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Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

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"What's more, it is claimed, both versions will have expandable memory"

That I seriously doubt...

Which really knocks the credibility of the whole piece.

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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Re: Do they not read the news?

My apologies Crisp. How could I have forgotten those!

I love that I've picked up 2 down votes for my comment... Either we've got a couple of humourless commentards on here (not unheard of) or the RIAA/MPAA have their reputation protecting drones in our Reg!

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Do they not read the news?

Do they not know that copyright theft is the greatest threat to humanity?

It causes global warming *and* ebola.

(At least that's what it says in the RIAA/MPAA literature)

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Oh please, lets have a good majority...

I don't care which way it goes really (might be erring towards Yes, not that I have a vote), but it needs to be a good turn out, and at least 70% in one direction, or we'll have never ending whining from the losing side and the risk of a Quebec style "Neverendum".

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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Re: I know where there's one you can buy

Can't help being reminded of Topgear's VW advert...

Clarkson at his least political correct... :-D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKTXK8YiCzk

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Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID

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Not that tight on RAM

I think you're mixing up RAM and online storage.

RAM is what the OS uses to "think". Storage is like your hard drive. It's where things are installed or stored. SD card is your "hard drive"

1GB is a wonderful thing to see... For ages we've seen budget phones shipping with JB or KK and 512MB, which is impossibly low for those OSs to operate effectively.

1GB will actually give the OS a chance without it having to resort to terminating everything else just to open Facebook!

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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70s?

He should try Dave... Then he'd be stuck in the naughties :D

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Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

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Re: Just wondering

Any original recording by Will-I-am before the autotune has been applied.

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DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster

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Re: A four minute mile is necessary?

I think if I was carrying a pack plus an 11Kg jet accessory along a road, I wouldn't be thinking "Wow, I can do a 4 minute mile now", I'd be thinking "Where's the bloody APC, this shit is heavy".

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Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK

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Re: £699

"I've never connected my iPhone to iTunes. That hasn't been necessary for a long time now. You should maybe check your facts before you hit the Reply button."

I assume you're talking about moving data/photos about via "The Cloud" or WiFi... There is something a bit different about being able to connect a phone via a USB cable to a PC and have it appear as a drive... Now what could that be.... Oh yes, you transfer files much much much faster!

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Apple's Mr Havisham: Tim Cook says dead Steve Jobs' office has remained untouched

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Religion...

Wow, and here I was thinking it was just the users which treated Apple as some kind of religion.

Now we find it goes higher... Cook has a shrine!

I wonder if they have any rituals on St Job's birthday?

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Hardkernel nixes RPi clone project

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Ah, the anonymous downvote with no comment... So helpful...

Do you disagree that it's a nice little board?

Do you disagree that it doesn't compete with the RPi?

Do you disagree that (even if they had nothing to do with it) the simple existence of undenied rumours reflects badly on the raspberry pi foundation?

I guess we'll never know.

Thank you for your contribution, whatever it was.

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Well I've been playing with mine for a few days, and it's very good indeed.

It's a pity it's shipped with a standard Raspian install on the MicroSD card as that means the little TFT screen isn't enabled by default and you have to download and compile a new kernel.

Initially I failed to cross compile it on my desktop, so did it natively on the Odroid-W... I left it over night!

I've now got the cross compile working on my PC, so it's only a few minutes if I have to do it again. :-D

Anyway, I'm very impressed with it. The battery life seems good, it lasted the half hour drive to work (the only real test it's had).

It really is such a pity if this little machine is going to be stopped by politics. I find the posts on the RaspberryPi forum incredibly short sighted... This is what open source and open design is all about!

The RPi uses Linux, which is open source, without it they'd have to write their own OS.

It really isn't going to steal RPi customers anyway... The basic $30 Odroid-W board only has one USB and no ethernet. So it's not going to compete as a cheap desktop machine.

By the time you've added on the RTC battery, the "UPS" battery and the TFT base board, you're looking at over $70. Who's going to pay that instead of a Pi? Only those that want a really compact unit. Who are now scuppered...

I've got half a dozen Pi's kicking about here, but now a potential solution to a specific project has been killed off, I think I might start looking at some of the other (more powerful) Odroid boards and migrating my code across away from the Pi platform.

So maybe the Odroid-W really has impacted potential RPi sales, at least to me.

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Re: Well Doh!

Don't take it to heart, there are lots of people on here who seem to down vote for very random reasons, not that they ever have the nerve, or ability to explain themselves.

I'll give you a +1 to bring you back into balance.

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Typical...

Talk about buying a redundant technology... Mine's due for delivery some time today! lol!

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

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Re: nokia carriers...

I doubt a Nexus 4 or 5 would interest these knuckle draggers.

Lets face it, they're the same kind of zombie who would queue up for 3 days before a launch... They just don't have the money.

They'll still be heading for the shiny shiny.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Re: New browser names:

Maybe they should just adopt the name many of us have called it for years...

Exploder.

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No Apple fanbois here: Man United BANS iPads from Old Trafford

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Cunning...

