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Moto X: It's listening to you. But can voice control finally take off?

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Re: battery life

This is a phone with mid-range components at a high-end price. However, the gist seems to be that the screen and processor have been chosen for better battery life. There are power-saving tricks: only part of the AMOLED screen is lit up to show notifications, for example.

It's an attempt to make a 'one size fits all' Android phone, suitable for the sort of people whop wold have previously bought an iPhone.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/1/4578890/this-is-the-moto-x

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

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Re: "unless someone has their phone out"

@Thecowking

You didn't say where in the world you were based. Here in a popular public house in semi-rural England, there are a few people with WinPho8 Nokias... enough that the figure of 10% seems about right.

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May the fourths be with you: Muso John Williams returns to Star Wars

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Re: Surprised...

The only part of the prequels that moved me was John Williams' Imperial Theme towards the end of part, as the stormtroopers are shown coming out of a transport vehicle (thus bridging to part IV)

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Egad! Could Samsung be CHEATING in Galaxy benchmark tests?

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Re: What cheating?

Is is sustained high temperature that shortens the lifespan of components (other than the battery), or is it the cycling between hot and cool that does the damage? (moot point, I know)

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Re: Proper mobile benchmarking

>Tomshardware, for example is often covered with them [synthetic benchmarks]

Yeah, But Tom's put their synthetic benchmarks in context, and always alongside 'real-world' tasks.... so if they are testing Workstation GPUs, for example, they run tasks in a variety of CAD and transcoding applications. If they are testing CPUs, they might run standard tasks in Photoshop and other productivity apps. Gaming hardware is tested on popular titles such as Crysis and Skyrim, since different games tax CPUs and GPUs differently. Seems reasonable.

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Robot cop called in after MAD BONGER blown up in LIQUID MARIJUANA EXPLOSION

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Fat Freddy always gets burned!

or so I have read.

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Not so much stoners but thieves

AC's comments might seem harsh for your average stoner carrying a Wishbone Ash album, but these idiots were metal thieves carrying a machete - of the type that think nothing of causing costly damage and inconvenience for a few dollars worth of copper:

>Reuben Miller, the owner of nearby Aacme Transmissions, said he confronted the man near the business on Mount View Lane shortly after noon because he recognized him from surveillance footage taken Sunday.

In that footage, Miller said, the man was allegedly seen cutting cords from a washer and dryer outside the business and leaving with them.

"I said, 'You are stealing my stuff,'" Miller said. "He said, 'I don't have time for you. I'm going to the hospital,' and pulled out a machette."

Miller said he punched the man, who also had a hatchet, once or twice. The man eventually continued up Mount View Lane toward Nevada, he said.

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Re: Idiot

Though butane happily boils at below room temperature, heating the oil mixture will make it runnier, thus aiding evaporation of the butane. I assume.

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Google kicks off Android 4.3 updates for Nexus devices

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Re: No sale? No upgrade most likely!

My 2012 Xperia P phone has been updated by Sony from Gingerbread to ICS, and then again to Jelly Bean. I can't speak for other brands, but I'm sure XDA forums can give an idea of how well they've supported their handsets.

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>Similarly, Android 4.3 introduces support for Bluetooth Smart Ready – aka the Low Energy portion of the Bluetooth 4.0 spec – but only on supported devices, which so far include the Nexus 4 and the new Nexus 7 only.

According to the wikipedia Bluetooth entry, some Samsung devices such as the Note 2 have Bluetooth LE hardware, so presumably Samsung will support it their next software update - especially if they plan to release a 'smartwatch'. Ditto some Nokia phones and Microsoft tablets. The previous lack of BLE in Android might be why some of the existing smartwatches (such as those from Casio G-Shock and Citizen) currently only support iDevices.

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Fanbois smash iPhone 5s much sooner than iPhone 3s ... but WHY?

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That happened to my new camera last weekend- it was too hot to leave it in direct sunlight, so I placed it under my jacket on the opposite bench. A beer later, and my friend picked up my jacket to hand it to me and the camera hit the floor... fortunately, it still works, and I can't find a dent or scratch on it. The official case for it is far too pricey, so and being an unusual size generic pouches are too small for it.... so I'll have a rummage amongst the 35mm cameras in a charity shop and buy one for its pouch!

