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Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe

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Re: $35 + Cost of a tablet remote

Costs are mounting. I'm rapidly going off this idea.

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Ex-HTC execs launch UK-based smartphone maker Kazam

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Re: own goal ..

Agreed. Now let's run it up the flagpole and see who salutes it.

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Crack Army pilot to be first PROPER British astronaut IN SPAAAACE

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Re: why

Clarification required please El Reg.

Helen Sharman spent 8 days on Mir. In my book that makes her a British astronaut/cosmonaut. Can't get more 'PROPER' than that surely?

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Galaxy S4 radiant, but has black holes

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Re: FFS, when will they "get it"?

A Nexus device surely?

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British bookworms deem Amazon 'evil'

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Re: What sort of cretin buys a Amazon Swindle anyway?

@Rob Moir

Could you possibly pop back and post a variation of that every time there's an Apple/Sony/Microsoft/Amazon/Android/Windows/iOS/Linux/Kindle/iPad/Nexus/whatever discussion on here?

Well said sir.

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Review: Sony Xperia Z

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Re: "Currently running the show is Android 4.1.2 though Sony is promising an upgrade to..."

Fair play. Thanks for the reply.

Though I prefer a Nexus device to be absolutely sure.

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"Currently running the show is Android 4.1.2 though Sony is promising an upgrade to..."

Sony promising. Precisely why I wouldn't get one.

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Official: Sky to buy O2 and BE's home broadband product in £200m deal

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WTF?

Goodness me...

...you'd think the world was going to end.

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Review: Infiniti M35h hybrid sports saloon

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WTF?

Why hasn't anyone mentioned the clock?

What has been seen cannot be unseen.

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‘Anonymous’ hacks Oz Uni’s email to protest bulk iPad buy

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Re: What's the alternative?

@AC 08.53 GMT

I'll take your statements a face value. I really don't know how valuable these devices would be to a student. And I don't just mean iPads but any tablet. Personally I can't see how much use one would be.

Rather than the usual ranting does anyone know? Have tablets added to student learning anywhere?

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Nipper's toy train enjoys journey to edge of SPAAAAACE

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Cool dad

I feel slightly inadequate now.

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Acer CloudMobile S500 Android phone review

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Re: Hmm

Expandable memory is handy but I'd take support and updates every day of the week. So it would be the Nexus 4 for me.

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Brits swallow Google Nexus 4 supply 'in 30 minutes'

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Megaphone

Don't panic!

You can get one from O2 for.... £399.99 !!

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Google to refund some pre-price drop Nexus 7 buyers

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Re: Why don't people instead?

Why El Presidente, you spoil her!

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Asus offers compensation to pre-price drop Nexus 7 buyers

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Re: NOT for Google customers

Sorry. Meant to say £15 not £25. After a weekend on the ASUS website I'm a little befuddled.

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Re: NOT for Google customers

This ^^

And I see El Reg has changed the article to reflect this news.

Oh well, both people who bought direct from ASUS will be pleased I guess. Out of interest, could either of them confirm whether they got the £25 Play voucher when they first got the device?

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Quite ridiculous

As previously mentioned, the website is a joke, the registration process is a nightmare and how you receive the coupon seems to be akin to the search for The Holy Grail.

I'd give up but now I've gone too far and damn it, I will not be defeated!

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Re: @Anon

Exactly the same for me. Let us know if you have any success.

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Volkswagen Beetle car review

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Re: Don't like

Your wish is my command... http://www.caranddriver.com/features/2014-volkswagen-microbus-feature

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Re: Why the hate for the last version?

Thumb up for keeping another 1200 on the road.

And I saw one of these new ones in Tenerife last week. It does look a little awkward but maybe that's because we're so used to the old 'new' one.

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Re: Why the 500 works

I really have to disagree about the (BMW) Mini. I don't own one but I do drive them regularly and think they're a superb motor. Lively petrol engines, great handling. And I really don't think owners of the original Mini are BMW's target market.

