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

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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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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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Bemused

How can it be invalidated one time, have no changes at all made, and then suddenly be valid? Just how much were they paid to decide on this valuable reconsideration?

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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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NO NO NO!

"with 8gb of memory"

8GB of STORAGE! Memory = RAM, RAM is not storage, the two are not to be used as interchangeable words. I expect better on a tech site. *sigh* I'm fighting a losing battle...

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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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Google's leaky ship spills new Nexus 5 photos, $349 price tags all over web

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Nexus 4 fragile glass

I've dropped mine quite a lot and it hasn't broken. Admittedly the drops tend to be on softer surfaces like carpet or wooden flooring but they do so at quite a speed as I stupidly stand on the charging cable and send it flying when I stand up. In fact the only damage it's sustained is a small <10mm long dent where the colour has also been knocked off. I was expecting the screen or back to be cracked or scratched when I saw that but they're both fine.

Do I want another phone with glass back? Hell no! This thing is ludicrously slippy on any surface! They could use Nexus 4s as lubricant for large machines and see massive improvement.

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Microsoft holds nose, shoves Windows into Android, iOS boxes

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Re: Brilliant! Turn all other mobile OSs into WinPho

I know, I was laughing at the absurd suggestion of its use. Splashtop does far beter even if it's slow as hell in performance and I get far greater control. I just don't see anyone installing this because they must have their Windows apps as opposed to wanting to grab a file or something else beyond looking at a tile that flips.

I wasn't the one that downvoted you btw.

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Brilliant! Turn all other mobile OSs into WinPho

I like the suggestion that it's so you can use "Modern Apps" because what I've really wanted from my Android phone was to be able to remotely connect to a computer and effectively turn it into a Windows Phone device.

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Twitter will leap into instant-messaging world with new app: report

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140 character limit on IM?

What? It's bad enough with tweets being limited to 140 characters (still..) and while that may have been part of the charm it quickly became annoying to me. I know there are alternatives and services such as TMI and TwitLonger but they feel like sticking an extra piece of paper to the bottom of an essay when you ran out of room.

Ignoring the potential of a 140 character limit IM service I can't wait to be using it so I can talk to someone and suddenly a conversation goes like this:

Me: hey, you up for <popular activity> later?

Them: sure. what time?

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sponsored IM: looking for a new boiler? we can help and we do insulation too!

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Both of us: wtf?

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Top Tweet: Random unfunny account: Don't you hate it when something happens in your life? #obligatoryhashtag

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Me: I'll call you...

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iPhone 5S autopsy shows WHY it can't tell which end is up – dev

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Re: what a let down given the title

Have a thumbs up for getting one of my favourite actors into the discussion.

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Windows 8.1: Read this BEFORE updating - especially you, IT admins

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Warning for those updating

It will finish and then proceed to give you 15 minutes before it forcibly restarts with no way to postpone that restart. After the restart it took around 5 - 10 minutes to finish before it finally let me use the computer. I noticed that I also have a previously banished IE icon back on my taskbar. Rest assured that I will be removing that piece of crap as soon as I finish clicking Submit.

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Hate Windows 8, still hate 8.1

I feel dirty saying this but as a hater of Windows H8 I've actually become used to the dirty Start screen. I don't use it or any apps but the speed with which it finds installed programs comes close to that of my favourite launcher, Launchy. The downside is that I still have to take my hands off the keyboard if I'm trying to change a setting in Control Panel.

On my old laptop Windows H8 noticeably slowed it down to the point that even after I doubled the RAM (2GB to 4GB) it crawls along a lot more than it ever did under Windows 7 with 2GB. With the new laptop I got recently it's a lot faster but given that it's quite a high spec I'd be very surprised if it was anything less. It's sad that the biggest benefit of a new system now feels like getting the old speed back. I'll be very interested to see how fast it is when I throw on a Linux distro later.

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Re: Not Funny!

I can't decide if you're reacting to this having only just found out or reacting to it in general. It's been known for quite a while that this is all the Start button would do when you go to Windows 8.1 but I do like your solution.

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Facebook TEENS EXPOSED to entire WORLD

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"According to Facebook's press release, the changes are being made to made to keep Facebook competitive in the social media market, a widening field that now includes not just traditional websites but also mobile competitors such as WhatsApp and BlackBerry Messenger."

Ah good. I'm glad to see it isn't a frivalous reason.

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Former Nokia boss Ollila: Stephen Elop was second-choice CEO

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N97 - the beginning of the end

I always went for Nokia phones from my very first mobile phone. Admittedly it wasn't really a choice I thought about a lot but they were usually quite solid phones and my last was the sturdy N95. I briefly considered getting an N96 and then even an N97 but dodged he latter by getting my first phone with a keyboard - the HTC Dream / T-Mobile G1.

I've often wondered what would have happened if they'd gone through the Maego / Maemo / Mee...... whatever.... earlier and pushed it with the N97. The phone looked ok but running a horribly mashed together Symbian + touchscreen interface it was, from what I've read, a truly awful experience with sluggishness being a generous term for it. By the time Nokia announced and had the 5800 XpressMusic handsets available I think most people had lost faith in them. The N8 had promise but was too late to matter as the iPhone had been out a few years and Android was starting to look very good.

Oh Nokia.. if only you'd been less obsessed with keeping your steady income with incremental advances (N85, N95, N95 8GB, N96...) and taken the risks a few times maybe the N8 would have been the device to wow crowds in response to the original iPhone, especially with its camera.

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Microsoft plugs Xbox One consoles into its cloud - what could go wrong?

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Re: Good.

Think of the wonderful possibilities you're missing out on! Today we have Day 1 DLC, season passes that don't cover all DLC or only a limited amount but tomorrow you cou..... actually I can't think of many ways it would be much worse. I'm sure a publisher will manage to make me see that I'm very wrong.

More and more I'm liking the idea of buying games six months or more after release. You get the game, most / all DLC and still pay less than the game at launch. All you get by purchasing games at launch with pre-orders is a bigger hole in your wallet.

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Ofcom flogs ex-military 4G spectrum, but ONLY the iPhone 5 can use it

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You're kidding right?

There's no way they'll miss the chance to offer region X only phones while offering some thinly veiled excuse that using more frequences will somehow reduce signal strength allowing them to only enable, conveniently, those in a specific market.

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Twitter snubs IPOcalypse host Nasdaq in favour of NYSE

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Re: Ads

I was referring to the app not the website.

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Re: Ads

Even with the permanently running Ad Block Plus on Android you will still end up seeing those wonderful "promoted tweets" and the new annoyance of "top tweets". No wonder they started cracking down so hard on third-party apps. It's the only way to avoid the constant stream of money spinning ideas thrown at you in their desparate bid to make more money.

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