* Posts by Argh

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F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

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Re: Bah!

Probably 5 miles rounded up?

Also 33 km would be 20 miles rounded up.

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Google tells Android's Linux kernel to toughen up and fight off those horrible hacker bullies

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Re: Patching speed is probably the issue

I'm not sure about the cheaper models, but the flagships (Galaxy S and Galaxy Note) tend to be updated regularly, at least for security patches.

My 2+ year old S5 is still updated almost every month.

If you are using a network branded phone, this may not be the case, particularly if you are on EE/Orange, who seem to be the worst for regular updates, from looking at firmware releases. Flash an unbranded firmware, if you can,to get the updates .

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Forget Game of Thrones as Android ransomware infects TVs

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Re: Killing TVs, a step too far

> What could the manufacturer do?

> a) Disable sideloading/fastboot/adb/etc... Although Kodi on a TV would be nice, I could live without it as the TV would just be another device to babysit.

You don't need sideloading/fastboo/adb/etc to run Kodi. It's on the Play store.

> b) Include a reset pinhole. And let's face it, you need it with Android.

Never needed it before and I've been with Android a long time. I have had to hold down the power button for a few seconds to force a shutdown though, I guess that's the same thing. The iPhone has the same feature though, with power button and home, and I know that's been needed a lot by friends.

I don't know about Android TVs, but most (all?) Android phones can be wiped from the bootloader by holding a combination of buttons. I agree that some way of "factory resetting" a TV would be useful. My very old "Smart" TV (most smart functions no longer functioning, as it's so old and the services have changed) already has that on a menu, so I'd be quite surprised if it wasn't available on newer TVs.

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Google Chrome deletes Backspace

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"Page back" key

I don't remember having any issues in the past with backspace, but my T510 Thinkpad has a "page back" key that I have hit many times, next to the "up arrow" and "left arrow" cursor keys. Browser extensions like "Lazarus" to save forms automatically have saved me a lot of time due to this issue!

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Google-backed Yieldify has acquired IP from ‘world’s biggest patent troll’

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I've looked so that others don't have to. From their website, it looks like they try to "re-engage" you on a site, if you leave it for a bit.

The examples they gave:

If you leave a retail website with a non-empty basket, it will email you occasionally (possibly with deals as an incentive).

Similarly, if on mobile you switch away from the tab or browser and come back, it can pop-over an advert/deal as an incentive to continue.

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Official: EU goes after Google, alleges it uses Android to kill competition

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Re: Alternate operating systems

If they get rid of the compatibility tests, it will also make it fun to try and find apps that work as expected with your phone. Back to the good old days of early Android. Those apps with embedded maps? They won't work on phones without the maps APIs. You want to monetise? You'll need to implement a load of different payment APIs for all the stores.

A lot of the APIs were moved in to other services from core Android, so that they could be updated without a full firmware update. That's pretty important as a lot of carriers and manufacturers rarely provide firmware updates.

Ideally (from my point of view) they'd move even more of them out so that even more security and other bug fixes could be easily fixed. For example, the stagefright bugs weren't able to be fixed without a firmware update, as they were in the core OS.

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Google tried to be funny, cocked it up, everyone thought it was a bug

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Re: <sigh>

> and one from a funeral director to a client who had just had a bereavement

That was a made-up example by the twitter poster, not a real example. He even clarified it later in the thread:

>> I thought it was super apparent, but just in case—I made this GIF as a cautionary tale/worst-case example. Not real.

> Or that adding 'hilarious' features to core functionality of a platform that is expected to work day in, day out by business and private users alike probably isn't the finest of ideas.

Google do things like this fairly often, but this one is particularly suspect as it has some pretty big non-cosmetic effects and has replaced an existing button rather than adding a new one. If, as reported, it also affected users that did not press the "drop the mic" button, it was terrible.

For what it's worth, Google Apps accounts for businesses (i.e. paying customers) did not have this feature added.

