-evolved.
In the same way outsourcers have chased the dragon through India, Eastern Europe and into Central America so manufacturers will have to keep finding the next centre of cheap labour - or automate and remove the labour.
I guess your our own ideological view will give us a individual view as to the iong-term ethics of the plan, but for commercial companies, building close to markets without having to relocate to chase low cost production every 5-10 years sounds like a really good idea.
I presume you meant de facto but the obvious pun made me smile :-)
Re: 30% seems high to me
Completely DAB an online here, no FM at all.
That's 2 cars (both factory fitted) a DAB media streamer and 2 portables.
But then our 2 favourite stations are AM, Stereo DAB and mono online, so i guess we have specific use cases.
Re: old ipad still too expensive
Both versions are equally valid....
Round here they're Chimps - Completely Hopeless in Most Police Situations.
He can't think of a reason not to?
There's quite an appeal to sitting on cash - consider the case of GEC after The new broom swept away Lord Weinstock's conservative approach to treasury management:
The guy is an out and out asset stripper - always has been.
This reminds me of the fall of Amiga inc.
Endless rumour, white knights and increasingly desperate predictions for a positive future whilst facing insurmountable odds resulting from incompetence.
No corporate strategy, insufficient money and operational paralysis. Shame really, I like my z10, nice phone, but *as an all round device* it's rough edged and not a patch on the iPhone 4 it replaced.
Re: Stats Pedant
Or equally possibly >50%, impossible to say. We can opine about it perhaps but as IOS and android are probably about on a par in terms of average usage levels 50% is as good a yardstick as any.
Unless of course we have strong citations that IOS devices are used for browsing more or less web traffic than Android ones.
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