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FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

chris 17
FAIL

@jp19

1) why are they deliberately tampering with stuff they didn't produce or sell?

2) if their driver borks my fake chip, once I discover what's happened and get the repair app, what pid and vid settings did my chip have so I can restore it?

3) without destroying and forensically analysing my cable and chip, how do I know I have a fake?

4) FTDI should have just released a detector tool for consumers to verify their kit report fakes and procure real ones.

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NOT OK GOOGLE: Android images can conceal code

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WTF?

Apple, which controls both the HW and SW side, does something alike when new OS releases no longer support older but still valid models.

can you cite examples? my 2008 Aluminium MacBook 13 inch is running Yosemite just fine, it's the non 64 bit intel Macs that can't upgrade so anything less than a core 2 Duo can't be os upgraded (that's Intel Core Duo & Intel Core Solo).

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3696

Supporting 6 year old machines is quite good i think.

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

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Paris Hilton

where do i apply for a job at Facebook? At an average ~£240k i think i'd be bothered to get out of bed and login lol!

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Satya Nadella's $84.3m pay packet: Did he use the 'female superpower' to get it?

chris 17

Re: Average?

@TheOtherHobbes can you give examples of where top and low salary are bound by some ratio?

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Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe

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Re: Real design changes

@m0rt

When was the last time you changed a battery or a memory card in a phone?

most people i know who complain of these things being non replaceable on iDevices bought the cheapest crappiest memory cards and batteries from ebay for their phones and then complain when they are crap and don't work properly. Then they put loads of junk they never use on the memory card and boast about how much stuff they have on it but never use. Its like they don't understand that everything is at worst a net connection away!! Not so great on a plane but then 8GB+ is enough music for most people on any flight.

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Leading like Mad Leo: HP's Whitman rolls out Apotheker's PC plan

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Whitman just sees that HP can't react quick enough in its core markets and needs to properly focus on its business at hand. Hardware, Software & Cloud work in different ways and need nurturing differently. She's probably just saved HP from dwindling to obscurity.

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

chris 17

Re: Why I didn't update

@qwertyuiop

yes Apple acquired SoundJam and rebuilt it into iTunes. What's the big deal? i don't see any soundjam competitor still out there that are as ubiquitous as iTunes.

i really don't understand this fascination with highlighting things that apple bought/acquired and made successful.

when i look under the bonnet of my car i see loads of items made by other manufacturers, i don't hear people banging in about how the car company didn't make it themselves though.

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chris 17

Re: Why I didn't update

@returnmyjedi

there really is no pleasing some people!

either update from the iPad over the air (requires free space on the device)

or plugin to a pc and use iTunes, you know the tool apple built to service iDevices.

Not sure how Android or Windows does it but Apple have covered all the bases with their update procedure.

What would be your third option?

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Phones 4u demise: 1,700 employees laid off with redundo package

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@fanboi #451

limited company so limited liability to debtors etc. Hopefully the employees get a good payout.

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chris 17
Holmes

Re: Have to Agree

@Otto is a bear.

Private Equity business loads debt onto its buyouts to avoid paying taxes. You only pay taxes on profit, interest on debt is deducted when doing the accounts to leave much smaller profit that is then taxed. If they loan is payable to a company in a foreign country, UK gov does not get the eventual tax on the profit earned in the foreign country either.

This is a Tax Scheme / Vehicle designed to reduce tax paid in the country of earning and increase profits in the foreign country likely with a lower rate of tax than the UK.

Many companies, especially IT companies, operate this way.

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iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!

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@ Kristian Walsh

my point was that the release of IOS 8 does not suddenly unleash 3 billion devices to run WebGL. There are many more non iDevices capable of running WebGl than there are total iDevices in existence (which is more than the 600k you quoted). In fact i'd suggest by now, there are actually more than 600k idevices running IOS 8.

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chris 17
WTF?

"Starting today, three billion devices can render WebGL content"

umm, there are a staggering number of iphones, not all of which can upgrade to ios 8, & their number does not total 3 billion. The release of ios 8 will add a lake to the ocean of webgl capable devices, i don't think it'll suddenly kick start the adoption of 3D content on the web.

I would suggest the lack of demand is because no one really wants 3D. How many 3D channels are ther on tv despite loads of people having 3D capable tv's?

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A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND

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Re: Return of the Ramdisk?

