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2159 posts • joined 8 May 2007

Apple issues invitations to March 7 iPad roll-out

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Re: why?

what archaic monitors are you using??

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Re: Re: Part 2 of 2

can you explain this "technical inability" that you talk about. last i saw, it was just a case of going Export... to PDF. not exactly rocket science

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Fat margins squeeze Apple against Android

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NPD Study

Wasn't there a study last week that agreed that the majority of first time buys were Android, but that the majority of people's 2nd and subsequent phones were iOS. So people get the cheap Android for their first phone, then once they realise they like having a smartphone, then they're prepared to save and splash out of a high-end smartphone. And there must be lots more people one their 2nd and more phone than there are first timers

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Proview's Apple iPad rights war goes global, reaches ESSEX

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Re: is it just me?

I was just thinking that.

They claim they'd already had a run-in with Apple over the iPod name, so surely when someone comes along asking to buy the rights to a name that's only one letter difference, they should have guessed it was Apple behind it.

i'm stocking up on popcorn for tomorrow's court ruling. going to be interesting to see which way it goes and how everyone reacts afterwards.

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Asus peddles three-in-one smartphone, tablet, netbook

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Re: Re: so.....

not just useful, essential

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so.....

if I get a phone call from the office, while on a crowded commuter train using it as a laptop, asking for details about the spreadsheet I'm working on, do I have to choose between shouting loudly at the laptop's microphone, or ejecting the phone and being unable to see the data I was working on?

There are some devices where convergence isn't a benefit, and a laptop and a phone is one of those cases. It's like merging a bed and an oven. I'd like to have the functionality of both in my home, and I use both regularly, but I don't want them combined into a single piece of furniture in my kitchen because I use both for entirely separate purposes, often at the same time.

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Molesworth and the New Latin

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WISTLING a lite DDT

hahahahahaa

quality stuff Ms Stob, as always. much appreciated

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Re: Re: Re: Perfectly readable

GTFO

and on mulitple accounts:

1) feersum endjinn was bloody brilliant and damn entertaining.

and

2) i can't believe you can rate Canal Dreams higher than feersum endjinn, or in fact any other book ever!!!!

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Sony PlayStation Vita

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Slow loading times? How did they manage that, surely fast loading times should be one of the prime benefits of moving away from UMDs.

I really hope that's just a glitch due to first revision of software or rushed coding to get it ready as a launch title, because if not, it's going to really put people off once word gets around

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Sony to strike gold with PS Vita - if it cuts the price

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i'm waiting for the price to drop, or for GTA V to have some kind of tie in with the console where the map is shown on the Vita if you use it as a PS3 controller, or something like that

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'Nobody can resist the charming of iPAD'

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"Obviously!" so engaged at the sight of Apple being mentioned in an article you were incapable of reading the context or subject of the quote you used.

Unfortunately, sir, you're just adding to the growing evidence on these forums that the biggest difference between Apple users and Apple haters is that the users have sufficiently greater intelligence than haters that they're able to read more than just a few lines before posting a comment.

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Syndicate

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predictable

I was really looking forward to a reboot or modernisation of Syndicate. the original was endless fun, back in the day, and surely with today's graphics and techniques it would be a no brainer to produce a modern day classic

but when i heard they were moving it to FPS, I lost interest as I just knew it''d end up the way this review describes it. such a shame, was really looking forward to a squad based rts

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Belkin Keyboard Folio case for iPad

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Re: Does onscreen keyboard stay on ...

nope, at least not when i've used a bluetooth keyboard with mine

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Apple files patent for 'polished meteorite' keyboard

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Re: So they want to patent sticking things on top of keys?

helps if you read the article, not just the headlines, they're patenting the way the key action works. making it easier to use different material for the tops of the keys is a side effect.

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Apple, Google, RIM plaster privacy warnings on prying apps

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what's covered?

from the tone of this article and the title, i'm under the impression that this is specifically targeting apps that gather personal data without it being obvious to the user?

does it include the scenario where the user types in the information? does having the user link something like their Facebook id to the app fall under this policy? or is that okay because it specifically requires the user to input data so they are clearly aware on whats happening?

just seems to be this policy is probably a good thing, but it's a bit vague on where it applies - or perhaps i missed that paragraph in the statement...

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Inside Apple

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If there's not been any genuine accounts then how do you know there was (and perhaps still is) a "climate of fear and impulsiveness" ?

You're basing that assumption on rumours and previous accounts, which you've just branded as not being genuine.

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Fujitsu flaunts Tegra 3 for future phones

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is it necessary?

5-cores? is that really necessary? or is just like buying a sports car with a massively loud engine, reassuring for the less-well-endowed geek...

