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Apple surrenders in 'app store' trademark suit against Amazon

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@Blain Hamon. Indeed, astonishment would be a small word in the context..........

...........if she had something of the kind. However, I think we could agree that them protecting their precious corporate egos is a small price to pay for them dropping this nonsense. I look forward (although I am not holding my breath) to her announcing that they are dropping their farcical judicial carpet bombing of Samsung on the basis the the iPhone/iPad brands are too strong to be damaged by the possibility that some seriously brain-dead members of the public might be confused when comparing them with their rival's products.

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Apple creeps up on Android in US smartphone sales

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I am going to indulge myself in one of my pet peeves.

The difference between "X percent" and "X percentage points". It is not a minor niggle because one can end up drawing mistaken conclusions from the given set of figures. To whit:

"Windows Phone devices also saw a year-on-year improvement, rising 0.9 per cent to reach 4.6 per cent,"

No they did not. The increase was (if I have not made a cock-up here myself, which is quite possible) 0.9 percentage points which on a difference year on year going from 3.7% to 4.6% is a year on year increase of 30 percent. Though having said that of course I doubt that Ballmer is about to break out the champagne any time soon - a very small market share is still a very small market share. It would just be nice if we discussed such figures with a modicum of care and precision, hmm...?

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Samsung isn't alone: HTC profits take a huge dive

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@Dave Fox: Exactly. I tried to explain recently that I ran two smartphones........

......a Desire X and a Lumia 820. My saying that I liked both did not go down well with the "Cognoscenti". Currently (because her old Nokia had given up the ghost) my good lady has taken over the Desire X and she is very pleased with it. She also has no problem with using my Lumia so all is well here at Arctic Fox Towers. Indeed a couple who are good friends are very pleased with their iPhones with the result that we have had some hands-on time with the iPhone 4S as well. Very decent phones, just not our cup of tea. I simply do not understand the "football supporter" mentality amongst some of our fellow members of the "Vanguard of the Commentariat".

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IT design: You're not data, you're a human being

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@MrMcginty Re: Very glad that someone is at least thinking about this

First class post, that's all I have to say.

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Microsoft offloads heap of critical fixes in 'ugly' Patch Tuesday

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"I was hoping the first Post-Eadon Patch Tuesday......

...Your hopes were in vain - after all some "brain-deads" actually used to upvote him.

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French snooping as deep as PRISM: Le Monde

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The Berlin Wall came down amidst general rejoicing only for us now to discover...........

................many years after that Western governments routinely subject their citizens to the kind of high tech snooping that the KGB in their day would have given the eye-teeth for.

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Win 8 man Sinofsky's 'retirement' deal: $14m shares, oath of silence

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Re:"I never read anything really bad from him as to deserve a permanent ban."

You didn't? Well, well.

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Dubya: I introduced PRISM and I think it's pretty swell

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I am delighted that "Dubya" has claimed his share of the "credit" for this............

................as a result we may be spared a certain type of member of our little congregation from the other side of the pond logging on to tell us "what can we expect with that quasi-communist Obama in the White House."

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Win 8 user? Thought that was a CAPTCHA? R is for ruh roh

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Re: " Windows is a fundamentally broken design and it will *never* be secure."

Nor will any other OS you care to name or imagine - that is in the nature of the problem. Simply howling your distaste for Redmond will not change the fact that what one person can create another can circumvent - no system, whatever it might be is intrinsically secure. Anyone claiming otherwise is a snake oil salesman and should be tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail.

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AT&T patents P2P content tracking system

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Re:"That was very slow for a copyright cartel shill to post"..........It is possible that......

...............he actually means it and posts that sort of thing for free. Though I have to say that I find that possibility rather worrying!

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Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

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Re "Troll icon.....in remembrance."

Good grief! They really modded his arse. I have to say that it really takes stamina to piss off Vulture Central to that degree - heaven help us all. I would be guilty of a considerable degree of hypocrisy if I attempted to pretend that he will be much missed although the sight of his entire "oeuvre" being replaced by "this post has been deleted by a moderator" was, to say the least of it, eerie.

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I look forward enormously to the restrained, thoughtful and cerebral debate we can expect.....

on this thread.

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Windows 8.1: Here at last, but is it good enough?

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Re: "Why would 'Professionals' want to deal with such an amateurish OS"

Precisely because they are professionals and it is part of their job to be familiar even with operating systems they personally do not like - end of.

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I see that some at least of the....

....."Cognoscenti" are indicating that they cannot even be bothered to take a look at 8.1 - are we actually talking IT professionals here? "I don't like it so I can't be fucking arsed". Oh yeah, really professional - totally impressive.

