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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Good guy stormtrooper

There was a short story written about storm trooper who was having some issues with all the bad things the Imperials were doing, he had made initial contact with the Rebellion and was due to meet up once he got back from his last mission which including boarding Tantive IV, unfortunately he was shot by Princess Leia shortly after boarding the vessel.

I can't decide if I can be bothered with the new films after basically destroying the whole extended universe, although I didn't read the comics, I have most of the Timothy Zawn books, the Bounty Hunter Trilogy, The Han Solo Saga etc, all of which now don't make sense? I think I'll just stick two fingers up at the mouse and all in his house!

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BBM beta comes to Windows Phone

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Not in the UK store either

Doesn't look like it's available this side of the pond.

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That 'wiped' Android phone you bought is stuffed with NAKED SELFIES – possibly

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Re: Factory Reset

I believe the Blackberry and perhaps iOS phones do the best job of scrubbing the memory,(Don't Blackberry have some sort of security certificate from various government organisations?) not so sure about Android and Windows phones, if you are really worried about the data on the phone, probably best not to sell it on, or manually reset and setup several times taking plenty of pictures or video to write over the older data.

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Re: Phones

Sorry, I should say, the phones we do repairs on are not from the public, these are phones traded in, sold on, so are no longer in use by the original owner.

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Phones

We do repairs on a large number of phones running all the phone systems, iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry, almost all have pictures on, I don't think we have found quite the ratio as these researchers though. It's almost tempting to set up a tumblr account and rake in the advertising money. For those asking, the best way to wipe your phone before trading it in, selling it on, disposing of it is a factory reset;

Android has this in the settings menu, under privacy for some older models and under settings, back up and reset on newer kit

Windows phone is under settings and about phone

iOS is under settings, general, reset, erase all content and settings

Blackberry could be anywhere, it seems to change all the time, best to RTFM and be prepared to wait, it can take up to an hour for some to wipe and reset.

It's best to go through the new phone setup procedure at least once, to check everything has gone and then reset one more time. If your phone has been modded from its stock ROM be aware that these steps do not always work and your photos will stay until you manually delete them all.

Hope this helps.

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Indie labels: 5 reasons why we're hauling YouTube before Euro antitrust watchdog

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Message for the labels

If possible, set up your own video site and I'll watch stuff there with ad-block off and occasionally I'll click on an advert, hit google where it hurts!

I didn't even realise youtube had adverts until my boss tried to show me something on his Mac!

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

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Re: Who?

James, thanks for that, now I can't stop reading about "Jason"!

Also, slightly back on topic, and something I have just read on NeoGaf about payments in Dota2

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=839936

It seems even the most hardened players can fall into the IAP trap, if the game is good enough.

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Re: Who?

So, if its the children, then surely this reports forecasting is wrong, if better regulation is coming in? (EU something about IAP?) then children will be finding it harder to "accidentally" make these payments, although I guess at the same time, the market is always expanding and any reduction in accidental payments will be more than covered by new markets.

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Who?

Who are these big spenders? No one I know admits to making payments in games and in general most people don't seem to spend long enough playing the titles anyway. Someone go and buy the report and give us a geographic breakdown!

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YouView loses YourView trademark fight, may have to pick new name

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WTF?

One is for commercial communications, one is for consumer TV, one is pronounced "Yoorview" the other is pronounced "Uview". WTF is going on?!

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Waiting gamer slams no-show show: E3 – was that it?

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First year launch blues

It's the same every time a console is released, the first year or so is always a bit sparse or filled with cross generation games, jumping in on the new consoles in the first year is always a risk, if my Xbox 360 back log was not so big, I might of picked up something this Christmas, Sunset Overdrive, Ryse, Dead Rising and the Halo collection, plus the free Games with Gold (that future Xbox One owners can grab now from Xbox.com as long as they have Gold) would of been enough, but I have decided to wait, especially as one of my backlog games is Skyrim.

