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@JQuest81 Hey JQuest81. BTW, I want to let you know that I really appreciate your posts here. Regarding the camera.... Boy, I wish I could afford a 5D or maybe even the 6D (because of both being full-frame), but just the cost of the 7D was a stretch for me. Got it on Thomas Island a few years ago (before I lost my job). At the time, it was cheaper than even Amazon and there was no tax, which was great. I love the camera, but with deteriorating health, I haven't been out shooting since late last year. http://picasaweb.google.com/kanoneyez
1 year, 5 months ago on Mirrorless Samsung Galaxy Camera NX Press Images Leak
@Haloruler64 Well, I can understand a mere Nikon user saying that, but we Canon users already have the best, you-all can have the rest. (Actually, I wouldn't mind this as a backup camera but then 1st I need a job so I can afford it.)
Wonderful, but Tracy CA is still not there yet. Still just HSPA+
1 year, 5 months ago on AT&T Announces More LTE Expansions, New Cities Added
I already thought it was 24 months (2 yrs), so this is no loss to me.
1 year, 5 months ago on AT&T Changes Upgrade Policy, Now 24 Months Rather Than 20 Months
3 days after your posting this article, I finally got the update. I don't like it. "Gratuitous and useless" was my first impression. The colored tiles for each message is just plain annoying and losing some inherent intuitiveness also bugged me.
1 year, 5 months ago on Google Starts Rolling Out New Gmail For Android, Get It Here
@Haloruler64 Well, I was willing to make concessions for a Nikon user, but not now. (JK). Take care. As always, enjoy your articles.
1 year, 5 months ago on Strange Photo Contains Rumored HTC M4, Sony Togari, And Nokia Lumia 1030
@Haloruler64 Next step is to get you out of the west bay to do some scenic photography with an old man (me). Yosemite is only a couple hrs away from here.
@Haloruler64 Never seen UP! You must be really down. Go rent it & watch with your GF.
@Haloruler64 In that case, we're barking up a tree with a dead squirrel. Squirrel!!! (From movie "Up")
@Haloruler64 Let's hope it not from the FCC. Do you even know what country that image came from?
With several makes on the table, the only place I'd expect to see unreleased products combined like that is from a carrier's testing facility. Here's a sample of one in Australia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vznaZnoUItU
Google needs to take a stronger position against Apple. It needs to pull all its apps from AppStore, remove support for iPhone and Apple computer OS's. Then lets all sit back and watch Apple squirm as its loyalists start switching to Android. Good riddence Apple--you did it to yourself. Wouldn't play nice and now you're getting kicked out of the sandbox.
1 year, 6 months ago on In Their Quest Against Samsung, Apple Claims Google Now Infringed On Siri Patents
Well, as long as some dastardly fellow doesn't come along, steal the phone & cut off the owner's finger, I guess this could work.
1 year, 6 months ago on Samsung Could Be Looking Into Fingerprint Readers For Phones
@Haloruler64 If your hangouts are of general interest (phones, photography) and you feel comfortable with it, I'd like to join in one time. Otherwise, np.
1 year, 6 months ago on AT&T Blocks Google's Hangout App For Android On Mobile Data
I've tried video chatting over the carrier network and it sucks. I'd rather use it in a wifi area any day.
@Haloruler64 @ShaneValentine Well, the announcement did say "Tiered and SOON Unlimited plan customers who have LTE devices." Perhaps an intentional leak about future plans. Just as voice went "unlimited," it was inevitable that data would get there sooner or later. And not be overlooked is that it is limited to those using the LTE network. Problem is LTE is not yet as widely deployed as it needs to be. Although my phone is capable, I do not reside in an LTE area. When I go to the Bay Area (SF) or Modesto, I have LTE coverage, but I'm not there that often.
Steve Jobs: We're better than you are! We have better stuff.
Bill Gates: You don't get it, Steve. That doesn't matter!
1 year, 6 months ago on Apple Adds Samsung Galaxy S 4 To Ongoing Patent Infringement Case
If adopted permanently, it would be a great feature. I guess most users do not read the developer's comments that say, 'We can't respond to your comments here on Google Play. Please send email to ...." And it is obvious because you'll read comments from users that say stupid stuff like, "You never responded to my post" (Duh!). Unlike most users, I've found all developers that I've dealt with always happy to help work out problems and communicate with users. One developer was so pleased about a positive review I made on my blog regarding the free version, that they sent me the full-fledged paid version free.
1 year, 6 months ago on Google Now Allows Developers To Respond To Play Store Comments
Hmm. In that Evil is left up to each person to interpret, I suppose it is actually a good thing because to anyone working there, whatever they may personally consider evil, they can be motivated to watch their own inclinations. Personally, I've always found it baffling to state things in a negative way. The Bible's well-known saying, "Treat others the way you want them to treat you" conjures up a positive viewpoint encouraging positive actions. Google could have said, "Be Kind, Be Gentle, Be Good."
1 year, 6 months ago on Google's Eric Schmidt Thought "Don't Be Evil" Was A Stupid Slogan
I just love (NOT) the way carriers punish us for being their customer. Its like knowingly going into an abusive relationship and actually thinking that is what you deserve.
