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2231 posts • joined 8 May 2007

Google claims 'bogus patent' conspiracy against Android

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translation

Drummond said on Wednesday in a blog post "waaaghh waaaghh waaaaghhh the big boys are picking on me!! i want my mummy!!!! waaaghh"

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Sony Ericsson toying with tabletphone

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no thanks

3D in the cinema? yes, that I quite enjoy.

I don't think there's really any need for it in the living room though, and certainly not on a phone.

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Murdoch muscles BBC out of Formula One driving seat

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damnit

well, to be honest, F1 has been getting very boring, that i keep on forgetting to watch it

at least now, i won't be able to watch it, so won't have to feel annoyed that i've missed it

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HP's fondle-slab dilemma: What to do when you're No 2

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Creative

How did Apple kill Creative? Seems to me they gave them a ton of cash... did the settlement include a clause preventing Creative from continuing to produce mp3 players??

[from wikipedia]

Creative applied for U.S. Patent 6,928,433 on January 5, 2001 and was awarded the patent on August 9, 2005.[7] The ZEN Patent was awarded to Creative for the invention of user interface for portable media players. This opened the way for potential legal action against Apple's iPod and the other competing players. Creative took legal actions against Apple in May 2006. In August, 2006, Creative and Apple entered into a broad settlement,[8] with Apple paying Creative $100 million for the license to use the Zen patent. Creative will join the "Made for iPod" program which opens new opportunities for the company.

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Ten... in-ear headphones

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thanks El Reg!!

I'd been waiting _forever_ for you to do a round up of in-earphones as my old ones dies over a year ago and I'd been making do with a cheap 7 quid pair from Maplin.

But when I saw the review you gave the Reid and Heath's when you did the competition, and I failed to win a pair, I went ahead and got those anyway and they've been outstanding!

So was a little worried to read this article in case it turned out I'd made a bad choice, but there's no way I'd pay that kind of money for the other Recommended options, so nice to know I got the right ones :-)

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Apple Flash buying clout will give it the ultrabook edge

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try READING the article before posting

If you read the article, it is saying that the other manufacturers won't be able to meet Apple's current prices.

Apple don't need to cut their costs, they keep them where they are at the moment, and they'll still be cheaper than the competition.

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Punters favour Amazon to block Apple tablet flood

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so

this kinda sucks for all the other manufacturers then.

over half the people asked would rather wait in the hope that a future, rumoured product will be better than the current ipad, instead of buying one of the currently available alternatives

wasn't there a similar survey last year about how most people were going to wait for the RIM Playbook - and we know how well that turned out!

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Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo bow to Apple sales edict

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Instead

i looked up the phrase "cutting your nose off to spite your face"...

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WSJ

if the WSJ were really that concerned about their end user experience, they should put the effort in to add all the account management features of the website (and really, how many of those can there be?) to their iApp. And it shouldn't be too difficult to work out how to sync the content and which articles people have read across the devices as well. It just requires a bit of effort on their part to write an app that does more than just stream articles from their site.

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Rogue kangaroo floors broom-wielding 94-year-old

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proof?

needs Playmobile recreation, or it didn't happen

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Corporates love iPhone, iPad more than Android kit

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@AC 10:02

you're exactly right on that, it's exactly what happened in our office.

i don't think our IT dept had any warning, it's just that suddenly, half the IT team, have the business users and a very large number of the higher management were using iPhones as our personal phones and so began to also use them to access the online Outlook web portal, forwarding emails to home accounts, storing meeting details and contacts on the phone. so the only sensible option was to implement the Good Technology solution which at least keeps all that sensitive corporate date locked and encrypted.

The point that SteveBalmer's post above overlooks is that, it doesn't matter what solution the corporation implements, if the users are going to go ahead and use their own technology regardless.

Maybe it's different in your industries, but in mine, IT Departments are cutting costs as fast as employees and so finding a secure way for users to make use of their own phones and tablets is far more preferable to spending the money buying blackberries for them all.

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Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Part One

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LaunchPad

This is the fault of Adobe for installing their apps in such an archaic and pointless way. there's no difference to searching for the Creative Suite group in Launchpad and then having to find the app underneath that, than there is in going to your Applications folder, searching for the Adobe folder and then having the search again for InDesign underneath that, which has been a pain in the neck since long before Lion or Leopard for that matter.

You know, Apple haven't gotten rid of the Applications folder on the Dock. Nor have they stopped you from putting often used apps on the Dock for easy access. Or, as you say, you can use Spotlight.

The LaunchPad is just another way of accessing your apps. It's not the only way.

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Major overhaul makes OS X Lion king of security

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awesome

am uninstalling my antivirus software as i type....

