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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

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Re: X customers

It's not like they sold a lot of X phones.

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

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Re: No Lumia?

Exactly - "low cost phones" not "low cost android phones". Maybe the title was simply ambiguous.

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Re: No Lumia?

I was about to say the same thing. El Reg spends a lot of time talking about how well MS is doing in this price bracket, in fact how they're only doing well in this price bracket - and has given lower-end Lumias very favourable reviews against similarly-priced Androids in the past.

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Move up, Siri and Cortana: BlackBerry's new... 'Assistant' is here

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Re: Does anyone actually use these?

Siri appears to work very well for adding stuff to your calendar, genuinely faster than doing it by finger "when I get home remind me to make sandwiches for tomorrow".

On my Lumia, I use voice only for "call 013...." or "call mum".

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

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Supercar?

At under a hundred grand can it really be considered a supercar?

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Military-grade bruiser: Getac F110 rugged tablet... is no iPad

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Re: Only an IT department

So when it breaks out in the field during important work, you just abort the mission and come home to get another one?

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128GB SSD (which means you have about 60GB free for storage).

Um, really? Given you can buy tablets with full W8.1 installed with 64 or even 32Gb SSD drives, claiming Windows takes up 68Gb doesn't sound correct. I thought it was more like 20Gb?

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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Re: Oh, you mean you put out another crap product?

They put out 3. Phone, RT, and regular.

The whole point is that you can run proper applications on a tablet if you so desire.

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I'd disagree. The W7 start menu was ugly to start with, and cumbersome - having to navigate multiple sub-menus isn't my idea of fun.

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If they are changing things everywhere I agree going one way and then back is more confusing than making a change and sticking to it, for all those who had to figure out the new way.

BUT I suspect this only applies to the W8 desktop mode, so it's probably not an issue, and it looks rather nice.

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'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE

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Surely saphire glass doesn't need reinforcing since it's actually aluminium metal? This sounds like a patent for using regular(ish) glass?

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What the world needs now is... a Bluetooth-enabled baby's dummy

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Re: No wireless near my baby

You're paranoid. You sound like the type who would not give their child MMR.

They're near a wireless device every time you go somewhere with WiFi which probably includes your house. If you can get a WiFi signal next to baby's head, they are being irradiated.

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Re: Simpler solution.

How does that measure temperature?

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Doctor Who season eight scripts leak online

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I (mostly) missed Dr Who the first time round, or was so young I barely remember it. But surely they had the same problems of trying to keep things fresh and find new stories in what was a very long-running series?

Daleks were always popping up in the original, cybermen too, weren't they?

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TopGear scripts?

You mean a post-it note with "insult the Welsh" written on it?

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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or indeed that it is perfectly survivable anyway

Dubai in summer is right on the edge of being survivable. It's horrible.

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Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again

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One query

That W7 users aren't upgrading is no surprise - I don't think even Vista users rushed out to upgrade when 7 came out because an OS upgrade isn't very exciting.

What I'm curious about is how W8 cannot be gaining share, when (nearly) all consumer PCs now ship with it installed. Granted, PC sales are not what they were but people ARE buying PCs and those new PCs ARE running W8.x... so that surely MUST push the W8 userbase slowly higher rather than dropping.

I mean, how can the market share of XP be increasing unless people are doing new XP installs?

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Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 world conquest plan: folders!

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Re: Eh?

They do now, did they before WP7 came out? All the phone OS steal ideas because why would you see a way to make your platform better and not do it?

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Never mind folders

I want one of those fancy "start start buttons".

Nokia added a folders app to Lumia phones already. And this article seems to be suggesting WP8.1 is a surprise, when many people are already using it and The Register already reviewed a beta.

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Today in IT news: iPad Fleshlight a reality

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I don't want to watch that video right now but is the idea you are literally f***ing your iPad?

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What a whopper, LG: Feast your eyes on this 77-inch bendy TV

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What's the focal length?

Anyone want to guesstimate the maths?

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French Senate passes anti-Amazon amendment

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On the one hand I agree, on the other I hate seeing every town highstreet a drab row of £-shops, takeaways and "cash-advance" places.

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Re: I live in France and I'm happy with this

If enough people felt the same way, it wouldn't matter that Amazon are under-cutting the small shops - people would still use them for the additional service.

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I/O: New Google design language will RULE OVER 'DROIDS

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Re: For all the metro haters

>>People do not get annoyed with "change". They get annoyed with "change just for the sake of change".

Not true. Win95 was a massive step up from W3.11 but loads of people found it hard to adapt. If you've been using the same paradigm a long time, or even that paradigm is all you know, change is hard. If the W95/XP/7 approach is synonomous with "how computers work" to you, which is entirely possible considering how long that dynasty ruled, ANY new approach will seem tricky.

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Re: giving up after two hours of solely attempting to hunt down the control panel.

You can even type the specific thing you want to do on the control panel IIRC.

Or of course click on the IE/FF/Chrome logo and type "where is the windows 8 control panel" and hit enter.

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DOH! Google’s internet of things vision is powered by… Mac OS

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Re: Google switched to Mac

They have their own OS, and they don't use it by default internally? That's the absolute best way to make sure it is in good shape!

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Black hole three-way: Supermassive trio are 'rippling' space

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The closely circling black holes are in a galaxy more than four billion light years away

A galaxy far, far away?

