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  1. The £1k mobile phone

    OMG main progress new stuff why I can use stuff I bought in 1983.
  2. The £1k mobile phone

    Yup, this is very much the first step on that process I think.
  3. The £1k mobile phone

    I found a 6310 clearing out my garage - the shocking thing was it still turned out without charging it Didn't last long, but I was gobsmacked. You have to remember that the upgrade in hardware often enables new software capabilities. That HW capability is a dependency for a lot of stuff. You build it, people will make use of it.
  4. The £1k mobile phone

    As for catching up with the S8...Nah.
  5. The £1k mobile phone

    Most predictable thread ever New phone. Lol OMG how much I'm not buying one? Honestly, you don't sound like the target market for such devices, and of course nobody is forcing you to buy them. People will though - as they're incredibly capable units. Are you assuming because you're not interested no-one else will be? Why would people upgrade? Well, why do people replace perfectly good cars, or buy expensive watches, or buy expensive jeans when 30 quid ones do arguably the same job? It's because they can Also, people invested in the eco-system it's not really a 1K phone. It's a 1k phone minus the highish resale of their current handset. If that's a previous gen iPhone that delta will be far smaller than most. These units are phenomenally powerful, and will open up a world of AI, augmented reality, not to mention gaming as that always chews up horse power. For those you buying a contract with a phone - well, that's an odd choice. It rarely if ever stacks up financially - you'll pay more over the term of ownership. Sell your 'Star Shoes Brake Pants' or whatever it is you're driving now, and buy a diesel Peugot then? They both do the same thing don't they? It's the same argument. Dunno, this release has actually made these units genuinely interesting. The processing capability is going to be amazing. Hell, they're more powerful than a lot of PCs that people are using. These really are now just portable computers - and powerful ones. Microsoft tried - and failed - with the phone/desktop combo for example. I suspect Apple will get this right. Imagine just walking in to somewhere plugging in a screen/keyboard and having your 'normal' working environment available? It's a very compelling story. Things like 4K 60FPS video, for example, will be a driver for a lot of people. Threads like this always make me think of the muppets
  6. I have different wallets for different scenarios Round home and general day to day I use my watch/phone for most things. Wallet wise I have a small MB thing that carries two cards, and a bit of cash. I tend to use this whenever I have to go into our offices as our door control tag thing doesn't work when it's right next to my phone. This has changed a lot for me. I used to be very cash-centric, and would typically have a couple of hundred quid with me. Now, I'd be surprised if I had more than 10-20 quid in my wallet. As I don't go in to the office often, I actually for the most part have a wallet on my phone that has a couple of cards and some cash in. I just don't need to carry much stuff any more. I do have a 'full' proper wallet that I use when travelling further - has everything in. I just don't find I need it with me very often, so I don't bother carrying it. As a side note, I've always made sure I have a reasonable amount of cash at home just in case I lose stuff. I.e. So I can get a cab home from pretty much most of London should I need to. Never needed it, but hey ho.
  7. 420d xdrive mpg

    I've had many BMW now. In fact my last.... 5 have been BMW. What's odd about that is I think I only really *loved* one of those cars - the E92 M3. The rest have been eminently brilliant. You couple that with a dealer that understands I don't mind paying 10-20% more (Sorry Ben) for convenience and reliability of service, and all of a sudden they have a package that's incredibly hard to beat. I look at Porsches, hell even some Jags and think oooo, but then I think...well, cars are down my list of interests now. I like them, sure, but other things are more important to me. Then the whole package of the BMW offer becomes very hard to beat. I do wonder if this countered by the extremes in dealers? I remember constantly fighting with Audi dealers - have never experienced this with BMW. Actually, that isn't quite true - I disagreed about some work being covered by warranty or not. Paid the bill, made my thoughts known, and left with the hump. Few days later get a call from the dealer saying they'd got sanctioning from BMW and refunded the work. Is that what happens when you get older? Owning a car becomes an 'experience'? I did a mouth sick then. The whole 'experience' thing. Cornwall Dave for example loves his Audi, but then I also know he has a fantastic relationship with his dealer.
  8. VoIP questions

    Aahah! Well most modern platforms can do that now - same with porting the number, it's easy enough. Legacy PBX platforms were about handsets, or users to service. I.e. a user has to travel to the point where the service is available. Most modern systems are the other way around - the user just accesses the service wherever they are and on whatever device they want. Now, bear in mind the problem you have using the Internet as a carrier for VoIP is that you cannot guarantee voice quality. So stuff like QoS becomes irrelevant. So whatever service provider you choose, make sure you test it before you port your number to it.
  9. VoIP questions

    What VoIP service you looking at by the way?
  10. VoIP questions

    Vaguely, at that point in time, yes. 100m/s + is generally poor.
  11. VoIP questions

    You can get phones with two RJ45 ports in. Cablein to the phone, cable out of phone to the PC. Dish broadband you may have issues with latency affecting your voice quality?
  12. iphone 4s help.

