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Re: Moving forward?
Monday, 11:16 PM
in the Article: New Universal USB Connector Revealed forum

I don't actually think that this is an 'advance', the fact that USB cables have to be inserted in a particular way was done on purpose, they could have made it reversible at any time, they chose not to do so because requiring that the cables be inserted with a particular orientation helps to ensure that the port and the cable don't wear out too quickly.

So everyone gets unlimited everything now?
Monday, 11:01 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Kills Overage Charges, Challenges Others to Follow forum

Isn't that what it means if they no longer charge overage fees?

Re: Not being reversible is a feature not a bug
Monday, 7:30 PM
in the Article: New Universal USB Connector Revealed forum

That's an extremely bizarre response to my comment pointing out the fact that USB not being reversible was done intentionally and that the lack of reversibility serves an important purpose.

Re: check earlier
Sunday, 12:07 PM
in the Article: Google to More Proactively Scan Apps for Malware forum

The entire point of malware is that it is hidden, if malware was easy to find it wouldn't be the problem that it is.

Why are we pretending to be surprised that
Saturday, 11:37 AM
in the Article: BlackBerry CEO Clarifies Stand on Handset Biz forum

They would sell more Blackberry 7 devices than Blackberry 10 devices? Blackberry 7 devices are cheaper, you can get a Blackberry 7 device free with contract, Blackberry 10 costs $199, or at least did when first released. And Blackberry 7 still has more apps available. Blackberry 10 is great, but I'm not surprised that the platform which is cheaper and has more apps available is still selling more, why is anyone else?

Not being reversible is a feature not a bug
Saturday, 11:06 AM
in the Article: New Universal USB Connector Revealed forum

The fact that standard USB is not reversible but needs to be inserted in a particular way is not a bug but a feature. This was done intentionally because it helps to ensure that the port, and USB cable don't wear out faster, why would they get rid of this important feature just to copy Apple? It's absurd.

Frankly it's ridiculous
Apr 3, 2014, 10:02 PM
in the Article: Microsoft Drops Licensing Fees for Windows Phone forum

Steve Jobs spends years talking about how Apple will never make a 7 inch tablet because 7 inch tablets are stupid, then Android steps in and offers excellent 7 inch tablets which outsell the iPad, and so Apple responds with the iPad Mini and everyone says 'oh wow, a brilliant innovation, Apple has done it again'..... But Microsoft finally wises up and decides to offer Windows free to OEM's to put on phones and tablets, in order to make ...

Re: LOLZ
Apr 3, 2014, 9:58 PM
in the Article: Sprint's Spark Phones Don't Support Simultaneous Voice/Data forum

Have you ever actually TRIED holding a phone to your ear with one hand and trying to do a search on a tablet with the other? It's not exactly a trivial exercise.

Re: LOLZ
Apr 3, 2014, 9:54 PM
in the Article: Sprint's Spark Phones Don't Support Simultaneous Voice/Data forum

The more important point is being able to receive a call while using data....say you're listening to Pandora, then a call comes in, does the phone ring or not? If the phone can't do calls and data at the same time, then you might not be able to get the calls you need. This is, in the words of Joe Biden, 'a big effing deal'.

Re: Or some might say...
Apr 3, 2014, 1:32 PM
in the Article: Microsoft Drops Licensing Fees for Windows Phone forum

Desperation? You mean like Apple releasing the iPad Mini because lost cost Android tablets were outselling the iPad? Android is free to OEM's, thus no one is going to pay to make a Windows tablet if they can make an Android tablet free of charge. It's only common sense to not shoot yourself in the foot by making your product more expensive than it needs to be,

Re: Much needed product category
Mar 31, 2014, 12:36 AM
in the Article: BlackBerry to Target CEOs with High-End QWERTY Phones forum

Steve ]obs? I thought you were dead! :o

Re: Much needed product category
Mar 30, 2014, 12:49 PM
in the Article: BlackBerry to Target CEOs with High-End QWERTY Phones forum

I think the lack of a physical keyboard is up there with non-removable batteries and the lack of an SD card slot as hardware changes that were imposed by OEM's against the wishes of consumers. Some of us can still remember that when the first 'Droid' phone was released on Verizon in 2009 the fact that it had a slide out, physical keyboard was one of the main selling points, and when they surveyed people who ...

Re: Leave it to Microsoft
Mar 30, 2014, 12:44 AM
in the Article: Dell, Microsoft Agree to Android, Chrome Licensing Terms forum

That's likely because Google will claim that they receive no revenue from Android (a blatant lie) and thus going after the OEM's is easier than trying to get Google to be honest about its finances. At any rate, this is a traditional business lawsuit, lawsuits as a part of normal negotiation process for licensing fees...this is how companies have traditionally acted, Microsoft isn't trying to follow Apple's scorched Earth policy and demand that these products be pulled from ...

Re: I don't say it often, but
Mar 30, 2014, 12:39 AM
in the Article: Court Sides with BlackBerry, Agrees to Typo Ban forum

Heck, the people behind Typo don't even try to hide the fact, it is being explicitly marketed as a way to turn your iPhone into a Blackberry....

