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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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T-Mobile boss: 'High and mighty' Verizon and AT&T are 'raping you for every penny you have'

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UK vs US

I think this is to do with the difference between T-mobile in the UK (now EE) and T-mobile in the States. Same name, two completely different(ly run) companies.

Could be wrong, but it is the impression that I have got.

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

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4G EE at Glastonbury.

Just to say, that seeing as EE are one of the bigger sponsors of Glastonbury, the signal will probably be reasonable at least, due to temporary infrastructure (although, of course, with the number of people on sight, weather it will be of any use is hard to say).

I know they are providing free 4G powered Wi-Fi in some areas.

They also have a deal where if you buy a (relatively low powered) charge bar from them (EE), you can use it to charge your phone, and drop it into one of their tents, and get a 'new' fully charged one in return. Yours to keep at the end of the festival.

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Amazon's not-actually-3D Fire: Bezos' cash register in YOUR pocket

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no 'instant video' on Android

I figured that this is because they (Amazon) know that if you are an iOS user, you are likely to stay there, but they (Amazon) still want some of your custom (charge for Prime Video).

Where as, if you are an Android user, they might be able to tempt you away from Google, with the promise of Amazon content apps.

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YouView loses YourView trademark fight, may have to pick new name

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YewView

Does that only show 70's BBC content?

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Soccer Football in SPAAACE! ISS 'naut nails zero-G bicycle kick

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Zero G football.

Looks great. How long before we can get a larger, but much simpler (less scientific bits and bobs hanging off every available surface), space station up, so that we can start ZG football as a proper sport?

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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Re: And here I was thinking that complex physics was the problem

easily solved. Give them less 'assets'. Also being assassins and needing to stay inconspicuous, I would expect them to be fairly well covered, (not the normal level of dress for female characters) and well fitted clothes would probably help with all the running climbing and Assassing...

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HP has Chromeboxes with Intel Core i7 chips, but they'll cost you

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useless without an internet connection (or not)

While I can see how that could be with a laptop (chromebook) but with one of these, while small, the need for KVM means you're unlikely to be moving it around much, and therefore (unless your broadband drops out) are going to be statically connected to a network.

You're not going to be worrying about being in a coffee shop or train with no free wifi.

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NASA beams vid from space via laser

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Mushroom

So, basically an orbiting laser platform?

Good work people, carry on.

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Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! 3D HOLO-PHONE hinted in Amazon vid

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Re: Apple lost it?

they very rarely announce hardware at the Developers Conference. the WWDC is about software, the hardware it runs on comes later.

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OK, execs. You want Apple kit. And Windows Phone, too? Really?

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Re: Khaptain my Khaptain

"users need proper training"

never have truer words been typed.

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Seagate in surprise $450m LSI Flash gobble

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value of aquasitions, make no sense to me

My mind boggles at how a nice real company that actually makes something it can sell and (potentially) profit from, (such as LSI) can be sold / brought for as little as £450m, where as something that has no (real) product, and no discernible revenue stream (whatsapp / instagram etc) can be sold / brought for beeeelions.

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Hey, we'll do 4G for £15, says O2 (just mind how you go on the 1GB limit)

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O2

do like to play some silly buggers.

I'm on a 24 month contract, and a few months back, I got a friendly text informing me that I was being moved onto an equivalent 4G contract. Same price, same data caps (1gb, still more than I can use in a month). Conveniently, I mainly get 4G when I'm at work, and have Wi-Fi, or at home, when I have Wi-Fi.

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Re: GreggS

When I looked at GiffGaff, tethering was allowed, on some packages, but it depends on what phone you have. As it is technically PAYG, tethering isn't allowed on iPhones, but should work on 'droids. It's part of the reason I stayed with O2.

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Tesla's TOP SECRET gigafactories: Lithium to power world's vehicles? Let's do the sums

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were gonna need batteries

when we have our

Solar Freakin Roadways.

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Why are Fujitsu and Toshiba growing lettuce in semiconductor plants?

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thats the other clean room

that the visitors were not allowed to see

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Google: The Internet of Things to become the Internet of ADVERTS ON YOUR THERMOSTAT

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Re: AdBlock+ sunglasses

See, 'They Live'

some curious side effects though

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Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

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Re: "2. If it moves and it shouldn't..."

gaffer tape

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Re: Apple's laptops don't even support touch yet either.

you say that like it's a bad thing.

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"why not regular desktop Windows 7/8.1"?

The surface PRO(s) do run the regular desktop version of windows, it's what makes them 'Pro', it's only the surface RT that doesn't.

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Now that's PROPER SCIENCE: Boffins teach robo-arm to catch flying beer bottle

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Pint

That's pretty cool

Have a beer.

(*catch*)

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Archos ArcBook: An Android netbook for a measly hundred-and-seventy clams

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Re: Quite tempting - but I won't be buying one.

I brought an Archos media player some years back. Think iPod touch, but about twice as thick due to the 2.5"HDD that was inside.

Nice little device, except i found that after buying it, i needed to pay extra for the WiFi drivers, and even more for the video codecs, without which it was basically a huge MP3 player. Looking back, i probably should have been able to 'find' them online somewhere, but i was young(er) and more naive. Anyway, as a result, Archos are on my 'do not buy' list

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A first-world problem solved: Panoramic selfies, thanks to Huawei's Ascend P7

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Re: pronunciation

I've always assumed it is pronounced 'Who are we'

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ENTIRE UNIVERSE created in supercomputer. Not THIS universe (probably)

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Re: We could be in a simulation

why would anyone want to simulate such tedium?

