* Posts by PaulR79

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Asus offers compensation to pre-price drop Nexus 7 buyers

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Holmes

@Anon

Learning to read is something I've been able to do for quite a while but seems to have passed you by quite spectacularly. I registered at ASUS site, as I mentioned, filled everything in and ....... nothing. The only thing close I've received is a 10% discount code at checkout. Thanks for the superior attitude though, really helped me with the problem!

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Completed everything - no coupon

When do you get the coupon? I've completed it all, registered but saw no obvious "coupon here!" buttons and I haven't gotten anything in an email. Has anyone figured it out yet?

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Re: Didn't work for me - it's complaining that the serial number is wrong.

It's annoying, I had the same error message. I had something like D2KO and it gave the usual "check it's 0 or O" so I checked and it was an "O" as I'd put. I deleted the "O" and put it back in, clicked submit and it worked. That site is awful with a capital UGH!

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20 years of GSM digital mobile phones

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RIM lost their cool?

Looking at that horrific first phone and how most BlackBerry phones still look just as ugly I have to ask when they were ever considered cool. The touchscreen few without keyboards may have been awful but they looked far better.

The Nokia 5110 (nk402 to me as an Orange customer at the time) was my first phone back in 1999. Clunky, huge, stubby aerial but it worked. I gave it to my mother after I upgraded and she has since gone on to become almost as big a mobile fanatic as I am.

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Apple-v-Samsung $1bn iPhone fine: 'Jury foreman was biased'

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Facepalm

Clutching at straws

I hate Apple for many reasons but this does seem to be clutching at straws. Why not point out that he lied about other stuff? I'm sure there was mention before about him having been involved in court cases and he said he hadn't, claiming he'd been asked "in the last 12 years" when nothing like that had been added. Isn't there also the huge matter that the jury is *not* supposed to come up with the figure as a way of punishing a company and setting an example? The fine is up to the judge, the jury just come up with the decision based on facts. Supposedly.

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Office for Android, Apple iOS: 'REALLY REAL this time' - report

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Re: Word for Android and iOS?

I do seem to have caught "comma-itis" but I blame it on being exposed to the internet for years. I'm surprised I still know how to spell basic words sometimes.

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Headmaster

Re: Word for Android and iOS?

MS Word would have told you, in a grammar check, that the word you are looking for is "than", and not "then".

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7in Android tablet review

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Apps out of date

If I read it right then it seems Amazon have a separate, and longer process for updating apps. This leads to Play Store apps being updated faster than on Amazon and you run into the problem this reviewer did - it tells you that you're using an old version but it's the latest available through Amazon. Awful. I had briefly thought this might be ideal for my mother but this review has pointed out many issues I hadn't considered and saved me the wasted time and possibly money.

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Re: It's much more useful...

Perhaps downvoted for suggesting rooting it when it's been mentioned elsewhere that it's looking very unlikely you will be able to do so on the new models. I don't know, people downvote by accident, out of spite, because it was closer to their mouse cursor, any number of reasons.

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Apple iPad 4 Wi-Fi only tablet review

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iPad owning Android fan

When I was looking to get a large, good tablet after I initially bought an Advent Vega (great price at the time, still runs great with community ICS!) I had two real options. Those were the 3rd generation iPad or the ASUS Transformer Prime. I wanted to get the ASUS, I was ready to spend my money and be happy with what it gave and then ASUS gave the UK no options. You either bought the 32GB version with keyboard dock for £499 or you do without. They lost a customer there by doing that and I imagine I won't be alone.

The iPad had a higher resolution screen and cost £100 less, sure I knew it was a walled garden but the screen was more than just specs. to me. I'm a DSLR owner trying to learn by practicing and unfortunately trying to review images on a camera display has shown me that I can't rely on it to tell me if I got a decent image or not. I can't really tell if I lost detail, had a bit of movement that blurred the photo or if the highlights meant I lost what was in the shadows. I bought the camera kit / USB connector and now I just hook the camera up and can see almost instantly what it looks like. Could I do it with another tablet? You bet. I'm not saying this is unique to the iPad at all, just explaining my reasoning behind the purchase.

I still hate Apple and their "shiny shiny" mentality but for pushing resolutions up and making other companies give me choices of products I wanted for years before the iPad I grudgingly acknowledge them.

