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GoPro's new lens: Like a GOOGLE STREETMAPS car... for your life

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Re: Took a couple of laps

The stand (Desiree Wilson?) at Paddock Hill Bend is the best place to watch a race from at any circuit.Better than the Craner Curves, St. Devote or the stands at Indianapolis.

Short circuit races at Brands are always great.

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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Sounds like an eMate

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMate_300

Yeah, that was a great opportunity

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Lycamobile launches 'unlimited' 4G for £12 a month. Great. Now where can I get a signal?

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Re: 5,000 text != unlimited

Ironically I do have two teenagers: 16 and 18. They live on Facebook messaging and Skype, not call minutes and text.

All they want from a mobile operator is for them to be a carrier, the dumb pipe the operators fear. And they want bandwidth because most news comes from buzzfeed and sourcefed videos.

The younger one is a heavy reddit user but that's light on bandwidth.

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Samsung slurps up full charge in 30 seconds with bio-battery

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Not phones..

This would be much more interesting for electric cars.

Thing is would you want to hold onto a cable capable of delivering enough electrical power to run a car in a few seconds?

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Tesla cars can now 'do an ET' without hurting anyone's bottom line

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Re: 'I can tell, you know how I can tell? 'Cos we’re connected'

Congratulations. I hoped someone would notice. You made my day.

Simon.

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Gr8, it's the new M8! Ideal for that celebrity funeral selfie

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Re: DoF

You can change focus on the phone, but they don't have a Lytro style file format which lets the viewer change the focus after it has left the phone.

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What is Orlowski afraid of?

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FWIW

Authors don't (usually) moderate the comments, other people in The Register office do that.

Simon

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

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18th December?

Aww, May 4th would be so much better.

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Nokia tries to lure Android porters with free Nokia X mobes

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How hard to port?

Nokia claims that 70% of programs will run without any changes.

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Blurred lines: Android e-ink mobe claims TWO-WEEK battery life

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Re: "older users find actions like pinching, tapping, double-tapping and swiping confusing"

Citation: BBC Click talks to University of Cambridge department of engineering.

But I agree it was a sweeping statement.

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Yota phone

Yes, there are a few e-ink options as additions to phones, I rather like the clip on cover for the Alcatel Hero, but if you stil have an OLED to power you don't get the battery saving.

SImon

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Cellular desperation in France drives not one, but two SFR offers

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So, did the good value have a knock on effect

I can hear telcos screaming that if something like Iliad happened in the UK they would never be able to invest in 4G.

Has the rush for cheap prices in France damaged the 4G rollout?

Oh, and the right package to buy for old relatives in France is : Bazile.

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Heroic Playmonaut wowed by LOHAN's bulging package

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Why does it need an autopilot

When it has a Playmonaut to fly the thing?

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

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Can I order..

A slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick?

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Not so shiny shiny: MWC in a post-affluent iPhone world

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such things exist

Doro

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Got 4G? Wake up, grandad. We're doing 4.5G LTE-A in London - EE chief

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4G is 3G (ish)

The official name for what we call 4G is 3G Long term evolution. This is because the 3GPP committee which set the standards only had a 3G remit. What came beyond 3G wasn't to be discussed.

So they called it a flavour of 3G just to be allowed to talk about it. 4.5G is just something we made up for a good headline.

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Ever get the impression a telesales op was being held prisoner?

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There is an italian prison where they make chocolate.

It's chocolate behind bars if you will.

A call centre in a prison and not a single cell phone reference?

Simon

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Alcatel unveils 'cheaper-than-Chromebook' Lapdock-alike phablet-powered laptop

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Can you listen to music on clock radios?

I thought they only did The Today Programme.

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Crack Euro banker team to probe whether virtual currencies should be regulated

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Let's ask bankers

If we should use a technology which helps us avoid using bankers.

Next we'll ask the church if we should abolish blasphmey laws and the music industry if The Pirate Bay should be allowed to operate freely.

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French silver foxes use Fujitsu's Grandroid mobes... to send each other selfies

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Re: The other grey market

There is senior oriented tech out there if you look for it but you have to look pretty hard.

Part of the issue is that while consumer segmentation types will happily have separate segments for 0-6, 7-11, 12-16, 17-24, 25-34 and so on they will segment 60+ as one big group (while telling you that 60 is the new 40) so you have a good 30 year span all lumped together.

