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Colossal dead black neo-sphere approaching Earth

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well, if it is close enough

then you may be able to see it during the day (much like you can see the moon during the day)

or if it is sufficiently black, it could pass in front of something that is not black, like the moon......

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Alien

cool

Will we be able to see it?

Although, of course in Blighty at this time of year, cloud cover is a dead cert.

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Square pushes pay-by-facial recognition

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Black Helicopters

I'm not sure, but I think I prefer this idea to that of pulling my phone (card etc..) out and touching to a reader. Partly because of the opt in nature of it. It seems to remove the possibility of an unsavoury character standing a little to close to me on the bus / train, and electronically robbing me with their high gain antennas.

However, I do get the feeling that there is something deeply wrong with this, i just cant put my finger on it....

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Native Gmail app coming to iPhone, iPad?

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exchange

That option indeed doesn't appear, but i thought we were talking about GMail here, not exchange, anyway.

I have found, that when I delete an email from my the exchage account on my idevice, it deletes it, also moves it from my outlook inbox to my deleted items. Not really sure what else you'd want it to do, (apart from labels and all that)

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Archiving

FYI.

On iOS, you can delete Gmail emails from the Mail app (instead of archiving them).

Go to the Mail, Contacts, Calendars section in Settings, click the account you want to change, and toggle "Archive Messages"

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Earth escapes obliteration by comet

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yeah, but....

if it were lots of smaller pieces, they would stand a better chance of burning up on entry. Also, the 'total energy transfer' would be spread out over a much larger area (unless it was cut into chunks that didn't drift apart, at all) instead of all of it hitting in exactly the same place.

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5 SECONDS to bypass an iPad 2 password

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Meh

only a minor issue, really.

1) you can only access the app that was open when the cover was closed.

Obviously, I can't speak for anyone else, but i always go back to the home screen before locking mine anyway. (force of habit, OCD, what ever...)

2) only effects those who use a 'smart cover'. The smart function of which can easily be disabled in the settings. Seriously, is it that hard to press a button when you open the cover? The 3rd party cover i have _is_ 'smart' but after 5 mins of finding it wasn't very effective, i turned off the feature.

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Ten... small screen HD TVs

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1 TV, for watching things

radios, etc for background.

(might have something to do with being in a 1bed flat)

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TfL wheels out digital bus info upgrade

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could be good

If someone could use the information from the API(s) and make an app that would show me a map with me, the next bus on my chosen route, and the closest stop that I can reach before the bus gets there. I'd buy it for a buck.

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Vodafone customers fume over iPhone 4S delays

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WTF?

Surely the lesson here is to just chill out, and then go and buy one, from the shop.

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Apple iPhone 4S

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@nsld

True, but for that extra £200+ over 24 months, your also getting all of your voice, txts and data. Which, if you buy direct and unlocked, you then have to pay for on top of the £500

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O2 best placed to scoop new iPhone sales dosh

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Really?

Really really??

I have been with O2 for a few years now, and yeah, they dont have blanket 3G coverage (which would be nice) but I cant remember being in a situation where I really really needed it, and didnt have it.

At the end of one of my contracts (before moving to the simplicity that others have mentioned) i thought i would try out the 3 network, and considering they are supposed to be the country's premier 3G supplier, their network was shocking. I very quickly found that where they had 3G, it was great, but where I used to be able to get on to the O2 network with lower rate technologies (Edge etc..) 3 had nothing at all.

So i went from having a smartphone that I could use where ever I wanted, with the occasional wait while things loaded. To having a smartphone that I couldn't even use to make phone calls while I was at home and at work.

Promptly moved back to O2, and will likely stay there for some time.

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Human 'alarm clock' enzyme discovered

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how can you tell when a fruit fly is 'napping'? I am intrigued

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Apple to execute touch-less iPods

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which is fine

If you can suggest another MP3 player, that has 100+GB of storage.

My 80gb classic is on its way out, and I've been trying to work out what to do for some time. Don't want a Touch, as that would have to be the 64gb, which is far too expensive, and duplicates too much functionality of my iPhone, also, not enough storage......

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Samsung signals HD smartphones with supersize screens

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My thoughts were similar, except, that i reckon Samsung are pushing these out quick, so that when the iPhone5 arrives, they can say apple have copied them.

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Lingo iMini DAB/FM iOS pocket tuner

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not bad

Might be tempted, just not really sure where i'd use it

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'iPhone 5' chippery captured on camera

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Sim slot

" I did notice it appears to be on the side, instead of the top as well."

iPhone 4, SIM slot is on the side.

That is all

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Now Windows 8 goes into the ring to face Apple's iOS

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The big problem that I can see is not the OS itself is bad, but that the hardware either lets it down, or is lacking in the choice / range factor.

One of the things that I think puts the iOS devices in their own camp, is that Apple (unlike many others in the market) control both the hardware and the software.