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Chromecast: You'll pop me in for HOT STREAMS of JOY, hopes Google

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Re: practicalities

Any stream from any Chrome browser tab. Integration with other PC/tablet applications such as Netflicks is just a bonus.

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'Cos you'd then have to faff about finding a wireless mouse and keyboard, and set it all up. This Chromecast is just a low cost, easy to set-up solution for some common situations. It'sd bottle opener, not a Swiss army knife. Its job is just to link tablets and PCs to TVs easily.

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>The point of this is?

It allows you to mirror on your big TV any tab from a Chrome browser on a laptop... handy for people who don't keep a PC in their front room.

More details: http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/24/4554130/google-chromecast-vs-apple-airplay-how-do-they-compare

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Apple KILLER decloaked? Google lovingly unboxes Nexus 7 Android 4.3 slablette

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Re: Good so far

Old Nexus 7 took some XDA malarkey to have it read memory sticks, but worked with keyboards etc. Old Nexus 4 was made by LG and didn't have USB OTG in any way. Some AMA on Reddit suggests that the new Nexus 7 has OTG - at least in hardware- since it appears to be supplying power to connected devices.

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http://www.tweaktown.com/news/30434/slimport-summit-2013-coverage-what-is-slimport-/index.html

for what looks like a reasonable covering of Slimport basics...

Also,

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/07/google-announces-new-chrome-device-to-get-video-streams-to-your-tv/

is a $35 device that allows you to stream video over WiFi from a avariety of platforms.

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Ubuntu boss: I want to make a Linux hybrid mobe SO GIVE ME $32m

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Re: PC

>would have assumed that a phone that can run Linux could be tweaked to run other distros fairly easily.

Oops! I meant that i assumed that a phone that could run Ubuntu could be tweaked to run other Linux distros fairly easily. No matter!

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Re: So what happened with Ubuntu on tablets then?

>Unobtainium Glass

"Man-made sapphire could replace Gorilla Glass as the material of choice for scratch-and-crack-resistant mobile phone screens in the near future, according to a recent speculative piece from MIT Technology Review.

"Having had a little wander around the relevant places and a few chats with people who would know, I'd say that it's actually not just possible but highly likely. "

- http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/05/02/gorilla_glass_ipads/

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Re: Why?

>Does stuff I do in Android seamlessly integrate into the Ubuntu side?

Probably yes, seeing as such techniques have been used for some time on virtual machines. If you download VMWare Player (free as in beer) for example, you will be given the option to download the VMWare 'Helper' tools, which allow you to do things such as copy-paste between windows, regardless of whether said windows are programs running on the Host OS or the Guest OS.

I do have a little sympathy for your cynicism- this proposed Ubuntu setup requires the user to carry a micoHDMI or USB MHL cable, plus Bluetooth mouse and keyboard- which are bulkier than the actual phone. If you're resigned to carrying those odds and sods, you might as well carry a separate Linux machine too- perhaps one of those little 'inline' jobbies the size of a USB stick.... that way you can still make phone calls whilst editing your spreadsheets.

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Re: I suggest you read the crowd funder campaign again

There was a recent Reg article about sapphire production methods falling in cost (just as silicon wafers for semiconductors have done). Only today I saw some quartz watches for sale with sapphire crystals (the see through bit above the watch face) for £125, so much materials are no longer the preserve of higher-end man jewellery.

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Re: PC

>Anyway, the last thing I want is a Ubuntu phone (or a Unity desktop), so I'm not giving them a penny

I'm no Linux expert, but would have assumed that a phone that can run Linux could be tweaked to run other distros fairly easily.

Besides Unity (and arguably Android) there any other small-screen touch-orientated Linux desktop environments being developed at the moment (such as might have fallen out of Nokia)?

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Leap Motion Controller: Hands up for PC air gestures. That's the spirit

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Re: "interact with Mac OS X and Windows"

Check the LeapMotion Linux forums, Thad!

"Hey guys, I'm really sorry about . I've asked our guys to put our link back up [ to the beta Linux drivers] on the developer portal as soon as possible. It should include the latest software daemon package as well as a SDK. Unfortunately; there is no Airspace support for Linux at this time."

-DavidH Co-Founder & CTO

https://forums.leapmotion.com/showthread.php?2670-No-drivers

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As well as paid-for software, there are also some open-source efforts for the Leap such as Solidworks (3D CAD) integration. The Leap forums were interesting, but I haven't checked them in a while.

