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Why has sexy Apple gone to bed with big boring IBM?

GregC

Re: A Notes/Domino app....

It's called Notes Traveler. I have to use it (actually the Android version in my case) as our work email is Notes, and especially since the latest update it's actually not too bad - and I mean not bad as an email app, not just in comparison to the desktop stuff.

I can only assume that the team responsible for the abomination that is Notes on the desktop weren't allowed anywhere near the mobile app....

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Move over Siri and Cortana: BlackBerry's, um, 'Assistant' is here

GregC

Re: Does anyone actually use these?

I do, occasionally, though not as a rule out and about. The one thing I find it genuinely useful for is reminders. I can't speak for the others, but Google Now has got the natural language parsing to a point where I can say something like "tomorrow at 4pm remind me to pick up Dave from the station", without using that "special" diction that used to be necessary for voice control, and it gets it right every time. It copes equally well with more complex, recurring reminders, and it's much quicker than setting a reminder the non-voice way*

*This is, admittedly, partly because the non-voice way in Google Now is a somewhat tortuous experience....

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Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops

GregC

@R 11

I'm pretty confident that Google have better backup processes in place than I'll ever manage at home.

I don't disagree, but it's still (from my end user perspective) a single point of failure. We all know how bad an idea it is to only have one backup, surely?

However it's not just being reliant on someone else's backup processes that concerns me. If I'm reliant on cloud services, then I'm reliant on broadband access to get to my data. Until the day comes that broadband is ubiquitous everywhere (and even here in a developed part of the world that is far from being the case) that's just not practical.

Don't get me wrong - I have no problem with using cloud services, but they are just an additional backup, and a convenience.

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GregC
Holmes

It's one thing to use the cloud, but it seems to me that to depend on the cloud for day-to-day operations is opening up too many process weaknesses.

You know this. I know this. Pretty much everyone else reading this story understands this. But, and I've said this before, Joe & Jane public have been sold a lie - that "the cloud" is some sort of panacea that is always available, always there, 100% reliable.

Whereas we all know that "the cloud" is nothing much more than a bunch of server farms, some (occasionally pretty good, admittedly) management software and a shiny UI for the end user, the average non-techie user has swallowed, hook line and sinker, the marketing bullshit that they can rely on the magic cloud, and never need think about looking after their data again.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

GregC

Re: Windows 7 isn't easy to purchase anymore, if at all.

ebuyer - I bought a copy of 64bit Pro from them 2 weeks ago.

PC Specialist will also happily sell you a machine with 7 preinstalled.

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GregC

Re: Microsoft halts Windows7 support, no more hotfixes...

@joerg - how about the whole truth, not just cherrypicking to suit an agenda?

Mainstream support ends January 2015, which means no feature upgrades.

Extended support runs through to 2020, which means security updates will continue to be provided until that point.

I'm no fan of MS, but promoting FUD is no better when it's aimed at MS than when it comes from them.

@Steve Davies 3 - there's quite a bit of detail in this ZDNet piece

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GregC

Voice control? In a busy open plan office?

As the title - voice control works really well, in a quiet environment. Quiet is not a word I'd use to describe our office, add everyone shoutingtalking at their computers and it would be horribly noisy. Plus the potential for my neighbours PC responding to my voice command or vice versa (my Android phone already occasionally responds to a non-existent "OK Google").

The thing about the boring, old fashioned, traditional input methods is this: they work, by and large. Particularly in a working environment, if you want to replace an existing system then your replacement needs to be, at the very least, equally functional. In reality, it needs to offer actual, tangible to the user, improvements over the existing system in order overcome resistance to change.

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That 'wiped' Android phone you bought is stuffed with NAKED SELFIES – possibly

GregC

"...promoted its free Android anti-theft tool as a solution."

So marketing then?

Maybe I'm getting old and a bit too cynical, but every time I read a "report" like this the first thing I think is "what are they trying to sell?". It'd be nice to be wrong every now and then.

