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Will It Blend? Maybe. BlackBerry’s secret comeback weapon

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WTF?

Am In the only one?

Who read the article and still has no clue what problem Blend is meant to solve?

Best I could get to was a messaging hub?

Consumers already have whatever's on their mobile plus twitbook, and corporates have outlook or similar.

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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Re: They've got you...

And in which case why hasn't the head of the BBC or other new outlets been nicked yet?

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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Re: Personally ...

Charles Stross has also mentioned that he uses scrivener - although he likens comparing it to a text editor as similar to comparing Word and Project.

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Re: However

or whilst dropping the kids off at the pool.......

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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Sekret "berkshire-nor" facility

I presume it was the EU bit that scuppered using your Berkshirenor proving ground as a final launch facility then?

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Rimini Street promises 'business as usual' after Oracle IP judgment

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Hang on a sec

Do I understand this correctly? Rimini provide some kind of oracle managed service but think that they can use other peoples licenses? What a dumb idea to hang a business on, especially when the company involved is well known as a vicious litigant with oodles of political clout

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Stanford boffin is first woman to bag 'math Nobel Prize'

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Re: I'm wondering ....

Graph theory and network analysis. :)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

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Re: What's the point of the 4G?

Convenience, battery life, better aerial/signal, network redundancy to name but 4 reasons.

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

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Re: So basiclly,

Add a white pudding hold the beans and you have a sale!

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Lawsuit claims SpaceX laid off hundreds without proper notice, pay

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Re: another chink in the Musk armor

Seriously dude what thread were you reading? Of the 6 on here only 2 are about spacex directly and one is a mild con and the other fairly even handed.

If I were you I'd avoid short ugly eastern European women in comfortable shoes and lifts with disappearing floors for a while.

You'll also be last on the list to repopulate the earth with a sweet shy girl with big speccy glasses.

We love the leader!

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Australia's metadata debate is an utter shambles

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Giving them too much credit

I think you credit them with too much intelligence. They are being pushed by a powerful bunch of bueauro who have an absolute need to extert as much control as possible, and in fairness - if we had their jobs and mandate - we may lean the same way. What is very cynical and unacceptable - is those agencies attempts to criminalise some of the needed checks and balances that would prevent these organisations turning into the bastard cross of Big Brother and the Stasi.

The problem with the whole debate its become polarised and simplified, and because its a relatively easy ask and it seems like a trivial freedom to give up - most (genuinely) ignorant people don't see a problem with it.

The reality is that the average person in the street cant even conceive how much detail they are giving to Facebook every day - let alone what a government that became hostile to the majority of its citizens could do.

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Who will kill power companies? TESLA, says Morgan Stanley

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Re: The off grid dream

I remember that documentary - the lady was a hotty. Don't remember it being funny though.

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Re: I would love to use solar panels

The efficiency argument on its own is rather a non-starter Im rather puzzled why you are fixated on it.

Admittedly it is a factor in the number of panels needed and therefore the cost but as long as you can come in on budget and have a big enough roof the actual efficiency is irrelevant.

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Re: The only renewable I detect is the smell of BS

Jebus Solar city as well! If Elon Musk is truly Hank Scorpio/ Ernst Blofeld we are all fuscked

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Edward Snowden's not a one-off: US.gov hunts new secret doc leaker

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Whoot!

Go nameless guy! I just hope he/she has a better escape plan in place than Snowden did.

Hopefully they are already sunning themselves in Ecuador.

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Top Ten 802.11ac routers: Time for a Wi-Fi makeover?

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Fritzbox

Anymore info or user experiences with the Fritzbox - the built in dect feature intrigues me.

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HP says it will sue former Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussein

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Re: Wow

Using the same logic HP are using - they shouldn't be offering to settle with the shareholders until 1 or more of the fraud reports are in.

However as Ledswinger notes - they are more concerned with saving the arses of the current incumbents of the C suite than actually getting to the bottom of the whole mess.

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END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE

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Errr one problem

You can hackintosh a surface pro with most of the same advantages for around £400.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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Re: Paranoia or Publicity?

Indeed my first thought on this was attention whore.

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Samsung faces down TAB and smartphone MOUNTAIN HORROR

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Re: Oldest Business Problem: Expanded

That'll explain the huge wodges of gift vouchers John Lewis were offering with the Galaxy tab range earlier in the year. From memory my Galaxy tab 7 mk3 was less than half RRP. Not that it was worth the RRP imo - crappy battery issues - have a google.

More discounts on the way I suspect.

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Tesla and Panasonic to build NOT-SO-SECRET GigaFactory in US

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Re: But will the technology be obsolete by then?

Given the commercialisation of technology is invariably a multiyear process they'll have to go some to hit the kind of volumes and prices Tesla needs. Plus if Tesla launches the model 3 at the price and volumes he wants they will be able to drive the profits into whatever the next battery technology is.

Do you really expect flow cells to be that cheap that fast?

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Russia to SAP, Apple: Hand over source code to prove you're not spies

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Re: well, why not ...

And any remote vulnerabilities that the FSB discover against Apples and SAP's servers as a result of the code exam will remain unexploited I'm sure.

