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Battery-production problems delay anorexic 5.5-inch 'iPhone Air'

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Joke

I for one look forward to the iPhone Air Mac Pro-touch Retina Pad-book Nano.

You laugh but with a limited number of names being re-used it's only a matter of time.

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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VOLUME!

Was the context aware volume feature included?

I don't want the same volume level for my ringtone as my message alert... as my youtube app... as my etc.

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Nokia: ALL our Windows Phone 8 Lumias will get a cool 8.1 boost

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Re: 41MP?

Loss-less zoom for image cropping?

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Looking forward to the update providing...

..it includes the context-aware volume function. Assuming it does come as part of 8.1.

I can't say many of the other updates will change my life... unless others know more?

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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Re: Limited

I could be wrong but don't the 100+ other android dongles lack the simplicity of the single button to click for the dongle to then download and play the content?

I bought a Chromecast despite having windows phones and an RT surface - none of which have any official support. Got it setup using my painfully slow old Galaxy S2, and can cast youtube using the free WinPhone Tube Cast app - that works perfectly but lacks playback controls.

I would have liked to make use of our Amazon prime instant videos with a view to drop the Virgin TV - but the tab casting plain just doesn't work. I can ping the chromecast from the desktop PC, and it has the device under the browser extension but get the "device is not available" error every time. Still, for £30 it is keeping the kids busy watching Stampylongnose and 20 minutes of silence is worth much more!

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Microsoft slaps LTE mobe broadband into Surface 2 slabs (Yeah, take that, iPad)

Hellcat

You're right, why wouldn't anyone want exactly the same as you?

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Re: Surface with lte

RT also works with mobile hotspot, but built in would have been easier. There are a couple of 3/4G USB dongles that are compatible but you're limited to HUAWEI products pretty much and a dobgle sticking out the USB port.

The real trouble is the current pathetic coverage offered by 4G, no doubt made worse by the ridiculous way EE were given a monopoly on the licences. The UK is probably 18-24 months behind where we could have been. In the odd place that does have coverage, 24down/12up offers better than a lot of ADSL providers!

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Microsoft's battery-boosting Surface slab cover to ship soon

Hellcat

And I can get a washing machine AND a tumbledrier for less than an iPad. So your point is?

$200 is a lot of money for a keyboard + battery. You would need to be really desparate for extra life away from the wallwart!

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Nokia to Devs: PLEASE DON'T make Nokiadroid apps look like WinPho

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Re: It's not a feeder for Windows Phone

<LOB>

I'm a windows phone user...

...and so is my wife.

</LOB>

As someone else has said it's not 1 in 10 phone owners, but around 1 in 10 phone sales. That might translate to 1 in 30 or more in terms of what you might see out in the wild. As for android pretending to be windows phone, or should that be android pretending not to be windows phone pretending to be andoid, I think it's a massive mistake. Android seems to be going the way of demanding high-end hardware, and all the low end handsets I've seen are usually crap, lacking even enough storage to update all the built-in apps - looking at you Galaxy Ace. A dual-core Galaxy S2 runs crap on jellybean, and wasn't much better on ICS, and that is still higher spec than many mid to low end droids getting shipped.

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BOFH: He... made... you... HE made YOU a DOMAIN ADMIN?

Hellcat

@bpfy

I had no idea we worked in the same office. I believe the technical term is 'pc hijack'.

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Years of AWOL Windows Phone features finally show up in video leaks

Hellcat

The only feature I'm looking forward to is the one that has not been mentioned in the article - context aware volume control. Changing the volume with an app open currently changes the volume of the text and call alert. I can't say I've missed anything else that was in Jellybean except maybe the quick access swipe down settings - they were pretty useful.

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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

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Re: TGF Nokia Maps

My wife has an over 2 year old Lumia 800 (wp7.8.something) and despite it's multiple updates it is still a quick and snappy on hardware that I would have (and probably did) laugh at, at the time. To open youtube on my ex Sammy Gal S2 takes around 30 seconds. Hell, even my ex, ex, SE Satio opens faster than that. Vista was a dog when it was released, and improved significantly according to most commentards with SP1 - so it is who exactly who has not been studying their history?

