Most annoying mobile phone feature? Some clever person at Blackberry decided that the best way to handle a low battery would be….to terminate your phone call without any prior warning. Not even a minute or two to scramble for a charger, oh no. We have to preserve the battery so you can, er, read your emails?
Amazingly, there appear to be people who thing this is a good piece of design, and will tell you that you should check your battery before making a call. Thanks for the advice.
Fortunately I don’t totally rely on my Blackberry, and I have another phone that doesn’t think it knows what’s best for me,
In other news, Spotify still doesn’t work on my Windows 7 PC.
The South China Morning Post published this story in Saturday’s paper.
It includes the following two paragraphs:
Police said it appeared the couple had a good relationship but had been having arguments over a health issue involving the husband.
“He believed he had cancer even though tests showed he did not," an officer said. “We suspect he might have had some sort of psychiatric problem”.
You will note that the last sentence is repeated in extra large type, even though it is nothing more than speculation.
Then read the same story on their website, without the comments from police sources, and without the name of the man:
A 43-year-old man leapt to his death this morning after stabbing his wife while she was asleep at home in Tseung Kwan O – the second domestic violence case reported within 24 hours.
The woman, 39, was attacked by her husband shortly before 6am inside their 12th-floor apartment at Lohas Park on Wan Po Road.
The woman jumped out of bed and ran out of the apartment, but her husband chased her with a chopper in his hand, according to police.
She ran to the sixth-floor platform above the building’s car park and sought help from another person there, saying “My husband chopped me,” a police officer said. She suffered wounds to her head, face and hands.
The husband, who was following her, then jumped from the platform, the officer said, and was later found lying unconscious six floors down on the ground. The knife was next to him and had snapped in two. He was taken to Tseung Kwan O Hospital, where he was declared dead.
So why can they publish a reasonably responsible story on their website, but it becomes sensationalist nonsense once it gets into the printed newspaper?
This week Google finally made the Nexus devices available in Hong Kong - but at ridiculous prices. For example the Nexus 7 16gb Wi-Fi is HK$2398 (US$309), compared to the US price of US$229. The new Nexus 5 16gb is HK$3,198 (US$412) compared with the US price of $349.
Apple sell their devices in Hong Kong at the same prices as in the US.
Google Play now offer e-books in Hong Kong (from Tech in Asia). That’s the good news.
The bad news is that I can’t find a way to get it to display books in English only, so it’s a frustrating experience. As ever, not all titles are available, and whereas Amazon has a reasonable idea what I might want to buy, Google doesn’t:
Meanwhile, Amazon is still charging their US$2 penalty for non-US customers. Rumour has it that they drop it when Apple is competing with them in a territory. But not Google, apparently.
So the English Premier League is back on Now TV. It seems to be the pattern now for it to alternate between PCCW’s Now TV and Wharf Group’s Cable TV every three years.
Of course they charge you extra for the EPL. You might think that a Now Sports Megapack would cover everything, but rather than using the old channel numbers they have created new numbers (from 621 upwards) that are only available in the Super Sports Pack. And, yes, you need to subscribe for two years.
They also charge extra for Premier League TV, which is a 24 hour channel in English that is originated from the UK and available worldwide to all broadcasters who have EPL rights. One of the presenters is John Dykes, once of ESPN Star Sports. I have so far refused to pay for this because I objected to them quoting me a price for EPL coverage and then calling me a few days to ask for more money for one of the channels.
Good thing about Now TV? The video on demand service (which cable TV don’t have). They also claim to have “Super HD” but it seems that my existing decoder doesn’t support it - so again I would have to pay extra for that.
In other Now TV news, Eurosport is now available in HD, and they showed the recent US Open tennis. They also have English rugby league and French rugby union, cycling, and some odd bits of football.
Meanwhile, Goal TV has closed down. They stopped providing coverage of the Championship last season, but still had programmes from several club TV channels (Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona).
There was a letter in the SCMP from someone complaining that ITV Choice is no longer on Now TV. The only time I ever watched it was once when I was surprised to discover that it was available in a hotel in Bangkok, but the programmes were old and very second-rate. So, no big surprise that PCCW chose not to continue offering the channel.