Microsoft are going to have to rely on others to provide the hardware for these Win8 Tablets. If someone can get the right hardware, then it could do well, but it could equally end up in a similar position to Android tabs, where you have the 'high end' tablets (xoom, galaxy etc) but you also have the incredibly 'low end' <£100 jobs that you can pick up from just about anywhere. Give someone a <£100 Android tablet, and an iPad, and they will (most likely) tell you that Android is rubbish. Give someone one of the high ends, and they may feel differently.

(and before anyone mentions it, I am aware that many of the 'low end' Androids have hugely out of date versions of of the OS, which lends to the poor user experiance', but so do the poor screens, slow / old processors etc..)

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Unlikely contender tops rankings in Nokia ringtone quest

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Worth noting that while it has lots of 'likes' it has a low rating (2 stars), which goes to show that a lot of people will go, "thats crap, but i like it"

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Printable mini-display tech draws power from NFC devices

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RE: e-ink

I agree, that e-ink would be a much more useful application here, but, consider the size of the screen. Would you be able to get an e-ink screen that small / thin?

Also, although the e-ink would only need power to change the display, how much power would be needed to make that update?

Also (also) you would also need the tech attached to process and update the display.

The display mentioned in the article is (in my mind) like a heat activated transfer (like the ones they used to have on transformers, told you which side your robot was on), the image is (always) there, but is only visible when the power (heat) is applied to it. Changing that to an 'intelligent' display, like update-able e-ink is not likely to be a small task.

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Foxconn churns out '150,000' iPhone 5s a day

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it's almost a shame, but, the more people who have them, the more useful they are

When you know that all/most of your friends have the same phone as you, and access to the same apps, that work in the same way, you can get more out of an iPhone, than say someone who has a 3gs surrounded by people with Androids.

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Sweden rolls out invisible infrared tank

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reminds me

somewhat of the Mirage tank from Red Alert 2 / 3

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OCZ plays its joker in the hybrid drive card game

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overpriced?

i'll admit, that $500 is quite a lot of money for a disk. however, 1/2 the price _And_ double the flash, i think is pushing your luck.

$250 dollars for 200gb flash and 1tb HDD, is way, way off the mark.

1/2 the price _Or_ double the flash might seem more reasonable.

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Apple gives green light to Eton solar cell iPhone case

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i would expect that

they are suggesting that the next iPhone wont fit the case, not that it will use a different power supply

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First Ultrabooks surface at IFA

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WTF?

is it just me

or does the pic of the U300s ultrabook look like the screen is not the same size as the base. It looks like if you close it, then the touch pad would still be exposed.

Probably just me, maybe a bad angle / lighting, but it does look odd.

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Samsung outs 5in Galaxy Note as new smartphone concept

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Stop

holy crap

and that looks nothing like an iPhone does it?

yeah, i know, its bigger, but from those photos, I thought i might have been looking at an iPhone5 (or whatever)

do they never learn.....

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Google rolls out offline Gmail (for Chrome only)

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yeah, but...

"When you are done answering all your mails"

You're still going to need a connection to download all of the emails you want to read / answer.

Anyway, this is all well and good, but haven't smartphones and tablets been doing this for years? I know mine have.

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Apple ejects FT app from iTunes

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yeah, but...

"the developers seeing that they can get 100% instead of 70%."

so, currently a developer makes an app, sells for say, $1. from each sale, the get 70c, apple gets 30c.

They decide to stop selling their app and move to a HTML5 web page, to stop apple getting their 30c, but now they are selling a web page, not an app, and so, they also stop getting their 70c.......

so instead of their "100% instead of 70%" they are actually getting the same as Apple, 0% from all app sales. (as there are no longer any sales of their apps)

for content delivery, where apple, also take 30% from in app subs, then yes, the content provider would now be getting 100% of the subs (but still be getting 0% from app sales, and what ever extra subs the sale of their app might have generated), but you don't think that's going to be the App's developer do you?

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Are you forgetting

That back at the start, when the original iPhone was released, there was no App Store, and the 'future' was web apps.

Just saying.

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Outbound space probe looks back at tiny Earth and Moon

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+1 for you sir

The first thing I thought when i saw the photo was of the total perspective vortex.

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Sony preps Luke Skywalker-style digital binoculars

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i dont like sony

But i do like these

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Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader

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Thank you.

People seem all to eager to forget that at first there was no App Store, and that the 'future' was web apps.

Companies such as Amazon and FT are just doing what Jobs wanted in the first place.

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Apple eyes phallic iPhone, iPod charger

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Coat

Important question

Does the acoustic charger use whale song?

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Apple job post hints at office web apps

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I don't doubt this to be true

"continues to bar third-party browsing engines from both the iPhone and the iPad"

however, I have 2 other web browsers installed on my iDevices, (Mercury, and Diigo [ formerly iChromify])

there is also a reasonable version of Opera (mini?)

These might not be fully functional alternatives, but Diigo at least works quite differently to safari, and is much (much) better on the iPad, has Tabbed browsing, lets you change your browser agent (so you dont get treated as safari mobile) and much more.

no jailbreak required for any of these.