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Something useful from Cupertino?! Apple sees the light – finally

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Seem to recall that the night mode was in the Android Marshmallow beta (removed for release), and it's also in the current Android N beta.

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It's BACK – Stagefright 2.0: Zillions of Android gadgets can be hijacked by MP3s, movie files

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Re: Mmm...

There are apps to check to see if you're vulnerable.

Samsung have pushed out fixes for the original Stagefright issue to stock (non-carrier branded) devices, but I haven't had an update for a long time on my EE S5 and it's definitely vulnerable.

I'm not sure about the stock S5 Mini.

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3D printer blueprints for TSA luggage-unlocking master keys leak online

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Re: I never

I've only had the note in my case once, but I know my case has been looked in multiple times, due to cable ties being cut, contents rearrangement and sometimes internal zips/clips opened, that wouldn't be at all likely even with all the damage bags take. I didn't think they bothered officially letting you know, now.

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Vodafone UK rocks the bloat with demands for vanilla Android

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Re: @Twilkins - yup, me too...

I'd really like to unlock my EE S5 to get the latest unbranded ROMs, but as I have a terrible EE signal in the house, I need the EE Wifi calling functionality which isn't available on the unbranded phones.

Unrelated to the article, but on the topic of Wifi calling, it would have been nice if the phone stopped trying to use the radio when Wifi calling is available, as the low signal while at home still destroys the battery life due to the radio working at full power.

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PINs easily pinched with iPhone-attached thermal imaging kit

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Re: Thermal sensor resolution

I'd expect it's something like the FLIR ONE for iPhone and Android?

The thermal imaging resolution is 160x120, but it also uses a regular camera to add more detail combined with the thermal image.

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OnePlus 2: The smartie that's trying to outsmart Google's Android

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Re: Carbon not Kevlar

No, it's Kevlar. Actual DuPont™ Kevlar®. Likely not very much of it, though.

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Uninstalled Google Photos? Thought your pics safe from slurping? WRONG, bozo

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Re: So

If you find it, report it, please, don't just delete it.

Saying you're guilty for repairing a PC containing illegal media is like saying that if you work at a till, then receive money, check it immediately and find it to be counterfeit, you're still guilty for being in possession of it.

The guy who found porn on Gary Glitter's laptop in PC World reported it and there was no legal action taken against him, of course.

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'Hackers racked up $$$$s via the Android Play Store, and Google won't pay me back'

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The real story

Isn't the real story here that account credentials have been leaked from Google, according to the suit?

I'd have thought that if there was any evidence of this, it would be a huge story. As Irongut says, more likely to be a compromise at the users end.

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NO BRAIN needed to use Samsung's next flagship mobe

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Re: If you buy it do you own it? ...or... Will the device start overlaying Ads over the photos?

Here maps (from Nokia) works well for offline maps on Android. I haven't looked to see if the maps can be synced with rsync though. Maybe, if you're rooted. Obviously Firefox and VLC are already available. If you don't log in to a Google account for anything, you can be quite Google free if that's your thing. It's convenient to have an app store of some kind though. Perhaps install Amazon?

A lot of phones have dual booting options available as well, if you look on sites such as XDA-Developers. Invalidates the warranty, I'd expect (some people disagree about this saying EU law allows it).

I think hypervisors will become popular in time, particularly as Android phones are now starting to ship with 3GB of memory.

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Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb

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Re: In ten of fifteen years' time,

I suspect that it may be more like "We only shared heartbeats and medical data?", as loved ones will share the composition of their excrement with each other, analysed by their iLoo.

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THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug

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Re: Remind me again why Android's crappy update system is good?

The majority of phones I've seen ship Chrome, which will auto-update happily.

Some phones (particularly older ones) ship an AOSP based browser, usually also customised by the phone manufacturer, which has this issue.

Android does allow such applications to be updated in the Play store, and some manufacturers have started to do this, e.g. manufacturers putting cameras, etc. in the Play store so they can be updated easily. Unfortunately, this has only started to happen fairly recently and I haven't yet seen a manufacturer customised browser updated via the store.

