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Good luck with Project Wing, Google. This drone moonshot is NEVER going to happen

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Hurrah for the human pilots

"No? Like hundreds of them doing a really, really boring job? Thought not. So these are self-guided drones."

I wouldn't mind doing that for a while, heck, I almost do it anyway from time to time on Google Earth.

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Cave scrawls show that Neanderthals were AT LEAST as talented as modern artists

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I know what it is...

It's a prehistoric Hashtag, the first recorded hashtag in history!

#mammothmeatrocks anyone?

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Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus

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Hmmmmm, young girls following her online may be damaging to their grey matter, but those young girls following her in her destructive drug abuse is something else.

At least she'll be able to afford rehab when she hits rock bottom, but those of today's children who will follow her into the fantastic dismay that seems so wonderful right now may not be so lucky and may have to seek the help of a friendly neighbourhood pimp to keep them going.

I know this is sweeping and there are people who can use recreational drugs in a 'responsible' way, but the price of celebrity isn't always paid by the celebrity and there are lives led into tragedy while the celebrity makes headlines with every step.

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Nokia: Read these Maps, Samsung – we're HERE for the Gear

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Before I start: I have a Windows Phone (a few actually) and love it (them)

HERE is rubbish for navigation when driving. It drains my phone's battery even when the maps are offline and the phone is on charge with a proper car phone charger. I find that to be really quite frustrating.

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Re: Did the BBC just troll people?

Everyone I know calls the comms lady from Star Trek Uhuru but I'm sure it's Uhura.

As long as you don't call the pointy eared one Doctor Spock, we'll be Ok

;)

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Apple tried to get a ban on Galaxy, judge said: NO, NO, NO

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Apple wants to ban Galaxy phones because Galaxy phones have got really (some might say stupidly)big screens and Apple is yet to show the world how it invented really (Apple used to say stupidly) big screens on a phone with the iPhone 6.

Be fair, how can Apple be expected to innovate when people keep doing stuff first?

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Huawei: 'Tizen has no chance', Windows Phone is 'difficult'... it's Android all the way

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The few Windows Phones that have been sold aren't Huawei, probably, because they didn't advertise them and they were only available in the bargain section of unrefurbished Asda stores.

It's like Mad Mike's Mobile Manufacturing Emporium saying that nobody is buying its Android phones when nobody knew that Mad Mike's Mobile Manufacturing Emporium made Android mobile phones.

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Will It Blend? Maybe. BlackBerry’s secret comeback weapon

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Terminator

When I saw that Blackberry Blend screenshot I felt an emotional tug at my heartstrings but didn't recognise it until you mentioned Nokia's Lifeblog software.

Oh, they were the days. Can't go back now though.

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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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Joke

Upvote this comment and see why how Sylvester Stallone survived the car crash that never happened

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Jarvis versus Jarvis: Don't DISRUPT the DISRUPTION GURU!

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"and boasts over 140,000 Twitter followers"

That isn't *that* much even for somebody in the tech limelight these days, is it?

It's 140,000 more than me though... Maybe because I don't have one. I bet if I did, I'd be well popular like.

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Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'

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"Minority Report TV series 'being developed'

That'll be the news in a few years time then.

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Microsoft ropes in Opera Mini as default Nokia dumbphone browser

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As a very happy Windows Phone user, I feel sad to see Microsoft with no direction in the mobile markets...

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Speaking in Tech: Meet the man who SURRENDERED to Facebook

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So what does the guy say at the start? Is it Shoobiedoobiedooba?

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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

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Police wouldn't be happy

I reckon if I saw this and called the police, they'd suspect foul play.

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Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'

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Re: No detracting from the evidence but.............

I read somewhere that Microsoft, on Windows Phone 8, ranks the popularity of apps in the store not only by downloads but also by how often they're executed and whether or not they're pinned onto the start screen.

I'm sure that if Microsoft has the tech to do that, so do the others.

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EE rolls out London bus pay-by-bonk app – only fandoids need apply

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"iPhone-toting customers just don't have the power"

Don't iPhone users prefer to drive their Citreon CVs into town anyway?

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REGULAR FISTING is GOOD for your HEALTH, says respected surveyor

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I prefer a good handshake -- gives you a measure of the person's enthusiasm.

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Google outlines research priorities for boffin grants

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\O/ Freedom \O/

"The Chocolate Factory still ranks freedom of speech and expression"

Just don't ask it to acknowledge the existence of your website if you say something it doesn't like.

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DAYS from end of life as we know it: Boffins tell of solar storm near-miss

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We just have to get to Iapetus, reactivate the darned thing and, bing-bong boom-shakalaka, we have a Death Star. Job done.

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Russia sends SEX-CRAZED GECKOS to SPAAAAACE!

