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Power of iPhone 6 hype-gasm: Apple a sniff away from record stock high

Jason Hindle

Ooh, a patent

For a round thing, with a curved display, and a strap. I guess they'll be suing Rolex.

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Europe's highest court: Apple CAN trademark its retail store layout

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Just to be clear here

And I say this is an all round Mac head and general purpose fanboi.... Apple has patented a method of producing a store that is functionally unusable at the weekends and on holidays, when it is too busy to be able to attract the attention of the staff. Even for things you can pick up off the shelf, there's no checkout as such. Instead, you have to find someone. I know check out queues are terribly old fashioned, but at least you know where you stand with them (and get service in accordance of when you arrived).

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

Jason Hindle

Re: HMS White Elephant Vs Torpedo?

Enough said.

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Catch cack-handed baggage handlers in the act with Ericsson's SPY SUITCASE

Jason Hindle

Re: It'll not work in the real world

It's worth doing. In Southern Africa this is very commonly used. Personally, I prefer not to have anything worth liberating. This affects my choice of airline. BA, Air France and KLM are all good - they let you carry on a small case, plus a laptop bag. I avoid the big, Middle Eastern carriers (usually one piece, with a 7kg weight limit).

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Jason Hindle

Re: It'll not work in the real world

Yes, I've heard of that one. I'm guessing the £300 Samsung case, they broke, must have been biro proof. That, of course, is the other lesson; if it's going to get broken, you might as well buy it cheap, from M&S or Primark.

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Jason Hindle

It'll not work in the real world

I've had my baggage felt up, by the Johannesburg baggage handlers, often enough. No one takes a look inside your case; rather they open it slightly and have a feel around. They're quite skilled, working entirely by feel; for example, they can locate a DVD box, and liberate the DVD, such that you may not notice immediately when you unpack. Locking the case doesn't work; they'll break the case or the lock, whichever is easier.

I learned the hard way that the best solution is the leave the case unlocked, with nothing worth pinching, though they will liberate still sometimes surprise me. Last time I transited through JNB, they liberated a bar of soap.

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

Jason Hindle

Re: Google voice recognition needs improving

"1440 seconds, as per Google voice recognition.

Admittedly, I did say "36 minutes", not just "36". Math requires units."

Ok smart arse, that did actually work :-). Thanks.

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Jason Hindle

Google voice recognition needs improving

Ok, perhaps I'm being hyper critical, as it is actually very good (I use it often). One thing I'm noticing over time, though, is it doesn't recognise words and string them together; rather, it recognises phrases. Come it at from the left field, with something it doesn't often hear, and it will likely screw up (try "Twenty hours minus nineteen hours thirty six, in seconds"). Still, I find Google Now more accurate than Siri (though, thanks to big data, both represent a step change in voice recognition tech).

Oh, and I think these watches are priced keenly enough for punters to take a punt. When I get back to the UK, I'll likely order one out of curiosity (or wait for the Motorola 360, if I have the patience to do so).

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DOH! Google’s internet of things vision is powered by… Mac OS

Jason Hindle

Well might think they'd want to promote their own platform

And produce a knock-out presentation, in Google Slides. Oh, hang on a minute....

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Amazon's not-actually-3D Fire: Bezos' cash register in YOUR pocket

Jason Hindle

I suspect Hudl Phone will beat it to the market, in the UK

I think the Hudl Phone will beat this device to the market, here in the UK. The Tesco product will not be as well specified, but it will be on the shelves of your local supermarket, be keenly priced and come with Google Play's superior app store. Last time I checked the Amazon App store, they still didn't stock 4OD, for example.

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EU probe into Apple's taxes: It's NOT to do with double-Dutch-Irish anything sandwiches

Jason Hindle

So is this similar to what Starbucks do?

When they sell their magic* coffee* from their Swiss subsidiary to their British subsidiary, at an inflated price, causing the British subsidiary to show an operating loss on their books?

* It's not magic.

** I'm not entirely convinced it's coffee.

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Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

Jason Hindle

Great

So three of those American billions, some mediocre cans, a streaming service that isn't as good as Spotify , and two sweary former owners. What's not to like?

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Authorities swoop on illicit Wolverhampton SPAM FARM

Jason Hindle

I have this strange urge to go into Daily Mail mode....

String 'em up!!!!!

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Bing's the thing in Microsoft's push for cheap Windows devices

Jason Hindle

Pre Installed Office is nothing new

Plenty of the cheaper tablets already come with the older Home/Student license.

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Jason Hindle

Can it be changed? Just download Google from tbe Windows App Store. Alternatively, just type DuckDuckGo in the address bar, if you find the commercial suppliers a bit intrusive.