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Re: First experiences

On that score I would entirely agree - although I would have to point out that the OEMs have a certain responsibility there, hmm?

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Stock dips as fanbois complain of dodgy Wi-Fi on MacBook Air

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Re: Re:I think you're confusing customer relations with media relations here.............

No problem - I've gotten my wires crossed in that fashion a few times myself!

:)

AF.

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Re:I think you're confusing customer relations with media relations here.............

No, Squander Two I wasn't - I was quite specifically thinking and writing about Apple's relationship with its customers and how it manages that relationship. Other than that reservation, I entirely agree with the rest of your post. :)

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I have always found "BigCorp's" paranoia when dealing with customer complaints very.......

..............strange and Apple Corp are no exception, indeed it can be argued that they are amongst the worst with this kind of attitude.

"The Register has not been able to verify the existence of this note, as Apple's UK tentacle is being tight-lipped about the situation, but the wording suggests the fruity firm is taking the problem seriously."

You have a problem: Identify, assess, reassure and rectify. Customer relations 101. They do have a problem - that much is clear. Why is it that a company which has a very considerable reputation for their marketing skills does not seem to see that admitting immediately that the problem exists and reassuring customers that they are "on the case" would earn them far more kudos than their usual behaviour which appears to be an attempt to "out-Kremlin" the Kremlin when it comes to being unwilling to communicate?

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Ask Trevor Pott ANYTHING about Office 365

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I see that Mr Eadon joined this thread and then deleted himself.

I am delighted to see that even he has an embarrassment threshold.

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Cuba bound? Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong

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@bigtimehustler: I have to say that I agree with every word you have posted.

"Personally if the US classes itself as a world leader, perhaps it should afford the worlds citizens the same protections it offers its own. Until then I offer my full support to people like Snowden."

If they want us to accept their "leadership" then they have to accept we have a say whether they like it or not.

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When Apple needs speed and security in Mac OS X, it turns to Microsoft

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You know something Mr Eadon, I recently posted the following joking comment with.......

.....regard to your posting habits.

" I've been subjecting his posts....... ....to some advanced textual analysis and my conclusion is that he is an uber-iPhanboi disguising himself as a Linux advocate. This would explain why all his posts attack Redmond whether the issue is on topic or not and at the same time his intemperate and idiotic postings are intended to discredit Linux - cunning what? Well, Baldrick might well think so."

After reading this post of yours I realise that I in fact really did hit the nail on the head without realising it.

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Asus FonePad: You may feel a bit of a spanner

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@Whitter Re:"You sir are a Gentleman!"

Indeed he is, clearly one of the old school. My observation of the kind of behaviour that he shuns is that where certain brain dead planks types engage in it it is usually the size of the mouth rather than the phone that is the issue!

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Ex-CIA techie Edward Snowden: I am the NSA PRISM deepthroat

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Land of the Free?

It is highly ironic that so many years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the USSR that US governments are now subjecting their own citizens to the kind of intrusive surveillance that was common practice in the old Soviet Union - and are using pretty much the same justifications for it as the Soviet Communist Party used in its time.

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Mutton to see here: Chinese dealer offers fondleslabs for sheep

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@I aint't Spartacus "Then you can say they're going cheep"

It would be the only circumstance when you could say that about an iFondle device!

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Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

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Re: "Calm down; Eadon isn't real." Actually I think he is. I've been subjecting his posts.......

....to some advanced textual analysis and my conclusion is that he is an uber-iPhanboi disguising himself as a Linux advocate. This would explain why all his posts attack Redmond whether the issue is on topic or not and at the same time his intemperate and idiotic postings are intended to discredit Linux - cunning what? Well, Baldrick might well think so.

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@Dan 55 "Judging by the first two posts above mine, Microsoft's community..............

..........managers are already at their desks.

Well old chap, I have to say that those of who have managed to develop a bit of maturity understand that not everyone who disagrees with us is a villain or a shill. Suggest you try harder.

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Microsoft caves to Google, pulls YouTube app from WinPhone Store

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Re: "MS won this stoush fair and square" It does appear to be the case time at any rate.....

........even though certain members here will refuse to acknowledge that. The clue lies in the fact that MS and Google issued a joint statement. Mountain View realised that they had pushed the issue too far. That does not mean, of course, that they have "caved in to" Redmond, just that they realised that they would have to negotiate rather than take the mickey. Whatever comes out in the wash will be, hopefully, something that both sides can live with. That is after all the point with negotiations, hmm?