    Plug it in to your Mac and start the Photos app. Should appear in the left hand side. Other option - assuming it isn't cat porn - is give it to me and I'll sort it for you over a bun.
  13. Apple Watch launch

    So they should bin sat nav, and certainly ones with a HUD? Also radios etc.
  14. Apple Watch launch

    I think it's going to be epic. Contextual stuff - there when you need it, not when you want - will be brilliant. I'm not sure it'd be a good fit for you tbh - didn't you say you even thought tech in cars was pointless?! Some of the stuff coming from MSFT labs is out of this world - and probably one of the main reasons they binned google glass
  15. Definitely not for porn, definitely. Anyways, thought you may be interested.
  16. Apple Watch launch

    I think it can be better tbh - it's the start of a journey for wearables Stuff like augmented reality is going to be
  17. Apple Watch launch

    Don't buy one then would be my advice As for fence-sitter, hardly. You're obviously anti - but anti based on zero experience (your statement, not mine)? For what it's worth it plays very well with Strava. It's also pretty damm accurate at working out whether you're actually walking, running, on a train etc. for the movement stuff. It's never that far off what Strava records, nor my garmin edge, and both of those pretty much *know* what you're doing and don't have to work it out. The 'tech lovers will defend' bit is a bit....Just. Well. Tech is what I do for a living, but I tell you what I get a *lot* of tech that I simply look at and then discard simply because it doesn't work or add anything to my day. This isn't one of those things. I won't use tech for tech's sake, there's no point or purpose. I think you're trying to suggest that people like me would push through the issues and just use it regardless? Couldn't be further from the truth tbh, I hate bad/pointless tech, it just ends up in landfill.
  18. Apple Watch launch

    GPS ain't that inaccurate Calorie counters and the like, yes sure they're open to different calculation methods. Calendar - yes, really? It's handy to get pop-up warnings for calls/conf calls/meetings and also reminders. I guess it depends on how you manage your calendar. Yes, you can Apple Pay on your phone. Then again you can also do your Calendar, tell the time etc on a phone too. Not sure I want to be pulling out my phone so much at the exit to tube stations given that's where something like 80% plus of phone thefts happen? Also, it's just not as convenient. The convenient is a critical point - it's what makes it useful. Is it essential? Of course not. Does it bug me during the day when I forget it? Yes - that's when I notice most what I use it for. I use Siri on it more than I do on my phone by the way - setting timers when cooking at home, checking times in other time-zones for example.
  19. Apple Watch launch

    I don't think they've turned out to be the wonder devices people expected, however? I'm not sure wearables as a thing are mature enough really, they don't have their 'killer' thing. I hand it useful for a number of key things: Apple Pay for the tube Activity tracking ....calendar notifications. I'm renowned for forgetting about meeting My excuses for this are now at an all time low.
  20. Apple Watch launch

    Yes - also, completely different down here. Everyone seems to have them. You only have to watch people heading in to tube stations to see how many people have them - touch on the barriers. Wonder if that will start to affect barrier design as it's not the simplest thing to do! Wrong side and upside down. People's arms, obviously.
  21. Have one of these to offload. Supports the 802.11ac WiFi - I.e. The faster one. Just sitting in a cupboard now - 90 quid it's yours, delivered.
  22. Apple Airport Extreme

    Possibly - these aren't cheap bits of kit. Personally I never use the WiFi from provider units as honestly I find them a bit crappy. I've always put these in front of them and then forget about them! I've a Sky ADSL backup line that this was in front of - never really used the actually Sky router to be fair. So, to answer your question, possibly
  23. South Africa

    I've just done a few weeks wandering about South Africa. I'm quite an active traveller - I like to get out and do everything, so I'm usually knackered when I get home. Anyways, thought I'd share some stuff. Firstly, I did a Safari at Sanbuna Wildlife Reserve. It was epic Was completely and utterly taken with the place. Sanbuna Safari You can see my non-Safari photos here. If you're really bored - video is below.