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Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

Tony Chandler

So...

..has any idiot texted or called the number prominently displayed on the screen in the picture yet?

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Paypal makes man 1000x as rich as the ENTIRE HUMAN RACE

Tony Chandler

I wondered too

Like Alan there, my first thought was where has that figure come from? It's very similar to 2^63 (9,223,372,036,854,775,808), so I'm assuming PayPal are using a 64 bit number, presumably with one bit for the sign.

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O2 tries something completely new: Honesty

Tony Chandler

Re: Wrong...

"The vast majority of retail customers can't afford £3-500 on a new handset as an upfront cost"

True, but the point of this system is that O2 still let you have the phone up front for a low cost, but then you pay back the full unsubsisidised cost of the handset over the length of the Phone part of the contract.

Of course, the only way this is worth it for the customer is if the Airtime component of the deal is the same price as the SIM only deals they do now.

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Reader slain? 'Even the Google apologists on G+ are p****d off'

Tony Chandler

Been using iGoogle for similar

I've been using iGoogle as my homepage for years, mainly to keep an eye on a whole load of RSS feeds.

But... Google killed it on mobile ages ago, you now just get the standard Google mobile page, and they are killing it on desktop browsers in November. Need to find a new homepage.

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4G in the UK? Why the smart money still says 'Meh'

Tony Chandler

4G/3G

"Once you've got 4G, there's something a little miraculous seeing web pages rolling into your mobile faster than they do at home over Wi-Fi."

Speedtest on my 3G phone at work shows 9Mb down, and about 1.5mb. That's about twice as fast down as my home wifi, and three times faster up. Faster is always better, but to be honest either of those two are fine for anything I personally want to do on a phone, so I won't pay more for 4G at the moment.

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Just too damn lazy to reach your phone? Pick up the remote

Tony Chandler

The Onion...

...saw this (more or less) happening 6 years ago:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/new-remote-control-can-be-operated-by-remote,1666/

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O2 refuses to deny plans to offload home broadband product

Tony Chandler

Like many others here...

I'm on O2 and very happy with the service, it's been consistently reliable and a decent speed considering the distance to the exchange. However, like others above, I am leaving them when I move house soon as I want to get fibre.

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iPhone 'Do Not Disturb' bug to self-destruct on Monday

Tony Chandler

Re: Explanation wanted

The scheduling feature just gives you a time you want Do Not Disturb to come on, and a time you want it off. There's no concept of individual days at all. Which is why it seems so odd.

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Tony Chandler

Explanation wanted

Can any of El Reg's reader boffins come up with a good explanation as to how this could happen in the software? Some bugs are obvious once they crop up but this one is odd, seems to be just the first week of the year?

I've run into time and calendar based bugs a number of times but can't think what could cause this behaviour.

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Merde! Paris Apple Store in €1m armed raid on New Year's Eve

Tony Chandler

I thought I read that the US finally now have a database for stolen phones. Yes, went live in November apparently: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/01/stolen-phone-database-alive-carriers-can-block-pilfered-handsets/

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In a mobile data eating contest, Brits would win - Ofcom

Tony Chandler

America vs UK

"The average viewer in Blighty watches over four hours of TV every day, 242 minutes."

"... the US, at 293 minutes."

I'd wager that if you cut out adverts, we probably spend more time watching actual TV programs than even the Americans do.

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Review: Apple iMac 21.5in late 2012

Tony Chandler

Re: Memory upgrades.

That's on the 27" model. The 21" model doesn't have that though.

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Tony Chandler

Re: looks lovely. but keyboard is a no no

It's virtually never mentioned by anyone, but if you go to Apple's website and spec up an iMac, there is an option to choose a full size keyboard (with numpad) instead of the dinky Bluetooth one, albeit for the same price. It's USB, and has two additional USB ports built into it.

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A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 2

Tony Chandler
FAIL

Re: Surprised...

Just realised that you were subtly pointing out that it was in the article after all. Just didn't read it properly and the picture doesn't really make it look like a "laptop"!

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Tony Chandler

Re: Surprised...

Very quick answer, thanks. Just Googled it. Wow, she's a beauty.

