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South African wireless traffic lights pillaged by SIM-card thieves

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WTF?

I must be missing something here.

Why do traffic lights need wireless data in the first place?

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NoTW editor suspended as phone-hacking stink persists

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Big Brother

sorry, but....

Is it really that easy to hack / tap some ones phone calls and voice mail?

i know these people are "investigative journalists" but that is a little scary.

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Garmin tells iPhone users where to go

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generally speaking.....

Apps brought through the AppStore, do include free updates. At least all the ones I have paid for so far have.

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UK start-up pitches touch-to-sync tech for watches

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solar powered not just digital

I currently have on my wrist a solar powered (eco-drive) analogue watch, tells the time quite nicely thanks. Everything else can be handled by something else as far as i'm concerned.

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Coder converts Kinect to air guitar

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Terminator

only so long before

http://www.virtualshackles.com/-129

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Three bumps up mobile broadband contract charge

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Off topic (plusnet)

I am inclined to agree. Having hear nothing but 'good things' from various people, I decided to go with them when i moved house (almost a year ago) on my 'Premium' package, (80gb downloads a month upto 24mb connection) I have never seen above 5mb, and I can quite literally see the exchange from the bottom of my road (which has apparently upgraded)

I looked into how to leave them to go else where (possibly Be) and found that it would cost me £105 to leave through differed setup and installation costs.

Rest assured, i'll be gone as soon as I can get away without having to give them any /more/ cash than I already have

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Herts cops 'ate the evidence' at scene of crime, court told

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alternatively

you could phone in asking for 15xl with everything on it, and give them someone else's name and address

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iOS upgrade cocks up iPad USB connections

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i dont think they did.

It is marketed (as others have stated) as a camera connection kit. Not a Apple dock to USB kit, for plugging in whatever you feel like plugging in, as well as cameras.

It just happens to resemble a USB connector.

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Apple says no to Android-oriented iPad mag

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Joe Public

while it is true that... "Any Joe Public owner who does not visit sites like this will be simply unaware of Apple's business practices."

It could also be said that.... Any Joe public owner will never know, or care, that apps such as this are being banned (or for that matter that there is an approval process, or that all Apps aren't made by apple.....)

Further more, it 'could' be said that most Joe Public owners care not that there are differences between iOS devices and Android devices, and would also not be interested in reading about one, on the other.

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BOFH: Pain fear games

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gimboid

½ frozen pellets --- as in not fully frozen pellets. half frozen in fact.

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Apple accused of iPhone ban on 'all single-station radio apps'

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sounds nice

but just had a look at Oo tunes station list, and the only other station (other than 6 music) that I listen to (Planet Rock) isn't on there.

Fortunately I already have a single station (free) app for it

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iPads improve image of IT industry

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WTF?

you beat me to it

by my reckoning, thats 171%

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Acer takes on iPad with Android, Flash, own UI

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win7 touch screen

I have been using win7 on a Dell tablet/laptop hybrid (Lattitude XT) (one of the old swivel screen jobs) for a while. I have found the the touch screen pretty easy to use, with or without the stylus.

Does (a certain degree of) multi touch, also has a 3G sim card installed.

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Shell's London office UNDER WATER and besieged by GIANT EELS

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Lensbury

Worked there myself a few years back. It was also one of their BCP sites, I wonder if their getting any action from this...

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Top Ten Arcade Classics

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Time Crisis

I'm not long back from Butlins in Minehead, I know i saw Time Crisis 3 and 4 in the main arcade, but im pretty sure there was a 2 knocking about in one of the dodgy beachfront arcades.

We used to have a Time Crisis at the Laser Quest i worked at about 10 years ago, god knows how much of my pay packet went in that......

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Totes SmarTouch touchscreen compatible gloves

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sounds good.

but a las, i have scoured The North Face website, and have not found them. Any chance of a link?

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Co-op cashier's breasts overcharged for fruit and veg

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really?

Considering the advancing years of many of the larger figured ladies in many of my local grocery providing establishments, coupled with the distinct lack, of nubile lovelies, seeing this event is one of the furthest things from my mind.

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Kingston Technology DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 32GB

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which is fine for the 16GB version...

but what about the 32 or 64 GB ones. Thought not.

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iPhone alarm bug: now it's the UK's turn

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i think its because..the clocks go back not forward...

If you had an alarm set for 7am, then it used to go off at 7am....

you put your clock back an hour (which the alarm ignores) and it becomes 6am.

24 hours later at 6am (now called 7am) you expect your alarm to go off, but it doesnt, it goes off 1 hour later 7am (now called 8am), because it didnt get turned back.

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Tesco's iPhone app gets barcode reader

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WTF?

huh?

