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1688 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs

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I wonder what Edison would think of this?

{sitting in a Hotel Room just a few miles from where he was born (Milton, Ohio)}...

Personally, I'm in the 'do i need this? Nah!' camp.

TioT could easily become 'TiT' when it all goes 'titsup' as it surely will. The hackers will have a field day switching on all your gadgets/lights/etc from the other side ot the planet and watching it all via the hacked Governement CCTV Camera System that will be a see every house in the land. Yeah, I did read SF when younger, now where is Eurasia again?

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Windows 10: One for the suits - right Microsoft? Or so you THOUGHT

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Re: testing procedure.

and you expect 'Joe six-pack' to remember that?

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ate Nine. Or Eight did, really

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FAIL

tiles on the start menu?

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo thank you.

What's the betting that you get all that crap in Server 2015 as well.

sorry Microsoft you have really lost the plot (again).

Sigh, I bet the copiers (sorry GUI developers) in Canonical are already hard at work already.

Boy am I glad that I'm close to retiring.

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EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report

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Not surprised that Apple didn't respond

At the present time, they'd be foolish to do so.

They have a deal with a democratically elected Government. The US has a beef with said Gov over that deal. Until the Gov and the EU come to some agreement, then it is (And so it should be) not a matter for Apple or Microsoft or Adobe or Starbucks etc etc etc.

Apple might renegociate the deal with the Eire Gov or it might move to another EU Country (queue for EU cycle to start all over again)

But this is really a matter between the EU and the Soverign (or not if you are a UKIP fan) Goverment.

Personally, I'd like the EU to win here. Then Google might not get away with their slight of hand in the UK over where their orders are placed despite their salesteams being in the UK, paid in GBP and signing the contracts in the UK etc etc etc.

A more level playing field (are you listeneing Luxembourg....) would help all round.

The companies are just trying to get the best deals for their Shareholders. Nowt wrong with that.

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Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

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Read a report

about the people who use the BA flight from JFK to London City. This is an A319 that takes about 32 passengers max. It costs a pretty penny but London City Airport is close to Canary Wharf and the City itself so you can guess the types of business people they are.

Anyways, it was reported they were happy NOT to have any voice comms during the flight. As this is an overnighter then it sort of makes sense. Text/SMS and data was more than enough.

Sensible chaps/chappesses.

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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FAIL

It really has to be...

Window, Chapter 11 Edition

anything else is doomed to fail.

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BlackBerry slowly pulls out of power dive into toilet

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Already quoting their losses for 2015?

Wow that is some futuristic phone.....

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Welcome, weary digital titans, to the Disruptive Mindfulness UnSummit

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We need proof

Pictures including Beer Glasses (not empties please) or we won't believe you

It's Friday, it's Five o'clock (well almost), it is time for a ----> (Harvey's Best Bitter)

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

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Re: Ieper

Wipers** is a lot easier than the inevitable Leper and a lot kinder if you ask me,

IMHO the reason for us brits preferring to use the French names is that bits of our language come from French (1066 and all that) and a lot more of us speak at least a few words of it than we do Flemish/Dutch/whatever.

** Four of my great uncles are listed on the Meni Gate and one at Tyne Cot so that part of the world is well known to my Family. The name of the British military newspaper published there was the Wipers Times.

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FAA clears SWARM of MOVIE DRONES for take-off

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In other news,

Sales of rifles with telescopic sights in many states have soared as people see new things for target practice.

The US Army also reports that they have sold out of surplus Ack-Ack guns some of which have been languishing unsold since WW2.

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Samsung lays down PCIe server flash gauntlet

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It is all very well mentioning Capacity and speed

but what about the cost and availability?

If you are in the market for a device like this, you need all this data in order to make an informed decision.

If (for example) Samsung declines to release the price or availability (watching Samsung Chromebooks exiting stage left) then the maker is probably not serious about releasing them in that market.

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ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7

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Re: At last

Mandatory response of the deivce when...

Oh F**k. you stupid oven you have burnt my cakes. I've a good mind to turn you off forever

I'm sorry Dave I can't allow that

Dave reaches for the off switch and a bolt of leccy fries him on the spot.

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Chipzilla promises $6 billion to upgrade Israeli plant

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Sad to say it

but I wonder how long it will be before the first Arab/Moslem state bans the use of computers with Intel Chips?

