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Member since Sep 2010 • Last active Sep 2020
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    Right, so they'd require vendors to have to have apple specific software that would break existing compatible payment methods then?

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    Retailers desperately do want mobile payments to work, and the catch is that they will only accept 1 or 2 systems. There is only the surface area near tills, only the connectivity, and only the budget for 1 or 2 systems.

    For a long time we're going to have places accept just Apple devices... and those retailers are going to have valued customers feel negatively towards the retailer for treating them as 2nd class customers. And this will work in reverse too... Android solutions will emerge very fast, and probably based on the NFC tech that is already proven and that has already rolled out over the past couple of years.

    I could be wrong here, but isn't apple pay meant to work with standard contactless readers, as in the ones that are already popping up around the UK to work with the new generation of contactless cards that banks are now issuing? If so thats something that android can already interact with, but it seems to have been held back somewhat in the uk by carriers and banks wanting to control this by making users go through their own apps such as http://explore.ee.co.uk/cashontap. This was meant to get better with host card emulation that was included with kitkat but there seems to have been little said about it in the uk since it introduction. So I could be completely wrong, but in theory android should be able to interact with the same readers that apple pay can do, but the lack of apps to do this through is the main thing holding it back. So in theory apple's influence should hopefully lead to more contactless readers being installed around the uk which is a good thing for pretty much everyone with an nfc enabled phone as soon as the right apps arrive on other platforms

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    No problem, does seem like they're trying to hide it though, putting it right down at the bottom of the menu with a load of stuff most people will probably never touch!

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    Towards the bottom of the main settings menu there should be a date and time section (under the system subheading), options to change the time will be there

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    No Liggett destroying it either. Good stuff.

    Was watching the other day, and I was pretty impressed with the commentary.

    Although it might just have been the fact they managed no to keep repeating the same phrase every 5 minutes...

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    From ebay finds

    Specially made as I'm 6'4" but wanted the light weight and stiffness of a small bike

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    BTW... to the celebration of all... if the queue of user changes has calmed down... I'm doing to make a typographic test suite and then much with the styles to look at reducing the font by a step

    To go against the grain of all the 'I hate change' posts, I really like the new fonts, especially when viewing on a bigger screen, its nice to finally have actual readable line lengths rather than the several hundred characters per line on the old forum. I say make them wait a month, and by then they'll all have forgotten and be bitching about something else...

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    Author of the Chrome extension here. Let me know if you just find it useful or if you have any other feedback or wishlist.

    (No Firefox version I'm afraid; I just don't use that browser.)

    Hide running would be great!

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    I think if theres one thing thats missed in the debate about designers and bikes, its the fact that essentially the bike industry has is own quite specific aesthetic. I know when I started riding again a few years back everything I liked and wanted to own, I would definitely consider complete anti now - if you think about it, lots of the bright colours you see on shit like creates could be at home in other areas, but when you try and throw that kind of thing at a bike it simply doesn't work.

    This is really evident when you then see well respected designers try there hand at designing a bike eg.

    by Yves Behar

    or

    by Philippe Starck

    Both well respected designers (admittedly Starck is a bit of an aestheticist, and I'm not really a fan, but he's definitely not a student playing around with ideas and trying to capture peoples attention) who have successfully designed and developed products for a range of different industries. It seems over the length of time one of these projects takes to put together, people can struggle to get a proper grasp for the aesthetic trends that the bike industry is driven by.

    I'm a recent industrial design graduate myself, and I've always said that I'm staying the fuck away from designing bikes, unless I'm working directly for a bike company, simply because of all the shit that well respected designers keep turning out.

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    ^^ Don't forget there are cobbles as well that really won't suit him. I say send him to the Vuelta next - strong shot at two grand tour wins in his first year of team leadership at the age of 24 is hardly shabby. Then prepare him for a full on tour assault next season.

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