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REVEALED: Reg trails claw along Apple's 'austerity' 21.5-inch iMac

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Re: It's basically a laptop in a desktop case

An iMac isn't a desktop case. The all-in-one form-factor is separate from desktop and laptop but has always shared some laptop-esque design principles.

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Re: Everyday performance

>>8GB of RAM is fine now, but I'm yet to be convinced that we have hit some sort of peak where more RAM is going to be pointless down the line. In 5 years time (and many of the people who this is targeted at will want it to last AT LEAST that long) I suspect that this is going to struggle with the tasks the average consumer running the latest OSX will want to throw at it.

We hit a peak with RAM about 5 years ago... PCs shipped with 6-8Gb as standard outside the budget bracket since then and this hasn't changed; nobody ships with 16Gb except as a power machine. Windows has got leaner, MacOS was lean to begin with, and as SSDs get more widespread the bottleneck of RAM is less than it was anyway.

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Mac Mini

Anyone know if we're expecting a refresh for the Mac Mini - we're still running the late 2012 model IIRC and I'm considering getting one but not if they're about to overhaul the range!

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Google's Oculus-defying VR headset is made of CARDBOARD – no joke

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Re: Precisely why Oculus was never a $2Bn business

3D games were "good enough" with a Geforce3 but that hasn't stopped everyone chasing greater and greater power. SD TV was "good enough" but people still wanted HD.

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Creepy battery-operated TEDDY BEAR SEX TOY. Sadly, this is for real

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Onion?

I pasted this link in FB-chat and it added, underneath the automatic summary/photo, a link to theonion.com. Does FB know something El Reg isn't telling us?

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Absolutely amazing. I especially love that it's controlled by the ears when "down there"...

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Google's Urs Hölzle: If you're not breaking your own gear, you aren't ambitious enough

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Thanks El Reg

Probably the most interesting thing I've read on this site.

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Mozilla to cram a full web-dev IDE inside Firefox browser

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Re: Built into the browser?

How wonderful, you mean I can develop in the browser without a web connection? I'm always wanting to user my browser offline!

If only HTML5 provided a way to cache sites for offline viewing, maybe with some sort of "local storage", then this could all be done in a way which is accessible through any modern browser rather than requiring FireFox, and bloating FireFox still further with stuff 99.9% of users don't want.

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Built into the browser?

So in these days where we can supposedly do everything in open web technologies like JS, CSS & HTML5, FireFox have to build this kind of tool into the browser rather than doing it as a web-application?

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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Re: @JDX

You do struggle at any money to get something as aesthetically pleasing as an iMac though. A super monitor yes, but a slick beautiful one without trailing cables to a separate PC... tricky.

I am not really bothered by that and clearly neither are you but it's a valid thing to consider important.

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Re: @JDX

I was talking about the 27" one. What kind of idiot buys a desktop PC using ANY OS with such a tiny screen these days?!

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re:you can easily build a PC for £400 - including a monitor and keyboard - with much better specs

Yes but a large part of the cost of an iMac IS the screen because it's a nice one. Compare the cost of iMacs and Mac Minis.

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Re: Repairs

Apple will repair phones outside of warranty, won't they - for a fee of course?

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Re: Unacceptable

The amount of RAM shipped in new PCs stopped increasing several years ago. New budget PCs have 4Gb and medium range ones have 8Gb - and it's been this way 5 years.

I think hard-disks have also plateaued. though more recently, at 1TB.

We're no longer in a world where in 2 years you can double the RAM because the price has dropped... buy the spec you need in the first place. The bigger problem with soldered RAM is you have to pay Apple for it, rather than buying 16Gb 3rd-party RAM and a 4Gb iMac.

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

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Re: Can it play Crysis?

Surface Pro 2 will play Crysis... google it

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Re: And it would also single-handedly kill the upgrade cycle of the manufacturer

Balls it would. Even desktops are rarely upgraded - only by the technical minority let alone laptops which are still fairly easy.

Even if your iPad were easy to maintain, few people would pay £100 for a new part on a 5 year old iPad...

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Re: Still News?

Many people break their iPhone when it IS the latest model...

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Re: Here's an idea

I imagine SP3 is right on the limit of what you can get into a casing that small - it's surely more of a technical feat than the iPad in pure "get a whole PC in a tablet"?

Maybe it reduces manufacturing cost, maybe the glue increases overall ruggedness (such as it is) - and does it also have beneficial thermal properties?

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Google Nest slurps your life into the Matrix? The TRUTH

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"a thermostat which could tell when a person was on holiday"

Why can't I just tell the thermostat I'm on holiday?

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Search, done. Ads, done. What next for Google? Domain registration

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Makes sense

Since they rebrand GoDaddy (and other) as part of an automatic "buy your domain through Google" it effectively works like you're buying from Google already - it's Google you pay.

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VIDEO SELFIE DRONE: 'AirDog' UAV follows you everywhere you go

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Re: "cannot see or avoid any obstacles in its flight path".

Unless you're running through a forest it presumably isn't a big deal in real use.

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Code Spaces goes titsup FOREVER after attacker NUKES its Amazon-hosted data

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Re: Backups

They had perfectly good backups - the backups didn't fail, someone with the authority to do so deleted them! They could've stored their backups in different locations across different servers but if you let someone get in and delete the backups, that is a process fail, not an infrastructure fail.

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Yes. App that lets you say 'Yo' raises 1 MEEELLION DOLLARS

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Arbel moved ... to San Francisco to launch the app ... opened an office and began to hire staff.

What does he need staff for if he already wrote the app?

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