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Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

ArtDent Re:Event Scheduling (139 comments)

G+ didn't have it at launch, but they added Events about a year in. It's awesome, with Google Calendar integration and even auto-backup photo sharing.

The problem, as always, is that most people don't use G+ and everyone uses Facebook.

about a month ago

Google ToS Change Means Your Photo Could Go In Ads

ArtDent Re:It isn't that bad (136 comments)

I believe it means adding a page for a product to one of your circles. If your privacy settings are such that other people would see what's in your circles, then the same people would be able to see your identity in such an ad.

1 year,7 days

BlackBerry 10 Review: Good, But Too Late?

ArtDent Re:Regarding the 'too late' part of the equation (184 comments)

Wasn't that what Nokia said? They threw away two years waiting on WP, and then found out that they're *still* competing with Sony, Samsung, Amazon, Asus, Acer, HTC and all the rest.

about a year and a half ago

Google Now Boasts World's No. 2 and No. 3 Social Networks

ArtDent Re:YouTube users now Google+ users (150 comments)

I'm not sure about this third-party report, but Google actually reports separate numbers:

- People who have Google+ profiles
- People who use Google+ features every month (including via other Google products)
- People who use the Google+ stream every month

At the beginning of December, those numbers were 500 million, 235 million, and 135 million (source: Given that we're now almost two months on from then, this new number (343 million) could be about right for those actually engaging with Google+, though not necessarily through

about a year and a half ago

Google's Nexus 4, 7, 10 Strategy: Openness At All Costs

ArtDent Re:Can recommend Nexus again. (359 comments)

I agree with you completely. The Galaxy Nexus was royally screwed up here in Canada, too. It wasn't available in the Play Store here. Samsung sold it through the carriers, but modified the firmware so that they, not Google, would be responsible for pushing updates. They behaved exactly as you would expect, introducing months of delay, and skipping several of the minor updates completely.

Of course consumers were never warned that they were buying anything other than "Pure Google", and many were rightly pissed. Their only recourse was to flash the original Google firmware, but that's not a reasonable thing to expect of the average consumer.

Watching it all, I was appalled. This wasn't the Nexus experience that I've been enjoying with my Nexus S. I'm so glad to see that Google was equally unimpressed. Verizon is out, Canada is back in the Play Store, and all's right with the world. And the price! Just wow.

Unless there's some giant hardware screw-up lurking, I will be recommending this phone to everyone. Alas, I fear that people won't understand the difference between an unsubsidized price and one that comes with thousands of dollars of contract commitment. $350 is more than $200, right?

about 2 years ago

Canadian Minister Mined Data To Target Email To Gay Voters

ArtDent Re:So... (145 comments)

Are you kidding?

The petition was five years ago. We have had two elections since then. Even though the same party won, this is a minister in a different government, twice removed.

And the supposed "reply" doesn't even address the particular case that was the subject of the petition, that of Nicaraguan refugee Alvaro Orozco.

about 2 years ago

Google's Nexus Tablet To Be Unveiled Next Week

ArtDent Re:7-inch? (198 comments)

A device that comes with thousands of dollars in carrier commitments does not cost $199.

about 2 years ago

Google's Nexus Tablet To Be Unveiled Next Week

ArtDent Re:7-inch? (198 comments)

"The definition of Retina Display..." Hahahaha, good one!

The definition of Retina Display is "the display on whatever new device Apple is launching."

Apple chooses different resolutions and densities for whatever reason (e.g. we still don't have a framework for resolution-independent graphics, so we're just going to double each dimension), and then calls the result Retina Display.

It's pure marketing BS.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Accuses Google of Violating Internet Explorer's Privacy Settings

ArtDent Re:So... (197 comments)

Wait, are you concerned with the privacy implications of +1 or are you bothered by the lack of -1? Pick one.

