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Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

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Re: HTC One M8

Standard Android multi-user profile functionality with a custom skin.

I already have kids profiles on my Nexus 7, I get all the apps I want, the kids what I let them have.

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

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" b) syncs to the PC/Mac without any cloud nonsense in the middle"

You call it nonsense, I call it a very useful feature. 2 phones, 2 tablets, 2 laptops, all with fully synched calendars without having to be anywhere near each other.

If I had to be in the same room to synch them all, I'd be looking for another solution.

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

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Simple... trace all the people who support this pointless endeavour, take them out back, single bullet. It's the kind thing to do.

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Hmmm

Apple, Miley Cyrus, Twitter, emoji and MTV

Think that list encapsulates the entire vacuous, air-headed, brainless bunch of worthless individuals on the planet.

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Apple pedometer patent filing cranks up the iWatch rumor mill

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gotta love these patents

include every technology possible in the patent, then produce something using probably bluetooth and buttons, then wait for someone to make one with wifi and a touchscreen and screw them in the courts.

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Yet ANOTHER Brit MOBE tower BORG: Three and EE ink network-sharing deal

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Re: Thank God for O2

And yet, despite the O2 coverage checker telling me I should get good indoor reception, in reality it's piss poor, with a little yellow No Coverage icon being a familiar visitor to my phone. Pop in a Three sim and everything works perfectly.

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University boffins build snoop-spotting snitch app

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Facepalm

Great, so we can see what apps are pulling location info.

If only Google had developed a hidden option to revoke app permissions, so we could block unwanted intrusions...

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Robots? What a bunch of workers...

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Re: GPO snoops

you must have very nosey Post Office staff. When I post something the only thing they ask is "Is it worth more than £20?", presumably to try and sell insurance on it. A simple No and they're quite happy.

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Drawers full of different chargers? The IEC has a one-plug-to-rule-them-all

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It's time for the rest of the techverse to play catch up and adopt

And spend the next few years fighting Apple patent lawyers because they tried to use magnets in power supplies or connectors with rounded corners.

You don't actually think Apple would licence magsafe and lightning to their competitors for a reasonable fee?

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UK payday loaners cop MEGA £175K fine for 'misleading' SMS spam

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Re: wtf?

he sent out thousands of message with direct links to websites operated by his own company.

Are you sure he's not a complete idiot?

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Android nasty sends your texts to CHINA

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Re: Last week I chose between an Android phone and a Q5

I can see your concern. After all, it would be so easy to download an app that said it was a "vaccine killer" and that wanted access to your SMS messages.

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Sensation: Chinese Jade Rabbit FOUND ON MOON

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All they have to do is trundle over to where the lunar rover was left, take a pic of an empty space and let the conspiracy theorists explode. They can ask their friendly North Korean Photoshop experts to knock something up.

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DVLA declares J14 HAD on BU14 SHT and SL14 AGS

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Re: History

I remember seeing OBO 110X on TV when I was younger, possibly on That's Life or something.

Seems that one is still in circulation.

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HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

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Re: Touch Screen Monitor?

Saw one of the Viewsonics in a museum in the summer, not as an exhibit, but, as a video player. It was mounted next to a display and had a host of videos loaded, explaining different things about what was on display. Worked very well. No instructions needed, just a screen full of thumbnail videos, so you easily see what it was about and a prod with a finger was all that was needed to get them playing.

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Google rolls out fibre to 3 million Ugandans: Ni marungi*, nyan cat

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Will all those poor desperate people in Nigeria, who really need our help to repatriate all those millions, now move to Uganda?

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Cryptolocker infects cop PC: Massachusetts plod fork out Bitcoin ransom

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Re: To be fair ...

So.. can anyone suggest a PDF reader that is just that... a reader? No interactivty, no ability to do anything other than display static text and images, an electronic version of a book. Not a pop-up book, just a normal book.

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File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

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OK, can someone explain how the bitcoins get transferred from one account to the other, and there be no trace whatsoever of where they've gone? Surely the coins have to go somewhere? And they are only of any use to a criminal if they can be converted into real cash? That means that a bitcoin account must have a real world bank account attached to it? And the worlds police agencies cannot trace that?

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Pwn2Own crackers leave iOS and Samsung mobe security IN RUINS

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Re: Fixes?

