* Posts by Bullseyed

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Gaze upon the desirable Son of Alpha: Samsung Galaxy A5

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Catch up to HTC? Aren't they nearly out of business?

Samsung has at least 3x the marketshare of HTC. There is nothing to catch up to. Samsung has been the market leader for quite some time.

The only people who care about 'high quality materials' for device build are people who review phones. Everyone else uses a case and knows that the build of the device is irrelevant.

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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Re: Retrogression of the "Force".

> I don't understand why you would make the light saber more primitive for films that take place AFTER all other events.

Well, I'd chalk that up as an acceptable deviation. A "reboot" if you will. Don't the old movies mention that lightsabers are an old weapon from a more civilized age? I mean, they seem to work much better than blasters in combat, right? Why would they have moved on from them?

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Microsoft: Oh, go on, Xbox Live user. Show us your spammer

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>“Security options for console owners are fairly comprehensive, and also include choices specific to both

> the 360 and Xbox One platforms. Anybody worried about the spam should set their ‘Communicate with

> Voice & Text’ option to ‘friends’ or block entirely until Microsoft apply an update in March designed to

> make flagging spam easier,” Boyd explained.

This is laughable. One, the security options are terrible. Two, changing messages to friends only is akin to saying if you don't like spam email, stop using email.

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SamSUNK! Korean giant's electronics biz takes punch to the smartphone profits

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Not this again

Samsung releases updates to the Galaxy S line between March and May each year, roughly. Their sales are down in the late fall/early winter because their flagship is 'old' by then. The Galaxy Note release in September keeps their supply chain rolling at a hibernation pace in the meantime. It is part of their strategy. It is going to happen every. single. year.

It is not news, it is not cause for alarm. It does not mean Samsung is in trouble.

Additionally, since Android devices last longer, most people do not feel the need to upgrade every year like Apple users do. Therefore, every other Galaxy S device sees significantly higher sales. The S5 was lower, so the S6 will be higher due to pent up demand.

I myself will be looking to upgrade around June/July, 2 years after my S4. The frontrunner will be whatever Samsung phone comes out in the spring, although Moto has been doing good things lately and will be worth a look.

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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Except it isn't dead. They graduated the product from labs into production. The official launch of the product is coming, instead of as a prototype program.

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Dead Steve Jobs to give iPod MP3 evidence from beyond the grave

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Why not just pay the $350M instead of being douchebags about it?

Apple's actions in music, ebooks and mp3 players were very clearly antitrust actions, and far worse than anything Microsoft ever did.

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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Re: Apart from the inbuilt creepiness

"It took Apple some time to get Siri right."

Apple bought Siri already formed. All they did was make the app unable to be uninstalled.

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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

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Re: WTF?

BB survived as long as it did BECAUSE of its encryption. It was used by many government agencies, boosting their revenue.

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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Someday

Someday we will no longer have hateful bigots using slurs like "homophobe" but today is not that day.

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Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

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Re: Undedicated follower of fashion

This. It says "VANS" with a line extending from the V to the end. Not sure what squiggly line thing the author is talking about here. Not sure why you'd bother publishing an article about pictures without pictures.

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Big Retail's Apple Pay killer CurrentC HACKED, tester info nicked

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If "revealed the email addresses of users" counts as hacking... hasn't iTunes been hacked a bunch of times? I've seen lists of email addresses associated to Apple devices leaked online many times.

Not to mention that this is being reported misleadingly, as the headlines for this story imply credit card data was taken.

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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Pricing a big part of the problem here. Additionally though... the vast majority of "cord cutters" are using HBO GO for free from their parents cable service. If you think those people are going to suddenly spend money on their own plan, you're sorely mistaken.

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Snapchat 'hack' pics mostly clothed user snaps, odd bits of legacy pr0n – report

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The most interesting thing here for me was the quote from Mark James that seemed to show he really had no idea how Snapchat works.

Everyone knows you can save snaps on snapchat. Phones have a screenshot function. You don't even need third party stuff.

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Shh! Bose and Apple ink SECRET deal to settle 'noise-cancelling' suit

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Re: Interesting...

I'd be curious to see how many fanbois are really Bose customers anyway. Usually Bose are owned by upper middle class people, especially if said people travel for a living. Sure, a lot of overlap with Apple users there, but I'd assume most Apple fanbois were already Beats fanbois too, which their known penchant for overpriced kit.

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Brace yourself for a 12-inch Apple maxiPAD – probably... maybe... ish

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How funny would it be if Apple backtracked on phone size and tablets with keyboards in the same year?