@AC in 2014 traditionally i would call 8GB ok, 4GB as a little tight, as the OS would typically have to rely on virtual memory cached to slow disk to keep current apps in RAM. My point is that with very very fast disks, 4GB is now ok as the user will likely not notice the penalty for using virtual memory.

Have you got only 4GB in your main rig? i have 8GB in my 2008 macbook with ssd & 16GB in my work m4800 with ssd. she only has 2Gb in her 20067 Macbook but the new ssd significantly improves its performance.

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chris 17

Re: Return of the Ramdisk?

Yup,

fast local storage is the next big thing, The current thinking of loads of RAM and disk will change to 'Just enough RAM and very very fast Disk' aka Non Volatile Memory. This is the direction apple is taking with the comparatively low RAM, fast PCIE Disk and clever OS that compresses and intelligently pages unused content to cache on that fast disk.

RAM is just a fast disk cache, make the disk fast enough & you can get away with less RAM.

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

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Re: @h4m0ny, re Capitalism

the carriers will not be losing a single cent on sales of iphones.

you need to breakdown the components of the monthly cost to see what you are paying for.

You could argue they make less airtime profit on an iphone than they do a dumb phone and dumb phones are contributing more to the carriers underlying profits, but that is not subsidising a loss leader.

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Facepalm

Re: OnePlus One

i have a fiat 500, its got doors, wheels, seats is red & italian designed & manufactured. Its just as good as a Ferrari or Maserati but costs just a fraction of their cost. I can't think why anyone would spend any more on something that does essentially the same

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chris 17

Re: OnePlus One

@bpfh, maybe an iphone is not for you, have you seen any of the competing phones? they often have similar features and are often much better value.

anyone seen any carrier iphone6 pricing yet?

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

chris 17
WTF?

Re: Bah humbug

if you waited a month you could have got a nice discount on that 5s

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

chris 17

Re: Look at the bright side

how is market share relevant?

if you want maximum return for your outlay you will target the biggest market possible, Why write for WinPho when IOS and Android have many more potential customers?

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Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek

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Compared to the 4, the 5c is fast and stylish, and does not look cheap. If there was no 5s, the 5c would be a top seller. If the 5s and 5c where same on spec and price i'd wager there would be more sales of the 5c than 5s just due to number of colours available.

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Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

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Re: 1000 quid!

@Efros Yes i see, its exactly the same but cheaper.

I'm reminded of that VW add where the car sales man says it sounds just like a golf, and teh daughter looks at him like he's crazy!!

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Top Ten 802.11ac routers: Time for a Wi-Fi makeover?

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Re: Airport Extreme

The option is there but you need a password to manage the base station.

No password, no administer Airport.

Neither apple, nor your iDevices know you don't know the password, hence they offer you the convenience of administrating the base station but you have to enter the base station password to do so.

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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

chris 17

Re: We don't need no new meters

Just need one central account linked to one smart meter then utility providers can provide billing from the data sent to that 1 account.

1 Regulator in the customers favour can then work through billing and other disputes with the providers.

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chris 17

Re: If these meters were truely smart.....

If the complexity is the problem, then they should rip up the established procedures and start again. Keep It Simple and cut out the hidden costs. I don't in principle have an issue buying a service contract to cover the meter & distribution, & pay separately for my billing & then separately again for social contributions and green levies, if overall it is cheaper. I'd look to piece together a portfolio of cheap components to build and satisfy my energy supply needs.

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chris 17

All accounts should be registered with OfGem and the accounts and billing data sent from OfGem to your chosen provider at the mutual pre arranged schedule. There should be less changes required for changing provider and OfGem have all the data to check if the market is working properly and if people are paying over the odds.

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'Heartbleed-based BYOD hack' pwns insurance giant Aviva's iPhones

chris 17

they'll bill hundreds of millions for unspecified IT losses in their balance sheets for this

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If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ judgment?

chris 17

This is a very public opening salvo in the race to censor the internet.

I fully support Google in complying with & letting us know it has done so.

Google is an index to content others have produced. If Google is forced to censor a search result it does not mean the information does not exist. Will we find info on Darwinism, the crusades or WWII censored next?

This ruling should apply to those hosting the offending material and ensure its completely removed from the net.

It does however highlight the power search engines, and Google in particular, have on our use of the internet.

Remember how we used to use the net before the big search engines, all those online communities etc.

I remember discussions on how search engines framing our view on the net was so terrible (do no evil etc), well it seems western governments are now using them to censor us on a par with how we are told fundamentalists are censoring views and opinions in the lands they seek to rule.

