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Raised £350bn in crowdsourced funding? Tell me about it (not)

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I heard Churl's banana cake recipe

was really rather good. But if Louis is still there then she's deffo not coming back!

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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Re: You've made me renew my subscription.

I think they're called Listicles acshully!

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Three offers free US roaming, confirms stealth 4G rollout

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Re: Steelie Neelie still not optional

They have only been going since 2002, but I agree. Athough my mate has just signed up for Virgin's new £15 unlimited everything SIM ony deal.

I travel round Europe for a living and prices now, while still high are so much better than they used to be. The EU forced the networks to bring their prices down much further than they would have done on their own. They may have slowly competed against each other by dropping a few pence at a time but not as fast as they were forced to. Did it cause any of them to go tits up? Data cost is the next thing they should be forced to drastically reduce.

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Company selling you out? You've been TUPE-ed

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Re: you stay at the end of the Tupe's salary protection period!

which is often what the company wants. They then offer you an immediate out of court settlement as they know you will win but who can wait for 2-5 years for the case to come to court as you have bills to pay in 30 days.

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My experience

Most of us were marginally better off on the new contracts we were bullied into, I mean offered (except for the loss of some great travel benefits) however there were 5 people who were offered new contracts losing around 10,000 per year for a one off 3,000 payment if they signed their 'new shiny' contracts but they declined and said they'd stick with their TUPE contracts. All were summarily dissmissed and then offered a 30grand payment now or the chance to fight it out in court ~(which they would have won but who can wait with no money coming in) so all took the money. This was 2008 when things really stared to get bad. All took about a year to get another job.

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EasyJet wanted to fling me off flight for diss tweet, warns cyber-law buff

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Re: Optional

.......text saying something like "Annoying, toner-wasting adverts removed. Adverts can be printed in future for £10+VAT"

Yeah! That'll learn em!

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Re: A business model that's the envy of other industries...

And disruptive behavior has to be witnessed by other passengers in writing (and there are usually no end of volunteers for this when someone has been disruptive enough to get arrested for it). So unless you have any examples of the trumped up charges by airlines you wish to share...... And hitting a staff member when your plane is an hour late doesn't count.

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Re: Yeah right.

I'm with you here. It seems very unlikely that any of this was because of his tweet and far more likely that he was being a loud dick and was asked to calm down (or be refused boarding). And seriously, flashing some card that means nothing and means even less to someone who couldn't give a fcuk would not have been the magic bullet he seems to think it would be.

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Re: Fail

Seems like the headline is 'I wasn't denied boarding after tweeting'.

And seriously, do you really think a manager in Glasgow (one of the smallest easyJet bases) is gonna be spending all day checking for moany tweets from delayed passengers? Probably more like the guy was being a prick and was threatened with refusal cos he was making so much noise. If head office had seen it and called the Glasgow manager and sent him down there it would have been more likely that they would have been sent to placate, not wind up the annoyed tweeter.

The whole things sounds like a load of bull. I know easyJet and they wouldn't be able to react that quickly to a tweet.

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There's ONE country that really likes the iPhone 5c as well as the 5s

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Staff in 3 stores have been given a 5c!

Passing the local 3 store the other day I saw lots of fruit bowls with apples in them (see what they did?) and after wandering in and speaking to one of the salespeople I noticed that each and every one of the actual sales people had been given a 5c. I asked if people had been buying them and the girl said yes but if every 3 employee in the uk got given one, that's a lot of 5c's.

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Tesla tops $20bn as Elon Musk claims arm-wave design tech

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Re: Battery life

And I could claim I have a 12 inch cock. Doesn't make it true!

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Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

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Shoulder Holster?

I thought people only wore them ironically.

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Sad shop-shelf-clinging BlackBerry Z10 AXED ... in price, contracts

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You might not have much of a choice if it goes tits up!

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Moto X: It's listening to you. But can voice control finally take off?

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Meh

There were some accents too don't forget.

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HALF of air passengers leave phones on ... yet STILL no DEATH PLUNGE

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How dare you tell me to turn off my phone. You're only the experienced pilot who flies day in and day out while I am a business man on my way to an important meeting and if I turn my phone off for even one minute I may miss something of vital importance because I AM IMPORTANT DAMMIT and you can't tell me what to do, so if one of the cabin crew asks me to turn my phone off I will either ignore them and tell them 'it's in flight mode' even though the announcements have specifically said to turn them off even if they have flight mode. Or I will just press the button on the top to put it in sleep mode, because being cabin crew they will not know that it is only in sleep mode and not actually turned off.

