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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

Frank Bough

Apple TV

can run at at a wide range of output resolutions and frame rates.

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NHS quango fatcats spend £2m tax dosh on iPads and iPhones

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A droplet in the atmosphere...

compared to all the money pissed away on blackberry servers, windows licences and fucking Lorenzo over the years. Big woop.

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Apple's OS X Yosemite slurps UNSAVED docs into iCloud

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Re: It used to be Microsoft was the evil Empire

Nice to see Microsoft AstroTurf is still alive and kicking. It's comforting that some things never change.

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Re: @AC Re: "and others are critical of Apple's changes."

As soon as you connect to the Internet,your security is fucked. Get a grip, at least with Apple you have some consumer rights because you paid for their services.

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Continuity

this is surely required for Continuity to work efficiently?

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Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET

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Convenience. iTunes has a big catalogue, good artwork, booklets etc and is quick and easy to pay for. Expensive, certainly, but very functional. Sound quality is decent, no DRM. I've bought a few things on iTunes over the years though I generally torrent or buy CDs. Spotify is the thing that's harming iTunes revenues, playlist sharing is ubiquitous.

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‘For the love of Pete, America, learn about decent chocolate’

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Re: Eh?

You can get excellent chocolate in Tesco. How much more ubiquitous do you want?

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

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There's always one

what's difficult to understand about FASTER, SAME PRICE?

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Re: Given the amount of effort required in that video

Sure, but Alu doesn't spring in the same way steel or ti do, and that's what this phone case needs to do. Apple use a 'unibody' construction technique where they take a solid piece of Alu and mill it down to spec. Great for thermal performance, recyclability et al but not strong or springy in extremis.

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Re: pocket phablet problem

Not too clever at making money.

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Re: Is that a phablet in your pocket?

It certainly out performed the iPhone, but it did distort somewhat. The whole thing twisted about its long axis. Apple were foolish to abandon stainless steel, the 4 and 4s can really take a licking.

Apple have really fucked up here.

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Class Action

this will inevitably go to court and Apple will inevitably climb down. Can you imagine how many of these things will be totally borked after a few months in the wild? Apple should start refunding now to prevent a bigger PR disaster.

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED

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We've been here before...

Surely a neater solution would have been to consider the display comprising 3 x 640 x 960 or 1920 x 960 with a 120 pixel height increase? Especially as the display is implicitly landscape in nature.

Still, Apple used to have a constant dpi system for their computer monitors too and had to give that up in the fullness of time.

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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Re: Good cables are better

...any connected device included DV cams, audio hubs and external disks. Huge security risks, all.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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Re: An unsually poor comment

Yes, all of those are losing money on their Android phones.

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Re: Thinning the herd

How is Apple similar, again?

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Re: Emerging markets

Geeks aren't sophisticated enough to understand that, and astroturfers know only too well.

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Re: lets look at this in another way..

iOS can do various things with BT, but Apple keep a tight rein on it to prevent in becoming a security issue. Apple also has a history of adopting the latest BT tech first.

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Re: lets look at this in another way..

Have you heard of the Internet? That's what the i part of iPhone stands for! Fun fact, there.

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Re: Really can't get this

They are now out of business, of course, while Mac sales keep edging up.

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Re: Uneducated toss.

If it's so great why doesn't anyone want it?

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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Re: Repetition and paddding

Cox has done some great work. Wonders of Life was outstanding.

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I have an Apple TV

...but I'd hardly hold it up as an example of UI brilliance. If only Apple would free the bloody thing we might get some innovative apps on there.

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4:3 is just as superior in the 21st century as it was in the 20th

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Let XKCD's Randall Munroe satisfy your curiosity in this excerpt from his book, What If

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Re: Huh?

Google fuck with Apple apps all the time - just try using gmail via IMAP from Mail.

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Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

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Re: Which is worse?

On balance, it has to be Shoreditch.

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Re: Ahhhhh soooo tempting

If you want a job, Slough is one of the best places to live in the UK. Simple. If other towns followed Slough's example the IK would be a more enterprising and wealthier place.

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

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Re: Err...