Good to see Hello Games recovered from the flooded offices and have managed to get the game ready, by the time I get my new console it should be out for the Xbox anyways. I think the only new approach to shooters seemed to be Sunset Overdrive and Splatoon on the Wii U which looks a lot of fun and both these titles have lost the grey brown graphics, which is a relief.

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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Re: They manage it exceptionally well ....

And the last Call of Duty and Gears of War 3 and I think its there in Sunset Overdrive, also Dark Souls, Sega Bass Fishing, Red Dead Redemption MP, Parts of Batman Arkham City, Fable 2 and 3 I think? Cheap developers being lazy, makes it easier not to chose Ubisoft games in the future though.

Also, as posted by Gabe Miller on Vine

https://vine.co/v/MjHweVipWEX

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Apple's steamy OS XXX picture leak riddle: Blurry snaps deleted

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Re: I hope the other OSes follow suit

My sarcasm reading seems to be off, but "flat" like Windows is you mean?

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A budget phablet, what a curious thing: Reg puts claws to the Lumia 1320

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Funnily enough, today at work we had both the Sony Xperia Ultra (6.4") screen and a Samsung Galaxy Mega (6.3") come in, both of these are £100+ on the 1320 price though, the Sony screen is huge and is amazing for watching trailers on and viewing web pages is fantastic but, even the deep pockets of my Dickies work trousers are not deep enough for the Sony, phones screens are obviously getting bigger with every release, but I think we have reached the point of crazy by now.

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Microsoft to release epic Xbox One update in June

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Nope, everything now has to install due to the games being crammed onto the bluray disc. Install times can be quite long apparently, but you can usually start playing the game before it is fully installed, same situation on the PS4, although the PS4 is a little quicker or so I have heard. Still got neither until I get through my back log of 360 games, so don't take my word as gospel!

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Take the drive and the disc and you can play as soon as you are logged in, if you just take disc, the install time and inevitable day 1 patch downloads mean you could be waiting a few hours before you get to start gaming.

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Just installed games at the moment I think, although as you can set the external as the default drive to install games to, you could copy your movies to the internal drive and watch from there?

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Firefox's unstoppable zombie Google cookie

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Re: Firefox's unstoppable zombie Google cookie

Just tried this myself on the works PC, only have Noscript and Adblock plus running in the extensions menu. I had have 3 copies of the Google PREF cookie though, one .uk, one.com and one ie, (I am in the UK) deleted all 3 cookie folders, shut Firefox down, restarted and they were gone. My Noscript does block all Google stuff though, even on this page google-analytics and googletagservices are trying to load, so if you have a Google service running, that might be why it reappears for you?

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Microsoft may launch several new Surfaces on May 20 – report

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Re: other Lumia options...

Vince,

Cheers for the options, the 6" screen sounds good, still large pocket sized and the same layout. The 2520 I had seen in John Lewis, the build quality seemed the same, the hard plastic using in the phones which I quite like, micro HDMi as wel and Micro SD. Starting to sound a bit like a Microsoft advert now, so I better shut up, no doubt your down voter will also down vote this.

Thanks again.

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I've been using a Lumia 920 at work with no sim card, just using it as a mini tablet, it works fine, got my email on there, The Reg App and a few others, browser is okay for most websites. Can someone tell me what the differences are between Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT in terms of apps? The only think I'd like on the 920 is a bigger screen maybe a mini surface is the answer?

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

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Re: Navigation buttons locked to address bar

You beat me to it, looks good, weird how the tabs now seem to be a fixed object at the very top of the window now though and no way to drag the tab row further down.

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Re: Navigation buttons locked to address bar

It looks like you can select a small selection of "complete themes" that add some of the old styles back, looks like you can go the way back version 2, someone will probably release a theme with the buttons in version 28 locations in the next day or so.

Just noticed though, with the disappearance of the orange Firefox button, how do we find out what version we're on and also force the update?

Scrap that, just found it in the small question mark at the bottom of the menu graphic.

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and I think Internet Explorer as well, nothing new at all?

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Just got it now...

