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NHS carelessly slings out care.data plans to 26.5 million Brits

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ANOTHER opt-out?

Why can't the fact that I've already opted out (twice, in different forms) to the doomed NHS Spine system still stand? How many times will they simply rename it and then get us to opt out all over again?

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Google cripples Chromecast third party replay

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Re: Ah...

Except that the Chromecast was NEVER advertised as being able to play local content. In fact, the main complain about it at launch was that it couldn't.

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Bloke leaks '1000s' of Twitter login tokens, says he can hack ANY twit

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The problem with resetting tokens...

is that Twitter have arbitrary and silly limits on the number of tokens for each app. If you reset your token for a popular app, there's a possibility you won't get it back. Not good if you've paid for it.

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Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe

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Re: Not in touch with the market

Of course it'll do iPlayer. iPlayer is a Chrome window.

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Local Media

Play your video file in a Chrome window and it'll share it to the telly. Which means it's perfectly capable of sending local files, so just wait for the apps to come that will let you send local content.

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Borked your iDevice? Pay EVEN MORE to have it fixed by Applecare

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Re: EU warranty

I was about to post exactly this.

The Sale of Goods Act requires that goods are free from defects at the time they are sold, as described, and work for a reasonable period of time. For electronics, a fault within 3 years could easily be considered unusual and most consumer protection experts would say your device should last 3 years minimum.

Certainly, if you've bought an iDevice with a two year mobile phone contract then all non-user caused repairs (i.e. faults, broken connectors from normal use, dodgy switches etc) must be repaired under warranty. If they're selling with a two year contract, then it's reasonable to expect your device to last two years.

Also remember: your contract is with the retailer not Apple (unless you bought from an Apple store). So don't let your network fob you off to Apple. It's their problem to sort out.

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'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

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Remember Streetmap? It's suing Google in a UK court

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Re: @JetSetJim - I remember streetmap...

Google Results Show World's Most Popular Product First Shock!

I used to use Streetmap all the time. I stopped when Google made a better product. No-one forced me away from Streetmap except them for making their UI so clunky. I've been to sites recently where their 'location' page had Streetmap embedded. I had to leave and look it up on Google Maps.

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Microsoft Xbox gaffe reveals cloudy arrogance

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When your power is down, good luck playing your console whether it needs a net connection or not...

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Philips pushes out SDK for multicolour Zigbee LED lights

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I have them...

and I love them.

It's remarkable how you can change the whole atmosphere and feel or a room so easily. And yes, that helps me to relax, or to feel warmer, or to get more comfortable.

Oh, and if you can use a smartphone app to control your home lighting, I'm sure you can buy a bayonet to screw adapter for 50p

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Here's the $4.99 utility that might just have saved Windows 8

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Re: well hold on there pardner...

Fair enough. But I have an aunt who is a relatively literate user, but by no means expert. She lives with her husband, who knows nothing.

She has an iPad for day to day tasks but is looking to replace her elderly XP machine which has slowed to a crawl and would take me a day to sort out (it takes me another day to even drive to her home).

When you start up Win8 does it show you where to click? Does it remind you in two months, when you've forgotten? Does it explain charms and the task switcher? Does it tell you you're effectively running two UIs with no cross-compatibility? Will it explain to her how to use the Windows key and the shortcuts to switch to desktop? Is there a tutorial about why IE and IE Metro don't talk to each other? Or will I get phone calls saying "I can't find my bookmarks" or "why can't I see the letter I'm writing and my email at the same time to reference them?" or "I downloaded a program from the Store and now I can't find it on my start menu?".

Such a massive UI change, with NO visual prompts and reminders, is only good for confident users. And runing two incompatible UIs at the same time is no good for anyone.

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iPhone 5S and lower-cost sibling coming this summer?

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Fingerprint sensor...

This *would* be pretty revolutionary for a change. But I doubt we'll see it. It wouldn't look nice on the front of the phone, and surely we'd have seen the tech proven in a Macbook where it would be of equal if not more use first?

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We've slashed account hijackings by 99.7% - Google

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Chain of emails

My missus had about 4 email accounts, each with the other as the 'reset password' email account.

I knew the password to one of them, one she seldom used. Using this, I could've taken control over her entire digital life. Scary.

(For the record, no I didn't!)

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Google stokes hype machine over Project Glass robospecs

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Re: "No one really likes to wear glasses at the best of times"

I genuinely don't understand.

In that case a 'de-focussed' image must be projected onto the glass. Because the image IS on the glass, but I guess the wearer looks 'through' the glass and focusses normally with the image being focussed as it if was in the middle distance.

Which means a glasses wearer would need to be projecting an image altered specifically for their prescription - in my case with a high prescription and astigmatism. Not impossible, but damn clever. It'll be the only thing my eye has seen in focus for decades!

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Re: "No one really likes to wear glasses at the best of times"

I love my glasses and frankly if I woke up with perfect vision tomorrow, I'd still wear them.

But that brings me to another point. This is one of the most exciting steps in personal technology, and I can see it replacing the smartphone. But I cannot see how it could possibly work for people who need prescription glasses.

