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Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

N13L5

Re: plastic back

When I saw this had a plastic back instead of glass, I lost interest.

I guess that's where Sony makes their money?

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N13L5

Re: It's a Sony

Don't think you can buy any phone without at least an NSA rootkit on it.

After that one, what's the difference if it has additional ones?

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

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Re: "to pretend that Microsoft weren't the driving force behind a massive"

"to pretend that Microsoft weren't the driving force behind a massive and beneficial societal change is a little blinkered."

If Microsoft hadn't been there, some other corporate arse would have been riding that wave instead.

It was simply the time for that change

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Re: sounds like

Sounds more like Ballmer has no clue what he flubbed:

1) Not updating or even fixing widely reported problems on Windows CE for a decade, while they had north of 36% market share on a variety of portable devices, including some fairly nice HTC phones.

2) Allowing continuation of a moronic middle management structure, permitting mid managers to sideline each other's projects for office politics - like Microsoft's Messenger tablet, which pre dated Apple's iPhone by years.

3) Allowing Sinowski to manhandle Windows development, turning Windows 8 into a wanna-be dictator on your computer, rather than the obsequious butler an OS should be. More specifically, making the new touch interface the default only on touch devices, and leaving regular computer users to discover new features at their own leisure, rather than being forced by removal of everything they knew how to get their work done. Could have avoided the whole backlash.

4) following only Microsoft's new corporate tollbooths-everywhere strategy paired with complete disregard what would actually be useful to customers. Completely forgotten that Gates killed Lotus and Word Perfect with a razor sharp focus on what would make Word and Excel most useful to those users.

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Nokia Lumia update spreads Black death

N13L5

anyone who buys a windphone has only themselves to blame for getting abused and lead around by a noose with a lot less padding than Apple's...

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MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines

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Re: I'm not some kind of hippy or anything, and it's an interesting experiment....

Not to mention, all these mining gear shops are selling you their previous generation hardware, while saying they're working as fast as they can on the current generation to be able to sell that to you. But in truth, they're using the current generation hardware for their own mining, until they complete building the next newer generation of hardware for themselves upon which they'll happily sell you the generation they've already stopped using.

Given the logarithmic curve of increasing difficulty in mining additional Bitcoins, that makes perfect sense for them, and the hardware sales are just icing on the real cake.

Waiting for the next market-manipulation-induced dip by the international banking cartel might net you more coins than the always-obsolete(TM) mining hardware you can buy.

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Ubuntu desktop is so 2013... All hail 2014 Ubuntu mobile

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what a superficial, dumb and negative article

"Linux is nothing but windows or mac with a different paint job"

how much more retarded can clueless nonsense get...?

Linux is a fundamentally different operating system with its desktop purposely made to look similar to windows and mac to make it less alien to potential new users.

So, what are differences that would actually matter to OS users?

- A file system that autonomously checks the health of your data (rather than windows never knowing if anything is wrong, till you actually try to read the file.)

- no corporate shackles or taxes, no hidden backdoors for NSA or corporate buddies.

- extensible

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Proposed California law demands anti-theft 'kill switch' in all smartphones

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Re: If this is going to be regulated...

Of course, you are 100% correct.

But, the kill switch isn't really meant against theft, that is just a pretense. The hijacked U.S. government simply wants to be able to shut down your phone whenever it suits them.

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BIG, CURVY Apple models: Just right for SLAP AND TICKLE

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Re: now the phone will actually be able to tell you that you're holding it wrong

These are the kinds of advances Crapple and Microcruft are aiming for these days: self serving.

And Greedle is following right along, with their forced exclusion of Micro SD card slots from Nexus devices in order to force you into their cloud.

More people should vote with their dollars for Ubuntu phones, to show these corporate slime bags they can't get away with everything.

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N13L5

Re: Am I misunderstanding?

A concave display (old Samsung Nexus) has the following advantages:

1) decreased reflections.

2) decreased chance to get scratched over most of its surface.

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For A convex display (new iPhone), I can only think of disadvantages at the moment:

1) a large increase in reflections, like a fish eye, it'll pick up freakin everything

2) increased chance of collecting scratches over all of its surface. (hence Apple's new plant for synthetic sapphire glass)

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If someone can think of ANY advantage for a convex display, please do tell!

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HTC chief exec to focus on designing new mobes, sticks Wang in sales etc

N13L5

The amount of beating HTC gets from the media is bordering on suspicious..

