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Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare

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Damned if you do

... While the non-Microsofties are saying "Look at Microsoft releasing bug filled betas!" while those who use their phones and are 'in the know' about them say "Look at Microsoft bypassing the lengthy operator release process and letting us in with a wink and a nudge".

To paraphrase the noble Mr. Thurrott, this is pretty much the final product.

I just wish I could use Cortana without having to crap out the App Store, it does a good job with my Welsh accent..

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Danes debut Bluetooth-connected 'made for iPhone' hearing aids

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Andfroid version coming soon

The cheaper ad-funded Android version will include audio ads after three and a half minutes of silence between seven in the morning and eleven at night.

I'm not sure when it's going to be released but sources say it'll be sometime next ear.

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Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

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Many thanks for your help!

I like the idea that Android users are subsidising my phone.

Thanks guys!

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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Alien

It's quite obvious to me that.....

Why can't everyone see what it really is? It's clear as day to me that this is Lady Gaga. Occam's Razor demands that this is the case.

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

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Great article

It's partly informative and interesting articles like this that make me keep coming back to this site. Really great!

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Microsoft spells out new rules for exiling .EXEs

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Your Computer is Running Slow...

The rules affecting this kind of popup will be of help to those who aren't tech savvy. Whatever the implications for making money off of other biz, normal users who are worried they have a slow PC because someone says they have will benefit.

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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Re: Incorrect

Doesn't Microsoft (unfairly) receive money from Android manufacturers for patents they won't tell anyone about, even the people who are paying to use them?

Maybe I'm wrong then, but I thought they did.

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Re: ...as Tiles could show live information

From what I understand, tiles can now be updated every minute which, while not enabling video tiles, is better than every 30 minutes.

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White House blasts Samsung for tweeting Obama-Ortiz selfie

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There goes another round against Apple in the courts... Nobody in the New Establishment will want to take sides with someone who blasphemed the sacred image of El Presidento.

Probably Putin's fault...... PUUUTTTTTTIIIINNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!

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Puking! protester! forces! Yahoo! 'techie! scum!' to! ride! vile! bile! barf! bus! to! work!

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Re: "simply market forces in action"

"As for being sick over the bus , thats got to be the most juvenile protest action I've seen in many years. If these idiots want to be taken even slightly seriously they'll need to grow up first."

On the other hand, I admire the protestor's ability to puke on demand. If I was dumb enough to want to do that, I'd probably end up being sick over my hand trying to get it to come out.

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Back off, Siri! Microsoft debuts Halo beauty Cortana

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Cortana looks and sounds great from what I've seen and heard. While Microsoft isn't the first to do this kind of thing (are they ever first?), this could make a difference to the users. I know I'm looking forward to seeing some of the other features (or 'delighters' which is a word I don't really like but JB kept using it) when it comes out later this month for those with the free developer accounts.

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Re: "Cortana is powered by Bing,"

If I remember correctly, isn't that the combined IQ of 5000 PE Teachers?

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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

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"The Galaxy-making firm is also likely to argue that the patents in question are for relatively minor features that wouldn't influence a customer's choice of which phone to buy."

This is so very true, but for Apple fangurlz who like to channel the late Steve Jobs and pretend they're geniuses, it's the small details and little touches that make Apple products so desirable.

Actually, what makes Apple products so desirable is excellent marketing, product placement (seen Channel 4 News for example? Everyone they interview, even jobless people who are about to be made homeless, seem to own top of the range Apple kit) and brand management that draws the weak minded to the shiny-shiny and makes them go 'Oooooooooooh'.

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Dark SITH LORD 'Darth Vader' joins battle to rule, er, Ukraine

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Maybe...

Scotland could have a third option in their referendum to join Russia. Putin has to be better than Salmond!

It does seem to me that, at the moment, Russia has a clearer mandate by the people of and in Crimea than the current 'government' in Ukraine... Oh, and that the Western media has a real problem with everything Putin. The anti-Putin propaganda is incredible. Sure, he may not be the nicest guy in the world, but the half truths we're being given to paint him as a psychopathic gay and disabled hating bastard* is worrying.

* Apparently, he hates animals too, especially dogs (so the news said)

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

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""The really interesting thing about Sedna and VP133 is that it shows how little we know about our own Solar System: the fact that there's a whole population of objects out there, the fact that we don't even know how they are formed, and the possibility that there could be large planets out in that area that we don’t even know about yet," Trujillo explained"

That's awesome, exciting and awesome (yes, I said awesome twice).

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WTF: Twitter bug temporarily kills THAT Oscar selfie

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Wonderful!

Lady Gaga and One Direction musings on life go missing and people still say there's no god!?

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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A good cause for anger....

