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Ten smartphones with tablet ambitions...

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Kogan Agora 5.0

I suspect the Kogan Agora 5.0 would be frustrating to own. Only 512Meg of RAM is going to be a serious restriction.

My old handset used to have 512, and would get bogged down quite easily with Gingerbread. All the modern OS phones/tablets have 1gig+ for a reason.

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Review: Britain's 4G smartphones

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Re: Heh heh heh

Sounds like low expectations - unless it's on a very cold nudest beach.

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Re: 4G scanning

*chortle*

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Boffin shows pics of germs grown on SPOTTY STUDENTS' MOBES

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Don't panic!

We're covered, and full of bacteria. Most of it benign.

A bit of exposure is good for keeping the immune system in tip-top condition.

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Nexus 1 put in orbit to prove 'in space, no one can hear you scream'

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Oh nos!

I hope they left it in flight mode or, as every flight attendant will tell you, everything will explode!

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Blackberry Z10 sales fail to impress analysts

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@Mark - Re: Blame the Marketing Dept

Supply shortages played a part, but the big deal is the public exposure, or lack of it.

The mobile networks don't want to carry it because it's actually cheaper for people to buy it direct and be unlocked. If they start pushing it, people will compare prices, have a WTF moment, and then suddenly they've lost their 24 month locked in customer to a monthly contract.

The media (talking TV news here) make a huge song and dance about a new iphone coming out and even the BB gets a mention, but a price-busting device like the N4 doesn't get a mention.

Sometimes I feel like I'm walking round with the world's best kept secret in my pocket!

I've had one for a few weeks, and I've heard every "is that the new ........" you can think of, including BB, but not a single person has said Nexus (unless I've been holding it up with the huge "NEXUS" brand on the back visible, which results in a "What's a nexus?" question). Once told the price most jaws hit the floor. I really should get a commission for the number which have been sold off the back of people playing with mine.

Or maybe I should just hold a stock of them in boot of my car!

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Hardly a shock.

Every BB owner/fan I know wants a real keyboard, and that version isn't going to be release until Q3. Unfortunately all they have released so far is an iphone/android-a-like with little app support.

Pity, as the BB does have some nice features, and a bit of competition is always good for progress (27,000 lawyers permitting).

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US woman cuffed for 'booking strippers for 16th birthday bash'

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Re: Give an automatic rifle

"Young men can join the air force and fly combat missions where they get to drop bombs on people while they're still considered too young to drink."

I think that has more to do with the oddly high (from the British point of view) drinking age in the US than an oddly low "you can drop bombs on people" age.

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Re: Give an automatic rifle

Is the USA driving age still strangely low?

In which case this lad could drive several tons of steel at lethal speed, but not look at naked women.

I saw the first boobs of my adult life below that age and it hasn't caused me any ill effects

B( . Y . )bies!

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Twitter opens ad API... awaits cash TSUNAMI from ad-slingers

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Time to delete that account then...

During my few ventures onto Twitter it seems a strange place. People who think they have a service to provide you follow you. It seems back-to-front! One of my accounts says "photographer", I ended up with loads of Photoshop gurus and make-up artists following me, and that was without ever posting anything!

It's all a bit strange, and full of people with such a poor grasp of English that it makes my eyes bleed.

If it's about to degenerate further I think the "delete account" button will become very popular.

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So you won a 4G licence. The Freeview interference squad wants a word

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"In most cases that won't be an issue: the leakage from 4G into Freeview will be minimal, but where the viewer is receiving a weak Freeview signal, and using a cheap signal booster, then the effect of boosting both will knock out Freeview reception."

I can't help but wonder what the bleed-over effect will be the other way round. If you live in Crystal Palace, should you expect a 4G dead-spot due to the slightly enormous mast pushing out a subtle 200Kw on each of the 6 local freeview transponders frequencies.

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Foxconn: Our hiring freeze has nothing to do with iPhone 5

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Well...

Given the Chinese one child policy, maybe the country has just run out of cheap labour available for hire?