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Apple to release Mac OS X Lion on Wednesday

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re: Don't do it

Really? Cos i've never encountered any of those errors that you mention and I've been an early adopter of OS X releases since the first 10.1 release.

Have been using the pre-release versions of Lion for the last two months and they've been fine. Stop scaremongering!

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not so

isn't there free WiFi at the Apple Store?

i'm going to queue outside with my MacBook and download my upgrade there.

(of note, every time there's been an OS release, it's been raining in London)

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Apple aren't based in the UK

When Apple say Wednesday, they mean Wednesday in Cupertino, not in London.

It's only 00:45 in Cupertino at the moment, so you're going to have to wait for at least 8 or 9 hours, assuming they release it first thing.

More likely, they'll release it during the middle of the day, so it'll be late evening for us.

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Dixons Retail boss pockets £1m in face of consumer meltdown

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in the wrong business

Seems to only way to get rich these days is to run a company into the ground.

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HTC loses prelim patent ruling to Apple, takes stock hit

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The Sound of Google's Silence

Trouble is, Google's Silence sounds like it just doesn't care.

So why should manufacturer's continue to make Android devices when they can't get any help/assistance from Google?

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HP TouchPad 32GB WebOS tablet

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so will everyone else

and HP won't sell any Gen1's and so won't see the point in continuing to produce a Gen2.

shame.

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AMD says Xbox 720 graphics to be good as Avatar

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this is going to get me to buy one

Avatar was visually stunning, yes. But without any kind of interesting plot to inspire me to watch it a 2nd time or buy it on dvd.

If the 720 is getting compared to Avatar, then i'll wait for the PS4 with hopefully more substantial and stimulating gameplay rather than pure visual gimmickery

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Brits lose out as iTunes prices jump

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developers

70% of the increase will go to the developers.

Apple are still only taking their 30% of the price, whatever the price is.

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Marathon for iPad

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awesomesauce

I've been looking forward to getting Marathon, but was worried that it wouldn't fair well being translated to the iPad and would seem unplayably outdated by today's standards.

Glad to hear that's not the case, so shall be giving this a go tonight.

As good as it was at the time, half the Marathon experience was the story and humour. And that's something that I don't think any FPS has ever managed to replicate. Even Halo is disappointing in this regard by comparison.

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Hitchhiking snails scoffed, pooped out alive by birds

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scientifically feeding?

scientifically feeding is different from normal feeding??

you do it with safety goggles on or something?

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Apple said to have 3G-enabled iPod in pipeline

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who?

and the name of your so-called "Apple source"?

Henk van Vlakkelandburger??

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Game gears up for Mac OS X Lion release with... Panther

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oh look!

they even have one of the rare Australian versions...

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Apple patent: 'Pour' your data from iPhone to iPad

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@sT0rNG b4R3 duRiD

> Fuck me sideways

careful, unless you can clearly demonstrate an example of prior-art, someone's probably got a patent on that gesture and will come looking for an out of court settlement

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Sony to can MiniDisc Walkman

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RIP a sad day

Admittedly, i stopped using my Minidisc players many years ago when i got a 2nd gen ipod, but before then I'd had about 4 sony minidisc players and they were brilliant.

I agree that in this age of mp3, it's as archaic as cassette tape, but I do get a touch nostalgic everytime i see my old minidisc players gathering dust

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Coder cracks iPad 2 jailbreak block

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why bother?

with iOS5 just around the corner, with arguably sufficient improvements to warrant upgrading to, then should you find there are any unofficial apps that you use, you'll be getting rid of them again in a couple of months.

besides, I've still yet to see any real must-have app that would really necessitate jailbreaking

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Sony quietly tests PlayStation Network revamp

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screenshot "All change? PSN as it appears today"

That screenshot is not representative of how the PSN appears today. How it appeared 2 years ago, maybe, when items like Warhawk and Pain were likely to be on the front screen.

Admittedly, it's not _much_ different, but couldn't you have gotten a recent image?

also - it's not exacly text heavy - there's a list of menus down the side with words on them. the rest of the searching for games is via a grid of icons. i'd suggest those saying they prefer the xbox graphical interfaces are too illiterate to read the menu names

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Panasonic TX-P65VT30 65in plasma 3D TV

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fail

i don't see how it warrants a 90% rating.

If i spent 4.5 grand, i'd be seriously annoyed to get such a rubbish EPG and i'd be furious to discover that the glasses aren't good enough to watch a movie from start to finish without discomfort

but then, i guess maybe if you have the cash to blow 4.5k on a telly, maybe you have the cash to afford the plastic surgery to make for face fit the glasses

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El Reg cuts ribbon on new Special Projects Bureau

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Paris Hilton

a space elevator

because the world needs one, and surely it can't be that hard can it?

