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Apple designer Sir Jony Ive holding up iOS 7 development: Report

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Re: Does it has to be because of internal warfare?

>If anyone needs another reminder, recall that Apple just issued billions of dollars worth of debt with 30 year terms. They are essentially claiming that they can stay relevant and profitable for several technology lifetimes.

According to the financial papers, that is because most of their cash is outside the US, and bonds are the most tax-efficient way of returning $100 billion to share-holders.

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Re: skeuomorphic has 1 big advantage

> I already struggle to remember WTF each Google icon means,

Too true... There is a Picasa icon and a Chome icon pinned to my start bar, and sometimes I click the wrong one. They are both multi-coloured circles!

They have a passing resemblance to the 'Consignia' logo, that was around during the ill-fated Post Office rebranding exercise. Private Eye had a section in which they showed a dozen existing logos that looked more or less identical.

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Want to know what CIA spooks really think of spy movies and books?

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Re: Not Real

Yep, it was.... as was the Team-B report on which it was based. Or maybe Team-B got the idea from Tom Clancy.... it gets hard to tell.

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Re: Mostly Boredom

I seem to recall Bond on a bus in Live and Let Die... or at least I remember a double-decker bus being converted to a cabriolet with the aid of a low bridge.

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Why next iPhone screen could be made of SAPPHIRE - and a steal...

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Re: True, but...

>They are quite, but not completely, scratch-proof. However they are definitely NOT shatterproof. Any hope of a sapphire crystal surviving hammering or even a significant drop onto concrete is fantasy

It depends how it is used. A phone screen is thinner than a watch crystal, and it is only the very outer layer that you want to be hard- maybe it could be combined with a more flexible material. I'm thinking of case-hardened spanners, which are hard on the outside, more flexible on the inside so that they don't break when dropped like a drill bit will.

Many Omega watches use sapphire for the watch crystal but the models used in space used an acrylic-like material... acrylic would be less likely to shatter due to extremes in temperature, and even if it did it would be preferable to tiny shards of sapphire floating around in an enclosed environment.

Back down on earth, the things likely to scratch a sapphire watch face are harder stones in jewellery, diamond dust (if you've been a diamond blade in a disc cutter) and sometimes the anti-slip coating at the bottom of swimming pools.

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Red faces as Pentagon leases Chinese satellite

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Re: Trojan Horse Satellite

Which bit of "to support non-classified communications" did you not understand?

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Review: Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 WinPro 8 tablet

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Re: Nice looking hardware

>Are you kidding? It is the fuggliest thing I have seen in a long time.....

Yeah, cos other kit this PC will be used with is known for being beautiful.

(Well, I do like those shiny red Snap-On tool cabinets)

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Cat ladies turned brand-squatters poke fun at religious right

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Re: It has cats

Cats and rainbows... where have I seen that before?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH2-TGUlwu4

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Peak txt: 1.5 BEELLLION more chat app msgs sent than SMSes a day

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I've never managed to set up MMS messaging on my handset... but then I haven't really tried very hard because I can email pictures or use Whatsapp if I need too. Battery life isn't an issue, since my phone's flavour of Android has a setting that disables data when the screen is off.

Whatsapp I only use to keep in touch with a couple of people- for everyone else I use email, SMS or just ring them.

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Ten ancestors of the netbook

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Re: I'm pretty certain I fiddled about with all of them ...

No, nobody saw an eMate 'in the wild'. I did see one in my school though, a teacher was assessing whether it would be of any use to him... he decided that it wasn't.

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> Only its keyboard gave the netbook an edge.

Well, the better support for extra storage and peripherals was handy too. I've used one as a data logger for a thermometer when developing a product, a mate uses his to stream audio from an external HDD...

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Boffins strap turbocharger to BitTorrent

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>people have uplinks 20x slower than their uplink & I don't see any sign that ISPs want to reverse the trend

They might be under more pressure to change if more consumers start using cloud services and off-site back up. I have a bog standard domestic connection, and it is a little boring sending modestly-sized files of my own creation (images, a few animations) to clients and collaborators.

