* Posts by PaulR79

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SimCity 2000

PaulR79
Unhappy

@Ru

Are you counting Sim City 4 in that because that's the last actual Sim City game if you ignore that horrid mess "Sim City Societies". I quite like SC4 especially when you add in Rush Hour to it for all manner of high speed transport.

Anyway, ignoring those games and going on my beta play from the beta weekend not long back this game is missing quite a lot of things like terraforming before you play but it was quite fun. I know EA will be killing it with DLC and micro-transaction crap all over but I almost don't care. I've wanted a new Sim City for a long time. I feel dirty but I'm an addict man! Gotta feed my habit.

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Ten smartphones with tablet ambitions...

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Re: a socially awkward moron who rarely leaves the house

Hey! I resemble that remark... :(

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No mobile signal? Blame hippies and their eco-friendly walls

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Well isn't that a surprise?

"The insulation seals in the heat and keep out the coverage, according to a company flogging a solution"

That's about where I lost all interest in reading further. Whether it's an accurate report or not I can't take it seriously when the findings helpfully back up what they're selling.

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4G in the UK? Why the smart money still says 'Meh'

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Re: T-mobile....

I think their "Truly unlimited" has a bit more allowance than unlimited. I wish I was joking...

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3G is still a huge battery drain

One point that I take issue with is the article seeming to suggest that most phones available today can manage fine on 3G compared to when they first came out. Unless I'm mistaken the majority of phones available still get thrashed to death using 3G to the point you can just about manage a day. We're just starting to get phones with almost acceptable battery sizes for 3G use after a decade. Are we going to be waiting the same amount of time for 4G phones? Will the coverage be the usual mess of "98% coverage" except for those bits where you live?

Perhaps it's just me experiencing these but my own limited testing shows that using WiFi I can get around 12 hours more battery than using a 3G connection with 4 bars (full) signal strength. Why are these chips still so massively inefficient?

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Orange offers €40k for the best bit of NFC bonking

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Screw off Orange / France Telecom

A bonus for making something that relies on one company's SIM? It's a moot point since I've got no clue when it comes to coding but if I were able I'd go to massive lengths to make sure it would work on anything except their SIM. I can't stand crap like that. I may not win a prize but if it meant screwing them out of their failed cornering of the market I'd be all for it.

I'm feeling particularly vindictive today. I don't need to make sense!

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Earth escapes asteroid flyby, boffins want lasers aimed at next one

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Re: 0/10 for acronym crafting

I came up with one in a few seconds and it only needed a little thought, of which I'm sometimes capable. Directed Energy Solar Targeting of Asteroids and Remnants. Of course I could go for the Mass Effect link with Directed Energy Solar Targeting of Asteroids and Reapers but if this would take a year to kill an asteroid I don't want to think how long it would take to scratch a reaper :/

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Google to open flagship retail stores by end of 2013

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New business model!

Will this be like other Google products where you get the things for free but come out of the shops plastered in adverts? Maybe they fit something to your voicebox so you can't speak until you've shown someone a video advert? The possibilities are endless :D

I am not serious of course and use many Google products very happily. Each to their own.

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Facebook in futile attempt to block perverts from Graph Searching for teens

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Re: Maybe 13 is the problem

It would be a good idea but that goes against anything this current government, and all before (and after) stand for. The neighbours have a daughter and she had her own laptop at about 10. I don't know if the neighbours are computer literate or not but the best way to tackle such issues is learning, not banning / blocking things. If you forbid something you make it more enticing. My attempts to quit eating pizza can attest to that :(

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iOS 6.x hack allows personal data export, free calls

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Re: Cutting edge bugs

"Nokia phones have had their share of bugs too though."

Yup. I remember my old Nokia 6280 which had a firmware update that bricked the phone. It was a very common issue on the update but they didn't pull it.

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BlackBerry booster Alicia Keys blames hacker for iPhone Twitter update

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Re: who is alicia keys ?

A cheaper and tackier version of the Florida Keys?

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Surface RT now on sale in 13 more European markets

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Re: Remember the marketing saying:

I think it's designed to appeal to the "Glee" generation who are obsessed with all things dancing now. I say that with confidence knowing someone who likes that 'show' and said she played with a Surface (only RT was out at the time) and that it was great. Incidentally this was after she'd seen the dancing, clicking advert. I still find it funny that the end of the advert is where they could start to show what it can do but since they're very, very limited that's where they stop. If there was an extended cut perhaps you'd see the guy flick along and see nothing familiar then go to the store and find a small selection of apps before he gives up with it.

