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

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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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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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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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