So -- it's not an Android issue, it's a manufacturer issue that reflects badly on Android.

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Running the Gauntlet: Atari's classic ... now and then

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Yes, I liked Gauntlet, but Gauntlet 2 made it so much more fun with a much wider variety of features ("Blue valkyrie is it", "Green elf now haaas... reflective shot"), although the option to have all 4 players with the same class (e.g. "Red elf", "Green elf", etc) took something away.

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Apple fanbois to talk at the iWatch, INSPECTOR GADGET style – report

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Re: Boring...

Agreed. It's going to be interesting to see what Apple come up with. I'm sure it will be a big success because:

a) It's Apple and their target demographic tends to have a fair amount of cash available to spend on tech.

b) It will likely look really nice (unlike the 2 currently released Android Wear devices -- still waiting on the Moto 360, which looks chunky but unique!)

If Android Wear somehow became compatible with the iPhone (may be difficult due to Apple not liking anything with "Android" in the title for apps -- e.g. the Android Central news app can't get in to the App Store, and Chromecast is based on Android but used the Chrome name to get on to iOS), it could make things interesting. I know that as an Android user, I would prefer something cross-platform compatible in case I feel like changing devices. I treat services that I use in the same way, generally veering away from platform specific services.

Obviously the iWatch will not be Android compatible.

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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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Re: I really don't see...

As I understand it, it's because iMessage doesn't send SMS to a number, once it knows that number is an iDevice, it uses a proprietary Apple format.

Apple isn't intercepting SMS messages, it's just not forwarding on their proprietary ones and her friends aren't sending SMS. Imagine it a bit like you using Skype, then you stop using Skype but all your Skype friends still sending messages to you on it. The main difference is that Skype makes the difference between SMS and Skype messages very obvious whereas iMessage hides it from the users and "auto-detects" if the receiving number is an iDevice, but needs it to be manually deregistered by the owner of the receiving iDevice if the number is used by a different phone vendor.

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Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad

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Re: Slimmer?

Maybe they were irked by the Samsung commercial that made fun of their iPad Air/pencil commercial and one-upped their thinness.

It shows the pencil, then the iPad Air behind it (as the iPad commercial does), and then the slimmer Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 behind that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fThtsb-Yj0w

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

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Re: Great, but not entirely perfect..

Any "." in gmail email addresses has no meaning. See https://support.google.com/mail/answer/10313?hl=en

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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Re: Again..

Sure, but I also remember the great widget for the WM2003 phones used to recreate that same "Orange home screen" that only came on Orange and supported embedding multiple widgets horizontally, rather than just 1 per row. That allowed for artistic users to put together some really creative new "today screens" (home screens). One of my favourites was an OS-X theme with a bar along the bottom with icons that enlarged as they were highlighted.

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Sync'n'steal: Hackers brew Android-targeting Windows malware

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On Android 4.3, there's also a checkbox that's enabled by default when enabling debugging that says "Verify apps via USB. Check installed apps from ADB/ADT for harmful behaviour". I'm not sure how this is checked (uploaded to Google for testing first?), but that may also pick up these apps.

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Fandroids at pranksters' mercy: Android remote password reset now live

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Re: Password confirmation

I haven't tried the remote wipe, but it certainly doesn't ask for the password again for remote lock .

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Can't fit slab AND mobe in your tight pockets? 10 tablets with built-in 3G/4G

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Re: Nexus - it is not just the dialer

I didn't see anywhere in the article that this list was for phone replacements. The iPad can't place calls either, as far as I know (from a quick search).

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Smartwatch news: Sleek-but-vaporous timepiece promised by... NISSAN?

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25mph?

25mph? That blurred background is eliciting the sensation of travelling at 25km/h according to the speedometer.

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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

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Re: Is this a UK or US based article?

