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Too 4K-ing expensive? Five full HD laptops for work and play

Sampler

meh

It's too much anyway, we have full HD on our work laptops and either have to scale to 125% (which are apps don't support) or squint at the 15.6" screen they crammed all the pixels into, makes a secondary screen a must have otherwise you get a headache out of a days use, negating the laptop side of things.

But then the Toshiba W50 is so heavy anyway, it does must of the negating being a laptop before you even turn it on..

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LARGE, ROUND and FEELS SO GOOD in your hand: Yes! It's a Nexus 6

Sampler

Replaceable batteries

Even back in nokia days I never had a replaceable battery for my phone and have hardly been left wanting.

BUT on the occasions I'm expecting to smash my phones battery (say GPS tracking on a 14 hour cycle) I pack one of those USB battery chargers, top up my phone, helmet cam, csc-cam rather than being a spare battery purely for my phone.

In an age of such technology what's the benefit of paying as much for a spare phone battery and having to suffer the bulk and weight giving access to the battery adds?

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

Sampler

Aiming for the same

Recently work upgraded our aging laptops (i5 2.27's with 8GB of RAM and an SSD) to shiny new i7 3.2GHz with 32GB of RAM and even faster SSD's and a higher res screen (1080p inplace of 720p at the same 14") quadro nvidia card with 4GB dedicated RAM (of it's own, not out of the aforementioned 32GB)

However, I'm still using my old one, the upped screen resolution is irrelevant as we all have a second 22"/24" 1080p monitor as I didn't like the new machine much (the 1080p is useless at 14" so the machines are scaled to 120% only our primary app don't scale so we can't actually access some buttons without tabbing - or change the scale to 100% and squint). And all that extra power they paid for as people in my team complained they needed it is irrelevant - any work I do is on an RDP to one server or another, my desktop launches rdp sessions and checks my mail so I'm actually bringing my Galaxy Note 10.1 in to see if I can replace my desktop with it.

I can hook up my ergonomic keyboard and mouse (well, I have to my mobile in the past so figure that'll be fine on the OTG) so it's only the second screen which I need to work at. Once I get that sorted and a compatible VPN client the ageing desktop can go in the bin and the $4k shiny new one on ebay. I'll stick for a light and thin tablet that does my job and doesn't look like a laptop from the nineties like the "mobile workstation" they gave us as new laptops.

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Rich techbro CEOs told to SLEEP ROUGH before slamming the poor

Sampler

A night, a week?

Yeah, that's going to help understand how it is to be poor, because at the end of your night in a shelter or your week on food stamps you know you're going back to the same old lifestyle.

Being poor isn't about an uncomfortable nights sleep or a week of constricted diet, it's about daily, ongoing hopelessness. No hope of being able to better your situation as you're running to stand still, no hope of things turning around, not knowing if you can make the rent his month or end up in the gutter - when your mind is weighed with all these worries you don't have the capacity to get out there and resolve it, just sink lower as things get pricier (transport, heating, food, accommodation) whilst the pay cheque stays the same n(or even shrinks with overtime cutbacks).

I've been there, it's horrifying, I was near to the point of wanting to end it all as I played sick so I could work from home as I didn't have enough money to fill the gas tank for the fifty mile drive to work, cruising the reduced food isle at the local discount supermarket so I could eat that day.

I was lucky, I was helped out of it, I wouldn't have been able to do it myself, I'd've still been there, or maybe have finally gone through with the other option.

Someone above wrote "When the rents go obscene, you should be buying/building new accomodation to get rich quick, not whine about income inequality." Sorry, but how fucking retarded are you, when someone can't afford fifty pence for a meal how the fuck are they supposed to invest in building new accommodation; when they're so tapped out taking loans to pay for travelling expenses who's going to give them a mortgage to buy property? Get your head out of your arse, I'm glad you've never had to be in such a position (evident by not understanding the problem) but don't try and lecture the choir when you know nothing.

