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HTC: Shipping Android updates is harder than you think – here's why

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Harsh

They gave the timeframe for 4.4 on the HTC One and they're sticking to it. They gave dates for the Developer Edition and Google Play Edition and stuck to those so calling it out as though it's lagging behind on 4.4 seems harsh. In fact they're pushing harder than they ever have to update 2013 devices to 4.4 and while I don't own one it's encouraging to see them finally tackle the updates faster. Unfortunately as an owner of the 2012 flagship One X I'm not likely to even see 4.3 and that still saddens me.

Conclusion? I'm all for calling them out on abandoning phones too soon or lagging behind on updates but in this instance it isn't justified. What phones other than the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 have 4.4 currently? (Rhetorical question)

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Cyanogen grabs $23m, will ship mod-installed N1 smartmobe on Xmas Eve

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Re: Embrace and extend?

"Cyanogenmod is a threat to their Android business model, because makes it easier for OEMs/carriers/users to rid themselves of the Google layered software that helps Google make money off Android."

It's no more a threat than Samsung with Touchwiz or HTC with Sense. Both still offer Android and access to all of Google's services which bring in revenue for Google. To get certified I'm pretty sure that CyanogenMod had to remove root as a standard option so in effect they're just another Android version with a few customisations. Frankly I don't see Google caring at all unless / until they partner with someone like Samsung or a major carrier *and* start developing their own major apps like Maps etc to compete.

"Don't ship it with GAPPs, and problem solved! To which Cyanogen to my knowledge has never shipped officially with any GAPPs ever..."

Your knowledge doesn't stretch very far in this instance. It used to always ship with GApps bundled and that's why they got the cease and desist letter in 2009.

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Android nasty sends your texts to CHINA

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Re: Free app hosted elsewhere?

@theodore Chairo here has already answered pretty much what I would have answered. I take the app type into consideration when I see the permissions and if it's extreme then it doesn't get installed, simple as that. Some apps that add extra permissions will explain why the new permissions are needed and again, if I agree that it's necessary and don't mind I'll allow it. If I don't agree then I either stay on the current version or uninstall if it requires the latest version.

Examples? A camera app will obviously need access to the camera and storage but it might also have an account permission. First glance you might wonder why but if it integrates with a service then that's easy to understand. However, if it asks for permission to send email without my permission it gets removed. Yes that permission actually exists and showed up in a recent app updates for something, Blipar I think it was.

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Free app hosted elsewhere?

It's probably an IT / cautious person thing to do but I check all permissions for apps before downloading them even when they're on the Play Store. If I'm downloading from somewhere else I'm even more careful to check into it first. Sadly it seems I'm in the minority with a lot of people just blindly installing apps from anywhere and ignoring the very clear warning about installing apps from unknown sources.

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Gran Turismo 6: Another glossy, gorgeous Mario Kart on steroids

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Toca 2!

I absolutely loved Toca 2. It was a real challenge and the damage made it interesting as well. I spent a lot of time learning the courses just so I could tear around fast enough to win and I remember some races coming down to the last lap or two because of rain related mishaps.

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No penalty?

I seem to remember very harsh penalties in GT5. In fact when you pull off that perfect late braking move (not the bounce off to slow down braking) the AI dumbly turns into you and you get the penalty meaning you miss the Bronze / Silver / Gold trophy you were aiming for with that move.

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Samsung loses against Apple ... this time in SOUTH KOREA

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I have to know

"We are glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung's ridiculous claims," Apple's South Korea spokesman Steve Park said.

Did he manage to keep a straight face while saying "real innovation"?

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Enraged by lengthy Sky broadband outage? Blame BT Openreach cable thieves

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Re: A simple suggestion @I ain't Spartacus

Sewer: I can't take this shit any more! *hides*

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Launch date for flashy new HTC flagship mobe REVEALED... by UK judge

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Additional phones mentioned

I've seen all of the 2012 One series mentioned as being banned too. That's the One X, One S and One V. That isn't a massive loss considering the One V and One S were already left behind and the One X has likely received its final update with 4.2.2 a while back. Still, a ban on flagship models and lower tier models for last year and this year is pretty far reaching. I own both the One X and the 8X and both are solid phones that really deserved to do better, especially the 8X. If only I could install Android on it I'd be over the moon..

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Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G

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Re: Micros SD is against google policy

Incorrect, at least officially. The reasoning given was manufacturers releasing great devices with limited space for apps and such. The biggest and most popular example I can think of here is the HTC Desire which lacked storage for apps and even updates. Having internal only means the phones has access to one pool of storage.