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Users folder vanished after OS X 10.9.3 update? Here's a fix

Jason Hindle

Re: Would someone PLEASE explain to me...

Mostly because they can't tell the difference between a bog standard consumer and someone who does real work with their equipment. The day Apple forgets this distinction, it's next stop Linux for me*.

* Ok, better to say 100% Linux for me - I already use a couple of Mint VMs for many tasks.

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Jason Hindle

No biggie

But thanks for the explanation. I've only one user so probably wouldn't have noticed, as long as I can get to my work. Annoying now I know about it 8-).

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

Jason Hindle

I'm guessing his novels/scripts have never been hacked and leaked

That's the beauty of an off net DOS box. As for Wordstar, well why not? I doubt someone who writes novels and scripts cares about what style to use for the next paragraph. Then again, we have a very modern problem. Too many people no longer understand the distinction between content and presentation.

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Microsoft hints at smaller Surface

Jason Hindle

Re: Form factor

Albeit one you can connect to a monitor, keyboard and mouse (or even use as the primary touch device, in lieu of a mouse, when connected to a monitor and keyboard). The possibilities are interesting. Windows itself isn't quite there yet :-).

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HALF of London has outdated Wi-Fi security, says roving World of War, er, BIKER

Jason Hindle

In my experience, smart TVs

Work best with a bit of Ethernet cable.

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Apple tips Shiraz down all its techies' throats (that's the rumoured name for OS X 10.10)

Jason Hindle

You've nothing to fear from Lion, Mountain Lion or Mavericks. They've merely made the OS make sense with a trackpad, and added some features that make performing complex tasks (many apps/windows) easier to make sense of. They can still be configured to work well with a mouse. That said, unless you:

- Rely on Apple apps that need a newer version of the OS

- Or have a camera not supported by the current version (moot, if you use Adobe's tools).

Then Snow Leopard remains one of the finest desktop operating systems ever made. I certainly wish I'd left the older of my Macs (2008 White MacBook) on Snow Leopard; Lion proved an upgrade too far.

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Jason Hindle

I actually like the iOS 7 aesthetic

But then again, I like the OSX aesthetic too.... So what will it be? iOS or OSX? OSX or iOS? Well there's only on way to fine out.....

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Apple fanbois eat static as Beeb, Sky web stream vids go titsup on iOS

Jason Hindle

Fixed on Sky

Unlike the Beeb, who applied a server side solution, Sky's was client side, with a new version of the Sky Go app, last night. I'm guessing one or more software types earned a little overtime, yesterday.

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Jason Hindle

Re: Hmm.

Sky Go = no go.

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Jason Hindle

Re: Fixed on iPlayer?

I'm guessing Sky will not be resolving the issue this side of Easter......

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Jason Hindle

Fixed on iPlayer?

I can stream iPlayer videos on my iPad at the moment, but if I load Sky Go I get a service message about the outage.

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

Jason Hindle

Oh, so....

U Boat Commander would also qualify.....

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We dig into the GTech GDrive Mobile ... and watch WORST tear-down vid OF ALL TIME

Jason Hindle

I have a 2011 MacBook Air

And I still don't have a single Thunderbolt peripheral. I want one of these; it should improve the performance of Aperture (library currently on a 1TB USB2 disk) quite nicely.

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Apple iOS 8 'will put end' to crap map app rap flap misery

Jason Hindle

Re: Will it understand buses?

Not for Manchester!

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Bitcoin bank Flexcoin pulls plug after cyber-robbers nick $610,000

Jason Hindle

Peak Bitcoin?

All web driven bullshit booms come to an end, eventually.

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Apple to maintain phone profit lead through years of 'enormous transition' – report

Jason Hindle

Re: History says otherwise

@PJI,

My reference to Linux was with respect to its success outside of the desktop. For back end systems, doing the grunt work, it has been wildly successful - thanks to the absence of complex licensing.

I also not it is the OS that runs most of the world's smartphones, thanks to Android.

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Jason Hindle

Re: History says otherwise

I would argue Apple's lack of success in the desktop field, in the 90s, was due more to the lack of a modern OS more than price. Apple is certainly successful on the desktop now, in spite of a an entry cost that is (IMHO) higher than need be.

Back when Apple was being unsuccessful, anyone wanting a modern desktop OS, at a reasonable cost, had a choice of NT, OS2 or Linux. OS9, with its co-operative model of multi-tasking was not really an option, I this respect. OSX was a game changer for Apple, at least for the consumer and creative markets. Outside of the desktop, the big winner has been Linux.

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

Jason Hindle

Re: There's a serious error in this article everyone has missed

I'm not sure about the paid bit, but writing anything not critical of Microsoft may well lead to accusations being levelled at you.