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2AC 25th May 01.55 Re: "GOOGLE EVIL EMPIRE FAIL!" My congratulations on a truly.......

.........superb Eadon imitation, it was so lifelike that I can only describe it as frightening.

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US Senator introduces 'Patent Abuse Reduction Act'

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@Mephistro: I take your point Mephistro.

I can entirely understand that some hardware patent scenarios would not be properly covered by my (rather ill-tempered :)) definition. As far as your point with regard to software patents is concerned I agree and am of the view that it should be a very time-limited form of copyright protection.

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I read this paragraph carefully and wonder about one thing............

"“This bill would require plaintiffs to disclose the substance of their claim and reveal their identities when they file their lawsuit; allow defendants to hale into court interested parties; bring fairness to the discovery process; and shift responsibility for the cost of litigation to the losing party. These reforms will deter patent litigation abusers without prejudicing the rights of responsible intellectual property holders.”"

.................why the fuck have these basic common sense precautions not been part of patent law all the time? It is truly astonishing that only now are measures such as this being debated - let alone have any certainty of passing. Oh, and while he is at it he could add a condition for the granting of hardware patents - no working prototype to support the application, no frakking patent.

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Intel's answer to ARM: Customisable x86 chips with HIDDEN POWERS

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Re: " Otherwise you're just the forum equivalent of interference on the radio."

Entirely standard practice for that gentleman.

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Surface Pro to hit Blighty priced 25% up on top-o-the-range iPad

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Re: Surface Pro to hit Blighty priced the same as MacBook Air

I entirely agree with your "headline fix". The comparison with an iPad is a spectacularly idiotic piece of click-bait. They are simply not the same type of equipment at all.*

*I am not having a pop at the iPad - just pointing out that it is a wholly inappropriate comparison.

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It's official: Nokia's Verizon Lumia 928 is here

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I see that Eadon got on first, oh well.......

......that's another thread down the khazi.

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Nokia teases world+dog with snap of new 4G Lumia 928

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Oh dear me Reg, you are a bunch of michevious little tykes aren't you?

Those of us with more than two neurones firing at the same time are aware that the Finns will not be launching a new flagship before the summer (to include both their hardware update with regard to their camera and "Blue" from you-know-who).

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Peak Apple: Yet ANOTHER supplier reports drop in demand

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This is not surprising. As many commentards here have pointed out............

.............when Cupertino faced serious competition in the high end of the mobile market, life would get more difficult for them. I do not understand why this attracts such amazed headlines - its markets-101. More competition, life gets harder. Does this mean that Apple are suddenly going to stop earning serious money? No, of course not. They have simply begun to lose their market dominance - an entirely natural progression. A development which even the most die-hard iFanboi ought to welcome for reasons that ought to be too obvious to have to explain.

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FONDLESLAB market DEATH STRUGGLE: Latest rankings in

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"Therefore your opinion on the matter is completely irrelevant."

Indeed, however that will not stop him posting the same old, same old.

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Fanbois vs fandroids: Punters display 'tribal loyalty'

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@Barry Shitpeas Re:"to stay with Apple because of the content lock-in...."

The smart-phone market is of course still young and saturation has not been achieved even in the US or Europe. It will be interesting to see to what extent and for how much longer that the content lock-in trap will be accepted by the average punter. There is a tendency amongst the "meeja" to assume that this will be the eternal condition in the small devices market. However, if we take (for the sake of debate and to have some type of date) 2007 as the launch of the modern mass-market in smartphones (when you-know-who launched you-know-what) then that market is in fact not even seven years old yet. What we could call perhaps "smart phone culture" (in the sociological sense) is still in its infancy - we simply do not know what the average punter will sit still for in, say, 5 years time and nor do the analists*.

*Spelling mistake not accidental!

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iPhone 5 totters at the top as Samsung thrusts up UK mobe chart

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Re: Impartial Opinion "Impartial Opinion?" Since when have a series of opinionated........

........assertions been any kind of "impartial opinion"? I think that it is you who need the services of the dictionary old chap.

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If I could be bothered to take part in this argument.........

..............I would point out that on a thread like this a certain gentleman's postings vary in inverse proportion in intensity and number according to how scared he is that it might, just possibly. be good news for Nokia (or Redmond for that matter). On the basis of his contributions to this thread my statistical analysis says that the Finns are doing gangbusters.

PS. Yes, I am being a trifle satirical.