2 weeks ago, the FCC put a cap on prison call rates of $3.75 for 15 minutes, so very soon it will no longer be that much in the US either.

Not sure about the UK, but I found an article from 2008 saying it's about 11p/minute and complaining that this was too high.

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Cold, dead hands of Steve Jobs slip from iPhones: The Cult of Ive is upon us

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Re: Pub bragging rights?

Or any of the parallax phone tilting live wallpapers. I've been using one for 8 months now.

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Congress: It's not the Glass that's scary - It's the GOOGLE

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Re: Stalkiness factor

I'm a bit torn on this.

It's very easy to record someone secretly. How do you think private investigators do it? The technology has been available for many years and is incredibly cheap now. If you want to secretly record someone, without them knowing, you can.

Now, have you seen someone wearing Glass? It's not exactly invisible, and is not really a hidden camera.

I believe that the issue is going to come more from accidental situations. e.g. Say you're sitting on a park bench reading a book with Glass on and hear a surprising noise. You look up and see that a child has made it. I'd imagine that if the parent sees you looking at their child with Glass on, they will get very defensive, as they don't know if you're recording their child in a creepy way or not.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4: A slim stripper with palms hovering over its body

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Re: Looking good.

@AceRimmer and you've lost MHL (which is the main reason I haven't switched to cyanogenmod on the i9300 S3) and the ability to touch focus with the flashlight on, among other issues.

You can turn off most of the Samsung specific additions on their phones by tweaking the settings, installing a new launcher, etc. but it won't turn it in to a Nexus. Certain parts of the system (notification drawer, appearance of dialogue boxes, etc.) are hardcoded and only changing ROM will change them.

Unfortunately, the Exynos drivers are closed-source and so certain features are less than optimal on open source ROMs. The US versions on Qualcomm chipsets tend to have better support.

Samsung have been good (read: better than a lot of the rest) at supporting their older phones though, with the S2 getting Jellybean updates and the S3 is meant to be getting a lot of the S4 software ported to it, where the specific S4 hardware isn't required.

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Google shreds Reader in new round of 'spring cleaning'

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Re: I get feeds on my MeeGo N950 phone

Just put an ad in to the RSS article. Some of the feeds I follow already do that.

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Re: Boo!

Google Listen worked fine for me, but I also use BeyondPod mainly for the smart playlists.

However, as with many RSS based applications, BeyondPod can also synchronise with Google Reader, allowing it to keep track of listened podcasts across multiple devices (luckily they've currently got a beta of their own synchronisation method in testing).

I'll miss Reader though, the ability to use desktop or mobile to efficiently read feeds (and easily mark certain entries as unread to come back to them later on the other device, if necessary) is/was very useful to me.

Flipboard and Feedly just don't work as well for me.

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Amazon puts up CD rack in the cloud, unearths your OLD stuff too

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Re: D'oh, for cripes' sake...

> Does Amazon honestly think that I'm so goddamn' impatient that I can't wait a business day or two for my CD to arrive?

Does it matter? You still get the CD, and they give you the download for free.

> (never mind that most of the stuff I'm after wouldn't be carried on Amazon, or probably hasn't even been reissued on CD)

Then this doesn't affect you at all, so no need to worry.

> Will they blow me off and just keep piling up auto-ripped tracks in their cloud until it hits the limit and they start charging me?

When you buy music from Amazon, it doesn't take up any of your paid-for space, you get it added free.

> P'wah, "auto-ripoff", more like.

auto-freebies, more like.

> Besides, I'm not so friggin' incompetent that I can't slip a CD into my computer, fire up iTunes, and rip the tracks to 320k mp3, or wav, or use my FLAC converter myself, thankyuhvurymuch.

And you still can. They haven't taken anything away, just added things.

> you can't fix stupid.

Indeed.

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FAVI smacks your dumb TV with £30 Android SmartStick

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"The only way to get sound out is via HDMI (at least until Android starts supporting USB sound devices)"

Doesn't Android support USB audio devices?

