Not a single mention of OnePlus? The Oneplus 3 was the standout phone of the year for me. £309 (to start with) and with specs exceeding phones more than double that price. I love mine.
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Outsourcing = problems
The only point when they discover how good and efficient their in-house IT team was, is a couple of years down the line when the problems start to mount up, and take ages to resolve...
Fascinating article. I think he's right, mostly. Insourcing IT with developers and people who intrinsically care what they're doing, with the flexibility of cloud hosting.
I wonder what he thinks about the fall in the pound affecting what he's paying AWS, though... wonder if he factored that into his budgets this year...
"So even if every PC sold this year runs Windows 10 – which won't happen, because lots will be Macs..."
You make that sound like a large percentage, or even most, will be Macs. Which is complete nonsense. Macs still make up only a small % of the number of PCs sold. Even if everybody wanted a Mac, most people can't afford one.
Microsoft says that Windows 10 is fundamentally more secure than Windows 7. Therefore, the entire OS is an important security update. I don't see the issue.
Windows 7 is nearly 7 years old, its very much time to move on.
Re: So the incentive to buy a "Smart" TV are ?
Dumb but big has been the way to go for years. Technology built into TV screens (or car dashboards for that matter) is stupid and short-sighted.
For example lots of us buy good monitors which outlive the PCs they're attached to.
Re: Dementia setting in
Thats the reason Smart TVs are a dumb idea.
TVs should have a superb display, lots of ports, and great sound.
Then you plug some up to date technology into it.
Re: Single Source
So in summary, you're saying AWS is too big to fail?
Would you encourage your child into a career in Computing?
I don't think I would.
Continued outsourcing combined with moving the actual technology to the cloud, combined with a trend towards temporary work, with static or falling salaries.
Re: We don't care
Windows has *always* allowed you to choose other browsers.
Exactly. And a nice pat on the back for the person who's saved them £14m. The cracks will take a while to appear and build up...
I used to have Vodafone Sony Ericsson "candy bar" phones (such as a K750i) which were absolutely ruined by the Vodafone firmware - including changing what buttons and shortcut keys did, making all the icons red (so it was hard to see what was what). It was really terrible. Flashing it to the standard Sony Ericsson firmware was slightly tricky, but was well worth it as the bog standard phone was far nicer to use.
Ten years later, I use Nexus phones for the same reason, after suffering Samsung phones which ruin Android.
Totally agree, it makes no sense. 8.0 to 8.1 was a free upgrade, they should be shown as the same product. By doing that, the chart looks quite different.
DAB just didn't have the same advantages as other digital technologies. In a moving car, or in an area with poor reception, it was actually worse than FM and even with a perfect signal, the low-bit rate again could mean the quality was worse than a good FM signal. The huge increase in power consumption over an analogue radio was the final straw. I'm addicted to radio, but after experimenting with it, I gave up on DAB long ago.
Re: Can't be worse than the new BBC site
I'd rather have a bad WWW site, than a "good" Facebook site any day.
Love the web. Hate Facebook.
Chrome is as bad as IE used to be
if you want to run Google's web products properly, you have to use Chrome. If you use any other browser, you get warned about it.
Sound familiar? Its just what Microsoft used to do if you dared to use any other browser with their products.
In this respect, Google is as bad as old Microsoft, and for that reason I try to support Firefox as much as possible.
Chrome and screen resolutions
Are you sure there isn't a way to change the font size on Chrome?
The Chromebook pixel has 2560 x 1700 at 239 PPI but the reviews I've read haven't mentioned this...??
Windows 8 + 8.1 = 16% vs XP's 11%
When you combine Windows 8 and 8.1 (which you should, as they're the same thing) Windows 8 is showing at 16%, well ahead of XP's 11%. What's interesting is how far ahead the 14 year old Microsoft OS is of OSX...
My Nexus 5 is also noticeably quicker, and no problems whatsoever so far.
Surprised that they didn't let me know my website was down
I'm one of those affected. I'm surprised they didn't email their customers to let them know they were having problems - I haven't had a single email from them.