I think they pissed off the wrong American Oligarch at some point and now the press has it in for them.

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ITU to Europe: One charger for all mobes good. One to rule them ALL? Better

N13L5

Re: Good news....

"mired in complaints from manufacturers who are more than capable of filibustering any amendments to existing laws out of, er, existence."

Now why is it, that lowly gizmo manufacturers would be able to flaunt or derail the rule of law? Is that fascism I smell seeping over from the Oligarchy of the United - err Corporate States of America?

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Microsoft's Azure will bring tiers to your eyes

N13L5

Microsoft shells out cash big time to get press...

...that much is known. The new way to deliver Spam without using a traditional botnet.

Sad that The Reg keeps sending out extraordinary amounts of Shilling articles in their news letters. I would have unsubscribed by now if I didn't know that the rest of the media is just as bad or worse.

They all want to survive and keep their overhead covered. Ok, but its still really annoying! Please don't be a corporate press release relay station.

Some critical thinking in your articles is absolutely required.

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Microsoft: We're nearly OUT OF STOCK of Surface 2 and Pro 2

N13L5

Re: So...

You call the tablets with the worst iFixIt scores 'the best'...?

Perfect member of our cancerous 'growth forever' throw-away society?

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Windows Phone market share hits double digits in UK and France

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Re: 1020

"That fits in skinny jeans, yes"

pfft that's a laughable argument, I can fit a Galaxy Note in skinny jeans, even in the front pockets...

And no, I don't have some giant jeans size, I think 32 is pretty close to average or somewhat below.

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N13L5

Re: Here we go again

"As a proxy for market share the mobile browser usage as tracked by Akamai has Windows Phone consistently at less than 1 %."

The actual share of Windphones could be somewhat higher, if you consider that only the very simple minded or senile would end up owning one, after getting bamboozled by some retarded advertising flash.

Many of them would likely be unaware of the internet, let alone be able to brave the complexity of browsing it.

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N13L5

Re: Tribalism?

"So in your head downvoting anyone who likes a product simply because the company that made it were once dicks and you don't like them....isn't OTT?"

What do you mean "were once dicks"..?

They've been dicks consistently throughout their entire existence! They are now greater dicks than ever...

Products and product changes without regard for customer needs but just to satisfy their self-serving corporate strategy of copying Apple's walled garden with endless tollbooths in a drive to start clipping your wallet on a monthly basis.

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N13L5

I don't know who all those senile or demented people are that don't even have family to warn them against Microsoft.

But the truth is, we need Microcruft in the mobile space just to keep Google honest. Too bad about the poor sods making the big sacrifice and end up with those crummy windphone mobes.

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Microsoft: Oh PLEASE, HTC. Who says Windows Phone can't go on an Android mobe? – report

N13L5

Dual boot is indeed a good option for a phone, just like it is for any computer.

Of course the interesting smartphone options would be Android / Ubuntu and not the crippled, locked down windows phone.

If you could alternatively boot Ubuntu, you'd have access to a real desktop OS, you can use either in a pinch or when you have your smart mobe hooked up to an external display.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 region-locking saga CLEAR AS MUD

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Re: Yeah...

I've been a loyal Samsung Customer, and I was planning to buy a Note III right after launch.

If this is really SIM locked by region, I will recommend against Samsung to every friend, family and collegues I know.

I might even produce a call for a general Samsung boycott on the internet!

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Great Fall of China: iPhone 5C sales lag as blinged-up 5S sells out

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Re: Told ya so...

The 5C looks more cheesy than any other phone in memeory. Even those plastic bar Windphones from Nokia looked better.

Not to mention that several Chines companies make rather elegant looking Smartphones with high quality materials.

Trying too hard to keep a distance between the 5S and the 5C, but not nearly enough of a distance in price, this shouldn't surprise anybody at Apple.

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One day we'll look back and say this was the end of the software platform

N13L5

Re: Orlowsky''s well known...

You are absolutely correct.

Elop's "mistakes" were just too impossibly unlikely for anyone with half a brain. It was too obviously on purpose to announce all existing products as dead, without having any new products to sell for two years.

I hope this conspiracy will be cleared up by the Finnish authorities and the parties involved will serve long jail sentences.

And this meandering article is so full of slant, at the same time panning Android as it is subtly shilling for Microsoft.