The image is, presumably, projected onto the inside of a lens and so can't be corrected BY the lens. Even if an image was put in front, no-one who wears glasses can focus on something half an inch from their face. That's not how prescriptions work. So, unless I've missed something, this is impossible technology for anyone wearing glasses already.

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Meet the stealthiest UK startup's app Swiftkey - and its psychic* keyboard

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Should learn that you use pint a lot more than point, though?

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Re: It is very good.

Switching to plain old tapping doesn't seem to be an issue for me.

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Re: Good time for a retraction...

Agreed. I really didn't get along with SwiftKey 3. I don't know why, but I uninstalled.

This, however, is absolutely fantastic.

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Apple tech FOUND ON ANDROID: Passbook gets pay-by-bonk

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Re: think bigger

That's not thinking bigger.

My phone already does all of that using profiles and location or wifi based triggers.

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BBC blueprint to make EVERY programme on TV a repeat revealed

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iPlayer

Easily one of the world's greatest internet and entertainment accomplishments. The BBC should be given a standing ovation for it's creation.

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Twitter clients stay signed in with pre-breach passwords

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Re: There is a very clear risk

I think what Richard12 is saying is this:

- you have Twitter1 app signed in

- miscreant hacks account and changes the password

- Twitter1 stays signed in because it already has a token which is not altered by a change in password

- miscreant logs into Twitter2 app

- you realised the hack and change your password

- Twitter2 app is STILL logged in because OAuth tokens aren't revoked by a password changes

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Re: Would resetting tokens cause Apps to hit 100k API token limit?

I was just about to say that... worse, since revoked tokens are returned to the pool it's possible that yours is returned and given to someone else, so lose access to your favourite app because they're unable to issue a new one.

I was going to suggest a workaround could be to automatically revoke all tokens upon password change, but clearly with the access limit this isn't practical.

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Space Shuttle Columbia disaster remembered 10 years on

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Mushroom

I remember watching it live.

I had BBC News 24 on in the background and they crossed live to watch the shuttle come in for landing. No-one said why, I couldn't remember a routine landing having been news for a long time.

Someone, somewhere tipped off news crews that this could be interesting...

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Amazon accused of remotely wiping punter's Kindle

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Never connect your Kindle to the internet

Download and side-load with USB. Simples.

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Google promises autonomous cars for all within five years

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Re: Da

It doesn't work by following navigation - GPS is nothing like accurate enough.

It compiles Street View, GPS, previous tracks, a video archive, radar and live video feeds to do several things.

1. It knows roughly where you are thanks to GPS

2. It compares where you look like you are from the video to make the GPS more accurate

3. It compares previously driven tracks with yours

4. It has a 3D 'memory' of the area, so can identify things that aren't usually there: be they cars in front or pedestrians waiting to cross

5. It senses distance to other objects and adjusts speed accordingly.

6. Ideally it would be talking to nearby vehicles and they'd all coordinate responses, but that's not going to happen for a long while.

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The 'experts' who never see BBM will never understand RIM

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Re: BBM is just an application

Google Talk is on every Android. Imagine if it had the functionality of BBM: read notifications, file sending, photo sharing, maybe even screen sharing. It already does voice and video calls better than Skype, especially as it's now essentially G+ Hangouts so does video conferencing.

And yet, Google don't seem to care about it. It really, really could be an iPhone killer.

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T-Mobile outs low-cost mobile data roaming bundles

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Non-EU prices still eye watering...

£7.50 per MB outside the EU

It's £1.50 per MB even in non-EEA countries like Iceland.

Surely the costs to shunt data around the world are minimal these days?

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Asus-made Google pad set for June debut

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Re: 7" tablets are brilliant

But given the trend for phones is 4" or bigger (mines 4.7") if I'm going to invest in a tablet it needs to be a different form factor for a different job.

10" is perfect for portability but a use that's different enough from my phone to be worthwhile

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Google Mis-Step

By launching a 7", they're not competing with the iPad. They're competing with these: http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5073692.htm

Apple have shown there is a huge market for 10" devices, and even if they came in at £250 rather than £200 Google would be massively undercutting.

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Steve Jobs was top of the flops, says Apple's Tim Cook

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"We are at war with Eastasia. We have always been at war with Eastasia"

Flipping to the polar opposite, and no-one having a clue that you've flipped, is NOT admitting you were wrong!

Admitting you were wrong and that things have changed is a noble and much-underrated quality, especially in a leader. It's clearly one Jobs didn't have.

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Spy under your car bonnet 'worth billions by 2016'

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Re: Before anyone says "here comes big brother"...

Nailed it... it won't mean cheaper insurance for safer drivers. It'll mean ludicrous insurance for regular speeders.

I'd accept this, provided my car speedo was absolutely accurate (it isn't, so I don't actually know how fast I'm going), and I got an audible warning when nudging over the limit.

Plus, there's no reason why cars can't safely tail off the gas themselves when the driver pushes beyond the limit to stop them speeding.

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National Rail Enquiries

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Re: Shameless rip off

Croworc refunded me the price of the earlier app when I contacted them...

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Google Currents

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Big flaw...

