* Posts by MGman

35 posts • joined 12 May 2010

Review: Toshiba Satellite U920T Ultrabook

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Seriously? Over £1k and we still have to put up with a 1366 x 768 screen.

Phones have more pixels.

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Brits kept waiting as iPad Mini LTE arrives Stateside

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Re: Want to wait?

Seriously? Was that worth posting?

Do you go to car forums too and say buy a (insert cheap car make) over that super car. It may look nice but it costs loads more and it's terribly uneconomic....

Actually, can I downvote myself for being drawn into it...

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Apple iPad Mini 8in tablet review

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Re: I bought one

For the record, the paperwhite is pretty fantastic too.

Whilst I have various tablets and have even resorted to using phones to read at night (iPhone/Galaxy Note) due to size the paperwhite is easily the best thing for your average novel. The glow won't disturb anyone and the ease on the eye is far less demanding than a tablet screen in the dark.

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Re: One really needs to try before commenting

Have to agree. Thanks to work we get to play with everything and can use whatever we want as our daily device and the mini is now my favourite small tablet and possibly favourite tablet.

The form factor is stunning and for me 4:3 over the 16:9 that really does it. 16:9 on a 7" tablet feel very restricting, especially in portrait. This is much nicer.

Once the 3G one is out I'm switching from my iPad 3 3G.

I would like Apple to go with the rubber back approach of some of the opposition though, but of course that could kill a whole case/skin market.

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid car review

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For £30k+ couldn't they at least make these hybrids look like a classier car?

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13-inch 'Retina Display' MacBook Pro to uncloak next Tuesday?

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Air please

Getting upset with the screen resolution on all the Ultrabooks (which seem to want to be 1366x768), give me a 13" Retina Air and Apple can have more of my cash.

It's not that it has to be Apple, I prefer Windows over OSX*, but so far nothing touches my current late 2010 Air for size/portability, touch pad and long standby with instant on.

*I resevere the right to change my mind if I have to use Win8 Metro much in the near future.

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Jam today: Raspberry Pi Ram doubled

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Re: It's all a lie...

My one ordered on the 27th June from RS turned up last week. So there is still hope for you!

I assume mine is a 256Mb one though. :(

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Samsung shoots Galaxy S III with shrink ray, unveils 4in Mini

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The S3 could have pulled me away from an iPhone if it wasn't for it's size.

So the mention of a 4" S3 a few days ago kept my newly arrived iPhone 5 in it's packaging until I could see what was announced.

Turns out there is nothing to see here and I'll stick with Apple as my phone for now (I can always get an Android fix from my Galaxy Note and an imported, rooted, Kindle Fire)

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Sony Vaio T13 Ultrabook review

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Re: 1366 x 768????

Exactly.

I keep coming to the reviews in the hope that one soon will have a decent resolution. :(

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HP Spectre XT 13in Ivy Bridge Ultrabook review

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Exactly what I was going to comment.

Sigh. When will they learn that is not a resolution for premium kit....

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in

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Re: Oh god no!

Well said.

There is no excuse really as the 13" Air has 1400x900.

I'd take the Air over the MBP just for that.

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Score! Classic Goals

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Re: It's good, but ...

I clicked the comments button to post exactly the same thing!

New Star Soccer in career mode is like digital crack. It's just fantastic. Best 69p I've ever spent. (And that includes the ton of use I still get out of Words with Friends)

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Siri subtly shifts smartphone allegiance

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Happy

Keep asking "what is the best phone ever?"

And so far I've got:

"The one you're holding"

"You're kidding right"

"I think you've already answered that question!"

"Wait... there are other phones?"

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Dell puts Sputnik open-source laptop on launch pad

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Apologies, the Laptop starts at £950. But my point is still valid!

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FAIL

That all sounds great until you realise this £1200+ laptop comes with a 720p screen resolution, which is a poor resolution at the best of times, but for programming where you want lots of screen real estate it's just terrible!

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Apple TV third-generation (2012)

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Sadly I don't think you can jailbreak the ATV3 yet.

My ATV2 is hacked and XBMC installed making it an amazing bit of kit.

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Apple resellers left to pick bones of dwindling iPad stocks

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Shipped!

The shipping date hasn't slipped, that is for new orders.

I've already had my despatch notice (UK) and so I'm hoping it might arrive before Friday...

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Windows 7 squeezed into Android tablets

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Re: US only at the moment

If you are on iOS you can sign up for a US iTunes account, download it, and then sign back into your UK account.

This gets you the free version. Not managed to work out how to update to the paid version yet as the onlive billing system knows where you are.

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Re: M e h .

For a start this is free too and secondly I'm not sure you know what it is!

It's not VNC or Remote desktop, it's access to a virtual standalone windows 7 PC running office with file share between your real computers.

How useful that is to you may vary per user, but having played with the iOS version it works well (it's easy enough to get a US iTunes account to get the free version, not worked out how to get the paid version) and even played good quality video well over my wifi connection.

The paid for version is interesting for iOS users in particular as that will give you a web browser with full flash compatibility too.

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Apple admits iPhone battery suckage, promises fix

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This fixed it for me...

