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iWatch watch: Apple tags sales bod from luxury Swiss watch firm

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Re: A luxury iwatch

I don't think I've ever spent more than £100 on a watch. Seriously, why would you?

Given that you can buy a perfectly workable watch for around £20, why did you choose to spend 5 times more than that?

(Hint: Your answer to that question will probably also answer your own question)

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Sonos turns up volume, slips out new Wi-Fi speaker control app

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Unhappy

Dedicated controller

I miss the dedicated controller.

Sure, it was horribly overpriced - especially when you consider that an iPod Touch is cheaper and can do plenty more.

However I'd rather leave a dedicated controller lying around in the lounge and hand it to anyone who wants to control the music rather than getting out my phone or iPad, unlocking it and also giving them unfettered access to all my personal stuff.

(I could just buy an iPod Touch, but it's not quite as good an experience as a dedicated controller and massive overkill for something that is only going to have one task)

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini tech specs REVEALED

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WTF?

Just like the ones before...

So basically the S5 mini (like the S4 mini and the S3 mini) will be a mid-tier mid-specification handset whose only connection to it's big brother is that it shares a similar look?

I can understand that you might not be able to get a 1080p screen at that low a size so it may have to be 720p, but I see no reason why you need to downgrade pretty much every other specification as well.

Still Sammy have been making money hand over fist with this strategy, so I can't criticise them too much for it...

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Microsoft in 1-year Windows XP survival deal with UK govt

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Re: Wasting taxpayer's money again

Yup, the old "Wasting Taxpayers' Money" cry, without looking at the bigger picture.

Surely the bigger picture here is that 1 year from now, the Government will be £5.5m worse off and still be in no better position than they are right now? As in, they are still going to have to migrate - whether they like it or not.

Unlike some others on here, I have no issue with the Government continuing to use Windows and Office (rather than attempt to migrate to Linux and Open/Libre Office) - but I do object to tax payers money being spent on a years worth of support that could have been easily avoided if they'd just planned better and started migrating earlier.

It's not like Microsoft haven't been giving plenty of notice.

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So. Farewell then Steelie Neelie: You were WORSE than USELESS

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Re: She was amazed at the stupidity of the situation

And she actually did quite a job fixing it. It is largely thanks to her that roaming bills are now capped.

If that is the case, then I think that the premise of this article (that she was "worse than useless") is not only incorrect but also rather unfair.

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Roaming

Wasn't this the same Neelie who was "amazed" that people turn off data roaming when abroad because they don't want to be hit by sky high charges?

It must be nice to have unlimited internet access on your phone wherever you go in the world with the bill picked up by someone else. That's the only reason I can come up with that explains her surprise.

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Ex-Xbox gros fromage joins wireless speaker whizzkids Sonos

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WTF?

Obvious?

We’re thinking the obvious thing first, which is direct Xbox sound output to Sonos.

Why is this "obvious"? Why do you think he'll make decisions that will favour a company he no longer works for?

He's on the pay-role of Sonos now - so I'd say the obvious thing would be him making decisions that benefit Sonos, not necessarily Microsoft.

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Satya Nadella's first act may be to launch Office for iPad

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Joke

Re: Do iPad users need Office?

Or maybe the could discover they could do more than watching cat videos and update the Facebook status...

Of all the things I wish I could do more with an iPad, I have to admit that editing Excel spreadsheets isn't one of them.

But if that's what floats your boat, who am I to judge? :)

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Do iPad users need Office?

Given that it's been 4 years since the iPad launched, I would think that the bigger worry for Microsoft is how many people have come to the conclusion in those 4 years that they can actually get along just fine without having Office.

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WhatsApp founder: Privacy WON'T vanish under Facebook

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Baseless?

...while lamenting "baseless, unfounded and irresponsible" reports...

Baseless?

Does he think he's sold WhatsApp to a different Facebook than the one the rest of us know?

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Is Apple about unleash a cheaper 8GB iPhone 5C? O2 'leak' suggests: Yes

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Re: 8GB

That won't cut the mustard I'm afraid. once the OS is loaded on you won't have much wiggle room for apps.

Or updates.

Last time I did an update it wanted over 1.5GB of free space - on an 8GB phone (where you don't ever get that much actual free space) that could be extremely difficult to achieve.

On a side note, I still maintain that Apple need to decouple application updates from operating system updates and deliver the former through the (perfectly good) App Store.

