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Fan-made Pre ad gets the point, why can't Palm? (video) (Engadget)

Mar 26th 2010 5:34AM @pmaster500 Car ads that appeal to men are distinctly different from car ads that appeal to women. You probably only remember the car ads that appeal to men, which usually features, um, lots of driving.

Lots of car commercials have kids in there. Look at the recent Chevy ads - just two kids blowing bubble gum in backseat. Why? They want families to buy cars. Not single lonely men who tries to get girls.

Fan-made Pre ad gets the point, why can't Palm? (video) (Engadget)

Mar 26th 2010 5:30AM It appeals to geeks who like a lot of things going on in their phone. Not much else.

How would you change HTC's Sense? (Engadget)

Mar 20th 2010 1:47AM HTC should stop fragmenting Windows Mobile and Android platforms. I prefer vanilla experience of WM and Android for 2 reasons:

1. HTC will never provide upgrade of Sense UI after I bought the phone, leaving my phone dated. And I will end up buying other widgets anyway.

2. Sense UI is never deep enough. Therefore, once the sugar coating fades off, all that was left is the fact the inner OS does not look as good. I'd rather be coherent that everything doesn't look good, than having a skinned home screen.

Microsoft: Windows Phone 7 series 'will not initially offer copy and paste,' case-specific actions integrated into OS (Engadget)

Mar 19th 2010 7:04PM @a dumb cat

Have you ever coded a textbox from ground up? That is, not just putting an box in your HTML, nor just dragging a textbox control over from the Visual Studio toolbar to the XAML. And if you can still follow me, what I meant is, to code a textbox from ground up including but not limited to:

- locating user's finger position
- decide the area and sensitivity of the rectangle for which text will be input
- trigger keyboard (animation, resize window correctly, system hooks, etc)
- lay out keyboard in a sensible manner
- finetune keyboard sensitivity
- intelligently detect user's words according to dictionary
- display text that is detected from the keyboard control
- display cursor in the correct position
- remember cursor position and insert text into the string where the cursor is
- remember the string that is input and send to other controls accordingly

Before you can code this whole thing in assembly in DOS, you don't really have the right to say it's "easy".

Windows Phone 7 Series' cutting room floor is an extravaganza of bright colors and chunky fonts (Engadget)

Mar 18th 2010 12:42AM @SoCoolCurt What I meant is, the phone doesn't come with anything that lets you theme it. Yes, you can download extra things to theme the OS - but that's out of the point.

Like iPhone, you probably just need to jailbreak it. Like Android, you probably just need to root it. Like WebOS, you probably just need to jailbreak it. Like Windows, you probably just need WindowBlinds to overwrite some system DLLs. Like Mac OS, you probably just need to hack it.

No systems mentioned above comes with theming that is more than switching wallpapers and colors. Only Android lets you switch the home screen.

Microsoft on copy and paste in Windows Phone 7 Series: 'people don't do that' (Engadget)

Mar 18th 2010 12:39AM @MBN: How does being 'less versatile' matter? Efficiency is the key here. Having a "Share" feature means that it's one-tap access, versus the many many steps I illustrated in my top post.

@asfdsad Yes, you can do that with the Fandango web page on Safari. But no, you cannot do cut and paste in the Fandango APP.

@Wolfticket That's the problem of order. If you want to only forward a part of an SMS, you might as well forward first then erase the parts you don't want to send.

@pp Yes, notetaking *is* an important reason why C&P needs to exist. Like I said, WP7S doesn't really need C&P "Except Microsoft Office." In this case, OneNote.

@Cy Starkman If there were C&P on mobile devices, I wish there is universal C&P for every text - so that we can, like you said, copy links from the app store, for example. So far no platforms had achieved that yet.

With that said though, the 3 usage cases at the top is a parady. Android can C&P, but it does it very, very clumsily - and can definitely have some streamlining like WP7S.

Windows Phone 7 Series' cutting room floor is an extravaganza of bright colors and chunky fonts (Engadget)

Mar 17th 2010 11:21PM @MMMM With that said, not even WM6.5 allows advanced skinning anyway, so why shall we except so much...?

As long as I can change that jarring blue to a jarring red, I should be fine, with my sunglasses on.

Windows Phone 7 Series' cutting room floor is an extravaganza of bright colors and chunky fonts (Engadget)

Mar 17th 2010 11:17PM @outlaw85 They all look really good.

However, it's pretty exactly the same as what we've got in the end, except all the features that is *impossible* to implement.

1. Large Photos:
There is no way (or would be a waste of CPU) to tell where the face is in a photograph. Even with automatic face detection, there will be chances that a photo has a lot of faces in it. Also, unless the contact uses Facebook, Outlook photos won’t stretch that large.

2. Different Font Weight for First and Last Name:
There is no way to tell if there's first and last name unless Outlook can tell if it's a person. And there's no way it can tell if it's a person. Would it "FACEbook", "BANKofamerica" or "TIMEOUTnewyork"? There's just no way to tell. Cut.

Take all of that out, what you get is the final design.

If Engadget love themes so much, let's see how many of the editors actually skin their Mac OS or Windows first. I doubt anyone moves beyond wallpaper, and perhaps the color of the windows, at most.

Microsoft on copy and paste in Windows Phone 7 Series: 'people don't do that' (Engadget)

Mar 17th 2010 11:07PM @Krag You shall listen to what the guy in the audio actually said before you think they are arrogant. It's a pretty logical conclusion. However, Engadget takes only one sentence and spin it like a tabloid.

And yep, I love spinning!

And you also might notice that most of the scenarios that both you and I mentioned can be rectified easily by good design:

Use Case 1: Send SMS to a phone number just received from another SMS.
- Have intelligent recognition of phone numbers in text. Click the number and show list of options related to phone numbers, like "Send SMS".

Use Case 2: Share phone number of a person to another person via SMS.
- Have intelligent recognition of phone numbers in text. Click the number and show list of options related to phone numbers, like "Send SMS".

Use Case 3: Send Maps search result to SMS.
- Add "Share" button in the Search Result's page

Your Use Case:
- Add "Share" button in Browser.
- Google Android's Browser has "Share Page" in its menu, apparently. No need to C&P.


Now here's a challenge:

All of you give me a scenario that you think it needs C&P, and I will bounce all of you back with a way that don't need C&P. Then we can sort this out by ourselves.

Microsoft on copy and paste in Windows Phone 7 Series: 'people don't do that' (Engadget)

Mar 17th 2010 10:48PM @69camaroSS "Except in Microsoft Office." and I definitely am not saying you don't need it. I'm just saying you don't need it in most cases, like, 90% of the time.

And even if a mobile device has the so-called "Copy and Paste", they ALL do it wrong. Want to copy and paste part of a Gmail in Android? Or copy showtimes on Fandango to an SMS on the iPhone? You wish you can!

Ideally, I would want every single piece of text can be copied and pasted, i.e. not just text in a textbox, but also text that is supposedly static, like every app in a web browser. Otherwise, there is no way to copy and paste text from, say, the Google Maps search results or Fandango showtimes I mentioned abpve.

By the way, it's an ironic contrast where "Copy and Paste" is the most essential feature in Courier. Everything is drag and drop (which is a kind of copy and paste) from one notebook to another, the web browser to the notebook, etc.