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YIKES: Combination of LIVING WOMAN and MACHINE sighted in NYC

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orientation

This isn't the first wrist based device that seems to have the screen (or at least the content there on) facing the wrong way. To me, that looks like you're going to have to be contorting your hand, to be able to read what's on it.

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Sealed with a kiss: Er, 80 MILLION BACTERIA

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persistance

How long to these 'similarities' last after the marathon snog session? How likely is it that you will be sharing your previous partner, with your next?

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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not sure how many i got

I recognised the images, didn't know the name of the phones, never mind.

We did have a communicator pass through our office recently. I really, really wanted to find a valid use for it, but just couldn't

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Technics SL-1210's

I remember a few years back, a DJ friend of mine dropped one of his down some stairs. Not a scratch on it, still worked perfectly. Try finding pretty much any other hardware that would survive that kind of abuse. (especially one with moving parts)

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DODGY THRUSTER won't stop PHILAE hurtling toward COMET SHOWDOWN

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Re: "moon landing"

yeah, but, when you're broadcasting from a sound stage, it's bound to be easier.

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Apple strap-on wristjob: You WON'T be able to spend more than $5,000!

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a real mans watch

I'm saving up for a real watch. The Omicron Spymaster, with knockout gas and a garrote

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Re: $150 for a watch strap?

if you're talking difference between the 'sport' and 'standard' versions, then there is also the addition of a sapphire screen, which probably bumps up the price a bit

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

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Re: Rockets

yeah, but it's hardly brain surgery

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Amazon hopes FIRE STICK will light up its video service

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box vs stick

anyone know what the box gives you that the stick doesn't?

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Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

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smart watch usage

The thing is, all, smart watches, regardless of how small, light, user friendly or whatever, need 2 hands to actually do anything on them, at all (apart from read the time)

I can do a fair amount on my phone one handed, it is only occasionally that I need to hold it in one hand, and operate it with the other, but you try performing any 'smart' function, on any of these watches with one hand, and your going to have a hard time.

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Re: smart watch as a pocket watch

err, smartphone maybe (just stick it on a lanyard) thing is, still needs charging daily....

(I might have missed the joke, if so, I already have my coat, just need to finish my pint and I'll be gone)

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Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes

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brilliant article

I grew up in Kingston in the 90's after my family moved there are the end of the 80's.

I am slightly ashamed to say I had no idea about this fairly significant piece of what is fairly recent history, of what (until recently) is my home town. Reading about areas that I know (many summer evenings spent in Canbury gardens) and having a lot of the names of places make sense has been a revelation.

This is why I read the Reg.

Thanks.

(might have to hop on my bicycle this weekend and have a look around with newly opened eyes)

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Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries

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Re: Textonym

The thing with "textonyms" is that now everyone* is using smartphones with full qwerty keyboards, it no longer holds true.

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PANTS on FIRE? Too late for you. But others will benefit from singed trouser phone alert

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which is great

unless your device has a non removable battery, like both of the devices mentioned in the opening of the article....

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Trolls have DARK TETRAD of personality defects, say trickcyclists

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everyday sadism?

I would be a fan, but the mrs only allows it at the weekend

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

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Nintendo

I wonder if the bean counters at nintendo have any idea how much money they could rake in if they ported a load of games iOS (maybe they do and dont want to give apple 30% of it..)

I can't be the only person that grew up on a steady diet of ever 'improving' game boys, that now, doesn't have the inclination for a dedicated hand held console, and less and less time for the one parked under the tv, but would gladly throw a few quid here and there for iphone ports of my old favourites to play on the bus, or train, or whatever...

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UPGRADE your CHILDREN with KANO: All you need in one box

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Re: Got one

was more that i liked the sound of the Kano project, so helped with the funding, the hardware was a bonus.

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Got one

Through the kickstarter. (with a nice bright orange t-shirt)

Great little all in one box (minus display)

Just need to get working on it, and find a long term project to use it for.

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Vulture takes BlackBerry's Passport through customs

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Re: Swype

iOS8 has that now (for a small charge)

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Apple tool: Buying an iPhone in a carpark? Find out if it's STOLEN

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if your worried the iphone you're buying might be stolen,

then it probably is

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Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9

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Re: 7 doesnt support touch

errr, yes it does. quite well actually.

we have a deployment of Dell Lattitude XT laptops with swively screens. Came loaded with vista, which was upgraded to XP almost instantly (which had some touch suuport) and was then then re-upgraded to 7 as soon as that became available.