The point this stops making sense is when you remember they have most input on Nexus devices whereas third party manufacturers have avoided the earlier mistakes largely. I still have suspicions that there is some licensing issue with MS and their various FAT crap.

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Fixed storage - my main issue

I know there are plenty that want removable storage but I'm not one of them. I could probably live with 8GB if that was 8GB free and not 8GB total with about 5 - 5.5GB free. I'm sure it's easier and cheaper to just do 8, 16, 32GB runs but if you're going to be taking up 2GB+ for OS, apps and updates then you really need to start making it 16GB minimum if you can't have 8GB free any other way.

I don't play a lot of games and I rarely listen to music but I've run into a lot of "insufficient space" messages on my 8GB Nexus 4. What uses all my space? For the most part it's apps, app data, some music (<1GB) and photos. It adds up fast and surprised me when I got those messages. The other surprise was that Google makes the phone reserve 500MB for cache purposes that you can't use which I suppose it smart but the phone still shows, for example, 574MB and you can't only use about 70MB of that.

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UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

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Re: Clever Nanny!

They're likely to revert to the old attempt at shaming people by making it a case of "phone us if you want to enable access to porn". If that is how they do it then personally I will probably phone up and say "yes I'd like the porn turned on thanks" to see who ends up feeling more embarassed. I'm sure we'll also end up with potential future abuses of this when someone on the list of porn users is found guilty of a crime.

I can see the headlines now.

"Man found guilty of murder also played violent video games and viewed porn!"

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Ditch your boring iPhone for a hot Android piece, says Google's TOTALLY UNBIASED Eric Schmidt

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Re: Arrogant..

I take it you missed the part where I was clearly not talking about market share? Samsung may have the market in terms of sales but their products are very lacklustre in general. Samsung compete on pure numbers and volume of products with Apple, HTC compete on the design front. Even if you ignore that it makes little sense to single out some for praise and not others.

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Arrogant..

I like Android, I like Google but this prick is an arrogant fool. Saying Samsung can compete with Apple and leaving out HTC is stupid. Samsung may have a bigger marketing budget but their nearly blanket use of creaky plastic enclosures leaves a lot to be desired. Their attempt to show a different material with that awful faux leather on the back of the Note 3.. ugh...

I should note that I also like HTC but I'm not blind to their failings. Design, however, is not one of them and that is what Apple pride themselves on.

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Google puts Dr Who's Tardis onto Street View - and you can get INSIDE

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Re: Back To The Future inspired

Oh it wasn't intended as having a go. I love BTTF and that sound effect is burned into my memory :)

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Back To The Future inspired

I clicked on one of the buttons inside and a world map appears but that sound is ripped straight from Back To The Future.

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Apple Schill-er: 'I was shocked - SHOCKED! They went and copied the iPhone'

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About more than money - he lied

"For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money."

If that's true then put your unimportant money winnings where your mouth is and donate it all to charities. No? Didn't think so.

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GAH: Now it's INSTAGRAM and Windows Phone 8

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Re: Use 6Tag!!

Gonna throw my support behind 6Tag as well. It's a very good example of what happens when a talented person gets tired of waiting and makes an app that is better than the official app available on any platform.

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Microsoft: Play hookey on Xbox One day - chug a dose of ZOMBIE FLU

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Death to achievements!

I've felt this way since the XBrick introduced them to games en masse. Why does every single fscking game have to have achievements?! Are people so starved of attention and desperate for praise that they need achievements for doing anything? What happened to playing the game and enjoying it without some seemingly endless quest for more achievements?

Achievement unlocked - Apathy!

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XBOX ONE ROUNDUP-of-the-ROUNDUPS: Everything YOU need to know

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Steam downloads pausing

Steam pauses the download for good reason. If you have a fast connection and a slow drive (5400rpm) it is painful. I can download at close to 8MB/s from my VM connection and that's pretty much 100% disk activity. I didn't realise how bad it would be until I tried to do, well, anything. If you have a faster drive you can force it to resume the downloads while you're playing. I always wondered why it paused downloads before I got this laptop..

Not that I imagine many / anyone will care but the laptop itself is a very good spec but has a 1TB drive which is on the budget / slow side.

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Nokia's phone division burned us so badly we HAD to flog it, says CEO

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Ahem...

"Those surprising gizmos just wouldn’t be mobile phones."

That's a big assumption. There isn't anything stopping them making phones again in two years time. I forgot where it was said but I'm sure someone can fill in that information.

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Getting it right on the second attempt: Sony Xperia Z1

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Viewing angles and PhotoSphere

I've read elsewhere about viewing angles being poor but it sounds like a pretty nasty issue given how good everything else is and that's a shame. I was considering this as a potential upgrade option but as I have about 4 months left I think given the downsides I can wait.