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Want a cheap iMac? TOO BAD. But you can have a slow one for $1,099

chris 17

Re: You're right for the wrong reasons...

Its great we all have a choice of hardware vendors. Just because you prefer to clump your chosen hardware together to build your ultimate custom rig, others prefer to buy something that is already complete and just works.

Who else builds a sleek system like that with 1 cord that just works out of the box, no plugging multiple cables in, no downloading drivers, no creating backup os disks, no licensing.

Whenever a family member buys a new windows machine i get a call asking to set it up, i never get a call asking to setup iDevices or macs as they are able to do it themselves, including getting on the network, printing and scanning. I do however install the free sophos AV when i visit.

There is a world of people out there that are not techies and are willing to pay extra for something to just work rather than abusing my spare time for free to get their cheaper windows machines to do the same as the Mac does. As i don't get paid to be their desktop support (that's not my day job either) I encourage them to pay more upfront for less of my time in the future.

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

chris 17

Re: Lower CO2 emissions maybe

I'm with you Spartacus, but there is an incredibly large amount of concrete in dams with the associated CO2 emissions.

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TalkTalk whips BT with riding crop over sport fibs in telly ad

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So this add wasn't clear enough (was to me but i don't have a business that i want to show BT sport in) but offering unlimited stuff that has an ever decreasing limit mentioned in some small print is perfectly fine? And delivering broadband over coax can be marketed as fibre broadband?

I'm glad the regulators are finally sharpening their pencils, hopefully they'll start tackling the proper ludicrous claims we punters have to put up with like insurances that don't cover you despite intimating it will.

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IPv4 addresses now EXHAUSTED in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Re: two errors

& what is "IPv6bis"? i can't find a sensible link for the term.

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chris 17
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IPv6 is flawed

There are numerous issues with IPv6. Privacy issues being the obvious glaring one, despite the supposed randomized use of the devices MAC as part of the address.

If IPv6 wasn't flawed we would all be on it now, with IPv4 left for the ghost net, outlaws/crims and lagards.

We need IPvNG with large scale proxying to legacy IPv4 by the regional number authorities for ~ 10 years.

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New Apple iOS to help fanbois thwart Wi-Fi network spies

chris 17
Big Brother

Re: There are already...

why do i need a vpn back to my home router to access an ssl protected site?

tracking mac addresses gives you the following info

vendor and likely model of handset

age of handset

this info can start to influence the how you market to those people like on how much disposable cash they may have, or how much people with certain handsets like to browse, how certain users like to use comparison sites instore whilst shopping. Also, live tracking linked to cctv could aid in the hunt for shoplifters trying to hide from security, or if they frequently revisit stores on reconnaissance, or if they simply return to stores once banned.

The more you think about what the tracking can reveal about you the more worrying it is.

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chris 17
Happy

Re: So if your router is filtering by mac address

the idevice will only use a fake MAC address when scanning. It will use its real address when connecting and using the network.

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

chris 17

At least when the power is off we won't have to listen to the greens evangelising about how great renewables are.

Maybe that's the plan to make shale gas more attractive to those who live above the deposits?

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Google: OK world, make our 'End-to-End' crypto tool SPOOK PROOF

chris 17

as has already been said, if you encrypt (use a sufficiently strong algorithm) end to end, then they can't read it in the middle.

Want to use the 'free' services google offer but concerned about your privacy, then encrypt your stuff before putting it on or through.

Yes we are all doomed as the collectives harvest our data in the clouds, but the masses are too busy face booking, sms'ing and generally living their lives blissfully unaware and grateful for the way these 'free' services have enriched their lives.

yin yang

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

chris 17

Re: Getting lost in tunnels, sigh...

Mine shows the direction of travel & position whilst in underground car parks. The older satnav's had gyros's etc that where used to determine location when gps signal was lost, hence part of their expense. Not sure on how the newer ones are working, i suspect a newer cheaper gyro.

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Carry On YouView Regardless, BBC Trust tells the BBC

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Project Kangaroo aka SeeSaw

YouView is the remnants of Project Kangaroo from circa 2008 after the competition commission decided it would be too powerful and we all needed saving from a single platform that would have served as the VOD/catch up tv system for terrestrial TV.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangaroo_(video_on_demand)

Project Kangaroo/SeeSaw would have been awesome. Imagine every Smart TV being SeeSaw compatible, it would have allowed the terrestrial channels to have competed head to head with Sky, & we'd all be benefiting right now through greater choice and competition. Instead, the competition commission decided Tony's mate needed extra protection at the expense of us mere taxpayers.

