* Posts by Daleos

63 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Mar 2010


Microsoft releases kernel for unique (but critically panned) Surface Duo phone


click bait.

Critically panned? The Reg going into full anti-MS mode here making stuff up. Yeah it's obviously a niche product and yeah some bits of it are a bit underwhelming but I haven't seen a single review that said they hated it, just that it needed more work. Personally rather have one of these than a flexible screen fold out anyday. Not that I find the whole idea of fold outs compelling in the first place. I'm more happy that someone is trying out new things than the usual boring full screen rectangle.

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?


Re: It works just fine for us

I also support a lot of less IT literate users. I get far fewer calls with Win 10 than I ever did with Win 7 or XP. BSODs and crashes are far, far fewer. Printers generally work

Still miffed about the telemetry situation and the constant updates are distracting. UWP is a failure, not because of the idea but because the apps created using it don't do enough. This is a developer problem, not an MS one. Biggest backward step for me is the Windows 10 start menu mostly because of its sluggishness and lack of old-school shortcut support.

Other than the moans above though, Windows 10 is way easier to support and use than Windows 7.

My biggest disappointment with Win 10 is not the new stuff but what they didn't fix from older OSs.

Why do we still have a 512 char max path length? What is search so crappy?

Why is UI scaling such a mess?

Still after all that, with my IT support hat on Win 10 is way easier to deal with than any previous Windows OS or Linux or Mac box.

As a user, I think Win 10 is better than previous versions. A lot of forward steps, a fair few backwards ones but overall ahead.

And I still prefer it to the 'straight jacket' Mac or 'greasy overall' Linux OSs for my main multiuse machine. Mac's are good for surface stuff and have one for tinkering around with music. Linux is my preferred back end OS or for something very specific but for getting shit done, its Windows all the way.

Microsoft wants to show enterprises that Edge means business, rather than the thing you use to download Chrome


There are still some specialist SAS services around that rely on Silverlight. I often have to enable IE just so some clunky niche CRM can talk to Office 365 or Adobe Acrobat. These people doesn't actually use IE as a browser, it's there just so they can access those niche services. Besides, I don't know a single company that doesn't use multiple browsers for differen tasks.

Cache me if you can: HDD PC sales collapse in Europe as shoppers say yes siree to SSD


I completely agree with you first sentence but not agreeing with many of your points under that.

Online storage is not cheap. Well it might be for small amounts of data but it gets expensive really quickly if you want larger amounts. And that not to mention online storage speeds. Even with a good FTTP connection, many consumer and small business level storage services are still really slow.

If you want more than a TB of fast online storage, you're going to have to dig deep and if you can find it, then I hope your internet bandwidth doesn't become a bottleneck..

The games drive on my desktop is heading towards 1TB (SSD) and my photos/home video drive (HDD) is far off that either. Backing 2TB to 'the cloud' cost far more than buying a NAS with a few TB of HDD storage. Plus if my PC dies, I've got the option of a bare metal restore. I don't know any online provider that can do a 2TB restore in any timeframe that I can work with.

5G isn't going to fix the internet, at least for a decade. If the rollout of 5G is anything like 4G, it'll take that long for it to be cheap enough for the general public to use it in the manner it's intended and even then the service providers will limit it in some way.

256GB is fine for documents, emails, the typical music library and a few photos. Want to store some home videos and play a load of games, you'll be struggling. Read Dead Redemption 2 for PC requires 150GB on it's own and I have no idea what a 4k home movie takes up but I bet it isn't tiny.

Here's to 2TB SSD drives at sub £100 prices. Until then, most of my archive stuff and backups are going to held on (multiple) HDDs

Microsoft Surface Pro X: Windows on Arm usable at long last – but, boy, are you gonna pay for it


Re: £1,700 for a Surface Pro X

Yeah. ARM maybe is the future but as a SP3 owner, the SPX has too many minuses to make up for it's pluses. My SP3 (bought in 2104) is still going strong (the battery is still 93%) of the original so I've got a bit of use left in it yet so I'm probably looking at next year before I upgrade. When I do I'll be needing full application compatibility. It's very likely I'll stick with a 2in1 and therefore probably another Surface Pro. Whether it's the SP8 or the SPXv2 who knows. However, no chance I'll be paying £1700 for either.

What would interest me is a Go sized SPX though.

