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25 posts • joined 22 Mar 2010

The final score: Gramophones 1 – Glassholes 0

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Photos photos

Why do most articles concentrate on the camera part of google glass? Surely the defining feature is the always available screen in front of your eyes? I would have thought the main use of google glass is seeing information all the time, message notifcations, directions, google now cards (stocks, football scores, travel times/alerts). Photo taking must be a small part of what you can do. In fact I wonder why there is not a version without the front facing camera, a lot of the privacy concerns would then go away.

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I/O NOOOOO!!! We sat through Google's bum numbing 3-hour keynote so you didn't have to

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Re: Automatically unlock a phone in a known environment

I use tasker to disable my lock pattern when I am at home, find it really useful even if a bit lazy! So I think this is a great idea. Think I will stick to keeping my phone locked at work however.

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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Re: ...a solution...

The problem is browsing content efficiently on a TV to playback on a TV. The solution is browsing for the content on your phone to playback on the TV.

Have had a Chromecast for a couple of months, I love it for playing Netflix, play music, Plex and you tube, and now iPlayer. And my wife finds it easy to use too which is a huge plus.

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REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE

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Re: Message to mobile operators

The power of the Apple brand is too strong, any operator who refused to sign the contract and so could not stock the the latest iPhone would surely loose many iPhone loving customers.

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Google decides Chromecast TV-stick apps are a whole NEW THING

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7 Apps in USA

The USA has Hulu+, NBA Go and Pandora radio for Chromecast. I know that doesn't help us here in the UK but at least that is a sign that more apps are getting Chromcast support.

I personally think Google has got it just about right with Chromecast. "On TV" browsing for content is fine if done right and with small/medium libraries but when you try and do it with large selections (Netflix for example) they become clunky pretty fast. Streaming from a phone/tablet to a TV works OK but you might not get the best quality and the phone is tied up generating the video. So Chromecast uses the best browsing device (your phone) and the best playing device (your TV), for me it works great with the current Apps. What we do need is wider support else it will flop. Give me support in iPlayer, 4OD, Demand 5, Plex and then something that can stream local media (videos, photos etc) and I will be happy, give me TVCatchup, XBMC, Blinkbox etc and I will be very happy.

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Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe

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Browsing for content

One of the big problems with current smart TVs, streaming boxes etc is that it is a generally a pain to browse for content, you have to page down though many screens etc. It is much easier finding content on a smartphone or tablet (eaily flicking pages with your finger) and then bam you play it on your TV. I think it is more about the great browsing ability of a phone/ tablet with a great watching experience of a TV. Plus you can browse for something else whilst still watching what you have currently playing (we all have moments when our atention span is limited! What was I saying again?)

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Google, Amazon, Starbucks are 'immoral' and 'ridiculous' over UK tax

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If this raises awareness then that is a good thing. When I go for a coffee I can chose to buy from a company that will syphon more of my money out of the country thus making the UK poorer (Starbucks), or I can buy from a company that will keep more of my money in the UK (Nero, Costa etc.). If enough people did this then that would hurt those companies making in what is my view an immoral choice, and it might force them to start behaving in a more moral manner.

Brand image is important. If their bean counters save a few pounds but damage the brand and thus their sales they will change their ways.

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XBMC coders acquire TVonics brand

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Happy

Good news!

I still have an old TVonics SD PVR, I love the simple interface. I also have an old xbox running XBMC which I also love. If these two products could be combined I would be very happy. Simplicity wins, as would not having to switch between multiple devices.

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Amazon pitches cheap new Kindles for Blighty

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Re: But why?

> I mean it's the same price as the Nexus7, but with worse specs, and only allows content from Amazon's store.

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> #FAIL

Yoou might be right, but then Amazon do have brand identity which counts for a lot, just look at Apple.

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It's time to burn the schedules and seize control of OUR TVs

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What's hot

Maybe we will gravitate towards a my favourites, recommended and what's hot style of viewing. Most people freeze with too much choice , you really just want to choose from things that you want while having a route into new things that you might like.It might be lazy but if my TV could guess what I might want to watch and lay it out on a plate for me then that is cool, I have to do enough thinking at work I like to relax when I get home.

On the other hand I get far more enjoyment from playing football with my daughter in the garden so maybe I should just unplug the dam thing!

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Third of iPad owners want smaller slabs

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Happy

Re: perhaps...

This just makes me think of Dom Joly on Trigger Happy TV using his massive mobile phone :)

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Apple: You'd want hi-fi streamage from us, not poor-people Wi-Fi audio

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Re: Won't they just...