I wonder if anyone is working on a sign-language > text application? : D

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>Tactile feedback, and the way the inertia of physical peripherals helps keep your hand steady, count for more than you realise when you’re trying to be precise.

Other online reviews of the Leap make much the same point as Mr Smith. Maybe Leap have missed a trick - rather than just software developers, perhaps they need hardware partners, in the same way that a Wii controller can be fitted into a dumb 'steering wheel' or 'fishing rod' accessory. Existing 'digital clay' systems use an expensive articulated arm to provide XYZ + vector user input, and haptic feedback.

Inexpensive hardware accessories could make the Leap pretty handy... just add a glass sheet and pen to make it an ersatz digitiser, for example.

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Nokia flops out its 4G, 4.7-inch WHOPPER: The Lumia 625

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Re: Windows Phone

My old man's only reason for wanting a smartphone was for maps... now that Google, rather than improve the 'offline maps' feature it only introduced a few versions back, has decided to hide it instead (type in 'okay maps'... WTF?) a Nokia Windows Phone would have been a better choice for him than Android- especially since he spends time driving in Europe.

As it is, he's gone back to his old Nokia candybar- he never got on with 'swiping' to answer a phone call on his Android, or the relatively short battery life. I dare-say he would find any smartphone just as confusing and infuriating, though. Doesn't help that the fag-lighter is his Transit is buggered.

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Re: Now this is just going to get confusing

I used to know where I was with with Nokia phone names... 3xxx was lower end, students and the like, 6xxx was business, 8xxx were small and desirable, 9xxx were things like the Communicator with a qwerty keyboard.... but that was ten years ago, so I can't help you now! : D

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Laser-wielding boffins develop ETERNAL MEMORY from quartz

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>Crystal-based storage tech could kill the need for backups

Just 'co you can't break it doesn't mean you can't lose it! Just saying! : D

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Re: survival of the fittest

Er, 'foot lovers?'

In a Darwinian sense, that doesn't work.

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Re: Are they also going to ban

Actually, the Daily Mail printed pictures of an 11 year old girl in her bikini:

[Of Chris Morris' Brass Eye special "Paedogeddon!":] Around 3,000 complaints were received and politicians spoke out against Morris.[4] Beverley Hughes described the show as "unspeakably sick" but later admitted she had not seen it, and David Blunkett said he was "dismayed" by it. He also had not seen the episode, because he is blind.[5] Tessa Jowell, after watching,[6] asked the Independent Television Commission to reinstate censorship to ban similar programmes.[7] There was also a tabloid campaign against Morris, who refused to discuss the issue.

The Daily Star decried Morris and the show, placing the story next to a separate article about the 15-year-old singer Charlotte Church's breasts under the headline "She's a big girl now" and using the words "looking chest swell".[8][9] The Daily Mail pictured Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, who were 13 and 11, in their bikinis next to a headline describing Brass Eye as "Unspeakably Sick".[9][10]

- from Wikipedia, but I remember Private Eye at the time drawing attention to the Daily Mail's hypocrisy.

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Goodbye Blighty: The alternative reality of Quatermass II

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A timely article

I watched the new film The World's End yesterday, which affectionately draws on this sort of classic British alien invasion story... a bit John Wyndham.

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Acer silences Thunderbolt

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Re: Backups

If you're using Thunderbolt to connect a $6,000 Red video card to your Macbook, then a $30 cable isn't that much. But yeah, far from mainstream.

Sony's take on it was a very thin n' light VAIO Z laptop with an external Radeon dock... again, far too pricey to be mainstream.

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Apple needs help: iWatch, 'Retina' iPad mini delayed until 2014?

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Re: They don't have a chance...

>How to make a smart watch cool.

This looks much the same as many other sports watches:

http://www.tuaw.com/2012/12/26/review-citizen-eco-drive-proximity-watch-for-iphone-4s-and-ipho/

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Pure boffinry: We peek inside Nokia's miracle cameraphone

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Re: here is an idea

> Don't lumber us with a phone, just sell us the camera, the smallest, lightest, most capable pocket camera ever.

That would worry the likes of GoPro, but the market for such things is fairly limited.

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Re: It is a marvel of modern technology...

There are more Windows Phone devices to be seen amongst the general public (okay, my local's beer garden) than the comments sections of The Reg would suggest. Of the other drinkers, some have still have trusty dumbphones, some have have Androids, some have had iPhones but now use Android devices, some are Apple loyalists... they all seem happy enough, and it seems a lot of people aren't too fussed about the OS.