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Re: Oblivious to obvious

How are Apple the only people in the world to not understand that the 5C has sold badly due to it's poor value for money??? Halving the memory capacity and knocking £45 off the price is... Yep, still poor value for money.

Not to mention that pastel colours generally tend to put off half of your potential buyers.

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

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Re: Deja Vu

All manufacturers except Apple followed the recommendation, but since Apple kept coming up with new proprietary plugs the commission decided to make things binding.

In the past eleven years Apple have switched connectors once - from the 30-pin connector to the lightening connector.

In comparison, most of the other manufacturers have switched twice - going from proprietary to mini-USB and then to micro-USB.

So in what world was it that Apple "kept coming up with new proprietary plugs"?

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Re: @Mike Bell

Really? When you plug in your phone you pray to $deity just because you've avoided the second it takes to turn the plug round 180 degrees? And how long does it take to pray to $deity?

More like you try to put it in one way, doesn't go, flip it 180 degrees, try again, nope still doesn't work, flip it 180 degrees again and (finally!) it goes in.

I also assume you never bought anything with an Apple dock in the past.

The 16-pin connector was introduced in 2003 and retired in 2012 making a total of 9 years. As far as I can remember, no other manufacturers connector has come remotely close to lasting that amount of time.

Hell, even Nokia's 3.5mm one only lasted 6 years.

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

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Re: Sigh

Dear MS, stop twatting about with crap like this and FIX the abomination that is Windows 8-8.1-8.1a or whatever....

Whilst I understand what you're trying to say, I'm not entirely sure how the people with the skills required to design and build a website could contribute to fixing the problems with Windows 8.

I seriously doubt that Windows 8 developers were taken off the project to work on this.

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Barclays warns freelance techies of DOUBLE DIGIT rate cut

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Re: Perspective

Why don't you actually talk to some IT contractors and find out how much they're paid? 'cause frankly I seriously doubt there are many earning that level. Most will be between the £300-£400 mark per day

I work in Financial Services and the majority of IT contractors I know earn at least £500 per day. I have to do the budgets for the ones in my team.

As a highly qualified, and in demand Electronics Engineer (there's a shortage of us in the UK), not even I earn as much as £500 a day, nevermind £700 a day!

Right, so because someone who is in demand in a completely different profession doesn't get £500 per day, it's not possible for someone else to do so?

Please get your facts straight before posting stuff like that, you only reinforce the misconception that we contractors are earling loads'a'lolly... though we would if we could!! :-)

And by "we" you actually mean "we Electronic Engineering contractors who don't work in a bank", right?

Because that appears to be your only frame of reference here.

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Re: Perspective

Lets breach their contract and really fuck them over a barrel because they definitely don't deserve to earn what they're worth...

The whole point of being a contractor is that you're a flexible, disposable, short-term resource. As compensation, your day rate is significantly higher than a permanent equivalent.

If you'd rather something more stable, then go permanent and accept that you'll get paid less. You can't have it both ways.

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Perspective

Whilst I fully accept that a pay cut is never a nice thing, it's worth noting that a £500 per day contractor working 225 days (which is (365/7)*5 = 260 - 7 days unpaid sick and 28 days unpaid holiday) will earn £112,500 a year.

Admittedly that is without pension, private healthcare and life insurance - but they won't make that much of a dent.

For those on £700 a day, that would be £157,500 and place them in the top 1% of earners in the UK.

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Sandisk breaks 128GB barrier with new $199 MICROSD card

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Some rough stats

"But the longterm trend appears to be towards cloud as a storage medium and, for smartphones at least, SanDisk will have a tougher time of it."

I ran the numbers through GSM Arena on the number of Android handsets launched with microSD support worldwide:

In 2012, it was 357 handsets.

In 2013, it was 424 handsets.

In 2014, it was 35 handsets for the first two months. At the current rate, it'll be 210 by the end of the year.

So it looks like microSD support on Android increased in 2013 but is now falling off very rapidly.

(if I had more time and inclination, then I probably should look at the percentages of handsets that had microSD support rather than absolute values and also limit it to USA and EU5 regions)

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Samsung brandishes quad-core Galaxy S5, hopes nobody wants high specs

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Re: Brilliant

"Samsung are slipping behind Apple and making mis-steps like that sWatch thing." as opposed to the vapourwear iWatch?

You might want to read up on the definition of "vapourware".

Vapourware is software or hardware that has been advertised but is not yet available to buy, either because it is only a concept or because it is still being written or designed.

In case you hadn't noticed, Apple have not made any kind of announcement or advertisement about the iWatch.