I don't have a Nexus (stock Android) device to test with, but the Samsung Galaxy S3 supports USB audio devices (as well as most other USB devices I've tried with it) with USB OTG.

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Nvidia takes fight to Sony, Nintendo with Android handheld console

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It runs stock Android. You can get an OnLive client for Android, although obviously you'll need to pay for the service.

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Re: Well when you've been dumped by everyone else...

The Snapdragon chipset may well be better, but there aren't any/many games that take advantage of the GPU on Android, unlike the Tegra 3 enhanced exclusives.

I realise that general software will be able to use the better CPU, but there is very little on phones/tablets besides benchmarking tools that shows an appreciable difference in the number crunching.

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Re: Pity...

I'm pretty sure that Tegra 4 will come to quite a wide range of tablets and phones, as Tegra 3 did.

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Google's UK grip slips a bit, brutal dominance basically unshaken

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Re: Search engines all failing

I think it was always a bit ORish. In the past, you could put "+" in front of a term to make sure that it was required in the page. They changed that to double quotes now, so if you put double quotes around each search term individually it should make sure that the page contains them all.

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Apple engineers 'pay no attention to anyone's patents', court told

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Re: Quelle surprise...

This is very standard. It prevents claims of "wilful infringement" as well as saving a lot of time.

I'm pretty sure that I remember reading that Linux developers are also urged to not check to see if anything is patented either, a long time ago.

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Free Android apps often secretly make calls, use the camera

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Banking apps

Some banking apps and other "secure" apps (such as streaming paid-for video) try to stop you running them if you're on a rooted device, but that's about it.

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The Register's iPhone app gets a makeover

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Google Currents

Is there any chance of getting The Register on Google Currents? I find it a great way to read many other news sites.

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No GPS in the iPad Mini Wi-Fi: People are right to criticise

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Re: Offline mappage

I was travelling abroad the past few weeks and found offline Google maps almost useless. You can't plot a route, which I knew, but I was also unable to even search for anything (e.g. road name, town, hotel name), even if it had been downloaded and was visible on the map, which was particularly poor.

I ended up using Osmand for free navigation. It wasn't perfect (based on OSM, so just as bad as Apple Maps!), but got me from A to B, and let me set waypoints to work around situations where it routed me down a private gated road.

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'Looming menace' of evil browser extensions to be demo'd this week

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Re: App-store

Yes, I think that Chrome blocks installations (certainly of extensions) from outside the Chrome store, unless you put some effort in to working around it by going to chrome://extensions and drag&dropping the downloaded extension in to it.

That worked for me installing a greasemonkey script, anyway.

I'm not sure how thoroughly curated the Chrome store is though. If it's like Play store, anyone can upload an extension.

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Samsung fights to stay on US shelves as Apple calls for ban

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Re: S3 not exempt

> It likely doesn't violate the trade dress patents, but it would still violate the UI patents like the bounceback.

Where does the S3 use bounceback? It doesn't appear to use it in the gallery application or other applications that I've noticed. Instead, a highlight extends from the edge over the main display, but the main display stays still -- as in stock ICS.

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Samsung to fight iPad with stylus, windows

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Re: Photo editing?

It comes with free copy of Photoshop Touch which supports dodge and burn.

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'Sacrifice another goat!: iCloud is Apple's biggest failure before Google

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In fairness, Microsoft did already dump Windows Live Mesh (2008 edition) after a few years of use. They gave plenty of warning for users to rescue their files before they got deleted, but it would have been nice to have been able to have them transferred to another service instead (such as SkyDrive) before cancelling it.

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Google makes money on Nexus 7... just

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Apple (if they wanted to), Google and Amazon can afford to sell their hardware at break-even prices, as they hope to make a lot of money from selling media through their stores after.

Unfortunately, the other Android vendors have no chance of competing with this. If they ship without Google Play, they generally get poor reviews and if they add their own stores, they usually contain very little compared to Google Play.

It's a tricky marketplace.

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