Bullshit. Smartphones in Europe were blown away by the iPhone because it was a massively better product.

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Re: Err...

…but it IS falling in cost - you get more compute performance, a better camera, superior radio tech and a bigger screen for the same money.

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When I signed up for my iPhone 4S with vodafone, I compared the price of handset + tariff to the all in one deal. All in one was cheaper by about £50 and also had a better data allowance.

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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Re: Cheapskate on the screen

1080p on a sub 5" screen is idiotic. Even 720p is beyond what's needed.

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Re: It's all about the screen size

The difference in not needing to carry the wallet at all.

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...

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Non de plume

I usually go with Maurice Ital, though Colin Grigson and Vim Fuego have also been known to register various products and sign for various deliveries.

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'iPhone 6' survives FRENZIED STABBING. Truly, it is the JESUS Phone

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Re: Fantastic!

Glass is a relatively poor heat conductor, so making a whole phone out of it might cause some cooling issues. I love the glass and stainless steel sandwich design concept, but Apple seem wedded to their unibody aluminium technique now, and you can't deny the advantage to size and weight.

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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Re: The ear can't hear square waves.

To reproduce a square wave you need infinite frequency response and instantaneous rise time. Not gonna happen, not useful anyway.

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Re: The ear can't hear square waves.

Yep, square waves are fuck-all use for helping to design equipment meant to reproduce music. We already use DSP to correct phase response, flatten frequency response and disrupt standing waves. Not much point trying to improve stereo image at this point, the industry gave up on two speaker solutions years ago.

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Apple ships security fixes for iOS, OS X, Safari ... basically EVERYTHING

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Re:

I think this refers to the Apple TV - the logo is slightly squeezed on restart sometimes. About the most innocuous bug I've ever seen, but Apple are quite precious about these things.

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

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Wilfully naive

The problem is that it's far easier for governments to gather data on us by raiding Google, Facebook, Apple et al than bothering to do it themselves. Look at the road pricing / car tracking installations slowly being built all over the UKs major road network. Before it's finished, it will be hopelessly outmoded compared to the data extracted via Android and iOS mobile phones. And the CIA could have never dreamed of profiling the population to the extent Facebook does.

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Glacier's hot butt melts ice, boffins say

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Re: I can just hear the GW deniers ....

Wow, you AGW proponents are a paranoid bunch...

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NOT APPY: Black cab drivers enraged by Hailo as taxi tech wars rage on

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Under UK law they are allowed to charge extra for CC transactions, and mobile data is hardly prohibitively priced these days. You can swipe a credit card on a smart phone for a few quid.

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Fanbois Apple-gasm as iPhone giant finally reveals WWDC lineup

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Re: "And life will be different as a result."

Yeah! Why would any Reg reader give a shit about the worldwide developer conference of the world's largest computer company?

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A first-world problem solved: Panoramic selfies, thanks to Huawei's Ascend P7

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simultaneous invention

amazing that they came up with a design that looks so much like an iPhone without ever seeing an iPhone.

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Apple rakes in 60% of profits in still-surging smartphone market

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Re: The plural of anecdote is data. ;)

I don't see a practical difference between placing a phone on a mat and plugging it in. Zero benefit. I wasn't aware that people broke their sockets, never seen that. Never seen an inductive charge pad in the wild, either. I'm sure the option of inductive charging will help Nokia unsink their Titanic.

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Re: The plural of anecdote is data. ;)

Did you have to plug the disc in?

Do you have an extra lump on your phone?

Is the inductive charger much more expensive and much less ubiquitous than an iPhone charging lead?

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Re: Massive profit margin.

Non sequitur.

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Re: Strange and Wrong

Apple are doing best out of the smartphone market because they're making the best products and are resisting commoditisation. As long as they do that, they SHOULD win.

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Re: Don't care.

Fuck off

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Frenchman eyes ocean domination with floating, mobile Bond villain lair

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Re: Rolex?

Seiko watches are far superior to Swiss man jewellery. Kinetic is better than any Swiss perpetual.

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Apple Safari, Mail and more hit by SSL spying bug on OS X, fix 'soon'

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Re: Test-Driven Development

Who hurt you?

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