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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

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Missing stuff just for me?

Is it just me or is search nearby not available on the new maps? I used to put in a place (or postcode) then click on the pin, hit search nearby and type something generic (like "restaurants") and get a nice list of near by restaurants. This very useful option seems to have gone.

In addition, I've seen plenty of people who talk about how it's integrated with Google Contacts but every single time I try to type a name, it tries to find a road of that name, rather than suggesting the home or work addresses of someone in my address book.

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HTC offers FREEBIE repair on new models with cracked screens

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WTF?

Hate to be a party pooper

Whilst we're all cheering about HTCs update policy - it's worth pointing out that this is the third time now that they've promised software updates for their flagship handsets.

Now, I'm no PR expert, but I'm pretty sure that there is no need to promise something a second or third time if you are ... well, you know ... actually doing it when you announced it the first time.

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BBC, ITV gang up on YouView with 'FreeView Connect'

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Say what?

As one source told the paper: "YouView was meant to be the champion of the next generation of free-to-air, but the involvement of the internet service providers means that it has become a pay platform. YouView isn't the champion of the free; it's the home of the pay."

If you're going to put a twin tuner and 500GB+ hard drive into a product, you're never going to get it to a price where it can be the "champion of the free".

Having said that, my parents walked into John Lewis only last week and picked up a 1TB Humax FreeView box for 250 notes. After the initial outlay, I don't envisage they'll be frequenting the "home of the pay" any time soon.

Not to mention that, compared to Sky's cheapest offering, they'll have recouped their investment in 10 months and be just over £450 better off after two years.

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BT scratches its head over MYSTERY Home Hub disconnections

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WTF?

Serious question: why buy a new router?

My parents just had Infinity installed and I had a play with the router.

It looks perfectly capable and can do all the usual stuff you'd expect. It's dual band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, gigabit ethernet, you can attach a HDD to it as a basis NAS and all the usual configuration stuff seems to be there (static IPs, firewall settings, etc).

So what features exactly are worth dumping, what seems to be a reasonable bit of technology, and ponying up 150 quid for a new router?

I suppose QoS might be nice, but unless you live in a house with 5 other students all gaming and using bittorrent, I'm not sure it's worth the extra 150 notes nice...

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NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader

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Re: more lessons

I know how the credit card cashback fee system works, and yes ideally the payment processors wouldn't have us by the short and curlies and charge as much

Payment processors charge approximately 1p per transaction. You're confusing their fee structure with that of acquiring banks.

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Re: more lessons

What really happens is that the CC company screws the merchant via transaction fees, who then increases the price of goods you were buying in the first place to cover it. Nothing banks do is ever designed to actually give you money which they haven't managed to screw out of someone else first.

Oh dear, another one who thinks that there are no costs to a merchant when handling cash.

Why do you think supermarkets give you cashback for free? It's because the costs they incur storing, auditing and transporting cash outweigh the fees they are charged by their acquiring bank.

As a result, it's in their interests to offload as much cash as they can onto their shoppers before the day ends.

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Apple plans to waggle iNormous 4½-incher in fanbois' faces

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It'll settle the debate

At present, if I want a iOS device with a screen greater than 4 inches then I'm out of luck.

Similarly, if I want a Android device with a screen smaller than 4.3 inches (that isn't decidedly mid-spec) then I'm also out of luck.

If Apple do launch a "small" and "large" size then at least we can finally work out what the market actually prefers - rather than what the market is pushed to buying, whether they like it or not.

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Plusnet is working on a network-level filter to block pirate sites

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Plusnet is in the process of launching a more comprehensive blocking solution that means Plusnet will block all websites engaged in online copyright infringement where ordered by a court to do so

Maybe I'm misreading this, but it sounds like to me that PlusNet's existing blocking capability is a bit of a pain in the backside to update.

Given that and their expectation that the courts will order a lot more sites to be blocked in the future, they are simply updating the system so they can comply with orders quicker, cheaper and with less effort than they do today.

I could, however, be completely wrong - but I find it odd that an ISP would start going above and beyond what the courts order, unless they like losing customers.

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from, errrm, NOW

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Re: VNC?

"I've never used, or even seen, LogMein but wouldn't TightVNC do the job? I have have controlled Windows PCs from a Linux one using Tight VNC over a phone line or a VPN."

