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Samsung's thumb-achingly ENORMO Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

hitmouse

Re: Allowing for bezels

A4 paper may have margins, but the vast quantity of A4 formatted documents still need to be comfortably read without zooming. That includes not only text, but music, equations, diagrams.

So 12.6 is not, for me at least, an "effective" A4 implementation.

It's worth pointing out that large tablets have virtues other than portability. I have a number of uses for them which would mean they rarely left home or the office. Much like many large books I own.

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I spent years "running around" with a 13+ inch M1300 tablet that weighed 3lb, and now run around with a Yoga 13 of approx same size.

I sometimes get the feeling that most reviewers don't have the strength to lift more than a skeptical eyebrow.

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"does the world really need an Android tablet this big?"

Actually It could be bigger. A4 is 14.3", and I would be very happy with A3 (as an open A4 book), or a folding pair of A4 screens thus.

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Proof Apple is GOING BACKWARDS: It's trying to patent a Newton-ish touchscreen stylus

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Those people using styluses for (pressure-sensitive) handwriting and drawing on Windows tablets can hardly wait. Oh yeah, they've had them for twelve years now used in Journal, OneNote and a plethora of mind-mapping, drawing and painting apps.

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WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH

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Thirty meters!

What are they all measuring?

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Microsoft's JavaScript challenger nears 1.0, wins Visual Studio love

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Update your iThings NOW: Apple splats scary SSL snooping bug in iOS

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Re: It's nice to see they're updating iOS 6.x also

But they're not making it available for iPhone 4, which is really to slow to run iOS7.x

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Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that

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Strictly speaking, all attachments are electromagnetic bonds even if two bits of wood glued together.

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Department of Human Services removes Medicare from internet

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This is not an isolated example, but part of a pattern of incompetence in transitioning Federal government sites for years. Some have had multiple name changes in recent years, with a failure to update not only links between them, but also email addresses, and documents referencing all of them.

No one competent to complain to.

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Atlassian's UK-IPO plans: Smart business isn't a disaster

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Doug Burgum ... you mean Atlassian is hiring people over 40 now?

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Eggheads give two robots vodka and tell them to text each other FOR SCIENCE

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More research money pissed into the wind

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A whopping one in four Apple fanbois uses OBSOLETE TECH

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Re: Warn Admen?

Whereas most current Windows apps would still run on Windows XP, there is no going back with iOS. "Why change it" can be a virtue. Upgrading a free OS is hardly something Microsoft would envy.

Since iOS apps update frequently, and often put an OS version floor in, then you have a choice of staying with the old version of having to upgrade the entire machine. Many of those who do upgrade regret it, and unlike with Windows have no way of reverting.

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+1 There are plenty of iPhone 4 (pre-Siri) models running, and going to iOS7 makes the hardware near unfunctional. You're just left with a lot of apps now looking totally mismatched with iOS6

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OHM MY GOD! Move over graphene, here comes '100% PERFECT' stanene

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If they made it iStan, then the US would probably invade it.

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Australia's Silicon Beach is a wipeout

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Re: I wish we all could be ...

What little "creative IT" exists in Australia is for niche vertical markets.

Where pools of talent have existed in particular areas, various governments have managed to dry up in short order. There's a large cargo-cult mentality operating in Australia whereby only foreign technology can be good or innovative*.

(* exceptions being know-nothing government folk who see some lame local implementation of 15 year old shareware and pronounce it as a Microsoft killer )

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New Internet Explorer chief is man behind Windows Phone reboot

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Re: Dont let Microsoft dominate it leads to

Many of the Microsoft folks from that era went on to Google, Amazon, Apple etc, who have each done what MS wasn't allowed to do.

Same people, different stock symbols.

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Microsoft sues Acacia for suing Microsoft

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This is from Amazon's Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post ?

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Oz gov sysadmins ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

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Quite a lot of Australian government websites don't even have a front door.

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Big Content says Pirates of the Caribbean do their worst in Australia

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Look at the tables outside DVD stores in London, Paris etc which are heaving with shonky product. Police walk straight past.

I tried to buy local product once, but I was tied up by a couple with pointy noses and sharp teeth.

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Post-PC world? POST-MAC WORLD more like

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Re: Apple PC buyers are more savvy

Aside from the small detail that almost all computers get upgraded, the only better specs that most Mac fainbois understand are minute changes to the frames of their black horn-rimmed geek goggles.

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Former Microsoftie in AUTOMATIC BEER MAKER funding plea

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Will it come in a Blue Bottle of Death?

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Actually Starbucks outlets in and around Seattle are generally pretty good.

As a rule of thumb, the further you get from there the worse, but Britain has made it especially awful.

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

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Cupertino is already preparing a more aesthetically appropriate reality distortion field-effect inductive charging standard that will only work on their devices.

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Furious Frenchies tell Apple to bubble off: Bling iPhone isn't 'champagne'

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Wouldn't cider gold be more appropriate?

'cos I've got a combine harvester and you've got an iPhone 3

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Peter Capaldi named as 12th Doctor Who

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Local Hero to Universal Hero

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Australia threatens Adobe, Apple, with geo-blocking ban

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Re: Currency conversion

Apple charges Australia more than the US for music regardless of where the exchange rate is. They change their rhetoric to suit whether it's < 1 or > 1.

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for '13-inch' JUMBO iPAD HYPEGASM

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Re: Who would want a 13" tablet?

"Books are 'single purpose devices'"

Really? You do know there are books you can read and books you can write in, and their form factor varies according to what is being read or written.

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Re: Who would want a 13" tablet?

A proper A4 (or even A3) tablet is what's needed for sheet music, and large format graphical material like comic books where layout and dimensions are very important. The market for musicians alone is enormous.

