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ASUS launches 5-in-1 Android Windows Phone laptop tablet (breathe)

pear

How long till they make the tablet android and put a Windows phone in the dock?

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Gigabyte Brix Pro: You don't need no steenkin' Xbox... when you have 4K-ing amazing graphics

pear

Not quite there

Sounds like we'll need another iteration or two before these things become more credible.

An AMD APU would probably be more balanced for gaming.

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4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?

pear

Grumble?

I'm all for high res content but for broadcast they really need to sort out the quality of "HD" before they start broadcasting 4k. I'm glad, at least, that pretty much everything BBC is now broadcast in 'HD' and it's not bad.

Compare itv hd to NHK and you'll wonder why itv are allowed to call it "HD".

As for content distribution the failure of Sony et al to produce an optical disc format will make it hard for it to take off.

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Universal's High Fidelity Pure Audio trickles onto Blighty’s Blu-Ray hi-fis

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Music industry digging a hole

So few people want this.

Just using the analogue outs on a standard blu-ray player or ps3 will sort of kill any benefits of the high res, so you'll need some sort of dac to get any benefit, if there is indeed any at all.

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

pear

HFR?

I think you fall in to an uncanny valley, quite frankly it looks weird, even if it does looks sharper etc.

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Living with a 41-megapixel 808 PureView: Symbian's heroic last stand

pear

Pretty happy with mine

I just need to use it more often for photos!

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Ed Miliband brands Google's UK tax avoidance 'WRONG'

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Re: Tax Laws

Isas and pension tax breaks are deliberate and the government encourages you to do it. E.g it does not expect you to pay tax on the interest of your first 6 odd grand of savings that year.

An individual can't be attacked for doing this, in the same way people shouldn't be attacked for claiming child benefit to which they are entitled. You could argue that we shouldn't have ISAS or similar things at all but not that people shouldn't use them when the government puts them there.

The government doesn't intend for Google to pipe money all around the world just to avoid paying UK tax. The loopholes which Google are using are not intentional tax breaks.

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Anonymous blitzes Israel in new attack

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FAIL

Vigilantes

Anonymous appoint themselves as judge, jury and executioners of the digital world. Their idea of fairness and justice are seriously warped.

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IT'S HERE: Seagate ships 'affordable' desktop hybrid drive

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enough?

I have a corsair accelerator with 40gb

it works well though run with some background software which is not ideal.

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Microsoft Office 2013 vs. Office 365: Is either right for you?

pear

thankfully I was a student once

Still rockin' on the 2007 ultimate version I picked up as a student for £40. I suspect it will last quite a while.

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Tell Facebook who's the greatest: YOU are!

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Re: Mourning HMV

My treat for taking the bus in to work (here and there) was to go in to hmv at 9am when o one else was in there and sock up from the 2 for £10 section. Served me well.

I went in to the trocadero one recently, managed to find the obscure ps3 accessory I needed and went out. Simply because there where too many people in there to browse properly.

Fopp in covent Garden was ok though

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Sony PS3 extends lead over Microsoft's Xbox 360 by a cool million

pear

Mine is a my blu-ray player that happens to play pro-evo

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Nokia chief Elop: 'Android? Hey, anything's possible!'

pear

Re: Hmmmm

pfft I <3 my n97

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Samsung gobbles flash upstart for starters ... Servers for main?

pear

well there goes my support

For my Corsair accelerator, which works rather well I must say.

Simpler than Intel's SRT

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Sony KD-84X9005 84in ultra-HD TV review

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Re: I regret the move to HD...

I walked past Hugh Edwards at bbc studios, looked like a plastic doll

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Windows 8: Is Microsoft's new OS too odd to handle?

pear

when I build a new machine

I won't bother to "upgrade"

I tried that with the preview, it didn't really work too well, ended up formatting to go back. The "apps" page was such a mess

Some things wound me up too much but I liked others so not rushing but won't avoid.

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Cloud company foraged for hard drives to stay afloat

pear

kudos imo

Hard to say they've really done anything wrong at all.

Costco is a business oriented bulk buy store anyway...

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4K vs OLED: and the winner is...

pear

Rumour has it that Sony's Crystal LED could undercut OLED costs so we could be in for a surprise here.

Personally think that plasma still rules the roost.

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Intel's chief chipman: '22nm better than expected, 14nm on track'

pear

They work well at the frequency they're supposed to

99.9% of people do not overclock their cpus

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German Pirate party punters 'don't pay their membership fees'

pear
Mushroom

german pirates..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEk-NeRizMA

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Nokia apologizes for faking Lumia 920 ad

pear

Re: And still down-playing themselves?