First thought I had when seeing the curved tabs was Chrome and, kind of preferred the previous square finished ones, also, my screen layout from the top was; address bar above favourites above tabs and then the browser window, although I can swap address bar and favourites around, it looks like we're now stuck with tabs on the top? nice that the orange Firefox menu has gone, so, my browser window is slightly bigger. Just noticed as well that I can no longer double click anywhere on the tabs row to open a new tab, I have to click on the '+' although this did randomly happen during the previous versions as well, so maybe that will come back. I'll have to look at the Complete Themes maybe and see how things are.

It does score 467/555 on the HTML5 test page though, compared with IE11 getting 369/555.

Seems to pass the Acid3 test okay and scored 1315 on the Peacekeeper Futuremark tests, which tests for WebM, the gif replacement?, meaning hi res cats animations, great...

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Microsoft's naughty Cortana NOT ALLOWED NEAR CHILDREN

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Re: How long before..

kind of like this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iznLyIYzts

On a note to the article though, has anyone ever met a parent who does not work in IT and who has switched on parental controls for their child's games console or phone? I persuaded my boss he should set up restricted access for his 12 year old son, it lasted for a few months until my boss forgot the password then forgot the email address he used to setup the account and then could not be bothered with checking every time his son needed to get a website approved.

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Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

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Re: NOooooOOoooo

Facebook, not Yahoo! Facebook are with the bitches, Yahoo are with the exclamations.

Is Facebook one of the Google/Apple type companies who have to much money in cash in Ireland or Switzerland or whatever other tax haven that they cannot easily move back to the USA without paying a huge amount of tax, but, if they spend the cash on acquisitions that is a kind of work around?

But, wow, 2 beeeelion dollars!

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BOFH: It's DANGEROUS to go alone. Take THIS

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Nice parody of

The Bourne Identity.

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Forget ANGELINA JOLIE, Xbox One struts red carpet in London's Leicester Square

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Corrections?

First of all, yes I am an Xbox 360 owner and will be getting myself a new Xbox One sometime next year. (just wanted to get any suggestions of bias out of the way)

I think the "Australian" is actually a Kiwi and moonlight_swami didn't have his console "Bricked" just suspended until the other night when he was allowed back online with it, and yes I know it wasn't his fault he got it early and why should he have to be penalised for Targets early shipment mistakes, etc etc.

Trying not to get to excited about the launch, some interesting comments popping up on the forums, some mysterious memory has been spotted on the ifixit teardown and the pad looks fantastic.

Anyway, the Doctor is coming up on TV in an hour or so, so, time I was off.

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Windows Phone 8 INFLATED by Microsoft ... to satisfy lonely phablets

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Re: You can put lipstick on a pig....

Just to stand up and be counted, pro-MS folk person here, Xbox 360, Windows 7, Firefox, Open Office type. No mobile phone, but if I did, it would probably be a Windows phone and no tablet, but, if I could afford it, it would maybe be a Surface Pro, although that's maybe overkill for emails and using Smartglass.

Older, non-technical boss has an iPhone 5 to go with his Mac, 3 or 4 other people at work are on Android, but a few are thinking of Windows Phones.

Did that sound condescending enough for you?

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Rare gold iPhone 5s goes up against 50 caliber high precision rifle

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No mention of the Ebay auction?

Amongst all the pro gun/anti gun/indifference to gun comments, not one comment that someone apparently paid over $10k for one of these phones? looking at the big history there was quite a jump in bidding from a new Ebay member, but the winning bid was from someone with history, are some people really that taken with a phone I could buy from the UK Apple store for £550 and have in a couple of weeks?

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Asus NV550JV 15.6in full HD notebook - the one we didn't have to send back

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Let's build a spec?

Slightly off topic, but, as it is apparently impossible a manufacturer to put together a machine that would please the fussy nature of Register readers, how about we put together our laptop wish list covering everything from screen type/resolution, keyboard layout, ports, case material, battery size/capacity, OS cpu, memory etct etc and whatever else we think we need, send it off to the big manufacturers and see who builds it? or prices it up at least. Pipe dreams no doubt, but, could be fun?