Now lets hope nobody squashes some semtex into the shape of a steak and ale pie.

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Pi palaver perplexes LOHAN Pixhawk pair

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Pi on the floor

The usual thing that will cause a Pi to get upset in one location, but work fine on the bench (our favourite kind of bug) is the power supply.

The original Pi was very susceptible to a bad supply. If you're using a DC-DC convertor to feed the Pi, it'll need some good suppression or the Pi will get very upset. Same goes for cheap AC adapters.

I believe the new B+ is better in this respect, but I can't see which you have.

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Google's 'right to be forgotten': One rule for celebs, another for plebs

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www.google.com/ncr

That is all.

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

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Re: unsolicited

Quick, everyone spam* their favourite politician with "dodgy" material, and then make some anon calls to childline/RSPCA etc...

* obviously from the safety of a disposable, unregistered cell phone purchased with cash.

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Korean vendor launches wearable RPi clone

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Ooooh... RTC...

Interesting they include an RTC with optional battery backup, something which is lacking from the Pi (which relies on retrieving the current time at startup via the intarweb).

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Apple 'sapphire glass' fronts for iPhone 6? It's NEWS to SUPPLIERS

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Indeed... In all the years I've had mobiles (20+) I've only ever broken one screen... And that was when it fell out of my pocket and got run over by a Land Rover! Even then the glass (being old fashioned, non super hard - and brittle - glass) didn't break, but it obviously flexed enough to kill the LCD panel underneath.

My current phone (a Nexus 4) is 18 months old, used daily, has no screen (or rear glass) protector, just the standard optional bumper case (which has saved it from a couple of drops), and do you know what? When you take the bumper case off, and give it a polish, it looks new.

Why?

Because I don't throw is in a pocket with all my keys and small change, or a handbag full of what is best described as "life-gravel"! It lives in a pocket, on its own, as have all my mobiles.

Treat your phone like the essential (and valuable) piece of kit that it is, and it will last.

Kick it about like a football, or sandblast it with coins and keys and it won't.

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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240v 60Hz...

That's a funny spec... I don't think that's standard for anyone.

Most of the world uses 220-230v, and IIRC, 50Hz is more common than 60Hz.

The USA being the big 60Hz fan, although I'd have thought they'd be terrified of the idea of the 240 volts.

I hope they at least have an option for 50Hz, or all our European desk fans are going to get turbo charged! (AC induction motors).

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Re: No they don't

I already do Richard :-D

I stick the 12v output from my little panels across a pair of 6v SLA batteries.

6v (often closer to 7v when charged) is a useful voltage... It gives me some voltage in hand for my cable run to the USB sockets by the bed and in the living room (and an LDO regulator behind the wall plate to put a final limit on it). One battery does each room. By complete fluke, they generally stay pretty well balanced.

Free charging for the tablets, phones, Satnav and all those other things with a USB power requirement.

Yes, Raspberry Pi runs fine too :-D

80% of the available energy delivered to the devices... Not bad for a DIY lash-up with bits I had laying about :-)

Okay, I know you were probably trying to save a little bit more energy on bigger devices.

You could always buy a TV, fridge and stereo designed for a caravan.

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

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Facebook are a huge offender.

Luckily the play store recently introduced a "do not automatically update" flag you can set against apps who are creeping the permissions. Assuming you already have an older version you don't object to.

Others in my offenders list are Absolute Radio who now want location, contacts/calendar

Amazon, Ebay who want fine location information

BT Wi-Fi (which is just supposed to auto logon to BT wifi APs) for SMS, Phone, Photos/media

The list goes on.

If you've got a rooted phone, I recommend Xprivacy. You can block permissions after you have installed, and at a far more granular level.

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UK data watchdog broke data law, says UK data watchdog

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Re: Stop press

But those that are supposed to be encouraging better IT practice really should be setting a standard...

It's rather like a policeman being completely oblivious to the law he is enforcing... Oh... Bad analogy!

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Stop press

Government created body fails at IT.

(We need a sarcastic, picking myself off the floor, icon).

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UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill

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Re: @Forget It

"Exactly. And don't forget you vote for ONE person. Not a party, not a government, but one person to represent you. My MP is an idiot in many ways but he is very good at representing us. And that is why I would vote for him again. Not the Lib Dems, but him."

In that case you are a very lucky man.

Most politicians just follow the party whip, and vote with the party. You might as well just have one guy holding up a board with Yes on one side and No on the other to count for 100 votes... He could cover the job of a large majority of the work for MPs.

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NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

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"Industrial customers? That wasn't in the original Pi plan!"

They never ignored the fact people would find industrial uses for the Pi, and it helped the intended recipients (students) by keeping production volumes high so the economies of scale kicked in.

That's how the Pi got it's 256Meg to 512Meg upgrade the other year.

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Re: Composite Output

At least 2?!! Ha, you're having a laugh!

There are actually more combinations of pin out from a 4 pole stereo video jack than the mathematics of permutations allow!

Seriously!

You can have a box of 4 pole break out cables, but never the one you actually need!