Are you seriously trying to suggest that "very few people" have an iPhone???

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iDapt i4 multi-purpose charger

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not bad

looks infinitely more useful than these charge mats that seem to be 'all the rage'

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Jobs' Lion to marry Mac OS X and iOS

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MacBookAir prices

quite the surprise, there is not a USA$--GB£ 1:1 price ratio.

http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/shop_mac/family/macbook_air

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Google releases stable version of Chrome 7

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im sure mine used to...

at least prompt me when there was a new version/release/build/whatever doesn't any more though

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Genuine white iPhone 4 spied in wild

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really??

apart from the nokia's that let you change the covers (which of course you had to buy separately) i'm pretty sure i've never had a phone that was available in a range of colours. I have seen the occasional model that is different colours from a different providers, but that's hardly a range, is it?

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Powermat iPhone 4 wireless charging kit

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another solution

i spent 10 mins with things i had laying around the flat (empty Altoids tin, gaffer tape, spare apple dock cable, and the "dock adapter" i got with my iPod classic, leatherman) and made my own dock / charger.

works with the free case that Apple kindly sent me, cost me nothing that i hadn't already spent in the past.

And much the same as this power mat, it still has a cable running to the wall (although because its a usb cable, can also be plugged in to the PC) and can also only charge one item at a time (except mine also does iPods)

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Angry Birds tweet fury at Redmond

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yeah, but....

a "free" "beta" may technically be "a version on the game" but its just that, a version, not the game itself.

If its anything like the "lite" version on the iphone, its 10 levels and about 1bus journeys worth of play.

yes you get what you pay for, but we have the option of buying the full game (should we [iphone owners] wish to pay for it) which Android owners, currently do not.

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Brits not buying into Freeview HD

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BBC HD

I get all my content (HD or otherwise) through the iPlayer (or similar services) on my PC which is HDMI'd to the AV receiver attached to my Full HD (1080p) TV. No aerial plugged into TV, no TV license. No worries

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Verizon to get iPhone 4-and-a-bit early 2011

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WTF?

huh?

"And Verizon punters are going to be extremely less likely to buy an iPhone in Q1 if they know for sure a snazzier model will be out in June."

If that was the case, would they have not jumped ship and brought the current one, thinking that a CDMA version is not going to appear.

If someone is on a CDMA network, they are unlikely to be put off upgrading their phone because a new GSM phone is on the way.

Unless you are trying to insinuate that the iPhone 5 (in June 2011) will be both GSM and CDMA???

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Android phone auto reverts jailbreaks

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SIM free..

A lot of people on here tout buying SIM free as the option for avoiding operator restrictions.

I disagree.

Apart from anything else, it makes the initial purchase a lot more expensive, many phones you will get 'free' (or in the case of iPhones and top end Android phones, heavily subsidised) by signing up to an 18 or 24 month contract compared to maybe £500 or more, to buy outright.

However, you still need an operator to provide you service.

Last time I looked at the SIM only deals (some of which still carry a 12 month contact) you are still signed into a 1 month rolling contract. You are still at the whims of the operators, yes you can change at the end of every month if you want, but what happens in 6 months, when you have been on every network, and for what ever reason your not happy with each?

Also, because the networks aren't getting as much money from you they (often) give less 'goodies' to those on SIM only deals, less mins/txts/data, and of course you can keep changing till you find the right plan for you (giving all your details to every network each time you switch)

And then yes, if you feel the need to change your phone every 6 months to keep with the bleeding edge, you can sell on, and (probably) get a fair deal less that you paid for your SIM free phone. Where as when selling contract subsidised phones that were cheap at the out set you are likely able to get more or less what you paid for them, selling them 18 / 24 months later.

one last thing, most of these comments on this specific article are criticising 'operator restrictions' i would like to point you to a line from the article

"But HTC seems to have upped the ante with a hardware-based approach"

note HTC and Hardware.

that is all.

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Restoration mode...

"Surely a special key combination to 'activate the restoration' would be better."

Much like the iPhone in fact. If you brick your device (to some extent), or just want to un-jailbreak(?) it. you can put it into DFU (device firmware udpate) mode by holding down the power and home keys for 10 seconds while the phone is switched off. It then asks to be connected to iTunes to restoer the firmware.

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iPad spends 20% of time in bed

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oddly enough

" you will have noticed that they just can't stop talking about their iPad/iPhone and seem happiest when showing it off to fellow fashion victims"

not once.

Mainly because, just about everybody i know has one, and therefore we don't need to show them off, we just 'use' them, as and when we need / want to.

It is only those who for whatever reason have 'chosen' not to get an iDevice, that see anybody who uses one as being a show off.

