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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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Pint

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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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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