A good cause for anger would be if he actively tried to get rid of LGBTQIA from within the company. That would not be ok. Having opinions is.

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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Tough Decisions

On the one hand, the government is telling us it is going to have to keep making 'Tough Decisions' on cutbacks and services and on the other, it does this.

We're all in this together...

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Huawei: We'll sell a dual-boot Android, Windows 8 smartphone because, well, isn't it obvious?

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What gets in my craw...

What gets in my craw is that Microsoft is taking this angle because it recognises that it needs more 'ins' on the market, but it actually made steps to stop non-Windows desktop OSes from doing the same way back when it had the power to do this.

In a fantasy world where Windows Phone becomes a dominant platform, I can imagine Microsoft starting to tell manufacturers that they shouldn't be doing dual boot and that Windows Phone should get exclusivity.

I'm sure that Google would like to stop this from happening and I'm sure that they're already doing stuff to stop it from happening, and I also think that Microsoft is now a different company, but it still leaves a bad taste that the very thing that Microsoft blocked for others is what it is relying on now.

I'm, however, a very happy Windows Phone user.

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Is the World Wide Web for luvvies and VCs – or for all of us?

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Didn't he invent the internet?

... and 800 years from now, kids and the artificially preserved 'Stephen Fry Consciousness App' will be telling how Tim B-L invented the Magna Carta too.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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I thought it was...

Wasn't it Stephen Fry who invented the internet just before he invented Blogging and infrared remote controls?

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

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Modern and simple

I, for one, like the Modern UI and the apps that I can use. I like the simplicity and lack of clutter and when I do need something more complex I just drop into the Desktop to get the job done.

Gestures (on a tablet) are so natural, I find myself preferring to use my tablet to my laptop for much of my stuff now.

I suspect Project Gemini will return some simplified apps which are quick and easy but lack the full features of their desktop counterparts, but I'm cool with that as long as the desktop counterparts are available.

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X marks the... They SAID there was a mystery planet there – NASA

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What it is right...

Is there's an ENORMOUS John Virgo out there and he's circling outside the solar system, looking for the best way to pot the blue. He'll whip out his giant cue and take his shot when he's ready and confident that he'll get it in.

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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"and an Agenda program which to this day remains one of the best ever written for any platform"

That is so true!

Totally miss my Psion Series 5 and Series 5 MX.... heck, dare I say I even miss my Nokia 9210!?

Love this article!

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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Re: Good lad!

Lighten up dude, it was a joke (I'm not aware that any child in the US of A has ever had the chair for anything).

I'm really sorry to have offended you and promise with my pinky to try and remember to use an appropriate icon next time to help you along.

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Good lad!

Of course, if he'd done this in America where potato guns are considered weapons of mass destruction, he'd be looking at The Chair right now!

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Can you smell bacon? Yes! And it's coming from your iPhone!

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Call quality affected...

Apparently, after using this, call quality can be really bad, lots of crackling.

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Steve Ballmer: Thanks to me, Microsoft screwed up a decade in phones

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The guy

I think that Ballmer is quite a likeable guy. I'm sure he can be an arse-hole like any other CEO/Ex-CEO (you don't get to be where he is by being nice), but there is something about him which makes me think he's got a heart.... Unlike Gates who is an automaton filled with pure, cold, hard logic.

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Rise of the Machines: Robot challenges top German player at ping-pong

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Smart

Is it worth putting this much effort into getting a robot to do something people don't need to do anyway? And would it be as much fun if the whole top ten consisted of charmless robots?

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

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Neighbour

And there was me hoping this was a video of his neighbour, Nancy.

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Office Online rises from ashes of 'confusing' Office Web Apps

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Very good

Having used the online Office apps, my opinion is that these are really very good, very useable and very reliable.

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Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that

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Huh?

This totally fell down the bonkers tree and hit every branch on the way down.

How long before Apple patents the use of feet in conjunction with two eyes for the purpose of transportation of organic entities from one place to another having used two eyes to identify the destination and estimate the distance to that destination?

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Google, Apple pop a cap in that Flappy Birds crapp app flapp

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Freedom!

Never played it, but fascinated by the overlordship of the powers who know better.

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The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

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Two hands....

On the one hand, I love Windows 8. The gesture interface make perfect sense and I find the Metro side of things to be intuitive and fluid (even with a mouse on a desktop - I know, sorry).

On the other hand, I think that forcing users to use the Metro interface must be one of the dumbest numbskull decisions that Microsoft ever made (and that's even counting Windows Mobile - not Windows Phone ;). What possessed them to do that!? Totally stupid (IMHO).