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Splitters! First HP's cut in two, now it's Symantec’s turn – report

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If HP wanted to buy EMC...

Wouldn't buying Veritas help them leapfrog EMC to the top of the storage market?

Is Symantec trying to make it look nice for a sale?

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FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'

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Re: Still rubbish

"I dropped my GS3" "HTC One, sat on it" "it was dropped a couple of weeks later"

As they say... can't fix stupid.

But anyone who doesn't buy an Otterbox at the same time they buy a new phone deserves to have their phone broken repeatedly at great cost.

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Re: All phones look the same

"But really, how much CONFIDENTIAL data do you really keep on your phone"

Shortsighted people like you are why we get crap products on the market.

Confidential? How about movies and/or music that doesn't max out a data plan in a single day? Or that is viewable on the plane without paying $20 for wifi?

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Re: They all look alike

"I currently have the S4 and I'm itching to upgrade"

I'm basically in the same boat... but we're basically at peak specs. There isn't much to improve or much need to improve.

I hope someone decides to make a week-sized battery soon. I want that.

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Meg Whitman: The lady IS for TURNING. HP to lob printers'n'PCs OVERBOARD

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Re: Whither corporate headquarters?

"And are there still a number of Compaq buildings available in Houston for the PC arm?"

There is more going on that PC stuff for HP in Houston. Just had an EG meeting there a few weeks back.

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Re: People still buy HP desktops?

If you think Dell is seen as a threat to HP... you don't work in the channel.

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Re: Splitting is the wrong thing to do

"Splitting their business up is the wrong direction to go. In my opinion, the problem with HP is that they were already too fragmented."

And they incur significant cost every year trying to repair that fragmentation. The relationship is fundamentally flawed and this allows the channel to handle it instead.

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Re: Leo Apothekar and HP split

Not to mention, Leo was most discussing SELLING it off rather than SPINNING it off. He probably meant spinning it off, but at least once he expressed interest in divesting the business.

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"So where do the enterprise printers fit?"

Doesn't matter, nobody who knows what they're doing buys direct anyway.

You'll still be able to go to your local reseller for all in one service, who will go to their distributor of choice for all in one service.

That's why the channel exists.

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"I assume it'll be a fairly clean split between PPS and EG*, because that's how HP currently operates."

Always nice seeing comments from someone who is actually familiar with the topic rather than the anti-HP people who usually respond to these articles.

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Huawei prez: A one-speed internet is bad for everyone

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Re: The difference is not traffic priority....

The "guy" here being the Chinese dude? Sure, in China they don't need the same things the USA. A village that didn't have electricity last week doesn't need gigabit fiber this week.

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Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015

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Re: Sigh

Apple's production prowess?

Apple doesn't produce anything. They outsource to Foxconn and others.

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

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Re: Biting on the Apple

Each iPhone sells better because the market isn't saturated yet. Their share of wallet is steadily declining, which is the actual indicator.

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Twitter: La la la, we haven't heard of NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES

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Re: What's a jlaw?

"Have to say that makes more sense than actor Jude Law which was all I could come up with flicking through the crappy mags, or 17th century economist John Law."

I heard there was this thing called Google on the interwebs. If you type in JLaw, only one person comes up as a result.

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Re: 5 seconds with google....

"Presumably she either took the pics herself or knew the person taking them"

From what I've read, it is a lot less of these girls accounts getting compromised and a lot more of their BFs or ex BFs getting compromised. Especially the Upton ones.

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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

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Re: Very sad to hear

"If you read the biographies of some of the greatest comic talents time and again there does seem to be a common factor of personal tragedy or 'demons'."

If you read the biographies of some of the greatest DRUG USERS time and again there does seem to be a common factor of personal tragedy or 'demons'.

See Cobain, Ledger, etc.

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Re: Mork Calling Orson

"The really sad part is the statement "Williams' publicist Mara Buxbaum said the actor had battled severe depression in recent months". Where was the help?"

He was in one of the most expensive rehab clinics in the world since July 1st...

But I wonder how much "mental health" issues (especially in this case) are related to alcoholism, strong cocaine use, etc. Stuff that kills brain cells probably is bad.

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Wait, an actual QR code use case? TGI Friday's builds techno-restaurant

Bullseyed

You don't have to run out as soon as you pay. Being able to pay from the table and not have to wait around for some crappy waitress who is in the back texting while lifting your CC number is a good step forward.