Don't get me wrong, I don't doubt they did find all sorts of stuff, and of course you should properly wipe a device before you flog it. It'd just be nice to see something on the subject that doesn't originate from <insert infosec company here> who, coincidentally, just happen to be pushing a product related to that very problem.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

GregC

Re: No, Bill, no..

Yep. We had a field engineer a while back who this happened with a lot. It got to the point where if he rang one of us we'd ignore the call, let him leave a message and give it 45 minutes before ringing him back. Invariably he'd say 'thanks for calling back, but I've sorted it now'.

Eventually he got the hint and did the basic troubleshooting before calling us....

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

GregC

Re: Having done that side mission in the game

You have a point....

Can I claim Paris Hilton as prior art?

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GregC

Having done that side mission in the game

The character struck me as more of a general representation of the sort of vapid, airheaded bint that seems to pass for celebrity these days than anyone in particular. Ms Lohan shouldn't take it personally, she's one of many.

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Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again

GregC

Re: private buyers do not get offered the W7 option when shopping for a new PC

Not true, and entirely dependant on where you shop. I'm speccing up a new laptop (well, have been for months really - one day I'll actually get around to spending the money....) and the place I'll be buying from lets me choose from 8.1, various flavours of 7 (HP, Pro, Ultimate) or even, shock horror, no OS.

Shop around.

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Yahoo! Bids! To! Own! Your! Smartmobe! Home! Screen!

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Big Brother

So it's basically Google Now, by Yahoo?

Or am I over simplifying? Because that's pretty much what it sounds like, and Now is pretty good already, especially given the very limited amount of information I let it see. I'm struggling to think of a reason I'd install a third party app to replicate existing functionality.

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

GregC
Pint

Re: 24 pack of stella

What do you do on the second day?

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ASUS launches 5-in-1 Android Windows Phone laptop tablet (breathe)

GregC

Re: Only if it's £35.

Harsh. I'd pay £50.

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LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

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Coat

I really can't see a point...

..in these ultra high pixel density displays

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MacBook Air 13-inch: If you squint hard enough, you'll see a lesser-spotted Apple Price Cut

GregC

Re: Bah!

On the offchance that Snapper was referring to my quick 600-odd quid comparison - yes, it included the OS and whatever you get bundled with Win8. I don't know in detail what other software you get with a Mac, and neither do I particularly care.

The fact remains that the MBA, as reviewed, is about £245 (~40%) more than a more-or-less equal spec Windows machine, and the question a potential purchaser should be asking is whether the advantages the Air brings* are worth that money. For some the answer will be yes, for others (me included) it's no.

* software included. I have no use for Garageband, for example, therefore it's worthless to me. Someone else may think that alone makes the Mac worth the extra.

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GregC

Re: Bah!

Out of curiosity, I thought I'd spec a machine up at pcspecialist and see.

A fairly similar hardware spec, in terms of the computing bits, comes out at a smidge over £600 - 14" 1600x900 screen so not quite 16:10, 120GB SSD, marginally faster processor - pretty close. "Certified" Ultrabook. Size and weight the Air wins - 5mm thinner, 650g lighter. No idea what the battery life will be like, but I'd guess 4-6 hours normal use. In other words, pretty much what Stephen said above - broadly similar hardware, with a bit more thickness and weight to it, and probably significantly lower battery life.

So the question then becomes, are those advantages worth £245? And for me the answer is definitely a no. It's just not worth the premium. For other people it will be, and that's fine, but not for me.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order ... BLAM-BLAM! That guard did Nazi that coming

GregC

Re: Sir

and according to the small print after the rating "Wolfenstein: The New Order was tested on the PlayStation 4"

Note to El Reg editors - this information would be better displayed more prominently, my first questions about a game review are usually what platform reviewed, and what ones available

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

GregC
Coat

The bigger problem...

...is that while we all understand the limitations and risks of "The Cloud" (using the term in it's popularly understood sense of "you know, Dropbox, Google Docs, that stuff"), Joe Average has been sold the lie of 100% reliability and the nirvana that "The Cloud" is supposed to bring, and has swallowed it hook, line and sinker. Then, when something inevitably goes titsup, that vital document/precious photo of new baby/whatever is gone forever.