I've tried iOS, Windphone, BB and Android and Android is hands down the best, when it comes to flexibility and the user being able to exert his will over how he wants things to work on the phone.

At the same time, I'm far from being a Google fan, I find it atrocious that they tell every manufacturer who wants to make a Nexus device that they have to make it without Micro-SD card slot in order to force people into the cloud. As expected, the more successful corporations get, the more asinine they get.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active: The mobe for CHUCK NORRIS TYPES

N13L5

misinformation much?

quoting the article: "It’s probably all for show as the S4 is not a tough phone by any stretch of the imagination"

I agree that the bumpers and pins are mostly show, but the S4's polycarbonate body is actually rather tough already in the regular version. Its won at least one abuse test over Apple's alu kit and various other phones.

Polycarbonate might be "plasticy" to you, and between your lines, its visible that you look down on plastic, but this particular type of plastic is not cheap and its very sturdy and handles abuse extremely well.

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Good Tech: Windows is as secure as a rooted Android mobe

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Coffee/keyboard

I agree with you, Antivirus outfits must be the seediest part of the software industry.

Aside from this, what's all this continuous BS about security?

I think corporate media is trying to convince us of this hardware security, which will only serve for OTHERS to have more control over what YOU do on YOUR computer.

The SO CALLED CHIP LEVEL SECURITY is nothing but a scam:

It starts with extra difficulty booting alternate operating systems and it ends with NSA trapdoors allowing them right from hardware to turn on your webcam, your microphone and dust off your hard drive whenever they feel like it.

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Jolla's first Sailfish phone preorders 'fully booked'

N13L5

Re: More Linux based fragmentation.

And you are... an anonymous shill for locked down operating systems that allow no variation?

Nobody ever bitched about the fragmentation of windows. That's not because nobody noticed, but because its simply not a problem.

But with phone operating systems, all sorts of people with an axe to grind come out of the woodworks bemoaning fragmentation.

In reality, they are either trying to malign something that's a thorn in their own cash flow, or they are simply against variety altogether, wanting to make everything identical, like communists are always accused of.

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Really, beautiful mountain villages in Switzerland are also fragmented... the houses are all different shapes built at different times, and still it works just fine and looks beautiful too.

You could get rid of fragmentation by building a huge prison instead with one giant kitchen, one kind of food and cells that all have identical shapes.

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So go cry some more about fragmentation, Darth Vader, NSA, Microcruft, Crapple

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Apple sucking triple the phone switchers as Samsung – report

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Pint

slightly retarded flamebait article penned by Gollum after loosing his ring?

I wonder how the math of this goes...

you pull 3 times as many customers off another brand, yet you loose market share, while the other brand makes a massive gains...?

Reality distortion field still in force, apparently - proving that the distortion didn't emanate from Jobs, but that Jobs emanated from the distortion field :D

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British ankle-biters handed first mobe at the age of SEVEN - Ofcom

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Re: If I were to get a phone for my kid

My 3 year old has been using her mom's Motorola Defy since she was 2. She's learned spelling, numbers and is now using language teaching software on it. Since she figured out how to get out of Toddler-lock, she doesn't throw it anymore either. (good thing the Defy is milspec, it has survived many nasty spills, some against the wall, waving her arm and letting go)

We don't need to start it for her either, she turns on the phone and finds what she wants herself, including playback of video or audio she likes.

Its definitely useful to her, but one has to be watching their kids if they get overly attached to that, or if they continue to spend most of their time in the real world, like they should.

We do control what's on that device. No games, no internet. We want her to play games outside and in the real world... So far, so good...

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

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You're doing WHAT with friends? Zynga sues Bang With Friends maker

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Re: Odd

I think that's an invalid trademark...

Both words are common dictionary words and are also commonly used together in all sorts of contexts.

Some lawyers are retarded, and so are some of the trademark office staff to let that slip through...

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Samsung brings back clamshell phones with added Android

N13L5

need a modernized version of the Matrix slider!

Maybe that could mesh with the star trek comms thingy...

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People really liked our Xperia. Throw in a weak yen and KERCHING - Sony

N13L5
Mushroom

Sony would be retarded to sell off 20% of its most profitable division whose future value is far more assured than a gadget business ever will be.

