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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS

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Is this worse than the iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner?

Not technically worse I mean, but it seems to me that it's a worse vulnerability. The iPhone sensor only allows you to unlock the phone, and to sign in to (and purchase from) the Apple stores. Sure, that's not ideal if someone's got your phone and can circumvent the fingerprint reader....

....but, your passcode is required when you switch the phone on (and it's likely they'll have switched it off to avoid being tracked after the theft) or after ~5 failed attempts (as the article mentions) and even if they get past it all, all they can do is buy you music and apps. Which Apple will refund you for when you report it stolen etc.

If the Samsung one doesn't need your passcode, AND you can have infinite attempts AND you can spend real money through PayPal (and other apps?) then that seems a lot worse to me.

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

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Re: ummm wait what?

I suspect that this will be the first step in a program to eventually integrate WhatsApp and FB Messenger in some way; they may maintain a separate WhatsApp app, frozen at the current functionality, but the FB Messenger app will get all of the functionality of WhatsApp (meaning those that want can ditch the WhatsApp app and keep only FB Messenger to get FB and WhatsApp messages in one place) and then start adding in IP voice calls, add in WhatsAppIn and WhatsAppOut services for regular phone calls etc etc to get everyone to move to the one app, and monetize further.

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

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Re: So what are the alternatives that people recommend?

I switched to No-IP where you can get a free service with up to 3 host names on the account:

http://www.noip.com/free

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

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Re: It's a shame

If I may quote George Takei:

Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences. This man donated money to a campaign designed to keep LGBT people from full equality and to deny our families equal rights under the law. He was free to make that choice, but we are free to hold him accountable. If he'd donated money to White Supremacists to help outlaw interracial marriage, there'd be little outcry over his ouster.

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

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Re: The witch hunt continues

I assume that was a genuine question, though I may be stepping on a land mine in this thread.... IYLISMWDYGLT = "if you like it so much why don't you go live there"

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Re: Oh, a new outrage of the week. Finally, I was getting worried.

It's easy to think people are being "over the top" when it's not you or your group / family / community that is affected by whatever is in question.

I'm sure that Jim Crow law supporters thought that black people were being "strident" or "drama queens" or "uppity" when they asked to be able to drink from the same water fountains, or, horror of horrors, asked for the right to get married to whoever they wanted, no matter whether they were white or black or whatever.

I think that the comparisons are apt; many of the same rights that were denied to black people are now denied to gay people, and not just marriage - your very life is at stake in many countries just for being gay, let alone your liberty. It's an ongoing process which will (if history has taught us anything) end with everyone having access to all the same rights, with no bad effects in the long run.

Invoking the holocaust was super classy of you of course, especially considering how many homosexuals were "herded in to gas chambers" along with Jews. Take a trip to Belsen or Auschwitz-Birkenau some time.

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Re: I just want to browse the internet

Seriously?

If the guy had donated money to a campaign to ban Jews from getting married, or to ban interracial marriages, would you still think that that he was fit to be CEO of a company you were working with (in any capacity, no matter how small) *if* you were Jewish, or black and wanted to marry a white girl, or knew anyone who was, or maybe even if you didn't?

Because all these devs are saying is "this guy's not only said he thinks we're icky, he's actually donated a substantial amount of money to keep us apart, so we're not going to work with his company any more".

They haven't even actually asked others to do the same.

How's about, if the real world bothers your sensibilities and you "just want to browse the internet" you don't click on articles which include the word "gay" in the title so you don't have to think about it any more?

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No, I think what the devs are saying is that they believe that Eichs views matter, as the CEO of a company which they were supporting with development work.

They believe that because of his views they should not support the company any more.

They have stated that publicly and effectively asked others to do the same (just as Eich effectively asked others to endorse his bigotry with his donation).

That is their right, just as it is Eichs right to have those views.

Whether you agree with them or with Eich is really immaterial, it's just, effectively, a spat between them.