PC shipments back in black: Desktops to the rescue, aided by Win10


I'm definitely seeing an upsurge in new PCs purchases around me. Laptops tend to get replaced every three years anyway as they've usually fallen apart by then but a five year old Core i5 desktop still did the job really well so long as you shove an SSD in there. The big thing that's changed is Spectre/etc and the worry that any fixes including disabling Hyper-threading are going to nerf the older CPUs too much so people are actually now looking to upgrade to counter that.

Also, the shine has gone off Apple and there's a lot old ex Mac only people who have switched.

Apple iPhone sales down by double digits, Mac sales knifed by Intel CPU 'constraints'


Re: Nobody wants to acknowledge

@Korev. Yeah. Same boat. Still on a 3930k machine after 6 or 7 years. Upgraded everything else twice since then. The only thing I'm missing out other than NVMe is USB 3C and that is not something worth having to replace MB/CPU/RAM for.

Nearline disk drive demand dip dropkicks Seagate: How deep is the trough, how deep is the trough?


Would I ever want to move my 8TB of my nice to have but not really essential work archives to the cloud? 8TB costs a few quid to store onsite so you're probably looking at £300-£400 including a mirror that in all likelihood would last 10 years or more if the drives were uses sparingly. Compare that to nearline storage over the same period. It's almost 10x the price. The numbers just don't add up. Sure, the cloud is great for critical files and for stuff that needs to be accessed from wherever but most 'archive' data is just a load of crap so it's just not worth it to pay month on month to keep it. I don't doubt many companies do absolutely need nearline but for most of us, it's just paying for storing stuff we really ought to just dump in the first place.

Apple yoinks enterprise certs from Facebook, Google, killing internal apps, to show its power


Re: Seems to me that FB and Google got caught with their hands in the cookie jar

"I'm now waiting for regulatory action: if both Google and Facebook did not make it 100% crystal clear that every action was visible when using this app (and in a VPN that really means a LOT), I think they deserve the maximum fine possible"

If the sources I read on this got it right, the "user's" were told that pretty much all their usage would be monitored. That was the deal for getting the money. What Apple are upset with is that this tracking data also logged stuff Apple didn't want it's competitors to know.

All fair enough in my opinion but then they shouldn't have released tools that allow others to see all this detail in the first place.

We all love bonking to pay, but if you bonk with a Windows Phone then Microsoft has bad news


Much rather use contactless cards.

Easier to get out your pocket,

Less chance of dropping your phone.

Easier to decide if it's a work or personal purchase.

Less germs on my phone,

No chance of being stuck in the event of a dead battery.

That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer


No sales figures but there's this Gartner report.



Ah lovely tho see El Reg readers are just as deluded as the Apple users they pretend to hate. The simple fact is that the Surface line is profitable, is now the number 5 seller of PCs in the US and is now 1/3 of the sales of Apple Macintosh's. Yeah I know it's only a third but for a PC seller with all the competition that's hardly bad going. They beat Acer in the US FFS. The Surface is absolutely not the disaster. That analyst F'ed up big time. I have an SP3 and will hang on to it until it craps out. After that, I'll most probably get another SP. The format suits me down to the ground and I can't imagine going back to a standard laptop format if I have any choice in the matter..

Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update


Re: Bad user!

Yeah. That's exactly the reason you shouldn't use 'My Documents' to store your own files. If you want to keep thing neat and tidy, you don't want any old app bunging in their own files and folders in to your carefully crafted file tree.

Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave


Re: > "And Google technology is far more pervasive than Microsoft's ever was."

Apple is the one that gets away with it the most. When it's Apple is only allowing it's own apps it's an 'ecosystem' When anyone else gets close to being dominant, they get thumped down.

GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look


Re: And this is bad?

"Anyone else think UX peaked back around 2000 or so and has degraded slowly since?"

I think around 2010 is my sweetspot.

I really really hate all this new fad for whitespace. Google are the worst for this but the others are not far behind.

VR-bonkers Microsoft yanks plug out of Kinect


Fantastic device aimed at the wrong audience. MS could have cleaned up if they sold it for twice the price to animators, scientists and researchers.

2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware


Re: Isn't it obvious

My Surface Pro 3 is still going strong after 3 years. It's the longest usage I've had out of any machine and it still looks new.

