* Posts by Ed 11

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Update your iPhones, iPads right now – govt spy tools exploit vulns

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Re: 3rd party browsers

I think all browsers have access to the faster JavaScript engines now, and I feel like they have done for a while.

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Bloaty banking app? There's a good chance it was written in Britain

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I consider TransferWise to be part of Britain's retail banking sector, and haven't encountered significant hoops or eye-watering fees when transferring money overseas for many moons now. Innovation is alive and well, you just have to see beyond your legacy bank and it's bundled current account services if you want to find it.

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FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

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Call me a cynic... I wonder if the FBI had suspicions the judge assigned to the case may come down on the side of Apple and decided that wasn't a precedent they wanted setting.

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The other one. No, not WhatsApp. Telegram. It hit 100 million users

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It was over a year ago that WhatsApp announced (to a flurry of publicity) that they were implementing end-to-end encryption, albeit only for Android to Android conversations. They still haven't rolled it out to iOS or other platforms, so their current effort is entirely half arsed.

Telegram's encryption might be homebrewed, but at least it is available across platforms (unlike WhatsApp), and they've spoken loudly of a prize if anyone can break it and that prize remains unclaimed.

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Latest in Apple v FBI public squabble over iPhone crack demand

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Re: Will it apply to other technology too?

What happens the day that the safe manufactures are able to build a safe which, when locked, not even they are able to get into? Will said safe manufacturer we asked to stop building said safe?

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Re: Encryption doesn't kill people

Just trying to understand the points you are trying to make... is it that guns are ok because the massacres they cause are less horrendous than massacres executed via other means?

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Is there a hardware method which device manufacturers could look to build in to future devices which would render requests such as these entirely redundant, as there would be nothing the vendor could do from a software side to bypass a lost password?

I know this was a 5C which lacks the secure enclave of Apple's Touch ID devices. My reading around seems to suggest the FBI request would be materially different if it had been a more recent device (specifically there would have been a need to flash the software on the secure enclave in addition to the wider iOS), but that such a request would not be beyond the capabilities of Apple.

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iPhones clock-blocked and crocked by setting date to Jan 1, 1970

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Re: The 1970s...

You, Sir, are a complete and utter tool.

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Dropbox tells Mailbox and Carousel users to get their affairs in order

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Re: Genuinely upset

I've switched to Inbox given Mailbox are closing their doors, but might not be any good for you if you are a non-Gmail user.

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GCHQ's SMURF ARMY can hack smartphones, says Snowden. Again.

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Re: I wonder if any can be programmed to short out the battery and explode

Something Android manufacturers know plenty about

http://www.komando.com/happening-now/319082/88000-android-tablets-recalled-after-batteries-explode-in-flames

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Apple's big secret: It's an insurance firm (now with added finance)

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Re: Spot on

Yup. My girlfriend has a iPhone 5S on contract from O2 which stopped charging on Monday. She took it to O2 who said they'd need to post it off for repairs and she might get it back in a week. She took it to the Apple shop in Covent Garden and they gave her a new one on the spot.

The phone was supplied by O2 and was over 12 months old. O2 couldn't have given less of a shit and were happy to leave her high and dry. Apple demonstrated a considerably higher regard for her custom.

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

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Is it flashing...

... if the photo which was sent wasn't of his own member?

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Court KOs irate Apple iMessenger woman's bid for class-action face off

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Re: Next Case...

iMessage works over wifi or cellular data.

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You mean something like this?

https://selfsolve.apple.com/deregister-imessage

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Re: Next Case...

I believe BBM identifies are primarily your BB pin, which is a unique identifier with no connection to your phone number.

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Your security is just dandy, Apple Pay, but here comes Android

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Re: Convenience?

Apple Pay:

1- Phone out pocket

2 - Phone against card reader

3 - Phone back into pocket

Contactless card:

1 - Wallet out of pocket

2 - Contactless card out of wallet

3 - Contactless card against card reader

4 - Contactless card back into wallet

5 - Wallet back into pocket

So I make that a 40% reduction in terms of the number of steps needed to pay, and a slight bump in security too. What's not to like?

And before someone suggests leaving my intended payment card in my wallet and holding my wallet to the reader, I am not the only person with more than one card in my wallet.

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MONSTROUS iPhone sales are CANNIBALIZING iPads, gabbles Apple CEO

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Re: Maybe iPads just have a longer life?