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Microsoft off the hook for billions in Motorola Mobility payout

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Re: Can someone grow a pair

Well, funnily enough Samsung had no problem going to the mattresses against Cupertino (and are still engaged in that struggle - a struggle in which I wholeheartedly support them). However, Samsung one of the most cash-rich and powerful companies in the entire industry reached a negotiated agreement with Redmond. I am in no way arguing that that indicates that Redmond's cause is necessarily just but I do have to ask you why you think that a company like Samsung (who was willing to take on the most cash-rich company in the world) would "roll over and play dead" for Microsoft, hmm? Any explanation for that? Other than the impression one gets around here that many of the commentariat believe that the "fat chair-throwing mad bastard" known as "Demon-Lord Ballmer" is indeed in league with The Old One.

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Major Dell investor cashes in ALL of its 24.5 million shares

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RE" it's the Linux/FOSS purists I feel sorry for, must be an embarrassment.............

............ for them to have this sort of representation."

I think that they are likely amongst his keenest downvoters!

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Re: Curse of Microsoft

That surely takes the prize as the most idiotic and illogical posting you have so far inflicted upon us - that and your caps lock obsession. If the later bidders bid too much and then had to back out when they realised that Dell and Silverlake's offer reflected a realistic price for the company how then is that Redmond's or (God help us all) Nokia's fault? Your hysterical ravings are getting increasingly embarrassing to read.

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Very interesting. The other bidders appear to have outsmarted themselves.............

"This transformation into an enterprise player was supposed to take place away from the glare of Wall St, and part of the reason why the man Michael and VC pal SilverLake Partners bid $24bn for Dell the company.

That offer was branded "woefully inadequate" by Southeastern Asset Management, leading to rival bids being tabled by Blackstone and Icahn Enterprises."

..............by assuming (at the outset) that Dell and Siverlake's bid was an attempt to get the company on the cheap.

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Review: Nokia Lumia 720

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@Steve Knox: Analysis? Facts? Logic? You are asking a great deal of that gentleman.

No, sorry old chap please excuse my facetiousness, it is so irresistible when that particular commentard is involved. A highly apposite post from you by the way - thank you.

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@IHateWearingATie: I entirely agree.

I currently run a Desire X and a Lumia 820. They are both nice phones at their price-point and I enjoy using them. The Lumia has a build quality (for the price) that reminds me of older Nokia phones. I have no idea whether or not Nokia are going to be able to dig themselves out of the hole they are currently in (a hole that they themselves dug long before their link-up with Redmond) but I am still enjoying using the 820 and the "X" side by side for largely overlapping reasons but sometimes for different reasons. The tribalist/low-forebrow/knuckle-draggers do not understand having any kind of ecumenical attitude to these kinds of choices. They just want to howl their usual, extremely tiresome, song.

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Weak iPad, iPhone demand hits LG Display in the wallet

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The markets are reacting to the medium term trend............

............... - that being the fact that Cupertino now face a degree of effective competition in the mobile sector on a scale that we simply were not seeing as recently as eighteen months or so ago. The stripy shirted sharks have realised that the days when Apple had little effective competition in the high end mob and tab market are definitively over and so are the gravity defying capital gains on Apple stock. Does this mean that Apple are going to fail to make serious money? No of course not but the aforementioned "stripies" loved the situation where Apple had little competition at the high end just as they loved the situation with Microsoft stock in the late nineties. It is one of life's little ironies that a group of people who politically speaking sing of the joys of the free-market much prefer to invest in a company which has a little competition as possible when that will make money for them and their clients.

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Nokia: OK, Q1 has been weak, but there's 'underlying' profit

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@Thomas 4 Thank you for that image..............

......."As for Eadon, everyone knows he has his own unique keyboard that he uses for posting on here. It comprises of two very large keys - one saying "Microsoft", the other saying "Fail" and he repeatedly slams his face onto it before clicking the "Submit" button."

It gave me the best laugh I have had for while. The thought of you know who delivering his postings by head-butting his keyboard is absolutely irresistible. It may even be true LOL!

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Ten Windows tablets

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@I ain't Spartacus RE:"......just because of the 2 things I sometimes want in a tablet."

I agree - indeed that is why I am waiting until the "Haswell" chippery comes out. Precisely because I want a proper os and the combination of processing/graphics power and battery life that those devices should give (plus a stylus) (unless of course Intel are totally bullshitting).

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@Ross K ".........with the social skills of a 5-year-old." Do you mind! I am aquainted with.......

.......several 5-year-olds in my extended family (third generation and all that*) who are potty-trained.

*Hence the aged and haggard look in my choice of icon.

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@JustaKOS "Re: Ten Windows Tablets - the Eadon Review"

You see what I mean? He seems to enjoy being a...........no I cannot be bothered but you know what I mean.

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