That's a cheapskate serving of potato wedges.
477 posts • joined 23 Mar 2007
£1K barrier broken
"The best phone will probably be the next Google Pixel announced in the beginning of October, but it will probably cost around £1000."
This is the problem. Now the £1K barrier is effectively broken, everyone will start taking the piss and selling £1K devices because Apple and Samsung are getting away with it. Pure profit and greed.
What tangible real world improvements does the Note 8 really give over the Note 4? I'm all for new products, but this strikes me as a small incremental technology refresh for a serious hike in price.
Priced for the current market rather than actual technology value.
Waiting for the default statement
I'm sure it will only be "affecting a small number of users".
Re: Middle Age
a) ruggedized for space
b) uses LEADED solder [no tin whiskers]
c) NUCLEAR powered
d) Doesn't run millions of lines of code
Re: Another useless gadget
My Christopher Ward Automatic is still going strong 6 years later with no battery ;)
Re: Not sure why people moan about Androids interface...
Just install Action Launcher and enjoy.
Re: Not Rockall
You can't get the wood you know.
Re: Inflation on IoW
Before 1st of June 2016 it was 70p return for foot passengers (40p for "smartcard" users"). In 2015 it was free. Hyper inflation on the IoW!
A fitting OS
If you want the battery life, it should be Symbian of course with QT GUI.
I will give me the ability to "Like" TV again?
It's £369! I can live without an unlocked bootloader for that. Where are they "claiming" an unlocked bootloader out of the box? (What major manufacturer even does that?). Where are they claiming Wifi calling? Even Google are saying it's Daydream ready and if I get that it will be a minor bonus.
For £369 you get a 1440 x 2560 Samsung AMOLED panel, 64GB storage with SD slot (or dual SIM if you prefer), Snapdragon 820, Adreno 530, fingerprint reader, Quick charge 3, 3250mAh battery, dual AMK DACs with the best speakers currently out there. Android 7 in public beta free of major bloatware (I'm looking at you Samsung!) Glowing reviews everywhere.
Only thing that lets it down a little is low light camera performance, which I understand has already been improved somewhat - low light performance is all software algorithms these days. Seems okay to my admittedly undemanding needs.
I'm not a sales rep for these things, I'm just amazed how much the other manufacturers are clearly taking the piss on their margins. Let's face it, they are all manufactured within miles of each other!
Check out the ZTE Axon 7. £369 for a Pixel XL spec phone with dual SIM/SDcard slot. Daydream compatible too. You'd be mad not to.
What if he'd been run over by a Google self drive car?
Sorry, a little lost now...
Is he the one playing with the car, boot, dog, thimble or little top hat?
Re: People still buy apps?
30% more shite now.
Great, so now I'll be able to binge watch an entire series of "Mrs Brown's Boys" in advance of broadcast. Either that or stick my head in a mincer. Don't make me choose.
Don't know... Mongo only pawn in game of life.
Just about sums it up...
Haha! Step 3 of 3 of the Adobe install screens says:
Here is another product that might interest you..."
<Blank grey screen>
I wonder what percentage of these things (and not just Apple ones) are sitting in drawers right now? >50% I'll bet.
What a waste of energy and resources.
Re: Microsoft will fix it
I think "Microsoft 550" has a nice ring to it.
I wonder if this is why BT have failed to answer my calls within 15 minutes on the last 3 attempts.
No wait, that's just normal. My call is important to them though, which is nice.
Re: Here I encountered the first of many problems. The labels were entirely in Japanese.
I think you'll find Apple has just patented that...
Re: I'm with them too
There's only 2FA with the card reader when you set up a new payment method. Payments to existing payees can be made without any further checks.
Re: Worth $300 /400 extra?
Isn't the 15" model $400 extra to get the touch panel? That's why I said it. I didn't consciously lie.
Granted, the internal spec of the touch bar machines is higher, but the point is if you want the touch bar you have to pay the extra. You have no choice. You can't pick and choose components at purchase time like, say, Dell.