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

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Goose and Gander

On the one hand, I'm uneasy that Google is doing more to push itself to the forefront than Microsoft did and its nasty tactics are just as evil as anything Microsoft ever did yet it's not getting a fraction of the punishment or hate that Microsoft did. On the other hand however, Google doesn't have the monopoly Microsoft had on the desktop and it is easier for someone to not use any Google services today than it was to buy a non-Windows PC back in the day.

I try and live Google-free, but the reality is that nobody is Google-free. If you've ever so much as sent an email to someone on gMail, you're in.

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So cool it 2.4 gigahertz: BATTERY-FREE comms for international band

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Re: Bazza

Winwns: I'm only telling you what he said, in particular to the means of generating the power required. Typing random Welsh vegetable names seems a little unnecessary, unless you want me to get to know you.

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Bazza

I remember a guy back in the 80s who said that this very technology is what would be used to enable embedded ID cards, which is what the government(s) ultimately want to implement.

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MAC TO THE FUTURE: 30 years of hindsight and smart-arsery

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Ballmer was right...

... and Apple dropped the price of the original iPhone..

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Bill Gates to pull a Steve Jobs and SAVE MICROSOFT – report

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Bad!?

There's seems to be a meme here of either Bill Gates was great and Steve Jobs sucked or Steve Jobs was great and Bill Gates sucked. Maybe they were both different faces of the same monster; Business leaders who would use any and every means available regardless of who got shafted along the way.

They both gave us lots of great toys to play with, they both copied other people's ideas. They both did good things, they both did bad things.

Everybody can come up with stories of how Steve Jobs showed what a git he was and everybody can come up with stories of what a lovely and cuddly person he was. The same with Bill Gates. The only advantage Bill Gates currently has is that he's still alive so he can do more good/damage (delete as appropriate).

For my part, I think that Bill Gates will take Microsoft backwards in terms of technology and innovation. He could well wreck the joint. I think he's a slime-ball.

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Re: @John

I gave you an upvote because your post was interesting. Maybe next time though, you could include some pictures for people who don't have the attention span needed to take in someone's thoughts.

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Apple marks '1984' anniversary with iPhone-produced un-commercial

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Re: Company of the people?

I wholeheartedly agree. Think differently? As long as its not different to Apple where pretty much every screen looks the same except for a wallpaper.

Mobile apps on iDevices have become bland since they have all now clichés of the Apple design paradigm. And that's creative and individual?

Pull the other one.

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Apple seeks patent for mood-sensing technology

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Re: No need

I would have thought the mood was a consistent "smug", but your list has more insight :D

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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Re: False sense of achievement maxed out...

If you get enough fractions to join together, you could get a whole lot of fun ;)

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Man sues NASA: Mystery Mars rock is a UFO – an unidentified 'FUNGUS' object

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Nothing to see here

To look into this you would be like this idiot and you don't want that. Nobody wants to be like him, and you certainly don't. Don't be an idiot, look over there! Hey, look, Justin Bieber just got arrested!

Nothing to see here unless you're a moron so move along...

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Volunteers slam plans to turn Bletchley Park into 'geeky Disneyland'

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You know he's on the way...

"The Trust have been trying to recruit actors to film chunks for their new interactive displays, with little regard for accuracy"

If only there was an actor who has sketchy (at best) knowledge of all things technical but everybody trusts because he's so lovely........

Someone call Fry!!

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Tech giants CAN disclose US spooks' data demands - but with heavy restrictions

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Headmaster

"Apple has announced that it received fewer than 250 requests for data from US"

:P

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Ancient video of Steve Jobs launching the first Apple Mac found

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It's perfect

I love videos like this, they give us a sense of how far we've come in a relatively short time (it also shows how Apple has changed its ethos in a relatively short time as well, but that's another topic).

And to top it all off, it's made the news just around the 30th birthday of the Mac! I love coincidences like this - they're what makes life perfect.

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Microsoft loses grip on Christmas shoppers... despite XBox boost

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Not sure how you can be downvoted for saying what you find to be good about your Windows Phone... But remember you are dealing with teenage iPhone users here.

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Our Milky Way galaxy is INSIDE OUT. Just as we suspected, mutter boffins

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Re: Many dimensions

"I always like to imagine the universe as a torus"

Unless the Big Bang happened in March in which case it might be a Pisces...

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Pregnant? Celebrate your proudest moment ... by 3D-printing a copy of the foetus

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If I had to choose...

With this and the Google Glass app to record conception, I can imagine a full suite of accessories and other paraphernalia which could turn each and every baby into a product;

* Action Figures

* Making of DVD

* Greetings Cards

The possibilities are endless!

One thing in its favour though is that in a world where many children are unloved and unappreciated, it at least shows some form of affection towards a new human about to make their most arduous journey into our world.

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