Two technologies are being introduced but both are part of the Freeview HD specification. So, no, you won't have to buy a second box. They will all do DVB-T2 and MPEG 4.
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"You can then write smug comments on forums..."
As opposed to writing smug comments on El Reg's BB, eh?
Seriously, to say any machine other than some OLPC-style 'for the kids' job isn't a "real computer" is just plain daft. Aren't Reg readers bigger than all this 'my dad's bigger than your dad' BS?
It's a nice idea, but impractical. Review kit goes back to the supplier after it's tested. We generally don't have it long enough for reliability testing. We could ask for it again nine months or so down the line, but (a) no one's going to lend us 'old' kit in case we grumble about it being out-of-date and beat up and (b) they're much keener to push the latest models.
Even if we had the kit for that long, how can we, say, use dozens of laptops, MP3 players, netbooks, set-top boxes, TVs etc a day to give them realistic usage?
I would seriously like to do this on Reg Hardware - I think reliability is very important - but it's not going to be easy to do. At least not without readers' help. If you - or your fellows - have products we've reviewed and you've had them for at least nine months, drop us a line to email@example.com with your experiences and we'll start publishing them as reliability reports.
Much as I might have liked them too, the Belkin adaptors had no effect on The Archers during the time we were using them. Other radio broadcasts I was more keen on listening to weren't affected, either. The radio was on all day.
Claiming powerline adaptors screw up FM radios is one of those allegations I personally - having used both - have to take with a lot of salt.
It has nothing to do with the availability of Gigabit Ethernet ports in PCs, but everything to do with the fact that, until now, powerline links have been sub-100Mb/s.
Just because your computer has Gigabit, your link to, say, the router won't reach that speed if a portion of that connection has a much slower speed. If you're never going to get above 10/100Mb/s speeds, there's no point, as a manufacturer, putting 1000Mb/s in your powerline adaptor.
Neill, DisplayPort is an industry standard developed under the auspices of Vesa, who did VGA and DVI.
Dell has DisplayPort machines and monitors, and three of the DisplayPort screens you mention on Dabs.com come from companies not called Apple: HP and Lenovo, to be precise. All of ATI's top-end graphics cards support DisplayPort, and many others do too.
Just because DisplayPort is not as popular as DVI, VGA or even HDMI doesn't make it proprietary.
FWIW, I think DisplayPort is largely unnecessary because of HDMI, but Vesa doesn't oversee HDMI, and wants to keep its oar in. Whether DisplayPort will take off in any meaningful sense remains to be seen.
Mac OS X has supported third-party two-button (possibly three too; I haven't tried) mice for ages. Apple's own mice have had two-button operation for a long time too, though I agree it's daft that this isn't enabled by default. Even the two-fingered 'right click' tap on the laptops' trackpad isn't.
All of this was experienced at first hand. The software aspect is minor - it would have lost the product a few points, not a lot. But it's impossible to rate highly a product where there's a substantial risk that nudging your desk, your computer, the cable or the drive will cause the latter to dismount.
Read the comments appended to *any* PSP, DS, Xbox 360 and/or PS3 story and you'll immediately see that it is.
Mentioning Blu-ray produces the same result - get this - even though it no longer has a rival.
Fanboys are an insecure bunch at the best of times, but console buffs take the cake.
The original 1024 x 600 was - allegedly - imposed by Intel (possibly by Microsoft too, to hinder demand for Windows XP). How it was enforced is not known, probably just through the N270/N280 CPU sale Ts&Cs.
One way around this was to use the Atom Z-series processors, which is why early hi-res netbooks weren't based on the more commonplace N series.
Nb. N series are for netbooks, Z series Atoms are for internet tablets.
In the Spring, Intel relented and allowed N-series Atoms to be used in hi-res laptops:
And suddenly 1366 x 768 netbooks based on the N270/N280 appeared, eg the Sony Vaio W.
This was done to accommodate Windows 7.
This is so bollocks, Sony Boy. Yes, there are plenty more applications on Windows than on Mac OS X, but to say you can only do the basics on it is willful trolling. Some major apps are not on OS X, true, but that doesn't mean to say there are no equally powerful equivalents - quite the reverse.
Fewer apps overall also means the general level of quality is higher. I have downloaded many more Windows apps that have turned out to be tosh than I have Mac ones.
That's not to say all Mac apps are perfect - far from it. But then that's not true of apps on other platforms either. But it is definitely not the case that fewer choices means less quality, or that the Mac platform has no choice at all.
Prices in brackets are always Reg Hardware's own conversions, based on the exchange rates at the time of publication and provided for information. When we have been given prices in multiple currencies, we don't put them in brackets.
£xx ($yy/€zz) - costs xx in the UK, which is the equivalent of yy and zz in those currencies.
£aa/$bb/€cc - costs aa in the UK, and bb and cc elsewhere.
I bought my 3GS directly from Apple - unlocked.
I bought it in Australia. All the carriers there sell the iPhone, but locked to their networks. Apple, on the other hand - and in refreshing change to the UK, US etc - sells it entirely unlocked and SIM-free for the same price as O2 is flogging its locked one on PAYG.
This page lists Apple's carriers, noting which lock them, which will unlock them, and which - Singtel, for instance - don't bother locking them in the first place:
I dunno... look at it this way:
Mac = generic Intel PC hardware lifted above the herd by industrial design and software.
iPod = generic MP3 player hardware lifted above the herd by industrial design and software.
iPhone = generic ARM-based phone hardware lifted above the herd by industrial design and software.
Apple Telly = generic HDTV hardware lifted above the herd by industrial design and software.
I see a pattern here. It's a model that - like it or not - works and works successfully. Apple doesn't have to sell bucketloads - an Apple HDTV will never sell like a Sony or Panasonic TV will - it just has to make Apple money, which is what it's in business for.
It'd be easy to integrate an Apple TV into a Cinema Display. I can see this happening.
I suspect rather a lot of folk (at home) have to rely on Wi-Fi to back-up (or whatever) even when they're using a machine that has Ethernet.
Most people I know use Wi-Fi. Most have PCs or Macs with Ethernet ports. None connect by cable because they like the ability to connect anywhere in the house, not just in the room where the router is.
I do have an Air, but I'd still connect exclusively by wireless even if I didn't.