Mine's the flame proof one - try it!

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WTF is... Miracast?

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Right...

Where's the Raspberry Pi Miracast project?

Nice little add on to RaspBMC for someone who knows what they are doing.

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Brit robot programmers banged up for £500,000 tax evasion

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Re: £500,000 goes a long way

That's what I thought... For 15 extra months inside I get to be £300K richer - Sign me up!

In fact, it's even better than that. On the extended, keep the money, 30 months sentence, good behaviour release would be at 2/3rds, so keep your nose clean and you're out in 20 months, with your £300K safe (or at least not in £300K worth of debt).

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This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

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Re: What's that in square fettuccine? And who owns the patent on the file format?

*Phew* I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks the controls are reversed.

Pretty impressive, even more so given they used those plastic Canon cameras ;-)

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

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Re: FFS

Yup, it's the windows licensing fun all over again...

Change your HDD to an SSD, chuck in some bigger RAM whilst you're at it, and upgrade the GPU and "oh dear" different magic number generated, so it must be a different machine.

*rolls eyes*

Then remembers he's been using Open/Libre Office for years anyway due to the influx of .docx emails he couldn't open in Office 2003 which he received from people stupid enough to use the preinstalled 3 months free Smack, sorry Office 2007.

Note to self to increase the anti-third person medication.

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Meet the stealthiest UK startup's app Swiftkey - and its psychic* keyboard

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Re: Hope it works then...

I know what you mean.

Whilst modern smartphones have far more power than my old capacitive screened mobile, I do miss the ability to accurate tap with a fingernail. With a capacitive you can't, you have to use the huge squidgy end of your finger, which immediately obstructs the view of whatever it is you are trying to press!

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Apple FINALLY fills gaping Java hole that pwned its own devs

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Given the general Apple device bent of the BBC, I'm amazed they haven't been completely pwned too...

Then again, maybe the whole NUJ strike the other day was just a cover?

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Tesla vs Media AGAIN as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway

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Re: Maybe...

I didn't intend to start a "west-side "east-side" conflict here (so put the gold chains away and stop holding those 9mm sideways). I was just commenting that CA has a climate which generally further removed from the cold which is known to really bugger up rechargeable batteries.

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Maybe...

Electric vehicles are all well and good, but they are far from perfect. As mentioned in the article, cold weather murders them. Not only do the lights and heating suck valuable power from the batteries, but the batteries themselves lose a lot of capacity just from being chilly. This is nothing new. Anyone who's used a digital camera in snowy weather will be familiar with this, and often carry two of three batteries which can be kept in an almost constant camera, warm pocket, rotation.

So whilst I'm sure the car is perfect in California, it's in trouble when it meets the far more real world environment of the North East Coast.

Just a thought...

Maybe if they spent a little more on R&D, and a little less on lawyers...???

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Psst, wanna block nuisance calls? BT'll do it... for a price

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Re: Useless really

I believe the reason BT strip the CLI from SIP originated calls is because such SIP CLI is generally about as trustworthy as two dozen politicians holding expenses forms.

I have yet to have such a stripped CLI call ring on my home phone which isn't exactly what I expect - namely yet another company ignoring TPS.

BTW, personal favourite is "Microsoft" calling because my computer has reported a fault to them. These calls seem to go through phases, and me and several friends have a competition going to see how long we can string them along for. Unfortunately I'm not currently winning (I had to cut the call short at 35 minutes, I was on the way out the door at the time). So please *do* call back. Your call is important to me (I need to beat Dave's 50 minute epic!).

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Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

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Re: Personal testimonial--realtime

Many a true word!

Several years ago I bought my mother an atom powered Lenovo S10e netbook. She wanted something small and portable just for checking emails. It even came with a large (6 cell I think) battery. It seems to last forever even when set on performance.

Despite owning smart phones and tablets, guess what happens whenever I go away? Yup, I go and borrow the S10e. As the OP said, it's small enough to slip in hand luggage on the plane, it has blue tooth, wifi, a couple of USB ports and a whopping 160gig hard drive for storing all my 12Mb raw photos from my Nikon collection (this accounts for the rest of my hand luggage!).