There are markets for small books with small pieces of paper and markets for large books with large pieces of paper.

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Unwieldy only if you have small hands. A proper A4 (or even A3) tablet is what's needed for sheet music, and large format graphical material like comic books where layout and dimensions are very important.

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Spotify: If musicians don't give us their stuff they get pirated more

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There's about 100 different iTunes stores and six or so Amazon stores, and quite a few Spotify country zones. They don't share all their catalogue. Access is restricted by credit-card address and/or IP address.

An artist may spread their music via Facebook, Twitter or use in TV soundtracks, but only make their music available on a handful of iTunes or Amazon stores, and so the rest of the world may be left with piracy as the only option for acquiring the content. So saying "it's on iTunes or not" is not a strict binary matter, even when you leave out the enormous pricing differentials between iTunes stores for delivering the same bits.

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Despite musicians (or labels acting on their behalf) soliciting attention via social media, magazine reviews etc, they still don't make their content broadly available for purchase around the world. Even in Europe, it can be months to years (if ever) before an album is legally available for purchase between neighbouring countries.

As bricks and mortar stores disappear, there's no channel for CD purchases, and there's little difference between the catalogues of the online merchants because of the restrictions put on them by labels still operating in the last century.

The Oatmeal comic about trying to purchase Game of Thrones applies just as much to music purchases. For indie artists, the _only_ chance most people will get to sample their music is via Soundcloud, Youtube or Spotify, and then potential customers may find that they're not allowed to buy the music.

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/game_of_thrones

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Windows 8.1: Here at last, but is it good enough?

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Re: First experiences

- or -

you have a keyboard that folds/slides away, so you can flip between laptop and tablet mode in seconds.

Which is what I've been doing very happily with various types of Windows tablets for a decade.

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Re: First experiences

>On that score I would entirely agree - although I would have to point out that the OEMs have a certain responsibility there, hmm?

I don't disagree. They're as lazy as ever when it comes to retail presentation.

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First experiences

While I can walk into a computer store and see rows of devices showing the tile interface and not having a touch-screen, Window 8.x is going to deter buyers.

The changes in 8.1 make absolutely no difference to how this plays out for consumers.

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What's the difference between GEEKS and NERDS?

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And the difference between geek, nerd, dork and XKCD fan Venn Diagram?

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Google staffing boss: Our old hiring procedures were 'worthless'

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About five years ago I had a phone interview with some dolt who turned out to be product manager for Picasa. I knew more about the product from casual use than he did and name a dozen glaring UI bugs that he wasn't aware of.

At about that point in the interview I became a body he needed to bury.

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Streaming music works for us, say US and UK indie labels

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Forgive those of us who have lived in other European countries or places like Australia who cannot even see most of such artists listed on these services. On a few occasions I've contacted the artists directly and they've pulled the appropriate switches, but if you can only get through to a label then you're ignored.

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It's a pity that most of the US and UK indie labels rarely put their music on other country's iTunes/Spotify stores, thereby denying an opportunity for most of the world to buy music that they enthusiastically market globally via social media etc.

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France weighing 'culture tax' on phones, slabs, PCs, TVs

hitmouse

Re: "The Frenches on the other hand all drive badly"

" they don't even keep driving on the left side of the road!"

You've obviously never driven in France after lunch.

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The French might make more from their cultural products if they exported them. If they didn't have such reluctance to put English subtitles on their DVDs (even where "official" subtitles already exist) they might recoup more money than their domestic/Quebecois audience limits them to.

Having the slowest release schedules for music etc in Europe can't be helping them either.

Even one of France's own ministers of culture has pointed out how irrelevant French culture is becoming globally because it's so inward facing.

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Twitter turns off Tweetdeck's life support after lengthy coma

hitmouse

Re: End of the Road

learn the difference between phase and faze?

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Acer reveals 'floating' screen to save desktop, self

hitmouse

Many form-factors please

There is no too small, too light or too heavy - it's all relative to the user. Children and small-framed adults have a completely different perspective on all these factors to me as a tall adult who finds that an smart phone easily disappears in a pocket.

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The NBN questions Malcolm Turnbull won't answer

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The word "upload" is not mentioned anywhere in the document, so there is no indication or benchmark of return capacity.

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Ten Windows tablets

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Re: Overpriced.

Having real file-system access to external cards and drives makes the Surface devices more than competitive against an iPad. Each platform has its strengths, but ease of use with files is not one of iOS's.

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'Australia's so big freight costs are high' claims don't add up

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Reminds me of a Chinese takeaway in Brentford that tried to charge me £1 to cover merchant card fees on a £10 transaction. Because their own 1000% margin on boiled rice wouldn't cover it.

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Microsoft can't even shift Windows 8 slabs in the middle of a tablet frenzy

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Same strategy?

The analyst is clueless if he thinks that access to the app store is a big issue for Surface Pro, which DOESN'T NEED special apps.

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Review: Living with Microsoft's new Surface Pro

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Re: MS kills netbook market

Please give me the ordering details for this "something that does exactly the same job " at ~$US250. I will buy it now.

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Surface left on shelves as world+dog slurps up small slates

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Re: They charge too much...

The Surface RT is more like $500. It's the Surface Pro that's over $1000.

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Re: Samsung Win 8 slate

What are the RT machines like for talking to cameras and the like?

I just haven't found any useful scenario-based documents or videos for RT except for the "I like sliding coloured tiles around like an ADD crack-addict" scenario.

Can one purchase and download music from the net?

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Re: Samsung Win 8 slate

I hadn't heard of these devices, but the reviews indicate that it's limited to 2GB RAM and the processor is rather limited.

I'd probably want the more costly Pro edition (4GB/i5/64GB) to compete with the Surface Pro and then the price differential starts disappearing.

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