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  • Tom Warren (The Verge) and Ed Bott (zdnet) give up on WP. msft's karma??

    , cbae wrote

    *snip*

    The horrendous audio latency on Android has never been all that important to the success of Android.

    The "horrendous audio latency" is why there are no quality audio apps on Android. It's success is mostly due to being on much cheaper phones so it has reached critical mass to attract every dev except those writing audio apps.

    Next, consider that the "horrendous audio latency" has supposedly been addressed in the latest Android version (according to bass), so apparently it is important.

    Next consider that WP's audio latency is twice as bad as the "horrendous audio latency" on Android.

    I agree though that this most likely isn't the single make or break issue for WP, but WP needs everything it can right now to attract devs and users, so excluding a whole category of apps (important enough for Apple to create an expensive ad around), seems idiotic.

  • Tom Warren (The Verge) and Ed Bott (zdnet) give up on WP. msft's karma??

    I still maintain that it is important to fix the WinRT API so that one can have quality audio apps. It may be just one of many reasons it isn't succeeding. Apple would not have created ads showcase "musicians" playing their iDevices if that app category wasn't important.

    But it just points to the clueless mentality going on at MS. Didn't anyone at MS notice there are zero quality audio apps on both WP and Windows tablet and started asking why that might be?

    I also previously linked a thread somewhere (sorry too lazy to find the link now) where a dev of a popular iOS music app was asking for help to get acceptable latency on WP, but ultimately gave up when it became apparent you will never get low latency. No amount of bribing app devs is going to fix that issue.

    Contrast that with the story I heard that Jobs was obsessed with hardware/software audio performance, and hence Apple solved that problem ages ago. There is no one at MS like that so we will forever be stuck with mediocrity. The vast majority of people at MS are clueless about this, so the few that might have a clue are helpless because everything is designed by committee.

  • Just another "thank god it's a Nokia" moment

    If you want to know what it takes to kill a 920, watch this...

    My 920 looks just as good as the day I bought it. No case, no screen protector needed. Why make a phone so thin, bendy and fragile that you then need an ugly case just so it can survive through the day?

  • [Updated Demo] The Proof is in the Pudding: Here is my Fast TreeListView

    OK sorry for the belated response. You can get the source code here.

  • [Updated Demo] The Proof is in the Pudding: Here is my Fast TreeListView

    It has been a while so I'll go and search for the source code tonight or tomorrow morning and post a link to it here.

  • New iPod Stand

    @ScanIAm: It doesn't matter how great the store is if the actual app selection sucks. If the Surface is supposed to be an iPad replacement, then it needs to be able to play the tablet role well. Which means hitting the Windows store, at which point you realize why it doesn't make a good tablet.

    Believe me I want it to be a good tablet since I have one, so I'm not saying the above as a hater. I'm just someone that went through the disappointing experience of trying make it work like a tablet.

  • New iPod Stand

    Well the fact that the Windows store is a sad joke compared to the Apple store plays a big part in this.

  • iPad too much

    @JohnAskew: It depends I guess. You will always get better quality when using a computer as the sound module due to higher CPU power and larger storage for sound samples. I have 100's of gigs of sound samples (would probably be over 1TB if I install everything I have), and when you are constrained to a tablet with limited memory, your sound samples will necessarily be of lower quality.

    So go with a laptop or desktop except if there is a specific reason you cannot.

    But I get what you are saying. I'm in the process of reluctantly looking for an iPad Air 2 on Amazon specifically because the music app options are better there than it is on Windows (and WinRT is a joke for music-anything). Well, once there is no more price gouging. I use a high quality DAW on Windows, but for more casual music apps (like music composition tools etc), the iPad would probably work better.

  • New type of cable for faster internet

    I remember many many years ago reading that it is possible to polarize the light to create multiple channels down the same fiber (so each channel will be polarized at a different angle). I don't know anything about how fiber is actually implemented today so I'm wondering if the existing fiber (the "slow" type) actually ended up using this technique or not.

    Either way, 255 Tb/s seems like a nice amount of bandwidth.

  • Surface Pro Audio

    @Ian2:

    Unfortunately it doesn't show anything you can't do with any other laptop with a touch screen. So basically they are trying to impress us by running a desktop application. On the same desktop that is now legacy/deprecated/old school/old fashioned/no longer recommended/classic/outdated/obsolete/archaic/superseded or whatever other antonym you want to use for "modern" (does anyone know which is the official one MS uses?).

    What exactly is supposed to impress us if they can't even do this as a wonderful new "modern" app?

    I realize this isn't a video form MS, but a PC OEM specializing in music systems showing how SP3 can run a demanding music application using touch on multiple displays. As an SP3 owner I think that is great. I'm still ticked off that my SP3 is useless as a tablet using "modern" apps for anything music, which is why I just gave up on that and am getting an iPad Air 2 once they are readily available. Just explaining why I'm not impressed.