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3G Google Nexus 7 inbound

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3G enabled...

I can't help but be amused at the idea of an N7 with a SIM... If it's not limited to data only, and supports voice, you can all look like Dom Joly!

BTW, I'm completely happy with my non-3G 16gig N7. Still got 12gig free because I remembered it isn't an mp3 player!

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Amazon flings open doors to Android Appstore in Europe

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Re: I am all for choice, but

2 people don't like PvZ I assume?

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Re: I am all for choice, but

@Irongut,

He does seem confused about the two versions of all the Angry Birds (free - with adds and paid for without add). Yup, free app of the day yesterday was original Angry Birds with no adds... Thank you very much!

Today was plants vs zombies - well why not, give it a go... Cheap at twice the price... etc.

However, the OP was right about one thing. The Amazon app just grinds! And that's running on a Nexus 7! God only knows how painful it would be on an original Kindle Fire!

Now if you don't mind I've gotta go sort out some zombies...

Braaaains...

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Now Apple wants Samsung S III, Galaxy Notes off the shelves too

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Re: Appe is scared

I suspect you might be right.

I've seen a lot of S3's in the wild recently. The iphone has become a bit common. So when someone is sitting on the train with a non-iphone and a screen the size of the S3's, you can't not notice it, and many seem to do just that.

Non techies seem to be turning up with them, including a 22 yo girl I was chatting to the other day (calm down, she was a friend of a friend). She'd had blackberries, iphone and now the S3. She waxed lyrical about it (I think she likes it).

I think I might have to have one myself too... Although being in the UK, where judges have recently shown an unexpected dose of common sense, I don't think there is an immediate rush.

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Fired Toyota coder trashes systems, steals data

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Re: Ibrahimshah Shahulhameed

Up vote for not succumbing to political correctness and making a joke that made me chuckle.

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Mars rover will.i.am 'cast: A depressing day for space and technology

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Are you seriously calling Mr I.Am's electronically retuned waveform "Art"?

Why did they have to use a new track (apart from the publicity Mr Am gets)? There are plenty of far more musical pieces which could have been played.

Personally I rather like the idea of the rover trundling over the Martian surface with "Ride of the Valkyries" blasting out.

Or maybe Monty Python's universe song with a few re-edits to allow for the different orbital and rotational speed of Mars.

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Apple: I love to hate, and hate to love thee

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"And yet... and yet... I can't stop buying into the Apple experience"

I'm told the experience of taking heroin is also very calming and pleasant.

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DOCTOR WHO world, or Magrathea, SPOTTED* orbiting twin suns

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Don't be silly...

You can't find Magrathea by just waving a telescope about... The odds of finding it that way are almost infinitely improbable.

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Ho ho ho! Apple's Samsung ban bid pushed back to Christmas

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This is going to drag on for years!

Progress is always built on the shoulders of others. Trying to prevent this through dubious patents is pure protectionism. The entire Japanese motorcycle industry was built on the back of European motorcycle designs, and then improved upon.

BTW I couldn't help notice that a drag down notification bar put in an appearance on the iPhone in IOS4... I wonder where they got that idea from *cough* Android *cough*. Mind the dismount, those high horses are a dangerous thing to ride.

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Watchdog probes rules for naughty mobe fondling on flights

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It's all a bit silly really.

Of course mobiles are dangerous. This is proved by the huge volume of wrecked planes laying about all over the world which just dropped out of the air because somebody left their phone on.... We just haven't found them yet. Must be in the Oceans. Damn this 66% water planet.

Basically it's to get people to pay attention to the evacuation drill... And the offers of drinks, lottery tickets, duty free and something they jokingly call food.

Or maybe it's to prevent occupants of a row discovering they're Android, IPhone, WinPhone and BlackBerry...

And then the fight started.

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Curiosity rover hijacked by will.i.am to debut science song

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Singer?

The only reason Mr I.AM likes technology is that it has advanced so much that it can even pull his vocals onto a known musical pitch!

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UK ISPs crippled by undersea cable snap

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Ahhh...

That explains it... I noticed some weirdness yesterday, but given it was on a friend's Talk-Talk connection I didn't realise it was anything unusual!

So where's the Sun headline...?

Undersea internet cable severed, Europe cut off.

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Ten Androids for under 100 quid

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RAM?

A mention of the RAM is almost as important as the CPU speed. Many manufacturers cut corners (and cost) by designing in the lowest possible amount of RAM they can get away with. As soon as you use it for more than a few minutes (and have background apps either running or on idle) the phone can slow to a crawl.

From my experience I'd say you want a minimum of 768meg for Froyo or Gingerbread... You can get away with 512, but you take a performance hit.

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Jury awards Apple $1bn damages in Samsung patent case

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Re: Unbelievable...

Curious contrast to the findings of the S. Korean court, which found the both partly guilty...

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Pierogi versus patatas revolconas

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Can I suggest...