Still what's good for the goose......

Will be interesting to see the fall out from this over the long term - who will win between the spook owned politicians in the US and those owned by the corporates who are increasingly suffering as the NSA's pigeons come home to roost.

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Microsoft's Brit kid Cortana lands on UK WinPhone 8.1, but China's is the real cutie

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Am I the only one

Who read the headline and thought the UK was getting Cortana and China was having to make do with Clippy or that Dog thing?

On that subject - if Clippy had been a fit bird would it have been more successful?

Obligatory Clippy hate page.

http://www.cracked.com/blog/clippy-finally-messes-with-the-wrong-word-doc/

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Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro

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Re: Your kids no longer get an 'education' at school.

And how has that changed in the last 30 years? I crammed for all my exams, a lot of stuff needed to be learnt by rote so whats changed?

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Re: What child needs a macbook pro?

You see for a few thousand years the dominant species on this planet has been devising tools to make its life easier and maybe even solve some problems.

If that doesn't work for you may I suggest you take this rock and try to open a can of beans with it?

More seriously kids should be taught how to reframe problems to work best with the tools they have to hand via logic and deductive reasoning and methods to check the tools output for accuracy. The actual solving of the problem can be left to the tool as long as the kids know the basic approach to solving the problem they don't have to solve it themselves.

Or perhaps you would prefer if we brought back slide rules and log tables?

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Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more

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Re: and there is no secondary market – e-books cannot be resold as used books,

"Right now, I like Amazon, but the day could arrive when they resemble total bastards."

Hachette would suggest that the day is already here.

Just because Amazon is taking someone elses lunch money today doesn't mean they wont be demanding ours tomorrow.

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TV rudeboy and Outsourcery boss Linney joins Gov.UK SME panel

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So basically

G-Cloud is a failure because no-one is being made to use it?

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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I love the way the homeopath fanboi was singled out. Question if such a person makes a microscopic contribution to the committee debates (ie at home building a duck pond), would they still claim to have had a significant impact on the decisions?

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: Realism

I love the way that a share of BBC worldwide's profits is not spelled out.

A. Do they mean a share of those profits produced by BBC Scotland programs (suspect not as that would be a lowball).

B. Do they mean a share of those profits equivalent to the proportion of the BBC headcount and Opex based in Scotland?

C. As much filthy lucre as the thieving politicians can grab.

Not saying Scottish politicians are any more larcenous than the rest of the UK - just that they are going effectively legislate themselves a series of new troughs to poke their snouts into and NO politician should be trusted to do that without intense oversight.

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KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer

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Re: Incoming Rant

The point is that its a choice that very few want. Instead of all these UI "experts" designing stuff so they get maximum masturbatory pleasure from it - why don't they actually spend their time doing something that would be more beneficial to the community. It doesn't matter how l33t their coding skills are if they don't have the self discipline to do something useful.

Linux didn't become popular because it had nice eye candy - it became popular because

a) it was free.

b) it did the server basics very well indeed.

The trouble is all these sub-groups whilst starting out with great aims just become petty self-serving groups directed to achieving their own aims, and because they don't talk to anyone in the real world they end up delivering something that pleases no-one but themselves.

At least Canonical had the excuse of being directed by a billionaire megalomaniac for Unity. WTF are the Gnome and KDE guys excuses?

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Incoming Rant

I suspect lots of UI pseud's going to the same conferences following the same nerdy trends regardless of what users actually want/need. Honestly do they even talk to end users any more?

Honestly is there anything in modern OS design these days that isn't some massive circle-jerk?

How about an OS that just fucking works for 90% of users.

The reality is we reached peak UI for Keyboard/Mouse about 15 years ago, and for Touch 2-3 ago.

Now its all meaningless window dressing - that brings the excuse of being able to re-invent the wheels on the all the useful functions that didn't make the first cut of a new UI release, as an excuse to keep themselves busy.

A pox on all of their houses.

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BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff

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Re: Chemical Battery limitations....

Are you capable of coming on here to comment without shilling your own blog?

No? Thought not. Time to test El reg's report button.

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Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London

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Re: Not yet.

For me - if it removes the random 2 day top up delay - so that my oyster gets auto topped up 2 days after I last used it - that would be enough of an improvement.

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Re: So...

Anyone who uses a credit card for the Tube is a muppet or needs very strong payoff discipline.

Interesting enough I received a mail from TFL this week about being included in the beta - suggesting they are widening it.

Now if only Google would sort out the Wallet on the Nexus 5....

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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Re: "Has anyone put anything in your luggage without your knowledge?"

"This is the same kind of security you see everywhere these days, it's NOT extraordinary."

His point was perfectly valid - prior to 7/11 - it WAS extraordinary.

Prior to 7/11 the UK endured a concerted IRA terrorist campaign for 28 years with 600+ civilian deaths and hundreds more incidents with a fraction of the security theatre we now have to put up with. the only meaningful incident since that time in the UK has been 7/7 at 52 deaths and you'll note there isn't a strip search getting on the UK Tube.

YMMV - but I think his point stands.

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Re: US Immigration

I heartily recommend going via Dublin or Shannon.