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Re: Shakes Head

No, that's not how it works.

People aren't allowed to be prejudiced against one group of people but then expect to be able to claim prejudice when that group takes action against them.

Besides which, Eich did not confine himself to a point of view - he actively donated money to a cause, and an amount which he knew would make it public record, so he's totally fair game to have that called out for what it is.

Personally, I don't think this will help, but what these guys are doing is bringing this in to view. Hopefully, Eich will say his views have "evolved" and put a swift end to it.

Your comment would carry more weight if you weren't an anonymous coward.

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Ad-funded mobile carrier goes titsup

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Re: Good while it lasted

The PAC system works quite well, actually.

The way it works is you get a PAC from your current service provider (which only you can get, not some malicious actor who's trying to steal your number for whatever reason) and when you're ready (any time within 30 days) you give that to your new provider.

This has the action of (1) transferring your number to the new service provider and (2) automatically cancelling your old contract with your old provider.

The old provider has to give you a PAC code within hours of you asking (most give them immediately) and your new provider will carry out the port the next day usually if you want them to, or you can wait for your desired billing cycle or whatever.

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Is Apple about unleash a cheaper 8GB iPhone 5C? O2 'leak' suggests: Yes

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Re: 8GB is pretty useless

Yes and no.

It would be fine for my mum - she only uses Facebook and reads the news and does iMessage and FaceTime etc (FaceTime being the main reason for an iPhone as she has family overseas who already had it).

8GB would also be plenty for any of the new generation who are used to streaming everything. I'm not, and I suspect many Reg readers are not, but there are many people out there who are.

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Google's Drive SLASH, secret 'big upgrade': Coincidence? HARDLY

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Re: The biggest issue

Or go for Jottacloud, which are based in Norway and host your data there too. 5GB free, and an extra 5GB free if you use a referrer link:

http://www.jottacloud.com/signup?referer=6D5E666793C785B3C86EA8D57572B7EA

They do 100GB a month for $6 if you're interested, or $6 a month for unlimited storage from one machine, and have all the usual clients (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android) but not Linux.

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

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Re: The Tintinnabulations Of The Ad-Copy.

I'm certainly not endorsing the product, but just because you have Tinnitus doesn't mean that you can't hear well.

Tinnitus covers a broad range of problems that you can have - for some people, it can be devastating and awful and almost deafening. For others, it's limited to ringing or hissing in specific frequency ranges, which can be drowned out, or can be trained out.

So, just because someone has Tinnitus doesn't necessarily mean that they can't identify poorly encoded audio or that they wouldn't appreciate well encoded audio.

Though, this seems like hooey to me - from everything I've read and experienced, well recorded and well encoded music with current technologies are good enough for almost everyone, and for anyone who it's not good enough for (either for real reasons or confirmation-bias based ones) a better choice would have been some sort of high bit-depth, high sample rate open-source encoder, like FLAC already provides.

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Re: Not Necessarily Bad

@ David Austin: "I think everyone's in agreement that Over The Air live broadcasting will have a reduced roll going forward"

That's what they thought about FM 20 years ago too.

There's a lot to be said about a broadcast platform which means that everyone no matter where they are in the country and no matter what their income level and broadband availability is, can get a basic set of services for nominal cost (the cost of the TV nowadays with FreeView and FreeSat being built in).

Personally, I'd prefer if the bandwidth was used for OTA data where everyone had a PVR type device and all the programming was delivered as data. You could still have schedules - the box would manage that, and you get the benefit of not having to broadcast anything 2, 3, 4, or 10 times for the repeats. Considering how cheap storage is now, you could surely store a weeks worth of FreeView on a PVR?

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Fanbois sent into FITS of RAGE by fake Steve Jobs statue competition

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It seems odd to me...

...that shoddy / inaccurate / wrong reporting from one party is being blamed on another party simply because said party refused to confirm or deny.