Can I suggest a Polish dish for the day after the pub?

Rosół - It has revived me from the dead on many an occasion. Leaving me in a presentable condition and ready to re-enact the previous night all over again.

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And add fried bacon bits - mmmmmm

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Re: Great artery-clogging food

Whenever I've had pierogi - usually the meat variety - it has not come with chopped fried onions, but with chopped fried bacon as a garnish.

As I usually consume them in Krakow, I suspect this might just be the proper way ;-)

BTW, if you are little worried about your arteries, you can just boil them, garnish with fried bacon and eat them. The last frying stage optional.

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We're raising generations of MUTANT KIDS, says Icelandic study

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Or...

Maybe the very small Icelandic gene-pool and remote location means everyone is now interbreeding with their distant cousins?

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Study: If your antivirus doesn't sniff 'new' malware in 6 days, it never will

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uh hur...

I have pseudocode for this:

- If article subject = AV_scare then scan article for study author.

"Host-based intrusion prevention firm Carbon Black" - Check

- If author in interested parties then salt=salt+10000

Hmmmm... salty.

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AT&T defends FaceTime price gouge

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So...

Are they applying this just to Facetime, or are they also including the cross platform industry standard video calling feature Apple chose to ignore (can't have fruity users see the non-fruity weirdos can they!).

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NASA: WE'VE FOUND Four-toed NON-HUMAN FOOTPRINTS

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Re: Bad form Lewis!

Don't worry GettinSadda, you still spent more time on your post than Lweis did!

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Everything Everywhere bags 4G monopoly in UK - for now

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Are you really going to need/use 4G, or do you just want it because it is new and shiny?

Personally I often leave my phone on 2G, trading data-rate for single strength and battery longevity.

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Apple, Samsung brass hats' patent spat chitchat falls flat

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Re: Idiots shooting themselves in the feet

Correct, with only one minor flaw...

All those in a position to challenge the US patent office (aka lawyers) are making way too much money from these crazy trials to want to change the trough.

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Twitter API outrage: Break our rules and we'll break app kneecaps

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Not really a surprise...

Given the number of dizzy bird icons I see when I access twitter from a desktop browser (i.e. quite a lot, and I'm not even a heavy twitter user), I'd say they've been exceeding the capacity of their servers for quite some time.

It doesn't even seem to depend on time of day. I've even seen "dizzy bird" at 9am GMT, a time which is usually good for the internet as the Americans are asleep.

Maybe they should try to target the politician loving twitter-bot hoards a little better?

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Samsung to fight iPad with stylus, windows

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Re: Old school?

I'm sure if Apple introduced a stylus you'd see it as perfecting and revolutionising an old idea?

Or would you just forget that it ever existed before and return to your job at the US patent office, "Approved" stamp tightly gripped in hand?

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Don't worry...

"Samsung today pledged to "completely redefine mobile computing" - by bringing back the peripheral we thought was lost, the stylus."

Don't worry. I'm sure the stylus will be lost (again) very shortly.

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Text-and-drive teens ratted on by AT&T mobe tech

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That's very similar to the US open container law... Even your passengers can't have a drink when you're driving.

Hopefully that stupidity won't make it over this side of the pond... Then again, there are those trying to ban people smoking in their cars to protect child passengers (which is fine and understandable) except they're trying to get smoking in cars banned for everyone, even if you don't have children, let alone passengers!

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Samsung's Wang was up 22 hours a day, had no time to copy Apple

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@AC 14:22 - Re: Throw out the case

Whilst every inventor has the right to defend their work, that is not what we are seeing here.

Apple haven't really invented anything. Touch screen devices existed long before the iPhone. Some of them had icons, and some of those were even rectangular with rounded corners. All Apple did was take ideas from various sources and then refine them. I admit they did a nice job (eventually once they fixed all the short-falls of the IPhone 1).

Rounding the corners off of things, so they are not sharp, is not innovation. It's common place. Real physical items have been manufactured like this for centuries. Even Mr Chippendale (C 18th) was known to rub a bit of sandpaper on his furniture. It is more pleasing on the eye. Applying this to a virtual object is so obvious it's not even funny.

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Re: Throw out the case

You could do worse than have a play with a Nexus 7... Very nice bit of kit. A complete bargain, and it fits into a generous sized pocket (back pocket of my genes for example).

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Ten apps to install on your Nexus 7 first

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Re: If you root your Nexus

Even without rooting it you can use a keyboard and mouse (via a hub) with an OTG cable. Quite amusing watching a mouse pointer flying round Jelly Bean... And baffled a few friends when my Draw Something pictures suddenly became a lot better!

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Re: First App

It might not be supported, but it certainly works.

They just have a "not available" filter set for it in the market, sorry play room/store/site.

I just side loaded it from my Gingerbread mobile along with BBC iplayer. Sorted.

So my first app when I got the Nexus was AppSend on my mobile :-)

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Apple pounces on Samsung doc as proof of 'slavish copy' claims

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Re: Confused about what they are buying.