I've even been known to do a bit of photo post processing on the netbook - although it's not something I wish to make a habit of! Slooooow! However, at least it's an option if I really have to.

All for less than £300 new. Bargain.

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Reg Hardware Awards 2012: The Winners...

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Re: Lemmings

"you'll regret that"

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Is your Surface Pro a bit full? Slot in an SD card, it's not from Apple

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Re: Tablet computer has slot for SD card

No, just Lewis trolling the Apple fans.

Oh God, look what he just made me do... Defend Apple fans!

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Worst broadband notspots in the UK named and shamed

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Re: Broadband Speeds

A lot of the streaming TV services have issues beyond your connection speed.

I'm lucky enough to have FTTC, and 38mbs into the house, but 4OD often stutters and fails to stream smoothly even in the silly "real programmer" hours.

The other night even iplayer was being moody playing live TV, yet the TV catchup app on my Nexus 7 connected to my wifi was able to stream the same channel without issue.

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Iran develops working ICBM: Intercontinental Ballistic Monkey

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Re: Jewsish sabbath, was Muslims in Space

Even if he did obey the sabbath every 10.5 hours, if would hardly have been the end of the world. If would have only last 90 minutes.

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Who ate all the Pis?

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Re: Abiword

TV remote? Try the mobile phone apps and control via the home wifi. Who needs line of sight?

I use Yatse (android).

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Curously...

Having just returned from Christmas in Hungary, where coincidently I gave a friend's son a R-Pi for Christmas, I can confirm the air traffic control, and whole airport organisation is running smoothly and efficiently. So the cleaner's son must have finished the project already.

More than can be said for those w*nkers Easyjet and Luton airport in general who caused me to miss my flight out in December.

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Dead Steve Jobs tried to KILL Ashton Kutcher from beyond the grave

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Re: Showing off our stupidity eh?

I know I can't really compete with the temperature willy-waving that's going on here, but a couple of weeks ago I did have a snowball fight whilst wearing nothing but swimming shorts and flip-flops.

8 feet from a 35c thermal bath - with a bar - bliss :-)

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actors are strange.

Put his system out of wack? Sounds perfect for later in the film, unless he'd already got the liver removal scheduled.

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Naked intruder cracks one off in Florida rampage drama

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Re: Dammit

Or at least 72" is what's going on the insurance claim...

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Pope: Catholics, go forth and multiply... your Twitter followers

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Gentle voice of reason?

There is no reason in religion.

(it's missing an a and an s)

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‘That’s not art’ says Apple as it pulls nudes from AppStore

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A country founded on the idea of freedom and escaping religious persecution... You could have fooled me!

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Smooth criminals spared the clink for hacking Sony's Jacko archive

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Re: Smooth Criminals

Sorry, yes, I meant amazingly low compared to what we have become accustomed to seeing. Not amazingly low for what they had actually done.

I agree. For once the punishment actually looks right for the crime.

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Re: Smooth Criminals

The goods never left the possession of the owners. They didn't steal anything, they copied the files. The owners were never deprived of the files.

Still an amazingly low sentence. How they avoided extradition hearings I will never know.

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Astronaut yells FIRE ... from SPAAAACE

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Re: All that technology to get a man into space

Hope they cleaned the outside before they left... Birch of a job otherwise

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North Korea's satellite a dud, say US astroboffins

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Re: Failure?

Enemies within? You mean like all these homegrown terrorists we're supposed to keep an eye open for?

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Sinclair ZX Spectrum FAILS latest radio noise rules SHOCK

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Re: "abject" ?

A nice shielded case would do wonders...

Egor, break out the evostick and tinfoil!

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Re: EMC who cares?

You should try the Home Hub 3's standard PSU.

When I first got Infinity I couldn't work out why my previously reliable network of power line kept failing to link.

A few tests later, and I found it's the cheap PSU BT supply chucking too much noise back down the mains!

