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  • Microsoft Watch

    , TexasToast wrote

    I have hand my band for a while and I have to say so far I like it.   It could be a bit more comfortable to wear and it is a little difficult to use.  I wish there was a way to have the step counter calculation which also calculates distant, to be able to perform a self-tune.  In other words, when you turn on GPS for a run, it is very accurate on distance.   The step counter seems about 10-15% short.  So 4.5 miles is only 4 miles when using step counting with out GPS.   You would think it is a no brainer to just say calibrate and then the step counter would be more accurate.   I cant really tell how accurate the heart monitor is but it seems ok at this point.   I will try the step counter on a treadmill and see how the treadmill distance compares with the band calculation.

    Well after 2 months of use (using GPS on some runs) the step counter has recalibrated.  It was off by 20-25% on the treadmill but now is right on the number.  I guess they needed a long sample time before they self calibrated.  Would be nice to know more of the internal software in these bands.   I want to buy another one but they are still sold out.  I was very skeptical and did not think it was a useful device.   Now I wear it all the time and think it really helps me keep my fitness on track.  (even sleeping)   It would be nice to know there plans for the future.  A mp3/wma player with a headphone jack or Bluetooth headphone support would be the frosting on the cake.

  • Apple scores biggest quarterly profit in corporate history; asks for license to print money

    , Michael Butler wrote

    Time we started taxing these big companies more. It is obscene for so much money to be held by one corporate entity, when we have so many poor people in the world. Not to mention the kind of scientific research that kind of money could fund.

    So come on Apple, take the lead and make a difference in the world rather than just selling us more of the same over and over. Start saving the world, rather than exploiting it.

    Maybe they can buy a military to protect their wealth from thinkers like you who want to steal it.  If you want to start saving the world make your own money and use it the way you feel it should be use.   By the way,  the money will eventually dry up because the phone market cannot go for ever. 

  • more on HoloLens API: ​Windows.​Mirage.​Hologram​Framework

    Its funny how everyone liked the stupid flat UI design in Office, Windows etc.   Now we are going to be playing with holograms.  Does anyone else find this ironic?

  • BUILD '15

    , Ian2 wrote

    @TexasToast:It's taking the kids I would be worried about - it really starts to mount up then!

    (And I am also worried about how I get an 85" display back to the UK)

    Yeah I would not take the kids.  Its not Disney land.   Just take home the 85 inch virtual display you see out of your hologram glasses. 

  • BUILD '15

    @Ian2:Yes, I am going and you will find a way to go.  This one has some cool freebies and with Satya running the show it should be good.  Its an investment.  Take the wife, San Fran is a fun town.  If it sold out this fast you know a lot of people want in.

  • BUILD '15

    , Ian2 wrote

    So I cannot afford to go at the moment but I have signed up - in case my fortunes change.

    Is that wrong of me? :|

    http://www.buildwindows.com/

    It is wrong because it sold out and now someone with better fortunes but poor keystroke ability cannot go.

  • BUILD '15

    @Richard.Hein: Ok are you on some drugs or just depressed?  Hows that toddler of yours doing? 

  • Interesting Items from CES

    , spivonious wrote

    Too bad MS killed WMC.

    What are you talking about?  I am running it on my windows 8.1 machine.  (cost 20 bucks extra)

  • Windows-free for a week now, and surviving

    , Bass wrote

    @fanbaby:

    But it has zero chance of replacing my main computers. I need the real Linux for various reasons.

    Yeah it has zero chance of replacing windows for the same reasons.  Nice toy for kids, however, and you lose a lot less money when they break it. 

  • Windows-free for a week now, and surviving

    @fanbaby: Good luck.   Don't let the door hit you in the *.  Maybe you can now leave these forums  and complain about google on their forums.  You never appreciated Microsoft so the parting is mutual.