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Re: TGF Nokia Maps

This is exactly the sort of thing that made me take the plunge and move to WP8 from Android. They were constantly changing the product; often removing features but making it slower (how?); and bringing no noticable benefit to the actual user experience.

I was worried about leaving the known but to be honest I've not looked back. Google need to knock their heads together and get back on track bringing out innovative products - not just dumbing down their existing ones.

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See me after class: Apple scores AAA rating from brand-botherer

Hellcat

Are these the same kind of ratings companies that were giving Greece a good credit rating just months before they defaulted on their debt, and the USA triple-A despite being just days away from defaulting during their mad few weeks of government stalemate?

All looks like 'finger in the air' type figures to me.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

Hellcat

Re: |'m not quite sure I get it

If you're not worried about aesthetics then you wouldn't be worried about trying to cool three boards with convection and only a single fan - you would just put silent fans where needed.

The answer to your original question is heat-pipes which have been proven very effective especially in laptops and other space constrained systems.

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WD My Cloud EX4 four-bay NAS

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Re: HP ProLiant N54L Synology DSM for £125

Before you buy a HP Microserver expecting a cash-back payment - check the offer is actually available, the seller is an approved HP reseller, and the seller is selling in country stock. Perhaps asking the seller to confirm all that by email may be useful should it come to a small-claims court trip.

I've got 3 N54Ls now. 2x ESXi spec from Serversplus and 1x Nas4free from CCLcomputers. Bought at different times on different cash-back offers. Nas4Free rather than FreeNas due to the performance hit if you try to use the latest version - especially with ZFS disks. Booting from USB (they really are silly cheap now) so all disks are available as dedicated storage. Now looking at integrating owncloud but that doesn't look as easy as setting up the initial Nas4free. Compared to buying a NAS it's a little more complicated, but that's only the initial setup - once built they're basically maintenance free.

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Apple pushes back release date for 'dustbin chic' Mac Pro

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@45rpm

Not sure if you've seen this one...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/02/12/hp_clarifies_firmware_support_contract_rules/

If I am reading correctly, it seems the warranty or support contract stupulation only applies to servers - and only to the system firmwares.

My personal experience with Dell's pro support is that the service is good with the only criticisim being (for servers) you must call the Dell support centre for the country of purchase. I don't have a lot of dealings with HP outside my microserver farm, so cannot comment on their support.

As for a professional who needs a Mac being unable to make do with a PC... why not? Unless the software is 100% Mac only and no Windows alternative is available why couldn't they use a PC? Sounds like the difference between 'want' and 'need' to me.

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Nokia to launch low-cost Android phone this month – report

Hellcat

If you knew nothing of the hardware specs and compared my ex Galaxy SII with a Lumia 520 you would think the 520 was significantly higher spec. It's half the RAM and 80% the CPU speed, but compared to the SII on Jellybean it's a flying machine. I don't like the direction that Android is taking where you're getting to need a quad core 2Ghz only for the OS to work smoothly.

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The revival of survival – the gaming genre that refuses to die

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Re: Why Zombies

Spent another hour last night playing Left 4 Dead. Perhaps one of my favourite co-operative games I own. Yes they're zombies... but it's far from boring.

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Re: Expensive

Have they fixed the sound bug in BF4 yet? That felt like a game that was released to a deadline - regardless of how finished it was.

I've had significantly more enjoyment out of the free to play War Thunder, even if it is still officially in beta.

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Apple RESURRECTS the iPhone 4: report

Hellcat

A 520 would probably be better for most people as a phone than any iphone or droid or other wphone.

Of course it might not be as good for everything else people expect a phone to do these days.

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How many keys can one keyboard have? Do I hear 200? 300? More?

Hellcat

Reminds me of my dedicated Counterstrike keyboard I had about 15 years ago...

