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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

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I have a friend who won't convert because he says the Android music system isn't as seamless as the Apple one. Is it possible to keep all iTunes purchases and have all devices synced without an iPhone? Scope this question as broadly as you like :)

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Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare

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Re: Developer unlocked?

You don't need to be a developer at all. The Preview for Developers app is what you're after. It's basically a getout for Microsoft so they can get around carrier restrictions and deliver the update ASAP.

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Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

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Flat icons a la iOS?

Can't wait til Windows Phone gets that!

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Murdoch says Microsoft needs 'big clean out'

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Re: Next big tech wave?

I think the idea is that Windows 8 runs on tablets, not necessarily so that you can touch your monitor, although you can do that as well.

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Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app

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Windows Phone as well

I know there aren't any apps for it ROFL but if there were a Facebook app, it would also be stopping doing messaging in favour of their Messenger app (that also probably doesn't exist LOLCOPTOR!!!)

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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Re: How to fix all IE compatibility issues

Thanks for hitting reply, but I'm not sure you were replying to my post :)

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How to fix all IE compatibility issues

Call it something else.

Then all the quirks mode stuff will still work for legacy browsers (i.e. IE), and you can start with a new user agent string. That's how you walk the line of negative width, Joel.

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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Coined the term iAnywhere?

I think we'll hold off on saying whether or not he successfully coined a term until we see it in common use, and not by analysts.

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Singapore decides 'three strikes' laws are too intrusive

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No RIAA lobbyist money

That's why.

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Reg slips claws across Nokia's sexy sixties handsets, fondles flagship too

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Re: App gap

There's a nice 3rd party Google Maps app for WP8 which you can set to stream Google Maps data or use your HERE maps on your phone (or stream HERE if you don't have that country's map downloaded).

I also love the Natwest WP app. And there are generally extremely high quality 3rd party apps for social media gaps like Snapchat. Rudy Heyn is a dev who's made a lot of them, and they're all extremely high quality.

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Wookiee! CHEWIE'S BACK in Star Wars Ep VII – blab Hollywood 'sources'

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This is amazing

Can't wait to see that famous face!

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Microsoft in OPEN-SOURCE .Net love-in with new foundation

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Re: Move on, nothing to see

Wow, that's the most reasonable thing someone's ever said on here. Thanks!

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Still a gratuitous risk?

Given that they've open sourced the .NET SDK, how is Stallman's quote still relevant?

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Re: Animals

It's very simple. No one said they don't have the right to do something. And stirring up people against someone is not the same as quietly taking your custom elsewhere.

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Re: Animals

It wasn't this man's bigotry in this case. Everyone involved chose to do what they did. He didn't pull some levers that had predetermined consequences, he has certain beliefs that other people don't like, and they kicked up a massive fuss.

Whether those beliefs are right or not is another matter, and until half the commenters here can understand that distinction, then this discussion is going nowhere.

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One Win 8 to rule them all: Microsoft talks up 'universal apps' for PCs, slabs and mobes

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Re: One friggin small universe I'm sure.

No, Joe can sideload on a dev-enabled device.

He pays a small fee for dev registration, but that's about it. I think I paid about 20 quid for a year's registration. I'm not even sure if you need to pay that for sideloading. Visual Studio for Windows Phone is free to download for 30 days, and then free to register after that.

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Re: For Fart Apps

1) Everyone does this. Apple, Android and now Windows allow you to keep the same app but have multiple screen definitions for different resolutions.

2) Most apps are not serious GUI applications, and don't need to be. They're frontends to servers. They aren't 3D modelling tools or accounts packages.

But you beat that straw man. Straw kudos to you.

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Re: Universal?

Universal here having a similar meaning to Apple's universal binaries, which only run on any copy of OSX, whose market share is apparently a little less than that of Windows 8.

I'm no MS fan, but some of you guys say and upvote such rubbish.

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

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Re: No single player game...

My web browser also conforms to that definition of always-on DRM. They're out to getNO CARRIER

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Where the HELL is my ROBOT BUTLER?

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Re: It's already here (and has been for years)

For me that's not just a line in a book, it's a bug report I get once a month.

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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Looks quite nice

I'm looking forward to quite a lot of that. And one of the best features I heard was in that isn't mentioned here: you can install apps and download free HERE maps onto the micro SD card, which is a lifesaver for budget phones. And HERE Drive+ will work everywhere, for every phone. Free offline GPS!

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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Re: We have all experienced Schrödinger's USB stick@Michael H.F. Wilkinson

Exactly - was about to post the same :) I want the 16-spoke star USB configuration.

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NSW to expand e-voting

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System architecture

Parts needed:

1) ID/passport scanner, from an airport

2) An array of the candidates' names

3) Touch screen

4) No working USB ports

5) Big SSL certificate

6) Cable to connect to central MongoDB

Old rope, you say? I'll pay through the nose for that!

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

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Miser mode

AFAIK this was also Windows Phone feature, from the Mango update in 2011.

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

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Re: Oooh Matron

I think Dad's Army would work better as a tower defence game.

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Windows 8 BREAKS ITSELF after system restores

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Re: Is Windows 8 fundamentally broken?

well known WIMP system

See, we do agree :) "Well known" is not the same as intuitive.

I have seen so many people being shown how to do something on iOS. The major difference is when their computer doesn't do what they want, they blame the computer. When their iOS device doesn't, they blame themselves: "Oh, I don't know how to do that on my iPhone."

P.s. I didn't say iOS is cool to learn. I said it was cool enough that people would take the time to figure it out. Ditto for something unintuitive like iTunes.

