* Posts by Andy Nugent

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Mark Zuckerberg and the $3bn cash fling: He's not your father's tech kingpin

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@James 51

They probably shouldn't bother then.

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Check the figures?

"assets of $36bn and income of $53bn" - impressive returns of 147%.

"Gates, the richest person in tech with a net worth of $81m" - Million?

"Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff and wife Lynne, meanwhile, have put $128bn" - eigth of a trillion dollars?

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Fujitsu picks 64-bit ARM for Japan's monster 1,000-PFLOPS super

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Re: This is why AMD and NVidia are making ARM chips

"Too many of Microsoft products have builtin dependencies on X86 architecture" - is that the case? I thought Win RT failed in part due to the fact that people expected to be able to run the Windows software that they've always used, that was x86 and that Microsoft had no control over.

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British Airways slaps 'at risk' sticker on nearly half its app delivery dept

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Re: I've used the BA boarding pass app

If you're getting 8-12 days from a smartphone I guess you're not using it for very much; no 4G / WiFi / BT / GPS switched on, no apps downloading in the background, screen brightness on minimum, minimal usage?

Which raises the question why you spent money on a smartphone?

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Google asks Unicode to look over 13 new emoji showing professional women

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Re: Too Much Time

You can always sell your shares in Alphabet if you think their work is no-longer valid.

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Windows 10 build 14342: No more friendly Wi-Fi sharing

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Re: Good

I never really got much use out of it as I don't really know that many people with Windows Phones, but you could imagine a more widespread (Android / iOS / cross platform) variant being quite useful. e.g., had a friend visited at the weekend from abroad, and he asked in a couple of bars / cafes we were in for the WiFi password, information already stored on my phone that I couldn't pass on to him. Close friends could have my home WiFi, everyone else just gets the public WiFi I've saved.

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Alphabetti spaghetti: SanDisk adds SLC cache to TLC SSD

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endurance has also been extended?

"The product's endurance has also been extended.In terms of terabytes written (TBW) during its warranted life the Z400 numbers were 20 TBW (32GB), 40 TBW (64GB), 72 TBW (128 and 256GB). The Z410's equivalent numbers are 40 TBW (120GB), 80 TBW (240GB) and 120 TBW (480GB)."

so the 128GB drive used to have an endurance of 72 TBW, and now the 120GB drive has an endurance of 40TBW.

Isn't that a drop in endurance?

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'Boss, I've got a bug fix: Nuke the whole thing from orbit, rewrite it all'

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I've had interviews for contracts in a couple of places that didn't actually use any source control systems (I never actually took the work out of fear for my sanity; they were never looking to do things properly, just wanting someone to add in a couple of more features ASAP). Usually engineering firms where it started out as a simple bit of code that the (non-software) engineer wrote and it just grew and grew. Not quite as bad as this, but going down the same road.

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$17 smartwatch sends something to random Chinese IP address

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Re: Optional

I think he's suggesting that smart watches are fragmented, not Android based smart watches.

We have an Android app that users have asked for smart watch support, and we've not done it as there isn't enough demand to justify implementing it on Tizen, Android, Pebble, etc. and there isn't a clear leader in that pack that we'd pick over the others. I don't imagine we're alone in thinking that among Android app developers.

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Ofcom's head is dead against Three and O2's merger

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You're assuming that Three will still offer those unlimited data / low cost / rolling monthly contracts if they're the biggest network. I doubt very much they will.

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Samsung's first Tizen smartphone is HERE ... by which we mean India

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Re: Tizen's dead...

There's a remaining BB demographic?

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Re: Nice price point

Voice calls are pretty much a "nice to have" feature on a smartphone.

http://news.o2.co.uk/?press-release=making-calls-has-become-fifth-most-frequent-use-for-a-smartphone-for-newly-networked-generation-of-users

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Europe: Go on. Ask us to probe the £130m 'sweetheart' deal HMRC made with Google

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Re: Lean the Tax Process

You could increase VAT, and allow companies to offset the extra VAT levied against profits / corporation tax (so that smaller businesses who aren't big enough to offshore their profits can compete on a level(er) playing field against big corporations).