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'Lion' Apple Mac OS X 10.7: Sneak Preview

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Diablo 2

so just wait until Diablo 3 comes out at the end of the year

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One per cent of world's web browsing happens on iPad

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"February of this year"

i suspect the slow down on the graph in February was more likely due to potential new-buyers waiting for the iPad2 launch

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Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

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a sad sad day

all the best for the future. El Reg comments pages have certainly been a lively and exciting place under your rule, i'm not sure any other news site is as fun

and welcome to our new keeper!!

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Reg Hardware launches review looker-upper

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hurrah!!

This is great news. I quite often find someone asks me what I think about a piece of hardware, and I say "I've seen a review on the Register..." but then have a nightmare trying to find it again.

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Strike hits police, ICO and the Rev

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unions

I wish my industry had unions that could tell us all to strike and stay home when it's a nice sunny day.

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Star Wars fans want Sony sued over game shutdown

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crazy

I can understand to a point that if you've invested so much time into a game, it's a bit disappointing when it shuts down. but surely the new one looks so much better that you'd be itching to play that instead and so wouldn't be playing to ages old game anyway.

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HP TouchPad 9.7in WebOS tablet

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Deja vu

> "like a product that's just behind the curve"

Somewhere in HP offices there's a whiteboard with 'Lessons learned from Palm Pre' written at the top and nothing else beneath it.

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The Cube: Apple's daftest, strangest romance

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still got mine!!

not using it though, it's an ornament that the missus wants me to get rid of. but it's staying, along with my MacPlus and angle poise G4 imac.

i swapped out the processor on my Cube with an OWC replacement. brought the performance right up to date at the time. shame, in a way, that they switched to Intel and there wasn't an way to make the Cube an Intel machine

the price was ridiculous, but then again, there was nothing else like it at the time.

and it definately wasn't style over substance. it was style AND substance.

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Spam volumes show massive drop - but why?

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not seen any drop here either

i've had a massive increase in incoming spam over the last couple of weeks.

but i'm guessing that is because of the LulSec business, it's the same address i used for my playstation account so i'm assuming it's a result of that.

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600 tonne asteroid in low pass above Falkland Islands - TONIGHT

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Black Helicopters

7,600 miles above us...

of course, that's exactly what they would tell us, to stop the mass panic, hysteria, looting and the end of society as we know it

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MobileMe web app features shapeshift into Apple's iCloud

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shame

syncing the keychains and system prefs across my macs made life a lot easier, shame to see it go.

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Seagate gets a disk into Archos HD vid tablet

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user replaceable?

Is the drive user replaceable? For after it goes farming and gouges a groove right through all your data?

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Apple strangleholds worldwide battery output

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you've not used one then?

I thought similar, a laptop is a laptop.

But I've had my MBA for the last 6 months and it makes a big difference being able to hold it in one hand and type with the other, when trying to work on the train squeezed on either side by two salad-dodgers.

And even at home, being able to work while sitting on the sofa and not loose the circulation in my legs, or getting up and carrying it outside holding it between finger and thumb in one hand, still open and running, while carrying a cuppa tea in the other.

Being thinner means being lighter, and being lighter just makes life a little bit easier and more enjoyable.

plus, it looks awesome :-)

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DRM-free music dream haunts Apple's app-store lock-in

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why is this different to anything else?

so by this argument, the TLC pack I have for my Mini (pays for the first 3 mandatory services) locks me into the BMW Mini brand because, if I sell the Mini and buy a Ford, I can't get the unused free services for the new car.

It's the way the capitalist world works, and all the "open" evangalism that is currently going around isn't going to change that any time soon.

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Apple closes book on iPhone-look jotter

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14th September 2010?

So... they have a 10 months backlog on their orders?? Sounds like a cease and desist from Apple is the least of their troubles and provides them with a get out of jail free card as they can point the blame finger and Apple instead of at their own inability to deliver the product.

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RIM cuts PlayBook sales forecast, report says

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but who wants to do the bridge?

who really is going to want to have to use two devices at once? you'll just do your email on the blackberry. an so, why bother getting a playbook? why not get another tablet instead. or a netbook? having a native email solution on the playbook makes it a worthwhile device. without it, it's just something else to carry around from meeting to meeting

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Flying Keymouse II takes to the air

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any good for gaming?

am thinking this could be quite good for some games though (would love to try it with Eve Online)

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BMW intros revamped Mini as sporty MG-alike

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sports car

quote: "Quote: "The vanilla Coupé... If it is a sports car..."

if you're after a sports car, you're not going to be getting the vanilla option, are you?

you'll be getting at least the S

and if your wallet is fat enough, you'll get the JCW version

and the only time you'll see one of those while sitting in your Daihatsu is while it's disappearing into the distance, leaving you eating it's dust

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