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Mozilla takes wraps off 25 DOLLAR Firefox OS smartphone

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Yes and No.

"Cheap hardware which has a poor user experience are exactly how you kill off your mobile platform."

Traditionally, yes.

But not when the phone costs £15.

In developing markets, it'll be a huge step up from a feature phone or no phone at all, and while people may have their frustrations with it, they will have little to compare it to at least initially, and it could take customers with them as it grows, and gets placed on higher spec hardware - much like iOS did - who knows?.

Assuming "it" (once it exists outside of a reference design) sells in developed markets at all (and it probably will one way or another) everyone will know that it is not an iPhone 5S or a Nexus 5 - they will understand that it's a "burner" phone as has been said - something you buy to put your SIM in for a few days while you're between "proper" phones, or as an emergency phone, or as a phone for your older kids, or as one to take on holiday with you and pop a local SIM in etc etc.

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

Paw Bokenfohr

Tell you what...

...if Nintendo could release the "UNES" (Ultra Nintendo Entertainment System) in a year or two (so named because it's "the first console designed for the 4k future") and launches new versions of Zelda, Mario Kart, Super Mario, and Star Fox for launch, I will be desperate for them to take my money.

As of now though, the new generation of consoles are uninspiring; I'll never be buying a WiiU for all the obvious reasons, and I'm unlikely to buy an Xbox One considering all the furore and not being a FPS fan, and the PS4, well, I'll probably end up with one, but (obviously, since it's already happened) not at launch like the PS3 - I'll get one cheap when the "PS4 Slim" (or whatever) comes out.

But a UNES, I'd queue for.

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China's censors censor press censorship report

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Re: "Australia fared best in 28th"

He probably meant to add "of the limited number of countries where The Reg has a presence"

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EU network tech boss: Europe to take the lead on 5G (thanks, Huawei)

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5G?

Be nice if we had 3G coverage in more places and didn't have to fall back to 2G (I'm thinking of you, M40) let alone 4G or thinking about 5G.

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Netflix speed index shows further decline in Verizon quality

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Re: You know how far the US has fallen...

@ Kevin 6

Hmm. The US is in a worse state than I thought.

I'm in the UK, and I pay £37.50 ($61.50) for an unlimited 120Mbps (downstream, obviously) connection. If I bust through their fair use transfer cap during peak times (1600-2300) that speed is reduced for 2 hours by 16% (to 100Mbps effectively) as the fair use measure. Hardly a hardship for me.

It's not possible to deliver services like this to rural areas (either in the UK or the US) but if you're in one of the big cities (I'm not - I'm in a town of 100,000 people), it seems like you should be able to get this kind of service for that kind of price.

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California takes a shot at mobile 'killswitch' mandate

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Re: Get a candybar phone

@Number6: "I would say this is a desirable feature for any phone. A smartphone without the FB app pre-installed would be good. Are there any?"

Any iPhone or Nexus. None of them have the FB app preinstalled.

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Sony to close North American ebook store, punt customers to Kobo

Paw Bokenfohr

Reader Software? Really?

Is there anyone using Sony's bundled software anyway..?!

I've got a PRS-600, have had it since soon after launch, and uninstalled Reader in favour of Calibre as soon as I did 2 minutes of web searching (along the lines of "better ebook software Sony reader") after hating Reader almost immediately.

The device itself is excellent and still going strong. As is Calibre.

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Google invades videoconferencing market with Chromebox for Meetings

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Re: NAT so were good

None of this is actually a problem if you know what you're doing. I'm sorry to sound harsh - I don't mean to be, but that's the truth - it's easy to configure if you understand your firewall.

And of course if you don't all the main vendors have firewall traversal solutions (eg: LifeSize Transit).

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Apple: That 'white screen of death' nightmare? We'll fix it... AT SOME POINT

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@ Grease Monkey:

"Why? Is it because the users know Apple will have a fix out in a few days? No it's because fanbois are more interested in the badge than using the product."