Marketing. They'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes.

Mine's the one with a copy of the Encyclopaedia Galactica that fell back in time.

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Copyright minister: Those missing TWO copyright exceptions? We're still on track

GregC

So let me get this straight...

Under the copying for personal use exemption, Europe says that if I buy a DVD or Blu-Ray and then digitise it (which is, as far as I know, the only way I can buy a movie or tv series and have it in a digital format I can play on any of my devices without having to worry about being online/signing into an account/other varied DRM crap) I'm expected to pay a levy for the privilege? Even though my only reason for buying the shiny disc is to rip - it will never see the inside of an actual DVD/BD player.

I'm all for content creators being compensated for their work (I wouldn't be buying the discs in the first place otherwise - although how much of that sale actually gets to the creative types is, I suspect, minimal), but this still smacks of charging me twice for the content.

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A first-world problem solved: Panoramic selfies, thanks to Huawei's Ascend P7

GregC

Re: Truisms Spoken Aloud

I don't think it's that big of a deal in this case, simply because when it comes to phones the manufacturer is hardly ever mentioned. Ask someone what phone they've got and you'll get told Galaxy S4 or iPhone or Nexus 5 - in my experience you hardly ever hear the words Samsung, Apple or Google/LG. This (assuming it makes some kind of sales impression) will be likewise known as the Ascend P7 or even just P7.

As for the phone itself, now that the internet-with-pictures has arrived I have to say it's a very nice looking thing, the spec sounds good - if I was in the market for a new phone it would make for a tempting option. Not keen on the Win8 style widget that seems to be on the homescreen but presumably one can make that go away.

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A scanner, darkly: Master data-miner Google tweaks terms of service

GregC
Happy

Re:you know what Google and commentards say about downloading from untrusted sources....

Yes - don't do it.

Happily as a long time, very happy user of ABP I consider their own website to be a trusted source, and if I visit it on an Android device I get a big button that lets me install it from there.

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

GregC

Re: Gnashing of teeth moving away from Notes

If a similar move was announced at our place there would be a party in the street!

It's the single most hated piece of software in the company. Even SAP doesn't get the same level of abuse...

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Google wearables: A solution looking for a rich nerd

GregC

Re: What's the big deal with charging every day?

I have no problem with charging my phone every day - I get to work, plug it into my laptop and leave it there until I need it. That's fine, if I wasn't charging it then it would still be sat on my desk.

The problem with a smart watch by comparison is that in normal daily use it should be on my wrist, but if it's charging then I'm not wearing it and it's therefore largely useless as a watch. Which is a shame, as I actually really like the look of the Motorola offering.

The other problem is price - as a piece of convenience tech I get it, but it's not worth any more than about £50 to me, and I would be surprised if any of these were less than double that, more likely 4 times.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

GregC

Yup, Maplin syndrome

Although my affliction is less severe - I am able to walk past if I am disciplined about it.

However if I do go in it's game over. Money will be spent, on something I will never need and will probably stop working within hours, or days at best.

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Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

GregC

When/what device was the last time you used Android?

What you're describing sounds like the first Android device I had, a Galaxy S2 running Gingerbread - compared with an equivalent iPhone at the time the UI definitely felt slightly sluggish.

The Nexus 4, 5 and 10 that I've had since then on the other hand are every bit as quick and smooth as any iPhone I've used.

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Globe grabbin,’ sphere slammin’, orb-tossin’, pill poppin’... Speedball

GregC

Re: Daley Thompson & joysticks

Like, I'm sure, many others I discovered that when playing Decathlon with an Atari joystick the most efficient method was palm of hand on top of joystick, and waggle.

Shortly after that I discovered that as a 14 year old boy, explaining that a blister on the palm of your right hand was joystick related was, well, interesting....

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GregC

SB2 remains one of my all time favourites

It just had that elusive something in the gameplay, where everything gels together just right. The best was a league season in two player - you got to cheer your mate on when he was playing, then do your level best to beat the crap out of each other when the head to head fixture came up.