Not sure about multi-touch, but the handwriting recognition is pretty decent, and really the most useful touch feature that I have found on a device with a built in keyboard and mouse

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HOT WET ALIEN world discovered in constellation Cygnus

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Re: Pictures of dinosaurs?

Me. With my time machine.

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Puppet-wearing devs: There's now an app (or two) for that

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dissapointed

here's me thinking that Puppetconf was going to be like ComicCon, but with Muppets.

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

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46% of how many users?

I find percentages not all that much use when comparing things that are not of exactly equal value.

Without knowing how many users that 46% represents, compared to the previous 49%, doesn't mean much.

If the overall user base has increased from (for example) 100 people, to 200 people, then that 46% (of 200) is significantly more actual bodies, than the 49% (of 100)

(yes, of course there is the possibility that there has been an overall decrease in users, in which case the percentages are equally meaningless)

Also, it seems that every year I read these stories of it taking people hours to update iOS, and then finding that they have lost half their stuff, and the battery is crap and the Wi-Fi doesn't work, where as every year, it takes me half an hour to download, back up and update, and everything works fine. I can't be the only one, right?

Saying that though, I am the only person I know that doesn't passionately hate iTunes.

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Register journo battles Sydney iPHONE queue, FONDLES BIG 'UN

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Re: I didn't read the article

queuing up for the re-education centre

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Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets

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Apple NFC

What i want to know (if a little off topic) is will the NFC in the new iPhones do anything other than the iPay stuff?

Useful things like tap to pair Bluetooth speakers, use of RFID tags, that sort of thing,

As far as i can tell, nothing of that sort has been mentioned, and it wouldn't surprise me if it was iPay only, but that would be a bit like including a Bluetooth stack and limiting it to hands free kits only.

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

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Re: Stop listing the price on contract

Much like amazon's Fire phone. "From Free on 2 year contract*"

*$80pm.

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

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Re: So, for people like me that still get good use out of theirs

I'm fairly sure that real world shops that do sell them (like my local supermarket), will still sell them, until they have no more to sell (at which point they will get no more stock from apple).

They won't just put the ones they do have in a box and throw them in a river.

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So, for people like me that still get good use out of theirs

I guess the thing is to get a spare while you still can.

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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Re: 5s is still an option

for now, but probably only another year or so. Go to the Apple web store, and they have 4 iphones for sale, 5c, 5s, 6, 6+.

Next year when the 6s and 6s+ (massive speculation here) what's to say that the 5c and 5s won't drop off that list.

While this might seem like a long time, for people who already own one, it means that their next phone is either going to be larger, or not an iPhone, which for a lot of people (that are deep inside the walled garden) isn't a great choice.

I have a 5s, and I like the size. I'm not so keen on being 'forced' to upsize, just to stay with apple.

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Alien Ninja Fembot Pirates vs the Jedi SAS Chuck Norris startroopers: RUMBLE

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All about numbers

what are we talking about here, 1000 of each? more? less?

also, is this a one on one cage match winner stays on type affair, or a full on almighty battle spanning an entire planet (or system).

are team ups allowed? for example, all the humans (SAS, Chuck, Troopers...) team up, take out all the freaks then settle to fighting amongst themselves.....

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

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Re: It's a plant!

nice idea, but if it is a plant, then come Tuesday, what will they reveal? Not the 2 phones and a watch everyone is expecting, and we have been distracted with, but.....

(obviously something we aren't expecting, maybe 6 new phones, two new watches, new mac mini, and some completely before unimagined new class of device, some kind of iFridge maybe?)

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Apple reportedly inks deal with American Express for its iPhone payments system

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Official Prediction for the 9th

Based entirely on what has crawled out of my arse after a heavy weekend.

iPhone 6 4.7" screen.

iPhone 6 Air(or Pro, or some shit) 5.5" Screen, dead expensive, 'reduced' availability.

oh, one more thing, we have this fancy watch thing, you can all have a good look at it, but it won't be ready until, just before Christmas.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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it'll all end in tears

probably already has

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BAT-GOBBLING urban SPIDER QUEENS swell to ENORMOUS SIZE

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Boffin

I know it's friday, and i'm sorry

but on a slightly serious note, is it just me, or do neither of the so called 'spiders' in that image at the bottom of the article actually have the required 8 legs?

I've looked, and counted, and re-counted and I only see three pairs on each...