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Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack

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Not only thieves

Quote

Furthermore, the process to turn that print into a useable copy is sufficiently complex that it’s highly unlikely to be a threat for anything other than a targeted attack by a sophisticated individual."

Now that the contents of the iDevice are encrypted and Apple can't break it, the spooks will be really keen that Apple does not 'fix' this problem.

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

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Re: 46% of how many users?

I think this % thing is an Americanism.

For example, 'Wall St was down 5% today'.

That in itself is meaningless without some baseline. 5% of what for F***s sake.

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Microsoft vs the long arm of US law: Straight outta Dublin

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Re: European data protection

to quote Capt Mannering,

'silly boy'

Don't you realize that the US Gov't will get your data if it is held anywhere outside NOK, PRC or Russia (and possibly even in the last two) if it decides that you are a threat to them. I will not matter what local laws are broken in their war against terrorism. Remember 'Extraordinary Rendition'. Despite being illegal that didn't stop it happening now did it?

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US team claims PARIS paper plane launch crown

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Are you really, really sure you want to meddle with the US Army?

After all, they do operate plenty of these --->

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Linux? Bah! Red Hat has its eye on the CLOUD – and it wants to own it

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Re: When will the morons learn that the cloud isn't secure?

Ah yes those private clouds.

IMHO, most CTO's want to get rid of the costly IT Infrastructure that they have to house. To them, the idea of Azure etc is like a wet dream coming true. They can ditch those datacentres and put lots of $$$$ etc on the bottom line. If you talk about a private cloud you get shown the door pretty quickly.

A private cloud is in their eyes, just a re-config of their current set of servers.

Personally, any company that puts its data out there on AWS etc is asking for trouble and it should be made one of the things that go in their Annual Reports and other public documents. Then I'd probably not invest in them.

Clouds drop their payload and you are left with a clear sky.

Doing things like POC's etc are a good use of cloud services.

Yes I don't like Clouds. I get pissed upon when out on my Bike.

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Jesus phone RAISED from DEAD. Watch iPhone 6 get BURNED, DROWNED, SMASHED

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Re: Elf 'n Safety

Ok as long as you volunteer to stand underneath all the tests. Just so that we can have something to aim at you know!!!!

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Microsoft delays Xbox One launch... Big Trouble in Big China?

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Need more time?

Perhaps the right people in the People's Party were not in receipt of the required [redacted] inducements?

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Poverty? Pah. That doesn't REALLY exist any more

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The measure of Poverty

i.e. how many NGO's measure it is IMHO a bit suspect.

They use a percentage of average wage as a measure. Thus people with incomes of less than that percentage are living in Poverty.

This means that anyone living on the State Pension is living in Poverty and by quite a long way.

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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

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Re: I used to think he was a tosser

Yeah but... He's worth a few Quid and probably never has to work again. Can you say the same for yourself?

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Buying memory in an iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

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FAIL

And this is something we didn't know?

Sheesh!

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Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS

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Re: What losers, wasting their lives queueing up like that -

Or drinking beer? It is Friday after all....

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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Samsung's Business model

spend $14B marketing to make $6.9B profit. Unless the $6.9B is calculated after the $14B is taken out then this model is just not sustainable.

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Microsoft's axeman Nadella fills baskets with 2,100 fresh heads

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Perfect description

We have seen it before with the likes of DEC/Compaq/HP and a few dozen other companies.

The perennial CEO problem. When their flagship product isn't selling very well the have to do something to appease the likes of Wall St. so they cut headcount. At leasy they can be seen to be doing something.

The problem for Microsoft (and others) is how they can release a product that will bring back the days of Windows-95 where people queued for the boxed containing the release.

Sataya must be looking at the iPhone 6 launch and wishing how he could shift 6 million Surface 3's in a week. That would take the pressue on headcount off his shoulders.

Sadly his response will be to go and buy a few more companies that will only pad out their headcount meaning that they will have to go through it all again in a few months times.

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Red Hat to Wall Street: I came here to chew FeedHenry and kick some ass. And I'm all out of FeedHenry

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Re: rpm?

Oh how very 'apt'...

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Forget bonking, have ONE OFF THE WRIST with Barclaycard's bPay

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Re: Which wrist do you put it on?