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chris 17

Re: YouView

i think there is some crap licensing law about not being able to centrally store broadcasted material, Obviously the broadcaster can get around this when they license the content, but bt, talk talk et al can't.

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How Google's Android Silver could become 'Wintel for phones'

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How is silver different to stock Android?

i thought Android manufacturers and carriers currently had their own overlays or builds on Android, which was one of the so called benefits to them. This just seems to be Google saying don't bother with your customisations, make your Androids plain vanilla like nexus and pay us some money for the privilege? I thought they could do that if they wanted anyway.

CONFUSED as to how Silver will be any different to stock Android, or can manufacturers not currently roll out stock Android?

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What HAS BEEN SEEN? OMG it's a thing that looks like an iWatch

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Read the Patent rather than the sensational reporting

From the Patent application filled in March 2012:

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,712,233&OS=8,712,233&RS=8,712,233

This relates generally to electronic devices, and more particularly, to structures for mounting components within electronic devices.

Electronic devices such as portable computers and cellular telephones contain electrical components such as displays, wireless circuitry, sensors, and communications buses. It can be challenging to mount desired electrical components within an electronic device housing. Space is generally at a premium, particularly in compact devices. If care is not taken, device performance may suffer or device housing structures may be bulkier than desired.

It would therefore be desirable to be able to provide improved techniques for mounting components within electronic devices.

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Who fancies a billion-quid bonanza? Just flog the Home Office some shiny walkie-talkies

chris 17

Around 2004 the AirWave project was started to provide a modern communication system for the Emergency Services.

It provides 3G communications using dedicated masts as well as on O2.

Its still running.

AirWave was the upgrade to TETRA.

Why don't they just upgrade AirWave to 4G?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airwave_(communications_network)

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A premium smartie lump: Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition

chris 17
Big Brother

Wow, was it 13 MP, had wifi, 3G and a retina screen?

Basically exactly the same as this model then, just 15 years ahead of time.

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Reddit users discover iOS malware threat

chris 17

Funny how you have to go quite far out of your way to compromise the security and integrity of IOS, yet on desktops (especially windows) it's a breeze. Seems any supposedly legit install on windows these days comes with spyware as standard.

update adobe and get a free unwanted copy of McAfee virus scan.

update java get a free unwanted browser toolbar

download any thing from download.com, tucows.com, cnet softpedia or any of the download sites and get a load of crap you don't want (these sites claim apps are virus and spyware free but then confuse you into downloading them anyway)..

the funniest thing is that the app you want might only be a few KB but the downloader is ~1MB.

think your clever and can just download the app you want and you find that that is just an app wrapper too.

just try and download 'wireless wizard' for an example.

if only M$ had a download site with apps guaranteed to be free of bloat, virus etc.

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chris 17

Re: Makes Sense...

your post largely sums up my feelings on this too, although i mainly Jail break just for lockinfo, but the other Activator features are an added benefit.

IOS 7 is making steps in the right direction though.

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Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully

chris 17

Re: News

Nations already notify the UN when they are going to launch into space.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registration_Convention

Any nation remotely interested in space launches will have already known the launch was to take place.

upcoming launches

http://spaceflightnow.com/tracking/

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USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

chris 17

The Universal Serial Bus was the newfangled replacement for attaching peripherals to your computer. Previously you had a huge parallel or slightly smaller serial termination.

Bent and broken pins where common and there where typically no more than 2 ports on a system. USB was luxury!

Sounds like the USB steering group has just invented ThunderBolt.

They may as well just call it thunderbolt, be done with it and start work on the next gen USB standard.

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IEEE signs off on 400 Gb/s Ethernet development

chris 17

Re: Sod that...

Umm, I have a single pc delivering video to 4 screens all over wireless with no issues right now, some are on G and some on N. 4 x 1080p streams is not an issue here.

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Euro cops on free Wi-Fi not-so-hotspots: For pity's sake, don't use them for email

chris 17

IPv6 should sort a lot of this out.

Privacy concerns about IPv6 aside, the spec mandates all connections should be capable of using encryption. No more unencrypted connections to email or other systems that smartphones automagically do these days.

Could be fun to review logs later and track people as they journey around!

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Re: @ Dodgy Geezer

The BBC article has an update at the bottom

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26448158

Since publication, Apple has acknowledged it misunderstood the request to unlock the device. The company has now restored the factory settings. It maintains a court order would be needed to access the iCloud.

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