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Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER

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Breaking News!

Unconfirmed product, that wasn't released last year, might not be released this year either (or possibly ever). Full story at 11.

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Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!

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shopping while drunk

When I've been out and had a 'few', shopping is the furthest thing from my mind.

my priorities are usually, have another drink, have something to eat, pass out. (not necessarily in that order)

If I'm drunk in charge of a PC, then something has gone horribly wrong with my evening.

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New iGasm: Apple to unveil not one but TWO iPhone 6 models on 9 Sept

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Response to 'Invite'

Hi Tim.

We'd love to come to your event, but we're busy at a Samsung event at that time.

Thanks

El Reg

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iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

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Drop in Ipad sales / saturated market?

Might be connected to the outrageous idea that once someone has purchased an Ipad (an it seems many people have) They don't go out an buy another one.

I know several people that are still happily using an iPad2, and have no desire to replace it anytime soon, but they do 'upgrade' their (i)phones every 18 - 24 months.

I have an ipad4, and am very unlikely to replace it until it breaks.

I would expect (although this is of course opinion) that there is a massive amount of ipad owners of 'slightly advanced years', that received them as gifts from 'younger members of the family', to cut down on family based support calls. As such, they didn't buy their first ipad, and are quite unlikely to ever buy another one.

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Apple said to be prepping public beta for OS X Yosemite

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Hardly surprising.

Considering Apple announced this themselves, at the WWDC, during the Yosemite launch.

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Microsoft's Black Thursday: XBox Live goes down as XBox Studio canned

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coincidence?

Any plausibility that this was connected to the extra traffic caused by (probably) millions of people all trying to access the Destiny beta that went live yesterday?

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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@ Ross K

I'm sure there is, but no matter how hard I look, I can't find the punchline

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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2 main problems with this fancy wireless audio gumpf

1) Does it not need a power cable? Therefore, not wireless. In fact, exactly as many wires as my 'wired' speakers require. I can have either of my two floor standers, or 5 of my 5.1 (sub needs mains) where ever I want, at worst, I need some longer 2core cables, all running off the power provided by my amp.

2) How much do these damn things cost? My 5.1 Onkyo set-up a few years back was, if I recall about £250. For 6 speakers. 1 of these damn 'wireless' speakers cost significantly more than that. As people have mentioned above, I get round the multi room 'problem' by turning the damn thing up to 11, or unplugging my Pure DAB with rechargeable battery and carrying it with me.

There are many other things I could grump about when it comes to audio / hi-fi set ups, but I'm not quite that old and grumpy, yet.

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'BIGGEST BIRD EVER': 21-foot ripsaw-beaked flying HORROR

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take off

I figure it spent a loooong time airborne, much like an albatross, and when on occasion it did need to take off, it would be able to throw itself off a nearby cliff face (probably the one it briefly landed on) spread it's wings, catch a draft and off it goes.

I am, of course, no ornithologist.

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

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at what point does a model aircraft become a UAV?

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Star Wars: These are the 'unknown' actors we were looking for

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In mysterious ways, the force works

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Re: Fan Bingbing?

For those interested, she was Blink in X-men : DOFP

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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a lesson learned some time ago

There are certain people that i deal with, and the first question i ask (after 5 mins of listening to their problem) is.

"What exactly can you see on the screen?"

Does piss some of them off, as they feel like they're being talked down to, but can cut half an hour off the job.

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Apple fanbois to talk at the iWatch, INSPECTOR GADGET style – report

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i'm starting to hope that there is no iWatch in the works, so that all these leaks and predictions are shown to be nothing but rumour and wishful thinking.

The only problem with that is, if the product is never released, these rumours will never end.

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Google, Microsoft to add remote KILL switch to phones

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correlation vs causation

Is it at all possible that the decrease in Apple thefts, and the increase in Android thefts, is because there are fewer Apple phones around, and more Android phones, than there used to be?

Also, a problem that I remember someone telling me about previously ( a member of the police force I seem to remember) is that quite often, a street robbery / mugging, is either going to happen, or it won't. What make of phone you have (probably in your pocket) doesn't come into it.

If upon being mugged you produce a phone that the assailant won't be able to make much / any money from, they will take it anyway, so that you have no convenient way of calling the police to report the crime.

May be total BS, but sounds not entirely unreasonable, other than it credits these crim's with enough smarts to realise the benefits of removing lines of communication.

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