So say if you have a 10% profit margin, of which small businesses would previously pay 20-28% corporation tax, and big businesses offshore it and pay nothing, you'd then have a 7-8% profit margin of which small businesses would be no worse off (as they'd pay no corporation tax), and large businesses who offshore their profits would be (or they'd raise their prices, and be less competitive against smaller / local firms). Whether there's enough smaller / local firms to keep them from just passing on the price rise would be the big unknown.

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Re: Tax Law Suck

And where the mouse always has years to find the loop holes from when the tax laws are set and the first set of accounts are due to be filed. I doubt governments are ever going to be able to outmaneuver large corporations, even if the political will was there.

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EE plans to block annoying ads on mobile network

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How long...

...before EE start a program that allows certain companies ads through for a small admin fee?

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'I posted winning race ticket in Facebook selfie ... and someone stole it!'

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+1 as I assume you're joking.

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Facebook's UK wing paid just £4k in corporation tax last year

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Re: Companies don't pay tax

paying dividends doesn't lower your profit. Dividends come from your profits.

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Google Chromecast 2015: Puck-on-a-string fun ... why not, for £30?

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Re: Ugly

How cables look hanging behind my TV is a real concern for me as well.

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Windows 10 grabbed about five per cent market share in August

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The fact there's a list of desktop Linux adopters says it all really.

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Oh no, startup Massive Analytic unleashes 'artificial precognition'

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This was a sponsored post, right?

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Moto fires BROADSIDE into the flagship phone's waterline with X Play and Style

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Re: Interesting..

was that a SIM free device or is the network not releasing the update? I thought the whole point of Motorola effectively releasing stock Android devices was that they could release updates without huge amounts of effort on their part.

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OnePlus 2: The smartie that's trying to outsmart Google's Android

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Re: But what about people who don't want huge great phones?

I got a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact for that reason. Great phone. Although you need to buy a case, as some genius thought putting a shiny / slippery glass back on it was a good idea; my first one slipped off a quite rough wooden garden table and cracked, luckily while still covered by my credit card purchase protection.

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Farewell then, Mr Elop: It wasn't actually your fault

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Re: Don't burn the platform you're standing on

Wasn't it sent to everyone in the company? If he couldn't work out that it'd leak...

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Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

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Re: Whooooosh!

"Interestingly, when my SO got a new phone (from O2) not long ago, the phone itself was on a completely separate finance agreement. So it looks like the operators are wising up to this one." << does that not mean they can't advertise the phone as being **FREE** ?

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Entertaining prospect: Amazon Fire TV Stick

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Re: Its all about the SP Factor (Shiny and Pointless)

A niche product?

I think you've got it the wrong way around. Lots of people find a £30-40 simple to install stick that gives access to Netflix, iPlayer, YouTube, etc. useful.

"a box that will allow you to stream from a local NAS or streaming server" is a niche product (and yes, I have a streaming server, I just accept the fact that the majority of people have no desire to set up a home server & rip their DVD collection)

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BlackBerry ponders putting Android on future mobes

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Given the number of negative comments we got when we released an Android Runtime app in the BlackBerry store, from people who genuinely couldn't understand why we wouldn't take the time to write a native BB10 app, this is going to go down wonderfully with their their existing users.

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2016 might just be the year of Linux on the (virtual) desktop

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Re: Non-product

http://www.netmarketshare.com/report.aspx?qprid=11&qpaf=&qpcustom=Linux&qpcustomb=0

Based on usage (not sales) it's about 1.5%.

The fact you recommend a variant, and someone else would probably recommend a different variant, plus the fact your recommendation is "for a first time user" suggesting you'll soon grow out of Mint and look at installing something else, is potentially some reasons why the figure is that low despite being free.

