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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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Joke

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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Apple TV third-generation (2012)

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Re: I want to spend twice as much for the same thing

A HAV? I'm shocked and appalled you'd spend any time at the house of such a person.

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Mirroring

To my mind this article glossed over the main selling point of the ATV, namely mirroring from any iPhone or iPad. The ludicrous ease with which I can mirror the screen of an iDevice to the TV is excellent. It's a very capable, quiet and energy efficient Netflix player too, unlike the noisy PS3 which the ATV shares a shelf with.

Some more UK specific services wouldn't go amiss but for now I have access to a plethora of UK on-demand services through my Virgin Tivo box so no great loss personally.

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Google G-drive app leak sparks 5GB file vault riddle

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5GB?

Google effectively reinvented free web-based email when they launched Gmail. 1GB of storage, at the time, was an epic offering.

They are clearly losing their mojo if the mythical G-drive launches with a frankly pathetic 5GB. It would be miles off being a market leading proposition. I'll pass.

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'Unibody' iPhone 5 said to debut in October

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How many times with El Reg readers publish comments along the lines of this one?

An Apple iPhone article! The iPhone X (insert model number here) which I have no interest in ever purchasing due to (lack of function, an excess of form, popularity, because I'm 'special', because I'm odd, because I worship at the altar of a different corporation). However inspite of my aforementioned extenuating circumstances (which, I hope made suitably clear to you dear reader, mean I don't like Apple) not only did I have the urge to read the Apple iPhone article, but write a faux angry comment!

Please stop it. All that you are doing is continuing to prove to every man and his dog people care more about Apple articles (and speculation) than for other manufacturers. My page impression and associated comment in no way prove that your 'digital entertainment' are a vital source of page hits and revenue. I urge you to cease and dessist.

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Wii U graphics said to be no better than current consoles

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1080p

Just a shame the current generation of Sony and Microsoft consoles don't output at 1080p.

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Everything Everywhere's 4G party bus could run Three off a cliff

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Re: Let 3/Three die

They are also the only network with decent data tariffs so frankly... I have no idea what you are talking about.

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'The new iPad' revealed: Full specs, rumor scorecard

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Sold

Ultimately all this iPad upgrade does is upgrade the screen. However this is the upgrade I've been waiting for having held off on purchasing a tablet to date. I ordered a 32GB Wifi version last night. I do not think the current generation of Android tablets can really compete with Apple's offering and the fact apps such as Sky's new F1 app are iPad only really emphasises the point.

Also on the plus side, given I will have a second iOS device this represents a nice way for me to look at changing my iPhone for an alternative. Having spent more on iOS apps than I care to admit to myself it becomes a far easier sell to look beyond iPhones when I have a device that can run all those apps anyway. Galaxy SIII perhaps?

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iPad 3 launch news pushes Apple shares to $500bn high

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I don't buy shares for the management of said company to make charitable decisions - that isn't what they are paid for and it is unlikely to play to their skill set. I buy shares I think will maximise my personal wealth. Any philanthropic decisions should be made by the ultimate owners of the wealth when it has been returned to them either via capital gains or dividend income.

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UK-French drone aircraft blueprints nicked at Paris station

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Joke

You mean Garlic Shrug, surely?

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New password-snatching Mac Trojan spreading in the wild

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Believe you are confusing virus and trojan. Are you sure you feel at home reading El Reg?

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Sky flaunts F1 app with split-screen functions

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Flame

Re: You don't need Sky Sports...

You do if your pay TV provider is Virgin. As a Virgin XXL customer (rough equivilant of being a Sky customer with all the packs except the Sky Sports and Sky Movies packs) I'd need to cough up a ludicrous amount of extra money per month to get all the Sky Sports channels when it would only be the F1 channel I was after. That, sadly, will not be happening. However Virgin also supply me with a fantastic 100MB internet pipe so I'm sure I'll stumble across a way to watch all the races that the BBC aren't showing live and in glorious sub par SD...

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Re: Don't get it

It's probably because it's not just a case of developing '1' Android app. If I'm not mistaken, the new Sky Go app only works on a select few Android handsets. If you own a swanky Nexus, SE or LG handset it's tough luck. With Apple, for all it's faults, you only need to write your software once to make it available to every iPad user. Making much more than a 'Hello World' application that runs on every possible Android device would be rather like pulling teeth.