Re: Sprint
Mar 28, 2014, 10:54 AM
in the Article: AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Earns KitKat Update forum

Leaks are your friend....I'm sure you can get it online somewhere....

Re: Leave it to Microsoft
Mar 27, 2014, 2:14 PM
in the Article: Dell, Microsoft Agree to Android, Chrome Licensing Terms forum

If Google is violating Microsoft patents, a ruling which has been upheld by the courts, then yes it is right for Microsoft to request licensing fees. Google doesn't get to weasel out of licensing fees just by making a product free.

Re: sprint employees
Mar 24, 2014, 11:24 AM
in the Article: Sprint Cutting Repair and Call Service Jobs forum

I wish it really was an issue of 'fewer inbound calls', but I don't believe that.....I am currently working as a wireless rep at Walmart, which means that I call each carrier multiple times every day on behalf of customers, and the wait times for Verizon and Sprint are much, much worse than the wait times for at&t. The only thing worse than Sprint, as far as wait time to talk to a representative is concerned, is Tracfone, ...

Re: Good thing I'm on Sprint
Mar 21, 2014, 4:23 AM
in the Article: Boost and Virgin to More Stringently Throttle Data Hogs forum

You mean actually believe transparent lies about 'unlimited' usage? Try streaming Netflix and running Pandora in the background at the same time 24/7, see how long it takes Sprint to do something about it.

Re: If I buy it at full retail...
Mar 20, 2014, 4:20 PM
in the Article: AT&T Reveals Samsung Galaxy S5 Launch Details forum

You can get it unlocked but not immediately. My question is if you don't want to be on at&t, why would you get the at&t version? Buy the unlocked version and don't worry about it.

Re: If I buy it at full retail...
Mar 20, 2014, 1:59 PM
in the Article: AT&T Reveals Samsung Galaxy S5 Launch Details forum

60 days? I seem to remember it was 90 days, I guess they've been loosening the restrictions recently.

Re: Another increase?
Mar 20, 2014, 1:56 PM
in the Article: Pandora to Raise Fees In May forum

So does Slacker, but Slacker is nevertheless a Pandora competitor.

Re: If I buy it at full retail...
Mar 20, 2014, 1:54 PM
in the Article: AT&T Reveals Samsung Galaxy S5 Launch Details forum

If you buy it outright you should not have any problem getting the unlock code, provided you have been a customer for a certain length of time, the phone hasn't been reported stolen, and are not past due on your account.

Re: Another increase?
Mar 20, 2014, 11:35 AM
in the Article: Pandora to Raise Fees In May forum

Given how cheap Pandora still is compared to the competition, and the fact that they still aren't profitable, I don't think that they are charging enough. Competitors like Spotify charge $9.99 a month or more.

The Main Problem is actually the phone, not the user
Mar 20, 2014, 11:33 AM
in the Article: Boost and Virgin to More Stringently Throttle Data Hogs forum

Android and iOS are at fault, here, not the user. Android in particular is a major data hog. The amount of data it uses in the background without your doing anything, is ridiculous. When I got my Galaxy Nexus, I used up more than 200 GB in three days just because of all the stuff that Android does in the background without user interaction. In particular, Google Play will automatically update your ...

Re: Awesome update
Mar 20, 2014, 10:57 AM
in the Article: BlackBerry 10.2.1 Available to Verizon BB10 Devices forum

I installed 10.2 back in December from one of the leaked builds made available at Crackberry. It really is an excellent update, lots of new features, improved performance and bug fixes. If and when at&t releases the 10.2 update, I'll install their version, but right now I'm quite happy with the leaked version.

Re: Good for T-mo
Mar 17, 2014, 12:28 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Files Cease and Desist Against Verizon Over Ads forum

To say that it is the same thing they've been saying for years is simply to say that they've been lying for a long time.

Re: Good for T-mo
Mar 16, 2014, 12:18 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Files Cease and Desist Against Verizon Over Ads forum

It's true that 90% or more of advertising spin is exaggerated, made up or distorted. A few years ago, at&t ran ads bragging that at&t has 'fewer dropped calls than any other carrier'....this was based on ONE SURVEY done by ONE COMPANY based on one day of monitoring, and it is not reasonable to build an entire advertising campaign around a single data point, especially when the company that conducted the survey itself said that at&t's ads were misleading. Every company ...

Re: Good for T-mo
Mar 15, 2014, 1:57 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Files Cease and Desist Against Verizon Over Ads forum

Pay all of Verizon's attorney fees? This is America, we don't have a 'loser pays' rule here. And all attempts to create even a modest 'user pays' rule have been blocked by the trial lawyers who worry (correctly I think) that with loser pays people would file far fewer lawsuits and there wouldn't be as much need for trial lawyers.