Ripped out every un-used key to avoid them annoying Win key instead of crouch moments. For only £185k I'm willing to dig out the prototype from the loft and start production.

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Ditch IE7 and we'll give you a FREE COMPUTER, says incautious US firm

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Re: I ditched IE in 2000.

I use Chrome on a daily basis also, but recently I have added IE back to the task bar. Chrome just seems to be getting slower - perhaps that is just a perception?

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Give hackers your data, says former RSA man

Hellcat

Re: Social media should do this too!

You mean like my publicly available Facebook account where I do charity work, look after sick baby lambs, and go to church twice a week?

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Judge: Google owes patent troll a 1.36% cut of AdWords' BEELLIONS

Hellcat

Too many patents seem to be registered in an effort to prevent others from developing a similar idea - even if the patent owner has no intention of developing the idea into a product. That is stifling development as a species rather than promoting it.

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Android holds steady as iOS and Windows Phone slip in Kantar reports

Hellcat

Difficult to get a clear view of what is happening with so many different time scales quoted. The Windows phone is since 2011, Android I think is since 2012 and with no dates shown I'm left to assume all Apple figures are for just 2013? For Blackberry's sake I hope that decline is over a couple of years else they might not even figure on next years report.

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Apple fails to shake antitrust watchdog loose, receives judge slapdown

Hellcat
Joke

Re: ... hardly surprising that "lawyers get paid a lot of money".

"...I've now lost the will to do anything good and creative in my life..."

All you need now is the briefcase.

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Why 2014 might just be the year of the Google Chromebook

Hellcat

Agendas. That is all.

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No sign of Half-Life 3 but how about FOURTEEN Steam Machine makers?

Hellcat

I look forward to the benchmark results to see how performance differs on the same hardware with Windows, Linux and SteamOS - I would hope their own fork would bring some benefits in FPS.

If the Steam Machine can being home theatre features and DLNA support then it has a better change against the big names.

p.s. anyone else having trouble with the reg forum recently? I can't click in the password box - had to click into email and tab through to password.

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Dell confirms Chromebook for Blighty

Hellcat

1366x768 is okay for a display that size and will help reduce the impact on the battery. If it can output to an external screen (which this can) I would hope that is at least able to display 1920x1080.

No mention of the PSU in the article - is it USB or does it have a dedicated charger? It's all well and good a full charge lasting 10 hours but how long does it take to get back to once the battery is flat?

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Re: Thumbed down?

Welcome to the Microsoft haters group. 10s cold to desktop is pretty good. My PC can only dream of that.

I bet I can get more downvotes just by mentioning Windows RT does just about the same as ChromeOS only with SMB support.

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Acer C720 Chromebook with Haswell battery boosting goodness

Hellcat

Re: Why?

Paul C...

Almost agreed entirely with you but... there is some cross-over between all types and the casual user. It is almost the norm for people to have some kind of consumption product for casual use. I don't think anyone in the IT department here does not have either an iPad, a Surface or a droid tablet for use at home. I look forward to someone here buying a Chromebook so I can take a look.

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Wait, that's no moon 21.5-inch monitor, it's an all-in-one LG Chromebase PC

Hellcat

Re: cheap iMac clone?

Thanks for that link to the apple website. I don't think I could have found the apple website without that link. It looks exactly like a imac in that the screen is facing the user, and is rectangular. The stand is on the bottom of the product for use in regular gravity environments, and they have gone for a revolutionary twist on the 'all-in-one' concept by putting all the components inside the only part of the computer.

Seriously, get back to work behind your Genius bar!

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Re: How do you manage these?

You could use a Chrome browser plugin for RDP or Citrix receiver depending on what your background infrastructure looks like.

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Microsoft yanks Surface 2 DIM SCREEN of DEATH fix in update snafu

Hellcat

Come up with that one all by yourself or was it originally written as "I'm sure they are handicapped regardless as it is a.Apple/Samsung/Oracle/Sun/Citrix/Cisco/<insert hated technology company name here> product."