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Tony Chandler

Surprised...

...to not see any laptops in here. Any computer historians know which was the first computer to feature the hinged screen lid and built in keyboard design that we all know and love?

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View 21 IPTV Freeview+HD DVR review

Tony Chandler

Second screen options

Although you can't use the TV guide or watch live TV this way, the Humax HDR-FOXT2 mentioned as a rival does allow you to set it up as a DLNA server, meaning you can watch recordings from it on an iPad (with the right app) or other device across your network. It works well.

The same caveat about no HD content applies, though, unfortunately.

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GiffGaff: We've got no iPhones, but here's how to cut down your SIM

Tony Chandler

Re: No chance

My comment had nothing to do with the pros and cons of the network, or their prices, more about shoving an irregularly hacked chunk of plastic into a brand new expensive smartphone...

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Tony Chandler
FAIL

No chance

It strikes me that buying an expensive off contract iPhone and then hacking up the SIM to stick in it is a bit like buying a new house and then getting the Chuckle Brothers round to decorate it for you.

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Freeview kit to require retune tomorrow

Tony Chandler

Babestation

Babestation is a total misnomer.

I watched it once and didn't see a single babe. Didn't see any trains, either.

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Tony Chandler

Re: Four?

Big cardboard box?

Luxury!

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The iPHONE 5 UNDERMINES western DEMOCRACY: 5 reasons why

Tony Chandler

G'day, Bruce.

*australian accent from Monty Python's Australian philosophy department sketch*

Point 3: There is no Point 3.

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Google's Nexus 7 tabs 'can't perform' if flash RAM crammed

Tony Chandler

Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated

"Anyone with a decent collection of music has gotten used to leaving most of it at home since the classic iPod disappeared"

The iPod Classic isn't dead... yet.

http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/shop_ipod/family/ipod_classic

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RIM begs devs: Build for BlackBerry 10, we'll bung you $10K

Tony Chandler

Re: Ok guys, here's how we do the scam...

One problem - the app has to make $1,000 dollars, so you'll have to pay your 100 mules more than $10 otherwise they won't make any money once they've bought the app. And your app will either have to cost $10 or you need more mules.

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Everything Everywhere to be Nothing Nowhere in rebrand

Tony Chandler

To borrow from The Simpsons

How about CompuGlobalHyperMegaNet?

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Vulture Central logo pops up in prehistoric France

Tony Chandler

Re: Dear Sirs

Thumbs up? Bottom?

Oo-er, missus.

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Euro NCAP to mandate auto-braking in new-car test

Tony Chandler

Re: Overtaking fail potential?

"That's not going to save many lives, only blushes."

True, but it could stop the classic "I thought they were pulling out on to the roundabout and then they didn't" accident, and every minor accident avoided helps the roads flow better and keep insurance costs down.

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Re: Overtaking fail potential?

The advert for the Focus states that it only works at low speeds, I'm not sure of the exact figure, but it's something like 13mph or slower.

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UK physical game sales hit rock bottom

Tony Chandler

"Drier than a saharan snake-pit"

This is the key line from the article. I buy loads of console games for my Xbox 360 and PS3, but I haven't bought anything since Max Payne 3 as there has been nothing interesting out.

Come the autumn I'll be knee deep in new titles and buying one almost every week.

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Higgs boson chasers: Now only 1-in-300 MILLION chance we're wrong

Tony Chandler

Long odds

One in three hundred million? That's never going to happen.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to buy some Euromillions tickets for a shot at Friday's massive rollover.

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iPhone 5 to be skinniest Apple yet SHOCK

Tony Chandler

Re: You're all wrong!

With predictions as accurate (and as wild) as that, have you considered working for DigiTimes?

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LOHAN finally checks into REHAB

Tony Chandler

Re: when I seen the box

The cat may be considered to be both alive and dead while the box is sealed.

Once the rocket motor has fired, I think we can safely assume that the cat is dead, mind.

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Apple iPhone turns five this Friday

Tony Chandler

Re: No denying

Interesting choice of words: "looked as if it was extra-terrestrial technology."

I was one of the people who couldn't see what Apple could bring to the smartphone table, and then when I saw it, I remember describing to a friend as "looking like it fell of the back of a spaceship."

