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Hello Moto... It's the Nokia Lumia 630

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Bit worried by 8.1

I had WP7.5 and then upgraded to 7.8 on a cheap 610 which is sort of the predecessor to the 520. I just traded up to a 1020 running WP8 and the UI is essentially the same, which is a good thing as I really like it.

I was looking forward to upgrading to 8.1 when it gets a general release but it just sounds... bad. Easy muting and the people hub are the things I use most!

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Why are Fujitsu and Toshiba growing lettuce in semiconductor plants?

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How delightfully bizarre.

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Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

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Re: It's the price that's putting me off a Windows Tablet.

It's not really a tablet though, it's a tablet/ultrabook and as such is in the ultrabook price bracket. This is total overkill for watching Netflix, checking Facebook and playing Angry Birds.

Maybe MS are not interested in the consumer tablet market since RT seems to be on the way out. Or maybe WP8 will expand to fill that gap the way iOS moved to support iPad. Phones and tablets are becoming blurred somewhat already.

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Re: A tablet with a FAN?

You think someone buying a tablet is interested if there's a fan or not? You realise the MacBook Air has a fan, and that that's more what this is competing with? It's a fully specced PC with detachable keyboard, not a toy for playing Flappy Bird on.

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Re: Downvotes

You can't be critical or complimentary of MS or Apple in this thread. If you want free upvotes just mention how MS can go **** themselves, the laptop you rescued from a skip and installed Pretentious-Linux on is perfect for your needs.

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Re: Intel discovered back in 2012 that users found 13" too small.

That's why Apple (http://www.apple.com/uk/mac/compare/notebooks.html) currently only sell a single laptop with a screen size above 13", dropped the 17" one altogether, and brought in a new 11" line. And gained market share at the same time.

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Re: Who ate all the pies?

THe iPad doesn't have a 12" screen or a full-blown i7 CPU. These are totally different devices, as was mentioned this is competing more with MacBook Air than iPad Air.

Seems like it could be a big hit in business, I don't think this version is really a consumer-oriented device but a business device... interest in Surface Pro has mainly been from that market.

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PC makers! You, between Microsoft and the tablet market! Get DOWN!

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re:Since when is a 12" screen a killer feature for business?

Since when is a laptop the best tool for "proper computing work" either? This is designed for being portable - meetings and presentations and travelling. Of course, you can no doubt plug it into a proper monitor and keyboard/mouse like you can any other laptop... anyone know if there are fancy-ass docking stations for Surface Pro?

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Re: Probably good

Someone I know who does MS stuff got the same model for testing stuff out and was similarly impressed.

Technically it sounds pretty slick - especially getting the weight and thickness down - and at 12" I think is a viable ultrabook in its own right. But it's clearly not going to be a mass-market product like the iPad because it's way over-powered and overpriced for the mass-market (not overpriced for what it is, but overpriced for what people want to spend). Ultrabooks are not mass-market as they are so pricey but I could certainly see this being the go-to executive toy. However as the article says that's at the expense of other ultrabooks, MS are stealing existing Windows customers.

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Fanbois Apple-gasm as iPhone giant finally reveals WWDC lineup

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Not sure we NEED a new device

There doesn't appear to be a gap to fill, unless wearables are going to take off - but I get the impression that isn't quite ready to happen yet (if ever). Both an iWatch and an iGlass could be upcoming but I don't think just yet.

iPhone and iPad might not be amazingly exciting now tablets are commonplace but they are still premium devices in phone/tablet categories and selling hand over fist. Apple is with iOS devices where MS was with Windows and Office in 2007... people were unhappy with Vista and the Ribbon but the revenue stream was as healthy as ever. I reckon Apple have easily 2-3 years before they NEED a new Big Thing, as long as they don't screw up the existing product lines but continue to refine them. Boring, but profitable.

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Don't snap SELFIES at the polls – it may screw up voting, says official

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@Valeyard

If asking an innocent question incites typical folk to violence where you live, that's indicative that you live somewhere full of violent idiots rather than that the question is improper.

Or are you not a fan of freedom of speech?

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Creepy Facebook urges users to pester friends about their SEX LIVES

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Re: "it's possible that Facebook is finally getting into the dating game"

It's pretty blindingly obvious there are lots of fake accounts. It's also pretty blindingly obvious that there are still gajillions of real users.

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Re: Zuck ... wants to "connect the world" not for altruistic reasons, but ... to please Wall Street.

You totally fail to get it. I see absolutely no contradiction. Zuck can genuinely believe that FB is doing good, just as Tony Blair and George W Bush believed they were acting for good.

