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5429 posts • joined 28 May 2010

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

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iOS8

Oh not again - I only just got all the bloody icons and launch images figured out to work on iOS7!

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Could a 'Zunewatch' be Microsoft's next hardware foray?

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I wonder

Will the future of watches lie with tech companies like Apple/Samsung/MS, at all?

Or will traditional brands like Rolex move into this market - none of them seem too keen that I know of but you'd surely think they must be investigating it lest they find themselves out-dated.

I know mechanical watches have survived digital, but digital took a big chunk of the market. A proper Rolex casing with smartware inside could be a much better option than some plasticky thing from Samsung.

if Apple buy Rolex we'll know the game is on!

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Re: not-metro

You mean the way Windows phones have fans in?

Do try a bit harder.

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Re: we now have supercomputers in our pockets, and want bigger, better screens for them

This year, yes - a couple of years ago the current trend would have seen silly and we were laughing at the monstrous sized Trigger Happy TV-esque phones.

No reason a new trend won't happen - in fact it certainly will, we just don't know what it will be.

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Re: Nobody is buying the Samsung watches

Tablets existed before iPad, but nobody bought them because the implementation sucked. Just because nobody has cracked the form factor doesn't mean it's not worth investing in.

Current technology is rather marginal for such a small device to be practical, rather like pre-iPad tablets were before their time, so we're in new territory really.

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So if Apple launch iWatch, the FitBit iOS app would be removed, is that the kind of thing being discussed?

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Re: not-metro

Live tiles might actually be the best option for a watch though, provided you limit to specific configurations i.e one big tile, 4 small ones or some full-width/full-height combinations. WP8 UI would actually work well here and you could easily see the time, fitness stats, email/SMS notifications and calendar notifications.

I doubt it but WP8 is probably the mobile OS best suited to the tiny screen right now.

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Failover in FOUR SECONDS? HP's SAP-specific iron hits the streets

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SAP fail-over...

...and over, and over again.

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Toshiba's CB30-102 13.3in Chromebook – imagine a tablet with a keyboard

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Re: Sadly

If these restrictions are a problem for you, you're not a target user.

If they put in a more standard sized disk and more RAM they will have to charge more and the point is these are as cheap as possible... you are not going to get a decent spec for £249.

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Kardashian's bottom plumps down on Instagram throne

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A positive thing

That the most popular picture is one of two people getting married rather than someone's arse or a selfie seems quite nice to me.

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Re: like

You seem to.

As for irony of thinking your views on the matter are "flying f worthy" when you're some random anonymous dweeb on the web...

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SpaceX 'Dragon V2' ROCKET PODULE can hover-land on Earth - or MARS

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Re: Marketing challenge

Probably not something of issue in the US since they were rather too far away to be in range :)

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Facebook wants MORE EXPLICIT SHARING

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About time

I still find it amusing Amazon asks me to share all my purchases on FB. Cheeky sods.

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Valve says no Steam Machines until 2015, fingers crossed

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Re: What's wrong with these people?

No, but they have a finite budget which means they are diverting financial resources to SteamOS. And with something as big-name as HL3, attention of the top brass focusing elsewhere is a factor too because they would be actively driving it.

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Tesla's TOP SECRET gigafactories: Lithium to power world's vehicles? Let's do the sums

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re:a several-hundred-pound anything getting swapped out quicker and easier than I can fill my tank

Considering all 4 wheels can be changed on an F1 car faster than you can undo your seatbelt and get out of the car, this might be an unwise bet to make.

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Re: @Squeezer

When you ASSume, some ASS comes along and patronises you?

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Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

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Re: Form over function is becoming all to common for the "look at me I am cool" crowd.

You're old. This is NOT new in the slightest.

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Re: Hmm...

For you to hate them it's clearly not just about their audio quality because there are hundreds of crap headphone companies. Without realising it you are responding to the brand just as much as people who like it.

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Re: music streaming.... surely Appfelsaft could have aye Tunes do this...

G+ is technologically as good as FaceBook. OSXLinux are at least as capable as Windows. WinPhone8 and Lumia devices are on a par with their competitors... yet in all cases it is hard even for multi-billion dollar behemoths to carve a decent place in the market. Brand is very important.

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re:fits in nicely with their philosophy, after all it's all about marketing and not the product.

Every business is about making money

Music is an area where style has ALWAYS been at least as important as substance

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

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Rubbish

Does the author not realise Google have been trialling self-driving cars other than on empty highways for some time?

As for "driving in CA is easy", has the author never driven in downtown LA? California may mostly be quite empty and organised but it has busy towns and cities just like everywhere else.

This is just "I can't accept a robot can do this" thinking based on out-dated facts rather than reality. It used to be a dream to make a computer that could beat the best chess players, or a robot that could walk on irregular terrain, etc.

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

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Interesting-ish

So it's a solidly performing budget device, except they didn't give it a proper budget price?

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

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Re: Gamers will still be using desktops for whatever reasons

Yeah, gamers are a bit of a special case. There are a massive number of PC gamers but they're still only a minority of PC users.

PCs aren't going anywhere, the "PC in every home" vision is still real but the thing was before tablets it was more like 2-4 PCs in each home. Now tablets and phones are cutting back, a household still probably needs a PC but only one.