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear of, er, a CHEESE-TASTIC title?

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Re: £30 for a blu-ray?

maybe for the 'special limited directors second extra theatrical cut' but that will add another couple of months to the release date

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Streaming brilliant: Netflix signs access agreement with Verizon

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Re: No Ads on Now TV

and, having thought about it, Now TV has much more 'current' content for the same sort of price as the other two, so maybe the almost advertising, is almost excusable.

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Re: No Ads on Now TV

Was catching up on GoT over the weekend. No Ads, but there are breaks in the program.

Short promo's for Sky Atlantic twice an episode, and also a (very) brief break to show the show's logo, much as you might get when returning from an ad break.

Much better than real advertising for sure, but on a service you are -directly- paying for, still pretty cheeky. No ads at all on Netflix, or Amazon's offering.

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Super-heavy element 117 DOES exist – albeit briefly. Got any berkelium handy?

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Element 117 ?

John.

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BSkyB broadband growth chopped in HALF

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my 2pence

I used to be with O2 before the takeover, was very happy with the service. I'm now with Sky, still happy with the service, haven't noticed any change in line speeds and if anything I am using it more than I used to with more streaming, and downloading free games from Xbox twice a month.

At the time of the 'merger' (about a year ago?) I was given (what seemed like) a friendly offer from Sky. I think it went something along the lines of this.

If you leave O2, and sign up with us, we'll get your sorted toot-suite leave you on the same package, and give you half price for a year (or a years free TV {not interested}). You can on the other hand, stay with O2, until all the messy merging has gone through, can't be sure how long it's going to take, and we can't be sure what will happen to the state of your connection in the mean time.

Fibre sounds appealing, but I don't think I can get it in my area, and being in rented accommodation, the new installation (from speaking to colleges) could be more trouble than it's worth. Besides, 1 person can only use so much bandwidth when they are at work most of the day.

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

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environmental conditions

Good question.

I would imagine (hope / expect) that due to the fact it isn't relying on 'eyes' to see the road in first place, but a bank of sensors and data sources. So, in a bad weather situation, heavy rain / snow etc, I would like to think these auto-cars should be ok, because while one type of sensor might go snow blind, there should be others to pick up the slack, just with the car driving 'more carefully'.

It's the things that will affect the road condition that bother me, things like black ice and flooding. Again, the sensors might (at least by the time these things hit mass production) be able to deal with those sorts of things. I would hope it is something that is at least being considered.

However, thinking about it, have you seen Black Dog (boston dynamics now owned by google) correct itself after being kicked while walking on ice? Maybe those sort of movement correction techniques will find their way into driver-less cars.

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95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift

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i hate to be a pedant

(that's a lie, I love being a pedant)

but, since when is 530, almost 612?

(Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre (530m) against twice the Shard (2x306m)

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Microsoft reissues Windows 8.1 Update for enterprise customers

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how does one know if they have updated to the Update?

I have over the last couple of days installed what could be called a fuck ton (about 1gb) of "Windows 8.1 Updates" on one of our test devices, but can't see anything to indicate that it has been updated to Windows 8.1 Update (or what ever the hell it's being called).

That is one of the benefits of service packs, you can see nice and easily that you are on Win8.1 SP1.

Anyone else got more of a clue than I?

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Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'

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Re: iphone?

to an extent, yes. there is an effect applied which makes it look like the icons are sitting in front of the wallpaper, instead of stuck to it. As you move (tilt) the phone around, the icons stay fixed, but the wallpaper appears to move behind them.

Pretty, but pointless.

(bit like an iphone really)

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

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Re: bah!

I could deal with a slightly larger screen than my 5s, but wouldn't want a much larger phone, so if they can work some 'magic' with the bezel, good luck to 'em, otherwise, I'm out.

Just a shame that this seems to be the way things are going, with not many higher-end phones that aren't on the rather large size. We have a galaxy mega at work, the thing is a joke.

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Titanfall pits man against machine, Kiefer Sutherland Snakes into Metal Gear Solid V

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360 vs xb-one (vs PC)

just wondering if anyone knows if / how much of a difference there is between the current gen and previous gen version of Titanfall.

I could understand it (just about) if the multiplayer only thing was 360 only, because 'the old hardware can't handle a full campaign' (or more likely as an incentive to sell the new console).

But if they are basically the same game (except for some slightly fancier graphics), I can't help but feel that we gamers are getting ripped off. (or at least I would be getting ripped off, if I had made the mistake of not cancelling my xb-one pre-order)

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Mechanical monster macropod LEAPS out of the lab

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at least they gave this thing a face (of sorts). Looks a hell of a lot less sinister than that robotic abomination that is Big Dog

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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Re: socket orientation

I swear I have had devices where the sockets next to each other have had different orientations

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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

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I see a USB port..?

Access to local storage?

If so, I'm sold (once available in the UK)

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

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Re: Double-tap to wake

one of the benefits of the single (multi purpose) physical button on the front of an iPhone. Easy enough to poke to get a quick view of the lock screen for time / notifications, and with the sensor on the 5s, it's a poke to see the lock screen,then you just keep your finger there to unlock.

it's one of the (many) things that i don't like about so many of these phones that (apart from the often awkward power button) only have software buttons.

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