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Microsoft: Here, we'll make it easy for you Gmail lot. Meet our Outlook.com movers

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Re: outlook.com has ads?

Seriously, I can't see the adverts! Damn you all to Hell I'm missing out!

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Asus Transformer Book T100: Xbox One? PS4? Nah, get a cute convertible for Christmas

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Re: License Violation

Same applies to the RT devices that come with bundled Home & Student - you may be covered under an existing 365/app assurance licence you have.

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Re: Does it run Mac OSX?

You missed the joke alert icon.

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Atom processor so 'full' windows 8.1. If it really is useable with only an Atom and 2GB RAM then that's not bad going.

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I want to play with VMs

Hellcat

Missed the boat...

HP have been flogging N54L microservers with £100 off for the last year or so. You might be able to get some from the bay of E but no doubt people are trying to make a fast buck on their servers that they bought.

My home setup is:

ESXi hosts - 2x 8GB N54L booting ESXi 5.1 from internal USB - 1x 250GB SATA (came with the server)

iSCSI NAS - 1x 4GB N54L booting Nas4Free from internal USB - 4x 2TB SATA storage.

Network - Cisco 3550 12G + Cisco 3500XL

This allows you to experience a lot of functionality used professionally since 50% of the VM setup is getting the networking correct. If you want Windows PCs/Servers on your VMs, you get 180 days evaluation if you install without a serial key. That is more than enough time to experiment with the various functionality. It is a shame you can't use the advanced VM functionality vmotion/DRS etc without a valid key.

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Want to reach out and touch your Chromebook? How does $299 grab you?

Hellcat

Re: Or get this..

The denial of facts is strong on this site.

Perhaps you can identify what is a better match for a competitor for this touch screen chromebook?

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Re: Or get this..

The Gen1 SurfaceRT is a handy little device and for under $200 is a steal for the US market. Possibly the most direct competition for the Chromebook as I believe the Chromebook also has offline document editing and a fully HTML5 compliant browser to either 1) make up for the lack of native apps or 2) make native apps not required.

1 or 2 depending on your point of view.

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Hello! Still here! Surface 2! Way better than iPad! says slightly desperate Microsoft

Hellcat

The on-screen keyboards (qwerty, handwriting, split keyboard) work fine, and the cover-keyboard wraps around the back with less effort than it takes to pull it off - them magnets are surprisingly strong.

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Apple's secret 12.9-inch MONSTER needs a good fondle, say biz sources

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Joke

Re: What's the target audience/use case?

@Paul S. Gazo

Are them extra couple of inches really as important as they make out?

Any of the 10+/-0.3" tablets on the market currently in my experience are okay for reading PDFs in booklet (2 page) format.

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'Daddy, can I use the BLACK iPAD?': Life with the Surface Pro 2

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Re: Why I love the Surface

Thanks for the link, a few more toys to play with there. Voice control works ok on the Surface RT but might need a headset to overcome external noise. Don't think the gfx on the RT will quite be up to the HD video and Halo challenge though, will leave that to the Surface 2. Would like to try the play-to DLNA functionality but my Bravia is as old as the hills. Perhaps a DLNA HDMI dongle could help there?

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KRAKOOM! iPad Air EXPLODES in FIREBALL, terrified fanbois FLEE Apple store

Hellcat
Joke

I thought that was a lightning port, not firewire.

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Ahhh, SATISFACTION: Watch while we set a NAS on FIRE

Hellcat

Re: Channelling Mythbusters

476190 termites. Sounds like a new El Reg CI unit in the making.

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Nothing to sniff at: Dell Ultrabooks REEK OF CAT PEE, scream users

Hellcat

the looks you get...

... tracking down and sniffing around a few deployed 6430s only to find they were odour free.

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Samsung is officially the WORLD'S BIGGEST smartphone maker

Hellcat

Rough maths:

31% Samsung

13% Apple

5% Huawei

5% Lenovo

5% LG

3% Nokia

So Samsung has outsold the following 5 manufacturers - but combined make only 62% of the market. Who makes the other 38% which is around 100,000 units?

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