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iPad Air BARES ALL, reveals she's a high maintenance lady

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I have 2 batteries for my phone great for when you are doing a lot of traveling and don't have the time to put your phone on charge you can just swap out a dead battery for a fully charged one. Can also do the same with my Dell laptop

Unfortunately to save a couple of millimeters of the thickness of the phone/tablet more manufacturers are building the battery into the device so it can't be removed

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Indestructible, badass rootkit BadBIOS: Is this tech world's Loch Ness Monster? VOTE NOW

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My guess is that either this virus has been written to specifically target Dragos Ruiu PC as some of the claims that it works across multiple computers and platforms seem a bit far fetched. Or (and i expect is more likely) is that someone had pawned his twitter account and posting this BS for fun

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RM CEO: We didn't even try to sell PC biz before killing it

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"two UK system builders left – Stone Computers and Viglen"

Aren't Zoostorm (CMS computers) British? they are based in Warrington and according to their own website they are the UK's largest system builder to the channel.

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FIERY DEATH awaits all who stroke mobes mid-flight? Nope, says FAA

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There is even inconstancies between airlines regarding this in Europe, i flew Ryan air and was playing a game on my phone during landing and the stewards walked up and down the plane checking people had seatbelts fasten an trays up etc but never asked me to turn of the phone but on the return trip with Easyjet they told me to put it away every time the seatbelt light came on during the flight because we had a little turbulence

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Nokia wins UK patent spat: Quick, let's boot HTC One out of Blighty

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If Qualcomm have sold the parts to HTC with a supposed worldwide patent then surely Qualcomm are to blame here and should be taken to the court by HTC and it would be bad for Qualcomm's business if HTC (and perhaps others who currently use Qualcomm for parts) decide to ditch them as a supplier and use someone else over this

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'Tablet' no longer means 'iPad': Apple share PLUMMETS below 30%

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Cheap Android tablets are getting better all the time, i bought one of the first Eken 7 inch tablets a few years ago which cost me about £100 on ebay, it had a single core ARM 600mhz CPU, 256meg ram, 4gig storage and only had Android 1.6 and a resistive touch screen.

Now for £100 you can get one with a 1.8ghz quad core cpu, 1gig ram, 16gig storage, Android 4.2, multi touch 1024 x 768 screen and HDMI output which 18 months ago were top of the range tablet specs and certainly for the sofa surfer tablet users are more than adequate.

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Why did Nokia bosses wait so long to pop THAT Lumia tab?

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So basically Nokia claim they waited so long because they had to wait for Qualcomm to produce a chipset with integrated modem. How come Apple, Samsung and loads of other manufacturers could produce a tablet with a built in modem for a few years now but Nokia couldn't?

Smells like a excuse for something else to me, probably that they didn't think Windows RT was a good enough product to compete against Apple and Samsung so wanted to wait until 8.1 was released

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Please, PLEASE, Skype... Don't kill our apps and headsets, plead devs

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Instead of the Skype devs removing well established API's they need to work on making skype more reliable for making video calls. I skype regularly to family living in Australia both of us are on a reasonable speed cable broadband but yet skype constantly drops calls or the video quality looks like a Picasso painting flick book.

Apart from the fact it has a large user base i fail to see how Microsoft expects to make money from Skype, if they start to charge for it people will migrate to one of the other free services and if ads become too intrusive they will force people onto other services.

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It's the '90s all over again: Apple repeats mistakes as low-cost tablets pile up

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I do see some problem with Apple's current high end pricing model going forward.

* As some people have pointed out the build quality is very good and even an old Ipad 1 can do as much as a new low end cheap tablet, the bad points for Apple don't sell the old ipad 1's anymore and where they do sell the older Ipad 2 its twice the price of these lower priced tablets. So people wanting to save money are either going to buy a second hand ipad or a cheap Android tablet, neither of which make Apple any money. (except perhaps a few pounds on app sales on a second hand ipad)

* There is going to become a saturation point with tablets just as there has become one with PCs and laptops, sure some people will always want shiney shiney but others will be happy to stick with their ipad 1 or 2 unless it breaks especially with prices of £400+ to get a new ipad

* Apple have no low end range to compete with the cheap Android tablets and this will become a problem in emerging markets like India and China where £400 for an iPad is over a months wage for most people so a tablet at £100 is a lot better option in those market, and once they have become used to using Android they are more likely to stick with it on their next device.

As others have pointed out a low end range does dilute the Apple brand some what so perhaps they should consider releasing iOS devices but not branded as Apple, perhaps they could resurrect the Newton brand for the low end devices?