1 year, 6 months ago on AT&T Launches Aio Wireless, Prepaid Carrier With Strange Limitation
So basically you're complaining because you have choices. I'd hate to see you in a candy store, you'd probably go postal on us. ;-)
1 year, 6 months ago on Editorial: Why Do We Need So Many Versions of the Samsung Galaxy S 4?
So that's what T-Mobile is doing with the million-dollar settlement they got from the failed ATT acquisition. Its like a friend gives you a supercharged car and you run him over with it.
1 year, 6 months ago on T-Mobile Shamelessly Wastes Tons Of Pepto For New Ad
Corning may be completely honest. Problem is they are wasting consumers time because we tend to be cynical and skeptical. Why? Because we are also told by tobacco companies that smoking is safe, by the FDA that certain foods are good and then 10 years later that they are bad and then 10 years later that they are good again. What Corning should have done was to "ghost hire" an independent firm to test the products and have that firm publish their findings.
1 year, 6 months ago on Corning Claims That Sapphire Is Far More Brittle Than Gorilla Glass
ooppssss.. my fingers messed up... DSLR, not DSL.
1 year, 6 months ago on What's On Your Homescreen? Steve Raycraft
Well, dang. I thought this article was going to allow us to post our home screens. I took what many have called a "postcard" picture of Yosemite with my phone. Although I own a DSL, when I spotted that one shot I knew I'd want it on my phone (Note2), so I used it instead of the camera.
But back to your article, I appreciate your minimalist approach. On my anchored (main) home screen I have a clock/weather widget, world times and Google search. Then the other home screens are 2) email widget. 3) one-touch picture dialer. 4) Folders for apps by function/service 5) misc widgets (MusicPayer, MusicID, Waze and others.
Well, first there was iPhoney and now there is XFony. Sony will respond with the Sfoney, Samsung will counter with their new series, the GalPhony but guys won't buy it so they'll follow up with the PalPhony. In the meantime, LG will quietly release the Opta-Phuny and HTC will still be in the midst of re-crafting their handle from "Quietly Brilliant" to "In your phoney face"
1 year, 6 months ago on Could The Leaked "XFON ATT" Be The Motorola X Phone?
Back them horses up, thar pardnur. I thought Glass was supposed to be voice controlled.
1 year, 6 months ago on Google Releases How-To Video For Google Glass
Samsung just keeps getting stupider and stupider.
1 year, 6 months ago on Samsung Performs Rendition Of Gangnam Style For Galaxy S4 Launch
Sassy? How about just plain vulgar! Dang!
1 year, 6 months ago on Google Glass Team Member Gets Sassy When Explaining That Google Glass Is Intentionally Unlocked
Well, I'm still trying to convince Google that I'm a great candidate for trial user because i represent the "old folk" category. But I guess they don't see a real market there. LOL
1 year, 6 months ago on Google Glass Contains Easter Egg With The Team Who Made It
@JQuest81 I agree with you that their marketing is very good. I do like their products, but frankly, after owning the Infuse and the Note2 (and one other before that), and then my wife also having had several Samsung phones, I've noted that after about 2 years, they get very flaky--won't turn on, won't turn off, shuts off during calls. I could list more. For me, their customer service is the most unhelpful people I've ever had the displeasure of dealing with. I've still got until end of 2014 before my next upgrade, but when I do, besides equipment, I'll be researching customer satisfaction.
1 year, 7 months ago on Samsung Has Admitted To Hiring People To Badmouth HTC
@DanDaniel @JQuest81 Wow. Thanks for the clarification. I never knew all the burger flippers at McDonalds were professionals. ;-)
ibchipster: I like it! That is exactly what they should do. :-)
@JQuest81 I'm not sure they were "professional." From another article I read, they essentially hired teens and 20-somethings to make the posts. Regardless, it does affect my opinion of them. But their customer service has always been rated very poorly, and my personal experience with their customer service is so bad, I've pretty much decided not to buy their products anymore. This just seals the deal.
100,000% agree. Just 2 days ago I thinking about this very thing. I have a specific need and it can't be filled with my phone. So I still have to carry my Sandisk Sansa MP3 player when I need to record off FM. In fact, thanks for reminding me, I needed to charge it for the next broadcast.
1 year, 7 months ago on Samsung Galaxy S 4 Won't Include FM Radio
@Haloruler64 I guess we can agree to disagree. I respect a person that stands for what they believe. I really don't think that Mr. Meyerson was as bad as you see it. I view his avoidance of certain questions as a wise business move. ATT used to say that they have a corporate policy of not throwing their business partners "under the bus" by publicly deriding them. Apple, from my perception, throws everyone under the bus--after Apple gets into their wallet. In the mobile arena, Microsoft is is still trying to discover what the customer wants.