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iOS 6.1 KNACKERED our mobile phone networks, claim Vodafone, Three

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@Ru

It is indeed a privilege only available to Silver or Gold badge users. I remember it being a big "WTF?" moment when the badges were rolled out.

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Big Windows updates may ship this summer – and every summer

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New Windows 8 bundled apps!

Wow! I can't wait for updates to IE and bundled Windows 8 apps. I really look forward to extra stuff that I will never use and......

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City sugar daddies mulling £10bn bid for EE, say sources

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So glad the banks learned their lessons

Yup. It really makes it worthwhile that they were all bailed out after stupidly lending money to buyouts so that they can now.... stupidly lend money to fund buyouts ... like.... this........ Hey, wait a minute!

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Windows Phone 8 hasn't slowed Microsoft's mobile freefall

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Did I miss the big Microsoft advertising blitz?

I don't remember seeing a single Windows Phone 8 advert on TV since they launched. I've seen articles on various tech sites like this one but no actual ads on TV. Two big things are working against Microsoft more than anything else right now from my point of view.

1. Abandoning Windows Phone 7.x for the bad idea it was. Yes it may get updates still but it will never go beyond 7.x if they have any say in it.

2. Some awful basic apps. The music player is atrocious and that's being kind to it. There is no ability to create a playlist then add songs to it. You have to add songs to a Now Playing list *then* save it as a playlist. You can't edit that playlist to add or remove songs either so if you made a mistake you start over. I also haven't figured out how to clear the Now Playing list... there are no alternatives on the Marketplace.

The lack of quality apps is still a huge issue as is their seemingly uncaring attitude to the whole system. The hardware is fantastic, especially the HTC 8X but what's the point of having a great phone if you hate using it? There's an almost indifferent attitude to development too with app submissions either being ignored for weeks or just not being dealt with. If they are to have any hope of getting / staying 3rd they need to sort out a lot of basic issues. The ones I've listed are the biggest that I can see having used it.

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Twitter breach leaks emails, passwords of 250,000 users

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1 of the 250k

Maybe I should play the lottery this weekend. I had this article open in one tab and went to Twitter to paste a link to the Super.... "El Plato Supremé" video and now it's telling me to reset my password. I'd just gotten used to that password as well! Sonnuva.....

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Scottish Power blows a fuse after Twitter hijacking

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Re: 2000 followers

When all power here went out at about 5:26am a few weeks back I was wondering how I'd find out what was going on. We don't get our power from SE but I can see it being used, potentially, for things like this. As it happens I found a site that gave me the information I needed but no ETA on a fix. Power was back after about 40 minutes so I didn't have to empty the freezer and feast eat the things that were going to go off.

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Facebook DIES ON THE VINE hours after Twitter tie-in

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Re: " ...Mark Zuckerberg's free content ad network ..."

That's what I read it as until I realised it sounded too sensible and read it again.

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

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Meh

Netflix need to do more in the UK

When they initially launched in the UK Netflix had a very poor selection. Compared to what's available in the US it's pathetic and after looking through the 'vast' amount of series and films I didn't even take up the trial. I've looked back now and then over the year to see if it's gotten any better but so far I don't see it. They may say they've doubled the content but it's easy to double such a small number.

LoveFilm..... ugh.... I made the mistake of taking up a trial when Amazon offered a voucher for trying it (thanks for the free headphones Amazon!) and I've been paying for it with "come back to us" things in the post since (no thanks for that Amazon..) The thing that bugged me about LoveFilm is how a lot of content wasn't included in their streaming packages and you had to pay more for (?!) which seemed all too like Sky when it started charging separate fees for Sports, Movies, then Sports on demand followed by movies on demand etc. Pay for access to all these movies*

*Except those others ones which you have to pay for again

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Alien space rocks EXPLODE in fireball over Japan

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Re: We're damn lucky!

Ahh you have just won my heart! SG1 remains my favourite series and RDA a hero to me. Incidentally it was his birthday in the past few days.

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Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch in February

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Coming soon, more markets to fail in!

"Beginning soon, the devices will also be available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland – more than doubling the number of markets for Microsoft's own-branded kit."

They're likely hoping a doubling of the markets will equal a doubling of the sales. Unfortunately I can only see them failing to sell in twice as many places now. The price is far too high for what it offers especially when you factor in the cost of the keyboard cover. As others have said many times it costs more than, for example, an iPad, Nexus 10 or the ASUS Transformer Infinity, offers far less functionality and has far fewer apps.

