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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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Roger B

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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Roger B

I have had an Xbox for the past 5 years or so and when my area finally got broadband I picked up a PS3 for the bluray and On Demand players, but since the updates to the Xbox with the introduction of On Demand players my PS3 was hardly getting used so I traded it in last week for credit to go towards the Xbox One. The price announcement and the pre owned games issue still has me a little unsure, I was expecting £399, an extra £30 is just a bit higher than expected.

The way I am understanding the preowned mechanic is both new consoles actually have a system in place but only Microsoft have actively announced it and the internet have jumped all over it, but it is actually up to the publishers how and if they use it. Right now, I am naively hoping that if the publishers use it then Xbox One new games will be cheaper than the equivalent PS4 titles, didn't the same thing happen with PC titles when they started introducing online activation or activation codes? it killed off pre owned PC, but also the prices came down for new games.

Microsoft have obviously handled the fallout from this all pretty badly, but I have faith (that sounds a bit religious perhaps) that things will work out and I will pick up an Xbox One in about a years time after the first production batch has been used up and any manufacturing problems get corrected.

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Microsoft video preview shows Windows 8.1 tablet UI options

Roger B

Looks interesting

As a bit of a Microsoft fan, I am curious to see if any of this functionality is going to move over to the new Xbox and/or the Xbox 360 dashboard update coming out in the Autumn, creating a custom home screen with re-sizable tiles would be very nice and although obviously not going to be touch compatible, having something work with the new Kinect sensor might be interesting. I know I've gone off topic and I'm sure the down votes will come flooding in, but if they are after a unified look across desktop/phone/tablet and console I'm looking forward to it, although upgrades from Windows 7 and the purchase of a phone or tablet would be required from me first! Give me an Xbox One and tablet bundle Microsoft!

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Make cool shows, make money: Netflix's SHOCKING TV strategy

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Re: Streaming does suit my needs....

Check what package you have with BT, I was on the 40GB/month with weekend and evening calls, but after a quick phone call, upgraded to Unlimited/month and it was £2 less, the deals are on their site, but they just dont tell you!

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TalkTalk bigwig parks knighted-rear in cursed YouView chair

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Re: YouView sucks

In what way exactly does it "suck"? I've had my Humax box for several months now and love it, everything set to record on a weekly basis, the NowTV on demand player was very easy to use and quick for the month I used it during the free trial. The only thing missing is a Netflix app, rumored to be on the way I think, and access to my network NAS would be nice but as that only holds music its not the end of the world.

There seems to be regular software updates as functionality gets added, its now possible for Android/iOS owners to use their device to setup remote recordings.

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Get up, shake off the hangover: These 57 Microsoft holes won't fix themselves

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Re: Speaking of drive-by download prevention...

I've this on my two home PC's and have done so since XP but every I mention this to anyone at work, some of whom see them selves as being some king of IT related wunder being, mainly because they run a jailbroken iPhone or run copied game son their Xbox they look at me like I'm mad. So glad to see it get a mention here, but MS really need to make it more obvious during initial system setup, I'm very pro windows, but having your default login as an administrator account and not even hinting to the user the other account options is insane.

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Ten 3D printers for this year's modellers

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and all available from Amazon apparently, must be something wrong with the links, the Amazon search results don't show them, such a pity Amazon have just left the Nectar scheme.

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Samsung mocks Apple lawsuit in SuperBowl teaser ad

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Re: Good to see Saul survived the end of Breaking Bad (I guess?)

Damn! sorry, Go "Fifty-minus-one-ers" am I allowed to wear my surprisingly small gold jacket?

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Good to see Saul survived the end of Breaking Bad (I guess?)

and also, Go Niners! Yes I'm a Brit, from the UK, but I was a huge 49ers fan in the 80's and am very excited about watching the big game on Sunday night.

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Microsoft flings free Xboxes to long-term Live lovers

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and me! Had my Hotmail account since '97 and I've been a subscriber since , well, not sure, sometime after that, plus 2 years of Xbox Live Gold now (4 years in total all on the same machine not sure how people break them so easily) only another 8 to go and I can get an Xbox 720/Infinite/enter latest code name here.

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Microsoft-Netflix bid rumours feast on froth – and logic

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This could work

I'm currently working through Breaking Bad on my Xbox via Netflix and have to say the service is fantastic although as Mickey Mouse points out the material available is a bit lacking at the moment. If the rumours are true about another (higher) tier of Xbox membership then including Netflix would work quite nicely in my opinion.

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New broadband minister snubs 'ugly' fibre cabinet gripes

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Re: Pictures?

Thats it? I've seen those! I was expecting some great hulking wardrobe type of thing. I admit the cabinet photo with the two random people is perhaps a little obtrusive if you live in that property, but they are not as bad as I believed them to be.

If those suburbs don't want them, move on, use them somewhere else and they can wait till the end of the upgrade list.

