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Smartwatch sales off to a very slow start

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I have a Sony Smartwatch 2, had it for a couple of months before I stopped using it.

The charge factor isnt an issue, unless you go out into the jungle. The charge on mine normally lasts a week, which I think it pretty good.

However, my phone runs out of battery very quickly - once the phone is dead you cannot use all of the features on the smart watch.

I do not know the state of affairs with the Samsung smartwatch, I know it is at least three times the price of the Sony offering.

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Dell Wyse Cloud Connect: Pocket Android desktop

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I have two similar devices, without any of the cloud stuff.

Cost me £15 each of ebay about a year ago. As they came from China, there was no App Store, but it was a breeze installing it.

I kind of wish that Microsoft would bung a copy of Win RT onto a device this size.

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Amazon stuffs games into Fire TV box: Soz, rivals... WE don't need to make cash on hardware

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PS4 OTT

Does the PS4 really do this? Or did I just misread that section like a fool?

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Tamil Nadu's XP migration plan: Go Linux like a BOSS

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Re: Could be Linux's big break

I dont agree with all your post, but I do agree that this is a great opportunity for countries like India to take advantage of a Linux based OS.

The loss of XP should create a vacuum that can be filled with Linux based operating systems.

In fact, I wouldnt be shocked to hear about Linux OS's being tailored specifically to suit municipal services etc.

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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Re: I have an idea. @Belardi

@Belardi

you do realise that Windows 8 does have the up button in file explorer?

Also, the desktop experience in 8 is very similar to 7, which people prefer atm, so I dont see how this can be an issue for you?

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Re: MS missed a great April fools joke...

to be honest, it has got to the point here that it is impossible to have an objective discussion about Windows or Linux...

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LaCie adds fire to Fuel: Revs Wi-Fi external storage gadget to 2TB

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I have been looking at wireless hard drives and USB drives lately. However, I cannot find a compelling reason to buy one.

I have a Maxell AirStash, which was a lot cheaper and lets you switch out SD cards etc.

However, I am now looking at this and thinking, 2TB seems like a good deal for that money, its just a shame that the battery life seems to be so short..

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Re: Head to head @1Rafayal

I am genuinely interested to see what would happen.

I think there has been a slight case of fervent Linux fanboism on the Register for a while now. So, I want to see a head to head comparison that compares both Windows & Linux on the desktop as well as servers.

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Head to head

any chance of The Register doing a series of articles that compare and contrast Windows against a Linux?

I think a lot of commentards here have an idea of what they like and dislike about the two OS's, however I think there are a good amount of people who simply not used a Linux before..

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Nokia gobble: Microsoft can't get free of red-tape bondage 'til April

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then it is a pretty misleading comment to make, given the huge market share that Windows enjoys at the moment.

Additionally, the article he points to concerns intelligent devices, which does not include servers and desktops.

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Fair enough.

Although I would question whether end-devices are the same as the intelligent-devices mentioned in your link.

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Do you have the relevant links to the reports that confirm this?

I would be a little surprised to hear that a Windows runs on only 22% of all desktops. If this is the case, then there really cannot be that many XP users... Oh, wait...

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Especially for Microsoft.

They are so irrelevant these days,

It seems that they only have about 80% of the desktop OS market.

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Nokia also has its own 10 month business calendar, getting that in line with Microsoft makes huge sense to me.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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Why MS Office?

How come you are looking at installing Open Office or Libre Office when you have been given MS Office disks?

Maybe MS Office doesnt need to be part of the installation at all? Or did I do a good job of not reading the reason why in the article..

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Reality check: Java 8 finally catches a multi-core break

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Carrying out a regression test like this is fine if your application is fairly small.

Do this to a massive amount of developers, who could be spread about the globe, then you will need to spend a not insignificant amount of time not only preparing the regression tests but also making changes (if needed) to the unit/FIT test(s) as well.

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Kent Police fined £100k for leaving interview vids of informants in old cop shop

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Yay the Police!

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

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Re: Konami inspiration

and the article kinds of said that as well...

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

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Re: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit ? @ AC

there is no mention of where the licenses came from in the article. It would be nice to know if they did come FOC for this endeavour or not.

One thing the article is definitely not is a discussion on the merits of Linux over Windows. It seems pretty clear to me that there is a solution to be implemented, and that includes at least Windows 7 and MS Office to be installed on these machines.

I wonder how much a Linux and Open Office solution would cost to implement over the one described. Additionally, I wonder how much use a solution like this would be to the learning centre. Especially when you bear in mind that they seem to be about ready to offer skills in basic computer literacy.

However superior Linux is over Windows, teaching people basic computer literacy starts with Windows & something like Office.

Hopefully in the future, things will be different. For me, being taught basic Linux skills along with Windows at school, would have been highly useful.

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WOW! Google invents the DIGITAL WATCH: What a time to be alive

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I have a Sony smartwatch 2 and am completely underwhelmed.

If future Android smart watches are going to be like this experience, then it is something I will allow to pass me by,

My particular smartwatch relies on bluetooth to communicate to the phone it is paired with for data etc. The dependence on bluetooth is a complete pain in the rear, the watch lasts for a few days but the phone probably wont go more than 24 hours. And thats when bluetooth is behaving on my phone...

