You can have surround sound with the Playbar - you use 2 Play:1/3 speakers as rears and the sub for extra bass.
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Want one so much!
I used to have the previous Cross - fantastic everywhere. Great round town, happy along European motorways, and truly awesome off road and in the snow. Note: Not awesome for its size - plain awesome. And I'm writing this as a guy who has driven tractors, Land Rovers and Land Cruisers.
There's a reason why you still see farmers delivering bales of hay halfway up an Alp in a 1980s original.
I just can't decide on the petrol or diesel. Or afford either....
I genuinely think that this is the best one so far.
I know you probably can't print this exact design onto Vulture 2, but maybe you should just give the girl a bunch of permanent markers and let her loose on the real thing?
It will look completely different again, but it would definitely have a certain something.
(The other designs are just a bit 'meh'. Hard to describe without sounding pretentious - but they are all kind of obvious and predictable.)
I'm definitely not forgetting - I didn't mention, or even imply, rooting at all. You seem to have misread my post. My comment is purely about using the phone in the form as supplied by Amazon, which basically boils down to:
Locked to Amazon? Hey, where's my Google Books apps?
Not locked to Amazon? Cool, my Google Books app!
Free = very locked down?
A free phone would have to be very locked into the Amazon ecosystem, Shirley?
Otherwise I'll get one for all the family, and we'll just continue to use the same apps we already use, and I don't really see how Amazon benefits.
And if it's locked down in terms of no Google Play store (I'm assuming an Android handset here) then won't it suffer from the main hurdle for Windows phones - a lack of apps?
It's poorly implemented, though.
I was moving house, so bought a 3G dongle to last me while Virgin got their act together.
I'm a photographer, and was using Flickr at the time. It was blocked.
I rang up and said I wanted to unblock Flickr. They said they could switch off the filter, but there was a £1 charge on my credit card to prove I was an adult. (Apparently 1p, or a refund afterwards, wouldn't be enough proof.)
I pointed out I didn't need the filter off I just wanted Flickr - the biggest photo site in the world at the time. Nope - all or nothing, and a £1 charge.
One this is implemented I can see ISPs rushing to get Reddit, Tumblr, even Twitter added to the block list - simply so that they can charge £1 to unblock 'adult content'. Unblocking will become the first thing people do, just to get access some core, 99% 'innocent' sites - thus invalidating the whole system, and making the only winners the ISPs.
Re: I need to juggle lots of email accounts.
Yes - but which phone has the best mail client available?
I believe that the stock Blackberry one is good. But it's not going to have the amount of choice when it come to social meda apps like Buffer (OP said Twitter and Facebook too) compared to Android and iOS. I expect the same problem goes for Win Phone.
I don't know the answer, but I think that's the OP's question - platform rather than specific phone.
Re: Creative professionals with advanced degrees
No, HR wil choose neither.
They'll have arbitrarily set the sift bar at 10 years experience and a BA. Because 10 is a nice round number, and if you've got 10 years experience then you must have a BA, right!
They'll also turn down the candidate with 11 years experience and an MA (as an MA is not a BA, and it clearly says BA in the person spec).
You'll just be told that nobody suitable applied for the job and to make do with 1 less member on your team.
Re: good to be able to look on this so light-heartedly
The thing I never get is that everybody 'high up' seems to have made the assumption that all the little people would rather be sacrificed than live under the Soviets.
Now, I really don't like the idea of living in he Soviet Union - but I like the idea of being dead even less.....
If the Ruski tanks really had rolled over the border, would the politicians have thought, 'Well this is worse than death' and pressed the big red button?
Re: I'd probably buy it....
I'm loving the fact that I'm getting so many thumbs down for simply having a personal preference!
I just think it's sad that Nokia have removed colours as an option. Making a yellow or blue or red one would not suddenly invalidate the grey ones - but the consensus seems to be that less choice is better!
I'd probably buy it....
if it came in yellow.
I like thinner, lighter, better screen, better camera.
But I don't like that anything other than a shade of grey is seen as childish - so they don't even give us the choice.