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Next Xbox to be called ‘Xbox Infinity’... er... ‘Xbox’

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With developments in flexible electronic components, the 3rd generation of Xbox will be named the Xbag.

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CURSE you, EINSTEIN! Humanity still chained in relativistic PRISON

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Re: Stupid question

I've upvoted the OP AC - he humbly posted an honest question, and thus prompted some interesting replies, most of them along the right lines.

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

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Re: Sad realities

>The DAC in your iRiver should be a NXP UDA1380TT; one of my friends has one still going strong at what must be coming up to 10 years old - how long did the HDDs on iPods last?

Er, the same amount of time?

The iRiver H1xx and 3xxx series used the same Toshiba HDD as the iPods at the time... and indeed the same Li-ion batteries. (I had a H320 that I dropped a few times onto concrete, the HDD died so I replaced it with one from a broken iPod - happy again until someone stole it)

Before having a HDD-based music player, I had a MD recorder- strange that not many MP3 players could record audio like the iRivers or MD-recorders could.

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Re: Beats vs. BeyerDynamic

>Joe Meek used to master on speakers nicked from cheap record players and transistor radios, because that was

what he knew people probably would be listening to the finished result on.

I believe that was common practice in American studios in the 1950s, according to a radio documentary I heard.

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Student falsely IDed by Reddit as Boston bomber found dead

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Re: Give Reddit a fine.

Well, perhaps in future the local investigating authorities will consider openly embedding one of their own as a 'moderator'. After events such as the Boston bombing, police forces always appeal to the public for any leads or sightings, and sites like Reddit have structures that can aid in that- it seems that they just needed a little guidance.

Similarly, file hosting sites have an infrastructure that can aid investigations, as people can upload any video footage they took of/around an incident for the benefit of official investigators.

Just an idea. Thoughts?

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Re: Whatever happens..

Out of respect for the sage message this poor lad's family put out, I will wish Eadon a good day and hope that he enjoys his weekend.

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Re: sigh

>I wish there was something like tvtropes.org for real-world social tropes which repeat but people just don't recognize them.

Many episodes of the Simpsons attempt to condense 'social tropes' (the townsfolk of Springfield forming a mob / the stupidity of the crowd, being recurring examples)... but the message is hidden in the mix with many pop-culture allusions and homages.

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Ubuntu 13.04: No privacy controls as promised, but hey - photo search!

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Re: Huh?

Especially as Ubuntu's plan is to run across devices like phones and tablets... most of my photos live locally on my PC (other than those snapped on my phone), but cloud services are one way of making them accessible to mobile devices. If Ubuntu is to be used on mobile devices, it makes sense for it to have a feature like this. Concept / implementation...

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Re: Erratum

>Do you have a citation for that?

Googling 'Ubuntu slow transfer speeds' does bring up a lot of discussion results...

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Guess who PC-slaying tablets are killing next? Keyboard biz Logitech

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Re: bollocks

Logitech do make mice that are good value- well featured for around the £20-£25 mark- but they don't seem to be available in any retail stores. The cheapest Logitech mice, as you say, offer nothing over cheaper generic mice. Logitech's expensive mice are good but overkill- not many will spend a £50 premium for a mouse that works on glass when they can just use a mouse-mat.

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I've been trying to buy a Logitech mouse from a retail store for a mate, and can't find one worth getting.... PC World has a selection of two dozen mice, most of them generic 'notebook' mice from Dell or whoever with a scroll wheel. The only Logitech mice with 'hyper-scroll' wheels they stock are the expensive 'Darkfield' MX models which are very nice but a bit overkill if you don't use them on glass (plus the battery life isn't convenient). The rest are overpriced mice with capacitive touch-pads, urgh. There are no mid-priced, well-featured Logitech mice (to tempt people to upgrade from whatever came with their computer) available from any local retail store.

