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GT sapphire glaziers: You signed WHAT deal with Apple?

alun phillips
FAIL

Just wasted five minutes hoping to learn something about why the deal with Apple caused grief, and if anything I am now less informed than before.

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Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

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Re: Zombies

Uh, you don't actually have to sleep to charge devices, if your pulling an all nights at your desk just plug it in.

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

alun phillips

Sticking with XP

As a business we have stuck with Xp, inspite of withdrawal of support, because an upgrade to win 7 would require replacement printers, and whilst 7 is supported by the main pharmacy software suppliers win 8.x isn't so there is no guarantee that any new printers would be supported going forward. So we'll stick until win 9 or 10 is adopted.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

alun phillips
Big Brother

the problem in a nutshell

Unless your email is explicit "Hey George w bush let's go an invade Iraq a week on Thursday I will supply the ground troops to soften up the palace guards, yours Tony Blair" it'll be missed completely unless the ip address is already flagged, in which case it would've been picked up anyway, data slurping of this magnitude will just overwhelm the system.

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alun phillips

Watching too much Yes. Minister

Maybe he's watched the ruinous retread

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Google in NOT EVIL shocker: Bins student email ad scanning

alun phillips
Alien

Privacy, schmivacy!

This is why I communicate purely using blind carrier pigeons, what they can't see they can't read, in a code known only to myself! Been a while since anyone replied though.

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

alun phillips

Re: OH NOES THINK OF THE CHILDREN

"Using your example it is like the car dealer charging £1500 for sat nav rather than the £200 a decent Tom Tom will cost..."

Someone's bought a BMW recently.

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Samsung brandishes quad-core Galaxy S5, hopes nobody wants high specs

alun phillips

Fingerprint scanner crap

It was a crap idea when ipaq did it and it still is now, I want a phone with more memory than my S3 and a better battery, seems someone was listening so I'm upgrading to the Xperia Z2 wouldn't touch this S3ss with a ten foot pole.

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Ditch your boring iPhone for a hot Android piece, says Google's TOTALLY UNBIASED Eric Schmidt

alun phillips

LG ignored?

Last time I checked LG where still manufacturing the nexus 5,so hardly ignored.

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Jobs' 'incredibly stupid' prattlings prove ebook price-fix plot, claim Feds

alun phillips
FAIL

Can only assume you dont buy second hand books

"On a paperback you print it with the price, so it's stuck at that price. eBooks however you can change dynamically as time goes by."

Many resellers charge less for common second hand books, and conversely rare / out of prints books can be sold for way in excess of the jacket price. The Jacket price is a suggested retail price if you don't want to pay what i charge then don't buy it, Same with ebooks

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US Ambassador plays Game of Thrones with pirates

alun phillips

Re: Just $2.99

I assume you aren't including the licensing deals to distribute it to other networks in that. I'm sure that GOT has broken even before you include streaming rights into the picture.

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alun phillips

Re: I want it NOW!

"But it's down to the the manufacturer of any product or service to set the price and as they're a business they'll charge what they think the market can bear."

That includes, the acceptance that it will be pirated, So they balance the price just low enough that piracy doesn't erode too much of their massive profits.

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alun phillips

Re: iTunes

But I don't have windows or MacOS or any apple devices

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Voda: Brit kids will drown in TIDAL WAVE of FILTH - it's all Ofcom's fault

alun phillips
WTF?

Re: buying phones offline

Carphone warehouse, phones4u, tesco, sainsburys, asda, argos etc all sell PAYG phones, although you may have to take out a £10 top up but no contract.

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SanDisk cops to malfunctioning Micro SDs in Galaxy S3s

alun phillips
FAIL

Anyone know what the problem is

I'd seriously love to know what the issue was/is with these cards, the actual information appears to be minimal and the story appears to be rehashed from the same sources. My main worry is when the fix was implemented and if it's likely to be affecting replacement cards?

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alun phillips
Unhappy

RMA'd

Yep, RMA'd mine it's funny the card still works when plugged into a pc, but when in my sgs3 I randomly find it remounting and scheduled tasks failing as there's no SD card available. Hoping retailer (a play marketplace seller) will step up to the base otherwise it's gonna be returned to Sandisk (at my expense) for replacement, which seems a little rich for a manufacturing fault.

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Android users: More of them than fanbois, but they don't use the web

alun phillips
Megaphone

Re: £36 and $65 contracts are the norm for iThingsies.

I believe the proper use for a phone may be given away by their name "PHONE", all the smart phone gubbins is a perk to us power users. Most of the iPhone users in work spend considerably more time on FB on their iPhones than I do on my android phone so yes they use the net more is that anything really to crow about?

Personally i select the best tool for the job, so if im doing intensive web search prior to buying something it's normally done via my pc.

