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Comment Re:Microsoft... (Score 1) 291

I regularly use Zipcars around Atlanta. They have a mix of Ford Escape and Focus, Mazda, Honda, BMW, Mercedes, Subaru. I get to try out the Bluetooth connectivity in all of them. I've never had an issue with the Ford or Mazda models, they work great and once paired, as soon as I get back into the car and start it, the Bluetooth connection is ready to stream music, all call functions, etc. The BMW, Mercedes, and Subaru work nicely, as well, though it amazes me that BMW puts Bluetooth into a $40K+ vehicle standard, but to use audio streaming you'd have to pay extra (which Zipcar doesn't). The cars that just have completely crappy Bluetooth systems is Honda. I have yet to find a Honda vehicle that will reliably connect with Bluetooth on either my LG V10 or my HTC One M8. They refuse to pair, giving various errors or pairing but not actually working. Maybe Honda makes their systems only work with Apple products (a friend's iPhone pairs and works with them) but they don't advertise as being Apple-only, and Bluetooth should work on any system. So, now I avoid using any Honda in Zipcar's inventory.

Comment Huh? (Score 2) 311

"More likely is that the lack of a headphone jack on the iPhone -- and increasingly, on Android phones as well..." OK, what Android phones DON'T have an audio jack? Maybe some obscure brand/model nobody has ever heard of, but on every Android phone I see being sold by T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and everybody else, there is an audio jack. So why the "and increasingly, on Android phones as well"? As to BT headphones, I've yet to find one I'd use. I've bought many of them, from expensive Bose, Beats, Sennheiser, on down. Every one of them has the same problem: dropouts. Annoying frequent audio dropouts unless I hold my phone right up next to them, which defeats the purpose. And this is with several models of phones from various manufacturers. BT works great for car audio system, but for headphones, a big NOPE. Give me a good wired model.

Comment Why? (Score 4, Insightful) 157

WTF is congress getting involved in what a PRIVATE company is doing? Are they going to investigate Fox News? Or Brietbart? Or Newsmax? So-called "conservatives" can be the most whiny bunch of children in the universe. They spend all their time dictating how people can go to the bathroom or what devices can be shoved up a woman's hoohaa, then whine that the big bad liberals aren't letting them speak.

Comment Is this the one? (Score 1) 57

I'm looking forward to testing one of these. Over the years, my primary phone has always been an HTC. I had a T-Mobile DASH (an HTC made Blackberry clone running Windows Mobile 6.x), MyTouch 3G Slide, MyTouch 4G Slide, One M7, and One M8. The M9 just wasn't a worthy phone, IMO, so I went with the LG V10. The LG phone is very nice, but I really miss how seamlessly smooth HTC's Sense UI pairs with Android. I want a new HTC, but I won't settle for second-best. I hope the 10 delivers.

Comment There's already incompatibility (Score 1) 412

Many high-end "mobile" earphones are "IOS"-centric, in that their control buttons or microphone will only work with IOS devices. While the earphones will work with Android, the buttons for volume or skip won't work. I see this so many times on Sennheiser and other high-end products. They don't make Android-compatible controls, only IOS. Thankfully, BlueTooth is, for the most part, OS-agnostic, so the buttons function as they should regardless of device.

Comment So another "Hailo"? (Score 2) 155

There was already an app called "Hailo" that tried using regular taxis, but summoned with an app like Uber/Lyft. It sucked. I tried it several times here in Atlanta and all it did was confirm how totally abysmal is taxi service here. Three times I tried using a typical ride that I make with Uber. All three times were a lesson in futility. Average Uber response time is 4 minutes. Shortest Hailo time to get a taxi was 12 minutes, with the other two approaching 20 minutes. Cost of Uber rides was always about $6.50. Lowest Hailo cost was $11, and the driver was pissed that I didn't tip him. Sorry, you deliver inferior service, you lose.

Comment derpderpderp (Score 1) 302

I see the anti-Uber hivemind is strong on /. now. Forget the fact that in the cities in which Uber operates, the CUSTOMERS have overwhelmingly chosen Uber over traditional taxis for a damn good reason: service and cost. But, since traditional taxi companies don't want to compete on those, they resort to legislative solutions to eliminate the competition. And the shills and their easily-duped followers are more than happy to beat the drums for more and more regulations. Good job, Kansas! Maybe the buggy-whip makers still have a chance there!

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