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Re: Re: Whaaa?

you mean, "one would hope"

and also, you hope that they engineers don't consider 45 minute talk time to be more than adequate and these days everyone charges their phones while driving, at home and at the office so who's going to need more?

sometimes, the people who design and make technology aren't very well versed in the ways that the technology is used by normal people in the real world

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PlayStation Vita price dips below £200

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Re: Re: £200 is a lot of money

above 200 quid, it's a lot of money.

under 200 quid, it's in a fuzzy zone that makes me think i might be tempted...

if only there were more games available at the moment. i think the best plan is going to be to wait until later in the year. at that point there'll be more top-title games out, bugs will be patched, and the price may drop a little further too.

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Bogus Pokemon evolves into iTunes smash hit

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Re: A fool an their money

That's a bit harsh, I feel. It's only a quid that people are spending.

That's the dynamic that the mobile app stores work on I think, people are happy to take a punt on an app when it only costs a quid. if it's rubbish or doesn't work, they just delete it and go looking for something else.

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Security biz scoffs at Apple's anti-Trojan Gatekeeper

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triggering a prompt

sounds like Wisniewski is very much a fan of Windows prompts "i see you've moved the mouse, are you sure you want to do that?" and the like.

This isn't so much about Apple stopping trojans from entering your mac, you still need to be careful about that.

But this is about Apple stopping virus writers from using Apple's tools to write and distribute their malware. It gives Apple a killswitch to deactivate any developer who suddenly goes rogue.

Then again, the worry is that the developer id code becomes compromised and suddenly legit apps are being killed because some hacker reverse engineers Adobe's id code.

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Apple antagonist Proview unveils its own iPad

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you prefer to live on a planet that still uses floppy disks then?

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Apple's Messages beta will self-destruct on Mountain Lion launch

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more like just trying hard to find faults with Apple...

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FTC tears into Apple, Google over kids' privacy - or lack of

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As gatekeepers of the app marketplace, the app stores should do more

I quite agree, but also, as gatekeepers of the well being of their children, I think parents should probably be doing more too.

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'Exploitative' Proview slammed by trademark judge ... in 2010

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Re: Re: Here Apple Take Your Nasty Medicine

> I guess it's mostly fanbois who don't know early computing history on the site today.

No, just you and AC

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Google swings new mobile unlock patent punch at Apple

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how does the first to file thing work?

Apple's patent was filed in 2006...

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Apple lands slide-to-unlock patent blow on Motorola

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Re: Jeez

it has an icon? is that it? do you have to swipe your finger across the screen to drag the icon and so unlock the screen?

because, if you had _read_the_article_ it says that "Motorola's Xoom tablet, as that uses a drag-finger-outside-circle unlocking which is sufficiently different from Apple's approach"

So having an icon to unlock the screen is also not the same thing as the iPhone's "drag to unlock" finger swipe motion.

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New Mac OS X: Mountain Lion roars at unauthorised apps

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Re: Isn't the bigger question

> How does adding a few utilities make this a new OS release?

This isn't all there is to it. the Reg article has chosen to only highlight the changes that are most likely to get people frothing at the mouth.

The cool and interesting stuff they've neglected to mention. Plus, this is only based on the pre-release beta code that Apple have chosen to release. Apparently there are over 100 changes in the final version, but Apple have only announced the 10 that feature more integration between your OS X desktop/laptop and iOS mobile device

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OMG

> unless you can be bothered to dismiss warnings

What's this? El Reg scaremongering for the sake of pandering to the penguin fiddlers and android fanciers? say it ain't so?

all that great journalism that went on last year with the tsunami issue and highlighting the poor sensationalist reporting in the rest of the journalistic world, and here you've gone and done exactly the same thing, skimming the facts to generate the mass hysteria we've seen in all of the above postings.

<pub landlord>shame on you El Reg, shame on you!</pub landlord>

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Feds to carmakers: 'Rein in high-tech dashboards'

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Darwin

Surely, if you're not smart enough to know that you can't Facebook and drive at the same time, then we really don't need you in the same genepool as the rest of us, and we'd be grateful that you remove yourself by smashing your car into the nearest tree, bridge, hole in the ground, etc etc.

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Revealed: Inside Apple-bothering Proview's crumbling factory

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Re: Lame

where does it say that Apple published these images? or provoked the "Chinese news site" into going and taking them?

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Reptile boffins spot world's smallest chameleon

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leaves

didn't they just discover the smallest frog a few months ago, also under a leaf?

possible, boffins should try looking under more leaves, there might be miniature pandas and elephants and hobbits and all sorts under there!

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More Chinese shopkeepers hide their iPad stock

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Re: Can someone enlighten me?

I took it to mean that Proview only applied for and registered the rights in 10 countries. So their worldwide rights is equal to just 10 countries.