I doubt that you have any evidence for that but if you do, it'd be awesome to see it because it's an assertion that is frequently made, but for which I've never seen proof.

Couldn't it equally be that Apple users have had experience of glitches and bugs in the past and Apple have said the issue would be fixed, and then it was? So they believe that this time, when Apple say that they will fix the issue, they actually will?

You know, trust (through experience - the best kind).

Perhaps other manufacturers are just as trustworthy, but the frothing and bristling that Apple users would actually trust Apple would seem to indicate to me that other people have some unresolved anger issues to other vendors when they have had similar problems - how DARE anyone be happy with their purchases when I AM NOT?

But then, I have no proof of that.

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UK IT supplier placed on ASA naughty step over 'misleading' HDD ad

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Re: 2nd hand

Totally not the point.

The equivalent, as pointed out already, would be buying a car which is advertised as having 5-10 miles on the clock (delivery miles; it's reasonable to assume a clean-pull drive would only have been imaged), and finding out it's actually got 48,000 (12,000 miles a year for 4 years; this drive had been in use for over 4 years).

Whether or not the customer (or anyone) *should* be buying second hand drives, if a company advertises *any* product, then they have a duty to advertise it accurately.

If they don't, and refuse to correct, and refuse to refund/replace, they should get their arse kicked, or we're all going to end up being screwed by resellers.

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Five UK banks sign up to hook up customers' ACCOUNTS to their MOBILE DEVICES

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Re: Cashback

Agreed, and that's why I use credit cards too, but this is targeting debit cards rather than credit cards. And I definitely don't get cashback on my debit card.

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Re: Hmmm...

Direct linkage to your accounts?

Unlike your debit card?

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Re: Dodgy

I don't really see how it'll be less secure than your debit or credit card. In fact, I don't really see how it can't be more secure.

Get phone out. Unlock phone (PIN or face or pattern or TouchID etc). Open banking app. Log in to banking app (however needed for your bank). Pay.

At least two levels of security there. There's no way that they will release it in such a way as you can just start up the app with no authentication and pay money out of the account.

Compare to card. Get card out. Swipe and sign or insert and input PIN.

Just the one level.

Or worse if you have an RFID enabled card where many transactions do in fact need no security.

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Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block

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FAIL

Yayyyyy!

Just what this country needs; an explosion of teenage pregnancy, teenage STI spreading, and more gay teens killing themselves for lack of any positive information from sex-negative parents.

Because of course you know that any parent who chooses to block this category of sites isn't exactly the sort which will be having non-judgemental sex conversations with their kids.

Awesome.

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Gran Turismo 6: Another glossy, gorgeous Mario Kart on steroids

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So, do I buy?

Like JDX, I am a little confused.

The overall "rating" of 70% isn't good, but most everything being said seems to be "it's as good as GT5 or better" in every regard and yet GT5 scored 80% on its review (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/12/03/games_review_gran_turismo_5/).

Is the lower score because of the reviewers missed expectations, or is it genuinely WORSE than GT5?

Because I don't have GT5, so if I wanted to get one, should it be GT5 or GT6? The review wording seems to say GT6, the scores seem to say GT5.

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Apple CEO Cook breaks YEARS OF SILENCE, finally speaks to El Reg hack

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Re: Smacks of desperation, on both sides!

Of course. Apple are desperate to get in The Register's good books. Because that would mean that The Register would carry stories about Apple. Unlike now, where it's never mentioned on the site.

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Station to station: Ten DAB-Bluetooth combo radios

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They're all hideous.

They all look awful. They seem to be trying to make us not buy DAB.