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Acer Iconia A110 8GB Android tablet review

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Nail ---> Head

"Still, at least you'll get Android updates."

Why I'd stick with Nexus devices.

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AVG kicks out new touchy-feely UI to grab smartphone-fondlers

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Too true...

I'd like to say AVG is a shadow of its former self but it's not. It's just 'Ooooo look at me!' bloatware.

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'iPhone 5' released by Chinese Apple copycat

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Finally!

Where do I queue?

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Ten apps to install on your Nexus 7 first

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Keep 'em coming!

I got my sweaty mitts on a Nexus 7 the other day and as a complete Android n00b these articles are great.

Thumbs up to the contributors and El Reg.

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Google suspends 16GB Nexus 7 orders

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Re: No brainer on the 16GB being more popular

Re: 5.9GB Handy to know. Thank you.

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Nokia prunes Lumia 900 price

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Re: "the Lumia 900 will never see a Windows 8 upgrade"

Thank you.

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"the Lumia 900 will never see a Windows 8 upgrade"

I must have missed that snippet of information. Now I'm glad I went with my gut feeling about the life expectancy of Nokia hardware.

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Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

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Re: Forgive my ignorance, I know nothing about Android

Many thanks and much appreciated to all.

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Forgive my ignorance, I know nothing about Android

This looks like a decent bit of kit for a good price. I'm assuming this would be ideal for a little idle browsing (Which browser? Is there more than one?), a bit of movie playback (Which formats? Which player? Again, is there more than one?) and eBook reading (same questions).

You can probably guess I'm viewing from a certain walled garden. Any help or a nod towards Android for Dummies would be appreciated.

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Burnt Samsung Galaxy S III singed by external source, probe reveals

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@CCCP

I was quoted £119 when I walked into the Meadowhall Apple Store last week with my wife's 3GS. She'd left it outside all night in the rain. A reconditioned unit with some new, some original parts but a short warranty and locked to Orange as per the original unit. I thought that was a pretty good deal so say it's nearly three years old, well out of warranty, a bit battered, my old one and originally supplied by Orange.

In the end a bag of rice and a warm radiator got it going again less the Home button. But with the new 'virtual' Home button in Settings/General/Accessibilty/AssistiveTouch 'On' that's not too much of an issue now.

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Europe's prang-phone-in-every-car to cost €5m per life saved

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Re: reduce false positives...

Everyone seems a little more interested in black helicopters and cries of 'Big Brother!' than paying any attention to sensible suggestions such as yours. A similar and non-compulsory system is already in place (in my car for example) and I described it in my post on page one. The emergency signal from the car is monitored by the manufacturer. The drivers response or lack of determines the course of action taken.

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Re: Nanny state...

I believe my car has this system in place already. It's my understanding that in the event of the airbags being deployed/crash sensors being activated the car makes a call using a built in phone. If there is no answer or if help is requested the emergency services are contacted. This service along with some others is free from first registration for three years.

Luckily I've had no need to try it...

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Orange San Diego Intel-based Android phone

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Re: ..never buy on a promise

+1

As soon as I read "but Orange tells me an Ice Cream Sandwich update is due “shortly”." it took me right back to my days with carrier branded Nokia Ns. Eww.

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YouView recommends radio hams' pet peeve

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Re: I'd dump my HomePlugs tomorrow...

Have you thought about running Cat5e outside the house? I don't know what your set up is but I have my main PC in the attic but TV/WDTV/PS3/modem/router/whatever in the lounge on the ground floor. The cable exits the wall downstairs and goes up the outside of the drainpipe (attached by cable ties) to the attic. Regular Cat5e and no problems in nearly 5 years. I'm sure it will break at some point but the holes are already there and Cat5e is cheap.

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Sony SmartWatch Android remote

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Happy

I rather like that.

Like others I'm struggling to really see the point but I do rather like like it. Definition of a gadget I guess.