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Brit PM raps Facebook for allowing GORY beheading vids

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Although FB may like to think that by saying its user created content and they are not the publisher, if the content is reported and then they allow it to remain on their website surely thats a editorial decision which does make them a publisher and responsible for whether the content is appropriate for a website that allows under 18s to sign up?

Also the content maybe illegal in the UK under the Obscene publication act, after all if someone can be found guilty of writing a fictional story about killing the members of girls aloud in the UK then actually showing footage of a murder must fall under the same law but what's the bet the CPS/Police will even bother to look into it

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Windows 8.1: Read this BEFORE updating - especially you, IT admins

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I have read through the new features (or old in the case of the start button) that come with 8.1 and can't really see why the upgrade is so big. Is there some sort of HD tutorial video embedded in the update or are the Microsoft programmers just becoming extremely lazy and creating very bloated code?

The entire XP OS fit onto a single CD yet now just to get a few enhancements you have to download 3.5GB and on every PC if you own more than one.

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Microsoft wants to 'move beyond' the Cookie Monster

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Re: M$ Cocks Up Agian

Do not track enabled for None MS websites, other than your cookies being available across many devices with one login i see no advantage to having them stored anywhere other than locally.

Infact i often browse in privacy mode just so i don't get tracked.

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Surface Mini on shelves NEXT YEAR – and it will run Windows RT

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Perhaps microsoft like Windows RT on ARM because they don't want to put all their eggs in the Intel basket incase Intel fall behind in the mobile race again.

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Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

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how can they justify $60 for a bluetooth adapter for your keyboard, you can get an entire bluetooth keyboard for about £10

Have Microsoft not yet realised they cant go around charging Apple prices and just expect people to be willing to pay them

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Should Nominet ban .uk domains that use paedo and crim-friendly words?

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Surely it would be better to let all domain names be registered no matter what terms they used and then if a domain is reported as being used for illegal purposes it can be reported to the police or is that too complicated now?

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It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps

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If smart watches are still around in a few years then it maybe something i would consider then once the tech improves with better battery life that can run for at least a week between charges rather than a day

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Microsoft's Nokia plan: WHACK APPLE AND GOOGLE

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What the bet that any other oems that did support Windows phone suddenly have a fire sale of them then drop the platform completely.

the worst thing Microsoft can do now is to try and force the Windows branding more than they do already, they need them to be Nokia phones NOT Microsoft or windows phones.

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

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Re: What technology.

Philips also came up with the CDI (all in one movie player, music system, and games machine) which was way ahead of its time and unfortunately didn't sell well but the idea is what modern Playstation and Xbox consoles are turning into

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NSA: NOBODY could stop Snowden – he was A SYSADMIN

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this goes to show to anyone even the NSA that if someone with bad intentions has physical access to a system your data is NOT safe.

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Microsoft Xbox One to be powered by ginormous system-on-chip

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i wonder how much cooling its going to require with 5 billion transistors?

is it going to need a air conditioning unit installed under your TV and double as an extra heater in winter?

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Intel ships high-powered C++ compiler for native Android apps

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I guess some developers may decide to compile two versions of their game/app one for Intel devices and one for the rest since its a free download, although without being a programmer i admit i don't know how much extra work is involved in compiling your code for the two different cpus. And if they begin charging for it i don't see many takers with the Intel Android market being so small

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Silicon daddy: Moore's Law about to be repealed, but don't blame physics

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I think he is correct about economics being the factor at play. With less desktop PCs and laptops being sold and most phones and tablets having ARM, Intel is reliant on selling its top of the range chips to datacentres and the hardcore gamers who want the lastest and greatest which is a much smaller market. Sure big enterprises will still be buying desktop PCs and laptops but the current generation of low end intel chips (pentium & celeron) are more than capable of running Windows 7, office and doing email and internet so the money intel will be making will be less but yet need to invest in huge amounts into R&D to reduce the die sizes. Maybe the only way intel can still continue to invest as much as they do is to begin to fab chip for other companies

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Intel: Our new mobile chip SoCs it to its predecessor

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its all very well having these chips available but at what costs to the OEMs,? Intel will probably be wanting to charge a premium to recoup back all the R&D and fab costs but if comparable ARM SOCs are cheaper then what is the incentive for the OEMs to pay more to use the Intel one.

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What Surface RT flop? Nokia said to be readying WinRT slab for September

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I am not really sure why windows RT exists, i understand why there is Windows 8 (for X64/86 cpus) and Windows phone 8 but why not just kill RT and allow phone 8 be used on larger screens or merge phone+RT into one version that can be used either on a phone or tablet/laptop

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Good Tech: Windows is as secure as a rooted Android mobe

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We can't assume that phones are going to be changed in 12 -18 months, unless my phone breaks or the new smart phones start coming out with batteries that last 1 week+ between charges i am not planning on changing my phone in the next year as i don't see anything new i need my phone to do that is doesn't do already.