Not only can you have a craic in the land of the black stuff for the weekend prior/after - you also get to be pre-cleared by US immigration so come through the domestic channel on USian soil.

As a brucie bonus the America Border staff based there are basically on an all expenses 6 months trip to Ireland - so they are generally fairly relaxed and on a number of occasions have displayed a sense of humour.

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

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Re: Radar?

ultrasonic (old skool) electromagnetic (new school)

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Re: Hmmm

My point was that something like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a far better electrical system for half the price and to my mind is far closer to the hybrid ideal - i.e. enough for a couple of cross-town commutes purely on electrics.

I expect someone like Porsche to aspire higher.

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Hmmm

Is it not too much to ask such a big luxury car to make a better fist of the electric drive train both from a power and capacity point of view? They are both a bit on the token side.

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iOS slurpware brouhaha: It's for diagnostics, honest, says Apple

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Maybe Apple are running around thinking DOH what idiot put that in there.

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Re: "Dead people are rising but Authorities say there is no cause for alarm."

"Especially as it is Apple."

You mean unlike perhaps Google?

Apple are known for extreme control freakery, but not for flogging off your personal data.

Google love to pretend they are your friend and they "do no evil" all to get you to be open with your personal data so they can flog it for their profit.

If this is deliberate (which I doubt) then 99% likelyhood apple are slurping for their own purposes.

In all these cases - before you get on your high horses and assume conspiracy - try applying Occams Razor. Incompetence trumps Conspiracy every time.

Even with Snowden as a background - with the exception of Telco's most of the evidence is that the NSA and their ilk like to do things with no-one being aware of it.

The only known examples of deliberate coercion are the Telco's, possibly the RSA, and NIST and the stuff done under FISA. They are typical spooks mostly - they don't like explaining themselves to their bosses in governments - and if they can do things in a secret squirrel way - they will - its their whole mindset.

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Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530

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I swear

That MS actively try to destroy any value in any acquisition that they make.

1. Bin all the knowledge and expertise from Nokia staff.

2. Bin the last program that made Nokia relevant beyond win phone in the dirt cheap end of the market.

3. Totally ignore a mature sales and distribution network build by one of the greatest phone shifters of all time.

Nadella and Elop - what a pair of asses. they are made of fail.

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

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Re: Hmmm.

Worse than that - he's suggesting he's a daily mail reader.

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iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

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Re: One does not replace the Rolls every year!

I'm sure apple are more than big enough to take the long term view on upgrades. They certainly do with their Mac's. If its one thing Apple have been better at in general than pretty much any other Tech company its customer retention and loyalty.

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US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account

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Re: sigh

Actually in this case it says sweet FA. Care to enlighten us on which part you have issues with?

There seems very little commentard agreement on this particular topic.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Re: Please let this not be true...

Don't you mean a bit 'Abrams'?

In a stunning plot twist an aged Jar Jar goes back in time to hang with his Mesa buddy Darth Maul only to accidentally erase the entire time line that produced Anakin Skywalker and Midaclorians by accidentally wiring the throttle of Anakins pod racer directly to the fuel tank.

Fortunately Luke and Leia are warned of their impending demise via a disturbance in the force as if a billion movie goers suddenly cried out with joy and taking Han and Chewie with them they too travel back in time via a convenient black hole. Arriving slightly too late they are able to save Qui-Gon, Jar-Jar, Anakin and Obi-wan but not before their voice boxes are irreparably damaged - resulting in the rest of their roles in the 2nd Trilogy being sub-titled. Bitter Jar-Jar attempts to attack the time travelers, but fortunately Han shoots him first without warning, and Chewie beats the wounded Jar-Jar to death with his own ripped off arms.

The world saved our heroes jump in another passing black hole and spend their twilight years teaching their Jedi children to fleece the roulette wheels at Hutt Vegas III.

If JJ's doesn't take more liberties with Star Wars than the above I'll eat my hat.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Re: Perhaps the BBC might want to come clean about the full extent of the problems?

Possibly because it may be an exaggeration? I was on the News site on and off all weekend and nary a problem.

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Re: C'mon, sort yourselves out

Awww bless. Someone still dumb enough to think that privatisation fixes anything.

Newsflash commentard - ***every*** organisation the size and bigger of the BBC is f*cked up - only the vast quantities they pay their managers differs.

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

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Holey Moley

If the Beeb is responsible for 20% of the European TV budget - that kinda suggests what a dire state the rest of Europe is in.

I find it ironic that the 2 tax payer subsidised organisations (Beeb and C4) produce better quality output imo than the other UK ones (looking at you ITV and Sky).

Its not mentioned but is it possible that Beeb/Beeb Worldwide is also the biggest TV exporter in Europe? Or do someone like the Spanish channels get a look in? Or possibly the Scandinavians' with the current Scando-Noir trends.

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For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets

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Oh really

Since I've had all those problems with android and apple tablets apart from the tiny icons might I suggest you are exaggerating slightly. I would never suggest you might have blinkers - no siree......

And don't get me started on the horror show that is mobile Firefox for Android.

Point is all early versions of products have bugs - what did you expect when you bought Windows Tab v1.x?

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