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High-rollers’ shop pitches wallet-pounding, wall-pummelling MONSTER TV

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Re: Stand, no problem

>Of course it might tear the east wing of your castle down due to the weight.

Well, if you collect classic motorcycles, you invest in a secure garage*. If you collect old manuscripts, you might consider a climate-control system. The amount you would have to spend on making your gaff suitable for this TV set is unlikely to cost more than a few percent of the price of the unit itself... well, round here it wouldn't; I'm blissfully ignorant of the rate builders in London might charge!

*(I actually know of one man in London who has been collecting classic motorcycles such as Broughs since the 1970s... though the value of the bikes has increased over the years, the market value of the dozen or so garages he bought to store them in has increased much, much more!)

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Re: The frame comes off

String? If you've got the cash for this TV, you'll have the cash to a, reinforce your wall, and b, attach the TV to the wall securely. Even paying a local steel fabricator to build you a custom frame that can be hidden behind plasterboard isn't going to cost much more than a grand... a chunk of money for me, but pocket change to those this TV set is aimed at, surely?

Supporting systems are usually rated to a load, including a safety margin of at least three times. For extra peace of mind you use a back-up system (such as used on stage-lighting fixtures to avoid a can falling on someone's head), and beyond that you have insurance.

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The frame contains the speakers (on the vertical as well as the top 'crossbar'), and is in any case removable if you prefer to mount the television on your wall.

It strikes me that complaining about the frame is a little moot, since anyone in a position to spend £35,000 on a television can spare a few thousand to have some builders come in and reinforce their living room wall, and then buy a separate surround-sound system.

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Tough luck, lappies: Brits favour fingersome fondleslabs, phones

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Re: During the meanwhile ...

I'm just trying to reconcile the sentiments "Your mileage may vary." with "The mind absolutely boggles at the daftness of TheGreatUnwashed."

If I want a device that acts like a typewriter, I use a laptop. If I want a device that acts like a picture frame or MIDI control surface, I use a tablet... just as if I want to bash something I use a mallet, and if I want to carve something I use a knife, router, chisel or lathe.

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Re: Laptops and tablets

>What I find stranger and more commonplace nowadays is seeing golden oldies trying and failing to read their undersized iPhone screens in public

Yeah, I've made the point a few times that those with poorer eyesight don't always get on well with 'smartphones', and would be better off with a 'dumbphone' for making calls plus a tablet for mobile email and web-browsing etc. One old boy in the pub has recently got a 4.3" touchscreen phone instead of his old 'clamshell' phone, and he doesn't get on too well with it... he did want a device that he could use to email his grandchildren when his conventional laptop 'was playing silly buggers', but I can't help but feel a bigger-screened tablet would have been a better back-up device for him. Since he comes in the pub on a daily basis, myself or one of the bar-staff would always be available to get a tablet connected to the Wi-Fi...

The more mobile a device, the easier it is to get free-tech support. : D

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Re: IF notebook sales do stay ahead of tablets??? - @LarsG

>Sticking with the x86 architecture limits the possibilities on cheap and portable.

And going ARM limits the legacy Windows software you can use... so you might as well go Android.

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Re: IF notebook sales do stay ahead of tablets???

>No, it WILL be "because of Windows 8 and its emphasis on touchscreen technology".

Or it might be that people already have notebooks. Mine is still working, and won't be replaced until it dies since it handles all I throw at it happily enough.

(I was about to whinge and say I won't know where to find another 17" 1920x1200 screened laptop... but sod it, it rarely moves off my desk so a separate 16:10 monitor will do fine)

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Bogus gov online test tells people on dole they're just SO employable

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Re: Test Results?