My first HP Elitebook 2730p lasted about 8 months before I had to RMA it. The replacement's keyboard fell apart after a another year and all the fake stainless steel finish peeled off. My Dell Latitude E4200 needed a replacement ssd after 18 months and always had a glitchy screen.

Anyway, my point being, my experience has been the Surface Pros are above par as far as QC and longevity are concerned. Sure there's been a few missteps along the way but my SP3 is still getting active support from MS and for that, I'll find it really disappointing if I have to go back to a provider that ditches firmware / driver support after about 18 months.

Kaspersky files antitrust suit against Microsoft


Usually I'll be flying whatever flag for the guys that MS stomps on but in this case, MS have got a duty to keep their software as safe as possible and if that means them doing their own AV products then so be it.

Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't


Why must there be only one?

I use IE, Edge, Chrome and Firefox daily, often with two or three open at the same time. I don't care what anyone says, there is no best browser. Each is good at some things and bad at others. IE still has some great Add-Ons I can't find on other browsers, especially, business type ones, Firefox has a load of plugins but it's more clunky than IE these days. Chrome eats more RAM than any other app I have on my laptop. Edge is fast but it's practically useless for as a research portal due to it's dumb 'sharing' features that doesn't even include saving a link as a shortcut or save the file as a html file.

It doesn't matter if you're running Safari, Chrome, Edge or Firefox, someone somewhere is squirreling data away about your habits. There's no way out of it. You can mitigate it somewhat by obfuscating the data as much as possible. My chosen techniques is to use multiple browsers and use each one for a different task with different logins.

As a simple example. I've set up my IE with all my work logins and Chrome with all my personal ones.

Facebook is 'sandboxed' in Opera where it can't interact with anything else. Sorry Opera for relegating you as the babysitter for Facebook but if there's any company that needs constant supervision, it's them.

WikiLeaks claims 'significant' US election info release ... is yet to come


WikiLeaks have amassed all this data and instead of releasing it when they have it, they sit on it until a time it causes the biggest disruption. There was a time when WikiLeaks was the antidote to politics. Now they seem to only want to release stuff to manipulate it. They've become part of the problem, not the solution.

Raspberry Pi adds PIXEL eye candy to desktop


I'd love two Ethernet ports.

Be great for network testing/monitoring.

Might even be good enough as a home malware scanner/blocker

Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are


Re: Apple's history of bravery

I'm with you on most things but the WiFi thing. At work, I get more moans from Apple users about network connections than I do from PC users simply because most PCs have Ethernet built in and Macs often don't. Just because little Ms. Apple can use her Mac reasonably speedily on their home WiFi does not mean the same machine will work on a works wifi system with 20 other users.. Wifi bandwidth *IS* an issue when 20 users are all trying to save their Photoshop/Illustrator/Premiere files to a server. There's just not enough spare capacity to cope with anything more than a couple of heavy users at any one time. Get a room full of them and things can and regularly do go wrong.

One of my clients has an office in a railway arch. They're all cool designers with all their inbuilt designer fear of wires. The trouble is, every time a train goes overhead, it totally fritzes the wifi signal so they are literally scared to save stuff to the server. Everybody (including the boss) would rather work on their own machines and wait for a quiet moment to save than fork out for ethernet connectors. Consequently, hardly anything is on the server and the whole workflow of the office suffers immensely.

Still, it means more work/money for me when they don't listen.

Microsoft axes 2,850 more Windows Phone, sales staff – a week after Justin Timberlake sang on stage for them


Re: Honestly how clueless a comment

I deal with both Google Apps, and O365 daily

Google Apps is okay. In fact, I use it for my own business. I'm okay with it's far from perfect. It just doesn't have many of the features enterprises and even SMEs often need. It's fine for soho's and up & coming SMEs but it just doesn't give you the customisability of MS Exchange so is often unsuitable for complex business structures.

Also, having just witnessed a company with 700 staff moving from in-house Unix server to a hybrid Exchange/O365 setup, it's my experience that Microsoft is eating up more old business structures than they losing it to Google/iCloud/whatever.

Google third party apps and extensions are great but just try managing loads of computers with no straightforward way to lock/block/approve or do mass updates/upgrades of extensions/apps. Also, the micro costs of the actually decent extension that bring it up to spec build up really quickly so the TCOs can easily spiral out of control.