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Microsoft and Skype to axe world's most popular IM client early 2013

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IM services - just services, let me use my own client

During the early days of IM dreams when ICQ was massive (despite an awful number system for users and having to add every contact again if you reinstalled) I was there, then my friends started going elsewhere so I signed up to other things to keep in contact. As a result of that I've now got accounts on ICQ, AIM, MSN / Live whatever, Yahoo, GTalk and Skype.

If it wasn't for programs like Pidgin and Trillian I'd have long since gone crazy with the need to install separate clients for maybe one or two friends. One less client might sound like an ideal way to go but I'm not happy with it being pushed to Skype as It's a horrid program. Luckily Trillian also connects to Skype. It seems very stupid to be killing the most popular service and hoping the users will all just accept it and go to Skype but then this is the same company that has just pushed out Windows 8.

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Apple iPad Mini 8in tablet review

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Coat

Obvious joke incoming..

**For starters, it is not “just a shrunk-down iPad”**

.... It's also a larger iPod Touch.

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Ballmer: Windows Phone 8 'WILL ramp quickly', god dammit

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@Matt_payne666

Copying photo collections to a device 'mostly works'? Dropbox sync, USB cable drag and drop? Add to that now NFC and beaming as well as the older Bluetooth file transfer and I have no problem doing what I need. Is there something specific you need that is very unusual? If not I can't think of a single thing I need to do that is difficult, or even hard, on Android.

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Free Android apps often secretly make calls, use the camera

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Permissions use explained in description

I've thought for a while now that all apps should explain why they need the permissions they request. Some do already and some explain why they need additional permissions for an update. Make it mandatory for all published apps and this sort of crap will be easier to spot.

"Oh ... we need permission to use the camera to... erm... discretely spy on you."

Yes I know you can't make scammers tell the truth but a game requiring access to SMS or the ability to make calls would stick out like a sore thumb.

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Nobody knows what to call Microsoft's ex-Metro UI

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Re: Duplo8 - missing words

Just as much use, if not more.

*Oh how I long for an edit feature, at least within the first X minutes of posting something.

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Duplo8

I'm a fan of Duplo8. It makes as much sense as Metro / not Metro, TIFKAM, and certainly fits with the spirit of Duplo by using GIANT COLOURED SHAPES AIMED AT GETTING YOUR ATTENTION with just as much, if not more.

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Jimmy Savile ringtones still selling like hot cakes on iTunes

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Re: Think thats bad

That's awful..... and I'm awful for laughing at it.

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Hackers deface 'sinful' French Euromillions site

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Re: Oh you believers...

I see someone downvoted you, perhaps they too like the burned crisps as I do.

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Granny upstages Microsoft, storms stage at Surface launch

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Headmaster

@Paul Shirley

I wish you luck in your duel with the evil boot.

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Samsung posts record profits as Galaxy sales crush Apple

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I would personally have gone for Samesung if I were inclined to do so. Do I think they copied? Elements of it, yes, but Apple do just the same.

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Windows 8: Is Microsoft's new OS too odd to handle?

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Angel

MSDN people not using keys

If you're not going to use it how about passing a key my way? I'd like to try it but not enough to pay for it.

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Latest PS3 hack hits Sony with massive migraine

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Will Sony really care?

The PS3 is coming to the end of its life and the amount of people that will use this has to be quite small compared to the overall userbase.

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EC: Microsoft didn't honour browser-choice commitment

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Re: What's all the fuss about?

You can't compare car dealerships to the situation Microsoft was in when they were investigated. At the time they had IE so far embedded in the OS that you couldn't uninstall it even if you wanted to. Ignoring the choice of removing it you have to see how big a security risk that can be. This may all sound dull and boring to you now but that's ok, you have your choice now of multiple browsers that all operate on a similar level and that's in part down to the decisions of the EU trial and the US trial.

It might not matter as much now as it did at the time but showing that they will be held accountable for failing to adhere to the terms of the agreement will teach both Microsoft and any other company thinking of doing the same that they will be punished for abusing their position.

Also, you're bad at analogies.

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Apple unveils iPad mini, upgrades its big brother

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@JDX

As someone elsewhere mentioned, the increased cost of Apple stuff over other products is usually excused with it being the new iThing for a year. This changes that and for some (not me, I don't even play games on mine) will mean either spending more to have the most recent or going elsewhere. I don't care either way, it just seems like a very bad strategy to start at this point in time.

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3rd generation iPad

For me, the biggest announcment today was that they've released a 4th generation iPad after only six months. Is this a sign that they are changing to two new versions a year? I own a 3rd gen. iPad* (yes I know... ) but to me this seems more likely to upset people than the poor 'mini' version.