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ISPs 'blindsided' by UK.gov's 'emergency' data retention and investigation powers law

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Re: There is precident

I'm sure the US/UK side is already sorted... The US have been very public to say they don't monitor US citizens, and we all know why... The UK does that for them, and then shares any info they US want.

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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They're probably worried someone will have

"Yet another clit phone"

Written on the back.

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ATTACK of the Windows ZOMBIES on point-of-sale terminals

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Re: Bah!

The more sensible configuration I've seen in the big wide world, is to have the POS devices phone home at set intervals/times to the head office, where there *is* a real IT team.

So no inbound connections to the POS device is permitted. This also means the POS devices can sit on a LAN with everything else, and not require their own line.

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

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Re: A masters degree in computing?

They certainly do at Cambridge... You get it free simply by not dying for a few years!

(Then again, given the history of spy recruitment, maybe that is an accomplishment!)

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A masters degree in computing?

And yet he still sends criminal emails from his place of study...

Genious!

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That 'wiped' Android phone you bought is stuffed with NAKED SELFIES – possibly

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The only surefire way to erase everything, is to perform multiple overwrites on everything sensitive.

Delete just sets a flag to say "This file is deleted". It's still there! A quick format isn't much better.

A full forensic wipe, featuring multiple flipping of the bits over a long period of time is probably a bit OTT. The main risk you are facing is someone using recovery software against the device, not a forensic scientist removing the chips and going at them that way...

So factory reset the device. Wipe the storage, then fill it up with something innocent.

Then delete all those files/pictures, and fill it up again with something else innocent.

Be warned though, that that will only overwrite your storage partition, not the system partitions (you've relied on the OS reset to do that).

Are you paranoid yet?

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BlackBerry claims ugly duckling Passport mobe is a swan in the offing

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Re: Yeah,,, but what's it like to HOLD????

That was my thought too... Looks hugely wide... Entering into phablet territory, but without the extra vertical real-estate.

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

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Not a telephoto... He turns round in the middle of the display at one point!

It's an amazing bit of footage, and it would be a pity if such filming is forbidden, by definition, the firework display is clear of people (this one over a river I believe), so even if it did catch a bit of flack and go down, it should do little more than make a splash.

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India’s Karbonn launches £26 Android phone

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Re: Available from China for a long time

You think that two layers of reseller had undersold? ;-)

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Re: Available from China for a long time

You believe Chinese specs?

I remember looking at a mobile battery a friend bought from ebay... It had a rated capacity of 2600mAh in the advert... When it arrived the label said 2400mAh... When it died shortly afterwards I pealed the labels off (I'm nosy like that), and underneath it had the original manufacturers spec... 1800mAh.

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Re: "It runs jellybean"

Let me finish the sentence...

It runs Jellybean... Like a dog!

I thought it looked interesting, and having contacts in that part of the world, was thinking of getting one posted over... Until I saw the RAM... 256Meg... Sorry, not a chance! I've got an old HTC with more RAM than that, and even with a custom jellybean ROM and much tuning, it still struggles to do more than one thing at a time.

Such a pity... With 512Meg it might have been worth a second look... With 1Gig I would have grabbed one on spec.

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Re: Speakers...

I think all mobiles should have a quiet, low volume speaker...

Nothing worse than some idiot on the train/tube, playing his choice of muzak (well the bits of it that can be represented in a frequency range of 3Khz-8Khz).

It's not big, and not clever... And worst of all, it's not new! Back in the day at least the portable HiFi unit with it's dozen D cell batteries, actually had a reasonable reproduction! Although the weak armed yoof of today might lack the ability to handle a portable device of its mass!

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Re: Its Android, so what would it cost without the m$ extortion fee?

The M$ tax on Android is mainly the FAT32 support on the microSD card... And we all know how much people complain when they are removed!

I guess Kabonn just aren't that brave!

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When PR backfires: Google 'forgets' BBC TV man's banker blog post

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Re: Dear Barbara.....

I believe that was Google's intention when they emailed Preston!

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

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Ha...

Just because they're rendered on a two dimensional surface, it doesn't make them as shallow as you Lohan!

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USB charger is prime suspect in death of Australian woman

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Having been on the receiving end of an exploding USB charger only the other week, I don't have the foggiest idea how you are supposed to pick a good one.

And no it wasn't bought from a market stall. The offending one in my case was CE marked, and branded by the major electrical reseller were it was purchased.

The idea of an SLA battery charged up on a solar panel in the garden, and then brought in to charge devices is looking like a more sensible (and safer) solution every time!

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Google Glass gets 2GB of RAM. Think about this. Two gigs of RAM

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Upgrading your memory from 512KB to 640KB? Luxury!

I remember installing the 16K ram upgrade in my BBC Micro!

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EXPOSED: Massive mobile malware network used by cops globally

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Re: Warrantless search for $500?

Whilst the information gained from the illegal tap would be inadmissible in many courts, the information gained from it might give the "feds" information which could have them sitting across the road and photographing the drug deal... Photographic evidence which they can then use, just as long as they keep quiet about how they happened to be sitting there watching ("We received an anonymous tip" would seem to cover it).

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