Why doesn't Loeb offer to buy 20% of Sony's TV business, maybe Sony's board would be more willing to talk about that :D

Loeb's suggestion is like this: Here, Sony, we'll help you out and buy a chunk of your most valuable assets so you can dump the money on the tricky parts of your business, where more money really isn't the deciding factor of success!

Go die in a Fire, Loeb!

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Microsoft haters: You gotta lop off a lot of legs to slay Ballmer's monster

N13L5
FAIL

Shooting themselves in the foot continuously...

Quoting the Article: "that Microsoft’s senior management are aware of this and are actively taking steps to compensate."

And look what they've been doing in their panic! Shooting themselves in the foot continuously...

Completely forgetting that you have to make products tasty to customers, rather than just dishing them out like slimy soup in a prison, to match their latest monthly twist in corporate strategy.

Without their actively taken steps of fear and greed, much damage to their finances and brand perception would have been prevented.

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Nokia flops out its 4G, 4.7-inch WHOPPER: The Lumia 625

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Sammy had Sweet Fanny Adams to do with Swiss Fanny madam's blast

N13L5
FAIL

you wouldn't believe how hard it can be to get an original battery!

I was trying to buy a replacement for my wife's Motorola phone: I skipped ebay, expecting a high chance of counterfeit batteries and went to Amazon instead. (my worry was merely about poor performance, I hadn't really thought of explosions at the time ><)

I searched "MB525 original battery"

A load of adverts claiming to be original batteries popped up, strangely containing widely varying customer reviews. After quickly checking the overall ratio of 1 or 2 star reviews, I started reading, and a pretty high amount of reviews stated that there were indicators that the battery they received wasn't really original Motorola. Some of them were simply not recognized by their phones, refusing operation entirely.

I picked one of those sellers and sent an inquiry, if they could guarantee that the battery was not counterfeit... I haven't received a response yet, and I still don't have a battery ><

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BitTorrent's share 'n' sync tool comes to Android

N13L5

being p2p, could you back up to a friend's computer and vice versa?

There's that cloud backup software from Crashplan, which also happens to allow backup to your friends' computers, on some designated area of their hard drive, while they could back up some of their stuff to an equal area on your machine...

Just wondering if this would be able to do the same thing...

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Cloud backups: Where's my get out of jail card?

N13L5
Devil

Biggest issue isn't mentioned...

All these articles critical about cloud storage being not as safe as you might like keep ignoring the biggest issue entirely.

Uncle Sam could declare martial law any day, and all your cloud data is hosed or at least inaccessible for an indefinite period of time, unless your data actually happens to reside outside of the U.S., which isn't very likely.

On another note, the NSA should start offering cloud storage. They are competent, have unlimited capacity, and could get all our data voluntarily, rather than having to steal it.

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Top Mozillans dream of quarterly Firefox OS updates ... and users, too

N13L5

Sneaking a PC into the Mobile Phone market... been waiting for that...

If you look at their planned spec, then you know this isn't to outcheap anyone, its to give you a pocketable Linux computer.

4GB Ram, 128GB storage.

Hook up some wearable display tech to it, and you have a computer.

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Seagate drops new summer spinners, bares 'quiet', 'fast' models

N13L5

Re: Is this article just the result of being sloppy or is it a blatant shill?

I'm not talking about WD Red!

HGST Deskstar 5K4000 is still branded as a Hitachi drive, even though WD owns them, they operate as an 'independent' unit.

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N13L5

Is this article just the result of being sloppy or is it a blatant shill?

"Neither WD, nor its subsidiary HGST, nor Toshiba, have 4TB drives spinning in the 5.900rpm area in their product ranges."

HGST's has the 5K4000 model, which has better specs than Seagate's drive...

I have one here, it spins at 5,900 rpm and has 600,000 load cycles and 24/7 rating.

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Pure boffinry: We peek inside Nokia's miracle cameraphone

N13L5

Re: here is an idea

Great idea!

A tiny cam w can clip to our hats, glasses, headphones, lapels etc.

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N13L5
Pint

Re: or

Its not the buying of an "actual camera' thats the problem, its carrying it around.

So now, if Nokia would just offer some choice in operating systems.

I'd happily take a Ubuntu version of this phone.

Monopoly abuser Microsoft with its straight jacket OS with the garishly colored tiles is just not an option.

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: It is a marvel of modern technology...