Funny how run of the mill it looks now.

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'iPhone 5 case' sparks supplier fondle frenzy

Tony Chandler

Re: And now the facts.

1) There will be one at some point, as 5 does tend to come after 4.

Actually, in this case, 4S comes after 4.

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Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12

Tony Chandler

Re: Slight problem with the concept?

Good point, although the review didn't mention those connectors, I had to look on their website to see that. Isn't the USB connector just there for (from the sounds of it, much needed) software updates?

Trying to find that out, I ran into this, information on a software update which means you no longer need to use an ethernet cable to switch networks and it also now remembers previous wifi networks. http://bogo.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5814

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Tony Chandler

Slight problem with the concept?

Not just this particular speaker, but the whole idea of an AirPlay portable speaker is flawed, surely?

If it's portable and rechargable, you want to take it with you, but without a wifi network you can't use it. So you can't use this in a park or on a beach, or even at the end of your garden if your wifi doesn't reach there? And with this particular one, you'd need to take an ethernet cable with you if you wanted to use it at a friends barbeque...

If it had Bluetooth as well it would be the best of both worlds.

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Egypt ponders smut suppression

Tony Chandler

Re: Egypt plans to impose a ban on internet pornography

Bureaucrat: "Well, I've been surfing the net for porn non-stop for weeks and now I can't see any anymore."

Boss: "You mean it's gone, the anti-porn crusade has been a success?"

Bureaucrat: "No, it's still there, I just can't see anymore."

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Tony Chandler

Smut suppression?

Let's crank the alliteration up a notch or two:

"Egypt evaluates eradication of erotic electronic entertainment"

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Confirmed: iPad 3 runs hotter than iPad 2

Tony Chandler

Re: Like that other thermal wonder...

I would suggest that if you are likely to go biting into an iPad then the temperature of said iPad is pretty much the least of your worries.

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Speedy 3D printer creates 285µm Formula-1 speedster

Tony Chandler

Re: Little Lewis Hamilton

It's an advantage, being small, if you are a car jockey.

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Linux PC-in-a-stick to cost coders £139

Tony Chandler

Price?

Wouldn't you be better of buying one of those cheap PAYG Android phones, like the Orange San Francisco for about £100? I suppose you'd also need a HDMI cable, but that's only another tenner.

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Epic net outage in Africa as FOUR undersea cables chopped

Tony Chandler

Three weeks without internet?

Imagine if that happened here in the UK.

It'd be a disaster, productivity would be through the roof.

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Muscle pants give girls that skin-stripped look

Tony Chandler

Damnit!

Looks like they got my letter about making X-Ray clothing for girls, but I don't think they quite understood *exactly* what I was getting at.

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iPads seized from shelves by Chinese officials

Tony Chandler

I wonder

"Shenzhen-based Proview, which registered the “IPAD” trademark way back in 2001."

2001 was the year of the first ever iPod. I wonder which was registered first, Proview's iPad or Apple's iPod?

Anyone know how to find out?

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Apple's new TV allegedly spotted... in Canadian office

Tony Chandler

Whereas I'm with you in that I can't see the point of Apple making an actual TV, the article does refer to voice control and video chatting, neither of which you can currently do with the AppleTV box thanks to it not having a camera or microphone.

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Google goggles with Terminator HUD 'coming soon'

Tony Chandler

Not ideal for driving...

...as it sounds like your goggles would blank out the bright blue motorway signs.

Could be handy for those sunny days when you can't see the speedo easily, though, if the HUD could display your speed.

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Five ways Microsoft can rescue Windows Phone

Tony Chandler

Eh?

Xbox is actually a pretty tremendous example of Microsoft doing exactly what the original poster was suggesting they do with this.

They've managed to create a well known brand "Xbox" which stands on its own without any preconceptions or baggage left over from other products - you won't see the word Microsoft anywhere on the packaging for an Xbox apart from in the small print.

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No 'Xbox 720' in 2012, says MS exec

Tony Chandler

I've heard the PS3 version of Skyrim is just as bad (if not worse) so I think you're blaming the wrong people there!

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