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Apple wins skirmish in HTC-Google patent war

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I am a little puzzled.

"Apple will likely assert that the patched versions still violate claims 1 and 8 of US Patent No. 5,946,647,"

Aren't you rather assuming that HTC and Google are incapable of coming up with a fix that avoids Apple's patent? Or are you assuming that whatever the fix is Apple will sue whether or not the fix in reality still breaches their patent? The ITC *has* rejected the rest of Cupertino's claims from its original suit, dated March 2010 (a total of nine alleged breaches not upheld by the commission) and it seems to me that as long as the fix is competent there is a reasonable likelihood that HTC will win through. If they do it will be a lot harder for Apple to sue the other OEMs over the same patents.

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Shoppers love fondling iPads to fill out sex health survey

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RE: "Ewww". I am looking foward with great anticipation to El Reg.......

............reporting the release of the iClap 3 - the news would go viral immediately.

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The Best of El Reg 2011 now on Kindle

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Weeell, I think that is a touch over the top.

The moment I saw "Kindle" in the headline I clicked to read the article operating on the assumption that the book was scarcely going to be part of the Gutenberg project. I think that most would have assumed that it was "pay per view"? I would argue that it is far more of a real world problem where a newspaper or a special interest site promo something without revealing their financial involvement.

AF.

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IT'S OFFICIAL: AT&T, T-Mobile deal is dead

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@dognolegs. Completion of contract old chap?

AT&T reached an agreement with Deutsche Telekom and signed on the dotted line. Part of such agreements is a fee to be paid by the one party if the other party "fails to complete". For reasons for which DT cannot be held liable AT&T has withdrawn from their agreement thus making them liable for the $4bn fee, the size of which was stipulated as part of the original agreement. AT&T on this occasion is just having to pay up for their own misjudgement in betting that they would succeed in scamming something close to recreating the old Bell monopoly past the competition authorities in the US. They fucked up and they are having to pay for it.

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NASA detects 'heartbeat' of pint-sized star-sucker

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I can't see the............

...............attraction myself.

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Asus Zenbook UX31E

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I suppose I should not bite but I will.

Compared to the MBA it has:

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1. Higher res and larger screen

2. Better cpu

3. All the connectivity options (industry standard) you can shake a stick at.

4. Same price as the MBA

It does not look anything like the MBA and there major differences (for the better IMO) with regard to specs. We expect a higher standard of troll here at El Reg, please try harder next time

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Google's Siri-a-like to be named 'Majel' after Trek actress

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@Peter Gathercole: An interesting aside?

Pardon? We read in the article as well:

"The name Majel comes from Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the actress best known as the voice of the Federation Computer from Star Trek."

Best known as?

For those of us who remember when Star Trek was first broadcast by the BBC in (if memory serves) '68 Majel Barret is *always* Nurse Chapel first and foremost. That she contributed much more afterwards is something we of course honour her for. Majel Barett was a great lady - let us not rob her of the kudos for one of the roles in the classic series that are remembered by many of us with *great* affection.

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Jedi light-sabre beats Taser in Oregon parking-lot fracas

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Firing on all thrusters.......

...........he is not.

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Apple mulls new chip boffinry HQ in Israel

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Law of unintended consequences. In the same fashion that suing Samsung.........

.............all over known space has contributed to raising Samsung's brand profile it is possible that this acquisition might also have unintended consequences.

"Apple might like its very own chips and flash at some point, thereby removing all Samsung stuff from its products."

This will likely result in Samsung investing even harder in mob/tab production and sales in order to shift their own "stuff" in addition to selling it to other OEMs.

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iPhone users get iJustHadAShag bedpost-notch boast app

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May I be permitted to correct this report a touch?

"iOS users who fondle more than a slab now *and then* have an app to help them report the fact"

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Feds propose 50-state ban on mobile use while driving

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@Khaptain A most apposite question.

The answer for the US was about 30,000 or so total gun related deaths in 2010 of which a little over 50% were suicides. Thus approximately 12,000 or so due to deliberate action or accident. If we exclude self-harm it still means that about 4 times as many people die as result of a gun being discharged by another party than as a result of "distracted driving". It is instructive that politicians rush to legislate in the latter area (and others like it) but will not touch anything which can be characterised by the NRA as anti-gun legislation with the thin end of a very long bargepole. As far as guns are concerned they are flag waving libertarians, anything else (except of course BigCorp's sacred right to make as much money as possible unimpeded) and suddenly the joys of social authoritarianism overwhelm them.