What it needs, for carriers to remove their collectives fingers from their arses, is a little persuasion.

If, for example, someone with an S4 (after Samsug has released the update required) happened to stumble on a compromised website, entirely accidentally of course, and was pwned, could they then take the negligent carrier to court, as their inaction has left the phone insecure, despite a fix existing and being available?

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Is it all up for LANDFILL ANDROID? BEHOLD, the Moto G

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Re: This just in

There are certain companies that wouldn't dream of doing such a thing as lowering the price.

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HUMANITY STUNNED - Apple Retina iPad Mini arrives. A solemn moment

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Re: **Space is not grey.

thanks.... after reading some of that, I am now singing The Rimmer Song. Repeatedly.

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KitKat swats yet another Android 'MasterKey' bug

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Re: I keep hearing about these Android bugs...

Who do you expect to roll it out?

Last time I looked, the security updates for my Windows laptop come from Microsoft. I'll hazard a guess that Apple does something similar for Macs and iPhones.

Strange that.

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Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling

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Re: Nice phone

missed the troll icon.

Very poor. Must try harder.

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Re: any confirmation on sim size yet?

GSM Arena says micro sim

http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_nexus_5-5705.php

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Ordered... shame the black ones are due to be shipped on the 8th, white in 1-2 days. Still, better than being artificially "sold out".

No worries about no SD card, current phone has a 4GB one in it, never filled it.

Hopefully the otg app will work on it.

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Moto sets out plans for crafty snap-together PODULAR PHONES

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Re: BAD idea

You could always put it in a case.

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DON'T BREW THAT CUPPA! Your kettle could be a SPAMBOT

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hmmmm

so... an iron felt heavy, because it had a few grammes of extra circuitry? those Russians have exacting standards when it comes to the weight of an iron.

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Post-PC era? Post-MAC era! OS X Mavericks 'upgrade' ruins iWorks

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Re: Ribboned for your pleasure

not only did they not get rid of functionality, but, the old menu options are still there, I still use Alt+E, I, S to paste special, even though the options are just one click away on the ribbon. Old habits die hard.

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Microsoft holds nose, shoves Windows into Android, iOS boxes

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maybe it would be useful to a lot of people for either Microsoft to mention this on the app description or for websites declaring how wonderful this software is.

One sentence saying "does not work on home editions" would save a lot of people a lot of wasted time and frustration.

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Whodathunkit? Media barons slit own throats in anti-freetard crackdowns

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Anally speaking...

"Our industry is working hard to bring content to audiences when they want it, where they want it"

Crap.

I bought a triple play DVD and tried to register the digital copy. It failed to work, of course. After at least 6 new codes from Fox, I gave up, and ripped the DVD. So, technically I broke the law.

Also, why do I have to download a digital copy when there is quite probably plenty of space for it on the DVD? Just put a non-DRM'd MP4 (pick your format) and let me play it on my laptop, on my tablet. Is it really that difficult?

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Problems at Home: Facebook opens alpha testing to world+dog

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" features will come and go, crashes will be introduced and fixed, and designs may go through many iterations"

A bit like the Android Facebook app itself then. Apart from the fixed bit, of course.

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Google's Wi-Fi not good enough for its home town

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A wi-fi network built 8 years ago is now struggling... not exactly surprising, considering the number of gadgets that can now go online.

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Boffins spot LONE PLANET roaming interstellar void

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Alien

Re: Daleks

Don't you all know? The only place that you're safe from all of Dr Who's enemies is behind the sofa?

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BBC announces plans to spend your cash on digital goodies

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A kids phone app that doesn't include ads? No in-app purchases? No new Mattell toy tie-in?

Yes please. More of them.

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Third of Brits now regularly fondling their slabs, say beancounters

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Amazing how Apple owners are so obsessed with the resale value of their iShiny. It's almost as if they are already planning on buying their next fix before buying this one.

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A £30,000, 295bhp 4G MODEM?!? Must be the Audi S3 Quattro, then

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So, how many abusive tweets being read out to everyone in the car would it take for that functionality to be turned off permanently?

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Oracle sued over $33,000 bill for SaaS: STRIPPERS as a SERVICE

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Re: Credit card vs. charge card

"But I still don't understand why the strip club is suing Oracle"

Really?