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Tat bazaar eBay takes a rest for 'scheduled maintenance', goes offline

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I have a all in one multifunction printer on ebay atm which is worth a couple of hundred quid but currently has 1 bid of 99p and is due to finish in about an hour so i will be seriously pissed if this downtime means i don't get anymore bids on it.

I just tried logging in again 12:45 and although it appears to work, i tried replying to a message and got kicked out and told the function is not available

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Ubuntu Edge crowdsauce cash stash comes up short

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Wasn't the Ubuntu edge a more updated version of the Motorola Atrix which would convert into a full linux PC when you docked it in its special docking station or laptop?

Motorola didn't have much look selling them and ended up discontinuing them, even though i think as a concept a phone/PC is a good idea since many phones now have as much processing power and memory as a laptop from a few years ago. And my 5 year old Dell laptop still does everything i want it to do

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

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let not forget Truecrypt with a hidden container, it would be almost impossible to prove it existed and as long as you give up the password to the first container they couldn't do you for refusing to give password.

Also Steganography to hide messages into other files. As the spooks have already said that they drop P2P data from their snooping due you could put up some torrent of an MP4 video with the message hidden inside it, anyone who didn't know how to retrieve the message would just get some video of a cat playing a piano or whatever.

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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

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What about all the watches with phones built in, surely they just as small as these car fob phones, i bet they wouldn't consider banning those especially if the rumored Apple iWatch appears as they wouldn't want to risk upsetting some big businesses will deep pockets for lawyers

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Microsoft fights Google for kids' attention with ad-free Bing for Schools

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No details on how this will work though, do the school register their IP range with Microsoft who then sends them off to a different set of servers when someone searches with bing or will the be a school.bing.com domain they have to visit to get the no ads, no porn searches?

Since Microsoft are so keen to keep kids free of ads does this mean if you register your windows phone, surface tablet etc as being for a kid to use they will remove all ads from bing searches there as well?

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Wow, the future is HERE: Charge your phone (wirelessly) in your CAR

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Because Apple chose not to implement micro USB on the iphone even though it was agreed as a standard with other phone manufacturers so we are now heading back to a state of each manufacturer going there own way with wireless charging just as they did a few years ago with wired charging.

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Barnes & Noble booked for running out of £29 Nooks

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The fact that someone bothered to complain to ASA because the stores had ran out of stock on a sale item, if they had never had the stock in the first place then it would be a fair complaint but you can hardly blame barnes and noble for a sale being popular and them running out of stock, it could easily have bombed and resulted in just a 1% increase in sales. I have missed out on lot of sale offers over the years because it has sold out but ive never thought 'i must complain to ASA because i didn't get one'

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

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I am not sure whats more worrying that they were told to destroy the hard drives or that the people telling them to do that honestly thought that would solve the problem and there wouldn't be backups anywhere else.

You can fit a lot of data on a micro SD card that could easily be taken in and out of buildings without being noticed (even if your are searched it would need to be a fully body search to find it)

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Snowden journalist's partner gave Brit spooks passwords to seized files

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Re: Despicable

exactly forced to give over your password but yet not even been charged with any crime, the thought police are just around the corner

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Brits: We can STOP TROLLS if we know where they LIVE - poll

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There are genuine reasons for not signing up under your real name, From working out in schools for a few years i know many teachers don't sign up with their real names on social media sites because they don't want their pupils to find their accounts.

Even if a law were passed tomorrow requiring all social media sites based in the UK to require to validate their users, most social media sites are based outside the UK so wouldn't have to comply. And now do you deal with the millions of existing users, block their accounts until they verify their identity? You would soon find your site has no users left as they move to another site that doesn't have such restrictions.

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YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

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why do you need a Youtube app, without an app are they going to forget you can just open a browser and go to www.youtube.com ?

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Microsoft DMCA takedown requests targeting OpenOffice

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Re: Could it be ....

Well if Microsoft had actually done something innovative with Office since the 90s this maybe true but they just fiddle about with the UI and add new features that only 0.01% of users need then charge another small fortune for a new version.

I have yet to find something useful that office 2013 does that i couldn't do with office 97.