In the rest of the countries not including those 10, then Proview have no rights to the trademark and Apple was able to claim it without contention.

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HK court's ruling seems quite damning against Proview

"The court said, in its findings, that Proview, its subsidiaries and at least one other company had combined together "with the common intention of injuring Apple," by breaching the agreement over the iPad name. The court, calling the event a conspiracy, further said Proview had "attempted to exploit the situation as a business opportunity," by asking for money."

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Paper PCs design rolled out

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environmentally friendly?

to make it, you need to cut down more trees, and it's going to be difficult to get the paper back out to recycle?

doesn't sound _that_ environmentally friendly to me

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HD bandwidth limits BBC Olympics 3D coverage

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missing opportunity

sure the javelin event would have been perfect for broadcasting in 3D, no?

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Drew's Cookie Jar - psst. want a forum upgrade

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i shall wait for the super powers along with the rest of the hoi poloi next week. i came here just looking for a free cookie!! :(

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Hey Commentards! This pre-populated 'reply to' is for you

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: This title not left blank.

<Count> five! ha ha ha ha </Count>

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Apple's Chinese labourers get 1.6 per cent of iPad loot - report

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Re: Match your wage scales.

so if you build 3 ipads in a day, you can afford a nice restaurant meal that night?

and lets face it, these guys aren't soldering the components, it's fitting together parts into the ipad casing. so you can probably build 10, 20, 30 a day? once you get used to it, I think 20 a day should be easy. so that's quite a good wage then, by comparison.

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really needs a comparison to how much workers in factories for other products get.

workers in south korea get 6 times the pay of those in china. are they doing the same role? or are the ones in china just bolting together the screens and the boards and the casing and putting them in boxes, and the south korea workers are fabricating the LCDs? it'd be a great world if we were all paid exactly the same regardless of the work we did, but that's not how it works.

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Proview fears fanbois will derail iPad export ban bid

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because Proview only registered the trademark in 10 countries, so that is the worldwide extent of their ownership of the trademark.

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HELLISH LOVE INFERNO TO SWEEP LONDON

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Dominos emailed me details of their special Valentines Day offer (free chocolate cake desert i think it was) and I scoffed that anyone would have the guts to order in pizza tonight. congratulations sir, you're a far braver man than i!

:)

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Lego builds Lord of the Rings collection

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Lego games

would be awesome to get Lego LOTR ps3 game

the Star Wars and Indiana Jones ones were brilliant, tongue in cheek, adaptations.

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was also going to note that the Hobbit figures are going to be completely the wrong scale

also, why is Helm's Deep the large set? surely a full working model of Minas Tirith, or Mount Doom would contain many many more pieces. and be quite awesome too.

i hope they do a Isengard set, if only so that then someone will inevitably do a youtube video of a Lego version of the "They're taking the hobbits to Isengard" song/video/meme which cracks me up everytime I see it... almost as much as the "What's tatters?" one...

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Now Proview seeks ban on ALL iPads coming out of China

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research into girl-centric relationships

that's a relief, I thought you were going to say it was company set up to breed happy lesbian Labrador dogs....

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how big are Proview?

Because, the loss of business to Foxconn and Pegatron etc etc could be more damaging to the Chinese economy than a small trademark license?

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The El Reg book library - now on ePub

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needs more V. Stob books

[as in title, so in post]

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Apple 'seeking part makers' for 8in 'iPad Mini'

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1.7 inches really a big difference?

I don't see how going from the 9.7 inches of the current iPad screen, down to 8" will really make that much difference, unless they're also making the screen go edge to edge. and if they did, why wouldn't they also do the same with the big iPad?

8" just doesn't seem to be enough of a difference from the existing model to make it appealing to all those that believe the iPad is too big for their needs

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Apple orders PC builder to 'choose sides' in laptop battle?

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i quite agree. the story doesn't actually tell us what was said between the companies. it could well be that apple said "we're going to need X time more casing for the new macbook range" to which pegatron replied "we can't fill that order until after march because we're committed to producing X units for Asus" and apple answered "fine, in April, we'll add those X to our current order of Y... or we can take X+Y to another supplier"

there might not have been any specific threats, just standard business practice.

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Apple sends independent inspectors into Foxconn factories

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will the US employees work for the same wages? and in the same conditions? somehow, i seriously doubt it. otherwise, companies would be using the US (or anywhere else in the west) for manufacture.

these companies aren't getting their products made in china to spite the US workforce, y'know. it's pure economics and capitalist forces at work. they're bid for the work is cheaper, so they get the work. if you want the jobs to be in the us, then set up a manufacturing plant that can produce the same components/parts at the same quality or less, then Apple will switch to using you as a supplier

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