Other than the immature ecosystem and a distrust of MS (I know that one), why does WinPho get so much abuse?

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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2013: Windows struggles in Boot Camp

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Re: Oh, not this hoary old chestnut again.

>This statement would only be true if you define "some" as "gamers" because the only reason to dual boot, which for anybody who does it regularly is extremely annoying, is to get the full 3D treatment

3D CAD, modelling and simulation software is better represented on Windows than OSX.

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Man sues Apple for allowing him to become addicted to PORN

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I bought a brick the other day. The good folk at the builder's merchants didn't warn me that dropping it on my foot would hurt, even though they must have known this.

***

Hell, I wear prescription glasses- I wouldn't sue my optician for enabling me to see things that aren't good for me.

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Nokia tears wrapper off Lumia 1020 monster imaging mobe

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Re: Replace N808

As far as I can make out the 1020 has USB OTG, but can anyone confirm this?

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Re: There we go, they finally have a compelling product

Micro 4/3 cameras are not DSLRs, Mr Photography Expert AC.

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Caterpillar B15: The Android smartphone for the building site

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Re: ...torches can be like pencils or tape-measures...

...and as soon as you return from buying a replacement tape-measure the original one comes out of hiding!

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Galaxy S4 Active plus a tough case?

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Re: I'm surprised it uses a mini-SIM

It's easier to fit a microSIM into an adaptor than it is to take a Stanley-knife to a miniSIM (doable, but a faff)

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Re: No led?

You'd have thought so, but torches can be like pencils or tape-measures... "It was here just a moment ago!"

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>I like those rugged devices - shame the spec is always lacking.

Yeah, but at least you now get most of the way there with high-end hardware- both the Galaxy S4 Active and Xperia Z are waterproof. Then all you need is a very sturdy case, if any are sold.

(http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/09/galaxy-s4-active-hits-uk-shops-starting-at-495-contract-free/)

Hopefully, toughness and waterproofing will become standard features for phones.

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Are driverless cars the death knell of the motor biz?

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Re: higher sales ?

Thank you for the clarification, Sparky_Boy. A minibus would be the easier solution, though a local pub here in England had to abandon their scheme, due to a change in regulations leading to prohibitive insurance premiums.

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Re: I was intrigued up until the point

>I was intrigued up until the point where there may be other people in the car when it pulls up.

Then simply pay a premium to use the vehicle by yourself. Your preference in this matter will probably be part of the profile you create when you sign up for the service- or chosen on a trip-by-trip basis, if some days you are feeling more tolerant.

The whole gist of the article was based on economic factors. If you want to save money by sharing the lift with others, you can. If you want to spend a little more for the privilege of travelling by yourself, you can.

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Re: Maintenance cost increase

The maintenance cost per mile will probably be lower; with the vehicle in use much of the day, the engine will spend more time at its optimum temperature.

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Re: all I'm hoping for...

AC wasn't using the word 'shaft' to mean defraud (which of course does put up premiums). He was looking forward to a transport system with far fewer accidents, thus greatly reducing the level of insurance required and perhaps the need for many individuals to have to deal with insurance dealers at all.

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Roadside recovery

Should the vehicle you are in break down, you won't have to wait on the roadside for an hour... the vehicle will have already informed the Controlling System that it cannot proceed, and a lift will soon arrive for you - followed by a repair / tow vehicle sometime later.

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>The idea that a large portion of people might give up car ownership because a car can drive itself doesn't hang together for me.

It might not cause existing drivers to give up their cars, but it might delay the age at which a young person chooses to buy their own car... perhaps indefinitely.

It's not just the cost of ownership of a car, but in the second-hand market mechanical faults can unexpectedly occur, landing them with a repair bill of a few hundred pounds that they haven't budgeted for (plus the inconvenience of being without a vehicle, and missing whatever engagement they had that day).

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The Yawhg vs XCOM: Enemy Unknown. How small devs can win against the big boys

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Re: Very true

I'm glad to hear the Syndicate team are making a game for tablets... I've never understood why people have been so keen to port First Person Shooters to tablets, when tablets seem to naturally lend themselves to games like Syndicate, Cannon Fodder, Monkey Island, Sim City, Worms etc.

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