Back to the subject at hand, I vote ODF, with a rigorous approach to styles, ensuring that even if you can't make documents look identical across suites, you can at least make the differences predictable and presentable.

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Chihuahua TERROR: Packs of TINY hounds menace Arizona

Jason Hindle

Re: Chihuahua TERROR?

Chihuahua vs Sharknado?

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Rotten to the core: Apple’s 10 greatest FAILS

Jason Hindle

Copeland, Taligent, BEOS etc....

I think the history of these is pretty much inseparable from the history of processor development. They were designed to be modern, multi tasking OSs with the processors, and memory constraints, of the day in mind. There came a point where processors were powerful enough, and memory cheap enough, to run UNIX plus nice graphical front end. That killed pretty much everything else, other than Windows.

I think we're now seeing a similar dynamic with Windows 8.1 vs Windows 8.1 RT. Surface RT may look good but, as Asus is proving, what's the point of RT when full fat Windows 8.1 runs perfectly well on Intel's Bay Trail processors? I suspect RT isn't long for this world!

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Altcoins will DESTROY the IT industry and spawn an infosec NIGHTMARE

Jason Hindle

Re: And ...

"Who? People, like Cypriots, who don't trust their governments and financial institutions."

Better a few gold coins in an Oxo tin under the bed, than placing one's wealth in the latest web driven bullshit boom.

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Virgin Galactic's supersonic space ship in 71,000-ft record smash

Jason Hindle

Re: Skylon

More likely the UK will license the IP, rather than try to build its own space program from scratch, I think. Unless, of course, there's a joint play with Australia (who have the land and the money).

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JAILBREAK! US smut spam king Kilbride flees minimum security prison

Jason Hindle

That's rather silly of him

I'm told that when you're in a minimum security prison, in the US, you count your blessings. His next stay at Club Fed will not be as comfortable!

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

Jason Hindle

I suspect they will start blocking VPN services

The commercial services, like Expat Telly, should be easy enough for BT and friends to block, while still allowing access to corporate VPN. Of course, the filter needs to be opted into (or out of) for now, but it hardly takes a tinfoil hat to get to the obvious next step.

As I've commented elsewhere, it appears to be customary to also assume anything with a forum is harmful. I think the Daily Mail herd are in for quite a surprise, when they all opt in, because there is no way this filter will be exclusively used to block sites showing a bit of flesh.

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BT network-level STOCKINGs-n-suspenders KILLER arrives in time for Xmas

Jason Hindle

Yeah, right

"The system will censor clumps of the web - such as pornography and self-harm sites - from the prying eyes of youngsters."

Yeah, right. And if my experience with those morons at Orange/EE is anything to go by, then also anything with an Internet Forum".

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

Jason Hindle

I still have the Handspring Visor Deluxe

Lying around somewhere - I must find it. I bought an Bluetooth module for it, and used with an Ericsson T68 phone to do email over GPRS. The T68 remains one of the best phones I've ever owned.

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How STEVE JOBS saved Apple's bacon with an outstretched ARM

Jason Hindle

A lot more complex than that....

"Apple also didn't use the ARM chip for their move to RISC when they moved the MacIntosh range to Power instead, again an odd choice for a company said to be the saviour of ARM."

The Power PC decision was part of an unholy alliance with IBM in the 90s, in a futile attempt to thwart Microsoft. This included the object orientated Taligent OS. Power PC was as much about politics as it was about pragmatism (though it wasn't an unpragmatic choice, at the time) .

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Want to reach out and touch your Chromebook? How does $299 grab you?

Jason Hindle

Re: Touch? Meh.

I'd assume Haswell, like the C720, so perhaps not. It's tempting, but it's time Google built some encryption options into its cloud.

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Acer's new Haswell all-flash Chromebooks sip power for less than $200

Jason Hindle

Re: You are not getting upscale regardless of what you want

To be fair to Google, even without an adult OS you should still be able to use it as an in flight typewriter, since the apps do allow offline editing. The Google office apps are more than good enough, for most users.

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Smartphone addicts go floppy under the sheets, warns DOCTOR WANG

Jason Hindle

Hasn't El Reg covered this before?

Complete with the best Reg heading and sub heading ever?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/06/28/mobile_ball_rot/

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FLIGHTMARE! Inflight cell calling debuts, dealing heavy blow to quality of life

Jason Hindle

In my experience......

On an Emirates A380, the cost of WiFi is pretty reasonable, at least for a bit of iPad surfing. Calling OTOH is pretty prohibitive - I didn't see anyone making calls.

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FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

Jason Hindle

One word

Good.

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Microsoft: You've got it all WRONG. It's Apple's iPad playing catch-up with our Surface

Jason Hindle

Re: Original - I had to look him up

But it made me smile. Good luck doing circles on the original tablet.

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