The only real selling point is the Windows tag but as it's based on an ARM architecture that means nothing. For some reason Microsoft think they can price it higher than competing products with less going for it. I don't know why they bothered with all the secrecy about it when they effectively killed it before it was available. It's a shame because even though I own other tablets it appealed to me but not at that price. The Surface 8 Pro (who picked that ludicrous name?!) is a better option but it's still priced too highly. It offers nothing over a high-spec laptop besides the display and while it's a great display it isn't enough to sell the product to me.

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Review: HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 handset

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Re: Win Pho - 1/10

I'll address your points as I see them.

Ugly UI. That's subjective but I know what you mean. It has a very clinical feel to it with the use of one or two colours for most things.

Insecure OS. What do you base this on? WinPho8 is not Windows 8 even if they share kernel stuff. Has WinPho8 been subject to some widespread attack or virus / trojan that I've missed in the news?

Closed walled garden system. The bad with the good. It should improve security but it also means a waiting game for app developers who submit their changes, wait for approval and then if they fail have to go through the same approval process. I'd like to see an Android approach where you can install apps from unknown sources if you choose to but for now it is closed.

WinPho7 is not the same as WinPho8 in anything but looks. Performance across the board has improved, features and missing things that made me go "ugh!" originally with 7 are finally around. With that said there are still some glaringly annoying issues such as having ringtone volume linked to music / media volume. The market hasn't rejected it so much as avoided it because they're happy where they are and that's fine. The real problem is those that MS upset by keeping 8 on new phones only. Add in the competition from a possibly revived RIM (I do like the look of BB10) and it'll be a make or break year for MS and WinPho8.

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HTC One X and 8X owner (California Blue)

I own two high end phones for both Android and Windows Phone 8. Being a firm fan of Android and HTC I took the 8X with a large amount of suspicion and curiosity. The hardware is undoubtedly solid and build quality from HTC has been improving massively over the past year to the point where I'd say they are either at the top or very near it. The big unknown was how I'd handle going from Android to Windows Phone 8.

I own a second-hand Samsung Omnia 7 so I knew roughly what the OS was about and how to get around things but there is still a lot that has changed. First impressions were a surprise to me because even though it is very familiar it felt like a different OS altogether. Snappy, no 4 - 5 second pauses while switching apps, loading apps or resuming background tasks like WinPho7. The app selection is still on the sparse side with some big hitters missing like official DropBox clients but it has improved with some really good Twitter clients. I'm sure it'll pick up over this year with the help of MS's marketing clout and developers.

At the time I got the Omnia 7 the best thing I could say is that WinPho7 had a lot of potential and with WinPho8 it feels like that has arrived. Unfortunately for MS I feel like it's what they should have released instead of 7 and many owners of older hardware will resent that MS didn't say they would be stuck on the 7.x OS until WinPho8 was almost ready to ship.

The phone itself is really nice. It has a sort of pillow shape, or half pillow shape anyway that feels great to hold with the matching HTC theme giving the tiles the look of continuing where the phone's colour leaves off. I was a bit underwhelmed by the One X's camera despite all the buzz words thrown about at the time but the 8X's camera feels, to me, a lot better. Noise is vastly improved, detail loss in lower / less than ideal light is better and sharpness is great. A hardware camera key is nice and one of the things I miss on Android.

In summary if you aren't heavily invested in iOS or Android it's well worth a look. Unfortunately there are a lot of people that will jump on the bandwagon and bash it for what it isn't rather than what it is and that's a shame. The review here is pretty similar to my own thoughts really.

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It's JUST possible, but Apple MIGHT not make an iWatch in 2013

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Pass

I honestly cannot find any way to care about such a product whether it be from the fruit company or even Google. It's a terrible form factor, it'd be bulky and charging it every day would be a killer feature but in a way that I mean it would kill the thing. Is there anyone reading this that would ever find such a thing useful?

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Google to scan Chrome extensions, bans auto-install

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Merry Christmas fellow commentards

"Security outfit Webroot recently pointed out that some of the extensions in the store are illegitimate, data-sucking privacy invaders"

What did they have to say about the non-Google items? :>

I like Google but that was too hard to resist.

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Re: Maybe I didn't give Vista long enough on my desktop to become familiar enough with it

I believe the similarity being pointed out was the security prompt that something is going on and requires your attention.

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'Shake to charge', similar crapps foul up Amazon Android store

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Re: In the Google Play store ....