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Ten... in-ear headphones

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I have a pair of these

http://store.apple.com/uk/product/H2129ZM/A?fnode=MTY1NDA1MA&mco=MTg3MDQ4NTI&s=topSellers

Not sure if they work with other smart phones (i assume they do, but knowing what Apple are like, maybe they dont)

They have a good mic, with volume control and 'function' button, and round the back of the head cable style.

Very pleased with them, work well when I'm using my phone as an mp3 player, or as a phone.

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Developer fury as Google makes Android apps vanish

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Not compatible?

Really?

You do know that at the side of the apps, in the description giving version numbers, date of release, the developer and such, just underneath there is a 'Requirements' section, might be worth checking there before downloading.

Also, unless you are still using iOS 2.x on a 3G or older, you really shouldn't be having any problems. it's not like your trying to run an android app coded to work on an HTC phone, on a samsung phone.

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Murdoch parliamentary pandemonium: Shock snap

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like buses

You wait ages for one Playmobil reconstruction, then 4 come along at once.

Keep up the good work

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Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G2 USB 3.0 Flash drive

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Capacity?

you say "is not a bad little mover, especially for the £30 you'll pay for it online"

which is fine, but you don't mention what capacity you get for this £30, as there are 2 different capacities shown in the images. 16 and 64 gb.

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Corporates love iPhone, iPad more than Android kit

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Or maybe..

these places don't just *happen* to have someone who can knock together the app that they need. I know I have never worked somewhere that has had it's own on site software development department.

maybe, these places like to know that their new shineys can't be filled up with whatever unsigned apps that their 'users' feel like cramming onto them, that will then have to be supported by the poor unfortunates in IT when they go wrong.

I can think of a couple more maybes, but im bored now, so im leaving

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On first day, Apple sells 50 Lions for every lion

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Ratings

I don't understand how on the day of release people can be so sure that an OS (or pretty much anything for that matter) can be rated as 5stars.

I might be an odd one out here, but before I can give any kind of rating, to anything at all, I like to actually use it for a while, (you know, more than an hour or so) to get past the shiney shiney and see /if/ there are any flaws....

But then again, it could just be the blind Fanboi effect

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Google+ hits the iPhone

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Nope

As far as I know, don't know anyone how is using it, but then again, I only really use FB because there are some people that I would other wise not be able to communicate with.

From what I have read elsewhere I was under the impression that the 'open invites' had been closed.

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which is nice but

Seeing as you cant sign up for Google+ (unless you were one of 'lucky') invitees, its not going to do the rest of us much good....

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Coder cracks iPad 2 jailbreak block

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SBSettings is pretty good

Lets you pull down a set of toggles from the clock /status bar, gives quick access to Wifi, Brightness, 3G etc...

But similarly, I have gone down this route before, and often find after a few weeks, i have re-set my device due to no massive gain from being jailbroken.

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NotW accused of hacking Milly Dowler's voicemail

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I would agree

With all of your post, I am sick of seeing corrections or retractions, in a tiny little box on page 15.

The one thing i do disagree with is...

"Can I also suggest that all fellow commentards go out and buy a copy of to days Grouniad. I'd really like to see it beat the NotW's circulation figures for today."

and i only disagree from a matter of accuracy, as today is a tuesday, and the NoTW is a Sunday 'paper'.

and come to think of it, the Guardian, is not available on Sunday's. So buying one, in place of the other, is not possible.

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Kingston readies wireless portable storage

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I'm surpirsed

(and I'm saying this quietly) that Apple let the App for this through their (well known, but dubious) testing process.

Isn't sharing files between iPhones one of the most hugest crimes out there? (explaining why, to this day, you still can't bluetooth a photo to someone from an iPhone)

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Napster

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I like the sound of this

(and spotify for that matter), but £120 a year is just too much. I like music, but if i dont have enough time to listen to the library i already own, then i certainly dont have enough time to make it worth paying £120 a year to listen to music i dont know that i like (assuming that if i know i like something enough to want to listen to it, I buy the CD)

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Acer Iconia Tab A500 10in Android tablet

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agreed

Once i work out /why/ I want one, and what i'd do with it, my wallet is going to be in some serious trouble.

and again, very cute kitten indeed ^_^

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Ten... DAB kitchen radios

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Stop

Batteries.

Battery life on DAB radios is less a problem than it used to be. I have a Pure evoke, with the battery pack, and it will quite happily run (and often does) for hours, and hours and hours...... then re-charges over night.

Also, find me a AM/FM radio that will tune into 6Music and Planet Rock....

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Samsung must cough up Android prototypes to Apple

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comparison fail

If you re-read the post your commenting on, you will see the comparison is between the 3g(s) and the Galaxy S.

The video that you linked to was the iPhone4 and the Galaxy S.

Considering there are differences between the 3G(s) and the 4, then yes, the GalaxyS and the iPhone4 will not look the same.

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Steve Ballmer window-dresses Windows 8

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ermmm

Unless I'm missing something, I think your wrong.

- Click network icon in task bar (check)

- Right click the network you use and choose Status

(there are only two things that are clickable, one is the refresh button, the other is the open network and sharing centre, neither of which are right clickable)

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