I agree with much of what you say... I have the same generation iPad that you do and it serves it's purpose brilliantly as a casual sofa surfing device, a Netflix viewer for my girlfriend when she is getting ready in the morning and a very occasional gaming device. A few games stutter slightly, but it's the smallest of niggles, and I do quite frequently momentarily wish it had Touch ID when I absent mindedly leave my finger on the home button waiting for it to unlock like my iPhone. I hand off to my mid-2010 MacBook Pro when I need a proper home computer which is maybe a couple of times a week, a device which increasingly shows it's age but continues to serve it's purpose. Both are devices I fully expect to upgrade, but both only on a 5/6 yearly basis unless technical failure happens first or unexpected incredible technical innovation occurs.

My iPhone though, perhaps due to it being used much more than either of these devices and the limited life of lithium ion batteries being more obvious on a device that is outside the home far more frequently, has always been one a 1/2 yearly upgrade cycle and I imagine this will continue. I don't know how typical a customer I am, but I would hazard a guess there are many of me about.

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Pre-order consumergasm will leave Apple Watches out of stock for months

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Re: meh...

Presumably it was enough of a shit to decide that you had to tell the rest of us how little shit you give? Marble sized perhaps, like a rabbit dropping?

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iBank: RBS, NatWest first UK banks to allow Apple Touch ID logins

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Re: Not smart.

"Eventually one works" - The thief better hope it is one of the first three.

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Horrifying iPhone sales bring Apple $18bn profit A QUARTER

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Re: So what happen to Peak Apple?

The market was created when the first supplier sold to the first customer. Again, this pre-dates Apple's involvement in the tablet, MP3 player and smart phone markets.

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Re: So what happen to Peak Apple?

"Apple doesn't have a great track record in markets it didn't create in the first place"

Apple didn't create the smart phone. Apple didn't create the MP3 player. Apple didn't create the tablet computer.

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Yes, UK. REST OF EUROPE has better mobe services than you

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Re: Prices?

But you'd presumably agree that paying say £15 a month for service 95% of the time was preferable to paying €50 a month for service 96% of the time? So price is a factor - no one is saying the networks are perfect overseas.

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Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

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"Even a broken watch is right twice a day" - I've a broken F-91W in my bedside table thats begs to differ.

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EE TV: Network snubs 'Auntie's antique' for mobe-happy set-top box

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Makes me chuckle that in the comparison table, for the EE product, alongside 'Premium sports' it states 'N/A'. That's a 'no' then in anyone else's language.

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

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I've recently purchased a phone with TouchID and whilst it quite obviously isn't panacea from a security perspective, I think it's a fantastic feature. It works quickly and reliably. I've gone from a 4 digit pass code on a 5 minute time-out to my phone now requiring my fingerprint for every unlock, with a much longer pass code needed if my fingerprint isn't available for any reason. More security for less inconvenience. I'd go as far as saying it's my favourite feature on the phone.

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UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom

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HD voice

You called EE out for their HD voice service, but a quick Google suggests Three and Vodafone both offer this as well.

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Three's mobile data goes titsup in mysterious spreading outage

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Lost data signal on my commute from NW London to the City at about 9am. Emails started flowing again by 10.30am.

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Have Brits fallen for Netflix, or do they still LoveFilm?

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Re: Netflix.....Nah

Are you sure the quality of the streaming isn't more a factor of your lack of bandwidth? Streaming quality is absolutely exemplary on our setup.

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UK 4G auction kicks off in total silence

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Re: Evidence please

You were sold down the swanny my friend - £15 from Three buys me unlimited data.

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Amazon-bashed HMV calls in administrators, seeks buyer

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Re: And once again, gift cards are not being honoured

In their defense, I can't think of many people who will do their job without being paid.

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Re: Wonder how much tax HMV paid

Phew that was close. I was just missed by an out of control bandwagon.

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Report: RIM plans six BlackBerry 10 handsets for 2013

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Looking forward to BB10. I'm due a new work device and whilst Android and Apple handsets are available, access to our work Exchange Server on this devices is limited to an application called "Good" to keep the lawyers and risk/compliance guys happy. "Good" is anything but.

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Review: HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 handset

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Re: Meh

I'm not sure they've ever had 'loads' available on Google Play. Stock availability has been limited from the beginning.