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RE: "This is precisely why.."

That is indeed precisely why. When one reads..........

"driver of the pickup truck had sent and received 11 text messages in the 11 minutes before the accident, and that the final message was received right before the pickup ran into the truck-tractor."

...........it is almost necessary to read it a couple more times to get ones head round how lethally stupid the driver was. If we do not want the state to "take responsibility for" (=control) even more of our everyday actions then we better bloody well take responsibility ourselves. That kind of idiocy simply gives the lobbyists and the politicians more to work with. It makes it even harder to fight off the desire of some politicos to wave their legislative dicks around when so called adults behave the way that lad did.

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Higgs boson hunters have god particle in their sights

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@Destroy All Monsters Or maybe..........

..............Cosmic Sense.

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Asus Tegra 3, Android 4 tablet priced up for Brits

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RE:"Rip off Britain"

"Why does Britain have to pay £551 for the 32GB version + keyboard when in the states they pay around £400 ($499 + $149). "

If you take a look at that, about two thirds of it is British VAT with the "rip-off" being about fifty quid or so. I do not defend *that* mark-up but it is not quite so bad as its seems.

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Windows Phones message hub hit by killer SMS

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RE: "You are Barry Shitpeas and ICMFP."

Don't bother, he'll never pay up.

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Bristol boffins bring qubit computing a tiny step closer

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I am dead impressed.

I'm not sure how to estimate the number of orders of magnitude they have succeeded in shrinking this equipment's physical size by but it must be huge (so to speak). Just for laughs imagine Sammy marketing a 7 inch tab (Galaxy SXII. Marketing slogan: "Your quantum pocket".) based on this kind of tech in about 2030 (always assuming that Cupertino has stopped suing them by then of course -:P).

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2011's Best... Smartphones

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Nice selection.

Something for everybody here and I can't myself really quarrel with the selection. Must say that the Razor is indeed a beauty. What in fact strikes me about this is the choice of genuinely good quality phones at a fair range of price points. Doesn't matter which os you prefer there is some decent kit available, be interesting to see what 2012 brings us.

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Eyes on stalks: ancient predator a real monster

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RE: "I see as movie in the works"

"Claws" perhaps? Or maybe "Resident Crustacean"?

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No, no. I'm going Chinese.

All I need is a 2 cubic metre capacity deep-fryer, 1.5 cubic metres of soya oil, 200 litres of batter and possibly 50 litres or so of sweet n' sour sauce. Oh, and about 250 kg of fried rice - anyone got a *really* big wok I can borrow?

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Google's Schmidt strikes Carrier IQ off Xmas card list

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@AdamWill Entirely true, that is indeed the constitutional position in the US. However,.......

.............we await of course with bated breath to see whether the President will stand by his Secretary of State's avowed principles and veto that piece of shameless lobby-fodder legislation if it actually passes both houses.

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Is Bill Gates mulling a return to Microsoft throne?

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"a prominent chief executive"?

That seems a rather strange formulation. Unless it is, allegedly, Ballmer gossiping about his own forthcoming defenestration it suggests that the person concerned belongs to another company than MS. Such a matter, if true, would be very hush-hush and known only to a very small inner circle, how would the senior officer of another company have heard about this? Unless of course it is the CEO of a major investor in MS who has been "sounded out" about such a move. The only thing that causes me to think that it *might* be true is that BG may have "rested" long enough to feel bored away from the "imperial throne" and such a move would, at this time, be unlikely to harm the company's share price. However, I have to say that the story smells of kite-flying by someone rather than the real deal.

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2011's Best... Premium Tablets

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@Tony Smith. I take your point.

However I don't think that giving Mr BS (and he is a master of it) any more publicity serves any constructive purpose.

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Steve Jobs' last design: New Apple HQ pics

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RE: "The first commandment:" No open Windows?

I think you'll find that Bill would agree with that!

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China pad peddler wins iPad name from Apple

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I'm sorry, this post is somewhat incoherent but...............

.............it is *so* difficult to write anything sensible when you are crying with laughter. What was that dear old Clive Dunn in his persona as Corporal Jones used to say? "They don't like it up'em Capt Mainwaring sir"!

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US military pays SETI to check Kepler-22b for aliens

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@Michael H.F. Wilkinson. All they will have to do is.............

...............fake some "evidence" that the aliens have WMDs and they will be able to milk the US defence budget for years to come. Should be good for a few trillion dollars in support. Err, now I come to think of it, didn't somebody do something like that a few years back?