*Personally I didn't want an iPad, I wanted a Transformer Prime but ASUS were utter dicks and only sold the 32GB version with keyboard dock in the UK. That was more expensive than the iPad and that coupled with the display resolution made sense to me for checking photos on the go with the camera connector / USB connector.

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Mozilla debuts Firefox Marketplace for Android apps

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Re: Firefox gets banned from Play store in 3, 2, 1...

Did you read the article? The version required to run this is *not* on the Play Store and has to be downloaded and installed (unknown sources) separately. Whether that changes as it matures is not mentioned and likely a long way away.

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The hoarder's dilemma, or 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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Happy

Hoarders unite!

Being a relatively young (in IT lifetimes) 33 I can't compete with some collections but for utter uselessness I have a Spectrum 48k with plenty of old games. That isn't the utter uselessness part. At the time I acquired it, one Christmas where I was overjoyed, it also came with a Microdrive and cartridge but no way to connect the two. Needless to say I still have the Spectrum, the games, and the Microdrive.

In terms of PCs I have my first PC sitting in the corner of my room along with the first monitor I bought. Both are relatively new compared to the Spectrum, bought around 1999 I believe, but they haven't been used in almost a decade. They still work but it would be so slow I'd weep openly if I tried to use it for any purpose.

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HTC profits lobbed off a cliff by rivals Samsung and Apple

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Re: Lesson learned perhaps too late

This is my problem how? I'm not the one with the attention span of a hyperactive toddler :)

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Meh

Lesson learned perhaps too late

I like HTC and the Sense overlay they used. It made Android look far better in the early days and added functionality like combining contacts from various places as well as the first very usable copy and paste solution. Unfortunately they blew it last year with a ridiculous amount of releases that put off a lot of buyers. They even put me off with that and I was considering waiting for the Galaxy S3 but their presentation at MWC and essentially saying "we get it now" with far fewer releases this year outside a core set were enough to tempt me to get the One X. Am I happy with it? Overall yes. It's a solid phone, very well built and good spec that should see it last a while.

Unfortunately for HTC I was already a fan of their phones and only just stayed with them. Any other buyers bitten by the stupid amount handsets they released last year will likely not give them another chance and that's a shame. Not because of what they originally brought but because they're trying to stay relevant alongside Samsung who can throw so much money at their products.

Feature for feature it matches the Galaxy S3 with a 0.1" screen difference. They're terrible at marketing. The only advert I remember for the One series is of a skydiver taking a photo during freefall and nothing else anywhere yet Samsung adverts are all over. They'll have to take some pretty huge and potentially expensive risks to keep going. Their big push with the One series was ImageSense and it's a pretty big failure in my opinion.

The camera takes images with huge artifacts and noise even at modest lighting levels that appear not much different from my Desire HD's camera. It was shown when some sample images were uploaded prior to release but put down to compression and I didn't believe it then. I gave them the benefit of the doubt and it cost me. You can't release a product with advertising aimed at one standout feature that fails to live up to the claims. It's better than previous HTC efforts but considering how poor those were it wasn't difficult. I don't think it should be judged on one feature but they will be held accountable (in sales) for a poor feature.

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Borderlands 2 review

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FAIL

Re: Yay! Gender roles!

Yay! Stupid comment!

If you know nothing about the game it's probably best to leave your bandwagon sexist stance at home. The Siren gets perhaps the most powerful skill in the game. Being able to Phaselock an enemy up for a few seconds is very useful and I play a Siren as I have done since the first game. However, it does not stop you from wielding guns and the class / character you pick has no relevance on that either. Any character can wield any weapon, level permitting.

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Sony PS3 sales soar on slimmer system

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Tempting...

I have a 'fat' 40GB PS3 from around the time Metal Gear Solid 4 was released. I recently tried to do something (I forget what) and tried to login but it failed to connect. Long story short, after much checking and even trying a replacement network board I have no network at all. I don't know what the problem is but it works fine for everything else. I may be tempted to get one of these if the price drops a little as there are some very tasty looking games coming out. I was already considering a Slim but hate the look, even though this new model has a top loading disc I quite like the look.

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WTF is... NFC

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Coat

NFC = Not For Consumers?

I thought it meant Not For Cuppertino..

I'll let myself out, the apology flowers are already on the way.

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Windows Store size doubles: Now 0.3% the size of Apple's

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WTF?

