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  • The should I give up my windows phone question

    , BitFlipper wrote


    I think it is more likely that these companies are waiting for WP to gain enough market share to be worth the trouble than waiting for W10.

    Or perhaps they're just waiting for Microsoft to show as much love for Windows on the phone as they seem to be showing for iOS. 

    The problem is that Microsoft doesn't appear to focus its best efforts on its mobile platform, and that gives the impression they could abandon it at any moment.


  • Does the Surface Book have Apple quaking in their boots already?


    I was talking about one of the serial numbers given in the article, which relates to the wireless display stuff.


    This is one of a number of patents that Apple has submitted concerning wireless power transmission. (Though I'm a little skeptical about how much power could be transmitted like this: enough to power a display? I doubt it)

    What does count is that, if you're producing keyboard that does anything special corresponding to the level of effort pressed on the key, or just send back data on the force excerted on the key(s), you can get into trouble.

    Patents are concerned with implementation, rather than the idea itself. There is nothing stopping someone from producing a force-sensitive keyboard as long as it doesn't use the same method that Apple uses on its own keyboard. 

    For example, there are two ways (that I know of) to implement force touch on a screen: Android measures the surface area of your finger/thumb on the display; iOS measures the deformation of the screen as you press down.



    Hah! I see what you mean now! I referenced the wrong article.


  • Does the Surface Book have Apple quaking in their boots already?

    , Ian2 wrote

    Apple patent shows what looks to be a similar set up to the Surface Book?http://www.t3.com/news/apple-set-to-produce-a-macbook-with-a-detachable-screen

    Very interesting, but I think 'set to produce' is overstating things a little bit. This patent was first submitted a few years back, and like the vast majority of Apple patents, the devil is in the detail.

    Apple invented the 'ultimate laptop' back in 2011, decided not to produce it

    The reason is that folk tend to pay too much attention to the diagrams, and not enough attention to the patent details itself. The surface-book-like patent is not actually about the form factor: that's just an example of its possible use. 

    The patent is concerned with power and data transmission: the keyboard contains the processor and power source, and transmits both to the screen wirelessly. This is not a tablet/laptop hybrid; it's a laptop/desktop hybrid.

    The interesting thing here is that it also shows that Apple had 3D touch on the cards as far back as 2011, and explains why the keyboard travel on Apple machines has been decreasing over the years. I think they're aiming at a completely flat keyboard that uses precise haptics to give the impression that a key has been pressed.


  • October 6th ​Announcemen​ts

    , fanbaby wrote

    I don't know, but paying $1500 for something brand new, UNTESTED and UNPROVEN, seems a little foolish to me regardless of my opinion of Microsoft.

    I came to this realization after reading reviews of Dell's beautifull XPS 13. On paper it looks very desirable, but read the reviews, they are just OK: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Dell-XPS-13-9343-Signature-Edition-Laptop/productID.312471000. Btw, it's the same with Acer, asus, HP , and the rest.

    I'm looking for 13 or 15 inch laptop with touchscreen, high resolution, and with good reviews. It seems no such beast exist.

    Oh well, I'll keep using my $300 Toshiba Chromebook 13, which is great save for no touchscreen.

    Your problem is that you've specified 'good reviews' as a requirement. Find one that meets your spec and then take it for a test drive for fourteen days. You may be pleasantly surprised. 

  • October 6th ​Announcemen​ts

    , cheong wrote

    @magicalclick: I've seen a lot of news that phone service providers had preloaded software to iPhones and Andriod phones that is difficult, if not impossible, to uninstall, and had assumed it's also like that for WinPhones. (We all know that when they giveout software disc for connection dongle for Windows notebooks, it'll also preload "crapware" to your system that'll cause instability when you try to uninstall it. The only way to get rid of them is to do clean reinstallation)

    Mmm, no.

    Carriers are not permitted to install anything on an iPhone. Full stop. The only apps on the iPhone that cannot be removed has been put there by Apple.

     Japan's NTT DoCoMo refused to sell the iPhone for years because of this. In the end, they lost so many customers they had to cave.

    Still, Apple doesn't have things all its own way. They've been trying to convince the carriers to let them install their own software-sim for a years now, and that hasn't got anywhere. What the carriers don't want is a phone that can be switched to another provider as easily as switching socks.

    The problem is that Microsoft doesn't have that much leverage to make demands. I was thinking that they should use some of their war chest to set up a virtual provider, and sell the phones through that.


  • Faulty update time! (And again, W10..)

    , kettch wrote


    That's not even remotely close to what I said.

    You seemed to be saying that of those affected, few will know that the problem is caused by a serious error in judgement on Microsoft's part — so no harm done. 

  • Faulty update time! (And again, W10..)

    , figuerres wrote


    so I have a 3 monitor setup with dual NVidia cards.

    I started my system and saw issues, had to shutdown it was bad.

    turned off two displays and re-started, windows booted, back to a normal display.

    turned on second display and let windows see it. ok.... tuern on third display - same deal.

    ok all better now.

    was that a pain; yes.

    should it be fixed; yes.

    was it the end of the world; no

    was my pc bricked; no

    rightfully a lot of users are angry that it happened .... but even with windows xp/vista/7 etc... driver updates to video cards often need a reboot and some fussing with the display.

    Good. You've found a fix for this particular snafu. What about the next one? What happens when some buggy driver shuts down your machine with no way to bypass its installation?

    This whole 'forced update' thing is poorly conceived. I'm assuming enterprise setups are not subject  to this. 

  • the future of windows

    , vesuvius wrote

    Apple are banking on Apple Pay, Health and Music Streaming 


    Yup, Apple Pay is the killer. 

    I wonder what'll happen when they turn around and announce that you can now use your Apple account to pay for stuff outside the Apple stores?


  • Apple will, for the first time, make an android app

    That's not the only Android app they're building. They're creating one that  will migrate your contacts, bookmarks, calendars and music over to your new iPhone. 


  • Windows to support SSH natively

    , Jim Young wrote

    @Bass:Your title is misleading. SSH is to be integrated into Power Shell. You make it sound like it's  going to be part of the kernel.

    Why would supporting something natively mean it's going into the kernel?