Also, you're either trolling or an idiot because nowhere did anyone suggest "selling personal information about people is an altruistic act". That is FB's business model, not the service they provide to consumers.

You might as well say that if I invent a cancer drug and sell it, I can't be acting for good because I'm making money from sickness. You can make money from something that is of benefit, the world is not black & white no matter what borderline-autistic nerds say.

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Zuck ... wants to "connect the world" not for altruistic reasons, but ... to please Wall Street.

Um, why can't it be both?

Also it doesn't actually mention sex lives at all....

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: Not just his films but his TV series as well!

Getting cancelled after the first series is hardly indicative of anything though. Great and awful shows get axed with impunity.

And Lost had 3 good series.

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'Microsoft Research slides' show touch-enabled Office - report

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Re: Sorry to ruin the party

>>I find that when one tries to work with touchy things, you end having your hands blocking your view all the time.

Hmm. Mechanics and surgeons seem to manage OK. Maybe you're holding it wrong ;)

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More chance you came a cropper on a UK road than bought a Chromebook this year

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Re: Comparison with an old laptop

>>1. It's not always possible to obtain an old laptop at a sensible price.

Why not?

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Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

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Re: Retarded camera

Why do you need to shoot HD video, especially on a device that's going to be shaking around in your hand? All you'd end up with is really crap, poorly lit/coloured video, with awful sound quality, in HD.

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I'm not sure video-calling is that widely used even on top-end phones,,, by which I mean there is certainly a big market segment of people who don't use this and would buy a phone without the capability.

As for selfies (ugh) it's not that hard to take a photo of oneself surely?

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Boffins run iOS apps on Android hardware

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Re: I bought Android so I could AVOID iTunes

I recently caved and put iTunes on my Windows7 PC because it was a pain having to turn on the Mac just to put content on my iPad. I've heard terrible things about the Windows version in particular (the Mac one seems fine) but so far so good,,, maybe it improved a lot in recent versions or I'm just lucky.

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re:Why on earth would I want to run anything iOS related?

To run apps that are only released, or released first, on iOS for a start.

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Drug-dealing game Weed Firm tops Apple's App Store charts

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So it's just Diner Dash with weed? Anyone played it able to confirm/deny?

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Cisco reboots PC with $1500 'Scandafornian' Android fondleslab

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Re: The trouble with 'touch' on the desktop...

I'm not sure that's a real problem for the majority of people, although it's become a common argument against touch-PCs. Touch isn't mainstream in the consumer world but touch-screens are used by some people all day in specific jobs - mostly factory-based I'd guess.

As a student I had a job as a checkout-dolly in Tesco. You spend 8 hours sitting on a chair sticking your arms out in front of you to pick up items and move them over the scanner, and interacting with a touch-screen checkout. Arguably, having to pick things up is even worse than having to stick your arms out to tap a screen, but people don't have special harnesses or whatever and you see people in their 50s who do this day in day out.

So I don't think the automatic "it's bad for you" response can be taken as gospel, any more than a chair manufacturer telling you that standing up all day is bad for you!

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'My house is on fire m8 lol' ... 911 texting tested in the US

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Re: What about support for photos and video?

You can just tweet the police :)

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WORLD LOSES MIND: Uber valued at TEN BEEELLION DOLLARS, Pinterest pegged at $5bn

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Sigh

I should stop focusing on trying to make a decent business out of medical simulation software and make some dumb app... and sell it for 10X more than I'd ever make otherwise.

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FSF slams Mozilla for 'shocking' Firefox DRM ankle-grab

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Re: Eh?

Most people do, but I can't believe you're foolish enough for that to be anything but a poor troll attempt ;)

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Dear FSF

Mozilla is a company driven by the need to make profit, not a charitable foundation. If you want to create a free browser then go right ahead.

FSF chipping in with their views is like the Humberside City Council releasing a press release damning the Columbian drug trade... inconsequential.

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Boffins 3D-print biomimetic shark skin

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Re: Technically, a bumble bee should not be able to fly but it can.

That's utterly untrue

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I was rubbed down by a lady who wore a genuine sharkskin glove

Kinky

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Simpler way to test

Get two sharks. Sandpaper one of them.

Getting volunteers to sandpaper a shark (obviously using wet'n'dry) might be tricky though.

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Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

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Re: Slashes price?...

Did you have a choice to buy it without Kinect before? If you don't want kinect, it is a price reduction to the consumer regardless what it saves the producer.

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No games, a shame

I think it's a shame developers aren't pushing the Kinect aspect for games. Previously PS3/XB360 developers had a tough choice, most people didn't have motion-sensitive controllers so requiring them was taking a big risk, whereas on the WII you knew it was there and could build around that foundation.