Unless of course we end up with some 24GB, i7, 4K res screen, mercury cased, 10 hour battery life freak that costs us £10,000

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Meet the Unmagnificent Seven: The critical holes plugged in Firefox update

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Tannin, any comment?

I was going to just copy and paste your IE rant into this and swap out Firefox for Internet Explorer, but I thought I'd wait and see if you could manage to do it yourself.

But, to be on topic, nice one for getting these fixed, FF is my preferred browser of choice and while the version numbers are getting a bit mental, always nice to see fixes being pushed out.

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It's Grand Theft Auto 5 day: Any of you kids remember GTA the First?

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Re: No PC Version...

Don't panic, apparently buried within the code the PC and PS4 versions are mentioned. Hopefully an Xbox One as well is coming as well.

Anyone playing on the Xbox 360, do not install the "play" disc to the hard drive, if you can install it to a USB stick and you will avoid the graphical pop ups that are being reported.

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Cold-blooded, INHUMAN visitor hitches ride on NASA moon rocket

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I know Miss Piggy gets a bit over bearing at times Kermit, but trying to hitch a lift to the moon for some peace and quiet is a little extreme!

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Have you tried turning it off and on again - oh, you did: IT Crowd RETURNS

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Re: Friday night telly!!!

I thought Agents of ... was on at 9pm as well, but just checked, that starts at 8pm. Not sure why the down vote, certainly glad to see C4 getting their mojo back for Friday night TV.

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Canadian family gives up modern tech to live like it's 1986

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Comments

I had it quite interesting that some of the comments here are either "oh my god, your kids have a tablet, whhhyyy?" or "why don't they just use s BBS system, I was using xyz net on my Acorn Electron back in the day" Both of which seem to be missing the point. It seems to me that the parents realised there was a problem, or at least there would be in a few years time if the kids keeps kept playing on their iPads, watching countless reality TV shows and missing out on making mud pies, building go karts and kicking footballs up so they pounced off the phone lines in the street, (that's what I remember doing back then anyway.)

I say congratulations to them and hope they have a great time watching Crocodile Dundee, spending some quality time with mum and dad and maybe climbing a tree or two.

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Jury reckons Motorola wasn't 'fair and reasonable' to Microsoft

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ohh come on!

No one is going to mention the new name? "Googorola" has it been used in previous articles and I've just missed it or am I the only one who finds it funny? and no, I don't know why.

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Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30

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Re: My First...

Ahh..Frogger with what I always called the "Uncle Ben's Rice" music, although looking at it on youtube it seems to have a different tune? And Repton and Asteroids, if only I'd not sold it.....I remember I started programming on this, then finding BBC Micros at school and after doing the "ohh look it prints my name down the screen" moving on to something which did my maths homework for me and some how got me good marks from the teacher when he had seen what I'd created, no idea what it was though!

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My First...

I remember getting home from school and finding one of these plugged into the TV, ohh the joy of typing in Chain "" (I think it was?) and loading up Cybertron Mission, I don't think I ever did make it to the end, but games were harder back then!

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Asus boss flushes down tabs, says 'Windows RT has not been successful'

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So, build quality is good?

Its just the price and Windows RT that is putting people off? I currently don't have a tablet, but, I think I am coming round to the idea of having one for accessing my hotmail, surfing around and using the Xbox SmartGlass app with my 360 and the Xbox One from next year.

I did pick one up in PC World the other day and they seemed pretty solid and responsive, only thing I would like is a survivor style case, just incase it gets dropped. At what UK price point does the 64GB RT tablet become desirable?

Also, is there is a list of Apps for the RT somewhere? can I get the main On Demand TV players? IMDB? a few games, maybe flightradar24.

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Doom guy teleports into VR startup Oculus Rift

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Doom 4

I can't find the article now, but I'm sure I have read recently that the work going on for Doom 4 has been cancelled for something like "not following the spirit of the game" and they are starting again, I wonder if this is the reason?

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Ministry of Fun launches news quiz - and the BBC is in its sights

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Re: The news we need

Al Jazeerah and RT are both excellent channels offering a lot more coverage and depth when compared with the BBC and Sky etc, although I still read the BBC site on a daily basis.