The lens is house in a gyroscope type device.

It's also used so that longer exposure times can be used in the dark without blurring.

Obviously a camera on a phone won't replace a dslr, the point being that you don't take your dslr everywhere you go, at least most people don't. If you have a respectable snapper to hand you can capture anything that you happen to stumble across.

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It'll still be a decent camera compared to the competition

The use of the "pureview" brand following the 41mp 808 is misleading to some extent, essentially it's their version of the cybershot brand.

There is virtually no way they could have realistically transplanted that technology in to a svelte design like the 920.

It would have required an additional processor just for the camera.

If you read the white paper it does make some sense as to how they've tried to compensate, part 1 is using a lens with a massive aperture and 2 is to add OIS so that longer exposure times can be used. The focus is different, where the 808 was all abut detail and the ability to zoom the 920 is about low light performance and video stability. Lots of people take pictures in the evening at parties or outside blah blah blah so it's a sensible move.

I'm sure the oversized sensor(s) will return, it might take a while for that to happen, I'm fairly sure the 920 won't be as impressive a the 808 but despite all the marketing failings I suspect it'll be amongst the best if not the best mainstream smartphone camera out there.

Note that with this phone if you are prepared to knock down the output resolution you should still get some of that oversampling/lossless zoom goodness. A good quality 2mp image is completely fine for a standard print/web use.

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SanDisk flogs strap-on to speed up your lazy Windows 7 PC

pear

worthwhile

I've found my corsair accelerator a worthwhile addition, more suited as an add in than for a new build but for those who can't be bothered using different drives and partitions it's a nice compromise.

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Broadband minister Hunt LOSES portfolio, takes on national health

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Re: In slight tiny almost defence of his Homeopathy support...

Pretty sure acupuncture is load of codswallop too though.

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Party like it's 1999: CDE Unix desktop REBORN

pear

I still have to look at scenes like those :(

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Microsoft: Gmail rival Outlook.com will 'look good on your iPad' 

pear

seems ok

just looks like hotmail but with more blue but tbh I find hotmail.com absolutely fine and considerably better than gmail.

What I might approve of is if they gave the option of the clean exchange webmail type view

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All-in-one PCs: bright star of the desktop biz, says analyst

pear

Re: Not here..

Surely they could still have a second monitor?

although, yes it would seem a bit pointless over a regular desktop

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Chinese toothpaste biz wants £50k from Apple over 'Snow Leopard'

pear

*bangs head*

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Ultrabook demand soars Stateside

pear

The thing is that it's not that people aren't using less pcs and laptops, it's just that we hit a point when things became powerful enough and people aren't needing to replace them.

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Nokia details 808 Pureview release

pear

'tis odd

For a phone with such an impressive camera th decision to use such a screen is a bit baffling. One can only assume power savings and/or lack of gpu grunt?

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Microsoft Surface: Join the Windows 8 teardown

pear

Re: Yeah

There's nothing fundamentally wrong with x86, all depends on the implementation and right now it's only getting better. The latest atom chips match ARM foor power/performance.

Have an ARM cpu running full blown windows and it will also use a shed load of power

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Windows 8 Release Preview open for download

pear

Upgrade?

I tried it out for a few days as an os update. It wasn't awful but it was frustrating. It would be better when all the inbuilt metro apps work properly.

The apps and people page look awful, and not customisable in any way.

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Top Facebook exec begs students: 'Click on an ad or two'

pear

FB adverts are s**te anyway

They suggested that I "like" the Conservative party.

Phools.

Mostly I don't even notice them and use the desktop site less and less.

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Hated Visual Studio 11 beta in HIGH-ENERGY colour blast

pear

Using the dark scheme, is great for my eyes having less light blaring at them. Genuinely happy with 2011. Sure the buttons are a bit dry but it's good for a long day of use.

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Microsoft kills Windows Live brand

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Re: bring back outlook express

Windows live desktop I found to be considerably better than outlook express. Must admit the webmail is genuinely very comprehensive and I rarely use the desktop version.

