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Apple orders millions of iPhone 5s for September release

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Judging by the downvote pattern there are some *very* sensitive.....

.................people lurking in the shadows, I wonder who they are and why.

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Panasonic TX-P65VT30 65in plasma 3D TV

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@Mark 65 Power consumption, pah!

You just turn the central heating down - think of the saving!

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Given Lewis' enthusiasm on the subject if.......

.........the local authorities do not play ball he will probably take off and nuke them from orbit.

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I am sure that it is a great piece of kit, the operative word being "great" as in......

.........frakking gigantic. More seriously it is definitely drool-worthy, however, whilst Mme Arctic Fox is willing (just about) to live with our 55 inch Sammy, another 10 inches (ooo er missus) on the diagonal would mean divorce proceedings! Plus the fact that we would have to sit out on the terrace to be able to watch it from a sensible distance.

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One per cent of world's web browsing happens on iPad

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@M Gale Re "Uhm"

I see from your reply on the same point that we "paralleled" each other! I will admit that although I had the impression that what the graph shows us actually was the case, it was not until I set the display to make precisely that comparison that I realised how stark the contrast actually is. The next couple of years in "tab space" are going to be very interesting. What with hardware development roaring ahead (eg Nvidia's KalEl quad-core offering), the Android os doing gangbusters and seeing what impact Win8 has in the tab market end of 2012/beginning of 2013, it is pretty certain that we are only just seeing the beginning of a *serious* disruption/paradigm shift in the personal computer/mobile communications market. I should also add that although the received "wisdom" here at El Reg says that the upcoming Nokiasoft phones have to be greeted with howls of "Fail", "Nokia's been borged". "Elop is Ballmer's bumboy", "Micro$oft", etc etc it *is* just possible that Nokia may succeed in making positive waves with their "mangoed" WP7 phones. If that happens the market is going to get even more "complicated"! I speak BTW as the happy owner of a Desire Z - I just get fed up with the insistent beat of "Do you wanna be in my gang, my gang, my gang, do wanna be in my........." that we see so much of on some threads. I do not wear anybody's "colours", I just want to read about and discuss tech and sometimes get the impression that that is too much to ask!

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@Martin Hill "We are comparing operating systems". By all means let us compare......

...........operating systems. If you go to StatCounter Global Stats at:

http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_os-ww-monthly-200812-201106

......you can set the graphical comparison to display the various flavours of os. If you set it to display only iOs and Android for the period from Jan 2009 up to the present you will see something very interesting. Whose os is exhibiting a positive slope and whose is exhibiting a negative slope over this time period taken as a whole? I'll give you a clue - you will not like what the graph shows you.

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Actually the significance should be seen in a little bit larger context.

As in, what proportion of the worlds population own *any* kind of pc? Furthermore the proportion that actually own any kind of *tablet* is several orders of magnitude smaller than that. In other words the proportion of the worlds population that own an iPad is still vanishingly small (although its penetration of the consumer market in "advanced" countries is of course very impressive). On a lighter note if such a small proportion of the world's population (who own an iPad) manage to generate as much as 1% of the total internet traffic on the face of the planet one has to ask whether they have time for anything else in their lives. They must be "on" morning, noon and night. An endless diet of FaceBook, Twitter etc perhaps?

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Phishers switch focus to targeted attacks, warns Cisco

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Just goes to show that being part of a social network.........

...........on the web is may be not such a clever idea.

"containing high levels of personal info gleaned from dossiers collated on social networking sites, press releases or company correspondence."

Much of the information about us that these scumbags use to attack us is info *we* have put out there *ourselves*. Richly ironic that our (very) human tendency to gossip about ourselves and others is being amplified and "megaphoned" around the whole planet in a way that is unique in human history, thus providing these criminals with rich pastures to graze in - particularly when planning attacks involving a significant element of social engineering.

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Microsoft bags two more Android patent deals

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And furthemore, what about the dog that has not barked?

..........We have not heard so much as a "woof" out of Mountain View so far, have we? When you consider that Apple went into bat recently (albeit somewhat slowly) for their partners it is striking that all we are hearing from Google is a deafening silence.

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Re "Which patents exactly?" Yes, that is a point that has puzzled me......