Good looking is a personal opinion. What I like you may find repulsive and vice versa. Regardless I found a few that are fine and require no permissions to run and one of them is a live wallpaper.

Clock Live Wallpaper (Sonica) and it's free.

RIM 4x3 Analog Clock

SWAP 4x3 Analog Clock Widget

Glow Legacy Clock Widget

Simple Analog Clock

I didn't spend ages looking so what were you doing? They may not be what you want but none need any special permissions. It isn't that hard

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After Sandy Hook, Senator calls for violent video game probe

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Still flogging that horse I see

I'm not going to say games don't cause violence because I haven't run any studies and only have my opinion. However, why is it that American idiots like the one wanting pointless studies are intent on banning or putting massive limits on games that are already age restricted yet there's no chance of similar penalties and restrictions applying to gun ownership? Why oh why does someone need a gun that can throw out hundreds of rounds a minute? What exactly necessitates such overkill? One bullet can just as effectively kill as 2, 10, 30 etc.

Do I think gun control is the answer? Possibly but I also think it's never going to happen in my lifetime and I'm only 33. Far too many are invested in their weapons and it's part of the culture. I don't have a solution sadly so long as guns are so loved by so many.

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Mother of All Whistlers: Virgin Media superhub. Listen to recordings

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"It's understood that a dodgy component is causing an annoying whining noise to emit once the SuperHub has been switched on."

Would that be the customers on the phone making the annoying whining noise once the SuperHub has been switched on?

I may be lucky in that I rarely have problems with my connection but I do have a separate router should I ever want to go down the "modem mode" route. I've considered it even before that though since the SuperHub won't allow me to forward the same port to two separate IPs which makes it a pain.

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First pic of Ashton Kutcher as the great Steve 'jOBS'

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Annual remake?

With this being Apple related can we expect a slightly tweaked release every year?

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Google+ exec declares Facebook 'social network of the past'

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Unhappy

Re: Facebook has ads?

I don't see ads but even from my very light use of Forkbork I know that they force "suggestions" into your feed which could be products that friends like or some random and blatant advert that you can't just block. If you try then you kill the entire feed which may not be a bad thing overall but I think you see my point.

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Android seven-inchers swipe rug from under Apple

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Meh

The Apple Effect in action

I have a friend that currently owns an Android phone. She complains that she's had lots of problems with it that I don't really believe and mentioned getting the new iPhone 5 because it's "so pretty" and has 'retina' display. I'm sure I remember Apple fans saying specifications weren't important until the retina display iPad and then suddenly they do matter. Now we have both a tablet (Nexus 10) and a phone (HTC Deluxe / DLX) with far better displays and it's back to specs not mattering.

The point of my little rant? Those that want Apple will go for it regardless of cost because "it just works" even when it doesn't and those that want Android will go for Android. Those that are undecided will probably turn to low cost Android tablets. Hopefully those will increase in performance or the work of Google with the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 will mean very little.

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Comet crashes to Earth: 125 stores wiped out

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Welfare to work will save them! - I feel dirty for even joking about that

It's going to be hard enough for these people losing their jobs only to have to face the frankly unworkable ideas the government are forcing on everyone.

"You just came out of a job in retail? Here, we found this (2 week temporary) job for you cleaning toilets. Take it or we'll sanction your money. Oh don't worry about us. You only get two weeks work but we get paid for it by playing the (very broken) system anyway."

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Nokia RIM shot: Seeks royalties after winning wireless patent spat

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BB10 looking quite nice

I've never liked BlackBerry mainly for their huge and fugly phones but after seeing demos of their BB10 OS I quite like it. I can easily see it competing with WIndows Phone 8 and if priced right killing off WIndows Phone 7.x sales. As an Android fan from the beginning I don't say this often but I'm almost curious to the point of wanting one.

Apple are more or less stuck rehashing their OS with new hardware whereas Android is polishing up things quite nicely and Windows Phone appeals to a specific type of user. What does BB have to offer? Something new mixed with what they're known for in a new package. I don't think they have the money to last like Nokia can with Microsoft's backing so the most important things are first impressions, price and getting key apps there early even if that means using the Android emulation.

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Re: People In Glass Houses

People in glass houses should throw stones if they can't get out any other way?

I understand that patents are important blah blah blah but I've lost track of when I last got through a week without hearing about patents in mobile disputes.

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Belgian finds missus was born a MAN after 19 YEARS of marriage

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Re: As a post op...