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Nokia's 41Mp cameraphone shoots towards retail

pear

Different competition

This isn't supposed to be in competition with DSLR cameras and what not, it's supposed to be a replacement for point and shoot, providing good image quality in your pocket without the need for a separate device as most people don't walk around with dedicated cameras in their pockets or bags. As mentioned earlier default setting is 5mp shots which is in line with other phones, it uses the high res sensor to remove noise, not create massive photos. In fact the original idea behind it was that you could zoom in 3x and get a true 5mp camera shot. Obviously the more you zoom the less noise reduction you get.

Also nokia camera already lets you control ISO, shutter speed etc

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Samsung... no, Apple... no, Samsung tops Q1 smartphone sales chart

pear

Define smartphone?

could be a problem ^...

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Fifa fans kick up fuss over Euro 2012 team substitutions

pear

FIFA RTWC

Think they should just re-release fifa 98 really. Football games have been on a downhill slope since then. Back in the day you were allowed to dive and deliberately foul the goalkeeper. All this with real players!

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Microsoft unveils paid SkyDrive options

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Re: Existing subscribers all get 25GB

ditto!

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Qualcomm's S4 chip set to shrink laptops further

pear

Fine, if you want a laptop that can't run a proper version of Windows....

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CD: The indestructible music format that REFUSES TO DIE

pear

I <3 cds

thing is it's worth buying a cd even if you don't plan on using it. It's usually cheaper, it's uncompressed and if your hard drive blows you just rip it again.

The only annoying thing about cds is that they scratch, easily. Yesterday I accidentally dropped a cd :( i've proably messed up a track... fortunately I have it ripped to a lossless format so no data lost!

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Nokia readying Win8 tablet for 2012 release?

pear

All hinges on how good WOA is, the power users will lean towards the x86 tablets, whilst the ARM ones will be more plug and play, I have a feeling it'll be pretty good but it'll next dev support to do well.

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Crucial pledges PC performance boost with Adrenaline

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Re: Nothing New

Well it's similar in principle but it's more of a retrofit (corsair are also doing an almost identical product with the same software too).

Is more designed to add in rather than in a fresh build and is probably a bit easier to set up.

There is a very big advantage to caching over a boot ssd in that an algorithm is probably better than people at working out what should be on the ssd and what shouldn't. You won't need to move programs and files over, managing multiple disks is a nuisance. Most likely with there'l be a performance hit and probably a sort of lag, play a game for the first time in a year and the first couple times it won't speed up but then it will. Whether or not it's noticeable in real world terms or not is another matter. Also half the windows files that would be installed on to a boot drive don't need to be there.

Lastly as it's a cache if it dies like ssds do then your mechanical drive still has everything (well almost depending on it's writing policy).

SRT is probably more appealing and the SLC drive which is purpose made is extra reliable to handle being thrashed around, although it is only 20gb which is not really big enough.

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Intel smartphones coming to the UK, France, China, India

pear
Go

STOP WORRYING ABOUT THE INSTRUCTION SET

just worry about the phone!

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Sony PlayStation Vita

pear

Re: Re: 1.3 MP ?

why would it need a better camera though? It's ample for AR. Most people carrying these around would have a better one on their phone anyway

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Will Windows 8 sticker shock leave Microsoft unstuck?

pear

WOA

I think WOA will probably be something well implemented but the marketing of this all is going to confuse the hell out of many.

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Official: Sony and Ericsson are divorced

pear

rockin' out on a k800i i got on ebay for £20, it seems to work quite well! I had a c903, it went bust whcih was probably a sign of things to come, it seemed noticeably less well implemented despite having a great spec.

Sony could potentially succeed with media oriented android devices if it wanted a niche, walkman android kinda thing.

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Motorola 'Intel inside' Android 4.0 phone spied on web

pear

Who cares?

Ultimately when I am using my phone I couldn't care less about instruction sets, at the end of the day it's all about how well it's executed, if Intel can make good mobile x86 chips then it's good competition, if not then they will fail. I think intel (and AMD) will do better in the tablet market though where x86/full windows could actually be beneficial.

Later revisions will incorporate more stuff, intel will buy some more companies and it will ultimately end up as a full SOC.

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MySpace no longer crying a river with 1 MILLION new punters

pear

Well it's much cleaner now and a bit more purpose built, although personally even though I've been on there to listen to music/check out a band etc every so often I haven't logged in for about 5 years.

Facebook didn't pull of it's musician's pages very well at all so it's still a decent place for unsigned/small bands.

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Secondhand MP3 shop can keep trading during EMI trial

pear

Usually nothing to stop someone copying a CD anyway. Although you are often selling the booklet etc with it.

Will leave it for the courts to decide the legality of it all though.

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