PhotoSphere is limited to Nexus devices and unless / until Google announce it being available to all I don't see the point of mentioning it in phone reviews. I've owned a Nexus 4 nearly a year and I haven't used it once.

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Jolla's Android-aping Sailfish OS smartphones to land in November

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Yandex - no thanks

As much as many will chastise Google I'd prefer them to a Russia counterpart..

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LG’s G2: The phondleslab that wants you to TOUCH ITS BEHIND

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Re: 400mAh

Given my recent experience with the Nexus 5 and its puny 2300mAh battery I'd pick this over it. At least I would if I wasn't now set against owning any LG phones.

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Re: Snapdragon 600 Chipset????

Indeed. GSM Arena has it listed as "Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800". I came here to point the same thing out myself. Bad reviewer, bad! No supper for you.

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Nokia wins UK patent spat: Quick, let's boot HTC One out of Blighty

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Re: Close to a final nail in the coffin?

I don't need to look it up I have HTC phones, I know how slow the updates have been and more importantly how often they abandon phones. I like HTC but I'm not going to ignore their bad treatment of customers.

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Close to a final nail in the coffin?

I very much like HTC because their products appeal to me even if they can be a bit slow with updates and abandon phones early. I really hope this isn't a potential final nail in the coffin for them as they don't deserve to go down.

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Flippin' heck! Magnetic poles of Sun are gyrating: What Earth needs to know

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Satellites not likely affected

I'd like to point out that if, in 100,000 - 200,000 years we're still relying on the same technology something has gone drastically wrong. I would hope that things are vastly improved so is mentioning current tech relevant?

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LG's curvy Flex phablet and its self-healing bottom escapes Korea

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LG - Lame Goods

I have limited experience with LG products. Specifically I've only used the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5. Both phones have serious WiFi problems and battery life that isn't good enough, especially the Nexus 5 which I'm returning. Sorry LG, first impressions count for a lot and I tried to like the Nexus 5 but you skimped with battery and have awful WiFi again. I won't be touching your products again.

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Virgin Media to hike broadband prices by nearly 7 per cent

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Increase prices for faster speeds?

Er... isn't that what they higher tariffs are for? I already pay a ridiculous amount for 60Mb and can't reduce it or the wonderful deal (read: slightly less expensive) will no longer apply. I was happy with 30Mb... hell I was happy with 20Mb, even 10Mb.

I don't need more speed especially when the increase comes with no real tangible benefits. I don't ever recall downloading something and needing it within a set time limit. The benefit of faster speeds is generally faster downloads and higher quality streams without buffering but if I can't get that with 60Mb often what chance does a faster connection have? It didn't change going from 20 - 30 - 60Mb.

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

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Re: So fix it! @RyokuMas

I know practically zero about programming and despite trying on numerous occasions to learn via Visual Basic I get frustrated very quickly and lose interest. Why? Any tutorials I found online ended up being for older versions of programs and when you have to spend 5 - 10 minutes hunting down the thing that has moved / changed in the UI just to get to the next step it's hard to keep going. I imagine that isn't a lot when you must run into problems that take days, weeks, months even to resolve but it doesn't take a lot to discourage some people.

The only way I can see myself learning is by it being a taught thing in a classroom environment and I'm almost scared to contemplate any type of courses since they will most likely have people that have already done plenty of coding. I don't mind saying that I am actually scared to not have a clue when everyone else knows what they're doing to some degree.

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New US Apple factory will make INVINCIBLE sapphire glass for SHINY iThings

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Re: Ditch the aluminium

So many people thinking similarly regarding Star Trek IV and Scotty. I feel very much at home.

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'Only NUCLEAR power can SAVE HUMANITY', say Global Warming high priests

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Re: controllable?

I'm curious to know what it's like living in your cave where there isn't anyone to point out how wrong you are.

There have been meltdowns at Chernobyl and Fukushima only, Three Mile Island was a partial metldown. Chernobyl was human error coupled with bad design, Three Mile Island was a mixture of human error and equipment failure and Fukushima was a rare natural disaster. Out of the three, as the article says, the only deaths have been recorded at Chernobyl.

Lessons are learned through things like this. Would you have cancelled all plane flights after the first ever accident? One large plane crash kills more than all these major nuclear incidents have combined. Human error, mechanical faults and natural disasters affect planes too. That's even ignoring the fact that the reactors at Chernobyl, the worst incident, were a bad design and have not been used (the reactor design) long since.

Don't let facts get in the way of your crazy trolling though!

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Facebook fans fuel FAGGOT FURY firestorm

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Re: I would be interested to see if their censorship guidelines can be found online

That was so painful to read.... do they still teach English at schools? English was my best subject at school but I find myself being dragged down through a combination of exposure and osmosis. I try to fight but there are so many....