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They're going to start a new lizard-based civilisation on a far and distant planet. However, after some time, a group of them (led by The lizard Hon Rubbard) will start a belief system that insists some of them are secretly mammals living in Lizard Skin.

That's what will happen, and watch out when Com Truise, a famous all-action Lizard decides to take on the universe.

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Super Cali optimistic cloud is now a focus – even though the sound of it is something quite

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Pint

Headline

'Nuff said

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

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Did they show you the room that contains the souls of all the grandmothers that have been sold to Google in order to obtain 'free' services?

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Hacker claims breach of Wall Street Journal and Vice websites, punts 'user data' for sale

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Choice of Apps?

He uses Apple's Numbers? What's wrong with the jabroni?

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Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s

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"Incredibly hard, long bulges in fanboi pockets this year"

You probably think that's funny don't you?

;)

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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".. The hand ends up on a desert planet where it is eventually discovered by the characters played by Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, the latter of whom is a renegade Stormtrooper."

I have a bad feeling about this.

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Spinning SPACE DUCK is comet-chasing Rosetta probe's PREY

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That's no duck...

It's a space station.

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NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

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Look over there!

"... but don't forget to use special offer code SNOWDEN7 for 25% off your first year and rest happy that your files are safe and secure with Spideroak"

Unless Snowden is a plant and Spideroak is what the NSA wants you to use!

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PICS: Nokia Lumia 930 – We reveal its ONE unique selling point

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Are you sure about that?

"(you can’t switch back to the traditional Windows Phone two column view)"

I'm not sure that's strictly the case, if you go to Settings -> Start + Theme and scroll down, there's an option there to switch to the old view.

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Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops

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Re: One of the reasons I moved away from my Mac

@Jess

"However, the likely failure is either the harddrive or something else" -- Yesssssssssssssss

Anyway, artificial? Let's see if I can put this in terms you'll understand;

I had one MacBook and my fear was that if this one MacBook broke beyond repair, in order to do my computery things, I would have to pay a premium to buy a new one (and your solution of having a separate Linux machine as a standby sounds like a desperate argument to prove I'm an Apple hater). With me so far? Right? I just didn't want to be without a computer that I could use.

So, because I didn't want to have to fork out a lot of money for a new Apple computer, I decided not to rely on one any more.

Don't take it personally just because someone said they didn't stay with a Mac. It's not an insult against you, actually it wasn't even an insult against your computer. If anything, it was an insult against me because I don't have a job where I can afford to poop MacBooks from out of my bottom.

There, are we Ok now?

Good.

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Windows

I've not had any problems at all with Windows 8, even on low powered machines, but I know I'm one of those rare cases who actually likes those tiles'n'all.

These low powered machines sound like a good backup plan. One of the reasons I moved away from my Mac was the worry that if it broke beyond repair then I would have a helluva lot of money to spend for even a simple means of accessing my data in a meaningful way. To have the option of a low cost solution is a nice safety net, even if for a short term.

As for Chromebooks, I admit that I don't get (or 'grok') them at all. I don't see them as powerful or even versatile enough to be of any use without an internet connection and that is a very big deal for me. But, the fact that so many people are buying them tells me that the issue must be mine and not theirs (unlike Beverley 'phoar' Crusher who once said "If there's nothing wrong with my mind there must be something wrong with the universe").

It's one thing to use the cloud, but it seems to me that to depend on the cloud for day-to-day operations is opening up too many process weaknesses.

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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I can't wait to see the artists' impressions of what life might look like when we 'discover' that it's out there. They're always hilarious and remind me of the paintings made by people in the dark ages of what monsters dwell in far off lands (history always repeats itself, no matter how sophisticated we think we've become).

What would be really interesting though is if we are suddenly able to tune into their TV stations, assuming they haven't encrypted their broadcasts to the point where they're of no use to anyone without their DRM.

Another thing I find amusing is the assumption that aliens will be nice because they will have grown out of their violent ways (assuming that good always wins and that the races we find aren't the ones who managed to slaughter everyone else into obscurity) and evolved into interplanetary tree-hugging botanists.

Black helicopter because...... THEY'RE ALREADY HERE!!!!!!!!!!

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Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

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Looks like an apple a day won't keep the doctor away in this case. Now, back to the studio...

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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I get on very well with Windows 8 and actually really like the tiles start screen. Part of this may be because I know that if I can't find something then I just start typing a word (such as 'excel' or 'sql') then the apps will appear and I can quickly create shortcuts, which is another side of it, I've customised the Start Screen to be what I want.

Perfect for me.

On the other hand, moving and resizing tiles doesn't feel as natural as dragging and dropping icons on a desktop so organising the Start Screen may not be something with which our parents or grandparents would be immediately happy -- but they're all using iPads anyway so maybe it doesn't matter.

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Apple: No, China. iPhone is NOT public enemy number 1

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Big Brother

"Without your consent"

Apple doesn't need consent - it knows what people wants and goes ahead and does it while its users roll over and joyfully let their bellies get tickled.