This is the problem with Apple kit. If you want the 2TB SSD or example, you have to pay a huge amount more because that model has all manner of other higher spec components as well, which you might not even need. You can't just add the bigger SSD by itself.
Say this was Dell, you might be able to add just the Touch Panel as a $100 extra. You just can't do that with Apple's pricing scheme. It starts getting very expensive very quickly with you paying for bits you don't want to get the ones you do.
Worth $300 /400 extra?
Is the touch bar that much of an advantage over physical function keys considering it how much it adds onto the cost of the device? That's one expensive touch screen!
I like the tactile feedback of a physical switch when doing things like muting sound, changing screen brightness etc. No way would I get used to a touch ESC key.
Seems a bit of an expensive solution looking for a problem to an old luddite like me.
Re: This should be one of the easiest taxes to collect ...
"Even better launch a game - take a picture of a car registration with your phone, check against DVLA database and if it comes back "no tax" or wrong model/colour etc"
Even better - make it a requirement to have a little round piece of paper located in the windscreen for all to see, that shows if the vehicle is taxed. You could even buy it online.
Re: This should be one of the easiest taxes to collect ...
Problem is with the "Car located" step. Serious dodgers have ways of getting hold of cars that have an incorrect keepers address or have been declared scrapped.
So unless they are stopped by the Police with the power to impound the car, then driving past a noddy DVLA ANPR vehicle is of little consequence to them.
Especially as the ones I see round my way with surprising (and I would imagine expensive) regularity all sit there with very visible flashing orange lights that can be seen way before a handy turn off.
With a paper disc, anyone walking past the car could see it was untaxed. That in itself had a deterrent effect.
Wonder what SLA will be offered...
Well, we have suffered an outage with the full Airwatch MDM today. Their UK data centre has a major problem. Still ongoing after 4 hours with no hint yet of when it is going to be back online. Another example of the wonders of cloud based services.
No doubt the usual statement will be made at some point containing the "small number of users" phrase.
"i.e. it's being sold as something "safe" when it's not really."
It's not being sold at all. It's shiny and free and that's part of the problem with these kind of revelations.
Re: Using social media to learn?
" I can't remember how I fixed it last time". Use you System Center & SQL stuff knowledge to provision a wiki ;)
I run a Mediawiki instance for just that purpose and share it as a resource for my co-workers (assuming the information is suitable for publishing, if not I keep locked to just my account!)
Re: Why buy new?
>>Interesting...! Any recommendations on a UK website?
Google T440s Tier1 :)
Why buy new?
Pick up a 2nd hand Lenovo for a fraction of the new cost. I got an i5 T420 with a 128GB SSD, 8GB of RAM and a 1600x900 panel for £299. An absolute steal. Build quality is great. I splashed out £30 for a new 65W battery plus £19 for a USB 3 ExpressCard and it runs Win10 and Ubuntu for over 6 hours like a champ.
You can pick up a newer i7 T440s with 12GB RAM, 240GB SSD for £500 that will run for a whole day.
I'll never buy new again!
They might not raise prices...
But they will definitely switch off masts to save cash once they merge. EE did this leaving lots of customers with little or no signal.
Re: OS-X and Linux vulnerabilities
Android is NOT Linux. It was originally based on Linux, but is far removed now. Especially on the user end side of it.
Re: the problem with drones...
But what happens to the drone subject to the jamming? Loss of control resulting in it crashing into some poor random person in the area?
A 5 year old lost an eye to an out of control drone recently in the UK.
Bring down drones by whatever means could easily have regretable consequences.
I think if the user is foolish enough to let the battery level drop below the profit margin, around 43%, the device simply refuses to power on.
Re: Infrastructure Upgrade??
I don't know where you are in the South West, but just to warn you, EE coverage in Dorset is poor to non-existent. When they merged with T-Mobile they shut down a lot of masts. I went from an already poor 2 bar 2G signal to absolutely nothing (and I leave near a big town, not right out in the sticks). Their network coverage map is completely inaccurate.