Stephen Fry put it well.. it occurred to him in school that a Careers Advisor was a retired military chap who would ask boys "What are you interested in?" and if they replied that they were interested in cars, he would suggest they become a mechanic- this advising lark seemed a fairly easy lark, it appeared. So, when asked what he wanted be, a young Stephen said he wanted to be a Careers Advisor. "Oh, a comedian, hey?" responded the unamused master. Mr Fry noted that as far as he knows, he was the only boy who grew up to do what this careers advisor suggested.

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"You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself."

Haha, that made me think of Rab C. Nesbitt...

Here's Rab making his views clear to all down the dole office:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k7VoFiagfs

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Microsoft to unveil new Xbox console on May 21

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Re: Always on - obviously, this isn't 1998

>giving this developers this guarnetee will creative new possibilities for gameplay,

Wha?

If I want to shoot some American teenagers in the head, then yeah, I take it for granted my console needs to be connected to the internet. But there is zero need for it if I just want a quick race or fight against a mate in the same room.

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Re: PS4

The hardware was given, along with the controller and some developer's efforts... The only thing missing was the PS4's case. No biggie, and hardly an omnishambes- which means 'multiple cock-ups' btw.

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Re: @Alpha Tony

A loud and sustained 'Whoooosh' is the noise I associate with my first-gen XBOX-360, so it doesn't do much more than gather dust these days.

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Black-eyed Pies reel from BeagleBoard's $45 Linux micro blow

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Re: Not sure if ill informed or just RasPi FUD troll.

>I believe it has uHDMI out

It would appear so- the little port under the USB Host in the article's picture looks identical to a uHDMI port I have on a device in front of me.

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Cameron: Get those saucy websites off Blighty's public Wi-Fi

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Re: It's about time!

>Porn has also reduced the value of my home.

Well, if you did let that adult film crew use your house as a location you have only yourself to blame!

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Galaxy S4 radiant, but has black holes

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Re: It seems...

>It's the audio latency that needs improving, they are far from laggy.

That's something Google stated they were concentrating on in Jelly Bean- I'll give it ago when the update drops for my handset this month. Previously, people who have wanted to use their phone or tablet as DAW control surfaces have gone iOS. A real Korg Kaoscilator is a fun toy, but too pricey to justify to myself!

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Re: Galaxy SII was superb! But I covet a pure Linux phone Stack!

>Whenever anyone describes themselves as an "Alpha Geek", I always assume they look like this.

If they ever do a live-version of the Simpsons, that bloke is a shoe-in for the comic-store guy.

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Re: Galaxy SII was superb! But I covet a pure Linux phone Stack!

>As an Alpha Geek

No, you are a geek who is still in the alpha-testing stage... let us know when you have reached version 0.9 or higher.

If you had reached a release-ready level of personal development, you would know that the Galaxy S4 is a 'Ubuntu phone':

Ubuntu for Phone will be another OS alternative to Phones, specially Smart Phones, that works with any phones that carry Android and have the minimum hardware requirements posted above. Phones like Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG and others that offer Android will be able to install Ubuntu for Phone on them.

-http://askubuntu.com/questions/235317/what-is-ubuntu-touch-ubuntu-for-phones-and-how-to-get-it

Given that the Galaxy range of phones are popular amongst geeks, its seems reasonable to assume that it will be a handset better supported by the Ubuntu effort. Anyway, I thought you preferred Mint?

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Re: Is it missing anything?

>Does it have rSAP?

http://www.android-rsap.com/compatibility.html would suggest that it does. Curiously, my uber-geek mate (the sort who always sticks his previous gen Samsung Galaxy on eBay a day before the official announcement of the next model) drives a recent Audi, and he likes the integration. A nice car, but he only discovered that he has to put anti-feeeze in his windscreen in winter when he crashed into a parked car a few months back... a selectively-smart chap.