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'Use 1 capital' password prompts make them too predictable – study

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Password generators

I've also had trouble using a random password generator on various sites because it was:

(a) too long

(b) didn't match their rules (despite being 16 random characters of lower/upper/numbers).

(c) the website blocked the ability to copy 'n' paste into the text box, forcing me to use a password I could be bothered to type out twice.

It's almost like the developers don't understand the maths and think creating rules makes it harder to crack (tip, a 20 character phrase all in lower case is harder to crack and easier for humans to remember than a 6 character password with uppercase/lowercase/numbers/symbols).

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Facebook fiddles with News Feed algo. Brace yourself for CONTENTGEDDON

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Re: You want traffic on your site ?

Is that what Facebook said?

"Overall, pages should continue to post things that people find meaningful and consider these best practices for driving referral traffic."

I read that as if you post quantity over quality, then you'll find your page's posts disappearing from people's timelines. If you post stuff that your followers are actually interested in, that they like / share / comment on, then it's more likely to appear.

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Re: Charge the ex-pats

BBC Worldwide is already the commercial arm of the BBC, for selling & merchandising shows abroad (Sherlock / Dr Who on US TV for example).

I think there'd be issues with what you're proposing, as you'd be conflicting with those licenses (selling a show to channel ABC in the USA, and also charging people in the USA to view it via iPlayer).

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Windows 10 for phones: Stepping towards the One True Windows

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Re: Elephant dead?

What ads are on Windows Phones that don't also appear on other phones? I've never noticed any other than the usual in-app adverts in free apps.

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Re: So... what then?

Does that "4th largest phone vendor by devices shipped in Europe" include all the £20+ Nokia feature phones, which don't really have anything to do with Windows Phone?

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Re: Is IE still cack on it?

My 1020 does it all the time, e.g. reading a long article, read a message, switch back to browser and it's re-loading and I'm at the top of the page.

I assumed the 1020 had a fairly good spec despite being fairly old?

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So long, Cyanogen! OnePlus says its future belongs to OxygenOS

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One Plus distraction

Is this not just another distraction from One Plus to handle the fact that they still haven't brought their "2014 Flagship Killer" to market (i.e. I can't walk into a shop, go to Amazon or their website and actually buy one without spending time advertising them on social media)? Don't focus on the fact that we're all hype, focus on our new Android variant...

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

Andy Nugent

Re: Wht's the point really ?

Guess it comes into it's own in warmer countries, but being able to quickly scroll through a news feed and send the articles you want to read to the eInk screen for reading while sat out side in the sun seems pretty useful.

Being able to see notifications without powering up a full HD colour screen, when most of the time you'll be dismissing/ignoring them.

Being able to put useful information (e.g. boarding passes) on the rear screen (and have them stay their after a shutdown) when the battery is dying seems handy as well.

Just a couple off the top of my head.

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Cheap Android phones? Bah! How about a $29 mobe from Microsoft?

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Re: Perfect second phone for music festivals and similar

a) this isn't a Lumia.

b) "Go to a festival with this and get laughed at"; are you 13?

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THREE MILLION Moonpig accounts exposed by flaw

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Except Moonpig don't have public APIs for 3rd party developers. They've (I'm guessing accidentally) published their internal API's docs (that they've also not secured). Like leaving your front door unlocked AND putting up a sign where the valuables are to be found.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Ninite.com

Not so much a free app; but a really easy way to setup a PC (and keep it up to date) with a lot of free apps (including several mentioned on this list).

Select the apps you want, download a 200kb installer. Run and it installs them all silently. Run again and it updates them all for you.

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Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked

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Re: I call BS

Years ago we had a fairly popular Symbian app in the Nokia/Ovi Store (free and a "pro" version available for about €1) that was available on numerous pirate sites (some with more downloads than we'd had paying users). The majority had a 20-30% increase in the file size for the "cracked" pro install. Maybe the crack to remove the license check was just really large, but I'm guessing there was a lot more packaged in with it.