I used to use TightVNC but then switched to LogMeIn Free. The biggest issues with TightVNC was that I'd have to get my parents to tell me their IP address so I could connect, I had configure the router to assign static IPs to the laptop and desktop and then punch holes in the firewall (and remember which port was used by which machine) so I could get access to them. Also in a multi-user system, I couldn't switch users without the TightVNC connection dropping.

In comparison, with LMI I just open the website, log in, click on the PC I want to access and I'm connected. No further configuration was necessary and even if they took the PC to another house (with different firewall connection) I could still connect without any issues.

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Lenovo Yoga 10: Mediocre tech, yes, but beautifully fondleable

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Re: All that's needed to make it perfect

For some reason I'm reminded of Monty Python:

"All right... all right... but apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order... what have the Romans done for us?"

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

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WTF?

Nothing new here!

I work in the mobile industry and used to work for a network operator dealing directly with handset manufacturers. These deals are nothing special and very common. We call them MOQs (or Minimum Order Quantities) and the OEM offers a certain price and/or marketing funding in return for the operator paying a "fine" if they don't need the minimum number.

The advantage of the iPhone is that you have a pretty good chance of hitting the MOQ - whereas launching one of the myriad of Samsung variants can be significantly more risky.

So the real story here is that everyone is probably paying a small amount of money for the disaster that was the Android phone with a built in tea maker - rather than the iPhone.

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Schmidt: 'Android mobes are a great Christmas present to an iPhone user!'

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WTF?

Expensive Christmas present

An unlocked Galaxy S4 goes for £384 on Amazon. The cheapest Nexus 5 is £299.

According to VoucherCodes, the average amount a person spends on /all/ Christmas presents is £240.

It might be more realistic for him to suggest buying your other half a Moto G and then a pair of socks for each of the other members in your family.

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Samsung to spend ENTIRE budget of London 2012 OLYMPICS... on ADS

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Re: To put it into perspective ...

The difference is that other people /want/ to do Apple's advertising for them.

Less so for Samsung, which is why they are spending bucket loads of money.

Don't underestimate how difficult it is to buy brand loyalty.

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Apple supplier's '11-hours-a-day' toilers have '1 day off a month'

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WTF?

It's nice that they spoke to Apple and asked for them to sort out the problem.

How come Samsung, HTC, Nokia, LG and Motorola don't seem to have to do anything?

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Barclays says soz for titsup website, bank app

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Re: Will we ever get the truth?

"So what compensation will Barclays customers get for this loss of service? RBS gave us nothing; it would be nice to see a change to this trend."

I would normally suggest that you try to get them to waive a months fee for the service that they provide.

However, for the majority of retail customers, this would be a 12th of nothing.

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Dear-ly beloved: Apple’s costly iPad Mini with Retina Display

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All the reviews I've seen of tablets which are sized appropriately for watching films and TV is that when you rotate them into landscape, there isn't enough screen space to comfortably view stuff without excessive scrolling. Not to mention that once you pop the onscreen keyboard up, it takes up over three quarters of the available space.

http://twimgs.com/informationweek/byte/reviews/2012-August/Nexus7-deep-dive/nexus7-keyboards-06.jpg

Maybe my priorities are different, but since I like using a tablet in landscape to browse the web and check my email, I'm more than happy putting up with some black bars top and bottom when watching films and TV.

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

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What on earth?

"Rob Andrew, joint project manager for the partnership, says that the town’s venues saw the wide range of Pass-approved card designs as confusing."

Maybe I'm missing something blindingly obvious ... but why on earth did the Pass scheme not mandate one single design (or possibly two, depending on the age bracket) for all cards produced?

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Apple will FAIL in corporate land 'because IT managers hate iPads'

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Does Apple even care?

I didn't think Apple cared that much about businesses wedded to Windows systems. In fact, I don't think they have for many years now. If I'm right, I can't see how they are going to worry too much about this news - especially when they are still making money hand over fist in the more lucrative consumer market.

Plus, the days of buying a home computer based on what you had at work are long gone. Otherwise we'd all be rushing out to pick up XP based systems with IE6 - rather than iPads, iPhones and Android based devices.

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Hey Google, Facebook has a 'Reader' that might actually make money

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Re: I'm using Feedly now

I've got my fingers crossed for Digg Reader as I don't want social sharing or a magazine-like user interface. If that stinks, then I'm not sure what I'm going to do as I cannot stand any of the alternatives I've played with so far.

The other concern I have is what domain these services are going to have. If they hang off popular time-wasting locations on the interwebs, then IT departments will already have them on their block-lists.