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Popular password protection programs p0wnable

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Sharing schmaring

I never have been able to make sense of this obsession with sharing. It seems that every app in the world has to have an option to share something or other and makes a big deal about it. Evernote went on and on about how you could share your notes with Facebook. Is that something that's going to be used THAT often? OneNote on Windows Phone seems to think you're more likely to want to share your notes than format them. LastPass also bigs up sharing.

No. I don't want to share personal stuff.

Also, access to websites such as LastPass should always be two-factor (but not the PayPal way because that's just silly).

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'The writing is TOO SMALL': MPs row over Parliamentary move to Office 365

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Really?

"He didn't expand on this, and was interrupted by Robert Halfon, a Conservative MP for Harlow, questioning why PICT did not migrate to Gmail "which is completely free" and Google Docs."

The icon says it all.

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

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Paris Hilton

I've always found that nothing makes me feel quite to enthused about my job as when someone says there's going to be a massive restructuring and refuses to comment on layoffs.

Boy does that make me feel great.

Paris: Because she's laid off a few people in her time.

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Satya Nadella: Microsoft's new man presses all the old buttons in LONG memo

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Paris Hilton

Logo!

If Microsoft is going to change so much, they'll need a new logo.

Paris: Because she's opened many a window in her time.

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

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Re: Fit inside double glazing windows

"Downside - the image would also be visible to those outside which might restrict viewing subjects a little."

Not to much of a problem. As I walk around where I live there are houses where the TVs are so enormously mahoosive, I don't know if the inhabitants are breaching some kind of pubic broadcast law. I'm sure the sheep from across the valley are keeping up with events in Eastenders.

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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I wonder if maps of the shop make it unclear which way is up?

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Apple rats on Google to FTC: You thought WE were in-app-ropriate?

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It's a trap

You only need one spoiled brat in a school who has parents willing to pay for the extra lives, decorations, credits etc and boom, all the other kids need to keep up. More skint parents, more rich companies who make more money from giving away 'free' apps than they do selling them.

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'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE

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Now you will be able to enjoy the sight of components that amount to around $200 after paying a 'little premium' for them.

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Think Google Glass is creepy? Wait until it READS YOUR MIND

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FAIL

As if self-obsessives weren't already convinced their every move matters to the Twittersphere (yes, I used that word), they will soon imagine we want to know every brain-fart their wonderful minds generate.

So, who reckons Scoble will be the first to publish his brainwaves?

OTOH: Useful for disabled people to control TIOT, but we know that the original good purpose of a technology is often not enough to stop it from being ruined by morons.

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Google YouTube U-turn: Indie music doomsday 'postponed'

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" Instead the videos will no longer be a part of their 'Partner Program' - meaning they won't be able to monetize them for as much (if at all)."

Phew, that's Ok then. As long as Google gets its money and we get our videos, the indie labels can go do *%^" themselves. After all, why should they get anything anyway? They should be paying Google for the privilege!

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Panic like it's 1999: Microsoft Office macro viruses are BACK

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Users, Who'd have 'em.

That's the problem with macros and VBA scripts, so phenomenally useful for enabling and automating processes within a business but also dreadfully open to abuse.

If people could just think before enabling macros on a document, a lot of this trouble could be avoided. The problem is, however, there is still a substantial number of users who wouldn't even know what a macro is, think it's probably a necessity and so just turn it on, 'just in case'.

Sadly, despite all the warnings that Microsoft puts on its Office products when a potentially threatening file is opened (and these warning are a pain if you don't want to see them), the 'Just In Case' scenario for many users is still to enable the code.

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That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

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@AC: A bit like an old felt tip pen that's been pressed too hard by a four-year-old, your comment doesn't seem to have a point.

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Fridge hacked. Car hacked. Next up, your LIGHT BULBS

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I think it's probably safe to assume that anything that comes close to one's internet connection can be hacked.

Surely a super-efficient way for any power or authority to gain access to the private lives of the people is to make them want it, make them pay for it and make them love it.

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iWatch watch: Apple tags sales bod from luxury Swiss watch firm

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I was wondering if the Apple watches may be charged via USB and kinetically, but then again, the technology to reduce the chances of overcharging might be too big to fit into a watch.

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Report: UK.gov wants to legislate on comms data BEFORE next election

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"... and your favourite 'celebrities' will be excluded from monitoring"

You're right, but then again, we trust our celebrities to be wholesome and no threat to anybody for a reason; they are the most amazing and trustworthy people in the world and are especially safe to perform in Children's TV, with children! Who can name one celebrity who could possibly have a nefarious past? No? I thought not. Celebrities are great, lovely and totally harmless....

... or maybe there's a reason celebrities won't be scanned? Have they got something to hide?

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