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Huawei: There'll be BLOOD spilled in the smartphone sector soon

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OnePlus One

Except you can't buy a OnePlus phone, it's only available if you have an invite from entering competitions, promoting them via social media, etc.

IF they start shipping them in numbers at that price while that's still considered a high spec, then great, lets start taking them seriously.

But at the moment, it's pure marketing. I'm guessing they're making a loss on the very low number of phones sold at the moment to try and build hype, and will then release on scale when/if the bill of materials approaches the break even point.

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BlackBerry not afraid to throw its mobe biz under a bus, says CEO Chen

Andy Nugent

Re: Chen: Give Us What We Want

Are you suggesting that the way for BlackBerry to compete with iOS and Android is to let them run BB7 apps? Seriously?

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Re: Apps apps apps

Sort of... developers need to bother to publish them (ignoring people sideloading the .apk). Which means buying some BB handsets to test your converted app on.

You also need to remove and potentially replace any Google service based features (Google Maps, push notifications, game/Play centre, etc.).

We've got a fairly popular app on Google Play (around 400,000+ installs), that has an Android Runtime version in BB World that has had 4,000 downloads.

It's a free app with adverts. We're not going to recoup the cost of getting handsets to test it on, never mind the time to test it or the time it took to create a custom build with Google Maps, etc. disabled.

I certainly wouldn't recommend any small to medium sized company to bother (maybe if you're BBC iPlayer, Facebook, etc. where 1/100 of the downloads is worth it).

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Apple RESURRECTS the iPhone 4: report

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Re: New refurbished?

A) I can't be bothered looking it up, but you could work out Apple's profit margin by taking the profits (documented in their quarterly reports) and dividing it by the number of units sold (documented in their quarterly reports). They're not a private company. It's not an internal doc.

B) The figure that I heard at a Deloitte event was 60% profit margin on a 128GB iPad Air.

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Apple coughs up 7 hours of profit to refund kids' $32.5m app spend spree

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It's made slightly worse, that you also need to enter your password to install free apps opening the same 15 minute window.

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Android antivirus apps CAN'T kill nasties on sight like normal AV - and that's Google's fault

Andy Nugent

Re: Crazy Platform

"At least XP allows a modestly competent user to reinstall from scratch if necessary" - also known as a factory/hard reset on Android (and other smartphone OSs, Symbian had it, Windows Phone has it, etc.).

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SLAPPING an iPhone out of a corporate drone's hand: You're not the only one who longs to do it

Andy Nugent

WP8 released in Nov 2012

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Windows_Phone_8_devices

So we're actually at the one year mark, not two.

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Build your OWN Apple iBeacon with a Raspberry Pi

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Passbook

I presume this setup also works with Passbook (https://developer.apple.com/library/ios/documentation/userexperience/Reference/PassKit_Bundle/Chapters/LowerLevel.html#//apple_ref/doc/uid/TP40012026-CH3-SW4)?

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Microsoft: Everyone stop running so the fat kid Win RT can catch up

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Re: Success???

3.3% was Windows Phone market share in Q2 2013 according to Gartner (http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2573415). As it was Windows Phone's best quarter to date, the actual share of Windows Phone devices in use is probably significantly lower.

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Re: Glacial?

It's not market share, it's sales share in the last quarter. Given that most people keep a smart phone for 2 years (contract length) the market share is roughly the phones sold in the last 8 quarters.

The increase in the EU, which is the figures I presume you're talking about (http://www.kantarworldpanel.com/global/News/Windows-Phone-nears-double-digit-share-across-Europe - I've not seen the 5% world wide mentioned anywhere else and my guess is that's a little high), is encouraging for Windows Phone, but as a developer they need several more quarters like that before they're considered as a requirement along with iOS and Android.

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