I'm one of those stuck with a legacy website that I'm very glad Fasthosts continue to support, while I get it re-written. Its a not for profit site done in my spare time so its easier said than done.
Re: XP OS despite its age
Only because for some reason they've split 8 and 8.1 on the chart.
Why Split Windows 8 - misleading
Why has Windows 8 been split into two? If you combine 8 and 8.1 (why on earth wouldn't you when 8.1 is just a free windows update to Windows 8) the graph is quite different.
Wouldn't it have been better for them to find a way to help people who are NOT OK?
Nexus 7 2012 gets Lollipop, gets faster!
Unlike iPhones and iPads, which seem to get slower each time they're updated until they have to be replaced, the 2012 Nexus 7 is about to get its second major Android update which will speed it up (as for the Nexus 4). I think this is fantastic support for devices which, after more than 2 years, other manufacturers have abandoned.
I'm a big fan of Google's Nexus line, but unfortunately the 6 is too big for me.
Re: Urgh - I was really hoping they would pull an "Apple"
I switched from a Nexus 4 to a Nexus 5 - its a substantial upgrade in my opinion. The screen is dramatically better (crisper, brighter, larger) and the performance is significantly improved - 1 year after getting mine, and everything is still essentially instant to respond. Its a staggering phone for £299.
Re: Nexus 6
At £299, the Nexus 5 has always been 'on discount'. I think it will stay at this price for a time yet, its still highly competitive.
Re: Vista user
Windows Vista was fine, I had no problems with it. BUT Windows 8 (on the same PC) is *significantly* faster, speaking from experience.
Re: Why is Win 8 and Win 8.1 seperated?
Totally agree. Windows 8 (all versions) showing very good progress on both these data tables if you plot it correctly.
Re: Nevermind Windows XP, did you see the Windows 7 vs Windows 8 numbers?
It tells you no such thing. It tells you that businesses move slowly, and rarely to the very latest version of an OS.
Why split 8 and 8.1 in your table?
I think its misleading to split out 8.1 from 8 in your table. 8.1 is just the latest version of Windows 8 and anyone on 8 can and should update to it for free.
I've had no significant problems with Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8, and each has been better than what went before.
Happy with Plusnet
I've been with plusnet for 12 years or more (from when they were Force9), and currently getting genuine 73mb downloads, and paying £22.50 a month, which I'm very happy with. I'm not aware of any reliability issues, and would forgive them if they've had one after so long without trouble. As long as they get it fixed before I get home from work!
Missing the big picture
I already have problems with people contacting me via my Facebook account (which I don't check often) instead of emailing me (which I constantly check). Its going to drive me to deleting my Facebook account altogether.
They've already managed to replace email for most people - this is the crucial part of the story for most people. Facebook, owned by an American corporation, is becoming the de-facto global communications platform and contacts directory. Its a terrifying proposition.
Re: Please speak English (or Scots)...
Bad grammer happens all over the UK....
England cannot disown Scotland, as it does not own it. It could disassociate itself perhaps.
Couldn't agree more.
The register is read by Engineers. Engineers designed this car, and they appear to have done a superb job. Very disappointed at the Register Headline/tone until I got to the end and read the truth from Tesla.
If you'd wanted to make a humorous story out of this, it should have been about the idiots who say this car is unsafe.
Look at the facts
Passenger compartment remained undamaged - there would have been ample time to get 4 or 5 people out safely.
Only the battery that was damaged caught fire.
No wonder Tesla gets Pugnacious when such nonsense is written about their cars. I would too.
Sony SmartWatch is fab
I have a Sony Smartwatch connected to my Galaxy S 3.
It works brilliantly. A discreet vibration on my wrist and I can see who's calling me, and accept or reject the call, I can read my texts, I can read the first few sentences of my Gmails, and i can view my missed calls - all without touching my phone in my pocket. There are loads of other apps available for it too, you can go mad. It tells the time too...
I honestly don't know why it isn't more popular, and more people aren't talking about it.
What about outlying areas
When I'm at home in Glasgow city centre, I don't care about AM at all, and never listen to it (except Radio 5 in the car that is...).