Quite surprised to see Channel 4 news so low down on that list though, they always seem a lot more in depth than BBC and ITV.

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Sony and Panasonic plan 300GB Blu-Ray replacement for 2015

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Re: Sony... Oh well.

...and they'll rush the product to market before its finished, constantly updating the standard over the next 6 or 7 years, meaning either cheaper players wont work and others will constantly be requiring updates and then we can start all over again with Super HDMi cables and the debate on how much we should spend!

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SPEARS joins the 19-mile-high club: Intimate snaps

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Coffee/keyboard

LOL, upvoted.

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Outlook son of Hotmail goes titsup for many in the US and UK

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Still working for me,

I guess others are having issues, but, after 17 years now I think it is, I cant remember the last time my account had down time that lasted for more than a few hours, are the people who are stressing out perhaps using their hotmail/outlook accounts as a business email? If it's your personal email, don't stress, the sun is shining, get outside and find a beer garden!

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z: Our new top Android ten-incher

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Well Done Sony

Well done for introducing a tablet that has some basic IP rating, hopefully more phone and tablet manufacturers follow suit and introduce something which I really think should be a standard feature. We get so many phones and tablets in at work that have water damage and opening them up the grot inside is just nasty. Next, just add some kind of shock protection on the corners please.

It pains me to admit it, but Sony do seem to be making an effort to win over consumers with their current range of devices, PS4 (bleh) included.

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Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo: The big three slug it out at E3

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Re: Dropping XBox

Don't forget, Sony are going to start charging for online MP gaming as well, although admittedly once you have PS + you currently seem to get a shed load of games for free every month. Makes me wonder, if Sony keep giving away free games, some of which were only 8 months old this month I believe? then they are sneaking in a death blow to pre owned, no matter how much they say they support it.

If you want to play online, you have to buy PS +, if you have PS + you get free digital copies of games and to keep playing them, you have to keep paying and then why bother going to pick up a pre owned copy of anything, or even buy anything, because within a year you'll be getting it for free, I dont think they have given away any Call of Duty or Drakes Fortune games yet.

And yes, I am an Xbox fan(better pad and better dashboard in my opinion), so my view is perhaps not quite true,

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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Re: PS4 also has DRM on used games

Not quite

http://www.officialplaystationmagazine.co.uk/2013/06/12/sony-clarify-ps4-stance-on-used-games-playstation-4-does-not-enforce-any-drm-restrictions/

It's not there, but publishers can still introduce it if they wish.

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I know and saw the clips from the Sony conference, but I still thought there was some DRM in their console, they had just chosen not to mention anything about it/not activate it. My internet connection is normally pretty good, I've been with BT for a little over 2 years now and I think it has been down for maybe one evening so to be honest the activation thing is not a worry for me.

Have to wonder though, it was the publishers who must of pushed for the preowned device, but at the moment, no one knows or is commenting on how or if they will even use it.

As for the hardware, my console has run fine for as long as I have had it, but, as I work in the industry I have seen the huge quantities of Xbox console console which came in after failing. My main concern is the laser technology used in the drive, Sony's 60GB and early 40GB machines used a single diode laser for both DVD and bluray which died pretty quick, (although someone did bring me a 60GB machine yesterday they had had since launch that had only just stopped working.) so I would want to avoid getting any of the first production run machines. Plus, a wait will hopefully bring a rpice drop/some kind of bundle and I still have ample games to finish in the endless addiction that is gathering achievements. Not sure if I like being compared to a Mac fan, but reading what I wrote, I guess I deserve that. Plus to me, the PS3 pad is terrible, I find the Xbox controller much more comfortable, obviously both pads have had some re design, but to me the PS4 pad looks even worse, where as the Xbox pad is just a little smaller, which I admit might not be a good thing. I guess there is always the Xbox 360 Mini if I don't like it.

I like the idea of having one less box under my TV, combining games and bluray is perfect as I only have 2 HDMi ports and at the moment its Xbox and Freeview using them up.

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