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IT'S patent WAR: Apple, Microsoft vs Google, Samsung, Huawei

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Hands up anyone that didn't see this coming

Anyone? Thought not..

Pretty much gonna echo what others have said and wonder just how this sort of crap is allowed to happen. Buy patents, sue the company that tried to buy them and a large portion of the contributing Android manufacturers. I'd be very interested in seeing if Sony were willing participants in this sueball. There has got to be some law that if a patent isn't defended despite supposed infringement for X months / years then it's voided. I refuse to believe Nortel just sat on the patents and watched Google et al infringe them for all that time.

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Windows Azure Compute cloud goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE

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Xbone Boned?

Feel free to downvote or just correct me if I'm wrong (it is after 3am) but isn't this the sort of thing MS want other companies to build their games around? Cloud processing etc of part of the game I mean. If it is then this just shows all those that said it was a bad idea were right to worry. Down globally = no games for anyone if they rely on this.

Again, correct me if I'm wrong but be gentle.

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HTC phone STOPS BULLET, saves Florida gas station clerk's life

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Some people really don't like 3D

When will this hatred for 3D stop?

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Do+ you+ use+ Google+? Seemingly+ you+ DO+

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Wait for updates to 4.3?

"Sadly that feature is only available on some Android 4.3 devices, so the vast majority of fandroids will have to wait for an update before they try it."

I can't confirm this as I haven't made a series of small movies while waving my arms in a car but I have the updated APK installed on two separate phones running 4.2.2 with no issues. I have the other things the new APK brings like the Photos icon replacing G+ Photos so unless they specifically have a setting that refuses to do the "Auto Awesome Movies" unless a device is running 4.3 or above it should work with just the new APK.

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Z30: The classiest BlackBerry mobe ever ... and possibly the last

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@Longrod_von_Hugendong Re: Here we go again...

You mean like this one? Seems appropriate as well that I use it now.

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Cinnamon Desktop: Breaks with GNOME, finds beefed-up Nemo

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Re: file type reassignment?

Shift + right-click on a file in Windows still shows "Open With" in Windows 8.1 whereas shift + right-click on a folder gives very handy shortcuts such as opening a command window as it has since about WIndows 7 and possibly Vista.

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Cameron on EU data protection rules rewrite: 'Hold it so we get it right'

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We were told Cameron's comments had "nothing to do with reality."

That sums up everything this pathetic excuse for a human has ever said. I'll stop here or my rant will be longer than the document in question.

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Everything's going to be all white: Google Nexus 5 mobe expected Friday

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"a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip running at up to 2.3GHz and equipped with 2GB of Ram to play around with, as well as a 4.95-inch, 1920 x 1080 display to draw pictures on."

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"There’s nothing particularly impressive about that spec"

I've got to ask, what do you call impressive if that isn't impressive to you? I know it's about normal for a top range handset but it's still impressive and that isn't even taking into account the fact it'll cost around half the price of a Galaxy S4, HTC One etc.

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Call me maybe: Orange loses a segment as competition bites

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Poor Orange

I find myself still not caring. Why can't all networks, mobile or internet, accept that they are there to provide a set service and stop trying to branch out to offer tons of things? For example, I don't see electric companies trying to sell me a Lovefilm subscription. If you're good at something then stic..... ahhh now I see the problem. Carry on.

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SUPERSIZE ME: Nokia unveils Surface rival and 2 plumped-up phablets

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Re: Native Instagram and Vine?

3rd party clients generally offer a better experience anyway and you get to live without ads and other meddling the companies like to force via updates. The only reason to use native versions is, for example with Twitter, push notifications.

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BlackBerry Messenger RESURRECTED for iOS, Android doodads

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Re: Finally the wait is ov.... wait in line?!

Yeah sorry about that I need to get in the shower.

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Finally the wait is ov.... wait in line?!

Sonnuva.. I signed up for updates before the failed launch and I'm not in the list... grrrr!

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Apple handed Samsung-busting nuke after Steve Jobs patent U-turn

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Re: Bemused

I ... wow....... yeah...

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Apple's first iPhone now COSTS MORE than golden mobe 5S

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Re: NO NO NO!

You know I almost said RAM is technically storage but volatile and shouldn't be thought of that way...

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Meet the 'KARDASHIAN Phone' – what Apple bods nicknamed the iPhone 5s

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Bloody Cardassians...

What? Oh, I misread..

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MPs to grill Facebook: You're going to let our teens do WHAT?

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MPs always thinking of the children

Shouldn't something be done about that?

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