But when out in the Scottish countryside, and up North, it is often the only reliable reception you can get. LW Radio 4 is often the *only* BBC radio station that can be received!
Don't you just love...
... the neatly stacked rows of crowd control barriers at the entrance?
Maybe people have finally realised, in a deep depression, that throwing your money at massively overpriced gadgetry using your credit card is not a sensible thing to do.
As Manolo says above, if you're halfway through writing an email on Gmail, and need to refer to something else in Gmail, you simply click the 'new window' button on your compose screen. Your new email becomes a separate window so you can find what you're looking for in Gmail. Its been like this for AGES and I use it daily. The author of this review obviously isn't a frequent gmail user!
Started reading this thinking it was serious, then ended up laughing out loud in the office (with a mouthful of coffee).
Brilliant stuff, keep it up ;)
At the price Apple charges, customer service MUST be superb
At the price Apple charges, customer service MUST be absolutely superb, and best in class. Its one of the few ways they can justify the extremely high price of their products.
Massively supportive of the BBC and the license Fee
I'm massively supportive of the BBC and the license Fee and so is absolutely everybody I know. They are one of the very best things about Britain, that we often don't appreciate fully because we take it for granted. Try living abroad for a while, and suddenly you'll stop taking the BBC for granted.
I'll miss Listen
I'll really miss Listen and as others have indicated above, very much appreciated its simplicity.
I realised its shortfalls recently, however, when I purchased my 2nd Android device (Nexus 7 to add to my trusty SII) and that if I listened to a podcast on one device, the other device didn't know I had done... I'll be looking for something that can cope with this. Any recommendations?
Want one, just not yet
I have a 4 year old laptop that cost £440, which still works absolutely perfectly (Windows 7). I deliberately chose one with a 12" screen (Samsung Q210), as I've always preferred small laptops. I'd love to replace it with an Ultrabook, however I simply don't need to yet. When I do, it will be at the lower end of the price spectrum, because with 'adequate' laptops now starting at £300, to spend more than double that, simply doesn't make sense to me, or to many people.
Tried it and then gave up
I set it all up, and started using it enthusiastically, before a couple of months went by and I finally realised - only one other person I knew, was using it (and he didn't like it).
I strongly dislike what Facebook is doing to the internet (people stopping using the www and putting everything 'inside' facebook, and a facebook login becoming mandatory to do anything on the internet) but I do continue to use it, because it efficiently lets me keep up to date with all sorts of people, all in once place.
A warmed over Galaxy S
This sounds extremely similar to my original Galaxy S, which since being upgraded to 2.3.3 has performed very well for me - the only difference I can see in fact, is the LED for the camera, and an extra processor core. With the same battery though, I'd worry that the battery life would be even worse than mine.
I had a Kodak Camera in 2005 that was absolutely superb. It was cheap, easy to use and also had manual features unheard of on its rivals, that encouraged me to become far more skilled than i had been. It took superb photos that took my enthusiasm further. The only snag was when I came to replace it a few years later, I couldn't find a suitable model - and bought a Fuji instead...
Inkjet photo-quality printers seem a perfect fit for their brand and traditions, have had good reviews, and break the mould by offering much lower cost per page than rivals have for years.
There will always be a small, specialist market in film photography - Kodak should have a small, specialist, independent part to deal with this.
It would be sad to see Kodak fail - the extremely strong brand alone is worth money. I think they just had too much excellent competition.
With my £300 Media Center PC, with its £75 twin tuner Freeview HD card, connected to my xbox via media center i already have a truly brilliant dvr. I've never seen one yet that comes close to the slickness of the interface - even though its not been updated for years! I previously used a hard disk recorder and it was a lot of hassle. The fact that the PC is also useful for general purpose work, and the xbox is also useful for games and other things, is a bonus!
The Royal Mail's print your own postage site WAS brilliant - I've been using it almost daily for over a year. For me, someone who can't easily get to a post office, it was a huge benefit. I never had any particular problems with it, and found it reliable and quick to use.
For the past 2 weeks its been totally unusable. How could cap gemini get it so spectacularly wrong at such an important time of year? I can't wait to read a full post-mortem.