Sure, if you're business has simple needs, then Google for work may be more than fine but as a sysadmin, I know which system gives me the least amount of work to do to keep everyone in the business on the same page and that's currently MS.

I think there's a big difference with what the user wants/needs and what the admins want/need. Google for Work for the user does about 90% of what O365 can do (but may do a lot of that 90% a little better) but from an admin side, Google apps is only 50% there if that.

As for PCs dead in the home? I wonder who buys all those PC games?


Also, since this time last year, Apple, Google & MS's stock prices have *ALL* GAINED by about 20%.

I'm afraid your Microsoft prophecy of death is merely wishful thinking. Try getting out more and seeing what people outside of your peer group are actually using.

The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you


Re: How much?

People tend to pick sides in this but lets face it... Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon...

Same meal, different sauce.

Virtual reality will take over the world by 2020, reckons analyst haus


There may be loads of uses for it in 2020 but it's still going to be niche.

It's going to go the same way as 3D TV. Loads of people will have it but they won't use it every day. It's just too much of a faff to get kitted up. 3D TV didn't really happen because people like to do other stuff at the same time as watching TV. No chance of that with VR as it's an all or nothing experience.

UK.gov finally promises legally binding broadband service obligation – by 2020


Re: Urban areas too?

10Mb is about all I could get in Shoreditch (apparently 'Tech City' and the epicentre of online businesses in the UK) before I gave up waiting for BT Infinity and went to Virgin. I feel dirty for doing it but BT are so hopeless it was the only option. If 10MB is all I can get in Shoreditch through BT I shudder to think what the rest of the country has to put up with.

Windows 10 growth stalls during October


Meh! Considering the 'auto-upgrade' only works for Windows 7 and 8, it's hardly surprising this would eventually happen as it's a lot harder to upgrade from XP than 7/8. Besides, those PCs still running XP probably won't be good enough for Windows 10 in any case.

Having said that, whilst I happily upgraded two of my Windows 8 laptops to 10, it's not going anywhere near my Windows 7 desktop. The same sentiment seems to be going around my colleagues and their systems at work.

As for Linux. Well I use it for work. It's for a server and that is what it's best at. I'm sorry but as a desktop OS, it's fine but the apps really let it down.

Android faces SECOND patching crisis, on the same scale as Stagefright


IPhones don't have any security flaws...


BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist


Re: Its a shame really

"Ok its not free, but lot of us have Tivo or Sky box which does PPV.

So the technology is pretty much in place. All that would be needed is for the films to be available at theatrical release time."

You have to pay Sky for a lot of other crud to get PPV so for it to work for me, the box needs to be free (or cost price) and then have the ability to PPV per movie, not per month or whatever subscription costs.

I can go weeks without watching the TV and a heavy week will be 3 hours of TV so I really pick what I want to watch. However, I'll happily pay the average price of a cinema ticket to see a movie at home on the day it's released. It would have to be without ads or other bullcrap though. The main reason I'm off TV is because I can't bear the interruptions.

Hello Moto: Lenovo grabs Motorola biz for $3bn. But Google's KEEPING the patents


Re: for those who said buying Motorola was all about the patents...

except I believer the majority of Google cheerleaders were expecting exactly that to happen.

I've yet to see a Motorola smartphone in the UK. Maybe they are still a household name in the US but in the UK, they're only famous for the Razr.

Windows 8.1: Read this BEFORE updating - especially you, IT admins


God no, that's worse.

Mint maybe but not the horror show that's Ubuntu.

Got to learn->support Win 8 for work so it got to stay on my one of my machines but it's going nowhere near my Windows 7 Desktop.


If you previously had Windows 8 setup with a 'local account'. WATCH OUT!

It overwrites it with the 'Live' account setting that you *HAVE* to put in. After 3+ hours of waiting for it to install, I've spent a further 2 trying to undo the mess caused by the upgrade renaming my main login/password with something completely different.

I might have missed something but it seemed like a one way street at that particular point and there were no warnings that my original account would be renamed

Anyone tried this with a domain based login account yet? What's the process there? Does it F**K that up too?

Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A


Re: Search as primary means of navigation?