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Microsoft to fund Blake's 7 return as Xbox Live exclusive

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MS seem to be gearing the XBOX1 up as a sort of all in one home entertainment system but its way too expensive if your not a hardcore gamer to buy one to just to watch online TV compared to £50 Android tablet or dongle that can run lovefilm or netflix and be connected to a TV via HDMI or even a £99 Apple TV for that matter. And no doubt you will need a gold subscription as well to get shows like Blake 7 so this adds onto the overall cost.

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Does Gmail's tarted-up tab makeover bust anti-spam laws?

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Don't like ads in your FREE email service, then 3 simple solutions are to pay for email, install ad block or use Gmail via IMAP/ POP with a email client and then you won't see them.

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Chipzilla Atomises fondleslabs with new reference designs

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Why Android 4.0 (Ice cream sandwich) for the 7 inchers, surely since Jelly bean 4.1 source has been around for over a year this should be the minimum for any new tablets.

If unbranded Chinese 7" tablets on ebay can come with Android 4.2 then i expect intel should be able to do it too.

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ZTE to flog Firefox OS mobe worldwide via eBay

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It has a better cpu than the original ZTE blade (orange san fran) but with only 256 mb ram but if firefox OS is more efficient than Android with RAM it may be responsive enough. And the cpu should handle standard definition video without a problem.

I think for it to be a success in the UK they need to get it into the supermarkets and drop the price by another £10 and maybe offer other colours other than orange.

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Netflix dares UK freetards: Watch new Breaking Bad NOW or torrent it?

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I am only about half way through series 2 of breaking bad on DVD but for anyone who hasn't seen it i recommend it, can be a little slow to start but its good once your a few episodes into it.

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The Pirate Bay's new censorship-dodging browser 'not secure'

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it doesn't appear as though TPB as advertising this as a secure browser bundle but as an alternative way to get around ISP blocks on websites rather than using a proxy or vpn, so its not advisable to use it if you are planning on bringing down the government but to search for the latest Hollywood tat on TPB it probably as safe as any other browser not using TOR.

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Think your smutty Snapchats can't be saved by dorks? THINK AGAIN

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Even before snapsave none technical people could simply just take a photo of whatever was on their phone with a digital camera if they wanted to save an image sent to them.

The safest way is just don't send photos in the first place if you don't want to risk people saving them

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Sources spill CEO Heins' beans: BlackBerry 'open' to going private

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Re: But why would anyone pay anything for a company clearly in terminal decline?

That article says Nokia are supplying Lumia 720 to Britvic which are a pretty low/ mid range handsets, i think this is the major problem BB have is that they need to get a BB10 handset in the £100 - 150 price range to compete with cheap Windows phone and Android handsets.

With the Z10 costing twice as much as the Lumia 720 its not surprising they are loosing out on these big business deals

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Amazon to ship Android-based gaming console by year's end?

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If your an Android dev it may be a good time to start making Android games that can be controlled with Joypad etc and don't just rely on touch screen to operate them as its all well and good having Android consoles but if they expect you to be using a touch screen to play games they aren't going to work with a Joypad and a large TV

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PEAK iPAD: Slab looking a bit peaky, needs big biz to take more tablets

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I don't think lack off Office is a deal breaker, if things go the way MS wanting them to go we are all going to be using office365 in the future and the full fat office will be a thing of the past and Office365 will work on an ipad or android tablet

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Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?

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Having a master password set is not going to stop someone with physical access to your computer being able to get access to your email, facebook or whatever other website you have saved the password for and then its a trivial extra step to do a password change and they have your info anyway.

It is worrying that you can access it with just a local url in chrome though as i guess in theory a cross site scripting attack could reveal it to a hacker if they convince you to open that url while have some dodgy website open

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Apple will swap fanbois' killer phoney phone chargers for legit adapters

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I bought 15 replacement unbranded laptops PSUs from a ebay seller for a bunch of laptops i had received without any PSUs, they were all made in china and out of the batch 2 were DOA and another 3 went bang as soon as they were connected to the mains power. They had CE logos on them but i suspect that they were faked.

I thought that a few years ago it was agreed that all phone manufacturers would use mini usb to charge their phones? yet Apple seem to be ignoring that and making you use their proprietary charger which considering i can go to the the pound shop and get mini usb chargers with genuine CE marks on them for a quid each yet even with the discount and trade in its still £6.50 for the apple charger. if they had used the industry standard connectors maybe people wouldn't have to use knock offs.

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South Korea: We're 'concerned' that Obama saved Apple from ban

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Well done Obama for ensuring Apple products are still on sale in the US and ensuring Apple can continue to innovate*

*Innovate: Get your accountants to come up with clever new ways to avoid paying tax, and lawyers to come up with new ways to avoid having to pay patent licenses

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