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iPhone 5 tops benchmark chart

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FAIL

Re: Flawed

How pointless is that!, I would like a benchmark to reflect the user experience (at least partially) and to disregard the OS which may grind user experience to a halt seems ridiculous to me.

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alun phillips
Megaphone

XDA users that's who

Go over to XDA, and on most sub forums you can find users spending all day everyday whacking out benchmark and obsessing over the results, and how the latest update has them crying because they've lost a 100 points and now their phone is a pile of sh***.

Benchmarks are in essence an indicator of performance nothing more nothing less.

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Undervalued TiVo wins yet another legal battle

alun phillips
WTF?

Doesn't compute

I added TIVO to my virgin media account for the additional sum of £0.00, can you explain what this significant monthly fee i'm paying is?

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iOS 5's iMessage chops carrier SMS routing traffic

alun phillips
Megaphone

Whatsapp

We could text each other for free and it doesn't matter that I have a mere Android and you a (cr)Apple device, and again that includes MMS and all the other stuff

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Google tablet to tackle Kindle Fire not iPad

alun phillips
Facepalm

I must be an idiot then

I bought my android phone based on the fact that it was hackable and that I would be able to install an AOSP (android open source project) rom on it, and my wife a Hannspree Hannspad for the very same reason, granted I am not a standard consumer but I am a consumer none the less.

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Apple fined $1.2m for flouting Italian warranty law

alun phillips
WTF?

Tesco's?

@Metavisor Hell i'm gonna throw this in to muddy the water,

www.guardian.co.uk/money/2009/jun/05/consumer-rights-returned-goods

The EU directive apparently(?) says "All EU countries have to ensure a retailer could be held liable for all 'non-conformities' which manifest within two years from delivery. However, this is not a two-year guarantee (although eurospeak does not help by describing this as the 'legal guarantee'), because goods are not required, in law, to last for those two years."

So I suppose they could argue thats it's free of non-conformities, but just sh*t once the SOGA protection has expired, in the UK at least.

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Does your smartphone run Carrier IQ? Find out here

alun phillips
FAIL

Read your own title

I feel as the title says "find out here" it would be quite reasonable to find a list of devices, but no just a rehash of yesterdays story, way to go.

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BUSTED TWO: Carrier IQ monitor-ware on iPhones too?

alun phillips
Facepalm

Change your ROM

Metavisor, there is a way to remove carrier IQ, and all the other sh*T your carrier has foisted upon you ROOT and clean 'em out yourself or install a custom ROM. SImples!

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Kindle Fire: An open letter to Jeff Bezos

alun phillips
FAIL

Wow, and your surprised

The Fire always appeared to me to be a supercharged kindle, running a bastard offspring of Android. Which to my mind makes it too expensive if you want a cheap android tablet there are better alternatives if you want a better ereader there are better alternatives, so why anyone would buy one is a mystery to me?

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Farewell then, Sony Ericsson

alun phillips
FAIL

So How'd that work out then?

XCP? assume no one pirates sony artists any more?, removing other OS forced users who buy newer hardware, or where stupid enought to update it, to hack it to run anything other than official OS, The encryption key debacle? is this the one you meant? 46 DC EA D3 17 FE 45 D8 09 23 EB 97 E4 95 64 10 D4 CD B2 C2.

Public relations never Sony's strong points, suprised no hackers took umbrage at there behaviour...oh wait!

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Devs still frozen out of Android ice cream source

alun phillips
Linux

Give them a chance

The GPL requires the source code to be made available, which google have pledged to do. I can see that they are currently in breech of the GPL but it's the way they have always handled releases of Android, but at least they admitted that the HC source was never going to be officially released.

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CyanogenMod 7.1 brings 24 Android phones into fold

alun phillips
Holmes

RTFW

Instructions on the Wiki http://wiki.cyanogenmod.com/wiki/HTC_Ace:_Rooting_%26_CyanogenMod , at least for the Desire HD, go from first principles. IMHO if you don't find them instructive enough then flashing custom roms probably ain't for you.

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Got a non-iPad tablet? Weirdo

alun phillips

I don't get it

I like the idea of a tablet but can't justify spending more on a tablet than my wife's laptop cost (£350~) and for something with less functionality, that's why I plumped for a Hannspad at £150. But then I wouldn't spend £'s on a phone with less functionality than my HTC Desire HD either.

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Amazon Free Apps start to rile developers

alun phillips
Paris Hilton

Degrading quality?

I don't expect the quality of the aafaotd to degrade as it already fairly near the bottom, with the odd expception, but as they say no press is bad press and this particular dev , if the comments on his blog and elsewhere are to be believed, is selling a fair few copies on the back of this story.