For one thing, there is no reason to sponsor a known Monopoly abuser, who didn't spend a dime on fixing the glaring faults of WinCE for a decade, while they thought they had the market sewn up.

For another, you can't customize windphone to look and work the way you want. Its impossible to get rid of the garishly colored tiles, impossible to adapt the functionality.

And while some people say "its a phone" what apps could I possibly be missing" - a lot of the best apps on Android fix some annoyance with the phone, or with just about any detail you didn't like about Android. It can all be altered and mitigated. Not so with iron-fist Microsoft.

Microsoft actively prevents it and coders don't bother on that platform in the first place.

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Caterpillar B15: The Android smartphone for the building site

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Pint

You know you can drive a car over your regular galaxy S4 too.

And the active version you can drop into water or dust.

All without getting stuck with ugly stick "styling" and sub-par hardware

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Chinese police probe iPhone user's death by electrocution

N13L5

I guess here's a good reason to have your phone made from Plastic!

Plastic simply doesn't conduct electrical current

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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2013: Windows struggles in Boot Camp

N13L5

Poor review, full of holes where it matters!

So this review is ostensibly about running windows by way of boot camp, and all you did was cover installation and a couple of benchmarks?

You should have included the following:

- Battery life differences under windows

- fan noise differences under windows

- USB latency checker

- possible SSD upgrade issues (since you mention 128GB will be annoyingly cramped)

Further, you show your fanboi colors by claiming windows machines could only beat the macbook air on a single measure: price. This hasn't been true for a while now.

But Apple did land one coup with the 2013 refresh: an IRIS GPU toting haswell processor with immediate availability. Intel must have given Apple special treatment so as to avoid rushing Apple into the inevitable switch to their own silicon.

Asus, Samsung and Acer are still waiting for Haswell supply, while Sony and Apple are cleaning up the first wave of eager Haswell buyers.

Personally, I use CAD, so I'm waiting till Intel puts CrystalWell on an Ultrabook chip, which would improve performance much more than the 100Mhz clock speed increase between the HD-5000 and HD-5100 and without denting the TDP.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 explodes, turns young woman into 'burnt pig'

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Devil

Re: Only a matter of time, and lack of protection.

These occasional battery explosions are just HAARP test runs for the eventual population reduction.

Once they are ready, they will ignite all phones remotely by bouncing high power radio waves off the stratosphere, igniting everybody's phones all at once.

They're just waiting for still higher market penetration in 3rd world countries.

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Mushroom

If you had a burning phone in your back pocket, wouldn't you drop your pants in an instant?

Rather than hop up and down with your mouth open till your boss comes over and walks you to a bathroom in a nearby store???

Think about how long it takes to walk into a store and into the bathroom, not to mention whatever time it took for your boss to become alerted and walk over to grab you?

What would she have done if her boss didn't come? Just stand there and wait till she was ready for dinner?

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HGST: Enough of those MUTANT HYBRIDS. We'll do an Apple, thanks

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I much prefer Hitachi's approach, but for other reasons than he mentioned

With a separate SSD and HDD, I can upgrade them independently.

Then I can throw out the "robust caching software" after upgrading the SSD part from say,30GB to 256GB like on the Asus UX32VD, and thus arrive at the true "optimal" solution of having an SSD for OS and Software and an HDD for data that doesn't get thrashed by Windows.

Asus and Gigabyte have shown that you can easily fit this type of combo into an Ultrabook, since mSata or M.2 flash drives are already being built in a form factor matching that of a gum stick.

This is my primary criterion for selecting an Ultrabook, right next to getting a high brightness IPS display.

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Crusading lawmen want more details on Apple's iOS 7 'Activation Lock'

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FAIL

I call BS! That kill switch is NOT against thieves...

The U.S. government simply wants to be able to remotely disable anybody's phone when they feel like it.

Got a whistle blower, a dissident? Shut down their phones remotely, and their phone based wallets along with it. It goes together perfectly with all their other recent fascist moves and new laws in the phony name of "security".

George Orwell, here we come, just 30 years later than you predicted.

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Relax, Hollywood, ARM's got your back: New chip 'thwarts' video pirates

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FAIL

Re: "ARM's TrustZone" - abuse of ENGLISH!

Abuse of ownership principle too and a free society too.

"permitted OS"...?

Sick of people trying to sell you something and then tell you what you can install on it, and ARM supporting this kind of anti democratic fascist idea.

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