....and I have done quite a bit of "clicking" trying to find out. Whilst I have no doubt that MS is (in common with the rest of "BigCorp") fully capable of behaving like a patent troll now and then the question remains, are they doing so on *this* occasion. I realise that this will not earn me any brownie points amongst some of the S-key dyslexics here at El Reg but without that information it is impossible to *know* whether that is the case this time. Microsoft may very well have acceptable/unacceptable motivation for being tight-lipped about which patents are involved but why are the ones (several of whom are big enough not to need to automatically bend over for MS) who are refusing to pay up not letting it be known what the alleged breeches are if they are confident of their case? PR is after all and integral part of this kind of how's your father normally - why not this time?

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Microsoft: Office 365 outages 'will' happen

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Yes, I see that several have remembered the rules concerning.......

..................The Great Satan From Redmond.

1. Microsoft do not make it clear that this or that service is *not* 100% guaranteed and do not make provision for customer compensation. You absolutely have to log on and howl - do not forget the $-sign next time.

2. Microsoft *do* make it clear that this or that service is *not* 100% guaranteed and *do* make provision for customer compensation. You absolutely have to log on and howl - do not forget the $-sign next time.

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Google Apps v Microsoft Office 365: Rumble in the enterprise

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The 500 lb gorilla in the room is........

......affordable and adequate bandwidth. This is particularly true in the US where they are complaining (with good reason) that their connections are slower and more expensive than in Europe. However, the spare capacity in Europe is not much to boast about if we are all going to go "cloudy". It does not matter when you get down to the nitty gritty whether you are talking Google, Apple or Microsoft, the infrastructure is woefully inadequate if we really are talking about a paradigm shift here. This "solution" threatens to be *very* expensive and the telcos are not exactly going to bust their nuts investing the *huge* sums in infrastructure that will be necessary and in case the cloudy cognoscenti have not noticed there is not a lot of public money available for the present time, a situation that is not likely to change any time soon. So, to sum up, it is going to cost eyewatering amounts, is possibly going to be a touch insecure (to put it tactfully) and "BigCorp" is going to own your arse as far as your data is concerned. Anyone care to explain to me why this is such a wonderful idea?

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Apple’s long divorce from Samsung near final

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Re "Missing the point"

You likely have a point there. As far as "under the bonnet" goes Apple may well have been a touch more dependent on Samsung than they were willing to admit. They may have realised that they had in a certain sense "farmed out" a bit to much and are now in the process of bringing some of it back in house, which I guess would make sense from their point of view. However, as others have said I do not think that Samsung are going to loose any sleep over this. Indeed Nokia and Microsoft may be smiling - AMOLED screens anyone?

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Samsung Series 470 250GB 2.5in SSD

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Re Distrusting storage benchmarks run on Windows.

Given that the vast majority of punters installing this kit will be installing on a Windows system benchmarking it on a Windows based rig would seem to be reasonably logical, hmm? Benchmarking it on a setup that a majority, even amongst El Reg readers, will not be installing on would seem a touch eccentric? If, for example, CrystalDiskMark cannot be relied on to read accurately in Windows that would imply that any software running in a Windows setup on this drive would not deliver the read/write speeds recorded by the benchmarking tool which is itself only another software package. In other words if you benchmarked this drive on, let us say, a Linux based setup the figures you would obtain could not readily be related to the disks performance in a Windows pc. So, even if you are correct in believing that benchmarking tools run in Windows cannot be relied on (a contention that I regard as somewhat dubious) running them in any other system to test the drive could not be related to real performance with the OS that a majority of us use. To sum up, if you are correct your point is meaningless and if you are not correct then you have posted b****x.

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Nokia's Windows phone outed on video

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Predictable?

Yes, this "leak" is entirely predictable - as are the reactions to it we see on this thread.

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Norwegian diplomats brush up on black metal

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@Chris Wareham Re "Re: lulz"

The posting is clearly retailing the same tendentious garbage that a certain section of the European and US right wing have been peddling for the last twenty years or so. Hitler called his party "National Socialist" and combining that with some circular logic based on the existence of dictatorships which arose from left-wing political systems and the resemblances that *all* dictatorships have to each other these political geniuses argue that the Third Reich was a left-wing regime! Their basic argument is that *any* dictatorship of any real size is by definition left-wing. They are attempting to argue that their political model has nothing to apologise for in the historical context since it was (according to them) lefties that produced *both* Stalin *and* Hitler (they tend to go a bit quieter if you mention Mussolini and Franco).

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EFF backs away from Bitcoin

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Dear me.........

.......I do appear to have touched a raw nerve or two, hmm?

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Cites concerns? I should bloody cocoa!

"It cited questions about the legal standing of the crypto-currency with relation to “securities law, the Stamp Payments Act, tax evasion, consumer protection and money laundering”."