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Ex-Apple man Sam Sung - for it is he - sticks namebadge on eBay

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Re: Why did Jasper

Pretty sure making a joke about someone being paid with billy goats is a joke reference to Scotland or whatever. Not really a personal attack.

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YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS

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What about the other way around?

For example, the Xbox One and PS4 didn't include emulators to run Xbox 360 and PS3 games because doing so would have fundamentally reduced the available system resources for doing new things.

Since Apple spends time making their new software work on old hardware, that either detracts from time they could have spent doing new things or commits resources to emulators to make functionality work on old hardware.

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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or NOTHING

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Re: The messenger app is actually quite good.

Yep. Chat heads is great, especially when you need to keep in touch with your SO while playing phone games.

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Re: The less they care

You seem to be implying FB ever cared about their users.

The only thing that keeps me on FB messenger is my girlfriend has an unlimited Verizon data plan with not-unlimited texts, and chat heads. Someone else needs to copy chat heads pronto.

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iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple

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Re: Really?

"But I don't think they're really serious about it, they're probably just looking at the tens of billions in sales they have from apple.com and Apple stores every year and thinking "man, if we didn't have to pay 2% on every charge we'd make hundreds of millions more every year""

They still have to send the data to the credit card company and get the response back... I fail to see how this would get rid of Visa's/Master Card's 2% cut.

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US judge 'troubled' by Apple's $450m bid to end ebook price-fixing row

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Re: I still can't understand how no-one goes after amazon

"Amazon are putting publishers out of business, a total monopoly yet no-one lifts a finger."

Wow... that's a new level of Apple Fanboism. You really should take a step back and evaluate your life.

If Amazon has a "total monopoly" on ebooks, you're saying no one has ever bought an ebook on Apple's store, ever?

Publishers make tens of dollars on items that cost pennies to create. Just like CDs.

Not to mention that if Amazon put publishers out of business, they would have no books to sell so their so called monopoly would be useless.

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

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Re: so

"Instead of putting a simple LED in the top corner of the front screen somewhere that isn't visible when it's not lit up Apple instead are going to go with a flashing logo on the back?"

Not only that but they will have to continue making cases (like Otterbox) that have a hole in the back to show the Apple logo... making them basically useless.

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Re: Colours?

Galaxy S4 (in USA at least) can let you pick colors. Seems to vary application by application though.

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Apple 5S still best-selling smartphone 8 months after launch

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Re: slagging off the competition

"I've just come back from a holiday/wedding in Spain with 2 companions who each own a Galaxy 4S."

S4.

But it sounds like whatever network they are on had bad cell coverage there and a combination of roaming and low signal was eating into their battery life. See, when the signal is low, the phone boosts the battery usage of the antennae to try to get a signal. On iOS it is programmed to always show 4 bars and drop calls.

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Re: slagging off the competition

"Quite right. The difference is though, the I'm a PC, I'm a Mac ads hit the spot"

They hit the spot because OS X overtook Windows is market share right? No? Still 2%? Oh.

You just think they 'hit the spot' because you're a devout follower of the mac church.

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"Apple has very few models; in fact, it has only two new models, and the older ones serve as cheap options."

This. If you combine the Galaxy S3, S4 and S5, I expect it is greater than the iPhone 5S + 5C + 4S.

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

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Re: Maths

"And sure enough, of the 75k apps, 7% ask for SMS permissions, or 5,250 of the 75,000 tested.

68% of apps with SMS permissions have the ability to send, so 68% of 7% is 4.76% of apps, from the 75,000 tested, can send text messages."

Not trying to bash the register here, but the media in general... kind of sad when the comments have done more research than the article. Reg should hire you.

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Re: I agree

"Each aspect should be denied by default.

Only asked for activation when the Application needs to access it and then either:

Allowed once.

Denied this time. [...]"

So basically you want Windows Vista on your phone?

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Re: Root

"You're suggesting you buy something, then have to break in to it in order to make it perform acceptably?"

Yeah, configuring things is insane! Personally, I refuse the adjust the seat in my car. The factory position is the only one for me!

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Re: How do you make sure of this?

"The developer can then access a method to return whether token xyz is available. If not, they can hide the relevant button on the ui and offer a cut down experience of their app."

Except that if you can revoke permissions at any time, those functions would have to be called every time anything is done in the app ever. Making it ridiculously slow.

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Re: "do not automatically update" flag

"It *used* to notify you of the changes, but after their "simplification" of the permissions system it just says that something is different and leaves you to work out what it is."

This is false. It tells you what permissions have been added.

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