Re: this isn't windows PHONE store

I was starting to think only I saw that blatantly obvious mistake. How can you compare the Windows 8 store, which holds apps for a DESKTOP OS, to Apple's App Store which holds apps for phone and iPad? Has the writer been taking drugs?

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Apple iPhone 5 review

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Mushroom

Anyone have spare facepalm lotion?

"I'd rather have the Lightning adaptor than yet another USB AC transformer."

Yes, I can see how you would hate to have another standardised connector to use with your new shinyshiny, it's far better to have to pay £25 for an adaptor. I'm not sure what you mean by a transformer since my phones over the past three years have all used a USB connector for charging and a small plug to go into the mains.

There's a link at the top of each article that states "Get more from this author", is there, perchance, a link to get less of this author? It feels like Apple sneaked one of theirs in under the radar in exchange for replying to El Reg sometimes.

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Virgin Media STILL working on fix for SuperHub corrupt downloads glitch

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Similar to Matt above

I've had very few problems with the worst coming from VM changing the whole interface and then today when it must have updated at night and completely reset to default losing my SSID, password, admin details and requiring me to set the whole thing up again.

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Ballmer: Win8 'certainly surpasses' Win95 in importance

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Pricing will make or break Surface

At £200 - £300 they probably would sell quite a lot because it's a good price point for a 10" tablet whether it has Windows or Android on it. With the idiot Ballmer counting the iPad as "not super expensive" he's making the same mistake that someone pointed out earlier and trying to compete with the iPad with a similar product at the same price.

Surface looks interesting, it looks appealing (to me) but I'm not going to pay full laptop prices for what is essentially a tablet and keyboard. Yes, it'll be running Windows 8 but it is still only a beefy netbook with touchscreen. I look forward to watching the fireworks when prices come down within six months of release and Ballmer, hopefully, gets the boot.

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Windows Phone 8 stands a chance as Apple, Android dither

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Android dithering?

How exactly is Android dithering? NFC, taking pictures while recording video, first with dual-core and quad-core CPUs, phones with HD screens from 3.2" up to 5.5" and that's just what I can recall quickly. I'm not saying these are unique to Android but they're being pushed by it a lot. Dithering is releasing a new 'magical' phone with a bigger screen, upgraded CPU (still behind others) and expecting the world to go nuts.

I'm all for putting forward a case that Duplo 8 has a chance but after seeing that bit in the heading I wasn't really interested in the rest of the article. I'm still surprised that they're being given such an easy ride after killing future updates to Duplo 7 / 7.5 beyond a few ported features to 7.8.

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Amazon: Pay more for Kindle Fire, smoke ads from slabs

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Missing Kindles and alternative options

I can see a few alternatives to this $15 charge but they revolve around rooting and then installing a vanilla ROM or just getting a Nexus 7. With that said the biggest question I have about the launch of these is why does the UK (and Europe I guess..) not get the Paperwhite Kindle or the 8.9" versions? I suspect it's because of them being ad supported to a degree and each country in Europe has different laws but if anyone has a better reason, or an official one, I'd love to hear it.

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Broadband minister Hunt LOSES portfolio, takes on national health

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WTF?

Musical chairs... but you don't lose a chair, you just swap

Fail at your current job role, wasting billions of pounds? Not a problem! Here, try health. That's far less important than broadband. Oh, what's this? Chris Gray-lying bastard and downright vile excuse of a human is now minister of justice? Proven liar, justice, those two should never be linked and yet there we are. I'm starting to think my neck ache problems come from continued head shaking at the state of governments both home and abroad screwing over the people.

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Customers dumping Samsung phones in wake of Apple suit

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Facepalm

Really?

This smells like a big load of FUD. Why would a phone owner rush to sell a phone based on the possibility that it might be withdrawn from sale due to a lawsuit? Is it not more likely that people are coming to the end of their contracts and selling so they can get the newest version, the Galaxy S3? Will we see a similar news story a few days after a new iPhone lands stating how they're dumping their precious Apple phones?

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Vodafone phone and mobe biz service goes titsup

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FAIL

Communication company in poor communications shocker!

Why do companies in the communication business have such a hard time keeping people informed? Any new services they bring out are given massive press and announcments but when they have problems the quickest way (currently) to find out if it's just you seems to be to search Twitter for "<company name> down" and check how many are recent.

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Everything Everywhere bags 4G monopoly in UK - for now

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Re: 4G at 1800MHz? Pass..