Paris as she doen't give anything away for free

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Google activates half million Androids a day

alun phillips
Holmes

Sales V Activations

The reason for activations against sales, is an activation is in the hand of an end user a sale can be whatever you want it to be, just ask Steve Balmer.

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LulzSec disavows alleged Census hack

alun phillips
Big Brother

Census data

Who cares? it's all made publicly available eventually anyway isn't it

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NHS Trusts in the dark over CfH licence transfer

alun phillips
Windows

Tied into to MS

The specs for connecting to the NHS spine, which where worked out with partners including MS, insist that the machines are running windows. So that's linux ruled out there, in my experience the PCT's could all switch to Chrome without losing any functionality as they appear unable to send out word documents without gratuitous spelling mistakes and formatting errors so are shying away from anything complicated.

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Stealth-cam software snaps laptop looter

alun phillips
Mushroom

Sod the filth

You've got all this juicy info on him, ring him up tell him you've got his bank login details and if the laptop is not returned forthwith you'll be making a large withdrawal and then emailing all his contacts with the contents of his porn collection

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Google sued over – yes – Android location tracking

alun phillips
Thumb Down

You Guess again

Yes even with location off it knows, roughly, where you are as it's using cell towers to place you but it isn't storing the info or looking at wifi networks to improve accuracy.

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alun phillips
WTF?

But... WTF!

You have to agree for it to track you, if you later don't like the idea turn it off (Settings > location & Security > My location). So how you can sue because your phone is doing something you specifically agreed to is beyond me?

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Five amazing computers for under £100

alun phillips
Happy

Miss my 3c

Yes what a great product, I even bought one new for somewhere in the region of £400 not long after launch loved it until the dreaded screen cable gave out, sold it for £50 and even got £10 for the manual on ebay

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Ubuntu 'Natty Narwhal' breaks the surface

alun phillips
Linux

Contaminated with gnome shell you will be

Unity sits on top of gnome shell.

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Phone seller pre-peddles white iPhone 4 for UNDER A GRAND!

alun phillips
FAIL

Stock?!?

The lack of stock has never stopped Expansys listing items in the past and wont in the future, also bear in mind that their prices tend to be well above market if the stock ever materialises.

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How Nokia and Microsoft will carve up mobile services

alun phillips
FAIL

typo's?

Had I known AdMob was for sale for $750 or Quatro for $275 I might have taken a punt myself

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HP launches webOS products, but no ecosystem

alun phillips
FAIL

Oh my god, they killed Palm

So Palm is dead long live palm, I think these will go the way of HP's PDA's niche products used in a few industrial applications and then vanish off the face of the earth, my personal feeling is the biggest asset they bought with the acquisition was the Palm brand and that now been binned, way to go!

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Alan Sugar's 'cockup braindead in call centre clueless' BT row

alun phillips

Do you really think thats the end of it....

Just you wait Sarah Bee's love slave, one week after your installed in your lovely new office BT will disconnect you and re-connect your old office...... ah the fun of a business move with BT

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alun phillips
Megaphone

Me to!

Yep, took me about 10 days of trying to get BT to ring back to sort out a number of problems with a number transfer, 30 minutes after I'd vented my spleen on Twitter I had a personal response, still took them a further three days to transfer a friggin' number for me though

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Windows Phone 7 gets unlocked

alun phillips
Troll

Thank Christ for MS's vigilance

So if you jailbreak it you can install software that has not been through microsofts stringent quality checks, having suffered enough from software that has been through MS's quality checks windows Me, Vista, etc etc you'd have to be a brave man to throw them away

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Nokia E5 Qwertyphone

alun phillips
WTF?

Lets do the timewarp

Can't be arsed reading the review, but it appears from the picture that your reviewing the palm centro?

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OpenOffice files Oracle divorce papers

alun phillips
WTF?

Backers?!?!?

Yes, because the supporters they have, Google, Canonical etc aren't gonna be able to stump up enough cash to keep it free

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Google frees Gmail updates from Android

alun phillips
WTF?

Clueless

ac @ 21:24 Why should you lose access to marketplace if you use a custom ROM? I have been using CyanogenMod since 4.0 and have full access to the Marketplace and always have, If you want your manufacturer to mollycoddle you with Updates buy an (cr)iPhone otherwise take control and jump!

BTW Gmail app is still rubbish even with the update sticking with the HTC email client here

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Judge Dredd returns to the silver screen

alun phillips
Megaphone

Am I the Law

Please, please whatever happens they must include I am the Law by Anthrax in there somewhere

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Vodafone won't act on customers' HTC Desires

alun phillips
Pirate

Stop winging and start Hacking

To fully explore Android, you MUST have a rooted device, once this is done install Froyo yourself or settle for the network provider controlling your device, who knows where I'd be if I'd waited Froyo to be ported to my Magic? but with CM6 I am running Froyo and have been for the past month

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