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Re: It's not about safety, it's about annoyance

On some planes I have worked on the overhead screens would retract into the ceiling if there was a phone on in the immediate vicinity. People would complain that they couldn't see the movie and I'd explain why, then a few minutes later someone would sheepishly turn off their phone and it would work fine.

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Re: Safety; what safety?

I had a similar passenger once who was really rude, did the same as you said with seat belt and baggage and then a few minutes after he left I found his passport in the seat pocket.

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Re: Not just radio signal safety

The announcement ask you to 'stop reading and suspend any conversations for the few shorts moments while the safety demonstration takes place'.

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WTF?

Re: Not just radio signal safety

The announcement at the airline where I work asks people to turn their phones completely off from when the doors close until the plane is in the air. This is so that people pay attention to the potentially life saving information of the safety announcement and in case of an emergency during one of the critical stages of flight. Many people don't listen to any of the announcements, as evidenced by the same questions being asked again and again but if they could just stop playing Angry Birds and typing just one more text then it may save their life in case of a fire or an emergency evacuation of some kind.

I put it to one of the pilots recently that it wasn't a big deal and he replied that they get lots of ghost readings and some could well be attributed to phones and as he is the one flying the thing I was not going to call bull shit. Can people really not go 10 minutes or so without playing with their phones?

Some people just don't like to be told what to do ever. They know best and they are the customer so therefore they can do what they like. Until the plane returns to the stand and they are escorted off by the police. Suddenly everyone else decides that it wasn't such an important game of Candy Crush after all.

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John McAfee releases NSFW video on how to uninstall security code

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Re: Oh man

But MySpace was already on it's way out when Murdoch bought it. And how much did he pay for it?

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Shirley I'm not the only one

Who couldn't see anyone but Kenny Everett's Marcel Wave?

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Nokia Lumia 925: The best Windows Phone yet

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I got mine about a month ago

Only problem is that you must enable the screen lock before putting it in your pocket or strange things happen. I have made a few calls to people I haven't spoken to in years and quite a few time the screen seems to have zoomed in by quite a lot with no way to zoom back out other than a restart.

Positives are the wireless charging, the camera and the Nokia Music mixes

Negatives - the music app seems to have a thousand screens but I can never find the one I want

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Moist iPhone fanbois tempted with golden Apple shower offer

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Re: My ancient Samsung had two

A few years ago my wife's Nokia was having sound problems. The volume rocker stopped working. I sent it off to 3 who sent it back within a week saying it was fixed. Unfortunately it may have been fixed but it would not now turn on so I sent it back again. This time I got a call saying that as the water indicator showed it had got wet it was no longer covered. I pointed out that they had not thought so a week earlier and that they had had it not me but they were having none of it.

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The Man Who Fell to Earth: Plane plummet plod probe phone

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WTF?

Re: Could he have survived the flight?

I'm sure I have read of people who have survived it. One case in particular I remember because one survived but the other one (who was his brother IIRC) fell when the landing gear opened. That one was from The Gambia and that's a 5-6 hour flight.

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Ofcom: Parents, here's how to keep grubby tots from buying Smurfberries

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Unhappy

Re: Can you no longer cap your call balance?

3 do offer a zero cap as I found out this morning. My wife (who is not very tech savvy) has just started an Open University course and when she logged in yesterday a pop up appeared which seemed to come from the OU asking her to complete a short survey about her access to the OU web site. The small print did mention that it was nothing to do with the OU however but failed to mention that putting in your phone number in the survey would sign you up to TextPlayWin which gives you the fantastic chance to win an iPhone or iPad every week for ONLY £4.50 per week. She very quickly realised she had fcuked up and so I had to try and stop it this morning. The phone company said as we had signed up for it they could not cancel it (surely they should be able to stop things being added to your bill!) but they did offer to sign me up to their zero cap feature. You can only enable this once though as I wanted to enable it for a few weeks and then take it off just so that TextPlayWin cannot bombard me with another 10 expensive texts along with a message saying it will take a week to cancel their service (which happened to a friend of mine who got signed up to a similar scam).

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Florida fisherman bags two-headed MUTANT SHARK

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Why do they throw back the rest?

