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* Posts by Wam

50 posts • joined 24 Jan 2010

Oracle Database 12c's data redaction security smashed live on stage

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Shocking

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What's up with that WhatsApp $19bn price tag? Answer: Voice calls

Wam

Well,my teenage son uses it, and more so than Facebook these days. I believe it's easy to do group messaging, but hey, what do I know?

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TOQ of the TOWN: A second screen for the second screen. Third screen?

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Correct

Well yes, sorry for the confusion. I wouldn't need the tablet if the e-ink screen could do the job.

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Wam

Put the screen in a phone

Give me a small phone with

(a) Colour e-ink screen

(b) Massive battery life

(c) Wifi Hotspot and Bluetooth

(d) That's about it

Job done. Browse the web etc. with your tethered tablet (or to play Angry Birds / Candy Crush)

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Getting it right on the second attempt: Sony Xperia Z1

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"There’s also an FM radio"

Call me old-fashioned, but the lack of radio is what's putting me off a Galaxy S4 as my next phone

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Lumia 2520: Our Vulture gets his claws on Nokia's first Windows RT slab

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Interesting

Sometimes I understand why Windows RT was conceived - when it was first announced I thought this kind of device would be useful. Obviously price / app availability / x86 incompatability etc. put people off big time, and still does. But I'll be keeping an eye on this one.

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Dell ‘xpands XPS line with 'WORLD-FIRST' MEGA-RESOLUTION laptops

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Re: Simple test:

I think the better resolution test is to have two points separated with dark space and determine if they are distinct points or not

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'200 million' fanbois using iOS 7 just a week after release - study

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Re: Stats Pedant

I'm referring to the first sentence:

"Half of all American iOS users have now updated to the latest operating system"

I can't argue with your comments on high uptake - but I'm also suggesting teh strong possibility that those users who update early are likely to use the internet on their phones more than the average.

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Stats Pedant

50% of web traffic < 50% of devices, I would suggest

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Dell 'disappears' cut-price Windows XPS 10 RT tab

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Even more confusing then

Microsoft ... is altering the branding on the next version, calling it Surface 2 (not Surface RT 2)

So no mention of RT at all in the next one then - crazy

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Google smacks Surface with free Quickoffice for Android, iOS

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No good for me

Just downloaded - won't open some spreadsheets, opens docx as a non-editable pdf - not impressed

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Happy birthday MIDI 1.0: Getting pop stars wired for 30 years

Wam

Don't get me started on SCART - maybe I was a cheapskate and got the crappy ones, but the shroud always used to come off, and the metal screen case fall apart - good riddance

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Worldwide smartwatch shipments predicted to top 5 million next year

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Fitness Market

I do think a smart watch could decimate the sales of fitness watches / heart rate monitors from the likes of Polar and Garmin - these aren't exactly cheap, and a smart watch could do more besides. This market is somewhat limited though.

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Tethered and vulnerable: Hotspot password FAIL not just in iPhones

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Reasonable Default (if I keep it)

I have been offered 12 random hex digits by my Galaxy S3 as a default hotspot key - but I can change it to Pa55w0rd if I so choose ....

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Sony unveils latest attempt at an Android SmartWatch

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Not Bluetooth 4?

I'd assume any new smartwatch would use Bluetooth 4 for power saving?

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Sony set to launch smartwatch in Shanghai next week

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Fitness Market

I saw no reason for one of these initially - but actually I would if it had a good Heart Rate Monitor app. You can get a bluetooth 4 heart rate sensor from Polar, for instance, for a reasonable sum - but their watches tend to be expensive for what they are. A smart watch would replace this - but do much more besides.

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Interwebs taunt Sir Jony over Apple eye candy makeover

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Those that can't teach, teach Gym (Woody Allen)

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Magpie Apple plunders the competition for cosmetics, as egos run wild

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Apple Style

A bit off topic perhaps - but on the subject of design and old Apple products I saw a gold/brown iMac G4 in an opticians the other day - looked like something out of "Brazil" - I kinda liked it! i agree with the author otherwise

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Apple reveals bare bones iPod touch

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Ooh - 88g to 86g - I'm sold!

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

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Re: HTC One Black - no stock

One thing I've noticed recently is that people with iPhone 5's DON'T appear to be proudly displaying them around - an interesting development, if you ask me.

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Peak Apple: First 'profit slip' in a decade - and, boy, it's gonna be BIG

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Hang on ...

Why not wait a few hours and report on the real figures, good or bad?

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Weak iPad, iPhone demand hits LG Display in the wallet

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Re: LG can do better out of this

Ah, but a 'Retina Screen' isn't a retina screen unless it's on an Apple product

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PEAK APPLE: Fondleslab giant no longer world's biggest biz

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Re: lack of innovation

I think you'll find IBM are still none-too-shabby in terms of market value .....

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Samsung vs Apple: which smartphone do Reg readers prefer?

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No Apple for me, but ...

I can understand people who don't want the hassle of changing eco-systems - sure, you can buy apps again quite cheaply, but you've got calendar, iTunes in your cloud and the rest, so if you are offered another Apple then why not? Still, unless your contract's up and your next iPhone is free or at least cheap, then why bother at all for the small improvement?