I don't buy this at all. Nobody buys a Samsung instead of an iPhone by accident!

Cars basically look the same, and I've never heard of anyone going out to buy a Ford and accidentally coming back with a Toyota!

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Apple patents shopping lists

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Re: Ye gods...

Yup!

I wonder if I can patent the idea of patenting stupid/obvious things?

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Russian rocket fails to orbit 2 satellites after booster bungle

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@Mike Richards was Re: $7m for a satellite?

Nasty stuff hydrazine. Given the chemical nature of the burn, it really doesn't leave much to fail does it. Probably a stuck valve or someone didn't solder the valve activation wire on very well.

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Re: AMERICA, F*CK YEAH!

Yes, best you ignore the manned side... They still have one!

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"until the emergency commission, which is likely to be established soon..."

Aka the Siberian tourist board...

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Foldable NFC keyboard could tempt Android users

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Re: Can't replace the battery?

Throw away instead of charging... Not very green is it!

And at that price, not what I'd call disposable.

I'm sure given the silicone construction, it wouldn't be long before someone cuts it open and finds a way to power it externally.

Now the other problem I see is the layout. I can't imagine it's too nice to type on spaced like that, and it also limits the user base... If the gap is for a smartphone, a Nexus 7 won't fit. If it's 7" tablet sized a bigger one won't fit, and phones will look a bit lost in the middle.

Surely a better design would be to have a standard keyboard layout and have the NFC part unroll to the top? (and a way of charging it of course).

I think I'll stick with the Nexus 7, OTG cable and mini USB keyboard all the same. Somewhat cheaper and not like typing on dead flesh!

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British radio telescope genius Sir Bernard Lovell dies

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RIP

A truly great pioneer and inventor.

RIP Sir Bernard.

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HP yanks 2-week-old VMware server crown from Cisco

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Horses for courses...

Now what's the price comparison.

How about x@y per £?

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Euro NCAP to mandate auto-braking in new-car test

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Re: @iCode

Very true, but the likely hood of the old Bill deploying a forensic team to your RTA is rather slim.

Unless of course the driver behind happens to be an MP, large donator to the ruling party or a free mason.

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Re: @iCode

It does indeed.

Hitting someone up the arse is almost always the fault of the person behind.

You might have a hope of arguing it was the car in front which caused it if their brake lights didn't work, but given you'll have just converted their rear lamps into the world's most impossible jigsaw, you might have problem proving it.

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I'm quite looking forward to this... It could be the end of tailgating Audis... Just deploy a favourite British technique known as window. Aka a load of bits of aluminium foil deployed from the rear of the vehicle.

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Copyright bot boots NASA rover vid off YouTube

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Do Scripps local news have a channel?

Maybe we should start issuing take-downs...

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Black helicopters circle Street View car crash

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Hmmm...

It could very well be genuine, but the blatant promoting of the travel book shop makes me suspicious.

In the picture on Flickr the guy is even wearing one of their T-shirts!

The picture isn't as casual as it looks either, there appears to be a fill or reflector to the front right of the T-shirt guy too.

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Curiosity needs OS upgrade before getting down to science

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Nowhere is safe...

... from patch Tuesday!

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Acer Iconia Tab A510 10in Android review

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Design...

"Externally Acer could have been a little more adventurous with the design. As it is the A510 looks very similar to the Tegra 2-based A500"

They probably decided to stick with that design as it is tried and tested... Any chance could risk in a letter from Apple informing them that they've accidentally used a corner curve with a patented radius or something!

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Curiosity landing live from NASA's JPL: How the drama unfolded

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Re: The Register was THERE!

They're all busy at the 'lympics!

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Time zone....

Note to the author...

When posting stuff on the intarweb with an international audience, it would be nice if times where given a timezone, not just left floating. Preferably a timezone that the whole planet can relate to such at GMT or UTC...

Not giving a time zone, or using one which is obscure or meaningful only to one nation is a tad insular.

Even worse when I'm reading this on a .co.uk website, and the times were obviously not from a time zone you would assume for a .uk domain.

/end rant.

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Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule

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Re: "Hmm... Another indication of which OS is preferred by The Best and the Brightest™"

Given that this was an automated landing, those Macs wouldn't have been doing anything more than consuming a datafeed and displaying it. Something which could be done of pretty much any hardware.

It's not like they're actually going to trust the piloting job to a commercial laptop, although I wouldn't have minded having a go, I used to be good at Lander back in the 80s... Although the latency might make this version a bit more challenging.

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Curiosity success 'paves way for Man on Mars by 2030s'

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Nice one...

When I saw the Horizon program last week I gave up trying to count the number of ways this could go wrong, so well done to them for getting Curiosity onto the surface intact and the right way up!

As for a manned landing, I'd love to be a fly on the wall when they tell the boffins they need to learn to abseil! :o)

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