And where do you put it if you are armless?

Ok, I'm gone

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Re: Yes

But would you want Salmond to be the President of Scotland?

Oh deep joy. He can have the Scottish share of our National Debt (largely thanks to a Scot, Gordon Broone).

To quote my Father In Law (from Leith, near the 'Trainspotting Towers'), 'The Wee Man dinnae have a clue'.

'He can promise us the Earth but he canna deliver it'.

Sadly, this sums up most politicians these days. But this time there is a lot at stake.

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Will Apple give Chinese iPhone workers cancer? THE TRUTH

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Re: The blame game

Well, Mr 'I'm having such fun', let me tell you having any form of Leukaemia is no fun at all. I could pray that you become afflicted but I won't.

Just don't make fun of people with an illness. Many forms of Leukaemia have no know cause.

I'm in remission (you can't be cured btw) with 'Hairy Cell Leukaemia'. I got it aged 55. It has a development period of 5-7 years.

Leukaemia messes up your whole body something rotten, I still don't have a fully working sense of taste. Vindaloo's seem mild to me even now.

Please just stop making fun of anyone who has this terrible disease. You never know if you or a loved one will get it tomorrow.

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

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Re: Apple is the reason some stuff happens

The networks could say 'Efff off you Fandroids. We ain't implementing Wifi calling'

Then the Behmoth that is called Apple says, "Excuse me chaps, will you be so kind as to enable WiFi calling?"

The networks bend over (fearing being ... well you know) and implement it benefitting not only Apple users but those peed off Android ones as well.

How exactly is that wrong?

If something that benefits all the network users gets done then great. If the network become so picky that they only implement it for apple users then I can see that the Android community would have something legit to moan about.

You have to ask why google hasn't asked the networks to implement it though?

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iPhone 6 will make you fork over with Apple Pay if you want to BONK

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Re: As with anything apple...

Hmmm, isn't that the point of Apple Pay? i.e. it has to work with other bits of kit that has been made by lots of different copmanies?

Secnario:-

Walk into store with iPhone 6/6+. Merchant has Brand 'X' Point of sale. As long as it is NFC enabled, it will work with apple Pay.

Walk into next store and use yopur iPhone on Brand 'Y' POS.

rinse and repeat.

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OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics

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Wot? No (anti) Apple Angle?

Now that's a surprise. Mind you they must pay a lot in Business Rates for their Regent St Shop. Could that be more than Amazon paid in Tax? Now that would be news....

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Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure

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Politicians in the USofA

Are mostly Lawyers.

You would have thought that ....

Oh why bother, they are all S**theads and totally devoid of common sense about life outside their Country Club/Golf Course environment.

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Perhaps

Back in the USSR?

I'm forever blowing bubbles

'Time' followed by 'Money' and a chorus of 'Us and Them'

Yes it is home time.

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Points to wonder

1) Is there an election soon?

2) Is he asking vendors of Android Wear the same thing?

Perhaps he is indeed from another Planet.

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Is your cloud server in the same bit barn as your DR site?

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Why not ask the NSA? (or GCHQ etc)

To host your backups/DR site. I'm sure they'll do it in return for unfetterd access to your Data?

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A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND

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Return of the Ramdisk?

gosh, it feels like the 1990's all over again.

As with all solutions of this type, what happens to all your lovely data if there is a power failure when it is still trying to write to the disk? If you are pitching this at consumers then not all of them have a UPS etc.

What price data corruption?

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Just you wait

Until they make you login via some minecraft wizzadry....

The likes of Eadon will go---> {see icon}

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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The 'roaming' in the Gloaming.

The mobile bosses will be impatiently waiting of the wonderful roaming charges they will introduce. As Ecosse will not be in the EU the EU wide agreements will ne null and void. Walking over the border (passport and customes inspection permitting) could lead you with a £1.00 a minute roaming charge.

The same will apply for the Scotts coming south to escape the Utopia that Salmont trying to create.

It will cost everyone in the Current UK a packet if there is a Yes vote. The charge will only be a bit less if they vote no.

Win-win anyone?

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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Re: Maybe in the US

Perhaps Cable migh be the only way to get an internet connection? (discounting Cellular for the time being as it is being charged at rated that are just stupidly high). What is comcast runs the phone network or at least the only one that would give you more than what amounts to dialup speeds?