In any case, Google users get to choose whether they want to opt in or out of the service:

more than 2 years ago

Why Linux Is Good For Low-End Smartphones

ArtDent Re:Android is better (163 comments)

And by the time Nokia finishes yet another smartphone operating system (assuming they ever do -- abandoning part-way seems to be their forte), 600MHz and 128MB will be beyond low end.

Others are already eating their lunch on the low end with Android offerings. They hope to turn that around by taking on the expense of creating their own OS?

about 3 years ago

Google Deleting Private Profiles

ArtDent Re:Consciously opt out? (312 comments)

Time to stop using Google and their services altogether.

And Google is helping you get started by deleting your private profile.

more than 3 years ago

Developers Defecting From BlackBerry

ArtDent Re:Wait a second, (163 comments)

The simple solution?

Heh, yeah. You get on that. Let us know how it goes.

more than 3 years ago

Tom's Hardware Dissects Ubuntu 11.4's Interface and Performance

ArtDent Re:Also like Mac OS X... (272 comments)

Crap. My keyboard, which I love dearly, doesn't have a Windows key. Can this action be remapped easily or am I going to have to replace my keyboard to use Gnome 3?

more than 3 years ago

Motorola CEO Blames Open Android Store For Phone Performance Ills

ArtDent Re:They had the secret to Android success (384 comments)

This. A thousand times this.

If I was a Motorola customer or shareholder, I'd be calling for Jha's head. I'm neither, and there are plenty of other manufacturers putting out great Android wares to choose from, so I'm just pointing and laughing.

Goodbye Motorola, we hardly missed ye.

more than 3 years ago

Hands-on Face-off: IPad 2 V Motorola Xoom

ArtDent Re:Damn... (375 comments)

How does she do updates, for example, without a desktop or laptop running iTunes?

more than 3 years ago

Apple vs. Microsoft: a Tale of Two Mobile Updates

ArtDent Re:28 months of updates and they're still not happ (257 comments)

I dunno, but the Nexus One has received two major Android updates since its release just over a year ago. That's as many as any iPhone has ever received. And, they've both been at least as significant as any iOS update.

It's not clear to me why iOS's slower update cycle is anything to brag about.

more than 3 years ago

Apple vs. Microsoft: a Tale of Two Mobile Updates

ArtDent Re:Precision (257 comments)

The Nexus one barely got 1 years of updates then OFFICIAL compatibility was dropped but you could get updates by rooting. Apple has been providing updates for 3 years for each of the iPhones before they become End of life, then users are left with Jailbreaking to get more features.

1. Gingerbread just rolled out to Nexus Ones in the last couple of weeks.
2. That's the second major update the Nexus One has received in a little over a year since it was released. That's already as many as any iPhone has ever received.
3. No end to official Nexus One updates has been announced.
4. The iOS 4.3 update just released doe not support iPhone 3G (according to TFA), which is less than three years old.

more than 3 years ago

Watson Wins Jeopardy Contest

ArtDent Re:Underwhelming achievement (674 comments)

Correction: competitors must perform voice recognition or OCR to process the clues. The clues are displayed and read, and the contestants are free to ignore either form, if they wish. Similarly, Watson could have had a camera trained on the monitor and performed OCR on the clue. But, given that OCR has been done brilliantly by computers for years now, would adding that into the mix have made much difference at all?

Regarding ringing in, the contestants also get a signal indicating when they can do it, but it's visual. It would have been easy enough to add another camera trained on the light, but why bother?

The engineers involved were trying to solve the interesting problems. Delivering input to each contestant in the most convenient form doesn't seem like much of a concession.

more than 3 years ago



ArtDent ArtDent writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ArtDent (83554) writes "Wii launched in North America on Sunday!

With about 10 times as many units available as there were for the PS3 launch, no one was expecting the riots, shootings, or overly inflated resales that accompanied Sony's Friday launch. Still, hundreds of people lined up in numerous locations, and sell-outs were experienced in some stores.

Popular Science tried to carefully disassemble a Wii, but ended up breaking the optical drive in the process. They took some great photos, nonetheless. Meanwhile, the folks at took a more direct approach."


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