Not a big deal
I could see them getting their pants in a knot if they were charging more for the same room, but this is hardly a big deal.
2958 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Except one. Apple's own Hi-Fi speaker Doc had 12 volt charging.
And Apple's FM Radio remote that I bought for my Nano (2G) didn't work with a touch.
But yes better then most cell phone makers up to now. Standard micro USB is better then any oddball cable no mater how stable.
But I expect this tablet to be free of strange plugs and cables that require pay-me chips to work.
"Exists" =/= Stuff that's almost the same hardware running a different OS.
It's not in a warehouse, it's not coming off the line in China as I type this. The OS is not even finished!
There is a prototype / mock-up, running beta software. It's not the same "it" that will show up on store shelves.
Remember Plays for Sure? One day Microsoft took it into the woods and shot it in the head. Released the Zune to replace it but kept everything to it's self. All the Plays for Sure partners got stiffed. All in an attempt to take on the iPod.
Now we have the iPad that MS have their eyes on. They are not going to copy the iPad, they are going to copy the business model. If you are a partner and you want to make a tablet, you have to sell it cheap to compete then MS get all the money from software and you get zip. Can't see them lining up to give Microsoft their money.
The Nexus was a partner's phone with the name changed. I don't think that's what we are seeing here.
"Because the people who did the work are long since dead, and it is their children and even grandchildren getting paid for doing fuck all?"
Or some corporation, maybe a bunch of lawyers.
The Little Mermaid is clearly still worth something, who should Disney be paying?
People have upgraded to Digital/HD now and are good for a few years at least.
Like the upgrade to CD give sales a big boost the upgrade to LCD is not something that will go on forever. The attempt to get people to upgrade again with DVD Audio failed and the attempt to get people to upgrade again with 3D or "smart" TV is almot sure to have little effect.
WAY back when I had a Motorola analogue flip phone it came with a charging doc. You had to put the phone in right side up, but it did the same thing your talking about without all the wireless junk.
It seems they have dropped supplying docs with most things now to save a few cents so I expect charging mats to join docs in the cost cutting bin as soon as any novelty is worn out.
So like the Zune launch.
The Intel pad should have enough power to run the squished flat Win8 but will cost too much to be anything but an executive toy.
The Arm pad might have a chance if it's significantly cheaper then the iPad and they can get people to develop for it (both a big if I think).
Don't Apple have the patent on doing both the software and hardware on a mobile device? :P
I don't think it will ever happen anyway, takes too much energy to separate and pump the CO2 into the ground and would cost too much even if nuclear powered.
It's just something the oil companies like to talk about.
No problem with that Turbo V8 SUV/Pickup because we are going to make it all OK real soon now with Carbon Capture... not that carbon is a problem.
The "scurvy rats" already know that. They target their attack by country to avoid hitting someone who can hit them back, or even outsource to another country like the fake AV call centres in India.
Or are you going to call in a drone strike?
Sure there are some locals you can go after but that's just the dumb ones and never going to have a significant effect.
I live in Canada and in my area the local monopoly is Rogers.
Sure I can buy a cable box in Bestbuy but it's a Rogers labelled box and I have to call Rogers to activate it, and if you get a PVR they can control it. I bought it from a 3rd party, but Rogers still own it.
But I don't want any box. my TV has a digital cable tuner built in.
Just give me basic cable using standard digital cable.
But if they did that it would be much harder to get me to click that pay per view button, or sign me up for two years of the super sports package(s).
You can't get a new analogue account, and if you want to change anything on an existing account they force you to digital.
All of the "must carry" stations should be standard QAM. I should be able to get basic cable without a box (and another remote!).
They encript everything to force people to buy/rent their box, then they are just one click away from pay per view. Want to record something you can rent their PVR (that they control).
Forget it, I'm not intrested so I'll just keep my antenna for local stations.
One of the upper management types at work has a Dell Latitude ST tablet. It's a $1,000 netbook with no keyboard. Came with Win7 Pro and it's a slug.
Installed the current Win8 release and it feels a lot faster, if only it had some useful aps it might be useful. Using Excel on it still sucks without a mouse / keyboard.
But even with Windows 8 it's still way too expensive to be anything but a management toy.
So it will run on a tablet.
For years they have been adding flash to keep everyone on the wintel upgrade treadmill.
Now they just want to get in on the iPad gravy and need to strip things to the bones so it will run on cheap hardware. They want tablets so bad they will do anything.
She will get better food* (at least until things die down).
The local council made themselves look like fools.
Mary's Meals got a nice boost.
*If you look at the blog it was not always saying bad things about the food, she often gave 9/10. But there were also some really poor 4/10 meals.
"New technology that stops websites gathering information about users"
Like the Do Not Call list stops people from calling me to say I won a free trip, need to clean my carpet... ?
It can't stop anything, it just asks them not to. The same marketing companies that think calling spam an email blast (totally different thing!) makes it OK, are not going to give a crap.
I found it better to just buy a media player. A TV should last for years and I don't expect any updates after a year or so, but for a lot less then the price of a new TV you can buy a media player that works far better then the junk built into the TV anyway. If new features come out you can buy a new media player.
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