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Twenty years of text messages: We've reached Peak SMS

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Memories

I can remember very clearly sending my first ever SMS. It was sent in December 1998 from Cheltenham on a BT Cellnet PAYG phone to my dad's Saudi Arabian mobile. I had only been messing about with the phone's menu and exploring what I could do. I had no real idea what I was sending and no expectation of is actually working. I was amazed when, ten minutes later, I received a reply from my dad who was baffled by the fact he'd had a message pop up on his phone from me.

Fast forward a couple of years and I remember switching my mobile phone to a MVNO called Genie, later BT Genie. They were the first network to offer 'unlimited' SMS messages and I was hooked, getting through up to 2000 messages a month in my teens.

I hardly ever send an SMS these days as most of my text messages are delivered over either WhatsApp or iMessage. But SMS's remain often the only affordable way to use my phone when roaming, and it is a piece of technology that had a huge bearing on my teen life.

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Google, Amazon, Starbucks are 'immoral' and 'ridiculous' over UK tax

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Two thoughts. 1) Morality is irrelevent unless you are a signed up member of a cult, sorry, religion, where there is a book in which 'someone' has codified morals. 2) Much of the coverage I've seen, and indeed this article, talk about the tax rate against revenue. I may not be a tax advisor, but I am quite certain tax is charged on profits, not revenues.

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Deloitte in the saddle at Comet, seeking stability - and a buyer

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Re: 5th Nov

What have PwC got to do with things?

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EE 4G LTE review

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Re: Waste of time

Did you also spot the word 'theoretical' in the article?

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4G: Bad coverage, crap battery life - but at least it's really expensive

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Re: Why no VoLTE?

You can use VoIP apps fine, as in the US. However VoLTE relates to how the phone handles calls with the inbuilt phone dialler, e.g. the type of calls which show up on your phone bill and which can be billed for (depending on your tariff).

A quick Google suggests AT&T doesn't have a VoLTE service and won't until some stage in 2013.

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Everything Everywhere prices up UK 4G

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Re: @Ledswinger - not just data

Your dongle has a screen, keyboard, and an appropriately well stocked app store? I'm sold!

Personally, I assign practically nil value to bundled text messages or minutes. Just give me a big, fat, fast data pipe and I'll route my own calls and mesages.

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A lesser-known new feature in iOS 6: It's tracking you everywhere

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"...to make switching it off really quite difficult..."

Settings --> General --> About --> Advertising --> Limit Ad Tracking. Difficult indeed.

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Everything Everywhere to be Nothing Nowhere in rebrand

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How about...

Monopoly Mobile

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Everything Everywhere flogs 4G hand-me-downs to Three

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Hypocrites and liars

So EE "argued that the lack of 4G was damaging the UK economy and fast deployment was essential for the country". What they really meant was "we want a minimum 12 month monopoly to damage competition, and fast deployment is great but only if it is limited to us". They could just sell the spectrum to Three and compete, except they are obviously scared of competition.

Seriously, where is the EU or the CC when you need them?

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What to do with 110,000 Magstar tapes and 11PB of data

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Cloud...

Haven't they heard of Dropbox?

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O2 dropped the ball in Olympic cycle race Twitter fiasco

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Re: And I saw it all

It evidently wasn't a "good old TV" given the analogue service in London was switched off just a few short months ago.

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AT&T may charge fanbois for FaceTime vid chat, hints iOS 6

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Are all iPhone customers fanbois?

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Euro cellcos hoard nano Sims ahead of iPhone 5 launch

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Re: Unsuprising that Apple are rushing out an iPhone5

Yes that's right, it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that an update in the next few months would fit with an annual update.

Here's something else that might interest you... the Samsung Galaxy S4 will probably be announced in 10 months.

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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S III

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Was excited...

... about the rumours of it being made from some ceramic material. Turns out it's Samsung's standard plastic fantastic shell. Shame.

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Virgin Media cuts Pirate Bay access for millions of punters

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Pilots asking not to fly F-22 after oxygen problems

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Re: Is the Lightning 2 as good as Lightning

My dad was a fast jet pilot in the RAF. He has never been easily excitable, but he doesn't half wax lyrical about his days at a Lightning pilot. His favorite story is that when he was based in Cyprus there'd occasionally be Friday's where they hadn't got all their flying hours in during the week. They used to light cigarettes in the crew room, jump in their jets, point the noses to the sky and engage the after burners. It was possible to empty the tanks, land, taxi back and still be able to finish your cigarette before it burnt out. Legend.

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Google Drive stalls on LAUNCH DAY

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Re: Tsk tsk

Would you like a medal?

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