Searching for apps can be done in Windows 7. it's the stupid tiles and lack/waste of space that's the issue with me. With Windows 7, there's enough space to display the whole program name (even in a 5cm wide menu) . In Win 8, you only get to see the first few chars worth of the app name. Take Photoshop for example. There's "Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64bit)" and "Adobe Photoshop CS6 (32bit)" You can't tell which one is which on Windows 8 because there's not enough space to display the entire name.

Ironically, I have a bunch of 'search' programs that I have in a folder on Windows 7. They're all slightly different and depending on what I'm looking for I use a different app. On windows 7, I simply whiz down to 'All Programs' > tools > 'Text Search' or 'All Programs' > tools > 'Image Search' and there they all are, all with unrememberable names like astrogrep, sedawkgui, wingrep, etc. Alongside them are a few batch scripts for more complex searches. If I pick the wrong one, the alternative is next on the list. Try doing that with 'search'.

Also, Windows 8 doesn't let me have hierarchical structure so I whilst can group my tools into folders, I can't put folders within folders. In Windows 8, my various tools folders are all on the same level as my main apps folders. My apps finder screen now stretches to 30 odd pages which makes app location even more difficult, because it's forcing me to wade through all my apps, not just my search tools. Before they were all tucked away, out of sight until needed under 'Tools'.

Former Microsoft Windows chief: I was right to kill the Start button


Re: wise words

Except. Ubuntu Unity is also a complete dogs dinner. So much so, my home laptop is now running Mint.

(Main home desktop still on Windows 7 and have absolutely no intention of moving, work laptop on Windows 8 because I need to be able to teach other suckers who fell into the trap how to use it).

Review: HTC One


Re: On my final note

Which is exactly why I won't be buying Samsung. They've got way too much of the smartphone pie to be healthy for the rest of the business.


Re: Potato instead of camera module

"The only thing which is pulling me away from HTC and to Samsung is updates and battery life."

HTC are actually ahead of most in terms of updates...



Re: No swappable battery, no sale

"'drop in' is really shutdown-remove-plate-swap-batteries-start-up-again. It's easier to leave it to charge up a bit while having a shower, making a sandwich etc., no?"

Not when you're camping in a field, trapsing half way up a mountain, sunning yourself on a beach or on a long flight it's not.

Every smartphone I've ever had barely makes it past 8pm before it desperately needs a charge. If there's ever a chance of randomness in my day, my spare battery can deal with it.

Those external battery/rechargers are so slow, it means leaving your phone off for at least an hour before things become useful again. Useless on a long train journey when my only entertainment is my phone.

Then there's the fact that batteries lose their change over time. A year later and my original phone battery holds only holds 60% of it's original charge.

HTC settles with FTC over smartphone security holes


Are we just singling out HTC over this? If memory serves, most of the manfucturers were just as lax. I definitely remember there being a lot of manufacturers being hauled over the coals for the Carrier IQ controversy.

Review: HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 handset


Re: What exactly is good about it?

In my experience HTC's support come out the best of all the Android manufacturers, update more of their older models and other than Nexus devices are generally the fastest to upgrade.


Re: Meh

It doesn't have a removable battery either.

It's made by LG. (Who's TV's I like but have found the build quality and support of their phones so shockingly bad I've vowed never to buy a phone made by them)


Re: Market share drop not surprising

Exactly. Automatic No-Sale for me.

I really like HTC phones and much prefer them to any of the competition but without a removable battery or minimum 2 days of average use (which would probably include about 2 hours of ebook use) then a phone is not even on my contemplation list.

These niggles, not essential but would definitely help HTC claw back market share...

Longer lasting batteries

Louder external speaker

Louder headphone volume


32GB Storage

At least one high end 'Nexus' model (although I'd probably stick with Sense as I think most of integrated apps are far superior to most Google/third party versions). In fact perhaps if they just released a Nexus style version as an OTA sidegrade for all their models then both Sense and stock lover could both be happy.

Apple's profits fetish could spell its DOOM


Chris D Rogers

Indeed. Many of my Mac owning designer friends are upset that Apple seem to be ignoring them after many, many years of devoted loyal service. Whilst there's still a way to go before they're likely to switch platform, perhaps this is the angle MS needs to claw back market share... Emphasize a professional OS for professional people. They should stop messing about in the consumer area and aim squarely at professional vertical markets, especially those in engineering and design.