I would get lost in a fog of nostalgia at this point, but happily I still play it every now and then on the Vita. Hasn't got the 2 player appeal these days, but it's still an absolute blast. And "Ice Cream! Ice Cream!" still puts a smile on my face, especially when it's during a break because I've successfully knocked out the opposition centre forward.

Great, great game :)

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Gmail falls offline, rest of Google struggles on: NO! Not error code 93!

GregC

Re: Just the social aspects?

The Youtube Android app was reporting 503's earlier, though it seems to have recovered now. Gmail and plus still FUBAR for me though.

Oh well, as they used to say on the telly - go out and do something less boring instead!

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My name is Dabbsy and I am an EMAILOHOLIC

GregC

A colleague found it strange when I told him I've got 6....

Turns out that's not many after all :)

Work, hotmail.com (spam bucket, used for free wifi and anything else that asks for an unnecessary email addy), hotmail.co.uk, gmail, yahoo (second spam bucket) and the one my ISP gave me. At some point I've probably used each of them to create an account for something or other, the forgotten password process consists of typing each address in turn until one of them gets recognised...

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Keeping warm in winter the el Reg way: Setting a NAS box ON FIRE

GregC
Coat

Re: hit the thing with a semi

Was this the bit with the wieners?

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Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G

GregC

Re: I no longer know which side of the argument The Register is on

That's probably because El Reg itself doesn't particularly take a side. I quite enjoy the fact that Orlowski and Taylor have such opposing viewpoints, and are (it appears) not only allowed but encouraged to air them.

A bit of editorial freedom is no bad thing, imo.

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GregC

Re: Why?

@AC 17:27 - from the article:

you are stuck with either 8GB or 16GB – around 5.5GB and 13.5GB, respectively, after the system has had its share.

Not 3...

@Andy Prough - if fuzz had actually said the 8Gb version was not enough for them then fair enough. Given that the actual comment was:

Also the 8GB version should be ignored, for almost anyone that is going to be too little storage

(emphasis mine) then I'd say the responses have been entirely appropriate.

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XBOX ONE ROUNDUP-of-the-ROUNDUPS: Everything YOU need to know

GregC

@ Aristotles slow etc.....

I'd go further. For me there's a compelling reason to just stick with the PS3 - GT6 comes out in a few weeks, and a new GT will keep me busy for a looong time. There's also plenty of play time left in GTA5 for me, add in Tearaway this Friday on the Vita, and I've got more games to play than I have time to play them.

Very content to let the early adopters beta test the new machines, and get one in a year or 18 months when there are some games that I actually want. Or not, if there aren't.

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GregC

1.3 Gb day one patch!?!

It's become a standing joke around our office that every new bit of kit seems to require a day one patch these days, but 1.3Gb? Seriously? Is it a whole new OS or something?

On my "broad"band I'd be about a day waiting for that sucker to download.

Only yesterday I was having a heated discussion with someone about the whole "fuck it, publish - we can always patch it later" mentality that's everywhere now. Drives me mad.

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

GregC

Re: @Lloyd cheap and nasty

I haven't played with the camera at all yet but what you're saying is consistent with just about everything else I've read. The general opinion I've seen seems to be that the problems are in software rather than hardware - hopefully that's the case, and Google will fix the camera app.

It's a shame, as the scuttlebut before release suggested that we were going to finally get a Nexus with an OK camera.

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@Lloyd Re: cheap and nasty

Personally (and it's all subjective) I'll take the rubberised back and sides of the 5 over the glass back of the 4 any day. Nicer to hold, doesn't slip off any surface that's more than a degree off horizontal, and not likely to scratch easily. The camera housing does look a bit odd, it's also slightly magnetic so I wonder if there are some kind of lens accessories in the pipeline or something.

Agreed on the screen though, it really is a stunner.

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GregC

Re: Does it do USB OTG?

Yep.

The relevant app doesn't work on KitKat yet, should be fixed over the weekend apparently.