I was going to post something similar about how you can't have a relationship with such a secret. You put it pretty much how I'd have too, it's your secret (and hers) to keep and even myself I have secrets I wouldn't just blab around to anyone. However, if I got close to someone to the point this guy (I use the term loosely) there are some secrets that have to be shared.

Unfortunately this moron couldn't see past it and resorted to violence and perhaps more unfortunately I don't think I could. I have nothing about transgender people but I know I couldn't be with someone who had been that route. I wouldn't have resorted to violence, I'm not a violent person unless you count shouting at computers and occassionally threatening them.

Be gentle with the downvotes, I chose to be honest.

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Microsoft supporting Surface with Windows RT until 2017

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Trollface

Support until 2017

They should have a nice selection of apps by then at least...

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@LPF

You do know that the HD2 is one of the most mod friendly phones don't you? It has an active development scene that has ported both Windows Phone 7 and Android onto it. Sure MS screwed it over just as they have done again with anyone that bought a WIndows Phone 7 handset only to find out WIndows Phone 8 won't be coming to their phones.

If you're technically minded you can go the custom ROM route. Is it for everyone? No and I doubt it ever will be but if you're on a site like this I'm inclined to think you know what the risks are and are capable of doing it.

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@Goat Jam

Until I read the second half I honestly thought you were going to say Windows Phone 7...

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Ten PlayStation 3 games you may have missed

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Re: Whatever any PS3 owner does this year...

When I saw this was getting the HD treatment I was very happy as I'd missed out on the original on my PS2. Unfortunately my PS3 has lost all ability to communicate with all networks and with it being a PSN downloadable I'm going to be missing out. I'm loathed to pay for a new console just to download a few games and some DLC I'm missing.

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Samsung Google Nexus 10 tablet review

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Specs no longer a good benchmark

Judging from the praise through the review and the result shown in the benchmarks it seems that code is being massively optimised. It benchmarks lower than quad core systems but not by a high margin and it maintains the overall smooth performance. This can only be a good thing for battery life and I hope that it transfers to other devices from other manufacturers *cough*HTC*cough*.

Disclaimer: I own several HTC devices and really like them (and Sense) but they still have battery issues.

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Re: Stupid review...

I was just about to hit the downvote when I saw the post above. For completeness you could have done one for Windows RT and maybe BlackBerry but nicely done either way.

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Re: No sale here, either.

Nexus devices don't have SD card slots and haven't since they were first introduced. If you need more than the capacity offered by this and other versions you're not going to be buying a Nexus device.

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NASA's Mars rovers feel effects of TITANIC DUST STORM

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*checking reasons off*

House!

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Sony coaxes indie Vita, Android developers with $99 SDK

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Smart move

Perhaps Sony are learning that instead of crippling the development scene they can cash in on it and gain popularity from it. It may be wishful thinking but given how they are involved with the Android development scene it may be a sign of seeing it as an opportunity and not something to kill off.

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Bah humbug! Google cancels Christmas

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Auto brightness issue - not just me then!

I was wondering what the hell was going on when my screen kept going darker, then brighter ad nauseam. It hadn't happened with 4.1 but after the update it keeps happening.

The issues are with Android 4.2 and the only devices officially running that are Nexus devices. The point? They will get a fix as soon as Google push it out. Anyone running a custom ROM (CyanogenMod etc) will likely have it fixed sooner and can flash the fix. Everyone else can think of Nexus owners as beta testers.

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Comet train set for SMASH, staff can only hope to be in right carriage

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FAIL

Liquidation Sale - big fail

I realise they still have to sell things for as much as they can but someone seems to have forgotten what a real liquidation sale should be like. I went along to a local Comet today and there were indeed signs around claiming "EVERYTHING MUST GO" and "LIQUIDATION SALE" but the word sale seems generous at best. The items were up to 10% off, yes up to..... smaller things were 20% off such as cordless phone but again most were up to 10% off. Totally pointless and barely a sale I watched most people come in, look a little then walk straight out.

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Asus offers compensation to pre-price drop Nexus 7 buyers

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WTF?

Re: Only for 16GB Version

If this is right then their offer is misleading. 16GB paid more before the 32GB version came out but so too did 8GB owners like myself. If true then they've managed to turn a potential future customer away from ASUS their products and left a lasting impression that only some of their customers are worth their time.

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@El Presidente

I'll put this as clearly as I can since you and AC have some problem understanding. My serial has been accepted, it is recognised as a Nexus 7 (I don't change or pick which tablet) and registration works but no coupon, only a discount code.

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