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Scottish gov may miss IT budget cut target

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Joke

I think the token woman is only really a woman on paper...

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iPhone 6 FEELS your heat, wetness... and it'll TELL Apple – report

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Unhappy

I just want to get a joke in about "wetness", but I cant...

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Straight to 8: London's Met Police hatches Win XP escape plan

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pretty much sums up the average IQ of the Plod really

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

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Re: stating the bleedin obvious

Apple have definitely not won the laptop game.

Just because you see lots of wannabe hipsters in Starbucks with an Apple laptop does not mean that Apple has that area of the market all sewn up.

For instance, take a walk through the offices of pretty much every company and you will see desks full of HP, Dell and Lenovo laptops. And these places tend to have a little more seating capacity than Starbucks.

You may also be sad to hear that Android is the worlds most popular smartphone OS as well.

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It's not just incredibly hard, it's really quite pretty: Dark Souls II

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You Died.

Get used to it.

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Dying for an Ubuntu Linux phone? Here's how much it'll cost you

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Re: Will users have proper control of their phones?

precisely.

I think the concept of control and the walled garden are what let the mobile networks happy to carry them.

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Re: Will users have proper control of their phones?

@ Larry F54.

they may do, they may not.

The reason for these restrictions isnt to annoy the owner, but to prevent the masses from either messing up their device, or in the case of smartphones, to stop them being compromised.

I dont mind that each new Android phone I get is restricted in this way, if ever I need to I can root the device.

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Blurred lines: Android e-ink mobe claims TWO-WEEK battery life

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does this put the second display on the rear?

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I would love to see an Android flip phone with an e-ink outer display.

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Icahn and I will: Carl's war on eBay goes NUCLEAR over Skype

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This guy is a bit like Alex Salmond...

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We test Intel's 730 480GB SSD Skulltrail scorcher

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This component also charms Dolphins to such a degree that they instantly rise to the surface and start singing Bohemian Rhapsody, in Welsh.

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Microsoft shunts top exec Julie Larson-Green sideways to make way for Stephen Elop

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Joke

Being a Sony fanboi, I can only see this as a good thing.

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Bosses to be banned from forcing new hires to pull personal records

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Re: Explanation?

It means we go back to the old days where you just tick yes or no against having any criminal convictions instead of doing a CRB check for the most part.

From what I have read so far, this means that the only people who will need to prove they have no convictions are those people going for jobs of a sensitive nature, like working with children or vulnerable people.

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China shutters Windows ‘rival’ Red Flag Linux

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Hmmm, I wonder - would China give a monkeys about FOSS if it wanted to ignore it?

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Russian gay dating app dev: We've been BLOCKED just DAYS before Winter Olympics

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These Russian anti gay laws are a complete pain in the arse.

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

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Been playing DayZ quite a lot now. So far, I havent met anyone in the game who wont shoot you on site. The majority of the villages and towns seem to be permanently free of loot and the only piece of food I have found so far is a fresh orange in a cowshed.

Still, looks like it could shape up to be a fairly interesting experience.

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Plusnet is working on a network-level filter to block pirate sites

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Doesnt BT do just this with regards to TPB?

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UK smut filter may have sent game patch to sin-bin

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Re: They run ...

Lol, well I cannot get to the URI anymore!!

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We see ya, Ouya, you tasty Android games console gear

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GameStick

Can the Reg also do a review on the Game Stick?

I was as shocked as a shocked person could be when I saw them on the shelves in Game before Christmas.

Ironically, they were right next to the Ouya

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LOHAN develops amazing mind-reading powers

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I stopped reading when......

.....I discovered that the custom work bench did not have a beer pump installed as well as no pipe rack

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AMD's 'Revolution' will be televised ... if its CPU-GPU frankenchip Kaveri is a hit

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I stopped reading when....

....I saw it didnt have an entire PS4 on die.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

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Bring the start menu back and it will get picked up for business. If it isnt too late.

But then again, I didnt really need to post something as obvious as this?

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Fasthosts goes titsup after storm-induced power outage

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if its going to happen...

.... It will happen to FastHosts...

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Boffins build sticky-limbed lizard-bots to tend spacecraft

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Maybe the foot pads are changeable? Possibly by the robot itself?

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Hey Linux newbie: If you've never had a taste, try perfect Petra ... mmm, smells like Mint 16

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To quite my oldest: dont care what it runs as long as I can use Facebook and Twitter...

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MPs: Ancient UK Border Force systems let GANGSTERS into Blighty

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Why cant government ever get IT projects completed on time/within budget/that work properly?

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PS-PHWOARRR: We review Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 4

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must admit, I am a little peeved about the lack of 3D Blu-Ray play back.

But that hasnt stopped me from pre-ordering one, I think I am in the very small minority of people who actually watch 3D Blu-Rays anyway

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HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

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Re: How is this a tablet?

I think the author pretty much answers your question in the article, if you read the following paragraph:

"I’ve read some criticism in the US press - hacks across the pond got their grubby mitts on the Slate 21 well ahead of us scribblers in Blighty - of the Slate 21 for lacking an accelerometer or a GPS chip but frankly that’s daft. The 21 is so clearly not intended to be portable or held in your hands that stripping it of two bits of functionality that are wholly aimed at handheld devices seems a reasonable course for HP to have taken to keep the price down."

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