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Samsung Galaxy Note

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Re: Bolloxs

Do please clean up after yourself when you leave old chap - we don't want a nasty smell lingering about the place, do we?

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Sammy has a very interesting approach to market analysis.

They plant a flagpole in every conceivable form-factor niche, run the flags up and see who salutes. It is at any rate a refreshing change from the pre-production "focus group" approach. Oh and yes, that is a damn fine phone. It does not answer my personal user case but that is irrelevant - lovely piece of kit.

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Microsoft's futurologists virtualise the poor

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This is simply the kind of sanitised vision that most examples of "BigCorp" like to punt out.

Not just Microsoft. A future where "we" (because none of "us" are going to be losers are we?) are all "middle class" and the underclass is held at arms length and out of sight. In fact you can see plenty of signs of the development of this trend all around us - especially in the larger cities, in the UK, Europe in general and in the US. The whole issue is a damn sight bigger than MS and far more important. It deserves a more thoughtful discussion than knee-jerk comments about Redmond - they are *part* of the problem because they are part of the system. Maybe we should be addressing *that* issue, the system?

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Take this survey: Win an iPad 2

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@Mystic Megabyte: Damn!

You got there first. -:)

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Toads predict earthquakes: Official

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I don't think that "Wind in the Willows" was quite that...............

...............type of book old chap. -:)

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If toads can predict earthquakes can we also have an investigation........

...............into what moles, water rats and badgers might usefully tell us?

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Man's phone burns, toasts trouser region

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Perhaps Sammy should rename it..............

................the Nova SII.

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Apple files avatar automation, emotion patents

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What is it they think that they are patenting?

What novel and specific system or process have they invented that they are asking patent protection for? Can they at this time demonstrate this novel system or process? From my reading of it they appear to be trying to patent a generalised concept without a specific concrete novel approach. If I am misreading this of course I stand open for correction. Anybody feel that this is worthy of patent protection? If so, can you explain to me why? The IT? icon - precisely because I do not see where the technology is in this patent application.

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Assange: 'iPhone, BlackBerry, Gmail users - you're all screwed'

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I really do not know what to say.

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How the fuck we are supposed to protect ourselves against this kind of shite if all the mobilephone/os producers are in on this game is something that really leaves me at a loss. Has anyone got any suggestions?

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Samsung outs 'retina display' ARM chippery

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@A Non e-mouse. That is of course assuming that..................

...................,in the current circumstances, Samsung are willing to sell Apple jack shit from their latest and greatest. In fact, unless Cupertino at last start to play nice I can see Sammy (given that there will be plenty of OEMs who will want this for their Win8 ARM tabs) saying - "see that camel?" to the fruit company.

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Developers get new IE10 for Windows 8 preview

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I see that others have made the point.

I would in fact have been fairly bloody amazed if MS had not intended that IE10 should run on both Win 7 and Win 8. Win 7 is going to be their most installed os for some time to come contra Win 8 and it would surely be their aim that the take-up of IE 10 should be as broad as possible (consistent with their other priorities).

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Samsung gets a win in Oz patent battle

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"Samsung's strategy has been criticized as widening the row...................

..........................far beyond Australia, drawing European authorities into the spat and leading to an EU investigation into whether the row is stifling competition."

Really? By whom pray? Precisely how wide does this "widening" have to be before it is wider than the other party starting patent/copyright litigation in 5 - 6 countries on three different continents before Samsung had so much as issued their first writ?

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Give Osborne a shovel: UK economy stuck in deep hole

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RE:"Are Labour paying the author?"

Reading between the lines I get the feeling that despite the standard saloon bar caveat in your last sentence you have at least as particular and partisan a political view as you are accusing the author of having. The kind of caveat that is always prefaced with "I'm not political but.....". Funny that, hmm?

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Ice Cream Sandwich

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@Funkstain RE: "OEM customisations"

Yes, the OEMS do have a potential problem if Alun's take on ICS is widely shared. Apart from competing even harder on the hardware/physical design side might they not start to compete by, for example, bundling a wider range of apps with the phones? If they do (at least partly) go that route, what effect might that have on independent devs building for Android market? That of course depends on how many and what type of apps the *average* Android customer buys during the lifetime of his/her phone. One could image a scenario where the market became at least partly poisoned from the devs point of view if customers became less interested in buying there because "they have what they need already". We might get a situation similar to that we see in the pc/laptop market where the OEMs "add value" by bundling all sorts of hows-your-father just to attract attention.

