Re: Battery life is an illusion
In that case, why bother buying a smartphone?
132 posts • joined 10 Jul 2008
I had similar for an advert and it turned out the "models" were CGI (perhaps from a Final Fantasy game?), but it wasn't immediately obvious because all the other ads were so heavily photoshopped.
(It was for Louis Vuitton https://uk.louisvuitton.com/eng-gb/articles/series-4-lightning-a-virtual-heroine)
The last Samsung phone I had was an S5, but that had an option to download using both 4G and WiFi connections simultaneously to boost speed. Might be worth checking if this is still a feature and if it's enabled.
Edit: seems that the S9 does have the feature. See https://www.verizonwireless.com/support/knowledge-base-216765/
Not sure what you mean by horribly expensive, but I pay £20 / month to Three for unlimited data plus 20GB (might be 30GB, not 100% sure) tethering on a 1 month rolling contract. Been on it for a few years, so perhaps no longer offered, but might be worth raising with them.
I also smashed the screen on my OnePlus 3T, which resulted in having to send the phone back to OnePlus, an above £100 bill and no phone for the best part of two weeks.
I would have been able to get an iPhone or Galaxy fixed in my lunch hour at a local shop for half the price.
Something I'd consider when buying my next phone.
isn't this flattening sales completely to be expected as the tech matures and the incremental increases become less pronounced. I'm currently working on a 3 year old laptop (Intel i7 4th gen, 16GB RAM, SSD, GeForce 850, blah, blah). The speed increase on a new one is so minor that it's not worth considering (to me). 20 years ago the difference between a 3 year old PC and a new one was huge. Would the same not be happening with mobiles by now had the manufacturers not built in obsolescence with fixed batteries (plus the fact you're more likely to drop/break a mobile than a laptop)?
@kain preacher: So I tried Google and couldn't find an answer. What happens in the US if someone who legally owns one or more guns in charged with a crime and released on bail? Do they have to hand over their gun(s) to the police?
"Too many of Microsoft products have builtin dependencies on X86 architecture" - is that the case? I thought Win RT failed in part due to the fact that people expected to be able to run the Windows software that they've always used, that was x86 and that Microsoft had no control over.
If you're getting 8-12 days from a smartphone I guess you're not using it for very much; no 4G / WiFi / BT / GPS switched on, no apps downloading in the background, screen brightness on minimum, minimal usage?
Which raises the question why you spent money on a smartphone?
I never really got much use out of it as I don't really know that many people with Windows Phones, but you could imagine a more widespread (Android / iOS / cross platform) variant being quite useful. e.g., had a friend visited at the weekend from abroad, and he asked in a couple of bars / cafes we were in for the WiFi password, information already stored on my phone that I couldn't pass on to him. Close friends could have my home WiFi, everyone else just gets the public WiFi I've saved.
"The product's endurance has also been extended.In terms of terabytes written (TBW) during its warranted life the Z400 numbers were 20 TBW (32GB), 40 TBW (64GB), 72 TBW (128 and 256GB). The Z410's equivalent numbers are 40 TBW (120GB), 80 TBW (240GB) and 120 TBW (480GB)."
so the 128GB drive used to have an endurance of 72 TBW, and now the 120GB drive has an endurance of 40TBW.
Isn't that a drop in endurance?
I've had interviews for contracts in a couple of places that didn't actually use any source control systems (I never actually took the work out of fear for my sanity; they were never looking to do things properly, just wanting someone to add in a couple of more features ASAP). Usually engineering firms where it started out as a simple bit of code that the (non-software) engineer wrote and it just grew and grew. Not quite as bad as this, but going down the same road.
I think he's suggesting that smart watches are fragmented, not Android based smart watches.
We have an Android app that users have asked for smart watch support, and we've not done it as there isn't enough demand to justify implementing it on Tizen, Android, Pebble, etc. and there isn't a clear leader in that pack that we'd pick over the others. I don't imagine we're alone in thinking that among Android app developers.
You could increase VAT, and allow companies to offset the extra VAT levied against profits / corporation tax (so that smaller businesses who aren't big enough to offshore their profits can compete on a level(er) playing field against big corporations).
So say if you have a 10% profit margin, of which small businesses would previously pay 20-28% corporation tax, and big businesses offshore it and pay nothing, you'd then have a 7-8% profit margin of which small businesses would be no worse off (as they'd pay no corporation tax), and large businesses who offshore their profits would be (or they'd raise their prices, and be less competitive against smaller / local firms). Whether there's enough smaller / local firms to keep them from just passing on the price rise would be the big unknown.
I got a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact for that reason. Great phone. Although you need to buy a case, as some genius thought putting a shiny / slippery glass back on it was a good idea; my first one slipped off a quite rough wooden garden table and cracked, luckily while still covered by my credit card purchase protection.
A niche product?
I think you've got it the wrong way around. Lots of people find a £30-40 simple to install stick that gives access to Netflix, iPlayer, YouTube, etc. useful.
"a box that will allow you to stream from a local NAS or streaming server" is a niche product (and yes, I have a streaming server, I just accept the fact that the majority of people have no desire to set up a home server & rip their DVD collection)
Based on usage (not sales) it's about 1.5%.
The fact you recommend a variant, and someone else would probably recommend a different variant, plus the fact your recommendation is "for a first time user" suggesting you'll soon grow out of Mint and look at installing something else, is potentially some reasons why the figure is that low despite being free.
I've also had trouble using a random password generator on various sites because it was:
(a) too long
(b) didn't match their rules (despite being 16 random characters of lower/upper/numbers).
(c) the website blocked the ability to copy 'n' paste into the text box, forcing me to use a password I could be bothered to type out twice.
It's almost like the developers don't understand the maths and think creating rules makes it harder to crack (tip, a 20 character phrase all in lower case is harder to crack and easier for humans to remember than a 6 character password with uppercase/lowercase/numbers/symbols).
Is that what Facebook said?
"Overall, pages should continue to post things that people find meaningful and consider these best practices for driving referral traffic."
I read that as if you post quantity over quality, then you'll find your page's posts disappearing from people's timelines. If you post stuff that your followers are actually interested in, that they like / share / comment on, then it's more likely to appear.
BBC Worldwide is already the commercial arm of the BBC, for selling & merchandising shows abroad (Sherlock / Dr Who on US TV for example).
I think there'd be issues with what you're proposing, as you'd be conflicting with those licenses (selling a show to channel ABC in the USA, and also charging people in the USA to view it via iPlayer).
Is this not just another distraction from One Plus to handle the fact that they still haven't brought their "2014 Flagship Killer" to market (i.e. I can't walk into a shop, go to Amazon or their website and actually buy one without spending time advertising them on social media)? Don't focus on the fact that we're all hype, focus on our new Android variant...
Guess it comes into it's own in warmer countries, but being able to quickly scroll through a news feed and send the articles you want to read to the eInk screen for reading while sat out side in the sun seems pretty useful.
Being able to see notifications without powering up a full HD colour screen, when most of the time you'll be dismissing/ignoring them.
Being able to put useful information (e.g. boarding passes) on the rear screen (and have them stay their after a shutdown) when the battery is dying seems handy as well.
Just a couple off the top of my head.
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