Because the fins are worth a small fortune and the rest isn't. Weight for weight they can get get way way more (that's an actual amount by the way) so why keep the rest? They have just cut the fins off, they don't really care about the thing, only the money they can make.

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Nokia uncloaks Lumia 620: A 'budget' $249 Windows 8 mobe

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Pint

620 vs 920

Obviously. The piece also states that power users would be worried about the smaller battery! Power users would not be buying a phone for £150.

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Windows Phone 8: Everything you need to know at a glance

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Stop

I thought you could..

..pick 3G if you wanted rather than only 4G. I was planning n doing just this. Will wait till it comes out to see cos I'm not going EE for anyone!

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British judge: Say you're sorry Apple... this time like you MEAN it

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Re: We Kpop now!

What about gamboling?

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Nokia flings low-end Lumia at developing world

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You pad £30 for a doorstop?

Next time you need one I'll sell you one for £29.99. That way we both win!

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Japanese fanboy robbers empty shops of iPhone 5s ahead of launch

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Holmes

Re: Blacklist is a waste for the most part anyway

Surely if they say 'just send me out a new SIM and my teenager will have to use the crappy old one in the drawer' the network would not automatically take off the block from the IMEI would they? It would be very stupid of the network to just assume the phone that had been reported stolen or lost was now the phone being used without checking with the contract holder. Kind of defeats the whole point of having the list.

Shipping to one of the many many many countries not on the blacklist service is what most people would do. Many phones stolen in the UK end up in Dakar or Lagos and are sold as second hand (not stolen) and fetch a pretty good price. Junkies and pickpockets know the fences and know they will only get £20 for most phones but some get quite a bit more. There is one street in Dakar called Rue De Portable (not it's real name but that's what every one calls it) where hundreds of tables lined up on the street provide every unblocking service you could ever need, with repairs also carried out by skilled techs using a pc and range of kit specially for the purpose.

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Samsung chucks 'free' Galaxy S III at dragon sketcher

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I thought the Samsung Ad

taking the piss out of iSheep was quite funny in a advertising and not too offensive way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mo5pEAHPek

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Can neighbours grab your sensitive package, asks Post Office

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Re: my neighbour? you sure about that?

You can bet he'd open the door when they deliver that important rush job you've had sent, then won't open the door to you to be able to get it back. Sounds like a knob. Call Agent Smith.

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Re: Alternative solution(s)

That would just be too sensible and easy to do, no-one would be making any money out of expensive trials and reports if it were that easy.

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Atos IT workers threaten strike during Olympics over 'living wage'

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Re: Not surprised they're threatening to strike

A bus with 10 passengers on is far less hassle to drive than one that is packed to the rafters. People complain to the drivers about the most stupid of things and he/she has to sit there and be polite and listen while they fumble with their change and moan about the lateness of the bus while making it even later, crowded buses mean fights and rows and the driver is expected to sort these out, people staying on way after the stop they have paid for etc etc etc. They really don't just sit there and drive the buses you know. So yeah, the bosses will be getting huge bonuses so why not give the drivers a few hundred quid extra?

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Company Surveys

Where I work the %age of completed surveys was related to management bonuses and so managers would pounce on people around survey time to get them to complete it and the year after it became common knowledge less than 10% were completed. It's no longer linked but the rumours that it are won't go away and people still won't do them on principle.

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Apple desperate to prevent nightmare scenario of iPad in Iranian hands

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Re: No export to Iran

or just allow more than one to be used at a time. Could get pretty silly though.

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Re: The employee was from Iran...

I'm sure the employee swore allegiance to the fruit, I mean the flag, before becoming an employee.

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Focus groups are for mugs

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I think the cover on the Lumia 800

is pretty good and can't see what ll the fuss is about. I've only opened and closed it maybe 6 or seven times, so it's hardly going to wear out and when it is open I just take care not to break it. When it is closed it keeps the crap out and covers what it is supposed to cover. I hate he rubber bungs that some devices have and thought that Nokia had come up with a good design.

Their crowd source design experiment a couple of years back was a bit silly though as it just gave 3 designs that they used anyway and obviously people picked the newest one. As others have said, as long as it does what it says on the tin, I'm happy.

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Nokia adds touch to budget blowers

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There might be some money

in buying them up in emerging markets and selling them here. SIM free phones seems to be getting far more popular with people these days sick of getting stuck with 2 year contracts or PAYG with increasingly worse prices. Most do one month contracts these days so why not take advantage of whoever is cheapest every few months?