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Toyota unveils 'smartphone on four wheels'

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"............smartphone on four wheels,.........."?

It's appearance suggests to me the fugliest gamer mouse that I have ever seen.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android smartphone

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@Giles Jones: You seem to be conveniently ignoring something when you say.........

.................."Got to love it, no expansion on a 32GB iPhone and it's a big problem. But 16GB and no expansion is okay because you "don't really need much more"."

IE. That it is obvious from this thread that a fair number of "Droidheads" (myself included) are making it clear that we are *not* impressed with the lack of storage expansion on this device. Just how did you *miss* that?

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I freely admit that I am in many ways impressed, however............

...................no expandable storage? On the flagship *Android* phone? We expect that from "Another Company" but not on the phone that is meant to be the lead device/showcase for the latest iteration of Android and Google's first "trans-platform" effort at that. Particularly not at over half a k.

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iPhone 4/4S 'self combusts' in airliner inferno

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Was the owner sitting next to somebody using..........

...........a Galaxy SII?

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Yahoo! and! Sony! tuck! into! interactive! multimedia! ads!

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For crying out loud!

Enough with the exclamation marks already, they're making my eyeballs bleed. That joke is now not merely old but senile.

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Asda 'geekend' offers are for the birds

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"The eye-watering deals – possibly for all the wrong reasons"

*Possibly* for all the wrong reasons" - hello?

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Microsoft to Aussie gov: Privacy rules stifle e-Health

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RE:"If you can't guarantee security of the records,...................

.................. then perhaps they shouldn't be in your custody in the first place."

I, of course, agree. I think however that the issue is in fact much bigger than just MS. All the major cloud providers are US owned (AFAIK) and it is only just dawning on them how much business the Patriot Act may cost them. Public record keeping of all kinds (not just medical) would be, potentially, a very lucrative market for a cloud provider. What the paranoid patriots in the States have achieved is to give governments all over the face of the planet a powerful motivation for building their own local cloud based resources or hiring in such resources as long as they are not American. Furthermore, let us say that you are a major private company with key IP in an area of tech where some of your main rivals are American. Such a company would likely think twice before hiring cloud services from a US company when a little bit of discrete lobbying by one of their well heeled US rivals with access to the best senators/congressmen that money can buy could result in the company's commercial secrets being blown.

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Amazon Kindle Fire

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Amazon aren't dummies when it comes to marketing.

They are interested in getting their British customers to buy *content* just the same as their American customers. They want the Fire to have the same impact in the UK as in the States? Then they will market it in the UK at £150 inc VAT. I would be astonished if they tried to sell it in the UK at £200 - they would risk (to some extent) shooting themselves in the foot.

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Microsoft pitching Kinect control tech to telly makers

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RE: "Sit rigidly still if....................

.................you want to keep watching this program. Turn you head to talk to someone and you will get the shopping channel."

Really? In other words the TV manufacturers are going to integrate Kinect in precisely the way that will make the kit as unpleasant and unusable for the punter as they possibly can because the point you have just made would not occur to them?

"Specific control gesture 1" = Ignore all other gestures from now on unless:

"Specific control gesture 2" = Take notice of all gestures from now on unless:

"Specific control gesture 1"

If I can manage to think of that in two nanoseconds I am sure the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony etc will manage to as well.

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Apple crushes High Street in UK web shopping stakes

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It is known as "3 Ps" shopping old chap (amongst retailers).

The customer picks it, puts it down and pisses off without buying anything. Perhaps "shopping surfing" will be the new "porn surfing" - eliciting cries such as "'struth, look at the os on that" etc.

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WinPho sceptics cut Lumia 800 sales estimates in half

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".....than they expected....."? Pardon? I may (of course) be missing something here but........

"but analysts say it will ship fewer units in the first quarter than they expected: 500,000 rather than a million"

.......on *what basis* did they "expect" Nokia to ship a million in the first quarter? Did Nokia say that they were going to and then change their minds? Did they have some other *objective* basis for believing that Nokia would or "ought" to ship a million in the first quarter? They call this analysis? After *two weeks*? I will try and be polite and not say anything about FUD but I have some difficulty understanding what apparently professional analysts are doing basing such prognostications on what they *thought* Nokia was going to do and the first two weeks of sales. I have no idea at this point whether the Lumia 800 will be a success or a failure and I am bloody certain these "analysts" don't either - not based on data that is either very limited or downright speculative at any rate.

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