I like Samsung for all the usual reasons mentioned (and I'm also a stickler for the inclusion of a good old-fashioned FM radio as well), and a jump from Galaxy to Galaxy S3 was well worth it, but maybe not next time - how much better is the S4 seriously? I had an issue with my original galaxy - drove to a service centre and it was fixed while I waited (it was a software hang rather than hardware to be fair).

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for Adobe CTO defection

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... roughly akin to an Office 265 for Creative Suite

Misprint - or perhaps not?

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Review: Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet and dock

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RT or Not RT

There's no doubt that I'd prefer the full Windows 8 on a tablet - cum laptop combo rather than RT. But the battery life just isn't good enough for me. Sure, a normal ultrabook (windows or Mac) has less life than a tablet / i-thing, so a full windows tablet is no worse than these.

But still, I want tablet battery life with laptop capability. Too much to ask at present I guess

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Ten stars of CES 2013: Who made the biggest splash?

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Re: Waterproof means no user changeable battery.

"...standardisation of connectors to two types- Micro USB and Apple" - the standard here is Micro USB !

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TomTom for Android with hands-free kit review

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Why Bother?

Google Navigation works fine for me - unless Tomtom's IQ routing is VERY clever (I must admit Google's not too hot on re-routing)

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I, for one, would like to welcome our Android overlord

Wam

I assume that the smaller number of searches around Apple phones may be because Apple users know what they want for their next phone (i.e. what Apple gives them, regardless), whereas for Android there's a lot more choice - and perhaps their potential owners like to research and be well informed

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Free Android apps often secretly make calls, use the camera

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"Whopping"

"free applications are five times more likely to track user location and a whopping 314 per cent more likely to access user address books"

Five times more likely is more whopping likely than 314 percent more likely!

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Asus doubles up phone-slate combo's specs with Padfone 2

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Re: Still waiting for a candybar phone with WiFi-3G bridge

Agreed, this is the missing device I'd buy that would give WiFi (or bluetooth) 3G connectivity to a tablet / Notebook / Kindle, but be little more than a caller / texter otherwise.

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US data show slump in Apple tablet share

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Those Analysts.. !

"But this did not come to pass, prompting a more pro-Apple rethink on the part of most analysts."

So,they got it wrong, and had a re-think. Why listen, eh?

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Samsung slaps swift patch over phone-wiping Galaxy S III vuln

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Got Mine Through

I got an update today - just an unsolicited pop-up message saying do I want to download Samsung Update. Took a few seconds. I'd already tested my S3 yesterday and it seemed ok then TBH

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Last remaining reason to order an iPhone 5 disappears

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Hmmm

I hate the iPhone with a passion - but even I was embarrassed reading this

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Samsung chips evicted from iPhone 5, autopsy reveals

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Re: Would you like a Phone with that battery, sir?

It looks big yes, but the capacity seems less that the squat battery in my S3 (apparently 7.98 Wh)

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Boffins spin up working Qubit in silicon

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Happy

Oh I see!

I was a little confused by the article - then I saw the "Artist's Impresion" picture, and then it all made sense!

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Apple iOS 6 review

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Re: Not that useful on a 4

Yes - NavFree is pretty useful, even on Android, if you're abroad and don't want roaming data costs.

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Raspberry Pi now comes in Firefox OS flavour

Wam

Who wouldn't ...

... be excited by a rotating teapot - well done sir!

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Ten budget inkjet printers

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HP 3050A

c

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Boffins bone up on rover skills as Curiosity speeds to Mars

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..and

In 50 days time, you can have a news item saying they have only 50 days to go - and they are boning up even harder

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New iPads to hit Apple stores on Friday

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Surely not?

There won't be people queuing over night surely? I can sort-of understand if it was a brand new product, but this is just a tech upgrade?

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Lloyds TSB online banking, ATMs titsup in server crash

Wam

@kassy4

Easy there - take a chill pill - life goes on!

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Spanish firemen grapple naked stairs sex Brit

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... from our own correspondent ...

...Finbarr Saunders

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India uncloaks new thorium nuke plants

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Good to see the number of signatures climbing now ...

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S Android smartphone

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Front Camera

Agreed - no front camera's a bad oversight - it only needs to be a cheap low-res affair. Skype works pretty well on android otherwise

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Office 365, Hotmail and SkyDrive hit by outage

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So ...

... that's "Office 364" then?

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Apple exec confirms white iPhone 4 arrival

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Woop-de-woo

let it lie eh?

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iPhone lead in ad revenue generation slipping away

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Andriod Ads?

I am constantly getting ads on my Andriod apps - but honestly - who reads them eh? It's just a slightly annoying coloured band in the corner. I don't understand how advertisers think we're going to respond to these things.

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US smartphones – Once you’ve had Android there’s no going back

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iPhone Ownership

I would imagine a (relative) reduction in the number of iPhones in circulation would please their owners - they are hardly 'exclusive' devices at the moment. I can't get away from the damn things. A larger variety of Android (or Windows Mobile) devices will make the pub a more interesting place at least.

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Brits left cold by mobile internet

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Not so pricey?

I'm one of the small percentage on a SE phone (W995). I get 500Mb a month for £5 on Orange - not such a bad deal, so that takes me up to £20 a month on contract. The screen's fine for headlines etc., and the rest of the traffic's mainly email and Google map downloads.

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