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GregC

Re: Signal

I can't speak for voice (I hardly ever make calls on my "phone" these days) but I'm finding the data signal is significantly improved on the N5 compared to the 4, particularly indoors. On the 4 I used to get abour 4Mbit download at my desk at work, and 7-8 at home in the living room. Both those numbers have more or less doubled since I got the 5.

Either the phone has a much better radio/aerial arrangement than it's predecessor or 3 have significantly upgraded their masts round my way over the weekend...

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GregC

Re: MicroSD slot?

The N5 does support USB OTG. Nexus Media Importer doesn't currently work on KitKat but should be fixed by the 10th, according to the developer. NMI provides read/write capability (no root required) to FAT/FAT32 formatted media, and read only access for NTFS.

All that said, since I got my N10, and NMI, I've needed it precisely zero times. It has come in handy on quite a few occasions though.

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Microsoft plugs Xbox One consoles into its cloud - what could go wrong?

GregC

Re: I hope so

The day I can no longer buy (off the shelf, with a single, easy cash payment) a video game and play it 100% offline, I will very literally stop buying games.

This. 1000 times this.

I don't play online myself, but following the unfolding debacle of GTA Online has been just the latest reminder of the reality of the Magic Cloud That Will Do Everything.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

GregC

Re:Sounds like you want a N900.

Can't speak for the original poster, but I do - or rather, I want an up to date equivalent. Make it around Nexus 4 size & power and I'd be a very happy camper.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite: 13.3-inch slimline notebook with a secret

GregC

Interesting and then disappointing....

Started off thinking this could be a nice replacement for my ageing netbook, but then saw the price, OS and battery life...

If they did one without the touchscreen (and passed on the relevant saving in the price)*, either with Win7 or no OS, I might be interested. If they put a better battery in too they'd probably have a sale.

* This is something I'm getting increasingly annoyed by. I don't want a touchscreen on a laptop/netbook, and I don't want to pay a premium for something I'm not going to use. At the moment I'm struggling to find anything to replace the aforementioned netbook.

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Congrats on MP3ing your music... but WHY bother? Time for my ripping yarn

GregC

Re: I feel your pain

If you have a decent independent photo lab in your area, that can still deal with film, they should be able to scan your slides onto CD/DVD at decent quality, and do it several times faster than you will manage at home.

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New iPhone sells out, millions in hands of lucky fans, Cook cock a hoop ...

GregC

Re: It's hard on the Fandroids at the moment, they have very little hope to cling on to

This comment intrigues me. Hope of what exactly? The Android user base continues to grow, and the OS itself continues to mature and improve (though just as with iOS we do seem to be reaching a point of diminishing returns...). *

* not a particular 'droid fan here, however it is the least worst option at the moment. I'd love to see a credible alternative emerge.

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BT doles out measly 2GB to customers in Dropbox-alike BT Cloud

GregC

Stick Ubuntu One on the list too

Just another service offering 5GB plus referral bonuses.

BT offering does look pretty poor.

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Xbox One launch date REVEALED - and it's on the 360's birthday

GregC

People not wanting to take the step forward into the digital age has put us back 10 years.

The problem is that what MS were trying to do, aside from the blatantly anti-consumer attempts to destroy (or at least take control of) the second hand market, required an internet that for large parts of this country, and much of the rest of the world, may well still be 10 or more years away. Games on Xbox One & PS4 are likely to be 30GB+. I wouldn't fancy downloading those on my shitty connection...

The other problem, of course, is that when the outcry came MS decided to throw the baby out with the bathwater. I can think of several ways they could have implemented most (not all, admittedly) of the things they were planning without requiring an always-on connection.

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GregC

I know that MS backed down a bit, but where does it stand now in relation to the PS4 on those issues?

They backed down more than a bit, I think the only thing they haven't backed down on is the bundled Kinect with every console.

The fact that they tried to pull all that crap in the first place is enough for me to steer well clear though.

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Google's Street View cars venture inside TARDIS

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Re: If you're using the beta google maps....

Thanks muchly. Have an upward thumb for your troubles :)

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