Re: Good for T-mo
Mar 15, 2014, 1:54 PM
in the Article: T-Mobile Files Cease and Desist Against Verizon Over Ads forum

The problem with the Verizon ads is far more subtle than this... The problem is that even though the ads clearly say '4G LTE'.....they don't exactly try to make the distinction between LTE, 3G and Edge, so people who aren't familiar with the technical aspects of the issue, which is probably about 90% or more of the audience, are left with the impression that the maps shown are the TOTAL coverage....sure, to those who know the difference, the distinction is ...

Re: Apple surely invented:
Mar 15, 2014, 1:49 AM
in the Article: Apple Halves iPhone Return Window, Now 14 Days forum

:D Well, the point was to mock Apple people's claims of how great the Mac is by saying that they are claiming that the Mac has achieved a kind of sinless perfection.... :D Although sometimes I like to mock the Apple faithful by saying 'if the Mac is as great as you think it is, how come they keep coming up with new versions?" If it really is as perfect as they claim, why are upgrades necessary? ...

Re: So what happens when...
Mar 15, 2014, 1:45 AM
in the Article: Europe Mandates Interoperable Charger for Phones, Tablets forum

That's actually a huge benefit....Blackberry is ahead of the curve (no pun intended :lol:) on this one as I am still using the charger from the 9800 Torch I got in 2010 for the Z10, they are totally compatible, and you can also use the Playbook charger as well....all Blackberry devices have used the same charger since 2010....

Re: So what happens when...
Mar 14, 2014, 2:53 PM
in the Article: Europe Mandates Interoperable Charger for Phones, Tablets forum

The point of the legislation is not so much as to force one specific standard as it is to say that there has to one standard that everything uses so that consumers don't have to buy 50 different chargers for 50 different devices because each one uses a different kind of port, and they don't have to worry about tracking down exactly the right kind of charger, and retailers can just stock one kind of charger and not to ...

Re: I didn't know..
Mar 14, 2014, 1:38 PM
in the Article: Aio Wireless Brand to Be Abandoned in Favor of Cricket forum

It is stronger than Aio Wireless, which is a brand that has gone nowhere since it was introduced.

Re: Apple surely invented:
Mar 14, 2014, 1:07 AM
in the Article: Apple Halves iPhone Return Window, Now 14 Days forum

When I was an undergraduate, I was (briefly) a computer science major, and we used to constantly mock Apple and the Mac, his was back before Steve Jobs return when Apple was even lamer than it is now, and was known and widely mocked in the media for a string of failures such as the Newton, and yet Apple people were still insisting that the Mac was perfect and one never has any problems with it......so we used to ...

Re: Good for T-mo
Mar 14, 2014, 12:50 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Files Cease and Desist Against Verizon Over Ads forum

Well I remember the ads comparing Verizon's 3G network to at&t's and how badly misleading they were. In particular they were misleading in one very important way: color. The fact that red is a darker color than blue means that even if the maps were the exact same size, the red map would still seem more 'full' compared to the blue one. People see darker colors 'easier' than they see lighter ones.

Re: The truth hurts
Mar 14, 2014, 12:46 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Files Cease and Desist Against Verizon Over Ads forum

HSPA+ is the 'next generation' in networks after 3G, carriers needed some way of announcing to consumers that their networks were now faster and better than they used to be, and since there is no way people will understand 'HSPA+' or any technical explanation of the difference between HSPA and HSPA+, just dubbing it '4G' is the only reasonable marketing term to use. I mean, I suppose that they could run 30 minute infomercials where an engineering ...

Re: Data throttle
Mar 14, 2014, 12:37 AM
in the Article: Straight Talk Now Selling Nano SIM Cards forum

I believe it is actually 2 GB at 4G speed and then 2G speed for the remainder of the billing cycle. Throttling seems to me to be the fairest and most reasonable approach to the whole 'excessive data usage' problem. The other alternatives being charging an overage fee or cutting you off completely....both far more annoying than a simple reduction in speed.

Re: Aio to the landfill
Mar 14, 2014, 12:33 AM
in the Article: FCC Approves AT&T's Purchase of Cricket with Conditions forum

Only the Aio name, nothing else. And since Aio didn't seem to be going anywhere, and with the T-Mobile logo lawsuit, big changes were coming anyway.

Re: I can't get behind this guy
Mar 14, 2014, 12:31 AM
in the Article: SoftBank CEO Critical of U.S. Wireless Market forum

How do you expect the CEO of a major corporation to sound if not confident to the point of 'blind optimism'? He has to sound upbeat and optimistic, trying to put a positive spin on everything, or else the investors could bolt. CEO's sounding ridiculously optimistic to the point of delusion is situation normal.

Re: Or you can buy a Nexus or iPhone
Mar 11, 2014, 5:05 PM
in the Article: Samsung Says Galaxy S5 Packed with Freebies forum

'Bloatware' is any software which comes pre-installed, can't be removed, and which most users never use. And by that definition, both Nexus phones and the iPhone are positively loaded with bloatware. Nexus phones are loaded up with tons of Google services that no one ever uses, and the iPhone is loaded with stuff like Apple Maps, the weather app, the compass, iMessage, Facetime etc etc etc If these things are so fantastic than surely they don't ...

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