Binned it.

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The Sons of Kahn and the assembly language of the internet

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Classic :-)

Much chuckleth over here as I read this... With my browser over the open Delphi 5 IDE.

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Tor node admin raided by cops appeals for help with legal bills

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Blimee...

I class myself as a bit of a data hoarder, and I have a tendency to keep old machines and recycle them. I also take a lot of photographs and store them in RAW form, but this guy has twice as many PC's as me and blows my online storage completely out of the water...

100TB... At home... In a flat?! Although I do wonder if there is a bit of Daily Mail style reporting going on as I only saw 2 HP Microservers, which even when modded with extra SATA cards are not going to account for 100TB.

If he truly does have 100TB, I can't help but suspect the cops will find something amongst all that data which will hang this chap completely out to dry.

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His Holiness Benedict XVI to tweet to his Catholic flock

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Re: Mine is a two-parter, your pope-i-ness

A plague of downvotes?

All this time I just thought I was upsetting apple fanboys. :-)

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Re: Mine is a two-parter, your pope-i-ness

So Mr downvoter, which humourless, intolerant group would you belong to?

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Re: Mine is a two-parter, your pope-i-ness

Good thing you opted for Anon... You've just upset two huge angry mobs!

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WD to crash down five terabyte desktop job, mutterings suggest

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Paris Hilton

I think it should be measured in the number of 1080HD copies of Paris' only genuine claim to fame it can hold.

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MIDI: 30 years old... almost

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The picture they currently show does indeed have a USB connector shown, but right next to a pair of standard 5 pin DIN midi ports.

I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and spare you a down vote. Several haven't been so generous!

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Facebook tries to stop its staff using iPhones in 'dogfood' push

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Re: BBC News

@DougS

I wonder how many of the iOS devs actually do make money. If they weren't already a Mac owner, they would have had to purchase one before they could even start developing. Not a good start to the bottom line!

The Android dev suite runs on anything, and costs nothing. Maybe this explains why a lot of apps are decidedly amateur.

@Craigness

Now that is odd. What version do you have? I've just checked on my vanilla Nexus 7, JB 4.2 and there is no update. BBC News Version 1.1 is what I have.

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If they are supposed to be supporting a wide variety of devices, they need to be testing on the wide variety of devices.

So far the Facebook Android app always seemed to lag behind the iOS version, even though Android is the dominant mobile phone OS.

So they needed to do something to give their staff a kick up the behind to at least get them to more accurately reflect the real world user base.

It's not just FB. How often do you see "The hit app now available on Android!!!", answer, a lot. How often do you see "The hit app now available on iPhone!!!", answer not much. For whatever reason, iOS always seems to get the initial attention. It will be interesting to see if this changes if the ipads dominance of the tablet market is threatened.

Now if only the BBC could be given a similar kick... Their Android iplayer is horrendously low bitrate, and their news app doesn't even do basics like rotate, let alone take advantage of larger tablet real-estate.

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Samsung Google Nexus 10 tablet review

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""we can't even see them (i.e. the competition) in the rear view mirror" being a particular favourite of mine"

Maybe that's because you only see things behind you in a rear view... ;-)

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Just bought an Apple product? Need support NOW? Drop an F-BOMB

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Re: Downvoted? What??

Thank you Charles! I had wondered about the downvotes myself, but then I remembered this is El Reg, so logic goes out of the window!

As you may have guessed, I too did several years working in the computer telephony industry, this included systems with voice recognition. As you know (and other probably don't), DTMF detection is usually performed on the telephony card, it's occurrence generates an interrupt so the processing application can then service the telephony card and point it to a new prompt or transfer the call etc. Voice recognition is usually farmed out to a specialist card, or to the main CPU as required.

Having a CPU or dedicated cards capable of continually processing audio from all the 30/60/90/120 inbound channels (modern systems usually have coax/fibre connections) is just crazy. Sure it makes the programming easy, just bind all the resources one to one instead of the more usual round robin pool allocation, but blimee that's gonna cost on the hardware!

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