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Pictures?

Not living in one of leafy suburbs mentioned, I've not had the pleasure of seeing one of these ginourmous cabinets, clicking back through the links to previous Register articles does not bring up a photo, can someone point me in the direction of one installed and looking horrible? I just want to see what the fuss is about.

Thanks

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Microsoft: Gmail rival Outlook.com will 'look good on your iPad' 

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Re: Why the hell should webmail look nice on iPad?

oh, and I don't use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or any other social media stuff, so please, can I just switch it all off and not be reminded about it ever, please? And yes Amazon you listen to that as well, I'm not bothered about telling everyone I just bought 50 shades of grey...oh...oops.

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Re: Why the hell should webmail look nice on iPad?

I was thinking something similar, I would want it to look super nice on my Surface tablet. But more importantly, I have been @hotmail for 15 years now and am more than happy with it, I will admit I pay £15 a year or something so its ad free and syncs with the Windows Live mail program.

I have visited outlook.com it looked okay, filled the wole screen, no ads down the right, again probably because I am paying for it, but now whenever I go to my hotmail account it now shows as the outlook.com page, although the address is still live.com.

Haven't they tried relaunching before with hotmail.co.uk? live.com and live.co.uk? Okay so they have a lot of different mail servers, but please leave my hotmail account alone, I had it before you came along and bought it all up!

Okay, I've moaned, I just don't like change.

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Firefox 14 tabs no longer sneak a peek at users' privates

Roger B

Slightly off topic, but...

Is it just me or does the latest versions theme/personna/style thing look "flat" like the Office demo that was shown the other day, all the 3D style raised buttons and shadow seem to of been taken away. Is this so it will run better on lower spec'd machines?

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Panasonic Eluga DL1 waterproof Android

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Re: Slightly off topic but....

Well arn't producers supposed to listen to us, the consumer? There are so many ideas/suggestions on El Reg comment sections about what makes the perfect tablet/laptop/phone they should make us all a focus group! Infact, surely there is the basis of an article or two there, if we can vote on the worst film never made, how about we take a vote on the best mobile device never built.

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Slightly off topic but....

I was having a conversation with someone at work the other day about the new Apple water damage technology and we concluded that really, all moden mobile tech, games console, phone, mp3 player, camera should all have a minimum of shower proof tech built in, surely it should be possible by now to make everything shower proof, especially if this British summer weather continues, these are products we need!

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YouView launches with pricey premium DVR

Roger B

Re: How does it compare with TiVo

The Youview box does the same, the historic EPG is downloaded from the net and anything you want to watch on catchup is there or if you have already recorded it, it shows with a small R icon and clicking that plays it from the HDD.

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Google claims Chrome is the world's most popular browser

Roger B

Re: Roger?

Hi!

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Administrator eyes DVR firesale after TVonics collapse

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As far as I knew it would of been Amazon stock, it showed the usual Amazon purchase options, when ever I have checked the TVonics site to compare against Amazon, TVonics have always been out of stock, but Amazon have it. Just checked now and Amazon do have the DTR HD500 model in stock, but all other SKUs have gone.

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Roger B

When I read the article this morning I checked Amazon and they were listed at £179.99 for the 500GB model, just gone back to make a purchase this afternoon and they have gone, not sure if the Amazon stock has been taken off the shelf or they have all sold out. Maybe they will appear again once the administrators have been through the business.

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Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet, Android 4.1 and Nexus Q

Roger B

Sorry, that's what I get for reading the specs on a crappy website, it has Bluetooth, but I guess they'd like us to use the cloud for our storage.

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Roger B

As good as this sounds and as cheap as it appears to be, and I'm trying not to upset the Google applecart, but is it right there is no SD slot or Bluetooth?

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YouView

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Re: YouView

and I've just received an email from YouView reminding me of the confidentiality agreement in the T&C's so I will now shut up!

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Re: what is youview?

YouView is as far as I understand it is a Freeview + HD Box, with built in IPTV for all the major channels in the UK along with options for pay per view/ subscription options. I am assuming it has a HDD in, but maybe everything is run over IPTV, the EPG I think allows me to go back an hour/day etc and just click play for whatever I want to watch. Might be interesting with my 40GB monthly limit from BT...

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Re: YouView

Okay, so DPD have just delivered the box, within the stated hour delivery slot as well which is always nice! Had a quick look inside and the contents are;

2 x Homeplugs, was not expecting these and probably dont need them, my BT Homehub sits next to the TV and its all on the same wall as the BT socket, but nice to have all the same.

1 x Youview box - Manufactured by Humax (Good to know, I like Humax kit)

1 x HDMi cable

1 x manual

1 x getting started guide

1 x Remote

Can't do much else with it right now, but once I get home could be a fun evening and just in time for Saturdays Tour De France start!

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