I remember something years ago on the Gadget Show where a smartphone was coated with something that made it very hydrophobic a bit like that Magic Sand. I wonder why we never heard of it again?
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I'd rather just choose my own service such as internet radio. I already use my old iPhone 4 over bluetooth to Audi A8 and the sound is far better than you would expect.
The icing would be if you could install car-optimised apps on the MMI of a car, or maybe some way of controlling phone from car controls for certain apps.
Re: This is all going to end in tears...
We use Audi Connect which is an online account which syncs to the car's systems via it's 3G connection. It works very well for syncing contacts, finding google POIs and adding media to the MMI, internet radio. e.g. when in google maps on a computer, one can hover over the drop pin and choose other>send to>car - but I would like to do more, such as add new features, and have a better insight into telematics such as mpg history, telematic status of systems from a computer. It would be good to change settings of things in the car from inside the house and upload them rather than sitting on the drive using clickwheels and buttons..
Maybe someone is missing a trick about an incar OS with it's own app store and online ecosystem. Are motor manufacturer's own second-rate offerings enough?
They are OK, but they are late to the party and are just MS's take on existing ideas. Nothing new. There is also no room for another player unless they offer something new and radical.
iPod & iOS drove Mac OS sales.
Win 8 phone will not drive Win 8 sales as the sales are small and win 8 desktop won't drive win 8 mobile sales as the sales are small so they are in a catch 22 disadvantage.
The best thing would have been to make Win 8 desktop more palatable and I think ordinary users would have enjoyed the seamless transition between Win 8 devices that is offered with MS ID login and skydrive.
Re: So based on reliabily record to date...
Fair play to VM, they settled my modest claim (which some may say was vexatious and trifling) and court fee immediately - about 5 years ago when I raised a claim with the small claims court this was mainly for having to call their paid-for number from a mobile and time wasted being given 'the runaround'..
One by one, we are replacing our domestic CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lights) with SMD (surface mount diode) 'corn cobs'. The latest SENCART branded ones we have from dx.com are superb, even better CRI(colour rendering index) and cosiness than old tungsten bulbs and they are full brightness instantly unlike most CFLs.
I don't know why they still make CFL, they should be phased out and replaced with SMDs so they can be made cheaper in greater volumes.
put "123456" in the number two slot for 2012; the same sequence was used by 37 per cent of all user accounts at the Anonymous-hacked Greek finance ministry.
Sounds like these were initial passwords for new/never-used accounts, I don't think the 37% would be representative of individual-chosen passwords.
In all of those I've seen/used, it comes out in a waterpistol jet, not a mist as in the photo.
You need something light that you can hold in one hand and adjust aim by wrist tilting.
The form factor of being stuck to a heavy and cumbersome smartphone which you have to hold like a smartphone would make it very hard to aim.
I don't see this is useful, because at this physical size, the optimum viewing distance would be so large, that the increase in resolution is moot. They should concentrate on higher bit-rate 1080p and higher frame rates that are smoother in fast action scenes before going onto the next step of resolution.