Ah well it's a moot point for me anyway. I'm in a two year contract with my HTC One X so when I'm due for an upgrade it should all be sorted and working perfectly!*

*Yeah I don't believe that either.

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4G at 1800MHz? Pass..

Is there any real point to deploying 4G in 1800MHz if the auction next year / decade / century (delete as applicable) gives wider availability at a different frequency? I wouldn't be jumping on a 4G bandwagon that means I have to buy a phone that only works on one network. Apart from the auction giving each network the chance to buy a chunk of spectrum surely it would also mean handsets will work on all networks.

This is just a big mess caused by years of petty bickering over who gets to bid on what and who has to give up / sell frequency. Ofcom you have failed spectacularly over and over and now in an effort to get ANY 4G out there you are screwing up all over again.

I keep wondering if there is any point to 4G at all when the main advantage seems to be speed. The current networks running HSPA+ should be capable of much higher speeds than they give but I've never seen over 3.7Mb/s on T-Mobile. I may be remembering incorrectly but I'm sure I read that to classify as 4G (true 4G, not the 4G USA networks get away with) it must be a minimum 100Mb/s. If that's right then it may be worth it.

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Twitter API outrage: Break our rules and we'll break app kneecaps

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Unhappy

Re: Pity if they're putting the squeeze on third party apps

This is part of what I said elsewhere when I read about it. Over the years the website and mobile app have grown to become almost usable but only after Twitter took some of the best bits from third-party apps. For a very long time the website was rather bland and the mobile app was awful at best. During that time it was third-party apps adding things that people wanted (longer than 140 char. tweets etc) that helped it grow and become more popular. Now that the job has been done for them they suddenly move to screw every third-party developer, the very people that helped them get to where they are.

The whole idea of cutting it down to a more Twitter-like (official I apps) experience was bad enough but this goes further than that. Make your app to our guidelines, stick to our limits or you're out of the club. Their site may be nicer and more usable now but the mobile app is still a mess that doesn't always remember position, doesn't always notify me as it should, loads image previews in a tiny box with no zoom options and worst for me is making every link you tap go through their http://t.co/ service even if it's already shortened / didn't need to be shortened. The only reason I use the official app is that it has push notifications for mentions and direct messages.

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Samsung: 'You want $2.5bn? WRONG, Apple, you OWE us $420m!'

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Summary of the trial

Before the summary I will note that I've read only what has been reported so it's based on those reports.

So far it seems Samsung have gone for "look at all this prior art! LOOK. AT. IT." with a mountain of prior art to the patents in question. Apple have only been repeating the same things, "it looks like our phone / tablet" and "it has rounded corners" etc.

This whole trial may as well not happen anyway because you know it will go to appeal regardless of who wins.

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Windows 8: Microsoft's tablet-desktop still painful to swallow

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Coat

Re: Thank you Microsoft

Windows 8 - the biggest and most extravagant advert for Linux ever created. Very nice of Microsoft don't you think?

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Re: Windows RT for me

A thorough and well planned response I see.

Here are just a few cons for me as a Windows 7 user -

Lose screen space to giant ass rectangles of two (three?) sizes.

Playing catch with the "Start" button

No choice to go straight to the Desktop by default means an extra step every boot / login

System tools etc listed along with applications in the same area and probably some renamed as MS like to do.

The biggest one so far - only IE as a browser for the foreseeable future and one which doesn't track tabs through Metrodern UI.

Next time you want to play MS shill try not to make such an ass of yourself. These are legitimate complaints from someone who's used Windows for a long time. Forcing a touchscreen interface onto non-touch users is the most ludicrous decision ever and until some people hack in the functionality I want I'm not interested.

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Windows RT for me

As much as I despised the idea of having no previous Windows apps with an ARM tablet I can see a lot of benefits to it now. New apps means they'll be written or at least compiled with it in mind so I'd hope that a lot will be touch-friendly whereas older programs would have a similar effect to using WinMo phones with nice skins - it looks great until you use a system app or non-skinned app and see the ugly beneath.

Windows 8 on desktop is, for me at least, currently a maybe. I like the idea of faster startups but the 'cons' list is a little too high for me. I may go for an upgrade version and wait until someone can bring me WIndows 8 with a Windows 7 look.

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Windows 8: Download it, then speak YOUR brains

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MSDN, TechNet keys?

There seem to be at least a few here with those subscriptions that don't intend to use the Windows 8 keys. I'll happily take those off your hands :)

Partly serious, partly joking. I'd take Windows 8 for free, I wouldn't buy it.

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