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Fees shakeup: Freephone numbers will actually BE free – Ofcom

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Re: About time

You should expect more from your service provider then! Been free on giffgaff for a long time:

http://giffgaff.com/index/pricing

Let me know if you want a free SIM with £5 extra credit when you first top up ;-)

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Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box

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Re: DF118

My vote goes to the (Netgear) ReadyNAS range. I've got an old NV+ still going strong as my main file store, and a little (again, old) Duo running as a Time Machine target and little else. They've both caused me no problems.

They're not the fastest at rebuilding the RAID when a drive dies (or you want to increase the size) and they're not the fastest read/write, but for me, a home NAS raison d'etre is "no problems" for your storage needs.

And the newer ReadyNAS units will be much faster - at the time I got these ones, they were some of the fastest.

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Three offers free US roaming, confirms stealth 4G rollout

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Re: !Neelie

"A lot of what she is doing would have been achieved as a natural result of competition between carriers"

You mean the competition we've had in the mobile networks for decades? The competition which has so far given us such good service and low prices, and means that the operators aren't making gigantic profits rather than investing in their networks and technologies and keeping prices low and services innovative?

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REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE

Paw Bokenfohr

Seems easy.

Just don't sell the iPhone.

Let Apple sell it through their stores, and you sell the phones you can live with the agreements on, if you're not already making a killing anyway. Which they all are. Evidenced by the fact that companies like Verizon can afford to make $23bn bets.

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Google to CyanogenMod: YOU! GIT yore warranty-BUSTING ASS outa Play

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Re: Support when things go wrong.

Agreed.

I think that at the very least having to actually go look for the software and research it puts what is in effect a tiny barrier in place for someone for whom the installation of the software isn't likely to be a disaster, but it's a progressively higher barrier the less and less you know (and so therefore the more likely you are to run in to troubles, and by troubles, that can be something as simple as a yes/no question you don't know the answer to for example, or losing your contacts list or any number of other things).

I'm not a fan of obfuscating the world of modding or by extension things like linux to "only the select few" but when I think of some of the people I know with Android handsets I shudder to think what mess they could get in to very quickly and very easily if they stray from the well trodden paths.

Which is FINE - not everyone needs to hack their phone. Just saying, it's not for everyone.

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China challenged to take down ALL of AWS and Google

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Re: And I suppose...

They can, but if Amazon do cave in, it'll cause a lot of public fall-out, and get people asking whether AWS is a suitable service for them to be using, if Amazon will cave in to China for that web site, why wouldn't they also for my small business / medium sized business / blog / service / anything that doesn't meet the Chinese governments standards?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/18/amazon_removes_1984_from_kindle/

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Google bigs up iOS Gmail app, leaves room for fat fingers of iPad-fondlers

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Re: Review?

No reason, no. At least I didn't see one. Any advantages would be vastly outweighed (for me anyway) by not being able to connect to my outlook.com and iCloud emails and have it all together in one interface.

But you could install it and have a play - it's free after all.

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PlayStation 4 a doddle to fix: Handy if it OVERHEATS, for instance

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As did the PS1

PS1 had an internal PSU too. I've owned most all the recent consoles; PS1, PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox360, Wii. The only issues I've had were Xbox360 RRoD issues, on two consoles (I'm on my third). The PS1/2/3, Xbox, and Wii all work fine still.

So, my point is (aside from that individual stories don't really help) that it seems that Sony have the knack of building reliable internal PSUs, so it doesn't seem like it's likely to be an issue.

Equally, I'm sure that Microsoft know how to build a console that doesn't "RRoD" itself nowadays, so it's not likely the XboxOne will be any less reliable than the latest Xbox360 iteration is (of which I have no experience).

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Backup software for HDD and Cloud

Paw Bokenfohr

I use...

... Centred Systems Second Copy: http://www.centered.com/

You set it up with a load of tasks to be run according to whatever schedule you like (daily, hourly, weekly, when an item changes in the folder, manual) etc and in whatever way you want - to do a replicative copy, or to simply add/update files and not remove deleted files on the backup etc etc.