I guess this will at least appeal to Audi and BMW (any colour as long as it's black) drivers....
Re: Windows Phone+ is a poor name
I think they got rid of the wrong word when the dropped 'Metro'.
For phones and tablet it should be Microsoft Metro - Windows is not a trendy name, and it doesn't even have windows now anyway!
The desktop one should be Microsoft Windows, and default to the old Windows desktop. It should include Metro (2 operating systems for the price of one! ;-) ) - which normal desktop users can ignore, and touch screen desktop and laptops can switch to (or set as default) if they want a more tablet-like experience.
Why no bigger cities?
Surely Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Liverpool, Leeds,etc. would be more likely to work due to viewer figures and moe content providers.
I know that some of them have national TV departments based there, but the content produced is rarely actually local (just based in location x because of pretty scenery), and I imagine you could get some really great stuff out of their universities.
Paris, because they can always fall back on more 'mature' programming if things get dfficult.
"See if you can challenge their belief. Take them to a room that's secretly a Faraday cage (or just a very VERY dead wireless zone) and see if they can correctly call it."
A group of us went to a cottage in Yorkshire, miles from anywhere. A friend's now ex-girlfriend was 'WiFi sensitive' (and also allergic to magnesium, the 4th most abundant mineral in the human body, apparently).
I remember her saying how much clearer her head felt without all that wireless interference. As I downloaded a book onto my Kindle from the MiFi sitting no more than 2 feet from the back of her head.....
Re: On a more practical note
I'm guessing Google are thinking they can bring lots of little companies, all with different software and web set-ups, but logistics in place already, under one unified roof
Much like Amazon sells stuff from small providers, but you still do everything through Amazon, you'd go to the Google store and buy something from Bob's Budget Baloney and something from Sheila's Scarily Sharp Steel Swords, and do it all with one payment and track it in one place. Bob and Sheila would still be responsible for the logistics, just as they are now.
I can already see all the products under Google Shopping - this just removes the need to go to the cheapest website, create an account, blah blah blah, screw it I'll get it off Amazon for 15p extra.
Ultra-pedant mode activated!
He quoted his broadband speed to 1 decimal place: 0.1Mbps.
A dail up modem is 0.056Mbps, which rounded to 1 decimal place is also 0.1Mbps.
His current broadband speed could be, to 3 decimal places, 0.050Mbps, which would round to 0.1Mbps, and would indeed be slower than his dial-up's 0.056Mbps.
If he had quoted his broadband speed to 3 decimal places (0.100Mbps), then you might be correct about it not actually being slower, but he didn't, so you simply cannot tell.
I think all the lawsuits over trivial patent issues are also showing punters that the companies' priorities aren't making the best products they can, but money, money, money.
Just look on a forum like Macrumors. Only a year ago the dominant attitude was that Apple was a benevolent company that existed purely to bestow perfect products upon us mere, unworthy mortals. Now, thanks to news of a new lawsuit almost every other day, that image has been severely tarnished, if not shattered - and the forums reflect that. Apple is no longer a company that can do no wrong - even to the former fanbois.
(P.S. Bring back the evil Steve Jobs (or Whatshisname Cook) icon, and maybe add an evil Sergey Brin and evil Balmer. No need to bother with the good versions - the scales have been lifted.)
Re: 80% ???
It's not about the number of points, it's about their weighting.
This is not a hardcore gaming machine - to 99% of this console's target market the lack of 5.1 surround on 2D Mario is not going to be an equal negative to, say, the positive of playing on the pad while the TV is in use.
I've had almost every console since the Megadrive, and the Wii has been a storming success with various members of my family who have never even uttered the word 'graphics'. This is the target market, and I know they will love the gamepad, the ergonomics, the style of games, etc.
@ Wonko the Sane
One word: SAM.
If they can take out a Tornado or a Chinook with a shoulder mounted rocket, is this blimp going to pose a problem? Or is the fact that it's cold and round mean it's invisible to IR or radar? Or are SAMs cleverer than that? I know nothing about militray technology.