The system needs reviewing, minimum wages need to be exactly that, not below the minimum to comfortably live - but then that's never going to happen when the 'elite' who've never had to struggle a day in their life to keep their family warm and fed can wipe away evidence of them stealing from the public purse as they feel like it and think we're too stupid to catch up with them - each of them being paid more than most for a job they then claim everything back as an expense whilst also having lucrative 'deals' with lobbyists to further sell out their country.

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The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay

Sampler

This is what annoys me..

..about mobile payments.

Google wallet was introduced years ago but could I use it? No, because my airtime provider were developing their own (now passed up on and forgotten) so they blocked Google's move preventing customers from doing what they wanted.

Now we have the other side doing exactly the same, all profiteering placed ahead of customers being able to simplify theirs lives.

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ONE MILLION people already running Windows 10

Sampler

Sounds familiar

When I beta'd Windows 7 (or was it Vista, slept since) and all the talk of the improved taskbar (must be Vista then) I griped about the lack of multi monitor support and having to use third party applications to give me a taskbar on each screen and I was told I'm doing it wrong and muscle memory for where applications should be would speed people up...I guess, if that's how that person thinks and uses a computer, and we know everyone thinks and uses a computer the same..

Iterations later and...still using third party apps for multiple monitor taskbar support..

They don't claim 1 million [i]installs[/i], just 1 million [i]sign-ups[/i] to the program. I've signed up and downloaded and ISO but haven't found the time to tinker with it as yet, wonder how many out of the mil haven't actually installed it..

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

Sampler

http://xkcd.com/936/

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Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport

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Is this why...

..they've recently increased the security threat level around here?

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

Sampler

Re: Birthday present sorted :-)

Pimoroni do great cases for the B+ - the Pibow's are awesome

I have the wood and a green translucent one for my Model B's and they'd be my first port of call for a B+

http://shop.pimoroni.com/

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

Sampler

Snuff?

As it's a video of someone being killed, would it count as a snuff film? There must be laws against sharing and viewing those? (these are legitimate questions, I'm not sure and not in a position to be checking - thankfully el'reg is one of the few whitelisted pages at work!)

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Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'

Sampler

Nathan Fillion

I'd watch him in anything...anything!

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Microsoft and HTC are M8s again: New One mobe sports WinPhone

Sampler

Re: One Mate

But their previous flagship phone was called the One (and OneX prior to that).

From this and another report I read earlier today makes it sound like the hardware's identical, so if Windows Phone can be ported to any android handset maybe MS will goto Samsung afterwards.

Afterall, even though the HTC phones seem to be consistently renowned as best in market in the press it appears the Sammy's are popular with the people. Getting WinPho on that could be a big step forward for them as most folk don't care it's an Android phone, just that it's a Galaxy.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

Sampler

Re: Easy

galileo!

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iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks

Sampler

erm...

Why does it look to be 50% larger than the standard A socket it's next to in the image - thus rendering it unable to actually fit in any USB socket (orientation regardless).

Maybe it's just an odd camera angle, maybe this is baloney - given it's an iThing (TM) rumour, I'd lean towards the latter..

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FREE PARTY for TEN lucky Australian Reg readers

Sampler

SHAME

Living in Sydney and being a long time reg fan but failing completely at being able to write limericks..

..not that being socially awkward and teetotal are conducive to a party with strangers..

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PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion

Sampler

Light on the back

So when I leave my phone face down on the night stand to stop any lighting up disturbing my partner or I they resort to making the back light up so the whole room is still illuminated.

For a company that thought the sun shone out of its leaders arse they've finally eulogised him in his product...

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

Sampler

Contrary to most in this thread I enjoy going to the cinema and probably average a couple a month over the year.

Yes it's expensive (about fifty bucks for the two of us her in Oz, plus snacks) but it's a fun trip out.

3D is annoying and should go away, especially as an additional cost, as if you don't want to watch it in 3D you get stuffed into a small screen - if I wanted to watch on a small screen I would be at home. Films like Dredd were actually worse for the 3D too (highlighted the noise in the dark scenes).

There's more people selling overpriced snacks than tickets at Event's in the CBD - Hoyts make sense by having the people sell both.