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Re: Maybe in the US

Spot on.

TV or Cable is being held back by the likes of Comcast. There is no competition for delivery of signals to the punter in most areas. For my friends, it is a choice between Comcast or a Satellite dish in the back yard. Sadly they almost all have t ogo with Comcast as they are the only supplier of Broadband in their area. The words 'over a barrel and being raped' come to mind. If you think Virgin or Sky is expensive then in many areas of the US they are paying close to $200 a month.

As for free to air channels? forget it. In many areas broadcast TV is on its last legs (and here if Ofcom has its way) and all the Satellite services charge. At least (for the time being) we have FreeView and FreeSat.

Then there are the UI's in the current crop of smart TV's/ They are in the main total and utter crap.

Perhaps the market could do with apple shaking it up good and proper. god knows they can afford it. Comcast (grrrrrrrr) need a good kicking is you ask me.

Remember it is the likes of Comcast that want to charge Netflicks, Amazon etc more money to not slow down the downloads you have paid for.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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Re: At the risk of being downvoted to hell

There are Android contracts at similar prices to iPhone ones.

for example

Vodafone 3g contract

Samsung S5 black £44.50/month Free phone,24 month 4Gb Data on 3G

apple iPhone 6 £48.00/month free phone, 24 months 4Gb data on 3G.

Not so different really.

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At the risk of being downvoted to hell

You could get an iPhone from Apple, John Lewis etc. Unlocked and sim free.

You get the updates from Apple and there is no carrier bloat.

Yes, I know this is heresy but the poster asked a question...

There are some Android equivalents that others will be sure to mention.

don't buy your phone from a carrier. go for SIM Only deals on say a 1 month rolling contract. Then when the carrier pisses you off, you can move to another without the unlocking hassle.

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Microsoft's rumoured $2.5bn Minecraft gobble expected on Monday

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Coming soon

Your all new MS Minecraft

Lots of new features and ONLY available on Windows 8.1 or later!

Get your new PC/Surface/Windows Phone now while stocks last.

you heard it hear first folks.

You have to wonder if this is Sataya's grand plan for World Domination (aka kill off Google and Apple), step 1

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Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK

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Re: Nintendo Wii mania

You have a point BUT

I feel we need a new EL Reg unit here.

Lets say that '1 Weekend' is the number of Galaxy S5's that were sold the first weekend the nwe can judge the success (or failure) of the latest iPhone release.

If by some freak Apple sell say 10,000,000 and they are sold out for the next month then even the most ardent Apple Haters might (through gridded teeth) admit it was a success.

Just trying to get that number of devices into retailers hands for the launch is a logistics miracle. Only time will tell but one thing is certain, the people in Redmond can only look on and say, 'What if we got it right for once?'

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Re: APPLE STORE LIVERPOOL

Have you seen the scallies outside the Regent St Store? Many from less salubrious parts of the EU. The ones in Liverpool are city gents by comparison.

anyway, we should just stop speculating that they have sold (and not shipped to the 'channel' like some other makers) 100, 10000, or even 10,000,000 until Apple release the figures to Wall St.

The we can judge how much of a flop it has been. It can't be a success or there will be few commentards here needing lengthy hospital stays to get over their collective apopletcic shocks.

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Sellouts! Fans snap up iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders to avoid store queues

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Case Logos?

There are literally hundered of cases for iPhones that don't have the Apple Logo on display.

There are even cases for Samsung phones that have the Apple Logo on sale in some places.

Cases for phones? Meh.

Apple will sell million of phones and generate a few billion $$$$ in profits. How many S5's did Samsung sell in the first week?

To me this is all moot as my Nokia 6310i does what I need from a phone but it is interesting to watch the Android and Apple camps slaggin each other off at every opportunity.

Phone cases at Dawn perhaps?

Seconds out round 2 Ding.

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Salesforce plan to rename London skyscraper 'Salesforce Tower' DEMOLISHED

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Re: Of course! An April fool's joke!

Salesforce is an elaborate April fool's joke that I was just too dim to grok.

Just like SAP then?

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iPhone NFC: 'Apple, photos and security ... WHAT could go WRONG?'

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Grow up? why?

come on, give us a reason why we should? After all, we have act like grownups for 99% of the time?

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