Friday 28 June 2013 @ 10:32 pm
Looks like the new OS10 has changed nothing for BlackBerry and the Canadian firm continues to rack up huge losses. It’s not hard to see why either, the new OS is rubbish. BlackBerry used to be the phone for the discerning professional, a proper messaging tool for grown ups that did everything quickly, efficiently and without fuss.
With the advent of touchscreens phone however, BlackBerry decided to chuck away everything that made the platform so good and replace it with a dreadful gesture based swipe heavy OS that’s about as intuitive as a Japanese game show. In a cack handed attempt to attract a few more punters with social media friendly “features”, BlackBerry seemed to have forgotten that people buy BlackBerry’s because they are BlackBerry’s and excel at messaging, not because they want to check their shitty Facebook with a touch screen mobile.
And let’s not forget the hardware which is overpriced and has ditched the proper hardware call and end buttons together with the ultra useful optical trackpad. Incredibly, the new handsets still omit basics like a proper FM radio. Oh, and you still can’t silence the shutter noise which just comes across as plain arrogance.
Quite frankly, other than proper push email, which you have to pay for anyway, there’s absolutely no compelling reason to buy a new OS10 handset. And that’s sad for a company which used to make by far the best business oriented mobiles.
Monday 17 June 2013 @ 10:26 pm
With the conflict in Syria showing no signs of resolution, gormless Prime Minster David Cameron has argued the case for arming the bloodthirsty rebel fighters with arms.
Apart from the fact that the rebels are a bunch of fanatical, rabid, inhumane, extremist, backward country hick savages with strong links to the Wahabi nutcases in Saudi who are sponsoring their effort, idiot Cameron doesn’t seem to realise that Syria has nothing to do with the UK and even if it does, he has already decimated our armed forces in favour of throwing money at the EU, welcoming asylum seekers with a bounty of benefits and refusing to curtail the Department for Pointless Frippery otherwise known as the Department for International Development.
Putin quite rightly slapped down Cameron by warning the Eton Toff that the rebels are carrying out acts of atrocity far worse and in excess of anything that President Bashir is doing. And I don’t believe for one moment that there is compelling evidence of chemical weapons being used against the rebels. This all sounds horribly familiar to the trumped up dossier of lies that Tony BLiar peddled as a precursor to invading Iraq.
With both the US (who else?) and their loyal lapdog the UK willing to arm these so called rebels, and Russia and China ranged on the other side with President Assad, the Syrian conflict has wider repercussions but that’s still no excuse for the UK to go meddling into foreign affairs that don’t concern us. What annoys me the most though is how spineless wimp Cameron dare not stand up the bloated and corrupt EU yet can’t wait to meddle in Syria in a vain attempt to appear a Big Man on the world stage much like his hero Tony Blair. The whole thing stinks but then again, what do you expect from a gormless Prime Minister who, exactly like BLiar, has absolutely no intention or past precedent of serving the country in the interests of the electorate.
Monday 10 June 2013 @ 10:26 pm
With the announcement of the new Xbox One, greedy bastards Microsoft have, at a single stroke, driven away hordes of gamers through the new creepy, snooping, always-on offering, complete with shitty Kinnect that monitors and listens to everything you do even when switched off. And if that wasn’t enough to drive you away, the declaration that everything is DRM enabled, kept in the useless “cloud” with connectivity required at least once every 24 hours for activation, meaning no second hand games market unless you pay Microsoft, along with the obscene price tag of £430 and Microsoft giving all your data to the NSA will ensue this lame ass big ugly box of total bullshit will be dead before it’s even been launched.
Never mind the fact it also looks hideous and seemingly has transformed into some all-singing, all-dancing entertainment bag ‘o shite that just happens to play games, by monitoring everything you do via Kinnect, Microsoft will soon be bombarding you with adverts, commercials, “premium” services and other bollocks when all you want to do is sit down and play games offline with your mates. Only you can’t do that either because Xbox insists the console has to be connected online at least once every 24 hours to work.
That conveniently ties in with the intrusion of having an always-on Xbox camera pointing at you 24/7, recording everything you say and watching everything you do. Try turning the sensor away and the Xbox One shuts off. And don’t let Microsoft try to persuade you otherwise, the recent NSA scandal has revealed that Microsoft have long been in cahoots with the NSA willingly handing over data and working on spying technology.
So, if you want a big black ugly Big Brother device watching your every move and reporting it back to the US government, or you’re after a console where the hardware manufacturer decides what you can and can’t do with your games, and you’re happy to fork out £430 for the privilege, then please join the queue marked “Gullible Ignorant Fool”. The rest of us will be standing in line to buy a PS4 or Wii U.
Nice one Microsoft, another fuck-up to add to the collection.
Thursday 6 June 2013 @ 10:25 pm
As a self-confessed BlackBerry fan, I still can’t decide whether or not a cross platform BlackBerry Messenger is a good idea.
BBM is a compelling value proposition for owning a BlackBerry and the best instant messenger by a huge, huge mile. In comparison, WhatsApp is OK but it’s generally a buggy, battery draining bloat-fest that has gained traction purely by being cross platform compatible. BBM not only blows it away in terms of reliability, functionality, scalability, ease-of-use, flexibility and security, it takes the blown up WhatsApp pieces, smashes it into smaller smithereens and feeds them to the mangy pigeons in Trafalgar Square.
That leaves Viber which seems marginally less buggy but at least is free. Like WhatsApp though, it relies on exposing your phone number so forget any idea about security or unwanted spam.
On the one hand, BlackBerry are stupid by releasing BBM on other platforms because it neatly removes at a single stroke, the sole USP for owning a BlackBerry in the first place. A lot of people buy a BlackBerry solely for BBM and the bullet-proof email. Taking this way gives them no reason to buy a BlackBerry or stick with a BB handset.
On the other hand however, making BBM cross platform is a smart move because it means that those with a BB will no longer feel compelled to jump ship just so they can message other platforms for free. It might also attract newbies to BlackBerry who wanted a secure instant messenger par excellence but were put off by all their mates having Androids and iPhones.
I really don’t want to see BlackBerry handset’s disappear from the market, you can’t beat them for anything remotely message related. However, I can’t help feeling that BlackBerry deserve an Epic Fail for foisting the dreadful gesture driven OS 10 upon us and getting rid of the optical trackpad in a silly attempt to try and pick up a few crumbs in the useless touch-screen segment.