I switched from EE to Vodafone and generally it's much better. EE didn't give a toss when I left after 9 years citing poor coverage. They refused to even offer a femto cell. My work phone is EE and it still gets nothing at home 2 years on.
These companies only care about cost saving and whilst that continues I can't see the rural situation improving much.
Go for it Beeb!
It's mindboggling why they haven't done this already. The BBC's back catalog alone would make much more compelling viewing than 99% of the shite on NOW TV, Netflix etc. It's the only service I'd even consider paying a monthly fee for.
The "Digital DVD" bit worries me. This doesn't strike me as silly old Auntie Beeb employing an anachronistic term. I think they may simply try exactly that - charging DVD prices for individual items rather than a Netflix type library subscription. In which case it will die on its arse.
Re: Yes but
Single leading shoe?
Re: Apple Visa Card?
But then Apple wouldn't own it. Not the Apple way now is it!
You used your UK debit card with no purchase protection or limit other than your actual bank balance in rural South America? I assume you have some other fraud protection scheme in place...
Has Slough declared independence then? Will food start costing more there as well?
This is all just scaremongering.
Re: Shut up already
Yes, fed up with iWatch news going on and on endlessly. Let's talk about the Scottish referendum instead ;)
Re: Square watches
"LarsG, which similar gadget are your expectations based on? IIRC the original ipod was 10 hours.IIRC the original ipod was 10 hours."
The original ipod was not a watch you relied on to tell you the time. The last thing I want is a watch that is dead when I look at it at 12pm to see if I've got time to make the last tube train.
A watch is not a watch if you have to charge it overnight.
Re: Not enough time
My Samsung does as well, but it only does obvious things like dim the screen, shut down wifi and mobile data to stop apps chattering back to base etc.
What it will not do and I suspect your HTC will be the same unfortunately, is kill off any rogue/crapware processes that are hammering the battery. Also, since 4.3+ Google have made it almost impossible to kill off certain system apps like Google+. They want to know where you are and what you are doing 24x7. So if one of those goes nuts (and Google+ does frequently) it will just hammer the battery. Even Greenify can't stop it.
Don't even get me started on the bloody media scanner that blindly scans your entire 64GB SD card for hours with no way of excluding folders. This particular piece of junk has battered my battery on numerous occasions :(
Re: Not enough time
I agree. It's bad enough my phone is no longer a phone.
Last weekend I went out for the day with my kids, phone fully charged. 5 hours later I go to check the traffic for the journey home and the battery is at 3% and the phone shuts down. Some shitty piece of NoQAware (tm) has gone rogue and hammered a 3200mAh battery down to unusable. Nothing in the Android OS prevented it from doing this or killed all non essential processes when the battery got down to, say 15%.
Result is if I'd had an accident or broken down on the way home I would have been been screwed.
Bring back Symbian+QT, we really miss you.
So, as your nice example illustrates, you'll now also have a watch you can't rely on to tell you the bloody time.
Re: Twice the network
Yes, that's exactly what happened to me. After the merge they shut down the Orange tower 2km from my house so now my phone struggles to connect to one 6km away. I get no reception indoors at all and EE couldn't care less.
Daft passwords policies no longer relevant
"passwords must contain 2 of [lower-case, upper-case, punctuation-symbols]"
This might have been relevant last century when it was humans were trying to guess passwords, but do they honestly think it makes a blind bit of difference to a botnet what format the bloody password is?
Plus you are more lightly to store these passwords somewhere insecure because you can't remember all the bloody things.
Better approach, but unfortunately stupid above type policies don't allow it:
First Utility haven't been able to provide me with a bill since October. Similar back end migration issue. They also stopped taking the direct debits, which I didn't notice for the first couple of months. So now I'm facing a big catch up bill.
Emails are not answered for weeks (if at all) and their call centre queue is usually at least 70 callers deep. When you do finally get through to a poor harassed operator you just get given the same empty excuses and promises they simply don't fulfil. They have been "working hard to resolve this" for nearly 6 months now.
Ofgem seem powerless to do anything about it. Plus they give the energy companies 8 weeks per communication to respond before they will get involved at all.