I also have a large collection of bluray/dvd's as if I love a film I will buy it (unless the distributor try and screw you over like the case of the Lego Movie - half the extra's and no minifig on the Aus release vs the US, which you can't import, naturally, due to region encoding).

However I constantly feel shafted by doing things "the right way", if I were to download these it'd be easier than visiting a shop, I wouldn't have to put up with forced, unskippable, irrelevant trailers and piracy warnings.

They denigrate the customer experience where piracy only offers a better experience.

Same with services that retail online, and as I'm in Oz I'm in no position to use streaming services, I can barely watch a low encode youtube vid.

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NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

Sampler

and it is the B+. not the pi 2 - not mentioned in the article but a point they made on the website.

Also apparently the guy who got his early is full of shite too and stole the images from someone else who'd kindly taken them down as to not ruin the surprise. Personally I wouldn't link to his site to drive viewer stats but that's me.

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Facebook 'manipulated' 700k users' feelings in SECRET EXPERIMENT

Sampler

"our goal was never to upset anyone"

Oh, on the contrary, you manipulated peoples feeds to show them negative posts in hope to make them negative (as that was the outline of your research) whilst doing the opposite to the other half - therefore you fully intended to upset half of your research 'volunteers'...

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Urine a goldmine for fuel-cell materials: boffins

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Does Jong-Sung Yu have..

..a t-shirt that says "I piss excellence"...

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Google's URL-hiding 'origin chip' is 'backburnered'

Sampler

Good Idea, Poor Implementation?

Why not keep the idea but also have the trailing URL, so it highlights the domain, showing users what the actual site is, but also shows everything else, for those interested. A bit like option 3 dan1980 has mentioned above

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

Sampler

he didn't like typing the .co in .co.uk

but in the example it shows he has a .com, so he doesn't have type any of it, shift enter and he's done?

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Strategy Boutique ultimate 'tech'-gasm: 3D printer drone GoPro vid stream QR code

Sampler

BUT!

Does it use a raspberry pi?

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Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! 3D HOLO-PHONE hinted in Amazon vid

Sampler

Re: Apple lost it?

When was the last time Apple released anything "innovative" - they never release anything truly new, they just take something someone's already making a hash of and make it somewhat idiot proof way with lots of advertising to tell us it's new and shiny...

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How I poured a client's emails straight into the spam bin – with one Friday evening change

Sampler

Re: Hosted AS?

How much your time in hours per annum spent on 'homebrewed as' vs how much outsource costs - that should make your argument pretty easy, as in why didn't we do this yesterday.

Also, make sure not to underestimate how much time you actually spend on this, generally I find when you sit down and look at it what you might write of as a couple of hours quickly adds up over the year (with unexpected work like outages included).

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Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

Sampler

Do terrorists really tweet about their intended acts?

Going to bomb the subway #lol

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Samsung, Chipzilla in 4K monitor price cut pact

Sampler

So the takeaway from this is..

..don't buy one of these monitors now as we're expecting to slash the price in half? Which is a handy news article as I was considering one for photo-editing (though the 24" 1080p IPS panel I have is still pretty...well...pretty when it comes to that).

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CSIRO claims milestone in solar-powered steam turbines

Sampler

How well does it ramp?

like current renewables (solar, wind and tide) will this also need fast ramping (and thereby low performance/higher polluting) gas powerstations to help fill in the need?

As otherwise I like the idea, the images on the link didn't seem like they took up a great footprint either.

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

Sampler

I miss real bacon..

Whilst the americans and british may quibble over which is the best type of Bacon (though the american's are wrong, as usual) one thing I've truly come to miss since arriving in australia is real bacon =(

Australian Bacon is more like ham, it's already partly cooked and, if like me, you like your Bacon to still be oinking when you slip it between two soft white buns with a little HP sauce then this just won't do.

Fortunately, there is some salvation, as a few supermarkets carry "English Bacon", however it's very overpriced and there's usually only one option.

Yorkshire Puddings, fish and chips, curry (don't even get me started on what passes for curry in Sydney compared to Bradford) are all things I miss (and maybe the family) but Bacon, Bacon is the constant reminder I'm far from home, a day's journey (and a thousand bucks) away from where my heart is..