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Re: That says more about increasing OS software bloat than anything else.

Except that W7 is leaner than Vista (OK that doesn't take much) and W8 is leaner than W7.

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Re: Handy

Luckily on Windows, the terminal is not too critical.

Sorry....

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Re: There is NO tablet ... that can come close to competing with my high-end laptop

>>Even for "secretary terminal" work, there is a noticeable difference between using cheap underpowered hardware and decent kit.

You struggle to buy anything "underpowered" these days. The bottom-end laptop these days is comparable to a mid-range laptop when W7 came out. Since W7 doesn't need more resources now than it did then, a cheap laptop is quite adequate these days.

We've finally escaped the days when business laptops had the Intel 940 graphics chipset, now even cheap laptops with integrated GPUs support DX10 properly... I work developing 3D software for business clients so this is something I am sadly rather well acquainted with :) Low-end tech these days is not only powerful, but far more consistent than it was even 5 years ago.

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Re: There is NO tablet ... that can come close to competing with my high-end laptop

Hardly anybody, even in enterprise, needs a high-end laptop. Windows7 and Office will run OK on a laptop costing £400 when W7 came out, they'll run well on one costing £600 at that time.

Most people using a PC even for work, are not running a compiler or PhotoShop etc. I totally agree that tablets/phones will not replace PCs because you need a decent screen and input method for writing documents or doing spreadsheets, but in terms of sheer power we're there already.

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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Re: How does it know where you want to go?

Google knows where you want to go, of course. Email your mum "see you for dinner at 7" and the car will honk outside the door at 6.30 to tell you it's time to leave.

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"safety drivers" would start testing ... using - you guessed it - manual controls.

No, that's not correct. Those drivers would test in cars which have manual controls so they CAN take over if they HAVE to. The idea being they won't have to...

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Skype to become 'Star Trek' style real-time translator, says Redmond

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Re: Less than one second?

If it's 1s after the sentence finishes what's the problem?

I've no idea how quickly human translators can do this, presumably they also need to wait until the sentence is resolved? If not, an AI could learn the same things.

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Re: I won't be downloading that version...3 letters why...

Yeah your dog's foot problem is really of interest to NSA. It's not really of interest to anyone, including the person you're telling about it on Skype.

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Google clamps down on rogue Chrome plugins and extensions

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re:Most use cases that required NPAPI are now supported by JavaScript-based technologies

No they're not. Certainly lots of plugins could be written in this way, and likely many plugins never needed to be plugins in the first place, but there are very real valid use cases for plugins. However, most of them are not mass-market but niche plugins for a specific application or range of hardware, so Chrome can get away with squashing them.

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Re: Conflict of Interest?

I very much doubt there is any doubt here. They'll be permitted, to do otherwise would massively shoot Google in the foot. Anyone with the tech literacy to install AdBlock also has the nous to switch browser.

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Samsung WRISTPHONE – for those who wanna whisper to strap-ons

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Re: Samsung

Having one successful product proves what exactly?

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Re: Keypad on a watch?

My point was the nano (or is it shuffle) kept a touch screen but didn't try to cram the normal OS and apps into a tiny screen. Rather they designed a special UI for tiny screens. It is not hard to envisage a touch UI on a watch screen usable for entering phone numbers, and it is certainly not hard to imagine being able to swipe through your contacts or otherwise select who to call. OTOH, SMS maybe not. But a device which is a combination phone-fitness gadget could do OK, given the success of FitBit et al.

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Keypad on a watch?

You mean like Casio had on those nerdy calculator watches?

Maybe a watch would be better as a feature/dumbphone rather than simply trying to squash a smartphone into a different form factor. Sort of like how Apple didn't try to make the iPod Nano/shuffle use the same UI as larger versions.

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Spanish village of 'Kill the Jews' votes for rebrand

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56 registered voters... "very intense, very hectic"

Really?

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re:modern sensibilities?

At what point in time would "kill the Jews" not be offensive?

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

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Re: whatsapp?

Is it not to do with WA being bought out?

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Re: Bit worried by 8.1

Thanks for the review. If genuine WP users think it's an improvement I'll probably like it.

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My understanding is the 625 only has 256Mb RAM instead of 512 on the 530 (and on higher-end previous-gen Lumias). This can be a big deal as many apps may not run... on my cheap WP7.5 phone Skype wouldn't run for this reason.

So if this is the case, RAM might be the clear thing you need to inform a decision.

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Re: takes 20 secs to look up a contact

Eh?

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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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NOT APPY: Black cab drivers enraged by Hailo as taxi tech wars rage on

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Re: GPS is shite ....

I really don't see the need for anyone to defend GPS as being as good as any human driver. That isn't the point. GPS exists to get you from A to B with confidence, not to send you through secret short-cuts which only work between 6.30am and 8.30am on weekdays.

Specialist knowledge is often cheaper NOT automated but left in the hands of squishies.

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Re: Pot/Kettle?

Technology is not (yet) removing the need for people to drive the taxis.

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Re: Excuse me, kind sir, but what violence did they resort to?

Turning up and a mob and screaming in your face and doing damage to your presence may not be the same as kneecapping but vandalism is violent and the rest is a clear threat of violence. If they refused to leave the business premises that is also violence of a sort.

At least, the police thought so or they wouldn't have bothered coming out.

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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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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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