And as for the 1st AC, I thought it said quite clearly that the phones are capacitive not resistive.

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Ten... alternatives to Samsung's Galaxy S III

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Meh

It's not really an S3 alternative though is it?

While I am a Nokia fan I wouldn't say Symbian is a competitor against the latest Android phones. Yes, it has an amazing camera but what else does it have to compete with?

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LG: We're not walking away from Windows Phone

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Re: Lets keep this in perspective

I found tunes on Zune that I'd looked for for ages and not found elsewhere. Also I tested a Lumia 800 expecting to hate it but found it crisp and clean, intuitive and very connected. I really wanted to hate it but was sad to give it back. Come upgrade time I'll be hunting around for the 900.

I'm no marketing drone either. Have you actually tried one for more than a few minutes?

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Game of Thrones Blu-ray disc set

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Re: "even the movies often fail to get the genre right."

Very well put! Ha ha ha

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Everything Everywhere's 4G party bus could run Three off a cliff

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WTF?

So am I missing something here?

If they only have 3 packs to sell off how will that ensure 4 players in a competitive market? Is this what Three are mainly pissed off about?

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Suitably-endowed punters lured into bonking for Vaseline loving

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While QR might not exactly be setting the world alight

I have noticed the number of ads in higher end publications that contain a QR code seems to be growing by the day. I tried to point this out to a few folks at work and they had no idea what they were (although they all had QR readers on their phones), a year ago however you would have been lucky/unlucky depending on where you stand, to see one per publication.

I think some people are desperate to see these in use simply because of the upgrade in equipment it will mean. I have taken part in numerous surveys lately asking how I would feel about paying for things this way and what would be n upper limit etc. I'm all for it but think QR will be everywhere before long and NFC will really need to do something special and needed to counter QR.

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41-megapixel MONSTER mobe shutters Nokia knockers

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Happy

Lots of comments

From people who haven't used one. I have an N8. I got it for the camera. Yeah I've heard all the stuff about sensors and processors etc etc etc but this takes the best photos I have ever seen on a phone or any camera I have owned. I take loads of photos of my kids and sometimes other things but I'm no pro and I don't use it professionally. For a camera on a half decent (more than that in my opinion but the haters will shout me down) phone it is pretty damn good and everyone I show is really impressed with the shots I take. I cannot believe that this new 41MP one that they have been working on for 5 years will be worse as many on here have claimed. All this talk from people who know better. Wait until you see it fools. Will it be the best camera on the market ever made? I doubt it, but will it be better than any other mobile phone camera currently on the market? Probably, if the shots friends have shown me on theirs are anything to go by.

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IT guy answers daughter's Facebook rant by shooting her laptop

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Don't forget 7

7. Smoker

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YouView will launch this Spring, says TalkTalk

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I know of a lot of people

who are waiting for this to get hold of free HD content.

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MasterCard joins Visa in pushing PINs into America

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@Skelband

On smaller payments such as parking and traintickets you just put your card in and it doesn't ask for your PIN but generally this is for smaller amounts. I was surprised the first time too but I guess the amounts are acceptable to the banks as you would have to use it a lot of times to make it worthwhile before the card was presumably cancelled.

But surely if fraud has been MASSIVELY reduced as claimed here (and frankly I believe it as growing up I knew of people living off card fraud as it used to be easy when it was just a signature) why would the banks not want to make those savings? Are the hundreds of millions seen as an acceptable loss? And finally, most POS chip and pin machines cost £15 or so so it's hardly a massive investment and the savings to the business doing the selling in terms of man hours dealing with the police and paperwork etc should more than cover it.

I just can't believe people are opposed to it.

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Ten... smart TVs

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Happy

I got me a Panasonic 42 incher

with Smart Vierra connects tuff and it works just fine. The apps update fairly regularly when new ones come out and for the price I paid I cannot complain. Yeah it might be obsolete in a year or two but so is every phone you buy and PC and laptop. Mine has a built in FreeviewHD thing, iPlayer, Youtube and the others mentioned in the Panasonic review and I'd be surprised if it doesn't have YouView when that comes out. If you want a simple big screen with HDMI then there are quite a few out there. This review was 10 SMART TV's though and seems to have done it's job.

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