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How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

Sampler

I don't get it?

Save twenty bucks* on a picture by using a grands worth of software?

*ok, maybe stick a nought on that - maybe, I never got as far as graduating as I attained the position I was studying for whilst in my first year, so not sure of the actual cost, still, I doubt it's near the price Adobe ask for their application, though, I suppose whilst you're actively investing time and effort circumventing one copyright...

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Oculus boss: True virtual reality is 'a decade or two' away

Sampler

really?

In a 'couple of decades' I'd like to think the need for VR goggles will be redundant as we can all slip on a headband and have the images directly transferred to our brains, sort of like a lucid dream.

I'd've thought the advertising giants would be investing heavily into having direct access to peoples heads too..

..hmm, time for my own ipo...

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

Sampler

Do you think someone should tell him you can turn those options off?

Though I guess not having the option to browse the internet and stare at cat pictures all day helps with the focus, all that incest* doesn't write itself..

(*I've only watched the first episode of GoT but presuming it's a common theme judging by it being the majority of the pilot)

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True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

Sampler

woah, that's some vitriol for a bad joke (mine, that is, not windows phone as a platform)..

I'd used Windows Mobile HTC's since I stopped using Nokia's and stayed with HTC when they went Android so I personally feel I have some experience for my "full of shit" comment - windows phone offers nothing over andriod and has a whole lot of negatives to go with it, personally feel they shot themselves in the foot with windows phone, windows mobile wasn't all that bad to use.

Nokia's famous build quality is arguable on their classic devices, more like nostalgia, have seen many fail (like the slider on my 7110, the camera on my 7650, keyboard on the 7610 (though my 6210 was fairly stable)) and friends who have the newer devices it's much the same.

I've used windows phone and there's nothing it has over Android, windows phone and Nokia are both good partners as they're both examples of companies poised to have swiped up the new mobile market that the iPhone is accredited with but both fumbled with ball disastrously, would I really want to spend money on a platform that'll be thrown out and incompatible with the next on the whim of the company (ie windows mobile 6 not compatible with phone 7 not compatible with 8). Looks like app developers feel the same. Also, hows that youtube app coming along..

You're welcome to your opinion, but when it leads to calling people names on the internet to defend it you really should really look at your values and readjust your life's priorities.

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Sampler

Re: raw

I didn't know that, it's quite interesting, I should've qualified my initial post though pertaining to platforms people would actually want to buy ;)

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Sampler

raw

if they're serious about good smartphone camera's than raw image support is a necessity as much as optical zoom, afterall, why bother gathering all that information to throw it away compressing to jpeg?

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Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning

Sampler

Re: wipers?

Not that much mass and if they break then you're still in the same boat of a ninety day life expectancy - really the gains of adding them surely outweigh (pun intended) the negatives?

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Sampler

wipers?

So they expected dust build up to be a problem from the previous rover and they didn't think of fitting it with wipers to clear the panels? I mean, in a company full of rocket scientists, that isn't rocket science...

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Judge strikes down Apple attempt to bar Samsung's 'untrue' patent comments

Sampler

Any one else see this as tarnishing the Apple brand?

If the they keep having to resort to petty suits and apparently lies to strangle the competition it reflects that they fear the competition and are not sure in their own product.

Which having to use an iPhone5 for six months before I could cajole my boss into letting me pick my own Android device (plumped for an Xperia Z1, not as good as my OneX UI wise but the tech's nice) I can quite see.

I've not had an iPhone before that point, maybe they were once ahead of the curve, but definitely not now, "annoyingly restrictive" is my lasting impression.

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Samsung unveils fourth-generation Galaxy Tabs

Sampler

I was going to lament the same..

Still not the resolution of the Nexus 10 which iirc they made?

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

Sampler

Not waterproof?

Aww, with both Samsung and Sony going waterproof I was hoping HTC would too (and include wireless charging as that seems a no-brainer to go with the waterproofing).