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Re: Is Windows 8 fundamentally broken?

The standard problem with this is that intuitive isn't a tick-box property. Linux is intuitive for a UNIX user; SQL Studio is intuitive for a Windows user. Nothing is intuitive out of the box, as everything relates to previous experiences. iOS is intuitive because it was cool enough that people took the time to figure it out.

You have three choices: adapt, change OS or tilt at windmills.

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GNOME 3.12: Pixel perfect ... but homeless

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What I think's weird

Is that so many of the things in the linked Gnome 3 review that were listed as positives, are cited as negatives in Windows 8 reviews.

Just me?

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Why it's time to wrap brains around software-defined networking

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“As of January 2014, Gartner estimates there are less than 500 global production implementations worldwide."

Global and worldwide? These implementations sound impressive.

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

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Re: Barbarism.

"It was like adding colour to a black and white film: pointless, and very expensive."

Fixed!

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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Re: Thanks Notch

Troc had a VR boxing game in the earlies Noughties with accelerometers for controllers, to detect when you punched etc. Good times.

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Re: There is nothing "social" ...

And buying is now opt-out: you have to blink to not buy what's on each ad.

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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Re: Shakes Head

This isn't a surprise. These people aren't liberals in their thinking; it's just that what they want happens to line up with traditionally liberal values. Now those values are becoming more and more the political centre, you can see they're pretty much hardline conservatives, just with a different set of values. No different to that British lady who tried to get Harry Potter banned.

Calling it first: they'll add "Firefox-using" to the usual string of "gay bashing, Bible thumping" epithets to describe anyone who disagrees with them on anything.

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MPs blast HMRC for using anti-terrorism laws against whistleblower

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HMRC=shysters

How about the law that lets them fine you the full amount for a late return (around GBP1200) even when it shows you owe them nothing? That little law snuck in two years ago, when data storage has got easier and keeping track of stuff is much simpler than it used to be. Absolutely shocking.

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Move over Microsoft: RealNetworks has a GOOGLE problem

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The only thing I remember about RealPlayer?

Is this.

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From corporate bod to startup star: The 10-month gig that changed everything

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Interesting stuff

The question is: how do you prepare for this? Do you need to have x% of your house paid off, x000s of pounds saved, etc? Practically, how do you get there, and then how do you do the next bit: starting a company, or joining a startup?

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

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Downvote time

I actually think for corporates it's an awesome product, at the moment. While there's price competition it's a good service, if the switch between onsite and cloud hosting of your stuff is as simple as they say.

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IBM Boffins KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE, thanks to Twitter

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"As high as 68%"

This is data accuracy, not investment returns. A upper limit of 68% isn't really that good.

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Gartner: Array makers. Think performance counts? WRONG

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Agreed. Was about to write what you did!

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Google wearables: A solution looking for a rich nerd

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Here's all I want

Just make a little disk of metal that vibrates when my phone tells it to, and I'll glue it to the bottom of my watch. Next.

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New WebCL toolkit hooks browser apps into GPUs – and that's not good news for Apple

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Re: "This a big deal because now you'll be able to access everything on the web"

This is true right up until the point HTML can be as fluid as an app, companies realise that keeping around dev teams for every app platform is stupid.

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Re: Silly headline

I didn't realise that was a limit that could be changed in the future either.

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USB cuts the cord, again, with WiGig-derived wireless spec

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What about in the interim, a charge plate that extends out of a laptop where the optical media drive used to go?

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Microsoft slaps LTE mobe broadband into Surface 2 slabs (Yeah, take that, iPad)

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Re: Begs the question....

I think it should come with that, and every conceivable VPN standard baked in as well, so you can work and view docs, synced, anywhere, all the time. Other than that I agree with you; MS has such an advantage in the corporate world, and they're chasing the iPad instead.

Other thing they haven't done: build in all the printer drivers and allow direct connection to a USB printer from the tablet, for the millions of legacy printers out there, and allow normal print facilities for network printers as well. It's like they want to do badly.

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OpenGL mobile graphics spec inches closer to desktop, laptop cousin

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Comparison with DirectX?

Be good to see how the two technologies stack (hah) up against each other on mobile.

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iOS 7's weak random number generator stuns kernel security – claim

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Re: Apple are to computers as

I like it when one of the faithful points in amazement at a toddler using an iPad, as though it were a device not age-appropriate for them.

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Mozilla takes Windows 8-friendly Firefox out back ... two shots heard

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Re: no surprise here

We aren't talking about average owners. If someone wants to remove Windows and install Linux, do you really think they won't be able to disable this? This is such a rubbish line of reasoning; it's only upvoted because people don't like SecureBoot.

(I don't like SB either, but I also don't like morons who go along with the majority conclusion, and then talk absolute rubbish that supports it.)

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'Amazon has destroyed the unicorn factory' ... How clouds are making sysadmins extinct

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Re: I don't agree

Software defined networking may reduce networking jobs, for example. I'm not saying it will, just that every time a company is created to solve problems such as "how do we turn networking into a platform" then it's a threat to those who tweak it by hand.

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Microsoft gives away Windows Phone 8 licences in India – report

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One thing

Just what services work for someone in a village or small town in less-developed parts of India are for better minds than your correspondent's to determine.

There are quite a few apps being developed in India for local banks etc for WP, even before other clients. I think it's pretty popular because it's cheap (for now), very pleasant to develop for, and the UI doesn't stutter or anything, even on very low-end devices.

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Re: Almost free

You can edit it. Hit the delete button, or the big number keys to try.

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