In your case you'd probably set it to daily do an Exact Copy from the folders you want to back up to your external hard drive etc.

Moderately reliable, had few issues with recent versions (been using it for over 10 years).

Also - can I be cheeky and suggest that you consider JottaCloud too? Sign up from an invite (like mine: http://www.jottacloud.com/signup?referer=6D5E666793C785B3C86EA8D57572B7EA ) and you get 10GB for free, and get an extra 5GB from anyone else you sign up too. With Jotta, it's just like Dropbox and Google Drive, but it's based in Norway, not the USA, and also has a built in backup function if you want to use that as well as the "regular" sync folder like Dropbox and Google Drive.

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Gigantic Apple MaxiPad spotted in China

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Or...

...the MacPad.

It's a MacBook Air, running OSX, but has a detachable screen which is a large iPad running iOS when in standalone mode for when you want to take it in to meetings just to run your Keynote from.

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Big Beardie's watching: Alan Sugar robots spy on Tesco petrol queue

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Re: "It's just a ploy to encourage shopping from home."

I think he meant that if you shopped from home you wouldn't need to be at the petrol pump.

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Like iPads? Like stuff called AIR? Here's our REVIEW ROUNDUP-squared

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Re: Quote.... It's just an iPad, FFS

@ cupid stunts:

"@ac 12:51 ' a much faster (64 bit) processor'

64 bit does not necessarily equal faster."

That's not what that sentence says.

Round brackets are used when there's non-essential information to include - so in this case, the poster is saying that the iPad Air has a "much faster processor, which is also 64-bit" rather than "the processor is much faster because it is 64-bit".

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You like iPads, you like things called 'Air'. You will LOVE this puppy

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Quick research...

"That would be the motion processor that's turned out a bit dodgy?"

No, as I'm sure you know...! You're just trolling with this. It's not the copro (mopro?) in this case, it's a difference in calibration between one brand of sensor and another, and was resolved by 7.0.3 anyway.

I'm sure that won't stop the haters banging on about it for the next year though.

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It's NOT an iPad - but that's FINE: I learned to LOVE Microsoft's Surface 2

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I've a couple of issues with this article.

Thanks, this was a generally comprehensive overview and interesting to see what look like some real improvements.

But.

It's not so much a "Review" as stated - you surely can't accurately review something when you've not even had it long enough or used it long enough to have recharged it even once (quote: "Battery life is quoted at 10 hours and the recharge time taking 2 to 4 hours, though I have not had the unit long enough to test this") or it's not much of a review if the reviewer did have it long enough but didn't bother to investigate the claim. It's more of a "First look" surely?

Also, I'd really have appreciated a little more detail especially around the storage (quote) "Surface 2 starts at £359 for the base model ($449 in the US) with a 32GB flash drive, or £439 ($549) for 64GB" - what does that actually mean with these tablets? On an iPad (realistically, the main competition for these) that means (when you take in to account a "GB" < a real GB) that is what you actually get to use yourself, but what does it mean here - wasn't there a bit of a ruckus about this on other Windows devices where you actually got a lot less customer-usable storage?

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Comet ISON perhaps NOT GARBAGE after all - glows GREEN in latest snaps

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Re: OhOh

Or maybe those of us who had the sense to hide in steel shelters will be battling the zombies that are all that remain of the human race ;-)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087799/

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You put up with CRAPPY iOS 7. You can put up with Obamacare too, says prez

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Re: Palm Pilot with BMW prices

@James Micallef - Nail, meet head.

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Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: I have never taken my phone to another country

Lots of us do, so a combination of people like you who know better than to support this practice, and people like me who need this function out of a phone (as much as any of us *need* a mobile phone) I suspect that Samsung will be losing a lot of business.

I was about to replace my aging (work) iPhone 4 with a Galaxy S3, S3 Mini, or Nexus 4. Guess which one I'll be choosing now, despite none of them being directly affected by this.

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