1 year, 7 months ago on Head Of Windows Mobile Bashes Android, Avoids Questions
Dima Aryeh (aka Haloruler64). I usually respect your articles. In my opinion, you are one of the better writers here. However, I think "bash" (in your article's title) is a bit strong? Mr. Meyerson has a viewpoint that is definitely pro-Microsoft. (I wouldn't expect anything less.) His perception of the competition was less than stellar, which again is to be expected. But the interviewer was also very leading in the questions that were posed. I would have worked for a thought-redirect if I were in Mr. Meyerson's shoes, but I'm not and he was put on the spot in front of a crowd. Yes, we all know that Windows' market share is not the greatest, but I thought he was tame compared to a famous character within Apple that declared thermo-nuclear war against Android.
@TotalJargon Corporate competition is alive and well. Politicians, sports teams, car manufacturers, kids in the playground ("my daddy can beat up your daddy"), and on and on. Since we're all insecure, it is easier to sling mud than admit we're all in it together.
Two things that would greatly help market these gargantuan phones are: 1) finally implementing flexible, roll-up or folding screens, and 2) deploy those devices with a bluetooth headset that fits into the device like the current S-pen does on the Note2. But a large slate phone bigger than the Note2 is not something I would personally buy because carrying it has become cumbersome and trying to talk on it very awkward. (Yes, I've seen Sammy's concept folding and rollup phones--bring them to market already! In 2015 when I'm ready for my next upgrade, I am expecting that technology to be out.
1 year, 7 months ago on The Samsung Galaxy Mega And Other Large Phones Further Usability More Than Hinder It
This is really very funny when you stop to think about it. Maybe Samsung and others are trying to see just how much is "too much." The enthusiast segment will adopt almost anything regardless of how functional (or dysfunctional) it is. At the rate of 0.5" gain per year, by 2020 we should have 10.5" phones (hopefully they'll be roll-up or fold-up by then). Personally, I bought a men's satchel from Amazon just to carry my Note2 and wallet. (The bag is very poorly made. My wife has already had to perform major surgery on it)
1 year, 7 months ago on Can Somebody Please Tell Me Why We Need Phones As Big As The Galaxy Mega?
Well, I didn't win one, I was not at Google I/O and I a definitely can't afford it. I've waited over 60 years for my ship to come in, but it keeps sinking offshore.
1 year, 7 months ago on Google Hoping To Ship Glass Explorer Edition This Month
@Haloruler64 @JamesLatief LOL. Poofreading (intentional) was never one of my strong suits either.
Oh! should have added--for our pre-recorded music. I realize this doesn't include a mic solution. My bad.
1 year, 7 months ago on G-Project G-BOOM Bluetooth Speaker Review
Nice! I just forwarded this article to those in charge of our congregational meetings. Although we have an advanced sound system controlled by an Apple computer, for some reason the silly thing keeps crashing and leaving our meetings with dead mics.
Nothing like a little stupidity to add a little more senseless activity to human endeavors. IF, anyone did actually put their phone through the wash, it would be because they left it in their clothing (pants pocket or whatever). Second, the specs claim it can be in water for 30 minutes, it is NOT talking about agitated water, it is talking about being dropped in water. I could go on, but I think I made my opinion clear--these unscientific tests tell us nothing--as usual.
1 year, 7 months ago on Kyocera Torque Torture Tested By Wirefly On Video
Ok, so here is "tablet" that I'm waiting for: It will be paper-thin and use color e-ink: http://www.dvice.com/sites/dvice/files/images/pics/electronic_paper.jpg
1 year, 7 months ago on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Plus Renders And Specs Leak Out?
Interesting article, Dima. Like you cited, those most concerned with these stats are developers. The users are indirectly affected when keep an old phone for a long time and discover developers are no longer interested in supporting their version. I am a little surprised that there are still active phones with Donut, Eclair & Froyo on them. That essentially means there are phones out there that were sold sometime between 9/15/2009 (start of Donut) and 12/5/2010 (end of Froyo), so anywhere from 2 to 3 years old. Looking at the stats, though, they are very small. So that would easily account for the minority of users that keep their phones longer than most. Heck, I know of friends that are still using flip phones that are scotch tapes and glued together.
So as far as developers are concerned, as long as the majority of buyers continue to upgrade on the typical 1- to 2-year schedule, their happy.
1 year, 7 months ago on Android Distribution Numbers For March Are In, With A Change In Data Collection
I'm not being antagonistic--I really sincerely want to know.... I understand social media; I have a Facebook account myself. But what is the appeal of having a phone that is marketed as a Facebook phone? I really don't get it. How is it different than just having the Facebook app on any ol' smartphone?
1 year, 7 months ago on Second Set Of Leaked Images Show Upcoming Facebook "Phone" In Three Colors
Those are interesting averages. Even more shocking are the unexpected category of gamers. Take my nearly 60-yr-old wife for example--she plays games on her phone &/or tablet 4 or more hours a day! Sometimes she is watching TV AND knitting AND playing games AND texting her friends. I think I created a monster!
1 year, 7 months ago on Users Spend The Most Time Of Their Smartphone Usage On Games
Oh! Me, Pick ME!!! I'd be a great tester for the geriatric,Geritol group. I'm tech savvy, I can appeal to people that can actually afford it; (not that $1,500 is really that much money - cough).
1 year, 7 months ago on First Batch Of Google Glass Said To Be Built In California