Tag: android

Why Do I Write What I Think About Technology?

Tomorrow the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be released to the public. For some reason Apple has never offered me the hardware to review ahead of a public launch, so I’ll be very close to the front of the line. After the purchase I’ll start reviewing the handset online, with my first impressions at the end of the day and a more refined review a week or two later. Thinking about how to review the device has sent me down an interesting mental path, partly because of the reaction to the existing coverage of the iPhone 7 and

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Project Ara and the dream of a modular pocket computer

Google’s Project Ara is no more. The failure of Ara shouldn’t be seen as the inability to make a modular smartphone where users can replace parts (after all, Fairphone seem to be doing rather well with Fairphone 2… I just wish the team would hurry up and get Sailfish running on the Dutch handset). Ara’s cancellation feels like the realisation of Android’s commercial nature. Modular smartphones are not going to be as efficient as custom-built sealed units. The software cannot be tightly optimised around specific hardware, the modular components require connectors to a central spine, they’ll need to be larger

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Trivial Posts #5: Making Rent, Listening To The Fall, And Lego Diamonds

Welcome to 2015, and welcome to the first ‘Trivial Posts’ of the New Year, as I bring together and week’s worth of  interesting posts, ideas, video clips, essays, images, and anything else that catches my eye on the Internet. Don’t forget to subscribe to the mailing list so you never miss anything trivial! Living With AirBNB How many people have looked at AirBNB, looked at a spare room, and thought that it can’t be that easy? Probably a lot more people than will read Rachel Signer’s thoughts on doing just that in a New York brownstone with two other flatmates looking to reduce the rent

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Samsung plans to return to profitability by using Nokia’s old strategy

Samsung’s profits are down (60% year on year for Q3), because nobody is buying their high-end models and the average selling price per handset is dropping. Its solution is to…. sell more low-end handsets and promote the Note 4 heavily. That would be the Note 4 that they had to cut the launch price of because of the competition from the iPhone 6 Plus. Samsung is doing the same thing Nokia tried (which failed), that Palm tried (and failed), that [the standalone] Motorola tried (and failed), that Ericsson tried (and failed). What makes the South Korean company think they’re any different?

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Reviewing the Samsung Galaxy S5

I’ve spent some time with the Samsung’s Galaxy S5 (and the Gear 2 smartwatch), and the three-part review can be found over on Forbes. Last year’s Galaxy S4 felt a safe bet of a device. It continued Samsung’s smartphone plans, and the familiarity helped the sales. Iterating the Galaxy S5 was the easy option that would ensure nobody’s job was at risk. Like a Ford pick-up truck, this smartphone is a workhorse that gets the job done. That approach trades the impact of a fashionable and cutting edge device, it trades away the idea that you are an innovator and

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Keylogging Android by design

Samsung are working on a service that allows application ‘a’ to receive the keystrokes from application ‘b’, ‘c’, ‘d’, etc (reports The Verge) so that application ‘a’ can be more contextually aware and deliver better search results and improved experiences. Automatically. I can’t see an issue with that at all. I’m sure everyone will be more than happy that Android will allow data to flow to apps, to servers outside of the handset, and be analysed and recorded, with nothing more than a security pop up at install. Nobody would ever leverage that for evil…

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