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Bill Gates offends Koreans after sticking hand down trousers

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Re: Maybe

Though much of James Dyson's autobiography is a fairly tedious account of his patent struggles, he did relate his experience of Japan. He sought the services of consultants who advised to learn the customs, and to work out someone's status so as to choose the appropriate greeting, and so much other stuff that he just thought:

"Sod it... I'm never going to convince them that I'm Japanese, and anyway they want me here because I'm not one of them... I may as well act like an Englishman, and concentrate on delivering what I'm here to do."

That's not to say that you shouldn't keep some basic human wits about you when abroad... even as a child, I remember a funeral passing through the square of small French town... and all bystanders took off their hats and looked respectful, except for one loudly dressed American family.

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Nvidia Tesla bigwig: Why you REALLY won't need x86 chips soon

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>if your going to have a 64 core server running cuda processes, you would still want quad sli

Only if communication between the cores is the bottleneck, and if SLI is a suitable interconnect for it. More likely, you would design interconnects specifically for the task in hand, just as SLI was developed for sharing the load of graphics.

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Re: Negative marketing wont work

>That, or the converse claim that ARM is more efficient have to be qualified: what geometries? what OPS? single or multithreaded?

As a rough idea, Tom's Hardware compared task-for-task x86 vs Arm as best they could using Win8 RT - which is available for both architectures. They didn't declare an outright winner, but announced their intention to watch developments with interest. They found enough to dispel the 'ARM is always moar power efficient' assumption, though.

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Human rights groups rally humanity against killer robots

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Re: Foolish human

If one is loose with the definition, then land-mines could be considered 'killer robots' - i.e they react to predefined stimuli in such a way as to cause incapacitation. The same is true of mines as would be of 'armed UAVs with no person-in-the-loop' as it is of a workshop bench grinder wrapped around some careless wretch's sleeve: "They don't know when to stop".

If a human pilot is relying on an automated system to identify targets (or rather, relying on an automated system to identify friendly armoured vehicles and not kill their occupants) then it seems a little irrelevant to argue about whether the actual trigger should be pulled by a human finger.

Google are trying to make autonomous cars... some would say they have to be really, really safe before being considered suitable for mass adoption.... others would say they just have to be demonstrably safer than a human driver.

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Peak Apple: First 'profit slip' in a decade - and, boy, it's gonna be BIG

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Re: Wouldn't.....

>I will admit the average American drinks crap beer, but they have a large microbrewery contingent.

i just wish that the many small British breweries who are using American Cascade hops did so with a bit more moderation... most of this new breed of IPA-style brews just taste of elderflower at the moment.

There is a UK brewery who does it well, but if I named it I would out of fairness have to disclose an interest, and that would be blurring the line between my real and Reg identity: You'll have to keep drinking and work it out for yourselves!

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>- No new compelling products

True, but I'd be more 'wait and see'. Various companies are trying new things, and there are a few new technologies- such as flexible displays- around the corner. There's no guarantee that Apple will end up on top, but they will have as good a chance as anyone.

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Review: Disgo 8400G 7.9in Android tablet

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A 'full size SIM' is about the size of a credit card, and I haven't seen one in a phone since about 1998. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e0/GSM_SIM_card_evolution.svg/400px-GSM_SIM_card_evolution.svg.png

But yeah, we know what you mean.

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Re: "the video phones many have been waiting for"

People who work overseas and people whose grandchildren live some distance away, for starters.

I haven't used video calling myself, but my old house-mate was a French engineer working in the UK, and he used it quite regularly.

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Re: for not much more...

>Don't have the mi-fi with me? Just tether the phone, one widget press, thanks to Widgetsoid

That's alright for many of us, but where I see affordable 7"+ 3G tablets being useful is for people like my old man who much prefer their old Nokia candy-bar or a cheap flip-phone to a touch-screen smart-phone. Small cheap phone with big buttons and a long battery life, plus a cheap tablet to live in the glovebox- a good combo for some!

I guess the bottom line to this review is: is it worth stretching to the extra £35 for a Nexus 7 3G?

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