Personally, proper motion-controlled games are a real new lease of live when done well, in sports games mainly. Obviously, gratuitously forcing it for every game is silly but a console with guaranteed Kinect sounded like a wonderful opportunity to push things forward. But presumably having to release on other platforms still acts as a "lowest common denominator" anchor - you want to develop a motion-control-only game, not try and tack on motion-control (or game pad support) for another platform.

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Re: Meh.

>>The Xbox One still has a 50% power deficiet over the PS4, and every game to date has ended up vastly inferior on XB1... Nothing will change that for the next 8 years, specs are set in stone, DX12 and driver improvements will maybee claw back 1% at best, and Sony can do the same...

What utter garbage. Punters don't buy based on CPU MHz and consoles have never been about raw power otherwise everyone would buy PCs instead. The PS2 and XBox were not evenly matched and the PS2 architecture was notoriously difficult to program for well (I worked at a game developer in this era).

That you think better drivers can only claw back 1% performance increase at best, is a good indicator of how much you know about these things - drivers can be totally transformational depending how good the original ones are.

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Hunt's paperless future: NHS watches £60m vanish down plughole

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Are you tied to only accessing your email from one PC?

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When I pick up a prescription for my wife I walk and say "I'm here for Mrs. JDX". I don't have her prescription or proof of ID other than being asked to confirm her address.

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Paper prescriptions do seem remarkably antiquated really. Being able to walk into any pharmacy and they can see it would be good, as would your chosen default pharmacy automatically fulfilling your prescription.

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Activist investors try forcing Google to pay more taxes

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start paying as much tax as possible

Both UK and US governments allow you to pay additional tax if you wish so "as much as possible" would be "all of it".

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Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them

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why ... need specific hardware ... clearly just the user interface that needs tweaking

On feature phones the hardware and the software are not separate. Each model comes with specific software embedded.

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Teardowns confirm $1,500 Google Glass hardware is DIRT CHEAP

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Re: To be fair...

You can see a big difference between £5 and £50 sunglasses though just as you can tell the difference between a S5 and a £100 Android phone even when they're turned off.

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Re: @JDX - "When you buy Google Glass for $1,500...

Great counter-argument. Laser discs didn't make it but CDs and DVDs and other optical media did. Glass is a similar earlier forerunner of wearable tech. Saying Glass won't make it is a fair point, saying that this is the same as wearables not taking off is asinine.

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Re: To be fair...

£20 isn't exactly overpriced in the grand scheme of things.

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Re: That's what they call the *gross* profit.

Please John, tell us about your industry expertise as a recognised analyst with a proven track record, rather than an arse who is pulling numbers out of the air to fit the conclusion they want to support?

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Re: "When you buy Google Glass for $1,500...

I was going to make a scathing remark about supposed IT experts being so out of touch that they dismiss something which is clearly going to be huge, but then even industry leaders consistently fail to predict what seems utterly obvious in hindsight (the famous Bill Gates mis-quote for example).

Stop being so unbelievably arrogant as to think that because you don't find a prototype product immediately useful, that the concept won;t be of interest to the wider market.

But I'm wasting my words. I'm talking to the community who though the iPad would never take off and that tablets were just a gimmick, and (IIRC) that touch-screen phones would not replace physical keypads.

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LG: Smartwatch? Pah! We'll measure your heart rate through your EARS

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Re: You have to assume they've done the audience research

Lots of people like to measure their heartrate while in the gym or exercising - apps that plot your run/cycle route and give you a graph of speed, bpm at every point.

So probably a useful thing to have.

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Nice idea

Although shame you can't plug straight into 3.5mm somehow.

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Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

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Re: Nice

Even without... trying to figure out which the hell bus you should take even in a small town can be confusing.

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Boffins search for dark matter in abandoned Australian mine

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It's obvious space is mostly dark matter

You only have to look up - the sky is nearly all black!

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I wonder if they will also offset the change in neutrino irradiation that has been measured

Those experimental physicists are not well-known for their cowboy attitude to measurements.

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Google CAN be told to delete sensitive data from its search results, rules top EU court

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Re: Barmy

Asking people means each of them has the choice what to tell you, it's not the same as the information being freely accessible.

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BEAK DRONE: 1080p HD Wi-Fi quad-copter by Parrot takes to skies

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re:Mark my words, private ownership of these will be banned soon enough.

Nah. Ownership will be OK but using them in public areas will be banned. Cops will all have interceptor drones used to take yours out of the sky :)

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