I have noted that *some* people here seem to get a little upset when one points out that an "untraceable currency" is, (how shall we put?) open to abuse. Indeed it is fairly obvious that that is its major attraction for some people given that it is in most other respects a *highly* risky investment proposition for any honest citizen.

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Apple will 'own games industry'

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Immersive?

What have the games industry spent years doing? They have spent years trying to get you "inside" the game. That takes serious graphics, a screen of a certain minimum size and a decent sound system (for some games). Assassin's Creed, Empire Total War etc - that type of experience on an iPad? The premise of this article is preposterous.

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Android tablet

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Re. "ordered mine Sat 18th. "

Enjoy!

:)

AF.

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Might actually be genuine ordering misjudgement on the part of Amazon

IE:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Transformer-Android-docking-keyboard/dp/B004TB0EXY/ref=pd_sim_sbs_computers_6

The bundle is still available via Amazon from one of their partners for immediate delivery ("only three in stock - order soon"). It does appear as if the Transformer *bundle* has absolutely sold gangbusters. Although the launch announcements attracted a lot of attention and there were many good reviews, I don't think one can necessarily predict that a product will take off the way this one has. It is possible that even Amazon can get caught with its pants down when deciding how many to order from a producer! That it appears to have pissed off Cupertino in the US is perhaps another indicator of how well the product is doing - if the fruit company are nervous, it must be scoring *well* above average!

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It would be a nice idea but........

.......there would unfortunately be a *very* high risk that such a reader-voting system to grade products would be thoroughly abused by fanbois/shills of all persuasions in an attempt to boost their "gang" or flame the company they hate the most. I regret that such a system would likely end up completely suborned by the aforementioned.

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@Tom 7 Re "I look forward to"

To be honest if this basic idea looks to be a winner in the market place I am sure that "generic docks" will be produced. In fact I would be surprised if Asus themselves did not start to produce a range of such stations both with and without keyboards. It is such an obvious peripheral for a tab-pc that it is likely that there will be quite a market in them.

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Now *that* is priceless!

".......Of course, capturing pictures and video on a 10.1in tablet makes as much sense as trimming your toenails with garden shears, ..........."

I also agree with the sound common sense informing your remark!

Whilst I feel that it is difficult to say whether this type of "bespoke" docking station solution with *built in* keyboard will be a really big seller I certainly feel that the docking/charging station (with extra ports) solution with your tab giving you the opportunity to connect keyboard and mouse if you want to will be a form-factor that a lot of people will appreciate. Kudos to Asus here, I am impressed. I am not ready to take the plunge yet - the next generations hardware (in the next eighteen months or so) will be even more convincing, and *then* yours truly will blow the dust of his wallet.

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Microsoft's Hyper-V 3.0 coming to Windows 8?

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Nice if true.

If the virtualization works smoothly without the "treacle effect" then MS will have solved one of their biggest challenges with any major changes/improvements in the fundamental architecture of Windows in Win8. IE. How to keep legacy customers on-board. Two question remain, can they implement it really well and will they ensure that it works in *all* versions of Win8 - not just some high-priced "business/ultimate edition".

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World+dog yawn over NFC smartphone shopping

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Loosing your mob is already a major league pain in the arse and.......

...........and now they want to ensure that if the worst happens you are left *completely* bare-arse, loosing your wallet at the same time. As to the security implications, they do not even bare thinking about.

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Bitcoin collapses on malicious trade

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Am I to assume that you are of the opinion that the US tax system is.......

.......the be all and end all of everything? I suggest you consider the fact that the world does not end outside the borders of the United States. I further suggest that you take notice of the fact that this is primarily (all though not exclusively) a *British* website and you might be expected to understand that postings will in general be rooted in (all though not exclusively) British circumstances.

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Re "You demonstrate complete ignorance"

No, I do not. Whilst it is certainly true that you do not owe tax on *unrealised* profits you still have to declare your assets when filling in your tax form. *You* do not decide whether or not to declare assets on the basis of whether *you* think there is tax due on them. You *have* to declare the whole shite and then the *tax authorities* decide their attitude which you can appeal if you do not agree with them. What you *cannot* do is decide what you *feel* like declaring. If you have failed to declare your Bitcoins, whether *you* think there is tax due on them or not, you have broken the law - end of. Bottom line - ALL assets must be declared, whether *you* think there is tax due on them or not.

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@Mage

Just like a regular day in the forex market then!

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On a purely practical note.....