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Samsung frees fanboys from iPhone with freeware

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Re: What I don't get

D@v3, we seem to share the same view ie it's some software that does what it says on the tin and apart from when I'm using it I don't give it a second thought. Life's too short. So there you go. That's two of us.

Mr Shitpeas however, has rage issues.

Look Barry! A Windows Phone....! Get it Barry! Get it!

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Foxconn daddy: 'Don't buy Galaxy S III, wait for iPhone 5'

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Re: Wait, what?

Unless I dreamed this didn't Samsung just do a plea bargain thing? ie they were as guilty as the rest but got off because they snitched first. If that is how it went down it's hardly 'Samsung doesn't want companies doing illegal shit'.

Apologies again if I've got that wrong.

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Menaced cartoonist raises $60,000 for copywrong

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Arse Technica

Oh very good. I see what you did there.

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iPhones, iPads to be FULL OF FACEBOOK and NOT GOOGLE

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Re: What a silly argument!

"Of course there are more versions of Android than iOS out there in the market. The Android ecosystem is much more diverse than the iPhone's, with many manufacturers serving many different global markets with very diverse feature requirements and price points. "Fragmentation" isn't a problem for consumers -- only for a company like Apple trying to control the entire "experience"."

But couldn't it also be said that there are many more versions of Android out there because handsets just get 'left behind' by manufacturers/operators? ie 18 month old phone and no more upgrades. This is one of the reasons I've avoided Android sets so far.

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Android activations near a million a day

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Rubin also went on to say that everyone on the planet should have an Android handset by this Friday afternoon and that Apple are rubbish.

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Sony awards PlayStation cert to HTC handsets

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Re: Sony and their massive problems.

My thoughts exactly.

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Twelve... classic 1980s 8-bit micros

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Bah!

I'd love to join in this misty eyed nostalgia as I do enjoy these articles but back in the early '80s I wasn't considered to be good enough at maths to get near computers at school. An introduction to computing based on which maths set you were in now seems incredibly short sighted. As a result I successfully avoided computers for about 20 years believing them to be the devil's work. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Well I probably am on this site...

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Panasonic DMP-BDT320 3D Blu-ray player

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"this compliancy doesn’t extend to streaming the same content from a Nas across a LAN."

Please include a variation on this statement for all your player reviews. It's enormously helpful. I don't know how many times I've thought I've found the Holy Grail of players just to be disappointed after a frustrating search through user reviews or manufacturers tech specs. I have no idea why manufacturers seem to think it necessary to bury some vital info about format/container support but they do.

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Microsoft unveils paid SkyDrive options

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Re: Existing subscribers all get 25GB

whs ^^

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AVG nukes stalking ads at press of BIG SHINY BUTTON

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Re: Well at least it's an add-on pack

Indeed. AVG used to be a great alternative to the likes of Norton and McAfee but now for bloat and 'hey I'm here, protecting you and keeping you safe' annoyance it's just as bad as they are.

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Reading plays host to live ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

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More from the website Q&A

Q: Can you bring your own weapons?

A: Hi Jason,

Unfortunately, you can't. All airsoft weapons will be provided on the day.

Many thanks,

Laura

Boo!

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Apple New iPad Wi-Fi only

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Re: well said

This, this, this, this etc.

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Apple Store staff outnumber queues as new iPad goes on sale

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Re: I bought one!

Christ. Give it rest.

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Tourists follow GPS, drive into sea

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I've been in a similar situation...

Well sort of. Wasn't daft enough to drive into the water.

However, it's the satnav settings that are important here. Usually satnavs by default say yes to motorways, toll roads and ferries. It's the last one. Never mind your choice of quickest, shortest or most economical, if you allow satnav to include ferries then it will. That's all very well but it obviously doesn't know when the ferries are. Hence the "In 500 yards turn left" and all you see is an expanse of water. If for example you choose 'quickest' and include ferry crossings the nav will make the assumption that a ferry will be waiting for you at every crossing.

Try driving from Edinburgh to Bowmore on Islay with the satnav on default settings and you'll see exactly what I mean!

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