Whatever happens, aside from high end gaming, the desktop will decline rapidly outside the workplace as consumers can now consume on anything. Better for MS to concentrate it's Windows OS on professionals who more likely than not will need a quality desktop and do something separate (I mean completely separate) for the plebs.

'Google strangled Acer phone using Alibaba Android rival at birth'


For a very long time, I've had Google's "Don't be evil" thrown into the same bullshit bucket as Apple's "It just works"

People don't think Google are 'nice'. Just because they had good intentions way back in the mists of time, when they were small and spritely doesn't mean they can continue with that wonderful thought now that they're a huge megacorp.

Basically, nice guys don't get the girls and this applies in business as much as real life.

Ice Cream Sandwich still a no-show for most Android users


Re: @ LarsG

I thought my Sensation was really slow after the 2nd ICS update but recently found a really simple fix.

Try disabling 'fast boot' (Settings > Power > Fast Boot) and reboot.

HTC leaves South Korea to Samsung, LG et al


I wouldn't exactly call it a 'blow'. They never did well there anyway so it's not as though they've lost much. The South Koreans are a pretty patriotic bunch and it takes a lot for any foreign country to beat them in local markets if they have a roughly equivalent product of their own.

Aluratek, Coby license Microsoft patents for Android


Re: So hang on..

It's maybe for ActiveSync to connect email apps to MS Exchange servers. MS also did a lot of research on multitouch (Surface 1 /PixelSense - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4hkSSlFYII ) way before Apple so there's maybe something amongst that lot too.

Google took a bath on Android in 2010, judge reveals


Android is not realy about making money, it's about survival. Sure, Google is the head of a pack and they are the main developers but people seem to forget that it's the companies in the Open Handset Alliance that have the most to gain/lose by there not being a credible competitor to iOS.

Fragmentation bomb wounds Android in developer war


Re: Google, device manufacturers and developers are all the problem


I agree with almost everything you say except...

"They typically fall in to the cheaper crowd (but not always) given all the free android phones you can get."

The thing is, most blogged reports don't mention Android sale broken down into budget so it's hard to find exact figures. However, I did find something on uSwitch.

The UK current top 10 selling phones (uSwitch) reads as follows...

£540 Apple iPhone 4S 16GB Black

£420 Samsung Galaxy S2

£540 Apple iPhone 4S 16BG White

£384 Nokia Lumina 800

£478 Samsung Galaxy Note

£460 Blackberry Bold 9900

£492 HTV One X

£468 Samsung Galaxy Nexus

£354 Samsung Galaxy S

£430 HTC Sensation XL

I used the clove.co.uk site to get the contract free prices.

Why they thought they needed to mention the same model of iPhone twice is a mystery. Anyway, I'm sure there are a lot of cheap Android phone out there but of the Android phones (with maybe the exception of the old Samsung Galxay S) in that list are high end models.

And whilst I completely agree with you that Google need to buck up their APIs in a load of areas, and may lose market share at the top end to MS if they don't sort things out, I'm pretty sure they'll still command the middle and low end markets for some significant time to come. I think MS may carve themselves out a nice solid area of their own with solid utilitarian apps but I'm doubtful the clever/different apps will make their way onto the platform.

To be honest though, I'm pretty happy with the level of functionality of my HTC Sensation. I don't like playing games on handhelds regardless of make/model, even (PSPs or DS's) I don't watch video on it and the only audio I listen to is audio books. I'm not that bothered about bigger, higher resolution screens. I just want better battery life, a better camera in low light settings, a screen I can read in direct sunlight and louder loudspeaker audio.

I think those iPhone music production apps are amazing but they're pretty niche. Something I would probably download for the demo but not actually pay for. I just need my phone to deal with my communication and informational needs. If a feature or function doesn't improve those, then it's on my B-list. In fact, I think I may actually sit out the next level of upgrades as I don't see I'll get much more benefit out of them. Another year down the line and hopefully the mid level models will be all I need. At present though mid is still too much of a compromise. However, with Android, at least I have that option and can pick and choose what features I want.

Google attacks Twitter's search bias claim

Nothing wrong with your comments but Apple and Facebook ought to be put in the same boat. All the major companies have cornered certain areas but cry monopoly when they try to move into a competitors field. It's just big business and always has been. The difference is, for some unknown reason, the general public (or at least the blogging public) are now taking sides. Big business has never been so 'personal'.