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Facebook RSS reader said to uncloak June 20

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Unhappy

Difficult

I imagine that this is going to be a non-starter for people who are at companies that block Facebook but not Google Reader.

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Schmidt: Don't like our tiny tax bills? Google this... 'Change the law'

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Best analogy I've heard

Google and Amazon are like those people who turn up to a "bring a bottle" party with a litre of Aldi coke and then proceed to drink the Wyborowa vodka and Hendricks gin all night.

They may piss a lot of people right off, but, alas, they've technically not broken any rules.

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Biz bods: Tile-tastic Windows 8? NOOO. We lust after 'mature' Win 7

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Too soon to upgrade

If my previous experience is to go by, enterprises will not upgrade Windows until the current version gets near to going end of life. Windows 7 EOL date is currently 14th January 2020. So 6.5 years from now.

Working on a Windows version every year, by the time Windows 7 EOLs Microsoft will be up to Windows 14. Drop a version number (because it'll probably be seen as not mature enough) and you're looking at enterprises jumping from Windows XP to Windows 7 to Windows 13.

If we work on a Windows version every other year, then you're looking at enterprises jumping from Windows XP to Windows 7 to Windows 10.

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Spectre of Steve Jobs in one last outing at WWDC

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"Maybe I am naive, but bleeding market share doesn't seem like a great sign, unless something changes."

A reduction in market share doesn't mean much when the market is still expanding.

Using completely made up numbers, you could easily go from 100% market share to 70% in one year but (thanks to the increase in the size of the market) still be shipping 3x more units than you did the year before.

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'Australia's so big freight costs are high' claims don't add up

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Re: hmmmmmmmm

This page would seem to agree with you.

http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/10153/australian-and-uk-salaries-compared-part-two-2012/

Combined total of the 10 roles listed nets $805,872 AUD vs £301,504 for the UK.

At today's exchange rate, the AUD amount would be £558,814.21. So basically someone in Australia is earning 1.85 times more than someone in the UK.

As such, I wouldn't be too surprised if I walked into a store (paying 1.85x more rental) and purchased from the cashier (earning 1.85x salary) a CD that also happened to cost 1.85x more.

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Steve Jobs to supervise iPhone 6 FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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WTF?

This is not unusual

I've launched a few handsets in my time and there is absolutely nothing unusual in having a roadmap that goes out two years. Not all of the details my be finalised at that point, but that doesn't mean you don't have a good idea of where you want to go.

Get yourself an NDA with any chipset manufacturer and you'll get two years of roadmap, reference designs, schematics and (if you're important enough) engineers will come onsite and help you get the thing working. All that effort takes time.

Anyone who is remotely surprised by this has no experience in any kind of product development.

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Apple rubbishes rumours of iPhone for the masses

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@NumptyScrub

In Product Management speak, the iPhone would be one product line, the iPad would be another product line and the MacBook would be a third product line. Generally because the people who work one on one line, don't work on the other (although there is some cross-over with the operating system between iPhone and iPad).

With the exception of the iPad, each line only had one product.

The iPad may have had two pieces of hardware, but since the software was the same for both pieces of hardware, they probably considered that bit a single item too.

(usual disclaimer about not actually working for Apple, so I could be completely wrong)

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Samsung ordered to cough mobe sales figures to world+dog

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This could be fun

Samsung has no problem boasting about "devices shipped" which is not a particularly helpful metric since 1 phone shipped ≠ 1 phone sold.

Finding out how many phones they actually sold, why the disparity between shipped vs sold and what happens to all those phones which are shipped but aren't sold could be interesting reading.

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WTF is... NFC

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Re: I still like

You made £100M more profit than Visa Europe did last year, since it's a non-profit organisation.

Don't believe me?

http://www.visaeurope.com/en/about_us/our_business.aspx

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Canon debuts EOS M compact system camera

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WTF?

EF-M? Why?

Not sure why they bothered making a totally different lens system, only to then include an adapter as an optional accessory. Given that the overwhelming advantage is this backwards compatibility, it is disappointing that they didn't just bake it into the camera as standard.

(at a guess, there is a more than healthy markup on the adapter and EF-M lenses)

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Apple's UK smartphone lead shrinks

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Not just marketing

"Deflecting the 4S' sales trajectory downward is the Samsung Galaxy S III, its manufacturer having finally realised what Apple has understood for years: splash the cash on marketing and people are more likely to buy your product."

Well ... that and having a decent product to market in the first place.

Having one without the other isn't a recipe for long term success.

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