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Comment Re:le fantom demographique (Score 1) 174

I know many not so technically inclined people who don't hate either platform. In general they liked the uncluttered iphone 4(s) experience but then large screens were even more attractive. Those that I know who moved back did it not out of hate for Android, simply they liked the elegant usability of the iphone on a big screen. Also, in general friends did like the quality of the iphone photo camera.
So this is more detail about the people I know; I don't know about others but it is quite obvious in the metro that big 6Plus iphones have snatched back market share from big android phones.

Comment Re:They've been going about it wrong for years (Score 1) 202

>> Rolex makes some relatively cheap watches. The ones I've seen in shops (and therefore probably cheaper online) start at around £250. They are, however, monumentally ugly.

I think you must be mistaken. I am not aware of any even old and not fake Rolex in the price range of around £250. They start at a multiple of that.

Submission + - The French Scrabble champion who doesn't speak French (

Camembert writes: New Zealander Nigel Richards won the French language Scrabble world championship without knowing the language; rather he memorised the word list in 9 weeks.
While Richards was already 3 times champion in English this is still very impressive.
To me this also seems to indicate that being good at Scrabble is more a matter of being very good at the puzzle optimisation it requires, rather than to have a good grasp of language.
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Comment Another interesting rumor: the camera (Score 1) 191

Force Touch could yield to interesting app behaviour.
But I am more interested ln the expected camera improvements. Apple bought a company specialising in a new kind of multi sensor camera thet promises much improved picture quality, more so in low light and it could be used for 3d pictures.
i have the 6 plus which is already capable of surprisingly acceptable pictures, and if the low light quality still improves then the phone could convince me to leave my bigger gear more often at home.

Comment Re:three hundred dollars for a desktop speaker?? (Score 1) 104

$325 for good audio can be a sensible investment for the music loving computer user.
That is, if it is indeed good audio.
Instead of designer desktop speakers, I bought this at approx $400/pair inline retailer Price:
Bigger and uglier but musically quite satisfying and fun to edit my home movies on.

Comment A good initiative (Score 1) 98

When it was launched I found it more interesting than the watch which was presented at the same event. I also think that this initiative would not hace come from Jobs. And even habitually Apple bashing slashdotters must grudgingly respect that it is open source.
One of the research areas was particularly interesting: it was if I remember well a study about asthma symptoms, and the participants phone location was used together with a grid of a few 1000 air polluants sensors in New york city, to better find correlation.
With future generations of the Apple watch likely gaining in sensors (I read that they hired a guy who made a phd out of creating a non-invasive blood glucose sensor, for example), I can indeed imagine that more and more diverse research with 1000s of participants can become much more easy to realise.
Yes, cynical slashdotterd will perpetually try to focus on negative sides of anything Apple does, yet this is in my opinion a worthy service, one that we should rather be thinking about how to create valuable research with.

Submission + - Dark matter becomes less ghostly (

Camembert writes: Interesting article : dark matter has been caught interacting with the visible universe. Though it would need a new kind of particle that does not fit the standard model.

Comment Tempting, but I will wait for v2 (Score 1) 290

I experimented with it last friday. I thought that it looks and feels quite premium, more so than pictures suggest and more so than other smartwatches I briefly tried. The straps and bracelets are very well thought out. I expect it to inflict real pain on the quartz market, most of the fashion watches you see in malls, also Tissot and quartz Seikos.
For a v1 it is quite impressive but I will wait for v2. Apple is usually interesting in v1 and in v2 they make their products really mature. I do expect extra sensors (they hired people with phds on this subject), like blood sugar sensors. Health will become a killer app in the coming versions, which will drive mass adoption. All in my opinion of course. And there will be interesting competition coming.
While I expect it to kill most but the cheapest quartz watches, I also do expect the apple watch to increase interest in pure mechanical watches. Many young people do not wear a watch. I can see ever more powerful smartwatches to become popular with them, and because of that it wouldn't surprise me it becoming a gateway for mechanical watches to wear during dressed moments for example.
Again all in my opinion.
All in all I found it quite tempting.

Comment Re:What can it do? (Score 0) 94

Well, the fashion part is debatable. It has been featured in highly fashionable magazines a few times already, also worn on cover pages of fashion magazines. I expect that Apple's miss Ahrends is at least partly behind this. Yes, pushing the watch to become fashion, yet she was very successful in revitalising Burberry, she knows how to deal with the fashion market.

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