It doesn't seem to remember which stories you've read and which you haven't, and there's no indication on an icon that there are unread stories

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Stray SMS leads to aborted landing

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Re: Interference

A few hundred milliwatts in a directed beam. Your phone puts out a signal in all directions, meaning the inverse sqare law applies and power drops off very quickly with distance.

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Who killed ITV Digital? Rupert Murdoch - but not the way you think

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I never understood...

so perhaps someone could explain? If OnDigital had succeeded, wouldn't it have meant the end of free-to-receive TV?

I mean, they always wanted to switch off analogue. Sky Digital needed a subscription, digital cable needed a subscription and so did OnDigital. Where was the plug in and go option that Freeview now provides?

I had OnDigital and thought it was great. The text and interactive services were better than my Virgin cable box can now deliver... it's a silly example, but I was playing along to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire back when people actually watched it, which cable still can't do...

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Paedophiles ‘disguise’ child abuse pages as legit websites

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They can also...

make penis-shaped soundwave come out of your speaker. Plus, a peadophile in a microlight committed an overhead atrocity.

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iPad bludgeons to death two UK Apple reseller shops

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They should've tried a bit of customer service...

On one occasion, my wife went into Cancom Brighton and was roundly ignored for 30 minutes before she left.

A second time she went in, but they talked only to her tits.

I went in looking to buy a MacBook Pro but they didn't want my £900 enough to bother speaking to the bloke fondling laptops and looking eager, so I left.

A second time I went in asking if they'd sell me the RAM and perform an installation to upgrade a Mac Mini. They said they'd sell me the RAM, but that the installation was fiddly and not worth their time (I KNOW it's fiddly, that's why I'm willing to pay someone to do it).

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iPlayer repeat fees threaten BBC earthquake

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It's not £20 a month...

My licence fee is £12.12 per month on Direct Debit. So, slightly more than Spotify for original content which often can't come from anywhere else and is considerably more expensive to produce. In other words, if you only watched Sherlock, you still paid less than the DVD box set for it.

I agree with the central thrust of the article: that charging for iPlayer is problematic. I can record a show to my TiVo and keep it as long as I like. But I can't download from iPlayer and keep it more than 30 days, and downloading that same show via BitTorrent and keeping it as long as I like is illegal.

These are things that need to be sorted out. But the answer should be a £20 all the BBC you can eat, from any source you like, not paying a quid a show.

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Virgin TiVo iPad app out in September

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FAIL

They'd be better off fixing the existing Android app

Which doesn't work on either Android 3 or 4

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Ten... Valentine's Day gifts for him

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Hmmmm

Out of the entire world of toys, gadgets and tech you manage to choose 10 things that I would divorce over if they were given to me as a gift...

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Motorola Xoom 2 10in Android tablet

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MTP

Google has a download for OSX that talks to Android devices via MTP. Apparently it's a bit flakey (haven't tried it with my Galaxy Nexus yet) but it does work.

Or use ftp

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The End of Free: Web 2.0 will squeeze punters rotten

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I, for one, would pay...

To get a service as great as Twitter or Gmail with no ads, no spam and full commercial service levels. I'd pay. Not a lot, but they don't need to charge me a lot as it's relatively cheap to run.

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Ice Cream Sandwich

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Menu Buttons

They'll disappear if your phone has hardware buttons...

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Windows 8: First contact with Microsoft Touch

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Please god

Just ditch the ****ing ribbons

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Ultra-cheap HP TouchPads to hit UK at 6pm

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What does it do?!?

Well it's got an excellent web browser with flash. It handles video playback, you can Skype, it has a great email client and calendar suite, you can view and edit Office documents, view photos, there are already Twitter and Facebook apps... all of this handled much better than a £200 netbook would manage

what more do you want a sub £100 computer to do?

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iPhone 5 less than a month away

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October release still likely

It's normal to announce a few weeks ahead of actual launch day, so October release is most likely

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What will we do with 600MHz?

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Local TV Won't Work

Most community stations are run on a shoe-string, cobbled together to be just about listenable and struggling through with no cash.

This is no slight on them, as they do some great work. Just pointing out that TV is more expensive to produce, more difficult to put together, takes much longer to make and harder to make look watchable.

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Buffalo Linkstation Pro Duo 2TB Nas

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Will it really play nicely with mac?

I have a Buffalo Linkstation Pro, which was great when accessed by two windows machines. But since I switched one machine to mac, the NAS backups fail every time on the hidden mac files/folders. It backs everything up, but won't do the next backup until I manually reset it.

Buffalo themselves were stumped and so I'm stuck without having a reliable backup system in place.

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Firefox 4 Android beta gets stomach stapled

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Try Dolphin HD

It's got tabbed browsing and an Adblocking add-on

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Microsoft delivers Google Chrome IE9 beta

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WTF?

"Fewer than one third have opened favourites"

Seriously, how do these people operate?

My wife has all her bookmarks, from regular to vaguely interesting to must-read-sometime on the Firefox Bookmark's Toolbar. In no particular order and running off into a massive scroll-down list. It drives me insane.

And no, I don't think she knows they're all accessible through the Awesome Bar.

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