........these people have little or no option other than to swallow any losses that occur. In order to have ordinary recourse to the assistance that the law can provide they will have to show that they lost something of value as the result of an illegal act. Now hacking their system is probably illegal but the moment they say that they have lost something of financial value which they almost certainly have not declared on their tax returns they are up the proverbial creek without benefit of toilet paper as far as the IRS is concerned. In other words they cannot ask for the help that any other citizen could ask for. Richly ironic in the circumstances. Now where is that popcorn.

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Not just the tax evaders but the speculators are now in the game.

Comfy chair, check. Popcorn, check. Six-pack chilling in the fridge, check. I am so going to enjoy this.

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AMD trumpets next-gen GPU architecture

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@Ammaross Danan. Re "You laugh, but.....". Well yes, given the choice.......

..........I would far rather it was driven by the porno-deck than the gun-deck!

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Unfortunately one of this technology's primary uses will be........

...........holo-porn. Being able to watch group sex from all angles apparently being performed in the middle of your living room carpet will undoubtedly go gangbusters (or do I mean gangbangers?) in the marketplace.

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Kindle Store awash with auto-generated crap 'books'

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".........these spam books (spooks? Sbooks? Sblooks?)..........."

How about "spamooks", as in "its all a load of........."?

I'll get my coat.

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New malware ferrets out and steals Bitcoins

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Somebody is ripping of the tax evaders' wet dream?

The tears are streaming down my cheeks as I type this, I cannot tell you how upset I am.

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NAME that DONKEY: Bella bests Barbarella

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Nice ass

Sorry, could not resist that one. She is indeed a cutie.

As to "I'd like to make it clear that my daughter has not seen the Twilight movie series." - for your daughter's sake please try and keep it that way, a bigger load of brain-rot would be hard to find.

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Ten... Premium Android smartphones

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@Insane Reindeer Re. "Am I being too picky?"

The short answer is "no you are not". If camera quality is a key criteria for you and you can poke up with Sybian then the N8 is IMHO the best cameraphone on the market today as far as still photography is concerned. Precisely in fact the reason why I bought the N8 for Madame AF's birthday. The picture quality produced by that phone is amazing - I scored major league in the marriage brownie points stakes I can tell you!

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Samsung to refresh 7in Galaxy Tab this September

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Re: "Speak for yourself!"

I agree, the 7 inch form-factor is a very handy one. After all it has roughly the same external physical dimensions as a Kindle - great for reading and big enough for seeing some video etc.. I can very well see that the 10 inch tab has its place but that place is not on a crowded bus!

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Man says he lost $500,000 in virtual currency heist

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@DrXym Re "Wut"

I am quoting your post in full - it deserves it big time!

""No regulation is better than bad regulation. The fiat monetary system is possibly the greatest failing of the human race, and the bungled attempts at regulation would be laughable if they weren't so harrowing."

No it isn't. Regulation stops you from being fleeced, it gives you protections from dodgy banks and lenders who would exploit you, it is borne from painful financial collapses in the past.

And you still haven't addressed why bitcoin (which is also fiat btw) a safe investment as opposed to buying land or something else which is tangible.

"There is nothing inherently unsafe about Bitcoin, like any type of cash, its important to store it securely."

Yes there is. Maybe you haven't been paying attention but some guy just got hosed by a theft. If the thieves decided to cash-in that money then everyone else's investment will slump because sellers will outstrip buyers and the price will collapse. If there are no buyers and only sellers then bitcoins are virtually worthless. And that will be just a taster of what happens when the entire sysem collapses and EVERYONE wants out.

"As for collapse, my analysis is that in the long run, Bitcoin is probably less likely to collapse than any other currency. For now though I have not spent what I cannot afford to lose."

Well your analysis appears to be clouded by some peculiar libertarian notions. Even buying gold / silver in the current speculative bubble is probably a sounder bet. Or perhaps you should even invest in some tulip bulbs. I hear they are a surefire investment too."

I could not have expressed it better!

:)

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Re "I can see the problem"

I am not sure that I agree with your suggestion that there is some kind of contradiction between his involvement in BitCoin and his falling for some kind of social engineering scam that led to his computer being infected. Very many soc-eng scams try to persuade that you are going to get "rich, rich, rich!" and schemes like BitCoin try to persuade you that you are going to get......."rich etc". In other words, falling for a social engineering scam directed against your pc and falling for a (ponzi, or do I mean poncy? )scheme like BitCoin has certain similarities. IE. "A fool and his pc and/or money are soon parted".

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Why is my sympathy limited?

Possibly because this kind of system is beloved of those who consider all taxation as iniquitous, something that infringes on their "liberty". These freedom-lovers frequently do not understand the difference between "liberty" and "taking liberties". I have zero sympathy for tax-evaders.