Japan, which is much more respectful of seniors has lots of good senior tech, notably Raku-Raku a range of big button phones which goes from simple clamshells to the Fujitsu mentioned here.

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LG offers BRAIN-SAVING CANCER-BL... er 'good luck charms'

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Don't under-rate placebo

There is a great New Scientist book on "Nothing" one of the chapters on Placebo says that in tests where they told people "You are getting a placebo because we've found that although there are no active ingredients, the placebo effect still makes a difference", and it stil worked, even when people knew it was a placebo.

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Lenovo banks on $1 BEELLION Moto turnaround in SIX quarters

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Turn around?

Not a chance

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New radio tech could HALVE mobe operators' bandwidth needs

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TTD is on the same frequency

Or at least it can be, but not at the same time - it's time-division. This is more cocktail-party effect of everyone talking at the same time and filtering out the bit you want to hear,

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Winklevoss twins flash their Winkdex at Bitcoin price-trackers

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And no use at all as an index

Because the price is skewed by the meaningless Mt. Gox figure.

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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

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Buying a car company would fit the Apple vibe

We are just past Peak Apple. The company has tons of cash and no idea of what to do with it. The growth rate cannot be sustained - 5c failed to do that and it's clear Apple doesn't know how to, or doesn't want to do cheap.

Remember this is a computer company which became a music player and content company which became a phone and apps company.

Investing in something which looks as though its at the very start of the growth curve would be a logical way to keep up the rate of growth.

Tesla is however much closer to the Apple curve than they think. I can see Peak tesla being not that far off, they clearly saturated the market with the Roadster and didn't build as many as they had commissioned from Lotus. The model S is doing well and the Model X looks interesting, but one day, and I suspect that day is closer than Tesla thinks, everyone who wants and can afford a Tesla will have one.

The maintenance on a roadster is horrendous there are stories of loads of non-warranty covered failures. In the main Tesla has been good about covering them but if the Tesla S suffers in the same way it either wont be possible of could break the financial model.

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El Reg gives it a wrist at MWC: From not-so-smartwatch to the selfie-taker

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Re: I still think

Excellent, someone got my Random quote.

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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Protext was great

I got them to put a feature in for me which I've never seen in any other wordprocessor: A hotkey for delete to end of sentence. I'm still amazed that word processors don't understand how to handle text like a person does.

Simon

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Re: A book

I thought that book was rubbish. I nearly got sued for the review I wrote of it in PCW.

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Re: Simon Rockman

Thank you!

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So cool it 2.4 gigahertz: BATTERY-FREE comms for international band

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I do know the correct quote, the point is that because with this one you don't need a battery you can press the button again and again.

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Aggregating 4G

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Aggregating 4G

I've been playing with a 4G phone which is dual-SIM. It has two IMEIs and is really two phones in a single device.

I got to wondering if I had 4G SIMs form two different networks could I aggregate the two concurent connections to get one super fast connection.

Simon

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Qipp debuts 'Clippy for your STUFF' app

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If I remember correctly Cobras only need miking every three days.

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Yet ANOTHER Brit MOBE tower BORG: Three and EE ink network-sharing deal

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The footprint is the same

I wrote the piece and spoke to an engineer on the rollout. I got the assurance that the footprint is the same - athough capacity might not be - if two networks share the sites. Of course with WCDMA the cell breathes with usage so the coverage will be dynamic but radio planning being what it is both networks will come up with the same answers when they do the same sums.

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Bill Gates to pull a Steve Jobs and SAVE MICROSOFT – report

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I don't want Gates to save Microsoft

I want him to run for president and save the world.

Watch some his TED talks, his views on education, traveling wave reactors, poverty, famine and disease. He gets technology, development and philanthopy. He'd be a much better president than anyone who wants to be a politician.

Simon

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Mobe industry quails as Ofcom floats idea of QUADRUPLING 2G spectrum prices

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Of course costs multiply

The spectrum is what the company sells, the raw ingredient. Crisps cost a multiple of what potatoes do. If the cost of a potato goes up 1p the cost of one potatoes worth of crisps doesn't go up 1p it takes into acount the other costs - such as sales, marketing and the like and goes up by a multiple.

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Is Google building SKYNET? Ad kingpin buys AI firm DeepMind

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If you've bought a company whose only asset is a bunch of briliant minds

You are going to have to make damn sure you have a way to stop those minds from wandering.