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Proview fears fanbois will derail iPad export ban bid

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Re: Popularity affects law?

Surely the same reason turkeys don't vote for Christmas. If you are a judge, and you, your friends, your wife and your children all own and really like their iPad's you aren't going to be as inclined to offer the benefit of the doubt as you otherwise may.

Also, Chinese courts aren't as seperate from the state as they may be in the UK. Do you think a judgement would be passed/enforced that damaged the wider Chinese state, as such an export ban on Apple would do?

And that ignores the fact that iPad popularity = sales for Apple = profit for Apple = ability to hire expensive and influential lobbyists.

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Apple TV stock shortage sparks new gadget rumour fever

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Facepalm

Please do correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Google TV already out?

http://www.google.com/tv/get.html

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Halliburton latest biz to dump BlackBerry for iPhone

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Good

Think they get around any lack of security in iOS by only allowing explicit access to the corporate network through an application such as 'Good'. This does mean the iOS email and calendar apps are pointless from a work perspective, and you can't access the intranet through Safari, but there are replacements for all these within the 'Good' app itself which stores data locally in an encrypted volume and only runs on devices that are not jail broken.

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Apple won't rule out all singing, all dancing iBooks on Kindle

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Happy

Missed the main story

Hang on... surely the big news here is that an Apple spokesman spoke to El Reg?!

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Child labour, lost wages uncloaked by Apple factories audit

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You've never eaten at the Microsoft, Vodafone, Allen and Overy or Linklaters canteens now, have you? All awesome.

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BlackBerry PlayBook in US price plummet

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Presume they've grown earnings by a similar amount? No, thought not. A company with lots of customers that doesn't make money is... an utter failure, albeit an utter failure with customers.

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Sky follows BT in blocking Newzbin2

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I'm prepared to pay. Unfortunately I'm not prepared to wait if something has been broadcast in the US and it's then not broadcast in the UK for an extended period. Also, as a Virgin customer, Sky deem it appropriate to bar me from watching Sky Atlantic so if I want to watch something from that channel I'll do what I need to.

Oh, and sometimes I forget to TiVo something I want to watch and if it's not on On Demand, what's a chap to do?

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I've got a VPN solution ready to avoid the 'ban' when it reaches my ISP but I'm curious, how have BT and now Sky implemented the ban? Can the site be reached by typing in the IP address rather than the domain? Are customers who change their DNS provider to the likes to OpenDNS able to side-step the ban?

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Kindle Fire: An open letter to Jeff Bezos

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Or, possibly, Samsung.

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New iPhone and Android mobes secure enough for spooks

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Good

My employer, who do a lot of public sector work, recently allowed us access to work email through Good if we owned an iOS or Android device. Per the intranet the company are contractually mandated to protect data with FIPS 140-2 encryption and the Good app provides this.

Still, it's only cleared for data up to and including IL2 (PROTECT). Nothing juicy just yet but sounds like that might change.

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Britain's Harrier jump-jets reprieved to fly and fight again

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Which ones...

Lots of detail, yet no where could I see whether this sale relates solely to the old RN Sea Harriers, RAF GR7/9s or some combination of the two.

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Hackers port iPhone 4S' Siri to rival devices

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Sorta

Siri is damn impressive but to my mind it isn't the revolutionary product Apple have spun it into. It's consistently reliable and I am often pleasently surprised by how good it is at transcribing information. I haven't set an alarm, timer or reminder using anything other than Siri since I've had the 4S but it hasn't exactly fundamentally changed my life like the ads might suggest.

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iOS upgrade swells iPhone battery-suckage grief

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Not my experience

Whilst I freely admit it isn't statistically significant, my battery life is much improved. 60% when I got home from work compared to c. 40% pre update and that is with similar use.

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Virgin Media touts high-speed signups and TiVO

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50MB in NW6

Works like a dream. Slowest I've EVER seen is 39.4MB. It's exceptionally rare to see it below 46MB. Ping ranges from 6 to 19 m/s. I'm a very happy punter.

Agree that the Tivo interface appears to have been designed by monkey's however...

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