Strip club sues man over unpaid bill

Strip club sues massive multi-billion dollar high-profile tech company over unpaid bill

Which headline gets the most clicks and gets shitloads of free advertising for said strip club?

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

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Re: Did I understand this right?

mandatory corporate sanctioned software.

hmmm.. fair enough.

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Re: Hmm...

check your version of Google Play Services, you need a version 3.2.25 or higher. I had to manually update it, reboot and all was working.

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Re: Did I understand this right?

Stop at step 1...

1. So you log into gmail or Google+ or whatever.

Why log in at work to gmail or google+ ? Isn't that why you've got a phone or tablet in the first place? To access your stuff when not at home?

I never log in at work, only at home. So, if someone is remote wiping my phone, I'd be far more concerned that they'd broken into my house and hacked my laptop.

Having said that, does anyone know if you need to re-enter your password to wipe it? Don't fancy trying it, just to test the theory.

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One of last few iPhone 5Ss STOLEN from within MASSIVE POLICE CORDON at Apple Store

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Re: Police are looking for the smug git

true... Samsung are due to bring a new budget phone soon and need something to bas it on...

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First look: Apple iPhone 5S and 5C

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Re: Incremental?

Most folks would wake up as soon as someone moved their hand, let alone pressed it on the scanner. Perhaps some might not notice, but everyone else in the carriage sits back and watches such a careful theft?

Never been on the last train out of a city centre station on a Friday or Saturday night then?

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Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

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Re: Fury

Wow, you really are deluded, aren't you?

Do you really believe that everybody in the world, who owns an Android phone, actually wanted an iPhone but is too poor to buy one?

As for the only reason iPhones are browsing is because their owners can afford it, that just beggars belief. Never heard of wi-fi or unlimited data plans?

You're either a troll or an idiot, I'll go with idiot, and a cowardly one too.

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Re: Reservations for Gold and Silver iPhone 5s sold out..

within two hours, the Gold version of the iPhone 5s was sold out

Numbers? How many? Easy to sell out if the stores only had 5 each. Without an actual figure, such claims are worthless.

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Apple named in criminal lawsuit over Premier League–streaming app

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Re: Apple can't be responsible for every app in its store

They may not be liable for the content of every app on the app store, it would be unworkable for them to monitor everything. However, when they receive a letter of complaint, informing them that an app is illegally hosting content, and then choose to completely ignore that letter, it could be argued that, from that point on, Apple are condoning the illegal content and are knowingly profiting from that content.

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Microsoft's swipe'n'swirl pic passwords LESS secure than PINs, warn researchers

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Seems to me there are two types of thief who steal laptops, phones etc.

The first is an opportunist thief, who will steal whatever they can, to sell down the pub for a few quid for their next fix.

The second is the steal-to-order specialist, who is after laptops belonging to government officials, CEO's of multinationals etc.

The first type would be confounded by using password as a password, and the second has absolutely no interest in your photos of your aunty Edna's sixtieth birthday bash at the Dog and Duck.

Basic security is fine for the average person, just enough to stop other average people from accessing their emails, making phone calls etc. If you make the security too complicated, it will just not get used at all.

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iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

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Re: Competition

Wow... Apple complain Samsung copied their designs.. have Samsung not seen that THL?

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Steelie Neelie calls for TOTAL BAN on EU mobe roaming charges

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Re: After all what could go wrong, they restricted them before....

another headline you missed

Three scraps roaming charges in 7 countries.

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iPhone 5S: Fanbois, your prints are safe from the NSA, claim infosec bods

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"a new fingerprint reader for iPhone smartphone is likely to spur widespread use of fingerprint readers as authenticators"

Really? I would've thought this appearing on an iPhone signals the death knell for it. Apple will no doubt have lodged a "on a mobile device" patent already (ignoring the Motorola phone with fingerprint scanning as prior art). Therefore, any use by other manufacturers will result in court cases and import bans.

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New iPhones: C certainly DOESN'T stand for 'Cheap'

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Re: Fingerprint scanning less secure than a PIN?

I get the feeling some commentards on here really need a reality check and a sense of humour transplant. You REALLY believe that I have friends that would do that? Bloody hell.

It was obviously a joke situation, you didn't pick on the bit where I implied iPhone owners are invited to social outings and have friends?

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