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Nokia and Apple bury patent beef

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Not at all surprised that you posted......

.....that steaming pile of crap as an AC - get out of here.

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@windywoo

"Nokia sued Apple because Apple refused to pay what Nokia asked. No-one here knows the exact figures Nokia demanded, no-one can tell just how much they differed from the norm. They went to court to let the courts decide who was right. Commenters here pretending to know more than they do should keep quiet."

Right on Bro (as they used to say) - certain members of the cognoscenti here should confine their fairytales to bedtime reading for their kids.

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Motorola Atrix dual-core Android smartphone

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@daemonoid Re Re "Practical problems"

The example I gave was really only intended as *one* illustration of a situation where only one computer each, in the pocket so to speak, would lead to what we can politely call "user conflict" back at the old homestead. I take your point that that the IT setup at home for "ordinary" people is something they look at rather differently from "us". However, the basic principle that many will have another machine at home (regardless of which form-factor we might see in our crystal balls) other than just each person's smart-mob is IMO likely to be more widespread than merely being confined to those of us of the geekish persuasion.

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I forsee a certain practical problem here.

This is a very capable and impressive device, kudos to Moto for that. I take issue with the "replace your computer" line which appears to be very popular in the media at the present time. I have seen at least three articles along the lines of "will the smartphone kill the pc?" in major publications in the last week. Unless you are single there are certain practical problems - I shall mention one. I come home and plug my shiney into our home-theatre system to use it in "front room pc" mode. After a while my good lady settles down to surf a little from the comfort of her armchair. I then decide I want to spend an hour on the phone to my mates. She can then use hers I hear you cry, but hers is currently downloading this or that and cannot.......and so it goes. There will need to be at least one other form of computer in the house other than my and Madame AF's mobiles. Otherwise it becomes a question of how big a row with 'er indoors I want on a regular basis. I should also mention screen size - when I read an electronic book I want a six or seven inch form factor, not four poxy inches or so. Furthermore watching a film on a mob's screen is ridiculous. So please, when considering such questions, *do* take into account practical user issues - it isn't all about the spec sheet. The combination of ones mob and a, say, 7 inch tab/docking station connected to the telly at home is one that I can see being popular. However your phone as the *only* computer you have in the house? No, do not see it, for a whole shit load of practical reasons.

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Nokia CTO replaced by Professor of Karma

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Ratings agencies?

I know that it is not on main topic but I could not help getting that eyecrossing feeling when I read in the article that ratings agencies had downgraded Nokia's credit. The same agencies that gave that toxic shit from the US mortgage market AAA ratings? The same agencies that contributed big time to a global financial crisis a couple of years or so ago? The same agencies whose ratings amounted to downright fraud for which the taxpayer is paying through the nose for? Coming from that bunch of scum-buckets their "down-grade" almost makes me inclined to classify Nokia shares as buying opportunity!

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HTC does the ChaCha with Three and Vodafone

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Sorry, I usually have a lot of time for HTC's kit but.........

.............that is one seriously *ugly* mofo.

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HTC Flyer 7in Android tablet

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Nice legs, shame about the face (price)

Even though HTC are a favourite of mine (both my current and previous droid mobs) the price they are asking (plus the lack of HDMI) make this a real bummer. At *that* price I expect all the usual ports *and* a basic docking station thrown in (with extra usbs etc.). With Asus showing the way I do not understand what HTC are playing at here (or Moto for that matter). I suspect that Asus however, with their transformer and slider tablets at sensible price-points (in relation to the current state of the market) are going to clean up.

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Win8: A beginner's guide to FondleWindows

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I am most relieved that the author alerted us to his piece being "opinionated" .......

.......otherwise we might have thought that the manner in which the assertion.............

"The design borrows heavily from the iPhone's system, iOS, also used for the iPad. Cue grumblings that Microsoft has ripped off Apple again. These are justifiable,"

............was presented indicated that it was a statement of fact rather than a highly subjective allegation/opinion. My personal *opinion* is that they appear to have lifted it directly from the WP7 UI (a design that is not to my personal taste whatever the merits/demerits of the OS itself).

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Apple pilfers rips off student's rejected iPhone app

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@mafoo Re "Well"

"Do you honestly think apple's highly paid developers and marketing department are sitting at the end off the approvals process denying yet another pull my finder app? Unlikely."

It is possible that you have a point. However, it does leave an impression that suggests that the company's highly paid image management people are rather falling down on the job.

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