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Altcoins will DESTROY the IT industry and spawn an infosec NIGHTMARE

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Re: And ...

Who? People, like Cypriots, who don't trust their governments and financial institutions.

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Ofcom says yes to sat broadband on PLANES (and trains and ships)

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I couldn't pin them down on prices, and as to 50Mb for a whole plane the view was "that's SO much more than we have at the moment it's not an issue". Which I guess means the want to charge so much no-one will be streaming a whole movie.

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Pint-glass-flashing FISHNAPPERS strike at Firefox daddy Mozilla

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Two fish in a tank, one turns to the other and says "Do you know how to drive this thing?".

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Plastic iPhone 5Cs? Nah, we'll flog India our OLD iPhone 4 models - report

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Don't underestimate the power of pink

When Carphone's Charles Dunstone ordered 250,000 Pink Motorola Razrs and I was at Moto, we thought him mad - but knew he was clever. Remember this was a phone where the entire world production run was initially set at fewer than 500,000. This was the Christmas where Nokia, which had been late to the 3G party cracked 3G. Before the pink Razr they had 80% market share in Carphone.

With the pink Razr Motorola's market share in Carphone went to 80% ousting Nokia and Samsung. They sold several million of the things and we, as Motorola, had given them an exclusive on pink. We ended up negotiating to buy the exclusive back.

I've never got my head around pink. Is it dull tech companies waking up that there is a female market or is it lame and patronising.

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Pre-Xmas phone numbers: Apple slips, Windows Phone grabs 1 in 10 new sales

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It's all about national pride

Nokia, even in the strongest of its years, never had the presence in the US that it did in the rest of the world.

Neither the Nokia or Microsoft brands will warm the hearts of the Chinese, but the Microsoft/Windows brands will appeal to Americans. It's a very simple decision for them. Use the Nokia brand in China - where at least the distribution gives them the edge. Strongly use the Nokia brand in India (where the word "Nokia" is a colloquialism for mobile phone: "I'll call you on your Nokia", even if the phone is a Samsung), but push the Nokia name right to the back in the US and promote the Microsoft name. Even on the S40 phones.

This regionalism is completely normal. Look at how - when there were plenty of players - Ericsson dominated Sweden, Siemens Germany and Sendo the UK. Hmm, perhaps not that one.

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Bitcoin blasts past $1,000 AGAIN after Zynga accepts cryptocurrency

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It gets really interesting when Zynga accepts it for their online poke. Bitcoin and gambling starts to look like regulators scariest view of libertarianism.

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Get lost, fanbois: Nokia pulls HERE Maps from Apple's App Store

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Numbers

Nokia (Microsoft) has 10% of the smartphone, market, it has very much more of the phone market.

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Official: Apple hooks up with WORLD'S LARGEST MOBILE OPERATOR

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It will be interesting to see the split between 5c and 5s

I suspect that China will be the same as the rest of the world.

Rich people who can afford whatever they want will buy the 5S

Poor people who don't want others to know how poor they are will buy the 5S

The only people who buy the 5C are those who want an iPhone, iTunes and all that goes with it, are on a tight budget and don't care about the impression it gives. It's buying into the ecosystem and not the culture.

Many more - especially in the emerging world - are the other way around. They buy an iPhone because of "What it says about them". I recently met an unemployed single mother who was living on benefits. She still had an iPhone.

I've only ever seen one 5C in the wild.

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REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE

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It's not new

Celnet/O2 had similar commitments to Compaq and Blackberry, but when the devices failed to sell in 15 years ago the suppliers took them back so as to have an on-going relationship.

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Want to reach out and touch your Chromebook? How does $299 grab you?

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Or get this..

http://www.wpcentral.com/black-friday-deal-surface-rt-32-gb-best-buy-199-us-only

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Am I better off not hiding

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Am I better off not hiding

If I install one of these : https://pogoplug.com/safeplug

Will my ISP suddenly think "Hmm, he's up to no good we better watch him". Or will they not know about it?

Simon

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3D printing: 'Third industrial revolution' or a load of old cobblers?

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The question was "3D PRINTING: 'THIRD INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION' OR A LOAD OF OLD COBBLERS?"

The answer is: Both.

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Culturally it's great

The 3D printing world feels the way computing did in the 1980s, with bedroom hobbyists alongside huge multinational companies.It's great fun to be around and well worth poping into iMakr near to The reg office to have a tinker.

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