I rested my iPhone 4 onto my 4S and was ready to demand a refund when the battery would fully discharge whilst I slept every night (and I don't sleep that long!).

I was serious upset and not happy to turn everything off to try and make it work, as what would be the point of upgrading.

Anyway, I tried lots of the solutions and as with a previous upgrade (may have been the 3 to the 3S) a lot of the problems seem to come from restoring settings made for the previous model onto the new one.

I found that if I did a 'reset all settings' (you don't lose any data/contacts/media) that after a further power cycle of my phone I'm suddenly getting good battery life (well similar to my iPhone 4) without turning off all the nice new features.

I can now easily go a full day again with my normal usage without worrying and lose about 1% an hour overnight (the phone checks email every 15 minutes), which I'm happy with.

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Amazon revamps E Ink Kindle line

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Nope

I don't think dollars will equal pounds in this case...

Not if it's like current prices as $189 = £152 for the current Kindle 3G.

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PC World throws in free Bravia telly with Sony fondleslabs

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Wrong!

They'll sell 100 to those people who get the free TV.

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Sony Android tablets in-bound

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How much?

Where are you seeing £300?

All the reports I've seen have said prices are going to be in the region of:

Tablet S €479 (9.4″ Tablet)

Tablet P €599 (Dual screen)

I'm sure it would have a lot more hope of success at £300...

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Dell Streak 7 Android tablet

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oops

Stupid moment. Of course a capacitative screen is good.

Doesn't stop it being rather disappointing as a whole though...

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FAIL

Disappointing.

Capacitive screen? 800x480 resolution? And not even running Honeycomb. Seems a fail before it even starts doesn't it?

I certainly wouldn't buy any Android device expecting anything but the OS it shipped with either. Been there and been burned. History has so far shown that OS upgrades happen rarely unless you are prepared to hack it and look for community driven options.

Hardware manufacturers want you to buy new hardware, there is little in it for them keeping you happy with the OS upgrades. For Apple, they make lots of money on content and apps too, so it's worth keeping as many old devices up-to-date as is sensible.

Maybe an Amazon tablet will change all that...

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RIM updates PlayBook OS

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Hopefully...

...they have added a bit of stability to the otherwise great browser.

It crashed on me multiple times last night trying to buy some stuff from Amazon, which is hardly a difficult site to render.

Still I suppose it saved me a few quid...

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Splashtop Remote Desktop

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LogMeIn

In my opinion, the usability of LogmeIn is better.

LogMeIn is much simpler to set-up for use from outside your network as you don't need to know about ports and router setup.

And LogMeIn seems much more secure.

However on your own network Spalshtop is much quicker (as I assume LogMeIn has to go through LogMeIn's servers) and pretty usable for streaming video etc.

I use LogMeIn to adminsiter machines and Splashtop around the house.

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Speck SeeThru MacBook Air cover

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Not just cosmetic...

OK, it's not going to protect your Air if you drop it. But if you want something that will keep the aluminium shell pristine and not add much to the form factor/weight of the device then these do a very nice job.

I'm very happy with mine.

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Playboy sneaks NAKED LADIES onto iPad

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FAIL

Wrong

It's not an App it's a website.

Apple haven't managed to control those yet.

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iControlPad Bluetooth controller for mobile devices

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Price?

Looks nice and I was quite tempted but when you go to the checkout postage and VAT are added making the device £59.55 with the sides!

As there is very little support for iOS at the moment that makes it a definite no for me for now.

This is from the OpenPandora team too. So is it really shipping?

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Rim PlayBook to hit UK in Q2 2011

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Yes but...

The iPad will be a year old by the time the Playbook arrives, and in fact we'll probably have the iPad v2 at the time, so a lot of the comparisons in the video are pointless.

The 'win' for the PB is flash. You have to assume iPad 2 won't have flash, so it will have that edge. Assuming you think flash is an advantage, and that demo doesn't show how good flash is, just that it loaded!

On my Samsung Galaxy Tab flash is nice to have as I can watch the embedded media on the BBC site, but the whole web experience is hampered with pages that have flash content and I don't see the PB being much better.

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Virgin Media readies 1TB TiVo set-top for Brits

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Fantastic!

My original TiVo gave up earlier this year. It was one of the best bits of tech I ever bought. It's interface and general usage was still so much better than the V+ and Sky+ boxes that I was prepared to live with just being able to record the channel the Sky box was on for all these years.

I will be first in the queue for a new TiVo. :)

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iPhone 4G blingmobe: Yours for £13k

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Aim higher...

I'd rather have the solid Platinum ipad SUPREME Edition

http://stuarthughes.com/newdawn/product_info.php?products_id=89

At a mere £299,995.00.

But hurry, it's a limited edition of only 5.

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Spotify waves £5 plan at freeloaders

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Better...

But they won't get my cash again until the premium is the £5 per month they were happy to charge me for the last 6 months.

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Brit consumers shun the iPad - for now

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Everyone that has seen mine...

...wants one. So I expect sales will grow as people see them in the flesh.

It's not out yet, and apart from a few news stories when it launched It's not exactly been marketed much here yet has it? I've not seen an advert on TV for example.

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