Actually I quite like the concept of the Nexus Q, rather than having to stream content to your phone/tablet (assuming you store your content in a cloud) and then stream it onwards to a media player, you just pass the details to the Q and it streams it directly from the cloud using the login permission of your account on the phone (so the Q doesn't have to be logged in). I just don't think they got the implimentation right, or perhaps the timing: Currently how much content do people have in the cloud compared to how much is stored locally? Also this would need to work with multiple cloud sources and not just google play. I won't even mention the price! But I could see something like this being pretty cool in the future.

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DOCTOR WHO world, or Magrathea, SPOTTED* orbiting twin suns

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Re: Old news...

Would make a great place for a restaurant though!

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Spotify coining it at home in Sweden: But are artists getting any?

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Lifetime earnings?

The purchase of the song on i-tunes will peek when it was new, but then decay, so the earnings for that song via i-tunes is all front loaded. Assuming the song is good it will find its way on to people's spotify playlists and earn money year on year, so in spotify the earnings are long term.

In my opinion this is good. In the old system a quality track earns as much as a me-too pop song even if people listen to the quality track for years and listen to the me-too song only a handfull of times. Under a spotify economy the quality song earns much more long term than the me-too pop song. This could be just what the music industry needs to encourage it to invest in more quality bands.

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Administrator eyes DVR firesale after TVonics collapse

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Unhappy

Sad to see them go. I am still using the old SD version of their kit, and is very easy to use with a nice uncluttered interface. I sometime wonder how companies with such nice products fail.

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Google's 7in Jelly Bean Android tablet spied in benchmark

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Re: 16:10

Why 16:10?

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World+Dog to demand ever larger tablet-phones

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Big and small?

I am in the camp of wanting a bigger display and also in the camp of wanting a small phone, bit of a dillema. I have a hope that in the future something like google glass will allow me to have both.

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Apple loses ground to Android in tablet biz

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Not 360%. The 2011 sales are 360% of the 2010 sales, which makes them "up" 260%. Using your maths if the sales in 2010 were 10 and the sales in 2011 were 5 you would say the sales were up 50%. Hmm you might do well in marketing :)

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LG: 1mm bezel on your telly, anyone?

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Hmm, think I am going to market some glasses that have vertical polarized glass in the top half and horizontal polarized glass in the bottom half, tilit your head forward and back to switch between your's and your opponent's point of view :)

In terms of a TV that can show the sport and soap operas at the same time you will also need a way of polarizing sound!

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Google tablet to tackle Kindle Fire not iPad

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Retina display

I think the advantage of a higher resolution display will be that it is easier on the eye when reading books/magazines etc. Currently reading on any tablet gives me more eye strain than reading a paper book. Whether it will be worth the extra money (IF they charge more for it)....

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X-COM UFO: Enemy Unknown

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Android Version: xenowar

There is a simple android version called xenowar, it is actually pretty good. It is open source so you can download it for free from the dev website, or better yet, buy it from the marketplace and give the lone developer a little boost.

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NASA to make MAJOR ALIENS REVELATION this week

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Unhappy

Old news

I suspect they are trying to rush out the news that we are run by space lizards before Assange spills the beans. Puts a new perspective on the global warming thingie, I'm sure there must be an angle for cold bloodied creatures attempting to meddle with earth's temperature...

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Has CERN made the VATICAN ANTIMATTER BOMB for real?*

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Pirate

Lets hope...

Lewis Page 1 doesn't meet Lewis Page -1, I don't know the mass of a Lewis Page but I bet it is enough to cause a boom..

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Facebook engineer bashes Google for Gmail block

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WTF?

Spooked

About 2 weeks ago I got an email from facebook from a friend of mine, asking me to join facebook so I could see pictures on her page. It also said "here are some friends of yours also on facebook" and I wondered how the hell it knew they were friends. I figured out that their email addresses were in my gmail contacts list, but couldn't understand how facebook knew this.

I am not a facebook user, and it appears that facebook took information from my gmail contact list without my knowledge. I am a bit spooked by this. In fact I am spooked that google is free and easy with my contacts list, and am thinking of moving away from gmail now. Am I wrong to be a little concerned?

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LHC boffins crank beams to 3.5 TeV redline

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More than one particle in the beam...

7 TeV is the energy per particle. Now multiply that by the number of particles per bunch (1.15x10^11), and the number of bunches per beam (2808) and you get 2.26x10^15

Those figures for number of particles were just from googling so might be different now, but you get the picture.

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