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Google punts url shortener to world+dog

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becasue

its nice not to have an email with half a page of link to a page.

Granted this doesn't happen often, as most links (to web pages) are quite short anyway even if there is a bit of /tothepage/that/youreally/want going on.

However, if you are trying to email or IM a link to someone for directions on Google maps the links are (were) huge (and no joke) and look hideous(and dont really mean anything).

There may not be much *point* to this URL shortening business, especially if the original URl is actually descriptive (www.page.com/sub/ etc..), but it can make some monstrous links, a little less so.

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Internet tethering spotted in iPad iOS beta

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FAIL

im surprised no one has mentioned this.

but surely, if you have a 3g iPad (with which to have a connection to tether to) why do you need another device to tether from?

Surely, the "magic and revolutionary" iPad shouldn't need to be used as a modem for a laptop.

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Samsung backs Windows Phone 7 for the duration

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WTF?

which is as maybe

but their not going to go out and do it again are they?

I find it very hard to believe that any iPhone user is going to jump ship to move to a Microsoft phone. I also find it damned near impossible to believe that any Android user would make that move either.

so........ Who is going to by a new windows phone??

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Trek fans served Enterprise-grade pastry slicer

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my 2c

surely any geek/nerd who would be interested in such a thing gets all their Pizza pre-sliced before delivery?

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Google shocks world with unthreaded Gmail

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errr.... labels??

been using Gmail for some time now, one of the first things i did was set up a number of filters to auto label and archive certain types of messages (based on sender, subject etc..). not that difficult really.

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Flying gyrocopter jump-jeep gets $3m from DARPA

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Jarhead

I thought that was in reference to their heads, being devoid of the brains necessary to avoid the situations that they find themselves in, were like empty jars.

just what i heard, could well be wrong.

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Trojan poses as skeleton key jailbreak utility

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Re: Target

I believe it is targeted at PC's but masquerades as the jailbreaker for the iPhone.

Greenpois0n (when it is released propper) will be for jailbreaking, but this is an imitation which is a PC trojan.

I also believe that, that is the point the opening AC was trying to make (all be it badly) , that anyone who would be claiming the this is malware on the iPhone is wrong, because its targeted at the PC by exploiting people who want to 'hack' their iWhatevers.

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Sony piques PS3 fans with PlayTV patch fee

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choice

Microsoft don't force you to pay. It's rare these days that people are leagally forced to do anything. Bad choice of words i think.

Anyway, yes, if you want access to online gaming with the xbox, you need a gold subscription (none of my 4 years or so have ever cost £39.99 due to endless promotions) but the free silver access still gives you quite a lot.

Its a choice.

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Yahoo! boffin scores pi's two quadrillionth bit

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given. but....

i accept that you can have 0.000000000000000000000000001

but not that you could have 3.141592654 0 92334

which is what the previous poster was describing.

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WTF?

ill put on my dunces cap before i ask this.....

how can you have a 0 as a decimal place?

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Nikon points D7000 camera at high-end enthusiasts

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WTF?

Enquiring minds...

are curious about the mega pixel count.

I know that with cameras of a high enough grade, it doesn't really matter, but I'd still like to know....

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Microsoft delivers Google Chrome IE9 beta

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That's pretty cool

{EOM}

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Death by iPod: beware the zombie trance

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Podestrians

I nearly found one under my wheels the other day, just wandered out into the road (at a crossing, while the red man // green light was up)

Darwin awards for these people?

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Glasses-less 3D TV by Xmas? Not likely, says 3D TV exec

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glasses less

Was at the British Film Museum up London a couple of weeks back and the had a glasses less 3D display. Admittedly it was only a demo unit with a loop of moving objects, but it looked pretty good.

Better than Avatar anyway.

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Vulture 1 Mk 2 release mech prepped for testing

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and...

wax string and gaffer tape.

None the less, brilliant project, keep up the good work

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Energizer bunny hits iPhone, BlackBerry - wirelessly

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FAIL

it's NOT wireless!!!

for christs sake. you still have to plug the damn pad into a wall socket. Even when they are built into surfaces, work desks etc.. they will still need to draw power from somwhere, which surprise surprise will mean a plug of some sort.

Also a 3Gs case, isnt that a little out of date??

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Superhuman Chinese monk does a bunk

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twatdangler...

....git Taoist?

TFIF

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Jobs takes swing at Google over Android activations

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I'm actually quite happy with a PC in my living room

that is all

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not worth the hassle of selling....

I sold my 3G to Mazooma (or some such) and got alost as much as i paid for it 2 years ago.

5 mins on line to order envelope

couple of days wait

money in bank

i'd hardly call that hassle...

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