My OneX is getting close to needing to be updated and the Xperia Z1 work have handed out kind of shows that up, however I'm not sold on Sony's UI and would like to stick with HTC, having used sense since the Windows Mobile days I'm kinda used to it ;)

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Facebook, you fools! Forget Oculus, you could have bought TRON-type headsets

Sampler

Re: No root needed for wired PS3 controller

Additionally some Sony phones come with wireless support for PS3 pads (such as the Xperia Z1 work gave me).

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NSW government gets into the smartphone case business

Sampler

Re: Shirley opal could be a case study for pay by bonk

This was my first thought when I came to the country and saw they were introducing Opal cards but already had paypass infrastructure in place, surely a pre-authorisation of maximum fair when you swipe in and then exact charge when you swipe out?

Though this doesn't generate the large amounts of cash to sit in the Opal card accounts and gather interest I guess.

Also, where's my NFC phone app to replace the card?

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Blinking good: LG launches smart light bulb for Android/iOS

Sampler

Colour Change?

This would be awesome (especially for the christmas party) if the bulbs could change colour via the app - presuming if they're LED bulbs that should be possible?

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Surrender your crypto keys or you're off to chokey, says Australia

Sampler

Shadow moves

One thing that struck me is recently we had to overhaul our privacy laws to notify our customers we store their data overseas (as our company is based out of the UK it's cheaper for us to borrow their infrastructure than to plant local servers - if albeit a little laggy).

So one week they make it so it's better for businesses to host data within the country (as you need to inform a customer data is going overseas which may alarm the weak minded) and the next they're saying we have to hand it over in a legible format if they ask for it.

Well, bravo.

Second thing, I've just been reading this sad news:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/18/romania_ransomware_murder_suicide/

I wonder if there's call for a fake CryptoLocker ransomware actual encryption, so you can claim your hacked and can't access the data yourself =)

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Australia doubts ICANN is ready to run the internet

Sampler

I'm posting this on a lousy 7mb connection in the heart of one of Australia's major cities and that's the best available to buy.

Maybe he should look at sorting his own shambles out before bothering the world stage.

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Big Content wants Aussies blocked from Netflix

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hang on a second

There's Australians with internet access good enough to stream netflix?

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Optus sparks broadband HYPEGASM with gigasite trial

Sampler

Would be nice if they could manage to stream a youtube vid on their 4G service when you have four our of five bars rather than prat around with pointless boastings..

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Former HTC staffers charged with fraud, leaking company secrets

Sampler

Re: Sense is garbage

Each to their own, I liked how Sense improved the windows mobile experience and still enjoy it on android with none of this lag you speak of, but then I've always gone for the flagship models (Prophet, Kaiser, Rhodium, Desire, Desire Z and now a OneX). It's actually made me resistant to purchasing a phone from another provider, especially when seeing stock android on my partners Nexus4, even though it's time to pick one up - maybe I'll wait for the new model mentioned in the article.

One thing I do like is the Galaxy S4 Active and Experia Z1 are both waterproof, a feature I hope HTC will 'innovate' into their next model, I'm getting the Sony for a work phone so we'll see how living without Sense UI goes along..

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Wait, that's no moon 21.5-inch monitor, it's an all-in-one LG Chromebase PC

Sampler

depending on price

I like the idea, it has an HDMI input so still useful as a monitor, if the keyboard and mouse can be used on other devices too that means you have a handy set to go with your pc, just want to browse something quickly and not boot up the rig, chrome in your monitor, computers busted, chrome in your monitor to google fixes.

Yeah, your phone can do this, but still nice to have the big screen, if it's not going to add a lot to the price, then I'd be happy for monitors to include chrome os as standard. Actually, I'd like that for "smart tv's" too whom all seem to have their own build with disparate apps - if something like chrome or android became standard across TV's that would help the ecosystem and potentially even make them useful, rather than just having my PI wired to the back of one using the USB to power it and a spare HDMI to view it.

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Super-stealth FLYING CAR prototype seen outside GOOGLE HQ

Sampler

Google connection

An automated drone to update google maps?

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